Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Read with Me

It's easier to remember to prepare for Christmas...its the same day each year. You're purchasing gifts for loved ones and decorating your home. But Easter is equally (if not more) important to prepare my heart for. As I read Liz Curtis Higgs' The Women of Easter, I felt my heart begin to get ready to celebrate the resurrection!

The Women of Easter follows the story of Mary of Bethany (Lazarus' sister), Mary of Nazareth (Jesus' mother) and Mary Magdalene. The author does a beautiful job of telling the story, setting and details of these women based on Biblical accounts. I love that Scripture is mixed in the narrative. This was the perfect book to begin to think about the exciting holiday we will soon celebrate. And I feel like I know these women a little better! It's easy to read and easy to love.

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

I love to store up tools to help my kids learn more about God's Word. The International Children's Bible with Devotions from Sarah Young's Jesus Calling is a welcome addition to our book shelves. It is a complete Bible, not just Bible stories. Mixed in the pages of Scripture are colorful, glossy devotionals that highlight key stories/individuals in the Bible. There are also key Scriptures highlighted in the text. You can find a topic guide at the front of the Bible for these highlighted verses. I love helping my kids understand the difference between a fairy tale and a Bible story. Seeing side by side the story and the verses that it comes from will be super helpful. The illustrations for the devotionals are colorful and eye-catching. I look forward to using this tool for years to come.

I received this Bible from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.

I love when an author's name can be trusted. Tony Evans has written an amazing book, Kingdom Prayer, that has challenged and encouraged me in my prayer life. Prayer is so vital to the Christian life, yet so hard for me to do. Like the national anthem at a sporting event, we often view prayer as a way to jump start an event, not really thinking of the words we are saying. The language in this book is easy to understand yet challenging in concept. I better understand the value and need for prayer. This is a book I will re-read.

I received this book from Moody in exchange for an honest review.

The Domino Effect followed the familiar writing style of Davis Bunn. The subject matter dealt with the financial world. The story was too full of technical terms and not enough character development for me. For those who love a detailed fictional novel, this would be better suited for them. The story line was good, but there were too many technical terms for me to be able to jump quickly into the drama.

I received this book form Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.

It's sad to see so many high schoolers choosing to follow their peers in a direction that does not lead them to Christ. Bombarded with social media and selfish ideas, many adolescents choose a path that exalts self rather than Christ. It was encouraging to read this testimony book, The Jesus Club, where Brian Barcelona tells of the good things the Lord did with a surrendered heart and a group of teenagers. He shared his story (former atheist) with a group of teens. He shared what God had done for him. And this was a perfect example of how when God is described as the super hero, others can't help but take notice.

I received this book from Cross Focused Reviews in exchange for an honest review. 

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