Unglued Devotional

Unglued Unglued Devotional by Lysa TerKeurst
This companion devotional to the bestselling book Unglued provides encouragement to help readers handle emotional struggles. Including a daily opening Scripture, Thought for the Day, devotion, and closing prayer, this book helps readers begin a 60-day journey in learning to positively process raw emotions, such as fear, anger, and regret.
Gosh, I love devotionals, I guess I always have. The one reason why I love this devotional is that I can completely relate to her. Lysa reminds us that life isn’t perfect, and we all deal with emotions, we all come emotional unglued when things get hectic. I would love to get my hands on the book “Unglued” now, maybe I will just add that to my wish list.

With the devotional, they are short, but packed with a lot of information. Information that we all face with everyday life. You will definitely be glued and want to learn more, and strengthen your relationship with God. I love how she is honest, and really knows how to connect with you.

There is 5 Main Areas
1) Having confidence on how to resolve conflict
2) Peace
3) What type of Reactor you are
4) No Regrets
5) Deep Sense of Calm

She reminds us that by trusting in Him we can have the peace that our body and soul long for.

 

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Grieving God’s Way

_140_245_Book.661.cover Margaret Brownley’s 90 day devotional helps others with grieving and loss. The daily entries are short, perfect for a busy life-style, overwhelmed by emotion, or unable to tackle long assignments. The book is divided into four sections, it addresses healing for the body, soul, heart and spirit.

I didn’t expect to like the book, I picked it right after the loss of my Grandfather. I would recommend it though. I think it is a great resource for anyone who has went through grief after a loss. I would suggest this book to a church, so it could be on hands when a member needs help. It helps with understanding, learning what to say, or what not to say, etc. It is a teaching tool, but I would also advise someone to share your thoughts with as you go through grieving.

I would also suggest going to www.grievinggodsway.com where you can find a free copy of the workbook journal, and curriculum. You can also purchase materials for a church or a small group study. You can also get a printable poster of “Rules for Family Healing”, can be printed through Adobe Reader, you can find it on the resource page.

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By Faith, Not By Sight

 Scott MacIntyre is a piano prodigy, he was born blind, who was then faced with a life-threatening kidney disease at the age of 19, which resulted in a kidney transplant. He then made it to Season 10 top 8 on American Idol.

By Faith, Not By Sight is a fantastic read. This book is a documentary about the life of an amazing and successful man who has been blessed by God. He overcomes obstacles to reach where he is today. This is a moving story of hope, faith, and persistence, it will fill you with encouragement as well as inspire you to keep pushing on through your life. It is not preachy, or a self-help, but it encourages and exhorts the reader to see life in a whole new light.

I loved reading how his mom helped him to look at people when they talk, even if he can only see a square inch at a time. She taught him manners, as well as treating him and communicating with him as if he could see. She took him to the beach and let him run to experience the freedom of being able to  just let go and not worry. Scott’s story is about how God used his family, to give him life, faith, determination, and experiences most would only imagine. Learn how he overcame his disability, how he made it into the music industry and how God taught him that in all things, that He is in control.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.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 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Stress Point

  Body image. Friendship. Career. Money. Dating. All these issues and more serve as points of stress for the 20-something woman, and combined they can make for a decade of drama in a girl’s life. Sarah Francis Martin is the slightly older girlfriend whos been there, done that, and got the not-so-cute t-shirt. Through this interactive Bible study, Sarah helps young adult women address each stress point by encouraging them to wait on the Lord, worship Him, and make Him the focus of their lives.

I loved the journals inside this book, it gave you a place to study the word, and really think about your thoughts. With being a Stay-at-Home-Mom I was pulled aside through some of the book, because I am not searching for a career, or looking for a date, but I still couldn’t stop reading the book. I loved the Bible verses, it gave you facts and even mentioned why she thought it fit with the related stress point that she covered.

As you continue to read you start seeing things you do in your own life, and she explains how to “help” with that stress. The book hits home in some points, and I would suggest this book, not only to the 20-something, but anyone who struggles through stress and that could be you.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.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.”

Heaven Is For Real

  Todd Burpo is a pastor of Crossroads Wesleyan, serves as a volunteer fireman, and works with a garage door  company. His wife, Sonja, is a children’s minister, busy pastor’s wife, and mom. Colton, now an active twelve-year-old, has an older sister Cassie, and a younger brother, Colby. The family lives in Imperial, Nebraska.

This story is about Colton, at age 3, goes through appendicitis. He goes through 5 days of his insides being poisoned. While being operated on, he leaves his body and goes to Heaven. He could tell his Dad what room he was praying in, and where his mom was when he was in his “out of body” experience. While he was in heaven, he got to talk to people he has never meet in life. They even talk about events that have happened before Colton was even born. He got to meet his sister, which his mom miscarried within of two months of being pregnant. He also got to meet his great-grandfather, which passed away about 30 years before Colton was born. Colton never knew about his sister, or his Great-Grandfather. When he came back from Heaven, he got to tell his mom and dad about his experience and everything that happened. His mom and dad didn’t pry information out of him, but what he knew matched up to the Bible. He knew things that normal 3 year olds (almost 4 years old) would never be able to understand.

I actually loved this book. It only took me about two days to read it, and I would suggest it to anyone. If you have kids you can relate to the emotional pull the parents are in. You gain insight on what Heaven is like, and how it can be real. Do I fully trust their judgment? Well, maybe, but I am human and I wouldn’t fully believe till I saw it for myself, which I am sure you would be the same. It was hard for me to grasp that the little boy had such interesting details, even I have an almost four year old and her way of words is not that of Colton. So, could possibly Todd added more when they wrote the book, possibly, who knows right? However, I would say hands down this is one of the best books I have read this year. I can also say that this book is very insightful, interesting, encouraging and difficult to stop once you start.

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Close Enough To Hear God Breathe

Greg Paul is a pastor and member of Sanctuary in Toronto, Canada, a ministry where the wealthy and poor share their experiences and resources daily and care for the most excluded people in the city, including addicts, prostitutes, the homeless, and gay, lesbian, and transgendered people. Greg is a former carpenter, a father of four and married to Maggie. He is also an author of two other books: The Twenty-Piece Shuffle and God in the Alley.

Close Enough To Hear God Breathe by Greg Paul points out how our God should be viewed as our Father, a parent himself, as we are His Children. Greg breaks down the verses from the Bible and also tells of stories that have happened in his life, which allowed him to get closer to God intimately; but not in a sexually way but with a deep feeling that we should all be with God.

Greg also helps us understand how God is here for us when we need him, through good and bad. He also provides Notes and a Reader’s Guide at the end of the book.

Would I recommend this book? Sure. Everybody reads a book and takes it in differently. I personally enjoyed the book and I hope you do to, if you decide to read Close Enough To Hear God Breathe by Greg Paul.

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The Grace of God

The Grace of God by Andy Stanley

I newly received The Grace of God by Andy Stanley in the mail. The book is very insightful and uplifting. It speaks to you about how God created the Earth just for us. God knew it would be good for us, which He done out of grace.

Stanley walks us through the stories of Joseph, Moses, Jonah, all the way to the New Testament of where Jesus was on Earth. Stanley points out where grace seems to be hiding in all these books in the Bible.

Stanley mentions that through God’s grace, which we all need. God gives us something that we do not deserve. We all need God’s grace, but not everyone will receive it, and we may feel this is unfair, but sometimes we do not want what we deserve.

Stanley states, “Grace is the vehicle God uses on occasion to ensure that we get precisely what we don’t deserve.”

I would recommend this book to Bible Study groups. We could all learn about God’s grace and it would be a great discussion topic.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.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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