On My Bookshelf: With All Due Respect

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With All Due Respect by Nina Roesner and Debbie Hitchcock.

Little descriptionWith All Due Respect is a handbook for parents navigating the difficulties of the tween and teen years. Roesner and Hitchcock help parents identify what successful relationships look like and give easy-to-follow lessons in enforcing rules, communicating lovingly, resetting relationships, overcoming fears and exhaustion, and handling rebellion. Each day features a story every mom can relate to, down-to-earth questions to think about, and a prayer to launch an action plan. As a result, the reader gains new skills and perspective, greater strength, and an ability to live out faith daily as never before. With All Due Respect is for all parents seeking not only to connect more deeply with and positively impact their teens and twins, but also to grow more deeply in faith through the process.

Genre: Christian Living/ Religious

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

This book is a dare journal that will challenge every parent to step into happy relationship with their teens… I am just going to retrace the book content, because it’s will reveal the key points.

First it talks about the expectations parents have for their families, especially for their teens. The dare starts with a challenge for each parent to assess their parental interactions, revisit their childhood, focus on God’s vision, push the reset button, to be careful with the words, communicate respect early, stop yourself, take care of the temple, counter the culture, refrain from casting blame, speak the truth, parenthood perspective, leap outside the comfort zone, encourage, humor when things get hot,  stay out of God’s way, practice thankfulness, be true to your word, offer compassion,  give your kids grace, take time to listen, coach the kids through the conflicts, parent ahead, talk your kids through disappointments, drop the comparison, invite their friends in, separate your identity,  avoid the blame game, respond with calm, remove the mask, deal with the person before the issue, respectively consider your kid’s request, model friendship to your kids, respect the rites of passage, teach your kids to self-process, be sensitive to other parents, release yourself from worry, encourage self-discipline, point out what is right, be a relationship architect. 

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On My Bookshelf: In a Pit with a Lion

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In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day  by Mark Batterson.

Little description: Your greatest regret at the end of your life will be the lions you didn’t chase. You will look back longingly on risks not taken, opportunities not seized, and dreams not pursued. Stop running away from what scares you most and start chasing the God-ordained opportunities that cross your path. In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day is inspired by one of the most obscure yet courageous acts recorded in Scripture, a blessed and audacious act that left no regrets: “Benaiah chased a lion down into a pit. Then, despite the snow and slippery ground, he caught the lion and killed it” (2 Samuel 23:20 -21). Unleash the lion chaser within!

Genre: Christian Living

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5 

Wow! Mark Batterson challenge you to a new lifestyle as a lion chaser. With the revelation about beast chasers, Mark expands your ability to switch from the survival mode to a living a abundant life. Being dangerous, impossible and great are things God created us to thrive…Big cats are the big opportunity for us to show of the power and greatness of God.. Are we going to lose with trembling legs and keep the glory away due to Almighty God, or are we going to leap with a roar along the mighty Lion of Judah? 

The message is very inspiring. It’s still challenge me to do something about the life God gave to me, which is not a comfortable thing. But it’s not the comfort we are talking here, it’s the snowy pit with a lion. No space for comfort, fear, but only to overcome this menacing attack and come out victorious!

When you are in a pit with a lion, remember you are in a pit with a Lion of Judah who is inside of you and who is greater than a lion in front of you. Keep it real, you are the lion-chaser who has an anointing and a call for the victory!

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On My Bookshelf: Moments & Days

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Moments & Days  by Michelle Van Loon.

Little description: Michelle Van Loon helps us treasure our time as a gift and a spiritual responsibility, and God as faithfully present in all our moments and days.
People rarely slow down to experience their days, and so they feel rushed through life even as they begin to suspect that life lacks significance. By introducing (and reintroducing) us to the feasts and festivals of the Bible, as well as the special celebrations of the Christian calendar,Moments and Days restores a sacred sense of time throughout our year, enriching our experience of each “holy day” and enlivening our experience of even the most “ordinary time.”

Genre: Christian Living/ Religious

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My thoughts: 4 stars out of 5

Through her book, Michelle opens up the truth about Sabbath and what it meant to keep it. She explained the way Jesus observed Jewish festivals and feasts… Which is cool for the believers to know! With some recipes included in this book, now we might try few meals when the next feast and celebration comes. Be prepared and know the roots of Christianity, when Jesus united Jew and Gentile in worshiping one God of the Universe.

PS. Tyndale House Publishers  has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.

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On My Bookshelf: Unreasonable Hope

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Unreasonable Hope (Finding Faith in the God Who Brings Purpose to Your Pain) by Chad Veach.

Little description:“Where was God when ____? How could God allow ____? Why?”

These are the questions that flood our hearts and minds when the unimaginable happens. When things go horribly wrong and the world seems to be unraveling, how do you believe in God’s goodness? How do you cling to hope?

Chad Veach directs readers away from clichéd Sunday school answers that fail to offer real comfort or provide faith-building insights. Instead, he draws from God’s promises in the Bible and from the story of his own daughter’s diagnosis of a devastating and debilitating disease to reveal simple, purposeful steps for dealing with pain. Resting in God’s love, remembering his past faithfulness, and realizing the distinction between having faith and clinging to hope are just some of these steps.

Genre: Christian Living/ Religious

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My thoughts: 4 stars out of 5

Because of his daughter’s rare genetic disease, pastor Chad Veach started his journey to learn about God’s love and kindness through pain his family faced for many years. Even though believing for the miraculous touch by God for his daughter, he continues to grow and rely on God’s grace and great purpose for his daughter, Georgia. When she was in a womb, he remembers his prayer that he prayed over her while she was growing and developing. He prayed for God to use his little child for His glory and to impact many people… Now he sees this prayer come to life, because the story of his precious Georgia touched lives of many people and continues to spread in many ways… God bless your family, pastor Veach, and use greatly for His glory.Amen.

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On My Bookshelf: Me Too

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Me Too (Experience The God Who Understands) by Jon Weece.

Little description: Your life is filled with pressure and pain and heartache and disappointment. So was His.

If you’ve ever tried to pick up the shattered pieces of your life and put them back together again without help, you know it’s an impossible task. When you lose your job, when divorce divides your family, when a loved one commits suicide, or when cancer claims a friend, it’s easy to lose perspective and abandon hope.

According to Jon Weece, Christianity does not require you to smile through your pain, much less praise God for tormenting you. God doesn’t enjoy your suffering. But he does understand it—and he knows exactly how to fix it.

That’s what Me Too is all about: A God who turned the ugliness of the cross into a spectacle of eternal beauty. An all-powerful Lord who will do the same with the pain of this world. An eternal Father who specializes in wiping away tears and putting you back together again. If

Genre: Christian Living/ Religious

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My thoughts: 4 stars out of 5

Jon Weece opens up that the ugly side of humanity was tested by Jesus. Surely the Son of God understands each struggle the human has ever lived through. But with the great sufferings and the gravity of all evilness in the human nature, Jesus carried it all on Himself through the cross and the resurrection. Though tempted in every possible and imaginable way, He stood the ground and won the battles by choosing to be obedient to His Father and not sinning. It’s so liberating to know that there is one person who truly can say and claim that He understands what we are going through. In every situation Jesus is whispering  into our hearts: “Me Too. I understand.”

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On My Bookshelf: Really Bad Girls of the Bible

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Really Bad Girls of the Bible  by Liz Curtis Higgs.

Little description: Discover the Truth About
God’s Sovereignty
from the Bible’s Really Bad Girls.
 
Eight of the Bible’s most notorious females strut across the pages of Really Bad Girls of the Bible with troubles that still hit home in the twenty-first century.
The Medium of En Dor crossed over to the dark side. Jael stood up to a ruthless enemy. TheAdulteress was caught between a rock and a hard place. Athaliah made a bid for power that ended badly. Bathsheba captured the wandering eye of a king. Herodias made a cruel request of her husband. Tamar exchanged her widow’s weeds for a harlot’s garb. And theBleeding Woman had a serious health issue only a great physician could handle.
  “Higgs does such a remarkable job telling their stories that many of the Good Book’s ‘bad girls’ become downright sympathetic.… Higgs is a refreshingly astute biblical commentator…(and) ably points readers to ‘good girl’ tips they can apply from the Bible’s cautionary tales.”
—Publishers Weekly
 

Really Bad Girls of the Bible shines a spotlight on God’s sovereignty, demonstrating one life-changing truth: God rules the lives of those He loves with mercy, compassion, and hope.  
Includes Discussion Questions and a Study Guide. A Novel Approach to Bible Study.

Genre: Christian Books/ Bible Study

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5 

Liz Curtis Higgs has a way to tell stories, making them alive. The power of a great storytelling is what I see when I read her books. Embracing the stories with the Biblical truth, she makes each woman special, filled with the unique purpose… Each of them had the specific appointed tasks to perform, and nothing escaped God’s eye, when He was there to lead all really bad girls in Biblical times to fulfill His purposes.

I love her contemporary stories of the women, each depicting specific woman in the Bible. Higgs is teaching with humor and insights.

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On My Bookshelf: Snuggle Time Psalms

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Snuggle Time Psalms  by Glenys Nellist.

Little description: Did you think the book of Psalms was only for adults? Think again! Snuggle Time Psalms, written by Glenys Nellist and illustrated by Cee Biscoe, is the perfect way to introduce little ones to the poetry book of the Bible. This padded cover board book uses simple concepts, rhyming text and adorable art to help children engage with the Psalms. Beginning with ‘Bedtime Peace’ and ending with ‘Wonderful Me!’ this collection of fifteen bedtime poems enables young children to discover the One who holds them in his arms, leads them like a shepherd, created them just as they are.

Genre: Children’s Book

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

Psalms can be tough for the adult to read, because it depicts life’s hardships, dark valleys, and tall mountains. Even in the straggles, psalms can give the comfort in the peculiar situations.

With a new look on the Psalms, children will learn to pray and recite  the poems over and over again. Great book! When the fear comes in the night, when luring shadows don’t let the little one to sleep, this book will help to pray and fall asleep, assured that God’s mighty angels are there to protect.

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On My Bookshelf: One Big Turkey

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One Big Turkey  by Anne V. Kennedy.

Little description: Count your blessings! Join one big turkey and his forest friends as they celebrate the harvest season.

Children will count along with big turkey, squirrel, and their forest friends all the reasons they have to be grateful. Sweet, rhyming text will help children count everything they have to be thankful for, including food, friends, full tummies, and most of all, God! This board book presents parents with an adorable and simple way to teach their children about giving thanks.

With sweet rhyming verse, lots of fun images to count, and warm, charming artwork, this book will surely be a favorite every holiday season!

No turkeys were harmed in the telling of this story.

Genre: Children’s Book

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

Amazing time of a year comes in a gentle autumn breeze. Soon the crows will call. The leaves will dress up in gorgeous colorful dresses and dance around in the falling festival. Lovely smells will feel the kitchen with the pumpkin and the autumn spices. It’s the time for a harvest. The time of reflection on the life…. And one thing for sure- more time to read.

One Big Turkey is the book for kids….Oh, what a gorgeous cover it has: the golden letters and some leaves outlines makes it a very beautiful book to give as a gift. Wow! I almost forgot, the story inside contains numbers and short rhymes which will be pleasing to many kids’ ears. Count your blessing with easy-to-follow lines to learn the numbers. Great for the toddlers and the first-graders.

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On My Bookshelf: Without Warning

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Without Warning (Elite GuardiansBook#2)  by Lynette Eason.

Little description:Katie Singleton, a partner with the Elite Guardians Protection Agency, stumbles upon her next assignment quite by accident. Spotting blue lights at a familiar restaurant, she stops to investigate, only to discover that owner Daniel Matthews has become the target of someone who will go to any lengths to put him out of business.

Daniel might be concerned, but he’s not convinced that a bodyguard–and a female one at that–is necessary. A new attack and his niece’s urgings are enough to make him reconsider. He and Katie must figure out who’s behind the intimidation and threats–before a would-be killer strikes again.

Witty dialogue and a simmering attraction will have readers flying through this tension-laced thriller. Eason exercises complete control of her readers’ emotions as they race through the pages to discover the truth.

Genre: Christian Mystery/ Suspense/ Detective

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

It is true, the novel is well-written with lots of things going on. A good detective story with the dead body and the lives on the target.

Katie is tough bodyguard with the hunting past that steps on her toes. The closer she gets to the heat, the more fire and charted smoke gets under her skin. She tries to keep it cool, but this time the nightmare is back….Fighting her fears, she realities the fight is more than to protect her current student..Love her tough fighting spirit.

PS. This book was provided by Revell for my review.

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On My Bookshelf: A Doubter’s Guide to the Ten Commandments

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A Doubter’s Guide to the Ten Commandments  by John Dickson.

Little description:

The Ten Commandments are perhaps some of the most well-known and vexed verses of the whole Bible. They have found their way into our art, monuments, literature, and culture—even into Richard Dawkins famed “Ten Atheist Commandments.”

In A Doubter’s Guide to the Ten Commandments, bestselling author John Dickson explores how these ten verses have changed our world and how they show us what the Good Life looks like. Whether or not one believes in the Bible, these ten ancient instructions open up a window to the Western world and on our own soul.

Genre: Christian Living

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

John Dickson reveals deeper insights on the ten commandments and how that can change lives of the people. A new view on the Good Life, coming from teachings of Moses and Jesus, that affected the whole World, especially the ancient Greece and Roman societies. 

A new revelations for the believers to read, new topics and discussion in the meeting to discuss. 

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