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Review and Giveaway for God Hears Her

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Book:  God Hears Her

Author: Our Daily Bread

Genre: Non-fiction / Christian / Devotional

Release Date: September, 2017

Tour Dates: February 1 – 14

God Hears HerWhen you’re having one of those days, you just want to know that someone is on your side. You have more than just someone  . . . you have your Heavenly Father! He is with you. He is for you. He hears your heart’s cry. And He will reassure you of this through the beautifully designed, hardcover devotional collection, God Hears Her. The personal stories, Scripture passages, and inspirational quotes pulled from Our Daily Bread devotionals will lift you up and remind you that God is bigger than the trials you face.

 

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For a great number of years, I have enjoyed reading Our Daily Bread.  So when I had the opportunity to participate in this Celebration Tour, I was glad to join.  This devotional is broken down into daily readings that contain passages of Scriptures, stories, personal experiences and more.  The devotionals are short enough to be manageable to read, but powerful enough to convey God’s message that He hears us.

Over the past several weeks our family has been involved in preparing for and then actually moving from Texas to North Carolina.  We moved without a place to live because of military orders.  The entire time we were preparing for this move and driving to North Carolina, I was praying along with a large number of people who I asked to pray with us that we would find the right house for our family.  The very first house we looked at was the right one for our family.  Yesterday, we found out we were approved to rent the home.  So I know God hears us.

So if you are wondering if God actually hears you, or just want a wonderful devotional geared for women, check out this book for yourself.

I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.

 

About the Author

Our Daily Bread Publishing – Our Daily Bread Publishing is a division of Our Daily Bread Ministries. Founded in 1938, the ministry has grown from a small group of dedicated radio listeners to millions of people around the world who use our Bible-based resources, including the beloved Our Daily Bread devotional. Our Daily Bread Ministries is a non-denominational, non-profit organization with staff and volunteers in over 37 offices working together to distribute more than 60 million resources in 150 countries. Regardless of whether it’s a radio or television broadcast, DVD, podcast, book, mobile app, or website, we provide materials to help people grow in their relationship with God.

 

More from Our Daily Bread

‘Feels Like Home’ Winter Recipes

As the weather turns colder, it becomes the time to pull out those tried and true winter-time recipes. You know, the ones that make us (or even keep us) warm on the inside. This is the time for the food that just feels like home.

Kirsten Holmberg and Elisa Morgan from the God Hears Her blog have shared some of their families personal recipes. These are the ones that are good for everyone. Feel free to try them yourself, bookmark them for later, or share them with a friend.

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In the winter, I’m partial to any slow-cooker soup or stew because I love coming home to it in the evening. My favorite is a Vegetarian Chili with some Italian influences:

2 bell peppers, diced

2 stalks of celery, sliced

2 lb zucchini halved and sliced

1 lb fresh mushrooms, halved

1 large onion, diced

3 cans diced tomatoes (fire roasted or herbed for the most flavor)

1 can tomato sauce

1 small can black olives, sliced (or fresh in any amount desired)

1 can cannellini beans

2.5 teaspoon Italian seasoning

2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon fresh garlic, minced

½ cup water

Toss it all in a slow cooker for a few hours on high, or all day on low. Or, put it on the stove instead and simmer until the veggies are cooked through and the flavors blended (about 45 minutes). Parmesan cheese on top for an extra zing.

Elisa Morgan

A Cranberry Nut Bread recipe handed down by my mom, Paige Lee

2 cup flour

½ tsp salt

1 ¼ tsp baking powder

½ scant tsp baking soda

1 cup sugar

Sift above ingredients together twice. To the juice and grated rind of 1 large orange, add 2 tbs of melted shortening and enough boiling water to make ¾ cup. Mix with dry ingredients and add…

1 beaten egg

1 cup chopped pecans

1 cup halved fresh cranberries

Bake in greased loaf pan for 75 minutes at 350 degrees.

If you double the recipe, bake a little less time and use 3 loaf pans. It also makes good muffins and can be frozen.

Blog Stops

The Avid Reader, February 1

deb’s Book Review, February 1

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, February 2

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 2

Texas Book-aholic, February 3

Mary Hake, February 3

God is Love, February 4

Emily Yager, February 4

Genesis 5020, February 5

A Diva’s Heart, February 5

Girls in White Dresses, February 5

Lighthouse Academy, February 6

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For Him and My Family, February 7

For The Love of Books, February 7

Inklings and notions, February 8

Andrea Christenson, February 8

Blossoms and Blessings, February 9

CarpeDiem, February 9

Older & Smarter?, February 10

She Lives to Read, February 10

For the Love of Literature, February 11

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, February 11

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 12

Godly Book Reviews, February 12

Artistic Nobody, February 13

Back Porch Reads, February 13

Little Homeschool on the Prairie, February 14

Kat’s Corner Books, February 14

Giveaway

To celebrate their tour, Our Daily Bread is giving away the grand prize package of  a God Hears Her hardcover, God Hears Her leather-like, God Hears Her journal, God Hears Her CD, God Hears Her pen, and God Hears Her Scripture & Encouragement cards!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Review and Giveaway for Glimpses of God: A Winter Devotional for Women

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About the Book

Book: Glimpses of God, A Winter Devotional for Women

Author: Shirley Crowder & Harried Michael

Genre: Non-fiction, Christian devotional

Release Date: November 6, 2019

Glimpses of God in WinterAs Christ-followers we also experience spiritual seasons. These seasons do not come in order like seasons in nature, which come regularly without fail. Each spiritual season we experience is defined by certain features also. In spiritual winter we think of the coldness of our relationship with God; in spring, new growth; in summer, warmth and heat; in fall, shedding the old and preparing for difficult days ahead.

This book is focused on winter—both calendar and spiritual. During our spiritual winters, when it feels as though God is far away or we feel stuck or dormant, we must rest in the truth of God’s sovereign mercy, grace, love, and care for His children. It is the first in the Glimpses of God” series.

 

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Winter is one of my favorite seasons, especially when we live somewhere there is snow.  So a devotional centered around my favorite season brings me joy.  The personal stories bring a lot to this devotional.  The book contains thirteen chapters with five readings per chapter.  The authors have done a fantastic job of bringing the season of winter and the Word of God into a wonderful combination.  I look forward to actually beginning this when winter begins.  I look forward to seeing what these authors create for the other seasons.

From titles like “Yearning for Sunshine”, “Beneath the Snow”, “Finding Joy in Winter” and more the daily devotionals contain the perfect balance of  Scriptural readings and personal stories, a prayer and thought for the day that kept my interest.

So check out this devotional for yourself.

I received a copy of this devotional for my fair and honest review.

About the Authors

Shirley CrowderShirley is passionate about disciple-making, which is conducted in and through a myriad of ministry opportunities that include biblical counseling, teaching Bible studies, and writing. She is Biblical counselor commissioned by, and serving on the national Advisory Team for, The Addiction Connection. She is co-host of “Think on These Things,” a Birmingham AL radio/TV program for women; and a freelance writer.

Harriet MichelsHarriet is a wife and mother to four grown children and grandmother to two precious grandchildren. She has authored a growing number of books, including “Prayer: It’s Not About You”, a finalist in the 2011 “Women of Faith” manuscript contest. She is also a freelance writer with numerous published pieces, including more than a hundred devotions in various magazines.

 

More from Shirley and Harriet

From Africa to America, Life Long Friends

March 14, many years ago …

In the heart of the African jungle in the Niger River delta of eastern Nigeria, the first cry of a newborn baby echoes from a small jungle hospital. The baby is a girl, Harriet Clarice, the third child of medical missionaries, Alice and Keith Edwards.

Harriet and her family stayed in this remote part of Nigeria for a year until the other family returned from furlough. At that time, they went for another year to Oyo, Nigeria to language school and then on to Ogbomoso in central Nigeria, where they stayed the next ten years. Keith practiced medicine at the hospital in Ogbomoso, and Alice worked with him as a nurse.

 

October 24 of the same year Harriet was born …

Deep in the Yoruba country of southwestern Nigeria, some 260 miles away from Joinkrama, piercing through the tropical night sounds, the first cry of another newborn baby cries out at a guesthouse in Ogbomoso. This baby is also a girl, Shirley Jeanne, the fourth child of missionaries Jeannie and Ray Crowder.

In 1962 the Crowders moved to Ogbomoso. Ray served as administrator of the 96-bed hospital, and Jeannie taught kindergarten and ministered to the Nigerian women with home visits and Bible studies. Harriet’s parents worked at the Ogbomoso hospital with Ray.

 

Lifelong friends

Harriet ended up living just up the dirt road from Shirley. They played together nearly every day and formed a friendship that remained, even after years and distance separated them.

Harriet and Shirley, and the others in this unique group of individuals, who shared a common childhood in Nigeria in our beloved tropical homeland half a world away from where most of us live now, grew up calling each other’s parents aunt and uncle. Even as adults, we still feel a kinship as though we are family—cousins perhaps.

Some years ago, at a mission reunion, Shirley handed Harriet a book to which she had contributed. That was the first time Harriet knew she was a writer. Shirley had discovered a few years earlier that Harriet was a writer, too.

Several years ago, Shirley suggested that they prayerfully consider writing a devotional book together. Through that experience, they learned that they work well together. Their similar understanding and views on scripture is a good foundation for the different strengths each of us bring when it comes to writing.

Since that first book, we have worked and continue to work together on other projects. Glimpses of God: a winter devotional for women is the first of a 4-book devotional series. Through our devotionals we want people to see Glimpses of God all around them. Creator God made the world and the seasons throughout the year. By using the seasons in nature, we help readers see correlations to the spiritual seasons Christ-followers experience and to get “Glimpses of God” in and through everything that happens.

So, we guess it could be said that we are once again “playing” with our childhood friend in spite of several decades having passed since they played together happily beneath the shade of mango trees.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader,  November 9

The Power of Words, November 10

Artistic Nobody, November 11 (Author Interview)

Jacquelyn Lynn, November 11

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, November 12

Sara Jane Jacobs, November 13

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, November 14

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 15

For the Love of Literature, November 16

CarpeDiem, November 17

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 18

Texas Book-aholic, November 19

janicesbookreviews, November 20

A Reader’s Brain, November 21

Inklings and notions , November 22

Giveaway

To celebrate their tour, Harriet and Shirley are giving away the grand prize package of a copy of the book and a $25 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Review and Giveaway for 52 Uncommon Family Adventures

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Book Description:

Connect with your family without breaking the bank.

When you dreamed of having a family you pictured outings, adventures, laughing around the kitchen table. But then the kids actually came and most of the time you’re too busy trying to keep up to figure out how to create a magical, screen-free environment where everyone feels loved, is having fun, and can connect. That’s why 52 Uncommon Family Adventures was written, it helps you do just that, without all the hassle and stress.

Whether it’s a family pillow fight, a lip-sync competition, or Toilet Paper Olympics, give your family the gift of lifelong memories while having fun, connecting spiritually, and speaking each other’s love languages. Enjoy all the benefits of the quality time you dreamed of without all the pressure of advanced planning.

Put down the phones, turn off the TV, and start making some memories together today.

Purchase Link:  Pick up your life-saving copy of fun at:  https://amzn.to/2SyNfgM

 

 

Randy Southern’s book 52 Uncommon Family Adventures presents a wealth of ideas for getting family away from their computer screens in order to have fun as a family.  This book gives creative ways to enjoy spending time together in ways that create memories.

Some of the ideas of the presented include a Volunteer Day, Mirror Games, Switching Rooms and more.  Each adventure includes a section with directions for getting ready along with directions for the actual adventure time as well as Family Devotions and the Love Language of the Day.

The directions for getting ready will allow families to be sure they have the necessary items to complete the given activity.  The variety of activities allows families to select something they can do regardless of the preparation time available.  I see this being the perfect thing to print out or write out the adventures and throw them into a jar and then let children select the adventure a few days in advance.  Doing this will allow the parents to secure any necessary items needed or make decisions about what location to use.   Adventures like a good old-fashioned pillow fight require no money and very little preparation.  On the other hand, doing the lip-sync video may require more preparation. For the “Something Borrowed” adventure, preparation is needed to allow times to borrow items from family or friends.

The Family Devotion Section includes a passage of Scripture to reference along with ideas of what to talk about regarding the passage.  One thing I really like about this section is how only the passage reference is given.  Families then are able to use whatever Bible translation they are familiar and comfortable with personally.

The Love Language of the Day provides a glimpse into what type of person with the given primary love language who will benefit from the activity. So for example, some people prefer words of affirmation to let them know they are loved.  Other people need to receive gifts in order to see they are loved.  Still, others need to spend quality time together in order to know they are loved.  So with a variety of activities in the book, families can pick and choose activities that address the variety of love languages.

Personally, I feel this is an excellent book for families who are looking for creative ways to spend time together in order to make lasting and meaningful memories.

But don’t just take my word for it, have a look yourself at just how easy,  FUN, and helpful this book is:  click here to see for yourself.

If you would like to enter a giveaway to have a chance of winning your own copy of 52 Uncommon Family Adventures, click here or on the graphic below.

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Review of Tongues of Fire

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About the Book

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Book: Tongues of Fire

Author: Various Authors

Genre: Christian non-fiction, Pentecost Devotional

Release Date: April 19, 2019

A fifty-day devotional for Pentecost featuring the words and teachings of writings of faithful men and women of God, both classic and contemporary authors, regarding the miraculous power available through God’s gift of the Holy Spirit. Includes excerpts from Smith Wigglesworth, John G. Lake, William Seymour, Aimee Semple McPhearson, Maria Woodworth-Etter, Andrew Murray, E. W. Kenyon, R. A. Torrey, John Wesley, Mary K. Baxter, Guillermo Maldonado, James Goll, Bill Johnson, and many more. Let this collection of charismatic classics help you to celebrate the wild tongues of fire that signified the coming of Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, and be filled anew with the powerful presence of God.

 

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MY THOUGHTS (1)

Tongues of Fire contains 50 days worth of devotionals centered around Pentecost.  I have to say I did not grow up in a Pentecostal church and never expected to attend one, however, circumstances landed me in exactly that situation.  When we moved from North Carolina to Pennsylvania in 2008 we eventually found ourselves attending an Assembly of God Church.  So I learned quite a bit about Pentecost.  So when I had the opportunity to review this devotional I was pleased.

This devotional is a collection of devotionals from various authors, and each one does an amazing message of conveying the message of the gospel and getting to the heart of why the day of Pentecost is important.

From the very first devotional, this book captured my attention.  Whether you consider yourself Pentecostal or not, I think this book has something to offer everyone.  Every Christian needs to be familiar with what this book has to say.  It gives tremendous support to the gifts of the Spirit and being endowed by God with powerful gifts.  Even though I was not raised Pentecostal, I believe that God, through the Holy Spirit can endow His believers with Spiritual Gifts to do work for His Kingdom.

One of my favorite things about the pastor at the Assembly of God Church we attended was his sermons and even a Vacation Bible School Class that addressed the Greek language including the word “logos” – the written word inspired by the Holy Spirit, which is discussed in detail in one of the devotions.

So whether you are Pentecostal or not, I personally feel there is something for every Christina in the book.  So check it out for yourself.

I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.

Blog Stops

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 9

Mary Hake, May 10

Retrospective Spines, May 11

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 12

Texas Book-aholic, May 13

janicesbookreviews, May 14

A Reader’s Brain, May 15

Inklings and notions, May 16

Artistic Nobody, May 17 (Spotlight)

Power of Words, May 18 (Spotlight)

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, May 19

Simple Harvest Reads, May 20 (Spotlight)

Just the Write Escape, May 21

Giveaway

To celebrate the tour, Whitaker House is giving away a grand prize of a $20 Starbucks gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/e318/tongues-of-fire-celebration-tour-giveaway

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Review of “Beloved: 365 Devotions for Young Women” from Zondervan

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Zondervan has a beautiful new devotional to help your daughter grow in her faith:  Beloved: 365 Devotions for Young Women.  As the mother of one daughter who is sixteen, I am always on the lookout for devotionals and other books that will help grow my daughter’s faith.  So when I found out about the opportunity to review this devotional, I knew we needed to participate.

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Zondervan provides a variety of Bibles, books, curricula, academic resources, and digital products for more than 80 years.  The company was founded in 1931 by Pat and Bernard Zondervan. According to their website, Zondervan has remained dedicated to producing quality Christian content with integrity, which has allowed sustained growth and has established the company as a revered and reliable source for transformative and inspirational content.”  Harper Collins acquired Zondervan and helped form HarperCollins Christian Publishing.

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Our family has used resources from Zondervan for many years.  Everything we have gotten from them always delivers what we are looking for and expecting from their products, and this devotional did not let us down.  I planned on my daughter and myself doing this devotional together. With three older brothers, I attempt to find devotions for young women that we can do together.  This devotional is meant for young women ages 13-18, but I feel that girls older or younger would also enjoy and benefit from this devotional.  Daughters and mothers definitely will benefit from doing this devotional together.

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This devotional includes Scripture references from the New International Version, which is my only negative thought about this devotional.  I would have preferred them to cite the book in the Bible, Chapter, and Verse and then allowed families to use whatever Bible they prefer to use.  However, my daughter and I just read the verse and devotion in the book and then referred to our King James Version Bibles to reread the Scripture.  I feel this extra step provided our daughter the means for comparing the wording in various Bible translations.

Every devotion features an easy-to-read, timely devotion, which is paired with a Scripture passage about a Biblical girl or woman, such as Ruth, Mary, Esther, Mary or Abigail.  The pages speak about the pressures and changes young ladies face while giving them real-life applications to find and include God in their own lives.

We have found several devotions which spoke to us.  One of them addressed the Proverbs 31 Women and referenced the verse, Proverbs 31:10, which talks about the Proverbs 31 woman having a noble character.  The devotional then discusses the concept of an “ideal” woman.  The devotional does an excellent job of addressing how God has made us all individuals who are perfect in our way in His sight.

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Another one of the topics I was glad to see the devotional address was Abigail’s encounter with David after her husband had treated David with tremendous disrespect.  Day 217 addresses this topic.  The devotional shows how Abigail provided the best she had to offer and offered respect in how she approached him, spoke to him and even provided for David and his men.  The devotional makes it clear how much being respectful can go in an encounter with someone.  Days 218 through 228 continue the story of Abigail before moving to Bathsheba on Day 229.

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So if you are looking for a devotional to help a young lady in your life grow in her faith and Biblical knowledge, check out Beloved: 365 Devotions for Young Women from Zondervan.  If you would like to read a review of this devotional from other members of the Home School Review Crew, click here or on the graphic below.

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