Saturday, May 20, 2017

Sacred Privilage

Drawing on more than forty years in ministry, Kay provides encouraging principles and life lessons, along with intimate personal stories, that will give you the confidence you need to lead and live well. You'll learn to

- accept who you are
- adapt to change
- help your children survive and thrive
- protect your private life
- deal with criticism
- live with integrity
- develop an eternal perspective

Whether you are excited, struggling, or feeling broken and tired, you will find hope and encouragement for your calling in Kay's warm and wise words.


Kay Warren has put together from her immense experience of 40 years  as a pastor’s wife.   

Every pastor’s wife will enjoy reading this book that Mrs. Warren has compiled and put her lifetime of experiences for all of us pastor’s wives to read.

I myself enjoyed this and I was able to get so much out of this book.   I know that Mrs. Warren is the pastor’s wife of a very large church, but even if you are in the smallest of churches you can still use and apply a lot of the experience from Mrs. Warren.

When I first started reading the book, it seemed more like a biography, but as you read through her life and experience, you can learn so much that you can use in your own life and ministry. 
I have read many books for and written by pastor’s wives and I have enjoyed and uses many of them.   This is a great new book that many will like to read.

All in all, I would give this book a 3-star rating.

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, May 13, 2017

Transformed



From the publisher:

How do we address, deal with, and encounter hardship? How do we embrace the kingdom message involving redemption and restoration, but also help people feel safe to be honest? How do we remove the stigma surrounding broken areas--areas where people aren't healed--and address suffering?

Transformed takes Romans 12:1-8 as its central text and each chapter begins with a verse. The theme of the book is change. True change doesn't come about from a quick fix, which in charismatic circles is generally through the laying on of hands; it takes sacrifice, sweat, and suffering. This is the key to morality, integrity, and longevity in the Christian faith.

Ms. Wimber has a good message to give to the readers.   Se outlines clearly why we need a relationship with Christ.  As we try to walk with Him, we are transformed each and every day.   This would be a good book to read for those who are interested in a deeper walk with Christ.  The book does make you think about your own walk with Christ and how to have a deeper relationship with Him.

My concerns:  I think the book is well written, but I am very concerned about women pastors.   This pastor is from a liberal church, and my suggestion is to read it with those thoughts in mind.

I give this book a rating of 3 stars

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, May 2, 2017

Too Deep For Words


This is the sequel to A Thousand Shall Fall we find 
Carrie Ann Collier has been a newlywed for nineteen blissful days--as happy as life can be in the midst of war, that is. Soon that war will take a tur she never expected. When her new husband, Peyton, goes missing during battle, she refuses to believe he is dead and must find a way to move forward with everyday life in the face of fear.
As Carrie struggles with how to welcome her estranged sister, Margaret, back into her life, another new arrival appears on her doorstep--her husband’s best friend, and rebel officer, Eli. Wounded and bitter, Eli is nonetheless committed to keeping his promise to Peyton: take care of the Collier women, no matter what. But to Carrie, he’s a painful reminder of her lost love.
Then unexpected news makes Carrie wonder if miracles do happen. If Carrie i worms her way into the enemy once again, she might find out what really happened to the love of her life. Will Eli be able to keep his promise to keep her safe? Can they forgive each other if promises are broken?
Once again, we are given a well-researched novel that will thrill those who love Christian historical novels.  
This novel will keep you on pins and needles, a book that is hard to put down and very easy to read.   

The author has a way of bringing the reader into the story and living life with the characters.  It will remind you to never give up, to always keep your faith in 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.





Saturday, April 29, 2017

The Women's Study Bible NKJV



This is an amazing Bible.   I have to say it is myFavorite Bible.   Ms. Patterson and her team has done an excellent job of putting this Bible together.   It is theologically and doctrinal sound.   I love the Holman translation, it is easy and clear to read.   The print size is excellent.   I have recently gone through a major brain operation, and this review copy was sitting waiting for me the day after I woke up!  I am able to read and follow the text clearly.

Ms. Patterson is a wonderful woman, I have heard her speak and I truly do recommend this Bible for any age woman. 

 The Study Bible for Women equips you to reach deep into God’s Word. Perhaps the single most powerful aspect of this Bible are the "threads" of specialized study thoughtfully woven throughout, pointing you to God’s larger story and allowing the Holy Spirit to write His revealed truths on your heart.

Features Include:

Beautiful full-color design throughout Detailed biographical portraits of over 100 biblical women Thousands of extensive verse-by-verse study notes Over 300 in-text topical articles on relevant issues Insightful essays by women who are recognized experts in the fields of theology, biblical studies, archaeology, and philosophy Book introductions and outlines Hundreds of full-color in-text maps, charts, timelines, and family trees Quotes from godly women throughout history Set of full-page maps of the biblical world Topical index Concordance .
This wonderful Bible just had a huge update.  The lovely and beautiful new hardcover is amazing to look at and sturdy to take anywhere.  Inside you find full-color pages.  I love these Bibles!
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, April 15, 2017

Messy Beautiful Friendship





From the Publisher (Baker Books)

We long for deep and lasting friendships, but they can be challenging to make--and keep. Our expectations of ourselves and our friends can often leave us feeling insecure and isolated. With engaging true stories and guidance drawn from Scripture, Christine Hoover offers a fresh, biblical vision for friendship that allows for the messiness of our lives and the realities of our schedules. She shows you:

- what's holding you back from developing satisfying friendships
- how to make and deepen friendships 
- how to overcome insecurity, self-imposed isolation, and past hurts
- how to embrace the people God has already placed in your life as potential friends
- how to revel in the beauty and joy of everyday friendship


Christine Hoover has done an amazing job helping women develop, maintain, and renew broken relationships.  What really jumped out to me was how she related friendships to a fire.  A fire can be cozy, warm and comforting; or it can burn and hurt us.

How many of us have been in a hurtful friendship?  How many of us are shy introverts who are just afraid to take that first step?

In this book, Christine covers all that and more.  The book is well written, easy to follow and really makes you think.

In the back of the book are some questions that would make this book excellent for a women's group study.  Also, there  are some lessons on friendship and some Bible verses on friendship.

I really enjoyed this book, it was easy to get into, the only thing I would change is the font size.  It was just a little too small for my eyes (with bifocals and readers) to read.


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, April 13, 2017

The Women of Easter



Once again, Liz Curtis Higgs, brings us closer and into the lives of the women of Easter, otherwise known as the three Mary's.   Mary of Bethany, Mary of Nazareth and Mary Magdalene.

This book was originally written as an online Bible study during the Lenten season and now we  have a copy we can go back to time and time again, to learn more about these amazing women and what Easter really means.   Ms. Higgs teaching once again excels as she combines all four of the gospels and walks us through those final days through the eyes of the Mary's.

This book will take you closer to the cross and as you read, you will find your faith will deepen.

It is an enjoyable and informative book as we walk in the lives of the three Mary's.  This book is highly recommended.  It can be used in a group setting or for personal reading.  


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, April 12, 2017

Praying The Psalms Drawing Near to the Heart of God




We all know that prayer is one of the most powerful weapons we have.  We all have tried at one time or another to pour our hearts and deepest feelings to God, but sometimes we feel we don't have the words to tell Him?

This book will help you dig deep into the pages of the Psalms and connect with God.   This is a lovely devotional style book that is perfect for anyone, male or female.

With the attractive, durable cover anyone would be delighted with this book.  Small enough to carry it anywhere, but  so easy to read.




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.