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Book Review: Preacher’s Sourcebook

This book is exactly what the title says. It takes a wide variety of sermons from excellent preachers and outlines the main points and ideas.  The sermons over specific topics (wedding, funerals, holidays) as well as  over specific books of the Bible or specific Biblical topic.
I originally got this book for a relative who is a senior pastor.  I thought this would make a great resource for him as he plans his sermons and leads his church.  After looking through it and reading it myself, I found I thoroughly enjoyed it as well.  While its primarily written for pastors, it is a great resource for anyone who wants to study Biblical topics.

Overall, I think this book is an excellent resource for pastors and I strongly recommend it.

 

 

 

 

I received this book from Thomas Nelson in exchange for an honest and fair review

Women Living Well….Book Review

Courtney Joseph’s book, Women Living Well, was simply a joy to read and a great reminder to truly chase after what God desires of us as women.

Each chapter is a quick read with simple practical ideas to help you love God and love the life He has given you. I would definitely recommend this book to any married women who is struggling with the busyness of life. Courtney’s writing style is easy to read and very simply and humbly reminds us how to focus and enjoy what God has given us.

I am very thankful Thomas Nelson was kind enough to send me this book in exchange for an honest review.

Downside Up

This book is a self-help type book written from a Christian perspective. I received this book free of charge in exchange for my review, and I initially thought this book would be pretty surface level, but I found myself truly enjoying her perspectives, insights, and understanding of interpersonal relationships.  I was presently surprised at the depth of this book and how each chapter was extremely practical and insightful. In fact, at times I found myself unable to put the book down, and I think I’ve discussed this book and things I’ve learned with almost everyone I have had a conversation with recently =)

Mitchell does an excellent job tackling hard and emotional issues while giving the reader practical steps to overcome the pitfalls of life, and overall I strongly recommend this book and truly enjoyed reading it.

Then Sings My Soul book 3

Then Sings My Soul book 3 is a great collection of hymns.  Robert J. Morgan has divided this book into sections containing  biblical hymns, ancient hymns, medieval hymns, German hymns, English hymns, Gospel songs, and contemporary praise.  These sections make the book easy to read and helpful to better understand and simply enjoy the hymns.

I bought this book for my husband who is a worship pastor.  He absolutely loved this book and used it as a resource for his job. Overall I would recommend this book and have truly enjoyed reading it.

 

 

I received this book from Thomas Nelson in exchange for a review.

Book Review

The Final Summit by Andy Andrews was a refreshingly fun fiction book to read over the holidays.  Thomas Nelson publishing sent me a copy in exchange for a review right before I left for vacation, and I’m so glad they did!

The book is the second book in a series, but you don’t have to read book one to understand this book.  The story centers around the character David Ponder and his quest to help save mankind.   The intense plot structure combined with the historical figures and discussions  make this novel one that is hard to put down.

The only down side to this book is how Andrews portrays God.  I’ve heard Andrews speak before. and he speaks more as a self-help guru than a Christian inspirational speaker.  His book is written in much the same language.  While it is classified as a Christian novel, it does not portray God as an all-knowing, sovereign  God, but rather as one who is dependent on man to find the right answer to alleviate God’s frustration.    This inaccurate portral in a Christian fiction book nearly drove me crazy; however, I still enjoyed the overall storyline.

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A Year With Jesus

A Year With Jesus by R. P. Nettelhorst was sent to me by Thomas Nelson publishing in exchange for a review, and I was so grateful to receive this book from them!

The book is simply what the title states, a year of daily devotionals over the words and actions of Jesus.  It is laid out simply with the scripture actually typed out next to the devotional thoughts.   It is also divided into themes based on ideas such as “Love and Hate”, “Truth and Lies”, “Arrogance and Humility” and so on.   Both of these aspects make it easy for the reader to read, understand, and learn from the words and life of Jesus.

I would recommend this devotional for those who are wanting to start seeking God.  It is extremely easy to read and grasp ideas from and will lead you down the road to understanding and knowing Christ better.

 

 

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Peace

Patsy Clairmont became one of my new favorite speakers at the Woman of Faith conference I went to a few months ago. That event was the first time I had heard her speak and quickly decided I wanted to read her books as well. So when I was offered Stained Glass Hearts by Patsy Clarimont from Thomas Neilson Publishing in exchange for a review, I quickly accepted.

The premise of the book is focusing on your emotional health and how it relates to how God created us. She begins to explore this concept by using the picture of the broken glass put together to form a beautiful stained glass window. Our brokenness coming together to form God’s beautiful stained glass image in our life is a powerful picture.

But how do we get to that beautiful picture and not just stay in the brokenness? That is the true focus of her book.

It honestly has taken me quite a while to get through this book. Its an easy read, but I think God had me read it in sections for a reason. Relating to God through different creative elements has been a journey I’ve been on for a while, so her book reminded me of things I already knew rather than challenged me to think through new concepts. However, the reminders are really good and needed in the busyness of life.

For example, around this time every year, I forget that I relate to God through nature and stillness and poetry and books, and each chapter of this book took me back to that simplicity of life that I sometimes hurry through. That simplicity is what we all need  in life so that we are be able to hear God’s voice.  His voice and presence in our life is what allows our brokenness to be healed and turned into that beautiful picture.

“Peace offers such a sacred perspective. Unruffled behavior. Quiet confidence. Calm heart. Untroubled mind. Tranquil outlook. Aren’t you drawn to people with a serene center who have the space and grace to receive others?”

This simplicity and wholeness of life is what I’m pursuing wholeheartedly. Its where I’m most at peace, and I’m thankful God put this book in my path to remind me and bring me back to the emotional place He desires me to be.

Love You More

I have this secret obsession to learn everything I can about adoption.   I just love reading the stories of families being completed through adoption; families who God has called to an incredible journey; a journey I admire and am a little bit jealous of.

So when I was offered the book Love You More by Jennifer Grant in exchange for a review, I eagerly jumped at the chance to read this adoption journey.  Read might be to light of term; I devoured the book in 24 hours.

Jennifer Grant is a great writer who does an excellent job narrating her life before, during, and after adoption.   She had me hooked and sympathizing with the first paragraph of the first chapter when she writes, “With three children born within three and a half years, we were in constant motion, changing diapers, filling sippy cups, and snapping and unsnapping the shallow little snaps on baby clothes…we could not remember what it felt like to sleep late or to spend a whole Saturday morning drinking coffee and reading the paper.”   Yes I can definitely relate to that!

From here she takes you through life as she raised her first three children and then felt a calling from God to adopt.   Her views on adoption are refreshing and her journey as they waited throughout the adoption process, brought their daughter home, and then adjusted to life with four children is truthful, eye-opening, and inspiring.

This book is a great and easy read, and I truly enjoyed reading it.  Overall, if you are looking for a good book to dive into, I highly recommend Love You More.

In Constant Prayer

If you have followed my blog at all over the past few years, you know that the Lord has been taking me on a journey of discovering the Spiritual Disciplines.  A lot of my journey has been focused on my prayer life and how to live out the mandate to “pray without ceasing” in a world that so desperately wants me NOT to “pray without ceasing”.

So imagine my delight when I received this complementary book from Thomas Nelson Publishing in exchange for agreeing to review the book on this site.  A free book to help me pursue the passion God has already stirred in my heart!

The book focuses on The Daily Office prayers.  Not having grown up in a liturgical church, I was unfamiliar with this term but not unfamiliar with the practice it teaches.  The Daily Office is simply set times throughout the day to pray and read scripture.  They are written prayers that have been around for centuries that are used for both corporate prayer and individual prayer.   The idea is that if you plan out certain times throughout the day where you will sit and pray, you will become a person of prayer.

I truly did enjoy reading this book.  The author is not a theologian so the book is not written in an academic, dry sort of way.  He’s funny and yet gets straight to the point.  Its an easy read and clearly explains the history of the practice as well as the need for the practice.   I especially enjoyed the study guide and the examples of prayers that were included at the end of the book.

Overall, I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is on the journey of a deeper prayer life.  Ten years ago, I wouldn’t have enjoyed this book because God was not pushing me in this direction, but now, I honestly think I will reread it so that I can truly grasp the importance of this ancient tradition.

Lonestar Homecoming by Colleen Coble

I received this complementary book from Thomas Nelson Publishing in exchange for agreeing to review the book on this site,  and was excited to sit down and enjoy a good story.  I had read great reviews about the author, Colleen Coble, so assumed the story would be fun to read.

Lonestar Homecoming is about a young girl running from her problems as she tries to protect her young daughter.  She eventually learns, throughout quite a few twists and turns, that only by confronting her past will she be able to move forward into happiness.  Overall, the story was a quick read and very well written.  It is the type of book you can sit down and read in a couple hours.  While it was enjoyable, I’m not sure I will be reading anything else by this author.  The character development was a little trite and the overall plot was not as in depth as I like; however, if you plan on taking a trip to the beach or just want to sit on the couch for a lazy rainy afternoon and not think to much, this would be a great book for you!

I don’t normally read fiction more than once, and am trying really hard to not keep clutter in the house, so if you’re looking for an easy ready, I would love to send the book to the first person who wants it.  If you’re interested, leave a comment or send me an email and I’ll send the book your way!

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