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Book Review : Rhythms of Renewal

I cannot fully express to you all that Rhythms of Renewal was to me. I heard her speak on a few podcasts about the time her book came out, and it normally does not take much for me to get excited and want the newest book! I ordered this gorgeous book, that will be a life long favorite I expect, when the price dipped down and I could “justify” another book – especially to my non-reader of a husband!

Immediately I jumped in. This is one of those books you want to savor and gobble up at the same time. Tough to do. But I did pace myself. I wanted to take in her ideas one at a time and let them simmer a bit before the next one. I told everyone about this book as I devoured its pages. I cannot seem a reason that everyone would not love this book.

Rebekah. Oh where to begin with one of my newest favorite authors? She is real. Transparent. Vulnerable. She is everything I needed her to be on these pages : encouraging, inspiring, and did I mention real? She is not something that you imagine who has it all together. Honestly, none of us do, and if you think someone does you are mistaken. We are all broken, damaged and really wandering through this world. However, Rebekah gives us hope through her own story, but most of all by taking us back to the creator and the way we were designed to live and thrive.

Each section, each chapter, seriously, spoke to my heart. I could not stop reading this book daily. I wanted the next message each day. I could not get enough. Now, I have finished it and I plan to set it aside for a 60 day Bible Study with Holley Gerth (this book) but then, because I know me, I will pick it back up and read it again each morning as part of my morning rhythm.

So as I embrace Monday – of a New Year – as I finished Rhythm of Renewal yesterday – I am excited. I am entering into 2020 with open arms ready for all the Lord has for me. My word for the year is Rhythm. I want a healthy daily, weekly, monthly rhythm because I want a rhythm for my year. It starts with every morning and each day – to find a healthy pace of saying yes or no (more no than yes) and finding time for sabbath every day, every week and more importantly on a regular basis. I am going to stop waiting for the right time – for the perfect time – and I am going to do it now. Not more. In fact, I hope less. But either way I will be resting daily, restoring intentionally, connecting with a purpose, and creating every chance I get.

Those are the rhythms that Rebekah teaches us to make a part of our day to day life. That is my goal. I hope you grab a copy of this book, because it was exactly what I needed right now. It led me into 2020 with a thrill of hope of all that will come as a result of focusing on rhythms.

Have a wonderful day!!

Watch a video of Rebekah on the Today Show.

Book Review : Faith Forward

Devotions books have always been a favorite genre of mine, whether it is a family style devotion book, whether personal, or even something my husband and I can work on together.

When I received my copy of Faith Forward a family style devotion book, my first thought was how pretty it was. Is this important? No. In the big picture what it looks like outside is not nearly as important as what is inside. However, I love a pretty book! I love a book that looks inviting, and this one does!

Once I looked through it and read through some devotions I concluded the that time and effort put into the cover goes throughout the book! The gorgeous look of the book is just the beginning! It is a gorgeous book throughout and the content is even better! Each little devotion (and the book contains 100) is a quick read based on a subject example : “When a job seems to big. Numbers 14:9” – this little story talks about the faithfulness of Caleb and Joshua when they spied on the promised land. After the devotion there are some discussion questions and then a prayer section. Also is a Key Idea corner with a central point.

This little book is really a great book for family devotions, it is simple and focused. It allows mom or dad or both, to spend a few minutes with the family each day bringing the focus back to the Lord and all that he is teaching us through his Word.

Even though my kids are older now, this is still a book I could see using with them! One thing I have learned is that my kids still love to listen to me read to them, and I would love to make this book a regular book we read, especially this winter by the fire!

Check out more HERE about the book and even get a sneak peak inside!

NOTE: I received a copy of Faith Forward in exchange for an honest review.

Review : The Rank Game

One of our favorite things to put under our tree. is family games. Every year I try to find a new game that we can all play. This year I was honored to be able to get my hands on a photo-type of a new game!

There is a kickstarter currently going on for this great game!!


With this game, there are cards with different words that are related. Each player ranks the words and tries to guess what other people rank them. It is a great game to encourage conversation and a great “Get to know you” game for youth groups, families or any other group.

We cannot wait to get a copy of the game! I am sure it will be a family favorite!!

Check out their KICKSTARTER campaign HERE!

NOTE : I received a photo-type of this game so that I could give an honest review.

About THE RANK GAME:

THE RANK GAME is designed by Dana Brown, a former Walt Disney Imagineer, and Chip Brown, a former Disney Studios producer and Christian publisher, to engage the diverse backgrounds, interests, personalities and opinions of every player. By celebrating our individualism, THE RANK GAME actually brings people together, through rich conversation and competition.  Created for groups of all sizes, THE RANK GAME leverages our own social behaviors—ranking the things or experiences in our lives.

For example, rank the four seasons:     A) fall  B) spring  C) summer D) winter

Your ranking might be different from mine, and we’re likely passionate about why. In THE RANK GAME, players must guess one another’s rankings to get points and win the game. IT’S THAT SIMPLE.

THE RANK GAME is easy to play at home, on long car trips, on the beach, at a restaurant… ANYWHERE! The game quickly gets people off their phones and TALKING with one another in eye-to-eye, real world gameplay. This results in people getting to know each other better.  Friends, families, corporate groups or church groups use it to facilitate conversation and “break the ice” at social gatherings.

THE RANK GAME is the first of five new games currently in production or development by Storyastic.

Book Review : A Cross to Kill

Andrew Huff has a new novel out, the first of a series, A Cross to Kill. Think: James Bond/Jason Bourne/Max Lucado all merged into one persona. That is John Cross.

As a young adult I loved Robert Ludlum, as an adult and mom my family has loved Jason Bourne movies and of course we love Max Lucado! So this book is a nice blend of all three! It may seem odd, but you really have to give it a chance.

John Cross is a strong character who has a past he regrets as a CIA officer, and he is trying to chart a new course as a pastor of a small church. However the worlds merge in this first novel in a way that keeps you hooked! There is a strong message of forgiveness in this book, and John’s new faith is an amazing testimony of how God can change any heart. I did not feel like the book was preachy or forced at all, in fact I loved the strong spiritual element!

Christine is the heroin in the story, and we meet her in the opening scene when she is being held by terrorists ready to kill her. As her character revealed itself fully in the story, she was not the person I thought she would be. She is a strong female character that has integrity and honor and generously shares her heart with others. I really came to enjoy her character tremendously!

I really enjoyed this book and I will eagerly await Mr. Huff’s next novel Cross Shadow!

NOTE: I received a copy of A Cross to Kill in exchange for an honest review.

About the author:

Andrew Huff spent 10 years in local church ministry before pursuing God’s calling into creative storytelling and media production as the Product Director at Igniter Media, a church media company (ignitermedia.com). He is a two-time finalist in the American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis Contest for unpublished authors (2014 & 2017) and also won the Best Screenplay award at the 2015 48 Hour Film Festival in Richmond, VA.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Science in Religion degree from Liberty University and a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary. He resides in North Texas with his beautiful wife Jae and their two boys.

Learn more at andrewhuffbooks.com

Facebook (@huffwrites)
Twitter (@andrewjohnhuff)

Book Review : How Great is our God

I absolutely love when science and creation can go hand in hand!! When I find a resource that I can use to explain to my children all about the world around them using both the Bible and science I am thrilled!!

These devotions are wonderful! The subtitle is “100 indescribable devotions about God & science” – and if you have kids you know they need to be. “indescribable” to grab and keep their attention!

Each devotion starts with a scripture, has a story that explains an idea with science and most include scientific pictures too.

This book has been on my coffee table and many times my 15 year old and 13 year old will sit and browse through it. They have really enjoyed it and usually come back and tell me what they read about. This is such a great tool to help our children understand that both science and faith can co-exist together, and in fact they support each other.

More about the book:

A follow-up to his bestselling children’s devotional, Indescribable, pastor Louie Giglio’s How Great Is Our God offers 100 incredible new facts and devotions about God and science to stir your child’s amazement for the Creator.

Show the children in your life the awe-inspiring connection between the natural world and the God who created it.

The bestselling children’s devotional Indescribable: 100 Devotions About God and Science resonated with more than 200,000 kids, parents, and teachers. Now Louie Giglio offers 100 more devotions about God and science that will expand the curiosity of your 6- to 10-year-olds. Including amazing scientific facts, beautiful photography, fun illustrations, and simple activities, How Great Is Our God covers topics like

  • Space and time
  • Earth and weather
  • The human body
  • Animals
  • Plants
  • And more!

With this science devotional, which is based on Giglio’s well-known “How Great Is Our God” and “Indescribable” messages, children will embark on a journey to discover more about God and His incredible creation. From the pink lake in Senegal to the earth’s trip around the sun to the water-holding frog that can live up to five years without a drink, the wonders of the universe will deepen your kids’ appreciation for God’s wild imagination.

NOTE: I received a copy of How Great is Our God in exchange for an honest review!