Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Book Review - Evening Prayers by Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt

ABOUT THE BOOK:

We want to turn to God at the close of each day, but often don't find the words to express our deepest feelings. This collection of prayers is one of the few daily devotionals especially intended for use in the evening.

Blumhardt's words bespeak a certainty in God's nearness. The peace that flows from them comes from a firm conviction that God's kingdom is indeed on the way. In challenging times like our own, this reassurance can bring us serenity each evening of the year.

MY REVIEW:

I have enjoyed this book so much. I have read it every night before bed, as well as reading it during the day. I found it especially calming to read these prayers and focus on God just before sleep.

There is a prayer for every evening of the year so before you go to sleep each night, you can read a prayer and meditate on the Scripture that is with each prayer. I loved praying the Scripture as part of my nightly prayers.

The author was a German pastor who lived in the 1800's and died in 1919, however, you'll find the prayers vital and timely because the Bible never changes and that's what his prayers are based on. I love that the prayers are so Biblical and quite beautiful.

I highly recommend this book as a way to quiet your heart and mind before you go to sleep. I keep this on my bedside table and read the prayer for the day every night. It's one of the best evening devotional/prayer books I've ever read. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by Handlebar Central

 

Blessings - Julie

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Another Surgery

I had another surgery on December 11th. This surgery was to close up the wound in my calf, however, the surgeon also closed up the wound on my knee. I'm on bed rest/recliner rest with my legs always above my heart. I'm totally exhausted and in so much pain! I didn't have this kind of pain after the other surgeries, so I'm pretty miserable. I am praying that this surgery will work, that my leg will finally fuse together and that I will have no more open wounds after this.

I would so appreciate your prayers regarding all this. Thank you, dear friends, and I will be back when I feel better to give you more information and update what's happening with  me.

Blessings - Julie

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Book Review - Love Without End

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Love Without End || A King's Meadow Romance

Chet and Kimberly have both failed when it comes to love. Will they risk their hearts to love again?

Chet Leonard's life was forever changed when his 17-year-old son died and then, soon after, his wife walked out on their family. Over two years later, all he wants to do is hold onto his horse ranch and raise his remaining sons to be honorable men.

Kimberly Welch, widowed mother of Tara, a rebellious 15-year-old, has reached the end of her finances and nearly the end of her rope. She and Tara come to King's Meadow to try to piece their lives back together again. Kimberly has no intention of becoming involved with the residents of this remote mountain community and certainly not with any man.
When octogenarian Anna McKenna returns to King's Meadow and to the Leonard ranch, she becomes an agent of change and healing for the two hurting families. With her help, Kimberly and Chet may discover that true love has no end.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Best-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heart-warming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. The winner of the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction, the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance, two RT Career Achievement Awards, and the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award, Robin is the author of over sixty novels.

Find Robin online: website, Facebook, Twitter

MY REVIEW:

I enjoyed this book from the beginning page to the end. I loved the interweaving of the story of Anna McKenna and then Kimberly and Chet. I really liked the background of Anna and how she came to be on the ranch. 

Kimberly is a widow that has lost everything - her husband, her home, and her life. Her daughter, Tara, is having a really hard time with all that has happened to her and all she has lost. They are now living in Idaho, with Kimberly's friend, and Tara is gifted a pinto pony that is skittish but has a lot of potential. Kimberly is told about Chet, a man who has the gift of working with horses and she asks him if he can help her daughter with the pony. 

Chet is a father of two sons that is himself, skittish. He lost his son to an accident and then his wife left him and she has never been in touch with him or their sons again. He finds himself drawn to Kimberly, though, and we watch them try to get to know each other.

My favorite character in the book is Anna. I love her story and her faith. She is so wise and knows exactly what makes people react the way they do. She always is so thankful for where God has brought her and she's a great example of joy in the Lord! I really enjoyed her story.

This is a wonderful book! Such a believable, yet sweet, story! I enjoyed the story so much and the characters. It's just the perfect balance of a lovely story along with not really knowing what's going to happen. I definitely had a hard time putting it down because I wanted to know what happened next. I think you'll love this story as much as I did and I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

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

You can read more reviews of this book HERE 




Blessings - Julie

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Jesus Daily - 12 Days of Christmas Tour - Review and Giveaway!




ABOUT THE BOOK:

Based on the major themes found on the most active Facebook page in history, JESUS DAILY is a 365-day interactive devotional that goes beyond even the fan page to create a deeper experience and cultural movement that celebrates your redemption in Christ. JESUS DAILY presents a devotional through but also challenges you to respond to each daily reflection using a variety of social media tools.

JESUS DAILY is a worldwide revolution in how you can connect, share, and worship personally with other believers.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Aaron Tabor, M.D. started the Jesus Daily Facebook page in 2009. He is the president of Gene Facelift, a gene theraphy biotechnology company developing anti-aging and wound-healing drugs. Dr. Tabor is a graduate of the John Hopkins School of Medicine.

MY REVIEW:




This little book really caught my eye when I received it. It's very colorful and has high-quality slick paper inside. I love a book that just feels good in my hand!

I found it so interesting how this devotional came about! Dr. Tabor shares in the beginning about how he felt he wasn't doing enough for Jesus on a daily basis. He is a very busy doctor and even though he would read his Bible daily, his day was consumed with his research. He decided to create a Facebook page that would be devoted to focusing on Jesus every day. It is the most active page on Facebook with over 27 million fans!

This devotional shares a Scripture for the day, then there is a short but powerful devotional for you to reflect on. Then there is a daily interaction called "CONNECT". This challenges us to share with others something about Jesus either on the Facebook page, by email or by using a social media to connect to others. I really love this idea because most of us are on social media off and on during the day and what a wonderful way to share the love of Jesus!

I love the inside of this book - it's so beautiful! Here is the picture for the month of December as well as the devotional for today:

 

When I received this devotional, I was given an extra copy to give to a family member or friend. I gave my copy to my husband and we have been using it as our devotional for our quiet time together. It's been such a great devotional for us both! We have enjoyed sharing our thoughts with our friends and family using our social media. It is easier to share on social media rather than face to face some days and, for me, it's really been great because I'm still home-bound and this gives me a chance to share and have a conversation about Jesus with others online.

I really like JESUS DAILY and I highly recommend it! I give it 5 out of 5 stars. 

This book was provided to me for my honest review by the Hachette Book Group

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Blessings - Julie