Thursday, February 22, 2018

A Passionate Hope: Hannah's Story (Daughters of the Promised Land #4) by Jill Eileen Smith

35069228A Passionate Hope: Hannah's Story (Daughters of the Promised Land #4)

A Passionate Hope is great fiction account of Hannah. If you like Biblical fiction, you will love this book!  With the story of Hannah coming alive, I felt hope come through as I was surrounded with the people and culture during this time. Hannah and Elkanah were real in my mind as I was traveling the pages with them and walking the roads, eating with them during the feasts or watching the sacrifices take place. What I love about reading this book is that it continues to help the Bible come to life for me, which is awesome because the Bible is alive!
The story of Hannah made me weep and grieve is so many ways. Hannah is unable to bear children and she wrestles with God during her years of barrenness. The very things that Hannah wrestles with, are the things that I too wrestle with, but what I am reminded through the book of Hannah and in this fiction book, that God does hear and see our prayers even when he is silent. 
This book was wonderful and it I just loved it! If you love great Biblical fiction, give Jill Eileen Smith a read! This book was amazing! I give this book 5/5 stars.

About the Author:
Jill Eileen SmithJill Eileen Smith is the bestselling, award-winning author of the Wives of King David series, the Daughters of the Promised Land, the Wives of the Patriarchs, and The Loves of King Solomon series. Her research has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times.

When she isn’t writing, she loves to spend time with her family and friends, read stories that take her away, ride her bike to the park, snag date nights with her hubby, try out new restaurants, or play with her lovable, “helpful” cat Tiger. Jill lives with her family in southeast Michigan.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Live Hopefully: A Study in the Book of Nehemiah by Lenya Heitzig

35721809Live Hopefully: A Study in the Book of Nehemiah


Monday, February 19, 2018

I Can Only Imagine A Memoir By Bart Millard with Robert Noland Published by Thomas Nelson

I Can Only ImagineI Can Only ImagineA Memoir

By Bart Millard with Robert Noland
Published by Thomas Nelson

The captivating story behind the bestselling single in the history of Christian music—and the man who wrote it
MercyMe’s crossover hit, “I Can Only Imagine,” has touched millions of people around the world. But few know about the pain, redemption, and healing that inspired it. Now Bart Millard, award-winning recording artist and lead singer of MercyMe, shares how his dad’s transformation from abusive father to man of God sparked a divine moment in music history.
Go behind the scenes of Bart’s life—and the movie based on it—to discover how God repaired a broken family, prepared Bart for ministry through music, and wrote the words on his heart that would change his life forever. I Can Only Imagine is a front-row seat to witnessing God’s presence throughout Bart’s life. Whether falling in love with his childhood sweetheart or mourning his father’s death, founding MercyMe or flailing in the midst of its success, Bart continues to place his trust in God’s plans—plans that continue to surprise and surpass what Bart could have ever imagined.
My Thoughts:
"I Can Only Imagine" by Mart Millard is a memoir that isn't for the faint of heart. It has moments of darkness and also moments where God shows Himself so faithful. However, I would not recommend reading this if you need healing from any kind of abuse and have not sought out healing as this book will be a trigger. The song that inspires us all is one that Bart lived through his life and only he can tell the story. Without going into a lot of details or giving too much away, this book will make you think, cry and even give God the applause for how He can redeem the impossible situations. This book was not only a great book, but an even greater story. I give this book 4.5/5 stars. If you love Mercy Me' music, you will enjoy this book and even the upcoming movie. 

Sunday, February 18, 2018

The Healthy Living Handbook: Simple, Everyday Habits for Your Body, Mind and Spirit by Laura Harris Smith

34020293The Healthy Living Handbook: Simple, Everyday Habits for Your Body, Mind and Spirit


Saturday, February 17, 2018

Dreaming with God: A Bold Call to Step Out and Follow God's Lead by Sarah Beth Marr

35138430Dreaming with God: A Bold Call to Step Out and Follow God's Lead

by  Beth Marr
The world tells us that the way to make all our dreams come true is to set our own course and strive every day. But when it's all on us, we end up feeling exhausted, frustrated, and, disappointed when things don't turn out as we'd hoped. Have you ever wondered if there was a better way?

There is. God knows the desires of our hearts--he put them there. And he calls us to trust, to lean on him, and sometimes . . . to wait. Weaving together her unique perspective as a professional ballerina with profound truths drawn from Scripture and the life of faith, Sarah Beth Marr reminds us that we are not dreaming alone. If God has given us a dream, we can be sure that he will come alongside us as we work toward realizing it. Using her own story as a catalyst, Marr encourages women to surrender their plans to God, to stay in tempo with his Spirit, and to step into a deeper relationship with Christ. When they do, she says, they will be able to move confidently into the future, knowing that their dreams and God's desires are aligned in perfect harmony.

My Thoughts:
Dreaming with God is a breath of fresh air. This book had be grabbing my journal out and writing down all the thoughts that came to my mind as I was reading Sarah's words. I was praying and listening to the voice of God for His dream for my life and not my own. This book is captivating for every woman who wants to lean on their own understanding but longs to lean into their creators vision for their lives. As people who are broken because of the curse, we long for His plan and unity with Him. I love that this book helps you find purpose and meaning. This book is a source of great encouragement and will have you feeling more spiritually light. I love how Sarah weaves in advice and her own experience through dance to help the reader gently feel nudged by the spirit to the calling of God. This book is wonderful and a must read for different seasons of your life. I am keeping this one on the shelf. 
I highly recommend this book, especially to women going off to college or women in transition. It is a great source of strength and encouragement. I give this book 5/5 stars. 

About the Author:

Sarah Beth MarrSarah Beth Marr is a wife and mama whose passion is to encourage women in their journeys with the Lord through her writing, speaking, and teaching the Word. Sarah danced professionally for over fifteen years as a ballerina for Ballet Austin and Mejia Ballet International (formally known as Ballet Arlington.) Her dancing inspired her to begin a blog of devotionals for ballet dancers, which over time has evolved into a ministry of encouragement to women of all ages. Sarah’s first book, Dreaming with God – A Bold Call to Step Out and Follow God’s Lead releases in February of 2018 with Baker Books. 

Sarah loves to encourage women in their journeys with the Lord. She is passionate about bringing joy-filled, grace-filled, biblically-based messages to the hearts of women of all ages. Sarah teaches from her heart and her passion is to stir up women’s wonder of the Lord, to spur them on in their personal relationship with Him, to equip them with the Word, to inspire them to dream with God, and to send them out refreshed, encouraged, and inspired to lean into the grace of Jesus.