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17 01, 2017

Review: It’s Not Fair by Melanie Dale

By | January 17th, 2017|Categories: Christian Living, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality|Tags: , |5 Comments

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it's not fair book coverReviewed by Sarah Dalton

Reading It’s Not Fair is like sitting down with a friend over a cup of coffee for a solid chat and lots of laughing. Serious belly laughs. I had to stop reading this in bed at night after the third or fourth time I snort laughed loud enough to wake my husband up. Melanie Dale has a sense of humor that I can identify with. She is self-deprecating and speaks in movie quotes. I have told several friends about this book and plan to lay in a stock of them to give out as gifts to loved ones.

Before I read this book I was not at all familiar with Dale or her blog, Unexpected.org. I may have to familiarize myself with her after reading some of the blog and Twitter excerpts.

26 12, 2016

Review: Spirit Rising by Jim Cymbala

By | December 26th, 2016|Categories: Christian Living, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality|Tags: , |1 Comment

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spirit rising book coverReviewed by Alyssa Katanic

Spirit Rising, by Pastor Jim Cymbala of the Brooklyn Tabernacle, is sub-titled Tapping in to the Power of the Holy Spirit, and does a wonderful job of communicating what Cymbala means by it.

Spirit Rising is simple and explanatory enough for new Christians to understand (ie. Cymbala avoids or defines much of the Christian lingo that some Christian Living books can fall into at times), yet is in-depth and challenging enough to engage and encourage a seasoned Christian leader in his or her own relationship with the Father, Son, AND the Holy Spirit.

15 12, 2016

Blog Tour: ScriptureDoodle Books by April Knight

By | December 15th, 2016|Categories: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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scripturedoodle book coverPlease join April Knight, author of ScriptureDoodle and ScriptureDoodle: God’s Promises, as she tours the blogosphere with Litfuse Publicity!

Reviewed by Amanda Schafer

Bible journaling meets adult coloring in April Knight’s ScriptureDoodle books, but the process goes deeper than that. With ScriptureDoodle books, you are guided through learning how to effectively doodle while also increasing the depth of your study and meditation time. April Knight starts each book out with an introduction and an explanation of how to use the book, but she also covers different tips and techniques that will benefit the user as they progress through the book.

8 12, 2016

Review: Christmas Quiet by Maisie Sparks and Lauren Younis

By | December 8th, 2016|Categories: Arts & Literature, Children's Books, Coloring Books, Entertainment, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality|Tags: , , |6 Comments

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christmas quiet book coverReviewed by Charity Lyman

For many people, reading books tends to relieve stress. I am one of those who will devour a novel because it takes my mind off things going on in my world around me. But for others, they take the route of actually being able to scribble in their books. I know, not what I would do, but when you have a book as pretty as this one? Oh, and while it has devotions and text, it is, also, a coloring book!

This strikingly beautiful adult coloring book is titled, Christmas Quiet. Contained within is a 25 day devotional, along with coloring pages. The authors take a piece of Scripture and then writes up a small word of encouragement or inspiration. This is leading up to Christmas so all the little pieces deal with the advent.

15 09, 2016

Review: One of the Few by Jason Ladd

By | September 15th, 2016|Categories: Christian Living, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality|Tags: , |2 Comments

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one of the few book coverReviewed by Charity Lyman

I am an avid reader, as many of you know, but most of what I read is fiction. It takes an incredibly good book to pull me into a non-fiction story. Such was the case with One of the Few. This was a very different read for me–not only was it not fiction, but it was also told from a military viewpoint. More on that below!

Jason Ladd is the author of this intriguing and eye opening look at Christianity. He is a Marine and an Iraq war veteran, which gives him a unique view, or take, on things. Jason gives us his life story in the first part of the book, showing us some of the things that shaped his path and his mindset, and then delves deep into a defense of the Christian faith.

30 08, 2016

Review: Give Your Child the World by Jamie C. Martin

By | August 30th, 2016|Categories: Christian Living, Nonfiction, Reference, Religion & Spirituality|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

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give your child the world book coverReviewed by Christen Krumm

Some of my sweetest memories from my home schooled childhood was when my mom would gather us around in the living room for reading time. We would be a captivated audience as she read aloud to us. I want to give that same memory and love for story to my children. My mother cultivated in me a love for books and reading. In the journey to helping my children have a well rounded love for books and people, Jamie C. Martin’s guide is my new go-to. Even though my own children are not home schooled, Give Your Child the World is still an amazing resource.

In Give Your Child the World, we are introduced to Martin’s multicultural family—her husband and each one of her three children coming from different countries. In these first few chapters, Martin also gives practical tips and tricks to seamlessly “invite the world into your home”.

27 08, 2016

Review: God’s Bankers by Gerald Posner

By | August 27th, 2016|Categories: Christian Books & Bibles, Economics, Historical, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

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god's bankers book coverReviewed by Sarah McCubbin

Around the world, having some kind of religious faith is an experience common among the majority. In particular, those that affiliate with Catholicism are spread far and wide around the world, but all come under the leadership of the Pope. While the Pope is commonly known to be the head and leading authority in the Catholic Church, that is an image associated with leading the flock to follow God. But who knew he was head of the Vatican Bank as well. Surprisingly, the Catholic Church is an institution with vast financial holdings that extend far beyond Vatican city and local Catholic churches. While the image of the church is one replete with icons, statutes, colorful paintings and robed priests, the underbelly of this institution is far less holy and its finances are littered with crime and amoral behavior.

1 08, 2016

Review: If My Husband Would Change, I’d Be Happy by Rhonda Stoppe

By | August 1st, 2016|Categories: Christian Living, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality|Tags: , , |1 Comment

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if my husband would change book coverPlease join Rhonda Stoppe, author of If My Husband Would Change, I’d Be Happy: And Other Myths Wives Believe, as she tours the blogosphere with Litfuse Publicity!

Reviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

If your husband would change, he would no longer be the man you fell in love with! Unless, of course, you would change too! I’m not too sure where that would leave you, to be honest.

I don’t consider myself to be a religious person or a panty-waist, either, but I just don’t happen to like profanity. I’ve never used it (and have no intentions of starting now) which is just one reason why I do tend to enjoy mystery and romance novels that are classified as “Christian”. I find that most of these books are not preachy, but are well-written, with great characters and a solid plot. Some of them I’ve chosen because of their Christian status, others came as a — surprise! I’m pretty sure I’ve finished any of them that I’ve started, which isn’t always the case in other genres of books.

20 05, 2016

Review: Overload by Joyce Meyer

By | May 20th, 2016|Categories: Christian Living, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Personal Health, Religion & Spirituality, Self-Help|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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overload book coverReviewed by Poppy Johnson

For anyone who is not familiar with Joyce Meyer, let me introduce her to you right now. She is a survivor of an abusive childhood who is raising four children while also running her Christian ministry. She is a television and Internet minister through podcasts who regularly reaches millions with her positive messages of hope, peace and advice for living a Christ-filled life. But she also has a way with words, and is not afraid to share her life story with a reader to make a point. Now that you know the background on the author, you can better appreciate where her advice is coming from–from her experiences and her heart.

Overload is set in 15 chapters that are meant to define stress, help us identify who is in charge of our stressors, show what can be done to relieve

13 05, 2016

Review: Unstuffed by Ruth Soukup

By | May 13th, 2016|Categories: Christian Living, Hobbies & Home, How To & Home Improvements, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

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unstuffed book coverReviewed by Poppy Johnson

I started reading Unstuffed excited that the author would finally tell me how to get rid of my useless piles of junk. While I wasn’t disappointed, I also wasn’t wowed by the advice–to tell the truth, I was underwhelmed. Soukup has a popular one-in-a-million blog and whatnot and definitely knows her stuff (no pun intended), but I didn’t get much from her book that I didn’t already know.

The book has three main sections for decluttering the home, the mind and the soul. In the home section there are lists and tips for decluttering such as placing everything in a box for a month, taking everything off the counters, and keeping a central place to gather stuff  in order to properly organize it later. Well, OK…that would never work in my house but it may be good advice