Book Reviews, books

Classic Hymns Book Review

Book review for Classic Hymns: Read & Reflect with the Classics

Authors: B&H Editorial Staff

I received this book from B&H Publishing in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed here are completely my own.


 

  • This book is the latest in the Read & Reflect with the Classics series. Each of the books in the series is a different color but each has a classic fabric hardcover. Classic Hymns is a beautiful blue.  I have been using Classic Hymns during my daily devotional time for months. Packed within 234 pages are 90 hymns. That alone is reason to love it but there is more. All the words to each hymn are included along with the name of who wrote each hymn and who wrote the music. After reading each hymn you will find three sections.
  • Bible Study Questions
  • Personal Reflection Questions
  • Prayer

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If you love hymns, you will love this book. It is an ideal gift for anyone who appreciates hymns.

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Check it out along with the other books in the series at LifeWay

 

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Bible Expo!

What is your process for selecting  Bible studies?

Do you tend to select books and studies from your favorite authors? I think most of us do.

It is easy and safe to choose a study from a writer you know and like. I tend to do this often but sometimes I think this pattern may cause us to miss out. When I have ventured out and selected a study from someone unfamiliar to me, it has often turned out to be a great Bible study experience. So I challenge you to give it a try. Be adventurous in your selection. Be open to where God is leading you.

 

Researching online and reading reviews can be very helpful.

I love to have the opportunity to hear directly from the author about any book or study I’m considering. That’s why I am excited about Friday, March 31st. That is the day of the 2017 Bible Study Expo!

Marnie Swedberg is the hostess of the Bible Study Expo!

Learn about Marnie HERE

This is an opportunity to hear Marnie Swedberg interview 12 different authors all in one afternoon.

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Click link below

Bible Study Expo

*** Register for Free Drawings of Bible Study Books *** 

Here are the scheduled authors including links to their websites.

This only happens once a year. Last year’s event was fantastic.

What to do

  • Register now at Bible Study Expo
  • Attend the Expo on Friday, March 31 at the website
  • Check correct time for  your time zone (12 to 3 PT, 1 to 4 MT, 2 to 5 CT, 3 to 6 ET)
  • Share with others

Make sure you don’t miss it.

Have suggestions or comments about selecting books and Bible studies?

Please share in the comments below. I would love to hear from you.

 

 

 

 

 

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Christmas Joy

Corrie ten Boom shared her thoughts and memories about Christmas in her book Corrie’s Christmas Memories. She loved to share about the birth of Jesus and the visit of the shepherds.

When I think of this story it makes me so happy. Do you know why? Because I know that the baby Jesus was born in Bethlehem for the whole world — also for you and me. You and I know much more than the shepherds — or even the Wise Men — knew. We know that Jesus died on the cross for the sins of the whole world — also for your sins and mine. He will give us forgiveness when we tell Him of our sins. That is possible because Jesus not only died for us — He lives! He rose from the dead and has said I am with you till the end of the world. I believe it. I don’t understand it, but that does not matter. For at the same time He is with you and me, He is with the Father in heaven and there He pleads for us. Is that not a joy?

Jesus will come again, though not as a little baby but as a mighty King, who will make everything new.

The best is yet to come. We will see Him face-to-face.

But I won’t tell you more now. Would you like to know it all?

Then read the Bible!

Corrie ten Boom   from the book  Corrie’s Christmas Memories

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 Do we know more than those for whom Christmas means only “Jingle Bells” and Santa Claus or who only prepare for Christmas by getting cards off at the right time and presents wrapped? They are trying to do their yearly duty, for they have done this ritual every year, afraid of what others will think if they don’t.

Christmas is not a duty! Jesus’ coming was a free gift to all of us. The only thing we can do is to prepare ourselves for His coming.

Christmas is a remembrance of His coming as a little baby. Let us be ready for that feast so that we can prepare others too.

What a joy to know Him, Jesus Christ, who was born in Bethlehem, died at the cross for our sins, was resurrected, and is with us always unto the end of the world.

Let us do what the shepherds did, and tell everyone who will listen.

Corrie ten Boom  from the book Clippings from My Notebook

To learn more about Corrie just click on the link below

 Corrie ten Boom Page


 Please be sure to read my Christmas message

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I pray each of us will take full advantage of our opportunities to share Jesus with our families and friends as we gather together.            christmas-1907639_1280

Merry Christmas,

with love and prayer,

Lynn

The best is yet to come. We will see Him face-to-face.

    But I won’t tell you more now. Would you like to know it all? Then read the Bible!

The best is yet to come. We will see Him face-to-face.

    But I won’t tell you more now. Would you like to know it all? Then read the Bible!

The best is yet to come. We will see Him face-to-face.

    But I won’t tell you more now. Would you like to know it all? Then read the Bible!

I believe it. I don’t understand it, but that does not matter. For at the same time He is with you and me, He is with the Father in heaven and there He pleads for us. Is that not a joy? Jesus will come again, though not as a little baby but as a mighty King, who will make everything new.

    The best is yet to come. We will see Him face-to-face.

    But I won’t tell you more now. Would you like to know it all? Then read the Bible!

I believe it. I don’t understand it, but that does not matter. For at the same time He is with you and me, He is with the Father in heaven and there He pleads for us. Is that not a joy? Jesus will come again, though not as a little baby but as a mighty King, who will make everything new.

    The best is yet to come. We will see Him face-to-face.

I believe it. I don’t understand it, but that does not matter. For at the same time He is with you and me, He is with the Father in heaven and there He pleads for us. Is that not a joy? Jesus will come again, though not as a little baby but as a mighty King, who will make everything new.

    The best is yet to come. We will see Him face-to-face.

    But I won’t tell you more now. Would you like to know it all? Then read the Bible!

    But I won’t tell you more now. Would you like to know it all? Then read the Bible!

I believe it. I don’t understand it, but that does not matter. For at the same time He is with you and me, He is with the Father in heaven and there He pleads for us. Is that not a joy? Jesus will come again, though not as a little baby but as a mighty King, who will make everything new.

    The best is yet to come. We will see Him face-to-face.

    But I won’t tell you more now. Would you like to know it all? Then read the Bible!

I am with you till the end of the world.

I believe it. I don’t understand it, but that does not matter. For at the same time He is with you and me, He is with the Father in heaven and there He pleads for us. Is that not a joy? Jesus will come again, though not as a little baby but as a mighty King, who will make everything new.

    The best is yet to come. We will see Him face-to-face.

    But I won’t tell you more now. Would you like to know it all? Then read the Bible!

I am with you till the end of the world.

I believe it. I don’t understand it, but that does not matter. For at the same time He is with you and me, He is with the Father in heaven and there He pleads for us. Is that not a joy? Jesus will come again, though not as a little baby but as a mighty King, who will make everything new.

    The best is yet to come. We will see Him face-to-face.

    But I won’t tell you more now. Would you like to know it all? Then read the Bible!

I am with you till the end of the world.

I believe it. I don’t understand it, but that does not matter. For at the same time He is with you and me, He is with the Father in heaven and there He pleads for us. Is that not a joy? Jesus will come again, though not as a little baby but as a mighty King, who will make everything new.

    The best is yet to come. We will see Him face-to-face.

    But I won’t tell you more now. Would you like to know it all? Then read the Bible!

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She Reads Truth Review

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Authors:  Raechel Myers and Amanda Bible Williams

I received this book from B&H Publishing in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed here are completely my own.


Beginning

This book is a double memoir of two amazing young women. I liked the beginning of the book and found my favorite parts in the first chapters. The authors show how the solid truth of God’s word is steady and unchanging through the ups and downs of life. Their experiences are shared to testify that  Jesus has been there for each of them time and time again.

Middle

Before the halfway point, I became a little disappointed in the book.  It is almost entirely a recounting of the author’s personal  life stories. I was looking for more information about the creation and growth of the online community She Reads Truth. Learning more about the birth and development of the community and Bible studies would be very interesting to me.

End

In conclusion, the book has one great focus and that is to lead readers of  She Reads Truth to the Bible. If you want to read the biographical accounts of these two women and experience the encouragement to join them in reading the truth found in God’s word then you might like to get the book. However, if you are expecting  chapters on the background of  She Reads Truth community and Bible studies, you might want to pass on this one.

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Book Reviews, books, Faith

Fall Reading

I have just finished reading Lynn Austin’s new book “Waves of Mercy”.  I received a free copy of the book from Bethany House Publishers. I’m thrilled to be on the launch team for “Waves of Mercy”. Released on October 4th this book immediately became #1 on Christianbook and Amazon in the category of Christian Historical Fiction.

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The book is set in Holland Michigan in the year 1897, as the town is preparing to celebrate it’s 50 year anniversary. Geesje begins writing a memoir of her experience emigrating from the Netherlands to Michigan. At the same time, a young woman from Chicago is seeking direction in her life after a broken engagement. The stories of these two very different women are woven together with masterful skill.

Captured from the first chapter, I gobbled the pages during every spare moment and hated putting the book down. Lynn Austin is a gifted writer who does extensive research to ensure historical accuracy. It was great to learn about the Dutch immigrants who came seeking religious freedom. “Waves of Mercy” is bursting with rich wisdom and inspiration for real life.

If you enjoy reading Christian Historical Fiction, you will like this book. My only caution is that you may want to keep tissues within reach.

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Learn more about Lynn Austin

If you read the book please leave a comment and answer the following question.

Do you want Lynn Austin to make “Waves of Mercy” into a series?

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Find “Waves of Mercy” at your local bookstore or order online.

Available in Hardcover, Paperback, e-Book and Audio formats.

 

Click on link below to order from Christianbook

“Waves of Mercy”

This website is an Affiliate of The Christianbook Group

 

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Happy?

Let me begin this post by sharing that I am not one who is easily impressed by new books. As a matter of fact, I feel that we have too many books being published at this time and most are not worthy of our time or money. In the categories of Christian Living and Personal Growth, it is rare to find a book that delivers what it claims in the description.  Thankfully there are exceptions.

The Happiness Dare  is a soon-to-be-released book by Jennifer Dukes Lee. The release date is August 2 but it is available now to Pre-order at a great price. I am enthusiastically adding this amazing book to my short list of favorites. I’m part of an online book launch group for The Happiness Dare allowing me to read the book in advance of the release date.

This book gets into the nuts & bolts of exactly how happiness happens for you.  You won’t just read but actually take action as you travel through the pages. You can start by taking the Happiness Style Assessment. Take the assessment and share your style in the comments.

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“Those who are beloved of the Lord, must be the most happy and joyful people to be found anywhere upon the face of the earth.”  – Charles Spurgeon

You know this is true, but are you experiencing happiness in your daily life?

Have you been seeking happiness but without success?

Please do yourself a favor and just ↓↓

GET THIS BOOK!

Be sure to have a highlighter & pen handy because you will want to mark many sections throughout the book. You will instantly notice the fresh life here and want to join the merry band who dare to live the life that Jesus offers. It’s not about choosing holy or happy. It is the holy pursuit of happiness.

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It’s time for

  • transformation
  • adventure
  • challenge
  • a life changing dare

Join the quest   #thehappinessdare

“Let’s do this. Let’s be the happy rebels. Let’s be the lion riders. Let’s be the savorers and the tasters and the joy stalkers. Let’s embrace a way of life where we wake up to the present- tense moments, unafraid of what might happen tomorrow and untethered to the junk that happened yesterday. Right now, this instant, life is a path strewn with jewels, glistening as if they were moonbeams spilling out like diamonds on a lake. Do we see the sparkle under our feet and on the water?”

The Happiness Dare ~ Jennifer Dukes Lee

Available for Pre-order

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By Jennifer Dukes Lee

Do you wish you lived on Cloud 9—but feel stuck on Cloud 6? Encouraging you to take delight in your life right where you are, Lee explores the relationship between happiness and holiness—and reveals what you can do in five minutes a day to experience more joy; what “happy” means when facing challenges; and more. 288 pages, softcover from Tyndale.

This website is an Affiliate of The Christianbook Group 

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books, Corrie ten Boom, Morning devotions, Quiet time

Living in His Constant Care

Corrie ten Boom 4The following is a little story that Corrie ten Boom told to share about God’s care for us. This story is found in her book  Each New Day.

     A little girl cried because her very old doll was broken. Her father said, “Bring me your doll.” Then he repaired it. Why did that grown up man give his time to mend such a worthless ugly doll? He saw the doll through the eyes of the little one, because he loved his little daughter. So God sees your problems through your eyes because He loves you.

Father, what a joy it is to know that we are Your children and live within Your constant care.    ~ Corrie ten Boom

The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry.                       The righteous cry out and the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.     The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart And saves such as have a contrite spirit.       – Psalm 34:15,17-18

Hurt, sadness, pain, confusion… bring it all to the Lord.                                                            Visit Corrie ten Boom page for more about her ♥                                             Corrie ten Boom 4