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.

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

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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!

Book review : Only You Can Be You

My kids may be taller than me and think they are all grown up, but I still read to them. Sometimes I have to bribe them to listen, sometimes I do it in the car with an audio book (think captive audience).

When I opened the package with this book I would not help but read it out loud to my people. I just love this book so much!! Surprisingly, they listened too!

In. a world where the message is that you need to look and act like everyone else, Sally Clarkson and her son Nathan Clarkson have written another book to help kids (of all ages) realize they are perfect with all their differences and quirks!! Only You Can Be You

I included this picture with my sweet kitty, because, well she’s cute. But also because she is so very different, she is a polydactyl cat with 24 toes. Yes, 24 toes! She cracks us up all the time. But I wanted to share that her differences endear her to us in so many ways!! And that is the same with our sons, daughters, sisters and brothers. What makes us unique makes us amazing!

The illustrations in this book are just perfect! And the story will grab each and every child and speak to their heart!

I love Sally and Nathan Clarkson and their hearts to share God’s love with everyone!

NOTE : I received a copy of Only You Can Be You in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review : She Prays

I’ve heard that it takes between 21 and 28 days to change a habit or start a new one. I honestly don’t care which is true, I just know that it will take time when I am trying to change my natural inclination to do something.

I’m not sure about you, but I have recently felt like my prayer life is not what it could be. Not that I feel pressure to add something or do something better, simply that my communication with the Lord is not all that it could be. So when She Prays came along I was excited to read through this book and see if it would start to shift my prayer life to a better place.

Debbie Lindell has written She Prays as a 31 day devotion book – to help the reader really focus on a better prayer life. This “better” is so unique to each and every person, it is not something we can check out with our friends or even family. This better is simply better for us. Ms. Lindell explores different aspects of our prayer life and our faith life and makes it easy to understand the simplicity of a life of talking with the Lord.

This is sweet book that can take you, the reader into a deeper walk with the Lord. Each chapter has a section to journal thoughts about the chapter or in response to the questions that are asked at the end. I enjoyed this book, and I think if you use this book to help you improve your prayer life over 30 days, it will be better and your relationship will be stronger.

NOTE: I received a copy of She Prays in exchange for my honest thoughts.

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One of the most wonderful things about walking with God is that we can have an intimate and real relationship with him. But how do we know where to begin?

In She Prays, Debbie Lindell invites you on a 31-day journey to experience a confident and conversational relationship with your heavenly Father. Her desire is that your soul will be transformed as your confidence in prayer grows, and that your faith will be strengthened as you see God work through your prayers in ways you never imagined possible.