Saturday, April 14, 2018

god's Book of Proverbs






God's Book of Proverbs is the book of Proverbs arranged topically all in one little book which allows the reader quick access to look up and apply the knowledge and insights of the scripture.

There is also an article "Connecting Wisdom to Jesus" by Trevin Wax explaining how Jesus is the source where our wisdom comes from.  The reader will also find an article on how to read the Proverbs.

The scriptures in God's Book of Proverbs is in the Christian Standard text (CSB); which is easy to read and understandable, and stays as literal as possible to the Bible's original meaning.  This is my preferred translation.

This book would be very useful for those sharing God's word, for writing messages, for Bible study and personal reference.  Small and light enough to carry with you where ever you go.


 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.”




The Wonder Years 40 Women Over 40




It seems that when women reach a certain age in their life, they start to feel like their value is decreasing; they are facing the empty nest, (the children are leaving home), they tend to feel like they are limited in what they can do, and there is the fear of aging.

Well, it's time to start looking at life after 40 in a different light!  In this book, well-known Christian women from ages 40 to 85 give their wisdom on how to face these worries.  With Spiritual wisdom, a sense of humor, these women give some incredible insight into life after 40.

You will read the writings of   Lauren F. Winner
                                                 Joni Eareckson Tada
                                                 Elisa Morgan
                                                  Madeleine Engle
                                                  Kay Warren
                                               
These women will provide ideas and thoughts about aging and to look at aging with your eyes open to new possibilities and most of all to grow closer to God.  Each essay provides a look into God's perspective on the later years of life, reminding us that it's always possible to serve Him with the life experiences we have.

The book is comprised of short essays, that makes it quick to read, you can put it down and pick it back up at without interruption of the book.

It was interesting and it made me chuckle a couple of times.  This is a good book for those who are in the 40 and over age, or those who are approaching it.   It might even be a good book to do in a group setting with women of this age group.


 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, April 6, 2018

Pelican Point




Pelican Point is the fourth novel in the Hope Harbor series.   In this intriguing novel, we are introduced to Army doctor Ben Garrison who has arrived back to Hope Harbor for his grandfather's funeral. 

Ben, being sole heir is left everything, including the run-down lighthouse at Pelican Point.  Ben wants to settle his grandfather's affairs and move on to his new practice in Ohio and that means selling an old lighthouse no one wants to buy;  until a developer puts in a bid to buy it and the whole town comes together thanks to Marci, the local newspaper editor to save the landmark.

Can Ben who wants nothing more to settle the estate can't push past the feelings he has for Marci, the strong-willed red headed newspaper editor.  Both Ben and Marci are dealing with past issues that have made them skittish about forming relationships.   Will they be able to move past these issues and yield to their feelings?

The writer has done a great job of bringing you into the small town of Hope Harbor and into the lives of the characters she has created.   I especially appreciated the way all the characters in Hope Harbor revolved around the lighthouse and Charly the taco king.


I like the way she artfully interweaves the characters in this story and creates a subplot.

Although this novel is the fourth in a series, it can stand alone without reading the first three, but once you've read this one you will want to read the rest.




 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, March 27, 2018

Women of the Word


We all know it's important to read and study our Bibles, but as anyone knows it's really hard to know where to start.   With a shortage of time, maybe you tried before and gave up.  This book is written to help teach us to keep our focus to keep in God's word and studying.

Jen Wilkin helps lead and guide you through the process with a pointed plan to help the reader get into God's word.

Jen Wilkin has written a book that we all need, this is specifically written to help women get into and more out of their Bibles.   How many times do we come to our Bibles in our quiet time and wonder what now?  Where do I go,  what do I read?

This book will help stir that desire to begin studying.  " I approached my study time asking the wrong questions.  I read the Bible asking "Who am I? and "What should I do?"    The author continues on the explain how and where to begin.

Jen Wilkin skillfully shows the reader how to grow and build a foundation of Biblical knowledge with practical, charming and delightful fashion.

This would make an excellent study book for a women's Bible study to help them get more enjoyment and knowledge out of their studies.


 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, March 24, 2018

Beauty Begins




Beauty Begins is written by mother-daughter team Chris Shook and Megan Shook Alpha.    They have written a book that illustrates what true beauty is and how we as Christians should look at ourselves.

They teach us how to be satisfied with the looks that have been given to us by God and how to look toward our inner beauty rather than focusing on the outer image.

We do live in a society that puts a huge emphasis on the outer image. We see it on the television, in magazines, in advertising.  Everywhere you turn you hear about weight loss programs, how to look younger, to be more fit. 

I truly enjoyed this book.  This is a must-read for every woman no matter what her age.  Young or old it needs to be read.  My copy is now high lighted and dog-eared.  It will be my go-to reference for women (other than the Bible)  to teach them about their true inner beauty.

I highly recommend this book, it's well researched, well written and thought motivating for all women who read this.  You will come away with a new perspective on how to truly love yourself.

This is a book that can be read alone, or with a group or even as a study for women's groups or a Bible study.



 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.”






 


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Together On God's Mission






Publisher's Synopsis:

Together on God’s Mission investigates Southern Baptist history, showing how and why the Southern Baptist Convention came to embrace the vision of a cooperative denomination. It also explores how this vision has shaped denominational identity and structure. This historical study is followed by a discussion of the biblical description of how the mission of God determines the mission of the church. This study shows that God’s mission is not simply furthered by churches working together, but rather that cooperation between churches makes up a key component of God’s mission. Finally, the study concludes that the Southern Baptist Convention is uniquely positioned to enable churches to fully participate in God’s mission to redeem the nations and restore creation from the effects of the Fall.

My Thoughts:  A short but well-written book that expresses and informs the reader of SBC's history and the co-operative program.   It deals with the past and also what may happen with the younger generations that are coming up in the church.

A very informative book on how the SBC operates and understanding the challenges that the cooperation faces.

An interesting read for anyone interested in the SBC.





 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, March 20, 2018

Keturah




England, the year 1773.   Keturah and her sisters find themselves heiresses to their father's properties and assets.  A letter soon comes telling them of the drought, machinery failure and an overseer lost to the "fever", all with profits far lower than the last. 

Lady Keturah is determined to make sure her sisters are well provided for and the three sisters head off to the West Indies, which was totally unheard of for ladies of England's society at that time.

Lady Keturah Banning Tomlinson, a widow, from an abusive marriage has sworn that she will never marry again, but her childhood friend Gray Covington is traveling to the West Indies to develop his sugar plantation that happens to border Keturah's.  Will Keturah's heart ever soften again?

This was a fantastic story of a woman bound and determined to make a way for herself, as well as her sisters in a society that demanded women to be dependant on men.  Keturah's strong character is what makes this story flow.  The reader is drawn to her supporting her and cheering her on throughout the story.    A fast-paced read, and a truly enjoyable one.  Set in the West Indies.   The author has done a vast amount of research to make this novel so real to life, which makes it all the more enjoyable and true to the reader.

I was thrilled that the characters all leaned heavily on God in this novel.  I think the lesson of this novel, or the point that is brought out, is that we too must rely on God, put our stubbornness behind us.  A wonderful story of adventure, romance, and forgiveness.


. 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.”