Monday, April 22, 2019

NKJV, Sequin Sparkle and Change Bible, Hardcover, Silver/Gold



NKJV, Sequin Sparkle and Change Bible, Hardcover, Silver/GoldNew King James Version

By Tommy Nelson Bibles
Published by Thomas Nelson

Book Description

The Sequin Sparkle and Change Bible is sure to be a hit with girls! This fabulous material is on everything from pillows to T-shirts. The sequins change color right before your eyes. Girls will love the design and will want to carry this Bibles with them everywhere!
This Sequin Sparkle and Change Bible: Silver and Gold NKJV features sequins that change color depending on which way your child swipes. It’s double the fun! This Bible is perfect for kids ages 6 to 10 to take to Sunday school, read with the family, or study on their own.
The accurate and reliable New King James Version also contains beautifully illustrated insert pages in a style that will delight children's imaginations and include topics such as:
Bible timeline
information about Jesus
Journaling for favorite Bible verses
Bible maps
Study helps such as how to study the Bible and how to pray
Articles to build a child's faith, including How Do I Know Jesus 
Loves Me, Bible Verses to Know, Knowing Jesus Better
Your little girl will love her Sequin Sparkle and Change Bible!

My thoughts: THE NKJV SEQUIN SPARKLE AND CHANGE BIBLE is sure to appeal to your favorite princess. They will like playing with the sequined cover and making it change from gold to gold with silvery hearts. 
My fourteen year old is a bit older than the recommended ages  but she fell in love with this Bible when she saw it.  The KJV only crowd will like having  a pretty fancy Bible to carry to church.
My daughter's only complaint is that the  sequins at the edges are hard to change. I think the whole thing is rough and wonder how long the sequins will last.  This is not a red-letter version, but there are maps and other pluses mentioned in the description above. The print is also on the small size. 
A big hit with a teenager and she says the kids at church were saying "WHOA! Cool!" about it too. 
The NKJV, Sequin Sparkle and Change Bible, Hardcover, Silver/Gold
I  was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.



Sunday, April 21, 2019

Our Stay by Gail Kittleson


Our Stay
On this glorious Easter Sunday, when northern Iowa is finally basking in sunshine, I’m borrowing a friend’s description of a certain sewing technique—stay stitching.
Seamstresses sometimes need to strengthen fabric cut on curves (such as necklines), because the cloth tends to stretch. Sewing a very narrow stitch inside the seam allowance stabilizes the fabric. To help sheer or delicate fabrics hold their shape, they may also run stay tape along the sewing line.
If you want a collar to remain flat, you make a tiny slit in the under side and insert a strip of plastic or metal called a collar stay. This helps the collar stay in place by adding a little extra crispness and weight.
Several Bible verses refer to God as our “Stay.” Psalm 18:18 says: “They came against me in my day of my calamity, but the Lord was my stay.”
Today we celebrate the result of our Savior’s ability to stay himself on God the Father. Even in the horror of crucifixion, Jesus stayed his mind on a greater truth.
The Hebrew word here is “mish-en,” which can mean a support to keep from falling—something you hold onto or lean upon for stability. This focus allows you to prevail.
Most of us recall times when such chaos and confusion reigned that we could trust in nothing, no one. Helplessness enveloped us. But God saw us through this difficult season.
During World War II the faith of my hero in All For The Cause upheld him during the American surrender of the Philippines. Shock swept the troops—they were being turned over to the Japanese Imperial Army.
Faith helped Stan respond to the call of an officer who escaped the Bataan death camps. Later, when Stan was wounded, with all hope slipping away, he held on. And when he had recuperated back in the States, faith led him to seek to return for his captive buddies.
The same holds true for Twila, this story’s heroine. When her father deployed with the military along the dangerous west coast, she needed strength. Though her faith seemed small, she experimented with prayer and received more than she ever imagined.
Stays work invisibly. A garment reinforced with stay stitching or stay tape reveals nothing on the outside. In the same way, inner spiritual power braced Twila and Stan in uncertain times.

Isaiah 26:3 (KJV) says: “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace,
whose mind is stayed on Thee.”

            In our own times of trouble, we learn tostay our minds on God. How? We ponder who God is—mighty, holy, faithful, and good-intentioned toward us. He’s not out to get us. He’s for us and always available. Suffering provides space to consider our Creator’s character and embrace what these qualities mean in our daily lives.
With practice, we inject these long-established truths about Who God is into the cracks and holes in our mental image of God. We stabilize our thoughts on God’s unchanging personhood. Perhaps we have experienced authority figures lacking in these qualities, but now we turn our focus on divine constancy, mercy, faithfulness and love.
The chaos of World War II threatened to engulf Twila and Stan at times—everything seemed out of control. Upsetting discoveries challenged Twila on the home front, and Stan faced terrifying danger as an infantryman in the South Pacific.
In the “curves” the war threw them, setting their minds on the Almighty made all the difference. As with our Savior, they had to endure. But Jesus stayed his mind, and so did Stan and Twila.
Regardless of our situation, how can we stay our minds on God today? May we follow our Lord’s example and embrace the truth, no matter what’s going on around us.



When Gail’s not drafting scenes or deep in an edit, she facilitates writing workshops,
classes and retreats both in Iowa and Arizona, where winters find her enjoying the
gorgeous Ponderosa forest under the Mogollon Rim. The rest of the year, she
and her husband of forty years enjoy grandchildren, gardening, and visiting
WWII sites. Favorites:  walking, reading, meeting new friends and hearing from readers
who fall in love with her characters. 


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Saturday, April 20, 2019

Book Spotlight: Mindfire



"For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required."

Leia Hamilton can move things and set them on fire with her mind.

Leia's father and step-mother tried to hide their past: a time when they were part of a team of superheroes. But despite being disbanded for over twenty years following a series of tragedies, their problems were passed to their children and Leia finds that her future collides with their past.

In the diverse world of human and superhuman, heroes and villains, friends and enemies, some of Leia's choices have terrible consequences. For Leia, this leads to a personal crossroads and a search for redemption.

Not your normal superhero novel, Mindfire isn't about secret identities, costumes, or evil plots endangering the world. Instead, self-discovery and adaptation is at the forefront as the reader follows the lives of the characters who are unafraid to show love and explore spirituality. 

Can redemption and renewed grace weather the flames of absolute power and superhuman strength?






Bio: Allen Steadham created comic books and webcomics before he started writing novels. He has been married to his wife, Angel, since 1995 and they have two sons and a daughter. When not writing stories or drawing comics, Allen and his wife are singers, songwriters and musicians. They have been in a Christian band together since 1997. They live in Central Texas.

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Friday, April 19, 2019

He Descended Into Hell by Ellie Gustafson


Blog 4 18 14 “He Descended Into Hell”

This phrase is taken from the early, traditional version of the Apostles’ Creed that says, “He was crucified, dead, and buried. He descended into hell. And on the third day he rose again from the dead”. We no longer say it that way, but it gives a clear picture of just what Christ endured on our behalf.

It started in the Upper Room, almost as he stepped through the door. There, an overwhelming dread and sorrow settled upon him. “I’ve longed to eat this Passover with you before I suffer,” he said, face and voice full of pain.
Such a difficult meal—Judas dipping into the same bowl; Peter—cocky, clay footed; the lot of them scrapping over who would be first in the Kingdom. But with infinite patience, he washed their feet and sent Judas off on his fateful errand. Then he broke his heart and wrung out blood for them to drink.
The long walk to the Mount of Olives tried him even more. By the time they reached the olive press and adjacent grove, the pangs of death had taken hold of him. His eyes pleaded for understanding. “Please—pray with me for just an hour. Please.”
But when the vision came, they were asleep. No one stood by to ease the horror, to wipe blood oozing from his pores.
The indefinable dread that had stalked him all evening now hovered in his peripheral vision, a presence from which he wanted desperately to run or to escape by squeezing his eyes tight. But then it came—a door opening, slowly, inexorably, exposing the bowels of earth beyond soil and rock and inner fire. In rigid fascination he beheld the fullness of the Fall, the ripeness of evil, almost like a painting or grotesque tapestry of suffering—every thread crafted by human hands from the twisted fabric of rebellion against the great I AM. It lay exposed before him: instruments of torture on tables of blood, vomit, and tears.
From the seething depths of that open door he felt rather than heard a scream. Muffled at first, it gathered first one voice, then another and another, rising through layers and eons of pain to beat at him in appalling intensity. He fell writhing to his knees, hands clutching his head against this unbearable weight of anguish. Compared to such crushing evil, execution on a cross would be a mere unpleasantness. His fingers clawed at the gnarled roots of a tree as though to counteract the howls with some lesser pain. He had come to this place, this moment, as the appointed interface between heaven and hell. How could frail flesh confront such a task? “Father, Father, if it be possible . . .”
He lurched to his feet and circled the stone olive press, drawing cool night air into his lungs. He looked to the trio huddled at the base of a tree, these men who for three years had walked and slept and eaten with him. He saw in them the faces of countless others who too were trapped in their humanity. He alone in his humanity could deal with that dreadful, gaping door on behalf of these millions. He straightened and traced a line of torches winding up the hill.
"Come—Peter, John. It’s time."
He bore the next hours with almost a sense of relief. He could remain passive; he had only to endure, not to war. Not until the cross thunked into place did the howls assail him once again.
He could still back out, he knew. He sensed rather than saw the legions that surrounded him, blocking the sun, ready at a word to evaporate the nails, heal the wounds, succor his spirit, lay the mob in the dust.
Again that dreadful door appeared, this time at a distance, and he himself had to approach it, step by agonizing step. No one forced him; indeed, part of the agony lay in the free necessity of it all. It wracked his body, made him strain against the nails, cry out in anguish at the aloneness of that tortured path. But with the image of those slumbering disciples engraved on his mind, love propelled him toward the abyss.
And then he was on the threshold. His shriek, reverberating through the heart of history, froze time and spectators for an eternal instant.
With a final, tortured breath, he gave up the ghost and stepped through the door.


Bio--
Ellie Gustafson began thinking up stories at a young age but did not begin writing and publishing until 1978. A graduate of Wheaton College in Illinois, she has been actively involved in church life as a minister’s wife, teacher, musician, writer, and encourager. Additional experiences include gardening, house construction, tree farming, and parenting—all of which have helped bring color and humor to her fiction. One of her major writing goals has been to make scriptural principles understandable and relevant for today’s readers through the undeniable power of story.

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Joyful Surrender



Joyful Surrender: 7 Disciplines for the Believer's Life


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

First Degree Murder


First Degree Murder

(Lantern Beach Universe #12)


Threatening messages from an unknown source. Shallow graves with unidentified bodies. A friend facing impending peril.

Police Chief Cassidy Chambers longs for a break from the recent crimes plaguing Lantern Beach. She simply wants to enjoy her friends’ upcoming wedding, to prepare for the busy tourist season about to slam the island, and to gather all the dirt she can on the suspicious community that’s invaded the town.

But trouble explodes on the island, sending residents—including Cassidy—into a squall of uneasiness. Cassidy may have more than one enemy plotting her demise, and the collateral damage seems unthinkable.

As the temperature rises, so does the pressure to find answers. Someone is determined that Lantern Beach would be better off without their new police chief. And for Cassidy, one wrong move could mean certain death.

My thoughts:  This is the third book in the Lantern Beach spin-off series and fans will want to read them in order On the Lookout, Attempt to Locate, and FIRST DEGREE MURDER.  Dead on Arrival is releasing this month. 

As per usual with Christy Barritt's books, I was kept guessing who-dun-it.  It could be anyone. Were they tied in with the cult on the island somehow?  I've heard of the stuffed animals to transport drugs idea when I was a child reading Christian Young Adult mysteries.  

If you   like mysteries, you will want to read  FIRST DEGREE MURDER. Every book in this series -- I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the  series. 

I was given      a copy free. All opinions are my own.





Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Interview with Jennifer Slattery


Today we welcome  Jennifer Slattery to my  blog. Jennifer, tell us about the book:

This story is about an artist, Faith Nichols, struggling to make ends meet doing what she loves most. When she learns about a historic church that suffered extensive fire damage in a small Texas Hill Country town, she makes a bid to restore the structure’s once beautiful stained glass windows. She hopes doing so will help her pay her bills and gain her the exposure necessary to further her career.

She arrives to discover she wasn’t exactly the town’s first choice, nor does the contractor overseeing the job want her there.

She prepares for a frustrating few weeks working under his leadership, but she never prepared for how off-kilter his boyish smile and kind ways will leave her, nor the spiritual questions his quiet yet steady faith will provoke.

Meanwhile, Drake Owens is working to restore structural components of the church where he met his wife, said his vows, and, at her funeral, said goodbye. Though he’s grieved her loss, he holds tight to the memories they formed, many of which occurred in the sanctuary he and Faith were hired to restore. Memories he’s worried Faith, the artist with creative ideas and historical tidbits, could disrupt.

What he fears most, however, is falling in love only to have her return to Austin with a piece of his heart.


How did your interest in writing originate?

I’ve often attributed my interaction with my father to much of my love for words. When I was young, he and I would play word games together while walking through the neighborhood. (He normally would skip rather than walk.) We’d rhyme, or he’d use alliteration type activities to increase my memory. He also read—or maybe I should say, sang—a particular story book to me often titled “I’m Mister Bun.” Those were fond memories that helped me associate books and language with relational interaction.

I’ve always enjoyed writing and reading, and used journaling and poetry to process thoughts and emotions as a kid, but I didn’t consider writing as a real pursuit until my adult years, when I began serving in various ministries. At first, I wrote when I felt there was a need, and I produced a wide range of material from dramas for outreach programs, curriculum, parent newsletters, and more.

One day, the children’s direction asked me to write a short story for a children’s program she was planning, and as I was brainstorming how to present the story, it struck me how deeply I enjoyed the brainstorming process. That was when I first considered writing just for the sake of writing. Two to three years later, I sensed a clear and definite call that this was something God wanted me to intentionally pursue.


What does your writing process look like?

This is changing to some extent. I initially wrote as ideas came, but then I hit some major timeline and plot issues, so I started plotting my stories out. I refused to start writing until I knew the basic idea or problem for each scene. With the book I just wrote a proposal on, however, I went back to more free flowing. I started with scene outlines but veered off track, then plotted some more scenes …

I still plot, to an extent, because I want to know, before I pitch a book or get too far in, that I have enough to carry a story. But I’ve been enjoying following wherever my muse takes me.

If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?

This is so hard as I don’t want television much and I’m ignorant regarding actor and actress names. I’d much rather read (or in this case, write) the book and let my imagination determine what the characters look like. J

Who was your favorite character in [Restoring Her Faith]?

Oh, that’s so hard. I think probably Drake’s mom. She’s such a nurturing, southern mom, always ready to open her home and share her dining room table with others. She has a strong, community-building type personality but also a fierce strength when it comes to holding tight to her family. I would so love to spend the afternoon with her on her front porch, her sipping sweet tea while I drank iced coffee. Which I’m fairly certain she’d make for me, and probably gluten free cookies to go with it. She’s just that kind of woman.

What are you working on now? What is your next project?

I just turned in a proposal for what I hope to be my third Love Inspired novel, set in the same fictional, Texas Hill Country Town. While I wait to hear back on that, I’m catching up on some ministry related writing and preparing for a spring of speaking events.

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Jennifer Slattery is a writer and international speaker who’s addressed women’s groups, church groups, Bible studies, and other writers across the nation. She’s the author of six contemporary novels maintains a devotional blog found at JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.com. She has a passion for helping women discover, embrace, and live out who they are in Christ. As the founder of Wholly Loved Ministries, she and her team partner with churches to facilitate events designed to help women rest in their true worth and live with maximum impact. When not writing, reading, or editing, Jennifer loves going on mall dates with her adult daughter and coffee dates with her hilariously fun husband.

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Restoring Her Faith:

She left belief behind…Yet this family could change her mind.
With two boys to raise, a fledgling contracting business to run and a family ranch to keep afloat, widower Drake Owens finds his hands aren't just fullthey're overflowing. When Faith Nichols is hired to help him renovate the church, he's drawn to the beautiful artist, but he can't fall for a woman who isn't a believer. Can love restore her faithand his heart?

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Reforesting Faith: What Trees Teach Us About the Nature of God and His Love for Us




Reforesting Faith: What Trees Teach Us About the Nature of God and His Love for Us


My thoughts: REfORestING FAITH is a very unique book.  Interesting...  I  am not sure that it is absolutely theologically correct --  in fact, theologically I'm pretty sure is quite off in some areas, but it was an interesting walk through the Bible's trees,  parts of trees, fruits of trees, and how trees turned Dr. Sleeth from an atheist into a believer -- which is totally awesome.

So, go plant a  tree, grab a copy of REfORestING FAITH and restore your faith and the forest at the same time.  

A perfect gift for the tree hugger or hiker in your life. REfORestING FAITH.

I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.