This Bible is written in the New Living Translation (NLT) which makes it very simple to understand. There are also footnotes at the bottom of the pageThis Bible is written in the New Living Translation (NLT) which makes it very simple to understand. There are also footnotes at the bottom of the pages to help clarify passages even more. Also within the books and chapters, you will find articles to help us understand how these stories still apply to us today. For me this not only helps in understanding the message but also allows the stories to become more real and help me achieve the connection I am looking for.
Everyday Matters Bible for Women is also designed to be used in many ways. You can read it from beginning to end or start at the New Testament and then go back to the beginning. Another wonderful feature to help in studying are the 24 spiritual practices mapped out. You can follow through with just one area you feel a need to focus on or study a few at once. These also make it easy to find answers you may need when a problem arises. For example, I have an issue with forgiving myself and others therefore I will be using the Forgiveness practice.
With over 300 articles and 24 spiritual practices I feel confident a person seeking will find answers. I also love the ways these articles are written. They are small enough for a busy mom to fit into their day. As a woman I love reading about the women of the Bible and the way this Bible links their stories to issues we face today.
This Bible would be a wonderful gift to a large number of women. Maybe a gift for a young woman graduating, a new follower, a busy mom, a friend that needs encouragement, etc.
Disclosure: I received a copy of the Bible as a member of the CWA Review Team to help facilitate the writing of a frank and honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. ...more
Page-Turning Romantic Suspense Set Against the Backdrop of a Small Mennonite Town
Lizzie Engel is used to running away. At eighteen, she left her MennoPage-Turning Romantic Suspense Set Against the Backdrop of a Small Mennonite Town
Lizzie Engel is used to running away. At eighteen, she left her Mennonite hometown, her family, and her faith with plans never to return. Five years later, Lizzie finds she'll have to run again. False accusations at her job, a stalker, and a string of anonymous threatening letters have left her with no other options. This time, however, her escape is back to Kingdom, her hometown.
As Lizzie becomes reacquainted with Kingdom, she realizes she may not have left her Mennonite roots and her faith as firmly in the past as she thought. She draws on the support of Noah Housler, an old friend, as she hides out and attempts to plan her next steps.
When it becomes painfully clear that the danger has followed Lizzie to Kingdom, suspicions and tensions run high, and she no longer knows who to trust. With her life and the lives of those she loves at risk, Lizzie will have to run one last time--to a Father whose love is inescapable.
This book grabbed my attention from the beginning. Part of the reason is that the main character, Lizzie, has a 6 year old daughter like I do. The book begins with Lizzie getting her final check from work and packing to leave town. She has been framed for stealing money at work and even though innocent she feels the need to just leave. A big reason is that at the same time this is going on she is also being stalked and receiving threatening letters. Letters that threaten not only her but also her child. As hard as it is for her she decides to return to her Mennonite hometown. She believes no one will be able to find her there and she and her daughter will finally be safe.
As she approaches the town she realizes that the ultra strict ways of the Mennonite community has changed. Some buildings and dresses the women are wearing are now colorful. Still afraid however she goes to her mother and fathers home. Her father is not home and she is relived to find her mother so happy for her return.
As the book progresses we find out her Father is very strict and old fashioned. Growing up Lizzie didn't feel love from her father only his disappointment. Lizzie took that everyone felt that way about her due to getting pregnant as an unmarried teenager. However, the community has a new pastor that teaches Gods love and forgiveness and many folks agree.
In the story of course we have an old friend, Noah appear. Feels start up between them but Lizzie doesn't feel like he could love someone like her, that it is all in her head, etc. Especially since Noah is now an Elder in the church like her Father had been as she grew up. It's as if Lizzie is self sabotaging the hope for love.
Just when you may start to wonder about the stalker and notes, the man she had been seeing outside her previous home finds her. How he found her in this little known town she can not figure out. Then the notes start again. She now must decide is she should run again because the notes now mention innocent people can get hurt. She was just starting to feel accepted by most and like she had a place in town and now must choose her next move.
Having a book with a stalker, threatening notes, a love triangle, father/ daughter issues, and a woman being looked for in connection to stealing money at work may seem a bit too much. Ms. Mehl, the author, works it so well that it easily flows. She also kept me guessing and second guessing the outcome of all these situations.
This book is the first of a series though from what I can tell none of the characters continue.
*I received this copy from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are all my own.*
Kate and her grandmother travel back to a small town in Pennsylvania to restore a family home. This three month vacation from her job as a social workKate and her grandmother travel back to a small town in Pennsylvania to restore a family home. This three month vacation from her job as a social worker is just what she needed.
Her Grandmother already arranged for a local man to work on the physical repairs the home will need. As one can guess this is a single man, attractive, and Kate is drawn to him. The thing is Matt, the contractor, seems to be very introverted and not at all interested in anything else but his work. Many times Kate tries to talk to him and offer to help on the painting and such and we learn he just wishes she would go away. She can tell there is great pain in his eyes and feels the need to help him.
Most of the book follows her attempts to get him to interact more with others and to try and help him heal what is hurting him. Matt eventually starts to come out of his seclusion, it is around this time that he realizes he can not keep Kate out of his mind. At the same time Kate is starting to feel more for Matt but continues to tell herself they are nothing more than friends, that she will be going back to Dallas in a short time, and also that he couldn't possibly feel anything romantic for her as she does not feel in his league.
Eventually Matt's secrets come out and we learn why he was so withdrawn. They also both admit how they feel about one another but that doesn't mean they live happily ever after. It is clear that Kate has helped him and she believes that God meant for her to come into his life for no other reason than to help him and to bring him back to God.
I have read other reviews on this book and am not sure about how others will find it. It is a Christian Fiction book however, there is a weekly poker game that takes place with the Seniors (the grandmother and her friends), also there is drinking from Matt and another man that showed interest in Kate, Trey I believe. I also read about soft cussing. I didn't see any cussing unless some Christians think "sucks" is a curse word. I do see where a phrase Matt uses about"having balls" could be offensive. It could have easily been changed to "guts" and not interrupted the moment or character. Other than that I did not see anything that problematic that others seem to have thought.
I did quickly tire with the brand dropping the author did. I started to wonder if she was hoping to get free items from the stores she mentioned. It had nothing to do with the story. In fact, why did she need to comment on what Matt was wearing almost every time he walked into a room? I also could have done with less use of 'hottie' and 'hot' to describe Matt. Only one character did I see this being okay and expected from (one of the senior women). Everyone else was just too much. I almost felt like she needed a Thesaurus to help her find another adjective.
Overall I loved the book though. I read it in two days which with two young kids is no small task. It is a fresh take on an old story line of boy meets girl. It also brings up a great point to think about, that maybe we are not brought into a persons life to stay forever. Maybe we are there for a reason and once the "task" is complete we are meant to part ways. I would recommend this book to my friends and plan on sharing the copy I got.
* I received this book to read and review from Bethany House. I am expected to give my honest opinions, good or bad. All the above mentioned opinions are my own. *...more
I believe this is the 2nd or 3rd printing of this book. It has been reprinted to include more content. At the end of each chapter is some questions anI believe this is the 2nd or 3rd printing of this book. It has been reprinted to include more content. At the end of each chapter is some questions and a small prayer.
This book is about confronting the Jezebels in your life. The manipulators and controllers that come into our lives. It shows through example stories that have actually happened but not too many real Biblical references. In fact, within the second chapter the author basically says all Liberals are an example of Jezebels. That's where he lost my respect.
It's good however to help show how you have been a Jezebel yourself . Recognizing a trait in yourself is the first step in self improvement. However, I found this more a standard self help book than teaching principles of the Bible. Maybe it is from using so many real life stories and not those of the Bible.
I was given this book by Chosen to review. If I had not I may have picked it up but would not have finished it. Besides just the offensiveness it felt too text book. I enjoy Christian help books the way Joyce Meyer writes them. So sorry Mr. Sampson, I will not be reading any other of your works. ...more
I have to admit I have never read a Beverly Lewis book before. She writes Christian romantic fiction surrounding Amish characters. Growing up in LancaI have to admit I have never read a Beverly Lewis book before. She writes Christian romantic fiction surrounding Amish characters. Growing up in Lancaster she has a great, true perspective of how the Amish culture works. I received this book to review from her publisher Bethany House.
This story focuses on a woman, Amelia (Amy), and an Amishman, Michael. Amelia is an accomplished violinist thanks to the prompting of her father. However, we find she is performing as Amy for Tim McGraw as the fiddler and fears her father finding out. On the way home from a performance she gets lost in a rainstorm. What's worse is she had left her cell phone at home hoping to get some peace after the end of a long relationship. Without any other option she sets out to find help. She comes upon a cabin and decides to stop there. Michael is of course the man there. He invites her in and after talking come to realize they enjoy each other. He invites her to his Amish community the next day. There she agrees to stay for the weekend.
As Amelia has a father pushing her towards being a "violinist" where she is happy to be a "fiddler", Michael has his own father issue. At 25 he is still not baptized and his dad wants him to join the faith or leave. He, like Amelia, is being pressured by the father while being happier with something else. He is in college and likes making blue prints and wants to pursue that life but the love of his family keeps him from being able to leave.
Of course the book will explore these feelings and ultimately come to a conclusion of their decisions. It also shows a blooming love between them. I really enjoy how the romance is written. It starts building on a connection they have that has nothing to do with sex or physicality. In doing so you can truly root for them and these pure feelings. The Christian part comes into play because Michael isn't so sure about becoming Amish but that doesn't mean he wants a life without God in it. Amelia wants to have a relationship with God.
The Fiddler was a great book and after reading it I will be checking out others. Luckily my mother and several friends are big fans of Ms. Lewis'. The Fiddler is the first book in The Hickory Hollow series. Book two, The Bridesmaid, will be released in September of this year. Before you decide you know how this story ends, this book is about another (secondary) character of this book. : ) So if you are tired of standard romance of today definitely check this book out. ...more
Another amazing book by Joyce Meyer. Right from the beginning I had many areas marked to write down. She helps us learn about forgiveness, how to, whyAnother amazing book by Joyce Meyer. Right from the beginning I had many areas marked to write down. She helps us learn about forgiveness, how to, why we should, and how it helps us. Even though I have heard some of these points before she has a way of making the reader "get them". ...more
Really quick read. Though I am not sure how many of these sayings are in square dances. Then again I haven't been to many square dances. Most are funnReally quick read. Though I am not sure how many of these sayings are in square dances. Then again I haven't been to many square dances. Most are funny with a little truth but the end is more serious lines.