Monday, October 16, 2017

Book Review - The Gift of Heaven


Dr. Charles Stanley is one of the most recognizable teachers and pastors in the world, having sold more than 11 million books through HarperCollins Christian Publishing. The Gift of Heaven, his first book on heaven, answers a strong felt need among consumers who have questions about God and what happens after we die. Drawn from a popular sermon series that Dr. Charles Stanley delivered at First Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, this teaching has never before been available in book form. The Gift of Heaven will appeal broadly to existing fans of Dr. Stanley as well as believers and nonbelievers alike who have questions about heaven.

Messages on Heaven, one of Dr. Stanley’s most-loved sermon series, has touched thousands of churchgoers with its encouraging, instructive teaching. Newly adapted for print for the first time, The Gift of Heaven will include topics such as:

 Heaven Is a Gift and a Relationship
 A Place Prepared for You
 What Will Be in Heaven (and What Will Not)
 Those You Love in Heaven
 The Door to Heaven Is Open
 The Best Is Yet to Come

This beautifully designed, four-color gift book will be a source of encouragement and inspiration for the weary traveler on earth who seeks his heavenly home. With similar design elements to those that made Christmas: A Gift for Every Heart so successful with a wide audience, The Gift of Heaven will be both visually appealing and theologically compelling.
Dr. Stanley’s proven history of sales, combined with a compelling topic and excellent design, will carry this book through evergreen sales for years to come.


Charles F. Stanley is the founder of In Touch Ministries and a New York Times  best-selling author. While his teaching is transmitted throughout the world to millions of people, Dr. Stanley has been said to demonstrate a practical, keen awareness of people's needs and provide Christ-centered, biblically-based principles for everyday life.

Dr. Stanley’s motivation is best represented by the truth found in Acts 20:24, “Life is worth nothing unless I use it for doing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about God's mighty kindness and love.” This is because, as he says, “It is the Word of God and the work of God that changes people’s lives.”


This is one of the most beautiful books I've ever seen! It is such a beautiful book visually but most of all in it's message.

The book is filled on each and every page with Dr. Stanley's gorgeous photographs. He is a true artist in his photography and I loved looking at each and every page. The message, though, is the most beautiful part.

I love how the Gospel is shared and how Dr. Stanley shares what we know about heaven from the Word of God. This would be an excellent book to share with someone that has questions about the saving grace of Jesus. It shows so beautifully what it means to have eternal life and answers so many questions. As someone who believes, I loved the promises that we know to be true shared in such an amazing way.

I love this book and have gone through it and read it and looked at the photos so many times. I'm keeping it on my coffee table so I can look through it but also for others to look through. It's a wonderful way to share the truths about heaven with others.

I highly recommend this book and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by BookLook Bloggers program

Blessings - Julie

Book Review - Counseling Under the Cross


Martin Luther not only reformed theology, but his understanding of the gospel revolutionized soul care.

In Counseling Under the Cross, biblical counselor and noted author Bob Kellemen explains how Martin Luther's gospel-centered and cross-focused pastoral care transformed his own approach to soul care.

As Kellemen mines Luther's own writings and other first hand accounts, readers will gain a new understanding of how Luther richly, relevantly, robustly, and relationally applied the gospel to suffering, sin, sanctification, and our search for peace with God. Counseling Under the Crosswill guide pastors, counselors, lay leaders, and friends toward a rich understanding of the gospel that will directly impact their personal ministry to others.

Through lively vignettes, real-life stories, and direct quotes from Luther, readers will be equipped to apply the gospel to themselves and others so together they find their hope and help in Christ alone.


Robert W. Kellemen, PhD, is the Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Chair of the Biblical Counseling Department at Crossroads Bible College and the founder and CEO of RPM Ministries. He is also the author of many books, including "Gospel-Centered Counseling" and "Gospel Conversations." Bob and his wife Shirley have two children and two grandchildren.

Find out more about Bob at


This is a wonderful book that shares the truth of the Gospel and what it means to have eternal life through Jesus Christ.

I really liked how this book points us to the basic yet vital importance of the Gospel in our counseling of others. I have had the opportunity to counsel others and this book is most helpful in really emphasizing the compassion and love of God for us.

My very favorite thing was the letter that Martin Luther sent to his mother when she was not feeling well. It was such a beautiful loving letter and puts in a nutshell the very thing that Luther is sharing about the Word of God as he counsels his own mother.

This is a very deep book but such an enjoyable book! It is definitely going to be something I refer to again and again as I share with others what the Gospel means in their lives. There is so many wonderful things to be gleaned from this book and I highly recommend it to everyone but especially to those in pastoral care. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group

Blessings - Julie

Book Review - These Healing Hills


Francine Howard has her life all mapped out--until the man she loves announces his plans to bring home an English bride from war-torn Europe in 1945. Devastated, Francine seeks a fresh start in the Appalachian Mountains, training to be a nurse midwife for the Frontier Nursing Service.

Deeply affected by the horrors he witnessed at war, Ben Locke has never thought further ahead than making it home to Kentucky. His future shrouded in as much mist as his beloved mountains, he's at a loss when it comes to envisioning what's next for his life.

When Francine's and Ben's paths intersect, it's immediately clear that they are from different worlds and value different things. But love has a way of healing old wounds . . . and revealing tantalizing new possibilities.


Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of several Shaker novels--The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, The Blessed, and The Gifted--as well as Angel Sister, Small Town Girl, Love Comes Home, Words Spoken True, and The Heart of Hollyhill series. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Learn more at


I have really enjoyed Ann Gabhart's mystery novels and had never read her other writings. I am so glad I got to read this book! I enjoyed it so much!

Fran is a nurse that is part of the Frontier Nursing Service in the hills of Kentucky. I had never heard of this before and was excited to learn that it was actually something that had been started in 1925 to help the families that lived in these remote areas. I found all this so interesting and we follow along as Fran takes care of the people in her district.

She has chosen to do this after her fiance writes her that he has fallen in love with someone else he met while in the service and located in England. She is devastated and wants a new start. Add in her over-bearing, martyr mother and she is anxious to get away from Cincinnati and make a new life.

I love how Fran opens her heart to the people in the mountains. She sees the good in everyone and accepts them who they are. There are other nurses that tell her to keep her distance but she is too kind and loving and this definitely helps her in her nursing skills. I like that she always sees the good in others.

When she meets Ben, he is rescuing her after she gets lost on the winding mountain paths. She has a bad sense of direction and he finds her when she gets on the wrong path. There is instant attraction but they are both afraid of showing their feelings for different reasons.

I really loved this story! It is a definite page turner and I loved each and every character. I felt really invested in their lives and was sad to get to the last page. I highly recommend this book and I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by Revell Publishing

Blessings - Julie

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Grace and Perseverance

Sometimes, life gives you a little more difficulty than you expected. This is one of those times for me.    

I had surgery for my diverticulitis on September 26th. What I had expected (and told) would be a very simple operation, wasn't. My colon was so diseased and horrid, she had to do an ileostomy that I will have for three months. My hospital stay was longer than expected and I've been to the ER three times since coming home. I've been quite sick (although improving each day) and haven't been able to take care of business here on the blog.

I have two giveaways to choose winners from and some books reviews. I haven't forgotten! I am asking for some grace to feel a little better before getting back to business.

Thank you so much and I would really appreciate your prayers.

Blessings - Julie

Friday, October 6, 2017

Bible Review - CSB Readers Bible


The CSB Reader's Bible provides the perfect opportunity to read the Bible in its original and simplified form, uninterrupted by verse and chapter references. This unique Bible reading experience invites the reader to encounter God's Word as a grand narrative and have a fresh experience with the Bible. 

Features include: Single-column reader's text, Simplified page design, 10-point type, Ribbon marker, Smyth-sewn binding, and more.

The CSB Reader's Bible features the highly reliable, highly readable text of the Christian Standard Bible (CSB), which stays as literal as possible to the Bible’s original meaning without sacrificing clarity. The CSB’s optimal blend of accuracy and readability makes Scripture more moving, more memorable, and more motivating to read and share with others. 


I really like this Bible so much. From it's beautiful cover to the easy to read font, it's a real pleasure to sit down and read this Bible.

There are no chapter or verse numbers in this Bible so it's really less distracting when you want to sit down and just read the Bible. At first, I thought this would be something I wouldn't enjoy as much but I was wrong. With out the distraction of the chapter and verse numbers or notations, you're reading the Bible as you would any book and I actually found myself noticing things in books I've read countless times.

I found the Christian Standard version very easy to understand so it was easy to read through without trouble. The pages have a nice sturdy feel to them so if you do want to highlight or take notes, you'll be able to do so without worry of damaging the page.

I have greatly enjoyed sitting down with this Bible and just reading it for the pure pleasure of reading. It has opened up new eyes for me as I read and I love that I don't feel the pressure to study, per se, but to just enjoy the beautiful Word of God.

I highly recommend this Bible and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

*This Bible was provided to me for my honest review by B&H Bloggers 

Blessings - Julie