Review of WHISPERS OF REST: 40 Days of God’s Love to Revitalize Your Soul by Bonnie Gray

Publisher: FaithWords | Published: May 23, 2017 | Format: eBook (401 pages), Paperback (400 pages) and Audio | ASIN: B01LL8C2U0, ISBN: 9781455598205 and Audio ASIN: B06Y4DCSMJ | Origin: NetGalley

 

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Thoughts:

Author Bonnie Gray takes a hard look inside our must get it all done motivations, as one who experiences this dash that we all put ourselves through. To gain the rest that is already ours, we must take His hand, lean into Him, and recharge.

I am touched immensely by this devotional, as I had to face some difficult facts.

In order to give of ourselves to others, we must take care of ourselves, and it’s not about getting everything done or about twisting ourselves into a pretzel shape to accommodate everything in need of our attention. We must rest. It is not wrong to put something down, to set boundaries, and to say no.

In fact, sometimes, it is what He wants us to do to draw closer to Him and rest in His embrace. It is about making time for a relationship with Jesus. Easily, we receive peace, shelter, and strength, but we do this by taking His hand and letting Him lead rather than us charting our own path.

Through this devotional, we start with one word, one action, and one goal. Beloved. Stop. Rest.

From seeing Him through your daily lens to journalizing as little or as much as you need, you set down your own story. Scripture carries you through each challenge with prayer prompts, God Stories, and His peace.

I highly recommend the soul searching, mending, and healing of WHISPERS OF REST: 40 Days of God’s Love to Revitalize Your Soul by Bonnie Gray!

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

WHISPERS OF REST: 40 Days of God’s Love to Revitalize Your Soul by Bonnie Gray is a devotional that leads to healing.

Through Scripture, affirmations, reflections, prayer prompts, journalizing, and challenges, the devotions guide you to rest, peace, renewed faith, powerful hope, and joy. The Soul Care tips and trail notes help with stress reduction and nurturing you in godly ways, bringing true intimacy with our Savior.

These guided steps can mend heart and soul to increase well-being through meditation and creativeness!

 

Review of EVENINGS WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT by Jennifer LeClaire

Publisher: Charisma House | Published: January 3, 2017 | Format: eBook and Hardcover (400 pages) | ASIN: B01HX2U4AI and ISBN: 9781629989655 | Origin: NetGalley

 

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Thoughts:

Author Jennifer LeClaire dares to take Scripture to heart and imagines a devotional in a conversational style through EVENINGS WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT!

This difference makes for an enjoyable meditation for your heart to bond deeply in His Word, and it keeps you moving in faith through prayer, Bible study, and chosen verses. It serves as a daily reminder as we sludge through life’s problems to watch out for a trap of trying to handle things all on our own.

Journalizing comes back into focus inside an inspiring work of faith!

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

End of the day prayers is growing, through Spirit led conversational devotions where faith comes alive in EVENINGS WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT by Jennifer LeClaire!

Through her journal entries, a devotional style begins to lead a creative meditation to grow in faith through Scripture, prayer and Bible studies.

 

Review of ATTEND: Forty Soul Stretches Toward God by Laura Davis Werezak

Publisher: FaithWords | Published: February 21, 2017 | Format: eBook (223 pages) and Hardcover (240 pages) | ASIN: B01F1UD64U and ISBN: 9781455541485 | Origin: NetGalley

 

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Thoughts:

ATTEND: Forty Soul Stretches Toward God by Laura Davis Werezak drops you into a very different set-up and meaning of this one word. Really? Seriously? Yep!

This Inspirational read takes you from a dictionary explanation into the Biblical sense of the word in a simple, fast, and direct way. While you are there, you will begin to see things differently, approach things in a deliberate way, and come closer to faith in devotion. As this author is aware, today’s world will move you without you even realizing it.

Have you noticed?

One sound will have anyone look at their “smartphone” in the middle of a face-to-face conversation while another alert will have someone walking with their head down and eyes focusing on something other than their surroundings. From worry to a never-ending to-do list, we interact with our world much different today from ever before. However, being in a hyper-state of contact is costing us a great deal. We are filling the emptiness with noise and the search for peace with activity.

You stop to wonder about why, and you will come up short on answers.

Meanwhile, we are moving away from what our soul longs for and needs. We are sidetracking and very much snarling ourselves in duties, responsibilities, friendships, follows, and the instant gratification ways of today that we don’t recognize God in our daily lives.

God is there, wanting you to move closer.

You can discover where you are on the road of faith and come closer than you could imagine by a mindset based upon on the Bible. As the author shows through her own experience, sometimes even by doing the “right” things you will not get to where you need to be. However, by small adjustments in your mindset, stance, and expectations, you will move and stretch toward God and understand the true meaning of your soul need.

Take deliberate steps to accept a peace that is all around us by simply learning the real meanings of Attend, and you’ll find God there for you!

 

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

Laura Davis Werezak’s ATTEND: Forty Soul Stretches Toward God provides forty everyday and practical ways to encounter God in today’s never stop engaging world. These simple reminders of life outside of today’s tech-filled ways bring a newness to leaning toward God and bring daily rituals into focus. When the road you are traveling moves your presence away from God, it’s an easy path back to feel God’s Presence every day.

Simple exercises and steps will stretch you from underneath the heap of distractions to make something as simple as opening a window a way toward GOD!

 

 

Review of I AM: A 60-Day Journey to Knowing Who You Are Because of Who He Is by Michele Cushatt

Publisher: Zondervan | Published: January 24, 2017 | Format: eBook and Paperback (288 pages) | ASIN: B01CXDN5LM and ISBN: 9780310339809 | Origin: NetGalley

 

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Thoughts:

I AM: A 60-Day Journey to Knowing Who You Are Because of Who He Is by Michele Cushatt cuts to the heart of the problems facing today’s woman. When everything from looks to likes and popularity to education is being looked at, compared to, and struggled toward, this author shows us that we are enough as we are, where we are, and how we are through Him!

As we try to please everyone else, we deny ourselves the opportunities to be who He created us to be through Him.

We point to the many ways this is better, that is better, and there is better than whom, what, and where, but we place our hope in things that are overlooked by Him. He sees inside. We compare ourselves to others, and we are forgetting a simple fact. There is no one else like us in this world. Michele Cushatt makes it easy to see that you are you, I am I, and He loves us just the way we are. Worthy describes us already. In this world, laudability is forever changing because there is always someone more than the last. However, in His eyes, we are beautifully the way He designed us to be.

We will begin to see ourselves as we are known to Him to reverse our own negative self-talk, views, and judgments using Scriptures, prayers, and personal stories to remember that we are enough!

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

No matter what we do, how we do it, or why it is needed, a woman will question themselves, their capabilities, and their strength to get it done.

She will compare herself to her counterparts using society’s barometer in every comparison as she questions her worthiness. In today’s world where more is never enough and where there is always more to do, a woman struggles to be better than what is seen, shown, or lauded as she questions herself every step of the way. Am I enough?

However, the brutality of cancer changed Michele Cushatt in all the ways she could think of and then some while casting a soul-searching discovery of herself, despite pitfalls of everyday life with this changed woman. Forced to unlearn her own negative self-talk, multi-societal opinions, and her actual old life, she begins to believe what God sees and forgive herself too. Her faith is tested only to rebound, and she becomes even more faithful and forever closer to Him.

Michele Cushatt stopped her roller-coaster ride to realize her value is not found in talents, goals, marriages, motherhood, or looks. It is found in His creation and as He chooses us to be.

His promises are real and all around us!

Review of WINNING YOUR DAILY SPIRITUAL BATTLES: Living Empowered by the Armor of God by Linda Evans Shepherd

Publisher: Revell | Published: October 18, 2016 | Format: eBook and Paperback (210 pages) | ASIN: B01M1DYGLV and ISBN: 9780800727093 | Origin: NetGalley

 

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Thoughts:

WINNING YOUR DAILY SPIRITUAL BATTLES: Living Empowered by the Armor of God by Linda Evans Shepherd. Wait! Wait . . . Um . . . Exactly, what is the Armor of God?

In this Inspirational read, based on the Bible, the Armor of God is already ours and is in the Scriptures, but as Christians, we sometimes forget all that we have and venture on without our faith proven protection.

The author demonstrates that we must think of our spiritual journey as faith with purpose, but the enemy doesn’t want us to reach our destinations.

Spiritual Warfare is real. It is happening. In addition, it’s closer to you than you believe!

Prayers, personal stories, an allegory, the Bible, affirmations, and Scripture show us the God-given protection to go onward for all to see His works in us. However, once we land upon those easy days of doing all things in His name, we wonder what all this fuss is about. This thought will remain until you come to your first spiritual battle that impedes you from your destiny.

You may not recognize the person, place or thing, but you will recognize the changes, the fear, and the pain after reading this book. Moreover, you’ll know what you need to do to get back on track!

I most certainly do recommend this read.

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

Linda Evans Shepherd’s WINNING YOUR DAILY SPIRITUAL BATTLES: Living Empowered by the Armor of God provides the protection for an emboldened faith life that we already have, even if we didn’t realize how to use it.

Her personal stories, prayers, affirmations, and Scripture references will be a guide throughout this faithful destiny. These tools will help break through barriers, ties, problems, hurts, and lies that the enemy uses, and a victorious life will be His inside our destiny of purpose.

 

 

Review of WHO AM I?: Dynamic Declarations of Who You Are in Christ by Mike Shreve

Publisher: Charisma House| Published: July 5, 2016 | Format: eBook and Paperback (256 pages) | ASIN: B017QL5IKC and ISBN: 9781629986692 | Origin: NetGalley

 

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Thoughts:

WHO AM I?: Dynamic Declarations of Who You Are in Christ by Mike Shreve is an uplifting, Inspirational read based on the Bible to engage our faith, grow us Spiritually with purpose, and bring us closer to Him.

By remembering our God-given names—through explanations, affirmations, bold prayers, and Scripture references,—we bring into focus that we are His in Christ! To this end, we learn/relearn to see ourselves as we are known to Him, and it will be seen in both inside and outside of us, Whose we are and to Whom we belong.

It is easy to be inundated with problems, images, and scenes, in today’s situations and circumstances, but these are not able to keep hold of us. As we embrace our given names, it will keep us in faith to declare we are His.

 

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

Mike Shreve’s WHO AM I?: Dynamic Declarations of Who You Are in Christ gives bold understanding to the God-given names for us represented through Scripture.

Using Bible references, prayer, affirmations, and understanding, the people of God can navigate today emboldened with faith, facts, and wisdom of being His through Christ with purpose and be confident in this world before we travel to the next.

Review of THE ARMAGEDDON CODE: One Journalist’s Quest for End-Times Answers by Billy Hallowell

Publisher: Frontline | Published: May 3, 2016 | Formats: eBook, Paperback (224 pages), and Audio | ASIN: B018DWEHOG, ISBN: 978-1629989211, and ISBN (Audio): 978-1633899179 | Origin: NetGalley

 

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Thoughts:

THE ARMAGEDDON CODE: One Journalist’s Quest for End-Times Answers by Billy Hallowell is in a style that forms by this author’s true journalistic background. In today’s world loaded with cynicism, it is refreshing to see the interviewer stay out of the fracas but be inside the story and not glued to any one approach. I found this read a fascinating educational tool to uncover how believers agree on much and still see things differently.

As the faith editor for theblaze.com, Billy Hallowell’s experience comes through as he investigates a truth which even he understands may not be uncovered all the while defining the differences in theology that stay among Christians worldwide.

Billy Hallowell does not agree nor disagree with these varied responses, but instead, he allows light to shine on how these differences may change interpretation. Whether through a Conservative eye, a Preterist view, or a Premillennialist take on things, many other theological contours lie between the End of Days straight back through The Old Testament.

In many ways, differences abound throughout church history, but the paradigms agree in many areas.

 

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

Using his journalist approach, Billy Hallowell tackles THE ARMAGEDDON CODE: One Journalist’s Quest for End-Times Answers by gathering through interviews all sides of the most debated topics inside Christianity.

Spanning from Old Testament through Revelations, Biblical Scholars may interpret and understand Scriptures differently but leave just as many aspects to remain identical to Christians across the globe.

This author stands back to let thoughts be known and questions remain unanswered all the while he leads many on the same quest of the last days.