Friday, January 20, 2017

Destined To Win How to Embrace Your God-Given Identity and Realize Your Kingdom Purpose by Kris Volloton

Destined To Win How to Embrace Your God-Given Identity and Realize Your Kingdom Purpose by Kris Volloton
Pastor and cofounder of the Bethel School of Ministry Kris Vallotton walks Christians through the profound process of discovering their true identity and experiencing the wonder of their kingdom purposes.
Christians are often told that they were born with a purpose that reaches beyond their human strivings, but most are not sure how to break past the daily struggles holding them back, much less how to fully step into their callings.
As a pastor and the cofounder of the Bethel School of Ministry, Kris Vallotton has been teaching Christians all over the world how to walk in wholeness and purpose for more than seventeen years. In Destined to Win, he passes on the lessons that will help readers discover who they really are, overcome destructive behaviors, and become equipped for their kingdom purposes.
Confronting the challenges that limit Christians—such as living shackled by past pain, fear, and unforgiveness—Vallotton offers practical solutions to the of­ten-complex problems that undermine their destinies and derail their pur­poses. With personal stories and biblical teaching, Destined to Win combines practical wisdom and profound revelation to unlock the latent potential present in each person.
My Thoughts:
Initially, I had a difficult time getting engaged in this book. I felt it was a bit dry at the beginning, but once I got reading, I found this book to be challenging and yet to be encouraging. It is a very practical read, with wisdom and is perfect for the person who is willing to look at themselves and willing to grow. I found this book to point out behaviors in my life where I could grow and move forward. We all have things in our lives that we want to get rid of and I found that this book helped point out areas where I want to grow and how Christ can help me grow in those areas. I also think this book is very kingdom minded, which helps the reader keep Christ in mind to not think you can make changes on your own, but only through Christ. I found this book to be an encouragement in my walk and challenge areas in my faith. Thank you to the publisher, I was not required to give a favorable review. I give this book 4/5 stars. 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Amish Weddings by Leslie Gould + Giveaway

My Thoughts:

Amish Weddings by Leslie Gould is the third book in the Neighbors of Lancaster County series. While I have not read the rest of the series, this book is well written and can be read as a stand alone novel. I do want to read the first two books in this series, but it is not necessary to understand what is going on with Lila and Zane.  I think it would help to understand the characters and the rest of their background, but again, it isn't necessary.

Lila and Zane are going to be married in October. Rose who is Lila's sister has been dating a young made named Reuben Byler. She was hoping she would get married before Lila, her sister. Lila is in a terrible buggy accident and as a result suffers some serious damage. She ruptures her spleen, has bruised organs and even has a broken pelvis. As Lila begins to recover, she begins to think of her birth father, Butch. She begins to doubt that Tim does not care about her the way he cares for Rose and Trudy his birth children. Lila and Zane's wedding is post-poned. Rose has to help Lila against her own will. And then Rose begins to get into a little mischief of her own as Tim is distracted. Lots of things begin to unfold for this family. If I tell you anymore, I would give away what happens to the story, so I am just going to tell you that you need to read the book!

Overall, I found this book to be engaging and I wanted to see how everything was going to turn out, whether for the good or the bad. If you want to find out what happens to the story and want an opportunity to read it, I recommend leaving a comment for your chance to win! I give this book a 4/5 stars. I loved the authors ability to capture my attention and I thought the story line was good. I found it easy to read and it had a good pace to the story. I was provided a copy for review purposes and a favorable review was not required.  I look forward to reading more books my Leslie Gould in the future.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Nothing to Prove by Jennie Allen

More Pretending. No More Performing. No More Fighting to Prove Yourself.

Are you tired, inside and out? Are you trying your best to measure up—yet you still feel as if you’re losing ground and missing out on the best parts of life?
You are not alone.
Jennie Allen understands the daily struggle so many of us face with inadequacy and insecurity and the fear that we are not enough. And she invites us into a different experience, one in which our souls overflow with contentment and joy. In Nothing to Prove she calls us to…

* Find freedom from self-induced pressure by admitting we’re not enough—but Jesus is. 
* Stop doing things for God, and start doing things with Him. 
* Admit our greatest needs and watch them be filled by the only One who can meet them.
* Discover how God moves wildly through those who have nothing to protect and nothing to prove.
* Make it our goal to know and love Jesus, then watch what He does in and through us.
As you wade into the refreshing truth of the more-than-enough life Jesus offers, you’ll experience the joyous freedom that comes to those who are determined to discover what God can do through a soul completely in love with Him.

Discover the answer to your soul-deep thirst
Too many of us have bought into the lie that our cravings will be satisfied if we are enough and if we have enough. So we chase image, answers, things, and people—and we wonder all the while, Why am I still thirsty?
My single goal with this book is to lead your thirsty soul to the only source of lasting fulfillment: Jesus. He is the living water, a limitless supply that will not only quench your thirst but will fill you and then come pouring out of you into a thirsty world. 
Because of Him, you are loved. You are known. You can take a deep breath.
Because you have nothing to prove.

My Thoughts:

Let me just say, you need to pre-order this book! If you don't you will be missing something from your life that is so greatly needed in our world today. This isn't just a book, but a lifestyle. Do you ever feel like your chasing something and you keep chasing something only to find you're more empty? Do you ever feel like you're trying to prove that you are worth something? Or worthy of something? Do you have these moments where you wonder if you are believing a lie? Like the world is constantly spinning and you're spinning with it, but not finding the true bread and and living water? Then you've come to to the right place! "Nothing to Prove" by Jennie Allen dives right into the book of John where we find these beautiful moments of Jesus dealing with people's souls and changing their future. We seeing him freeing them of disease, shame, fear, all so we can look at our sitiuation to trust Jesus. We must stop. Stop striving. Stop proving. Stop moving. We must just be. Be in His presence. We must be willing to stop being something we are not. This book will just make you take a look at your life and wonder where the broken pieces are and where you need to let Jesus in. I loved this book and have it highlighted! I am so thankful to have recieved an ARC copy. Thank you to publishers for sending me copy. I give this book 5/5 stars. I was not compensated for a positive review. 

Monday, December 26, 2016

To Joey, With Love + Giveaway

DVD ArtworkTo Joey, With Love

Husband-and-wife singing duo Joey+Rory wanted more to life … so they chose less. 
Experience the incredible true story of Joey and Rory Feek, intimately filmed by the couple over two and a half years. The documentary follows the Feeks from the birth of their daughter Indiana, born with Down Syndrome, through Joey's struggle with and ultimate surrender to cancer - all amidst their never-ending hope in something far greater. God gave Joey+Rory a love story for the ages, one that is sure to inspire hope and faith in all who experience it.

My Thoughts:
This incredible life and story is more than just a movie. This is a faithful testimony that only God could write. One that would call Rory to be a faithful husband, servant and cheerleader as Joey would battle Cancer. Not only does their story of faithfulness to God endure every season of their marriage, they give birth to a wonderful little girl named, Indiana. This movie is a story of faith, hope, marriage, family and only one that God could write. It helps the viewer believe in a greater story that we all get to be a part of. You will laugh, you will cry and you will sure feel like you're apart of the Feek Family. You'll grow more in love with a beautiful story that only God would write. This isn't just a movie, but a life that God wrote and it is beautiful. So, while I love this movie, I recognize that these are people, not just characters acting in a movie. This is a true story and it will help you put your life in perspective as you cheerlead on Rory and Indy for the journey that the Feek family is now taking on. I had the opportunity to review this movie. I give this movie a 5/5 star review. It was beautiful, noteworthy and worth every single minute of your time. Don't miss the opportunity to view this extraordinary movie of faith, hope and love.  

I have a copy to giveaway!! If you want to have three entries, here is how you can enter..

1) Leave a Comment
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I'll throw all your entries into hat and draw a winner on January 3, 2017! 

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Battlefield of the Mind Bible by Joyce Meyer

The BATTLEFIELD OF THE MIND BIBLE will help readers connect the truths of Joyce Meyer's all-time bestselling book, Battlefield of the Mind, to the Bible, and change their lives by changing their thinking.

Worry, doubt, confusion, depression, anger, and feelings of condemnation. . .all these are attacks on the mind. If you struggle with negative thoughts, take heart! The BATTLEFIELD OF THE MIND BIBLE will help you win these all-important battles through clear, practical application of God's Word to your life. With notes, commentary, and previously unpublished insights by Joyce Meyer, this Bible is packed with features specifically designed for helping you deal with thousands of thoughts you have every day and focus your mind to think the way God thinks.

Special Features Include:
  • BOOK INTRODUCTIONS--thoughts on the importance of each book and how it relates to the battlefield of the mind 
  • WINNING THE BATTLES OF THE MIND--core teaching to help you apply specific biblical truths to winning the battle 
  • PRAYERS FOR VICTORY--Scripture-based prayer to help you claim God's guarantee of winning 
  • PRAYERS TO RENEW YOUR MIND--help for you to learn to think the way God thinks 
  • KEYS TO A VICTORIOUS LIFE--practical truths for overcoming mental or emotional challenges 
  • POWER POINTS--insight into how to think, speak, and live victoriously SPEAK GOD'S WORD-first-person Scripture confessions to train your mind for ultimate victory
  • SCRIPTURES ON THOUGHTS AND WORDS--more than 200 Bible passages that teach you how to think and speak in agreement with God's Word.

My Thoughts:

Everything that we do in life begins with the words we speak. Think about that for a moment? If every word you spoke over your life came to pass, would you speak those words? Additionally, not only are our words that powerful, so is our thought life! Here is the best part though, Jesus has already won!! However, we have to take all our words and thoughts captive to Christ, which gives us authority in our life, which is why I love this Bible. 

It helps remind me that my words are so powerful. In "Battlefield of the Mind Bible" which is a new Bible from Joyce Meyer, which is in the Amplied Version, Joyce has constant reminders of how our words are so powerful! Don't worry though, she equips the reader along the way to overcome anger, depression, doubt, fear or any battles that may come against your thought life or tongue life. This Bible is beautiful, with a hard cover and prayer reminders to renew your mind  on almost every page. It also has Keys to victorious life, which are ways for you to claim Scripture over your life and I LOVE these. She has ways for you to mediate of God's word daily and even "power-points" , which give you insight on how to think, speak and live victoriously! This Bible has a beautiful Bible book marker that is a white ribbon and colorful maps in the back. 

It is just gorgeous! I have been studying God's word from this Bible and I just love it! I think you will love it too!! Pre-order a copy today! Don't delay, I know this will be a bestseller!  

Thank you to Faith Words for providing me a complementary copy for review purposes only. I give this Bible a 5/5 stars. I highly recommend it for it's value, spiritual content, navigation and ease of being able to understand the Bible. 

About Joyce Meyer:

Joyce Meyer is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of the world's leading practical Bible teachers. Her more than 100 books have helped millions of people find hope and restoration through faith in Christ. Bestsellers include Living Beyond Your Feelings; Power Thoughts; Battlefield of the Mind; and The Confident Woman. 

Joyce Meyer's broadcast Enjoying Everyday Life® airs daily on hundreds of television networks and radio stations worldwide. She travels extensively, holding conferences throughout the year, speaking to thousands around the world. Joyce teaches on a number of topics with a particular focus on the mind, mouth, moods and attitudes. Her candid communication style allows her to share openly and practically about her experiences so others can apply what she has learned to their lives.

Her latest book, SEIZE THE DAY, is in bookstores everywhere. BATTLEFIELD OF THE MIND BIBLE releases January 2017.

Hachette Book Group has sold over 30 million copies of Joyce Meyer's books.