Total Pageviews

Friday, October 13, 2017

Daily Acts of Kindness


THE ONE YEAR

DAILY ACTS OF KINDNESS DEVOTIONAL

365 Inspiring Ideas to Reveal, Give, and Find God’s Love

By Julie Fisk, Kendra Roehl, & Kristin Demery

This devotional is a part of The One Year collection of Bibles and devotionals designed to help people read through the Bible in one year. This devotional written by Julie Fisk, Kendra Roehl and Kristin Demery covers the need for us all to do at least one act of kindness each day. They share a short story of a kindness done to help someone have a better day. The stories are written individually by the three women, adding their separate views and are encouraging and inspiring. They will add to your day and encourage you to do likewise by showing a little extra help to someone. The writing is easy to read and understand, along with the short story they give a scripture verse to think about that day and a suggested act of kindness for the day.

As with all the One Year books, the devotions are dated so you can start at any time and reach your goal of completing your reading in a year. The book would make a great gift for anyone. I think you will enjoy this book.

The world needs to see the kind of love that is possible with daily acts of kindness.

A couple acts of kindness from the book;

“Do you need to apologize to someone? Don’t let the sun set without reaching out with an apology.”

“Offer encouragement or support to a stranger who is going through a challenging circumstance.”

I received this book free from Tyndale Blog Network Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Answering the toughest questions


ANSWERING THE TOUGHEST QUESTIONS ABOUT SUFFERING AND EVIL

By Bruce Bickel & Stan Jantz

Many times, we hear the question, If God created everything. Did He create evil, or Why do good people suffer? These question plus other are tackled by the authors of this book. They don’t pretend to have all the answers but they will wrestle with it and offer some sound advice from the scriptures and other Christian writers.

The book is divided into ten sections, each dealing with a particular question about God, evil, and why certain things happen. They include did God create evil, why is there suffering, why doesn’t God eliminate suffering, why the violence in the Bible, and more questions that have been asked by many people. They divide the sections into separate questions, each section covers many questions concerning the subject of that section. The answer the authors write are based on the scriptures and will help you to have better understanding of the questions. Each question and answer has an example that someone has faced and include questions for you to answer. In my opinion there are some answers that we may not fully receive or understand until we finally come face to face with God, but this book is a definite help.

A quote from the back of the book, “There is no shame in asking—after all, even some of the greatest men and women in the Bible has doubts. Don’t let your questions go unanswered. What you find might just change your life.”

The book would make a great Bible study or book to use in a discussion group.  

I received this book free from Bethany House Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Saturday, October 7, 2017

NIV Color Code Bible

NIV COLOR CODE BIBLE
Published by Tommy Nelson – A division of Thomas Nelson Publishers
A beautiful edition of the NIV Bible, and needless to say, very colorful. This edition is color coded in ten different colors for the reader and each color is a different topic. The topics are, God, sin/evil, Jesus, Heaven, spiritual, growth/living your faith, prayer and praise, cleansed of sin/new life, love, animals and family. Each color is explained in a section at the beginning of the Bible. Also included at the beginning are chapters on What is the Bible, who wrote the Bible, why should you read the Bible, your color code Bible, daily Bible reading plans, and an index of the color coded highlighted scriptures.
Bible reading plans included are, through the Bible in a year, through the gospels in 90 days, read through Psalms and Proverbs in 30 days and 365 Daily topical scriptures readings. At the back of the Bible are included journaling pages to write your favorite verses or other notes. A set of colored maps are included.
According to the back cover the Bible is designed for kids but this Bible would be very useful to all who want to get into a topic type of Bible study. I think any age would enjoy using this Bible and that it would help to get a better understanding of God and His great love for us. The Color Code Bible is the full NIV edition, just with a beautiful color coding for easy following topics through the Bible. A great edition to add to your library and to use at family Bible studies.
I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggersbook review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255


Friday, September 29, 2017

The Sacred Slow


THE SACRED SLOW

A Holy Departure From Fast Faith

By Alicia Britt Chole

52 experiences in unhurried honesty with God. In today’s world we are doing things faster and faster all the time. We want our food fast, we want to drive fast cars, etc., but one thing that we need to take at a slower pace is our learning about God and His Love. In her book, Alicia Britt Chole gives us 52 experiences divided into twelve, what she calls movements, to help us slowdown in hearing God Word and what He wants us to know and do. You will learn about His concepts, His word, theology of time and space and other movements. Each reading can be used as a daily reading or devotion, as a weekly time of study or however you wish. You will start with a quote, then a list of items needed for that section. She shares a short story about the question she is asking and give a section called a guided response, offers thought focuses for that section.

The book is setup to be used by yourself or it can be used in a study group. I liked the idea of the book but I did not like the method used to get her point across.  I did not care for some of the suggestion in the guided response sections, I think the reader should do their own responses and journaling.  The subject of the book is good.

I received this book free from Handlebar Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Jesus I Need You



Jesus, I need you

Honest Prayers From A Trusting Heart

Published by Zondervan

At all times, no matter if good, bad or whatever, we all need Jesus. In this book you get a collection of about 100 prayers. Each prayer is written in a form that it is like a personal letter to Jesus. Along with each prayer there is a scripture verse and a short devotion or commentary and a space for you to journal your thoughts or answers to your prayer, etc.. The prayers are grouped together in sections dealing with a difference needs that you have for Jesus. They include guidance, comfort, grace, faith, hope, wisdom, when you feel overwhelmed, when you feel gratitude, when you feel heartbroken and disappointment. All the reading will help you.

The need for Jesus is for all and this collection of prayer will help in those times. You can use it as a devotional or when you need that comfort of knowing Jesus is there with you. There are extra journaling pages added at the end of each section for those extra thoughts. This book would make a great gift for a friend or love one and a great addition to your library.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggersbook review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Whisper


WHISPER

How to Hear the Voice of God

By Mark Batterson

God still speaks to His people. Mark Batterson will help you in hearing Gods voice. In this book Mark teaches the seven love languages of God. Sign language, Scripture, Desires, Doors, Dreams, People, Promptings and Pain. He also shows how God will whisper instead of speaking loud or using loud noises. Mark shares some stories and experiences from his life and from other people that he knows.  He shares many times that God spoke to him in his ministry and even as a young boy. One of the points of this book is to show us that God love us. The information in this book will help in your walk with God.

Near the end of the book Mark writes;

“Believe it or not, God love you.
He actually likes you.
In fact, He’s especially fond of you.
And that’s why He whispers.”

The book can be used as a study or in a discussion group, a great way to learn God’s way and the power of whispering. It shows that God does not have to be loud to hear Him.

I received this book free from Blogging for books review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Bloom


BLOOM

Where You’re Planted

By Mary Rodman

A collection of stories and God’s moments that the author has experienced and wants to share with the reader. The collection covers different subjects and can be a help to all who reads them. She shares how her experiences has helped her grow as a believer and gave her hope many times. The collection can be read as a devotional or just for that moments you need a little encouragement. I found different ones very helpful. There is a table of contents that can be used to direct you to a certain subject in case you want to share a story with your family, friends or study group. They are easy to read with down to earth writing which makes them easy to understand. I think you will enjoy the stories and information the author shares. As the author writes in the introduction:
“Sometimes life offers us sorrow and pain. Though walking through the difficulties of life be can trying, it is during these times that we grow the most. God didn’t promise that all our days would be filled with joy, but He did promise to always be with us.” She hopes her book will help all in need.

The ebook I received was easy to navigate and to take along on trips for those times you wanted to have something to read.
I received this ebook free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggersbook review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have