The Daniel Code by O.S. Hawkins- Review

Living Out Truth in a Culture That Is Losing Its Way

I think it’s safe to say that most American Bible-believing Christians are well aware of the crisis situation our country is in right now. The moral absolutes that this country was founded upon, or Judeo-Christian ethics, have become a thing of the past as our society declines rapidly in the name of “tolerance.” Children today are being exposed to things on a daily basis that their grandparents never even thought possible. Promiscuity, perversion, materialism, and a lack of ethics have embraced this country and are thrown in the face of our children every single day as “normal.”   Continue reading “The Daniel Code by O.S. Hawkins- Review”

Jorie and the Magic Stones- Review

Imagine a world where dragons fly, mysterious cats can talk, and beauty lives in abundance. But something sinister is waiting…

Jorie and the Magic Stones, by A.H. Richardson, is the first book in a fanciful series about a spunky and energetic 9-year-old redhead who goes to live with her great-aunt in the stately Mortimer Manor. Upon finding out the enigmatic legend behind her new home and discovering a mysterious book under a floor board in her bedroom, Jorie sets out with her new friend, Rufus, to find out if the legend is true.

And what they unearth is amazing.  Continue reading “Jorie and the Magic Stones- Review”

The Fir Tree by Hans Christian Anderson- Review

Christmastime often brings tales of faith and merriment. Hans Christian Anderson had a different take on the tradition of the Christmas tree, however.

In The Fir Tree, translated by Tiina Nunnally, he tells the tale of a charming little fir tree which, in its constant quest for happiness, overlooks all the fine things about its life until it’s too late. Unhappy with its present state in the forest, it jealously looks on as other trees in the forest are cut down and taken out into the wide world, and wonders when its turn for glory will come.  Continue reading “The Fir Tree by Hans Christian Anderson- Review”

Brave Girls 365-Day Devotional- Review

Christmas is right around the corner. As a mom of seven girls, I can attest to the fact that once they reach a certain age, they can be a bit- ahem- difficult to buy gifts for. Toys are too babyish, but makeup is too grown up.

What’s a mom to do?  Continue reading “Brave Girls 365-Day Devotional- Review”

Answering the Toughest Questions About God and the Bible- Review

Do you have some serious questions about God and the Bible that you don’t know whom to ask (or are afraid to)? Do you have loved ones who may be asking some things that you don’t feel equipped to answer?

Answering the Toughest Questions About God and the Bible, by Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz, just may be the answer to your prayers.

Concerned about the trend in society of young adults falling away from, or never finding, their faith, the authors decided to ask people in that particular generation to write down any questions they have about faith- anything. After collecting the results, they took the ten most common questions and collaborated to create a resource with clear and honest answers. Among the questions addressed are:  Continue reading “Answering the Toughest Questions About God and the Bible- Review”

Photographs from the Edge- Review

The beauty of God’s creation can be seen throughout the world in the variety of animals, habitats, and people groups to be found in abundance the world over. Photographer Art Wolfe, in collaboration with Rob Sheppard, has compiled an exquisite collection of the photos he’s captured in his travels throughout the globe in Photographs from the Edge- A Master Photographer’s Insights on Capturing an Extrordinary WorldContinue reading “Photographs from the Edge- Review”

The Bad Habits of Jesus- Review

“The cross is not a giant plus symbol. It is an ‘I’ crossed out.”- Leonard Sweet

Are you a good Christian? Do you prefer the company of fellow believers to being in a crowd of unbelievers? Do you try your best not to offend people? Are you a rule follower?

I’ve got news for you…

According to today’s standards of what makes a good Christian, Jesus had some pretty bad habits.

Shocked? I have to admit, when I saw the title of The Bad Habits of Jesus, I was a little miffed. The first thought that came to my mind was, How dare someone suggest such a thing???

But then I actually read it.  Continue reading “The Bad Habits of Jesus- Review”

The Kingdom of Oceana- Review

Imagine the beautiful island of Hawaii 500 years before it was ever known by that name. Imagine a world at one with nature and all that belongs to it. Imagine a place of unimaginable warmth and beauty.

Welcome to The Kingdom of Oceana

Have you ever wished you could escape your daily life just for a little while to visit someplace magical? Recently I’ve had the privilege to do just that.  Continue reading “The Kingdom of Oceana- Review”

Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Became Parents- Review

Plus a giveaway!!!

How many times have you heard someone say that parenting doesn’t come with an instruction manual? What if I were to tell you that I’ve found the closest thing to it?

Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Became Parents, by Gary Chapman, author of The Five Love Languages, and Shannon Warden, assistant teaching professor at Wake Forest University, is a treasure trove of information for new and expectant parents.

This book covers topics such as: how much a child changes your schedule, the costs of parenting, the uniqueness of each child, how to keep your marriage strong, and even thoughts on preparing for your child’s education, among many others. In fact, there are several ideas broached here that even I- a mother of 11 children- have never consciously thought much about.  Continue reading “Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Became Parents- Review”

Are You Looking for More?

Sometimes living the life of someone seeking God can be a bit harder than it looks on the surface. The busyness of life tends to get in the way, and we find ourselves filling any unscheduled time with serving others. Helping in the church nursery. Volunteering at a soup kitchen. Teaching a Sunday School class or hosting a small group. Preparing for the next mission trip.

All of these acts of service are wonderful ways to show others Christ’s love; however, those of us fulfilling these acts oftentimes fall under the illusion that these deeds alone will bring us into a deeper intimacy with God.  Continue reading “Are You Looking for More?”