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The Women of Easter Review

As we are coming up on spring and Easter I thought it very appropriate to read a book about the women that surround the events of Easter. Like her book, The Women of Christmas, Liz brings the women and events surrounding the death and resurrection of Jesus to life.

The book is thought provoking and really makes you think about these women as they interact with Jesus before his death as well as during the crucifixion and his resurrection. She talks in great detail about Mary of Bethany, Mary of Nazareth and Mary Magadalene. She also talks about Martha of Bethany and Salome as well. It is interesting to see how women have played a very vital role in the life of the Messiah but were the first evangelists mentioned in the Bible.

This study goes to show you how important women are to God and to his great plan for the world. He never excludes but always includes them. He never shied away from them and always treated them with great care and love.

Included in this study is a study guide that can be used for deeper personal study or together with a group. However, you use this book it will be a great resource for you and one I will recommend to friends and family.

Here is some more information about this book: 9781601426826

About The Women of Easter

This Season of Grace,
Deepen Your Faith in God
Who So Loved the World
that He Gave Us His Son.

 
You’re about to meet three women named Mary, each of whom has a life-changing encounter with Jesus. Mary of Bethany prepares the way for the Lord’s burial when she anoints His feet and fills the air with her perfume. His mother, Mary of Nazareth, remains by His side from His first breath to His last, her loyalty unwavering. Mary Magdalene, delivered of seven demons, bravely supports her Teacher through His darkest hours, then proclaims the glorious news of His resurrection.

What a trio. What a Savior!
 
Your mind and emotions will be engaged and your faith strengthened as each scene unfolds, preparing your heart for a richer, deeper Easter experience. Liz Curtis Higgs, a seasoned Bible teacher and award-winning novelist, combines her storytelling skills with a thorough verse-by-verse study of Scripture as together you explore the remarkable lives of The Women of Easter.

You can pick up a copy here.
Check out my review of  Liz Curtis Higgs book It’s Good to Be Queen.

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers for providing me with a free copy of this book to review and post. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

*This post does NOT contain any affiliate links. I will NOT be compensated if you purchase through the links above.

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The Returning by Rachelle Dekker review

I am so very excited that today is release day for the final chapter in the Seer’s Trilogy. I’ve waited too long to share this review with you. But now I can. Yay!!!!! Rachelle Dekker has become a new favorite author and I will say she earned that place with her well written stories. Anyway, here is a little bit about the book.

Twenty years have passed since Carrington and Remko Brant’s baby, Elise, was 978-1-4964-0229-5kidnapped and they were forced to leave her captive in the Authority City. Though they fled with the Seers far from Authority reach, they’ve never given up hope of rescuing their daughter from the man who betrayed them. Now Authority President, he’s ushered the city into a new era of “peace”–one where the Scientist Roth Reynard’s Genesis Serum has eradicated all memory of emotion or rebellion.But the mysterious Aaron and his Seers are once again on the move, threatening the illusion the Authority has worked so hard to build. As the Seers send seven chosen warriors to rescue Elise and bring restoration to the Authority City, the lines are drawn for a final battle between light and darkness. The key to ultimate victory may rest within the strangely powerful girl who has felt forgotten but was never abandoned–a truth she’ll need to wage war against the powerful forces of evil.

I was so thrilled to pick up where everything left off from The Calling. Yet I start in and quite a bit of time has now passed. Of course, it makes perfect sense why it happened this way. The story sucks you in from the get-go and I really had a hard time putting it down. I read the whole book in a 24 hour period. I’m not kidding it was that good. Not that I sat there for 24 straight hours as I have kids and I did have to feed them. But, I was able to pick up an hour or so here and there to read this story. My husband was kind enough not to bug me as he knew I had been waiting for this book for a long time. We have a pretty good thing going. 🙂

The story is amazing and the perfect conclusion to this trilogy. As you read you can literally see the story play out in your head, as if you were watching it on a movie screen. I’m telling you this series would make an awesome movie trilogy but only IF they can keep everything as it is written. I have been completely taken with Rachelle’s writing that I really hope she continues to write more stories.

You can pick up this series at most book retailers. Or by checking out the publisher’s site.

pic_full_dekker_rachelleAbout the author: The oldest daughter of New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker, Rachelle Dekker was inspired early on to discover truth through the avenue of storytelling. She graduated with a degree in communications and spent several years in marketing and corporate recruiting before making the transition to write full-time. She lives in Nashville with her husband, Daniel, and their diva cat, Blair.

Here is a little Q & A from the author to give you a little more insight into the book.

 

Set the scene for The Returning. What has happened since The Calling ended?

Well, it’s been nearly 20 years, and the world has changed. I don’t want to give too much away for those who haven’t read the first two, so I’ll just say the world is very different and much more dangerous than it once was. But something is brewing under the surface. Change is coming, and people know it.

The Returning focuses on Carrington and Remko’s daughter Elise. Tell us more about Elise’s character and her growth throughout the book.

Elise starts the book in a pretty dark place. She grew up without parents, believing she was abandoned, only to discover there’s an entire world that has been kept from her. Her journey can be divided into two parts, in my opinion: first, learning who she really is; and second, learning how to live that out. It’s the same journey we all take, and I believe that makes her pretty relatable.

The theme of identity is explored in all three Seer books. How does forgiveness relate to identity?

For me, forgiveness is more about the one who feels wronged than the one who committed the wrong. What if, for a moment, you believed that nothing could harm you? That you, as a believer, are seated at the Father’s table and standing with him? Can anything harm the Father? If you believe no, then can anything harm you—the true you, the true spirited self? So then, forgiveness becomes more about letting go of false belief and stepping into the true identity that the Father gave to you. I know it’s radical, but belief like that could change the world, don’t you think?

I hope you have enjoyed this review and you should definitely pick up this trilogy.

 

Seasons Come and Seasons Go

As life continues on you have seen less and less of me around here. It’s just that seasons come and seasons go and I have been patiently trying to adapt to each one that life has thrown at me. With that said. I will blog occasionally but not anything like I have done in the past. However, you will probably see me more on social media than blogging so head over and connect with me on my social media channels. I will admit that I am a bit more active on Instagram and Facebook than the others so if you want to really keep up to date with me check me out over there.

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Bible Journaling Kit Review

I recently had the opportunity to review a really cool Bible Journaling Kit.

If you can’t see the video above please click here.

Here is a little more about this product:

26142xCreate a work of art on the pages of your favorite Bible. Draw, color, or journal your thoughts, dreams, and prayers. Highlight your favorite verses or the encouragements that speak to your heart with pencils, stickers, and tabs. Kit includes:

  • 4 sheets of word stickers
  • 4 sheets of alphabet stickers
  • 24 tab stickers
  • 8 colored pencil twists
  • 1 journaling pen
  • 1 pouch with adjustable strap to fit Bibles of all sizes
  • 1 ruled page protector mat with tracing lines

My review:

I love it. It makes it easy to get started if you have never started Bible journaling and always wanted to. The price is very reasonable for what you get in the kit. The patterns are super cute on the sticker tabs and I absolutely love that it has the pouch that can be attached to the front of the Bible. The twistable pencils are convenient as you don’t need to carry a pencil sharpener with you and I love the word stickers. I think those are my favorite things. I would recommend picking up other kits like this.

You can purchase the product at these locations:

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/BNBibleJournaling

Amazon: http://bit.ly/BibleJournaling

Books-A-Million: http://bit.ly/BAMBibleJournaling

Christian Book Distributors: http://bit.ly/CBDBibleJournaling

Also as an added Bonus you can enter to win a kit of your very own by checking out their giveaway or clicking the image below. They are giving away 5 kits and the winner will be announced on December 15th.

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“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the
Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

 

 

 

 

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Play With Fire by Bianca Juarez Olthoff review

Play with Fire, the debut book by popular speaker and teacher Bianca Juarez Olthoff, is the reminder that God isn’t waiting until you have more resources or a spouse or a job so he can use you. He’s ready to use you now.

Using the mythical creature, the Phoenix, which was also referenced by early church leaders, she parallels this story with God’s work in her own life, highlighting the beauty of reinvention with fire as both the impetus and the method for change. Olthoff reminds us that we serve a God who is redemptive and can take the worst situations and use them for His glory.

To see the rest of this review  Click Here to go to the Aspiring to Be Magazine Blog.

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Zondervan NIV Girl’s Bible Journaling Edition review

I thought it would be fun to do a review video for this Bible. If you can’t see the video below click on this link to view it.

I mentioned the two colors of turquoise and pink in the video but there are also two other colors as well. Here are the cover images for each one:

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Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):Many thanks to Zondervan/ZonderKidz Publishers for providing me with a free copy of this book to review and post. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

*This post does NOT contain any affiliate links. I will NOT be compensated if you purchase through the links above.