Saturday, December 3, 2016
This DVD contains two episodes. The first episode finds Bibleman taking on the Fibbler. The Fibbler has spread lies and caused turmoil among the church youth. In the end, the youth learn that lies only cause more problems. They also learn that God's Word can help them remember how to change their ways so they don't lie anymore.
In the second episode, the Gossip Queen uses bitterness beams to batter Bibleman as he tries to help the church kids keep the group together. The Gossip Queen schemes to tear them apart and is nearly successful when Bibleman stops her.
This DVD would be good for younger children. It is a little bit dated as it was made in 2004. However, the stories and the episodes are based on timeless topics and are good for spurring family discussions or discussions among a group of younger church children. The DVD also contains Scripture verses for children to learn and memorize. I think the episodes are just long enough to hold the kids' attention without being too long for boredom to set in.
I received this DVD from B and H Kids. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for the DVD.
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Bible Art Journaling has been a hobby of mine for the past 2 years. I enjoy being able to creatively reflect God's Word back to Him. If you are considering that hobby, this NKJV Journal The Word Bible in large print would be a great one to get.
The NKJV Journal The Word Bible in large print is available in some beautiful cover options, including this nice fabric floral, as well as plainer covers. It has a more easily read 10 point typeface with nice, wide margins with light lines in a thicker, creamy-colored paper for art journaling, or just journaling in general. The words of Christ are in red.It has a beautiful sewn binding that lays flat with a ribbon marker. It is just very nice and still not real large to carry to church, although thicker than some other Bibles.
I think this Bible is beautiful inside and out. I like this Bible version and I especially like that it is red-letter. Other Journaling Bibles I have looked at were not. I also like that it is not real large even though it is large print so it is easier to carry and travel with. It measures roughly 8 inches by 6 1/2 inches and is 2 inches thick. I have the Inspire Bible in Large Print (Tyndale) and it is considerably larger at 10 inches by 7 1/2 inches and is still 2 inches thick. It is a nice Bible for journaling with more journaling space since it is larger but is fairly large to travel with. The pages of the NKJV Jouranl the Word Bible are thicker than regular Bibles and comparable to the Inspire Bible. I think that if the pages are treated with gesso as recommended in some of the journaling tutorials I have seen that there would not be any bleed through. However, without that, there could be some bleed through with markers. I prefer to use colored pencils in my Bible journaling so it is not an issue for me. The cover is cloth and may show some wear or dirt, but I think if it were also treated with a protective gesso type coating (I am looking into this), that it would be fine and last for a long time. All in all, this is just a beautiful Bible for art journaling, or just journaling. I would highly recommend it.
I received this Bible from Thomas Nelson. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for the book.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Psalm 91 has been a favorite psalm of mine for many years. However, I didn't always understand that this psalm was "a powerful prayer of protection given to us by God." The Prayer of Protection by Joseph Prince breaks down this psalm so that we can better understand it and pray this psalm to protect us and deliver us from the enemy.
At a time in our world when we feel uncertain about our future and about day to day events in our society, this psalm can help you feel closer to the Lord as you pray it each day. I like that Pastor Prince shares in The Prayer of Protection how this is not a magic psalm that grants you protection. Instead, praying this psalm is all about having a conversation with God and trusting Him to guide you every day. He further shares how it is "all about intimacy and relationship with the Lord."
The Prayer of Protection is divided into 12 chapters. Each chapter takes a verse or two from the psalm and shares how praying that verse can offer you protection each day. In each chapter, Pastor Prince shares from other parts of the Bible to help better understand the verses' meaning in this psalm. He also shares testimonies that people sent to him that show how God did protect them during some difficult times, calamities and other challenges. These testimonies also offer encouragement to other believers that God will indeed take care of us as we look to Him for guidance and protection in relationship with Him.
I highly recommend The Prayer of Protection for any Christian, especially as we feel so unsettled in our society right now. To be honest, I have not previously read a book by this author, but I especially enjoyed his writing style and how easy the book was to follow and understand. There is also a Prayer of Protection Study Guide that goes along with it. It would make a good group study besides being a good individual study. Faithwords is also offering a free 30-day prayer plan available to correlate with the book’s teaching at this link:
I received The Prayer of Protection from FaithWords/Hachette Book Group Inc. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for the book.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
I want to be a healthy eater and I want to fix healthy, nourishing meals for my family. Two out of the three of us have gluten and dairy allergies and intolerances. Nourishing Meals is a beautiful book full of information to help someone like me who wants to make changes to benefit the whole family, one meal at a time. I do have some background in eating healthy for myself but have felt challenged trying to get the rest of my family to eat healthfully.
The front part of the book is full of a lot of good information on laying the foundations for good health through good nutrition. This book is written by popular food bloggers and leaders in the functional medicine movement, Ali Segersten and Tom Malterre. Together they offer solid information and tips to change your diet and eat more wholesome foods at every stage of your family's life. They are both work together as graduates of Bastyr University and raise 5 children. They understand on many levels what it takes to feed a family healthy meals on a daily basis.
There are not pictures with every recipe in this book, but there are quite a few nice color photos of delicious looking dishes in 2 large sections. The recipes look delicious. I can't wait to try the cherry pecan salad with cherry balsamic vinaigrette, chicken and wild rice salad, fish tacos, chicken pot pie,m nourishing meatloaf, dark chocolate ice cream, (coconut milk based), pumpkin cupcakes and many more. I can this book being a go-to book in my kitchen. It offers recipes and tips for base ingredients in the back like pumpkin puree from fresh pumpkins and herbed sea salt mix that would be a help to beginner cooks. It also has a nice glossary and index. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to make changes and feed their family more healthfully.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for the book.
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Sue Johnson is the developer of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and according to Dr. John Gottman is "the best couple therapist in the world." This therapy in Created for Connection helps couples create "a stronger, more secure relationship not only between partners, but between us and God." The book encourages couples to understand that they are attached to and dependent on their partner in much the same way that a child is on a parent and that we are on God to nurture, sooth and protect us. Problems occur when that fails to happen at certain times in the relationship. Johnson offers couples seven transforming conversations to help heal those issues if they are there, to heal, and to form a tighter bond with each other. The last section of the book then takes that bond and shows how we can become even closer with our partner spiritually and, ultimately, with God through this process.
Created for Connection is honestly one of the best books I have read this year. I was surprised at how much I learned from this book. My husband and I are in a secure relationship, but this book still has had a positive effect on our relationship. As I read through the book, I kept stopping to share parts with my husband and apply principles. I don't think we will ever look at our disagreements the same way again. . .and I think that is good. At the same time, in order to use this book to learn and grow, we took the book in bits and pieces. Created for Connection includes many stories of other couples, stories from the author, information on how to make changes and steps to take to make changes in your own relationship. There is a lot of good "meat" in this book. I just couldn't read through it quickly because I think we would have missed too much. It is just full of information on relating to your spouse in a whole different way and understanding why we react to difficulties in a certain way. We learned so much more about each other as we went through the book together.
I would encourage anyone and everyone to read Created for Connection. We plan to keep it in our home library to refer to whenever we want or need to. I highly recommend it to every couple. Also, as the author mentioned in the book, the principles in this book apply to other relationships besides marriage relationships and can help enhance them too.
I received this book from the publisher, Little, Brown and Company. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for the book.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Since I was a child, I have always loved coloring and found it relaxing. The new Christmas Quiet coloring book and devotional provides a way to color, relax and enjoy the season with devotionals that help me keep my "Mary" focus on Jesus instead of bustling about like "Martha."
In the preface of Christmas Quiet, Maisie Sparks shares how she made a choice to stop the frantic Christmas rush through the season and discover the gift of waiting for Christmas. Sparks shares how she spends the first Saturday in December gathering with a group of women at a retreat site to collectively slow their pace and relish a day of silence to focus on an upcoming season of peace. Sparks encourages you through Christmas Quiet to also give yourself permission to meditate on the readings in this coloring book and focus on the true meaning of the Christmas.
Each of the 25 readings starts with a Bible verse followed by a related devotional meditation and concludes with a question, something to do, or thought for you to think about as you shift your focus for the season. Each of the readings are just a page long but they are packed with thoughts to help you meet Jesus more deeply through the Christmas season.
The coloring pictures from Lauren Younis in Christmas Quiet are just beautiful. I will share two here that I colored as samples. The paper is thick and heavy with a blank backside. I used Crayola Twistables and T J Maxx fluorescent colored pencils but markers or even paints could be used with this nice heavy paper. I know this coloring book and the readings will be a favorite for me this holiday season. I also like that in the back of the book there are a few lined pages entitled "Notes for Quiet Reflection" for you to write on as you meditate on the daily readings. The whole book could really become your Christmas reflection coloring devotional journal of sorts. I highly recommend it to those who want to slow down this Christmas season and enjoy a creative focus.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
I admit that I am not a huge sports fan. I really didn't know a lot about Tim Tebow before reading Shaken. However, you don't have to be a football fan to read and enjoy this book.
If you aren't a huge football fan like me, Tebow is a former Heisman Trophy winner. He played college football for the Florida Gaters and then played pro football for the Denver Broncos and New York Jets.
Through Shaken, we see the highs and lows of a football career through Tim Tebow. Tebow shares how he felt when he was doing so well in the sport and how it felt to be criticized when he wasn't. Through it all, Tebow shares that the most important aspect of his life was living each day for God. Tebow shares how the unchanging God remains the same no matter what ups and downs are in your life.
Tebow also shares stories from growing up in his family and how God helped mold him into the man he is today. He shares how he has continued to have faith in God in spite of some challenges he has faced. Tebow also shares many stories of working with kids that have cancer and other health challenges. He shares how these kids have faced those challenges and weathered health storms with grace. As the back of the book says,"Though traveling hard roads is not easy it's always worth it."
I would recommend Shaken to anyone who is a Tebow fan, of course. I would also recommend it to anyone facing challenges that needs some encouragement to get through the tough spots in life with faith in God.
I received Shaken from the publisher, Waterbrook. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for the book.