Devotionals

21 Days of Grace Blog Tour with Giveaway


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My Review:

21 Days of Grace is a fiction lovers devotional filled with short stories written by some of Christian Fictions top Authors such as Angela Hunt, Deborah Rainey, Cindy Woodsmall, Cecil Murphy, Robin Bayne, and many more. The stories in 21 Days of Grace are those stories we all long to read, you know the ones that we can relate to, the ones that have similar life experiences as us. These stories are followed by life applications that we can use in our own lives.

21 Days of Grace is filled with stories that Celebrate God’s Unconditional Love, stories that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. This is definitely one those devotionals that I highly recommend to all and one that I know I will keep going back to.

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

About the Book

Book: 21 Days of Grace

Author: Compiled by Kathy Ide

Genre: Devotional

Release Date: March 24, 2015

Love fiction? Looking for a devotional? Check out 21 DAYS OF GRACE, book one in the Fiction Lover’s Devotional series (published by BroadStreet Publishing Group). Fictional stories followed by brief life applications written by best-selling Christian novelists and debut authors, including Angela Hunt, Cindy Woodsmall, and Deborah Raney. Great for individual or group study.

About the Author

Kathy Ide is the author of Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors and the editor/compiler of the Fiction Lover’s Devotional series. She’s a full-time freelance editor and writing mentor, working with Christian authors of all genres at all levels. She teaches at writers’ conferences across the country and is the director of the SoCal Christian Writers’ Conference and the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. She’s a co-owner of the Christian Editor Network LLC and founder of the four divisions that comprise the CEN: Christian Editor Connection, The Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors Network, PENCON, and The PEN Institute. To find out more about Kathy, visit www.KathyIde.com

Guest Post from Kathy Ide

I’ve always loved Christian fiction, and I’ve seen the power of fiction to touch hearts and change lives, both firsthand and hearing about the experiences of others. But you know, in my quiet times with the Lord, reading a chapter from a novel just doesn’t seem quite appropriate. So a devotional with short fiction stories seemed like a great solution. And you can take these purse-sized devotionals wherever you go, to read when you have a few minutes of down time. It’s a great way to get “inspiration on the go.” And they make fantastic gifts for friends and loved ones.

Blog Stops

March 23: Reading Is My SuperPower

March 23: A Reader’s Brain

March 24: ASC Book Reviews

March 24: autism mom

March 24: It’s Storytime with Van Daniker

March 25: Chas Ray’s Book Nerd Corner

March 25: Inklings and notions

March 26: Blossoms and Blessings

March 26: The Power of Words

March 27: Lighthouse Academy

March 27: Because I said so – and other adventures in parenting

March 28: Moments Dipped in Ink

March 28: A Greater Yes

March 28: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations

March 29: Captive Dreams Window

March 29: Donna’s BookShelf

March 29: Southern Chelle

March 30: Pause for Tales

March 30: The Scribbler

March 31: Carpe Diem

March 31: Faithful Acres Body Soul Spirit

April 1: A Baker’s Perspective

April 1: Splashesofjoy

April 2: Christian Bookaholic

April 2: Karen Sue Hadley

April 3: Ashley’s Bookshelf

April 3: Lane Hill House

April 4: Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet

April 4: History, Mystery and Faith

April 5: God is Love

April 5: Reader’s Cozy Corner

April 5: Simple Harvest Reads

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Kathy is giving away:

1st – 4th place winners: A set of all four devotionals in the series.
5th & 6th place winners: An autographed copy of 21 Days of Grace with a novel written by one of the contributing authors!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/b2cd

Bible Studies, Devotionals, Non-Fiction Books

Craving Connection

Craving Connection: 30 Challenges for Real-Life Engagement
(in)Courage and Crystal Stine

About the Book:

screen-shot-2017-01-05-at-1-32-46-pmWe all long for meaningful relationships, the Colossians 3:14 kind that fulfill our desire for unity and connection with God, our friends, and our community. But where do we start? Craving Connection is a journey with (in)courage writers sharing real-life stories, practical Scripture application, and connection challenges that will encourage you to:

* Embrace the desire God has given each of us for connection
* Invest in meaningful relationships, right where God has you
* Become the friend you wish you had
The (in)courage community invites you to grab a cup of coffee, pull up a chair to the table, and commit to creatively and prayerfully fulfilling your cravings for connection. How could your life be different after prayerfully and intentionally connecting with God, friends, and your community?

About the Author:

At (in)courage you are welcome to a place of faith, connection and friendship, where you will always find yourself among friends. Founded in 2009 by DaySpring, the Christian subsidiary of Hallmark Cards, Inc., the vision for (in)courage was to create a new home for the hearts of women, where women take turns pulling up a chair to share their stories of what Jesus looks like in their everyday, gloriously ordinary, and often messy lives. Since then, (in)courage has grown into a vibrant community that reaches thousands of women every day, welcoming them just the way they are, offering a space to breathe, loving support, and resources for meaningful connection.

Crystal Stine serves as editor of this (in)courage series. A self-proclaimed “accidental community builder,” Crystal is a coffee & chocolate loving, full-time working mama married to her high-school sweetheart. Crystal is passionate about cultivating a community where faith, fitness, and friendship come together. Author of “Creative Basics: 30 Days to Awesome Social Media Art,” she is a speaker and host of Write 31 Days. Crystal writes regularly at crystalstine.me and offers encouragement on Twitter and Instagram as @crystalstine and lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, Matt, and daughter, Madison.

My Review:

I often find it hard to connect with people, I consider myself more of a introvert then extrovert. I would rather be alone, with a good book then at a get together with a lot of people. That wasn’t how God created us, He created us to do life together, to have someone we can talk to. Meaningful relationships are meant for all us but some of us have a hard time finding those. Colossians 3:14 tells us “Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.” We all long for this type of relationship.

Craving Connection is written by the authors from (in)Courage, created in 2009 by DaySpring, (in)Courage is a community for women, a place of faith, connection, and friendship. Craving Connection gives us 30 challenges to have real-life engagement. Three sections: Connecting with God More Deeply, Connecting with Friends More Purposefully, and Connecting with Community More Intentionally, each section has 10 chapters in it. Each one begins with a Bible Verse, Consider statement and how to Engage. For example: Starting a New Thing by Crystal Stine Consider: God’s desire for relationship with us requires us to believe in a promise that brings change. Engage: Text or e-mail a note of encouragement to a friend and let her know she’s important to you. Isaiah 43:19: “Look, I am about to do something new; even now it is coming. Do you not see it? Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.” (pg.6) At the end there is Connection questions and a connection challenge, and a prayer.

This is a book that I highly recommend to anyone that is looking for way to connect with people. If I can do this so can you!

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

Bible Studies, Children, Devotionals, Fiction Books

The Prince Warriors and the Unseen Invasion

The Prince Warriors and the Unseen Invasion
Priscilla Shirer

About the Book:

thIn this second book in The Prince Warriors trilogy, the Prince Warriors face new challenges on earth and in the unseen realm of Ahoratos. The enemy, angry about his last defeat, is targeting them with weapons and tactics they had never imagined, including the flaming Olethron. The kids must turn to Ruwach and the Source, who can give them more pieces of armor to help them stand strong against this deadly threat.

 

About the Author(s):

priscillashirer2Priscilla Shirer is a homemade cinnamon-roll baker, Bible teacher, and bestselling author who didn’t know her books (The Resolution For Women and Fervent) were on The New York Times Bestseller list until somebody else told her. Because who has time to check such things while raising three rapidly growing sons? When she and Jerry, her husband of sixteen years, are not busy leading Going Beyond Ministries, they spend most of their time cleaning up after and trying to satisfy the appetites of these guys. And that is what first drove Priscilla to dream up this fictional story about the very un-fictional topic of spiritual warfare—to help raise up a new generation of Prince Warriors under her roof. And under yours.

Gina Detwiler was planning to be a teacher but switched to writing so she wouldn’t have to get up so early in the morning. She’s written a couple of books in various genres (Avalon and Hammer of God, under the name Gina Miani) and dramas published by Lillenas and DramaMinistry, but she prefers writing (and reading) books for young people. She lives in Buffalo, New York, where it snows a lot, with her husband and three beautiful daughters. She is honored and grateful to be able to work with Priscilla on The Prince Warriors.

My Review:

The Prince Warriors series has been one that my girls love. I haven’t had my daughters to beg me for a book then when the first book came out. They were fighting over who was going to read it first. When I was given the opportunity to review book 2 in The Prince Warriors series: The Prince Warriors and the Unseen Invasion, I knew I had to get it. Priscilla Shirer as outdone herself with these books, even though they are geared to boys, girls will enjoy them also. I love how these books are teaching our kids about God in a way they can understand. I absolutely am a huge fan of The Prince Warriors series and can’t wait to add the third book to my collection.

Along with book two, Priscilla has a devotional and a activity book to help them dive deeper into God’s word. If you are looking to purchase books for your children then I highly recommend getting The Price Warriors Series. You will not be disappointed and neither will your kids.

I received a copy however a favorable review was not required, All opinions expressed here are my own.

Bible Studies, Devotionals, Non-Fiction Books

31 Verses to Write on Your Heart

31 Verses to Write on Your Heart
Liz Curtis Higgs

About the Book:

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Here are the words of hope you’re looking for when your faith needs a boost or a friend needs encouragement. Chosen by more than a thousand women as their favorite verses in the Bible, each one is worth learning, worth sharing, worth remembering,

You’ll find verses you already know and love: “I can do all this through him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13). Others may be less familiar but are no less powerful: “Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe” (Proverbs 29:25). All of them capture the truth of God’s goodness, mercy, and love for His own.

Best-selling author Liz Curtis Higgs invites you to experience—

A deeper, richer understanding of thirty-one treasured verses.
A fresh look at how these timeless truths can impact your life.
A new passion for memorizing Scripture, verse by verse.
Thirty-one creative ways to keep them in your heart forever.

With a study guide included, 31 Verses to Write on Your Heart is a daily devotional and a small-group Bible study, wrapped in a lovely gift book overflowing with joy!

About the Author:

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Liz Curtis Higgs admits, “My goal is simple: to help women embrace the grace of God with joy and abandon!”

Her latest release, 31 Verses to Write on Your Heart, explores the favorite verses chosen by more than a thousand women. It’s Good to Be Queen encourages readers to become as bold, gracious, and wise as the queen of Sheba, who journeyed across the desert to test the mind and heart of King Solomon. Liz also offers a twenty-first century take on the book of Ruth in The Girl’s Still Got It, dishing out meat and milk, substance and style, in a highly readable, always entertaining, and deeply personal journey.

And you’ll find a heartwarming Bible study wrapped inside a beautiful gift book with The Women of Christmas. Verse by verse, Liz unwraps the biblical stories of Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna, who each welcome the Christ child into the world in a marvelous and miraculous way.

In her best-selling series of Bad Girls of the Bible books and videos, Liz breathes new life into ancient tales about the most infamous–and intriguing–women in scriptural history, from Jezebel to Mary Magdalene. Biblically sound and cutting-edge fresh, these popular titles have helped more than one million women around the world experience God’s grace anew.

Liz’s award-winning historical novels, which transport the stories of Rebekah, Leah, Rachel, Dinah, Ruth, and Naomi to eighteenth-century Scotland, also invite readers to view these familiar biblical characters in a new light.

According to Publishers Weekly, “Higgs is a stickler for period authenticity.” To that end, Liz has traveled again and again to Scotland, the setting for her novels, and has filled her shelves with one thousand resource books about Scottish history and culture.

Also a gifted professional speaker, Liz has presented more than 1,700 inspirational programs for audiences in all fifty United States and fourteen foreign countries. When the National Speakers Association honored her with the Council of Peers Award for Excellence, Liz became one of only 35 women in the world named to their CPAE-Speaker Hall of Fame.

On the personal side, Liz is married to Bill Higgs, Ph.D., who serves as Director of Operations for her speaking and writing office. Liz and Bill enjoy their old Kentucky home, a nineteenth-century farmhouse in Louisville, and are the proud (and relieved) parents of two college grads.

“I have three abiding passions: encouraging my sisters in Christ, exploring the stories of women in the Bible, and writing novels set in Scotland of old. When I’m not traveling, speaking, or spinning a story, I connect with readers online, take copious photos, read historical novels, watch period films, and immerse myself in research–the more books, the merrier. I’m a lame housekeeper, a marginal cook, and a mediocre gardener, but home is still my favorite place to land.”

Visit Liz’s Web site: http://www.LizCurtisHiggs.com

My Review:

Liz Curtis Higgs is by far a great author and speaker. I have had the opportunity to hear her speak several times at Women of Faith. She doesn’t sugar coat what the Bible says and she oozes Jesus. Her newest book, 31 Verses to Write on Your Heart is by far one of my favorite books of the year. In this book, Liz gives us 31 Bible verses, verses that have been chosen my many women as their life verses. Verses about strength, honor, love, perseverance. Verses for encouragement, hope, honor. Verses that we need to hear over and over again. By memorizing these verses, we are able to have them when we need to hear them or when someone else needs to hear them.

31 Verses to Write on Your Heart can be used for a Bible study as well as a daily devotional. Included in the book is a study guide. Grab some ladies and dig into what Liz Curtis Higgs has to say and start memorizing scripture.

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

Devotionals

Jesus Always

Jesus Always

Sarah Young

 

_140_245_book-2036-coverAbout the Book:

Sarah Young’s first 365-day devotional since Jesus Calling

With scripture and new personal reflections, the #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah Young, brings Jesus’ message of joy—for today and every dayExperience true joy—now and always. 

Life today is full of difficulties—loss, sadness, fear. In the midst of these challenges, joy often feels impossible or out of reach. But Jesus has more for His followers than a life of striving, pain, and discontent. He offers life abundant, life to the fullest, life brimming with joy! Jesus Always, the new 365-day devotional from bestselling author Sarah Young, was written as part of Sarah Young’s exploration of the promises of joy in scripture. Written as if Jesus Himself is speaking directly to the reader, Jesus Always invites you into a new way of living—a life of joy.

Reaching out with joy-filled reminders from the Word of God, these devotions will intimately and gently connect you with Jesus—the One who meets you where you are. Draw near to Him in Jesus Always.

 

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Sarah Young, the author of the new 365-day devotional Jesus Always and bestselling Jesus Calling, has sold more than 16 million books worldwide. Jesus Calling® has appeared on all major bestseller lists. Sarah’s writings include Jesus Calling®, Jesus Today™, Jesus Lives™, Dear Jesus, Jesus Calling® for Little Ones, Jesus Calling® Bible Storybook, Jesus Calling®: 365 Devotions for Kids, and Peace in His Presence—each encouraging readers in their journey toward intimacy with Christ. Sarah and her husband were missionaries in Japan and Australia for many years. They currently live in the United States.

 

My Review:

Jesus Always is the 365 day devotional by author Sarah Young. Jesus Always is the first 365 day devotional she has written since Jesus Calling, which was a best seller and is still highly popular today. Everyday is filled with struggles, heartache, hardships, loss, and so much pain. Jesus Always was written to bring to us God’s message of joy, hope, love every day.

Hardcover, small enough (like Jesus Calling) to fit in your pocket book. This is definitely going to be a great gift for everyone. I have loved reading Sarah’s new devotionals and the scriptures she has picked to go with each day. This is definitely going to be another best seller for Sarah Young. I promise this is a devotional you will want to add to your bookshelf and will use for years.

I received a copy of Jesus Always from the publisher for my honest, unbiased review.

 

Devotionals

Pressing Pause

_140_245_Book.1869.cover Pressing Pause  by Karen Ehman & Ruth Schwenk

About the Book:

Kids bickering? Schedule jam-packed? Dishes and laundry both piled up high? Perhaps it’s time you pressed pause.

Whether you’re juggling a career, kids’ schedules, and church commitments or you’re covered in spit-up and anxious about what the next eighteen years might hold, you can carve out a few quiet moments to rejuvenate your spirit.

Pressing Pause offers you a calm way to start your day, to refresh yourself in Jesus and drink deeply of His presence so that you are ready to pour out love, time, and energy into the people who matter most to you.

These 100 encouraging devotions for moms will help you begin each day with Scripture, drawing on God’s power, ingesting His Word, and learning practical ways to love and serve more like His Son.

Just a few minutes each day can help you center your heart and mind on what God has for you as His beloved daughter. So resist the rush. Halt the hustle. Press pause and find some calm in the chaos.

About the Authors:

thKaren Ehman is a Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker, a New York Times bestselling author, and a writer for Encouragement for Today, an online devotional that reaches more than 1 million women daily. She has written nine books. Connect with her at KarenEhman.com.

                                    

 

Ruth-SchwenkRuth Schwenk is a pastor’s wife, mom of four energetic kids, lover of coffee, and dreamer of big dreams. She is the creator of TheBetterMom.com, and along with her husband, Patrick, ForTheFamily.org.

 

 

My Review:

As a mom, we are busy with laundry, constantly cleaning, taking kids back and forth to sports, cheer, dance, and the list goes on. We have to be the mediator, referee, coach, chef, doctor and so many other hats. Between all of the many hats we wear and trying to have quiet time with God, sometimes we may be lucky to get 5 minutes to ourselves. Karen Ehman and Ruth Schwenk have written a devotional for us moms titled Pressing Pause: 100 Quiet Moments for Moms to Meet with Jesus. Filled with 100 devotions giving us the time we need with Jesus.

Each devotion begins with a Bible verse, then a story, followed by a prayer, and questions with a space for us to write down our answers. I have found this has a great tool for my busy life. I can read a devotion while my kids are doing their school work or at an appointment. This is definitely designed for us busy moms. Beautiful hardback, that will fit in a diaper bag, purse or just right for you to carry.

If you have been looking for something that will allow you just a few minutes of quiet time then look no further. Pressing Pause is perfect! I highly recommend this devotional to all moms!

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Devotionals, Non-Fiction Books

5 Minutes with Jesus: Peace for Today

_140_245_Book.1838.cover5 Minutes With Jesus: Peace for Today

Sheila Walsh

About the Book:

Jesus wants you to know peace—every day.

Deadlines and bills, illnesses and fears about the future, frustrations with others and ourselves . . . there’s enough going on in our lives to make us feel overwhelmed and anxious, if not panicked! But Jesus said that we could expect this, that trials and sorrows are simply part of life on earth, and He offers an amazing gift that changes everything: His peace. He tells us, “The peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid” (John 14:27 nlt).

Bestselling author Sheila Walsh wants to guide you in worrying less and letting your heart be settled. Each reading includes messages such as:

Gratitude opens doors out of bitterness and doors into joy.

God loves you for who you are, not what you do.

Resting in the purpose and presence of God brings peace.

It’s amazing what God will do with a broken life when we give Him all the pieces.

No matter how big the storm, God is bigger.

The 5 Minutes with Jesus series is the perfect way to start your day with peace of mind and a peaceful heart.

About the Author:th

Sheila Walsh is a powerful communicator, Bible teacher, and bestselling author with more than five million books sold. She is the author of the award-winning Gigi, God’s Little Princess series, Peace for Today, Loved Back to Life, The Storm Inside, and Five Minutes with Jesus. She lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband, Barry, and son, Christian.

 

 

My Review:

From the first time I seen Sheila Walsh at Women of Faith 6 years ago, I knew she was truly on fire for God. She oozes Jesus and it shows in her speaking, her writings, her music and her life. I have read almost all of her books and still will reread them today. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on her newest book, 5 Minutes with Jesus: Peace for Today. If you are looking for way to start your day off right and feel that you are pressed for time then this is for you. 5 Minutes with Jesus: Peace for Today is filled with wonderful stories from Sheila, a short message such as God loves you for who you are, not what you do. She includes a 5 minutes in the scripture part, giving you Bible verses to read and ponder on.

Sometimes are lives are so busy that we often wonder if you we have time to spend alone with God, here is your help, all it takes is 5 minutes, the first 5 minutes of the day! If you want to fill your day with peace of mind and a peaceful heart, have scriptures that will be on your mind all day and simple sweet messages that you need to hear then I highly recommend this book for you. Makes the perfect gift and the perfect book for anyone who is on the go!

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book for my honest review.