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Desperate to Know His Commands August 31, 2018

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I don’t think I posted last week but I will just do the four verses I read this week from Psalm 119:

25 I lie in the dust;
    revive me by your word.
26 I told you my plans, and you answered.
    Now teach me your decrees.
27 Help me understand the meaning of your commandments,
    and I will meditate on your wonderful deeds.
28 I weep with sorrow;
    encourage me by your word.

A reoccurring theme in these verses is David’s desperate desire to know and understand God’s word, his commands, his decrees.

How did David get to the point of wanting to know them so badly? Sometimes I think it might be better if I don’t know, that way I don’t know if I screwed up. Just being real here.

But I know that is not what God desires. He wants an intimate relationship with us and the only for that to happen is to fully understand Him.

So I make these verses my prayer and know that God is faithful to answer.

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In the Thick of It:Raising Sons to be Men of Unyielding Conviction in a Culture of Confusion August 29, 2018

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Do you have a plan, a real plan, for raising your sons to be men of God? 
You can bet pop culture has a plan for them, and it won’t be anything that honors God.

In the Thick of It lays out a proven model to help you raise your sons to be men of unyielding conviction in a culture of confusion. Each chapter will challenge and encourage you to be intentional about raising boys with a healthy mindset and faith framework in a spiritually hostile world. Jason Cruise, minister to men and father to two boys, covers timeless topics that are essential in the successful parenting of sons–including ⷋDivided Loyalties, The Judgment Day of Popular Opinion, Redefining the Goal, What My Sons Deserve from Me, Sowing Manhood, and An Unexpected Witness. No matter what stage of fatherhood you’re currently in, you’ll be encouraged and equipped to train a new generation as you discover this must-have blueprint for raising your boys to become godly men.

My thoughts:

I didn’t realize this book was written to dads when I picked it up.

But, even though it is geared towards dads I gained a lot of insight into how to raise a young man. And I saw things that my husband is doing that I didn’t always understand but after reading this now I get.

This is a great book for seeing how we have compromised how we should be raising our sons. They need to grow up to be men who treat women well, look people in the eye, give a hand shake. These are things that are falling away.

If you would like some insight into how to raise your son to be men of honor this is a great book.

Visit Jason here.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com. All opinions are my own. 

 

God’s Design for Sexuality in a Changing Culture August 28, 2018

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About DVD set:

Everyone outside the church is talking about sexual issues gender identity, same-sex attraction, same-sex marriage the world s perspective on these issues has certainly changed over the last decade. So how do you answer questions about God s design for sexuality for church members and their families? Is your church equipping your people to understand a biblical perspective on sexuality and form a gospel-based response to questions from both inside and outside the church?

Harvest USA, an organization that has been thinking biblically and redemptively about these issues for decades, has now made available a video series that will help you wisely, kindly, and truthfully help your church to understand God s biblical design for sexuality and give direction on how to speak the truth in love to the world around us.
The seminar consists of fifteen 30-minute videos (suitable for use during Sunday school or in small group), downloadable leader guide, and participant outlines that address questions and topics about God s design for sexuality including the following:

  • Why do we need to talk about sex?
  • Why do we struggle with our sexuality?
  • Is God s design for sexuality still relevant today?
  • What does the Bible really say about homosexuality?
  • Can you change if you are gay?
  • How can a single person live out God s design for their sexuality?
  • Understanding gender and transgender issues
  • Pornography
  • How to help the sexual struggler
  • Key steps for raising sexually healthy kids
  • Keeping your kids safe in an Internet world

My thoughts:

Wow. This DVD series touches on everything. If you’ve wondered about it, this series will tackle it.

The speakers in these DVD’s bring up excellent points, things I haven’t even thought of. Basically, how uneducated the church is to deal with this changing culture. We must know what we are talking about, we must be prepared.

I appreciated that each speaker also stressed love. God’s love, not the love the world tries to over. That we need to love these people who struggle with their sexuality.

This isn’t anything fancy. It’s just pastors behind a podium speaking truth. But isn’t that all we really need?

I would recommend this for small groups or churches. These are topics that church can’t continue to ignore.

Grab a set of DVD’s for your church or small group at your local bookstore, Amazon, Christianbook.com or your favorite retailer.

A copy of these DVDs were given to by New Growth Press. All opinions are my own. 

 

 

Review and Giveaway: Thief of Corinth by Tessa Afshar

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First-century Corinth is a city teeming with commerce and charm. It’s also filled with danger and corruption-the perfect setting for Ariadne’s greatest adventure.

After years spent living with her mother and oppressive grandfather in Athens, Ariadne runs away to her father’s home in Corinth, only to discover the perilous secret that destroyed his marriage: though a Greek of high birth, Galenos is the infamous thief who has been robbing the city’s corrupt of their ill-gotten gains.

Desperate to keep him safe, Ariadne risks her good name, her freedom, and the love of the man she adores to become her father’s apprentice. As her unusual athletic ability leads her into dangerous exploits, Ariadne discovers that she secretly revels in playing with fire. But when the wrong person discovers their secret, Ariadne and her father find their future-and very lives-hanging in the balance.

When they befriend a Jewish rabbi named Paul, they realize that his radical message challenges everything they’ve fought to build, yet offers something neither dared hope for.

My thoughts and giveaway:

This one took me a little bit to get into. The first chapter definitely hooked me but I waned a little bit for a few chapters and then found myself fully invested.

The thing that really struck me about this book was what it must have been like to hear about Jesus for the first time. I think we take that for granted. We know about Jesus, we can read His Word.

But the people in this story had never heard about Jesus, it was all fresh and new, this idea of unconditional love.

This is another wonderful story by Tessa, she did not disappoint.

Visit Tessa here.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com or your favorite retailer.

Leave a comment by September 10th for your chance to win a copy. One winner will be chosen by random.org. (U.S. addresses only. I will not replace books lost or damaged in the mail.)

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own. 

 

Review and Giveaway: A Defense of Honor by Kristi Ann Hunter August 23, 2018

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When Katherine “Kit” FitzGilbert turned her back on London society more than a decade ago, she determined never to set foot in a ballroom again. But when business takes her to London and she’s forced to run for her life, she stumbles upon not only a glamorous ballroom but also Graham, Lord Wharton. What should have been a chance encounter becomes much more as Graham embarks on a search for his friend’s missing sister and is convinced Kit knows more about the girl than she’s telling.

After meeting Graham, Kit finds herself wishing things could have been different for the first time in her life, but what she wants can’t matter. Long ago, she dedicated herself to helping women escape the same scorn that drove her from London and to raising the innocent children caught in the crossfire. But as much as she desperately wishes to tell Graham everything, the risk of revealing the truth may come at too high a price for those she loves.

Kristi Ann Hunter is the author of the Hawthorne House series and a 2016 RITA Award winner, an ACFW Genesis contest winner, and a Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Award for excellence winner. She lives with her husband and three children in Georgia. Find her online at http://www.kristiannhunter.com.

My thoughts and giveaway:

I adored Kristi’s previous series, I seriously loved every book. So what could she do now?

Well she did it. She has written another wonderful series. Of course this is only the first book but I loved it. It has a very unique story line, not what I was expecting at all. It kept me fully engaged.

This book as about learning to trust God, having faith. Kit struggles with this, for good reason.

There is some really powerful dialogue in this book. I wish I could remember exactly, but I remember reading something Graham said and was like, yeah, that’s truth right there.

I can’t wait to see where the series goes.

Visit Kristi Ann here. 

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com or your favorite retailer.

Leave a comment by September 6th for your chance to win a copy. One winner will be chosen by random.org. (U.S. addresses only. I will not replace books lost or damaged in the mail.)

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own. 

 

By the Waters of Babylon by Mesu Andrews August 22, 2018

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When Babylon destroys Jerusalem, as Yahweh warned through his prophets, the captives’ bitterness and grief pours out in the Captives’ Psalm:
“[By the rivers of Babylon] we sat as exiles, mourning our captivity, and wept with great love for Zion. Our music and mirth were no longer heard, only sadness. We hung up our harps on the willow trees.” (Psalm 137:1-2, The Passion Translation)

A young Israelite woman is among them, captured by a mercenary Scythian prince. Driven toward Babylon by both hatred and hope, she endures captivity to reunite with her husband.

But will he be there when she reaches Babylon? Will the prince risk the Scythian throne–and his life–to believe in the Hebrew God? Can they both find what they seek when they meet the prophet Ezekial. . . by the rivers of Babylon?

My thoughts:

If you enjoy Biblical fiction you will enjoy this book. I found this book to be very interesting and a quick read, but with a lot of depth.

It’s so sad to read about the persecution the Jews went through but God always gave them hope and He opened the doors for others to come to Him.

I loved the raw honesty of wondering and questioning if God even hears our prayers, we often wonder that, at least I do. But then to see God move is a beautiful thing.

Visit Mesu here.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own. 

 

Review and Giveaway: Out of North Korea by Alana Terry August 20, 2018

Filed under: Book Reviews,Uncategorized — Melissa Finnegan @ 1:21 pm
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About the Book

Book Title: Out of North KoreaOut-of-North-Korea-188x300

Author: Alana Terry

Genre: Christian Thriller/Suspense

Release date: June 25, 2018

A single photograph could cost his life …

Ian McAllister has searched the world over, hunting for that all-elusive perfect photograph.

He finds it on a tourist trip to North Korea when he stumbles upon a young street kid foraging for roots.

Unaware that this single act will brand him a spy and cost his freedom, Ian takes the shot.

Now he must pay the penalty.

A true-to-life novel about an American imprisoned behind North Korea’s closed borders.

A gripping tale of courage, faith, and hope from award-winning Christian novelist Alana Terry.

 

Click here to purchase your copy!

 

About the Author

alana-terry-300x300Alana is a pastor’s wife, homeschooling mom, self-diagnosed chicken lady, and Christian suspense author. Her novels have won awards from Women of Faith, Book Club Network, Grace Awards, Readers’ Favorite, and more. Alana’s passion for social justice, human rights, and religious freedom shines through her writing, and her books are known for raising tough questions without preaching. She and her family live in rural Alaska where the northern lights in the winter and midnight sun in the summer make hauling water, surviving the annual mosquito apocalypse, and cleaning goat stalls in negative forty degrees worth every second.

 

Guest Post from Alana Terry

Have you seen in the news that the leaders of North and South Korea have both publicly stated their willingness to promote peace on the Korean peninsula? It was certainly a historic moment, and this part of the world has earned its place in global headlines.
My interest in North Korea, however, goes back over a decade, when as a young mother I received a prayer burden for the people of North Korea. Fast-forward to five years ago when my debut novel was released. The Beloved Daughter follows the life of a young girl who is sent to prison camp because of her father’s Christian faith. In addition to winning several awards, The Beloved Daughter gave an expression to my prayer burden to see North Korea free to worship the one true God.
Out of North Korea is unique among my other titles because it’s the first story that focuses on an American in North Korea. Ian McAllister is captured and held in a Pyongyang prison because of a photograph he took of a young homeless boy. I hope the message leaves you as inspired and encouraged as I was when I was writing it.

 

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Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Alana is giving away a grand prize of a $30 Amazon gift card!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/d06d/out-of-north-korea-celebration-tour-giveaway

My thoughts:

This is a book that I am glad I kept reading.

When I started the book I wasn’t sure if I wanted to get to know this Ian person. He was a bit to snarky for me and nothing overly interesting was happening.

My advice — don’t stop reading.

This book is truly beautiful. I came to care deeply for Ian and some of the other characters in this book.

This is a store of redemption and restoration. It’s a Genesis 5020 story! What the enemy wanted to use to harm Ian God will use for good.

This is not your typical read, it is something much deeper.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me through Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own.