December 29, 2016

Waiting for Wonder
"Waiting for Wonder"
Marlo Schalesky

What if, in this waiting, God is calling us to more?
It’s easy to believe God when a promise is new. It’s hard when the years pass and nothing changes. It’s even harder when desperation strikes, your plans backfire, and still God does not fill the emptiness. But what if, in this waiting, God is calling us to more?
Join author Marlo Schalesky on a unique, contemplative journey to reveal the wonder that is often missed when we find ourselves struggling to wait well. Walking through the life of the biblical character Sarah, one who knows what it means to wait, you will discover a glimpse of God’s character that will give you strength to keep hoping and praying for the desires of your heart.
Waiting for Wonder is a journey into the heart of God where you will wrestle with personal questions, think deeply about God’s true character, and learn to appreciate His divine work as you discover your own path to the promised land. Recapture your hope, restore your soul, and renew your vision of a wondrous Savior when you learn to live on God’s time.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.  Marlo's Schalesky take on Sarah's story is so original.  I loved reading how she imagined the way Sarah felt and what she was going through.  There were many things I learned from reading this book.  "Waiting for Wonder" was exactly what I needed, as I am in a period of waiting myself!  I was encouraged and strengthened by reading this book and allowing God to use it to teach me.  
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December 16, 2016

Getaway with God 
"Getaway with God"
Letitia Suk

What if a simple day away could transform your life?
Does spending time with God sound like just one more thing to check off an ever-increasing to-do list? How are you supposed to fit in anything that threatens to be more time-consuming? Too often there’s simply no room to experience the intimacy, grace, and peace that God offers us.
Getaway with God does more than invite you to step away from life’s pressures to take a personal retreat. It shows you exactly why you must–for your sake and for your family’s.
With grace and warmth, Letitia Suk provides step-by-step guidance and the necessary tools to enable any woman on any budget to plan time away, whether it’s a quick, half-day break or a weeklong time of restoration. You’ll find detailed steps for preparation, including descriptions of different kinds of retreats and how to choose the best one for you, and you’ll learn ways to bring the renewal you experience home with you. Practical appendixes identify retreat centers nationwide and provide exercises and prayers to kick-start your getaway with God.
No matter what your season in life, the time for retreat is now!

"Getaway with God" is a an easy how-to book for how to schedule time to actually getaway with God.  This book encourages you to actually make a plan and do it.   

While this is a great reminder and encouragement, I was expecting it to be more of a devotional.  

This book is an easy read and has a lot of tips of how to make a way for one to actually spend more time with God.  I believe we all know how to do it, we just don't make the time to do actually spend time with God.  That's what this book is about, actually putting our knowledge into action and getting alone with God!   


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November 22, 2016

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
"The Most Wonderful Time of the Year"
by Ace Collins

For Christians worldwide, the month of December is filled with joy and wonder as we anticipate the celebration of Christ’s birth. There is no other time of the year that can compare to the Christmas season for both the young and young at heart.
From December to New Year’s Eve, reawaken the wonder, joy, and magic that is Christmas with daily scripture and inspirational readings of stories behind popular Christmas traditions, carols and movies. Enjoy a wealth of fun activities to help make the most of the season, including heartwarming holiday recipes and homemade gift ideas.
With this soon-to-be-cherished holiday devotional, best-selling author Ace Collins will capture your imagination and help to make each day of December more memorable and meaningful to you, and those you love, by shining a light on the real spirit of the season.
This book is a daily devotional that starts on December 1.  The passages in this book help us put things into perspective and remind us the importance and significance of Christmas.  I love the recipes for snacks, gift ideas and songs included in each chapter.  Reading "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" will put you in the Christmas spirit!  
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An Amish Family Christmas
"An Amish Family Christmas"
Shelley Shepard Gray

Book number four in the Charmed Amish Life Series focuses on Levi Kensinger.  Ever since his father died in a tragic fire, Levi has felt at odds with himself.  He returns to Charm to find he doesn't really fit into his old life and with his brothers and sisters.

He finds a sense of purpose when Julia Kemp, his young widowed neighbor, asks for help with a Christmas project.  Julia & her daughter Penny could us a friend and Levi is happy to oblige.  But something about Julia doesn't ring true, but Levi isn't quite sure what.

Penny has been led to believe her father is dead.  But is he?  What will happen when Penny & Levi discover the truth?  Will Julia have to run again for her & Penny to be safe?

Is this really the last book in the Charmed Amish Life series? We need more in this series!  I love how she shows that faith is necessary to survive in this broken world & realities of life.


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A Sister’s Wish
"A Sister's Wish"
Shelley Shepard Gray

A Sister's Wish is book three in the Charmed Amish Life series.  This book focuses on Amelia & Simon.  Simon Hochstetter had always bee known as the community bad boy.  He was forced out of the Amish community, along with his older brother and sister, because of their abusive father.

Simon returns to the Amish community repentant of his past; he discovers Amelia still has feelings for him.  Lukas, Amelia's older brother and Simon's best friend, heartily disapproves of the match.  Because of this, and Simon not wanting to sully the innocent and beautiful Amelia, Simon puts an end to their relationship.

But when other suitors arrive at Amelie'as door, Simon begins having second thoughts.  Simon & Amelia have to work through the issues that threaten to pull them apart.

This is a story of trust and forgiveness.  Sometimes the hardest person to forgive is ourselves.  It tells how we must forgive & forget.  Our past mistakes in order to have a future.


October 25, 2016

Cold-Case Christianity for Kids
"Cold-Case Christianity"
J. Warner Wallace and Susie Wallace with Rob Suggs

Between the ages of 8 and 12, kids often start to wonder if Christianity is true. In Cold-Case Christianity for Kids, detective J. Warner Wallace draws readers into the thrill of high-stakes investigation by showing them how to think rather than telling them what to think. In this children's companion to the bestselling Cold-Case Christianity, detective Wallace gets kids excited about testing witnesses, examining the evidence, and investigating the case for Christianity. Includes author illustrations and links to a website ( where kids can download activities, fill in case notes, and earn a certificate of merit. 

Detective Wallace gets kids excited about testing witnesses, examining the evidence, and investigating the case for Christianity.

The book starts out with a group of children going to a junior police academy program and learning how to be how detective. One of the boys finds an old skateboard and brings it class with him the next day. The children work together with the training detective to solve where the skateboard came from and how it ended up in the shed on the school property. While they begin the case of the skateboard, Detective Jeffries tells the children not to be “know-it-alls” about the case and he then asks them if they can think of an example of people being a “know-it-all”. One of the cadets speaks up and says that he thinks his neighbors are “know-it-alls” because they believe in God. Detective Jeffries says that Jason is being a “know-it-all” because he believes that there is no way that there is a God. Throughout the rest of the book the case of the skateboard and the case about God coincide with each other. As the cadets use the detective skills that they are learning to solve the skateboard case, they use those same skills to prove that God is real.


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I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. As the Children’s Church director at my church, I am always looking for resources and visuals that I can use with the children. This book gave me several good ideas that I am looking forward to using in the future. The worksheets that you can download to go with this book are great and would be perfect for children eight-years-old or older. The logic and detective skills that children will learn by reading this book can be applied to anything.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. No review positive or negative was required. All opinions are my own.

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