December 16, 2017

My Big Book of Bible Heroes Devotional

My Big Book of Bible Heroes Devotional contains a delightful list of role models for young people. This devotional explores the skills and virtues of 50 Bible heroes, both men and women. What better way to inspire youth to do the right thing, to be brave, and make a stand for what is right and good.

An interesting quality of this book is the colorful glossy and sturdy pages. Each hero contains a full-page illustration, full-page story, a written prayer, and 5 thought provoking questions and/or prompts to inspire and encourage readers to become heroes.

This softbound book is a wonderful devotional or bedtime storybook for children of all ages. With a detailed table of contents, it’s easy to find a particular topic or hero of interest, or a good follow-up from people in the Bible Sunday school lessons they might learn about each week.

There isn’t anything I’d change about this book. It includes female and male champions of the Bible that make better role models than those that are showcased on television.

5 Stars!

Cover: Love
Title: Love
Publisher: Barbour
Pages: 160
Target Ages: 7-12 (but appealing to any age.)
Pace: Fast

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

December 8, 2017

The Near Journal

I love devotionals, journals, and support books. I’m also an organizational freak. And those are two reasons I really enjoy The Near Journal. This book is nicely structured, keeping us on track with our spiritual growth, with gratefulness, prayer, verse memorization, and accountability.

“If a man does not exercise his arm he develops no biceps muscle; and if a man does not exercise his soul, he acquires no muscle in his soul, no strength of character, no vigor of moral fiber, nor beauty of Spiritual growth.” ~Henry Drummond
This list may sound like a lot of elements, but the focus narrows in on a particular theme you wish to work on for the next 90 days.

For instance: let’s say you want your theme for the next 90 days to be restoring peace to your hectic life. With that set as a goal and focus, you tailor your journal to memorizing verses on peacefulness, praying for peace, documenting your gratefulness for unexpected moments of peace during your day, etc.

Of course, you may focus on more than one theme for the 90-day period, but I used a single one for my example. You alone should choose what area/areas of your life you wish to improve. Writing our thoughts is motivating, inspiring, and cathartic, and this book gives us ample space to do so.

The Near Journal: an uncomplicated yet empowering way for you to draw near to God, simplify your life, and be happier.

With The Near Journal, we can discover ways to help our daily walk by setting goals, reading God’s Word, writing our thoughts, and holding ourselves accountable.

The Near Journal will help you
  • Commit to reading the bible 
  • Keep record of what you've read and how it's impacted you 
  • Journal your thoughts 
  • Experience personal growth in an area important to you 
  • Express daily gratitude 
  • Track and see how God answers your prayers 
  • Memorize scripture 

Additional features include 
  • Blank lined pages in the back for note taking 
  • 16 blank perforated pages so you can rip and go 
  • A pocket inside the back cover to hold church bulletins, note cards, etc.

This is a stimulating book with a fresh look at journaling, helping us develop habits that will strengthen our walk.

4 Stars

Cover: Okay
Title: Like
Pages: 113

I received a complimentary copy from the CWA Review Crew.

December 7, 2017

Prayers for a Heart-Shaped Life

I love devotionals, journals, and prayer books because they inspire, motivate and uplift. It’s a simple way to spend time with the Lord and his teachings. These little verses and prayers are only a page long, so they’re easy to read and apply even on super-busy days.

Prayers for a Heart-Shaped Life shares over 200 devotional prayers to help you not only draw closer to and praise God, but to share that love to lift others.

This little hardback book contains immeasurable blessings for your daily walk, and makes a thoughtful gift.

4 Stars

Cover: Love it
Title: Love it
Publisher: Barbour Publishing
Pages: 226

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

December 6, 2017

So Great a Love

So Great a Love, by Kristie Wilde, is the second book in the Joyful Creation Series. In 2016, I read and reviewed Made for a Purpose, the first book in the series. In both books, the author shows her true passion of encouraging and inspiring youngsters, and assuring them that God’s love is immeasurable and unending.

The theme of this book is God’s great love. Through the lively illustrations and the simple narration, the depth and breadth of God’s love is revealed, with the help of unique animals’ instincts and actions, as well as the world around us.

The watercolor illustrations are filled with birds, chicks, lions, camels, otters and more, and the narration is inspired by Scripture verses (listed in the back of the book.) The glossy cover is smooth and durable, and, most importantly, conveys a priceless message.

About the author: Kristie Wilde not only writes and illustrates her own books, but also illustrates for other authors, and is the owner and artistic source of Wilde Art, and Wilde Art Press.

You can purchase this precious children’s book HERE.

5 Stars

Cover: Love
Title: Love
Publisher: Wilde Art
ISBN: 978-0997482812
Pages: 23
First line: Higher than the mountains and wider than the desert… so great is God’s love for you!
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via BookCrash.