Really Bad Girls of the Bible (A “Blogging-For-Books” Review)

Liz’s Heart

One of the reasons I adore Liz Curtis Higgs is her kind heart, that explodes with joy whenever you read her writings or watch one of her DVD sessions. She is one of those Bible teachers, you want teaching you. She is one of those women of God, that you would long to have mentor you.

When it comes to her sense of humor, this book is definitely not lacking. Her humor is readily present, to bring laughs of community as we study together. It isn’t as though you are reading a regular book, but as though you were spending time with a trusted friend – studying God’s Word together. It makes reading this book, a joyous experience.

The Book

I have had the privilege to review her book, Really Bad Girls of the Bible. While I confess I am still reading this book, I thought it was finally time to share this book with you all.

Just as I enjoyed reading “The Girl’s Still Got It” (Ruth’s story) and “It’s Good to Be Queen” (Queen Sheba’s story), I am enjoying and celebrating the truths I find in this book as well.

In this particular book, Higgs combines her humor, love for Jesus and His Word, and her ability to research and does it so well. I am so thankful for the calling God has put on Liz’s heart, because many women’s lives are impacted with each study she puts out.

We get the blessing of sitting together, learning about the power and grace of our great God, and knowing how He really does work all things together. We just have to take our cues from Him, and learn from others’ different choices whenever possible.

The Women

Through these women’s lives, there is much we can learn from them. Their mistakes. Their choices made by faith alone. Their pitfall choices, that left ill effects. Yes, we also learn one big other thing: how God has worked in their midst.

Making the choice to learn from them, makes us wiser than before and more eager to listen to the voice of God.

Bottom line: These ladies have a lot to teach us, and Higgs is more than willing to hop on the learning train with us!

In Really Bad Girls of the Bible, Liz takes us on a tour of a few women’s lives. Some of these women’s lives were really bad (hence the title). They have made some hard yet wise choices, while others made choices leading them down a foolish path. Like us, they have had choices to make and they made them. The nice thing is – we can avoid our own pitfalls, by examining theirs.

The women included in this study –

  • Medium of En Dor
  • Jael
  • The Adulteress
  • Athaliah
  • Bathsheba
  • Herodias
  • Tamar
  • The Bleeding Woman

To learn more about Liz Curtis Higgs, Really Bad Girls of the Bible, or her DVD studies, click here (affiliate link).

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the “Blogging for Books” 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.

“Uninvited” (Lysa TerKeurst)

Recently, I discovered a new book. “Uninvited” by Lysa TerKeurst. This is her newest study to hit stores. I have heard about “Uninvited” for a while, and eagerly awaited an opportunity to get my hands on this book. So, I was ecstatic when I found it out on BookLook (a book reviewing program by her publisher, Thomas Nelson).

The Review

I absolutely love this book! It is such an easy read, engaging as she shares her own experiences, and I can tell you this – you will not want to stop reading it. I have had a hard time putting the book down.

There is just so much in this book, that God is using to speak to me about where I have been and the place I am in now. This book can be used as a “healing balm” given to us by God Himself. In this study, we are reminded of God’s unfailing truths!

Not only is “Uninvited” a book where we are reminded of God’s truth, Lysa shares her heart and struggles concerning rejection too. Lysa, through “Uninvited”, is highly engaging and helps lead us to the One who declares He is for us. In her book, Lysa points us to the fullness of God. It is the place where our healing comes from. It is the place, where we can love others – out of the wells of grace God offers to us.

My Story

Typically, I do not buy DVD studies. This is the second one I have bought over the summer months. “Uninvited” has been a tool I need, as well. I knew I need to buy the additional resources, to help me as I continue to uncover experiences and seek healing.

Through this book, I am learning much about God and what fullness in Him means. I am learning how to live like I am loved. A message I desperately need to hear. I have needed God to shout His message of acceptance, safety, peace, and grace. While we each have a past involving the burden of rejection, it is a weight we don’t have to carry anymore. I am looking forward to diving deeper in this book, through her DVD study and guide.

God is revealing much to me, as I realize scenarios in my life that I have kept hidden. God has much more in store, for us. But, we must exchange the weight of people’s words and actions, for the love God has for each one of us. It is there, where healing is found. We can finally lay it all down at the cross, and begin to move on. We can begin to deal with our thought processes, resulting from years of rejection, and learn how to take our thoughts captive – and experience the beauty of Christ. As we surrender to Him, He is going to do something wonderful, as we remember our rejection scars.

For more information about Lysa TerKeurst’s “Uninvited,” check out this link. (This is an affiliate link. When you use this link, I receive a small earning..)

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through BookLook’s blogger review program, in exchange for a honest 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.

Taste and See (A Blogging-for-Books Review)

taste and seeJohn Piper, a theologian, is a man of God who has written over fifty books. His book, Taste and See, has a reprinted edition – which is the book I am bringing before you all today. In Taste and See, Piper promises to deliver quality devotionals to his readers. Piper faithfully delivers, and leaves us with soul-stirring thoughts on the Word of God – calling us to go deeper in our Christian Life.

The Impact of Piper’s Work

I love Piper’s work. Some of the most convicting things I read, happen to be found on Desiring God (which is founded and taught by Piper). This book is no exception. The Holy Spirit will stir your heart, as you read, contemplate your love relationship with Jesus Christ, and look to savoring your Savior.

About Taste and See

Taste and See is the home of 125 daily meditations. Through them, he teaches us to savor all that our beloved Savior is. As I begin to taste and see, I see that Piper is right.

“The best writers intensify our taste for the Bible, and especially for God himself (p. 11).”

Piper explores what we can find in Taste and See.

“We taste the sweetness of God as He meets us in the Word. What I have written here is partly meditations on biblical reality and partly applications to contemporary life. I hope that what pervades all of the readings is a savoring of the supremacy of God.” 

The Questions We Ask

Piper asks the hard questions, that often we have ourselves. This book is a spiritual tool, designed to help us hunger after God’s Word. Even with our questions, we can use them to savor our Lord. Piper explores many of these questions. Questions like –

  • Do people go to the Grand Canyon to enhance their self esteem?
  • Does God have civil rights?
  • Can joy increase forever?
  • Can you be worthy of God?
  • What is the Christian Gospel?

Recommend This Book!

This is one of those books to keep on your nightstand, as you scroll through its wealth of godly wisdom. Piper can be a source of encouragement to many, as they learn to live by faith and enjoy God. God can certainly use this book, as a spiritual tool to lead us closer to our beloved Savior

Have you heard of the American theologian, John Piper? How has Piper and DesiringGod, spurred you on in your Christian faith?

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the “Blogging for Books” 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.

Taste and See: Savoring the Supremacy of God in All of Life
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Under the Sea Bible (A BookLook Review)

under the seaWe are truly blessed to live in a land, where having children’s Bibles are so readily available to us! Click here to see other Bible reviews.

The Goal –

Giving our children the Word of God is the best decision we could make, in terms of gift giving. Through the Bible, we are giving our children the opportunity to experience God for themselves – as they get to know God and learn how to have a love relationship with God through His precious Son Jesus Christ.

The Design –

The cover of this Bible is beautiful. It uses a wide range of colors, sparkles, and reveals the sea life. God has made all things – including the beautiful sea creatures. Not only is the Bible beautiful in its initial appearance, it seems as though it would be durable.

The first impression of this Bible is that it will be filled with kid-friendly approaches to getting to know God by reading His Word. I was surprised, by the lack of features involved in this Bible. Because the Bibles today are often comparable to one another, we can make decisions about Bibles like we would about the style of a kitchen appliance. There is not simply one choice.

My Concerns –

  • Not quite designed to reach young children.
  • It does not have a lot of features to help invite our children (especially younger children) into the Word of God. Features are designed to help them travel through the pages of God’s truths. It would seem to be of great importance for a child’s Bible.
  • The print is smaller than preferred – which makes it difficult for some to concentrate and read

This Bible is a good choice. Reading the Bible is always a good choice. Buying our children a Bible is always a great choice. But, how can we make a great choice? Would this be the best Bible for our children? You have to make that choice for yourselves.

My Praises –

  • This Bible uses a translation (NIRV) that is easy to understand.
  • It accomplishes the intended purpose – to teach us who God is, how He loves us, and to know Him and His will.
  • It will help our children enjoy God and His Word, as they take the time to read His Word.

Just a reminder, I was given a free copy by the publisher, Thomas Nelson, through BookLook Bloggers Program, in exchange for a honest review.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through BookLook’sblogger review program, in exchange for a honest 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.

Review: Jesus Helps Me (& Give-Away!)

Today, I come befojesus helps mere you all to share a review on a new book by Graham Blanchard PublishingYou all might recall I began reviewing for them August 2015. When I first found out about GBP, I wanted to get my hands on one of their kids’ books. They looked amazing. I didn’t know if I would ever be given an opportunity to review for them again, but I just loved the design behind their children’s books.

We serve a God who provides, because today I have the opportunity to share my thoughts on this book – and – why I would recommend it!

Not only have I received a copy, I get the opportunity to g i v e – a w a y a copy of this handy children’s book!!

From the “Knowing My God” Series

Background

Jesus Helps Me is a children’s board book designed to help our kids (from birth to 7 years of age) learn about the love and help of our Savior Jesus. Because of the way it is written and formatted, it will reach age gaps that are hard to navigate. That is one of the assets of her board books. Even though the developmental differences between a baby and early school age child are so different, they have found a way to include a wide range of ages to reach our children.

Up until seven years of age, our children are growing. Not only physically or emotionally, they are growing spiritually. We need to focus on how to meet all of our children’s needs, as the grow ups in their lives (whether you are a parent, aunt, caregiver, etc). The one need we often neglect is their spiritual needs. It’s the one we don’t often think about, as caregivers (to learn more, I recommend “Spiritual Parenting in the First Five Years”).

This is a children’s book that will lead our children to develop their own knowledge and trust in their Savior Jesus Christ!

Jesus Helps Me (And You too!)

While the book offers biblical truth, they use the right words and beautiful pictures to describe the beauty of knowing God through His Son Jesus. It is done in such a way that it will excite your child to read and learn about God as their helper.

“… But your heart can believe in Him and know Him. He sent His Son to help you…”

Author Callie Grant, provides a book filled with such truths that you will want to get your hands on this book. It’s not just a children’s book. Rather, it’s an instrument to fuel your children’s faith in Christ. This book, Jesus Helps Me, reaches our children’s level. It is designed to reach a variety of developmental levels. It is colorful. It is beautifully illustrated. It takes what our kids know and see, and helps them understand the heart of God. It takes John 12:44-47, and shares the truth of the Word – piece by piece.

An Added Feature::

At the end of the book, the author provides helpful tips to give the adults the training to know the best way to utilize this book in their child’s life. This is a book that will help us to lay seeds in our children’s lives of who God is and how He wants to help them. Knowing how to best utilize this book, will provide grow ups with the right approach to get the maximum use out of the book.

For example) While a toddler may grasp the truth most by utilizing the pictures, an older child can better grasp the truth of the Scripture by asking questions and talking about the truth of Jesus’ words.

Give Away

The moment you have all been waiting for!!

Shelton Interactive is not only providing a copy of this book for me. They are providing one for one of my blessed readers. All you have to do is comment with your email address, if you would like to enter the drawing giveaway. The drawing will take place one week from today, April 19th at midnight (Pacific time).

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Shelton Interactive. 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.