September 18, 2016

Book Review: Earth Psalms





Earth Psalms: Reflections on How God Speaks Through Nature, by Francine Rivers with Karin Stock Buursma is a lovely devotional book.

This book is designed as a weekly devotional, which spans throughout an entire year with 52 devotionals. Each chapter includes the devotional text to read and contemplate, as well scripture verses, quotes, hymns, and nature photographs. Also, each chapter includes the following sections: Reflect, Apply, and Connect with God.

In the Introduction, Rivers shares, "Writers of the Bible taught lessons through all aspects of the natural world, including plants and animals, reptiles and insects.... God is an artist, and the earth and the universe are His canvas.... Karin and I hope this book will encourage you to look at the world God created and search for the subtle messages that will expand your love for Him and your desire for a closer relationship with Him."

Earth Psalms: Reflections on How God Speaks Through Nature is an encouraging, challenging, and comforting book, which is geared towards women of all ages, particularly young adults to older generations.


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.

September 15, 2016

Book Review: A Fresh Infusion of Joy




5 Minutes with Jesus: A Fresh Infusion of Joy is a daily devotional book by Sheila Walsh with Sherri Gragg.


With around 50 daily devotions, this is an ideal book to incorporate into personal devotional time or to utilize to start spending quiet time with God each day. Each chapter includes the devotional text, as well as a section that's titled Five Minutes in the Word, which consists of several scripture verses to read.
 
In the Introduction, the author shares, "The fact that Christians are able to live joyfully, no what what, is a mystery, a miracle that can only come from the hand of God. The Bible has a lot to say about joy--what it looks like and where to find it. In the pages of Scripture, we see powerful examples of men and women of God who held tight to joy in desperate times.... Regardless of what comes your way, Jesus wants your life to overflow with joy.... Will you join me in taking just five minutes out of your busy life to spend with God today?"

5 Minutes with Jesus: A Fresh Infusion of Joy is an encouraging book, which is geared towards women of all ages.


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, 2016

Book Review: Kids' Devotional Bible


The Kids' Devotional Bible is a New International Reader's Version (NIrV) of the Bible. It features over 300 devotionals, which are written by Joanne E. DeJonge, Connie W. Neal, Lori VandenBosch, and Tracy Harrast.

In the introductory section called How to Use Your Devotional Bible, it states that this Bible "will teach you about God and his creation and how he wants you to live. There are enough devotions to last for a whole year.... The devotions...can be used as a tool by parents and teachers but also may be used to encourage children to have their own quiet times with God."

Some of the extra features throughout this Bible include Fun Art, Devotions for every weekday and 52 weekend devotionals with a highlighted Bible verse for the day, Introductions before each book of the Bible, Dictionary, Subject Guide regarding the devotionals, and Word of God, which is the Old and New Testaments written in the easy-to-read New International Reader's Version.  

Another introductory section is called A Word About the NIrV, which explains about how the NIrV was formed and what is included, as well as the ideal readers for this version and even more details about the NIrV, which is essentially a "Bible that's easy to read and understand."

The Kids' Devotional Bible is a wonderful resource and ideal for young readers, including elementary and junior high students, yet a wider range of ages would benefit from reading this Bible. I highly recommend this Bible.


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 5, 2016

Book Review: 365 Pocket Morning Prayers


365 Pocket Morning Prayers: Strength and Joy to Being Each Day is a devotional prayer book by David R. Veerman, a senior editor of the Life Application Bible.

As the title indicates it's a pocket-sized book that consists of 365 prayers, as well as one or two scripture verses to contemplate each day. It's designed to be easily read through in a year or focus on topical issues by utilizing the topical index included in the back of the book.

The Introduction focuses on prayer being a privilege, personal, and powerful. The author shares that "this book was written to support and encourage you in your daily conversations with God.... The prayer itself may involve praise, confession, or challenge, all with the purpose of drawing you closer to God."

365 Pocket Morning Prayers is an encouraging book, which is geared towards various age groups, from teenagers to older generations. And it may easily be added to your personal devotional time, particularly in the mornings.


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.  

September 2, 2016

Book Review: Gratitude


Gratitude: A Prayer and Praise Coloring Journal is a new book that serves as a creative outlet and a way to spend time with God.

This journal includes scripture verses, prayers to contemplate and meditate, coloring pages, and spaces provided to draw and write. According to the Introduction, "The art of creative expression provides a wonderful outlet for relaxing and destressing.... Let God inspire you and lead the way as you allow yourself to fully experience gratitude."
 
Gratitude is a part of the Living Expressions Collection, which "was born out of a desire to meet the growing demand for these products," as stated in a promotional brochure. And it "blends the simple pleasures of relaxing and unwinding with easy-to-understand Scripture from the NLT, life-affirming devotions, and prayers that come from the heart. Our promise to readers is a myriad of meaningful moments spent savoring Scripture through activities that allow for creative release, reflection, and deeper connection with God."

It's a wonderful resource that's ideal for personal devotional time. This book is geared towards a variety of ages, from middle school students to young adults to even older generations. 

"Always be joyful. Never stop praying." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17


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.