Picturing Heaven by Randy Alcorn, Illustrated by Lizzie Preston (Review + Giveaway)

About the Book

Picturing Heaven Randy Alcorn Lizzie Preston

Imagine Heaven the way the Bible describes it―a place of exquisite beauty brimming with marvelous detail and intricate patterns; a special dwelling place free of corruption and sin; and a place of both rest and enjoyable, meaningful work.

Let the power and majesty of Heaven fill your heart with joy as you color these 40 designs carefully interpreted from the pages of Scripture. Savor a respite from daily life as you read and meditate on devotions from best–selling author Randy Alcorn, a leading authority on Heaven. Picturing Heaven will offer you comfort and relaxation, while filling your heart with restful assurance that God prepares a special place for those who love Him.

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Saturday Spotlight: Pockets of Joy

Saturday Spotlight

Saturday Spotlight

 

 

About the Book:

 

Name of book: Pockets of JoyPockets of Joy

Author: Roxane Battle

Genre: Non-fiction, inspirational

Release Date: September 5, 2017

“No matter your situation, you have a choice. I chose joy.”

Roxane Battle was on television for much of her adult life. As a news reporter and anchor, she traveled the world and met notable people from Jay Leno to Mariah Carey to Prince. But shortly after landing her dream job in her hometown of Minneapolis, Roxane’s marriage fell apart. Every day was a battle to keep it together on camera while piecing her life back together at home as the single mom of eleven-month-old Jarod. At one point, broke and alone, dinner was a single chicken McNugget. With wit, dignity, and gripping detail, Roxane shares her story of intentionally looking for joy during this challenging chapter of her life. Her faith was the guiding force as she searched for moments of gratitude and found a lifetime of grace. She also includes secrets to spiritual, professional, and personal wholeness for today’s woman, with chapters on authenticity, service, generosity, gratitude, self-care, yielding, forgiveness, and more.

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The Book of Amazing Stories by Robert Petterson (Review)

About the Book

Book of Amazing Stories Robert PettersonYou may have thought you knew the lives of famous people―such as Martin Luther King Jr., Howard Hughes, Mother Teresa, Muhammad Ali, Ronald Reagan, Susana Wesley, and many more. But, in The Book of Amazing Stories, you’ll know so much more about Ronnie’s faithful church-going single mom and William’s early days as a humble shoemaker’s apprentice. You’ll marvel at how God used the lives of these ordinary people to change the course of human history.

Life makes the strangest sharp turns and, sometimes, U-turns. Robert Petterson―popular speaker, storyteller, and author―has been a student for his entire life of what God is teaching us through those real-life U-turns. In this book, he compiles 90 amazing stories that teach lessons you won’t easily forget.

Each devotional ends with a compelling thought about life and God.

Be amazed. Be encouraged. Learn the lessons God is teaching through people’s lives.

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In My Opinion (Review)

I love a good story. The right true story will sometimes make me cry, give me chills, or leave me in awe. When a person overcomes an obstacle and achieves success—big or small—I can’t help but be moved.

As I was by several of the entries in Robert Petterson’s collection titled The Book of Amazing Stories. From well-known historical figures such as Winston Churchill, Mother Theresa, and Martin Luther King, Jr, to lesser-knowns, these bite-sized stories were often motivating.

More interesting is that Petterson also included some people who did not have happy endings, people who achieved notoriety due to their poor choices or their tragic lives. Kurt Cobain and J. H. Zorthian are only a couple names on that list.

Ninety stories fill this book—each about two and a half pages in length and ending with a quote and a scripture for reflection. These easy to read chapters make a great addition to your daily quiet time or can be used as conversation starters or icebreakers.

If you’re needing inspiration, if life is holding you down, if you’re asking Why, God? perhaps one or more of the people in this will speak to your heart and offer the encouragement you need. Because, after all, God is the author of the best stories ever.

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***I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. 

31 Verses to Write on Your Heart by Liz Curtis Higgs

31 Verses to Write on your Heart

 

 

About the book

 Let His Truth Find a Home in Your Heart
Here are the words of hope you’re looking for when your faith needs a boost or a friend needs encouragement. Chosen by more than a thousand women as their favorite verses in the Bible, each one is worth learning, worth sharing, worth remembering,

You’ll find verses you already know and love: “I can do all this through him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13)Others may be less familiar but are no less powerful: “Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe” (Proverbs 29:25). All of them capture the truth of God’s goodness, mercy, and love for His own.

Best-selling author Liz Curtis Higgs invites you to experience—
* a deeper, richer understanding of thirty-one treasured verses.
* a fresh look at how these timeless truths can impact your life.
* a new passion for memorizing Scripture, verse by verse.
* thirty-one creative ways to keep them in your heart forever.

With a study guide included, 31 Verses to Write on Your Heart is a daily devotional and a small-group Bible study, wrapped in a lovely gift book overflowing with joy!

My thoughts

 

I’ll admit that my devotional time is an area in my life I’d like to improve on. What can go wrong when you start the day with God? But putting it into practice (making it a habit) takes time and as we all know, undoing a habit takes a lot less time than building a habit. But I found with 31 Verses to Write on Your Heart, spending that time with one verse at a time and diving deeper into the meaning is just what I need. I appreciated Liz Curtis Higgs sharing some personal stories within the more in-depth studies. I also loved the different translations.

 

Each chapter of this books contains a verse, a deconstruction of that verse, a prayer, and a tip for memorizing Scripture. Verses range from those we all know (Jeremiah 29:11, anyone?) to those that we may have forgotten about but each one is God-breathed and worth taking the time to ponder, study, and hold close.

 

 

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I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

 

 

Win One of the Quilts in My Mother’s Quilts by Ramona Richards

I’ve am not a crafty person, gave up on the idea long ago. I don’t have the patience or the talent to pull off some of the beautiful things that crafters are able to put together. My sister has this talent but in didn’t inherit that DNA I guess. To be honest, I haven’t thought of crafts (whether it be home décor, painting, or needlepoint) beyond home decorating or gift giving but a little gem of devotional book came across my lap over the past couple weeks and it made me realize there is a story behind many of these items.

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In My Mother’s Quilts: Devotions of Love, Legacy, Family and Faith, Ramona Richard shares not only the beautiful quilts made by the women in her family (women of faith, strength, and prayer) but she shares a little history behind each of the quilts.

Each devotional beings with a Scripture verse and ends with a prayer starter but the real delight is in what falls in between. The stories. Stories of Richards’ grandmothers and mothers, of their love of family, God, and quilting. Stories of how when they were struggling they turned to their needlework and prayer or hymns and God’s Word. Stories of how life didn’t always turn out as expected (even for the author herself as she shares about some of the struggles of raising a daughter with severe cerebral palsy).

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There is a heritage of faith woven into the quilts that the author and her brother inherited from their mother and grandmothers, and Richards honors that heritage and preserves it even more in My Mother’s Quilts. This is a book that will have you thinking of your own family and the things you’ve learned from loved ones over the years.

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About the Author:
Ramona Richards is an award-winning editor, speaker, author of nine books, and a frequent contributor to devotional collections. An avid live music fan, Ramona loves Nashville, which she’s called home since she was ten. Sensing her mother was near the end of her life, Ramona documented her mother’s stories and lessons behind each family quilt. These stories form the devotions in My Mother’s Quilts. Find out more about Ramona and her books by visiting her online at ramonarichards.com.

Enter to Win!!!

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One lucky reader will win one of the quilts in this beautiful book. Not only will they become the owner of the friendship quilt, they now have a little of the history behind the colorful beauty. Other prizes are being given away as well. Enter to win. Contest ends June 30, 2016.

****Flyby Promotions provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own.