Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The Value Gifts Blog Tour

As a member of Waterbrook Multnomah Blogging For Books program, I was able to be a part of The Value Gifts Blog Tour. Members were sent a "grab bag" of two books. One book from their 99 Bible Promises Series and one from the Value Non Fiction Line.  Thank you to WaterBrook Multnomah for sending me a complimentary copy of each book for the purpose of review on this blog tour.

The Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group introduces 99times six…practical and up-to-date ways to help families flourish despite present economic challenges, priced at just $5.99 per book (WaterBrook Press, July 21, 2009). These books are not only timely, but also inexpensive enough to fit into everyone’s tightening budget. These series includes the following:

99 Ways to Entertain Your Family for Free by Mack Thomas

99 Ways to Stretch Your Home Budget by Cheri Gillard

99 Ways to Increase Your Income by Frank Martin

99 Ways to Build Job Security Gary Nowinski

99 Ways to Fight Worry and Stress by Elsa Kok Colopy

99 Bible Promises for Tough Times by Randy Peterson
Written for families and individuals who are hoping to not only survive but thrive, during tough times. These value-packed, applicable resources offer relevant and reliable insights to endure the current economic downturn, and are sure to appeal to families in all stages of life.

 About The Book:

When life throws a curve, for centuries no source of insight and encouragement has brought more comfort than the Bible. 99 Bible Promises for Tough Times is a collection of the deepest wisdom found in Scripture.

Randy Petersen, a writer/teacher from New Jersey, has written fifty books and many Bible study lessons. He also serves as Adult Education Director at his United Methodist church
My Review:
 I love this book! It is divided into seven different categories, and each section has at least 10 scriptures with a short "devotional" to read. I love that you can look for a specific "tough time". There are seven tough times covered: financial, anxiety, poor health, sin or guilt, loss of loved one, how to deal with feeling like God is far away, and crisis within your work or service. A very well rounded and easy to use book that I would recommend to anyone!
The Value Non-Fiction Line (September 15, 2009) offers insightful books on love, marriage, relationships and personal growth. At just $6.99, WaterBrook Press is offering readers on the most limited budgets, valuable resources to help them grow and succeed in their personal lives. Titles include:
More Than A Match by Mike and Amy Smalley
Fool Proofing Your Life by Jan Silvious
How To Act Right When Your Spouse Acts Wrong by Leslie Vernick
What Women Don't Know and Men Don't Tell You by Michelle McKinney Hammond
The Value Non–Fiction Line provides readers with invaluable resources at a low cost, and offers priceless insights to help build meaningful relationship.

About This Book

The world is filled with difficult people. It is impossible to avoid them. (You may have one, in particular, in your life right now.) In dealing with such people, we often try a number of coping strategies. Unfortunately, our best attempts at making peace often fail. This is because the difficult people in our lives are often what the Bible calls "fools." And dealing with fools requires a special kind of biblical wisdom.

You've tried everything–from confrontation to passivity. You've found out what doesn't work; now discover what
does. Gain the tools you need to get along with others and conduct your relationships in a manner that honors God–and preserves your sanity!–in Foolproofing Your Life: Wisdom for Untangling Your Most Difficult Relationships. Learn how new insights from the book of Proverbs can help you respond to those relationships that seem hard to untangle.
 My Review:

Some of the ways Jan Silvious defines a "living with an impossible/foolish person"  is  when the relationship you have with someone  just cannot work regardless of what you do, that person demeans/abuses you, and you do not know how to change things, but know that things need to change. Through Fool Proofing Your Life, Silvious shows the reader that there is a way to separate from the conflict without separating from the person.
I currently struggle with having a couple of "fools" in my life, and this book has shown me exactly how I need to let go and let God help me as I have relationships with these people. I know that without Him I would not be able to deal with the "fool" in my life. One thing I am so grateful that Jan Silvious has written such a wonderfully, scripturally sound book to help me and many others through their difficult relationships. 

I highly recommend this book for all those with "fools" in their lives (which if we admit it, is probably many of us) and I also believe this would be a valuable resource for a church library and pastors to own.

BUY IT: You can purchase both 99 Bible Promises for Tough Times here on the WaterBrook Multnomah website. As well, Fool Proofing Your Life can be purchased on the website, here.

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