Epic Devotions Review

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Description

Epic Devotions: 52 Weeks in the Story that Changed the World is a graphic-novel inspired weekly devotional based on Epic: The Story that Changed the World. Each insightful devotion circles back to the one big story of Jesus and makes biblical events more relevant for today’s youth. The book features familiar yet reimagined art from the One Big Story brand that is perfect for engaging older kids and preteen readers.

My Thoughts

This epic devotion geared towards older children and pre-teens spans the entire length of the Bible, starting with the Creation story and ending in Revelation. There are 52 stories that can be read at once or over the period of a week (each story is 4 pages). The stories are told chronologically and have wonderful illustrations that really bring the stories to life.

One of my favorite things about this book is that it begins by sharing the story but then teaches a lesson about it and provides questions to think about and a verse to memorize for the week. Many children’s Bible story books that I’ve seen tend to lack the application and explanation part, which is very important. Another thing that I noted and really love is that there are places where the Old and New testament are woven together (with Abraham and Isaac, showing a foreshadowing to Christ).

This story is well done and very appealing to the younger crowd. I highly recommend it!

I received this book from the publisher to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

My Rating

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Be Loved by Emma Mae Jenkins Review

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Description

Emma Mae Jenkins, a young writer, has inspired many with the freedom she has to be herself–a dearly loved child of God. In her first book, Be Loved, she invites readers to join her on a journey of life-changing faith and the freedom that comes from knowing the love of God.

She chronicles her own high school journey through starting a new school, navigating the typical pressures of school work and sports, going to prom, and even homecoming. Emma Mae faced each new challenge with the confidence that God was with her and was going to make her uniquely useful in the place he had prepared for her.

For Emma Mae, it all starts with her relationship with Jesus. Because she knows she is loved by him, she is free to be herself and to live out her faith no matter what the cost. As a young, passionate, and intimate lover of Jesus, Emma Mae’s love for her Savior overflows unashamedly into her unconditional, fierce love for people.

Readers will experience the chain-breaking liberty of knowing the Lord’s presence and the freedom to be unique. This full-color, hardback book includes pictures from Emma Mae’s life, along with key Bible verses that God used to strengthen and guide her through the ups and downs of her high school years.

My Thoughts

My first impression of Emma Mae Jenkins is that she is a girl full of joy. Her smile truly lights up her face and she really “lets her light shine”. As a mom of a 13 year old girl, I’m always looking for positive role models in this warped world that we live in…I’m thankful that I found this young lady.

This book is extremely pre-teen/teen friendly…the end papers are full of vibrant colored flowers and each page of the book has photographs. This is a very fun book to read.

Although the book is formatted in a fun way, the content is anything but “fluff”. Emma shares about her high school experience and discusses ways to share God’s love, prayer, being yourself, and so much more.

This is a girl that lives for Christ and not people. I highly recommend this book for the teen and pre-teen girl in your life. They will love it!

I received this book from the publisher to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

My Rating

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Beautiful Word Coloring Bible for Girls Review and Giveaway

About the NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible for Girls

Created especially for girls ages 8 to 12, this beautiful Bible provides ample space for young artists to express themselves through coloring and journaling.

Girls can get creative with the detailed, ready-to-color line art surrounding the hundreds of inspiring verses in the NIV Beautiful Word™ Coloring Bible for Girls. This Bible is a perfect gift for a special young girl in your life and will become a cherished keepsake full of personalized creative expressions of faith.
Features include:

  • Hundreds of verses illustrated in ready-to-color line art
  • Thicker white paper for enduring note-taking
  • Lined, wide margins for notes, reflections and art
  • Complete text of the accurate, readable and clear New International Version (NIV)
  • Easy-to-read black letter text in single-column format
  • Lays flat in your hand or on your desk
  • Ribbon marker
  • Beautifully designed Leathersoft-over-board cover featuring screen-printing and other cover embellishments
  • 8-point type size

Using the accurate, readable, and clear New International Version (NIV) text makes the Bible accessible and easy-to-read for kids. The NIV is the result of over 50 years of work by the Committee on Bible Translation, who oversee the efforts of many contributing scholars. Representing the spectrum of evangelicalism, the translators come from a wide range of denominations and various countries and continually review new research to ensure the NIV remains at the forefront of accessibility, relevance, and authority. Every NIV Bible that is purchased helps Biblica translate and give Bibles to people in need around the world.

My Thoughts

This Bible is marketed “for girls”ages 8 and up but I am a 39 year old girl that absolutely loves it! The cover is hot pink with silver polka dots and the end papers are silver. The color combination is very pretty and girly (I love it!) There is also silver stitching around the cover of the Bible. The material is leathersoft and it seems like it will be very durable and hold up well to daily use.

The size is very nice…it’s easy to hold and not too large but also not too small (the text is easy to read and the coloring pages and margins are ample in size).

The Bible is full of beautiful illustrations of verses and pictures. The illustrations range from simple to more intricate. There are also many lined margins for notes and journaling by the owner of the Bible.

The pages are a decent thickness and would work well with colored pencils, watercolors, or gel-pens.

I am thoroughly impressed with this adorable Bible and look forward to spending many hours coloring the beautiful illustrations.

I received a copy of the NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible for Girls from Zondervan (HarperCollins Christian Publishing) for this review. This post is sponsored by Zondervan.

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She Prays by Debbie Lindell Review

Synopsis:

she praysOne of the most wonderful things about walking with God is that we can have an intimate and real relationship with him. He wants us to know him so well that we are comfortable talking to him about anything and everything. Yet, there are times when we feel disconnected and insecure. We desire to grow in prayer, but we don’t know where to begin, what to say, or how to listen for his voice.

In She Prays, Debbie Lindell invites you on a 31-day journey to experience a confident and conversational relationship with your heavenly Father. She shows you how to replace the pressure to perform in prayer with a faith-filled expectation–trusting that God is delighted with every conversation and every word we whisper to him. Her desire is that your soul will be transformed as your confidence in prayer grows, and that your faith will be strengthened as you see God work through your prayers in ways you never imagined possible.

My Thoughts

Prayer is something that I would guess most Christians would like to improve upon. I have always felt that my prayer life could use improvement so I was looking forward to this book.

The format is very convenient for busy women…broken down into 31 days, each entry only takes about 5-10 minutes to read. There is space at the end of each entry (with lines for writing) to write notes and the author includes a prompt of reflection for each day. Each day begins with a verse from the Bible, which is extremely important to me.

The lessons learned in this book are very helpful and impactful, yet very accessible. I highly recommend this to all ladies who are looking to improve their discussions with the Lord.

My Rating

4.5 stars

I received this book from the publisher to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Lies Girls Believe & The Truth That Sets Them Free by Dannah Gresh Review

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Description

You can’t change the world, but you can prepare her for it.

Today’s girls face a number of challenges we never dealt with at their age. From skyrocketing anxiety rates to bullying on social media, the Enemy’s lies are everywhere. How do you help the girl you love walk in freedom?

Equip her with Truth. Dannah Gresh, author of Secret Keeper Girl and Lies Young Women Believe (coauthored with Nancy Demoss Wolgemuth) brings you Lies Girls Believe. This fun, easy-to-read book engages your daughter in the twenty most important truths she needs. She’ll help solve problems using fun sidebars and it’s packed with wisdom, quizzes, games, exploded quotes, and graphics to help her absorb the message. Prepare your daughter for the difficult challenges she’ll face in the world today with sections addressing:

Lies about God
Lies about Friendship
Lies about the Future
Lies about Myself
Lies about Boys

And more! 

Lies Girls Believe is designed to help your daughter fully understand the Truth so she can live the way God meant for her to live—free!

For the best results, use the accompanying Mom’s Guide to Lies Girls Believe which invites you to critically examine the lies girls believe and discover how to set your daughter free. It also helps facilitate discussion between you and your daughter.

My Thoughts

Being a pre-teen/young teenage girl is tough at any time but in this age of social media it’s probably the hardest time in history to deal with changing hormones, emotions, and bodies.

This book discusses 20 lies that the world tells these young ladies and counteracts them with truths from the one thing that never changes, The Word of God. Lies like, “Pretty girls are worth more” and, “Boys and girls really aren’t that different”. Timely and very “tween/young teen friendly”, this book is definitely a great tool to help young ladies as they navigate through these extremely difficult years.

The book is very visually pleasing…full of colorful illustrations and text, it is very fun to look through. The book does not require a lot of writing but it does have some questions in each chapter where the young lady writes her answers. (This book would make a wonderful group study for young ladies).

My 13 year old daughter perused the book and said that she loved the format and cannot wait to read it. She was especially excited to see that Sadie Robertson had contributed a quote on one of the pages (she loves Sadie).

Overall, this is a great resource for young ladies that tackles many difficult topics that they will encounter. I highly recommend it!

My Rating

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I received this book from the publisher to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Hagar: Rediscovering the God who sees me by Shadia Hrichi Review and Giveaway

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About the Book

Book: Hagar

Author: Shadia Hrichi

Genre: Religion / Bible Study

Release Date: October 10, 2017

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Discover a close relationship with God–no matter the pain or suffering in your life. Witness the depths of God’s compassion through the eyes of Hagar, a runaway slave who meets the living God in a desert of despair, where she gives Him the name El Roi, ”The God Who Sees Me.”

Through this seven week study, you will find that when you surrender your life into God’s hands, your trials and triumphs serve a magnificent purpose: to draw you into the arms of the faithful God Who Sees Me.

”Deep and packed with surprising insights!” Francine Rivers

 

Click here to grab your copy.

 

Click here to download a free sample, explore Shadia’s video teaching sessions, or sign up for the online Bible study.

My Thoughts

I’ve always felt a lot of sadness for Hagar…she was used, abused, and thrown out by the people in her life…but God still looked down on her with love. I was very excited when I found out that there was a Bible study focusing on this lonely woman in the Bible.

The study is 7 weeks long, with 5 days of study per week. Each day took me about 45 minutes to complete. The study goes deep into scripture and causes the person who is studying to really ponder and think about many different things along the way.  Each day starts with a reading by the author, followed by a time of reflection, called “Pause to Ponder”. Then it is time to dig into scripture, with many questions to answer. There is plenty of space in the margins to write answers to questions.
Some of the questions are very straight forward and easy to answer, while others are thought provoking and cause you to look into your life and reflect on your life and experiences.

The content of the study was excellent. I loved the lessons that I learned and the time that I spent with God. I highly recommend this in depth study!

I received this book from the author/publisher to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

About the Author

shadiaSHADIA HRICHI is a passionate Bible teacher, author, and speaker who has a heart for seeing lives transformed by the power of God’s Word. She has received a master’s in biblical and theological studies from Western Seminary as well as master’s in criminal justice from the State University of New York. Shadia is the author of several Bible studies, including HAGAR,Worthy of Love, and her latest study, LEGION, comes out in October. Shadia is often invited to speak at churches, conferences, and other events. Her insightful, witty, yet vulnerable teaching style reveals a compassion for the hurting, love for Jesus, and uncompromising commitment to the truth of God’s Word. Visit shadiahrichi.com

 

More from Shadia

Am I known? Am I loved? Am I home?

Every human heart is searching for the answers to these questions. Yet when pain and heartache enter our lives, we feel betrayed and cry out one question: God, do You see me?

The answer is yes. He is Behind the Seen.

Because we live in a fallen world, each of us will inevitably face hard times, even painful ones. Who among us has never seen or felt the fallout of broken homes, broken lives, or broken dreams? Hagar is a great example of someone who discovered God during a difficult time.

Maybe you have never heard of her. Or perhaps you came across her name in a study of the book of Genesis. But how much do you really know about this young slave girl? We often relegate her to the backstage as a minor character in God’s redemptive story. But was she?

As I explored Hagar’s story for another book I wanted to write, God continually amazed me as we journeyed together from the affluence of Egypt, into a life of slavery, to a desert of despair. It seemed the more I studied her life, the more I discovered about God. What began as a chapter evolved into a study all its own.

Two years and several thousand hours of study and prayer later, HAGAR: Rediscovering the God Who Sees Me came to be. Consider this book as your backstage pass to the life of Hagar.

I have never actually gone backstage during a live event, but I know that much more goes on behind the scenes than meets the eye. I invite you to come backstage with me and explore how God was involved in every detail of Hagar’s life. Her story has all the ingredients of a Hollywood tragedy: betrayal, loss, abuse, crisis pregnancy, abandonment . . . any of that sound painfully familiar?

Thankfully, Hagar’s story does not end in despair. God was working Behind the Seen—just as He has in your life and mine—all along. As a matter of fact, Hagar emerges victorious!

Hagar: an unsung hero if there ever was one.

Beloved, is the enemy using anything in your past to try to derail you from God’s plan, or hold you back from experiencing God’s joy to the fullest? Be assured, that is not how your story will end. Just as God did for Hagar, when He enters your story, victory is already assured.

So strap on your sandals and a grab a bottle of water. We’re heading into the desert. A place where we will rediscover the God Who Sees Me.

“The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shone.”
—Isaiah 9:2

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, September 7

Books, Books, and Books., September 7

Inklings and notions , September 8

Stephanie’s Life of Determination, September 8

amandainpa , September 9

Emily Yager, September 9

A Reader’s Brain, September 10

Lights in a Dark World, September 10

Inspired by fiction, September 11

Genesis 5020, September 11

Robin’s Nest, September 11

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 12

Quiet Workings, September 12

Through the Lens of Scripture, September 13

Mary Hake, September 13

Godly Book Reviews, September 14

Rev. Rebecca Writes: Read, Write, Pray, September 14

Moments, September 15

Retrospective Spines, September 16

Batya’s Bits, September 16

Pause for Tales, September 17

CarpeDiem, September 17

Aryn the Libraryan ?, September 18

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, September 18

For The Love of Books, September 19

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 19

Texas Book-aholic, September 20

janicesbookreviews, September 20

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Shadia is giving away to TWO winners 1 book of Hagar, 1 book of Legion and a $50 gift certificate for leafwoodpublishers.com!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/eb32/hagar-celebration-tour-giveaway

ESV Prayer Bible by Crossway Review

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Let your prayer life be inspired by 400+ prayers of the early church fathers, Puritans, Protestant Reformers, and more, linked to key passages of Scripture in the ESV Prayer Bible. Created to help you reflect on God’s Word through prayer, this volume demonstrates the connection between the words God has spoken to us in the Bible and the words we speak back to him in prayer.

  • Single-column, paragraph format
  • 400+ historical prayers interspersed throughout the Bible text
  • Prayer-related book introductions providing insight into how to use each specific book in prayer
  • Introductory essay by professor Donald S. Whitney, author of Praying the Bible, explaining how and why to pray the Bible
  • User guide
  • Author index featuring bios of historical contributors and relevant page numbers
  • Comprehensive index featuring every time prayer is mentioned in the entire Bible
  • Concordance
  • Reading plans
  • Type Size:Bible: 9.25-point; Prayers: 7.5-point
  • Sewn Binding
  • Book intros
  • Words of Christ Black

My Thoughts

My initial impression of this Bible was that I love the size…it’s a bit narrower in width than standard Bibles, which makes it easier and more comfortable to hold.

This Bible has a very classic look…the cover is navy blue with gold lettering and a circle emblem featuring praying hands. It includes one ribbon bookmark, which is a downside for me as I like numerous bookmarks.The end papers are a very pretty gold color and the presentation page is simple but works with the overall looks of the Bible.

What is unique about this Bible is that it has prayers from many church reformers, puritans, authors, and more dispersed throughout the text where the person used scripture to pray. Prayer is something that I have wanted and needed to improve upon and I love the idea of “praying the scriptures”. This Bible shows the reader how to do that and through doing so, their relationship with the Lord will grow.

The margins of the book range from about 1/2″ to 1 1/2″, so journaling in this Bible could sometimes be challenging but it is possible.

The Bible has some nice extra features which include:

  • A prayer index that directs the reader to each prayer that’s included in the book
  • An author index that explains each author of the prayers, when they lived and who they were in life
  • A concordance
  • A reading plan for reading the Bible in a year

Overall, I really like this Bible and I think it will really enhance my prayer life. I highly recommend it!

My Rating

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I received this to review from the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.