The Art of Friendship-Book Review

In her book, The Art of Friendship: Creating and Keeping Relationships that Matter, Kim Wier uses 1 Corinthians 13 to show how the love chapter relates to our friendships as much as it does to our marriages. Among many things I appreciated in this book is Kim pointing out what we want in friendships is what we need to be willing to give. Simple, but not always practiced.

After Kim mentions traits we need to develop for genuine lasting friendships, she spends time going into depth, asking penetrating questions to make us really stop and consider how we’re doing with our relationships. Some of those questions showed me I haven’t spent enough time evaluating certain areas of my friendships to make them the best they can possibly be.

If you desire to deepen your friendships beyond the superficial, if you desire to be a friend in every aspect of that word, then my recommendation is pick up a copy of The Art of Friendship. Don’t rush through it. Spend time in the book, answer the questions, dig deep into any new thoughts Lisa presents, and see what happens with your relationships.

Have you read this book? If so, what was your impression of it?

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Crinoline Cowboys Book Review

Southern Belles conquer the west. Set in Crinoline Creek, Texas in the late 1860s, Crinoline Cowboys is a collection of four stories. Authored by Patty Smith Hall, Cynthia Hickey, Marilyn Turk, and Kathleen Y’Barbo, each story tells the tale of a strong, determined woman who leaves her southern home and losses following the Civil War, to start a new life in the Texas.

As Madalyn Turner, Josephine Montgomery, Sarah Beth Taylor, and Bea Wilson face their new surroundings, challenges, and the unfamiliar ways of the citizens of Crinoline Creek, their stories take us on a delightful journey right up to the happily ever after.

If you’re a fan of Christian historical romance set in the west, this may just be the book for you. With four different heroines, heroes, and sets of problems there’s sure to be something you’ll enjoy.

Have you read this book? If so, what was your impression of it?

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Fresh Start Bible Book Review

Gateway Publishing’s Fresh Start Bible is filled with insights from Pastors Robert Morris, Jimmy Evans, Jack Hayford, and other key leaders, designed to help build a strong spiritual foundation. The Bible comes in several different cover choices, but the only translation choice is the NLT.

There are divisions called Fresh Start Journey which answers questions about the foundations of faith. Intersections offers commentary on key Bible characters and events. Road Signs provides practical teachings meant to relate to scripture to inspire spiritual growth.

Worship Way discusses elements of worship. Freedom Path speaks to the spiritual freedom believers enjoy. Bible Reading Breakthrough emphasizes the importance of daily Bible reading.

There is also a Leader Guide for Small Groups, Bible Book Introductions, Cultural and Historical Articles, Topical Scripture Lists, Charts, Tables, and 18 Full-Color Maps at the back.

One of the things I appreciated is the inclusion of background information in the maps section regarding the Divided Kingdoms of Israel and Jesus’ ministry. I found both helpful.

Have you read this Bible? If so, what was your impression of it?

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Gateway Publishing provided me with two complimentary copies of Fresh Start Bible through Blog About Blogger Network. I gave one of the Bibles to a teen in CPS-ordered foster care, praying it will be beneficial in guiding him on the path he should go.

She Prays Book Review

In her book, She PraysDebbie Lindell offers a 31-day journey to confident conversations with God. Divided into four separate parts, each chapter covers a theme. Understanding. Knowledge. Trust. Power. Following each devotional, there are questions for reflection and space to write responses.

What I liked most about She Prays is the way the author started with the basics about prayer and moved toward deeper understanding all the way to the end of the book.

One thought I especially appreciated was a quote on Day 19 which Debbie expanded on. “Prayer is not a preparation for the battle; it is the battle!” (Leonard Ravenhill)

In response to the quote Debbie said, as believers in Jesus Christ, we are soldiers in the army of God, and Satan and his demons are fighting against us on the other side. That is why praying in God’s name is so powerful–it’s our weapon and our protection against the Enemy.

Have you read this book? If so, what was your impression of it?

I wish you well.

Sandy

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I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest review, which is exactly what I gave.

Take Back Your Time Book Review

There is so much organizational information in Morgan Tyree’s Take Back Your Time it’s difficult to know where to begin. First off, this is not a book to rush through. It is a book to read, put into practice, read again, repeat.

Morgan discusses scheduling time to prioritize your priorities, organizing your day for maximum productivity, applying your strengths according to who you are, managing your calendar, setting goals which signal your intention, and breaking your time into three zones: green, yellow, and red.

The first three chapters encourage you to record where you spend most of your time and identify your priorities. The next three chapters build on what you recorded.

In the green zone, she suggests you focus on your productivity chart and work on your top three priorities with total focus. The yellow zone allows for interruptions and a little flexibility as you work while continuing to be productive. The red zone is time dedicated to recharging.

Morgan provides charts to fill out and follow while giving examples of her own schedules to see how she implements them.

If this seems like a lot of work, it is. That’s why I said it’s not a book you can rush through. Take Back Your Time is for those genuinely serious about becoming super organized, redeeming their time, and accomplishing their priorities.

Full confession…I am nowhere close to being organized.

Have you read this book? If so, what was your impression of it?

I wish you well.

Sandy

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I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest review, which is exactly what I gave.