Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Exploring Christian Theology Review


About the Book

Popular Dallas Theological Seminary professors make basic theology accessible for everyone, including key doctrines on Revelation, Scripture, and the triune God. One of three volumes. (Goodreads)

My Review

Wow! This book is packed full and only 272 pages. Honestly, this book can be really overwhelming so I had to take it slow, which is better anyway. I really liked the authors' perspectives, everything has a solid Biblical stand. You will need your Bible next to you while reading as well. Everything is well organized which makes it a bit easier to read. The part I enjoyed the most was the Passages to Master section.  

 "To have a fruitful Christian life, we need an accurate Christian faith. To have an accurate Christian faith, we need a firm doctrinal foundation. To have a firm doctrinal foundation, we need a trustworthy source of truth. Enter God's revelation: revelation of himself, from himself." (pg 31)

There also topics on how to talk about God with others the most helpful I found on page 189 Classic Arguments for God's Existence.

If you are interesting in learning more theology or digging a lot deeper into the Word, this a great book to have!!

"I received this book from Bethany House Publishers for free in exchange for an honest review."

Monday, November 24, 2014

Let There Be Light Children's Book Review


About the Book

'In the very beginning, God's love bubbled over when there was nothing else---no trees, no birds, no animals, no sky, no sea---only darkness.'
Let There Be Light combines the love and warmth of Nobel Peace Prize Winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu with the extraordinary talents of bestselling author and illustrator Nancy Tillman. This retelling of the biblical story of creation vividly portrays the wonder and beauty of God's creation on each of the seven days. Using Archbishop Tutu's lyrical text from the Children of God Storybook Bible and Tillman's remarkable illustrations, Let There Be Light brings the story of creation to life for readers young and old. (Goodreads)

My Review

This is such a great book! I was so excited to see that this book is a board book which is the way to go when it comes to children's books!
This book starts at the beginning of Genesis and God creating the world. The illustrations are beautiful on each page. One part I really like is after the plants were created the author added a page talking about when the first flower opened. I had never really thought about the details like that and I think it adds to the children's imagine.
I really like this book and the main message relayed is that you were made for a purpose and are loved. Great book for kids to read along with Genesis.

"I received this book from BookLook Bloggers for free in exchange for an honest review."

Swept Away Book Review


Sara Jane Morgan is trying to balance teaching with caring for her ailing, stubborn grandmother. When school lets out for the summer, the plans are for Grandma to teach Sara Jane to quilt as they finish up the Appalachian Ballad quilt Grandma started as a teenager. But things don’t always go as planned. Andrew Stevenson is hiding from his past—and his future. He works as a handyman to pay the bills, but also as an artisan, designing homemade brooms. When Sara Jane’s grandmother hires him to renovate her home, sparks fly between him and his new employer’s granddaughter. Still, it doesn’t take Sara Jane long to see Drew isn’t what he seems. Questions arise, and she starts online researching him. What she discovers could change her life—and her heart—forever.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Swept Away, go HERE.

My Review
This book sounded intriguing but it was difficult for me to get into. Sara Jane's grandmother has quite the attitude which, while realistic, got on my nerves a bit.
I like Drew and the character he portrays, I also found the broom making interesting.
This is a nice book, not a ton of romance but still simple and sweet.

Three and a half stars.

"I received this book from CFBA for free in exchange for an honest review."

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Swept Away
Abingdon Press (November 18, 2014)
Laura V. Hilton
Cindy Loven


Award winning author Laura V. Hilton has penned many novels, including the Amish of Seymour series, the Amish of Webster County series, and the forthcoming Amish of Jamesport series. A member of ACFW, Laura is also a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with over a thousand book reviews published at various online review sites. A pastor’s wife, stay-at-home mom, and home school teacher, Laura and her family make their home in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas.

A lifelong reader, Cindy Loven is an active church wife of a minister and mother to one son who is a home school graduate. Cindy and her family reside in Conway, Arkansas.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Simple Things..

Here is a poem I found in an old IDEALS book. I think it might have been written by Edna Jaques but the author's name is not attached.


Nor for the mighty world, O Lord, tonight,
Nations and kingdoms in their fearful might, 
Let me be glad the kettle gently sings,
Let us be thankful just for little things.

Thankful for simple food and supper spread, 
Thankful for shelter and a warm, clean bed, 
For little joyful feet that gladly run
To welcome me when the day's work is done.

Thankful for friends who share my joy and mirth, 
Glad for the warm, sweet fragrance of the earth, 
For golden pools of sunlight on the floor, 
For peace that bends above my cottage door. 

For little friendly days that slip away
With only meals and bed and work and play, 
A rocking chair and kindly firelight-
For little things, let us be glad tonight.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Love Without End Book Review


 About the Book

Chet and Kimberly have both failed when it comes to love. Will they risk their hearts to love again?

Chet Leonard's life was forever changed when his seventeen year old son died and then, soon after, his wife walked out on their family. Over two years later, all he wants to do is hold onto his horse ranch and raise his remaining sons to be honorable men.

Kimberly Welch, widowed mother of Tara, a rebellious fifteen-year-old, has reached the end of her finances and nearly the end of her rope. She and Tara come to King's Meadow to try to piece their lives back together again. Kimberly has no intention of become involved with the residents of this remote mountain community and certainly not with any man.

When 84-year-old Anna McKenna returns to King's Meadow and to the Leonard ranch, she becomes an agent of change and healing for the two hurting families. With her help, Kimberly and Chet's families at last discover a love without end. (Goodreads)

 My Review

I really enjoyed the King's Meadow setting in Robin's book A Promise Kept. Love Without End takes us back to this wonderful little community and into the lives of Kimberly and Chet. Both single parents to teenagers they are both getting through life unsure of what the future may bring. Kimberly is used to the city and is afraid of horses yet her daughter can't seem to be around them enough. Chet offers to help Tara learn more about horses and Kimberly ends up being around them and a cowboy she wants nothing to do with. 
This story is predictable but I really liked reading it because it's a real story. Their families aren't perfect and at the end not all is solved. There is a side story about Anna who returns to the ranch and the readers get a glimpse into her past. I like the flashbacks, similar to those in Hatchers' previous books.  

This is a nice easy read, don't expect a ton of romance just a realistic portrayal of life written beautifully.

I really enjoyed, highly recommend for a contemporary fiction!

"I received this book from Litfuse for free in exchange for an honest review."

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About the author:
Best-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heart-warming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. The winner of the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction, the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance, two RT Career Achievement Awards, and the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award, Robin is the author of over sixty novels.

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Fire up the romance this holiday with Robin Lee Hatcher's latest offering in the King's Meadow Romance series, Love Without EndFor two single parents with bruised hearts, it’ll take more than a little courage to get back on the horse when it comes to love.

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