Monday, January 9, 2017

Book Review: befriend


A good read, this book touches on the tough subject of friendship.  

It redefines the common friendships of our day, not only true friendships but the more modern Digital Friendships (Screen Friendships), Transactional Friendships (Friendship that treats other people as means to an end), and One-Dimensional Friendship (Same interests). 

The first chapter introduces these friendship ideas & defines them but the rest of the book never really touches on these ideas.Chapters 2-21 share how to befriend specific people, a sort of source book for difficult friendships. 

And it is all there:
Befriend Prodigals and Pharisees, the Wrecked & Restless, Shamed and Ashamed, Ones You Can't Control, True Friends and Significant Others, Sexual Minorities, Dysfunctional Family Members. It seems almost set up so you can find the chapter that effects you and read in detail information that will aid you on your friendships!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Book Reviewing: The scoop.

Y'all may have noticed I've started posting book reviews. I'm finally out of the stage of babies and have a *little* more time to read!
So the library and these book reviews have been a great source for me. From the library I get the books I'm interested and from the book reviews there is a smaller section of books that I chose from that I'm interested in.
I've read book that I would have passed by on shelves that have changed my life. For instance:
I had never heard of Kevin Butcher but that is a preacher who not only loves but can write about how well he loves!
That's pretty awesome.

I wanted to open up this free blogging opportunity to others. The requirements are that you have a blog to post the review on, it has to be an active blog with readers, and you need to be able to post on Amazon or some such place so they get a public store review as well.

This is the publishing house I use and they have been very good to me.

I hope this inspires others to read more! Free books can do that! 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Book Review: Where does Love Hide

 Where does love Hide is a lift the flap book Written by Mary Simon and illustrated by Hannah Wood
It is a delightful story showing that love hides all over.
Each page has a lift the flap on it showing where love hides.
My 3 year old enjoyed the book! It was sturdy and has stood up well to a house of 6 kids!

 I'd recomend opening the flaps before giving it to a child for the first time or the newness of the book with make it hard to open.
This is a great kid book. In a world where love is misconstrued this title and the whole book is eye opening to the kids of our time.
A simple book, larger than most cardboard books, it is very durable. I have 6 kids and in a month of this book being out it still looks like new.
The flaps are thin but it hasn't been a problem. My one recommendation would be to open the flaps before giving it to a child. They are a little tough the first time, as makes sense due to them never having been opened before!
Book provided by Tyndale house publishing. Opinions are my own. Children's approval is their own=)

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Book Review: Choose & Choose again by J. Kevin Butcher

Book Review: 
Choose & Choose Again 
 J. Kevin Butcher
Some books are outstanding reads because they blow your mind. Others are fabulous because they write about something the reader agrees with, this book doesn't fall in any of those categories. It stands alone with the numerous stories that hit close to everyone's hearts. Love poured out on person after person. The Jesus this man shows to people he has no ability to relate to and the result! It is easy to write in a book that 8 years after spontaneously kissing a harden criminal in a prison visiting room, that man prayed the sinner's prayer, but much harder to walk along side that man for those 8 years.
Chapter after chapter Butcher takes you on a journey. Not his journey as much as Christ Journey through him. People screaming at him in the middle of his sermons. Members of the congregation stepping in and sharing their hurt in a way that starts the healing process. Love, coming from numerous people, helping pull the lost from the very clutches of the devil.
It is an amazing book.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

"What does God Really Promise?" book review!

 Another book review!
This is a different book than the kind I usually pick up.
Written by Carolyn Lassen and Illustrated by Amylee Weeks it is a book that answers 101 Questions about God's promises, the church and the future.
Each answer is shown on a single page with a Bible verse to back it up.

 A very sturdy book, the color will grab your attention.
It is broken up into various chapters, or title pages.
 I admire the attempt to answer 101 questions about three very...questiony topics!
They author did well at answering hard and easy questions with one page answers. From why churches accept contributions to if there are different levels of punishment in hell. Seriously, this book goes for broke on answering the questions.
The main thing I thought about with this book was I'm not sure where to put it. It is kind of one of those, read a page every day book, but it asks such a variety of questions I wouldn't just want it on my night stand. Maybe it would be good for a church lounge room or a waiting room etc.
It is very pretty but I'm not sure I would give it to someone because the answers are so basic the deep questions, obviously, need more than a page. Maybe it would be a good book for someone not used to our culture or the church culture, a bit of an eye opener.
So there it is. It is a book full of information, I'm just not sure for whom. If you grow up around christians than these are answers you are familiar with, but it is never a bad idea to refresh your memory!

Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Gratitude: a prayer and Praise Coloring Journal book review

Not only I by all my girls were thrilled when this book came in the mail!
I've now not only spent some down time coloring but also some quality time with my girls! 
There are places to write and add thoughts, I'll probably do that as I go along. Right now we are just having fun coloring and spending time together!

Despite the hard cover this book lays remarkably flat!

 It actually seems to be a soft cover with a hard cover glued on to the top and bottom but not the sides!

 It makes it lay very flat and works wonderfully for moving your hand all across both pages without hinderences! I know it is a little thing but that is important for me! Maybe because I'm not a die hard coloring fan...well, or I wasn't!

Some pages are just to be colored and some have places to write on. There is a little bit of coloring done on a few of the pages if you want help choicing colors! Others are just black and white.
This book seems perfect for the journaling type interested in trying coloring or the coloring type who's interested in journaling!
The book is ready for whatever mood you are in, no pressure to do it page by page! My 12 year old loves it and wants one of her own, the verses, prayers and titles are smattered through the book just perfectly!  It's a gem of a book to own! Or to gift!

 Here is a link to some more journaling ideas:
·         Tyndale’s Inspire Creativity board on Pinterest has downloadable samplers and sharable coloring pages from our coloring and Bible journaling line, the Living Expressions Collection!

·         Check out for the latest news and information on our coloring and journaling products.

And for the technical part: This book was provided for me to review by Tyndale Blog network & Tyndale House Publishers. Thanks guys! 

Friday, June 3, 2016

Book Review: The 9 arts of Spiritual Conversation

I'm not sure what I expected from a book of this topic but I was pleasantly surprised. It is a guide book on how to share your faith without condemning or bowling over others. Written by Mary Schaller & John Crilly, two people who take friendships seriously, as if each one is God-given investment. Their life-style reflects their faith and the lives they have for others. It all comes out in this book

It doesn't just give you a way to answer people. It works on a total new mindset that takes you to a place that Jesus took his disciples. A place that loves people first and then teaches them about Christ.

With a step by step guide this book should be a requirement on how to share your faith without scaring off people. Guiding others to find out about the Kingdom without driving them away. We study before we take a driving test or an entrance exam, why not that much more before sharing the most important thing in our lives? Our faith. How to do it? Check out this book!