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Thursday, October 5, 2017

The Sacred Slow, by Alicia Britt Chole - A Book Review

Alicia Britt Chole, speaker, author and leadership mentor, recently wrote an excellent and inspiring book. It's called The Sacred Slow: A Holy Departure From Fast Faith. The book is 52 Experiences in Unhurried Honesty with God. And it delivers.

This book draws the reader into a slower, more meditative experience with God. It's full of thoughtful readings, guided responses and inspiring passages that help the reader to slow down and focus on the love of God. The author seems to want to foster the intimacy one can have with the Creator by simply slowing down and breathing in the Holy Spirit.

With 52 simple passages, this book is easy to pick up and read anytime the need for an unhurried experience arises. In our fast-paced world, it can be difficult to carve out time to be slow and intentional in our walk with God. Chole simplifies even this simple response - and bring the reader into a sacred spiritual respite. I recommend this book for hurried Christians looking for a break from the rush of life.

Brave Beauty, by Lynn Cowell - A Book Review

Mother of two and Christian speaker and author Lynn Cowell wrote an excellent book for girls. Brave Beauty is an inspiring and empowering book with 100 mini chapters. It's recommended for girls ages eight to twelve.

There are lots of questions in a young girl's heart. Some questions they'll be bold enough to ask - some not. Brave Beauty covers topics that girls may secretly want to ask, but don't. Family, self-worth, forgiveness, being left out, body changes - those are just some of the sensitive topics that Cowell has so bravely addressed in her book for young girls.

I have my daughter read a chapter regularly, during her independent reading times. She is nine and seems to enjoy reading the book and reflecting on the chapters afterward (through writing). I think Brave Beauty is a fantastic book for instilling positive attitudes and courage for girls. I recommend this book for young preteen girls. Five out of five stars!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Get Out of That Pit - a book review

Beth Moore just released a really good book called, Get Out of That Pit: Straight Talk About God's Deliverance. And it is just perfect for those of us with a lot of baggage we like to tote around with us. Admittedly, this is the first Beth Moore book I've read. And now I can see why so many women name Moore as their favorite author. She's good. She writes in a conversational tone using life experiences relatable to most women. There's not a lot of pop-psychology and Christian-ease language in the book. It's not a typical self-help reader. Rather it's a book that makes you feel like you're sitting down to coffee with a trusted friend, sorting through some issues you've been struggling with. Really - it's that good. Get Out of That Pit is an easy to read book that gets you really thinking about how and why God's people sometimes stay in their own homemade pit of despair when they could be living the life God made them for. It digs pretty deep and helps the reader see a clear path to the better way of abundance and truly living well. I'd give it five out of five stars. I recommend it for women who are ready to get our of their pits.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Love Letters From God: Bible Stories for a Girls Heart - A book review.

We just love love love this book. I was impressed with the artwork and the quality of workmanship in the book. I also loved that I could write the child's name in the book to further personalize it.

The stories were written really well for young people. I enjoyed reading through them. I gave this book to a little girl turning 7. But I read some of the stories aloud to my daughter, who is 9 and son who is 7. They all really liked the stories and pictures.

And the love letters are SOOOO good. They will touch the hearts of little girls and make an impact for sure.

If you're looking for a book that your child will enjoy for years to come, try this one. It's really excellent. I would recommend this for girls of all ages.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Hello Stars, By Alena Pitts & Wynter Pitts - A Book Review

Hello Stars is a really nice book for 8-12 year old. The focus of the story is a Christian girl aspiring to be an actress. The main character's name is Lena. Throughout the book, Lena learns how to balance stardom with real life, family and faith.

My 8 year old daughter has enjoyed reading the book. She found it engaging and entertaining. I'm sure most young girls can relate with wanting to be an actress.

I found it nice to know that this was a Christian book and that I didn't have to worry about the content being to "mature" for my daughter. On the contrary, the message of the book is inspiring and just right for most 8-12 year old girls.

I recommend the book.

Kids Visual Study Bible NIV - A Book Review

I love love love this Bible. It is great for kids (elementary age and up). But as an adult, I would use this too. It has really practical insights and illustrations in the page margins. The photos, drawings and maps really help tell the Biblical story and highlight the messages throughout.

In the beginning of each book, there is a listing of the author, why the book was written, what happens in the book, key people, where the events take place, and stories in the book. There are extra illustrations as well. In the book of Ruth, there is an excellent map of Elimelek and Naomi's jouney. Later in the book is a picture of people gleaning fields - or picking up leftovers after the workers were finished. There's an explanation about it too. In chapter 3 or Ruth, there's an illustration of the threshing floor and definitions. Toward the end, there's a graphic showing Ruth's family tree and the line of Christ.

For each of the other books in the Bible, there are similar illustrations. I am very pleased with this Bible and my kids are also enjoying the layout. There are over 700, full-color photos, maps and infographics throughout the Bible. These additions really bring the word to life for kids - and adults.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Book Review: A Spectacle of Glory, By Joni Eareckson Tada

What a fantastic devotional reader. I have been truly enjoying the short, daily readings in this small book.
Joni Eareckson Tada writes about the depths of the human soul in such a relatable and authentic manner. This book reminds me of the classic devotional, Streams in the Desert, by L.B. Cowman, written in 1925. Both books offer a timeless message of hope, purity and devotion to God.
In addition, if you know someone struggling with a physical disability or chronic pain, this book would make an excellent gift. The author is actually is a quadriplegic who is intensely familiar with pain in life. Reading her writings motivates me to push through difficulties and take full advantage of what God has given me.
I've always enjoyed books by this author. So I was excited to read this one. And this daily reader didn't let me down. It's a perfect daily reading for a pause in our hectic days. I highly recommend this book for adults seeking a little more application to their daily Bible reading. Five stars!

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