Book Review: Winnie: The Early Years – Horse Gentler in Training

September 27, 2018 by  
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Book Title:  Winnie: The Early Years – Horse Gentler in Training.

Author:  Dandi Daley Mackall

Publisher: Tyndale

Amazon Info:

Now younger readers can saddle up and join Winnie and her family at the Willis Wyoming Ranch!
Winnie is the star of the bestselling Winnie the Horse Gentler series that sold more than half a million copies and taught kids around the world about faith, kindness, and horse training. Winnie could ride horses before she could walk, but training them is another story. In this new series, eight-year-old Winnie learns the fine art of horse gentling from her horse wrangler mom as they work together to save the family ranch.

When Winnie’s snobby classmate threatens to stop boarding his champion thoroughbred Princess at the Willis family ranch, Winnie has to come up with a tricky solution to convince him to let her stay. She learns that with God, all things are possible!

My rating:  4 stars

My review:

This is a sweet book. It’s a fun little read aloud for younger kids (4-8 year olds) who are just getting into more chapter books rather than picture books. The story is simple but sweet and it’s very easy to read.

I’m eager to give this one to a young friend that I love that enjoys horses because I know she’ll love it too.

Now, that said, I’m much more of a fan of “richer” literature type books even for little ones.  So while this is very sweet, the writing is a bit too simplistic even for littles.

But, I’d still recommend it. It’s a clean book, with real life challenges that won’t be overwhelming to little hearts.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

Book Review – Calm, Cool, and Connected

August 30, 2018 by  
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Book: Calm, Cool, and Connected Author: Arlene Pellicane (with Gary Chapman) Published by: Moody Publishers Amazon Review Rating (as of 1/30/18) 4.7 stars with 47 reviews

Amazon Info: For those feeling overloaded with technology… Let’s face it: most of us are on our phones or computers way more than we’d like to be, and more than what’s even beneficial. We know that overuse of technology is harmful to our health and relationships, but how can we rewire our digital habits for a healthier life? In Calm, Cool, and Connected, Arlene Pellicane will walk you through an easy 5-step plan that will help you center your life on Jesus and love others by decluttering your screen time. By introducing a few easy habits into your daily routine, you can transform your relationship with technology and enjoy more time with God and others. It’s easy to become consumed and preoccupied with our devices. In turn, we begin to suppress or ignore what’s most important, focusing instead on the urgent and sensational. Let this book guide you toward balanced technology use, and thus a more balanced life.  

My rating: 5 stars My review: I really enjoyed this quick, easy read. I had heard Pellicane on the radio when I was driving and she was talking about this book. I found myself wishing I could pull over and take notes, but now I don’t have to! Pellicane’s writing style is conversational and enjoyable. Her tips are not earth shattering but because of how she’s decided to lay out the book following the acronym H.A.B.I.T., one can easily keep the tips she gives top of mind. H – Hold Down The Off Button A – Always Put People First B – Brush Daily and Live With A Clean Conscience I – I Will Go Online With Purpose T – Take A Hike Even before I read the book or heard the author, I was trying to reduce my addiction to my phone – and using many of these tips. It’s not an easy habit to break especially with everyone around us living with the same “acceptable addiction”. nike kwazi I think the hardest one for me still is “I Will Go Online With Purpose” . nike air max femme Actually I would say it’s I will STAY online only if there’s still purpose. I can go grab my phone or my laptop with a specific task in mind but inevitably I’ll find myself later – sometimes MUCH later – STILL online after following a bunch of ZERO purpose bunny trails and random surfing. Ugh! The “T” for Take A Hike should include – WITHOUT your phone. Fjallraven Kanken People will live without you for an hour and even if something happens along your walk route, you can be pretty confident (unless you’re walking in some remote area) that someone will be around with a phone to help if you need it. nike air max tavas Anyway, this book is a great resource. Fjallraven Kanken NO.2 It’s inexpensive, fast to read, and one that you can leave out in the water closet or on the coffee table for perusing after you’ve read it. Buy the book on Amazon (click here) I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review – The Great and Small Bible

August 28, 2018 by  
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Book Title: Great & Small Bible Published by: B&H Kids Version: Christian Standard Version

Amazon info: All creatures great and small . Fjallraven Kanken Sale UK . . the Lord God made them all! This full-text Bible, complemented by delightful illustrations of great-and-small animal friends, makes the perfect gift to welcome babies. Fjallraven Kanken Classic Backpack Two dozen full-color inserts offer plenty of space to record all of baby’s special moments—from first measurements to first steps—creating a keepsake to always cherish. Features include:

  • Complete text of the CSB (Christian Standard Bible)
  • 24 pages of inserts with full-color illustrations
  • Easy-to-read type
  • Words of Christ in red
  • Presentation page
  • Gift box

Part of what makes the Great and Small Bible so special is the readable, faithful-to-the-original text of the Christian Standard Bible. basket nike tn The CSB’s optimal blend of accuracy and readability makes it a trustworthy, easy-to-understand resource for kids to study and memorize today—and to live and share for a lifetime.

My rating: 5 stars My review: This is such a wonderful baby bible and keepsake book in one. cheap fjallraven kanken Backpack I absolutely love that this is a full text bible (the Christian Standard Bible – a wonderful translation) and not just a story bible. nike air tn If you are a Christian, you should be encouraging your little ones to carry their own bible to church (yes – even if other people don’t!) and the easiest way to do it is to start VERY young! The illustrations throughout this are adorable and sweet. They’re just animals – no compromise with illustrations of someone’s imagining of Jesus or anything. Mochilas Fjallraven Kanken Infantil Also included in the extras is what makes this bible even more unique. It doubles as a baby keepsake book with places to write down milestones as well as thoughts from the parents, etc. It’s really great.         I really like it so much that I want to carry it myself. I like the translation and it’s a great size to have. Comprar mochilas kanken Plus I just think these little guys are so sweet! If you’re looking for a baby gift, this is the bible to get!             Many thanks to BH/Lifeway for the opportunity to review this bible. I was not compensated for this review but did receive a complimentary copy of the book in order to review it.

Winc Wine Club

August 26, 2018 by  
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The idea of a wine club has always been intriguing to me. We don’t, however, drink a lot of wine (although I use it in cooking a lot!) but it’s nice to have a few selections on hand when there are guests, for special occasions, and to give as hostess gifts when we go to friends’ homes for dinner or an evening gathering. Fjallraven Kanken UK   So I was happy to give Winc a try. nike air max thea Here’s what I’m looking forward to:

$22 Off Your First Month of Winc Wine – Winc offers 4 personalized wines each month. nike air max 2013 Bottles start at $13 each. Kanken Classic UK Winc is not your traditional wine club: we are a direct-distribution global wine company that personalizes the entire wine experience. Fjallraven Kanken Big We are perfecting how wine is made, distributed, perceived and purchased via our Palate Profile quiz that recommends wine based on your unique tastes and I’ll add enjoyed on behalf of a new generation of wine drinkers. It takes the hassle and guesswork out of picking a bottle from your local liquor store and delivers the perfect bottle directly to your doorstep. nike air max 90 femme gris rose We do all this as part of our quest to improve the experience for consumers, create a platform for artisanal winemaking, and build a grape-to-glass supply chain that’s sustainable for the planet. No more intimidating language and steep price points, and more joy in the act of sharing a bottle.

So…there you have it. Give Winc a try and check back here for a follow up on what I think of it!   My Readers Save $22 Off Your First Month of Winc go to: www.trywinc.com/usfamilyguide I was not compensated for this post but will be receiving a trial of this club in exchange for this promo and review.

Baby Wipes and pads from North Shore

August 23, 2018 by  
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Walk through any WalMart or Target baby section and you’ll see a whole wall or more of options for diaper wipes and pads. nike running homme So here I am throwing out another option for you! But take a look! Look at that sweet baby! 🙂 North Shore Care Supply is a company located in Illinois that has baby and senior care products available with an autoship program to boot! The ingredients in the wipes are: Purified Water, Decyl Glucoside, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Extract, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Extract, Propylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Polysorbate 20, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol .8%, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate. nike roshe run They are not flushable but are a nice size and are unscented. nike air max 95 A nice plus! Find out more about their wipes here (click). I really like their disposable quilted changing pads. They’re a great size: 17″x24″. nike air max 90 We’ve got tons of friends with babies so I’m keeping these on hand for when they visit. chaussures nike femme 2017 They’re great for diaper bags too and come in a zippered resealable pouch. nike air huarache Best of all they have an 800 number and/or a live chat, to answer all your questions. Mochilas Fjallraven Kanken Infantil And if you live in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, you can even pick up your orders directly!

And a special for my readers: Save 20% Off NorthShore Supreme Quilted Baby Wipes through June 30, 2018 – use code NBW20 at https://bit.ly/2vHGktV Order here (click) Promo Code: NBW20  

I received complementary items in order to review them.

Holman Women’s Study Bible – Book review

August 21, 2018 by  
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Book Title: Woman’s Study Bible Published by: Holman Bibles

Amazon info: The most comprehensive study Bible ever prepared for women and by women, the CSB Study Bible for Women invites you to explore the riches of God’s Word. Fjallraven Kanken Backpack Follow God’s grand story across the Bible, guided by threads of specialized study that explain essential doctrines, answer hard questions, discuss biblical womanhood, and apply truth to our hearts and lives. The CSB Study Bible for Women is edited by Dr. Dorothy Kelley Patterson and Dr. Rhonda Harrington Kelley, both long-time women’s ministry leaders, authors and seminary professors at two of the nation’s most respected seminaries. As you learn from these women extensively educated in Biblical studies and languages and passionate about God’s Word, you will be equipped in turn to mentor others in the truth and hope found in Scripture. Features include:

  • 6,490 extensive study notes
  • Over 500 word studies, 25 full-color maps and reconstructions, and 95 charts
  • Introductions to each book of the Bible
  • A comprehensive concordance including every woman and reference to women in the Bible
  • Threads of specialized study woven throughout, pointing to God’s larger story:
    • Biblical Womanhood articles
    • Answers to “Hard Questions”
    • Character profiles
    • Doctrinal notes
    • “Written on My Heart” applications
  • Smyth-sewn binding
  • Two-column text in 9.25-point type

The CSB Study Bible for Women features the highly readable, highly reliable text of the Christian Standard Bible (CSB). The CSB stays as literal as possible to the Bible’s original meaning without sacrificing clarity, making it easier to engage with Scripture’s life-transforming message and to share it with others.

My rating: 4.5 stars
My review:
I wasn’t expecting much. At all. Usually “women’s” bibles are low on meat and high on fluff and … coloring. Always lots of coloring pages.
This is definitely an exception. But before I dive into the “meat”, Let me just say that this bible is downright pretty and feminine. Fjallraven Kanken Classic Sale And it’s intentionally so. The mint and sand hardback cover is very nice and I don’t want to take off the dust jacket because it’s just so lovely. nike air max 2015 The leather touch bible is even more gorgeous (but also more expensive!)
Anyway, feminine it is and when I say it’s intentional, it’s because this bible is unashamed in it’s biblical stand on women and their roles. It’s beautiful. nike air max pas cher This bible highlights women of note throughout the text and maintains a complementarian focus while still valuing women as fierce students of God’s Word.
The summary of each book of the bible is pretty comprehensive but not overpowering so you can fly over the book but then jump right in to the text. And each summary page has that gorgeous flower top border.
And look – each summary page of each book of the bible has a bottom border with a timeline. What a fabulous addition to a bible!
(Can you tell I really like this?)
There are callout sections with short paragraphs explaining certain doctrines as well as highlighting women of the text. Comprar mochilas kanken And another bottom border highlight is a small Word Study section.
The little touches of this bible are well thought out and helpful to individual and group study. nike femme I also like how the maps aren’t just thrown into the back pages but scattered throughout the bible where they might aid that particular section of the bible:
Before the actual text of the bible there are a couple of essays by the editors, one of which is on how to study the bible: which encourages verse by verse exegesis, the importance of studying the WHOLE bible (not just the New Testament), and even rules for hermeneutics. Good stuff!
So yep, get this bible if you’re ready for a new one!
Many thanks to Lifeway/BH Publishing Group for sending me a copy of this bible for review.

Book Review – Lies Women Review Study Guide

August 18, 2018 by  
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Book Title: Lies Women Believe Study Guide Author: Nancy Demoss Wolgemuth

Amazon info: Go deeper with the truths of the bestselling Lies Women Believe. The Companion Guide for Lies Women Believe is made up of ten sessions and is designed for individuals and small groups. Fjallraven Kanken Mini Each chapter includes the following features: In a Nutshell — gives you an overview of the chapter to be studied from Lies Women Believe and reminds you of the lies discussed within that chapter. nike air presto femme bordeaux Exploring the Truth — offers a daily personal study for you to complete during the course of the week between your small group meetings. nike air max flyknit Each day’s study includes a few pages to read from Lies Women Believe and then questions to answer under the subtitles “Realize,” “Reflect,” and “Respond.” Walking Together in the Truth — provides questions to be discussed when your small group meets. This engaging workbook will make you and your friends think and wrestle with the Truth as you search the Bible for answers to tough issues. The Companion Guide for Lies Women Believe is ideal for small groups, Bible studies, and Sunday school classes.

  My rating: 5 stars My review: I’m not usually a fan of Q&A study guides but this one is really good and a great companion to the book Lies Women Believe. It’s very bible centered in approach and practical application. It also includes great quotes from each section to remind you of the key points as you study. Fjallraven Kanken UK Definitely recommended! I received a copy of the study guide in exchange for an honest review. nike roshe run 2017 All thoughts are my own.

Book Review – Lies Women Believe

August 18, 2018 by  
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Book Title: Lies Women Believe Author: Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth Publisher: Moody Publishing

Amazon info: Counter the lies that keep you from abundant living. Satan is the master deceiver; his lies are endless. And the lies Christian women believe are at the root of most of their struggles. “Many women live under a cloud of personal guilt and condemnation,” says Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth. “Many are in bondage to their past. Others are gripped by fear of rejection and a longing for approval. Still others are emotional prisoners.” In this bestseller, Lies Women Believe, Nancy exposes those areas of deception most commonly believed by Christian women—lies about God, sin, priorities, marriage and family, emotions, and more. She then sheds light on how we can be delivered from bondage and set free to walk in God’s grace, forgiveness, and abundant life. Nancy offers the most effective weapon to counter and overcome Satan’s deceptions: God’s truth!  

My rating: 5 stars   My review: I read this book back when it came out almost 20 years ago. Mochilas Fjallraven Kanken Classic I liked it then. I like it even better now. nike air presto Nancy Wolgemuth has always been one that I’ve had great respect for because she’s pretty unwavering in her commitment to keeping the bible as the central thing to any part of life she’s discussing. That’s why when, prior to being married herself, she could give marriage advice to women… Mochilas Kanken Baratas because she sticks to what the bible says and calls women to act accordingly. That’s the case here. This updated version freshens the message only insomuch as is needed by the massive cultural shifts we’ve seen over these last years. nike air max 2017 The message is the same. Sin trips us up like it has since the fall. The devil lies. We believe the lies and often act upon them. The word of God is clear about the truth. Walk in truth. While I’m not a huge fan of the little vignettes of what Eve might have been thinking at the beginning of each chapter, even that serves to show us how this has been a problem for women since the day Eve ate the forbidden fruit and how each “lie” has it’s foundation in original sin even if it might look differently for each person. I really like that this book, and the accompanying study guide book are unashamed in their pointing out the truth of our tendency to excuse sin in our desire to live like the world. We listen to satan’s lies, dwell on them, start to believe them, do believe them, and then act on them. nike air max 1 But it doesn’t have to be that way. We need to replace the lies with truth. tn requin pas cher homme That’s where the rubber meets the road because sometimes we believe the lie that not doing something about it – our sin- is easier than dealing with it. I started writing down specific quotes as I read but I soon realized that I’d pretty much be copying the entire book if I went that route so I stopped. Thankfully the study guide has highlighted many of the key quotes in the book to aid in your study of the topics. I highly recommend this book for all women and if possible as a group study with a family or church women’s small group. Thanks to Moody for sending a copy in exchange for a review. All thoughts are my own.

Review – Worldview Study Bible

August 15, 2018 by  
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Title: The Worldview Study Bible Author: God Contributors: David S. Dockery, Trevin K. Comprar mochilas kanken Wax and others Published by: Lifeway

Amazon info: The CSB Worldview Study Bible features extensive worldview study notes and articles by notable Christian scholars to help Christians better understand the grand narrative and flow of Scripture within the biblical framework from which we are called to view reality and make sense of life and the world. nike pas cher Guided by general editors David S. Dockery and Trevin K. Wax, this Bible is an invaluable resource and study tool that will help you to discuss, defend, and clearly share with others the truth, hope, and practical compatibility of Christianity in everyday life. Features include:

  • Over 5,900 extensive worldview study notes
  • Over 130 articles written by more than 120 notable Christian scholars
  • Center-column references
  • Smyth-sewn binding
  • Presentation page
  • Two ribbon markers
  • Two-piece gift box

General Editors: David S. Dockery and Trevin Wax Associate Editors: Constantine R. Campbell, E. Fjallraven Kanken Sale Ray Clendenen, Eric J. Tully Contributors include: David S. Dockery, Trevin K. Wax, Ray Van Neste, Kevin Chen, John Stonestreet, Ted Cabal, Darrell L. Bock, Mary J. Sharp, Carl R. Trueman, Bruce Riley Ashford, R. Albert Mohler Jr., William A. Dembski, Preben Vang, David K. Naugle, Jennifer A. Marshall, Aida Besancon Spencer, Paul Copan, Robert Smith Jr., Douglas Groothuis, Russell D. Moore, Mark A. nike tn 2017 Noll, Timothy George, Carla D. Sanderson, Kevin Smith, Gregory B. Forster, Choon Sam Fong, and more. The CSB Worldview Study Bible features the highly readable, highly reliable text of the Christian Standard Bible (CSB). The CSB stays as literal as possible to the Bible’s original meaning without sacrificing clarity, making it easier to engage with Scripture’s life-transforming message and to share it with others.  

My Rating: 5 stars My Review: This is a substantial bible. It’s heavy, large and includes over 50 essays and articles to accompany the biblical text on topics like: The Crisis of the Christian Mind A Biblical View of History A Biblical Basis for Science Personal Finances A Biblical View of Music Grace Filled Leadership and more from over 70 different contributors. This thing is meaty! I like the Christian Standard Bible (formerly HCSB) as a very readable but still quality translation and the layout with the essays interspersed between the bible text is nice. The commentary along the bottom is not extensive but seems pretty solid from what I’ve read so far. This is another one of those bibles that just feels good in your hand. The “Leathertouch” is nice in a deep navy color. This would make a great gift bible for Father’s day! Overall it’s highly recommended. nike hypervenom   I received this in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review – Just Open the Door

August 14, 2018 by  
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Book Title: Just Open the Door Author: Jen Schmidt Published by: BH Lifeway

Amazon info: Change a generation with something as simple as an invitation. For many of us, inviting people into our lives and homes feels more like inviting judgment on our entertaining skills and stress on our already maxed-out schedules. nike magista pas cher But what if you knew that opening your front door had the power to radically change the world? To make an impact and leave a legacy with everyday invitations? Jen Schmidt has set out to reframe how we think about hospitality and to equip us to walk a road of welcome in our daily lives. cheap fjallraven kanken Jen knows that every time we choose open-door living—whether in our homes or by taking hospitality on the road just like Jesus—those we invite in get to experience the lived-out Gospel, our kids grow up in a life-lab of generosity, and we trade insecurity for connection. nike air max 90 Just Open the Door is a personal yes-you-can guide to offering the life-changing gift of invitation. nike air max femme Whether you’re a seasoned host looking for renewed inspiration or a nervous newbie not sure where to begin, these personal stories, practical ideas, and poignant insights will give you the confidence you need to see your home as the most likely location for changing the world around you, one open door at a time.

My rating: 3.5 stars My review: This is a lovely book and I wanted to love it. I mean, just look at that gorgeous cover! It’s an easy read, full of the author’s stories of how she applied the principle of biblical hospitality in her own life in the hopes that her suggestions might spur you on to do the same. nike air huarache While I enjoyed reading it for the most part, I found myself skimming this book (I tend to do that when I tire of something). Fjallraven Kanken Sale Perhaps it could have been shorter? I don’t know. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it either. Fjallraven Kanken Sale So, that said, I don’t know that I would necessarily recommend it. I’m going to try Rosaria Butterfield’s book: The Gospel Comes with a Housekey on the topic next to compare.   I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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