"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.
Hope-in-Christ Book Club had the pleasure of interviewing Author Ann Marie Bryan. She has authored an amazing novel titled "Mirrored Hearts - Sealed by Fire." Listed below are the interview questions and her answers.
1. Mirrored Hearts is an amazing read. It addresses a very serious topic. What made you choose this very needed topic?
I am a member of the Tallahassee Authors Network (TAN) Christian Sub-group and we decided to write an anthology about the consequences of sin. We were given various topics and some how I ended up writing about infidelity. I knew it would be challenging but it’s a topic that cannot be addressed enough. There are so many couples who have gone through this heart-breaking experience.
2. Have you thought about completing a small group with couples and discussing this painful topic? I think that it would be awesome.
That's a great idea. I'd love to be a part of that group. It would be awesome. I would need more stakeholders, like pastors and counselors. I would also need a towel. I would be crying the whole sessions. breaks my heart the things couples go through.
3. What authors have inspired you to write?
I love reading. I particularly enjoy reading Christian Fiction. Authors who have inspired me to write include Waletta Mason Dunn, J.L. Campbell, Marsha Malcolm, Rhonda McKnight, Michelle Stimpson, Kim Cash Tate, Melissa Mallory, Vanessa Riley, Genevieve Woods, Danyelle Scroggins, Melinda Michelle, Angela Hodge, Barbara Joe, Adrienne Thompson, and countless others.
4. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I am am excited about my writing journey, and I am thankful for the opportunity to share with others. Firstly, whatever I write must bring honor to God. Secondly, my writing projects must educate, inspire and empower others. Thirdly, I desire to tell great stories with fascinating characters to show the awesome power of God in the lives of people and places.
In ten years, I hope I would have written many more books. I believe in working together, exchanging ideas and sharing of resources, so I hope that my writing adventures will take me all over the world to share at conferences, seminars and workshops. I would also love if some of my books are made into movies.
5. What is your work schedule like when your writing?
Authors are encouraged to write every day. I have to admit that I don’t, because of my schedule, but hoping to change that. I like to write in the morning… early morning, when it is quiet.
6. What was one of the most surprising things that you learned when creating your books?
Writing a book was not on my list of things to do. However, I learned that God will use you when you make yourself available. I discovered how much I like writing. Most surprising and delightful are the connections that I continue to make with amazing readers and authors. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
7. Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer to just see where an idea takes you?
I use a basic outline but I pretty much like to see where the story takes me. I find that to be very liberating.
8. Do you plan to write any non-fiction?
9. Any tips on what to do and what not to do as an author?
My Advice for Aspiring Authors are as follows:
1. Determine why you desire to write. After you have completed that task, do an outline of your ideas.
2. Ask for help. Don’t be overwhelmed by your lack of knowledge about writing or the publishing industry. Select an individual, group or organization with the knowledge or ability to help you succeed.
3. Educate yourself. Do research to obtain information on how you can best leverage your knowledge and abilities to fulfill your dream of writing. The internet is filled with information of all sorts about writing, publishing and marketing your book.
4. Determine the genre of your book.
5. Benchmark against the best in the area of your writing assignment. Nevertheless, be a trend setter. Do not be afraid to break new ground.
6. Research your publishing options (traditional publishing, assisted self-publishing, do-it-yourself publishing) before making the decision.
7. Remember to budget for editing and promotional activities. Create a marketing plan.
8. Create your author platform (website and social media) to connect with readers.
9. Be enthusiastic about your book. It will help you to move forward when things are not going as planned.
10. Stay away from negative people and those who will talk you out of writing your book.
11. Celebrate the milestones you have achieved during the process of completing your book.
12. Stay expectant. Trust God. He will bring it to pass.
Ready! Set! Go!
10. Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of your family members?
My church folks! My Pastor & his wife. Yep, they all rock. ;) I can't leave these good folks out - Tallahassee Authors Network (TAN), Tallahassee Authors Network (TAN) Christian Sub-group, Tallahassee Writers Association, Hope-In-Christ Book Club and others.
11. Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
The ideas for my books come from many sources - a moment in time, being in particular places, family members, friends, and the list goes on. But I believe that my best writing ideas come from God and my interaction with people.
We truly enjoyed Ann Marie and pray many blessings over her book ministry!
"Mirrored Hearts - Sealed by Fire" by Ann Marie Bryan is an amazing novel! This particular novel deals with the topic of adultery. I loved reading this book because adultery is not a topic that many authors address. Ann Marie breaches the topic from a Christian perspective. The characters in the novel face very serious consequences and have to choose to forgive or continue down their destructive paths.
The main characters in the novel are: Larry, Chandler, and Rozene. Ann Marie did a great job developing each character. Many times while reading the novel I could feel their emotions, and I wanted to shake them a few times. There were shocking revelations, but in the end true love and forgiveness overcame every obstacle.
This story is very well written. You won't be able to put it down. The characters will touch your heart, but most of all you will be able to feel the love of God. It is also very clear that this author is woman of God and her heart seeks to help couples heal through her writing.
I would recommend this novel to believers and unbelievers alike. This novel would also be great for couples to read together. They could address this difficult topic neutrally by discussing the characters, their actions, and their overall choices.
I gave this book 5/5 stars. This is a great work of Christian Fiction. Thank you Ann Marie Bryan. Your obedience will help many marriages.