Movies that end on cliff hangers always leave me waiting anxiously for the next one–and as I mentioned The Shunning did just that so I was super excited when I found out that the next movie in the series, Beverly Lewis’ the Confession, was finally here! Since watching the movies I have picked up two of the books in the series, but I’m waiting to get all three before I start reading them-so I don’t have the ability to compare them to the books (yet). I’ve learned I like reading the books after movies though-since that way movies aren’t a let down!
The Top Christian Apparel Website – C28.com!
I love C28.com and have for over 5 years now! In my opinion they’re the hands down the top Christian apparel website there is! Every Christmas someone in my family ends up with at least one shirt from C28.com — usually from my parents or from me. This past Christmas I bought my brother Ryan one of the awesome Guys Button Down shirts which are perfect for church because they’re dressy but really fun and stylish at the same time. And my Mom and Dad almost always get me and Hannah a Fashion Top–which I love because they’re long, loose, and modest while also being very edgy and fun.
When I got married I wanted so much to be a godly and great wife to my hubby! What I didn’t realize was that sometimes my female brain with its ways of thinking and showing my love to him and his male brain and the way it is wired meant that sometimes there were things that I was doing, or not doing, that were causing problems I didn’t even realize were there!
Thankfully through several different women giving me books and recommending blogs I caught on early on into our marriage (probably 2 1/2 years) that there were several areas that needed work! I am so thankful that I was able to be enlightened to these things early on–and wish I had known sooner!!!! So now for every bridal shower that I attend my gift is three books: For Women Only by Shaunti Feldhahn; A Good Girls Guide to Great Sex by Shelia Wray Gregoire; and Created to Be His Helpmeet. I include a letter with the books explaining why and how each has shaped and changed my marriage for the better.
The story of Jonah is one of the most well known in the entire Bible. If you have children and you go to church at all, they have probably heard this story more than once–and most likely have heard it over and over.
That’s why when I saw The Whale Tells His Side of the Story: Hey God, I’ve Got Some Guy Named Jonah in My Stomach and I Think I’m Gonna Throw Up! I knew I that love it or hate it I needed to check it out!
When our expectations of life have a head on collision with the reality of life our faith can get tested to its max. In the book The Gospel Centered Woman Wendy talks about the “prosperity gospel of conservative Christianity” — the notion that if we are living for God, doing His will, and following what the Bible says we’re supposed to do then our lives will go well and we’ll be blessed. I do find that this tends to be the way we thinks as Christians–so how do we respond when we’re serving God and tragedy strikes?
This is the center theme to This Is Our Time which follows the lives of five different students after they graduate from college. Each has great challenges to overcome as they seek what they should be doing and who they should become.
Being a new mom is wonderful, exhilarating, breathtaking. It’s also exhausting, draining, and overwhelming. And you swing through these seeming paradoxes on a moment by moment basis which ads to the crazy of it all even more! That’s why I think that it’s *so* crucial for all new moms to make sure that they don’t let their spiritual walk slide during this time of life–which is just oh SO easy to do! Here are 3 sweet gifts to help Moms feed their spirit when they need it most!
Sanctus Real is one of those bands that I’ve always heard about and knew who they were without ever owning any of their CDs or really knowing their music. I’m always looking to get acquainted with bands better so when I was offered the chance to review their new CD Run I couldn’t wait to jam out to it!
My favorite songs on the CD are Commitment which is one of the best love songs I’ve ever heard and Nothing Between.
Here are some of the lyrics from those two:
It’s no mystery what the difference is between a love that lasts and one that’s caving in.
It takes more than a feeling if you want to survive in a world that blurs the line between wrong and right, trades True Love for a sacrifice.
I want to finish, the way we started.
Just two broken souls clinging onto Jesus.
We’ve seen his faithfulness and grace, I want to love you that way.
Such a beautiful picture of what true love really is–*swoon*
When I’m watching the walls burn to the ground around me
I just want to know what it is you’re trying to show me
I will walk through the fires of life
I will wait in the darkest of night
I will follow you into the fight if that’s where you lead me
I don’t know what you want me to see
But I know where you want me to be
Close to you, Nothing between
I love the play on the old hymn “nothing between my soul and the Savior” while it makes it much more relatable and real–simply great!
Personally I am now in love with Santcus Real and I can’t wait for their next album! If you’d like to see other reactions-especially from the die hard fans don’t forget to hop on over to Amazon to listen to snippets to see what you think!
Happy Easter!! I thought that it would be fitting on this day that we celebrate Jesus death and resurrection to also celebrate his amazing and world shattering life-and that’s exactly what Max Lucado does in Next Door Savior: Near Enough to Touch, Strong Enough to Trust
Often I think when you grow up with the Bible it’s too easy to box in your thinking about the characters in the Bible. Max does the best job I know of breaking me out of this “mental rut” and causing me to see the stories with fresh eyes for what they are–real people with real emotions, real lives, real problems. This book focuses on the most important person of all time–Jesus! It gives us insight into his life and why it matters so much to those of us! It helps shake up mistaken thoughts we might have of the Son of God and shows us his true heart. Consider the passage below:
“And look for a single mom. The absence of Joseph in the adult life of Jesus suggested that Mary may have raised him and the rest of the kids alone. We need a simple home with a single mom and an ordinary laborer. Jesus’ neighbors remembered him as a worked. “He’s just a carpenter” (Mark 6:3 MSG)
Jesus had dirty hands, sweat-stained shirts, and–this may surprise you–common looks. “No stately form or majesty that we should look upon Him, nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him.” (Isa. 53:2)
Drop-dead smile? Steal-your-breath physique? No. Heads didn’t turn when Jesus passed. If he was anything like his peers, he had a broad peasant’s face, dark olive skin, short curly hair, and a prominent nose. He stood five feet one inch tall and weighed about 110 pounds. Hardly worthy of a GQ Cover.”
Max takes a few verses and fact that I’ve known my entire life and turns them on their head–how can I complain about being “plain” when the Savior of the Universe chose to not be physically attractive? How easily that one little passage opens up a whole litany of thoughts!
The entire book is full of gems like this–facts about our “Next Door Savior” that we all need to stop and look at with fresh eyes! Once again Max does not disappoint, I love his books and would highly recommend this one especially!
Many Biblical books written for women cover the topics of being a mom and wife and focus on passages of the Bible like Proverbs 31 and Ephesians 5. In The The Gospel-Centered Woman
Wendy focuses on these topics and passages, but brings a fresh perspective on these well known passages by viewing them through the lens of the Gospel.
What she does is explain how Jesus should be the person we try most to emulate through our lives–even as women! His life, death, and resurrection is the foundation of our faith and our lives should be lived as such. Her writing is easy and practical while pointing out many hang ups that we as Christians tend to stumble on in our lives. A great example of this is the passage below:
“Instead of seeing myself as connected to Christ at all time, I used to view my relationship with God in terms of intersecting moments during the day. The more times my life intersected with God in a given week, the more “spiritual” I thought I was. In that paradigm, God went on His way and I went on my way until we intersected at some corner on some future day. Instead I have learned to think of myself walking with Jesus continually, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Our daily walk together is not just parallel but actually intertwined….the more I am aware of it, the more stable I am emotionally and spiritually.”
She also delves into our self image and the fact that we desperately need to learn to find our fulfillment to our longings and needs in God, yet we so often turn to others-especially men, in particular our spouses, to fill a void that they cannot fill.
From women who are struggling in their marriages to women who are struggling with being single, for Moms who are exhausted with young children to women whose arms are achingly empty–The Gospel Centered Woman explains why, and how, the gospel is relevant to you in your life, all of the time and I’d highly recommend it!!! It was huge a blessing to me and helped reinforce many things that God has been working on my heart about, I will be buying this as a gift for friends in the future, and it would make a wonderful Bible study alone or with friends as there are discussion questions in the back!
My Very First Easter Story Sticker Book is a very cool combination of a preschool style sticker workbook and a children’s story book.
Throughout the book there are “missing” pictures that your child has to find and match the stickers that go there. Amber spent a good 45 minutes doing this one afternoon and she absolutely loved it!
The ONLY thing that I didn’t love about the book was that the stickers are on the thinner side and for some with little ends I had to peel them up for Amber because they ripped otherwise. Not incredibly surprising considering the very inexpensive cost of the book (right now you can buy it for just $5.99!!) but I did want to mention that.
The illustrations are darling and I loved that it told the *entire* story of Easter beginning at the triumphal entry, covering Jesus visiting the temples, the last supper, the betrayal, the Crucifixion, and the Resurrection. Most children’s books cover only one aspect of the Easter backdrop story-not all of them, so that was a very cool thing about this book.
Not only do they cover everything they do it in a way that makes it easy to understand and evokes deeper conversation about the events with the parents. Amber and I got into a very interesting discussion about Jesus throwing over the tables in the temple since that wasn’t a story she’d heard of before this. In addition to the storyline each page is broken up into the main storyline on top and then suggestions on the bottom that are kind of like a study book question section-if you’re reading to a younger child (like when we read the book to/with Tyler) you might just use the bottom section, for an older child you might use just the top, or for an elementary school child you might use it all at the same time. For the last page (pictured above) it sums up Jesus life in 8 little squares which is pretty cool as well!
For everything it includes this really is an amazing buy and I would highly recommend including it in your child’s Easter basket this year! Be sure to check out the other reviews on Amazon as well–so far it has 5 stars!