Review of “At The Feet of Jesus” by Joanna Weaver

•February 3, 2014 • 1 Comment

Good news for fans of Joanna Weaver…a devotional book just for you! If you desire daily encouragement from God’s Word, a challenge to deeper faith in Him, and inspiration from a beloved author, then look no further! “At The Feet of Jesus” gives daily devotions, Bible readings and reflection questions using excerpts from her books, “Having A Mary Heart In a Martha World” , “Having a Mary Spirit” and “Lazarus Awakening”. Throughout the book you will find opportunities to “Go Deeper”and “Read and Reflect” as well as enjoy “outtakes”, which are previously unpublished material that didn’t make it into the original books ( kind of like the bonus features on a DVD!!)

I encourage you to get away from the demands and responsibilities of everyday life for a little bit each day to be still and sit at the feet of Jesus! Like Mary, choose the “better part” and focus on Jesus! I received this book for free for review from Waterbrook-Multnomah Press.

Unstoppable by Nick Vujicic

•December 14, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Need some inspiration? Encouragement? Meet Nick Vujicic, whose life experiences have earned him the right to be heard. Born with no limbs, he shares how his faith in God changed his attitude, gave him a sense of purpose and made him realize that when we put faith into action, we are unstoppable! In his second book, Nick shares how he ” eventually learned to focus on solutions rather than problems, on doing instead of stewing.”  He states that his purpose is to “inspire people to overcome their own challenges and bring them closer to God- if they were willing.”  You can feel his passion as you read his story. This man has spoken to 4 million people  in 43 countries through 270 appearances a year…and if you haven’t had the chance to see him in person, you can read this book!

He addresses current issues such as cutting and bullying, all the while offering help and hope through a relationship with Jesus. When you read this book, you will be inspired by Nick’s story, as well as encouraged and motivated by his advice sprinkled throughout his personal experiences.

I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Press for review.

Review of “The Girl’s Still Got It” by Liz Curtis Higgs

•November 21, 2012 • Leave a Comment

I love everything I have read by Liz Curtis Higgs, so when I saw this book, I knew I had to read it! In typical Liz fashion, she makes us laugh, cry and learn as we journey with Ruth, Naomi and Boaz. Liz really does her homework and shares with us the details of this wonderful biblical story of the lineage of Jesus, and the process of redemption for Ruth and for each of us. Join Liz as she teaches the reader the meaning and significance of words like “hesed”, and “shubh”, and “yad-yhwh” as well as the tremendous significance of the “kinsman-redeemer”. The story of Ruth clearly demonstrates this quote by Linda Hollies, “When we are down to almost nothing, God is up to something bigger then we can ever imagine.”

To close the chapters, Liz has enlisted the help of real -life characters, who make the characters of our story relatable- where you may say, ” That sounds like me…that is just how I feel!”

One of my favorite parts of the book is when we first meet Boaz and the first words out his mouth are a blessing to those around him. Liz points out, “How would it change the trajectory of your day if someone you love and respect spoke such a blessing over you?” Through her in -depth research, her word studies, her real-life characters and her warm wit, she makes the story come alive for the reader and shows how it is relevant for us personally!

Ruth, Naomi, Liz and You and I…we’ve still got it…value, significance,worth…something meaningful to offer! We claim a special place in God’s Big Picture! Read this book and learn, laugh, cry and be encouraged!

I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah for this review!

Review of “Cleaning House” by Kay Wills Wyma

•August 12, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Here are a few quotes:

“The goal of parenting is not to provide a successful childhood but to grow your child into an adult who is a good person.”

“I love  you. I believe in you. I know what you’re capable of. So I’m going to make you work.”

If you agree with these statements, come read the story of one woman who fought for her kids. Join her in her year-long “experiment”- where each month she introduces a concept to her five children. Read along as she leads them to basic life skills intended to produce responsible adults. She shares her journey- her intention to address the attitude of youth entitlement-each step and each month. At the end of each chapter as she introduces the life skill to her family, she states what she learned and what her children learned during each leg of their journey.

Kay, with humor, creativity and her “Ironing Board”-friends who help smooth out the wrinkles by offering advice of their own-makes the journey fun and easier to swallow!

Want to stop the insanity of entitlement and lead your children to be responsible adults? Kay encourages us-“Let’s equip them to work hard and seek creative ways to help them embrace the value of meaningful work.” She also encourages us to ask ourselves,

“Do I love them enough to let them fail? to make them work? to require them to fly on their own…? Do I love them enough to step aside rather than step in?” The author also encourages us to consider this: “Children are like Jell-O salads; we want to pour as much good stuff inside them as we can before the mold sets.”

Need some practical ways to make this change happen? Pick up this book, join Kay on her journey and take her advice!

“I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.”

Review of Man Alive by Patrick Morley

•May 23, 2012 • 1 Comment

I know- you are probably thinking, why is she reading a book written for men? I wanted to read this book to better understand what my husband and the men around me might be feeling! ( and I have read other books by this author and enjoyed them!) Patrick Morley has life experiences and insights that have qualified him to write this book!

With a genuine concern for the needs of today’s man, he tackles the tough issues men face and answers questions men have. Do  you know of anyone who feels this way? ” I just feel like I am in this thing all alone.” Or, “I don’t feel like God cares about me personally.” ” I don’t feel like my life has a purpose”, “I have a lot of destructive behaviors that keep dragging me down”, “My soul feels dry”, “My most important relationships are not working” or, ” I don’t feel like I am doing anything that will make a difference and leave the world a better place.” Do you want to be a Man Alive? In each chapter, Morley addresses a man’s primal need and encourages the reader how to transform your life so you can live more fully alive! With honest, encouraging insight, he gives hope to the reader and with testimonies, and Bible verses, he gives answers to questions men face. This is a book every man should read- it meets you where you are and encourages you to live more fully alive!

I received this book for free for review from Waterbrook Multnomah.

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Review of “Everything Romance – A Celebration of Love for Couples”

•February 21, 2012 • 1 Comment

Want a little romance in your life? This is your “go-to book”…a wonderful compilation of recipes, quotes, prayers, trivia, gift ideas, stories, Bible verses and creative ideas for dates. Want practical ideas for how to be a better spouse? It’s in here! Teaching a lesson on marriage and need Bible verses and quotes? It’s in here! Need creative ideas for inexpensive dates? It’s in here! Need inspiration/recipes/a good cry? It’s in here! Need to know what not to do in your relationship?! It’s in here! Want some good conversation starters or church pick-up lines?! It’s in here! Want to smile, giggle or laugh out loud? Read this book! Within these pages you will find all this as well as quotes from A.A.Milne, Judy Garland, Mother Teresa, Emily Dickinson, C.S.Lewis and Mark Twain- and even Estee Lauder, Dr. Seuss and Miss Piggy! From Love Boosters and Love Busters to little known facts and trivia- this book is a wealth of information on the subject of romance! Priced at $14.99, it is worth every penny, but I received it for free for review from Waterbrook- Multnomah Publishing.

 

Review of “The Perfect Love” by Ruth Myers

•January 31, 2012 • Leave a Comment

As  the song says, “WHat the world needs now is love, sweet love”. We all have a need and deep desire to be loved. We can find the love we need and it can be found in God. God’s Love is the only love big enough to meet the God-sized needs of your life and mine. Blaise Pascal describes this as a “God-shaped vacuum” within us.

In “The Perfect Love”, Ruth Myers answers the questions, ” what is God’s love like?”, “what can it mean personally to me?”, and “how can I enjoy it more?”.  The author shares verses that will become precious to you in your search for love. By sharing life experiences that caused her to seek God more desperately and know Him more deeply, the reader is motivated to let the Lord enfold you in His love.

This book is not to be hurried through, but rather savored slowly with thoughtful meditation over the life-changing truths within it’s pages. Let those truths meet your need and let God’s love fill your ” God shaped vacuum”.

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I was given this book free for review by Waterbook- Multnomah Publishers.