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Everyday Matters Bible for Women {book/product review}

It’s possible that I’ve not been so excited about something in a long, long time.  I labeled this book/product review because there is no way to review or critique the bible!!  Can you imagine? 

I was so thrilled to get the opportunity to review this new bible.  First of all it’s beautiful!

We all know though that we shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover.  Anything can look pretty!

This bible is beautiful outside because of the cover but inside because of His word! 

Not only does it feature over 300 articles but these articles are broken down into four different types. 

  • Everyday Matters: a two-page article which helps us understand a particular spiritual practice.
  • Everyday Profiles: challenges we face today paired with stories of women in the bible that experienced similar issues
  • Everyday Reflections: thoughts on how best to apply God’s word in our lives
  • Everyday Q & A’s: important faith questions with practical answers

One of my favorite parts are the Everyday Profiles.  It’s encouraging to know that there are examples in the word to help me overcome any challenge.  It’s not always easy to pair verses with what we’re experiencing.  It’s wonderful to have it laid out so when we are in the midst of a crisis (or believed crisis) we have somewhere to turn. 

I also found the Index of Spiritual Practices very helpful.  There are 24 spiritual practices that are featured here.  A few of these I found extremely helpful are celebration, faith, forgiveness, gratitude, and silence.  Each of these 24 also list each of the four types of articles.

With life being as hectic as it is, this bible is a wonderful resource.  I can pick it up, choose a spiritual practice I’d like to study up on, and begin.  This a huge time saver.  I want my time with Him to be savored and precious rather than complicated and rushed. 

I love that this bible is meant for women and if I had a daughter this would definitely be on her gift list!  I do hope that they come out with a version for men as well. 

Do you have a woman in your life that could benefit from this bible?  With only 94 days until Christmas, there is plenty of time to order a copy as a gift!

You can find more information at one of the sites below:

Publisher’s website: http://www.hendrickson.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EverydayMattersBible

Twitter: https://twitter.com/bibleforwomen

Purchasing links: Everyday Matters Bible for Women, New Living Translation, 2nd Edition, Hardcover is AVAILABLE NATIONWIDE in bookstores and major retailers for $27.49. 

Purchase online at: Amazon, Christianbook.com, or at your local retailers.

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Crossing Values by Carrie Daws {book review}

I’ve never read a typical romance novel. Never. I just don’t get into them. As I began to read Crossing Values, I didn’t expect to really enjoy it. I have an awesome love story with my husband and I never felt the need to read a mushy, over the top fairy tale of a story.

This book is nothing like what I expected. I almost expected that it would be the ‘fantasy’ story with the happy ending. Don’t get me wrong. I do like a happy ending but I am not into the mushy, fairy tale. It’s a clean, Christian love story fit even for a teenage girl. I do wish it had gone further into the faith of the main male character or a little more emotion on the part of the two main characters.

It’s a short, quick read with only 160 pages. It seemed to all happen so quickly. I could have used a little bit more transition with the storyline but overall I still liked it.

Carrie’s second book Ryan’s Crossing came out in August. I’m looking forward to reading more into the saga. I am sure a lot of the kinks will be worked out in this next book.

Amendment to review: As I posted my review on Amazon, there were many people that said they also wanted more from the story.  Could it be because we are so used to the mainstream movies, novels, and stories?  I’m going to go back through this book again with a different mindset.  I’m going to read it as if I were a little sister, a teenager, or a daughter.  If I had a teenage daughter I would certainly allow her to read this book.  The faith in the male character is beautiful.  I hope every young woman finds her Peter!

I’m excited to tell you a little about book then provide you with an opportunity to win your own copy. She graciously sent me two copies. One to keep and one to give away!

 

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Christian romantic fiction that focuses on emotional and family healing.

For years, Amber traipsed around the northwest avoiding the skeletons in her closet. Job-hopping every few weeks, she refused to let anyone get close to her.

As winter plants itself firmly across the Rockies, she takes a chance on a job at a logging company with a family different from any she’s ever known.

Watching the family interact creates more questions than answers for Amber. Feeling like she’s entered the happily-ever-after written at the end of fairytales, she watches for cracks in the façade.

Surely as the days pass, the play-acting will cease and the real family will emerge.
Or could she be wrong? Could they truly be genuine?

Could Faye understand the trauma from her past or Peter think of her as more than just the winter office help? Could this family really hold the key to what she’s seeking?

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You can visit Carrie Daws at any of the locations below!

Carrie Daws Main site
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Purchase Book on Amazon
7 Day Devotional to go with the book.
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Those who needed healing {Into the Word Wednesday}

Remember? Can you remember where you were?  What you were doing?  How you felt knowing our nation was under attack? 

I know we all say we’ll never forget but I’ll be completely honest with you here.  I wasn’t personally affected by 9/11.  I didn’t know anyone personally that died in that tragedy.  I was still affected.  I still felt personally under attack.  My homeland.  My country.  My fellow Americans. 

As the news spread, the phones began to ring as we learned about the tragedy.  People came together on that day and in the weeks following the events of 9/11. 

I remember how many American flags we saw up for months and months. We were united.  We were no longer black, white, male, female, gay or straight.  We were Americans.  We were standing together as a nation in prayer, holding hands, and comforting each other.  We were a nation that was in need of healing. 

This verse, Luke 9:11, reminds me of that day. 

I believe in the past 11 years we have healed some.  We came together that day as a nation.

We don’t see as many American flags hanging longer than on patriotic days.  We may not think of this on a daily basis but we are healing.  We are being healed through time and through prayer. 

My heart goes out to those that were personally affected on that day 11 years ago.  A huge thank you to all of those who serve and protect this country on a daily basis.  My prayers to the families of those who perished. 

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–Join my co-hostesses and I this week for Into The Word Wednesday!

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You Can Do Nothing {Into the Word Wednesday}

This week as I write these words I’m comforted by them.  As you are reading these words I’m probably on my way to make one of my dreams come true.  It’s an appointment I’ve wanted for a long time and it’s happening!! 

I’ve been standing on this verse for about a year now.   Knowing that I can’t do anything without Him.  Remembering that He is always here but that I need to step up and be the branches.  Reaching for the opportunities He provides for me.

In the past few months I’ve branched out in so many ways.  I’ve loved the chance to do so.  I’ve enjoyed my life so much more because I’m doing what I want to do.  I’m making things happen (with His help of course)!

It’s the ‘you can do nothing’ that really stands out.  It’s true.

Have you ever tried to do everything under your own power and failed miserably?  I’ll admit that I have.  Many times over.  Every time I feel myself straying it seems that life somehow falls apart.  As I’m working my way back, growing closer to Him things seem to fall into place even when it shouldn’t be that way.

We can’t be anything without the vine.  That vine provides our nourishment for mind, body, and soul.  Without it, we are dried up branches with no life therefore we haven’t the strength or courage to reach out for that next opportunity.

Let’s join together to keep our branch strong, nourished and healthy.

What do you do to keep yourself knit closely with Him? What has occurred in your life because of your faithfulness?

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–Join my co-hostesses and I this week for Into The Word Wednesday!

Becky at Tales of Beauty for Ashes

Sarah at Fontenot Four

Kelly at The Houtz House Party

Falen at Upward Not Inward

Kelly at Exceptionalistic (looks like you found me!)

Into the Word Wednesday blog hop rules (if you wouldn’t mind!):

1. Link up about something you are learning this week.

2. Follow all hostesses via GFC or Google +.

3. Grab a button to put on your blog – the more the merrier! Check out our sweet new button…

Tales of Beauty for Ashes

4. Check out (and comment) other people’s blogs to bless them today!

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Tis the season {Into the Word Wednesday}

What is your favorite season?

Is it spring when the flowers are blooming? Summer when the kids are out of school?

This is my favorite season.  Baseball season!  I love baseball.

It’s almost playoff season and I’m so excited!  We went to a game over the weekend. It was wonderful.

The sold-out crowd.  The smell of stadium food.  The cheers of the fans.  The atmosphere of rooting for a first place team.

It was in this moment that I realized this is the way Jesus roots for us.  He is always there in the stands watching and cheering us on.  I’m in a season of my life where things have been uncertain.  It is during these seasons that we need Him the most. Yet, during these times,  I find myself wanting to shy away from Him and try to fix things all under my own power.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 explains that there are seasons for everything. It’s true that during rough spots it can be difficult to see the light at the end of that tunnel.  Leaning on Him helps us get through.  Listening to His cheers encourages and uplifts.

Yes, we may have tough times but great times are just around the corner!  It’s during these tough seasons we must stand on the mound and revel in Him cheering us on.  His cheers are louder than the almost 42,000 sell-out crowd this past weekend. 

Are you shying away from your biggest fan or basking in the cheers?  Are you ready for the next season of your life?

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–Join my co-hostesses and I this week for Into The Word Wednesday!

Becky at Tales of Beauty for Ashes

Sarah at Fontenot Four

Kelly at The Houtz House Party

Falen at Upward Not Inward

Kelly at Exceptionalistic (looks like you found me!)

Into the Word Wednesday blog hop rules (if you wouldn’t mind!):

1. Link up about something you are learning this week.

2. Follow all hostesses via GFC or Google +.

3. Grab a button to put on your blog – the more the merrier! Check out our sweet new button…

Tales of Beauty for Ashes

4. Check out (and comment) other people’s blogs to bless them today!

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