Tuesday, December 29, 2009

New Bible Study - January 2010

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Dee Brestin, one of the women that God has used to deeply move and impact my Christian walk and life, is starting a Bible study in January over at her blog. You do not have to have the book to do it just go on over and join in. I just got this book and have been excited to read it so now I will be able to do it with a group. Very exciting. If you are looking for a study to get into please come on over and join with me.

Go to Dee's blog here.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Bounce

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Just had to post something funny today. This is the girls favorite video now. Jonas Brothers and Demi L being silly. Sometimes we just need to be silly.

Friday, December 18, 2009

The White Horse King by Benjamin Merkle

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The White Horse King was a very interesting historical book about the life of King Alfred of what is now England. It is rich with history of battle and hard times. If you are interested in learning from the past this book would be a good read for you.

You will like this book if you are very interested in history. This was an interesting account of a king who took his nation to great places through mounting adversity. I found it interesting because there are many things we too can learn from the great kings of the past.

It was impressive to see that this Christian king was given this ability to change and reform a nation. He depended on God and desired that others knew God too. He saw the error of their ways as a nation and went about to correct them and be certain they were on the right path of following God. He studied their past to find the answers. King Alfred lead his people in a way that I wish our own country could learn from. We can learn a great deal from the past. Let us learn from it by reading and studying patterns. King Alfred was a great example of this.

To purchase a copy of this book from the publisher go here.
To purchase a copy from Amazon go here.

The Winner

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So I used a very strategic method to choose the Primal book winner. I wrote each name on little paper and mixed them up and had my baby draw one....The winner is....Jennmom! Congrats girl, hope you enjoy this book. Just email me your address and I will send it out by Monday.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Book Review - Primal by Mark Batterson

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This book was provided free of charge from the publisher for review. It is scheduled to be released on December 22nd, 2009.

All I can really open with is, "Wow!" I really do think this is the first book you should pick up for 2010. Especially if you are a resolution setting kind of person.

A short summary of the book: The author is moved by ancient catacombs he finds himself in on vacation. It Reminded him of the Christians of the past who were martyred for their faith. We have become too comfortable in America. It is time for a new Reformation that takes us back to the things that are "Primal," A Quest for the Lost Soul of Christianity.

Primal is also focused on a simple prayer of breaking our heart for the things that break God's heart. This is the second time I have heard this and been challenged to pray it. So of course I have been praying it. God has been moving in my life as I have read this book.

The focus of the book was loving God. Like the Scripture says with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength. Mark discusses practically how this can be done. After each section I let it all soak in. I meditated on these Scriptural truths and God really moved in each area. He moved me deeper in loving Him. My heart really did break in ways that I could not manufacture. God answered prayer and changed me. I am seeing a little differently and more like Him. I am thankful to Mark Batterson for his obedience in writing this book. If it wasn't for anything else it is a book that spoke deeply to me and has made me more like Jesus in new and fresh ways and for that I am praising God.

To get a copy of the book from the publisher go here.
To read Mark's blog go here.

Lastly I was so moved by this book that I think everyone should read it I am doing a giveaway of mine. So just leave a comment as to why you would like this book. I will have to get another one because it is a book that I would like to keep in my collection to reread over and over again.

Monday, December 14, 2009

A Book Review - 40 Loaves by c.d. Baker

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This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.

This is a great 40 day devotional book that is an easy read but packed with good thought provoking questions and deep truth. It would be a good gift book for someone this Christmas season. I enjoyed reading it and pondering the tough questions. There are not too many gift books like this that I am aware of that actually make you ponder tough questions like:

Why do I want Jesus in my life?
Why is loving others so hard for me?
Why do I care so much about my reputation?
And many many more!

You can purchase a copy of the book from the publisher here.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Love of Books

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So, since I have not had anything to write lately this is what I am excited about. I have a love for books. Like someone may love chocolate, or hiking, or skiing, I have a great love for reading. I love learning knew things and I have been so excited about being a book reviewer. I have many books coming to me that various publishers are sending me at no cost for my review.

I will try to be as honest as possible and review what the books do to the depths of my soul. Reading is something that moves you in one way or another. It is a way of learning and keeping my mind active. We never stop learning until the day we die. I love reading books that expand my left brain logical side AND my right brain imaginative side. Though I am more logical it seems those books that expand my imagination have been a great blessing of growth for me. So, I will be blogging this journey for now. I am so very excited about it. I hope you will be blessed as well.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Blogger Spam and Other Random Things

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So I haven't had much to write lately. God is really doing a great work in me and my heart. It is more of a quiet thing at this moment. Which is fine because this is certainly a stage that usually promotes more growth than a busier season yet I feel somewhat bad not writing anything. However, I would much rather not write anything that lacks substance than the things that have real meaning. We are all busy and the things that lack substance are not really much worth reading, though really anything good I ever have to say is all of God the other stuff is just me anyway.

So, to the spam part of this post. I thought this was an appropriate picture because it really looks disgusting. That in fact represents the type of spam I am getting for comments. I am only thankful that my comments are blocked unless I approve them for posting. It started shortly after I made the post entitled, Snake on a Pole and Jesus. Apparently that has triggered the spam bots. Yet, it appears on other titles as well randomly. I suppose the attack of the spam is on. So, as blogger allows I keep rejecting comments. Has anyone else experienced this problem and if so how have you handled it? I may need to go and change that title of the post that seemed to trigger it. Just curious, if you have any input I would love to hear it.

Thanks for taking the time to read this. I just love you all dearly and hope you have a joy filled Christmas in our Father. I will be posting some book reviews before then but if I do not find words to write anything new until then I wish you all well.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Book Review - Treasured by Leigh McLeroy

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This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.

If you are looking for a good gift book this season this one is a good purchase. I was moved by each story and chapter in this book. It is an easy read but filled with deep truths. That is what I call a great gift book.

To purchase it from the publisher go here.

 
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