On My Bookshelf: The Good Book

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The Good Book (40 Chapters That Reveal the Bible’s Biggest Ideas) by Deron Spoo

Little descriptionThe Good Book offers a user-friendly guide to the Bible’s biggest ideas. A chapter from the Bible accompanies each chapter of the book, which helps readers understand the context and content of the Scripture passages in a way that can open the whole Bible.
 
Designed as a forty-day journey through forty key chapters of the Bible, The Good Book will appeal to those who already love and read the Bible regularly as well as to those who are just beginning their Christian journey.
 
The Good Book:

  • is a great evangelism tool for explaining the major themes of Scripture to those who want to know more about God, Jesus, and the core beliefs of Christianity;
  • gives new believers an overview of the Bible and lays a framework to help them understand Scripture passages;
  • helps longtime Christians rediscover the basic themes of Scripture and experience these truths in a new way; and
  • encourages Scriptural literacy as it pushes readers to read both one chapter of the book and one chapter of the Bible each day for forty days.
The Good Book is great for individuals, and it can also be used by small groups in an eight-week church-wide program or a forty-week journey that focuses on one Bible chapter each week. The Good Book will help people understand and live by the transformative truths of the Bible.

Genre: Christian Lifestyle/ Discipleship/ Bible Study

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

I thought this would be another theological spiritual book filled with tough and unbearable concept about Bible passages. To my surprise Deron Spoo chose very easy-to-understand voice in dis-ciphering 40 biggest ideas through the Scriptures…

Here is the short overview. The author divided 40 hot related topics to every heart and divided in 5 groups: In the Beginning Deron discuss how we are more like God than we think (through creativity and will… the Creation; readGenesis 1); when everything goes wrong and ends up broken-including us (the sinful fall in the Garden of Eden; Genesis 3); why we need to stay afloat even in troubled times (I am sure you know the story of Noah and the Flood, or even saw yourselves in some tough situations; Genesis 6); when faith isn’t safe (through Abraham’s life we see that the road of faith demands risks and great rewards mixed with the losses; Genesis 12); and what to do when God asks tooooo much!!! (He did tested Abraham’s faith through the Isaak’s sacrifice; Genesis 22)… Will we ever dare to trust God that way?

The second section talks about God and how He is Good when life gets messy: On a first-name basis with God (here God teaches Moses the purpose of his life in the desert; Exodus 3); what to do when the life seems out to get you (Exodus 14); and what about 10 keys you can’t live without (yes, the dreaded and impossible to fulfill 10 commandants; Exodus 20); with every passing year God can and will use your failures (as He did with Samson in the Judges times for Israel nation; Judges 16), and do you know why heard times help to build stronger character in you for greater purposes (read 1 Samuel 17).

The third section is titled God is Big. Do you believe that? With Job you will discover how to  make sense of your suffering (Job 1); David will teach you to forget the funeral- this is life through Psalm 23 (this Scripture teach you to have life and abundance with Jesus as your Good Shepherd, Who will guide you to the best finish)…  What about guilty but at peace (See Psalms 51). Of course God is closer than you think (Psalms 139); dig into the Words of Wisdom (Proverbs 1)…

What about Tough Love, Troubled Times, because this is section fourth: the real face of Jesus (Isaiah 53); Inferiority and Obedience (Jeremiah 1); Whose side is God on? Read Daniel 3. Integrity under the fire (Daniel 6); Man on the run (Jonah 1).

Have you ever wondered why there Two Testaments? 

Find more topics about Jesus and how He changed the course of History, because it is His Story of love, redemption and Kingdom… Glory to God!

One of the best Bible studies ever! A simple, yet humorous lessons surely will help everyone who takes on to journey through this book to discover deeper treasures of God’s Words.

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On My Bookshelf: Upon a Spring Breeze

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Upon a Spring Breeze {An Every Amish Season Novel} by Kelly Irvin

Little description:

After a devastating winter, a spring breeze promises more than new flowers.… It promises a new chance at love.

Bess Weaver, twenty and expecting her first child, is in the kitchen making stew for her beloved mann, Caleb, one minute, and the next she’s burying him after a tragic accident. Facing life as a young widow, Bess finds comfort only in tending the garden at an Englisch-owned bed and breakfast—even as she doubts that new growth could ever come after such a long winter.

Aidan tries to repress his guilt over his best friend Caleb’s death and his long-standing feelings for Bess by working harder than ever. But as he spends time with the young son his friend left behind, he seems to be growing closer to the boy’s beautiful mother as well.

When a close-knit group of widows in her Amish community step in to help Bess find her way back to hope, she begins to wonder if Gott has a future for her after all. Will she ever believe that life can still hold joy and the possibility of love?

Genre: Christian Fiction/ Amish

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

Bess Weaver is a sorrowful, young Amish widow, who saw much pain and stress in her life. She tries with her heart to accept the way of the Lord, but she does not agree with the life anymore. With her late husband’s funeral and the birth of a baby Joseph who orphaned before he came to the worlds, she lost even her time with the little one, trying to provide her living through working for the Englishers… But the new suspicion and rumors circled around Bess, threatening to throw her out of community.

Now is the time to make a choice.  Either way she will never forget her Caleb. 

Will God ever bring the new flower blooms in her heart and will her spirit revive ever to the warmth of God’s promises to take care of her? Or will be she able to open her heart to new season in her life before her reputation ruined to nothing?

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On My Bookshelf: The Hum of Angels

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The Hum of Angels by Scot McKnight.

Little description: Would You Recognize an Angel if You Saw One?

The majority of earth’s inhabitants believe in Angels. Yet so few of us can claim to have seen one. Why?
 
Perhaps it’s because in order to encounter one, we first have to learn what to look for and how to look!  We live in a world where the natural and supernatural overlap. Angels are constantly on mission from God and constantly at work in this world.
 
From the Garden of Eden to the Book of Revelation, Scripture is filled with hundreds of references to these wondrous creatures. In this creative work, Scot McKnight explores what the Bible says – and doesn’t say – about these majestic beings. And that’s deeply important because angels are still on mission today. They express God’s love, confirm His presence, and even lead humans in redemptive worship.
 
Don’t just believe in angels. Learn how to recognize these messengers of God that are all around us and know how God might be using them to affect our lives. 

Most People Believe in Angels. 
It’s What we Believe About them that Matters.

Believing in angels is one thing. But how can we know what angels are really like – especially when our preconceived notions have been mostly shape by sensationalized misinterpretations of these wondrous beings?

To help sort things out, Scot McKnight untangles fact from fiction on topics such as:
* Do loved ones become angels when they die?
* Can we hear from angels?
* Is there a hierarchy of angels?
* Do we have a specific guardian angel?
* Should we be scared of angels?
* Are cherubs and seraphs different creatures than angels?
* Do angels have wings?
* Are angels worship leaders?

The Hum of Angels illuminates what the Bible says about these heavenly beings; and it helps you to understand the deepest truths about one of God’s most magnificent and yet misunderstood creations.

Genre: Christian Study/ Angeology

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

Marvelous book about Angelic Beings, those who are loyal to God…

Scot McKnight teaches how to be in defense of Angels:  why do we actually believe in them? Can we trust them? Why do we need Angels? He talks about God’s loving Presence brought through them; they express His love, they confirm God’s presence. Angels send to the Redeemed. They teach from the Beginning. They bring God’s comfort. They come with important messages and assignments… They serve God, thus they serve the Kingdom Kids…They guard, guide, teach the true worship, announce important world events, see through tough times, come to the rescue, act on the Word of the Lord, protect, report on our spiritual growth to the Father. They have a will, display emotions, and have a vast character traits, intellectual, strong, beautiful, and fierce in the battle. Some carry fire of God, some lightning power of God, some even become a mighty weapon used to pull down the strongholds and platforms of the darkness. They fight on behalf of Children of God… They speak, have wings sometimes, sing over the broken-hearted, minister healing, rejoice over the new saved ones. They throw the biggest Heavenly parties for the new born and newly departed… They are curious about the redeeming work of God, but they are not responsible to spread the Good News, and salvation commission is on us.

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On My Bookshelf: Princess Prayers

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Princess Prayers {The Princess Parables} by Crystal Bowman, Jeanna Young & Jacqueline Johnson

Little description:

Good morning, Lord, it’s time to rise.

The sun is shining bright.

I’ve got my day ahead of me,

so help me do what’s right.

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Help me to be kind and good

and do my very best

to show my love for you today

so others will be blessed.

Princess Prayers includes fifteen sweet prayers for little girls who want to live like princesses for God their King. Prayers are included for girls to be able to pray and learn alongside princess Grace, Hope, Faith, Charity, and Joy. Every little girl is a princess, and this padded cover board book will help them engage with Scripture and discover how to open their hearts to God.

Genre: Christian / Children’s Book/ Prayer

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

The most lovely and exciting stories ever told for the little girls in any kingdom and epoch.  “The Princess Parables” has the line of books, and even activity books with stickers. But now  the continues prayer book would be a great collection to any princess.

With the greatest Biblical lessons entwined into the 5 Princesses’ lives, the girls will take risky yet interesting adventures on the way to learn most important truths.

Love the cover: a glitter of gold embracing the curtains and butterflies, though it’s not showing on the picture.

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On My Bookshelf: Discerning Your Call to Ministry

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Discerning Your Call to Ministry by Jason K. Allen

Little description:If you are considering the ministry, there are two mistakes to avoid. The first is taking up a calling that isn’t yours. The second is neglecting one that is.

Discerning Your Call to Ministry will help you know the difference. A tool for seminary students, pastors-in-training, and even current pastors, it serves to confirm or prompt deep thought about the calling to ministry through 10 probing questions, including:

  • Do you desire the ministry?
  • Does your church affirm your calling?
  • Do you love the people of God?
  • Are you willing to surrender?

Pastoral dropout rates are high, and seminary admission rates are declining—signs that many of us don’t quite know what we’re signing ourselves up for. Author Jason Allen, a former pastor and the president of North America’s fastest growing seminary, gives readers a better picture of the calling. Presenting a series of diagnostic questions informed by Scripture, church history, and his own experience, he helps those seeking ordination or ministry positions make confident decisions about their service to God, one way or the other.

Genre:  Christian Living/ Spiritual Living/ Theology/ Daily Growth

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

Some people wonder about their call in the ministry, and some even have received prophecies about their future, but where to go afterwards?

Jason describes his journey to the call God had placed in his life. What does it mean to be called and how to go from the head knowledge to the actual active service. The biggest pet peeves for Christians are when they try to pull someone’s else call into their shoes or when they ignore their call altogether. As a Christians, we cannot abandon the ministry God  fashioned us to do in the world, even if it’s seems insignificant… There is no job to little in God’s Kingdom, because everything is perfectly fit and carefully planned by the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

But what to do if we know the calling? The main work-in- progress that God produces in our lives is character building.

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On My Bookshelf: The Christian in Complete Armour

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The Christian in Complete Armour {Daily Reading} by William Gurnall

Little descriptionThe Christian in Complete Armour: Daily Readings in Spiritual Warfare is packed with truths for spiritual triumph.

Originally written in the seventeenth century by Pastor William Gurnall, The Christian in Complete Armour is among the most highly regarded Christian books ever written in the English language. Charles Spurgeon called it “the best thought breeder in our library.”

This version, edited into modern English and compiled into 365 readings by editor James S. Bell Jr., gives Christians soul-searching and inspiring devotional supplements to the Bible. For baby believers and seasoned ones alike, The Christian in Complete Armour: Daily Readings in Spiritual Warfare will help readers walk and stand in the triumph of Christ.

Genre:  Christian Living/ Spiritual Living/ Theology/ Daily Growth

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

I would never guess the actual date of publishing of this book was in 1655. The book is loaded with daily questions of the Christian lives…

How to be courageous, to carry the armor of God, and have the Word of God establish and manifest in daily living.

The author speaks about the Christian’s call to service, to stay on course to the end, the significance of God’s strength, God’s plan for provision, don’t trust your own strength, stand in the hour of testing, God’s love for the saints, your heart should be right with God. And more topics!

Great small group study guide… with a one topic per day.

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On My Bookshelf: Full {Food, Jesus, and the Battle for Satisfaction}

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Full: Food, Jesus, and the Battle for Satisfaction by Asheritah Ciuciu

Little description: Can the Bible help me with my food struggles?

Have you ever felt stuck in a seemingly endless cycle of overeating, yo-yo dieting, and obsessive thoughts about food?

Whether you feel defeated by your lack of self-control or overwhelmed by thoughts and longings for food, the answer to our food fixation does not lie in the $500 billion global diet industry.

This is not a diet book and it’s not a healthy eating plan. Because at the core, our problem is not really what we eat. It’s why we seek fullness in something that will never satisfy.  

Join Asheritah Ciuciu as she shares honestly about her own battles with food and reveals the path to freedom. You’ll discover the joy of living free from food fixation so you can experience deeper satisfaction in Christ, gain a renewed sense of purpose, and yes, even enjoy good food (without regret).

A healthier relationship with food through a stronger relationship with Christ—that’s the goal of Full.

Includes a quiz to help you find out if you have food fixation, plus practical strategies for overcoming it.

Genre:  Christian Living/ Spiritual Living

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

Asheritah Ciuciu explains in her book the real, growing struggles with the food: overeating, under-eating, calories control-freak factor, surprisingly can lead to idolatry.

One more piece can be dangerous, especially if the stomach rules the day… I deserve one more piece of chocolate brownie after this stressful week! All of that is a trap of the enemy to bring guilt, more pounds, and stress to our lives.

The author points out God gave this delisheous food as a good gift, but the food was never ment to satisfy and comfort. That’s what God is there to do! She explains how to turn from the hunger of the stomach to the hunger of God: for His presence, for His fullness, because He is the Living Water, a Life!

Asheritah included some online links in the book for more articles and videos connecting to the book topics.

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On My Bookshelf: Weight Watchers Smart Points Cookbook

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Weight Watchers Smart Points Cookbook by Rosie Daniels

Little description:Weight Watchers Recipes- The Ultimate Resource for Rapid Weight Loss!

Get ready for delicious and nutritious recipes. Nutrition facts and Smart Points are included in the recipes! Lose weight the smart way with Smart Points. This book contains proven recipes that are strategic for rapid weight loss. These recipes are perfect for everyday use or special occasions. This book is concise and beginner friendly, but valuable at the same time. You will find plenty of delectable recipes to enjoy. Take the effort out of weight loss and add the fun of cooking and eating.

What will you find in this book?

  • Weight Watchers Breakfast Recipes
  • Weight Watchers Soup Recipes
  • Weight Watchers Salad Recipes
  • Weight Watchers Meat Recipes
  • Weight Watchers Dessert Recipes

You should start cooking healthy recipes today because you owe it to yourself! These recipes were designed for you. Smart Points are an ingenious idea to help everyday people lose weight and get amazing results. They are proven to help if you follow the Weight Watchers program. I think that this is because it is so simple, but the whole program is designed to give you massive success in your weight loss journey. These are the very recipes that have helped me lose weight while cooking and eating like a chef. Try these recipes with what you already have, shop for the ingredients, and then incorporate these recipes into your daily life. I believe in you, let’s commit to fit!

Genre: Cookbook

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

I am always intrigued by the cookbooks, especially when I flip the pages and find the new inspiration to cook…I am not into the weight watchers, but if it would help my waistline, I am fine by that.

One of my fave is “Mini Cheesecake Bites with Blueberry Topping”:

PS. The Image of Mini Cheesecake Bites is a courtesy of Google Image Search and the recipe is one from the book… 

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On My Bookshelf: Grandpa Hugs

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Grandpa Hugs  by Laura Neutzling 

Little description: Grandmas are for kisses, and grandpas are for great big hugs! Grandpas are fun! They go on adventures, tell silly jokes, say funny things, and love to eat treats. This adorable board book celebrates how wonderful spending time with Grandpa can be!

Little ones and grandpas alike will love Grandpa Hugs, the charming, rhyming storybook about how special a grandpa can be to a child. This companion to the acclaimed Grandma Kisses celebrates grandfathers and all the love and fun they bring to the special grandkids in their lives.

Whether it is a gift from a grandfather to his grandchild, a grandchild to her grandpa, or as a sweet, creative birth announcement for a first-time grandpa, Grandpa Hugs is bound to warm the hearts of everyone who reads it.

Genre: Christian / Children’s Book

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My thoughts: 4 stars out of 5

Beautiful book for little kids, especially who loves to play and hug with grandpas. Spend time with animal pups playing and having fun with their grandpas… Soft illustrations will surely found a love in the child’s heart…

Experience never-ending adventure with grandpas, forever bind to their friendship, love and great hugs.

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On My Bookshelf: The Berenstain Bears Bless Our Pets

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Bless Our Pets  by Mike Berenstain

Little description: In the newest Berenstain Bear Living Lights title, The Berenstain Bears Bless Our Pets, Brother, Sister, and Honey Bear love their pets Little Lady, Gracie, Swish, and Cutsie … they are just like part of the Bear family. So when Preacher Brown holds a special Blessing of the Pets service on Sunday, the Bear family joins in. But what starts as a peaceful gathering of Bear Country neighbors and their animal friends on the lawn of the Chapel—including dogs, cats, rats, goats, and even a snake or two—ends up needing a little heavenly intervention.

Genre: Christian / Children’s Book

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

What would happen if all the residents of Bear Country brings their every pet? How hilarious and chaotic it would be? Hilarious because the little cubs can run and mess more, trying to catch their pets… But chaos and horror to the parents and adult bears… How they ever going to catch the pets?

Read this hilarious book to learn how Preacher Brown was able to stop the chaos and bring all the best day that a Blessing of the Pets Service could ever be.

Love those the Berenstain Bears books… Great to collect and read them over and over again.

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