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.

 

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100 BIBLE STORIES FOR CHILDREN

30 06 2018

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Instill a deep love of the narrative of the Bible in your children’s hearts with this richly illustrated storybook. 100 Bible Stories for Children uses beautiful, traditional art and clear language to teach children ages 5 to 8 one hundred of the best-loved stories from the Bible, and it includes a ribbon to mark your place. The detailed illustrations will captivate your children as you read with them at bedtime or at Sunday school, and independent readers will return again and again to learn the stories of the heroes of the faith. You and your family will treasure this classic collection of Bible stories.

I was a little disappointed in this book, as I felt as if the stories themselves needed to be expounded.  What they emitted or condensed completely changed what had really happened.  I feel as if they needed to be more true to what the Word says.  I understand that they did this for children, but I would prefer the children know what happened correctly.  So, that is why I gave a 3 out of 5 stars.

This book is by Copenhagen Publishing out of Denmark.  The principal business of Copenhagen Publishing is the CREATION, DEVELOPMENT and PRODUCTION of premium-quality illustrated Bible books & Bible apps for children.  Since their formation in 2007, their books have been translated into more than 35 languages and have been shipped to over 55 countries. Their Bible apps available for iOS and Android have been downloaded by hundreds of thousands of people around the world.  They believe in the importance and value of Bible stories for the children of today. These time-tested favorites have extraordinary backlist potential as steady sellers which can reprint for years.  Copenhagen Publishing features well established illustrators and also publish the work of new skillful artists.  Their Bible books have been carefully edited to respect the Bible text and Christian tradition.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers for this review.

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THE ROAD HOME

18 05 2018

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Grieving the death of her Amish parents and the separation from her nine close-knit siblings, Lena Rose Schwartz consoles herself that her new life in Lancaster County won’t be forever. Surely someday soon she will return to her beloved Michigan settlement, including her beau. But even as she holds on to hope for a reunion with those she loves most, she discovers that Lancaster holds charms of its own. Will she find the courage to open her heart to other possibilities?

I loved this book!  It was very difficult to put down.  I felt for Lena – having to leave the only home she knew in Michigan and go to Pennsylvania to family she didn’t even know.  The sorrow of her parents dying in an accident and leaving all her siblings and her beau – I can’t even imagine it.  By the end of the book, I was in tears of joy.  You got to feel as if Lena Rose was your friend.  What was especially good, was how she learned to completely trust in God and step out of His way.  That is something we all have to deal with.

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Beverly Lewis was born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country and she has more than 17 million books in print. Her stories have been published in 12 languages and have regularly appeared on numerous bestseller lists, including the New York Times and USA Today. Beverly and her husband, David, live in Colorado, where they enjoy hiking, biking, making music, and spending time with their family.

 I received a copy of this book from Bethany House for this review.





THE MASTERPIECE

7 02 2018

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Francine Rivers returns to her romance roots with this unexpected and redemptive love story, a probing tale that reminds us that mercy can shape even the most broken among us into an imperfect yet stunning masterpiece.  A successful LA artist, Roman Velasco appears to have everything he could possibly want—money, women, fame. Only Grace Moore, his reluctant, newly hired personal assistant, knows how little he truly has.  Like Roman, Grace is wrestling with ghosts and secrets of her own. After a disastrous marriage threw her life completely off course, she vowed never to let love steal her dreams again. But as she gets to know the enigmatic man behind the reputation, it’s as if the jagged pieces of both of their pasts slowly begin to fit together . . . until something so unexpected happens that it changes the course of their relationship—and both their lives—forever.

Francine Rivers has a way of getting you hooked right at the very beginning.  I could not put this book down, as get to the point that you know these people and want to see what comes up next.  Roman and Grace, at first, seemed so different, but their backgrounds are so familiar.  You want to see them together, but also, tell her to dump the guy. The way Francine Rivers puts it all together is something special.

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Francine Rivers had a successful writing career in the general market for several years before becoming a born-again Christian.  Francine has published numerous novels with Christian themes—all bestsellers—and she has continued to win both industry acclaim and reader loyalty around the world.

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





THE AIR I BREATHE

12 01 2018

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Worship is more than singing on Sunday morning. While that’s part of it, worship is the essence of what makes us truly human. God sparked this desire within our hearts from the day He first breathed life into Adam and Eve. Since then, every single human who has walked this planet has participated in this God-given ability, and divine quest.  True freedom comes when worship flows through us as naturally as the air we breathe, when the words and actions in our lives resonate with our Creator so deeply that every inhalation is full of meaning.  In The Air I Breathe, Louie Giglio explains in passionate prose what it means to truly live a life of worship, offering insight and guidance for finding our personal path towards connecting with the God of the Universe.

I truly enjoyed this book.  As being part of a worship team, I felt this will help me 100% to be a better worshipper.  Louie Giglio explained worship in easy to understand terms.  This book was laid out to make it easy to read.  The further I got along in the book, the more I realized I have a lot of work to do.  My worship needs to be 100% on God.

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Louie Giglio is Pastor of Passion City Church and the founder of the Passion movement. Since 1997, Passion has gathered collegiate-aged young people at events across the U.S. and around the world, uniting millions of students in worship, prayer and justice. In addition to the gatherings of Passion Conferences, Louie and his wife, Shelley, lead the teams at Passion City Church, sixstepsrecords and the Passion Global Institute

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

 





Isaiah’s Daughter

19 12 2017

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Isaiah adopts Ishma, giving her a new name–Zibah, delight of the Lord–thereby ensuring her royal pedigree. Ishma came to the prophet’s home, devastated after watching her family destroyed and living as a captive. But as the years pass, Zibah’s lively spirit wins Prince Hezekiah’s favor, a boy determined to rebuild the kingdom his father has nearly destroyed. But loving this man will awake in her all the fears and pain of her past and she must turn to the only One who can give life, calm her fears, and deliver a nation.

I found myself captivated in this story from the very beginning.  Mesu Andrews takes the cast from Scripture and puts the story to match the Scripture, which opens the Scripture up to you so you can see what happened.  In this fashion, I wanted to know what was going on at all times.  You could feel Zibah’s pain, and you could feel her joy.

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Mesu Andrews is the award-winning author of Love Amid Ashes and numerous other novels including The Pharoah’s Daughter and Miriam. Her deep understanding of–and love for– God’s Word brings the biblical world alive for readers.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.





Bible Promises to Live By

28 11 2017

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God’s promises hold great power. The more we meditate and reflect on His promises, the more we see real change in our lives. Living by God’s promises puts our hearts at ease and gives us assurance, strength, and encouragement for the future. Bible Promises to Live By for Women offers more than 500 promises from God arranged alphabetically by topic for quick and easy access.

This was a very easy reading devotional.  I recommend this for all young Christians.  The promises of God for us – all in one place and in alphabetical order.  The small size of this book makes it easy to hold or carry and the nice linen-textured cover adds to the lush feel.  It is nice to be reminded of the promises God has made to us.

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This book is a dual effort between Katherine J. Butler and Ronald A. Beers.  The copy-write goes to Ronald Beers, but Katherine Butler takes the credit for the writing and editing.

Katherine Butler is also the author of Habits of the Heart, a 365 day devotional.  

 Ronald Beers has worked at Tyndale House Publishers since 1987, serving as editorial director for books and Bibles, as well as editor-in-chief; he currently serves as senior vice president and group publisher. 

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