Saturday, November 18, 2017

Book Review and Giveaway - Adored 365

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Lindsay believes that reminders of how precious you are to God are important to young women. Especially in seasons of being inundated with social media, complicated friendships, dating, or even bullied in friendships. Lindsay is a passionate young woman who wants others to know how much they are loved for who they are, not what they become. In Adored: 365 Devotions for Young Women, Lindsay encourages us to keep learning about God's limitless love and how He adores us. She does this through a short scripture verse and a message filled with straightforward advice and deep spiritual truths.


MY REVIEW:

I LOVE this devotional!! It's such a beautiful little book inside and out.

This devotion really focuses on God's love for us. It explains how much God loves and adores us and how He does this in such amazing ways.

Each day starts with a Scripture to meditate on and there is a devotion for each day of the year and then a space at the bottom of the page for recording your own thoughts. I really like this because it helps me to remember what I've read and to write down things that really spoke to me or that I want to especially remember.

I can't tell you how gorgeous the inside of this book is. I just love the pretty pages! More importantly, each Scripture and devotion really shows you how much God loves you and how special you are to Him. I believe we all need to be reminded of this!

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

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by the BlogAbout Network



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Blessings - Julie

Book Review - Pass It On

ABOUT THE BOOK:

There are many different kinds of legacies we can leave, but sharing yourself and your faith with the next generation will always stand the test of time. Through showing himself and his wisdom in the book of Proverbs, God has also left his legacy with us and relies on us to share it with our children and grandchildren. But before we can share that wisdom, first we must grow in our own understanding and knowledge and record, reflect, and consider what we have learned.

Pass it On provides readers with an opportunity to create a legacy of wisdom and faith and to share it with their children and grandchildren. As readers are guided through the book of Proverbs, they are asked to create their own personalized, wisdom journal with the aim of giving it to someone they love. Through careful study, answering questions, writing out prayers, and sharing personal stories, readers can create a lasting keepsake for themselves and for their families and friends.

Created by Champ Thornton, best-selling author ofThe Radical Book for Kids, Pass It On is an innovative resource to strengthen families and help them grow in their love for God and each other. This is a perfect gift for an older and wiser friend or relative, so they can share themselves and what they have learned about God with the next generation.

The fresh and careful translation provided comes from Dr. Bruce Waltke, who, now in his eighties, has devoted his life to a humble and Christ-focused study of God s Word, and especially the book of Proverbs. His two-volume work on Proverbs is considered by many as the premier commentary in the English language. As you study the translation of individual chapters, add your own comments in the margins. And feel free to circle, underline, and connect key words or phrases as you see them in the chapter for the day.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Champ Thornton, MDiv, is associate pastor at Ogletown Baptist Church in Delaware. He has pastored in South Carolina and served as director of SOMA, a ministry training school in Columbus, OH. He is also the author of "The Radical Book for Kids: Exploring the Roots and Shoots of Faith," "God's Love: A Bible Storybook," and Bible curriculum for early and upper elementary-aged children. Champ and his wife, Robben, have been married since 1996 and have three children.

Find out more about Champ at http://www.champthornton.com/.

MY REVIEW:

This book has so much about it that I love. It goes through the Proverbs and it gives you a journal to really dig deep and record your thoughts.

First of all, this is a beautiful book/journal. The cover is so pretty and soft to the touch. It's an expensive looking journal that is pleasing to the eye and touch. It makes you want to pick it up and use it!

The inside is what is really beautiful as it has Proverbs written out for each day and then in-depth areas for journaling and prayer. What I like, is that there is a guided tour through each chapter and this really helps you to pull out of the Proverb what we need to know. It gives us guidance to really look deeply into those areas.

After you've read the Proverb, you then have the Identifying the Verse, Going Deeper, Connecting the Gospel, Personalizing Prayer, and finally Sharing Your Story. This gives you a way to really connect to the Word of God in a very personal way that helps you to remember.

This would be a great addition to your family devotions or homeschooling. This journal is intended for families to share with youth, however, I could definitely see using this in a youth group setting, as well. I have to say I really loved it for myself!

I highly recommend this book! I would have loved using this when I was homeschooling my children but am using for myself now during my quiet time. I just love it and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

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



Blessings - Julie

Friday, November 17, 2017

Book Review & Giveaway - Ordinary Graces


ABOUT THE BOOK:

And God has given us many, such as his grace-the gift we don't deserve and can never earn. Promises from the One who declares we are already loved, already accepted, already created in his image. The question becomes, will we truly receive that gift? Will the reality of it actually change the way we think and notice and reach out?

God's Word will stand forever, in any season of life. These truths prompt us to respond with compassion and courage.

Through inspiring devotions, Lucinda Secrest McDowell reveals biblical blessings that remind us that: God's promises give us strength, God's grace can be most evident at our weakest points, a proper response to our abundance of blessings is simply gratitude, and the "more" we are all looking for is the same abundant life that Jesus came to give us.

Would you like to receive these gifts of ordinary grace? Join Lucinda in focusing on one word a day through devotional readings and short benedictions for any and every season to explore the many facets of Grace, Strength, Gratitude, and Life.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Lucinda Secrest McDowell is passionate about embracing life - both through deep soul care from drawing closer to God, as well as living courageously in order to touch a needy world. A storyteller who engages both heart and mind, she offers "Encouraging Words" to all on the journey. A graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Furman University, Cindy is the author of 13 books, including "Ordinary Graces," "Dwelling Places," "Live These Words," "Refresh!," "Quilts from Heaven" and "Role of a Lifetime." Whether co-directing the "reNEW - retreat for New England Writing," mentoring young moms, or leading a restorative day of prayer, she is energized by investing in people of all ages.

Find out more about Lucinda at http://EncouragingWords.net.

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MY REVIEW:

This is such an uplifting book. It seemed each and every page was filled with things I needed to read.

This book is divided into four sections - Grace, Strength, Gratitude and Life. I started reading in the strength section because that's what I felt I really needed at this time. I was so encouraged by each and every word.

After this section, I went back to the beginning of the book and read through without hardly setting the book down. There are so many Scriptures to meditate on and apply to our life. I loved how she took the Scripture and had a story to go along with it. At the end of each section, there is a few lines of how God feels about us. This was very uplifting.

This would make a great devotional, however, I really enjoyed just reading it through. It would make a great gift to anyone who is going through hard times or as an encouragement to anyone. There is definitely something for everyone in this book.

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, November 16, 2017

Book Review - Murder In Disguise


ABOUT THE BOOK:

Official verdict: Suicide.

But why would that vigorous department chairman kill himself? To avoid disgrace? Those rumored ventures on the dark side? Some other secret life? Visiting professor Preston Barclay wonders. But his questions bring no answers, only anonymous threats. He has enough problems already, proving himself on a strange campus while radical faculty do all they can to undermine him. Worse yet, that sexy siren assigned as his assistant complicates his courtship of the beautiful Mara Thorn.

While Press keeps asking questions, Mara's research reveals a cancer of criminal activity that permeates the community and even the campus itself. The more Press questions, the more dangerous the threats against him become, and the more determined he grows to clear his friend's name.

But can Press and Mara's stumbling efforts prevail against the entrenched forces of the police, the campus radicals, and an unseen but powerful criminal organization that increasingly puts their lives in danger...?


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

With a PhD in English literature (Renaissance), Donn Taylor taught literature for 18 years at two liberal arts colleges. Now retired, he has published suspense novels, mysteries, and poetry. His historical novel Lightning on a Quiet Night was a finalist for the 2015 Selah Awards. He is a frequent speaker at writers' conferences. In a prior incarnation, he led an Infantry rifle platoon in the Korean War, served with Army aviation in Vietnam, and worked with air reconnaissance in Europe and Asia. He now lives in the woods near Houston, TX, where he writes fiction, poetry, and essays on current topics.

Find out more about Donn at http://www.donntaylor.com.

MY REVIEW:

All I can say is if you like a really good mystery that keeps you guessing throughout the whole book, you're going to love this book, Murder in Disguise!

This book finds us revisiting Preston and Mara as they get themselves pulled into yet another murder. This is part of the Preston Barclay series and you won't be lost if you haven't read the other books in the series, but I highly recommend you do. I have read them and they are as enjoyable as this one.

This time Preston is a visiting professor for a few weeks during the summer at the state University. He is teaching history but his reputation for solving two other murders is preceding him and it's the topic of conversation - especially since his good friend, Jordan Collier, had committed suicide some months before and there are certain people who don't want him looking any further than the suicide decision. However, when Grace, Jordan's widow, asks Preston to look into it, he feels he must at least check it out. What follows is once threat and mystery after another. Every time something happens, it leads Preston and Mara to think that there is something more to this than suicide.

I really like Preston. He has a quirkiness about him and a likability that kept me reading and hoping for his safety. I liked Mara, okay, but found her a bit prickly and I wasn't always feeling she was the best person for Preston to be involved with. She has a lot of past issues that mars their relationship and I find it annoying at times. However, having said that, she is always there for Pres when he really needs her so that redeems her in a lot of ways for me.

I had a hard time putting this book down. There are so many twists, turns and nuances to this story that you're never sure who anyone really is or if they are friend or foe. There is a lot of really bad stuff going on around this campus, and on it, that makes it dangerous for anyone trying to get to the bottom or it or do the right thing. That's what I love about Preston - he always tries to do the right thing.

I enjoyed this book very much and highly recommend it to any mystery lover out there. It has the undertone of Christianity so there is talk about it, but it fits well within the story and, of course, there is not cursing or bad situations that will be having you blush. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

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


Blessings - Julie

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Book Review - Here's Some Happy


ABOUT THE BOOK:

HERE’S SOME HAPPY, filled with charming, whimsical illustrations throughout, combines the joy of coloring with the peacefulness of journaling.

This beautifully rendered inspirational coloring journal will inspire colorists with space to write and intricate, charming illustrations. Coloring enthusiasts will be inspired by the detailed borders, butterflies, flamingoes, lovable faces, and cheery tone.

Enjoy 128 pages of whimsical illustrations to color and journal within; perforated pages for easy removal and display; and Scripture to reinforce the message of God’s love.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

GINA GRAHAM is an illustrator and art teacher in Chattanooga, TN. She loves to create joyful, uplifting art to offer the hope found in God’s love. Art is restorative to Gina, helping her thrive through injury and illness. In 2005 she had an accident that instantly took the vision from her right eye. Though she was teaching art at the time, her bigger dream was to have an art career. Realizing that nothing is guaranteed, she started drawing toward that goal the day after her accident, and hasn’t stopped. Her retina was damaged but Gina regained all but a tiny blind spot in her vision. Gina is also a cancer survivor. In 2013 journaling and doodling around scripture helped her thrive through the months of complications after surgery. Many of the images in this book came from that precious time of healing.

MY REVIEW:

When I read the author's biography, I could well understand why this book resonated with me so much! It has been such a source of joy during my own time of recuperation from my own surgery and complications. Because she has been through so many health issues, her illustrations really do speak of happy things!

This is a lovely hard-back coloring book and journal.  I really love that there is so much area for journaling! So many times, there's only a few lines to record your thoughts but this book gives you a full page to write on, with lines, which is great.

The illustrations are so joyful and fun! Here are a couple of pages of my own coloring.



Don't these just make you smile?! I love that all the illustrations are fun to color, yet not so intricate that it's stressful trying to color them in. The author found the perfect balance of great illustration without too much complication. I have had so much fun coloring these in and they have been really relaxing.  You can also see how much area there is for writing on the second page. These are throughout the book so it's great for recording your thoughts or writing out Scripture.

This would make such a great Christmas gift for anyone on your list that loves to color and journal. It would also make a great gift for someone recovering from illness or in the hospital. Add some colored pencils or markers and you've got the perfect gift!

I love this book! I've had a lot of coloring books but this one is by far my favorite! It has blessed me so much with the happy, fun illustrations and all the area for writing. It's just the perfect combination, in my opinion. I highly recommend this book and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

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


Blessings - Julie