Faithgirlz Bible {A Review}

There was only one thing I disliked about this Bible: There were no features that were exclusive to this particular Bible. The cover was new and creative by the inside was virtually the same.

As I said, the cover design was beautiful and I loved it. Especially the magnetic closure. My Bible (and books in general) have a habit of falling open in my bag, so the snap was very exciting.

As far as the inside goes, there is really nothing notable to report but the features were as follows:

  • Dream Girl–Ever wondered what it was like to live in Bible times? This feature uses your imagination to show you what it may have been like to witness some key events.
  • Bring It On–This is a personal favorite of mine. They are scattered throughout and they are quizzes and each answer is backed up with a Bible verse.
  • Oh I get it!–Basically a Q&A explaining some of the things you may not understand.
  • Treasure This!–Good verses for memorizing!
  • Is there a little____ in you?–Quizzes that will help you understand some Bible characters–and yourself–a little better.
  • In Your Own Words–You get to summarize some key events in Scripture in your own words.

I give this four out of five turning pages.

(Review written by my 12 year old. I did not read this book.)

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.

The Splendor of Ordinary Days by Jeff High {A Review}

If you’re like me, you’ve probably spent a few wintery days curled up on the couch watching cute, sappy movies on the Hallmark channel. But for those of us who don’t have cable, I highly recommend Jeff High’s book, The Splendor of Ordinary Days. Set in the cozy town of Waterford,TN, this is a book full of fascinating characters, belly laughs, and a splash of small town romance that will keep you hooked to the very end.

But there’s more to Waterford than meets the eye. Young physician Luke Bradford finds himself playing part-time detective and peacemaker as the tension between the people of Waterford and the Mennonites nearby grows steadily, fueled by the newspaper published by crochety Luther Whitmore. Mystery surrounds Luther and his past, and though he poses a daunting obstacle, Luke is determined to find the root of the dispute between the two communities–and make an attempt to capture the heart of Christine Chambers, local school teacher.

The Splendor of Ordinary Days gets off to a slow start, but stick with it and you own’t be disappointed. I give it four out of five stars.

I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.

Pass It On by Jim Burns and Jeremy Lee {A Review}

As parents we all want to pass down a legacy to our children. As Christian parents we want to pass down a legacy of faith to our children. But we often feel unsure that we’re doing it right, or doing it at all. We all know people who have chosen to take the easy way out and allow the church to raise their children and to give them the godly legacy. But we can’t do that.

Jim Burns and Jeremy Lee collaborated on a book, Pass It On, Building a legacy of Faith for your children through practical and memorable experiences.  In its pages is nestled a wealth of information and ideas.

The first few chapters are spent telling you how it’s important to consciously leave a faith legacy to and for your children.  The rest of the book is spent giving you ideas on how to celebrate your child’s “Rite of Passage” at every age, from kindergarten through their senior year of high school.

If you’re children are already in middle school or high school, or late elementary, it’s okay! You can pick up this book and start right where your children are. You can also go back and do a few of the celebrations you missed if they apply.

Each celebration is designed to celebrate your child and to follow the directive in Deuteronomy 6 to “teach them to your children when you sit at home and when you  walk along the way, when you lie down and when you get up.  Each chapter/celebration is also designed to correspond to what your child is experiencing already.

I love the practicality of this book! It is one you can use over and over and then pass it around to your friends. It can be used much the way The Blessing has been used in the past.

I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.

Just Show Up by Kara Tippetts and Jill Lynn Buteyn {A Review}

I struggle with how to help someone who is going through a time of difficulty. What do I do? What do I say? How do I not do or say thing wrong thing? How do I help and not hinder? How do I help and not make things more difficult?

I want to speak Jesus to them, to truly be His hands, His feet to my friends and neighbors who are in the hard places of life. I want to minister His grace and healing. But I’m clueless how.

The late Kara Tippetts and Jill Buteyn collaborated on a book, Just Show Up, that serves as a beacon of light to those who, like me, want to help but don’t know how.

The chapters are written by Jill with a small portion at the end of each on written by Kara. Kara’s portion ends with two questions designed to help you just show up. The chapters teach on the value of different ways we can show up and how we can be a gift to our suffering friends.

Can I say I enjoyed a book on suffering? I learned a lot from the book. I learned that it’s okay to sometimes tell friends, “Look, I know this is a hard place for you, so suppers is on me.” I learned I can do that from across state lines to across the country.

The book is written conversationally; it reads as if we’re sitting across the table sipping coffee and chatting with Jill and Kara. I love that.

There were a few times I didn’t fully agree with what was being taught. I think it is important to know your friends and what they would want/need.

How each of us will respond when either faced with our own hard or when a friend experiences hard in her life is different. We don’t and we won’t all respond the same, but we all have the same needs.

We all need friends to just show up.

I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.

Israel’s Mission by Ray Vander Laan {A Review}

israel_zpsorkr3cjqRenown author and Bible teacher, Ray Vander Laan is the founder of That The World may Know Ministries. He is also the creator and Bible teacher of the video lecture series, That The World May Know. Ray has a passion to see believers taught the Word and driven further into Bible study.

His latest DVD and Discovery Guide is titled, Israel’s Mission and he takes us on a journey through the time and land of the Patriarchs. He gleans from them the mission God gave to Israel, mainly that they would bring the “lost sheep” back into the fold. Also, he shows how God intended them (and believers) to be a kingdom of priests. We have the same mission.

The study has 5 sessions, each DVD segment is around 30 minutes in length and is designed to be used with the Discovery Guide. In the guide, you have a little more in-depth study, a place for discussion of the DVD lesson for that period, some discussion questions. There are also more teaching in Fact File, Did you Know, For Greater Understanding, and Think About it, pictures and maps. Designed to be done at home, there are also verses to memorize.

If your small group wants to dig deeper into God’s Word, you will want to look this series over.

I received a free copy of this DVD and Discovery Guide from the publishers and Litfuse for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.

Reservations for Two by Hillary Manton Lodge {A Review}

Neil and Juliette are in Italy. She is studying her history and culinary delights and he’s studying her. Her family is large and boisterous and spread around the globe.  Can the two of them find lasting love and happiness together? Could her grandmother’s letter prove to be the catalyst? What else is locked inside her grandmother’s fading memory?

You’ll have to read the book to find out for yourself.

This book, Reservations for Two by Hilary Manton Lodge, is the second book in the Two Blue Doors series. I was not aware of this before I requested to review this book. I thought it wouldn’t matter that I hadn’t read book one yet, I hoped it wouldn’t matter.

It matters.  In reading it, I’ve been able to piece together a little bit of book one but had I read that one first this one would have made a lot more sense. I found myself lost a lot. She does reference the first book so I was able to piece it together.

Aside from that I really enjoyed this book. It moved along nicely. The plot was well thought out and there was definitely enough to keep my interest.

One of my favorite parts of the book?

The recipes!

Oh yes! This book is not only about a girl who opens a restaurant with her family, her love life, it has recipes in it! And they look divine! I can’t wait to try some. The book has recipes for breakfast, lunch, supper, salads and desserts.

If you love recipes, this book is for you. If you love recipes but don’t particularly care for romance books, this book is for you. If you love recipes and romance books, you will seriously flip for this book.

Reservations For Two is a culinary delight, a masterpiece that will tickle both your taste buds and your imagination as you read.

I received a free copy of this book from Random House Publishers for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.

The Case of the Sin City Sister A Divine Private Detective Agency Mystery {A Review}

Sister Eve Divine has a gift, a special gift She can solve crimes.  On a leave of absence from the convent, she helps her father solve crimes. Is being a private investigator a gift or a temptation?  Is she supposed to be a nun or should she hang up her habit and hang out her private investigator shingle?

This mystery is personal. It hits close to home. Her sister is missing in Sin City…Las Vegas. Eve and Daniel, a member of the police department, take a trip to find Eve’s sister in Las Vegas. Through light night sneak outs to casinos, snooping in her sister’s address book for possible clues, Eve slowly pieces together what might have happened.

But is she correct? Will she find her sister before it’s too late? And really, where is her sister?

You’ll have to get your own copy of this book and find out for yourself.

The story, The Case of the Sin City Sister, is masterfully written by Lynne Hinton. The story moves along at a modest pace, enticing you further into the story with every page you turn.  The book is written for adults but could easily be read by anyone who loves a good mystery.  I am rather picky about the books I read and the books my children read. We’re all fans of mysteries and I have no issue with them reading this book as middle-schoolers and high schoolers.

This book is the second one in the A Divine Private Detective Agency Mystery, but you do not have to have read the first book in the series to understand what is happening.

Lynne Hinton is the New York Times best-selling author of Friendship Cake and Pie Town. She received an undergraduate degree from UNC Greensboro and a Masters of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley. She has served as a hospice chaplain and church pastor. Lynne is a regular columnist with The Charlotte Observer. She lives with her husband in Albuquerque, NM. Visit her website at Facebook: Lynne-Hinton-Books

I give this book 5 out of 5 turning pages.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.