Thursday, August 13, 2020

Bible Study Review - 7 Feasts by Erin Davis


ABOUT THE BOOK:

In her first title in Moody Publishers Bible study line for women, Davis, a speaker, author, and blogger, leads women through an 8-week study on the Seven Feasts outlined in Leviticus 23, from the Passover and the Feast of Firstfruits to the Day of Atonement and the Feast of Booths.
“Leviticus isn’t just a book of rules arbitrarily handed down by a detached authority” says Davis. “They are opportunities to learn how to live, given to us by our patient Teacher. This paradigm shift matters, because it speaks to the heart of God.”


ABOUT THE AUTHOR;

A popular speaker, author, and blogger, Erin Davis has addressed women of all ages nationwide and is passionately committed to sharing God's Truth with others. She is the author of many books, including Connected, Beyond Bath Time, and books in the My Name Is Erin series. She also contributes regularly to the True Woman blog. When she’s not writing, you can find Erin chasing down chickens and children on her small farm in the Midwest.

MY REVIEW:

As someone who loves studying the Old Testament, I was very excited about this study. It focuses on the 7 feasts and the book of Leviticus. It has been a wonderful study and there's so much to say about it.

First of all, I love how the author takes us slowly through thie study and Scripture so we get all the nuances and the understanding of everything we are reading. I love studies that don't rush me through everything with the idea of saying I finished a study. I want to know everything about what I'm reading and studying so that I can truly understand and apply it to my life.

The 7 feasts that Erin teaches about are:

Passover: Reminds us of our deliverance from death.
Feast of Unleavened Bread: Reminds us that we still face the dangerous and permeating death of sin.
Feast of First fruits: Celebrates that God gives us His very best: Himself. In return, as an act of worship, we give Him our very best.
Feast of Weeks: Reminds us that God never wastes the wait.
Feast of Trumpets: Jesus will fulfill the Feast of Trumpets with His triumphant return.
Day of Atonement: This day showcase’s God’s elaborate grace.
Feast of Booths: Shines the spotlight on God and reminds His children of His character.

Each of these feasts gives us a better understanding of God and Jesus. There is so much important information and Erin helps us to digest each section slowly by asking us to write out certain Scriptures (which always helps me), and answering vital questions about what we've learned. She doesn't leave us wondering but explains everything beautifully and in ways that are very understandable.

I absolutely love this study and I think you will, too.  It's such a great study that will open your eyes to the 7 feasts, the Old Testament and Jesus. It's in-depth and totally Biblical, which is so important.  I highly recommend this study an give it 5 stars.

*This Bible study was provided to me by Side Door Communications and Moody Publishers. 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.


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Blessings - Julie

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Book Review - The Pursuit of God by A. W. Tozer



ABOUT THE BOOK:

More than 70 years after its original release, this A.W. Tozer classic continues to resonate with power in the heart of anyone longing for a deeper experience with God. Penned on a train from Illinois to Texas, Tozer's words echo across the decades, inviting you to think deeply about your faith as you come alive to God's presence surrounding, sustaining, and--yes--pursuing you.

"This book is a modest attempt," Tozer wrote, "to aid God's hungry children so to find Him." If you are hungry, The Pursuit of God will lead you to the only One who can satisfy the soul.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

A.W. Tozer (1897-1963) was a self-taught theologian, pastor, and writer whose powerful words continue to grip the intellect and stir the soul of today's believer. He authored more than forty books. The Pursuit of God and The Knowledge of the Holy are considered modern devotional classics. Get Tozer information and quotes at www.twitter.com/TozerAW.

MY REVIEW:

In my opinion, this is a book that everyone should read. If you're not a Christian, it will open your heart and eyes to the living God and, if you are a Christian, it will draw you closer to the Lord and create a deeper relationship with him.

This book was originally published in 1948 but it's Biblical principles and truths contained inside are timeless.  It's written in a way that is easy to read and apply to your life. It was difficult for me to put down.  I had a highlighter in hand the whole time I was reading as there was so much I want to refer back to. 

Mr. Tozer emphasizes that we need to experience God - to cultivate a relationship with him that grows through consistent time with him as we would anyone important to us in our life.  One of my favorite quotes from the book is, "God wills that we should push on into His Presence and live our whole lives there". This, for me, explains what this book is about in that one sentence.

This really is a book that I will read over and over again. With each reading, I believe there will be new things that pop out of me. I highly recommend this book and give it 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me by Bethany House. 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 

Monday, August 3, 2020

Counting Our Blessings - Linkup


The Counting Our Blessings Linkup is such an important part of my blog. It's something that defines not only my blog but my life...looking and focusing on blessings. It's not always easy but it's important for my mental well-being. It keeps me focused on my faith in Jesus and that's the most important thing in my life.

It's been extremely hot here and we have been under a heat advisory.  Instead of it cooling down at night as normal, it''s even quite warm at night.  On the evenings that it's not, though, I'm so thankful to be able to sit on my deck and look at the mountains. It's such a calming feeling.


I sit out here and pray to the Lord and always feel much better. I'm so blessed to have such a beautiful view and Someone to talk to anytime I want.  😊

My son made me this beautiful bird house! I absolutely love it and it's hanging at the end of my deck near the food and water for the birds.



I love how he burns the wood as a finish.  It shows off the grain of the wood so beautifully! I know the birds are going to love making their home in this wonderful house.

These lilies were a gift from someone at my son's work. I have enjoyed them so much! They have been blooming non-stop for weeks and bring me such joy!


She gave us a lot of things for our yard including bushes, trees and garlic. I wanted to thank her for all her kindness and so I made her this for her home.


The roses and rose buds are a deep purple that doesn't show up that great in this picture.  It's her favorite color so I wanted to make it personal for her.  I hope she likes it.

What would have taken me maybe an afternoon to paint, this welcome sign took me over a week.  Recovery from cancer and chemo is a very slow process and I'm exhausted every day. I don't feel well most days but I'm thankful for the fact that I'm in remission and that I WILL get better.  I have faith that the Lord has a plan for me - just like He has a plan for you!

Please share your blessing on the linkup below. It can be something you made, something that blessed you, an article that encourages, or anything that will bless others. Thank you for being a part of my blog!



Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Book Review - The Prayer of Agur


ABOUT THE BOOK:

Balance and contentment are in short supply in today’s culture. So how should we respond?

You need to meet Agur. His short, heartfelt prayer — the only prayer in all of Proverbs — just might rescue you from the extremes of our hectic times.

“Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.”
Proverbs 30:8

Notice. This quirky, little-known prophet doesn’t ask for more than he needs or less than he needs. But only his daily bread. (He goes on to explain why that’s important.)

Imagine finding new purpose and contentment in your work, personal ministry, and relationships. Open your heart to Agur’s wit and wisdom, and you can learn to

• escape imbalance
• overcome fear of failure and eliminate envy
• joyfully pursue your passions
• reap the eternal rewards of trusting God
• find your personal sweet spot

In our modern, busy lives, embracing balance leads us away from bad decision-making and the emotional cost of trying to do too much or survive with too little.

This engaging and practical book faithfully unpacks Agur’s humble prayer. Read it in an evening. Affirm it for a lifetime. Share it with those you love.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jay Payleitner is one of the top freelance producers for Christian radio, having worked on Josh McDowell Radio, Today's Father, Jesus Freaks Radio, and Project Angel Tree with Chuck Colson.

Jay is a long-time affiliate with the National Center for Fathering and Iron Sharpens Iron.  He speaks at men's retreats, marriage weekends, writers' conferences, and weekend services. Jay has sold more than half million books including the bestselling 52 Things Kids Need from a Dad, The Prayer of Agur, and What If God Wrote Your Bucket List? His books have been translated into at least ten languages. And he has been a guest multiple times on The Harvest Show, Moody Radio, Cornerstone TV, and Focus on the Family.

Jay and his high school sweetheart, Rita, live in the Chicago area where they raised five great kids, loved on ten foster babies, and are cherishing grandparenthood.

MY REVIEW:

This lovely little book is packed full of nuggets of wisdom from the prayer of Agur.  You, like me, not initially know who Agur is. He wrote the beautiful Scripture of Proverbs 30 that is a prayer of God giving him the right amount to live his life properly. Jay calls this the "sweet spot" of living in contentment.

I highlighted this book extensively and even took notes as I read through it.  There were so many wise thoughts that I didn't want to forget!


Proverbs is a book of wisdom for our life, but Agur's prayer really gives us in a nutshell what the secret to contentment is.  Not to have too much or too little. To keep our eyes on the Lord and live our according to His will.

I really loved how Jay emphasized that the Lord has given us each a gift. He tells us that God wants us to do the things that come easily. These things are our gifts and we should be doing those things to praise and worship the Lord.  I found this to be such a relief! My calling shouldn't be difficult or confusing.  God made it easy! Do what you love and what you're good at!

This book really opened my eyes to the secret of contentment.  I absolutely love this book and will definitely be re-reading it over and over again.  It's very grounding and very inspiring at the same time! I highly recommend it and give it 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.



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Blessings - Julie

Friday, July 10, 2020

Book Review - Line By Line


ABOUT THE BOOK:

Since she was young, Alice McNeil has seen success as a telegrapher as the best use for her keen and curious mind. Years later, she has yet to regret her freedom and foregoing love and marriage, especially when she acquires a coveted position at an important trading firm. But when the company’s ambitious junior director returns to London, things begin to change in ways Alice could never have imagined.

For Douglas Shaw, years of hard work and ingenuity enabled him to escape a life of grinding poverty. He’s also determined to marry into high society—a step that will ensure he never returns to the conditions of his past.

He immediately earns Alice’s respect by judging her based on her skills and not her gender, and a fast camaraderie forms. However, when Alice accidentally angers a jealous coworker and his revenge threatens both their reputations, Alice and Douglas are forced to confront what is truly important in their lives. Will their growing bond give them the courage to see the future in a different light?


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jennifer Delamere writes tales of the past...and new beginnings. Her novels have won numerous accolades, including Romance Writers of America RITA® award finalist, a starred review from Publishers Weekly, and the Maggie Award for Excellence from Georgia Romance Writers. Jennifer holds a B.A. in English from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where she became fluent in French and developed an abiding passion for winter sports. She's been an editor of nonfiction and educational materials for two decades. She loves reading classics and histories, which she mines for the vivid details to bring to life the people and places in her books.

MY REVIEW:

I could hardly put this book down! What a wonderful and exciting start to a new series. I can't wait for the next book in this Love Along the Wires Series.

Alice is a woman who knows what she wants.  She has goals that have nothing to do with marriage and she works hard to be good at her work as a telegraph operator. She had a teacher who believed in her and helped her to set goals most women in 1880's would never dream of.  I really liked Alice because she tried to do her best and she had so much confidence!

She meets Douglas at her new job and he is just as goal orientated as she is, if not more so.  They see a kindred spirit in each other and become good friends.  Their admiration for each other was just wonderful and how good relationships begin.

As the story goes along, they both start to re-think their goals in life. They realize that plans can be changed and it doesn't mean you fail - you just re-plan and go for the new goals in your life.

I really enjoyed this book and the historical setting.  The fact that it's set in London just gives it that much more enjoyment in my eyes. It's an enjoyable story with memorable characters and I highly recommend it! I give it 5 stars.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley.  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.


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Blessings - Julie