A Compassionate Reminder of God’s Provision

“In Want + Plenty: Waking Up to God’s Provision in a Land of Longing”. This title captured my attention and immediately filled me with feelings and images of my own story, my own life, my own desires and questions. Was it the same for you, too? Meredith McDaniel’s new book from Revell Publishers offers us a jumping-off point towards understanding God’s role as provider in our lives – not always in the way we want or expect, but always in the way we need. Continue reading

Incredible Retelling of Queen Esther’s Story

I am always impressed by Jill Eileen Smith’s talent in creating compelling, vivid, and truth-based Biblical Fiction stories. Her newest release from Revell Publishers is my very favorite of all her books so far. . . “Star of Persia: Esther’s Story” is a beautiful, heart-wrenching, inspiring story that intrigued me with the first page, and held my imagination captive right until the end. Continue reading

Powerful Truths About Prayer

Wow, just wow. Sheila Walsh’s new book is one of the most powerful and impacting non-fiction books I’ve read in a long time, and is about a subject that all Christian women can relate to: prayer. “Praying Women: How to Pray When You Don’t Know What to Say” shares insightful reflection about the power of prayer, and how it truly is one of the most life-changing things we can do. At the same time, Sheila acknowledges (with deep understanding and compassion) the struggles and difficulties that also come with growing as a praying woman. Continue reading

A Poignant Reminder That We Can Trust the Author of Our Stories

Stories. They are all around us, and while we each possess our own unique story, they all have something in common. . . They are all part of the greatest story ever told – God’s story. With warmth and wisdom, husband-and-wife author team Robert Wolgemuth and Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth help us embrace and believe that the title of their new book is true for us all: “You Can Trust God to Write Your Story: Embracing the Mysteries of Providence”. Continue reading

Another Powerful Book from Dr. Michelle Bengtson

Have you ever struggled with worry, anxiety, and fear? Yep, that could pretty much describe all of us at some point in our lives, right? As Christians, however, we have a few not-so-secret weapons to cope with and combat the battle against anxiety. Of course, this comes through claiming our identity in Christ, but sometimes that is easier said than done. Dr. Michelle Bengtson’s new book from Revell is a powerful volume that reminds us how each day we have the choice of “Breaking Anxiety’s Grip: How to Reclaim the Peace God Promises”. Continue reading

A Great Tool for Christians to Practice Mindfulness – Guest Review by Tracy

Did you know mindfulness has been practiced by Christians for centuries?  I did not know this.  In “Holy Noticing: The Bible, Your Brain, and the Mindful Space Between Moments”, the author shares tools to practice a mindful lifestyle and how to use it in our own lives.  He takes a common sense, experienced, and scientific view of present moment awareness, and mindfulness.  And, he examines and describes how to reduce anxiety in our lives by re-wiring our brain through what he calls “holy noticing”. Continue reading

Not My Favorite From Angela Hunt

Bestselling author Angela Hunt is renowned for her fascinating and insightful novels set in biblical eras. Her stories bring this period in history to life, and allow readers to feel as thought they are actually visiting the times and places and people of the Bible. Her newest release from Bethany House is the last installment of “The Silent Years” series, (set during the years between the Old Testament and the New Testament) and is entitled “King’s Shadow: A Novel of King Herod’s Court”. While still fascinating in its own way, it didn’t quite live up to my expectations of an Angela Hunt novel… Continue reading

Another Fantastic Non-Prophet Book from Todd Hampson

If you are like me, you’ve always considered the last book of the Bible to be confusing, strange, and not really applicable to people living today. A new book from Harvest House Publishers, however, completely debunks each of these myths and helps us understand the book of Revelation as the fascinating and relevant message to humanity that it is. “The Non-Prophet’s Guide to the Book of Revelation: Bible Prophecy for Everyone” is a user-friendly book that is carefully researched and backed by facts, and is packed with entertaining graphics and helpful visuals such as timelines and charts. If you are ready to begin uncovering what God is telling us in the words of Revelation, this book will set you off to a great start! Continue reading

A Delight From Start to Finish!

I’ll just give you fair warning – be prepared for a good amount of gushing about how fantastic this book was! (There, you’ve been warned!) “You Belong With Me” was written by Tari Faris and published by Revell as the first in the new “Restoring Heritage” series. I’ve never read anything by this author before, but now I cannot wait for her next story to release – I loved every word of “You Belong With Me” and found myself alternately smiling, wiping away tears, and laughing at the engaging story of Hannah, Luke, and the town of Heritage. Continue reading

Erica Wiggenhorn’s Long-Anticipated New Bible Study Is Amazing!

I have been waiting a loooong time for Erica Wiggenhorn’s new release from Moody Publishers – and at last it is here! “Unexplainable Jesus: Rediscovering the God You Thought You Knew – An 8-Week Bible Study of Luke” is a powerful, 40-lesson study that challenges us to “step into the streets of Jerusalem and encounter the Jewish Rabbi who turned the world upside down.” Continue reading