Monday, May 22, 2017

Tranquility - A Prayer and Reflection Coloring Journal


ABOUT THE BOOK:

Tranquility: A Prayer and Reflection Coloring Journal invites you to mix creative journaling and coloring into your personal time with God. Prayers that focus on topics such as being thankful, dealing with stress and heartache, caring for yourself and others, listening for God’s leading, and waiting patiently on Him will guide your thoughts and calm your spirit. Filled with more than 100 designs to color, plenty of space for journaling, and 40 needs-based prayers, Tranquility will help you express your devotion to God with your whole heart.

MY REVIEW:

This is a beautiful book! I really love everything about it from the covers from the gorgeous pages inside.

This is a coloring prayer journal that gives you lots of beautiful art to color in and each page is uniquely different. There are amazing prayers throughout as well Scripture to meditate on. I loved writing down what was on my heart as I read the prayers and the Scripture on the lines provided. I like that they give you quite a bit of space to write down your thoughts or prayers.

The pictures to color in are really nice! There are animals, landscapes and more gorgeous things for you to color in. The pages are good quality and handle the colored pencils I used really well. Everything is wonderfully put together and has become a huge favorite of mine.

I highly recommend this beautiful book and think you'll enjoy it as much as I do. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by Tyndale Blog Network


Blessings - Julie

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Book Review - Forensic Faith

ABOUT THE BOOK:

J. Warner Wallace has asked this question in churches across America over the past several years, and the answer he gets is often disappointing; it's almost always rooted in some sort of personal, subjective experience. As a community, we Christians aren't typically prepared to make the case for why we believe Christianity is true from the objective evidence of history, philosophy or science. Worse yet, many of us don't think we have any obligation to do so.

In J. Warner's first two books, he made the case for God's existence (God's Crime Scene) and the case for Christianity (Cold-Case Christianity). In Forensic Faith, J. Warner completes the trilogy by making the case for... making the case! In Forensic Faith, J. Warner helps readers understand why it's important to defend what they believe, and provides them with a unique template to help them become effective "Christian Case Makers." Forensic Faith will help readers:

-understand why they, as Christians, have a duty to defend the truth
-develop a training strategy to master the evidence for Christianity
-learn how to employ the techniques of a detective to discover new insights from God's Word
-become a better communicators by learning the skills of professional case makers

With real-life detective stories, fascinating strategies, and biblical insights, J. Warner hopes to teach readers the daily cold-case investigative disciplines they can apply in their lives as believers. Forensic Faith is an engaging, fresh look at what it means to be a Christian.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

J. Warner Wallace is a cold-case homicide detective who has been featured on Dateline, Fox News, and Court TV. A former atheist, he is the author of "Cold-Case Christianity" and "God's Crime Scene." Wallace has a master's degree in theology and lives in California with his wife and four children.

Find out more about J. Warner at http://coldcasechristianity.com.

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MY REVIEW:

This book had so much great information put together in such an interesting and compelling way! I found myself not wanting to put it down because it pulled me in and grabbed my attention from the beginning to end.

The author explains Christianity in the same methodical way he would solve a case as a homicide detective. I really found this interesting and, I think if this book were presented to an atheist or someone who had doubts about God, they would be so drawn in, they would not be able to come away from this book unchanged. As a life-long Christian, I learned new things and had a deeper understanding of my faith in God.

As a former atheist, Mr. Wallace, has written this book from the point of view of coming to his own faith through a methodical, logical process. He doesn't diminish faith but proves why it's so important. I really loved how he explains things in such a clear manner that makes total sense and gives us real information for sharing with others.

I read through this book fairly quickly but now am going back through it to really savor and ponder. There are a lot of great things the author recommends we do that I didn't have time to do before but, the book is so good, I now want to go back and really dig deeper.

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

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


Blessings - Julie

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Book Review - Brave Is the New Beautiful


ABOUT THE BOOK:

Women are left feeling alone and overwhelmed. How can they stop comparing themselves to others? How can they live out who they really are?

Lee Wolfe Blum offers stories from everyday women who have answered these questions with their lives-and found true beauty in the process. In Brave Is the New Beautiful, Blum weaves reflections from her own journey with inspirational stories from everyday women who chose to take off their masks and live authentically. Through call-to-action questions and ideas, she encourages readers to be brave enough to be who they really are and the beloved that God knows they are.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Lee Wolfe Blum is an energetic and passionate speaker who loves to help women find hope in healing from perfectionism and addictions. She works as a mental health practitioner in the field of Eating Disorders and Chemical Dependency. She lives in Minnesota with her husband and three boys.

Find out more about Lee Wolfe at leewolfeblum.com

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MY REVIEW:

This book is so encouraging and truly did help me to see that brave is beautiful!

I love the writing style of Lee as she writes as though she is sitting with us and talking with us as a friend. She drew me into the book on the first page and I just couldn't put it down! It was so exciting to realize that being me was beautiful and that all the scars and hard things were what make me...me!

We are so caught up in our culture of presenting a good face. Perfect pictures of our perfect homes (when there is no such thing) and hiding the pain that we are feeling as we go through the hard things. I absolutely loved the stories she shares throughout and they were so encouraging and gave me confidence to go forward. I had tears in my eyes while reading some of these stories but not because of sorrow but because of the bravery I saw in the pages.

My favorite part of this book are the questions for reflection at the end of each chapter. She asked the right questions to help me become the person I want to be. They weren't always easy questions to answer but that's the point. They made me dig deep into what I truly believe about myself.

I love this book and will definitely be reading it again. I gained so much from this book and I believe you will, too. Every woman really should read this book! I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

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


Blessings - Julie

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Book Review - Beautiful Word Devotional

ABOUT THE BOOK:

He has made everything beautiful in its time.
Ecclesiastes 3:11

Your devotional time is precious as you draw near to the Lord and experience His love in your life. The Beautiful Word Devotional is the perfect companion to help you experience His goodness through His Word as beautifully lettered Scripture.

This devotional includes:
182 verses illustrated in full color Special places to write your own reflections Warm devotions for each day of the year Dive into 365 devotions to nurture your spirit and encourage your heart as God’s Word washes over you with its promises. With lovely devotions and inspiring images, The Beautiful Word Devotional will refresh your heart daily as you seek to enjoy God’s Word in a creative way.

MY REVIEW:

This is a beautiful devotional book that has so much for your quiet time with the Lord.

It is divided into monthly sections with daily sections of devotions. On the left side of the page is a beautiful artistic rendition of the Scripture for study. Then on the right page, is a column of lines for putting down your own thoughts about the devotion and Scripture. This was my favorite part as it allowed me to record what the Lord was speaking to my heart through my daily reading.

This is a hardback book but it lies flat for easy reading and writing, which I really like. The readings are easy to understand yet I learned so much from them. I liked the daily Scripture and it is written out at the top of the page for the day so you can focus on God's Word first.

This is a beautiful devotion book. It's perfect for those of us who like to write our thoughts or for those who like the draw. There is plenty of room on the lined column for both. I highly recommend this devotional book to women who like the have a beautiful start to their day both visually and Spiritually. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

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


Blessings - Julie

Monday, May 1, 2017

Book Review - The Joy Of Letting Go

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Parents let go of their children every day, even in ways they don't realize. The 52 devotional readings within shine a light on all the times readers have loosened their grip on their children and encourages them to continue to let go in life-giving ways. Written by a parenting and education expert, The Joy of Letting Go will comfort and inspire parents in all seasons of parenting.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Dr. Vicki Caruana is the author of 20 books and the blog Apples & Chalkdust-named after her bestselling book that has touched the lives of a million educators around the world. Caruana is one of four parenting experts on "Starting Points," Focus on the Family's parenting DVD series. Formerly a public school teacher and a homeschooling mom, Vicki is now an assistant professor of education at Mount Saint Mary College in New York. She lives with her station wagon loving husband, Chip, in Newburgh, New York and has two grown sons in Colorado Springs.

Find out more about Vicki at http://vickicaruana.blogspot.com.
 
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MY REVIEW:

This is a nice devotion all about letting our children grow up and get lives of their own. This book is geared towards the parent with teenagers, to prepare them and our hearts for when they go out on their own, but I think it's great for the parent with young adult children, too. Especially if they are still struggling with the empty nest feelings of loss.

I actually read this little book in a couple settings and found it so helpful. I love all her ideas about how we have been letting our children start out on their own when we first encouraged them to take their first steps on their own. The focus on the joy of allowing our kids to get out on their own was exactly what I needed. As a mom who has been seeing her own children grow up and establish lives of their own, I've had many of the empty nest feelings of sadness that goes along with it.

I loved the Scriptures and quotes throughout the book and the thoughtful questions. The Scriptures remind me that, although this book is helpful, true peace and joy come from the Lord. This book was helpful for me, however, I think it really focuses on guiding the parent into helping our children transition in to their own lives. I would have liked a little more information on how to get past the feelings of loss as a parent.

This is a good book, especially if you have teenage children. It has a lot of helpful information and will help in guiding your children into adulthood. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

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


Blessings - Julie