“Growing in Joy- Philippians” ~Kari Denker~ Bible Study Review

I absolutely love bible journaling. It has become a huge part of my life over the past two years. It is a great way to express yourself while memorizing the bible verses!! The repetition of the verses makes it so much easier to remember them!

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I have a fantastic ladies group that I meet with and our last two studies have been by Kari Denker. She has fantastic studies! They fun, light-hearted and not chocked full of homework expectations. It is defintely a laid back study!

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I have always been a crafty person so bible journaling is right up my alley! Even if you aren’t super crafty this can still be lots of fun for you! She adds her own drawings in the guide that coincide with what we are learning or what she is asking us to draw in our bible/notebook.

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She truly takes the stress over drawing out of it! If you don’t like to doodle then don’t, simply lay your paper over it and trace it! If you love to doodle then this is the study for you! She has some great doodles for inspiration or you can always make your own but I love her databases of drawing ideas! Easy yet fun! I highly recommend any of her books! Both of the studies I have done by her have been extremely enjoyable and are super fun! She even references Star Wars in one part of this study which is hilarious!

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Overall great book for a great price! You can find it on Amazon! 😉

LOVE THIS STUDY!!

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Life is a Beautiful Mess….

Sometimes life can get you down… Things aren’t going right and you feel like you’re banging your head against the proverbial wall. I don’t mean to sound like Debbie Downer but every once in a while life seems to overtake us and we can’t catch a breath. Mine has been this way for about three months now. The ever going crazy schedule of two boys with school, sports, Boyscouts… The youngest needing my attention every second of the day because he’s bored out of his mind and the transition of my hubby taking a new job and moving to a new city. Let’s just say it’s been panic attack city for me lately.

Don’t get me wrong I love my life so much and wouldn’t change it for the world but I’m about to pull my hair out! We have been running non stop since January! I pray daily for patience and the ability to calm myself through these situations but I still feel overwhelmed. I feel God’s presence each and every day but sometimes I wonder if he’s listening completely to my prayers.

We are still in the process of trying to sell our house and just that issue is super stressful! But I know he’s here.. He’s watching over me and he is slowly guiding me to where I need to be. Even if I don’t feel like it sometimes he has a plan.. Even if I feel like he’s not moving fast enough to answer my prayers I know he’s teaching me the patience of which I prayed for. Life is hard. But life is beautiful.

Sitting here this morning waiting for my oldest to finish golf camp I was inspired. It’s beautiful despite the rising temperature. It’s beautiful with the birds singing and the bugs buzzing even though those said bugs are eating us alive. It’s beautiful to see the green grass and large trees despite my allergies and stuffed up nose. It’s beautiful because I get to see my son do something he absolutely loves. It’s beautiful because my two youngest are sitting here with their iPads in their own world just for a bit. There is no fighting.. there is no bickering or karate chopping. It’s silence and its beautiful. My life might be up in the air right now but I’m taking this moment to be blessed by the beautiful things that surround me.

It’s ok to have a down time in your life, I sure the hell do, but let’s not let it stop us from enjoying the beautiful things that surround us. It might be something little but it might be something big. Find the good in the world and maybe you’ll find the good in yourself. We must be strong. We must be united. We are beautiful.

Life is the most beautiful of messes, don’t let it get you down or pass you by.

My favorite saying for when I end a yoga class is..

You are strong

You are beautiful

You are everything

The light in me loves the light in you.

Namaste and God bless! 😘😘🙌♥️💜💙

“Bible Promises To Live By For Women” ~Review

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Synopsis:

God’s promises hold great power. The more we meditate and reflect on His promises, the more we see real change in our lives. Living by God’s promises puts our hearts at ease and gives us assurance, strength, and encouragement for the future. Bible Promises to Live By for Womenoffers more than 500 promises from God arranged alphabetically by topic for quick and easy access. Hold these promises close to your heart and let them guide you through life.

Features:

  • Linen-textured cover accented with flourishes of gold-foil filigree
  • Elegant interior design and ribbon marker
  • Over 500 Bible promises topically arranged for quick and easy access
  • Commentary offers clarity and relevance to daily life

 

Review:

This is such a fantastic little book! It is perfect to carry with you in your purse or tuck away in a night stand! I love it! It has short and sweet little chapters covering many emotions/problems you might be having. Within these chapters are bible verses that are perfect to read for each situation. Some of the chapters are about beauty, fears, comfort, etc. Things that a lot of us struggle with each and every day. This is the perfect reference to the bible, a great way to look up how you are feeling and find those reassuring passages in the bible quickly and effortlessly!

It is a small package that packs a large punch! It is chocked full of good stuff! I haven’t made it all the way through the book but I have referenced several chapters!! I absolutely love this book and it goes everywhere with me! The perfect carry-along size! 🙂

Go check it out!

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“I’ll Push You” ~Patrick Gray and Justin Skeesuck~ Review

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Synopsis:

Two best friends, 500 miles, one wheelchair, and the challenge of a lifetime.
Friendship takes on new meaning in this true story of Justin and Patrick, born less than two days apart in the same hospital. Best friends their whole lives, they grew up together, went to school together, and were best man in each other’s weddings. When Justin was diagnosed with a neuromuscular disease that robbed him of the use of his arms and legs, Patrick was there, helping to feed and care for him in ways he’d never imagined. Determined to live life to the fullest, the friends refused to give into despair or let physical limitations control what was possible for Justin.

So when Justin heard about the Camino de Santiago, a 500-mile trek through Spain, he wondered aloud to Patrick whether the two of them could ever do it. Patrick’s immediate response was: “I’ll push you.”

I’ll Push You is the real-life story of this incredible journey. A travel adventure full of love, humor, and spiritual truth, it exemplifies what every friendship is meant to be and shows what it means to never find yourself alone. You’ll discover how love and faith can push past all limits—and make us the best versions of ourselves.

About the Author:

Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray have been best friends all their lives.  Together they
run The Disabled Traveler, an organization dedicated to helping people with disabilities
successfully navigate the challenges of everyday life and travel.  Their work has been
featured on NBC, ABC, Fox and Friends, the Huffington Post, People.com, Tedx,
the Meredith Vieira Show, and many other worldwide news media outlets.  I’ll Push You,
the story of their 500-mile epic pilgrimage across northern Spain, is a forthcoming
documentary film.
Justin and his wife Kirstin, are the parents of Jaden, Noah, and Lauren; Patrick is
married to Donna and they have three children: Cambria, Joshua, and Olivia.

Review:

I typically don’t reach for documentary-style books when I peruse the library shelves but I was given the opportunity to read this book and I was highly inspired and I enjoyed every page. The story of these two men was inspiring… it was uplifting…I cried, I laughed and I cheered them on through their journey. It was a fantastic read.

It is one of those books that once you start you just can’t stop. It is a page turner and it will change your life. It is a reminder to have faith, it is a reminder to lay all your cards on the table with the ones you love and it is a reminder to look beyond the hardships. Life is hard, life can knock you down but how will you handle it?

Not everyone would be able to handle the cards that Justin was dealt. It is a matter of having faith in a higher power, it is relinquishing everything to others just to make it day to day.  You can’t help but feel bad for Justin, his neuromuscular disease taking so much from him, but he is a FIGHTER! He is a man that doesn’t give up even despite the hardships that face him, he finds a way to persevere. He has the best support system anyone could ever ask for. The outlook on life that he has is impressive! It is hard to believe how far they came and how much they accomplished together.

Their journey across Spain was amazing and the way that it was written made me feel like I was there with them, through every rock, bump and mud puddle! After reading this book and seeing what they experienced and the friends they made it makes me want to put this trek (Camino de Santiago) on my bucket list! I would love to travel there and go through the same journey they did! It was an amazing journey and you should go along for the ride!

Truly an amazing story that you should check out ASAP!!!!! I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book (again, not a documentary fan) BUT it is so much more that that! It is a testament to living life to the fullest and taking the bull by the horns (literally!) So PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE go find this book (buy links below) and read it, once you read it pass it on! Everyone needs to read this book!!!!!!!!

 

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“How to Overcome Worry” ~Dr. Winfred Neely~ Review

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Synopsis:

Scripture’s cure for the worry epidemic

Do you struggle with worry or anxious thoughts on a regular basis? Does your mind get fixated on the same concern over and over? Do you know you should stop worrying but repeatedly fail to do so?

How to Overcome Worry presents a biblical and practical strategy for this exact problem. Dr. Winfred Neely, who has experienced his fair share of anxiety-inducing circumstances, walks you through Philippians 4:6–7 to help you:

  • Understand the difference between concern and worry
  • Use prayer as a means of grace to overcome worry
  • Cultivate gratitude and thanksgiving as an antidote to worry
  • Navigate changing seasons and circumstances without falling into worry
  • Employ practical strategies for experiencing the peace of God

Worry is one of the top issues in our world today, even among Christians, and this concise and biblical approach will offer real solutions. In His Word, God tells us to stop worrying, pray about everything, and expect His peace. This is a true promise of Scripture, and this book will help you to lay hold of it.

Author:

WINFRED NEELY (B.A., D.Min. Trinity International University; M.A. Wheaton) is currently working towards an advanced research degree in Old Testament at the University of Bristol, England. He is an ordained minister of the Gospel and a full time professor of hermeneutics, homiletics, and pastoral studies at Moody Bible Institute of Chicago. Prior to joining the faculty at Moody, Winfred served churches in the City of Chicago and is currently interim pastor of the Judson Baptist Church in Oak Park, IL. He brings to his ministry a global perspective, having served as a missionary/pastor in Senegal, West Africa for nine years. He is also involved in a global equipping ministry, speaking and conducting workshops and training events at churches and conferences in the US and abroad. He and his wife Stephne have been married for forty years and have four adult children and nine grandchildren. He takes acting classes from time to time and is an ardent fan of science fiction films such as Star Wars and Star Trek.

Review:

 

I am a worrier… I learned it from my mom and it something I have a hard time overcoming. Growing up there was always something she was worrying about whether it be money or if the car was going to run properly to get us from point A to point B. Not that I had a bad childhood, because I didnt, we had our fair share of problems but otherwise a fantastic childhood. But the one thing she passed on to me in those young days was the art of worrying.

I know it is pointless to worry about something that may never happen or things that have happened in the past, but it happens more than I’d care to admit. I let those emotions boil up inside of me until I end up with an anxiety attack. Not pretty and not fun for me or for anyone in my family lol. My husband tries again and again to remind me that it is not worth worrying about and I always have to disagree.

If you are like me and worry about needless things then this is the book for you. It is a wonderful guide to help you overcome those worries and to help you to give it up to God, ultimately He is the one in charge :). It is one of those books that I will keep for myself to read time and time again. Filled with scripture and insight into the world of worriers, it has helped to remind me to put aside the worries and just live life to the fullest.

This book supplies you with the tools necessary to help you to overcome your worries, it includes different ways to pray, scriptures to comfort you in need and “scriptures to aid in your battle against worry.” An amazing book that I would recommend to everyone! AND it’s a short read! Make sure you grab a highlighter before getting started, there is lots of good stuff to remember!!!! 🙂 🙂 If you want to check this book out links are below of places to purchase!! Happy reading and Good Luck in whatever journey you might be facing! 🙂 🙂

 

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“Hero of Hacksaw Ridge” ~Booton Herndon~ Review

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Synopsis:

“When we go into combat, Doss, you’re not comin’ back alive. I’m gonna shoot you myself!” The men of the 77th Infantry Division couldn’t fathom why Private Desmond T. Doss would venture into the horrors of World War II without a single weapon to defend himself. “You’re nothing but a coward!” they said. But the soft-spoken medic insisted that his mission was to heal, not kill. When Desmond knelt by his bunk to pray, his fellow soldiers hurled boots and insults at him. Even his commander wanted to throw him out of the army. But when his unit arrived on the battlefield, the intrepid medic quickly proved he was no coward. One terrifying day in the vicious battle for Okinawa, dozens of Desmond’s former tormenters lay wounded and bleeding atop Hacksaw Ridge. As Japanese bullets rained down, their fate seemed hopeless. Could one unarmed man save their lives? This page-turner will keep you riveted to your seat as you discover how Desmond Doss became the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor. Desmond’s dramatic true story of integrity, redemption, and heroism will inspire you to live by the courage of your convictions.

 

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Review:

When I first seen the preview for this movie, I was definitely intrigued. One day while visiting our local small town coffee house, I ran into a man and woman that were giving away these books for free. They asked me to post my honest opinion and help them get the word out about this amazing God fearing soldier that went to battle without a weapon. The prospect of reading this book before I seen the movie was alluring (I never get to see movies until they go to Redbox lol) and I was not disappointed.

I am not usually a war book reader, but this book was so much more than that. It was well written and had very detailed account about this man, Private Desmond T. Doss. A man that proudly served his country without ever having to bear arms. He was ridiculed and made fun of for his beliefs. But he stood tall knowing that God was on his side. Becoming a medical soldier was still a dangerous job and he continued to decline the offer of a rifle. At one point after refusing, a superior officer tried to have him sent back to the states. Try as they might they could not get him to take a weapon. He stood fast in his beliefs and has since become revered by many.

A very interesting book! If you are interested in faith and war stories this is definitely the one for you!

 

Available at:

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“The 10 Commandments of Marriage”~Ed Young~ Review

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Synopsis:

Your marriage may not always be bliss, but it can be amazing! Every married couple will at some point experience disagreements, sexual frustrations, miscommunications, run-ins, and/or financial stress. These things can easily erode and ultimately ruin otherwise great marriages. This, however, doesn’t have to be your story. Ed Young offers profound, humorous, often personal, and always biblical words to foster whole, healthy, and dynamic marriages. Drawing on more than five decades of ministry experience, he provides 10 principles of Commandments of marriage to help safequard and maintain a lifelong marriage that sizzles.

These easy-to-follow guidelines will not only make the difference in protecting your marriage, they will also help your marriage flourish!

  1. Thou Shalt Be Selfless
  2. Thou Shalt Have No Strings Attached
  3. Thou Shalt Continually Communicate
  4. Thou Shalt Make Conflict Thy Ally
  5. Thou Shalt Avoid the Quicksand of Materialism
  6. Thou Shalt Flee Sexual Temptation- Online and Otherwise
  7. Thou Shalt Forgive Thy Mate-490 Times and More
  8. Thou Shalt Begin Again and Again
  9. Thou Shalt Build a Winning Team

Author:

Ed Young is a pastor at Fellowship Church in Grapevine Texas, author and conference speaker noted for his creative communication style. He has a passion for making the complex, simple as he speaks truth to people in ways they can understand and apply to their everyday lives. He has written 14 books including Sexperiment, The Marriage Mirror, Outrageous, Contagious Joy, Beauty Full, and Kid CEO.

Pastor Ed Young is a frequent conference speaker, and he provides resources for church leaders through CreativePastors.com and the Creative Church Conferences (C3). Ed has been married to his wife, Lisa, for more than twenty-six years. They have four children and live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Ed and Lisa, are also strong advocates of maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle. And to help people honor the bodies God has entrusted to us, they have produced a series of resources called Body for God.

If you want to learn a little more about Ed, see what’s on his mind, what he’s up to and what drives him each day, visit www.facebook.com/pastor.ed.young, twitter.com/edyoung, www.youtube.com/user/EdYoung and www.Vimeo.com/ey.

Review:

A great book! It is definitely a refresher course on marriage and the commitments we make to one another. Time passes and things change, this book helps us to understand that it’s okay as long as we are continually working on our marriage. We all make mistakes, we all have bad days, but when the going gets tough we have to remember that we are in this marriage thing together. We are a partnership and we need to remember that.

The author starts at the very beginning, the story of Adam and Eve. He walks us through the beginning of sin and deceit and how it affects us today. Our relationships are important, and we made a vow to work together through thick and thin. He has a lot of insightful information throughout the book, tips and tricks and ways to get your marriage back on track, things to do to  help with any conflicts. At the end of each section, there is a set of questions to really help you remember what you just read and to take evaluation of your life and relationship with your partner.

This book is so full of information. It’s full of ways to improve communication and ways to be honest to each other. It truly has a little something for everyone. Even if you are not married, it is still a great book to read. It’s a great reminder to be open and honest in any relationship.

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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“Enjoy” ~Trillia J. Newbell~ Review

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Synopsis:

Is It Okay to Enjoy This Life?
 
Watching a gorgeous sunset. Sharing a laugh with a friend. Tasting a sun-ripened strawberry. Each day is full of opportunities for you to savor the countless gifts the Creator has given.

But do you feel free to delight in God’s abundant gifts, or is your joy sometimes distorted by guilt, fear of idolatry, or simply an overwhelming awareness of sin’s effects on this world?

Trillia Newbell explains how we often miss opportunities to participate in God’s divine delight because we’re discouraged, fixated on selfish fulfillment, or paralyzed by guilt.  Enjoy serves as an encouraging reminder of God’s gracious gifts and also challenges women to view all of these gifts—from relationships and careers to food and sex—as reasons to rejoice in the Lord and grow in our understanding and appreciation of who He is.

This thought-provoking book invites you to explore the truth of God’s Word and discover how to nurture daily a spirit of gratitude and deep satisfaction.

Enjoy will open your eyes and your heart to the freedom of fully enjoying all God has given us!

 

Author:

Trillia J. Newbell is the author of two previous books, Fear and Faith and United. Her writings on issues of faith, family, and diversity have been published in the Knoxville News-Sentinel and Relevant Magazine, as well as on numerous websites, such as Desiring God, Christianity Today, and the Gospel Coalition. She is the director of community outreach for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. Trillia lives near Nashville with her husband, Thern, and their children.

 

 

Review:

A powerful book! One that I will gladly recommend to everyone I know. This is a great book on faith and the power God has on us in every aspect of our lives. We tend to feel guilty about doing the things we love. I will attest to this, I always feel guilty reading a book or going on date night with my hubby because I feel like I am missing out on time with my kids. This is a great reminder to do the things we love, to enjoy those few fleeting moments of quiet because we have to take care of ourselves too! My family always comes first and that is okay to a certain extent. I have to make sure that I have enough time for myself to do things that I love to do!

A powerful message that can not be said enough, find the joy in life. The author covers many topics in this book, truly covering every aspect of life and how we should cherish those moments. She shares so much of her own personal stories that it makes it easy to relate to her and her message. There is a lot of information in this book and a lot of scripture references which is helpful! This would be a great bible study book, at the end of each chapter their is an “apply what you’ve read” section. This includes some great information on how to use what you’ve learned throughout each chapter to help you enjoy yourself and the relationships you have with others.

Again, a wonderful book and  full of great information! I definitely recommend reading it!

 

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Beyond Suffering Bible~ Review

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Overview

There is hardly a person who doesn’t know someone dealing with a disability, disease, chronic illness, or other form of personal suffering. The Beyond Suffering Bible is the first study Bible to directly address those who suffer and the people who love and care for them. From bestselling author, singer, and radio host Joni Eareckson Tada and the experts at Joni and Friends Christian Institute on Disability, the Beyond Suffering Bible is filled with thousands of notes and features that invite readers into a conversation about suffering and its place in each person’s life. Each feature has been carefully created to provide readers with valuable information, meaningful encouragement, and challenging applications as they encounter God’s Word.

 

Review:

This is a really awesome bible! I love bibles, I have several already but when I see a new one to review I jump at the chance to do so! Bibles are amazing and honestly there are so many available these days that you can find just about any style you could ever want!

This one is a large book with nice size print. It has reading plans available and also has chapters laid out into handy little sections that refer to specific scriptures such as: how to seek God in suffering, trusting God, temptation, success and many others. It also has a nice introduction to the New Living Translation. There is also little connection points interspersed throughout the chapters that help connect what you are reading on that page to something you have already read.

It is a very nice bible! It also has a free resource website! beyondsuffering.com

I will be recommending it! I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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Bible Journaling~~~ It’s AMAZING!

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This is the book that we are covering in my new bible study group! It is amazing!! It covers most of Ephesians, and not only is it biblically informative but it is a great creative outlet. It is a great way to better understand the bible! Each week we go through the selected week, which takes about 30 minutes, and then we journal! It is a short and sweet get togehter among friends that is not only fun but it is educataional!

If you haven’t tried out bible journaling, you should! It is totally awesome and a great way to get to know your bible even more! There are many resources out there, especially Pinterest! It is a very popular thing to do now, and if you are not creative there are plenty of ready to color pages out there that are easily printed out.

Here are a few pictures of some of the fun things that we did during this study! If you are interested in purchasing the book for your bible study group or for yourself the links are below!!

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God Bless!