A Thought-Provoking Resource

I can always count on a Spiritual Growth book from Moody Publishers to be challenging and insightful, and the newly published volume by Daniel Henderson is no exception. “Transforming Presence: How the Holy Spirit Changes Everything – From the Inside Out” is a powerful little book that was written to answer the question, “Why did Jesus say it would be better for Him to go?” If you pick up this book, you will undoubtedly begin to unpack and ponder not only this question, but many others related to the Holy Spirit as well. Continue reading

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A Long-Awaited Sequel in the Shadows Over England series – Guest Review by Hayley

After “A Name Unknown” became one of my all-time favourite novels, I could not have been more eager to read its sequel, “A Song Unheard”.  In this new story, we are invited into the story of Willa Forsythe and Lukas De Wilde, the first to whom we were already introduced in the previous book. Continue reading

Newest Moody Bible Study Unpacks Jesus’ “I AM” Statements

The incredibly rich, wisdom-packed and in-depth Moody Bible Studies for Women have a new addition to their series! Written by Becky Harling, the new 8-week Bible study is entitled “Who Do You Say That I Am: A Fresh Encounter for Deeper Faith”. In this study, we explore some of Jesus’ most impacting statements – his I AM statements.

The I AM statements of Jesus include:

  • I Am He
  • I Am the Bread of Life
  • I Am the Good Shepherd
  • I Am the Light
  • I Am the Resurrection and the Life
  • I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life
  • I Am the Vine
  • I Am the Living One – The First and The Last

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A Story Shared with Humility and Honesty – Guest Review by Hayley

One of Revell Publishing’s newest releases to the non-fiction market is “Hurt Road” by none other than Mark Lee, guitarist for the Christian band Third Day.  In a gentle, friendly style, Mark Lee invites us to join him in the stories he has lived, offering us a glimpse into “the music, the memories, and the miles between”.  While “Hurt Road” is a book that can easily be enjoyed by anyone, I would especially recommend it to those with a love of music, as much of the book is written from the perspective of a musician. Continue reading

A Final Visit to Prince Edward Island. . .

It’s not every day that the second or third book in a series outshines the first. . . However, I’ve just finished a story which provides proof that it can happen! The “Prince Edward Island Dreams” series, written by Liz Johnson and published by Revell, began with “The Red Door Inn”, followed by “Where Two Hearts Meet”, and has just concluded with the best installment of them all: “On Love’s Gentle Shore”. Released in July of 2017, and obviously set on Canada’s smallest province of Prince Edward Island, this book was a must-read for me during the month of Canada’s 150th birthday. Continue reading

The Final Chapter of the Belmont Mansion Saga… A Masterpiece

Have you ever read a book that was so beautiful, so masterfully written, and reached so far into the depths of your heart that any words you used to describe it felt woefully inadequate? That is exactly my predicament after reading the long-awaited conclusion to the unforgettable “Belmont Mansion” series by Tamera Alexander, entitled “A Note Yet Unsung”. Although several characters are recurring from the previous books in the series, (including Belmong Mansion, which is almost a character itself!) “A Note Yet Unsung” is a brand-new story all of its own. If you haven’t already guessed from the title, the primary theme of this novel is the art of music. Continue reading

You Will Be Changed

long-way-gone-imageLyrical. Honest. Inquiring. Beautiful. I could continue, but these four words give you at least a partial picture of the depth and power held in the pages of a new book by Charles Martin, entitled “Long Way Gone”. Published by Thomas Nelson in 2016, this is the first novel by Charles Martin that I have ever read. It won’t be my last! Rarely do Christian novels probe as deeply into the human heart and touch readers in as many profound ways as “Long Way Gone” does. Quite simply, once you read it you won’t forget it. It may even change you as a person. Continue reading

Compassionate and Understanding

hope-prevails-imageIf you or someone you love has ever experienced a season of sadness and desolation, if you (or they) have ever felt hopeless and overwhelmed by life, you simply must read a new book published by Revell in 2016. It is appropriately entitled “Hope Prevails: Insights from a Doctor’s Personal Journey through Depression”, and was written by Dr. Michelle Bengtson. This book is NOT a textbook-like volume filled with the latest scientific studies and newly discovered “cures”, nor is it a memoir filled with all the details of one person’s struggles. Instead, this book is a combination of many things, and each one points toward the truth of God’s word on the subject. Continue reading

A Unique Experience for Christian Music Fans… Hillsong: Let Hope Rise!

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This review was written by a special guest blogger and all-things-musical expert, my sister Hayley!

Most fans of the Christian music genre have heard of Hillsong. Their music sings of hope, redemption, mercy, and love. In “Hillsong: Let Hope Rise”, fans will receive a new look at the “behind the scenes” aspects of their musical productions. They will meet the people who have worked so tirelessly in their ministry to create beloved songs like Hosanna, Oceans, and Touch the Sky. Continue reading

The Carols of Christmas – A Guest Review by Hayley

Carols_of_Cristmas_title_imageMusic history buffs rejoice! Andrew Gant has gifted you with a true gem when it comes to the origination of many timeless Christmas masterpieces. The Carols of Christmas, published by Thomas Nelson in 2015, is a wealth of information, right down to the very last detail, on numerous of our favourite Christmas songs.

The amount of time and meticulous research that obviously went into this book is astounding. Mr. Gant is clearly passionate about the history of music, and in this case, Christmas carols. His enthusiasm and attention to every intricate detail is admirable, impressive, and will be appreciated by those who are like-minded.

Although this book deserves praise for the much effort that was evidently put into its writing, I personally Continue reading