Friday, January 12, 2018

Unshakeable

Unshakable is a new 365 day devotional from celebrated speaker and writer Christine Caine.
It is of decent size and hardcover.
The colors are rich and vibrant. They give me the feeling of being relaxed at the beach.
As can be seen above the devotional and it’s entire color scheme is of this teal and gold. Reminds me of the beach.

Each day starts off with a Bible verse before it selves into a short (no more than a couple paragraphs) devotional. It ends with a payer prompt of sorts. Nothing dramatically different from most other devotionals. The only difference is that you get small glimpses into different experiences of Caine’s. She tells short stories that relate to that day’s devotional.

Below is a few days excerpt, so you can get a feel for this devotional.


So my personal opinion is that you will be most interested if you are familiar with and already a fan of Christine Caine’s writing. I personally have not found anything extraordinary about this devotional thus far.

I’d give it ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Out of ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

It’s not a top devotional on my list of recommendations.



{FYI; I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.}

Monday, January 1, 2018

Creating a Vision Board

I see a vision board like a vision goal list. It lists the things I want to do, the things I entrust to God's capable hands. My expectations are that IF what I want to do is in God's will for me then it will happen and if it is not is God's will for me then that's perfectly fine as well. As my main goal is to be in the centre of God's will for my life, not my will or anyone else's but GOD's will. 

There are some negative connotations to the vision board and that often stems from 'The Secret' which follows the thinking that you can compel the universe to do what you want by simply visualizing it and that's not quite how it works. 

There are some things you need in order to create your vision board. First, think of the things in life you want to accomplish and entrust them to God's hand. Second, write them down (make the vision plain). Third, gather your supplies: poster board, magazines, markers, tape/glue/stapler. And lastly, create. You decide how you want to put everything up, do you have an organized way you want to put it up or perhaps you're adding as you go. There is no right or wrong way as long as it makes sense to you. Cut out photos and inspirational phrases that match your goals. Even add a prayer or two that you can pray over your goals and your tribe (your family/friends).

Check out mine below:


So this year I decided to do something I have not done in several years. Create a vision board and intentionally create goals (something I have not ever really done) for things I want to do in the future. It's nothing fancy or from Pinterest.

As you can see above, My vision board is not very large and has quite a few inspirational quotes and bible verses on it. But then there are the things I want to accomplish this year, such as ongoing on a cruise with my husband and children for our summer vacation this year. I also want to accomplish creating a stream of revenue for my family. One that is totally home-based so that after I have baby #5 this Spring I can be okay with staying home with him/her (we don't know the gender yet).

Also, you'll see my WORDs for this year: THRIVE, ENGAGE, and JOY. Most people usually stick to one word that they choose to emphasize in their life over the coming year. However, for me, I need these 3 words as they are very intentional and are related to one another. Apart of thriving and being engaged is to choose joy. I choose to be joyful in all things, no matter the circumstances and not to stress when I have a Savior who bears my burdens and offers me a lighter load of simply trusting Him.





100 Favorite Bible Verses for Children


This book operates like a devotional for children. These is a devotional and a scripture along with a cute illustration/drawing.

I like that it is like a starter into using devotionals. And for the parents who read a daily devotional (*waves hand*) this may be a nice addition to your library to get your kids involved in that daily reading time as well.




These are an example of what the two page devotional looks like. The first page is the actual devotional and the second page is the bible verse in a children friendly translation and a cute illustration. It's nothing too heavy yet enough to get them in God's Word and help them understand God's word and how it relates to their little lives.





{FYI: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my HONEST opinion.}

Friday, December 22, 2017

Lizzy the Lioness




I absolutely love this book! 
It’s by Lisa Bevere who actually put out the adult version of this book, Lioness Arising. The great part of this book is that it helps children understand what true courage and bravery is.
It isn’t always about what you can do on your own but having the courage to ask for help.

As a mom I love that Lisa uses this book to encourage my little ones to seek help and not to be afraid or ashamed to do so. The best part is that it is written in such a way that even those who are not Christian can appreciate it and the book can be used to eventually open up that conversation for sharing the gospel with others by helping them to understand that just as Lizzy could ask for help so can we and we have someone who has no limits on their ability to help.





(FYI: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion)

Saturday, November 18, 2017

The Words of Jesus


The Red Letter Words Of Jesus takes the Words of Jesus in the New Testament and uses them for the Scripture references in a devotional.  It starts off in Matthew and makes its way through the Gospel with the ending devotional coming from Revelations. Over 100 verse of Jesus' words are in this devotional. The devotions are not numbered nor is there a table of contents.

I like that it is small enough to toss in a bag when you're on the run but don't want to miss out on your daily devotional. It is also built pretty sturdy, you don't have to worry about the cover bending up or pages ripping so easily.

I think this devotional is great for any age of believer, from the teen to the elder of the church. 



{FYI: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.}

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Hello Stars


This book is written for the pre-teen girl. By none other than the young lady from War Room who played Priscilla Shirer's daughter in the movie. The story is like a fictional version of Alena's real life, knowing what she wanted to do but the reality of what she's doing has to set in. 

The first thing that drew me to the book as a mom was the cover. This girl looks like my girls, pretty brown skin with a big smile. And I think it's extremely important that they see girls who look like them on the covers of books. I also like that it is apart of the Faithgirlz line of books which tells me that it will be age appropriate with our faith all through it. 

My daughter (not the best at describing) says she loved it. Especially because she got to see snippets of how Lena interacts with different situations in life and with her younger siblings.

The book description:

Lena Daniels never thought she’d get the chance star in a movie. Headstrong and determined, she has her life planned out to the minute. But when her best friends, Savannah and Emma, tell her about an audition, she knows there’s nothing else in the world she’d rather do. And now that she’s gotten her wish, Lena finds that being in the spotlight is harder than it sounds. She got everything she never wanted! Her face turns up everywhere she goes, and everything in her life is flipped upside down. Lena wonders if this is a dream come true or a horrible nightmare. Even a visit from her best friends during filming turns into a disaster.



FYI: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my HONEST opinion.

Friday, August 18, 2017

The Gospel According to Paul




The Gospel According to Paul is John MacArthur's breakdown of Paul's letters in the Bible as well as the missionary trips Paul undertook. John takes care to expound on the truths contained in Paul's letters as they relate to the teachings of Jesus. Not only that but John helps us to understand key passages in the Pauline letters. This book functions almost like a commentary on key passages of Pauline Epistles. 

John MacArthur makes sure to examine key passages in the Pauline letters. MacArthur asks some key questions that are the foundation of our faith and answers them with Scripture and uses Paul's letters to do so. Some of those questions are:

What is the gospel?

What are the essential elements of the gospel?

How can we be certain we have it right?

We NEED to know and understand and digest the gospel. We should know what the gospel is and be able to explain to the next person as well as know Scripture to back it up. We should know the essential elements of the gospel like who is Jesus, who is the Holy Spirit, who is God. We should know their relationship and how they relate to us. We should know the function of the church and those within the church like your pastor. We should know what God likes and dislikes. We should know why God allowed Jesus to come here. And those are the types of questions that John MacArthur asks and helps us to understand.


{FYI: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my HONEST opinion.}

Unshakeable

Unshakable is a new 365 day devotional from celebrated speaker and writer Christine Caine. It is of decent size and hardcover. The colo...