Very Best, Hands-On, Kinda Dangerous Family Devotions Book Review

Very Best, Hands-On, Kinda Dangerous Family Devotions by Tim Shoemaker is not your typical devotional book. It’s kid friendly, way cool, and a kinda dangerous fun way to share spiritual messages with kids of any age.

Pilot and I are fortunate to have first-hand experience with some of Tim’s devotions. Let me tell you, once you’ve seen him use a leaf blower to unroll toilet paper to prove a biblical point of walking in the Spirit versus living in our own power, your life will never be the same. Or a devotion using a dry ice frozen hot dog to teach about hard hearts.

I wish this book was around when Pie was growing up. I’d love to have used these devotions. Well. Maybe not the one using raw hamburger if you didn’t have the preferred fresh road kill. Or the one Tim admits setting paper on fire – twice – during the demonstration. Or electrocuting a pickle which came with six safety precautions. Maybe not those devotions.

Disclaimer. Pilot and I know Tim, so had to laugh while reading his caution warnings regarding certain devotions. Things like, “When I get a flame, I stop the microwave immediately, open the door, and blow it out. Kids love seeing the flame, but you don’t have to let it go that far.” With the additional reminder to keep a bucket of water handy. Don’t you love it?

If you have children, grandchildren or know a child, pick up a copy of Very Best, Hands-On, Kinda Dangerous Family Devotions for each of their families. You won’t regret it. Besides delivering unforgettable visual demonstrations, you’ll also deliver unforgettable Biblical truths through each devotion.

But don’t forget the safety goggles, sheets of thick plastic, and buckets of water. 🙂

Anyone up for launching baking potatoes through a PVC pipe to demonstrate the destructive effects of uncontrolled anger? Or dropping watermelons out a two-story window to show some things are worth holding onto?

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.

The Number of Love Book Review

Set in 1917 Europe, The Number of Love  by Roseanna M. White tells the story of codebreaker Margot De Wilde and field agent Drake Elton, who operate within England’s intelligence network during World War I. Filled with well-developed heroes and villains, The Number of Love is a well-researched book of espionage, intrigue, and heartbreak. The author skillfully intersects fact with fiction in the telling of Margot and Drake’s story.

Within the pages of this story, readers catch a glimpse of the lives of those who used numbers to break coded German messages, along with those in the field who risked their lives to intercept those messages through the work of Margot and Drake.

Twists and turns run throughout this Christian historical romance to the very end as the author weaves history, romance, and faith throughout the book for a satisfying conclusion.

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 Bethany House for a fair and honest review, which is exactly what I gave.

Women Who Met Jesus

In her book, The Women Who Met Jesus, Dorothy Valcárcel compares her life struggles, and the struggles of those around her, with struggles she believes women who met Jesus struggled with. Through these encounters with Christ, the author sets out to show how just as Jesus met these women’s needs long ago, he continues to meet our needs today.

Before beginning, the author states the women in her book didn’t get to the point of transformation by reading self-help books or by following the latest advice fad. She says each woman began the healing process when she met Jesus.

While I didn’t always see the connection the author tried to make, or agree with the label she placed on each woman to identify their need, I understand her point that Jesus meets each of us where we are in the middle of our need and guides us toward the path he has for us.

Each chapter ends with several sets of questions for self-reflection.

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

I wish you well.

Sandy

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The Heart of a King Book Review

In The Heart of a King, Jill Eileen Smith’s latest biblical historical novel, she takes a fictionalized look at four of the women in King Solomon’s life: Naamah the Ammonitess and mother of Solomon’s son, Rehoboam. Abishag the Shunamite who was one of David’s wives before she became Solomon’s wife after David died. Siti a daughter of Pharoah. Nicaula, Smith’s name for the Queen of Sheba.

Basing her book on part biblical account and part author’s imagination, Ms. Smith weaves in familiar words from the Song of Solomon, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes to her story of Solomon and these four women. She adds bits of Solomon’s story found in the pages of the Old Testament alongside those of her imagination. She shows through the lives of these women and Solomon how a man God honored with wisdom, through his actions and disobedience to God’s laws, proved anything but wise.

The author gives readers a sense of time and place in this book with the details of everyday life she includes. Always a plus in my opinion when I read historical fiction of any kind.

If you enjoy biblical historical fiction, perhaps The Heart of the King is a book to put on your To Be Read list.

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

I wish you well.

Sandy

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40 Verses to Ignite Your Faith Book Review

40 verses to Ignite Your Faith by Laurie Polich Short covers forty verses we may not be as familiar with as those we memorized as a child. For each verse, Laurie gives background insight to root the reader in the verse’s significance. Then she relates that situation to our lives today.

This is a thought-provoking look at God’s Word in a fresh, easily accessible way. One that makes application of God’s Word to our life. After discussing the verse, there are three verse-related questions to reflect on.

I was excited to see Laurie include Job 42:3. While it may be among verses some consider obscure or lesser known, it is not obscure to me. She states in this chapter, “When we see our sufferings in a broader context, it helps us understand the pain we go through differently. When Job says, “I spoke of things … too wonderful for me to know,” he is expressing newfound hope from what God has revealed.”

This is one small glimpse into the treasures held within 40 Verses; a book not to be read once and put on a shelf, but a book to be read over and over again.

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

I wish you well.

Sandy

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