On My Bookshelf: The Crimson Path of Honor

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The Crimson Path of Honor by M.B. Tosi

Little description: In The Crimson Path of Honor, the Civil War is over, and a violent period known as the Indian Wars is erupting. Ignoring the danger, a feisty young woman from Boston rebels against her tyrannical father’s plans to marry her off to a family friend, and she seizes an opportunity to go west to teach.  On the way to the Oregon Territory, her stagecoach is attacked, and she is captured by a marauding band of Lakota (Sioux) Indians who call the Rocky Mountains home.
Accepting her perilous situation, the young woman courageously confronts the daily hardships inherent in early Native American life. At first treated like an outcast, she eventually adapts to her circumstances and comes to respect the camaraderie of the Indians, even falling in love with her captor. Over time, she begins to challenge her abductor’s traditional views on bloodletting and violence as the path of honor. Torn by her inability to justify her growing feelings for her captor in a culture of violence, she continually wonders why God has abandoned her in such a desolate place.

Genre: Historical Romance/ Western Fiction

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

Though the story has the predictable romance loop, with the abduction and Western rural laws of the Native people, I still loved the story. The author crated realistic and pleasant, most of the time, characters to  tell the story of the young, rebellious, outspoken English/ American woman…How she survives and adopts to the new culture, new people you will find in this book. 

Great read for the Saturday evening, or even for the book clubs…

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On My Bookshelf: Love Letters From God

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Love Letters from God Holy Bible by Glenys Nellist

Little description: What if a child could read his or her own personal mail from God? The NIrV Love Letters from God Bible will invite kids to do just that! This full-text Bible in the New International Reader’s Version (NIrV) is a perfect way to introduce children to God’s Word and his great love. With 80 love letters from God written especially for the reader, children will see Bible stories and themes come to life and learn just how much they are loved by their Creator.

Each love letter also contains a very special Bible verse, entitled God’s Wonderful Words to You. Much more than a mere memory verse, each carefully chosen promise will be God’s very own personal words of love, encouragement, and hope, and are highlighted in the text. The love letters will culminate in an invitation for the children to write their own RSVP to God.

Features include:

  • 80 personal love letters from God
  • Highlighted Wonderful Words—special verses to remember and cherish
  • 80 prompts encouraging children to write their own love letters to God
  • 8 full-color tip-in pages with additional content
  • The complete text of the New International Version (NIrV)

Genre: Christian Bible/ Children’s Book

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

Love the cover, excellent for the middle-grade students. The translation is perfect for their understanding. 

The book has the hard cover. The shrift is pleasantly readable for the young eyes. Great gift for any child, who can read, to discover about God and His Nation. Let them plunged in the knowledge about the Earth, the Creation, and Life…Bible does contain all the answers for all the questions.The Word is not afraid to point what is right and what is approved by Holy God, what makes Adam’s race to live abundant and rich.

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On My Bookshelf: The Kindness Challenge

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The Kindness Challenge  by Shaunti Feldhahn.

Little description: One month to a great relationship…with anyone!

Think of your toughest relationship. Think of a relationship that is good but could be great. Think of a group of people that drives you nuts. You want to show more kindness and generosity, but sometimes you’re just tired, stretched, and frustrated. Besides, would small actions make that big a difference? Yes!

After years of extensive research, Shaunti Feldhahn has concluded that kindness is a superpower. It can change any relationship, make your life easier and better, and transform our culture. But how does it work? And how can you show kindness when you don’t feel like it?

In The Kindness Challenge, Shaunti explores….
* Three simple acts that make all the difference in any relationship (with a spouse, child, co-worker, brother-in-law…)
* Whether kindness is ever the wrong approach 
* The seven ways you may be unkind and never realize it 
* Eight types of kindness—and which might be the best fit for you
* Ten sneaky obstacles that get in the way of giving praise
* Practical ways to persevere when kindness is tough
* How kindness in marriage leads to benefits in the bedroom (yes, really!)
* Why your acts of kindness today can help transform the world

With self-assessments, day-to-day tips, a 30-day challenge, and specific kindness ideas, The Kindness Challenge can make your toughest relationships better and your good relationships great—starting today.

Try the 30 Day Kindness Challenge and be a part of a kindness revolution in your home, your world, and yourself.

Have We Ever Needed Kindness More?
 
In The Kindness Challenge, innovative researcher Shaunti Feldhahn reveals three simple steps proven to make any interaction better and any relationship thrive—whether with a romantic partner, coworkers, a child, siblings, your hard-to-please stepmother, or rude people at the grocery store. You’ll learn which ways of acting, speaking, and thinking will make the greatest difference for your life.

Doing these simple acts for thirty days not only has power to change the other person—it has the power to change you!

In these pages, Shaunti introduces you to a host of people from all walks of life who have tested the 30-Day Kindness Challenge in real-life situations and have seen the difference it makes. She shows you the inspiring results of her before-and-after surveys. And she challenges you not only to try the 30-Day Kindness Challenge for yourself but to be a part of the movement to transform our culture.

Genre: Christian Living/ Relationship

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My thoughts: 4 stars out of 5 

All the summary of the book comes in two words… be kind.

Be kind every  moment, especially in the times of frustration, waiting, patience testing, intense scratching and hissing… Yeah, you know what I am talking about! Those times…

This book is designed to keep it as the sort of like a journal and notebook. Every day has the particular subject and instructions. But you also encouraged to write your own observations and your participation through out the process of becoming kind. Keep track of this challenge to keep it as the score board, a map and a living prove of your journey.

Most points I knew before, but I didn’t practiced them a lot lately. Sometimes I was lame in showing the kindness to other. I admit I was self-centered. This would be a great challenge to do!

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On My Bookshelf: Liked

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Liked by Kari Kampakis

Little description:For many girls it starts early. The desire to be perfect. The need for approval. The longing for acceptance and being liked by a lot of people.

Thanks to social media, these desires now get channeled online. Girls can curate an image, build a following, and test-drive identities until they find one that draws attention and applause.

But in this quest to be liked and noticed, girls often fail to feel loved and known. The result is a generation of girls who hunger for real and authentic relationships – yet are unclear on how to create them.

From popular blogger and bestselling author Kari Kampakis comes a powerful book for girls in the digital age. Designed to empower teens and tweens through the Christian faith, it’s packed with godly wisdom and practical advice related to identity, friendships, social media, and a relationship with God. 

Topics covered include:

  • Living for God’s approval, not human approval;
  • Cultivating a true identity;
  • Using social media wisely;
  • Building a positive reputation online;
  • Spreading kindness, love, and compassion;
  • Distinguishing online friends from real friends;
  • Building deep connections that last;
  • Handling rejection, criticism, and volatile emotions;
  • Activating your Christian faith; and 
  • Making an eternal difference, not a temporary splash.

For anyone exhausted by the quest to impress – and ready to rest in God’s unconditional love – Liked is the answer. Written succinctly with thought-provoking questions, it’s an ideal resource for a small group or youth group study, and a conversation-starter that will quickly unite mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends by speaking to the female heart.

Genre: Christian Living/ Inspirational/Teens

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

The author raises up the true important and deep questions every girl now or then asks in her life. With the media bombarding and changing the image of every creation, how to get rid of the fears and insecurities in our life.

What are we living for? Out identity?  What is the source of our confidence? How to show kindness? What kind of character to we want to reflect?

I think this book will be a great gift to the teenage girls, who will find themselves again to never lose again, but carrying the truth and their beauty as the unshakable weapon against any lies.
Be bold! Be great! 

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On My Bookshelf: Jesus Today

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Jesus Today by Sarah Young

Little description:

Hope Shines Brightest When Your World Is Darkest

Jesus Today® was written during a very difficult time in Sarah Young’s life. Yet the words of Scripture and Jesus’ own Presence were ever near, bringing her hope and comfort for each new day.

Whether you need a lifeline to lift you out of discouragement or are simply longing for an encouraging boost in your day, this devotional—a sequel to the #1-bestselling Jesus Calling®—will speak powerful hope into your life. Based on truths in Scripture, it is written as if Jesus Himself is assuring you that He is in control, that He is good, and that a glorious future awaits all who anchor their hope in Him.

Reaching out with peace-filled reminders of Jesus’ Presence from the Word of God these devotions will intimately, quietly connect you with Jesus, the One who meets you right where you are.

Genre: Christian Living/ Inspirational

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

Sometimes as Christians in everyday life we need a boost in our hope, to remember Who God Is and who He made us to be. With all sorts of stress we often forget the value and reality of our hope, and faith, who is Jesus… To maintain the level of joy, we need to focus  of the One… This book is designed to help us to remember and be reminded again about Jesus Who is unfailing Hope. As long as He stands, He is our anchor and shield. And He stands forever, unshakable and unchangeable. 

Keep your hope tied to the One Who cannot fail, and Whose love will never seize. Nothing can separates us from His love.

Sometimes we cannot bring the Bible to every places we go, especially when we need encouragement or someone needs one. With this beautiful  book, the author totally focuses on the hope subject and provided  the scriptures, to where we can anchor our mind to.

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On My Bookshelf: Goodnight, Manger

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Goodnight, Manger by Laura Sassi and Jane Chapman

Little description:

The board book edition of Goodnight, Manger, written by Laura Sassi and illustrated by New York Times bestselling artist Jane Chapman, tells the story of Mary and Joseph as they try to lull Jesus to sleep in the noisy stable after his birth.

It’s bedtime for Baby Jesus, but who knew a manger could be so loud? Mama, Papa, and all of the animals try to lull the baby to sleep, but between itchy hay, angels’ joyful hosanas, and three kings bearing noisy gifts, it’s just too loud. Until Mama finds a way for everyone to work together to shepherd Baby into peaceful dreams under the twinkling stars.

With sweet, rhyming text in the style of Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, Goodnight, Manger offers a unique twist on the classic manger tale, deftly weaving together the comforting and familiar routines of bedtime with the special magic and wonder of the manger story.

Genre: Christian/ Religion/Children’s Book/Christmas

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My thoughts: 4 stars out of 5

Imagine all people and animals coming together in one little manger. What a chaos it would be? 

The story of Nativity written in a cute, childish rhyme with the wild illustrations to accompany it.

A wild chase of chickens, sheep, shepherds, and the strangers who brought noise and rustled chilly wind. What a mother to do when the little baby Jesus tries to go to sleep in all of the noises? How they all will ever settle to rest?

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On My Bookshelf: The Lord’s Prayer

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The Lord’s Prayer by Rick Warren and Richard J. Watson

Little description:

This iconic prayer is paired with flowing illustrations by award-winning artist Richard Jesse Watson and thoughtful insights by bestselling author Rick Warren, resulting in a book that rejuvenates the familiar prayer for a younger audience. Using poetic scripture from the King James Version, The Lord’s Prayer: Words of Hope and Happiness helps familiarize children with real biblical text while also presenting contemporary illustrations and insightful words that make this beautiful prayer come alive.

Genre: Christian/ Religion/Children’s Book/Lifestyle

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

To live by the Lord’s Prayer is more than words. It teaches the kids that Heavenly Father is their Father Who is Holy, Whose Name is exalted, high and lifted up… Through the prayer, they learn to depend on God’s grace and provision. The Kingdom of God to come, the will of God to be fulfilled on the Earth as in Heavens.

Love the simplicity in the illustrations. The sparrows reminds me of childhood…. 

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On My Bookshelf: The Berenstain Bears Devotional

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The Berenstain Bears Bedtime Devotional by Mike Berenstain

Little description:

The Berenstain Bears Bedtime Devotional is perfect for little cubs settling down for a good night’s sleep. Including a devotion for each day with a reflection, Scripture, and a Bear Prayer for the End of Day from Brother, Sister, and even Honey Bear, these 90 reflections on simple Christian truths such as God loves us, love one another, be courageous and kind, and much more are the peaceful way to end a busy day.

Bear Country friends will be featured throughout in simple artwork from the Living Lights brand.

Genre: Christian/ Religious Devotional/Children’s Book

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

The Berenstain Bears are one of the family favorite, deeply loved and followed by Americans. The kids have fun watching movies and learning lots of  fun from Sister, Brother, Papa and Mama Bear. With a new cub, Honey Bear, a new season came to The Berenstain. In this devotions, the boys and girls will learn to pray and play with the cubs.

I love the design of the book, and the nightly colors. The inner pages have  the night scenes… Just beautiful illustrations and stories, filled with scriptures.

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On My Bookshelf: Girl Talk

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Girl Talk: 52 Weekly Devotions by Lois Walfrid Johnson

Little description:As you grow up, a lot of new, sometimes strange, things start to happen, and it can be overwhelming. You have new responsibilities, new opportunities, and a whole new set of problems, and sometimes it can feel like no one but you can understand what it’s like to be you.

You’re not alone. This one-year devotional is filled with stories about girls who feel just like you. As you read their stories each week and fill in questions about how you think each girl should react, you’ll learn new ways to deal with the pressures around you, embrace the opportunities God has given you, and make choices that give you the opportunity to dream. Through prayer and journal exercises, you’ll also discover there is someone out there who knows exactly how you feel. And he’s more than ready to listen.

Genre: Faithgirlz/ Religious Devotional/Children’s Book

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

Faithgirlz books bring out the biblical lessons about dignity, honor, friendship, and faith. The girls have their questions, and the  book has the answers. Equipped with the Word of God to resolve any kind of quest, the girls can grow up with more confidence and assurance in their position and worth in life. Each chapter includes the verse from Bible, and the practical story touching the particular topic. There is more: it includes the journal which the girls can use to record special findings and thoughts. 

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On My Bookshelf: Newton and Polly

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Newton & Polly (A Novel of Amazing Grace)  by Jody Hedlund.

Little description: Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
that saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now am found…

Now remembered as the author of the world’s most famous hymn, in the mid-eighteenth century as England and France stand on the brink of war, John Newton is a young sailor wandering aimlessly through life. His only duty is to report to his ship and avoid disgracing his father—until the night he hears Polly Catlett’s enchanting voice, caroling. He’s immediately smitten and determined to win her affection.

An intense connection quickly forms between the two, but John’s reckless spirit and disregard for the Christian life are concerns for the responsible, devout Polly. When an ill-fated stop at a tavern leaves John imprisoned and bound, Polly must choose to either stand by his side or walk out of his life forever. Will she forfeit her future for the man she loves?

Step back through the pages of history, to uncover the true love story behind a song that continues to stir the hearts and ignite the faith of millions around the globe.

Genre: Christian Romance/ Historical Fiction

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5 

This is not my first time reading Judy Hedlund’s  books. In fact, I am a fan of her A Daring Sacrifice, and Luther and Katharina books. The author has a style in telling the story with such an ease and detail, that it is impossible to put the book away when you have started reading it… She writes the Historical Romances that involves hard choices, bumps and hardships. With realistic characters’ emotions, she weaves the Biblical truth of love and forgiveness in each chapter. Definitely the book to read over and over again.

The story tells about two people and their struggles to choose right. With each passing year of separation and journey, they created a song that lifts up many hearts till this day. And it goes like this:

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me...

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