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Stories for His Glory

Defined: Who God Says You Are August 28, 2019

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Inspired by the Kendrick brothers’ new movie OVERCOMER, and written by the #1 New York Times best-selling author team behind The Love Dare and The Battle Plan for Prayer, comes an exciting new resource about discovering your God-given identity and embracing the wonder of who you were created to be.

At this very moment, what you believe about your own purpose and value affects almost every area of your life—including how you think and feel, the way you react to circumstances, and how you approach God and your relationships. But what is guiding your core beliefs? Are they healthy and founded upon solid truth? Or are they constantly shifting with the opinions of others or your own emotions?

Based upon powerful insights from the scriptural book of Ephesians, and seasoned with personal stories and practical wisdom, Defined challenges you to let the One who knows you best be the One who guides your heart the most. It’s time for all of us to live in the amazing light of His acceptance, abundance, and strength.

My thoughts:

This book is a great reminder of who we are in Christ.

Our identity is the key to everything. If we don’t know who we are we will be easily offended and be pushed around my our feelings. Which is what the world is encouraging these days and it’s not good.

This book will give you a foundation if you struggle with identity. I can’t say it was my favorite book, meaning I had trouble focusing, but I did like it and there are some great truths in 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. All opinions are my own. 

 

This Means War: A Strategic Prayer Journal (For Teens) August 27, 2015

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You’ve got battles to fight—on your knees.

The teen years can be tough; don’t try to make it through without one of your most powerful weapons—prayer. A companion book to the movie War Room, this new kind of journal will get you ready for a new kind of prayer life, one that’s strong, growing, and reflects just how powerful prayer is. Each short chapter tackles one of the biggest questions teens have about prayer, questions such as:

Why pray, anyway?What should I pray for? Are selfish prayers okay?Who should I pray for? Am I really supposed to pray for my enemies too?Will God listen? And will He answer? Just-right journaling prompts will then get you thinking—and praying—and reinforce the real power of fighting battles on your knees.

My thoughts:

I love this book for teens. It takes a simple, straight forward approach to introducing them to prayer and asking them questions to get them thinking about why it’s hard to pray.

At one point the teen is asked to be quiet for fifteen minutes and pray and reflect on what that’s like. Not easy for a teen but I love that they are being pointed in that direction.

I can see this book having a HUGE impact on lives if the child will actually go through it slowly and take the time to write down answers to the questions in this book.

I will say I haven’t gotten my daughter to do it yet and I don’t believe forcing her is what God wants. So I’ll leave it with her and hopefully one day she will decide to pick it up. Maybe you could do the same thing for the teen in your life 🙂

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com, Books-A-Million or your favorite retailer. (Book releases Sept. 1st)

A copy of this book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. 

 

The Battle Plan for Prayer by Stephen and Alex Kendrick August 25, 2015

Filed under: Book Reviews — Melissa Finnegan @ 5:10 pm
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Inspired by the Kendrick Brothers’ new movie, War Room, this exciting new resource from the #1 best-selling author team behind The Love Dare and The Resolution for Men is designed to help anyone learn how to become a powerful person of prayer. The Battle Plan for Prayer begins with prayer’s core purpose, its biblical design, and its impact throughout history. Readers will be guided scripturally through the fundamentals of how effective prayer works, inspired towards a closer, more intimate relationship with God, and shown how to develop specific prayer strategies for each area of life. Prayer can accomplish what a willing God can accomplish. It should be your first plan of attack in all of life’s battles, not your last resort. If you want to experience the joy of mightily answered prayer, then it’s time to engage with God at another level.

My thoughts:

This is another resource to go along with the War Room. This one is for any adult, man or woman.

The book starts out basic and gradually moves into more specific prayers.

This book should be read over a thirty-five day period, just read one short chapter a day then apply what you have learned in prayer immediately and continue building on those truths as you move throughout the book.

I would recommend this book for anyone who is new in the faith, who needs guidance because they find themselves easily distracted in prayer, or anyone who has grown lukewarm in their faith or prayer life. This is a wake-up call to the need for prayer.

God is really showing me as I read through all of the War Room books the power of prayer and that we can’t give up, even when we don’t see anything changing, we must be persistent and this book will guide you in doing that.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com, Books-A-Million or your favorite retailer. (This book releases Sept. 1st)

A copy of this book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. 

 

Prayer Works: Prayer Training and Strategy for Kids August 20, 2015

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What’s Your Strategy?

As kids grow, their prayer life needs to grow too—but how? Stephen Kendrick and Alex Kendrick offer a strategy that kids can use to figure out how prayer works and just how powerful it is. Lots of great explanation is combined with fun activities, illustrations, and journaling prompts to get kids thinking and praying.

This companion book to the movie War Room contains 32 perforated journal pages kids can use to write specific prayers and then post them on the walls in their prayer room—just like the characters in the movie. Topics include:

What is prayer?

Why should I pray?

Where do I pray?

Is there a wrong way to pray?

What should I pray for?

Does God really hear me?

My thoughts:

This is another book brought to you by the creators of the War Room. This is for your older elementary prayer warrior.

My son and I are working our way through this book. It’s a great guide for parents who are wanting to get their kids praying but aren’t sure how to introduce it in a way that will grab their attention. My kids pray before meals and I pray with them before they go to bed but this book is really a great guide for talking about the different ways you can pray, why and when.

This book begins with a what a relationship with Jesus is and how to have that. If you child hasn’t asked Jesus into their heart now might be the time. Then the book progresses with questions kids might have, like does God really hear me? Will God answer my prayers?

Finally, in the back of the book your child can write out suggested scriptures in their own words (I love that) and then different prayer requests.

Overall, I recommend this book for 8-11 year-olds…a great resource.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com, Books-A-Million or your favorite retailer. (Book doesn’t release until Sept. 1st)

A copy of this book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. 

 

 

Peter’s Perfect Prayer Place by Stephan Kendrick and Alex Kendrick August 11, 2015

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Can you help Peter find the perfect place to pray?

Peter is used to seeing his mom pray in her special prayer room, and now you can help him search for his own place to pray—Peter’s perfect prayer place. Is it under his bed? Up in his treehouse? Between the pots and pans? Where can God hear him best? There’s lots of fun as Peter looks and looks, but in the end, he learns that although it’s great to have a special place to be alone with God and pray, God hears you no matter where you are—under, up, or in between!

This companion book to the movie War Room will teach young readers an important lesson about talking to God. And the fold-out prayer chart and stickers in the back of the book will let them track their prayers as well as God’s answers!

My thoughts:

This is a sweet book for your youngest little prayer warrior. The rhyming cadence of the prose makes this a catchy, fun read.

This book gives a good lesson that although you can draw away and pray you can also pray anywhere and anyway you want. The greatest thing is that our kids have the desire to prayer.

There was a little surprise at the end for the kids (or you) to write down things they are praying for on a big poster they could hang up in their room. And what child doesn’t love stickers? This book includes stickers your child can use to mark off when they prayer.

I love the idea of this book. My son, who is nine, felt it was a bit young for him but he thought it was nice. So I would recommend this book for preschool and early elementary age children.

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

A copy of this book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. 

 

The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone August 19, 2013

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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Lost Medallion

B&H Kids; Mti edition (June 1, 2013)

by
Bill Muir and Alex Kendrick

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Bill Muir is a popular speaker, an international award winning film maker and a sought-after consultant.

Having completed his new novels The Lost Medallion and A Hidden Treasure, Bill has turned his creativity to his new Children’s novel, Howdy Neighbors.

When Bill isn’t writing a novel, he’s busy directing and producing movies. He recently spent four months in Thailand filming, The Lost Medallion: the adventures of Billy Stone. The movie will be in theaters this fall. When he isn’t working on movies, he’s having fun with his family working their farm.

Alex Kendrick is associate pastor of movie outreach for Sherwood Baptist Church. He is also an actor, writer, and director whose film credits include Facing the Giants, Fireproof, and Courageous. He and his wife, Christina, have six children.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Archaeologist Dr. Michael Stone looked for the lost medallion his entire life, and now his son Billy has taken up the search. Amazingly, the medallion ends up in Billy’s hands and a spontaneous wish in a precarious situation takes Billy and his best friend Allie, back 200 years to what they realize is a very different Aumakua Island.

When Billy and his friends are not jumping off waterfalls, avoiding animal traps, crossing the ocean, sneaking through caves or escaping a prison they’re facing their nemesis Cobra, who wants nothing more than for them all to disappear.

With no other way to get home, and the well being of the entire island resting on his shoulders, Billy must discover the key to reclaiming the medallion and its tremendous power. One way or another, this adventure will change Billy, and life on the island, forever.

Best-selling author and film director Alex Kendrick (The Love Dare, Courageous) and Youth for Christ veteran Bill Muir bring us this exciting novelization of The Lost Medallion movie.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Lost Medallion, go HERE.

My thoughts:

This book is a great read for your tween. I think boys and girls alike would enjoy this book full of adventure, tension and brave kids.

I have not seen the movie but now I would like to. The neat thing about this book is that there are QR codes throughout so the reader can scan it on their phone and then watch that clip from the movie. Very cool.

The book does a great job of showing where true strength lies, and who give us strength and courage. What a challenge for todays tweens as they are trying desperately to find themselves in a world that is telling them they have to be a certain way to fit in. I don’t know about you but I really don’t want my daughter to fit in with the world, I want her to shine with the love of Jesus and this book subtly shows kids that is what really matters.

If you have a tween I highly recommend this book. Read it with them so you can discuss what is happening and how they can apply it to their lives.

Grab a copy at your local book store, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Christianbook.com.

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for an honest review.