September 14, 2017

Giveaway: Banned Book Week Giveaway Hop

My blog, Reading with Beth, is participating in the Banned Book Week Giveaway Hop.


Banned Books Week is an annual event that focuses on the freedom to read, and it's September 24 to 30, 2017. As an avid reader, I encourage everyone to read. To learn more about the Banned Books Week, please click HERE and HERE.

Enter to win a $10 Amazon gift card (to maybe apply towards a previously banned book), by completing one or more of the following tasks and filling out the giveaway entry form:

1. Comment on this giveaway post: Share your thoughts about the banned books topic AND/OR list a couple of banned books that you would like to read (or read again).

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International readers are welcome to enter to win, if they have access to an Amazon US account. The randomly selected winner will be sent an email. If the winner doesn't response within 72 hours, then a new winner will be chosen.

This giveaway hop, which starts on Friday, September 15, and ends on Saturday, September 30, is hosted by Bookhounds.


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September 13, 2017

Book Review: Bible Promise to Live By for Women


Bible Promises to Live By for Women, by Katherine J. Butler is an encouraging book that focuses on God's promises from the Bible.

This pocket-size book contains over 500 promises in about ninety mini-chapters of various topics, such as Abandonment, Abilities, Affirmation, Character, Comfort, Comparison, Discouragement, Endurance, Failure, Healing, Heaven, Helplessness, Joy, Justice, Kindness, Peace, Perfectionism, Planning, Presence of God, Spiritual Growth, Starting Over, Stress, Work, Worry, Worship, etc.

These topics are arranged in alphabetical order for easy access, and each mini-chapter includes the featured topic text and scripture verses to meditate upon.

According to the Introduction, "God knows the immense power a promise holds and has filled his Word with promise for his people.... And because God has declared that his Word will last forever, we can trust him to keep each and every promise.... The topics chosen are most relevant to the issues, concerns, and desires women face today. As you read, remember that God's promises are not for his people in general; they are for you personally.... Read each on slowly, and allow it to sink deep into your mind and heart."

Bible Promises to Live By for Women is geared for women of various ages, from young adults to older generations. This book is easily incorporated into current personal devotional time or utilized to start spending quiet time with God each day, as well as quick reference for specific topics.
 

Note: I received this book from Tyndale Blog Network, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Book Review: The Wonder of Advent Devotional




The Wonder of Advent Devotional: Experiencing the Love and Glory of the Christmas Season, by Chris Tiegreen is an insightful devotional book that focuses on the biblical story of Christ's birth and strives to refocus our mindset during the modern Christmas holiday season.

According to the Introduction, the author shared, "That's the purpose of this devotional--to go deeper into the account of Christ's birth and to focus our thoughts on the riches of its meaning. We want not only to appreciate we want to experience it in our lives right now.... We will take a few minutes each day to let the significance of the Nativity sink in and explore what it means for our lives and our world." 

In addition to the Introduction, this book is divided into two main sections: Preparation and Advent. Preparation contains devotionals for November 24 to 30, and each of these devotionals include a scripture passage reference, highlighted scripture verse, devotional text, and reflection questions. Advent contains devotionals for December 1 to 31, and each of these devotionals also include a scripture passage reference, highlighted scripture verse, devotional text, and reflection questions, as well as a prayer, further scripture reading recommendations, and Christmas music quotes.

The Wonder of Advent Devotional is geared towards all ages. It's easily incorporated into personal devotional time or utilized to start spending quiet time with God each day. Also, this book is ideal for daily family devotional times or weekly small group bible studies. I look forward to re-reading this Advent devotional with my family this upcoming holiday season.

Note: I received this book from Tyndale Blog Network, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Book Review: I'm Not a Scaredy-Cat


I'm Not a Scaredy-Cat: A Prayer for When You Wish You Were Brave is a children's book written by Max Lucado and illustrated by Shirley Ng-Benitez.

In about thirty-two pages, this hardcover picture book portrays the whimsical story an adorable cat character dealing with fearful scenarios, such as the sprinkles on donuts, rainy days, marching bands, etc. While dealing with fears, this cat continues to recite a prayer about God to feel better in the situation, as well as feel closer to God.

With every page turn, there are captivating illustrations accompanying this sweet and humorous story. 

According to the back cover copy, "Follow a silly series of misadventures as scaredy-cat faces his worst fears.... For each of the fears, Max [Lucado] provides this reassuring child's version of Philippians 4:6-9: 'God, you are good. God, you are near. God, you are here! And, God, you love me.' A fun read for children and parents, I'm Not a Scaredy-Cat will open doors for important conversation about fear in a nonthreatening way and help you instill godly bravery in your kids."

I'm Not a Scaredy-Cat is a highly recommend children's book, and it's geared towards young readers, particularly ages six to ten.


Note: I received this book from Book Look Bloggers, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

September 12, 2017

Book Review: What Color Is Your Parachute


What Color Is Your Parachute, 2018 Edition: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers, by Richard N. Bolles is an informative job-search guidebook.
 
According to the back cover copy, this book is considered "the world's most popular job-hunting guide, revised and updated annually with more than ten million copies sold. This 2018 edition features the latest studies and perspectives on today's job-market, including proven strategies for finding jobs." 

This book is divided into twelve chapters, which are titled as It's a Whole New World for Job-Hunters, Google Is Your New Resume, There Are Over Ten Million Vacancies Available Each Month, Sixteen Tips About Interviewing for a Job, The Six Secrets of Salary Negotiation, What to Do When Your Job-Hunt Just Isn't Working, Self-Inventory Part 1, Self-Inventory Part 2, You Get to Choose Where You Work, How to Deal with Any Handicaps You Have, The Five Ways to Choose/Change Careers, and How to Start Your Own Business.

Plus, there a section titled as The Blue Pages, which is actually blue pages with helpful appendices. This book is a helpful manual to prepare for employment with practical and essential tips for job searchers, as well as ways to focus on your ideal job for your life.

What Color Is Your Parachute is geared towards all ages, from high school students to older retirement age generations. It's a recommended and worthwhile manual for those interested in job searching and/or career changing.

Note: I received this book from Blogging for Books, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

September 11, 2017

Book Review: Worship


Worship: The Reason We Were Created--Collected Insights from A. W. Tozer was complied by Moody Publishers, and it includes previously unpublished material. According to the back cover, "This compilation features various reflections on worship--what it is, why we do it, and why God is supremely worthy of it."

Each chapter focuses on aspects of worship. It's divided into eleven chapters, which includes the following titles: What Happened to Our Worship, Failing God, The Reason We Exist, True Worship Requires the New Birth, Worship as He Wills, Worship He Who Is Majestic and Meek, Awed by God's Presence, Genuine Worship Involves Feeling, Worship Like the Seraphim, Worship Every Day of the Week, and Worship Our Beloved. There are additional sections called Publisher's Note and References. 

In the Publisher's Note, it's stated that "A. W. Tozer was a man who encountered the living God and made it his highest goal in life to worship Him in spirit and truth.... While these are the words of one man who died decades ago, they testify to the timeless truth that everything in this life and all our ambitions pale in comparison to knowing and magnifying the one true God who is the Lord of all."

Worship is geared towards various ages, from young adults to older generations.


Note: I received this book from Moody Newsroom, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

September 10, 2017

Book Review: 365 Devotions for Living Joyfully



365 Devotions for Living Joyfully, by Victoria York is an encouraging daily devotional book.

It's ideal to start this devotional on January 1, yet readers may start reading at any time throughout the year. Each daily devotion features a title, scripture verse, devotional text, and quick prayer. Also, there's a Scripture Index at the end of the book.  

According the back cover: "These pages will guide you through a yearlong journey toward a transformed, joyful heart that overflows into the lives of those around you. The more you learn about God's promises and desires for you, the more you'll say with the psalmist."

365 Devotions for Living Joyfully is geared towards various age groups, from young adults to older generations, particularly women. With one devotional per page, this book may easily be added to your current personal devotional time or it's a a great way to start setting aside time each day to spend with God.

"The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him." Psalm 28:7


Note: I received this book from Book Look Bloggers, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.