Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Book Review: Made For A Purpose

Credit: Amazon
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!



Excerpt:
He made the beaver with long teeth, that grow super fast so hey 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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Friday, October 21, 2016

Five Minute Friday: Park

I am joining in on Five Minute Friday again this week.
The prompt for writing this week is the word PARK.

Go!

On Friday's we have prayer service from 8p-12a.  It has been such a blessing to get together with my brothers and sisters for uninterrupted prayer time.

I live in NYC...and therefore we park our car on the street.  By the time we get home it is about 1:30am and have found a parking spot at times at almost 4:00 in the morning!

My husband has to be at work at 6:00am and my toddler wakes up at about 7.

Is it worth it?  Yes!

Am I tired on Saturday's? Yes!

But prayer is so very important.

It is the source of my strength and the beautiful time spent in prayer in the presence of God is so worth it!

Stop.
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Friday, October 14, 2016

Flive Minute Friday: Mail

My daughter recently started receiving mail. Lovely and encouraging notes from her older cousin (they are about 4 years apart).  I think it is so thoughtful that she takes the time to write to my little one and decorate the letters and envelopes with such love.

Now, the circle of writers has widened.  The children in my church, who are of writing age,  correspond with one another.  They write darling heart-felt notes and leave them for one another in the church "mailboxes".

God has such lovely ways to let us know He is thinking of us...
Seeing this God inspired gesture in action is incredibly rewarding to this mama's heart.

Seeing the kindness and love they are extending towards my little one is overwhelming...

Do a kind gesture for someone today...it may have an eternal impact on them.

God bless you all.


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Monday, October 3, 2016

Bring It. Share It. Live It.

*Don't forget to mark your calendars to celebrate religious freedom with other students across the U.S. on October 6—Bring Your Bible to School Day! Students from kindergarten to college will be bringing their Bibles to school and sharing God with their friends in just a few short weeks. Sign up to be a part of the movement to protect religious freedom for future generations.




You can head over to Bring Your Bible website and check out all the great resources on how defend your constitutional right to bring your Bible to school.  as well as print our posters and stickers to share with classmates.

Step out in faith and join others nationwide and stand boldly for the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

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*excerpt taken from www.bringyourbible.org
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Thursday, September 29, 2016

It is Over...

Summer that is! With fall right at my doorstep and the weather quickly descending here in NYC, fall is evident.

The days are a bit greyed and proving to be shorter and I love it.  I love the crisp air and look forward to the foliage changing to the beautiful Autumn hues.

I enjoy seeing the work of my Lord's hands. So much thought...so much detail in every aspect of it all.  Such beauty...if you care to really see.

So, enjoy!  Enjoy all that fall has to offer.  Sip the pumpkin spice lattes (which my sister says are delicious...haven't tried one myself but sure will!), light a pumpkin cinnamon candle (my favorite is the BBW one), and sit back and remember the Lord's kindness and goodness.  Remember that His mercies are new every morning.  What a comfort to know that He is always with us no matter the season of the year and whatever season of our life we may find ourelves in. His love is there...available to us ALL!

Remember to take hold of Jesus' perfect love today!

In Christ,
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Monday, September 12, 2016

Book Review: Raising a Young Modern-Day Princess

Raising a Young Modern-Day Princess is an excellent new resource for parents by Focus on The Family.  Many of you may be familiar with their ministry and their heart to unify and edify families in Christ through the teaching of Biblical principles.

This book caught my attention as I have three daughters which I have always called...my princesses.  It is great to have this tool to be able to continue to show me how to cultivate our Father's love for each of them.  This book is chock full of insights and activities that will draw their hearts closer to God's heart for each of them.

This book is co-authored by Doreen Hanna and Karen Whiting.  I did find it a bit inconvenient to keep track of when each author was writing what...since every paragraph or two they were taking turns.  I would loose track as to who I was reading and trying to remember, "Oh, yes, this is the mom with two daughters" then  a few paragraphs later, "This is the mom with 5 children".  There was a bit of keeping track I had to do.

The premise of this book is to lovingly guide your daughter through the nine fruit of the Spirit and teaching them how to develop their character through Godly principles. There are over 100 activities and creative ideas listed throughout the book in order to develop the fruit of the Spirit.

There are so many teachable moments for parents throughout this book.  Ideas are provided on how to cultivate empathy, fostering self-respect, being a loving friend, etc.

The authors encourage father's throughout the book to be actively involved in their daughter's character building.  I absolutely agree and love the idea of a daddy daughter date.  The role of a father in the life of his daughter is so precious and valuable.  A father's role will have such an impact on his little girl's life and heart long after she is no longer a little girl and long into womanhood.  No one can ever replace that relationship and it is so important that mother's are encouraging that relationship and offering opportunities for daddy and daughter time.

This is a great resource geared towards mother's of young girls but the theme and premise of the book can be used for daughter's of any age.

Great resource for mother's and father's alike!

Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.
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Monday, August 15, 2016

Bible Review: Hidden In My Heart - Scripture Memory Bible

"I have hidden Your Word in my heart that I may not sin against You," Psalm 119:11 is the verse that this New Living Translation Bible is based upon.  Hidden In My Heart Bible is a new Bible presented by Tyndale Publishers.  This Bible encourages young readers to memorize Scripture which allows them to store in their hearts the priceless treasure of God's Word.  It has been such a blessing in my life to be able to pray Scripture and to declare the truth of God's Word over and over.

This Bible contains so many wonderful resources to get the reader immediately immersed into the word of God.  Some of the extras are:

* Code for 100 FREE downloadable songs which have been set to music by children’s author and song writer Stephen Elkins. The 100 songs include a variety of genres and are available in the New Living Translation, New International Version, and King James Version

* It gives three translations of the 100 core verses in the NLT, NIV and KJV! (I love this feature as you can reference the three versions at once)

* Practical Notes help the reader to apply the Biblical situations to everyday life situations

* 100 Hide it Helpers that provides ways to help with memorizing and apply God's Word

* Core 100 Digging Deeper gives additional insights to the memorization passages of Scripture 


This is Bible has been so well thought out!  This Bible is a soft cover edition that comes in a book sleeve to give it a bit more protection as you take it along with you.  I love how it includes so many additional resources that gives the reader the opportunity to dig deeper into Scripture.

This would make a great first Bible for anyone at any age.  It promotes and presents a clear outline for hiding God's Word in our hearts so that we may not sin against God.

I received this book free from the Tyndale House Publishers. 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 Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255

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Friday, July 29, 2016

Book Review (Two in One): How Do I Love Thee? & Sweet Child of Mine

How Do I Love Thee? is a devotional journal for wives by Jennifer Flanders.  The purpose of this devotional journal is to jot down, color, or even paste special mementos as a tender reminder of the marriage and husband the Lord has blessed you with.

This journal is 218 pages and a great size to be able to record meaningful memories.  On just about every page there is a Scripture included which is fantastic to be able to relate the specific writing prompt to.  The illustrations are Victorian in style and are ready to color in for yourself.

There is an introduction from the author to get the user on her way to record special memories and there are sixteen different writing prompts that include:

                            God's Plan For Marriage
                            Life Before Marriage
                            Engagement
                            Working Together
                            Cultivating Oneness
                            Growing Together

There are so many extras included in this journal such as a list of qualities of a virtuous women with an accompanying word search puzzle, a specific prayer just for your husband, and a spot to jot down your blessings.

This journal would be a great gift to a bride-to-be or a new bride.  I think, once filled out, it would also be a beautiful personalized journal to hand down to your own children.

I also received for review, Sweet Child of Mine.  This is a devotional journal for mothers.  This journal is in the same style as How Do I Love Thee?.  Right along with the Victorian styled illustrations with plenty to color in (especially with adult coloring books being in high demand now), a Scripture with motherhood and children in mind, and easy writing prompts makes for a great keepsake.

I love that there are specific prayers to pray over your children.  I think that is a great resource especially for new mothers.

There are twelve sections to record priceless memories such as:

                              Labor and Delivery
                              Child Training
                              Hopes and Prayers
                              Learning and Growing
                              Precious Memories

Going to a baby shower soon?  Know a soon-to-be mommy?  This would make such a sweet gift so both mom and dad can record those special moments that will last for years to come.


About the Author:

Jennifer Flanders is a wife, homeschool momma to twelve children and an author.  She shares her passion to see marriages imitate the sacrificial love Jesus Christ has for His Church on her blogs FlandersFamily.info and LovingLifeatHome.com.  She has great resources on her blog for cultivating and disciplining yourself for prayer for your marriage and your children.

Disclosure of Material: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the BookCrash.com book review program, which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR Title 16, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Book Review: NKJV Teen Study Bible

The New King James Version Teen Study Bible is an amazing resource for teenagers who desire to draw nearer to the Lord through the Scriptures.

This Teen Study Bible is chock full of information that will provide  to the reader.

A notable feature would be the Q&A sections found throughout.  It asks questions to test your knowledge of the Bible.

For example:
Q: Why do people think Isaiah 14:13-17 is about Satan? Bonus: What was Satan's sin?
A: He's called Lucifer "morning star" and he fell from Heaven (14:13). Bonus: He wanted to be greater than God.
Other great features include:
Panorama: To help keep the big picture of each book of the Bible in view
Bible Promises: This feature highlights some of the promises of God for our lives
Book Introductions: Provides an overview for each of the 66 books of the Bible and outlines key events that happened
Dear Jordan: Answers questions on how the Word of God is relevant for today

My only negative comment on this Bible is that it includes the Apostle's Creed, which is a statement derived from the Catholic Church and is not found in the Scriptures.  There is a section throughout the Bible that is called "We Believe".  It provides a breakdown of the Apostle's Creed and their belief of it. I prefer to not have this information included in the Word of God.
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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Book Review: Paul Meets Jesus


ZonderKidz, I Can Read, series of books in conjunction with the best selling Adventure Bible has published the story Paul Meets Jesus.


In this paperback, of about 32 pages, gives us the narrative of the Apostle Paul.  From his persecution of the Church, his miraculous encounter with Jesus Himself and his travels this book gives a child a good indicative of who Paul was and his calling of taking God's Word to the nations.  Children will get to know the Apostle Paul through this short story

The illustrations are true to the Adventure Bible series.  The colors are brilliant and very captivating.  My 6 year old daughter's attention is immediately drawn to the colorful images and she even mentioned the name tag Paul was wearing on page 20.  She loved the look of Paul's grin.

Books in this series will help guide your children's spiritual development by exposing them to stories of Biblical relevance.  It is so important that our children are not caught up in fairy-tale type stories but rather are exposed to true accounts of brave men and women who left it all behind and denied themselves to follow Jesus.

In this age, when it is so common to see parents handing their children tablets and other electronic devices to distract their children, I definitely encourage parents to invest in these types of readers.  It is worth every penny and you would be sowing in your children's hearts love for God's Word!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> 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 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Tyndale Rewards Program

Have you heard of the Tyndale Rewards program?  I was introduced to the program by a young lady from my church.  I was so glad to find out about this program that rewards you with points by completing surveys, subscribing to their newsletters, and other simple tasks.

You have probably already heard of Tyndale Publishing.  Their corporate purpose* is to minister to the spiritual needs of people, primarily through literature consistent with Biblical principles. Yes! I can definitely get behind a company that there purpose is to expose and point other towards Jesus Christ.

By the time I wanted to redeem my points, I noticed they were offering the Chronological Life Application Study Bible KJV.  I was looking to purchase this study Bible was overly excited when I saw the Tyndale Rewards Program was offering it for 300 points.


It is a beautiful full color Bible with articles, maps, a dictionary and a summary of each book of the Bible, and many more interesting extras.




























This bible retails about $38.20 on Amazon.  However, through this FREE program I was able to get it FREE!!

If you would like to start earning points in order to redeem them for FREE Bibles, devotionals, they usually offer a variety of children books as well as books for teens, and family friendly audios please use my link to sign up and you will receive 25 FREE points.

Have a blessed day!

*(as listed on their website)

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Book Review: Elijah, God's Mighty Prophet

ZonderKidz has recently published another great Bible themed book in the Adventure Bible series. Elijah, God's Mighty Prophet is an I Can Read Level 2 book.  It is geared toward developing readers.


My 6 year old daughter is loving the Adventure Bible storybooks.  She owns a few titles and enjoys reading them over and over again.  

The story of Elijah the prophet is written in a way that children will be able to understand the message of God to His people.  I love that this book includes the story of the widow in Zarephath.  It provides an opportunity for parents to instruct their children on how the widow giving the very last of what she had to God's messenger....the Lord provided for her in times of the great drought that was over the land. 

The beautiful illustrations are by David Miles. My daughter enjoys seeing the bright and colorful characters depicted in each page.  The facial expressions and gestures are right on target with what is going on in the story.  The images are captivating.

Overall, I highly recommend this series of books to parents.  The stories provide a great learning resource for children.  A set of these books would make an awesome gift as well! 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> 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 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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