Friday, February 24, 2017

A Spectacle of Glory: God's Light Shining through Me Every Day Hardcover by Joni Eareckson Tada (Author), Larry Libby (Contributor)

 Disclaimer  i was given this book for the purpose of review

Do you ever wonder why God created you? The Bible spells it out plainly: God created you to showcase His glory—to enjoy it, display it, and demonstrate it every day to all those you encounter. 
After nearly 50 years of living as a quadriplegic, and dealing with chronic pain on a daily basis, Joni has learned firsthand the importance of glorifying God through the toughest of situations. Through this devotional, Joni will help you discover how to put God’s glory on display—how to say no to complaining and say yes to daily following God down even the most difficult paths. Along the way, you will find great comfort and encouragement by focusing on the one who longs to lead and guide you every step of the way, every day. 
Don’t ever think your life is too ordinary, your world too small, or your work too insignificant. All of it is a stage set for you to glorify God.

This is a beautiful devotional! Each day of the devotional makes me think and pulls me closer to God.  I think anyone who is walking with God with enjoy it.  It has scripture, a devotional and a short prayer for each day.  I didn't finish it yet, but each day so far has been encouraging.  The devotions are very easy to follow and can be enjoyed by anyone, no matter where you are with your walk with God

The book itself is a nice size and easily fits into my purse. The words are also a nice size, I could see maybe an elder person having a hard time with the size, but for me they were perfect

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

I Am A 60-Day Journey to Knowing Who You Are Because of Who He Is By Michele Cushatt

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review.
I am....  Does anyone have a hard time finishing that sentence?  I mean I can easy say I am a mom, I am a woman, I am a wife, but these are my titles.  
Who am I really?  When you peel back the layers who am I?  I cannot give you those answers, I cant even answer them about myself most days.  There is a book though that can help and it is

The day I figured out that I cannot know who I Am until I learn to see myself in the eyes of God things became clearer.  As a mom I spent a lot of time wondering can I do be doing better, am I doing a good enough job raising my boys?  Could I work more hours, could I do more activities with them?  Do we live in a nice enough house.  As a wife I wonder very similar things.  At work I worry if I am pulling my weight with the work load, at Church I worry I don't give enough of my time to help out.  I worry that I don't call my family often enough. 
 I worry constantly am I good enough?

The pressure to do more, be more has never been more intense. Online marketing. Self-help books. Movies, magazines and gym memberships. Even church attendance and social media streams have become a means of comparing ourselves to impossible standards. Am I pretty enough? Hip enough? Spiritual enough?
We fear the answer is “No.”
When a brutal bout with cancer changed how she looked, talked, and lived, Michele Cushatt embarked on a soul-deep journey to rediscover herself. The typical self-esteem strategies and positivity plans weren’t enough. Instead, she needed a new foundation, one that wouldn’t prove flimsy when faced with the onslaught of day-to-day life.
With raw personal stories, rock-solid biblical teaching, and radical truths on which to rebuild your life, I Am will help you:
• End the barrage of negative self-talk with an empowering new narrative.
• Refuse to ride the rollercoaster of others’ opinions and start believing what God’s says about you.
• Stop agonizing over past regrets and failures and make peace with God’s sovereign plan for your life.
• Leave insecurity behind as you exchange temporary fixes for an identity established on God’s unchanging affection.
I Am reminds us that our value isn’t found in our talents, achievements, relationships, or appearance. It is instead found in a God who chose us, sent us, and promised to be with us—forever.
I adore this book!  It is so powerful and is filled with Biblical Truths and relate-able stories.  I spend so much time trying to figure out who I am by people standards.  I worry about stuff that doesn't need to be worried about.  This book took me on a self discovery process that really helped me!  It is like a 60day devotional, but as I go through life I can see myself picking it up again.  10 years from now I will be in a much different place and may need to do more self examination.  If ever you need to be reminded of who you are in Christ this is the book for you!  The author was very real and raw in this book.  I can tell she put her heart and soul into the words and I feel anyone who picks up this book with benefit dearly from it 

MIRACLE MINDSET: A Mother, Her Son, and Life’s Hardest Lessons by celebrity health expert and bestselling author JJ Virgin.

Disclaimer:  I was given the book in this post for the purpose of review I was not paid to write this review all opinions are my own.
My greatest fear is something  happening to my kids.  And I am going to be honest with you, if something were to happen to them I would not be okay.  I think the me I am now would cease to exist.  I don't know how I would get through a day let alone the rest of my life.

Author JJ Virgin, lived this nightmare when her son was struck by a hit-and-run driver.  As a mom thinking of the pain she felt in that moment brings tears to my eyes.  Could you imagine someone running over your child and just driving away?  And then the doctors told her that he would not live through the night.  I cannot even begin to imagine the pain that moment must have brought.  And I have to say JJ Virgin is a very strong woman, because in the moment I would have given up she started to fight!  
Celebrity health expert and four-time New York Times bestselling author, JJ Virgin reveals how one life-altering event taught her to tap into an indomitable mindset, trust her instincts, and defy the odds, ultimately saving her son’s life…and her own. She’ll share the lessons she learned that can help you create your own resilient mindset.

In 2012, JJ Virgin was in a hospital room next to her sixteen-year-old son who was struck by a hit-and-run driver and left for dead. She was told by doctors that he wouldn’t last through the night and to let him go. With every reason to give up, JJ chose instead to invest her energy into the hope that her son would not just survive, but thrive. In Miracle Mindset, she shares the lessons that gave her the courage to overcome the worst moment of her life.

During this difficult time, she learned valuable personal lessons that helped her rebuild her life and find success and purpose in herself, her work, and teach her sons and community how to face their own obstacles and trials. Lessons like “Don’t Wish It Were Easier, Make Yourself Stronger” and “Your Limitations will Become Your Life” will lead you to your own personal power and purpose, even when the deck seems stacked against you.

With true stories from her life, her clients, and other well-known thought leaders, she can help you transform your mindset and your daily habits to endure the difficult battles that life sends your way. Insightful, personal, and completely relatable, Miracle Mindset proves that miracles are possible when you show up, remain positive, and do the work

Powerful, if I had to in one word tell you about this book it would be powerful.  Not only does JJ Virgin show true strength so do her sons.  Giving up was never an option for her and she fought every single day for her son.  She is living proof that you need to be strong, have courage and be the driving force in your own life.  I would highly recommend this book to EVERYONE   

Friday, February 10, 2017

Zonderkidz books on the month

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review all opinions are my own.
We have several book shelves in my home and they are all filled.  Brandon Jr, Quinn and I read and read and read.  My hubby is more of a TV guy so he doesn't get it, but he is starting to get a little angry that his DVD space seems to be getting smaller :)

Needless to say my boys and I are always how the hunt for the next great read.  And you just can't go wrong when shopping at Zonderkidz!  They have books for all ages and so many choices it is a book lovers dream shop.

Here is a peak at a few of the books being offered right now:
The Jesus Storybook BibleGift Editionby Sally Lloyd-JonesStorybook Bible Ages 3 and up

QUICK OVERVIEW: The Jesus Storybook Bible, with over two million copies sold, celebrates its phenomenal success with this beautiful clothbound gift edition. Written by New York Times bestselling author Sally Lloyd-Jones and illustrated by Jago, The Jesus Storybook Bible shows children that Jesus is at the center of God’s great story of salvation.

My boys LOVE this book, and I so understand why.  It takes the story of Jesus and makes it easier for them to understand.  It takes it to their level.  There is photos, and the words are easy.  My 9 year old has been reading it to my younger son and he never has to ask for help with words.  

Next up I was able to review 2 different children Bibles.  Each of them very unique in their own special way.
NIV Investigator's Holy Bible, HardcoverUncover The Truth Of The Bible
Using a detective theme, the two color NIV Investigator’s Holy Bible explains Biblical text for children ages 6–10 using easy to understand, honest language. It also has many features that explain the essentials of each book and challenging concepts.
Again I love the photos in this book that accompany the little note sections.  Through out the Investigator's Bible there is little areas that break down for the kiddos what they are reading.  The Bible has everything my Bible has, but it makes it more understandable for kids.

Last but not least I was able to review the NIV The Plans I have For You Holy Bible

The Plans I Have for You Holy Bible, in the New International Version, inspires readers of all ages to dream about their future. God has great plans for each and every one of us, and this Bible encourages children to think about the talents that make them special and helps them imagine how God may use their unique traits to make the world a better place.

So I gave this Bible to my 9 year old.  There isnt as many photos in this one, but the Bible is broken down a bit more for him to understand.  After each book of the Bible they have a little review (Title God's Big Plan or even little prayers for kiddos to enjoy) Growing up I didn't have a great connecting with God.  My parents didn't take me to Church and God wasn't talked about.  I didn't want that for my boys.  I wanted them to know God and all he has done, is doing and will do for them.  This Bible encourages my kids to dream big with it sweet notes and little prayers.

The books I reviewed are only a few of the books being offered by Zondervan.  They have so many other choices!

Strengths Based Marriage: Build a Stronger Relationship by Understanding Each Other's Gifts by Jimmy Evans (Author), Allan Kelsey (Author)

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review all opinions are my own.
My mom did not always give the best advice, in fact some of my worst mistakes happened because I followed her advice.  The one thing my mom always told my siblings and I growing up though is that a marriage takes work.
As a little girl I didn't get that and just blew it off, fast forward several years.  I now have a hubby and two amazing little boys and I get it.  The key is to understand

That is why I thought this book would be a great way to strengthen an already pretty healthy marriage.  Sadly this book missed the mark, why you may ask?
Because you need to buy a $89 test for this book to be of any value at all.  I didn't pay it, my hubby and I have the money where we can easily do that.  Other couples may not and I think charging that price for a code to take a test that should be included in the book is crazy!
Sadly this book will now be a dust collector on my shelf :(  I do feel that if they would have included the code for the rest right in the book it would have been a HUGE hit in my home.

If you have the money and do not mind paying the cost for the test please check out my link below:
Strengths Based Marriage: Build a Stronger Relationship by Understanding Each Other's Gifts