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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough Times, Tough People Review/Giveaway

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough Times, Tough People reminds us that tough times won’t last, but tough people will. Tough People is all about overcoming adversity, pulling together, making do with less, facing challenges, and finding new joys in a simpler life. This new collection shares tales of people who have been laid off, lost their homes, and endured wrenching life changes, but discovered the underlying gifts in their new situations. More time at home with family, creative “staycations,” more satisfying job opportunities, and renewed gratitude for health and life are just a few of the silver linings these survivors have learned to cherish.

My Thoughts: I don’t know about you but for me, times just seem a little tougher than they’ve used to be. It’s nice to be able to pick up a  book like Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough Times, Tough People  and get a bit of inspiration throughout my day. Real stories from peoples everyday lives like our own can be one the greatest up lifters in this day and age next to the Bible.

This book is filled with 101 stories about overcoming the economic crisis and other daily challenges. It’s very easy to browse through, you can read it straight or like me, pick through the various categories to whatever suits your mood/situation.

This book is wonderful coffee table, bedside, or bathroom reader, in my opinion. It would make a great gift for anybody that you know!

Win it: Thanks to Chicken Soup for the Soul, I was sent this latest edition (June 2009), to read…and  I also have two copies of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough Times, Tough People to  giveaway today. To enter to win, just leave a comment here by Monday, August 1oth.

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Book Review: The Sword and the Flute (Matterhorn the Brave Series #1) by Mike Hamel

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By Mike Hamel / Amg Publishers

This children’s fantasy fiction series gives young readers an exciting look into the amazing world of time-travel and history.Matterhorn the Brave follows four young people who are recruited to keep an eye on the portals of earth that connect all realms of space and time. Recommended for ages 9 to 12.

My thoughts: I’m a fan of fantasy books so I really enjoyed reading the tale of Matterhorn the brave and his new found friends! I felt the author did a wonderful job in instilling christian themed moral values along the story line without being overbearing or over the top.

This book is easy to understand and relate to spiritually, as with the Sword of Truth our young character Matt carries. In a part of the story his friend tells him that as long as he has this sword of truth he won’t die…which is true as long as we have truth ( i.e salvation) we will live forever spending eternity with God.

I like how real the characters were, as they struggled with some of the same questions we have commonly in our own personal walks of life. I’ve never been confronted by a pirate but in a way I have!

I found myself amused, compelled, and on the edge of my seat in following along with our young adventures! I highly recommend this great series and look forward to reading the rest of the books in this series along with my daughter in the near future!


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Book Review: The I Believe Bunny by Tish Rabe

_200_350_Book.63.coverThe I Believe Bunny by Tish Rabe
Illustrated by Frank Endersby
www.ibelievebunny.com
Thomas Nelson Publisher,
Juvenile Fiction, $9.99

This book is based on Philippians 4:13 : ‘I can do everything through him who gives me strength’ a favorite verse of my own. I couldn’t wait to read this book to my daughter and was not disappointed in the least bit. I like that this story encourages children to look to their Father God in times of trouble. I really enjoyed the lightheartedness feeling of this book but also the strong message in teaching children to seek God in times of trouble and the power of prayer.

This book is written in a style that all children both young and old will enjoy. My daughter at only 13 months enjoys looking at the clear and bright colored illustrations on each page as well as listening to me read through the fun rhyming style that the book was written in. I am encouraged knowing in the years to come when she is older, she’ll have questions pertaining deeper into this well-written story.

I’ll defiantly be looking for other titles in the I Believe Bunny series by Tish Rabe. I’m encouraged that her books are written with keeping in mind to
teach children to put their faith into action.

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Psalms, Proverbs (Cornerstone Biblical Commentary) by Mark D. Futato and George M. Schwab

978-0-8423-3433-4 Psalms, Proverbs

Author Mark D. Futato – view author info
Author George M. Schwab – view author info
List Price: 36.99

I’m thrilled to let you know about the Psalms, Proverbs Commentary by Mark D. Futato and George M. Schwab that I’ve been using with my daily studies of Psalms.  This well written commentary is volume 7 in set of 18 others.  It includes the entire NLT text of Psalms and Proverbs as with the other volumes available.

There is a very informative introduction to each book in this commentary. I found it very useful that it mentions the known authors, date and occasion, and audience, among many other important things to take note of. You’ll learn quite a bit as this volume presents the message of each passage, as well as an overview of other issues relevant to the text.

I enjoyed delving deeper into the books that I love so dearly. I highly recommend this book to those of you wanting to dig deeper into God’s word. This would be a great resource and gift to anyone from Pastors, to people just like you and me.

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NLT Life Application Bible Studies-Hebrews

978-1-4143-2564-4I have quite enjoyed using this Hebrews, NLT Life Application Bible Studies guide.  This book is wonderful whether you are on the go or are just looking to have all your information in one place. I’ve found this guide incredibly useful for myself and imagine that others will greatly benefit from it as well.

You can use this study guide for self study, a small group, or even as guide to go by at church. You can use this guide alone, or with other sorts of resources though it’s not required because I imagine that most people will get a lot of this guide as it is.

This guide is fairly simple to use. The first part of this book includes the complete text of Hebrews(NLT),  easy to understand study notes, application notes, and biblical profiles along with maps & charts as they would appear in the Life Application Study Bible.

Part 2 of this guide includes thirteen lessons to stimulate thought, discussion, and practical application. Plenty of space to right answers to the through provoking questions and special application to help you map out your own personal action plan.

Each lesson is made up of six parts:

  • Reflect
  • Read
  • Realize
  • Respond
  • Resolve
  • More

Tyndale has done a wonderful job putting together everything that someone would need to encourage one to grow in the knowledge of Scripture and to learn how to apply it to their lives.  I highly recommend this study guide to everyone and find myself very likely to pick up their other guides as well.

Hebrews, NLT Life Application Bible Studies is available for purchase at Christian book for only $6.49!

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Book Review: The Ultimate Alternative – When One Chooses Love Over Lust

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The Ultimate Alternative:
When One Chooses Lust Over Love
by Richard Watkins

Ever wonder why so many relationships, even those that begin on a healthy note, ultimately end in turmoil? One of the most common reasons is people choosing lust over love, and this happens far more often than most of us realize. The Ultimate Alternative: When One Chooses Lust Over Love examines the myriad of reasons why people make such a disastrous choice and end up ruining what could have been a healthy relationship. This story identifies and forces the reader to think seriously about the most important elements in a relationship and the rewards for making the right choices as well as the consequences of making the wrong ones.

Print: $18.56
Download: $5.00


“Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding. “

— Proverbs 3:13

My thoughts:

I’m going to right out say that I did not finish reading this book. I was appalled and disgusted that the writer choose to be graphically descriptive as the characters embarked in various sexual acts through their sinful addictive relationships. In my opinion, you can write a christian book on Lust and Love and  not have to throw in all the sultry details.  I wouldn’t even call this book Christian as it can be a dangerous stumbling block to believers not well rooted in the Word of God.

If you do decide to read this book, read with caution but I don’t recommend it to anyone.

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