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Book Review ~ Reforesting Faith: What Trees Teach Us About the Nature of God and His Love for Us By Matthew Sleeth, MD

About the Book What Do Trees Reveal About God, Faith, and the Future of Everything? More Than You Ever Imagined. Join Dr. Matthew Sleeth as he explores the Bible’s trail of trees and reveals the wonders of life, death, and rebirth. You’ll be amazed at how science is just beginning to catch up to the truths described in Scripture thousands of years ago. Once you discover the hidden language of trees, your walk through the woods—and through Scripture—will never be same. Fifteen years ago, Matthew Sleeth was an atheist who believed that science and logic held the answers to everything. But when tragedy struck, he opened the Bible for the first time and was surprised to find that God chose to tell the story of creation, sin, and redemption through a trail of trees. In this groundbreaking walk through Scripture, Dr. Sleeth convincingly makes the case for why trees are essential to every Christian’s understanding of God. There’s a tree on the first page of Genesis and on the last page of Revelation. The Bible …

Author Scoop ~ Interview With Freelance Wall Street Journal Journalist, Cheryl Stritzel McCarthy

Cheryl Stritzel McCarthy is a freelance journalist for the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune, who grew up with eight siblings in a delightful Victorian house in 60s and 70s. With the release of her new book, a memoir, Many Hands Make Light, Cheryl shows fun family life and many memorable and laughable moments that offer insight to raising kids in today’s world. Cheryl took the time to share bits of her story with TBAP today. Take a look! Miranda ~ Hello and welcome, Cheryl! Glad to have you on TBAP today. Could you please tell us a bit about yourself? Cheryl: Miranda, thanks for having me. About myself: My memoir, Many Hands Make Light Work, is the rollicking tale of growing up in our family of nine children in the ‘60s and ‘70s in a Midwest college town, in an old Victorian house in the middle of fraternity row. I’m the sixth of those nine kids. Our dad was an eccentric professor who tried to make extra money by …

Book Review ~ Hearing God: Eliminate Myths, Encounter Meaning By Nathan Finochio

About the Book God is always speaking, perhaps in ways you haven’t considered. Learn how to truly listen. Imagine how different life would be if God regularly answered your most urgent questions. Now imagine that He has been…and you’ve just been missing His replies. You may have experienced that moment—whether in worship, in nature, or while reading Scripture—when you’ve sensed God speaking to you. And then, without explanation, the moment is gone, leaving you wanting more but unsure what to do. For everyone who desires to recognize God’s voice but has trouble hearing it—or even has trouble believing it’s possible to hear—this book is for you. Through biblical teaching and real-life stories, Hillsong New York teaching pastor, Nathan Finochio, helps you unlearn your wrong assumptions about God so you can experience Him as a Father who speaks to His sons and daughters. You’ll discover the nine myths that hinder our ability to hear God’s voice, the essential role of the Holy Spirit in discerning and overcoming these hindrances, and how to sustain life-giving conversation with …

Article ~ The Beautiful In Me: A Prayer To Remind Myself Of Whose I Am

Jesus, You are the Vine; I am the Branch (John 15:5). You are the beautiful in me. You are ALL that is GOOD in me. I’m not worried anymore that I will be stuck getting it wrong all the time. Because You live me. You are the Good in me. The kindness, the gentleness, the compassion, the courage, the warrior, the valor, the grit, the fierceness, the mercy, the peace, the confidence, the class act, the humor, the sweetness, the honey, the wisdom, the discipline, the nobility, the honor, the integrity, the faithfulness—so much more!—in me. Ultimately… The Love (1 John 4:7-19). The Faith (Hebrews 12:2). The Hope (Romans 5:4-5). All that is good in me, is YOU. Apart from You, I can do NOTHING (John 15:5). I will no longer worry that I won’t make it—because to do so would be to declare that Your Name and Character will change. And that simply isn’t possible (Hebrews 13:8). As long as You live in me, I will get it right, because, You Who is in …

Book Review ~ Dear Grandchild, This Is Me By Waterbrook Multnomah

About the Book Preseving the Family Legacy A Heartfelt Keepsake for Your Grandchild, Inspired by You Being a grandparent is a wonderfully rewarding experience. With this valuable keepsake, you can gift your voice and memories to future generations. Whether providing snapshots of your childhood, details of your heritage, or your declassified personal “secrets,” your grandchild will treasure this glimpse into your unique story. Category Non-fiction Genre Family/Legacy/Keepsake Rating 4 Stars Review Waterbrook Multnomah brings another piece that adds to the beauty and collection of family, keepsakes, and legacies. With this easy to use book, an individual could write their story, capturing experiences in photos, words, letters, and other materials that portray one’s steps in their journey of life. This makes for a more fun and intimate communication between the present and the future, bringing it to flesh in the most real and organic way. As with a journal but much deeper, you can tell your story through your eyes and personal tangibles, which is uniquely fresh. This Keepsake, in some ways, provides profound insight into …

Book Review ~ Core 52: A Fifteen-minute Daily Guide To Build Your Bible IQ In A Year By Mark E. Moore

About the Book Build your Bible IQ and Christian worldview in just fifteen minutes a day! Over the course of a year, Core 52 will help you master the 52 most important passages in the Bible.    “You will gain the tools you need for living the life God has called you to.”—Kyle Idleman, pastor and author of Not a Fan  “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”—1 Timothy 4:8  Most of us want to know the Bible better, but few reach our goal, often because we’re too busy or we don’t know where to start. Core 52 removes both barriers, offering a common-sense solution that fits into our busy lives. Respected Bible professor and teaching pastor Mark E. Moore developed this proven process from thirty-five years of helping people grow deeper in God’s Word. Each week features a brief essay, memory verse, Bible story, trajectory verses, and practical ways to put what you’ve learned into practice. An optional “Overachiever Challenge” …

Author Scoop ~ Interview With Jess Lederman

Jess Lederman is the author of over forty books on financial marketing and recently debuted his first fiction book, Hearts Set Free (read the TBAP review here), a Historical General Fiction that is sure to delight and intrigue any lover of excellent Christian Fiction. Jess took the time to answer some questions about his personal life, his walk with Christ, and offered some advice to new fiction writers in this TBAP interview. Take a look! Miranda ~ Hello Jess! Glad to have you visit TBAP today. Please tell us a bit about yourself that we don’t already know. Jess: The Secret Life of Jess Lederman. I’ve been writing stories and poems ever since I was ten years old, when my older sister read me a passage from John Dos Passos that set my imagination on fire. A few years later, I also developed a passion for music, and ended up majoring in music history and theory at Columbia University. These days, when I’m not chasing after my young sons or writing, I’m probably playing Chopin, …