A Springboard For Outdoor Adventures! – Guest Review by Hayley

“This Outdoor Life” by Laurie Kehler is a new release from Harvest House publishers.  As you can see from the subtitle “Finding God in the Heart of Nature”, this book is a treasure trove metaphors between God and His Creation. Continue reading

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A Beautiful Metaphor of “Pruning Open” Our Lives

Have you ever heard of the gardening technique called “pruning open”? I hadn’t either, until I read the fascinating, challenging, beautiful new book written by Michelle DeRusha and published by BakerBooks in the new year of 2019. Entitled “True You: Letting Go of Your False Self to Uncover the Person God Created”, this compelling book is based on a powerful and easy to understand (but not always easy to apply) metaphor that is so perfectly fitting for us as Christians. Continue reading

This Beautifully Designed Bible is a Work of Art – Guest Review by Hayley

I was looking for an NIV translation Bible, and this one was the obvious choice for many reasons.

As a musician, my eye was caught immediately by this gorgeous hand-painted design of musical notes and symbols winding among the delicate flowers against a mint green background.  It is truly beautiful and inspiring. Continue reading

A Health and Wellness Guide with a Biblical Foundation

Sometimes a book’s title accurately and succinctly describes exactly what you can expect to find within the pages. That is the case with a new book by Nelson Searcy and Jennifer Dykes Henson – “The New You: A Guide to Better Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual Wellness”. Published by BakerBooks early in the new year of 2019, this book is a practical yet exciting, user-friendly resource to help us form new habits and, consequently, improve our health. Continue reading

Heather Holleman’s New Book Reminds Us That We Are Chosen for Christ

Heather Holleman is an author I greatly respect, as she always challenges me to think outside the box and dive deeper into some of the key verbs of Scripture. I’ve previously enjoyed her books “Included in Christ”, “Seated with Christ”, and “Guarded by Christ”, and was excited to begin her newest work from Moody Publishers entitled “Chosen for Christ: Stepping Into the Life You’ve Been Missing”. As Heather urges us, “It’s time to stop letting rejection write your story”. Continue reading

Fascinating Biblical Fiction About One of Judea’s Greatest Leaders

Angela Hunt’s masterfully written biblical fiction always exceeds my expectations. As we step into the pages of the story, we are carried back in time to Israel before the birth of Jesus, and can see, hear, smell, taste, and almost touch the ancient setting that envelops us. Ms. Hunt’s newest novel is just as incredible (and based on historical fact) as her previous works, and is a continuation of her “Silent Years” series. “Jerusalem’s Queen: A Novel of Salome Alexandra” is the story of one of Judea’s greatest rulers, who lived in the time period between the writing of the Old Testament and the New Testament. In fact, Salome Alexandra’s reign ended only a few years before the Messiah was born, and her peaceful influence over Jerusalem (after a time of unrest and horrific atrocities from the leaders of the nation) paved the way for Jesus’ lifetime. Continue reading

A Fresh Look at Psalm 23 – Guest Review by Hayley

“Grace in the Valley” by Heath Adamson is a remarkable addition to the Christian Non-Fiction genre from Baker.  Written by an author who has certainly seen valleys in his life, compassion and understanding are evident as we are shown new depths and layers to David’s beloved Psalm 23.   Continue reading

Lysa’s New Book Helps Us Find Unexpected Strength in the Midst of Shattering Disappointments

Many women around the world have found hope, encouragement, and inspiration from the messages of Lysa TerKeurst’s numerous books. Her newest release from Thomas Nelson Publishers is entitled “It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered”, and is undoubtedly her most raw and transparent book to date. In these pages, Lysa helps us process a question that we all ask at some point in our lives; “What do you do when God’s timing seems questionable, His lack of intervention hurtful, and His promises doubtful?” Sound familiar? Then you’ve come to the right place. Continue reading

Looking for an Achievable New Year’s Resolution? Start by Switching On Your Brain Every Day!!

Dr. Caroline Leaf’s newest book makes the ideal New Year’s gift, both for yourself and for your loved ones. “Switch On Your Brain Every Day: 365 Readings for Peak Happiness, Thinking, and Health” is a new release from BakerBooks, and makes fantastic daily reading material for anyone who has enjoyed Dr. Leaf’s previous works, such as “Switch On Your Brain” and “The Perfect You”. It could also certainly be enjoyed and learned from even if you haven’t read these titles, but the greatest benefit will be gained if you are familiar with the concepts of Dr. Leaf’s Switch On Your Brain 5-Step Learning Process. Continue reading

A Powerful, 365-Day Devotional from John Eldredge – Guest Review by Hayley

John Eldredge is one of my go-to authors for spiritual development books.  I was absolutely thrilled to see a year-long devotional as his newest book: “Restoration Year: A 365-Day Devotional”. Continue reading