On My Bookshelf: Bible Stories for a Girl’s Heart

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Love Letters from God {Bible Stories for a Girl’s Heart} by Glenys Nellist and Rachel Clowers

Little description:In this heart-warming picture book designed for girls, author Glenys Nellist tells the inspiring stories of incredible women in the Bible. With beautiful illustrations by Rachel Clowes and sweet lift-the-flap envelopes, each story delivers a special message for children to open as they read their own personal love letters from God. Full of warmth and love, this picture book will fill girls’ hearts with the wonder of the Lord. The stories of Eve, Miriam, Esther, Mary, and many more will delight children and remind them of the bond they can share with God, just like the women of the Bible.

Genre: Children’s Book/ Religious 

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

I always wanted to be strong and brave, standing up when the trouble comes and to shoo it away, but the though that girls cann’t be nothing special and courages  was what I saw growing up.

Those women of the Bible showed it otherwise. They don’t have to wield a sword nor fight the giants nor slay the enemy, but what they had is courage, a beauty that was intertwined with the faith in God even in the face of fear and adversary. Nothing stopped them from being victorious, nor famine, nor flood, nor sickness, nor weakness! They stood up for their families, for their nation, patriotic at heart they carried every hardship they faced with dignity and trust into One, King of kings, Who took care of them through their faith, grace, and womanhood. Learned a great deal about the true warrior: the one doesn’t wear mask of gender and inabilities, but love, kindness, and forgiveness. Those carry much weight in battles for living!

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On My Bookshelf: Wings of the Wind

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Wings of the Wind {Out From Egypt #3} by Connilyn Cossette

Little description:Alanah, a Canaanite, is no stranger to fighting and survival. When her family is killed in battle with the Hebrews, she disguises herself and sneaks onto the battlefield to avenge her family. The one thing she never counted on was surviving.

Tobiah, a Hebrew warrior, is shocked to find an unconscious, wounded woman among the Canaanite casualties. Compelled to bring her to a Hebrew healer back at their camp, he is soon confronted with a truth he can’t ignore: the only way to protect this enemy is to marry her.

Unused to being weak and vulnerable, Alanah submits to the marriage–for now. As she comes to know and respect Tobiah and his people, however, she begins to second-guess her plans of escape. But when her past has painfully unanticipated consequences, the tentative peace she’s found with Tobiah, the Hebrews, and Yahweh is shaken to the core. Can Alanah’s fierce heart and strength withstand the ensuing threats to her life and all she’s come to love?

Genre: Christian Fiction/ Historical

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

Well, I found in this book everything: biblical truth, hope, love, hate, pain, restoration, alone, outcast, battles, bloods are spilled…

Connilyn Cossette made it possible to see through the Hewbrew’s eyes when they crossed the river to take over and posses the promised land; to fight the battles over Jericho. What about Rahab? How did she ended up to be a prostitute? What moved her to hide the spies from foreign land and put her life on the line? What did she see what others didn’t see?

This story is about great move of selfless love that will break any iron grip of vengeance and hate, and bring the sparks of hope, restoration and acceptance… A lifetime change that came to Alanah when she was dying on the battlefield, pierced through with the arrow in her shoulder and the emptiness in her heart. All she wanted is to die like a warrior on the battlefield. She did not see the help coming from the enemy, that’s not what her deities called for and her culture taught her.

A miracle changed her life forever. A forced marriage. Held captive in the enemy’s camp. A baby… What else a life could give her?

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On My Bookshelf: The Berenstain Bears

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The Berenstain Bears 5-Minute Inspirational Stories by Stan, Jan and Mike Berenstain

Little description:The Berenstain Bears 5-Minute Read-Along Stories is the perfect companion for young readers at bedtime or anytime. With classic stories from the Berenstain Bears Living Lights series, join the Bear family and all their friends in Bear Country as they learn how to be good friends, how to play fairly, where to find courage, and much more. This oversize padded storybook is sure to become a lap time favorite for Berenstain fans, both young and old, as they read these stories in 5 minutes.

Stories included are:

The Berenstain Bears and the Forgiving Tree, The Berenstain Bears God Loves You, The Berenstain Bears Say Their Prayers, The Berenstain Bears Love Their Neighbors, The Berenstain Bears’ Faithful Friends, The Berenstain Bears’ Biggest Brag, The Berenstain Bears and the Gift of Courage, The Berenstain Bears Blessed are the Peacemakers, The Berenstain Bears Get Involved, The Berenstain Bears’ Gossip Gang, The Berenstain Bears God Bless Our Home, and The Berenstain Bears Here’s the Church, Here’s the Steeple.

Genre: Children’s Book/ Religious 

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

Guess how many stories are included in this book? Twelve, TWELVE marvelous stories from the Berenstain Bears and their friends.

Even though I am not a child, I love the stories happening in the Bear Country, traveling into different situations with Sister and Brother. What a trap a gossip can create! How about the bullies and the messed-up Birthdays? No one wants that, especially who had experiences in being bullied. What about the blabber mouth or the boasting tongue? Where it would lead and how the cubs get over that? The anger issues and the broken noses, all are the learning part in the kid’s life.

Lots of important lessons, and beautiful illustrations.

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On My Bookshelf: The Chamberlain Key

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The Chamberlain Key: Unlocking the God Code to Reveal Divine Messages Hidden in the Bible by Timothy P. Smith.

Little description:Imagine you are a young, ambitious, successful appraiser of artifacts and antiquities—your services in demand by many of the most powerful individuals and branches of government in Washington, D. C.  Your future could not seem brighter—except for a troubling dream…with the same mysterious message…on the same exact date…three years in a row…
 
A True Story…Better Than Fiction
 
Timothy P. Smith, heir to a renowned family business responsible for construction or renovation of some of America’s most cherished landmarks, struggled to understand the significance of his recurring dream…until he had another dream–one that identified a specific location where it seemed he might find answers to his questions. So Timothy drove to a remote spot in British Columbia. There the adventure–which later led to a startling discovery in the oldest Hebrew text of the Bible–began.
 
It took the convergence of the sacred text, one man’s life, and modern computer technology to reveal messages that may explain dramatic world events, as well as influence every person alive today. 
 
Welcome to The Chamberlain Key.
 
“However one wishes to interpret the meaning and significance of the text, they may rest assured that the text on which Timothy Smith bases his interpretation has almost certainly been there for a very long time, since before the birth of Christ.”
—Eugene Ulrich, Ph.D.
Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame
Chief Editor, The Biblical Dead Sea Scrolls
 
For more than fifteen years I managed to keep the lid on a discovery that will dramatically redirect biblical scholarship, Christian theology, and perhaps even the trajectory of history itself.” –Timothy P. Smith
 
What You Will Discover in The Chamberlain Key:

   • An encrypted code in Genesis, in the oldest known Hebrew text of the Old Testament, centuries before predicted the birth and resurrection of Jesus.
   •  Scientific evidence that this encrypted code was authored by the divine hand of God.
   • Signs that there are more encrypted codes in this same Hebrew text that will lead to additional messages from God to humanity
   • Hidden clues that may lead to the location of long-missing sacred artifacts, such as the Ark of the Covenant
   • Insights on why Timothy P. Smith was chosen to uncover this encrypted code.
   • A dire warning that God wants us to hear—and heed.

Genre: Christian Study/ Prophecy/ Religious Nonfiction

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My thoughts: 4 stars out of 5

That’s something similar to The Davinci Code, full of mystery and religious objects…Though I didn’t watch The Davinci Code, just the promo.

Timothy Smith discovers something important, some sort of codes through the Hebrew Scriptures, which uncovered the hidden truth through out the Word. He talks about the parallel in the Bible and his life…

I still don’t know what to make up from this book… It’s a religious and has a huge chunk of the story about author’s journey on the Biblical relics and decoded messages. Mysterious, intriguing, yet misunderstood.

The cover is fabulous. The blue gives a mystery to the book… The truth is, I was expecting some sort of fiction novel…

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On My Bookshelf: Noah and the Noisy Ark

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The Beginner’s Bible Noah and the Noisy Ark by Zondervan

Little description:

The Beginner’s Bible® has been a favorite with young children and their parents since its release in 1989 with over 25 million products sold.

It’s time for Noah’s big adventure! A rainstorm is coming, and Noah needs to build an ark and find two of each animal to keep warm and dry inside. This retelling of the story of Noah’s Ark will take little ones from building a big boat to seeing a rainbow in the sky after the storm. Featuring brand-new art from the beloved The Beginner’s Bible, a die-cut format, and a beautiful foiled cover, parents will love sharing this board book with their children.

Genre: Children’s Book/ Religious 

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

The Beginner’s Bible is a great gift to a toddler. With great drawings and a Bible story on the pages, the little ones will access and submerge into the truth of God… Lovely book with a cutout handle will help the toddlers to carry their treasure with them wherever they go.

I have the bigger, full version of the Beginner’s Bible… Always was intrigued by the illustrations. This book is specifically touch on the Noah and the Great Flood.

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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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