Sunday, December 16, 2018

Bible Review - Inspire Catholic Bible


Introducing Tyndale’s newest addition to the bestselling Inspire line, and the first―and only―Catholic coloring Bible. The Inspire Catholic Bible features over 450 beautiful Scripture line-art illustrations to color plus two-inch-wide lightly ruled margins with extra space to write notes and reflections or to draw and create original art. Inspire’s generous 8.65-point font is larger and more readable than most other journaling Bible fonts, and the high-quality white Bible paper is great for colorers and creative Bible journalers of all skill levels.

Inspire Catholic Bible’s New Living Translation text has been approved by the Catholic Church for personal reading and features the official Imprimatur. The Holy Bible, New Living Translation, communicates God’s Word powerfully to all who read it, and Inspire is a wonderful legacy Bible for readers to record their faith journey.


This is a beautiful Bible with lots of extras you expect from the Tyndale family of Bibles.  It's really beautiful on the outside with a rose gold cover and an elastic band for keeping it closed.  It also has beautiful decorations on the sides of the pages that include flowers and butterflies.

For those of you who don't know what a Catholic Bible is, it includes the additional books of the Tobit, Judith, Wisdom of Solomon, Ecclesiasticus (Sirach), Baruch (includes the Letters of Jeremiah), I and II Maccabees, and additions to Daniel and Esther. These books were eliminated from the Protestant Bible long ago, however, as a Lutheran, we also had these books in our Bible in a separate section, so I am acquainted with them.

Inside you'll find gorgeous artwork that you can color and enhance with your own style. Some are full page artwork as well as artwork in the margins. Plus, there is amazing artwork on the inside covers of this Bible. The margins are extra wide, too, which I love for making notes. There are plenty of these lined margins throughout for making your own notes about what you've read or special prayers.

This version is the NLT, which has become my favorite version. It's easy to read and accurate to the original Greek and Hebrew. It's a great Bible for the beginner Christian as well as the long time Christian.

This Bible would make an excellent gift for Christmas, birthday's or anytime.  It would also be great to buy for yourself! I love this Bible and think you'll love it, too.

*This Bible was provided to me by Tyndale. I received a copy of this Bible 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 Bible.

Blessings - Julie

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Review of the Ellie Claire Journals

I am so excited to share the following journals with you!


This journal is SO gorgeous!! It's a year long journal that inspired me and is a feast for the eyes and heart! It's such a beautiful, high quality journal. The cover is a wonderful heavy-duty paper that can take a lot of abuse. It has a wonderful elastic band to keep it closed, as well.

Each day starts with a beautiful quote then it has the devotional and instruction to read Scripture. I love that there is a lot of lined area on the page for writing my own notes or even drawing something that represents what I've learned. The paper is such high quality that I was able to use my colored pencils and pens inside without any real bleed through. There was some shadowing for the darker colors on the back side but nothing that over-shadowed the writing on the back side.

It was so wonderful that each page was decorated with gorgeous flowers in the corner and a lined pattern at the bottom of the page. It is so gorgeous that it really speaks to my artistic soul.

This journal is fantastic with wonderful Biblical teachings and lots of writing/drawing space. I absolutely love it and I think you will, too!



This journal has to be one of the most gorgeous journals I've ever seen! The rich colors and amazing artwork inside absolutely enthralled me!

This is a year long devotional and journal that has a Scripture for each day and then an amazing devotional with a lot of lined space below for writing your thoughts about what you've read or for drawing in. The paper is such high quality and I was able to used my fine-line markers inside without any bleed through on the other side.

I love the Biblical teachings with the short yet beautiful prayers each day as they made me really draw closer to God. The beautiful peacocks on every page were just so beautiful and made me feel so special just holding the journal in my hand.

The cover is a heavy paper back with an elastic band for holding the journal closed. I liked that I could put the journal in my bag and not worry about it being damaged.

I love this journal and highly recommend it!



This is another high quality journal that I love! The cover and inside pages are so beautiful with a watercolor affect. The inside pages have a marble looking band on each page that is so classic looking.

The most important part is the amazing Biblical devotions. Each day starts with a Scripture followed by the devotion and ending in a prayer. Each one I read spoke to my heart and drew me closer to the Lord.  There is also a large area on each page with lines for writing your thoughts or doing some art journaling. The paper is so nice that it was able to handle my felt-tipped pens with no problem and no bleed through.

This is such a wonderful journal and I'm absolutely treasuring it.  I know you'll love it as much as I do.

Any of these journals would make a wonderful Christmas gift for yourself or someone on your Christmas list! They are all just wonderful!

*These journals were provided to me by Worthy Publishing. I received a copy of these books 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, drawing and writing in these journals.

Blessings - Julie

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Book Review - Dead Sea Rising by Jerry B. Jenkins


Nicole Berman is an archaeologist on the brink of a world-changing discovery. During her first dig in Jordan, she believes she has found concrete evidence of a biblical patriarch that could change history books forever. But someone doesn't want the truth revealed. While urgently trying to connect pieces of an ancient puzzle, a dangerous enemy is out to stop her.


Author of more than 195 books with sales of over 70 million copies, including the best-selling Left Behind series, Jerry B. Jenkins is former vice president for publishing and former chairman of the board of trustees for the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago. Jerry's writing has appeared in Time, Reader's Digest, Parade, Guideposts, and dozens of Christian periodicals. Twenty-one of his books have reached The New York Times best-seller list (seven debuting number one).

Jerry owns the Jerry Jenkins Writers Guild, through which he trains writers online.


Like so many of Jerry Jenkins books, the first sentence drew me fully into the story and kept me there until the last page. This is definitely a book that I found hard to even set down.

This is an unusual book in that you have multiple story lines that weave together and create an amazing story. As always, the words of Mr. Jenkins are so beautiful, yet concise, and you end up feeling as though you are a part of the story yourself.

Nicole Berman is the main character and she is an archaeologist who is hoping to be called to a dig in the Middle East when a family situation forces her focus away from this. Her mother has fallen but it's not clear how or why and this creates a mystery in itself. Her family is close and I love seeing the dynamics between her and her parents.

The different stories, even though they are in different time periods, do come together with purpose and make for an interesting read, in my opinion.  I also like the fact that we see real-life dilemmas in these characters lives that we, ourselves, might have to deal with. It was interesting to see them wrestle with the needs of their family versus the wants of their hearts.

If you enjoy a good story with mysterious aspects as well as taking you on a roller coaster of emotions, then you are going to love Dead Sea Rising! I absolutely loved it and can't wait for the next book of this series. I highly recommend this book and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me by Worthy Publishing. 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

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Book Review - Promises from God for Life's Hard Moments and companion Journal


We all face moments of stress, discouragement and uncertainty in life.  In those times, we need reassurance that there is hoope, that we are loved, and that we will make it through whatever comes our way.

God offers all of this to each of us through the promises in His Word. Here you will find fifty-two of those promises along with prayers and encouraging quotes from beloved bestselling author, Holley Gerth.


Holley Gerth is a bestselling author of several books including You're Already Amazing. She is a counselor and life coach, as well as a cofounder of (in) Her personal site has almost 40,000 subscribers. She's partnered with daySpring for twenty years and written more than 2,000 greeting cards and gift products.  Find her at


This devotional is so beautiful, inspirational and encouraging. I felt like the each and every word was a balm to my heart.

I love that Holley covers so many topics that concern us in our daily lives. Anxiety, comparison, depression, heartbreak, rejection and worry are just a few of the things that are focused on. I love that if I'm having an issue with something, more than likely, this book is going to guide me through Scripture and Holley's wise words to give me direction.

Each devotion starts with a topic, a Scripture and a beautiful prayer then goes into the devotion based on the topic. They are short devotions but they are comforting and wise. I came away from each one feeling like I knew God in a more intimate way and knowing that God loves me beyond measure. That's a great thing!

The devotion also has beautiful artwork that is a feast for the eyes. I love books that give us beauty with graphics and words.

The companion journal is so lovely with lots of blank pages for your thoughts and prayers. It also has a lot of the artwork that matches the devotional  throughout that make this journal just gorgeous! Scriptures at the bottom of some of the pages are a reminder of God's Word. This is one of the most beautiful journals I've ever seen!

Here are some inside pages of the devotional:

This is one of the pages of artwork in the journal. It's just gorgeous!

These two books would make a wonderful Christmas present or a special gift anytime. They are books that will bring hope and comfort into your daily life and allow you to write your own words and thoughts as you read the devotional and your Bible. I absolutely love them!

*These books were provided to me by DaySpring. 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, December 3, 2018

It's Beginning To Look Like Christmas

We are in December and I'm already feeling the pressure of trying to accomplish it all. Do you do that during the holidays? I have tried very hard to work on things all through the year but I have had so many days of not feeling energetic that I haven't gotten as much done as I would like. However, I have been able to make a few things and I want to show you some of them. 

I purchased these first ornaments at Michael's. I wanted to have ornaments with our names on them, as I do every year. I thought these were quite cute for pre-made ornaments. The first one is for my hubby

I wrote my husband's name and then painted the little greenery and berries to liven it up a bit.

This second one is for my son.  I thought this puppy was SO cute and I knew he would like it as it has the same coloring as his dog, Cookie.

Again, I added the little greenery and the berries so it wouldn't look so blank.

Finally, here is my ornament. I really like this angel and thought she was very cute.

I added the little extra greenery to mine, too.  These ornaments are made of polymer clay so when I was done painting everything, I sprayed them with a glossy polyurethane. I'm quite pleased with them!

I painted this next ornament myself. I think it's just TOO cute!

I haven't decided if I will add some of my special wire that my son made as a hanger or a cute ribbon as a hanger. Probably the wire as I think it's so extra special. I just love this little camper!

Finally, I'm working on this ceramic Sea Santa. I'm going with soft pastels for him as I want it to be like the colors of shells.

I'm using acrylic paints and then highlighting with pearl paints. I just love this Santa and how unique he is. I have made many ceramic Santa's through the years and love seeing them all together each year. I have even more to paint! So fun!

I hope you enjoyed seeing my few creations. I'm really hoping to get more things done but am trying not to put too much pressure on myself either. How are you doing with all your Christmas preparations?

Blessings - Julie