Devotionals, Non-Fiction Books

Simple Joys

Simple Joys

Candace Payne

We all know who Candace Payne is, if you don’t then she is the “Chewbacca Mom,” who reached millions with her outburst of joy over the Star Wars mask. Her laugh is contagious! She did what a lot of us dream about, using our laughter and craziness to make others laugh with us not at us.

Candace Payne has written a devotional called Simple Joys: Discovering Wonder in the Everyday. She is taking us on a journey to find the secret to happiness, satisfaction, and joy. This book is filled with her own joy, her own stories, stories she wants to use to help you find that simple joy. The joy that comes from knowing that you are not alone, that you don’t have to be unhappy.

Are you ready to find joy? Are you ready to step out of your comfort zone? Are you ready to laugh? Then Simple Joys and Candace Payne can help you with the answers to these questions.

I really loved this book and can’t wait for you to love it. Simple Joys is definitely a life changer. One you will want to share with others.

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

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Bibles

NKJV Spirit Filled LIfe Bible

NKJV Spirit Filled Life Bible LeatherSoft

 

NKJV Spirit Filled Life Bible was produced by Jack Hayford and a team of respected, Spirit-led scholars. This is the third edition and is available in full color. This Bible has some great features such as:

Word Wealth—More than 650 word studies that shed light on key terms, drawing important meaning from the original Greek and Hebrew.

 

 

 

Kingdom Dynamics—Dozens of biblical themes are addressed in notes by Spirit-filled preachers, teachers, and writers, including many new contributors for this edition.

 

 

Truth-in-Action—Handy, helpful thematic charts provide practical application from every book of the Bible

 

 

 

Praying the Word—192 guided prayers based on significant passages throughout Scripture

 

 

 

Each one of these features bring new meaning to your Bible Study! They will challenge you, give you more information than a normal study Bible. I have found that the truth in action feature is wonderful and is my favorite. There are helpful charts that provides the foundations and teachings of each book. This feature shows us how to take the truth that is presented and to put it into action.

I love each feature of the updated Spirit Filled Life Bible and I know you will too.

I received a copy of this Bible for Free, a favorable review WAS NOT required. All opinions expressed are my own.

Non-Fiction Books

Tailor Made

Tailor Made
Discover the Secret to Who God Created You to Be

By Alex Seeley

I know many of us have heard the term “stinking thinking,” we say this when our thoughts are negative, hurtful, or are garbage. This isn’t how we are to think. God wants us to see ourselves as He sees us, a beauty, someone that was worth dying for. Due to human nature, it is hard for us to think like God thinks.

Growing up I was always told that I wouldn’t amount to anything, that I was stupid, could never do anything right. When you constantly hear these things it sticks with you and it becomes your identity. It takes a lot to change your mindset from these words to you are fearfully and wonderfully made, you are a gift, God loves you for you, and etc. I still have these thoughts in the back of my head that those people are right.

When I was given the opportunity to read and review Alex Seeleys new book, Tailor Made, I knew I needed these words in my life. Alex was just like me and told some of the same things when she was younger. In Tailor Made, Alex helps us recognize the wrong thinking or stinking thinking that has been brought on to us by insecurities, circumstances, and etc., and offers us ways to replace them with a new view on God and what he has to say about us. We will discover the secret to who God has created us to be and not what others wanted us to be.

We each have our own identity. An identity that is found in Christ. We each are created in His image. Tailor Made will give you the foundation you need to find these and get rid of all the stinking thinking. I highly recommend this book to all of you. It will change your life.

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

Non-Fiction Books

The Struggle is Real

The Struggle Is Real
Getting Better at Life, Stronger in Faith, and

Free from the Stuff Keeping You Stuck

Nicole Unice

Life is hard to live and easy to speak. This is a statement that I have heard over and over. Reality is this is true. We struggle with everyday issues, sometimes those struggles end quickly and other times they last for a season. We all believe that life shouldn’t be this hard. Life should be easy.

When I picked up a copy of Nicole Unice’s new book The Struggle is Real, I knew this book was written with me in my mind. I am constantly saying, “The Struggle is Real.” Why? My life seems like it is a constant struggle to live. This book opens your eyes to see how you can turn from the victim mindset to the victor mindset.

Life is what you make out of it, your faith is as strong as you want it to be, and if we let go of the things that are keeping us stuck, we will be free. No our lives will not be perfect but it will be close. All it takes is to practice gratitude, make godly choices and live our lives with confidence and contentment. God needs to be our main focus, by choosing God first we will see things change. When we let go of things we can’t control, our lives will be more manageable. It all starts with change. We have to step back, be ready for a change and let go and let God.

If you are struggling this book is for you!!

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

Devotionals

Always Enough, Never Too Much

Always Enough, Never Too Much

100 Devotions to Quit Comparing, Stop Hiding, and

Start Living Wild and Free

Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan

Do you often feel like you are not enough for God? That you don’t deserve His love? I have so many times and I still do. When I was given the opportunity to review the devotional Always Enough, Never Too Much, I was elated. I knew this book would help me in so many ways.

This isn’t your ordinary devotional, this is a unique flip-book, yes you read correctly a flip-book. One side, the devotionals are based on Always Enough, flip the book over and you will find the devotionals for Never Too Much. This concept is different and it works. It gives you the opportunity to choose which side you want to read from. One day you may feel like you are not enough and other days you feel like your too much.

Using scripture along with the devotions you will find the tools you need to help you. Put a stake in the ground and take back your life, live for Christ, learn that you are enough. No matter where you are in life, this devotional is for you.

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

Bibles

CSB Study Bible for Women

CSB Study Bible for Women

My Review:

You can never have too many Bibles, Right? That is what I believe. When I seen that B&H/Lifeway was releasing a CSB Study Bible for Women, I knew I needed it. I love my study Bibles, I love the Christian Standard Translation!! Where do I begin about this Bible. The one I have is the hardcover that is covered in a beautiful light turquoise/sand cloth. The features are everything you could want in a study Bible. Study notes, 500 word studies, 25 full-color maps and reconstructions, introductions to each book of the Bible, a comprehensive concordance that includes every woman and reference to women in the Bible (my favorite), and threads of specialized study woven throughout, pointing to God’s larger story such as: Biblical Womanhood articles, Answers to “hard questions,” character profiles, doctrinal notes, and “written on my heart” applications.

This is one of the best study Bible’s for women that I own. The time spent putting this Bible together has paid off! Edited by two women who have been in ministry for a long time, Dorothy Patterson and Rhonda Kelley, this Bible will equip any woman who is ready to dive deeper into God’s word and mentor other women.

I highly recommend this Bible to all women, young and old. Perfect gift for that special woman in your life.

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

 

About this Bible:

The most comprehensive study Bible ever prepared for women and by women, the CSB Study Bible for Women invites you to explore the riches of God’s Word. Follow God’s grand story across the Bible, guided by threads of specialized study that explain essential doctrines, answer hard questions, discuss biblical womanhood, and apply truth to our hearts and lives.

The CSB Study Bible for Women is edited by Dr. Dorothy Kelley Patterson and Dr. Rhonda Harrington Kelley, both long-time women’s ministry leaders, authors and seminary professors at two of the nation’s most respected seminaries. As you learn from these women extensively educated in Biblical studies and languages and passionate about God’s Word, you will be equipped in turn to mentor others in the truth and hope found in Scripture.

Features include:

  • 6,490 extensive study notes
  • Over 500 word studies, 25 full-color maps and reconstructions, and 95 charts
  • Introductions to each book of the Bible
  • A comprehensive concordance including every woman and reference to women in the Bible
  • Threads of specialized study woven throughout, pointing to God’s larger story:
    • Biblical Womanhood articles
    • Answers to “Hard Questions”
    • Character profiles
    • Doctrinal notes
    • “Written on My Heart” applications
  • Smyth-sewn binding
  • Two-column text in 8-point type

The CSB Study Bible for Women features the highly readable, highly reliable text of the Christian Standard Bible (CSB). The CSB stays as literal as possible to the Bible’s original meaning without sacrificing clarity, making it easier to engage with Scripture’s life-transforming message and to share it with others.

 

About the Authors:

Rhonda Harrington Kelley is the President’s Wife at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in New Orleans, Louisiana. Rhonda was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and was raised in New Orleans. She is married to Dr. Chuck Kelley of Beaumont, Texas who became President of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1996. She received two college degrees from Baylor University and her doctorate in Special Education/Speech Pathology from the University of New Orleans, Louisiana. Rhonda served as Director of Speech Pathology at Ochsner Medical Institutions in New Orleans for 15 years. She is now in full-time ministry–writing, speaking, and teaching.

Rhonda Kelley currently serves as Director of the Ministry Wife Program and Adjunct Professor of Women’s Ministry at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary as well as Associate Director of Innovative Evangelism. She is the author of several books including The Devotional for Women, Talking is a Gift, Life Lessons from Women of the Bible, the Woman’s Guide Bible Study series, Divine Discipline, and Raising Moms: Daughters Loving Their Mothers in the Later Years. She was the managing editor for The Study Bible for Women as well as the Old Testament and New Testament Commentaries for Women published by Broadman & Holman. She has been called to minister to women through the local church.

The First Lady Dorothy Kelley Patterson serves as professor of theology in women’s studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. The wife of President Paige Patterson, the mother of Armour and Carmen, and the doting grandmother of Abigail and Rebekah, she finds her duties as the First Lady of Southwestern to be challenging and fulfilling. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hardin-Simmons University, a Masters of Theology (Th.M.) from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) from Luther Rice Seminary, and a Doctor of Theology (D.Theol.) from the University of South Africa. She and her husband have traveled in ministry to more than 135 countries.

Non-Fiction Books

If You Only Knew

If You Only Knew

Jamie Ivey

 

About the Book:

What if you knew all the moments of my past that I am not proud of? What if you really knew me, the messy parts that I’ve hoped to forget and worked hard to conceal? For so long, my greatest fear was what you might think of me if you only knew the whole story.

It’s exhausting, this guarding of our stories and struggles. Fear of being found out had caused me to hide—but I wasn’t just covering my flaws, I was unintentionally blocking the beauty of God’s grace. My journey to real freedom began when I quit running from my mess and started trusting Jesus to make something beautiful of it.

This book is that story. It’s stepping out of shame and insecurity into gospel freedom. It’s  letting God turn our failures and frailties into testimonies of His faithfulness. I’ve discovered that when we quit hiding, God gets the glory and we are able to fully embrace not only our relationship with Him, but also with one another.

Transparency brings freedom, and in every moment, we’ll find that God can absolutely be trusted.

 

About the Author:

Jamie Ivey believes in women and wants big things for them. She wants them to know and believe their worth in this world and to the Father. Through her podcast, The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey, she uses a raw and intimate approach to connect with her audience. Jamie’s prayer and hope is for God to use her words to encourage and show others that they are not alone, while constantly pointing them to Jesus.

Jamie and her husband, Aaron, worship pastor at The Austin Stone Community Church, live in Austin, Texas with their four kids and two dogs.

 

 

My Review:

We all have moments in our lives that we are not proud of. Times where we made the wrong choices, times where we felt less than worthy of God’s love. These are the things that we don’t want anyone to find out about. We fear what would think of us if we told them every little secret we had.

In If You Only Knew, Jamie Ivey tells us her story of becoming free. Free from those exact fears of her past becoming known to everyone. Her story of failures and coming out of hiding, to have a true and rewarding relationship with Jesus Christ and with others.

I love how her story is helping others to break the walls down and come out of hiding. She tells us that when we quit hiding, God gets all the glory and we can have an honest, true relationship with Him. The relationship that you’ve been longing for.

This is a great book, one that I highly recommend to anyone that is hiding and feels like they are the only one suffering with this issue. Break down the wall, come out of hiding and embrace the relationships we are meant to have.

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