Friday, September 2, 2016

TheySay We are the Infidels




  This book is written by  Mindy Belz, senior editor of World Magazine,  who has 20 years’ experience of reporting from Iraq and Syria. Her book focuses on the reality that the Christians in the Middle East went through the in the past 20 years at the hands of people they lived with for thousands of years.  Mindy Belz gives us first-hand reports from her perspective, not from the outside, but on the inside, she is right there and talks to those who have experienced ISIS.  To be a Christian in Iraq and Syria is to live in real danger. Churches are bombed, pastors murdered, children kidnapped. Families whose ancestors have survived two thousand years in the region where Christ and his disciples walked now risk elimination by Islamic terrorists.
This book gives the reader a whole new outlook on what ISIS is doing over in the middle East.  It isn’t just a news story, something that you can ignore.  It’s real.
This was a hard book to read, not that it wasn’t written well, it’s just the topic; once you start reading and get into the lives of the people affected, it hits home.  She gets to know personally the people that have been affected by ISIS and it gives the reader a lot to think about.


This is a good read for anyone who wants to understand what is really happening in the Middle east and the specific threat that ISIS poses to all Christians.

 I received this book free from the publisher (Tyndale). 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.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Today's Moment of Truth


From the back of the book:  Why do we believe what we believe?   Leading apologists Lee Strobel and Mark Mittelberg present 180 insightful devotions that will give you daily infusions of spiritual truth while deepening your knowledge of the evidence for Christianity.  
Each devotional is based on scientific, historical, or biblical facts that will bolster your confidence in Christ.  You will be inspired, encouraged, and equipped to "give an answer to everyone who asks you to give their reason for the hope that you have"  (I Peter 3:15).  Practical takeaways will allow you to put this confidence and knowledge into action.

You will emerge with a deeper understanding of why you believe what you believe.  In the process you'll find your love of truth - and your passion to share it - growing each day.
Do you struggle with what you believe?  Has someone asked you a question you can't seem to find an answer for?  This devotional will help you understand why we believe.   It answers questions like "Who designed the designer?"  It covers the trinity, loving those that disagree and much more.
Written in a two-page easy to read format, beginning with a verse and ending with a thought that you can take and think on.  The devotional covers many topics from science to theological questions.  
I like this devotional, it is easy to read, it helps answers some of the hard questions we may have or that other's may ask us.   This would be a wonderful devotional for family time, or someone who is struggling with their faith.  I think the author's did a great job on this devotional.
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.







Giant Killers



It seemed a lopsided battle. On one side, a small shepherd with a sling and five stones. On the other, a heavily armored ten-foot giant whose taunts and challenges immobilized an army of seasoned warriors.
The story of David and Goliath has become an almost universal underdog story; but in reality, Goliath never stood a chance.
In Giant Killers, emotional intelligence speaker, consultant, and author Steve Lawson identifies the five vital emotional and social skills David possessed: identity, discipline, graciousness, action, and hope. When combined with the power of God’s grace, these strengths made it possible for David to defeat Goliath, build a mighty army out of social rejects, and establish the greatest kingdom in the history of Israel.
We all face giants in our lives, if not as literally as David did. But like David, we can overcome any challenge, seizing with confidence the opportunities God places in our path. Giant Killers teaches you how to do so, providing a foundation on which you can build success after success. It all begins with you—and your willingness to trust in God’s grace.

My Thoughts:  We all have giants.  There is always some Goliath that we come up against in life, one time or another.  The question is do we run or do we fight like David did?  Sometimes it is hard to pick up that one stone and fire it at our giant, but Steve Lawson does a great job of encouraging us to do just that... pick up that stone and fight your giant.  

I really enjoyed and was encouraged by his "giant killer" examples in the book.  After reading this book you will be motivated to kill your giants, put the bad behind you and start taking those opportunities that God puts in your path.

We all have giants.  There is always some Goliath that we come up against in life, one time or another.  The question is do we run or do we fight like David did?  Sometimes it is hard to pick up that one stone and fire it at our giant, but Steve Lawson does a great job of encouraging us to do just that... pick up that stone and fight your giant.  

I really enjoyed and was encouraged by his "giant killer" examples in the book.


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.










Monday, August 22, 2016

Hearing God in Conversation



From the back of the book:
     Christianity is a relationship with Bod, how many of us would say we have a strong, meaningful connection with him?  After all, it's widely accepted that the foundation of any good relationship is communication-and conversation with God often seems to be one-sided at best.  We may long to hear his voice, but does God still talk to us today? Should we even expect Him to?

From the Publisher

Christians are comfortable saying that Christianity is about a relationship with God. Yet many might also say that they sense  a lacking meaningful relationship with God in their own lives.  What people (Christians) seem to miss is that in order to have a meaningful relationship, one must communicate with the other person.    After all, the foundation of  a good relationship is communication —but  do we actually listen  to hear God?   


Hearing God in Conversation offers simple, step-by-step lessons on how to hear God. Williamson begins with Scripture meditation. He then expands the practice of listening for that voice everywhere—in the checkout line, on the job, in a movie theater, and even in silence. From there, he demonstrates how to hear God's guidance when making any decision. By the end, readers' eyes and ears will be opened to the limitless methods through which God speaks.

My thoughts:
         
I agree that a relationship with God is very important, and yes we do need to pray, read the Bible in order to hear what God has for us. I believe that most people today are so used to an instant society that they do not take the time to listen and do not recognize that God is speaking to them.  Do I believe that God will speak audibly to me?  Probably not, I believe that God speaks through scripture, through praying and through circumstances.

But for those seeking ways to hear God and form a relationship with Him, this may be a good start.

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.





Saturday, August 20, 2016

The Illustrator's Note taking Bible








The Illustrator’s Notetaking Bible combines two hot trends: Bible journaling and adult coloring. Through unique illustrations included on every page spread, readers, illustrator’s, and notetakers alike learn to engage the biblical text in a new way. The exceptional design offers a unique balance for everyone from seasoned artists to the creatively challenged, allowing for guided creativity and meaningful personalization of the Bible reading experience. From filigree, Scripture quotes, and unique images, these line-drawn illustrations are waiting to be brought to life.

Features include:
Over 600 images, including text designs, images, and filigree
Unique illustrations on every page spread

Open margin space for creating new, personalized images

Light grey illustrations allowing readers to add color to each image
Lined margins for note taking


This is a wonderful Bible for those who love to take notes!  I thought the note taking Bible was good, but with the added graphics, it makes note taking more fun and inspiring.  This is good for those who love to doodle and have a creative mind.


Mine came with a sturdy hardcover, which is good for heavy use.  It also has a good concordance and maps.  This Bible takes the fear of marking up the Bible away.  It has wide margins to write in and plenty of room for those artists to put their personalization in.  It comes in the Holman translation which is very easy to read and to use.  The only drawback is, is that the font is smaller than I would normally choose.

All in all a great Bible for note takers.





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.


Thursday, July 28, 2016

Becoming a Woman of Excellence

From the back of the book:

Society beckons us to succeed―to achieve excellence in our appearance, our earning power, our family life. God Himself also beckons us to be women of excellence. But what exactly is He asking? If you’re hungry for God’s perspective on success in a society that bombards you with conflicting demands, feed on the truths of God’s Word that you’ll discover in these pages. You will not only learn to “approve the things that are excellent” but will also experience the joy of becoming God’s woman of excellence. This bestselling topical Bible study has helped over one million women over the past 30 years, and is newly revised and updated so today’s women can discover who God designed them to be in this day and age. Written by Navigator author and Bible teacher Cynthia Heald, the 11 sessions in this Bible study explore what your identity in Christ is and how you can best serve Him.



Becoming a Woman of Excellence is a classic that has come back once again.   This book is suitable for group or individual study, and for women of all ages, either married or single.






There is a Bible Study guide in the back of the book if one chooses to use this in a group study scenario .

One of the things I really appreciate about this book is it brings you into a close look into your own life.   It includes personal thoughts from the author, and you can use these thoughts and reflections to think about your answer and examination into your own life.

The book was written when the author read one of my  favorite books, the book of Ruth, when in Ruth 3:11 Boaz says "all my people in the city know you are a woman of excellence"  What an amazing thing to call someone, and as a woman we can all accomplish what Ruth accomplished.

This book will take you through scriptures that will make you turn inward and become that woman of excellence.



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, July 12, 2016

God's Beloved Daughters: Daily Discovering the Blessings






Both a daily devotional and an in-depth Bible study, God’s Beloved Daughters is a tool “to strengthen and establish and to exhort and comfort and encourage you in your faith” Merrilynn Grodecki has a passion for seeing God’s daughters step into that grace-enhanced, mountain-moving, peace-filled life that is theirs in Him. Now, after decades of studying God’s ways of doing and being right concerning all of life’s issues, she has written this devotional to help each beautiful daughter of God walk in the fullness of life in Christ and discover the eternal truth of God’s promises. 

I am always looking for new devotionals to help my walk with the Lord.   I picked this one up because it focused mainly on women.  

This one is different as it combines devotional with a Bible study.    

It is always good to study the word for ourselves and not to take any man's or woman's opinion over what the Bible tells us.

The introduction gives us the author's testimony, which you will find interesting.   I think that with Bible in hand that this could be a good devotional/Bible study.  The author is concerned about how to strengthen our relationship with God.


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.