Monday, September 26, 2016

Bible Review - NKJV Word Study Bible

ABOUT THE BIBLE:

The NKJV Word Study Bible includes in-text subheadings and 1,700 easy-to-use word studies with select Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek words explained in every chapter from Genesis to Revelation, helping you dig deeper into your Bible study. By looking into these ancient texts we are able to read scripture as it was originally written and passed on from generation to generation, bringing these words to life and allowing you to almost hear Jesus teaching on the hillside or crying out to God on the cross. As you study you will discover the richness and significance of the original languages of the Word of God and experience scripture in a whole new way.
Features Include:

• NKJV paragraph-style text with in-text subheadings and translators' notes
• Book introductions
• Words of Christ in red
• Word studies
• Indexes
• Concordance

MY REVIEW:

This is a fantastic Bible! I have been wanting one that gives the Greek and Hebrew definitions of words as I study and this is perfect!

I really appreciate how I can study the Bible so easily with this version and understand what I'm reading. Each book of the Bible has an introductory to explain what it's about and also shares a list of "Watch Words" to look for as you read through the book. I absolutely love how the definitions are highlighted in blue boxes so it makes it so easy to find and read. I also like that the words of Jesus are red-lettered, making it easier to read the words of Jesus.

This is the perfect Bible for Bible studies, too. I have been using it for the Bible study I'm doing right now and it has made my Bible study time deeper and richer. It gives me a clearer understanding of what I'm reading and how it should be understood. Since it uses the Strong's concordance numbers for the highlighted words, it makes it great for inductive Bible studying.

I highly recommend this Bible if you want to understand God's Word in a clearer way. If you do Bible studies, this really is a must have Bible because you'll come away from your studies with a clearer understanding. I highly recommend this Bible and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

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


Blessings - Julie

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Book Review - While My Child Is Away

ABOUT THE BOOK:

The most powerful thing a parent can do for their child is to pray. Sometimes, the only thing a parent can do for their child is pray for them, but that is enough. When your child is at school or camp, with another parent, or even grown and living on their own, these prayers for blessings, protections, wisdom and insight will resonate with you. Written from the heart of a mother who has prayed her sons through schools, college, military deployment and now the distance that comes when they are grown and on their own, these words bring to life the concerns every parent has for their son or daughter. Whatever their age, if they are away for days or years, these prayers will speak right to the heart of God.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Find your voice, live your story…is the foundation of Edie Melson’s message, no matter if she’s addressing parents, military families or writers. As an author, blogger, and speaker she’s encouraged and challenged audiences across the country and around the world. Connect with her on her blog and through Twitter and Facebook.  You can visit her website at http://www.ediemelson.com

MY REVIEW:

What a wonderful and powerful book of prayer! As the mother of adult sons, this book is so perfect for me! It gives me the guidance of how and what to pray for my adult children. I have never seen a book like this before and it is so perfect for the mom (or parent, really) whose child is away from them for whatever reason. If they are away at school or grown up and on their own, this book guides you through prayers that will protect them and help them.

There are nine sections to the book, each on a topic that include faith, self-confidence, and good choices. I really found this helpful as I was able to find a prayer on the topic that fit the circumstance that I wanted to pray over. Edie also shares from her own life and she is so open in sharing things that you feel like she's a dear friend. You find that the things that concern you, she has dealt with and she directs us to pray first, which is such a great reminder for those of us to don't do this!

I have little flags on the prayers that I want to refer to for my children every day and highlighting throughout. You can either pray the prayers that she has in there, word for word, or you can allow them to guide you in your own prayer. I really loved this because there are things that she so eloquently says that really get to the root of the matter. It helps me so much to have this guidance for my prayers! She also shares prayers in areas that I had never really thought about but that are so important for our children! I love this, too, as it has given my prayers more depth and width.

I highly recommend this book to any parent who prays for their children. These prayers will make your prayers more on point and give you direction on what to pray. I really love this book and it has been added to my quiet time area to direct my prayers for my children. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by Worthy Publishing and First Look Blog Tours


Blessings - Julie

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Book Review - Do You Know You're Already Amazing Devotional

ABOUT THE BOOK:

In this all-new devotional, Holley Gerth encourages women to embrace who they are, become all God created them to be, and discover more of his purposes for their lives. She shares thirty truths from God's Word with insights based on women in the Bible, interactive journaling questions, and engaging prayer prompts for personal transformation and practical application.

"I praise you because you made me in an amazing and wonderful way" (Ps. 139:14). Holley's affirming message reminds all of us that believing the truth about who God says we are leads to praise, not to pride. It also brings joy, hope, and a deeper sense of purpose to our lives. Here's the secret: truth is not just a fact we store in our heads. Truth is Someone we seek with our hearts. Spending time with him and listening to his voice each day changes everything.

You really can live fully in freedom and victory. You really can know you're already loved, valuable, and amazing.

This book is the perfect companion to Holley's bestselling book You're Already Amazing.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Holley Gerth is a Wall Street Journal bestselling author, certified life coach, and speaker. She loves connecting with the hearts of women through her popular blog and books like You're Already Amazing. She's also cofounder of (in)courage and a partner with DaySpring. Holley lives with her husband, Mark, in the South. Hang out with her at www.holleygerth.com.

MY REVIEW:

I love this devotional! Of course, that's not a huge surprise as I have been loving the books of Holley Gerth for over two years now. I mean, each and every one has impacted my life in a really positive way and drawn me closer to God in deeper ways.

This devotional is 30 truths for you to read each day as a part of your quiet time or really anytime. I love this because I like the idea of reading it through and then starting again at the beginning of the month. The thing about Holley's writing is that you are constantly finding new nuggets of truth and wisdom when you re-read them so that's what I'm going to do.

These aren't tiny little one paragraph devotionals. They dig deep into the truth of God and give you a real deep truth to ponder for your life. Then at the end of the devotional, she gives you questions to think over and answer. The questions aren't little "yes or no" answers but questions that will have you really thinking about what you believe. Again, that's why this book is the perfect devotional to do over and over because you can really think about the answers.

As always, Holley points to the source of our love and contentment as the Lord. She has such wonderful Scriptures throughout and shares true Biblical wisdom. I have the book, Bible study and DVD's that go along with this devotional and they make a wonderful set for truly getting into how much God loves us just as we are.

I highly recommend this devotional! It's so good and really is a life changing little book. I love it and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by the author and Revell


Blessings - Julie

Monday, September 19, 2016

Book Review - Every Frenchman Has One

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Back in print for the first time in decades—and featuring a new interview with the author, in celebration of her centennial birthday—the delectable escapades of Hollywood legend Olivia de Havilland, who fell in love with a Frenchman—and then became a Parisian
 
 In 1953, Olivia de Havilland—already an Academy Award-winning actress for her roles in To Each His Own and The Heiress—became the heroine of her own real-life love affair. She married a Frenchman, moved to Paris, and planted her standard on the Left Bank of the River Seine. It has been fluttering on both Left and Right Banks with considerable joy and gaiety from that moment on.

 Still, her transition from Hollywood celebrity to parisienne was anything but easy. And in Every Frenchman Has One, her skirmishes with French customs, French maids, French salesladies, French holidays, French law, French doctors, and above all, the French language, are here set forth in a delightful and amusing memoir of her early years in the “City of Light.”

Paraphrasing Caesar, Ms. de Havilland says, “I came. I saw. I was conquered.”

MY REVIEW:

This was one of the most delightful books I have ever read! Miss de Havilland is so witty and I found myself laughing out loud several times while reading this. It's a very easy read because you just can't put the book down once you start reading it. It's a small volume that won't take you long to read.

This book was written in 1961 originally and has been re-published in honor of her 100th birthday. She is 100 years old - can you believe it? Anyway, it's just as wonderful reading this today as it must have been when she first published it.

She talks about her life in France after marrying her second husband. She shares the differences in the culture of France as compared to our American culture. Things are quite different and she has some very funny situations as well as some embarrassing events. You might think from the title that she is hinting that every Frenchman has a mistress but you'll find out quickly that is a misnomer that we Americans believe.

She shares about she and her husband remodeling their home and the crazy things that happened because of the differences in workmen there as compared to here. She also gets into the differences in medical and schooling there. I found it all very interesting and it made me long to live in a culture a bit more laid back. The biggest thing that I would enjoy is that they believe in discretion. Something quite lacking in our own culture, I believe!

It was fun at the back of the book where they did a little catch up with her and asked her opinion about how things may or may not have changed in her years of living in France. I found that quite interesting and her wit has not diminished one bit!

I loved this book and I highly recommend it! I'm not a huge fan of Hollywood star books but this one has the loveliness of you feeling like she could be your next door neighbor and friend. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by the Blogging for Books program


Blessings - Julie

Friday, September 16, 2016

Book Review - Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst

ABOUT THE BOOK:

The enemy wants us to feel rejected . . . left out, lonely, and less than. When we allow him to speak lies through our rejection, he pickpockets our purpose. Cripples our courage. Dismantles our dreams. And blinds us to the beauty of Christ’s powerful love.

In Uninvited, Lysa shares her own deeply personal experiences with rejection—from the incredibly painful childhood abandonment by her father to the perceived judgment of the perfectly toned woman one elliptical over.

With biblical depth, gut-honest vulnerability, and refreshing wit, Lysa helps readers:

• Release the desire to fall apart or control the actions of others by embracing God-honoring ways to process their hurt.

• Know exactly what to pray for the next ten days to steady their soul and restore their confidence.

• Overcome the two core fears that feed our insecurities by understanding the secret of belonging. • Stop feeling left out and start believing that "set apart" does not mean "set aside."

• End the cycle of perceived rejection by refusing to turn a small incident into a full blown issue.

MY REVIEW:

All I can say is "Wow!" I felt like Lysa had been reading my journals or was inside my head. This book spoke to my heart from the beginning to the end!

If you feel like you never quite measure up or you're unlovable, this is definitely the book for you! I was so encouraged by every word and how Lysa shared Scripture after Scripture of God unending love for us. She gives us the tools to help us overcome these feelings of inadequacy that bind us and keep us from doing things that we want to do - those feelings that make us feel like we are all alone.

I highlighted page after page and made my stars next to those paragraphs that I wanted to revisit. I think I have more highlighting that not! This book is the first book to really address the vulnerable feelings that I have felt my entire life. She shares how she thought a woman at her gym hated her and had this whole dialogue in her head about why. Have you ever done that? I do it all the time! She realized that the woman probably never gave her a second thought, yet she thought the woman hated her. Again, she shares how to get past doing this to ourselves!

That's what I love about this book the most - these are things we do to ourselves because we do feel so unloved and so hurt by the rejections in our life. Yes, some of them are real, but some of them are because we don't want to be hurt again and we are super careful. She shows us how we can really overcome these feelings and trust God and be filled to over flowing with His love and this will over flow into how we feel about ourselves.

I love this book! I think everyone truly should read it that has these feelings of inadequacy. It will seriously change your life - it did mine! 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


Blessings - Julie