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Simple Discipleship by Dana Allin {Book Review}

Title : Simple Discipleship Author : Dana Allin Age : Adult Genres : Christian Living, Spiritual Growth Expected Publication Date : January 8, 2019 Publisher : NavPress Source : e-Book Purchase : Paperback | Kindle | Christian Book Synopsis : A Clear and Personalized Path for Discipleship Discipleship can feel like a meandering journey―we don’t know what we want, and none of the programs offered seem to get us anywhere.  We need something to orient ourselves, and something to direct our steps toward a clear destination. Simple Discipleship , with its companion assessment tool, offers a plan for discipleship that is tailored to your real life and your personality, and clearly pointed in the way of Jesus.  Most discipleship resources are designed as mass productions―efficient for touching many, but often failing to see individuals grow in Christ. This is the best of both worlds―an assessment tool for your entire church, combined with an achievable, personalize

ESV Illuminated Bible, Art Journaling Edition {Bible Review}

Title : ESV Illuminated Art Journaling Bible Author : Crossway Genres : Bible Publication Date : October 31, 2017 Publisher : Crossway Publishers Source : Hardcover Purchase : Green Hardcover | Navy Cloth | Burgundy TrueTone | Top Grain Leather Synopsis : The ESV Illuminated Bible places the full ESV text alongside over 500 elegantly hand-lettered gold ink illustrations by renowned artist Dana Tanamachi. Printed on thick cream-colored paper, the Bible's single-column text setting and wide margins provide generous space for additional notes, prayers, and designs—inviting readers to creatively engage with and reflect on the beauty of God's Word.  Bible includes the following:  9-point, Lexicon Black letter text 2-color printing 64 full-page, custom book opener illustrations 50 full-page verse illustrations 250+ hand-lettered margin verses 100+ other illustrations throughout Illustrated by Dana Tanamachi, whose work has been featured by Google,

Unwrapping the Names of Jesus by Asheritah Ciuciu {Book Review}

Title : Unwrapping the Names of Jesus Author : Asheritah Ciuciu Genres : Christian Living, Devotionals Publication Date : October 3, 2017 Publisher : Moody Publishers Source : Hardcover Purchase : Hardcover  | Kindle  | Christian Book  | Moody Publishers Synopsis : How to focus on Christ during Advent  Most Christians agree that Christmas is all about Jesus, yet most of us spend little time preparing our hearts to celebrate Him. Why is this? Partly because we don’t know how.  In Unwrapping the Names of Jesus , Asheritah Ciuciu leads readers through the four weeks of Advent (Hope, Preparation, Joy, and Love). Each week: Begins with an interactive family devotional that equips readers to celebrate Advent together Offers five daily reflections that focus on that week's name of Jesus Includes suggestions for fun-filled family activities or service projects  This devotional can be used by readers in their own personal worship times or as a tool to engage in

Fixing My Eyes on Jesus by Anne Graham Lotz {Book Review}

Title : Fixing My Eyes on Jesus Author : Anne Graham Lotz Genres : Christian Living, Devotional Publication Date : October 30, 2018 Publisher : Zondervan Source : Imitation Leather Purchase : Imitation Leather | Hardcover | Kindle  | Christian Book Synopsis : This beautiful, daily devotional by Anne Graham Lotz will help you start each morning with a focus on Jesus. Fixing My Eyes on Jesus will encourage, uplift, renew, and challenge you on your spiritual walk.  Trusted Bible teacher, bestselling author, and CEO of AnGel Ministries Anne Graham Lotz understands how easy it is to lose focus on Jesus and stray off course. Stay on the right path with this beautiful, daily devotional that is perfect for new believers as well as those more seasoned in the faith. Selections from Scripture coupled with Anne’s insightful meditations help you stay connected to the Lord all week. This edition has large type for ease of reading and makes a beautiful gift for a friend or fami

Thief of Corinth by Tessa Afshar {Updated Book Review}

Hey Gems!!! I've previously done a review on this book and decided to re-read it so that I could do a more in-depth review so here it is! Title : Thief of Corinth Author : Tessa Afshar Age : Adult Genres : Christian Historical Fiction Expected Publication Date : August 7, 2018 Publisher : Tyndale House Publishers Source : Review copy sent Purchase : Paperback | Hardcover | Audible |  Kindle  |  B&N  |  ChristianBook   Synopsis :    First-century Corinth is a city teeming with commerce and charm. It’s also filled with danger and corruption—the perfect setting for Ariadne’s greatest adventure.   After years spent living with her mother and oppressive grandfather in Athens, Ariadne runs away to her father’s home in Corinth, only to discover the perilous secret that destroyed his marriage: though a Greek of high birth, Galenos is the infamous thief who has been robbing the city’s corrupt of their ill-gotten gains.   Desperate to ke

Delilah by Angela Hunt {Book Review}

Title : Delilah: Treacherous Beauty Author : Angela Hunt Series : Dangerous Beauty #3 Age : Adult Genres : Biblical Fiction Publication Date : June 7, 2016 Publisher : Bethany House Publishers Source : eBook Purchase : Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle | Audible | Christian Book   Synopsis : A Complex and Compelling Glimpse at One of the Bible's Baddest Girls Life is not easy in Philistia, especially not for a woman and child alone. When beautiful, wounded Delilah finds herself begging for food to survive, she resolves that she will find a way to defeat all the men who have taken advantage of her. She will overcome the roadblocks life has set before her, and she will find riches and victory for herself.   When she meets a legendary man called Samson, she senses that in him lies the means for her victory. By winning, seducing, and betraying the hero of the Hebrews, she will attain a position of national prominence. After all, she is beautiful, she is cha

When God's Ways Make No Sense by Dr. Larry Crabb {Book Review}

Title : When God's Ways Make No Sense Author : Dr. Larry Crabb Age : Adult Genres : Christian Living Publication Date : July 3, 2018 Publisher : Baker Books Source : Hardcover Purchase : Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle | Audible | ChristianBook Synopsis : It doesn't take too much living before we realize that life never goes quite the way we want it to. But when things get hard and we don't understand what God is doing, what is our first impulse? Is it to resist him and run away like Jonah? Or is it to trust him even while trembling in fear of suffering like Habbakuk? In this powerful exploration of God's often mysterious and counterintuitive ways, Dr. Larry Crabb challenges readers to seize the opportunities for growth and maturity that come our way when we experience troubles and failures. Rather than pushing back against adversity, he invites us to look closer at what God is doing in our lives when it feels like he is far from us. Unpackin

Heaven Shining Through by Joe Siccardi {Book Review}

Title : Heaven Shining Through Author : Joe Siccardi Series : Standalone Age : Adult Genres : Christian Fiction, Contemporary Publication Date : March 26, 2018 Publisher : Xulon Press   Source : Paperback Purchase :  Paperback  |  Kindle   Synopsis : Samantha is dreading her return home. Throughout her life, she had a rocky relationship with her mother - and now her mother is all she has left. Through a nostalgic look back, Samantha recognizes the presence of God in an ordinary life. She learns more about herself as a wife and mother who has had her share of sorrow and blessings. As her faith increases, she is able to see her mother through new eyes, leading to reconciliation ...and is reminded of that every time she sees Heaven Shining Through.  My Rating :  This was a great read. I enjoyed Samantha and seeing her life. She dealt with hardships at home, fell in love with a guy unexpectedly and was blessed with 2 beautiful kids. Samantha is a strong woman wh

Jesus, Our Perfect Hope by Charles F. Stanely {Book Review}

Title : Jesus, Our Perfect Hope Author : Charles F. Stanley Genres : Devotional, Christian Life Expected Publication Date : October 2, 2018 Publisher : Thomas Nelson Source : Imitation Leather Purchase : Imitation Leather | Kindle | B&N | ChristianBook   Synopsis : People need hope. So often, we rely on relationships, money, jobs, or other pursuits that fail to satisfy. Jesus Christ is the one true source of hope that never fails, and the daily devotions in Jesus, Our Perfect Hope ,written by beloved pastor and bestselling author Dr. Charles Stanley, will help you seek Jesus first and realize the joy and peace of resting in Him. This yearlong devotional offers a new perspective on life and will instill you with hope.   By diving into daily content that points to Jesus, you will begin to understand what it means to have hope in Christ. When Jesus is first and Jesus is all, earthly troubles begin to pale in comparison. Jesus, Our Perfect Hope reminds us that

Preparing Your Heart for Marriage by Gary Thomas {Book Review}

Title : Preparing Your Heart for Marriage Author : Gary Thomas Age : Adult Genres : Christian Lifestyle, Devotions Publication Date : November 6, 2018 Publisher : Thomas Nelson Source : Hardcover Purchase : Hardcover | Kindle | Audible | B&N | ChristianBook Synopsis : The wedding is planned, but are you spiritually prepared for your wedding day? Trusted relationship author Gary Thomas coaches engaged couples on how to grow closer to the Lord in the days leading up to the wedding as a means of preparing them for all the days after the wedding.  Engagement is bursting with promise, hope, joy, and anticipation of all kinds. It can also be one of the busiest times your life. For some, planning a wedding, with all the decisions involved, can feel less like the onset of marriage and more like a long to-do list. Amidst the busyness, this devotional is designed to help you think through the spiritual priorities and challenges that lie ahead in order to grow an o

Lies Young Women Believe by Nancy Wolgemuth & Dannah Gresh {Updated Book Review}

**This is an updated review. Check out my previous review of this book! Title : Lies Young Women Believe Author : Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth & Dannah Gresh Age : Teens, Young Adult Genres : Christian Living, Teen Issues, Non-Fiction Publication Date : February 6, 2018 Publisher : Moody Publishers Source : Paperback Purchase :  Amazon  |  Kindle  |  B&N  |  ChristianBook  |  LifeWay Synopsis : You have been lied to! Have you been deceived? Through a nationwide survey and in-depth discussion groups, Nancy and Dannah have listened carefully to the heart of your generation. And here are some things they’ve heard:   “I know God should be the only thing that satisfies, but if it could be Him and my friends, then I could be happy.”  "It seems like I have been struggling with depression forever. I always feel like I am not good enough.”  “I tell myself that I don’t really listen to the song lyrics, but once I hear a song a few times and start thinking ab