Growing a Strong Marriage

Growing a Strong Marriage

We all long to have a strong marriage, one that is built on trust, honor, respect, love but most importantly, Jesus Christ. Through 20 years of marriage, we have tried different things but the one thing that works is having the foundation of our marriage built on Christ. When I had the opportunity to review a new study on marriage, I jumped at the opportunity. Growing a Strong Marriage study series is a wonderful tool that I highly recommend to all married couples and engaged couples. I had the privilege to review Volume 1: Starting Strong.

Starting Strong has interviews from some famous Christian authors and leaders: Jon and Stasi Eldridge, Gary and Lisa Thomas, Art and Lysa TerKeurst, Chip and Theresa Ingram, Gordon and Gail MacDonald and Les and Leslie Parrott. This study will help you pursue deeper communication and understanding with one another. It will help you both become rooted and grounded together in Christ as well as being committed to one another.

The DVD consist of 4 sessions: How We Met, Foundation in Marriage, Identity in Christ and Paths to Christ in Marriage. With the DVD and study guide, you will learn to build a strong and solid biblical foundation with each other. Growing a Strong Marriage is the tool that I wished we would have had sooner. I am so glad we have it now.

I received a copy of the book and DVD for free, a favorable review was not required all opinions expressed are my own.

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Gospel-Centered Mom

Gospel-Centered Mom
Brooke McGlothlin

About the Book:

It’s Time to Stop Trying to Be the Perfect Mom

You long to be the mom your kids need, but often you’re convinced you come up short. The label “not enough” seems to be stamped across everything you do—and yet parenting is the one thing you want most to get right.

What if the solution is simply to embrace the truth that you are not enough—but God is?

In Gospel-Centered Mom Brooke McGlothlin reveals how our entire approach to motherhood shifts when we stop chasing our vision of a perfect family and start full-out pursuing God. With refreshing candor, Brooke examines the daunting task of raising children in the light of God’s Word and challenges you to:

· embrace your moment-by-moment need for Jesus
· release the stress of believing everything is your responsibility
· learn to fight for rather than against your child
· believe that the story God is writing with your life is worth the sacrifice
· practice the daily disciplines that lead to Gospel-centered parenting

As you learn to anchor your life in the Gospel, you’ll find increased freedom, purpose, and joy in motherhood. And you’ll discover that Jesus is more than capable of meeting every need, for your children and for you.

About the Author:

Brooke McGlothlin is cofounder and president of Raising Boys Ministries and The MOB (Mothers of Boys) Society, an online community for BoyMoms. The author of several books and resources for mothers, her words of encouragement and inspiration have been featured on LifeWay’s ParentLife blog, the Proverbs 31 Devotional Site, and Ann Voskamp’s A Holy Experience. Brooke lives in the mountains of southwest Virginia with her husband and their two sons.

 

 

My Review:

I can honestly admit that I am one of those mothers who is always hard on herself, tells herself you are not the mom you need or should be, and always wish that I can be the mom that I see others have. It wasn’t until I read Gospel Centered Mom that I had a new approach on being a mom. I’m not perfect and will never be, but I serve a loving God who is perfect. Brooke McGlothlin explains what happens when we stop chasing a vision of a having a perfect family and start full-out pursuing God. She talks about the task of raising children in the light of God’s word and challenges each of us to several practices like: embracing your moment-by-moment need for Jesus, releasing the stress of believing everything is your responsibility, learning to fight for rather than against your child, believing that the story of God is writing with your life is worth the sacrifice, and practicing the daily disciplines that lead to Gospel-centered parenting.

I know first hand how different your children act when you are raising them in a God-centered home. When we were doing daily devotionals, our girls listened, they did their homework, they did their chores and they enjoyed going to church. When life got to busy and we stopped the devotions things changed. That is why Daily Devotions are very important in our home.

I have found this book to be a must read for all moms. It has opened my eyes to the things that I need to start doing and to the things I don’t need to waste my time on.

I received a copy of this book for free, a favorable review was not required. All opinions expressed are my own.

 

 

31 Proverbs to Light Your Path

31 Proverbs to Light Your Path
Liz Curtis Higgs

About the Book:

Take Heart, Beloved.
His Light Is Shining,
And Your Path Is Clear.

Wherever you are on your journey, here is the wisdom you need for the road ahead. Maybe you’re stuck and want to move forward. Or you feel anxious and long to know what’s next. Or you’re ready for an uplifting reminder that God holds your future in His loving hands.

Chosen by hundreds of women as their favorite verses in Proverbs, these thirty-one nuggets of truth reveal how faithfully God honors His promise, “I will instruct you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths” (Proverbs 4:11).

Best-selling author Liz Curtis Higgs examines each word with care and adds a sprinkling of humor through her honest stories and personal examples. For each verse you’ll find a unique “One Minute, One Step” challenge—a do-it-now task that requires one minute or less. You’ll soon discover how practical and meaningful the book of Proverbs is as you apply its ancient wisdom to your thoroughly modern life.

With a study guide included, 31 Proverbs to Light Your Path is a daily devotional and a small-group Bible study, wrapped in a beautiful gift book brimming with encouragement!

About the Author: 

Liz Curtis Higgs has one goal: to help women embrace the grace of God with joy and abandon. She is the author of more than thirty books with 4.6 million copies in print, including her nonfiction bestsellers, Bad Girls of the Bible, The Girl’s Still Got It, The Women of Christmas, and The Women of Easter; her award-winning Parable Treasury for children; and several Scottish historical novels, including her New York Times bestseller, Mine Is the Night.

A seasoned professional speaker and Bible study teacher, Liz has toured with Women of Faith, Extraordinary Women, and Women of Joy, and has spoken at more than 1,700 conferences in all fifty states of the United States and fifteen foreign countries.

Liz is happily married to Bill Higgs, who serves as director of operations for her speaking and writing office. They share their life together in a nineteenth-century farmhouse in Louisville, Kentucky with their twin tabby cats, Boaz and Samson.

My Review:

I love Liz Curtis Higgs! I have had the opportunity to see her speak at Women of Faith and she is truly a woman after God’s own heart. She is on fire for God and lives to write books to help women be the same way. Her books have helped me in so many ways.

31 Proverbs to Light Your Path is the perfect companion to reading the Proverbs. Its a daily devotional that can be used as a devotional, or a Bible study all wrapped in one package. This book contains a study guide in the back. Liz has taken 31 verses that women have chosen as their favorite verses from Proverbs, these thirty-one nuggets of truth reveal how faithfully God honors His promise from Proverbs 4:11, “I will instruct you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths.”

I loved each devotional but most importantly I really enjoyed the One Minute, One Step Challenge after each devotional. This is a do-it-now task that only requires one minute or less.

This book has been a wonderful tool and I highly recommend it to each lady out there. Perfect gift idea!!

I received a copy of this book for free, a favorable review was not required, all opinions expressed are my own.

Know Who You Are. Live Like It Matters

Know Who You Are. Live Like It Matters.
Tim Tebow

About the Book:

The World Does Not Define You!
Nobody said your life would be easy. And the older you get, the more difficult it seems to become. Deep down you may know your value as a person isn’t defined by wearing cool name-brand clothes, scoring points for a sports team, or even by having a huge number of social media followers. And you’re right! Your identity resides in something—in fact, Someone—much greater than anything this world can offer:

The only identity worth having…is found in Jesus Christ!

American sports icon, Tim Tebow knows firsthand what it’s like to face pressure head-on. In Know Who You Are. Live Like It Matters, he shares the wisdom he’s learned—not from what the world says, but from what God says in His Word.

Tim will guide you through thirty-six weeks of lessons, each based on a key Scripture, to discover who you are—by learning more about whose you are! You will also have the opportunity to write down your thoughts, feelings, and ideas on topics such as:
* Building godly character
* Maintaining great relationships
* Standing out from the crowd
* Doing things that matter in the big picture

Get ready to live bigger than ever before…with your faith and identity secured in a God who loves you beyond measure!

About the Author:

Tim Tebow is a MLB player, a two-time national college football champion, first round NFL draft pick, Heisman trophy winner, and author of the New York Times bestseller Shaken. After college, he founded the Tim Tebow Foundation that exists to bring faith, hope and love to those needing a brighter day. The foundation fulfills this mission by making dreams come true for children with life-threatening illnesses, taking care of thousands of orphans worldwide, providing life-changing surgeries for children in the Philippines, and fighting for those who can’t fight for themselves. Learn more at http://www.timtebowfoundation.org.

A.J. Gregory is known for over thirty-five book collaborations, including several New York Times bestsellers, with fascinating high-profile figures from celebrities to scientists. She is also the author of two books, Messy Faith and Silent Savior. A.J., her husband, and their three kids live in New Jersey. Learn more at http://www.ajgregorybooks.com.

My Review:

As a homeschool parent, I’m always looking for books that my kids can read that will help them and when I seen Tim Tebow had a new book coming out that was for homeschoolers, I knew I had to get it. I have read Shaken by Tim and loved it. When I was able to review Know Who You Are. Live Like It Matters. I knew this was going to be a great book that not only would I enjoy but my girls as well.

In this book, Tim shares the wisdom he had learned from what God says in His Word. Tim was homeschooled as well and I knew this would be something that me and my family could benefit from. Its thirty-six weeks of lessons, each one is based on a key scripture, to help you discover who you are by learning whose you are. You are able to write down your thoughts, feelings and ideas on topics such as:

Building Godly Character, Maintaining Great Relationships, Standing Out From The Crowd, and Doing Things That Matter In The Big Picture.

Overall, this is great book that I recommend to all homeschooling parents. It can be used as a devotional, for your Bible lesson, or even for writing.

I received a copy of this book for free, a favorable review was not required. All opinions expressed are my own.

Chazown

Chazown

Craig Groeschel

 

About the Book:

You Can’t Really Live Without It
 
“Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18, kjv)

Tired of living half a life—or even a waking nightmare? Struggling to find meaning in a job you don’t like? Facing graduation or mid-life changes in a faltering economy? Wishing you could rekindle a dream you gave up long ago?

It’s time to get your vision checked!

In this practical, energizing guide, pastor and author Craig Groeschel shows how to live life fully by finding, naming, and achieving your unique, God-given goal. The secret: knowing your chazown, a Hebrew word for “vision,” “dream,” or “revelation.”

You’ll see how to identify your chazown by taking a fresh look at your core values, spiritual gifts, and experiences. You’ll understand the big picture—and the vital details. In this book—now newly revised and updated—you’ll find . . .

·         A brand new introduction
·         Step-by-step instructions to uncover your chazown
·         Personal stories that show the principles at work
·         “You’re the Author” activities to help you apply what you’re learning
·         “Key Thoughts” that capture and make it easy to remember crucial concepts
·          A lively, thought-provoking study guide for individuals or groups

“Is something missing from your life? Are you aware that God has more for you? Seek Him. He will give you a chazown. And not just any, but one that is tailored specifically for you.”
—Craig Groeschel

Hard to Pronounce, Easy to Discover
 
Chazown (kha-ZONE) is the Hebrew word for the dream, revelation, or vision God was thinking about when he made you. You’re one of a kind, placed on earth with a plan that’s yours alone to carry out. God isn’t hiding it. He wants you to know and embrace it!

Fulfilling your chazown is one of the most enjoyable, rewarding things you’ll ever do—because the blueprint is customized by your architect, the One who knows you best. That doesn’t mean it’s always easy though, which is why author Craig Groeschel provides plenty of battle-tested ways to stay on course.

Why waste another day aiming for the wrong target—or none at all? Take your first steps toward pursuing God’s chazown for you!

About the Author:

Craig Groeschel is the founding and senior pastor of Life.Church. Meeting in multiple locations around the United States, and globally at Church Online, Life.Church is known for the innovative use of technology to spread the Gospel.

With a passion for serving the Church and partnering to reach people for Christ, Life.Church develops and shares resources and applications with churches worldwide. Life.Church also developed YouVersion and the Bible App. Created to help increase access and engagement with the Bible, the Bible App has been installed on more than 250 million devices and in every country of the world.

Craig and his wife, Amy, have six children and live in the Edmond, Oklahoma area where Life.Church began in 1996. He speaks frequently at conferences worldwide, hosts the Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast, and is a New York Times best-selling author.

 

My Review:

We go through life feeling like there is so much more we can offer. Sometimes we even feel like what we do doesn’t matter, we feel lost. I’m guilty of feeling this way, sometimes I sit and think why is my life so mundane. It wan’t until I picked up Craig Groeschel’s book, Chazown: Discover and Pursue God’s Purpose for Your Life that I found the true meaning of my life. First of all, I know you are probably wondering what Chazown means: Chazown (kha-ZONE) is a hebrew word for the dream, revelation, or vision God was thinking about when he made you. (taken from the back cover)

Psalm 139:14 says, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (NIV) We are made in God’s image, we are one of kind, there is no one else like us. We each have a purpose, a plan that is ours to carry out, God has trusted us with it. Sometimes we are uncertain of those plans. Chazown will help you to understand that plan for our lives.

Pastor Craig Groeschel provides for us step by step instructions to uncover our chazown, there is personal stories that show these principles at work, there is also “You’re the Author” activities, along with “Key Thoughts” that capture and make it easy to remember crucial concepts and a study guide that can be used individually or with a small group.

Overall, this is a great book, a real eye opener to me. It has helped me to see the purpose for my life.

I received a copy of this book for free, a favorable review was not required, all opinions expressed are my own.

 

 

The Will of God IS the Word of God!

The Will of God IS the Word of God

James MacDonald

About the Book:

Is God’s will top-secret?

When it comes to God’s will, you may live in fear that He is holding out on you somehow. Yet, the Bible clearly reveals God’s will for your life. You only need to listen.

When it comes to discovering God’s will, author and pastor James MacDonald finds historic misunderstandings among Christians:

•           “Can you ever be sure about what God wants you to do?”
•           “What if you discover you’ve been doing something other than His will?”
•           “If you somehow stepped out of God’s will at some point, can you ever get back on track, or is your situation hopeless?”

Are you in God’s will now?  Is a confident answer to that question ever possible?

About the Author:

JAMES MACDONALD is founding pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel, a suburban Chicago church composed of many new Christians that has grown to more than 6,000 worshipers in its fourteen-year history. He has spoken extensively at retreats and Bible conferences and is the author of three other books, as well as articles in noted Christian magazines. He can be heard daily through the half-hour radio broadcast, Walk in the Word, which is aired on more than 500 stations around the country. A new one-minute feature with James, called Listen Up, is now in syndication and is heard on more than 1,000 stations nationwide.

My Review:

All of my Christian walk, I have been asked “Do you know God’s will for your life?” I would always answer that I’m unsure, how do I know what God’s will for my life is. Only to get the answer, you will know what God’s will is for your life. I will say that I always had a small sense of what God’s will is but wasn’t always certain. It wasn’t until I picked up a copy of James MacDonald’s new book, The Will of God is the Word of God that I understood completely the answer to that question we all ask, “What is God’s will for my life?”

Pastor James MacDonald takes you through questions and answers and then explains how we will know what God’s will is. The answer is simple and one we never would have imagined. He also finds historic misunderstandings among Christians, gives us scripture that is misquoted. This book has been an amazing part of my walk with Christ and has helped me tremendously. It is one I will go back to often. I promise you that The Will of God is the Word of God is one book you will want to read.

I received a copy of this book for free, a favorable review was not required and all opinions expressed here are my own.

Seven Mile Miracle Pastor Steven Furtick

Seven Mile Miracle
Steven Furtick

About the Book:

His Final Words Are Your New Beginning

It’s Good Friday. The Son of God is giving up his life. What does he want to say to us in His final hours? What does He tell the people standing at the foot of the cross, to pass down to the ages? He speaks only seven short statements. Words of forgiveness, salvation, relationship, abandonment, distress, triumph, and reunion. Seven statements that mean everything.

In Seven-Mile Miracle, Pastor Steven Furtick shows us how Jesus’s last words offer mile markers for our journey in relationship with God. It’s a lifelong journey and it’s not always easy. But Jesus is both our guide and our destination as we travel.

Includes questions for reflection and a forty-day reading guide to Jesus’s death and resurrection.

A Proven Path for Spiritual Growth

From time to time we all feel stuck in our relationship with God and frustrated by life’s setbacks. Jesus faced what could have been the ultimate defeat on the cross. Yet he emerged triumphant through his relationship with his heavenly Father. And he showed us the way so that we could do the same.

In Seven-Mile Miracle, Steven Furtick explores how Jesus’s seven last statements on the cross offer a proven spiritual growth path for us. You will experience the Easter message more personally than ever before as you engage the words of forgiveness, salvation, relationship, abandonment, distress, triumph, reunion.

After all, we are not simply believers—people who have put our faith in Jesus. We are not simply disciples—pupils who learn from him. We are called to be followers of Christ. This is your opportunity to follow Jesus through his death, and move forward in his resurrection power, starting now.

About the Author:

STEVEN FURTICK is the New York Times best-selling author of Sun Stand Still, Greater, Crash the Chatterbox, and (Un)Qualified. He is also the founder and lead pastor of Elevation Church, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, which since its founding in 2006, has grown to multiple locations across several states. He preaches around the world and holds a Master of Divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Steven and his wife, Holly, have three children.

Follow him on social media @StevenFurtick.

My Review:

Seven Mile Miracle: Journey Into the Presence of God Through the Last Words of Jesus is Pastor Steven Furtick’s newest book. Steven is the Pastor at Elevation Church in Charlotte, NC.

Seven Mile Miracle takes us deeper into the last words that Christ spoke before his death, burial and resurrection. Steven shows us how Jesus’ lasts words offer mile markers for our journey in relationship with God. It is a lifelong journey that is not always easy.

Jesus speaks words of forgiveness, salvation, relationship, abandonment, distress, triumph, and reunion. These seven statements mean everything. Words we need and use in our everyday lives.

There are many times you and I may feel stuck in our relationship with God, frustrated with the way life has been, the setbacks we have faced. We can’t give up even though we want to and feel its our only option but we need to remember Jesus didn’t give up, God doesn’t give up so why should we.

Steven Furtick explores how the last seven statements the Jesus made can offer us a proven spiritual growth path. We are not simply just believers but people who have put our faith in one person, Jesus Christ. We are His students, designed to learn. We are Followers of Christ, who look for every way possible to grow in our faith and walk with Christ.

I highly recommend Seven Mile Miracle to anyone. There is also a study guide and DVD available as well. Right now Pastor Steven’s sermon series is Seven Mile Miracle.

I received a copy of this book for free. A favorable review was not required. All opinions expressed are my own.