I Need Some Help Here! – Kathi Lipp

I Need Some Help Here! is published by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

I Need Some Help Here! is published by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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Summary: Kathi Lipp understands the worries of parents, especially the worries of moms. She’s “been there, done that”, and wants to come alongside parents and remind them that they are not alone. Kathi brings humor into the mix to help parents understand that they don’t have to do it all because God is there to help them, and their children.

Review: First off, can I just say that the title with improper capitalization gave this mom the “must-fix-its”? LOL! On to the review…

Loved how Kathi brought personal experience into the mix. Not just her experience, but the experience of her friends (with their permission, of course). The book has 12 chapters that cover everything from feeling like you’re an awful parent to your child being left out. Each chapter has personal stories, some practical steps to take, and prayers for both your child and yourself. For each chapter there’s also some Biblical application to be had, whether it’s a story that touches on the topic at hand or something that has impacted the author during that trial in her family life. Ultimately, Kathi Lipp wants to remind parents that God is really the one in control and that things need to be given to Him in prayer.

This book came at the perfect time for me. It was really what I needed to get that little jump back in my step. I hope it does the same for you! At the very least, I hope that it lets you know you’re not alone and you can totally do this whole parenting thing.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

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The Holy Land Key – Ray Bentley

The Holy Land Key is published by Waterbrook Multnomah.

The Holy Land Key is published by Waterbrook Multnomah.

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Summary: The Holy Land Key brings readers into the Holy Land to see how God’s prophecy is being fulfilled. Ray Bentley brings prophecy to light through personal experiences and stories from people who live in the midst of it. Divided into five parts, The Holy Land Key covers how to study prophecy, how prophecy is revealed today, why there’s so much hate directed towards God’s chosen people, signs of prophecy, and how readers can get more involved.

Review: I have to be honest, I tried really hard to finish the book but I just couldn’t. Personally, I felt like Ray Bentley was saying that it’s all the non-Jewish churches fault that there are a lot of problems in Israel today. I also felt like he was saying that the Jewish people get a “free pass”, so to speak, and that they don’t need to accept Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. Is that what he intended to come across like? I don’t know. It may just have been how I read it, and I’ll gladly pick up the book again in the future and try again with fresh eyes. But from a first reading that’s what I got out of it, which is why I couldn’t finish it.

Good points: The author did a great job writing, overall. He used personal stories to make an impact, and they did make an impact.

I don’t rightly know if I’d recommend the book. I’ll have to read it again to see if my first impression was wrong.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received.

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Moment Maker – Carlos Whittaker

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Traditionally, with my book reviews, I open with a summary and then move into the review portion. Today I’m doing things a little different. I want to get you started with an amazing video. You may have seen it on social media at some point but you should watch it again. It’s about 6 minutes long but so worth every second!

Did you get goosebumps?! I do every time I watch it. Talk about an amazing moment! If you want to read the whole story, it’s in Carlos Whittaker’s book Moment Maker.

Moment Maker is all about living life to the fullest. God didn’t intend for us to live life in a rut or just trudging through the day. In John 10:10, Jesus says, “I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.” (HCSB). Being a #MomentMaker is all about having life in abundance. Sometimes you make it happen, like when you give your kids their dream birthday party or you sit down with them to read their favorite story a couple hundred times in a day. Sometimes it happens to you, in simple ways or in big ways, like Danny in the video. But when it happens, however it happens, a life is changed for the better. Not only do our words have power, so do our actions. Los Whit does a great job of blending personal experience with Scripture to show readers how Jesus made moments, and so can every day “average” people.

“It’s not about just making a moment that stands out and is spectacular. It’s about making someone feel valued through that moment. Because of the thought you put into it. Because they know they are worth that much.” (Loc 238 of 1909. Sorry, I’ll grab a page number when I’m looking at the physical book…)

That about sums the whole book up for me. What better way to show God’s love than through making someone feel valued? That’s how you bring people to Christ, by loving them there. And Moment Maker is all about doing that! Thank you Carlos Whittaker for the reminder.

If you’d like to have your own copy of Moment Maker to highlight and read, enter to win a Kindle version of the book right here: a Rafflecopter giveaway (open until 5/24/14 @ 12:00 am)

Disclaimer: I received a copy of Moment Maker for free from Carlos Whittaker and Zondervan in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

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A Carol for Kent – Hallee Bridgeman

 


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Summary: Carol Mabry is a busy Richmond attorney. Bobby Kent is a busy country music star. During an unexpected trip home to the farm, Bobby discovers that someone has been keeping a very important secret from him. He and Carol have a daughter! Turns out, that’s not the only secret in Richmond. There’s a serial killer on the loose and it’s up to Carol and her department to solve the case. Will it Bobby and Carol be able to make a family for their daughter, or will “Richmond Red” dash those hopes forever?

Review: Seriously, Hallee Bridgeman has done it again! A Carol for Kent, the newest installment of the “Song of Suspense” series, blows you away. Once you think you have it all figured out, you find out you really don’t. I was wrong TWICE, and I’m usually pretty good at figuring out who-done-it before the end of the book! I love a book that keeps you engaged.

Again, Hallee does a great job blending suspense, romance, and Biblical principles. This is one of the few romance novels that I’d allow my children to read when they got older. I’ve even recommended these books to people who don’t like romance novels (like myself) because they’re not something that makes me uncomfortable while I read. It’s not going to be hidden away on a secret “mom only” bookshelf, that’s for sure. Hallee’s capturing of the Christian romantic experience isn’t sugar coated to be “too perfect” or “too prude”. Nor is her presentation of “God stuff” too preachy. It’s there, and it’s obvious, but it doesn’t take away from the story. Quite frankly, the story wouldn’t be the same without it and I’m very glad that she includes it!

Definitely a GREAT read. If you’re anything like me, it won’t take you long to read it because you’ll get sucked in and won’t want to put it down! Great job Hallee, can’t wait to read the next one!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own, no other compensation was received. Some links may be affiliate links, I’m not sure if they worked but I’m covering all my bases just in case they did.

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Merlin’s Shadow – Robert Treskillard

Merlin's Shadow is published by BLINK, a trademark of Zondervan.

Merlin’s Shadow is published by BLINK, a trademark of Zondervan.

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Summary: The Druid Stone has been destroyed. Merlin and his friends, along with baby Arthur, are running for their lives. Just who are they running from, and where will they end up? Follow Merlin and his band in the epic sequel to Merlin’s BladeMerlin’s Shadow.

Review: I had high hopes for this book! I really really really loved Merlin’s Blade and couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. Robert Treskillard definitely didn’t disappoint with Merlin’s Shadow! A lot of the time you find that sequels just don’t live up to their predecessor but that’s not the case with the second book in “The Merlin Spiral” series. The absolute only reason it’s taken me so long to read is because life got crazy and I wasn’t able to sit down and read it all in an afternoon like I was hoping to do. The story just keeps getting better and better! I’m expecting great things with the last book in the series!

What did I like about Merlin’s Shadow? EVERYTHING! I love the maps, I love the time period, I love the character development. Fast-paced action throughout keeps you turning pages to find out what’s going to happen next.  It’s been a while since I’ve read a young adult series and actually really enjoyed it. I can’t wait to get my hands on Merlin’s Nightmare!

Robert Treskillard is a skilled writer! Not every author can deliver the same quality, or better, work when they’re writing a series. He is one of the few!

Disclaimer: I received this book for free through BookLookBloggers in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own, no other compensation was received.

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The Manual to Manhood – Jonathan Catherman

The Manual to Manhood is published by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

The Manual to Manhood is published by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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Summary: Boys are men in the making. Learn how to do a bunch of important “guy stuff” in The Manual to Manhood. From household maintenance to relationship maintenance, Jonathan Catherman presents important life skills in step-by-step fashion.

Review: I really want to say that this is a “cute” book, but what boy wants to read a “cute” book? I’m not a male, obviously, but I’m married to one and a parent to another. Thankfully my husband has most of the things written in the book under his belt, but our son still has to learn them (he’s 7, he’s got time!). If daddy happens to be gone, or he’s too embarrassed to ask about something, our son can open up The Manual to Manhood and find good answers.

What do I like about this book? Well, first off I like that everything is approached in a step-by-step manner. It really breaks it down and makes it easier for some of the more difficult tasks, like tying a tie. I also really appreciate that teaching boys how to grow into men is something that the author is passionate about. It means he’s going to give them accurate and worthwhile information.

Definitely a must-have book for sons! It would even be something fun for fathers and sons to go through together, if both are willing parties!

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Revell in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own, no other compensation was received.

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If I Had Lunch with C. S. Lewis – Alister McGrath

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Review: Doesn’t the trailer give you a great summary of the book? I sure thought so! Growing up, the Narnia books were some of my favorites. As a college student, I loved Mere Christianity. In fact, my favorite quote of all time comes from that book. The books of C. S. Lewis have been sitting on my bookshelves for years, and I always come away with something different when I read them. The title of Alister McGrath’s newest book If I Had Lunch with C. S. Lewis caught my eye. Who wouldn’t want to have lunch with C. S. Lewis?! Sadly, the time for an actual in-person lunch with Mr. Lewis is past. Thanks to Dr. McGrath, however, readers can get a pretty clear picture of what it would have been like. In just eight chapters, Alister McGrath takes us all the way from the meaning of life to Heaven. His knowledge of C. S. Lewis is a wonderful asset when it comes to discussing the larger topics about which Lewis wrote.

I couldn’t stop underlining things that I felt were important. On the very last page of the book, Alister McGrath sums everything up in a great few lines. He writes, “. . . the most important thing is that each of us, whether rememembered by others or not, is remembered by God. And that’s what really matters. Human history may forget about us, as it has forgotten so many. But our names are engraved on God’s hands, and written in the Book of Life. . .” (207).

If you’ve ever wondered how C. S. Lewis felt about some of the most important aspects of life, I would strongly suggest you read If I Had Lunch with C. S. Lewis. It’s very well written and once you get into it it’s rather hard to put down. If I had more than two thumbs, I’d put them all up.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own, no other compensation was received.

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Reviews Coming Soon!

Sorry I’ve been a little scarce these days. Lots going on at home! Homeschool, hubby finishing college and applying for jobs, sickness… But things are back up and running and I have several reviews in the works!

If I Had Lunch with C.S. Lewis by Alister McGrath

Merlin’s Shadow by Robert Treskillard

Moment Maker by Carlos Whittaker 

The Holy Land Key by Ray Bentley

I’m also planning to run a giveaway when I review Moment Maker so keep your eyes open for that one! 

Until I post again, I bid you all a fond farewell. 🙂

 

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Praying for Your Husband from Head to Toe – Sharon Jaynes

Praying for Your Husband from Head to Toe is published by Waterbrook Multnomah.

Praying for Your Husband from Head to Toe is published by Waterbrook Multnomah.

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Summary: Have you ever wondered how to pray for your husband? Or maybe you’ve wondered why you should pray for your husband. In Praying for Your Husband from Head to Toe, Sharon Jaynes gives you some ideas for where to start praying and what to pray for. She gives you 16 “landmarks” to help you pray more effectively for your spouse and 30 days of prayers! Each prayer brings with it Scriptures that correspond to the area of your husband’s life that you’re praying for. Even if you don’t pray exactly what’s written in the book, you’ll at least know where to start!

Review: Let’s be honest here, I am really bad when it comes to praying. Read my Bible? I’m on it! Serve at events? Totally! But praying? Not so good about getting it done. It kills me to say that but it’s the truth. So when I say that I really appreciate what Sharon Jaynes has done with Praying for Your Husband, I really  mean it! The first few chapters are dedicated to explaining why prayer is so important and why you’ll be praying for the areas of your husband’s life that she lists. It really gives you a firm basis for knowing “Hey, these things are important and I need to pray for them.” She also points out that you’re NOT praying to CHANGE your husband’s annoying habits. What you ARE praying for is for God’s will to be done in his life, for God to help your husband stay on track with Him, etc. If, in the process, some of his annoying habits change, woo hoo! 😉

It’s taken me a bit to get this review written because I wanted to read through the book and then go through at least a week of the prayers to get a feel for it. For me, having the prayers already written up is really helpful. I can start reading/praying them and add to it as I know is needed. The Scripture references are nice, I tend to skip over them though. Either way, you’d be amazed (or maybe not, if you’re more consistent with prayer than I am) what happens when you pray! Especially for your spouse! More peace, less stress, a closer relationship…

In the back of the book Sharon has included an appendix that has prayers for your husband’s salvation (if he’s unsaved), for his fatherhood, and for his healing. She also asks some reflection questions of you, the wife. Things like, “What changes have you seen in your marriage?” and “How has your attitude toward your husband changed?” So, not only is your husband’s life going to be changed, yours will too!

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.

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