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.

Finding Lady Enderly Book Review

Set in 1871 England, Finding Lady Enderly by Joanna Davidson Politano is a must read for lovers of historical romance, mystery, and plot twists which keep you guessing until the last page.

Joanna pulls the reader in with rich details, fast paced story telling, danger, and characters who may or may not be who them seem to be.

Taken from her impoverished life as a rag woman to a world of luxury by a handsome stranger, Raina struggles to perform the charade she’s called to live at Rothburne Abbey. Especially when someone from her past arrives who could identify her for who she truly is.

Loyalties are tested and difficult choices are made. In a world full of secrets and deception, knowing who to trust can be a matter of life or death.

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.

Always We Begin Again Book Review

Always We Begin Again by Leeana Tankersley is a book of 100 short meditations on life experiences. On her first page she credits the Rule of Saint Benedict as a lifeline; Always we begin again, stating Benedict’s rule for monks called to the holiness of repetition, even the spiritual efficacy of it, giving a certain grace to beginnings.

In several meditations Leeana calls those distractions or things which want to paralyze, shame, suffocate, embarrass, and silence us Soul Bullies. I like that term. In talking about these bullies, she says although the Soul Bullies will never fully go away, we have the power by the grace of God to put them in their place, remembering there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ. Reminding us, we can begin again.

While discussing the subject of waiting she writes, “Sometimes it’s OK to just not know, to not know the end from the beginning, to not understand how we’re going to get there from here.” Then she concludes by saying if we could see the answer from here, we wouldn’t need God.

Much to think about in Always We Begin Again.

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

I wish you well.

Sandy

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