Monday, December 27, 2010

Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible

Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible

This Bible is a compilation of Max Lucado’s Life Lessons Devotional books and the Bible. It is a really nice gift. For a study Bible it’s not too big, bulky, or heavy, has a nice burgundy cover and is very sturdy.

There is a two color design making it easy to sort through Bible passages and devotionals and I love seeing the life lessons interspersed throughout in the margins. In the back of the Bible there is a section showing different “reading the Bible in” plans for you to choose from whether it be 90 days, one year, or two years. This is great Bible for anyone wanting to delve deeper into study as well as any Max Lucado fan.

Favorite Verse:

Jeremiah 29: 11-13

“11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

I received this book free for review from Thomas Nelson Publishers

Rating: 5 carats

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Monday, December 20, 2010

God Called a Girl

God Called a Girl

By Shannon Primicerio

God Called a Girl draws on the life of Mary, a simple, insignificant teenager who God called to change the world. As we learn about Mary we begin to see how God chooses the unlikely to fulfill His plan and we are asked “are you willing to answer the call?”

This book was awesome. I learned so much about Mary and really started to think about her and look at her in a different light but the book isn’t as much about Mary as it is about God and what He can do with someone willing to submit their life to Him no matter what the circumstances. As easy as it would be to say that the story of Mary and Jesus’ birth is ancient an irrelevant to today’s culture Shannon adds stories from her life and those around her to show how we can learn from the courage of this teenage girl who risked it all to follow God. Ultimately this book is challenge to say “yes” to God and how following Him can change your world.

I’ve read this book a few times and am amazed every time. There is so much to think about and learn from.

Favorite Quote:

“It’s been said that who we are in our current surroundings is who we will be in our desired surrounding.”

Rating: a whole gem parcel!!
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Monday, December 13, 2010

Hatteras Girl


Hatteras Girl
By Alice Wisler
Jackie Donavon has consistently asked God for two things; a husband and a bed-and-breakfast in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. As Jackie goes about her life striving for her dreams she comes across the Bailey Place, an old house with an outrageous price tag, in need of some fixing up, owned by the handsome and single Davis Erickson. Everything Jackie’s always wanted is falling into place, although Davis has a secret. Will Jackie ignore his past to go after her dreams?

The idea for the story was good but this book is so slow moving and drawn out that it wasn’t fun to read at all. The author described everything that happened and every movement each character took. It was like just get to the next scene already. I really wanted to like this book because it was set in the Outer Banks of North Carolina and I have been there many times. I just couldn’t get into it. If the author was going to write such a descriptive book it would’ve been much better if she talked about the beauty of the islands or the inner dialogue of the characters and not what they were reading on the menu of a restaurant.

Favorite Quote:

“The art of being wise is knowing what to overlook”

I received this book free for review from Bethany House Publishers
Rating: 3 carats

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