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Review of “Bible Revival”

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Bible Revival by Kenneth Berding is a valuable little book that is greatly needed. In just six chapters, Berding issues a clear call to Christians: commit yourself to one book, the Bible.

Berding forces us to face the realization that we are living in an age that is Spiritually starving. We have become distracted by the things of the world, chosen to turn our backs on the necessary “good portion”, and embraced the anxiety and trouble that follow our decision (Luke 10:40-42).

Bible Revival emphasizes that it is never enough to simply read God’s Word. We must value, understand, and obey it, as well. I personally found Berding’s concern over the interpretation of Scripture to be encouraging, as he puts forward that Scripture should be viewed in context, and Scripture ought to interpret Scripture.

Another aspect of Bible Revival that I found convicting was that, too often, those of us who have been raised in the church are too comfortable, too lackadaisical about Scripture.  We have an over-confidence in our Biblical literacy, and fail to properly value the Bible for what it is– our daily nourishment (1 Peter 2:2).

Overall, I found Bible Revival to be a very helpful book, and believe that it would be a valuable resource for groups desiring to grow in their view and understanding of Scripture. I would give it a “B”.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Cross Focused Reviews Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 .

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Review of “101 Secrets for Your Twenties” and a Giveaway!

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As a twenty-something, I have a weak spot for “secrets” about your twenties. So when I had the option to read and review 101 Secrets For Your Twenties by Paul Angone, I jumped at the chance!

I have to say, I do not think I have ever laughed as hard at a book as I did while reading 101 Secrets For Your Twenties! Overflowing with humor, Angone pokes fun at twenty-somethings, all while sharing timeless truths.

Discussing everything from dating and friendships to college and quarter-life crisis, 101 Secrets For Your Twenties is filled with short, witty insights into our twenties. As I read Angone’s secrets, I felt like I was sitting down with a  good friend who knows exactly what this part of life is like, and knows just what to say!

Overall, I found 101 Secrets For Your Twenties to be a refreshingly honest, yet encouraging little book that is easy to read. I would give it a “B+”.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Moody Publishers Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 .

I am so excited that the Moody Publishers Blogger Review Program was kind enough to share an additional copy of 101 Secrets For Your Twenties so that I can share a copy with you!

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Review of “The Storm Inside”

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I had never heard of Sheila Walsh  until my Mamma started talking about a book she wanted to read called The Storm Inside.

 About the same time, I was given the opportunity to read and review The Storm Inside. From the very first chapter I knew that God had brought this book into my life, just when I needed it most.

In each chapter, Walsh discusses feelings that often overwhelm us– from fear to insignificance, and counters the lies we so easily believe, with what God’s Word says. Using deeply personal stories from her own life, as well as other women in her life, Walsh will make you laugh, cry, and think.

The Storm Inside is a beautiful and necessary reminder that our identity is found in Christ, and it is not our past that defines us, but rather our Savior. Walsh shares the truth that we can lay every burden at the foot of the Cross, and rest in the love of our Lord.

I found The Storm Inside to be a touching and encouraging book, and would highly recommend it, particularly to Christian women. I would give it an “A”.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 .

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Review of “Echoes of an Angel”

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Several years ago, a friend told me the story of a young boy who had lost both eyes, but was able to lead an amazing life due to the fact that he had developed the ability to “see” through echolocation. I was amazed, and the story has never left me.

I was so surprised when I had the opportunity to read and review Echoes of an Angel, the true story of Benjamin Underwood, the young man my friend had told me about those years ago! To say I was thrilled to know more about the story behind the boy with amazing echolocation skills would be an understatement.

From the very first page of Echoes of an Angel, I was touched. The story that Ben’s mother, Aquanetta Gordon, told was at once full of joy and heartbreak.

Born the fourth child of an unwed mother in California, Ben grew up in government housing on welfare, in a home filled with struggles, sadness, and great love.

When Ben was diagnosed with bilateral retinoblastoma, a rapidly developing cancer, at the age of two, his life was changed forever. After chemotherapy and enucleation of both eyes, Ben began “clicking”. Much to his family’s surprise, Ben had the ability to use echolocation to do what sighted children do: run, climb trees, ride bikes, skateboard, and even surf!

I was deeply touched by Echoes of an Angel, and the powerful story it told, of how God never leaves us, but is faithful, working in every detail of our lives, no matter how dark or painful the moment we are in. However, I must admit that I was uncomfortable with a recurring dream described in the book that referenced a conversation with Ben following his death. We as Christians must be very careful with what we believe concerning dreams, visions, and communication with the dead, and we see that God does not approve of communication with the dead (1 Samuel 28:15-19; 1 Chronicles 10:13-14; Luke 16:27-31).

Overall, I found Echoes of an Angel to be a beautiful and inspiring story of God’s faithfulness in one boy’s life, and would give it a “B”.

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Tyndale Blog Network program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 .

 

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Review of “The Third Day”

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Happy Easter, everyone! I hope your day is filled with blessings and praise.

Recently, I was given the opportunity to review The Third Day, a short graphic-novel-style book that presents the story of Christ’s betrayal, death, and resurrection.

To be perfectly honest, my first thought after I agreed to do the review was, What was I thinking, as I have never read a graphic novel, and very few comic books. However, I am very glad I read The Third Day, as it opened up a completely new genre of high-quality Christian books for me.

The Third Day has impressive artwork that captures the emotion, detail, humanity, and seriousness we find in Luke 22-24. I have to admit that I was stunned with artists’ ability to depict the passage of Scripture without changing it, which reveals their high value of the Word of God, and desire to share the Gospel through a widely-loved medium.

A word of caution: some readers may not be comfortable with the artists’ depictions of Christ found throughout The Third Day. Otherwise, I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves graphic novels, and I believe The Third Day would be an excellent tool for sharing the Gospel.

I would give the book a “B”.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Cross Focused Reviews Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 .

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Review of “Spoken For”

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I first became familiar with Jefferson and Alyssa Bethke when Jeff’s  book, Jesus > Religion first came out. Unfortunately, I haven’t gotten around to reading it, but I did recently read an ARC of Spoken For, the book Alyssa co-wrote with Robin Jones Gunn, author of the Christy Miller series.

Perfect for a Bible Study, complete with study questions at the end of each chapter, Bethke and Gunn each tell personal stories about a common theme. Spoken For is a beautiful book that encourages girls to embrace who they are, and whose they are.

As they use Scripture and personal insight to explain how God loves us, Bethke and Gunn share keys to letting go and leaving behind all the lies that paralyze us and break our hearts. Spoken For feels like a chat with a dear friend and wise mentor all at once.

I found a very needed reminder in the pages of Spoken For: love is about more than how we feel. Even when we feel betrayed, unwanted, and brokenhearted, we can rest in the knowledge that not only did God choose and call us, He loves us deeply. And His love is far greater than human love. He will never leave us for someone else, He will never unfriend us, He will never lie to us. We do not have to earn His Love, and we never could– He simply loves us because we are His.

I thoroughly enjoyed Spoken For. It is a book I will read many times in the future, and look forward to sharing with friends. I would give Spoken For an “A+”.

You can preorder your copy of Spoken For from Amazon or CBD.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Waterbrook Multnomah Blogging for Books Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 .

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Review of “Guiltless Living”

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Years ago, I remember my mom reading Ginger Hubbard’s Don’t Make Me Count To ThreeShe laughed, and read snippets to my dad and I, and we laughed along with her.

So when I had the opportunity to read and review her newest book, Guiltless LivingI jumped at the opportunity, knowing that Hubbard has a wonderful, easy-to-read writing style that will make you burst out laughing and step on your toes, all at the same time. Humorous, yet deeply personal, Guiltless Living discusses seven sinful attitudes that entrap us, from criticism and pride, to impatience and self-righteousness.

I was touched by Hubbard’s willingness to share personal stories that illustrate timeless Biblical truths, despite the fact that they revealed her own sinful behavior. Guiltless Living is a beautiful reminder that it is only through the cross that we can experience hope, because Christ has already paid our debts, and wrapped us in His Grace.

The two points Hubbard makes that particularly stood out to me was 1) God transforms us. We are incapable of changing ourselves and 2) We fear what others think, more than what God thinks, so we are afraid of being real. I would highly recommend Guiltless Living, and would give it an “A”.

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Cross Focused Reviews Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 .

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