“Picturing Heaven” by Randy Alcorn, book review

“Picturing Heaven” by Randy Alcorn, book review

Coloring books have long been the staple to keep children busy. Now, a new generation of coloring books has been developed for adults. This new book by Randy Alcorn takes coloring books to a new level, combining beautiful coloring pages and Biblical devotionals.

Alcorn has written these devotional readings with the theme of heaven. The illustrations and in black line with gold highlights on each page. There is a lot of room for the reader / colorer to personalize the book, while meditating on the readings about heaven.

This will make a gift to take to a gift exchange or dirty Santa style party this Christmas season.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Tyndale House. All opinions expressed are my own.

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“Transformational Adventure Study Guide” book review

“Transformational Adventure Study Guide” by Alan Williams, book review

 We all seek adventure, but we mostly want these adventures to be good ones. This new book by Alan Williams and others, takes the reader through a series of studies that will challenge and motivate him to dig deeper into his adventure with God.

Each lesson has an introduction, discussion questions and a video link to watch. This is structured for individual or small group use. The book has space to write thoughtful answers to the questions.

This book has wonderful pictures that also inspire the reader to be in an adventure mode while considering the topics. This is especially appealing to those interested in outdoor adventure, as the pictures are nature type scenes.

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.

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“The Christmas Gate” by T. A. Cline, book review

“The Christmas Gate” by T. A. Cline, book review

Christmas stories are wonderful to read now that the leaves have all been raked and the mornings are crisp and clear. “The Christmas Gate” is a contemporary story that has several similarities to well known story ” A Christmas Carol.”

Bob is an author who has 1 well received novel under his belt and has received an advance for another. However, he has not been able to write this book, and most of the advance is gone. But Bob has enjoyed the fame, but not fortune, that accompanies the popularity of being a best selling author.

His boss calls him in for an update and gives Bob an ultimatum: write the book or go to court for breaking his contract. Bob heads to the farm house in the county owned by his boss with the best intentions: write. Upon arrival, he is fascinated with the house and grounds, as well as the caretaker’s daughter.

In his explorations, he discovers a well concealed box containing 7 candlesticks. Over the next 7 days Bob is visited by a midnight ghost who shows him families over the years. During these days, he also becomes friends with Pat, the caretaker’s daughter. These experiences help him turn the corner with the book and his life.

I enjoyed this book, but can hardly call is a book, it is so short. And the ending is very abrupt, leaving the reader hanging. I am hoping for book #2 to see how it all turns out.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author. All opinions expressed are my own.

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“May the Faith be with You” book review

“May the Faith be with you” Bible, book review

This new Bible is in the New International Readers’ Version. The hardback cover is black with the name, “May the Faith Be with You” centered on the cover, resembling the Star Trek logo. There are several pages through out the text that have supplemental material that will be interesting to younger readers. The text is on the small size for young readers, or the older types, but is ok. The book is a good size to carry along to church or put in a back pack.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.

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“Bible Promises to Live by for Women” book review

“Bible Promises to live by for Women” book review
This book is a beautiful gift style book. It is small with a delicate brown cover and linen type pages. Inside are more than 500 Bible promise organized so a woman can locate the ones that will meet a specific need, for herself or to share with a friend.

This book will make a perfect Christmas or graduation gift for that special woman in your life.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Tyndale House. All opinions expressed are my own.

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“The Crooked Path” by Irma Joubert, book review

“The Crooked Path” by Irma Joubert, book review

Lettie has always felt that all the other girls were better than her: prettier, more athletic, richer and so on. But she knew she was smarter, so she decided to go to medical school and be a doctor like her father. After so many disappointments from the boys she grew up with, she finally gave up on them altogether.

Marco was a prisoner of war who served his time working on the farm of Lettie’s best friend. After the war ended he returned home, but it was not the same. In time, he returns to South Africa to be with his brother.

This is an interesting book that covers WWII era happenings in South Africa. I was relatively uninformed about this part of history, and found the story intriguing. The characters from the author’s previous book “The Child of the River” make appearances. But having not read this book, it was not a problem.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson. All opinions expressed are my own.

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“A Prairie Girl’s Faith” by Stephen W. Hines, book review

As a young girl, I remember reading the book series, “Little House on the Prairie” and later watched the TV series with the same name. I really enjoyed the writings of Laura Ingalls Wilder. One year my mother made me a dress and bonnet for my Halloween costume, so I could pretend to be Laura.

This new book is a study of the religious view of Laura and her family. Stephen W. Hines shares many things with Laura, including tracing his roots back to pioneers on the Prairie. He does a careful and methodical search of her writings, interviewing friends and family, as well as consulting records of the time. He concludes that faith in God was very important to Laura and her family.

This book reads more like a text book than a read aloud, like the original “Little House” books. But it would be a nice book for any “Little House” enthusiast.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Waterbrook Press. All opinions expressed are my own.

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“Praying the Scriptures for your Adult Chidren” by Jodie Berndt , book review

“Praying the Scriptures for you Adult Children” by Jodie Berndt, book review

Once a parent, always a parent. But as our children grow up and leave home, our roles change. When the kids were babies, we longed for the day the house would be quiet and we would have time to do as we please. Now, with an empty nest, the hours and days of quiet quickly become lonely. As we prayed for the little ones, we still need to pray for them as adults.

This new book offers many suggestions of how to pray for our adult children in real and meaningful ways. There are chapters devoted to various areas that may come up in their lives, and specific ways to pray.

Disclaimer: I received an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Adored: 365 Devotions for Young Women, book review

Adored is a beautiful book, just right for gift giving to a special young lady. It features a traditional devotional format with 1 page per day. Each entry includes a verse, short reading, and space for a journal entry. The book is a compact size that is good for leaving on the bedside table or taking along. The topics covered are appropriate for today’s young ladies. This would also be a great devotional for a mother and daughter to use together.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.

 

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“Love Held Captive” by Shelley Shepard Grey, book review

“Love Held Captive” by Shelley Shepard Grey, A Lone Star Hero’s Love Story, #3

The War Between the States is over. Or is it? Officially, the war has been declared over, won by the North, but for many on both sides, the battles continue. While these battles are not fought on the plains of the southern state, there are many fights in the hearts and minds of those affected.

Major Ethan Kelly has carried the guilt of raiding a woman’s home during the dark days of the war. He was just looking out for the men in his care. But what about the woman who he left destitute? And then just when he things he many be able to put that “ghost” away, he sees her on the street.

Captain Devin Monroe is learning to be a civilian after years of war including time in as a prisoner of war. Then he meets Lisbeth, and his world is rocked.

Both Kelly and Monroe feel they must deal with the actions of their former colonel, Adam Bushnell. He has inflicted pain on so many, including the women these men have come to love.

This is the third book in the series and continues to reveal the story of these men, their families and their faith. It is a good book and moves the story right along. I suggest reading the books of this series in order, as much of the plot hinges of what has happened previously.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.

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