Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Words and Deeds (Men-must read)

I was excited and not disappointed when I received the book, Words and Deeds: Becoming a Man of Courageous Integrity, by Charles Causey.

Charles Causey speaks with great wisdom and integrity about one of the major issues confronting our society - - becoming men who demonstrate courageous integrity.  This is a crucial book for men to read and I was captivated from the first pages of the book.

Charles Causey was the recipient of the Bronze Star and formerly served at the Pentagon as a Senior Army Chaplain for the chief of chaplains.

His theme is obvious - - men need to become men of integrity, and we show this with our words and deeds.  Our words and deeds must be congruent, otherwise the world will continue to spiral out of control and people will also view men of faith as hypocrites.  The book is clear and to the point.  Yet, easy to follow and understand his excellent points.

This is an excellent book!!  I am also considering using this as a men's bible study.  There is a 6 week Bible Study included which would greatly help.  There is also a 40 question diagnostic assessment in the book to measure your integrity.

I received this book from Tyndale Press through Nav Press in exchange for an honest review.

The Newlywed Kitchen

I was not sure about ordering this book, but thought it would be fun to read and be able to pass on some thoughts to others about being a newlywed, since I was one so long ago.

The author of this book, Our Newlywed Kitchen, Laura Schupp is a mother of three adult children and a grandmother.  She is also a Christian. 

The book was inspired by one of her daughters and she went to work so that other young women would have this as a reference and as a memento of this great occasion.

The book is very Christ centered.  It is based on traditional family values.  So, if this is not where you are at, then most likely you will not find this book appealing or desirable.  For those who prefer tradition, this book is filled with ideas and little treasures.

There are stories, places for prayer, places for recipes and thoughts for a newlywed couple, especially the woman.  The book has a lot of basic information in it.  It assumes the couple is a little clueless when it comes to the kitchen.

She includes menus and recipes and pictures.

The book is a hardcover which should last a long time.  It is tastefully written and would be a nice gift to give a couple.

I received this book from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Excellent Devotional

Devotionals can be a great aid in our spiritual development, and this devotional from one of my favorite authors is an excellent resource.  Ever Faithful: A 365 Day Devotional is a powerful devotional.  This devotional is comprised of 1 page per day.  Each page shows the date, a scripture passage, the devotional and a thought provoking question for the reader to reflect upon.

The cover is very tasteful and inviting.  This is a hardcover and is very sturdy.  This is not just for men or women, but can be read by anyone.  This would make a great Father's Day gift.  

I would recommend this devotional as it is thought provoking and well done.

I received this book from booklookbloggers in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Loving Others First!

Becky Kopitzke has written an easy to read, yet powerful reminder of how easy it is to get lost in our own world, and forget and lose sight of our call to help others.  In her newest book, Generous Love: Discover the Joy of Living "Others First" she reminds us that in those difficult times God is with us and is calling us to reach out to others and offer them a blessings, since we have been richly blessed by God.

Generous Love is 16 easy to read chapters, averaging about 13 pages, with a section at the end of each chapter called "Let's Dig Deeper" with helps lead the reader to ponder God's call.  Those questions could also be used to help make this book a good resource for a small group setting. 

There are a number of scripture references to help the reader.  Becky's call to each person is to reach their full potential as we seek to live for others before living for ourselves.  This book offers practical examples and stories to help the reader move further in their faith as they draw closer to Christ.






I received this book from Bethany Books in exchange for an honest review.

Becoming a perfect Christian?

Ah, this book is right up my alley.  It’s filled with sarcasm, one of my gifts (LOL)!  This recently released book, How to Be a Perfect Christian: Your Comprehensive Guide to Flawless Spiritual Living, by The Babylon Bee, is filled with fun stories, anecdotes and simply biting sarcasm.

If you are easily offended, don’t read this book.  If you enjoy poking fun at yourself and others, without any malice and want to enjoy an easy to read, funny, yet truthful book, this is for you.  You will recognize many people.  The book is like watching those old celebrity roasts.  There’s silliness, yet truth sprinkled throughout the pages.

The greatest fear is that someone will read this and take it at face value and be totally insulted.  That’s not the purpose.  The purpose is to have a little fun, yet speak truth.

Again, the Babylon Bee seeks to take a humorous look at the quirks of cultural Christianity while subtly challenging the reader to search for more than a cultural faith.

Within the book, the reader should be challenged to see themselves and hopefully be led to change the way they are and become more Christ-like.

I received this book from Multnomah - Watermark in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, May 07, 2018

Excellent Woman's Devotional

Always Enough - Never Too Much: 100 Devotions to Quit Comparing, Stop Hiding, and Start Living Wild and Free, is an excellent devotional.  This devotional has a great design.  It is a FLIP BOOK.  You have to flip the book over to read it.  The front side has the focus "You are Always Enough."  The back side, or flip side has a focus "You are Never Too Much."

It's a great design and a devotional which is like a 2 for 1 devotional.  There are 50 devotionals in each section averaging about 3 pages each.  The devotional was written by Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan.  Actually, this is a devotional for women.  I never realized it, but it's good enough for anyone who struggles with confidence and wonders if they are good enough.

The book is very encouraging and gives hope when we are struggling with self-confidence and our worthiness.

This would be a great Mother's Day gift or a gift for the woman in your life at any time. 

The cover is great and the pages are in a bright white which makes the words pop off the page.

I would highly recommend this devotional.

I received this book from booklookbloggers in exchange for an honest review.


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

God's Promises for Grads!

The devotional, God's Promises for Graduates: Class of 2018 - Navy - in imitation leather is a very nice devotional for high school graduates or college graduates.

This book is in a very nice soft leather imitation.  The pages are bright white with blue lettering, and reads very easily.  There are six sections to this devotional ~ 

  1. What to do When you Need
  2. What to do When you Feel
  3. What the Bible has to say About
  4. What Jesus Means to you
  5. What to do when you are
  6. Truth from the Bible About


The book is designed into these sections with chapters below covering a multitude of topics.  There are 198 pages all together.  This would be a great resource for someone who is struggling with life issues or hoping to gain a better understanding of God's role in their lives.

There is also a nice tassel which serves as a book marker.

I received this book from booklookbloggers in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Vines Expository Bible

I was excited to receive The Vines Expository Bible.  This Bible is the NKJV.  It is in a very nice hardcover with a nice dust jacket.  I found the print to appear to be larger than the 10.5 point print.  It was very readable as it is in 2 columns. 

The Vines Expository Bible offers scriptural truth alongside guided explanations of key passages from influential preacher Dr. Jerry Vines. With biblical exposition and practical teaching culled from years of faithful ministry, helpful insights from God’s Word are presented in the warm, pastoral manner Dr. Vines is known for.

Below are some of the excellent features of this Bible ~ 

NKJV paragraph-style text with in-text subject headings
  • 200 "Presenting the Message" detailed outlines from Jerry Vines' sermon archive
  • 100 "Living the Message" articles with illustrations for living the Christian life
  • 200 "Applying the Message" notes that help you see the relevance of Scriptures for your walk with Christ
  • 300 "Discerning the Meaning" word studies that illuminate the meaning of key words in Scripture
  • 66 Book Introductions
  • Topical Index
  • Multiple pages of maps
  • NKJV Concordance
  • 10.5-point print size

  • Print Length: 1984 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (March 27, 2018)
  • Publication Date: March 27, 2018
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing

I would recommend purchasing this Bible if you were not looking for a study Bible.  

I received this Bible from Booklookbloggers in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Unified: An Unlikely Union

In their book, Unified: How Our Unlikely Friendship Gives Us Hope for a Divided Country, Senator Tim Scott and Congressman Trey Gowdy share a remarkable story about two very different men, with very different backgrounds, coming together to form not only a friendship, but to support one another and make a difference in the world.

Both men represent South Carolina and share their story in an easy to read, yet powerful story about how we can make a difference in our world.  They share the writing in each chapter, sharing from their various perspectives.  As they share their individual and collective stories, we see the journey from acquaintances to friends to spiritual brothers hope to transform the world. 

You can sense their passion for change, and their willingness to be vulnerable to one another and to the world.  While Gowdy decided not to run for re-election, this book should offer hope to the readers that our government is not as divided as we may think.  Yes, there are problems, but this book should offer us a glimpse of what is possible when we are willing to listen and engage one another.  This story is inspiring and transformative.  I didn’t always agree with their political views, but I found myself engaged with the writers.  Really, in many respects this should be the foundation to change our country.

I received this book from Tyndale Press in exchange for an honest review.

42 Seconds to Change a Life!

I was intrigued to receive the book 42 Seconds:The Jesus Model for Everyday Interactions.  The book is based on the belief that the average interaction Jesus had with people was approximately 42 seconds.  Author Carl Medearis states, "Jesus kept is simple, straightforward and real."  He believes we should do the same, keep our conversations with others about Jesus, short and simple!

Sometimes that is not so easy.  But I do understand what he is driving at!  Sometimes we over-complicate the message of Jesus Christ, so others may stay away. 

This book is written as a 4 week devotional.  There are 20 easy to read, about 4 -5 pages each, chapters.  What I really appreciate about this book is the depth of the questions each chapter is asking.  The final chapters instruct the reader to Be Jesus.  He goes about this by asking the reader questions in each of the final 5 chapters.  They are meant to force the reader to dig deep to better determine their relationship with Jesus.  They are ~

  • Do I Believe what Jesus Believed?
  • Do My Words Match My Actions?
  • Do I really know Jesus?
  • Do I Do what Jesus did?  And a telling final question - - 
  • Do I Live Like Jesus Matters More than Anything?
Overall, this is a thought provoking book, which I highly recommend.

I received this book from Tyndale Press in exchange for an honest review.

Words and Deeds (Men-must read)

I was excited and not disappointed when I received the book, Words and Deeds: Becoming a Man of Courageous Integrity , by Charles Causey. ...