One Month to Love

One Month to Love One Month to Love by Kerry & Chris Shook. They also wrote the book One Month to Live, I wrote the book review for that one, also.

One Month to Love is similar to One Month to Live, but instead you are learning how to build three key relationships in your everyday life. You have 30 daily challenges to grow and deepen your relationships, which I will be breaking down through in March.  Kerry and Chris really have great suggestions and encouragement; they are so in-depth, and helpful. They even have questions at the end of each day for you focus on what you learned that day, and how you can journal about it.

Everyday they give you quotes about relationships, and I personally enjoyed them. I even shared a few with my friends as I read the book. I will also share with you all in March. The quotes also lined up with their everyday topics.

However, the only downfall I found was that when I suggested this book for a review, I thought “One Month to Love” would be something about Marriage, something to “help” or a guide about it, especially with it being about February. It turned out to help with not just marriage, but with children, family, and other relationships in everyday life.

One of the chapters that totally hit me in the face was “Practicing the Art of Being All There”
Are you filling listening to the people you love when they talk, or you thinking about 100 other things as they talk, and you seem like you are there, but not really “listening”.

If you love devotional, or Self-help books, I would totally recommend this one. I loved it, and I am sure you will too. You don’t have to break this book down into thirty days, you could easily read it in a day or so.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from WaterBrook. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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.

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.”

Perfect Lies

Perfect lies Jennifer Crow talks about nine lies that we truly believe in. She starts the book off by leading us into her life journey. She is very open about her breakdowns: physical and mental, and how she took the path to overcome all of it. As you read her book, she starts breaking down the perfect lies. Each chapter holds a lie that we have all faced. She includes scriptures, prayer experience, statements, and how to tell if you are believing a lie, or not.

Once she worked through each lie, she had believed and identified through a process, she called meditative prayer, in which she focused on scripture, thoughts about God and Jesus and mental pictures she made in her head, dealing with each emotion and pain associated with the lies she had believed for many years. Changing her thought process and brain waves from negative lies to true statements of God and his word, she saw a difference in her physical health in six weeks and continued to make improvement in it over the years.  Her book is sharing her journey of healing, clarifying the lies she believed, breaking them down and replacing them with the truth of God and the process that she did.  This included statements to think about to replace the lie as well as scripture that would go against the lie she had believed.

I would recommend you to read this book if you have ever said or heard these nine Perfect Lies:
I am Unlovable, I am Unable, I am a Target, I am not Angry, I am Bad, I am in Danger, and I am Deprived

This book will definitely help someone who struggles with his or her self-image, or self-worth.

 

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale Media Center. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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.”

One Month to Live

 One Month to Live by Kerry & Chris Shook
I hope you have noticed I started the Purpose Driven Life Challenge and come to find out Rick Warren (the author of Purpose Driven Life) wrote the Forward to the book One Month to Live, How amazing, right!?

One Month to Live is similar to the Purpose Driven Life layout. It gives you daily challenges (which I will be doing in the future) to complete with “make it count moments” questions and “make it last for life” actions.

We all tend to live life as in we will be here forever, when in reality we are not granted to be on this physical earth tomorrow. So, why not live our life like tomorrow may be our last?

Live passionately. Love completely. Learn Humbly. and Leave Boldly.

Readers are encouraged to enjoy one chapter a day for thirty days while figuring out how they would live their life if they only had thirty days to live. It is so easy to read, awesome analogies and advice.

I would suggest this book to friends/family. Be prepared for lots of self-examination. This book will reveal that you have a much-needed eternal perspective and you will be reminded of the depth and meaning God has in store for us.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from WaterBrook. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

50 Days of Hope

Daily inspiration for your journey through cancer by Lynn Eib. This book is very small, it can fit into your purse/pocket for an easy out-of-pocket read. You can read a little bit each day to get you through chemo and the life changing of chemicals roaming through your body. The book delivers in spiritual strength and insight. The real stories mentioned are positive light to inspire hope to you even with a cancer diagnoses.

Lynn Eib is a patient advocate and cancer survivor from colon cancer. 50 Days of Hope is writing by her own experiences and offers stories of people who have been and still discovered God through it all.

I am not a cancer patient, but my Mawmaw was. I seen with my own eyes what cancer can do, but I do not know the pain or treatment.

Eib wants other cancer patients journey to be meaningful, comfortable, and for them to trust in God’s will. She shows how to bring comfort to anyone dealing with cancer diagnosis, even if it is personally, family or a friend.

This is a book that I am giving to a former school mates mom, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer not long ago. May she find the book hopeful and receive comfort through her journey.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale Media Center. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Nearing Home

 The latest book by Billy Graham, the world-wide author at the age of 93, preacher, and evangelist offers wise advice in all stages of life. His writing is easy to understand and I would suggest it to anyone. I, for one, loved the strength and courage in his writing. Once you read the book you can understand the value of “old age” and the wisdom experience that comes along with it.

Opening up with Nearing Home you are brought forth scriptures of how to be in a commitment with Christ and providing knowledge while you navigate through the life change. Billy Graham breaks it down even for the young generation to understand.

“What testimony are you passing on to others following you?” – from Nearing Home

This book is completely inspiring and uplifting to read, he can teach you how to live through the rest of your life, not just before you die, and how to get the message out to others.

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.”

Night of the Living Dead Christian

 Night of the Living Dead Christian by Matt Mikalatos is a tale of werewolves, zombies, mad scientists, and other monsters and monster hunters. Luther, Matt’s neighbor, is a werewolf whose wife and daughter have left him because of his inability to control his anger. Matt and others try to help Luther find a way to transform into the person he knows he was meant to be—and in the process find themselves drawn to the One who changes us from the inside out.

The spiritual allegory had me identifying much too closely with the monsters and taking a long hard look at my relationship with Jesus, who has the ability to change every monster into they should be.

If you’re looking for an entertaining and thought-provoking read, Night of the Living Dead Christian should be at the top of your list. I highly recommend that you get a copy before the monsters in your neighborhood grabs them all!

 

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale Media Center. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Restless in Carolina

  Restless in Carolina by Tamara Leigh, Tamara began her writing career in 1994 and is the best-selling author of more than a dozen novels, including Splitting Harriet (ACFW Book of the Year winner and RITA Award finalist), Faking Grace (RITA Award Finalist), and Leaving Carolina. A former speech and language pathologist, Tamara enjoys time with her family, faux painting, and reading. She lives with her husband and their sons in Tennessee.

Restless in Carolina is about a tree-hugging’, animal loving Bridget Pickwish-Bunchanan. Bridget is a widow at the early age of thirty-three, and she is still struggling with the passing of her late husband, not wanting to let go of her wedding ring, or the moving forward into the dating ring.

I can say that I loved Tamara’s writing skills, and her way to make you feel the emotions of Bridget. The first person view is a great concept and I loved it, however, the story line seems to be stuck for awhile, and I got bored. I would pick up the book and read it for a few minutes and I could easily put it down to do something else. On another hand, maybe I should have read the other two books of this series before jumping into the third book. Maybe one day I will be able to sit down and get through this book once and for all, but right now… It just doesn’t seem interesting and definitely not a page by page heart seeker.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from WaterBrook. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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