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 Beautiful Easter Tradition for Families

Are you like me, with the Easter season always seeming to sneak up on us until we suddenly realize that Good Friday is only a few days away? This is often how I feel, and so when I discovered Asheritah Ciuciu’s new Lenten-season devotional from Moody Publishers, I was so excited to use it as a way to prepare spiritually for the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection. 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 Must-Have Journal For All Writers – Aspiring and Experienced Alike

January is a month of goal-setting and resolutions. This month I’ve started a new daily habit that I’m hoping will kick-start my creativity for writing again, and I think all writers (aspiring or experienced) will enjoy it as much as I do. “My Unedited Writing Year: 365 Invitations to Free Your Creativity and the Writer Within” was written by Hope Lyda and published by Harvest House at the end of 2019. It is truly a one-of-a-kind volume. I’ve been following along with the prompts every day this month, and am enthusiastic to continue using this interactive journal for the entire year of 2020 – who knows what will come of this exciting adventure?! 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

Stretch Your Creativeness – Guest Review by Tracy

“Created for More: 30 Days to Seeing Your World In a New Way” is a small book, perfect for picking up and reading a bit at a time.  The subtitle of this book is exactly right.  It enables you to see your world in a new way.  I didn’t read it in 30 days, instead I read one devotional (about 3 pages long), and thought about, used, and applied these words for a few days.  Then when I felt ready I would read the next one, and do the same thing again.  Continue reading

The Perfect Way to Start Your Day

Susie Larson is an author I greatly respect, and whenever a new book releases with her name on it I quickly try and add it to my reading list. Her newest volume from Bethany House Publishers is entitled “Blessings for the Soul: Words of Grace and Peace for Your Heart”. This lovely little book is packaged as a floral hardcover with a ribbon bookmark and thick pages that are printed with botanic designs – but the true merit comes from the words on the pages. . . Continue reading