Tell Me Lies by Michelle Lindo-Rice is an amazing read. I read this book with my book club and couldn't put it down. I have read other books by this author, and this one was just as amazing! She is truly a woman of God, and it is revealed through her characters.
The main characters in Tell Me Lies are Sydney, Noah, Belinda, and Lance. The main themes are trust and forgiveness. Sydney and Noah are an interracial couple. Noah is a pastor and desires for Sydney to be his wife. Sydney struggles with her past disappointments but eventually falls for Noah as well. Belinda is Sydney's best friend that holds a secret that could separate them for good. She battles her own demons as she tries to draw closer to God. Lance is Sydney's former fiance that reappears on the scene.
Through all of their struggles, secrets, and lies, they all had to make a decision to forgive and move forward.
I gave this book 5 stars! I am looking forward to reading book 2. Michelle Lindo-Rice addresses topics that many Christians are not willing to touch. Kudos to this author for a job well done!!
Inductive Bible Study by Richard Alan Fuhr Jr. and Andreas J. Kostenberger was not what I expected. I had been interested in finding a book that teaches the Inductive Bible Study Method, but this is more of a college textbook. It contains 371 pages. The book is categorized by chapters and units.
When I selected this book to review, I thought that it was going to be an easy read that I could use right away. I was very disappointed. I thought that I was back in college and needed a highlighter and notebook for taking down important notes.
It does contain lots of resourceful information and research about Inductive Bible Study. For example, it provides an entire chapter about selecting specific translations of the Bible.
Overall, I didn't like this book because it is a textbook and not a Bible study. I gave it four stars because it does contain great information and has an entire list in the back for further study.
If you are in Bible college and looking for a great resource, then this is the book for you. However, if you are looking for a devotional or guide to quickly teach you the steps of Inductive Bible Study, then don't order this one.
*I received a free copy of this book from B & H Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
"Why God Calls us to Dangerous Places" by Kate McCord is a powerful story about her life as a humanitarian aid worker. She is very candid in her description of her experiences in Afghanistan. She also describes what the other workers endured, but changes their names for safety reasons.
Kate included questions at the end of each chapter for discussion purposes. She also suggested scriptures to study to better understand God's call.
I enjoyed this book because it helped me, who has no background knowledge in this subject matter, to better understand the depth of God's love for His creation. Before reading this, I could only picture my church, neighbors, and community, but this book stretched me. It reminded me that God can and will take us out of our comfortable lifestyles and send us out to compel others to come to Christ, the bread of life.
I love this quote from her book: "Why does God Call us to Dangerous Places? Because He loves people who live in dangerous places."
The above quote speaks volumes! There is no greater love anywhere!
I gave this book a 5 out of 5. I loved that the author revealed her humanity. She feared. She worried. But Christ was right there through it all.
Disclaimer: *I received a free copy of this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
The NIV Bible for Teen Guys is one that provides practical application articles throughout. It is designed for teen boys to read God's word and then stop to reflect on the life of the different individuals or important topics that would help them to walk out their relationship with Christ.
It is a hardback with a nicely designed cover. One negative observation is the small print. It is not easy on the eye. The font within the scripture pages is readable. However, the font in the topical index is very tiny. I had a hard time reading the words without holding it at a distance from my eyes.
It also contains background information about each book of the Bible for better understanding.
One of the things I love about it is that the articles are by some of my favorite, well-known men of God. One example is Max Lucado. He is great at assisting you with applying God's word to your life.
Overall, I am enjoying it. My only complaint is the font needing to be larger. This would discourage people from purchasing it. I gave it a 4 out of 5 because of the font.
Disclaimer: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Do you need an easy read and a great devotional? Then this is the book for you! "31 Verses to Write on Your Heart" by Liz Curtis Higgs is a great resource for women.
Liz begins with an introduction of how we need to know God's Word in order to help us navigate through life.
She breaks this devotional down into 31 different lessons of which you can read over and over again.
I love the uniqueness of this devotional because Liz uses one scripture in each lesson, and breaks it down into parts. She then discusses each part and provides her personal, honest commentary.
She also includes tips on studying and memorizing scripture, and there is a topical note section in case you would like to focus on something specific.
Overall, this is a great resource for women of all ages. I gave this book a 5, and I am looking forward to more works by this author.
I received a free copy of this book from "Blogging for Books" in exchange of an honest review.
"Why is Great-Grandma So Sad?" by Susan Heagy is a a children's book. This is a great resource for teacher's, parents, and grandparents that want to help their youth understand the Holocaust.
This is a children's picture book. As a middle school English teacher, I truly enjoyed reading this book. I could have used it with my 8th graders while teaching the Holocaust unit. This story is told through the eyes of a young girl and her mother. She begins by asking her mother why her great-grandma is so sad and sitting alone in her chair. Rebecca, the mother, begins to tell her daughter, Sarah, her grandmother's story.
Sarah's grandmother endured hunger, abuse, and the lost of loved ones. She was blessed to have survived such horrible conditions and mistreatment.
The book also contains a timeline, a glossary of terms, and a list of Holocaust survivors on the last pages.
I loved, loved, loved this book! I gave it 5 stars and would especially recommend it to fellow educators of all grade levels. It is simple, yet profound.
“Always With You” is an amazing read! This is not your typical novel. It is filled with mystery all the way through to the last page. Tyler and Isabelle are the main characters. They are a couple that is brought together by God Himself. Although, they endure family struggles, heartbreak, and even deception, in the end God's grace prevails. I believe that forgiveness and true faith are the main themes of this novel. All of us as believers had to find our way to the truth in Christ Jesus, and this novel shows an example of a similar journey.
I would recommend this novel to anyone that wants to read something different with a few twists and turns. Yet, speaks loudly the message of redemption and love. The characters, setting, and conflicts are all different from your typical novel.
I gave this novel 5 stars. I couldn't put it down and my love for Christ and others has grown because I read it!
Book Review: “Secret Places Revealed” by Elder Paulette Harper
Secret Places Revealed is a Christian Fiction novel about Simone and Aaron. This novel is a great read! The two main characters meet under normal circumstances, but have their own personal struggles to contend with.
This novel deals with the area of trust and individuals dealing with their own internal conflicts and faith in God. Paulette does a great job revealing the inner feelings and emotions of the characters.
This novel also addresses true friendship, friendship that hold one accountable, friendship that helps one to look truthfully at themselves.
This book has some surprises that will leave you wanting to read more.
I truly enjoyed reading this novel and can't wait for the next one by this author.
I gave this novel 5 stars and would recommend it. You will not regret it!
Looking for a great Bible study/journal? Then "I am Found" by Laura Dingman
is the book for you. This book is set up like a devotional and is a six week study. It is packed with goodies! Laura asks many probing journaling questions. She defines specific words for better understanding. Laura begins with the shame of Adam and Eve in the garden and concludes with new truths about our freedom in Christ. In addition, she includes memory verses and daily prayers. Did I already say that I love this study?
As an English language arts teacher, I truly enjoyed reviewing this book. The method that Laura Digman uses reminds me of my reading instruction to my middle school students. It is very interactive and causes one to think critically throughout every lesson. I had not experienced any bible study like this one. Many others contain lots of commentary, but not enough journaling and reflecting. Laura does include her own personal examples, but ends with you making your own connections
about the topic of the week.
Overall, I found this book to be awesome! I enjoy looking closely at biblical topics and journaling. This book was great in those areas. It could be a great Bible study tool for a small group. I was very inspired by this author and look forward to more of her studies. I gave this study 5 stars and would recommend this to those that want to study more about walking in the freedom of Christ Jesus, our Lord!
Author's Website: http://lauradingman.com/Disclaimer: *I received a free copy of this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
The NKJV Word Study Bible is an awesome resource ! I have this Bible on e-book. It is very easy to navigate. It is has various
hyperlinks for deeper study. The key words are highlighted in blue at the end of various verses. When you click on a word study link, it takes you to another page which contains the meaning and related verses. This Bible also includes very helpful commentary for practical living.
I am truly enjoying this tool for personal Bible study. I am a language arts teacher and love to look up word meanings. I believe that the meanings of specific terms enhance the text. When reading the Bible, it is vital to have the original meaning of the words. This helps us to understand God and His word even more. This Bible also contains a scripture passage index of which you can quickly locate specific words in Hebrew or Greek. There is also a concordance. This is great in the digital version because you are able to search quickly. When you click on these links you get the scripture reference of the words as well as the description. Finally, the NKJV Word Study Bible contains colored maps that can be expanded on your electronic device.
Overall, this Bible is well put together. I like the e-book version a lot! I love words and this Bible is just what I needed. I like to break down the words in scripture and get to the meat of God's word.
I gave the book 5/5 stars, and I recommend it to those individuals that love to dig deeper.
Disclaimer: To comply with regulations by the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR Part 255, I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.