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The Great Disconnect.
Maybe you're troubled by the disconnect between the words you speak and the life you live. Maybe you'd like to see your faith become more active and life-changing in the world around you.
Pastor Kerry and Chris Snook felt that way. Even though their calling involved preaching and teaching, they became weary of sermons and words. They felt a gap between what they were saying and the needs of people around them. They decided to do something about it. Be The Message is their story of waking up to the gospel - not just a gospel of words and sermons, but the gospel of intention and action and people. They made a profound discovery: You are the gospel.
As they explored the deeper truths of scripture, the verse "the word of God lives in you" came alive. Digging deeper, they discovered that the gospel message is really about a life message - your life lived out. God's call to you is simple: Be the message.
Be The Message opens up a new world of understanding about what God calls you to. As the Shooks learned, the gospel is not about what you say. It's about who you are and what you do - and how you can be God's Hands and Feet to the world.
About The Authors:
Kerry and Chris Shook founded Woodlands Church outside of Houston, Texas in 1993. Since then the multi-campus church has grown to an attendance of more than eighteen thousand people and is recognized for its ministries to the poor and powerless. Woodlands Church also has one of the largest fair-trade/direct-trade stores in the country with the goal of lifting generations out of poverty by empowering their lives with hope. Thousands of people in more than two hundred countries tune in weekly to Pastor Kerry's televised broadcasts. The Shooks' first book, One Month to Live, is a New Your Times best seller. Kerry and Chris have been married more than thirty years and have four grown children.
Be The Message was a fantastic, inspirational and challenging read. You will definitely not want to put this book down. Throughout the book the main message that shines through is that we, as Christians need to step it up and put our words into action. That is basis of our faith, to draw people to a saving faith in Christ. But if others cannot His love in our actions, how are we sharing our faith beyond words. A great read for new and veteran believers alike.
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.
BUY IT: You can purchase Be The Message online through Amazon.
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Lovell-Fairchild Communications, Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Ever get to the end of the day and realize you did nothing for you? In this practical and liberating book, Jessica N. Turner empowers you to take back the fringe hours--those little pockets of time you --in order to make time for your passions and practice self-care. Based on original research, helps you overcome common hurdles that prevent women from taking time for themselves regularly. You'll also discover tips for maximizing the time you have and discover how living this lifestyle makes you a better wife, mother, and friend.
You can read an excerpt of The Fringe Hours here, in PDF format
About The Author:
is the founder of the popular lifestyle blog , where she documents her pursuit of cultivating a life well crafted. She is a writer for DaySpring's (in)courage community, an advocate for World Vision, a regular speaker at blogging conferences nationwide, and an award-winning marketing professional. She and her husband, Matthew, live with their children in Nashville, Tennessee. Connect with her on TheMomCreative.com
Have you ever read a book that has rocked you to your core and totally flipped your life upside down?
I have a small list of book that have done just that and now I can add The Fringe Hours to that list. Seriously this is THE number one book I have read this year thus far. I was absolutely thrilled to be a member of the Launch Team for The Fringe Hours
We as women have so many things going in our lives that we often are far too overwhelmed and forget to take care of ourselves. And when we do that, often crisis comes up and we have no idea where to go with it or how to deal with it. Jessica N. Turner is a mom and well known blogger, who has written a delightful book that will encourage you so much. I love that she encourages women to really take time for oneself, learn a hobby, go to an exercise class, join a book club. Whatever your interests are, take time to dig into them and allow them to help you take care of you for a while, so you can be there for the others in your life. When one takes care of self they are more able to be successful in caring for others.
The Fringe Hours is LOADED with practical tips and ideas, with many personals stories told from the authors and was such an encouraging read. I have read it twice now, and definitely will re-read it again. It would be a great Bridal shower gift or even a baby shower gift for a new mom.
I highly recommend this book and gift it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase The Fringe Hours online through Amazon. It is also available through your favorite local Christian bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been not been compensated in any other manner***
Monday, April 6, 2015
About The Book:
After a youth filled with tragedy and upheaval, Sarah Miller's life is finally settled with all echoes of the past silent at last. She happily calls Sanctuary her home and spends her days teaching at the local school.
Sarah's joy at her recent reunion with her sister, Hannah, and meeting the niece she didn't know she had is too soon interrupted when Deputy Sheriff Paul Gleason informs Sarah her sister has been killed.
As she learns more about Hannah's death, the circumstances are eerily similar to their parents' murder. Sarah enlists Paul's help in digging deeper into the murders the police are dismissing as burglaries gone wrong. Paul's concern encourages Sarah's growing feelings for him, but as their investigation peels back the layers of lies almost twenty years old, they get close to uncovering the truth one person will do anything to hide--even if that means coming after the last remaining members of the Miller family.
You can read an excerpt of Deadly Echoes here, in PDF format
About The Author:
Nancy Mehl is the author of eighteen books and received the ACFW Mystery Book of the Year Award in 2009. She has a background in social work and is a member of ACFW and RWA. She writes from her home in Missouri where she lives with her husband, Norman, and their Puggle, Watson. Visit her website at www.nancymehl.com.
In book two of the Finding Sanctuary series, you are introduced to the quaint town of Sanctuary and with book two, Deadly Echoes, you are brought back there, and are introduced to a super character in Sarah Miller. If you are you are a fan of author Nancy Mehl, you will not be disappointed with this latest installment.
The book draws you in to the world of Sarah and Sanctuary and it is choked full of twists and turns from the very beginning. There is an element of faith within the book but it is not done in a pushy way. The story line is very well developed and I loved all the characters, but Sarah was by far my favorite. The prominent theme through the book was to keep going on in life, even when life is hard, and that God carries us even when we don't realize it. A very hard book to put down, and I read it late into the night!
I cannot wait to read the rest of this series!
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase Deadly Echoes at your favorite Christian book retailer. It is also available online through Amazon.
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Bethany House Blogger Program, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***
The old ways of having the "sex talk" just won't cut it anymore. Sadly, the number one place today's young people go to for answers about sex is Google. Meanwhile, kids view nearly 14,000 sexual references a year on television, and 70 percent of teenagers have encountered pornography on the Internet. If we want our children to know the truth about healthy sexuality, we need to create a comfortable climate of continual conversations.
Jonathan McKee will show you how to move beyond the initial awkwardness of this subject into an ongoing communication with your kids about God's amazing gift of sex. He equips you with what you need to talk openly about dating, temptation, porn, and purity, and you will find answers to tough questions and relevant Scripture on sexual issues.
It's normal for kids to be curious about sexuality, and they need to know that their parents are the most reliable source of information. Be the one your kids turn to on this crucial topic.
Read an excerpt of the book here, in PDF format
About The Author:
Jonathan McKee is an expert on youth culture and the author of more a dozen books, including, and. He has twenty years of youth-ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide. He also writes about parenting and youth culture while providing free resources at TheSource4Parents.com. Jonathan, his wife, Lori, and their three kids live in Northern California. For more information, go to JonathanMcKeeWrites.com and follow Jonathan on Twitter.com/InJonathansHead.
Sex. It is a topic that this world seems to be saturated with. Whether it's magazine articles, Facebook shares, song lyrics and themes, everywhere you turn it is not uncommon to see something about sex. And sadly, earlier and earlier our children are learning about sex. And more often than not, our children are learning about sex from everywhere (and everyone) but from us, their parents. While my children are not yet old enough for "the talk" we have discussed being safe online, inappropriate touching, and being safe when we do use the internet.
More Than Just The Talk is a great book perfect for all families with preteens and teens. The book allows parents and other caregivers to learn how to intentionally, with love, talk to our kids about sex, setting healthy boundaries, and to make talking about sex a part of regular conversations not just a one time talk. I loved that the book helps parents have difficult conversations with their kids in an honest manner and help their children to be more confident with this issue. Perfect for both boys and girls, youth pastors, parents and other caregivers.
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.
BUY IT: You can purchase More Than Just The Talk online through Amazon. It is also available through your favorite local Christian book retailer.
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***