Thursday, August 8, 2013

The One Year Devo For Teen Girls

This devotional is set up like most devotionals, gives a scripture and then a devotional that applies to the scripture. The devotionals have to do with issues teen girls face. I like this devotional and the advice given is biblical and nothing that I as a parent would find offensive. However, both my teen girls tried this devotional and just "couldn't get into it." They didn't find it interesting or helpful, maybe we personally covered the topics very well at home that they didn't find anything new or helpful. I would recommend this devotional to anyone who has teen girls and looking for a way to bring up certain topics for discussion.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Our Daily Bread Devotional Bible-NLT

The New Living Translation is my preferred translation and having it coupled with Our Daily Bread devotionals makes this a fantastic Bible. Our Daily Bread devotionals gives applicable devotions while not being to "fluffy" in nature. The devotions are place alongside the versus it pertains to so you go can look right over and read the scripture. To me this devotional bible is almost like having a life application devotional. I received the hardback version of this bible. The text inside is a comfortable reading size. This devotional is just a pleasure to have.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Tough Guys and Drama Queens

Tough Guys and Drama Queens: How Not to Get Blindsided by Your Child's Teen Years by Mark Gregston is for parents of teenagers and soon to be teenagers who want to ensure that their children have stability in their lives and the wisdom in their heads to make it through all the tribulations of being a teenager in today's society, including sexualization, conflict, appearance, performance, authority issues and personal boundaries. Mark Gregston gives us all a reminder that the teenage years are difficult. With over 35 years of experience in working with troubled teens, Mark Gregston speaks from experience. He has seen many parents that thought they were doing all the right things as they missed all of the signs. This book is a road map for all of us as we do what we can to raise our children. This book is a great resource for parents. Appearance, performance, authority, respect and boundaries, as well as other good tools and helpful tips to get through the teen years with your sanity and children that are well rounded and still pushing forward! 

The Fruitful Wife

"The Fruitful Wife" looks to the Bible to find the answers about how a wife can grow in the Fruit of the Spirit which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. I thought the author wrote a very organized and easy to understand book. I liked the idea of using the fruits of the spirit as a guide for making your marriage better. I also found the book to be helpful and non-judgmental. I think this book would be great for any wife going through a changing period in her marriage but would really be a great book for any wife to read.

Soul Detox

The book goes on to discuss toxic behaviors such as self-deception, negative language, and covered-up sins; toxic emotions such as resentment, envy, anger and fear; and toxic influences such as materialism, exposure to harmful media, and unhealthy relationships. Great book that gives practical ways to live more clean in a not-so-clean world! Soul Detox has some great insight to help us identify the areas where we get off track. We can't control everything that happens to us, but we can make adjustments to take care of our soul and live more freely and fully. Craig does a grand job of making a very serious subject approachable, understandable and even amusing.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

KJV Bride's Bible

This is a beautiful little pocket bible. The silver "lace" design on the cover makes for a elegant cover. It is the complete Bible with a 52 page Concordance, 10 Full Color Maps of Biblical regions, and the words of Jesus in red.  The Bible is approximately 4-1/2" x 7" x 3/4" and about 860 pages. The pages are gilded in silver. Inside there are places to keep photos, and other records from the bride's wedding day. 

The bible bible itself is in the KJV with the words of Jesus in red. The font is small but not so small that the print is unreadable. If the bride was going to keep some wedding keepsakes in this bible I wouldn't suggest she use it as her main bible. Instead maybe family and friends could highlight their favorite scriptures for the bride and the bride could refer to it time and again. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

He Chose the Nails- Max Lucado

I love Max Lucado's books and it was no different. Lucado does a good job of combining everyday examples of life with the imagery of the cross to paint a compelling picture of God's love as demonstrated by sending the perfect lamb of Jesus Christ to live among sinful beings and to die on their behalf only to conquer the grave and be physically resurrected for the world to see. He uses the nail, the crown of thorns, the clothes that were taken from Jesus, the clothes that were put on him, the two other crosses beside him, and even the soldiers spit to explain the many things that had to happen to bring us salvation. This is a great book for Easter...or anytime of year!