Shaken by Tim Tebow Review

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Description: First, he was a beloved college football champion, Heisman trophy winner, media sensation, and best-selling author drafted in the first round of the 2010 Draft. Then he had a miracle playoff run with the Denver Broncos before being traded to the New York Jets. After one season he was cut by New York. Next he was signed by the New England Patriots then let go after training camp—a scenario that repeated itself the following summer with the Philadelphia Eagles. Tim Tebow has achieved big victories and plunged the depths of failure, all while never letting go of his faith, even in the face of doubt and disappointment. In Shaken he explains why neither the highs nor the lows of his life can define him—and he reveals how you, too, can find confidence in your identity and know who you are. In revealing passages, Tebow pulls back the curtain on his life, sharing the vulnerable moments of his career that have shaken him to his core—while also teaching the biblical principles that will enable you to keep the faith, no matter what comes your way.

My Thoughts: I have never been a fan of football, despite living in “Steeler Country” and having a husband who bleeds black and gold. That being said, Tim Tebow was one football player that I took notice of right away. He came onto the scene outspoken about his faith and was taunted and criticized for it at every turn. I was a bit wary at first (as I often am when people state that they are Christians) because fame and the enemy can really destroy their testimony, but Tim stood firm in his beliefs and showed over time that he is a man of integrity who puts Christ above ALL else.

This book talks about his career in football, his rejections, but also the many ways he’s served the Lord. I was very inspired by his story and I can see that God is using him in a great way. The end of the book has an invitation for salvation and I pray that many people will come to Christ through this.

The stories are told in a very interesting way, and it read very quickly. This would make a great gift for teenage boys and men as it talks a lot about sports but also delves into much more.

Tim is a great example of being a light in the darkness and I would highly recommend this book.

My Rating: 5 stars

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Girl Talk: 52 Weekly Devotions by Lois Walfrid Johnson

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Description: As you grow up, a lot of new, sometimes strange, things start to happen, and it can be overwhelming. You have new responsibilities, new opportunities, and a whole new set of problems, and sometimes it can feel like no one but you can understand what it’s like to be you.

You’re not alone. This one-year devotional is filled with stories about girls who feel just like you. As you read their stories each week and fill in questions about how you think each girl should react, you’ll learn new ways to deal with the pressures around you, embrace the opportunities God has given you, and make choices that give you the opportunity to dream. Through prayer and journal exercises, you’ll also discover there is someone out there who knows exactly how you feel. And he’s more than ready to listen.

My Thoughts: When I was about 10 years old, I had a devotional called Angel in my Attic by Mary Lou Carney…it was my favorite devotional because it was so relevant to my life.The main character was facing a lot of the same issues that I was facing and I read it at least 5 times during my middle school/ Junior High years.  Now that I am the mother of a 10 year old young lady, I have been in search of a devotional that will help her through these moments of growing up. Girl Talk is just what I was looking for.

Each week begins with a story, focusing on a different issue and then there are questions for each day following that relate to the story. There is also scripture attached to the story and a prayer at the end. Some of the topics covered are shoplifting, materialism, modesty, greed, self-respect, and telling the truth.

The stories are interesting and relevant to what young girls face today. This will make a great devotional for those girls who are struggling to be in the world but not of the world. I highly recommend it for girls ages 10-15.

My Rating: 5 stars

I received this book from Booklookk Bloggers for an honest review.

 

J. Warner Wallace and Susie Wallace’s ‘Cold-Case Christianity for Kids’ Blog Tour and Giveaway

ccAt the crucial age between 8 and 12, many kids begin to wonder if Christianity and the Bible are true. Help your kids become truth-seeking detectives with the help of J. Warner and Susie Wallace’s Cold-Case Christianity for Kids. Detective Wallace gets kids excited about testing witnesses, examining the evidence, and investigating the case for Christianity. The book includes author illustrations and links to a website where kids can download activities, fill in case notes, and earn a certificate of merit.

My Thoughts: This book really made digging into the evidence of Christianity fun. My daughter and I read it together and she really enjoyed the illustrations and the way the story was presented. More importantly, it equips kids with answers to questions that may arise regarding Christianity. This would make great curriculum for a Sunday School class, it even includes a certificate of completion at the end of the book and a website with downloadable fill in activity sheets and videos for each chapter.

Knowing why we believe what we believe is crucial, and learning this at a young age is very important. This book really fosters that knowledge in a fun way. I highly recommend it!

My Rating: 5 stars

I received this complimentary from the Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

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Counterfeit Comforts by Robia Scott Review

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Description: How do we overcome what we are being overcome by–whether depression, anxiety, overeating, a negative view of ourselves or any other stronghold–in order to experience the freedom that is available to us in Christ?

When the pressures of life become overwhelming, we often find ourselves turning to food, shopping, alcohol, television or whatever our “counterfeit” might be in search of the relief, release and peace we are longing for. These choices are not necessarily bad, but the satisfaction is merely temporary. Before we know it, we can find ourselves enslaved by addictive and destructive behaviors, but there is a way out.
With grace and warmth, author Robia Scott shows how true healing and lasting satisfaction can be found only as we learn to transfer our dependence from counterfeit comforts onto our one true Comforter: the Holy Spirit. Drawing from the experience of battling her own counterfeits–primarily her tumultuous relationship with food and obsession with dieting, weight and body image–Robia leads you step by step through the process of transformation. It is through learning how to experience and connect with the Person, the presence and the power of God that we discover who we truly are, and acquire freedom to live the life of purpose that we were created for.

My Thoughts: I don’t read a lot of non-fiction because it’s not something I find as enjoyable as fiction but this book really appealed to me. The idea of finding comfort in the wrong places is something I’ve personally struggled with for as long as I can remember. As a Christian, I am called to look to God as my source of comfort but there are so many times that I avoid His open arms. There’s so much out there in the world to distract us and bring that temporary comfort that it’s easy to go for the quick rush instead of seeking the never ending rich fulfillment that is only found in God.

This book covers many important areas for Christians and with each point the author uses scripture to back what she’s saying. I found this book to be extremely helpful and relateable and is one that I will revisit in the future. The writing style was very easy and it was very quick to get through.

My favorite chapter is about pitfalls and how the enemy uses them to keep us from God.

Overall, I thought this book was great, it was extremely relevant and definitely worth a read!

My Rating: 5 stars

I received this book from Baker Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review.

Extraordinary Ordinary Moments by Jorey Hurley Review

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Description: A journal for appreciating the beautiful, the quirky, the surprising, and the overlooked. Throughout the hustle and bustle every day, we must remember to slow down, unplug, and take in our surroundings. Illustrator Jorey Hurley has made the quest for mindfulness easy. Her gentle prompts, paired with bright but delicate illustrations, will encourage you to reflect on those seemingly mundane moments and find what makes them worthy of holding on to. Maybe your watermelon at breakfast was perfectly crisp, or the brake lights of traffic formed a beautiful pattern. Each page offers a new opportunity to jot down a story, paste in a picture, or doodle something from your imagination. As the days go by, you’ll discover how this one small ritual will put you more in tune with yourself and the world around you.

My Thoughts: The concept of this book is great, it teaches you to look for the extraordinary in the ordinary, to find beauty in every day. The illustrations are very whimsical and fun. I was surprised by how big this book was, it could be used for several years…it would be so much fun to revisit many years in the future. I am planning on dating each entry and using it as a journal of sorts. It allows for a lot of creativity, there is a small prompt on each page with an illustration and you could journal, doodle, or even add things to the book.

Some of the prompts are “something you put away”, “a villain”, “something that made you laugh”, “a gadget you love”, ” an annoyance”.

My only problem with this book is that I think it could be very time consuming to find an appropriate page for each day (I plan on skipping around, if you go through it in order it wouldn’t be a problem). Over time, the book would become more familiar and easier to search through but at first I could see this being a bit frustrating to me. Other than that I have no complaints, it’s a beautiful book and would make a great gift.

My Rating: 5 stars

I received this from Blogging for books in exchange for an honest review.

Prayers and Answered Prayers by Thomas Nelson Review

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Description: With its two-in-one format, kids will have the chance to write down their prayers and thanks and then record how God answers their prayers as well. With examples of the great prayers throughout the Bible, many Scripture verses, guided prompts for children to grow more comfortable in their prayer lives, and ways to help them discover how their prayers were answered, this two-books-in-one format will be a fun, attractive way to learn one of the most important pieces of faith—talking and listening to God.

Designed as a first prayer journal for young believers, the book features two smaller booklets in one bright, full coverage glitter cover.  Kids can write down prayer requests and then record how their prayers are answered inside.

Prayers and Answered Prayers engages children with prayer through an interactive, unique format that will draw the attention of parents and children alike!

My Thoughts: This is a very unique book, it’s actually 2 books that you can keep in a clear folder or take them out and use them separately.  The design is very appealing to young girls (according to my 10 year old daughter, who loves it). The clear folder is decorated with colored flowers and each book is glittery and the pages inside are very colorful.

I originally expected this to be a blank journal for writing down prayers and answers to prayers but it’s so much more than that…each book is filled with prompts that cause you to reflect on prayer and blessings. They also include fun things that young girls would just enjoy, such as circling the female Biblical name that they would like to have the most or writing your most embarrassing moment or worst habit.

Overall, this book thoroughly impressed me and exceeded my expectations, I highly recommend it for girls ages 8-12. I would have loved to have a book like this at that age.

My Rating: 5 stars

I received this book from Booklook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.

NKJV Study Bible Signature Series by Thomas Nelson Review

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Description: The NKJV Study Bible, Second Edition is the most comprehensive study Bible available! It has the most complete study system for pastors, teachers, or students who desire accurate study in God’s Word. Using the trusted New King James Version, The NKJV Study Bible has “the mind of a scholar and the heart of a pastor.” Thomas Nelson’s skilled team of scholars has produced the study system to reach for when accurate study in God’s Word is the goal.

Features include:
More than 15,000 verse-by-verse study notes
150 Bible times and culture notes
114 articles on key Bible doctrines
350 word studies with Strong’s numbers
“Christ in the Scriptures” feature
Topical index
Deluxe Nelson concordance
Full-color maps

My Thoughts: I have been on the search of a nice study Bible for several years. I have always hesitated to buy one because I wasn’t sure which one to get and never could find one that appealed to me. I was initially attracted to the cover of this Bible and then found the features to be what I was looking for.

The cover is very nice and would appeal to both men and women…it is turquoise and navy with white stitching. The edges of the pages are silver and there is a navy ribbon bookmark in the Bible. It’s a larger sized Bible, with over 2100 pages. It is fairly heavy, I was actually surprised at how heavy it was when I received it. It comes in a nice box and would make a perfect gift.

The Bible itself has tons of great information. Each page has study notes to go with each verse. There are also many useful diagrams and maps sprinkled throughout the book. The beginning of each book has an explanation of when the book was written, by who, and the purpose of the book. Each book also has a paragraph called “Christ in the Scriptures” which shows how the book relates, foreshadows, or eludes to Christ…I found this especially interesting in the books of the Old Testament.

If you are looking for a study Bible or a way to understand the Bible more, I highly recommend this one. It is beautiful but also extremely helpful in strengthening your walk with God.

My Rating: 5 stars

I received this from Booklook Bloggers. My opinions are my own.