Esther’s Story Like We’ve Never Seen It Before

When I saw the newest addition to the Moody Bible Studies for Women collection, I was so excited to see the topic!  “Summoned: Answering a Call to the Impossible – An 8-Week Study of Esther” was written by Megan B. Brown, and is about the book of the Bible named after a young, secretly-Jewish queen…  But let me also say, this book takes you on a journey deep behind-the-scenes of Esther’s story that is unlike any you’ve taken before.  

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GirlDefined’s First Devotional Is Awesome!

I have read each and every one of Kristen Clark and Bethany Beal’s books, and I was so excited to see them release a devotional for the first time this spring!  “Shine Bright: 60 Days to Becoming a Girl Defined by God” is a beautiful little hardcover from BakerBooks, and more importantly, the inside is packed with 60 daily doses of hope, reflection, and guidance for getting into God’s word.  

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Thoughtful New Collection from Hannah Anderson

Every book I’ve read by Hannah Anderson is like a retreat for the soul, a space where I can be quiet, calm, and contemplative.  “Turning of Days: Lessons from Nature, Season, and Spirit” was released by Moody Publishers and is a bit different from her usual books, mainly because, as Hannah herself explains, it is “a collection of devotional essays (rather than in my typical book-length form) because I want to invite you to slow down and reflect on nature’s testimony.”  It is organized by the four seasons, and includes beautifully simple sketches and illustrations completed by Hannah’s husband Nathan.   

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Answering the Question: What Does Art Have To Do With Faith?

“Discovering God Through the Arts: How We Can Grow Closer to God by Appreciating Beauty & Creativity” is a new release from Moody Publishers that immediately caught my attention.  In this book, author Terry Glaspey asks (and answers) the question “what does art have to do with faith?”  I’ve always been interested in this topic, because I believe that art – including music, films, novels, etc. – can be beneficial for more than just entertainment.  This book helped me articulate HOW the arts can help build our faith and encourage thoughtful contemplation and growth in all areas of life.

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Annie Helps Us Bring The FUN Back!

I am quite certain that I’ll be in the minority when I say that I just finished reading “That Sounds Fun” by Annie F. Downs WITHOUT having ever listened to her podcast by the same name, but let me assure you that I have already bookmarked several episodes of the podcast that definitely sound very fun to me! Annie’s new book was published by Revell early in the year 2021, and the subtitle gives us a little hint of just what sorts of treasures we will discover within its pages: The Joys Of Being An Amateur, The Power Of Falling In Love, And Why You Need A Hobby. Sounds fun, right? Continue reading

A Journey of Faithfulnes with Habakkuk

Have you ever experienced a particular book being dropped into your lap at precisely the time when you most needed it? That was the case for me with a new release in the Moody Bible Studies for Women series, written by Dannah Gresh. “Habakkuk: Remembering God’s Faithfulness When He Seems Silent – A 6-Week Bible Study” arrived in my mailbox at a very opportune time, and I have grown and learned so much because of this powerful book. Continue reading

A Bible Atlas That’s So Easily Accessible! Guest Review by Hayley

“The Basic Bible Atlas: A Fascinating Guide to the Land of the Bible” by John A. Beck is the first book I have read that focuses deeply on the geographical settings of the Bible.  Many readers, including myself, will wonder why geography is really that important to understanding the Bible.  It turns out, however, that it is!

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Diving Into the Encounter Between Jesus and Nicodemus

Whether you are new in your walk as a Christian, have been a follower of Christ for a long time, or are still wondering if you should take the step of professing Jesus as your Savior, a new book from BakerBooks is certain to answer many of your questions.

“New Life in Christ: What Really Happens When You’re Born Again And Why It Matters” was written by Steven J. Lawson and takes an in-depth look at the Scripture passage in John 3, where an encounter between Jesus and a man named Nicodemus lays the foundation for all believers who would follow. . . This exchange defines and explains the nature of spiritual rebirth, and all that this means in the life of a Christian. Continue reading

How I Loved This Heartfelt Book…

Are you in search of a book that will help you grow in your faith and challenge you to see the obstacles and difficulties in your life as an opportunity to climb closer to God? “Made to Move Mountains: How God Uses our Dreams and Disasters to Accomplish the Impossible” is a beautiful, soul-wrenching book that was written by Kristen Welch and published by BakerBooks. Continue reading

Challenging and Convicting New Title from Christine Hoover

I have found that you can always count on Christine Hoover to provide a hard-hitting message with her books – and her newest release from BakerBooks is no exception. “With All Your Heart: Living Joyfully Through Allegiance to King Jesus” is a powerful book that compels readers to answer this question: If our hearts are made for allegiance to a king and kingdom (which they are) who and what are we consciously and unconsciously pledging our loyalty to? Who and what are we truly living for, with the thoughts and words and actions of our daily lives? It’s a profound question, and one that challenged and convicted me simultaneously. Continue reading