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Book Review ~ The Light of His Presence by Anne Graham Lotz

About the Book ECPA BESTSELLER • The beloved Bible teacher and daughter of Billy Graham shares a rich treasury of her personal prayers to guide you into deeper, more intimate daily conversations with God. Why is it that as soon as we bow our heads to pray, we start thinking of other things we need to do? How do we make time to pray in the middle of our busy lives? And how do we know what to say and how to say it? Like many of us, Anne Graham Lotz has struggled with prayer. Over the years, she discovered that writing out her prayers draws her into deeper, more intimate conversations with God.  The Light of His Presence offers forty of these tender, honest prayers for real-life situations as an invitation to deepen your own prayer life through worship, confession, thanksgiving, and intercession. You’ll be encouraged to lean more fully into God’s promises through this power-packed devotional resource, which includes inspiring quotes from Christians throughout the ages and also has space to journal your own words …

Movie Review ~ Before the Wrath

About the Movie Based on true discoveries from the time of Christ. While scholars debate the timing of the Rapture, the world has forgotten why this event is prophesied to occur in the first place; knowledge that was once understood by those in the first century. Today, researchers in the Middle-East have rediscovered ancient anthropological evidence that reveals how and why the Rapture must occur; unveiling new biblical insight that will reignite hope for believers and prepare the world for what’s coming. Narrated by Kevin Sorbo and featuring:  Jack Hibbs – Theologist and host of “Real Life” on SiriusXM Amir Tsarfati – Founder and President of Behold Israel Jan Markell – Founder of Olive Tree Ministries JD Farag – Theologist and Eschatologist Scott McConnell – Exec. Director of Lifeway Research Jay McCarl – Ancient Middle Eastern Anthropologist Lizette Dillinger – Qualitative Director of LifeWay Research To access the YouVersion 5 day reading Bible plan, visit this page.   Category Religious/Christian Genre Christianity/Christian Living/Rapture Rating 5 Stars Review Before the Wrath dives deeply into one of Christianity’s most profound mysteries, the Rapture, …

A Journey of Hope

Jim and I becoming pregnant with our baby, James, was one of the best and trying seasons of our lives. It was an experience like other. In the first trimester I suffered from depression, and the consequence was a loss of my sense of creativity; I also couldn’t hear from God. We visited a psychiatrist who was of great help, and after some sessions prescribed a drug for hormonal balance. By my second trimester, I was back to my normal self. My creativity was restored and I could hear God again. I went back to working on post-production of our forthcoming movie, The Farmer and the Belle: Saving Santaland, a funny Christmas movie for the family. I’ve remained stable even after delivery—and this is important—since post-partum depression is quite common. In my third trimester, I suffered from gestational diabetes. Initially, the doctor prescribed insulin, but later developed a regimen that consisted of exercise and high-protein/low-carb diet, so I didn’t have to take insulin, and it worked perfectly well. Becoming a mother has been sublime. I …

Bible Review ~ Beautiful Word Coloring Bible for Girls By Zondervan

Review The Beautiful Word Coloring NIV Bible is a wonderful gift set for preteen girls, made with the intention of creating a fun, enjoyable, and deeply spiritual experience while studying the Word of God. The features are designed for artistic activities that will create memorable experiences, which will help a reader more easily open their heart and mind as they study God’s Word. Features include: • Complete text of the accurate, readable and clear New International Version (NIV) • Over 600 verses illustrated in ready-to-color line art • Four colored pencils • Six sheets of stickers designed for girls • Thick white paper for writing and doodling • Lined, wide margins for notes and reflections • Satin ribbon marker • Beautifully debossed and screen-printed cover • Exclusive Zondervan NIV Comfort Print® typeface in a readable 8-point print size. *Though I offer this review to the public, it’s my opinion and simply that. My appreciation to Zondervan and Flyby Promotions for free copies in exchange for my honest opinion.

Book Review ~ The Prayer of Agur: Ancient Wisdom for Discovering Your Sweet Spot in Life By Jay Payleitner

About the Book “Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.” Proverbs 30:8 This simple, unexpected request from a little-known biblical author named Agur is the only prayer in all of Proverbs, and it offers life-changing potential. Imagine finding new purpose and contentment in your work, personal ministry, and relationships. Open your heart to Agur’s wit and wisdom, and you can learn to – escape imbalance – overcome fear of failure and eliminate envy – joyfully pursue your passions – reap the eternal rewards of trusting God – find your personal sweet spot In our modern, busy lives, embracing balance leads us away from bad decision-making and the emotional cost of trying to do too much or survive with too little. This engaging and practical book faithfully unpacks Agur’s humble prayer. Read it in an evening. Affirm it for a lifetime. Share it with those you love. Category Religious/Christian/Nonfiction Genre Christian Living/Prayer Rating 4.5 Stars Review The Prayer of Agur is drawn from the Book of Proverbs, chapter 30—a well …

Book Review ~ Moving Beyond Anxiety By David Chadwick

About the Book 12 Ways God Can Help You Conquer Anxiety Do you feel like a cloud of worry follows wherever you go? Do you dread the unknown? In today’s anxiety economy its raising stress levels, it’s no secret that fear is often at the root of our problems. The key to overcoming your anxiety is found in the person of Jesus. He calls us to trust rather than despair—to “not be anxious” (Matthew 6:25), and to cast all our cares on him (1 Peter 5:7). Author David Chadwick shares 12 ways you can overcome life’s fears and worries—all of which come straight from Scripture and include… Focusing on faith Praying Caring for your health Remembering God’s promises Finding good teammates Developing an eternal perspective Moving Beyond Anxiety will equip you to defeat worry and fear by trusting God and exercising your faith daily. As you immerse yourself in God’s truth, you will discover it is truly the most powerful antidote to anxiety. Category Religious/Christian/Non-fiction Genre Christian Living/Faith/Anxiety Rating 4.5 Stars Review This book dives deep …

Movie Review ~ A Question of Faith By Silver Line Entertainment

Category Religious/Christian Genre Tragedy/Faith/Drama Lifetime Debut (for Easter) April 12, 2020 (8pm, ET/PT) Rating 4 Stars Review A Question of Faith presents three families that meet unexpectedly at a crossroad through an unexpected event that is shocking and sorrowful, but ultimately by divine providence, leads to comfort, hope, forgiveness, revelation and restoration. Issues hinging on priority such as family, work, and others such as racism, health, justice and a side dish of romance, came together to round up the theme of the story nicely, so that each was a touch enough, but not overdone. While bits of the conversation appeared sermonized, that did not ruin the movie’s excellent delivery. In the end, A Question of Faith showcased the reality of a question that every believer must face when tragedy strikes—“Will you continue to trust God?” *Though I offer this review to the public, it is my opinion and simply that. Much appreciation to Epic Inc. for a private link to view the movie in exchange for my honest opinion.  About Silver Lining Entertainment Silver Lining Entertainment …

Book Review ~ She Walks In Majesty: Protectors of the Spear #3 By MaryLu Tyndall

About the Book Danger around every corner. Intrigues in everyone’s past. And a romance that’s swoon worthy. She Walks in Majesty is all that and more, with a plot that twists and turns and truths that are hard-hitting. Truly, this is author MaryLu Tyndall at her finest! —Michelle Griep, Christy Award-winning author of Once Upon a Dickens Christmas With only a worn document in hand and the Spear of Destiny strapped to her thigh, Seraphina de Mobray, the new Protector of the Spear, must convince the king that her friends are innocent of treason and witchcraft. Who is she to embark on such a lofty task but a lowly servant, an orphan abandoned at birth? Yet each step of the way, the Spear grants her favor and opens a path for her to enter the royal palace. What she finds there is naught but lies, greed, and a danger that threatens her very existence. Sir Damien LaRage, knight of the elite King’s Guard would do anything to protect Seraphina and save his friends, anything except …

Book Review ~ Jesus, Day by Day: A One-year through-the-Bible Devotional to Help You See Him on Every Page By Sharon Kaselonis

About the Book This unique 365-day devotional infuses your daily Bible reading with deeper meaning, helping you develop the habit of looking for signs of Jesus woven throughout Scripture while meditating on the Bible with a chronological one-year reading plan. Jesus is the very essence of the Scriptures. The Old Testament points to Him and the New Testament reveals Him. If we look for Him, we will find Him on every page and in every story. When reading through the lens of Jesus, we find purpose in the Old Testament sacrifices; pictures of our Savior in the rejection and heartache of Joseph; a future hope pointing directly to Christ in the sweet love story of Ruth and Boaz; and meaning to even the deepest sorrows in Job. This daily devotional will help you learn to recognize Jesus written on every page of God’s story. Come along on a journey that will… – guide you in reading the entire Bible, chronologically, in one year – help you see connections to Jesus throughout the Old Testament – …

Article ~ Conversations with God (Part 3): Unpleasant Revelations

When things go wrong and we don’t understand why, especially after we’ve tried everything in our power to fix it, and prayed every prayer we know to pray, and yet the situation remains unchanging or grows worse, we often come to God baffled, and sometimes even, indignant, with questions about why He’s letting things unfold the way that they are without intervening. It’s not wrong to ask why (as long as you do it from a posture of humility and not entitlement), as God Himself invited us to do so, saying, “Call to Me, and I will answer you and, show you great and mighty things that you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3).  Don’t be surprised if God will show you baffling things that you never knew were intertwined with the events that have happened to you. You may ask God why your third marriage has failed and why He did nothing to change the heart of your spouse despite your endless prayers, and God may show you a cycle of bad behavior that started …