Monday, November 5, 2012

"Walking On Water When You Feel Like You're Drowning"

"Walking On Water When You Feel Like You're Drowning" by Tommy Nelson and Steve Leavitt is a Biblical approach to helping people deal with anxiety and depression. Nelson and Leavitt tackle the difficult issues of causes of anxiety, obsessiveness, and depression and how biblical perspective can aid in the healing process.

This book tells personal stories of those struggling with one or more of these issues which helps the reader feel like they aren't alone in their troubles. There are constant references to Scripture and these references give inspiration and hope.

I thought this book offers a pretty comprehensive look at anxiety, depression, and obsessiveness. Chapters tackle issues such as: "What's Going On In My Mind?"; "What's Going On In My Spirit?"; "How Did I Get Here?"; and several chapters on recovery and healing.

Overall I think this book was a great resource for those struggling with anxiety or depression. This would also be a great resource for loved ones of those going through these issues as it gives a comprehensive overview of these issues and really can help you understand.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

What About Heaven?

"What About Heaven" is a children's book by Kathleen Long Bostrom (Illustrated by Elena Kucharik) that explores what Heaven is in kid-friendly language, but with Scriptural reference. What I liked about this book is that it explores Heaven from an exciting and happy viewpoint, perfect for helping children to understand the concept of what Heaven is. The text of the book is written in a rhyming scheme, and uses simple, easy to understand language, perfect for young children. As the book starts to explore Heaven, it notes where in the Bible the corresponding passages can be found, which I liked.

The illustrations are bright and cheerful, and tie in well with the story itself.

I thought this book was wonderfully written - the perfect book for young children to start understanding what Heaven is all about. I would recommend this book for ages 4 and up - my daughter loved it!

FTC DISCLOSURE: I received this book for free from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. I was not obligated to write a positive review.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Tyndale Rewards!

One of my favorite publishers, Tyndale, has launched a brand new program that offers rewards for signing up, reviewing their material, and referring friends. Completing each of these activities earns you points, and points can be redeemed for books and Bibles. The best part is that the points levels to redeem for gifts are so reasonable, and they have some great titles! You can sign up for this awesome program, plus score 25 free points just for the signup here:

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Little Angels Bible Storybook

Roma Downey's "Little Angels Bible Storybook" is an absolutely adorable children's book. "Little Angels" retells many of our most loved Bible stories using kid-friendly language, and couples that with stunningly vivid illustrations. This book begins with the story of Creation in Genesis, and ends the Old Testament stories with the story of Jonah. The New Testament stories begin with the birth of Jesus, and ends with Jesus' promised return in Revelation. What I really like about this book is that it has stories from both the Old and New Testament, so it is more like a complete storybook for young children. The stories themselves are relatively short, which works well for younger children who may not have a long attention span. The print is very large, so it would be perfect for children who are learning how to read on their own. Each story is only two or three pages long, followed by a page that helps the child relate to the story, featuring an "I Can" that uses everday situations for children and related them to the moral of the story. This page also features a bible verse and short prayer related to the reading. The illustrations in this book are absolutely beautiful - vivid and colorful, and relevant to the story featured. I loved that this book is hardback, with children I've found hardback books to wear less with young children.

Overall I think this book is perfect - my four year old LOVES it, and it is the perfect bedtime story book for her. I would recommend this book for ages 3-7.

FTC DISCLOSURE: I received this book for free from Tyndale House Publishing in exchange for an honest review. I was not obligated to write a positive review.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


"Implosion" is book written by Joel Rosenberg that centers on connecting the current economic and social state of the United States with Biblical prophecy and faith. Rosenberg attempts to dissect major economic issues in the country, such as financial implosion, war, terrorism, and natural disasters with promises implicitly stated in the Bible and connecting them with a possible rebirth of America. Rosenberg debates his thesis effectively, and I think that overall, he did a great job in presenting a solid case. This book is lengthy, so if you do not have a genuine interest in this particular topic, historically, it will be hard to keep your attention. Otherwise, I would say this one is definitely worth a read.

FTC DISCLOSURE: I received this book for free from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

50 Days of Hope

"50 Days of Hope" by Lynn Eib is an awesome daily devotional designed for those who have discovered they have cancer (or for those who love cancer patients). What I liked about this book is that it isn't all doom and gloom - I expected the devotionals to be all about cancer and suffering, etc., but the personal stories are lighthearted and inspirational, and from a myriad of different topics. "50 Days of Hope" is a wonderful reminder to anyone struggling with a cancer diagnosis that there is hope, and I think this book would make the perfect gift to someone undergoing cancer treatments, or anyone who loves someone who is. It's so important for anyone going through this type of situation to know that there is hope, and this is the perfect devotional to do that. I highly recommend this book!

FTC DISCLOSURE: I received this book for free from Tyndale Book Publishers in exchange for my review. I was not obligated to write a positive review in order to receive this book.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

As One Devil To Another

"As One Devil To Another" by Richard Platt is written as a series of letters between two devils. The first devil, Scardagger is a recent graduate of Temptation University, and is just beginning his career. The second devil, is Scardagger's uncle and mentor, Slashreap. This book is written as letters from Slashreap to Scardagger, offering advice, tricks, and manipulations in order to acquire the souls of humans to please their "Infernal Majesty".

The way this book is written is very different from most contemporary works on the market today, but I just loved that it was so unique. The letters that Slashreap writes to Scardagger are meant to show us how the devil and his minions can use smaller situations, big decisions, and our own human weaknesses in a way that can cause us to fall into sin. I thought that this book really gave an inside glimpse into the master plan of our enemy, and really found it to be interesting and thought-provoking.

 Each chapter consists of one letter between these devils, and each letter is only a few pages long, so this would be an easy read if you read one of the letters each day. I really enjoyed this book, and think that it can definitely shine a little light on some of the devil's tricks - and who can't use a little one up on the devil? I would highly recommend this book to anyone. I would give this book a 5/5.

FTC DISCLOSURE: I received this book for free from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for an honest review. I was not obligated to write a positive review.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Princess Stories

"Princess Stories" is an absolutely adorable collection of Bible Stories for young girls. These stories are based entirely on Biblical stories of strong female figures. This book was actually much longer than I had expected, which was a delightful surprise. As the parent to a three year old girl, I think it is essential to give her good, wholesome, strong female role models to follow. I found this book to be the perfect addition to her collection. The final story in this book is a story about the book's owner, which was a very cute way to end this book. From cover to cover, this book shows young girls the importance of honor, virtue, and morality in a way that they can understand even at a young age. Wonderfully written. Would highly recommend to any parent of young girls.

FTC Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Tyndale Media in exchange for an honest review. I was not obligated to give a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.