Bible Studies, Non-Fiction Books

Listen Love Repeat Review with Giveaway

Listen Love Repeat
Karen Ehman

About the Book:

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Our culture is self-obsessed – in our schedules, relationships, and especially online. (Can you say selfie?) But in this near-narcissism, people are less content than in decades past. Why? Because we forgot the joy that comes from putting others first. Doing so requires us to live alert, listening for “heart drops,” hints from those in our lives who need a helping hand or a generous dose of encouragement. Living alert lifts our own spirits, showing us that blessing others blesses us even more.
Listen, Love, Repeat offers biblical teaching and suggests doable actions that are simple, heart-tugging, sentimental, even sneaky and hilarious. This message:
• Presents scriptural examples of those who lived alert, including Jesus, who noticed those who least expected to be seen.
• Explains the role of good works for followers of Christ. They aren’t our ticket to heaven but they are our marching orders on earth.
• Gives creative ideas for showing love to friends and family, and suggests practical ways to reach out to the lonely, the marginalized, the outcast, and the odd duck. Additionally, it helps you comfort the grieving, showing what you can do when you don’t know what to say.
• Provides inspiration for blessing the “necessary people” in your life, those often-overlooked souls who help you get life done every day, and teaches you how to hug a porcupine by genuinely loving the hard-to-love.
As we scatter love, we create a safe space where we can openly share the gospel. We get to see lives changed right before our eyes. Most importantly, Listen, Love, Repeat will enable you to live a life that is full of kind deeds, not to selfishly shout, “Hey! Look at me!” but to humbly implore, “Will you look at Him?”

About the Author:

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Karen is a New York Times bestselling author with Proverbs 31 Ministries as well as a writer for Encouragement For Today, their online devotions that reach over one million women daily. She has authored eight books including the popular LET. IT. GO: How to Stop Running the Show & Start Walking in Faith and her new release KEEP IT SHUT: What to Say, How to Say It and When to Say Nothing at All, both which include a companion DVD Bible study series. Karen has been a guest on national media outlets including The 700 Club, At Home Live, FamilyLife, Engaging Women, The Harvest Show, Moody Midday Connection, and Focus on the Family.

She has been married for over a quarter-century to her college sweetheart Todd and together they raise their three sometimes quarrelsome but mostly charming children in the boondocks of central Michigan. There she enjoys antique hunting, farm market strolling, and processing life with family, friends, and the many teens that gather around her kitchen island for a taste of Mama Karen’s cooking.

You can connect with Karen at karenehman.com where she helps women to live their priorities and love their lives.

My Review:

When I heard Karen Ehman was releasing a new book and I seen the title, I knew this book was written for me. Listen Love Repeat: Other-Centered Living In A Self-Centered World came at the time I needed it most. It seems that everyone is too busy, they are always worried about the things they need to do or want to do and fuss and complain that there is not enough hours in the day. What we need to do is slow down, breath and turn our focus on to God and showing love.

Listen, Love, Repeat has biblical teaching and also has suggestions about different actions that we can do. Giving scriptural examples of those who lived alert, explains the role of good works for followers of Christ, gives creative ideas for showing love and provides inspiration for blessing the “necessary people” in your life.

This book has taught me how to show love to those who are often overlooked and how I’m creating a safe space where I can openly share the gospel. It’s amazing to see lives changed. I can promise you one thing, this is one book you will find yourself going back to over and over again. Karen has a done it again, written another great book.

I received a copy of this book for free.

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Devotionals

Pressing Pause

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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.

Non-Fiction Books

Everyday Confetti

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                         by: Karen Ehman and Glynnis Whitwer

If you are a party planner or want to host the best party ever then Everyday Confetti is the book for you. Packed with ideas, recipes and stories, you are bound to have the best party and be the talk of the town.

Everyday Confetti written by Karen Ehman and Glynnis Whitwer is your go-to-guide for every occasion. Whether it’s a birthday party or Christmas party, you will definitely find what you need in this book.

One of the things that I enjoyed most where the stories from the authors as well as other ladies on how they made their children’s birthday parties a hit to ways to connect with family. You will learn how important it is to make memories for your children’s birthday to why we celebrate Christmas.

This is definitely a book for all moms, grandmothers, aunts, and every Susie homemaker wanna be. I promise you will be very pleased with this book and will use it for every occasion you can.

I received this book from the publisher for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Bible Studies, Non-Fiction Books

Let. It. Go and Let God!!

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Let me begin by giving you a brief description of the new book, Let. It. Go. By Karen Ehman.  “Many women are wired to control. You’re the ones who make sure the house is clean, the meals are prepared, the beds are made, the children are dressed, and everyone gets to work, school, and other activities on time. But trying to control everything can be exhausting, and it can also cause friction with your friends and family. This humorous, yet thought-provoking book guides you as you discover for yourself the freedom and reward of living a life ‘out of control,’ in which you allow God to be seated in the rightful place in your life. Armed with relevant biblical and current examples (both to emulate and to avoid), doable ideas, new thought patterns, and practical tools to implement, Let. It. Go. will gently lead you out of the land of over-control and into a place of quiet trust. A companion video-based study for small groups is also available.”

I am not ashamed to say that I am this woman, the woman who has to be in control of everything, and if I am not in control, I will go crazy. After reading the first chapter, my toes hurt from stepped on by Karen’s words.  Karen tells us in on page 13, “We Women crave control.”  She goes on to describe how we are born with this and we are ready to take charge of everything.

Karen uses humor, stories about her life and as well as stories about others to teach us how to LET IT GO and to LET GOD have control. It is definitely not something that will happen overnight but takes time. She also includes inventories for us to read and circle how we rate those activities or personalities.

I really enjoyed the chapter on our schedules and how we should think about how busy we are and how each family members activities affect each other. I love how Karen says, “ Being busy is the new measuring stick of family success.” This made me realize just how busy my life is, girl scouts on Tuesday’s, Church on Wednesday’s, Church on Sunday’s and whatever else comes up.  I really need to be praying about activities before I take them on and stop controlling what my family does.

I truly recommend this book to all women, young or old, it truly is a teaching tool that we can use to teach our daughters, and granddaughters about letting go of the control and keeping our faith.

“I received this book from the publisher for my honest review.”

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