Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Book Review: Midnight Mercies by Chappell


I was so blessed to be on the launch team for this book. It came to me at the perfect time. I was in a pit of depression, probably the deepest one I have ever been in as of yet. I was stuck in a way. I consumed this book and it helped bring relief. This is no exaggeration. Depression can be long-suffering, so I have reread and listened to the audiobook now that it is also available. It has been and continues to be such a balm to a hurting heart. Especially a mother's heart that is hurting or crushed. In this rough season, this is one of the things that God has used to sustain me.

Why this book? It is because it is written in a way that helps the reader to not feel alone. It is vulnerable and honest. It instills hope, the lasting hope in Christ. It is filled with scriptural and practical applications. It gives action steps and things to ponder.

In any stage of motherhood, this book is helpful. We all go through difficult seasons. This is a book to have on hand for yourself or others you see struggling. 

I received a copy of this book at no charge for the sake of an honest review. 

You can get a copy of this book here. 

Saturday, September 2, 2023

Book Review: Proverbs: Stories of Wisdom and Folly by Murray


This is an easy-to-read, realistic daily devotional. I think the age range can be for anyone but I did think it seemed to fit the high school or college age range best. Simply because of the kinds of stories it shared and the writing in general. 

Each devotional directs you to a specific reading in the Proverbs, then it has information and stories about it, then it is followed up with "Changing our story with God's story," a summary, a question to ponder, and a prayer. It is pretty straightforward and interesting to keep your attention.

Proverbs is such a good book for practical living. I believe this book is important for that reason. It will help anyone who reads it live according to the Word of God in wisdom instead of folly. It addresses many relevant real-life categories that are important for our young people today to realize and understand.

This would be a great graduation gift or birthday gift for young people desiring to grow in their relationship and in the word of God. 

I received a copy of this book free of charge from Crossway for the purpose of an honest review.

You can get a copy of this book from here. 

Friday, December 23, 2022

Book Review: Little Prayers for Ordinary Days by Hutson, Oakes, and Warren

I absolutely love this little book. It reminds me of Every Moment Holy but for little ones. It is a wonderful example of how to pray for all of life. It looks at situations in a kid's life ranging from struggling to do what's right to enjoying a good book. Kids really need to learn that God is real and desires to hear from them in everything. This is a great example for them to pattern prayers after. It also has beautiful little pictures that are fun for little ones to look at. 

To be completely honest, I would use this book too. It helps you remember child-like faith and how God really delights to hear from you in every situation of life. It will only help one grow closer to Christ and that is the most important thing. Get this book for your little ones. They will love it.

I received a copy of this book at no charge from the publisher for the sake of an honest review.

You can get a copy from Amazon here.

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Book Review: Equipping Biblical Counselors by Kellerman


This book is a must-read if you are contemplating establishing a biblical counseling ministry. It spans from the beginning brainstorming and vision casting to the establishment. It takes you through an easy step-by-step process that takes into account that each church and its people are unique. It gives practical real-life examples and a variety of pastoral advice from different pastors in different types of churches. 

If you are thinking about adding this ministry to your church, this is the resource to have. It is practical and biblical. It gives you many ideas and questions to challenge and grow as you prepare. 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the sake of an honest review. 

You can get a copy of this book from Amazon here.

Saturday, June 18, 2022

Book Review: God Hears Your Heart by Fox

I received a digital copy at no charge from the publisher for the purpose of review.
I believe this book is important for parents and children because there are hardly any teaching resources out there about processing emotions in a healthy manner for children. Sadly, dismissing our emotions and being told to just get over them is the standard. This book helps remedy that. It is a very important book for teaching our kids and ourselves how to do this with a God-view in mind. God gives us ways to process emotions all throughout the Bible but the use of story here in this book makes it easier to relate to for children and process through several key emotions that we experience in life like anger, disappointment, guilt, and even joy. God is not surprised by our emotions. He made us emotional beings. It is wise to acknowledge them and work through them. This is an important book in the training and teaching of our children. I ordered this book as a hard copy because I will find it useful as I practice biblical counseling or help parents to teach these skills to their children. It is a valuable and needed resource for today where emotions are either dismissed or romanticized. Both are wrong. This resource helps look at emotions in a healthy way that will help produce healthy adults who understand how to process their own emotions by not letting them control them or keep them in a stoic state of mind. Most importantly it will help children depend and look more like Jesus.

You can get a copy from Amazon here. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Book Review Companions: Redeem Your Marriage and Reclaim Your Marriage by Curtis and Jenny Solomon


The issue of pornography is all around us in the world today. In fact, it is hurting relationships all around us, including those within the church. The church desperately needs voices to discuss the effects of pornography on a marriage and family. These companion books do just that. 

These are welcome voices that honestly and openly discuss this topic with truth and grace. These are written by a husband and wife duo who have experienced the pain of porn. The first, Redeem Your Marriage is written by the husband from the man's perspective and the second, Reclaim Your Marriage is written by the wife from the woman's perspective. 

As a faith-based counselor, I like these resources for each partner to read so they can gain a biblical perspective on this issue and help promote healing in their lives. I also understand each couple's situation is different. This book is written with specific questions and answers to help with that as well. However, if you are in a relationship that is abusive in any way which involves this topic, it is wise to get yourself to a safe place and involve others in the struggle for the sake of safety and accountability. If this is a sin struggle where someone is not in danger, these books are really helpful for the couple to break free and begin healing and building trust in their marriage.

These are helpful resources that also point you to hope in Christ.

I received a copy of these books for the purpose of an honest review.
You can get copies from them from here

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Book Review: Before the Throne by Keeth


Personally, I love studying anything on the topic of prayer. This study was no exception. I like how it takes you through the word of God to study for yourself many different recorded prayers through the Bible. The premice of the studied prayers are those that specifically address situations that find you in difficult times. Each example and prayer is paired with thoughtful questions and application. It all points you to God and is good for helping you grow in the discipline of prayer.

I do recommend this study for anyone wanting to grow in God's word, as we all probably do desire this. It helps us to know God better. We could never know Him enough! This is a good one for your Bible study collection. 

I did receive a free copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review.

You can get a copy of this study from here.

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