Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Book Review: The Last Bride

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The Last Bride by Beverly Lewis is the 5th book in the series Home to Hickory Hollow. I was reading 2 books but finally this one won my complete attention. It was hard to put down.

I really enjoyed the whole series of Home to Hickory Hollow. Each book is a stand alone book but it's nice visiting with some of the previous characters.

The Last Bride is about a young woman named Tessie Ann Miller who is Old Order Amish. She is the last one to marry. She is in love with Marcus King but unfortunately her father is against it. She does not know why and continues to disobey by not ending the relationship. They still secretly court. Marcus and Tessie end up eloping. But they come back home and live as single, but with the occasional meet up at Marcus' rental house, until Marcus feels it's time to share the news of their secret marriage. He's hoping to convince Tessie's father that he's a good fellow and will care for Tessie.
Unfortunate events happen and Tessie is worried about the reaction of the Amish people. Will she end up getting shunned? Tessie then finds out the real reason for why her father was against the marriage and is worried about that issue? Why? Read and find out. I love Beverly Lewis and is my favorite Amish fiction writer. I also recommend this book to you.

I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers in return for my honest review.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Book Review: Questions God Asks - Unlocking the Wisdom of Eternity

Questions God Asks
The title of this book Questions God Asks by Israel Wayne grabbed my attention. God asks us questions? I know that we often ask God questions that we want answered now. Throughout the Bible, God Himself has questions that He asks of us. We don't often pay attention to that fact though. 

There are 19 chapters in this book. The title of each chapter is in the form of a question that Wayne will show us the context where God asks these questions. It is easy to understand and read.

Chapter 5 is about anger. The title "Why Are You Angry?" is found in Genesis 4:6 - Then the Lord said to Cain, "Why are you angry?" I think we all get angry from time to time. Some people more than others. This is a practical chapter too. It starts out with an account relating to the topic. Wayne then explains what the world teaches about anger. Some "experts" say it's our instinct, others say there's no real right and wrong behaviors just socially right and socially wrong behaviors. Yet others say it's the environment that makes us act in wrong ways. It seems to me they want to blame everybody else or everything except ourselves, our sinful nature. Wayne then shows how Cain acted and the reasons he had for being extremely angry. He also mentions that we never just fall into sin. It's a process that we go through. He gives some Bible verses to back up his statements. He also asks us the hard questions and makes us think about whether we do tend to blame others for yelling. I know I do at times, especially when the kids are not on their best behavior. There are helpful steps that he listed such as # 1 - realize and admit it to God and people that your anger is your own fault and no one else. I like this last paragraph of chapter 5, "You don't have to live as a slave to your passions and temper. You can and must become free for the sake of the glory of God and His perfect plan for your life." Amen!

This book would be good for Christians and non-Christians alike.

I received this e-pub/e-book from the publisher for free in return for my honest review.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Book Review: Not Just A Hearer But a Doer - Volume 1

Are you wanting to draw closer to the Lord? Do you want to be more than just a be a doer of God's Word? This book by Yolanda Shanks called Not Just a Hearer But a Doer, Volume 1, Deliberately Living Life devotional study, will help you become a doer. 

I like the by-line, deliberately living life. I personally don't want to just drift from day to day. I want to be intentional in what I do/say. How about you? Do you feel the same? Yolanda Shanks has developed a Bible study that lasts for 31 days. It is short, so perfect for a busy mom like me. She explains each verse to help us in our daily living for God. 

The Bible verses she has listed is in the King James version. I don't like reading it in that version, so I always have my version close by or use my iPod with Biblegateway.

This is how each day is set up. First there's a little introduction, sometimes from Yolanda's life, other times she asks a question to make us think about our life. Then there's the observation which is a Bible verse. Then she explains about this verse in the section called background. Then there's the interpretation and application. A good Bible study should have an application so we can put what we have read into practice. There's even a place to personalize the Bible text for that day. Take the time to really focus on each day's devotional. Truly think, pray, see, and do what it says.

This Bible study brings your thoughts to Jesus. To grow to become more like Him. That has been my prayer for many become more like Jesus. Is it your prayer too? Study your Bible, put it into action; do what it says and not just read/listen. "Go and do likewise," says Jesus in Luke 10:37b.

I received this book for free from the publisher through the book review program in return for my honest review.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Good Morning Girls - Why Easter Matters

So far this week has been especially good that I want to share my SOAP (Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer). I use Biblegateway to look up my verses in different Bible versions and also use the Matthew Henry Commentary.
Week 2, Day 2

Read: Romans 5:6-9

Scripture: Romans 5:7-8 New American Standard Version

"For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."

Observation: Who would die in the place of another? Maybe for a good, kind man someone might but not very many would chose to do that. Amazing thing is - Jesus did. He died for us while we were still sinners because He loves us soooo much.

Application: I am continually amazed that Jesus would die on the cross for me, a sinner. His love compels me to love Him back. To live my life for Him.

Prayer: Let my life be pleasing to You Lord. Thank You Jesus for loving me first.


Good Morning Girls - Why Easter Matters

Last week I started a new Good Morning Girl study called Why Easter Matters? It is now on YouVersion if you'd like to check it out or go to the Good Morning Girls website. I love their free studies. It helps me dig into God's Word more and draw closer to Jesus. This day really touched me and made me appreciate what Jesus has done on the cross. Read all of Isaiah 53 - Jesus loves us so much that He went through awful things so that we could be set free.
Week 2, Day 1

Read: Isaiah 53

Scripture - Isaiah 53: 4-6 New American Standard Version

"Surely our griefs He Himself bore,
And our sorrows He carried;
Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten of God, and afflicted.

But He was pierced through for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our iniquities;
The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him,
And by His scourging we are healed.

All of us like sheep have gone astray,
Each of us has turned to his own way;
But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all
To fall on Him

Observation - Jesus bore ALL of our griefs and sorrows. He was wounded for OUR transgressions, guilt, iniquities. He was chastised for OUR well-being and by His wounds WE ARE healed. We are like sheep who has gone astray and gone our own way and Jesus paid the ultimate price for us because of His great love for us.

Application - Reading these verses again makes me appreciate once again what Jesus has done for me. I get tears thinking about this. It makes me fall down of my knees and thank Him for His love that He has for me. To rededicate my life to be used by Him to bring Him glory.

Prayer - Thank You Jesus! I give myself to You once again. Let my life bring You glory and honor that You deserve.


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Lent & Easter

My family don't observe Lent so I usually forget about it until someone mentions something about this time.

I did want to share you some resources for those who do observe Lent which starts tomorrow, March 5, 2014. has some devotionals that you can chose from. This would help you focus your mind and heart toward Jesus and what He has done for us. To renew your commitment to Him , ask for forgiveness and so much more. Why don't you spend some time during this Lent/Easter season getting to know Him better?

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Book Review: One God One Plan One Life - A 365 Devotional


My first thought when I received this book was, " Wow! This is a nice devotional book." What makes it amazing? It is a hard cover book. Sturdy. Even has a book mark ribbon included. 

One God One Plan One Life by Max Lucado is geared toward teenagers and maybe even tweens. It's a 365 devotional book. It has awesome colors, lime green pages and orange on the insides of the hard covers. The title of this book is raised up a bit. I am impressed with just the way it looks. 

Max Lucado is a popular author who has written many books. I enjoy his devotional books and others that he has written. One of my favorite authors. 

These are daily devotions that start on January 1st. Most of the Bible verses are from the New King James Version of the Bible. When it's from a different version, it is noted after the Scripture address. Each day has a Bible verse written above the title of the day's post. Then there's the title, a short devotional and a section that's called One More Thought.

Here's an example of this devotional from January 1st. Bible verse is " Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind." [Matthew 22:37 NCV]
Title is: The Purpose of Life
(First paragraph)"Dig deep enough in every heart and you'll find it: a longing for meaning, a quest for purpose. As surely as a child breathes, he will someday wonder, What is the purpose of my life?"
(Last paragraph) "Shouldn't we face the truth instead? Our purpose is to love God. Nothing else will satisfy."
One More Thought: "Your life is so confusing. There's so much to figure out. What to study? What are you good at? Why are you here? There is One who has the answers you seek, who knows your future. One God. One plan. One life. Love Him, and everything else will fall into place."

As my daughter is nearing the teenage years, this is one devotional book that I will be giving to her. Written in an easy to understand way, I would recommend that you check this book out for your teen/tween in your life.

I received this book for free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program in return for my honest review.