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Stories for His Glory

James: Biblical Commentary by Joyce Meyer May 1, 2019

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Put your faith into practice on a daily basis and grasp the practical truths of God’s Word with this in-depth commentary on James from Internationally renowned Bible teacher.

James has so much to say about living a powerful and effective life in Christ. The book addresses a variety of topics important to growing your faith and teaches that you not only need to read the Word of God and know what it says, but you also need to act on it. In this comprehensive biblical commentary, Joyce Meyer offers you practical insights for studying the book of James, with room for personal reflections that will help you grasp the truths in God’s Word. You’ll discover how to identify life-changing wisdom and get a better understanding of God’s plan and purpose for your life.

Part of her first-ever biblical commentary series, Joyce’s book on James will stir your faith in God and inspire you to live it out in practical ways because of your love for Him and desire to glorify Him in your life.

My thoughts:

As with Joyce’s Ephesians commentary this book gives you a deeper look at the book of James. It’s always interesting to remind yourself that this was Jesus’s brother. What an unique perspective.

Joyce does a great job of taking look at each verse and giving the reader a deeper understanding of the them. I also like the chance to reflect on these verses and write my thoughts about them in response to the questions she poses.

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 All opinions are my own. 




The Passion Translation Bible December 23, 2014

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Psalms-262x350To read more about The Passion Translation click here. I was given Psalms and John to read and review. I was very excited to get my hands on these book since a friend of mine has been using them and I loved the things she was sharing during our Bible study. For me this was kind of an in between from the Message and NLT. It stated things clearly but stayed true to the text. There were times I went back to my NLT because I just preferred that for a certain verse.John-262x350 But overall I really liked TPT. This translation seems to be filled with the Spirit. Any Word of God is but my heart was so stirred at times as I read verses that I have read before but stated in different way. I would definitely like to get my hands on more of the books that have been released. As of right now it isn’t just one big Bible. Each book either has its own book or shares with another. You will want to check out what books have been released, visit TPT website here. I love reading God’s Word in a new and fresh way. If you are looking for something different give TPT a try and allow God to stir His passion inside you. Grab a copy your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble or A copy of this book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.


Write to the Point with Ada Brownell December 18, 2013

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Ada Brownell’s  prolific writing career began with youth publications when she was the youth leader at her church . In Christian education she’s taught upper elementary, middle school, high school, college and career, young marrieds. During her years as a reporter at The Pueblo Chieftain in Colorado, she interviewed young achievers in music, sports, academics, beauty, careers, and other pursuits. Ada wrote about the latest fashions and how to present yourself for success. Interviewed teen moms and those who work with them and reported on teens affected by substance abuse. She reviewed statistics annually and talked to health experts about teen pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Diseases; interviewed judges who sentence juvenile offenders; and wrote about the tragedy of mental illness and suicide among teens. She studied, taught and wrote about how youth can discover faith, even when society tries to keep them from believing. She believes anyone can find joy in Jesus and an abundant, successful life here and for eternity.

Brownell has a B.S. Degree in mass communications and a certificate of ministry from Berean School of the Bible, now Global University.

She is the author of Imagine the Future You, a motivational Bible study for youth; Joe the Dreamer: The Castle and the Catapult, a suspense novel; and Swallowed by Life: Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal, a book and Bible study for the grieving, support groups, religion classes, those with a troubling diagnosis, those who fear death or are curious about it.


Twitter: @adellerella

Blog: Stick to Your Soul Encouragement

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We met Ada a while ago. Click here to read her first interview. Read below to see what she is up to now.

Tell us about your newest book.

Imagine the Future You, a motivational Bible study for youth released Nov. 10, 2013, and a book I’m excited to have available. Here’s the short summary:

Will you be the person you dream of being—or someone from your nightmares?

You don’t need a fortune teller to reveal your future. Through your attitudes, your sense of wonder, your hunger for knowledge and IMAGINEfrontcoverseeking out the things that matter, you are the person who determines who you will be, what your life will be like, and how your hopes and dreams will be fulfilled. This book will show how to make the right connections, how to grow your talents, and how to begin believing in yourself and things greater than yourself—for a wonderful Future You!

One reviewer said, “How I would have loved to sit at Mrs. Brownell’s knee when I was a teen. This wholesome book resounds with sage, Godly advice and could be picked up again and again as needs arise. Worthwhile for parents too. Much fodder for family discussion,”

This sounds like a much needed book Ada. I hope it gets into a lot of teens hands. They need this desperately.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

Writing is what I’ve done nearly all my life. I started free lancing in my teens and worked a number of decades as a reporter for The Pueblo Chieftain in Colorado. But we had five children, and they and our grandchildren have been my greatest satisfaction. I worked with youth many years, and even a couple of years after retirement taught in an after-school and summers program that was a biblical training program for upper elementary students. As a woman, my life is filled with cooking, cleaning, and enjoying get-togethers with family and friends. I am part of a wonderful Bible study and My husband and I exercise several times a week, but my body can’t enjoy the tennis and other active things of yesterday. Yet there is the Wii! I can even play baseball on that.

Where do you get your ideas?

From observation and deep thinking about God’s Word, our awesome world, our wonderfully created bodies, problems, needs or things I can share. Many ideas come in the night. Yet, some ideas come during prayer and even when I sit down at the computer, and those I am sure are from the Lord. Yet, I have to write them down, flesh them out, look at different and fresh approaches, do research, find illustrations, etc.

Do you outline or are you a seat-of-the-pants writer?

A reporter takes his notes and begins writing. You train your mind to pick out the most important angle of the story, try to crunch it into a short hook, and write. With novels, I do character sketches, and rough outlines for the plot that bring in complications, twists and turns.

Yet, I wrote most of my 100,000-word novel, The Lady Fugitive, in five weeks during American Christian Fiction Writers’ Novel Track in 2011. I put it aside for two other books, but I’ve been polishing it and expect to have it in the hands of an editor in a few weeks.

Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?

In today’s world, if you believe in a book, you can publish it. My first book, Confessions of a Pentecostal, was published by the Assemblies of God, but Amazon’s CreateSpace opened the door for me to quickly get my last three books on the market. As a senior citizen, that’s important.

Are you like any of the characters in your book?

As a redhead, I probably have some of the spunk of Jennifer Louise Parks from The Lady Fugitive, but I haven’t experienced the ongoing spiritual doubts and hardships she has to overcome.

Anything you would like to add?

Thank you for inviting me to be your guest. It’s a privilege to share from my life, the love of the awesome God we serve, and the things the Lord has done.

You’re so welcome Ada. I pray God continues to bless your work.

Readers, Ada is giving away an e-book of her book Imagine the Future You. I hope you will take the opportunity to win it for that teen in your life who needs to be reminded of all God has for them.

Leave a comment by December 24th at 5:00 pm to be entered to win.