“NIV Bible for Teen Girls”

Posted September 18, 2015 by rebrev
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The “NIV Bible for Teen Girls” has devotional entries and background information which make it a very helpful study tool and guide for spiritual growth.

The study notes are on pages listed as “Growing in Faith, Hope and Love.” These are written by a variety of female authors on such topics as; “Listening to Lies,” “Heading for Disaster,” “Better than You Know Yourself,” and “Fluttering Hearts.”

Each book has an introduction with background information and there is a synopsis of the life and story of the women of the Bible.

There are many verses highlighted as “Promises of God,” to encourage scripture memorization.

The concordance is fairly comprehensive for a Bible of this kind.

I do not have a teenage daughter or granddaughter, but I plan to pass this along to a young lady at church and would recommend it for someone who is looking for an NIV for a teenage girl.

Thomas Nelson provides a free copy of these books for review through their “Booklook Blogger” Program www.booklookbloggers.com ; however, I am (obviously) not required to give a positive review of the book.

“The Carnelian Legacy” by Cheryl Koevoet 

Posted September 7, 2015 by rebrev
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This book is a romance, not an adventure novel.

That being said, romance is not my genre. This book was a suggested by BookLookBloggers when I ordered another, which was indeed an adventure. So, please keep that in mind as you read this review, which is not all that flattering.

The formula for this book has been done and redone, girl meets boy, girl falls for boy, different boy enters the picture and there is the tension between them. This is set in an imaginary place called Carnelia, and the two guys are from differing sides of a political dynasty, but the setting could be the Antebellum South, Colonial America, etc.

It is surprising the whole population of Carnelia isn’t suffering from malaria, as it appears to rain there every day; however, the moon comes out at night.

There is a bit of a twist at the end but it is fanciful and may be just the kind of thing you would like if you read romance novels.

Thomas Nelson provides a free copy of these books for review through their “Booklook Blogger” Program www.booklookbloggers.com ; however, I am (obviously) not required to give a positive review of the book.

“The Last Con” by Zachary Bartels

Posted August 23, 2015 by rebrev
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Page. Turner.

It has been a long time since I’ve read a book like “The Last Con,” by Zachary Bartels.

This adventure reminds me of “The DaVinci Code” and “The Sting” rolled into one, only better.

The story begins with a guy (Fletcher) who has been released from prison after serving seven years for trying to steal a historic religious relic going on a mission trip with his wife and daughter in an effort to get closer to them and show he really did have a life changing encounter with Christ while locked up.

I’m not going to ruin any of the story for you, but I found myself disliking him at times, cheering for him at times, in fear for him most of the time.

I kept thinking, “Well, I didn’t see that coming!”

This was a great read and I intend to read more by this author – I hope his other works are this good because he has set the standard pretty high for himself with this one.

HIGHLY recommend this book!

Thomas Nelson provides a free copy of these books for review through their “Booklook Blogger” Program www.booklookbloggers.com ; however, I am not required to give a positive review of the book.

FO-CUS!

Posted August 6, 2015 by rebrev
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“looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” – Hebrews 12:2

Several folks from our church are conducting a basketball/missions camp in Western Pennsylvania this week.

On Monday a little girl about 5 showed up. She is as cute as a button and always has a big smile on her face. As she watched the older kids, she decided, she too, wanted to make some of these basketball shots.

She took the ball and, smiling at her sister, threw the ball into the air, completely missing the backboard, rim, and anything else of solid matter. She got the ball again, looked at her brother with a big grin, and launched the ball into space, where it remained until gravity pulled it back to the ground.

I am no basketball expert, but I called her to me and pointed to the front of the rim, I told her watch right there when shooting the ball. And, lo and behold, the next shot hit the rim!

We then fine-tuned our focus point, and we have watched this little girl make shot after shot this week, even beating a few older kids in a game of “HORSE.”

She just needed to focus on the right thing.

This is true in our lives as well. The verse above tells us we are not to look to others for their approval, we are not to look at the things of the world, but we are to focus on Christ, the One who began a work in us and will see it through to the finish.

My prayer for us this week is that we will indeed keep our eyes on the One who died for us, that we might live for Him.

“Unoffendable” by Brant Hansen

Posted June 13, 2015 by rebrev
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Ouch.

“Unoffendable” by Brant Hansen, published by W Publishing Group, is a very challenging read.

Hansen challenges the idea that we, as Christians, have a right to be angry. I really enjoyed his laid back writing style – even though the content was particularly challenging for me.

The chapter titles won’t give much away, “Six Billion Rings,” “The World’s Worst Bedtime Story,” “Atheists, Socialists and Toast,” for example. But, the content is extremely valuable.

He makes the case that Christ was forgiving and open and winsome and welcoming and when we hang on to to our supposed entitled anger, we are none of those things.

As one who is often guilty of being offended, his admonition that this is a product of an enlarged ego hurt. But, it’s true. I would encourage everyone to read this book – especially those who are easily offended, and those who think they don’t need it.

Thomas Nelson provides a free copy of these books for review through their “Booklook Blogger” Program www.booklookbloggers.com ; however, I am not required to give a positive review of the book.

“Giant Killers” by Steve Lawson

Posted June 1, 2015 by rebrev
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Giant Killers by Steve Lawson, published by West Bow Press is a pretty good little read.

Lawson uses the account of David vs. Goliath to bring out some useful leadership qualities for today. The book, according to the introduction, is intended to assist pastors in small churches with some of the challenges we face.. However, the information is quite useful – either a s initial instruction or a refresher – for many areas of life.

It is easy to feel overwhelmed by many circumstances and this book is intended as a guide through some of those challenges and a reminder that God is greater, yet our faith is often weak.

The chapters are fairly short (and would make for a good beach book) and divided into the following sections – Identity, Discipline, Graciousness, Action, and Hope.

While I wouldn’t call this a “page turner” or a life altering read, I would recommend it to anyone who might be looking for some help and assurance in a difficult setting. I would rate it a 4 out of 5 stars and say it should be worth the time it takes you to read.

Thomas Nelson provides a free copy of these books for review through their “Booklook Blogger” Program www.booklookbloggers.com ; however, I am not required to give a positive review of the book.

“Just a Little Bird”

Posted May 28, 2015 by rebrev
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 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?[a] And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” – Matthew 10:29-31

I was blessed to be able to run the Special Olympics Torch Run today. Better still, I got to run it with friends.

As we ran along, I noticed along the side of the road a dead bird. It was indeed a sparrow, and I could not help but think of this verse. I saw another later on which appeared to be a small pterodactyl, but that was after quite a few miles in the heat – and I know of no verses dealing with those, so we will stick with the sparrow – so back to the verse.

According to God’s Word, when that little bird fell to the ground – God took note. Now, that may not mean much in and of itself, but the real message in the passage above is not to the sparrows, but to us.

God doesn’t just notice when we die, or are born, but EVERY aspect of our lives. Are you going through a difficult time? God knows. God cares. Are you experiencing a joyous time in life? God knows. God cares. Facing some huge life decision? God knows. God cares.

He loves you that much. We all just need to be reminded of that truth from time to time.

My prayer for us this week is that we will all be ever more aware of the fact God loves us and cares about us – and EVERY aspect of our lives.

 


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