So many things have the power to change our lives dramatically – loss, fear, betrayal, failure. Though we might feel like giving up when we’re beaten down, there is life – abundant, exciting, and fulfilling – if we can trust God with this new chapter.
After a series of traumatic losses in his own life, pastor John Westfall realized that when everything feels like it’s ending, sometimes God is starting something new. Through his own dramatic story, the stories of others, and wisdom from Scripture, Westfall shares with the weary the peace of acceptance, the pleasure of release, and the power of risk.
You don’t have to wait until life is perfect to follow God into a new adventure – even if you didn’t sign up for it.
– from author’s website
For some reason I was expecting this book to be slightly different than it was. I don’t entirely know why because when I read the book description after finishing the book, it still fit with the contents. Even though my expectations were different than what I got, it was still a decent book. Westfall had some good points and it was written in understandable language. He shares of himself yet always points back to God and how the lessons he’s learned in his own life and continues to learn could help us. With that being said, I didn’t find it much different than many of the books out there on Christian living. It didn’t stand out in my mind as a book people must read.
Be Amazed by God’s Grace!
Bring new joy to your time in God’s Word by incorporating beauty and creativity. As a gentle tonic for the busyness and worries of your life, this travel-sized coloring book devotional will help you focus your attention and calm your hurried soul.
Each page spread includes Scripture, devotional thoughts, and images to color that are all designed to reconnect you with the God who knows your every need. Grab your colored pencils, crayons, or markers and set yourself free to create. But most importantly: relax, have fun, and be blessed by God’s grace.
– from publisher’s website
<div align="justify"This is the first adult coloring book I've done and I enjoyed it for the most part. It is meant to be used as a devotional and I found it an interesting idea to include group questions to be able to do it like a Bible study. I enjoyed coloring the pictures, although they sometimes seemed too detailed to color. What I mean by that is that there were birds with hearts on them or some sections were so small that it was hard to stay within the lines except when the pencil crayon was freshly sharpened. So if you don't want to take the time and effort that it takes to color something really detailed, this probably wouldn't be the best book for you, but it does offer some excellent thoughts and some excellent pictures.
"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc."
The world goes out of its way to make you believe you are not good enough. Maybe you aren’t sure you like where you’ve been, or who you’ve become. Maybe someone has made you believe a lie about who you are by speaking damaging words to you. The discovery of our true identities does not begin by looking within ourselves, but by looking to the One who made us. It is time to tear off the false name tags that cover up your true identity. Understanding who you are begins with knowing Whose you are so you can embrace your destiny as a child of the one true King.
– from book’s website
I love Matthew West’s songs and think he is an excellent songwriter so I was excited to read this book. I enjoyed his stories as they gave an insight into his life and what inspires his songwriting. They were really thought out about how he incorporated them into each point he wanted to bring across. He uses stories from his life, the lives of people he’s met, and from people who have written to him. I enjoyed the writing style as well. I found it to be a conversational style and wasn’t too theological nor too flowery. It had serious moments, as well as lighter moments.
For all the fullness of God available to His daughters, we often feel limited by two defining insecurities: I am too much, and I am not enough.
Co-authors and best friends Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan have felt the same, until one essential question turned the tables on it all: If God is wild and free and he created women, what does this mean for us today?
Wild and Free is an anthem and an invitation in equal parts to find freedom from the cultural captivity that holds us back, and freedom to step into the wild and holy call of God in our lives. With fresh biblical insight tracing all the way back to Eve and a treasury of practical application, the authors reveal how women today can walk in the true liberty we already have in Jesus.
– from LifeWay
Wild and Free gave two different perspectives on what it meant to live wild and free with Christ as a woman. I liked how the authors had different personalities and temperaments to include both the “strong woman” and “meek woman”. We both need to live wild and free and the authors captured what it means from both sides. I also liked that they included a response at the end of the chapter from the other on how that chapter also applied to them. The book also gave a different perspective than what culture often makes me think of what wild and free living is like.
The Truth About Angels
Myths about angels are everywhere. Do we become angels when we die? Are angels always hovering nearby, on guard to protect us from danger? Can we talk to them? Many of our ideas about angels come from the media, which is more interested in ratings and ticket sales than truth. It’s important for Christians to understand what angels really are.
Pastor Jack Graham walks you through Scripture, revealing the truth about angels and what they offer us: encouragement, counsel, confirmation of God’s will, strength, protection, wisdom, companionship, and more. Focusing on practical application, Dr. Graham separates fact from fiction and demonstrates that the main role of angels isn’t to draw attention to themselves, but to point us toward Christ.
– from publisher’s website
Angels by Jack Graham is an excellent book for people who want to get a biblical view of angels. I could tell that Graham did his research on biblical accounts of angels. I liked how he applied it to our lives and how we relate to God. He didn’t just take angels out of the context of a relationship with God. I also liked how he included day to day examples of how knowing different things about angels would and should affect our lives.
Imagine that Jesus walks up to you, right now, and asks you to follow him. He doesn’t tell you where, and he doesn’t tell you what it will entail. He just asks you to come.
Will you say yes?
In her warm, conversational way, bestselling author and Proverbs 31 speaker Suzanne Eller shows how, when you say yes, you take a step away from the uncertainty, the to-do list, the worries and excuses. And you take a step toward the One who promises to delight and surprise, who will transform who you are, how you live, and how you impact the world.
So come. Walk with Jesus. Listen to his words. Step into the harder places of faith – but not alone. Learn who you are, but more so who he is to you.
The road will wind, your feet will get dusty. But you will discover the unexpected beauty of following where he leads. And that is worth everything.
Each chapter includes “Taking It Deeper” reflection questions, a Scripture, a Prayer, and Application steps for “Living As A Disciple”.
– from author’s website
I enjoyed this book and how Suzanne Eller used the twelve disciples as the focus and what we can learn from their lives. It gave more depth to them and showed that Jesus chose ordinary people to follow Him. I also liked that she used personal stories from her own life and those she knew to bring the lessons she learned through the disciples stories into this day and age. She was willing to share her struggles and hard times that she’s been through. At the end of each chapter, there are thought-provoking questions to get you to think about what you read in the chapter and how it could apply to your life. Overall, it’s a nice little book that takes you through the book of Luke and the disciples stories.