Thursday, March 22, 2018

A Light on the Hill, By Connilyn Cossette-Book Review

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"Though Isreal has found relative peace, Moriyah has yet to find her own. Attempting to avoid the scorn of her community, she's spend the last seven years hiding behind the veil she wears. Underneath her covering, her face is branded with the mark of the Canaanite gods, a shameful reminder of her past captivity in Jericho and an assurance that no man will ever want to marry her. 
When her father finds a widower who needs a mother for his two sons, her hope rises. But when their introduction goes horribly wrong, Moriyah is forced to flee for her life. Seeking safety at on of the newly established Levitical cites of refuge, she is wildly unprepared for the dangers she will face and the enemies-and unexpected allies-she will encounter on her way."

Having read Connilyn Cossette's Out of Egypt series, I was thrilled when I discover she wrote another book. The first book in her new series, Cities of Refuge, she didn't disappoint!
I started and finished this book in one day, I couldn't put it down. 
Connilyn does a fantastic job at immersing the reading in biblical times. As I read, I felt as if I was living through Moriyah's eyes.
You begin the book with Moriyah, the 13 year old we met in Wings of the Wind (the final book in the Out of Egypt series). Which is one aspect of Connilyns writing I absolutely love, rather than continuing the story with the same main character she uses another character you met along the way, deepening and growing the story.
Filled with heart, action and some surprising twists, you won't bore of this book.
The characters and their development is real. Moriyah's growth is beautiful. 
The book also contains questions for conversations-*don't read them until you finish the book they contain spoilers.

Fabulous book by a fabulous author. A must read!

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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When God Made Light, By Matthew Paul Turner-Book Review

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""In the beginning space became bright, 'cause God filled it with twinkles of yellow white. Brilliant stars gleamed. Swirls of light streamed. In that once empty space, a galaxy beamed.
First the brilliant rays of sunrise to the bright orb of the moon hanging in the night sky, light defines our days and helps living things grow and flourish. Light inspires up. When light breaks through darkness, it chases away our fears. And God made light that shines within every child! It's meant to be recognized, celebrated, and affirmed in young hearts.
Through lyrical verse and wild, vivid illustrations, When God Made Light encourages young readers to revel in creation's awe-inspiring light and to ignite the world with the God-given spark found within.
And all that light-every bright golden hue-is the very same light that God put inside you.""

When God Made Light is a beautiful written and illustrated book. Matthew Paul Turner did an astounding job writing the lyrical flow, with the perfect balance between story and song and no cheesy rhymes. David Catrow illustrated the book and all I can say is I'm in love. The siblings, cat, dog, and surround scenes are adorable. 
The point of the story is that God created light and He created You. It reminds children that they were created for a purpose and that Gods light shines through them.
The entire book (lyrics and illustrations) shows joy, excitement and wonder as it talks about God. 
Read it to a kid or read it to yourself, either way this book is a treasure. 

I received this book through Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Prayer: Communing with God in Everything, By A.W. Tozer-Book Review

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""Tozer understood prayer as few do; as a way of life. This volume will help readers capture that same grand vision.
With biblical wisdom and stunning insight, Tozer warns us of the barrenness of busyness-of "hurting ourselves where we cannot afford it." He urges us to commune regularly with God and offers varied reflections on what that entails.
With added commentary and reflection questions, Prayer compels us not to just pray, but to have a life that prays.""

A compilation of A.W. Tozer sermons and book excerpts, along with commentary (the 'Exploring with Tozer') and questions provided by W.L. Seaver, who compiled this book.
A.W. Tozer's Prayer offers you a look at what your prayer life should look like, why you need to pray and how to do it. Because it is a compilation it makes a great devotional (the chapters don't carry over each chapter is a different topic). 
The chapters are short but not to short and the questions though provoking. Whether your prayer life is constant or nonexistent, this book is a great read.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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Sex and the Single Girl, By Dr. Juli Slattery-Book Review

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""Sexuality often lands at two extremes. On the one hand you have culture saying that everything is acceptable, you can do whatever you want, and sexuality is relative. On the other hand you have some churches that won't even talk about it, turning sex into something shameful and taboo. How do you discern the truth? 
Sex and the single girl will help you understand sexuality according to God's truth. Going way beyond a simple "wait until you're married" message, this practical study explores questions like: Why does my sexuality matter to God? Can I be single and sexual? What should I do with sexual temptation?
God offers more than "rules" for your singleness; He invites you into a whole new identity. Discover the spiritual purpose of your sexuality not just for a future marriage, but for today.""
Filled with Biblical wisdom, this book is packed with lots of good information. Dr. Juli Slattery gets right to the heart of the issue: is Jesus Lord of your life-including your love life? Is His love enough for you? Sex and the Single Girl is from a trustworthy source that help get women to discuss and work through issues involving sexuality and spirituality. An amazing bible study that doesn't shy away from issues single women in our culture face today. 
Sex and the Single Girl is a 6-week study with 5 days of reading that include quizzes and journaling exercises that are biblically grounded. Going through this book has really helped me realize that you're never alone in your personal struggles, and that sex isn't taboo. I love the quote, "Marriage and sexuality were always intended to teach us about intimacy wtih God."-Dr. Juli Slattery.
Though this book is written for a young single women, I don't think that age really matter. I personally feel that any single women can benifit from the book, regardless of their background.
I received this book from the publisher is exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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