Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Book Review: Praying For Girls

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Praying for Girls: Asking God For The Things They Need Most by Teri Lynne Underwood encourages mothers to approach the Throne of God boldly in prayer on behalf of their daughters.  The straightforward approach focuses on the need and the importance of prayer to stir moms up to pray effectively and confidently!

This book has so many resources.  At the end of each chapter their is a "Just for Moms" section, in which the author encourages moms to press on in hope, through personal life stories and relatable everyday occurrences.  The section titled "Girl Talk" focuses on a variety of activities for moms to do alongside their daughters such as doing arts & crafts with younger daughters or going out for smoothies with older daughters and discuss message from the chapter just read.

Teri Lynne has also included 200 Scripture based prayers to guide moms to pray for key areas in their daughter's lives such as:

                                     *Her Identity
                                     *Her Heart
                                     *Her Mind
                                     *Her Relationships
                                     *Her Purpose

It is so important to be lifting up a fervent and effectual prayers for our daughters.   The conviction that we have of the power of prayer moves us to draw closer to HIM.  This book was such an encouraging read and challenged me to pray.

I have visited Prayers For Girls website and it has a wealth of information and personal testimonies from praying moms.  Go check it out and sign up for their monthly prayer calendar!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Cross Focused Review for an independent and unbiased review.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Book Review: Made For A Purpose

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Made For A Purpose by Kristie Wilde is Book 1 from the Joyful Creation Series.

This book answers the questions that little children including my own ask.  When they see God's creation they sure do have lots of questions and aren't shy about asking them.

The author provided interesting facts about animals that you may leave you surprised!



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He made the beaver with long teeth, that grow super fast so they can chew down trees to build their houses!
He gave chipmunks stretchy pouches inside their mouths so they can carry more food at a time!

The author used watercolor illustrations to create beautiful images that are captivating.  Her attention to detail of the Lord's handiwork is simply charming.  The detail in the pictures of the animals kept my daughters 7 and 2 engaged.

My 7 year old read the book in one sitting and thoroughly enjoyed it.

I think this book would be a great gift for your inquisitive little ones!

I received this complimentary copy, from Book Crash, in exchange for my honest review

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Book Review: Pray A to Z

This is a great prayer resource to have in your prayer arsenal.  I loved that there are so many specific prayers to guide the new believer as well as the mature in the faith.

Pray A to Z by Amelia Rhodes is a book which topically organizes prayers in alphabetical order which makes this resource even easier to use.

Prayer is at times an unused weapon used by believers.  The enemy tries to discourage us from praying.  No more excuses with this book! It navigates you through a variety of prayers that will provoke your faith.  

There are model prayers to guide you through topics such as:

                   Adoption
                   Bulimia and other Eating Disorders
                   Court Cases
                   Dementia
                   Homeless
                   Infertility
                   Trafficking  
There is a Contents section that lists the prayer topics alphabetically as well as a scripture reference for each prayer.

This is a great guide to activate or re-activate your prayer life.  There is amazing power in prayer!
Be encouraged to believe in God's promises.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Book Review: 40 Days to a Joyful Motherhood


40 Days to a Joyful Motherhood by Sarah Humphrey is a personal collection of thoughts and meditations developed through her journey of motherhood with beautiful hand-drawn illustrations to color yourself.  Sarah Humphrey is the mother of three children. I love that her husband, David wrote the foreword to the book.  He shares how much he admires his wife dedication to the calling and acknowledges the certain qualities that only a mother and wife can provide.

Sarah is inviting mothers, whatever stage of motherhood they are in, to join in on finding healing and strength in spending alone and intimate time with Jesus.

This devotional includes 40 days of devotions focusing on 6 key topics of motherhood such as:
Self-acceptance
Self-Care
Reconciling with grief, hope and expectations
Generosity
Presence
Forgiveness

I love that some of the pages to color include verses from Scripture!

Day 1 was particularly touching to me and ministered me dearly as only the Lord can.
I will make of you a great nation and will bless you.
I will make your name respected, and your will be a blessing.
Genesis 12:2

In the devotion she points out the importance of mothers knowing their identity and allowing Jesus to lovingly guide us to the identity He has created for us.

As I am reading through the devotions, I color the adjoining page.  I do find that the quality of the pages themselves are not that thick.  I used a Sharpie fine tip marker and it bled through the page.  I then used Crayola colored pencils and it seems to work much better however, the color still peeked through.  Just something to note.

I do enjoy reading through the daily devotions and coloring along!

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