Sunday, May 19, 2019

Book Review - What If? by Melody Carlson


ABOUT THE BOOK:

What if I were a ladybug? Or a polar bear? Or a creature from outer space? This fun, whimsical story takes us through some of the amazing creations in our world, and how wonderful it is to be who God made us to be.

MY REVIEW;

This is an adorable children's book that has such cute illustrations by Bethany Harris and the story itself will captivate any child with it's cute rhyming verse and the wonder of imagining "what if?". 

Your child can imagine if they are something else - like an alien or a bug or many other things. It will encourage your child to use their imagination. The vocabulary is wonderful, too, because Melody uses words that you may need to explain and this will enhance their vocabulary.Words like muddle and Northern Light are words you wouldn't necessarily hear in everyday conversation but these words will give your child new words to learn.

I loved the cute illustrations and the darling rhyming and I know any child would love it, too. I love that it emphasizes that God makes each of us to be uniquely ourselves as this is such a positive truth for children. I adore this cute book and highly recommend it with 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me by the author.  I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.


Blessings - Julie

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Book Review - On A Summer Tide


ABOUT THE BOOK:

Camden Grayson loves her challenging career, but the rest of her life could use some improvement. "Moving on" is Cam's mantra. But there's a difference, her two sisters insist, between one who moves on and one who just keeps on moving.

Cam's full-throttle life skids to a stop when her father buys a remote island off the coast of Maine. Paul Grayson has a dream to breathe new life into the island--a dream that includes reuniting his estranged daughters. Certain Dad has lost his mind, the three sisters rush to the island. To Cam's surprise, the slow pace of island life appeals to her, and so do the locals. One in particular: Seth Walker, the scruffy island schoolteacher, who harbors more than a few surprises.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than thirty books, including Mending Fences, as well as the Nantucket Legacy, Amish Beginnings, The Bishop's Family, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, among other novels. She is also the author of several nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Facebook @SuzanneWoodsFisherAuthor and Twitter @suzannewfisher.

MY REVIEW:

I love a book that captivates me from the very first sentence and this book absolutely did! I just couldn't put this book down!

The story is about a dad who pursues his dream and buys an island where he has wonderful memories from his younger days when he met his late wife. His three daughters think he's having some kind of mid-life crisis and are questioning his decision, however, he has a reason for all this that involves getting his family closer

Cam, the oldest daughter, is the main focus of this book, but each sister and the dad get their own voice in the story as well. We learn about their individual lives and see how the dynamics change as they go to the island to make new lives. It was captivating watching as they made their way with each other.

This is a lovely story and I enjoyed so much seeing the growth in each of these people. The ups and downs and how their faith in God and each other grew. I can't wait for more books in this series and to enjoy another great read! I highly recommend this book and give it 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me by Revell Reads. I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.



Blessings - Julie

Friday, May 17, 2019

Book Review - The Logic of God


ABOUT THE BOOK:

Jesus Christ alone answers our deepest questions.

We all have doubts that challenge our faith. We wonder whether the Bible still matters, or whether God is truly as loving and personal as we hope. In his first ever devotional, The Logic of God, apologist Ravi Zacharias offers 52 readings that explain how and why Christianity, the Bible, and God are still relevant, vital, and life-changing for us today. To all our dilemmas Ravi says, "I am convinced that Jesus Christ alone uniquely answers the deepest questions of our hearts and minds."

With a remarkable grasp of biblical facts and a deep understanding of the questions that trouble our hearts, Ravi tackles the most difficult topics with ease and understanding. But The Logic of God is more than intellectual; it is also personal, offering thoughtful wisdom on:

when Jesus draws especially near you.
the deep ray of hope found in God's Word.
how God transforms disappointments.
why prayer matters.
how genuine peace is possible.
making sense of suffering.
Ravi makes profound biblical truth easy to understand. And if your life is busy, this book is designed for you! It addresses 52 topics that you can read over the course of one year or slowly digest at your own pace. Each entry includes a Scripture, questions for reflection, and some practical application steps.

When you're struggling with questions and doubts, confused, curious, or just want a clearer way to express your faith The Logic of God has answers that satisfy the heart and the mind.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Ravi Zacharias is an Indian-born Canadian-American Christian apologist. A defender of traditional evangelicalism. Zacharias is the author of numerous Christian books, including the Gold Medallion Book Award winner Can Man Live Without God? in the category "theology and doctrine" and Christian bestsellers Light in the Shadow of Jihad and The Grand Weaver. Find out more about Ravi at www.rzim.org/

MY REVIEW:

Ravi Zacharias is one of my favorite Bible teachers because he shares Biblical truth with common sense and reason. He writes beautifully and clearly so that we can truly understand the Scriptural teachings that he shares.

This book is beautiful, with heavy slick pages. I can tell a lot of thought was put into not only the content but the visual aspect of this book. It's a pleasure to hold and read.

There are 52 readings which could either be read as a daily devotional or a weekly devotional. I recommend the weekly reading as there is a lot to glean from his teachings and this would give you the time to do so.  At the beginning of each devotion, there is a topic followed by an appropriate Scripture. Then there is a teaching on this that are approximately 2-3 pages. Finally, there are questions to ponder and answer as part of what you just read. I enjoyed this as it helped me to put into my own words what I learned so I could really remember it.

This is a wonderful book that takes you deeply into Scripture without talking over your head. If you've heard Ravi speak, he writes in the same way - engaging us with his words and Biblical Scripture. I highly recommend this book! 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me by BookLookBloggers. I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.


Blessings - Julie

Bible Review - ESV Prayer Bible from Crossway

ABOUT THIS BIBLE:

The ESV Prayer Bible was created to help you reflect on God’s Word through prayer. With 400+ historical prayers linked to key passages throughout the biblical text, this volume demonstrates the connection between the words God has spoken to us in the Bible and the words we speak back to him in prayer. Featuring the prayers of the early church fathers, Puritans, Protestant Reformers, and more, along with an introductory essay by Donald Whitney and prayer-related book introductions, this edition helps readers pursue a deeper communion with God as they combine their personal Bible reading with prayer.

Features:

Single-column format
400+ historical prayers interspersed throughout the Bible text
Prayer-related book introductions providing insight into how to use each specific book in prayer
Introductory essay by professor Donald S. Whitney, author of Praying the Bible, explaining how and why to pray the Bible
Author index featuring bios of historical contributors and relevant page numbers
Comprehensive index featuring every time prayer is mentioned in the entire Bible
Concordance
Reading plans

MY REVIEW:

This is such a wonderful Bible! It's unlike any other Bible I have.




MY REVIEW:

This is a wonderful Bible that is different than any other Bible I have - and I have a lot!

The first thing I really like about it is the text that isn't so small you can't read it. The text in this Bible is a little larger than most and is really easy on my eyes and I'm reading it.  I wasn't struggling to keep my place because my eyes didn't get strained. This is a huge plus for me!

I also love the prayers throughout this Bible. Each prayer correlates with the section of Scripture where it's placed. There are beautiful prayers like this one throughout:

Lord, open my mouth, that I may henceforth speak more boldly and explicitly , as I ought to speak. 
-George Whitefield 

I love the prayers because they help me to stop and really focus on the Scripture and pray to God with a quiet heart. These prayers are beautifully worded and gave me a starting place for my own prayers.
There is an author index that lets us get to know the authors of these prayers better. I really enjoyed this! 

The concordance, weight and measures table, and a reading plan are an extra added bonus to this wonderful Bible. I also love that even though this Bible is hardback, it's not heavy. This is important to me as I can't really handle heavy Bible's anymore.

This is a wonderful Bible that is a must-have for your Bible reading and quiet time. I really like it and it's become a part of my daily Bible time. I give it 5 stars.

*This Bible was provided to me by Crossway. I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.


Blessings - Julie

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Counting Our Blessings Linkup

I've been quiet here lately. I have been on a social media break, as much as possible these days. I have only been posting book reviews, for the most part, especially here. I needed a break to quiet my heart and my soul. There has been a lot going on here and I've also been experiencing pain issues more intensely. I did get a back injection on Tuesday so I'm hoping for some relief, however, right now I'm sore and moving slow. It's been a long, hard process of getting my injections for my knee and my back as the insurance company is getting more difficult in approving these shots that help me so much. It's frustrating and concerning when you feel like you won't get the help you need. I'm so thankful for my doctor who fights for me and gets me the help I need so I can live a more normal life.

I have been starting off my mornings with coffee (of course) and cross stitch. I take the time to start my morning off quietly, stitching and praying, before things get hectic. I got this idea from Vonna over at the Twisted Stitcher who started doing this during the Lent season. She worked on the most beautiful portrait of Jesus and had quiet time each morning. I realized that this was a great idea, especially since I'm not a morning person. It helped me to ease into my day. So here's what I've been working on


I love this Desert Santa with his cute, little burro! It reminds me so much of my years of living in Nevada and seeing these packs of burros roaming the desert. I'm nearly done with the stitching and then the fun part will be next - the beading.

After I'm done with this project, I'm going to pull out one of my large projects and finish it. Either the sampler I'm doing for my son (his birth announcement - he's only 28 years old - but it's never too late, right?! lol) or the Queen Elizabeth I've started. I'm ready to put away the small projects using the perforated paper and get back to stitching on my cloth.

We had a lovely Easter day here. I made ham, cheesy potatoes, loaded cauliflower casserole, and more! It was a very delicious meal shared with my family, which made it very special. We played cards after dinner, which was a lot of fun.



I made Easter baskets and was so happy with how they turned out! My hubby and I went to three different stores looking for just the right things to put in them. It was so fun!



It was a lovely day all the way around and I am so grateful for the saving grace of Jesus that we celebrate every year. He makes everything worthwhile and I honestly know that I could not get through the things I have to deal with without Him. He is risen!

Thank you so much for coming by to read my blog. This blog has brought me so much joy and friendships that I would never have had otherwise. I have several friends that I met through my blog and I am so thankful for each and everyone of them! It's amazing how God works all these things out and brings us together despite many miles apart.

Share your own blessings on the linky below!


Many blessings - Julie