Saturday, October 11, 2014

Storm: book review

Storm by Jim Cymbala is about the American church and how the church is in the middle of a big storm. This book is all about how we are not doing a good job being salt and light in this dark stormy world. It talks about how there is a lack of prayer and dependence on the Holy Spirit and we have watered down the gospel. We have stopped proclaiming the power of the gospel and of the Holy Spirit in people's lives.

The challenge is to stop conforming and using the current church growth strategies today and getting back to what the apostles modeled to us in the Bible. Preaching the Word boldly, being a people of prayer, and being filled and led by the Spirit.
 I received this book for free through Book Look Bloggers. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Homeschool deals: Educents

https://www.educents.com/rewardsref/index/refer/id/138409/
 
 
I just came across a website (maybe you've heard of it!) called educents. (affiliate link.) It is a great site full of daily discounted educational products for teachers, homeschoolers, and anyone in the education field! You can get $10 worth of free edubucks for just signing up.
 

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Strong is the New Skinny: book review

Strong is the New Skinny! Seriously, this has been what I've been thinking for awhile. Just because someone is considered "overweight" doesn't necessarily mean they are not fit. Now, don't send me messages about how being overweight is not healthy. I know it poses problems, but some people are overweight but are very fit. :)

On to the book by Jennifer Cohen and Stacey Colino.  This book is all about not beating yourself up. None of the "I'm a fat pig", "I can't believe I just ate this". It's about being kind to yourself and telling yourself you can do it. You can get leaner, stronger, fitter, and faster. You have to think it first. Your body can do so much more than you realize it! Being healthy is more than numbers on a scale. Skinny does not always equal healthy! I love that the author's touch base on how everyone has a different body shape and some people just cannot physically be skinny! That is refreshing to hear and what I've always told myself anyway.

I received this book for free through Blogging for Books. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Live: book and DVD review

Live: Your Life with Christ by Rebecca Manley Pippert is a great faith builder for new Christians in their faith. The DVD sessions are short (10 minutes each) and are perfect with the handbook for a small group steady that would last for 5 weeks. The purchase of the DVD also enables you extra leader materials on the website.

This study is wonderful at showing you the starting point for the faith believers have in Jesus. The handbook portion will delve deeper into what the DVD touches on. I thought it was great, easy to understand, and a perfect resource for any new believer.

I received this book for free through Cross Focused Reviews. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Nourished Kitchen: book review

The Nourished Kitchen: Farm-to-Table  Farm-to-Table Recipes for the Traditional Foods Lifestyle Featuring Bone Broths, Fermented Vegetables, Grass-Fed Meats, Wholesome Fats, Raw Dairy, and Kombuchas by Jennifer McGruther is more than just a whole foods cook book. It is packed full of information on why it is so beneficial. I will admit, I am only at the beginning of my journey to eating whole foods and leaning on more natural things for health. That is why I was so excited to read this book.

I love how the book is divided into sections: from the garden, from the pasture, from the range, from the waters, from the fields, from the wild, from the orchard, and from the larder. I will say, if you've never delved into traditional foods, it can be quite overwhelming. There are some ingredients in quite a few of these that you've probably never heard of or had. I'd love to know how to go foraging for wild stinging nettle but I would have no idea what to look for right now.

Overall, the book is full of amazing information and there are probably more recipes than not that I'd like to try.

I was given this book for free to review through Blogging for Books program. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions are my own.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

A Triple Knot: book review

A Triple Knot by Emma Campion



 
I am usually a sucker for historical fiction. The thing about this book is it is actually based on true events. I love that even more. That being said, I had a hard time getting into this book. The first few chapters were very confusing to me and a lot of the characters have the same name. So it seemed like it took me forever to just get through those first few chapters. After that, it was a bit easier to read, but still not one of my favorite books.

This book is about Joan of Kent, who is a child of 12 years old when we meet her in the beginning of the book. She is angry that her own grandmother had her father beheaded for treason when she was a very small child (and who wouldn't be?) and so she does what she can to make the dowager queen angry.

This book is all about Joan and the three different marriages that she has a part in for herself. The first arrangement she fights tooth and nail. It is all about political gain for the king. On her way to the Abbey, she meets a knight named Thomas and immediately has some sort of attraction to him. When she is 13, she pledges herself to him. She also finds herself tied to the Black Prince. It was quite scandalous back then. Some of it was very interesting and some of it was like torture for me to read through.

I was given this book for free through Blogging for Books in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.