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Friday, November 17, 2017

A Prairie Girl's Faith by Stephen W. Hines

Product DetailsLaura Ingalls Wilder is well known for her "Little House on the Prairie" series of books. What is not well known is what her spiritual life was like. The author attempts to cast some light on Laura's spiritual life as she was growing up in her pioneer family as well as in her later life.

While not going into a great deal of detail, examples of the hymns the Wilder family would have sung and a history of the churches they attended are described. There are also recollections of people who knew her personally during her later years.

It makes for interesting reading for those who are fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her books.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Nourished by Lia Huber

Product DetailsThis memoir is one of food, faith and enduring love. And it also includes recipes which adds an extra bonus to reading this book. Lia Huber's quest to be nourished takes many twists and turns along the way beginning in Corfu, winding through Mexico. Costa Rico, and other inviting places. Along the way she discovers new foods and tastes which she describes so well to the reader.

Not only is Lia looking for physical nourishment, but she finds she is also looking to fill a void she feels both spiritually and emotionally. Along the way she becomes a Christian and her spiritual journey is interwoven through her story. Faced with a number of physical challenges, she learns the art of enjoying simple food and finding hope and healing as a result.

Her journey is one in which she discovers her calling to be nourished and to nourish others.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Monday, October 30, 2017

31 Proverbs to Light Your Path by Liz Curtis Higgs

Product DetailsThe book of Proverbs is filled with wisdom. Author, Liz Curtis Higgs, takes selected verses from the book of Proverbs. Her intent is not to give you a list of do's and don't, but instead to show you how good God is.

The book is organized into 31 chapters, which makes it ideal to read one chapter a day on the given day of the month. At the end of each chapter is "One Minute, One Step" which is a short exercise for you to do to apply the spiritual truth found in that chapter. Also, there is a study guide in the back of the book which could be used to aid in the discussion of the book in a small group setting.

I have yet to read a book by Liz Curtis Higgs that I did not enjoy and gain some spiritual insight from. She is open in sharing her own struggles in life as she delves into the truth from the book of Proverbs. I would highly recommend this book.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.


Saturday, October 21, 2017

Fire on the Track by Roseanne Montillo

Product DetailsReaders of "Unbroken" and "Boys in the Boat" will enjoy this book about the inclusion of women in the Olympic games in 1928. Betty Robinson was the first women to win a gold medal in the 100 meter race. Her life took an unexpected turn when preparing for the 1932 Olympics, she was injured in a plane crash. Her hopes were dashed to compete in those Olympics, but she made an amazing comeback to compete in the 1936 games in Berlin.

Along with Betty, other women in those early Olympics were featured. Some of those Olympians included Babe Didrikson, Stella Walsh, and Helen Stephens. All competed in the Track and Field events.

This was an interesting look at the 1920's and 1930's and the women who paved the way for women athletes to be included in the Olympic games.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Paul and His Team by Ryan Lokkesmoe

Paul and His Team: What the Early Church Can Teach Us About Leadership and InfluenceThis is an excellent resource for anyone involved in church leadership, but is not for only leaders. As the book demonstrates, one of the most important jobs of the leader is to develop a great group of people around him/her. This includes not only creating a team, but encouraging each member to grow and use their unique gifts and talents while building them up. This book looks at Paul and the unique circumstances in which he found himself along with the people around him. While this is not a guide with instructions, it helps leaders to examine who they are as a leader, take a look at the individuals on their team, analyze how the team works together and why they do the things they do. 
Each chapter has questions at the end of it to aid in individual or group study. Whether you are a leader or not, the principles discussed in the book applies to anyone. I especially appreciated the chapter on the quest for common ground. There is much to think about and  apply to our daily lives.

I received this book from Moody Publishers for this review.

Unwrapping the Names of Jesus by Asheritah Ciuciu

Product DetailsThe cover of this advent devotional is just beautiful and the content inside is a beautiful gift in itself. Many of us get lost in the busyness of the season and the reason for the season gets buried amidst all of the chaos. This book will give individuals and families a way to step back and worship Jesus. It will aid in recapturing the sense of awe and wonder of who Jesus is in anticipation of the celebration of His birth. The four weeks of Advent (Hope, Preparation, Joy and Love) feature a brief outline for a time of worship and the lighting of the candle for that particular week. There are daily readings focused on the names of Jesus.

An added bonus, is that you can go online to download other resources for activities and bonus materials. I would highly recommend this book for anyone including families with children looking to enrich their Advent season and preparation for Christmas.

I received this book from Moody Publishers for this honest review.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Dunbar by Edward St. Aubyn

Product DetailsThis is another in the Hogarth Shakespeare series. "Dunbar" is based on Shakespeare's "King Lear." Henry Dunbar is the powerful head of  a global media corporation. As he becomes more frail, he turns over the leading of the corporation to his two older daughters, Abby and Megan. He finds himself imprisoned in a psychiatric facility in rural England because of the actions of his devious and immoral daughters. His youngest daughter, Florence, is unaware of what her sister has done and makes the effort to find the whereabouts of her father. 

This was one book in the Hogarth series that I would have to say that I did not care for at all. Much of the content contained an excessive amount of profanity as well as some crude and explicit sexual content. 

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.