|Posted by bloomingwithbooks on September 10, 2013 at 12:00 AM||comments (0)|
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Runabouts is a story about friends having fun together, as well as dealing with unpleasant situations. Sunny is a very good friend and tries to make sure that his friends are not taken advantage of by bullies. He also shows us how we can make choices for our own behavior even if others don't want to change their behavior. Sunny could leave Sharky stuck in the mud or he could choose to help him. What would you do? Enjoy the fun of zooming through the water and feeling the water spray over your face. I hope it will make you anxious to enjoy the water and warm weather just like Sunny.
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|Posted by bloomingwithbooks on April 4, 2013 at 9:45 PM||comments (0)|
The Restoration Series #1
By Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley
For 27 years Jim Anderson thought he had the perfect marriage, but he is about to find out he was wrong! Marilyn has tried talking to Jim about the problems with their marriage, but he won't listen to anyone else so Marilyn does the only thing she can do - she leaves him.
The Dance is a journey to discover self and to save a marriage. Marilyn has lost who she is to her marriage and she takes this break to get a job, share an apartment with another Christian woman, and to go to a church where everything is not based on social status.
Jim can't understand why Marilyn would leave. He's given her everything that she could want - a beautiful house, social status, a nice car, expensive clothes - what could she possibly be unhappy about. Jim's first thought is that she must be seeing someone else. But his children especially Michelle and Doug disagree and mention that their mother has been unhappy for awhile.
A chance encounter with an older woman is about to change both Jim and Marilyn's lives if they will open their hearts and overcome their fears - fears that have controlled their marriage from the very beginning. It all started with a dance that never took place. Can another dance restore what could have been? Jim and Marilyn are about to find out that second chances are possible with God's help and a willing heart.
In a word WOW! The Dance should be required reading for everyone over the age of 15 and it should be part of every family library. People who like Fire Proof or Courageous will be equally impressed with The Dance if not more so.
I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Available April 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
|Posted by bloomingwithbooks on March 18, 2013 at 1:30 AM||comments (0)|
When Donkeys Talk
By Tyler Blanski
Have you wondered why donkeys don't talk and miracles are a thing of the past? Maybe donkeys still talk but unlike Balaam, who couldn't see what was before him, our ears are closed to God and His word to us.
We have thrown God out and replaced Him with science, what was once theory we now embrace as fact and the all governing law of the universe. We have shoved God into a small box of Sunday entertainment, not realizing that we, ourselves, have in fact crawled into the box and pulled it shut behind us. We live in doubt of God's abilities and instead trust in our abilities because we have divorced God from science and science has become our religion of discovery and our exultation of self. We no longer seek after the Glory of God but rather we are on a quest for possessions and accolades. We have become the wolves in sheep's clothing - secularists parading as Christians with hearts hardened against God. We've turned Church into a big business selling soul-insurance.
We've removed the wonder and the supernatural from the world around us, thus limiting our understanding of God's creation to facts and laws that are without personality. Creation is the embodiment of God's words and His voice has given speech to donkeys, won't you open your eyes and ears and receive the wonder of God into your heart? We need to turn from the revolution of materialistic individualism and return to the renaissance of wonder and awe of God. We must forsake the worship of me, myself, and I and return to our first love and enter into the eternal body of Jesus and HIS Church.
To truly have an intimate relationship with our Lord and Savior we must die by a Baptism of water and die to self. To hear donkeys talk we must return to the innocence of childlike wonder of the world around us. We must open our hearts and minds to belief in a Savior who created us and the world around us and then placed Himself into His creation on our level and died for us.
When Donkeys Talk is a book I'd highly recommend to any and all believers who want to recapture the belief of the first believers. This book takes an honest look at where we've gone wrong and helps steer us back on the path to true joyous awe-filled worship. This is not a book that you just breeze through, it makes you stop and really think.
The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through BookSneeze.
|Posted by bloomingwithbooks on March 9, 2013 at 12:00 AM||comments (0)|
You're Made for a God-Sized Dream
Opening the Door to All God Has for You
By Holley Gerth
What is a God-sized dream? A God-sized dream is one that has been given to you by God. No dream is too big for God. They are compelling because through them we experience God's presence in our lives. Our dream draws us to our dream-giver.
God-given dreams take us out of our comfort zone by stretching out faith. But when fear comes do we embrace our dream or do we do we run from it? With God's help we can tame our fear so that it works for our dreams good by warning us to real dangers and it can energize us and grow our faith.
God-sized dreams are work but they are also meant to bring us joy. If your dream doesn't bring you joy your motivations may be the problem. If we seek our own glory or trying to win love our dream will bring us feelings of desperation, hopelessness, and frustration rather than joy and intimacy with God.
Though we may be tempted to throw away our present for the unknown future of our dream, this is not of God, God-sized dreams are faithful to everything even today. Don't be seduced by your dream! Keep your heart open and your actions faithful so that your very being is an encouragement to any who are watching you today.
When disillusionment comes don't give up God is always with you. There will never be a perfect time to begin your dream or you will be waiting forever. There will be times when things go wrong and we will have to go back and start over. But sometimes what seems wrong is in truth merely a matter of perspective.
Dreams aren't free so be sure you know it's cost before you begin and plan accordingly. Don't sabotage your dream by not planning. When it comes to your God-given dream always remember that God chose you and He called you. You are needed to do your part. No matter how small your dream it is God-sized and it will change the world even if it only a small, unnoticeable change and it will change you!
What's your God-sized dream? Embrace it today! You won't regret it.
I received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review, no expectations were placed on the this review.
Available March 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
|Posted by bloomingwithbooks on January 6, 2013 at 12:00 AM||comments (0)|
The Shadowed Onyx
~ A Diamond Estates Novel ~
By Nicole O'Dell
When 17 year old Joy Christianson's BFF Melanie commits suicide, Joy's life spirals out of control. When Joy is betrayed by her best friend and her boyfriend, she is hurt. But a life-long friendship is worth more than a boyfriend, so hours later Joy seeks out Melanie only to discover her friend has ended her life because of remorse.
As Joy struggles to come to terms with Melanie's death she begins dabbling various aspects of occultism and witchcraft. As Joy goes against her beliefs in her attempts to contact Melanie her friends and family are left wondering what happened to the once happy joyful young woman.
But as Joy goes further into the spiritual as searches for peace she takes a spirit guide who may cost her her very soul and lead her down the same path as Melanie. Diamond Estates is Joy's last hope but only is she can admit the danger she is in and will call upon the Lord.
Whenever Joy tries to turn from the path she is on something happens that convinces her that she will never escape. Death is following her every move, can she embrace the gift of eternal life that is before her?
The Shadowed Onyx deals with the issue of suicide in a thoughtful way and it looks at the ramifications on those that are left to deal with the loss. This title also looks at the powerful draw Satanic worship has on those who are searching for answers. But most important is the power of the cross and sincere heartfelt prayer of both the seeker and the believer.
The Shadowed Onyx would be an excellent addition to any library and an excellent conversation starter between parents and children when dealing with these sensitive issues.
I was provided a copy of this title by the publisher for the purpose of this review.
Bio: Nicole O'Dell, founder of Choose NOW Ministries and host of Choose NOW Radio: Parent Talk and Teen Talk, is a youth culture expert who writes and speaks to preteens, teenagers, and parents on preparing for life's tough choices. The mother of six, including toddler triplets, she’s author of YA fiction, including the popular Scenarios for Girls interactive fiction series and the Diamond Estates Series, and non-fiction for teens including Girl Talk, 2/1/12, based on the popular advice column she writes with her two daughters. Hot Buttons, O’Dell’s non-fiction series for parents, pre-empts peer pressure by tackling tough issues and was recently endorsed by Focus on the Family. Visit www.nicoleodell.com for access to her bustling blog network and other resources.
Book Blurb: At age seventeen, Joy Christianson is the life of the party. That is, until her best friend commits suicide. Joy’s already wavering faith slips completely out of her reach; darkness sets in, and her smile fades. Her “friends” lead her to the Onxy, meant to help her let go of the past and bring her into harmony with reality. Joy embarks on a dark journey of witchcraft. Eventually, afraid of letting the depression and evil take root, Joy decides to seek help in the haven of Diamond Estates—and try to reclaim the Joy she once knew.
Diamond Estates. Three girls are on a journey to find hope and healing. Each coming to Diamond Estates seeking solace… Each with her own unique set of struggles… And each capturing hearts and challenging the faith of teen girls.
|Posted by bloomingwithbooks on November 9, 2012 at 12:00 AM||comments (0)|
Letting Go of Your Try-hard Life
By Emily P. Freeman
Graceful is written for young woman who are trying to be what is expected of them. These expectations can take the form of a certain attitude, behavior, grades - basically any outward visible behavior. But who are you really. What matters is your heart and your relationship with God.
Emily takes us on a journey - the life journey of the Good Girl and her attempt to be everything to everybody. She gives us pointers on how to take a step back and determine what is really important in our lives.
We learn that no matter how hard we try we can never be perfect. There is only one perfect being in the universe and He doesn't expect us to perform for Him because He knows us and He still loves us. All the rules in the world can't and won't make us perfect. A 4.0 grade point average won't make us perfect. The best clothes, perfect skin, popularity none of it matters to God. God sees and knows our heart and it is our love for Him and His for us that washes us clean and makes us perfect in His eyes.
We must learn to ignore the voices inside us that tell us we can never measure up that we need to perform before God can accept us. The voice we need to listen to is God's and only God's.
Is the stress of trying to live up to others expectations weighing you down? If your answer is yes read Graceful you just may find yourself looking at your life from an entirely different perspective - God's!
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review, all opinions expressed are my own.
Available September 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
|Posted by bloomingwithbooks on October 7, 2012 at 2:55 PM||comments (0)|
More Than We Deserve Greater Than We Imagine
By Max Lucado
Grace is God's greatest work and He is giving it to us. But what is Grace? Grace is God replacing our dying diseased filled heart with His heart. When we are accused by the world and by ourself we feel the fiery wrath of condemnation, but Jesus gave up everything for me to free me from the punishment of condemnation.
But forgiveness does not eliminate guilt because guilt can be the catalyst that makes us want to change. Satan's guilt enslaves while God's guilt frees. God punishes my sin while forgiving me the sinner.
While God already knows all my sins I need to confess to Him, this is the evidence of my trust in His grace.
God wants us to be His children, He chose us and wants to give us His name. He loves us and we don't have to earn it. God's love and His salvation is not performance based. It is a gift, the "perfect personal gift" - Grace.
At the end of the book is a reader's guide by Kate Etue. There are 12 studies on for each chapter so that the reader might delve deeper into the different aspects of grace. There are additional Bible verses and review questions about grace.
GRACE is perfect for personal, family, or group study. The meat of the book is 151 pages with an additional 50 pages for the reader's guide. Grace will be a true blessing to your heart as you come to further understand this gift from God that will reshape your life.
I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255
|Posted by bloomingwithbooks on October 4, 2012 at 6:35 PM||comments (0)|
Everything the Bible Says About Prayer
Compiled by Keith Wall
Series Editor Andy McGuire
What is prayer? Such a simple question can be disconcerting when it is put to you. This small book will help you to answer this question and others you may have about prayer.
Prayer is in essence talking and listening to God. In the words of Phillips Brooks prayer is "a wish turned Godward."
We are to come before God with the boldness of a child and tell God the desire of our heart. We are to be like those who sought healing from Jesus - we need to know what we want and tell Him, making sure we are heard. But prayer is more than just boldness we must also have humility in our requests.
Prayer can't be an occasional act but rather a daily part of our life. Prayer is not merely a way to pass the time of day, but a time of private communion and fellowship with God. When we pray we are to pray for a return to righteousness and salvation for all, including our enemies.
Also included in Everything the Bible Says About Prayer are examples of prayers found throughout the Bible. In the appendix is a commentary by Classic Christian Writers and their thoughts on prayer.
At just 126 pages Everything the Bible Says About Prayer delivers a lot of information for those seeking knowledge about prayer. Scripture from 11 different versions of the Bible is cited throughout.
I received a copy of this book from Bethany House for the purpose of this review and all opinions expressed are my own.
|Posted by bloomingwithbooks on August 20, 2012 at 11:00 PM||comments (0)|
The Bride's Bible
God's Word for Your Wedding Day
King James Version
Before you say, "Another Bible???" Yes, this Bible has many of the same features found in other Bibles. It is the complete Bible with a 52 page Concordance, 10 Full Color Maps of Biblical regions, and the words of Jesus in red. The Bible is approximately 4-1/2" x 7" x 3/4" and about 860 pages. It is a compact size perfect to take with you everywhere so that you always have the Word of God close at hand.
The cover image is enhanced to show the detail, it is creamy white on creamy white. The page leaf is metallic silver and the ribbon page marker is cream colored. The presentation page is setup so that it is presented to the bride on the day of her marriage. There are places for 5 wedding photos and wishes from members of the wedding party. These pages are edges by a portion of the Bible's cover image.
The Bible arrives in a box that will make it easy to wrap and give as a gift. This Bible would be perfect for the something new to carry done the aisle and could be the something old and borrowed for your daughter to carry with her years from now.
I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
|Posted by bloomingwithbooks on August 19, 2012 at 9:00 PM||comments (0)|
A Heart on Fire
by Charles J Chaput
In the modern world freedom of press and of speech demands immunity from censorship and control. But in the last 60 years freedom of thought and expression has slowly been eroding in the world of journalism. Opposing thoughts are silenced so that the accepted truth is never challenged.
Journalism is a profession of knowledge, but today many in the profession have a disdain and lack of understanding about religion and the core values of life. When we openly accept whatever journalism states without skepticism we risk undermining our public lives and our nation's political landscape.
Everyone should read Pilgrim's Progress and “The Celestial Railroad” to get a look at the divide that now separates the American nation.
The guiding principles on which America was founded are not readily found throughout the world and could at any time be taken away. Unless we live out our principles our rights are in danger of dying away. Religious freedom is our foremost right as it provides a grounding element in all our other rights. Culture is spiritual because culture is an outpouring of the soul.
Modern American society has lost its soul in the pursuit of materialism and pleasure according to Father John Courtney Murray in 1940. But the American nation was never a Christian nation, but the people had beliefs and values that were based on Christianity. But when a people lose their foundational beliefs “they are unable to make tough moral decisions.” America has become a nation of “galley slaves to pleasure”. America of today has been there since the founding, but these tendencies were tempered by Christians who lived their faith and were changed by it. Today the Church has become lukewarm in its faith in an effort to fit into the world.
Though politics is important the Christian must realize that the main focus and purpose of their life is to love Jesus and to act on our belief so that it is evident in our lives. Ask yourself what do you believe? Remember that this world is not your goal but rather our goal is our final home and our celestial citizenship. When this is your focus your life will be a living testimony of faith.
A Heart on Fire is a thought provoking look at America.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.