I'm glad I borrowed this book from the library. I decided to give it a try because I'd heard so many good reviews, because I'm an avid reader and I lo...moreI'm glad I borrowed this book from the library. I decided to give it a try because I'd heard so many good reviews, because I'm an avid reader and I love to travel, too. I only made it through the first several chapters of the book before I had to return it to the library for another patron, and I won't bother requesting it again. It's not worth the wait.
The author's writing style, I will admit, is engaging. However, her whiny tone, self-absorbed outlook on life and overall interpretation of her experiences is vain and unbecoming. I read her words and think, "If I met her in person, she'd probably be someone I'd try to stay away from!" She seems to have a "poor me" attitude that, although it likely improves over the course of the book, was far too heavy at the beginning for me to consider pursuing the end.(less)
I picked this book up on a whim, looking for some type of daily devotional. I wanted something short and to the point, with scripture references, rela...moreI picked this book up on a whim, looking for some type of daily devotional. I wanted something short and to the point, with scripture references, related modern explanations or examples, and questions or statements to guide thinking and self-reflection. But I don't have time for anything too intense on a daily basis. The title seemed fitting, so I flipped to that particular day and it was actually quite perfect. I bought it on the spot.
Since then, I have read each day's page consistently and thoroughly enjoyed it. Each page provides a verse, expounds upon it in a way that modern, busy women can readily relate to, and concludes with a suggestion or thought for the day. There's even a built-in ribbon bookmark so you can quickly flip to today's date.
I actually read each day twice, morning and night, because it's that encouraging and only takes a few minutes. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a more regular routine in their devotional life but finds it hard to know what to study and to find the time.(less)
The title of this book says it all; Andy Stanley's "Grace of God" is an in-depth, extensive, easy-to-understand, plain language study on God's everlas...moreThe title of this book says it all; Andy Stanley's "Grace of God" is an in-depth, extensive, easy-to-understand, plain language study on God's everlasting grace.
Starting at creation and continuing through the Great Commission, Stanley explores the grace that saturates Scripture with fresh insights and a new perspective on many familiar Biblical stories and characters. Stanley isn't trying to persuade the reader to his point of view or say "This is how it is; this is exactly what you should believe." Instead, he writes in a conversational style that provides all the necessary information while allowing readers to reach their own conclusions.
I read through the book more quickly than I would have liked in order to write a review, but there's so much to be gleaned from this book that I know I'll be reading it again soon. I suggest reading it slowly, perhaps one chapter at a time, giving yourself the opportunity to focus on each individual aspect of grace, and then again to gain the full picture of how it all fits together. In fact, my only complaint about this book is that there's so much learning packed into such a small volume, it will take a long time to read it thoroughly enough to do it justice!
If you've struggled to understand how the mercy and forgiveness of the New Testament relates to Old Testament law, if you wonder how the wrathful God of Israel could also be the loving Father who sent His Son to redeem us from all our sins, or if you simply want to understand a little more about what an awesome God we have, I definitely recommend this book!
I received a copy of The Grace of God from Booksneeze for review purposes. I was not compensated in any other way for my review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. (less)
This book is perfect for anyone who wants to learn more about the Amish. Not only do you read about Miriam's life but also learn about her perspective...moreThis book is perfect for anyone who wants to learn more about the Amish. Not only do you read about Miriam's life but also learn about her perspective - in her own words - on interacting with Englischers, raising a family, and being a godly woman. And, when one of Miriam's stories is preceded or followed by a similar story from Cindy, it's fascinating to see how very similar many of their experiences are. At the same time, there are many differences in how each woman deals with each situation, and the lessons shared by both women are inspiring and encouraging.
Each chapter begins with a scripture that relates to the subject, and mouthwatering recipes from Miriam are sprinkled throughout the book. The chapters are also very short, so it's easy to read one or two chapters a day as a sort of daily inspiration.
If you've read any of Cindy Woodsmall's Amish fiction, or simply enjoy inspirational stories from two honest Christian women, you will definitely enjoy Plain Wisdom.(less)
The title says it well; this daily devotional contains 365 days’ worth of uplifting, inspirational stories from some of history’s best-known Christian...moreThe title says it well; this daily devotional contains 365 days’ worth of uplifting, inspirational stories from some of history’s best-known Christian figures. Each day’s reading offers a different topic, including a short suggested prayer and a related Scripture verse. Although I’m usually not a fan of the one-a-day devotionals, I’ve really enjoyed the last few weeks of starting my day with a page from this inspiring work.
Quoting the likes of C.S. Lewis, Joni Eareckson Tada, Corrie Ten Boom, Charles Spurgeon and more, this book isn’t long on words but still packs a powerful message into each and every page. By sharing the real-life trials and triumphs of these inspirational authors and speakers, Myra shows readers how to apply and live out God’s Word in our daily lives.
In a busy, self-centered world, it’s easy to lose sight of what truly matters, but the Book of Encouragement is a great help in getting our thoughts focused on the truth of God’s Word and living out His will. And with the one-a-day format, it’s easy to fit a page or two into even the busiest day. I don’t think a strong Christian, someone who’s already in the habit of reading God’s Word daily, will find enough “meat” in this book to be satisfied, but it can be a good basis for diving deeper into the Scriptures. It would also make a great family devotional, or as a stepping-stone for anyone desiring to develop that daily habit of studying the Word.
I received this book free from the publisher for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.(less)
"S Is for Shamrock: An Ireland Alphabet" is fantastic for anyone interested in Irish culture, legends and history. The short rhymes are perfect for re...more"S Is for Shamrock: An Ireland Alphabet" is fantastic for anyone interested in Irish culture, legends and history. The short rhymes are perfect for reading out loud to a young child, while the longer sidebars of historical information will appeal to older children who can read it on their own. Even adults might learn something new (I did!)
The illustrations are wonderful and fascinatingly complex. Although some of the intricacy is lost due to the sort of crosshatched, sketched drawing style (at least in my opinion), one could spend ages studying each page and keep finding more and more details.
Readers of any age will enjoy this book. Looking forward to checking out the rest of the Discover the World series!(less)