ALWAYS IN GOD’S HANDS

26 11 2018

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Jonathan Edwards is one of the most respected early American theologians. In Always in God’s Hands, Owen Strachan recovers the real Jonathan Edwards—the thinker, the compassionate father, the courageous reformer—as opposed to the caricature of him that is often presented. Edwards believed God was ever-present in each of our lives, caring and encouraging us in every moment. In a moving letter to his daughter, he reminds her of that comforting truth by describing her as “always in God’s hands.”

Through daily quotes from Edwards’s letters and sermons, this inspirational devotional reveals the soaring theology and comforting spirituality of one of history’s most faithful and gifted pastors. With each meditation, compiler Owen Strachan offers refreshing and relevant insights, encouraging you in your walk with God.

I was very impressed with this devotional, which I would label as “deep”.  Being a Christian for 40 years, there were times I needed to digest this.  There are many good nuggets in here.  What was also nice, was getting to know Jonathan Edwards.  I had heard about him, but never really took the time to get to know the man – his thoughts, his words of wisdom.  What he wrote has made me grow deeper in my relationship with Christ.  

Owen Strachan

Owen Strachan is associate professor of Christian theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and serves as a senior fellow of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. In addition to being a contributing writer for the Gospel Coalition, he has written for The Atlantic, the Washington Post, OnFaith, First Things, Christianity Today, The Federalist, and the Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology. Owen also regularly speaks to media outlets, including FOX News, the Hugh Hewitt Show, and the Eric Metaxas Show, and works as a research fellow of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. He is married and is the father of three children.

Always in God’s Hands came out for sale November 20, 2018

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for this review.

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JESUS CALLING: THE STORY OF CHRISTMAS

8 11 2018

 

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Jesus Calling®: The Story of Christmas uniquely teaches the Christmas story to your children by starting at creation and sharing that Jesus has always been present and that God has always had a plan for Christmas. Bible verses and Jesus Calling devotions are on every spread of this beautifully illustrated book with foil and glitter on the cover.

Teach your children the story of Christmas . . . starting from creation! In Jesus Calling®: The Story of Christmas, children will discover that God always had a plan for Christmas.

Christ was chosen before the world was made.

—1 Peter 1:20

The Christmas story began long, long ago. Before the angel Gabriel told Mary she would have God’s Son. Before the shepherds saw the angels and before the wise men saw the star.

From the beginning of time, God had a plan to save his children. That plan was Jesus!

This was enjoyable from cover to cover.  There are 13 small devotions for kids.  The pictures are very well done to cover what Sarah Young is trying to bring across.  This begins before the earth was ever formed and goes through when Joseph and Mary moved with Jesus to Nazareth.  This is easy reading and I believe kids of many ages would like this book.  This would make an excellent Christmas gift!

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Sarah Young’s devotional writings are personal reflections from her daily quiet time of Bible reading, praying, and writing in prayer journals. With sales of more than 25 million books worldwide, Jesus Calling has appeared on all major bestseller lists.

Jesus Calling was written to help people connect not only with Jesus, the living Word, but also with the Bible-the only infallible, inerrant Word of God. Sarah endeavors to keep her devotional writing consistent with that unchanging standard.

Sarah spends a great deal of time in prayer, reading the Bible, and memorizing Scripture. She especially enjoys praying daily for readers of all her books.

Katya Longhi

Katya Longhi was born in 1984 in Modica, a small town in Southern Italy.
She grew up in Trento and studied at the Art Academy in Florence.

Since then she has studied illustration at Nemo NT Academy of Digital Arts.

When she was a child she drew everything she saw – she has countless drawings of ice cream and Snoopy!

Katya completed several animation and illustration workshops, which she found

invaluable as they helped her to establish her style, and has found the stimulation for her passion.

Katya works digitally but she begins by drawing with pencil on paper.

In her spare time, Katya loves to read and watch on tv fairytales and collect snow globes.
She currently works as a freelance illustrator based in Trento, where she lives with her very own Prince Charming!

She has also exhibited in numerous art exhibitions throughout Italy.

 

Katya Longhi was born in 1984 in Modica, a small town in Southern Italy.
She grew up in Trento and studied at the Art Academy in Florence.

Since then she has studied illustration at Nemo NT Academy of Digital Arts.

When she was a child she drew everything she saw – she has countless drawings of ice cream and Snoopy!

Katya completed several animation and illustration workshops, which she found

invaluable as they helped her to establish her style, and has found the stimulation for her passion.

Katya works digitally but she begins by drawing with pencil on paper.

In her spare time, Katya loves to read and watch on tv fairytales and collect snow globes.
She currently works as a freelance illustrator based in Trento, where she lives with her very own Prince Charming!

She has also exhibited in numerous art exhibitions throughout Italy.

 I received this book free from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.

 





THE LIGHT BEFORE DAYo

5 11 2018

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After three years on a whaling voyage, Henry Macy returns to Nantucket to news that his grandmother has passed, bequeathing her vast fortune to him and his sister, Hitty. And it was truly vast. But Lillian Coffin was no fool. The inheritance comes with a steep cost, including when they should marry and whom–a Quaker in good standing, of course. But if they relinquish the inheritance, it all goes to Tristram Macy, their father’s thieving business partner.

As Hitty and Henry seek a way to satisfy the will’s conditions, they’ll be faced with obstacles on every side–and it may be that Lillian Coffin will have the last word after all.

At first, I was disappointed in this book, as I thought it was Amish, which it is not.  This is a Quaker book, but more, about life on Nantucket Island and love.  This story begins as Henry has come off the whaling boat and Grandmother Lilly, having passed away, names the twins, Henry and Hitty as her heirs.  But there’s a hitch to it.  There are conditions, which least of all, they have to live in her mansion.  In 5 years, they both have to be married to upstanding Quakers, which is difficult to find, considering most of the Friends are old.  If they don’t, her very large inheritance goes to an uncle, who squandered their father’s money in a business adventure.  So, as the saying goes, what a tangled web we weave.  Henry has his eyes on Anna, who is only interested in the abolitionist movement.  Hitty has her eyes on Isaac, but Benjamin, the lawyer’s assistant, has his eyes on her.  So, how does this turn out?  You will need to read the book to find out!

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Suzanne Woods Fisher is a bestselling author of Amish fiction and non-fiction. Her interest in the Amish began with her grandfather, who was raised Plain in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. She travels back east a couple of times each year for research. For fun, too.

Suzanne has a great admiration for the Plain people and believes they provide wonderful examples to the world. She has an underlying belief in her books–you don’t have to “go Amish” to incorporate many of their principles into your life: simplicity, living with less, appreciating nature, forgiving others more readily, trusting in God.

When Suzanne isn’t writing, playing tennis, or bragging to her friends about her grandbabies (so cute!), she is raising puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To her way of thinking, you just can’t take life too seriously when a puppy is tearing through your house with someone’s underwear in its mouth.

I was given a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for this review.