Saturday, January 14, 2017

Seven Stories That Shape Your Life



The most basic questions everyone faces in life is Why am I here? What is my purpose? Gerard Kelly presents the stories that make up the overall story of God in the world. And here we find our purpose for each of our individual Christian lives. Our purpose is as distinctive as our fingerprint and we will connect with it when we connect with our identity and origin in God. God remembers how he made us and is committed to the fruitfulness and fulfilment of our potential. We discover the importance of finding our place of service and usefulness, knowing that our lives have meaning in the purposes of God.

This book is interesting, the author uses people in the Bible to illustrate his points that we are here for a purpose.  

The title can be misleading, this is not a book of stories, but rather like I stated, the author uses people in the Bible to illustrate our purpose here.  An interesting read,  thought provoking.  Some may consider it a "dry" read; more of an intellectual type book.

Kregel Publishers

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Detours

I am excited to be selected to be on the Detours launch team!  I will keep you updated. For now, I was asked to share this:

httpsDetours with Tony Evans

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Beyond Suffering Bible




We all know someone who is dealing with a disability, chronic illness, pain or some other form of suffering.  The Beyond Suffering Bible is the first study Bible to directly address those who suffer and the people who love and care for them. From bestselling author, singer, and radio host Joni Eareckson Tada and the experts at Joni and Friends Christian Institute on Disability, the Beyond Suffering Bible is filled with thousands of notes and features that invite readers into a conversation about suffering and its place in each person’s life. Each feature has been carefully created to provide readers with valuable information, meaningful encouragement, and challenging applications as they encounter God’s Word.

As I read through Ruth and Philippians, two of my favorite books of the Bible, it was full of notes on how God's word relates to our suffering and to be joyful even when life does get tough.
There are numerous articles such as: Why am I disabled?
                                                            How to be a loving friend to those affected by disability
                                                            Constant distraction - living with chronic pain
are just to name a few.

This Bible is not only lovely to look at and to read through, it is full of practical ways to reach those that are suffering, or for those who are caring for those who are suffering.

How do I know?  I know what it is like to be in the role of the "disabled" In January of 2015 I had to have emergency brain surgery, which I wasn't supposed to survive.  I did, but it cost me part of my vision and some multi-tasking issues etc.  Yes, I was blessed.   

As I read through and use this Bible, it helps to remind me that God has a purpose for what happened and that He will carry me through each day.

This Bible comes with high recommendation and sits on my desk and gets regular use every day.

an excerpt from the Bible:  
“Sometimes fear can cause us to hesitate, but we must remember this: When God orchestrates the events of our lives, understanding is optional, but obedience is always required. God chose Joseph and Mary to be the earthly parents of Jesus, just as he has chosen you to fulfill your responsibilities on the path your life takes, even if you never understand the why—or the how.” (“Mary and Joseph,” p. 1087)

The Beyond Suffering Bible

This Bible comes in hardcover, leather like and soft cover formats that are very attractive.



I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.




Getaway With God

Does the busyness and the pressures of the day make it hard?  Maybe you have considered a retreat but never knew how to find one or what type to go on.
oes it seem hard to find time to sit down with God?


In this book, the author Letitia Suk gives the reader options and guidance to discover retreats.  It not only explains how but why we need retreats.

At first look I thought that this book would be a personal retreat for me to do on my own time, but this is a great guide to find a type of retreat that suits you, as well as a guide in the back on how to find a retreat. 

I found this book to be a great help in realizing how important retreats are, and that they are invaluable for us to spend time alone with God.

Kregel Publishers

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.






Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Newton & Polly A Novel of Amazing Grace




This is a fictional novel, based on the famous John Newton and Polly Catlett.  Most people are familiar with the name John Newton, author of  " Amazing Grace"; one of the most well-known hymns that we sing today.

In this novel we are taken back to the the year 1742 when Polly and John meet for the first time.   We are introduced to each character and taken into their lives and read about the history that came to be.

From their chance meeting, into their relationship and through John's struggles to finally have a relationship with God.

Honestly, this is one of the best novels I have read this year.  It kept me captivated and wanting to read more about each character, drawing me into the lives of these two people.

The author has done thorough research and it shows in her writing.   There is also a reader's guide in the back that one could use this book for a group reading and discussion.

I recommend this book for anyone who likes historical, historical romance or would love to learn more about the man who wrote "Amazing Grace", and how the hymn came to be.

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.


Saturday, December 10, 2016

She Reads Truth

This is an amazing book written by two women (Rachel Meyers and Amanda Bible Williams) that gives  the reader real life accounts on why we should depend on God and His Word.

The book will inspire you and let you know that you are not alone out there.  Everyone deals with something every day.

In one part of the book, the authors set the setting in a typical Bible study, where everyone chooses a mug.   Each woman has that mug full of life, and as they ask at the end of that chapter, "what's in your mug?"  A very good question and we know that no matter what life has in that mug for us, God is there with His Word, to help us and to keep us going.

A hardcover book, with an attractive linen cover, I would suggest this book for every woman to read.

You can also visit their website http://shereadstruth.com/ to find out more about the authors and to find a place to go and sit with your mug.


I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Friday, December 9, 2016

A Fresh Infusion of Joy

Everyone is looking for joy in their life.  What a better way to find joy, than to look into God's word for the joy that we can take and enjoy every day.

This little book is packed with ways to enhance your life with joy.  Well written and a quick 5-minute read, you can find yourself infused with joy.

At the end of each reading, there is scripture to turn to and apply to your reading and your life.

With and attractive cover, and convenient size to carry anywhere.  This is a great devotional either for oneself or it could make a great gift.

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.