A Plea to Southern Gospel Music Fans, by David W. Cloud

A Plea to Southern Gospel Music Fans 

 “This book is a plea for Southern Gospel music fans to wake up and tear down the bridges that are being built from conservative Southern Gospel-loving homes and churches to the world itself and to the one-world church represented by contemporary Southern Gospel and CCM.

“It is a plea to wake up to incremental steps that are bringing God’s people ever closer to the world, the flesh, and the devil.

“I know by long and sad experience that many Southern Gospel fans do not listen to biblical warnings and reproofs. They treat biblical reprovers as carnal critics and refuse to give serious attention to the warnings.

“I am publishing this warning for those who are true disciples of Jesus Christ and who therefore “continue in” His Word (John 8:31-32). They love Christ and His Word above the closest friendships and relationships (Luke 14:26), certainly above music! True disciples of Christ esteem all of God’s precepts concerning all things to be right, and they hate EVERY false way (Psalm 119:128). They “prove ALL things” by God’s infallible Word. They have a testing mindset.

“Here is a challenge.. Do you have a testing mindset? Will you put Southern Gospel Music to the test?” ~www.wayoflife.org

Title: A Plea to Southern Gospel Music Fans

Author: David W. Cloud

Genre(s): Christian Non-Fiction

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (five stars)

Recommended age range: Since it talks about some of the sins that some Southern Gospel singers/songwriters/pianists are involved in, etc., parents, please use discretion. I think it would be appropriate for 13+, but that is just my opinion and you know your children best.

My Review:

This was an excellent book! It deals with a challenging topic. While I am not really a fan of Southern Gospel music, I know some people who are, and I was curious what Mr. Cloud would have to say on this subject. I am grateful for the amount of research he put into this book and for his warning to conservative Baptists on the topic. He addressed a number of issues with Southern Gospel music, but the thing that stood out to me most was that it is really very similar to CCM (contemporary Christian music). The use of the backbeat and other beats, the “performance” style, the testimonies of the performers, the ecumenisicm: this all reminded me of what I read about CCM, when I read part of Baptist Music Wars (also by Mr. Cloud). (This may not be true of all Southern Gospel quartets, etc; I am really not very familiar with that genre of music.)

Even though I am not a Southern Gospel music fan, this book was still helpful to me. I think the main thing that I learned from this book was that I really need to be careful what I am promoting. (In this book Mr. Cloud was specifically talking about music, but I think that principle can be applied to many things.) Even if a book that I review is good, if the author is associated with apostasy or promotes bad things, all that is between the readers of my review being exposed to that is a click or a Google search away. So it really challenged me to be more careful. (Please let me know if something you read on this website may direct people to bad things!) I may not agree with all of the authors whose books I review on everything, but I will try to make that clear in each review.

I would recommend this book to every Southern Gospel music listener or singer as well as to those who have friends who enjoy Southern Gospel music: this music can be used as a bridge to the broader evangelical realm of apostasy. The good news: you can download this ebook for free by clicking here!

(I was not required by anyone to read this book, to leave a positive review, or to link to Mr. Cloud’s website. I did this of my own volition and receive no compensation for this review.)

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Approved By God, by Wright/Townsend

   “A highly-regarded, articulate, and brilliant Presbyterian pastor from Virginia debated for a week in 1847 to the Virginia legislature to stop a bill incorporating churches in the state. The Baptist pastors in that day were solidly behind him. He was their champion for freedom and won the day. One-hundred fifty-six years later, a well-known Baptist pastor from Virginia challenged this law in court, and the law was struck down as unconstitutional. The state offered no opposition. The ACLU joined the church as a friend. Why? This book answers. And, these answers are backed by solid Scriptural insight, historical evidence, and sound reasoning. This book will satisfy the questions of anyone who is willing to honestly weigh the evidence with a humble heart.” ~the back cover

Title: Approved by God: A Case for Modern Disestablishment

Author(s): John Wright, James Wright, and Ben Townsend

Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (five stars)

Recommended age range: 13+, because of complicated things that I didn’t understand all of 😀

My Review:

This was an excellent book! It is most certainly well-researched, well-written, and compelling to anyone who wants the truth. It was very interesting, and I appreciate especially the P.A.Q. (Previously Asked Questions) section in the back of the book, as it helps with some difficulties that people think of. For anyone that is interested in restoring Christ to His rightful place as sole Sovereign of His Church, I recommend this book! I think it would be good for every pastor (and everyone else!) to read it.

Note: A paperback copy of this book on Amazon is (as of 04/07/2019) $1,306.95, so if you’re looking to buy a copy of it, please read the review on Amazon. 😉

Searcher for God, by Joyce Reason

   “The story of Isobel Kuhn, Missionary to the Lisu people of China.” ~from Goodreads.com

Title: Searcher for God: The Story of Isobel Kuhn

Author: Joyce Reason

Genre(s): Christian Non-Fiction

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (four stars)

Romance Content: It talks about people getting married, and how Mrs. Kuhn and her husband met, etc, but there is nothing inappropriate in it.

Recommended age range: 12+, perhaps?

My Review:

This was a short read; I read it in about an hour. It was very interesting to read about Mrs. Kuhn’s life! She certainly went through many adventures! I may have heard of her, but I didn’t know anything about her before reading this book (has anyone else heard of her?). It was most certainly interesting, and if you’re looking for a quick, good read, check this book out! The reason I gave it four stars instead of five is because it isn’t one of my absolute favorite books, but it was still good. 😉 *Note: I have no clue what Isobel Kuhn’s theology was like or anything, so I can’t say I agree with her on that. However, this was a good book. 😉

Buyers’ Tip: My copy of this book was published in 1963, so I was expecting it to be a pricey book, but I found, using BookFinder.com, that you can buy a copy for $5.71 including shipping! (as of 02/09/2019) 

 

The Coming Destruction of the Baptist People, by James R. Beller

   “The Baptists in America are in mortal danger. Our churches face extinction and our principles extermination. Our enemies deem our principles dangerous. The antichrist himself will not tolerate our theology and practice.

   “This book is about the antichrist, and the New World Order. It is about the foundations of American government and the direction of our country. It is about Baptist principles and the foundation of liberty.

   “The dismantling of the Baptist churches has been an ongoing thing, which we will prove in this book. And there are questions that demand answers.”~from www.baptist-books.com

Title: The Coming Destruction of the Baptist People (or Sacred Betrayal)

Author: James R. Beller

Genre(s): Christian Non-Fiction

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (four stars)

Romance Content: N/A

Recommended age range: 13+

My Review:

This was a very interesting book! The title made me think it would be gloomy, but Mr. Beller supported the title very well, as he gives good reasons for “the coming destruction of the Baptist people”. I appreciated learning more about Baptist history through this book. (Side note: if you are interested in Baptist history, I would also recommend America in Crimson Red, by the same author.) I think it would be good for every person who holds to Baptist doctrine to read this book; it emphasizes the need for us to know our roots- definitely a very important principle.

There were a couple things that I did not like about this book: (1) I did find multiple typos, and (2) it is a little outdated (my edition was from 2005, and there were a couple things that it would have been good to have an updated version for).  But really, I can’t think of any reason why I would not recommend this book!

Touch Not the Unclean Thing, by David H. Sorenson

     “Touch Not the Unclean Thing is a strong defence of the traditional Received Text of the New Testament and by extension, the King James Version of the Bible. The author provides extensive historical and factual documentation for his assertions, with more than 450 citations and a bibliography of 150 historical sources.

    “Dr. Sorenson connects the biblical principle of separation from apostasy to the Bible text issue. Historically documenting the fact that almost all editors of the modern Critical Text have direct associations with theological liberalism or apostasy.” ~from Northstar Ministries

Title: Touch Not the Unclean Thing: The Text Issue and Separation

Author: David H. Sorenson

Genre(s): Christian Non-Fiction

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (five stars)

Romance Content: It does talk about King James loving his wife… nothing inappropriate.

Recommended age range: 13+, maybe??? Details below.

My Review:

This was an excellent read! It was informative, extremely thorough, and interesting. I can tell that Mr. Sorenson did a lot of research. I think it would be helpful for all Christians to read this book: whether you are already using the King James Bible or you are using another version, I think you should read it. I learned a lot from it! It is important to know what you believe on a topic and why you believe it, and this book would help you in that area. 😉 I highly recommend this book!

Note: In part of this book, Mr. Sorenson refutes the claim that King James was a homosexual. Therefore, there is some information about that subject in it, although I don’t think it was inappropriate or descriptive. Parents, please be aware of that fact and decide whether not to give it to your children accordingly.

Joyful Surrender, by Elisabeth Elliot

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   “In our age of instant gratification and if-it-feels-good-do-it attitudes, self-discipline is hardly a popular notion. Yet it may be one of the most important lost virtues of our time. In Joyful Surrender, former missionary and beloved author Elisabeth Elliot offers her understanding of discipline and its value for people of all times. She shows readers how to:

 

  • discipline the mind, body, possessions, time, and feelings
  • overcome anxiety
  • change poor habits and attitudes
  • trust God in times of trial and hardship
  • let Christ have control in all areas of life

 

   “Elliot masterfully and gently takes readers through Scripture, personal stories, and incisive observations of the world around her to help them discover the understanding that our fulfillment as human beings depends on our answer to God’s call to obedience.” ~from ChristianBook.com

Title: Joyful Surrender: 7 Disciplines for the Believer’s Life

Author: Elisabeth Elliot

Genre(s): Christian Living/Spiritual Growth (Nonfiction)

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ (three stars)

Recommended age range: 15+ (because some things are mentioned which would not be appropriate for young readers.)

My Review:

FTC disclosure: I received this book from Revell Reads in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to leave a positive review.

When I saw that Joyful Surrender was up for review, I decided to request it. Mrs. Elliot is certainly a well known author, although I only remember reading a couple of her books (one of which was Made for the Journey). I was looking forward to reading this book. However, I was quite disappointed. I did learn some things, but I would not put this book on my favorites list.

One of the major downfalls to me was the many translations of the Bible used. I believe there were only five verses from the King James Bible (which I use) throughout the whole book. Another issue to me was the fact that oftentimes there was no reference or version next to verses; therefore, I could not look them up in my own Bible easily. (I later noticed that in the back there is are references for the verses in the book, but I did not want to take the time to flip to the back of the book for every verse.)

On page 29 this quote appears: “Why, even faith no bigger than a mustard seed could uproot a mulberry tree, Jesus told them.” However, Matthew 17:20 says, “And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” I must admit that the quote from this book made me quite upset- it’s not a mulberry tree; it’s a mountain!

On page 51 Mrs. Elliot quotes Pope John Paul, and she quotes and writes about other people as well throughout the book who I do not agree with doctrinally (including C. S. Lewis, St. Francis of Assisi, at least one “Father” and at least one “Bishop”).

On page 95, someone named “Qoheleth” is quoted as the author of the book of Ecclesiastes. However, I believe that Solomon wrote that book of the Bible. Qoheleth may be another name for Solomon, but I am not aware of that.

Now, I did learn some from this book. (For example, this quote was helpful to me: “Three chapters per day and five on Sundays will take you through the whole Bible in a year.” I had not heard that before, and I may use that “strategy” at some point.) The chapters on “The Discipline of Time” and “The Discipline of Possessions” were also helpful to me. However, to me the downfalls were greater than the good things about Joyful Surrender. Unfortunately, I don’t think I will be reading this book again.

Dressing for the Lord, by David Cloud

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   “To our knowledge, this is the most extensive study on the Christian’s dress in print. There was a time, just a few years ago, when a message like the one contained in this book was heard from fundamentalist and independent Baptist pulpits across the world, but that is no longer the case. All too often, any kind of preaching about clothing has become an oddity, an embarrassment, or a type of “legalism.” The resistance of the rock & roll culture to such preaching is so pervasive that many pastors have decided to ignore the matter of dress, thus the battle is lost simply because the ground is abandoned. Yet if ever there ever were a time when preachers need to warn their people about clothing issues, it is today.

   “Modern society is drenched with indecency. A Vogue fashion show would make ancient Corinth blush. To lay a solid Bible foundation for modesty, we give a careful exegesis of about 25 key Bible passages from Genesis to 1 John, and from these Scriptures we develop Bible principles that can be applied to any nation or culture. The chapter titles include “The Origin of Clothing, “Clothing Is a Language,” “The Captains of the Fashion Industry,” “Isn’t This Basically the Man’s Problem?” “Bible Guidelines for Clothing,” “A Study on Biblical Modesty,” “Worldliness and the Christian’s Dress,” “Pants and the Christian Woman,” “Pushing the Edge on Dress Standards,” Questions Answered on the Issue of Christian Dress,” “Testimonies from Christian Women on the Issue of Modest Dress,” “Survey of Men on the Subject of Women’s Dress,” and “Sources for Ready-made Modest Clothing.”” ~from wayoflife.org Note: Although the description says that there is a chapter entitled ‘Sources for Ready-made Modest Clothing’, the edition that I read (printed in May 2017) does not have that chapter.

Title: Dressing for the Lord

Author: David Cloud

Genre(s): Christian Non-Fiction

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (five stars)

Romance Content: Does not apply

Recommended age range: 13+ at least; I recommend that mothers should read it before daughters, since they know their daughters best.

My Review:

This was a very revealing, biblical, and excellent book. I most certainly learned much from it. I honestly think that every Christian woman and young lady should read it.  Mr. Cloud explains principles very well, and he helped solidify some of my convictions. Also, there was one thing that was truly eye-opening to me: that slits in skirts can tempt men. The way they explained it made sense, I had just never thought of it before. We don’t think like men, and it was very helpful to read testimonies from them. I also liked the notes from other women and young ladies with their testimonies of their modesty journey. I would definitely recommend this book!

 

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America in Crimson Red, by James Beller

        “‘Ignorance of our heritage is not bliss. It’s spiritual self-destruction.’

       “Here is the soul stirring, non-stop account of the American baptized believers. In these pages are the long forgotten testimony retold with vivid fervor. This is the story of scorn, ridicule, and hatred conquered by sacrifice and devotion. It is the story of one group of Americans who through patience and suffering gave us the America we all now enjoy.

       “Discover:
  • The origins of old time religion.
  • The American dissident who shed his blood in Boston for liberty 100 years before the Boston Massacre.
  • The obscure New England native who became the most influential preacher in American history.
  • The revival that led to the Bill of Rights.
  • Harrowing experiences of early pioneer preachers.
  • The true origin of the frontier camp meeting—a unique American phenomenon. 
  • The religious cleansing campaign that took place in the foothills of the Appalachians in 1771.
  • Once and for all—was George Washington immersed as a believer at the conclusion of the Revolutionary War?
  • The significance of Washington’s battle sword.”

       ~from the back of the book; copied from the Sword of the Lord website

 

Title: America in Crimson Red: The Baptist History of America

Author: James R. Beller

Genre(s): Christian Non-Fiction, History

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (five stars)

Romance Content: I’m pretty sure it did talk about people getting married, but it most certainly wasn’t inappropriate.

Recommended age range: 13+, because younger kids would probably be bored.

My Review:

This was an excellent book on Baptists in America! It was interesting, and I learned about men and women of God which I had never heard of before. I also learned more about more well-known individuals, such as Isaac Backus, Isaac McCoy, George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and more! (Yes, each of those men were in the book!) I was also thrilled when I found a quote that was in an amazing book I read recently- which I hope I can share with you; unfortunately, it’s not published yet. 😦

The main thing that bothered me about America in Crimson Red were the numerous typos. Sometimes there were too many commas, and sometimes not enough… so that annoyed me, as I am somewhat of a “comma queen”. 😀 However, I think it is worth it to look over that fact, since it held a lot of excellent information.

I think that every Baptist, young and old, should read this book! It will reinforce your faith and inspire you to fight for the distinctives- the truth!- that Baptists have held to for the ages. Highly recommended!

Polycarp

Polycarp (DVD)

cover photo from walmart.com

 “During the second century, Anna, a young slave girl, is rescued by Christians in Smyrna and befriended by the bishop. As she struggles to reconcile her beliefs, she and other Christians stand up for their faith when Caesar demands worship from all.” ~from Google

Title: Polycarp

Producer: Henline Productions

Year Made: 2015

My Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (five stars)

Romance Content: None that I remember.

Recommended age range: There are some parts that would probably scary to young children. However, I know kids ages 3+ who have watched it, and weren’t dramatically affected.

My Review:

This was an excellent movie! I found out about it from a review in an issue of Radiant Hearts Magazine*, and I’m glad that I decided to watch it! It sparked some fun conversations with my family- for example, this one:

“What does ‘Polycarp’ mean?”

“Many fish?” 😀

And this one (while playing a game called Catch Phrase):

“Polly want a [blank]!”

“Carp?” 😛

Aside from that, Polycarp was helpful spiritually, as it challenges viewers if they would be willing to stand for Christ. There were other challenging things in it as well, although I can’t think of them at the moment. {Sorry!} I found this movie to be inspiring. It was very challenging and encouraging, and I most certainly recommend it!

*I realized that the Polycarp review has not been published yet (as of 01/31/2019) but that it will be published tomorrow. (Since I’m the editor, I had already read the review and watched the movie… it’s kind of a long story.) Sorry about that! Just wanted to clarify. 😉

 

Made for the Journey, by Elisabeth Elliot

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   “In this deeply personal account of her first year as a missionary, Elisabeth Elliot shares the challenges she faced as she worked in the jungles of Ecuador to bring the Word of God to a people virtually untouched by the outside world. With fascinating detail, she captures the stark realities of life in the jungle, the difficulties she encountered while developing a written language for the tribe, and her confusion when God didn’t “cooperate” with her efforts to accomplish what she believed was His will.

“More than just a memoir, Made for the Journey is a beautifully crafted and deeply personal reflection on the important questions of life and a remarkable testimony to authentic Christian obedience to an unfathomable God.” ~from the back cover

Title: Made for the Journey (originally These Strange Ashes)

Author: Elisabeth Elliot

Genre(s): Christian Nonfiction/Memoir

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (four stars)

Romance Content: The author *SLIGHT SPOILER!* (highlight to view)gets engaged in this book, and two of her friends also get engaged. It talks about her loving her fiance, *SPOILER END!* but there are no kisses or inappropriate content.

Recommended age range: Probably 12+. There are some gruesome things mentioned, including (highlight to view): a man being shot and dying and someone cracking open his head to get the bullet out, and a couple child births. However, it was not described in great detail.

My Review:

FTC disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review. I was not obligated to leave a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.

I enjoyed reading this book! I am not sure if I have read any of Mrs. Elliot’s other books before, but I had definitely heard about her (and especially her husband), so when I saw the chance to read and review this book, I snapped it up. 😉 Made for the Journey was a very interesting book. It was especially interesting for me to read about Mrs. Elliot’s life before marriage. She certainly went through some trials, and I appreciate it that she was willing to share her thoughts and weaknesses through the trials.

Overall, I felt like most of the book was rather dreary, although there were some happier parts. However, I think this will be a book that I will keep on my bookshelf. 🙂

Note: Just to make something clear: While reading this book, I realized that I don’t agree with all of the Elliots’ theology. Neither do I agree with Mrs. Kay Warren (who wrote the foreward and is the wife of Mr. Rick Warren) on all spiritual matters either. So please don’t think that I do. 😉

 

Speak Truth in Your Heart, by Sarah Mally

   “Many girls try to change their wrong actions, but never learn to discern the wrong thinking behind the actions. In this new book, Sarah Mally challenges girls to identify lies which are root issues behind struggles they face. Including thought-provoking cartoons, stories, biblical teaching, and practical steps of action, this book teaches girls to replace lies with the truth and align their thinking with God’s Word. When a young lady learns to speak truth TO herself, she is planting her feet upon an unshakable foundation that will resist even the most powerful attacks of the enemy. She will see how God’s Word will transform each area of her life as the truth sets her free!” ~from www.christianbook.com

Title: Speak Truth In Your Heart

Author: Sarah Mally

Genre(s): Christian Non-Fiction

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (four stars)

Romance Content: It talks about saving your heart for your future husband and includes other people’s stories of how God brought them together, but there is no negative romance content (e.g. glorifying sin, etc).

Recommended age range: 13+, because of some topics which are discussed (nothing in detail, but it does talk a little about physical purity).

My Review:

This book was amazing. Miss Mally does not water down the truth in it at all; her statements are backed up with truth from God’s Word. The first part didn’t really affect me- I learned from it but it didn’t impact me much- but the second half was amazing. It was convicting and helpful. I really appreciate Miss Mally’s encouragement to be strong for the Lord and to always obey Him.

The one main downside to this book that I was disappointed in was the fact that the King James Bible is only used for one verse (that I remember). NKJV is used for most of the book, and other versions are also used. This was disappointing to me because in all the rest of the Mallys’ books (I’m pretty sure, at least) the King James Bible is used exclusively. It took away from my reading of the book because I skipped over the verses that were not KJB, which was the majority.

Otherwise, I would highly recommend this book! It was an excellent and worthwhile read.

Buyers’ tip: I bought my copy from Christian Book; they seemed to have the best price when I bought it. (Also, when looking for the best deals for other books, check out BookFinder. They search most retail websites; I’m not sure about small businesses.)

 

 

Radiant Modesty, by Rebekah Joy

Radiant Modesty E-book: Embracing God's Design for the Clothing We Wear

  “Do you want to know what the Bible has to say about the clothing we wear? Do you want to know why modesty matters? And most of all… are you wondering how in the world YOU can dress in modest clothing too?

   “Our culture no longer knows what it means to dress modestly, and sadly, many Christian girls don’t know either!

   “In this PDF E-Book we will talk about some of the basic (and not so basic) aspects of modesty. We will look at the Bible to see why modesty matters, what it looks like, and so much more!

   “This E-Book also includes tips and tricks for dressing modestly all throughout the year, recommended books for further reading and more. You will even read about the sticky topic of legalism and how to avoid it!

   “Here are the topics covered in this book:

  • Chapter One: Why Does Modesty Matter?
  • Chapter Two: What Does Modesty Look Like?
  • Chapter Three: How Immodesty Affects Men
  • Chapter Four: Five Common Causes of Immodesty
  • Chapter Five: The Times and Places for Modesty
  • Chapter Six: Modesty Through the Seasons
  • Chapter Seven: What About Legalism?
  • Chapter Eight: What About Makeup?
  • Chapter Nine: Putting it All Together

      “Bonus Material

  • Why I Don’t Wear Pants
  • What I Wear for Various Activities
  • Where to Shop for Modest Clothing
  • Recommended Reading
  • Is My Outfit Modest? {Checklist}
  • Help! My Outfit Isn’t Modest. How Can I Fix It?

   “All of these chapters and resources will help you on your journey to clothing yourself in modest apparel.

   “All Scripture is taken from the King James Version.” ~from MoreRadiance.com

Title: Radiant Modesty

Author: Rebekah Joy

Genre(s): Christian Non-Fiction

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (five stars)

Romance Content: None.

Recommended age range: 12+

My Review:

FTC disclosure: I won this ebook in a giveaway. I was not required to leave a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.

This is an amazing book! It covered some great topics, including why it is important to be modest, what kinds of clothing are modest, and how to fix outfits that are not modest. It was very helpful to me, and I also think it would be helpful to those who have never been taught about modesty. I agreed with most of the things that Mrs. Rebekah wrote about.

There was one thing that I disagreed with, which is this statement: “We all want to be noticed and loved by someone special. However, we must realize that there is only ONE person that can bestow the proper love and attention that we desire and that is our husband (or future husband).” (page 26) The only One Who can give us true fulfillment is the Lord. Yes, I understand her point, and that is to not seek attention from men, but I believe that even your husband/future husband will eventually fail you in one way or another- he is not perfect. Otherwise, I think I agreed with everything she said. 🙂 I would highly recommend this book!

Note: As of 08/19/2018, I believe that the only place you can buy this ebook is http://www.MoreRadiance.com/product/radiant-modesty-e-book/. 

Lettering with Purpose, by Brittany Luiz

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from Google.com

Lettering with Purpose covers basic hand-lettering, calligraphy, and brush-lettering techniques, while encouraging artists to develop their own personal lettering styles and create artwork with purpose. With an abundance of inspirational exercises and step-by-step projects, professional lettering artist Brittany Luiz demonstrates how to create hand-lettered artwork that is at once uplifting, joyful, and empowering!” ~from the back cover

Title: Lettering with Purpose

Author: Brittany Luiz

Genre(s): Non-fiction

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (five stars)

Romance Content: None… one of the projects was of the phrase “Love never fails”, but that’s not exactly romance… 🙂

Recommended age range: 12+, or experienced hand-lettering artists

My Review:

This book was extremely helpful to me and was fun to read. I loved looking at all of the gorgeous pictures of hand-lettering!! If you need inspiration, this book will give it to you. 😉

The author includes info on how to write different fonts, along with sheets on which to practice + trace the fonts. I, unfortunately, was not able to take advantage of those pages, since I read a library copy, but it looks very helpful. Mrs. Luiz also recommends some of her favorite tools for hand-lettering, which was good information to have (except now I have one more thing to spend money on… 😛 ).

I also really like the instructions for turning hand-lettering into vectors; I had read another book on how to do that, but this book helped me understand it better. (Now I “need to” buy Adobe Photoshop + Illustrator… but I don’t want to spend the money, so I’m in a dilemma! 😉 )

There are hand-lettering prompts (think writing prompts, but for hand-lettering) — 100 of them! — in the back of this book, which look interesting. I did not read all of the prompts, so there may be things I don’t agree with in them; I just don’t know. 😉

From the title, I was hoping that there would be some kind of Christian emphasis, but that is not the case. However, I still really liked it and I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning more about hand-lettering.

Thanks for putting up with this review, non-crafty types who follow this blog! I’m hoping that this will help those who enjoy doing crafts and hand-lettering. 😉

Praying God’s Promises, by Linda Evans Shepherd

Popping in to leave a review of a book which I was required to read and review on this blog. 😉

Title: Praying God’s Promises

Author: Linda Evans Shepherd

Genre(s): Prayer

Rating: [not rated]

Romance Content: None, from what I read.

Recommended age range: None, unfortunately. 😦

My Review:

FTC disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review. I was not obligated to leave a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.

DNF (Did Not Finish)

I must admit that I went into this book with an uneasy feeling about it, mainly because I noticed that there are fourteen translations of the Bible used in it. I am a KJB-only Baptist, and while I tolerate other versions in books occasionally, I do not see the need to use fourteen different translations. I would ordinarily put the book down as soon as I saw that; however, I had received this book in exchange for an honest review, so I determined to give it a try, with my King James Bible in hand to look up references with.
While the translation thing was one of my main problems with this book, I found other things I did not agree with as well. I don’t feel comfortable reading (or recommending) this book, because I don’t agree with the theology in it.
For one thing, a quote from Mary Ruth Swope (from her book The Power of Blessing Your Children) is in this book. It says. “By becoming members of the family of God, we receive full rights to the blessing of our father, Abraham. And like Abraham, we can pass on God’s blessing to our children and grandchildren, just as our forefathers did.” I do not believe that we become children of Abraham when we accept Christ; I do not see where that is written in the Bible. (I do understand that this quote was not written by Mrs. Shepherd, but she seems to agree with Ms. Swope, since she referenced it.)
Some verses in the Bible seems to be taken out of context/misinterpreted in Praying God’s Promises. It is true that God has made many promises to New Testament Christians in His Word, but the author “claimed promises” that were not made to her (such as the promise that God made in Exodus 9:16 to Moses).
I apologize if this review came off as harsh or unkind, but those are my honest thoughts from the 40+ pages I read of Praying God’s Promises. I am disappointed to say that I cannot recommend this book to any Christian.

**I received this book in exchange for an honest review (posted on my blog and another website, such as Amazon) from Revell Reads. I was not required to give a positive review.**

 

Let My Life Be a Light: Bright Lights Songbook

Today I have a different kind of review: that of a songbook! I greatly enjoy the music in this book, and thought it would be fun to share it with you! Let’s get on to the review, shall we?

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   “The Bright Lights songbook was designed as a companion to the CD Let My Life Be a Light, released in November of 2009. It contains the piano accompaniment, guitar chords, words, and melody line for each of the songs on the CD, with vocal harmony added to several of the songs. Five additional songs were included in the songbook that are not on the CD.

1. Who Will Shine God’s Light? 2. In Christ Alone 3. Be Thou My Vision 4. The Smile Song 5. Higher Ground 6. I Will Live For You 7. That I May Know Him 8. Before the Throne of God Above 9. Bright Lights 10. Mind of Christ 11. I Am Resolved 12. The Light of the World 13. I Am Your Shield 14. Sing Hallelujah 15. He is Faithful 16. Let My Life Be a Light 17. It is Well With My Soul 18. Trust and Obey 19. My Jesus, I Love Thee 20. Channels Only 21. Immanuel’s Land.” ~source

Title: Let My Life Be a Light: Bright Lights Songbook

Author: Various

Genre(s): Non-fiction, Songbook

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (five stars)

Romance Content: None. 😀

Recommended age range: Intermediate-Advanced pianists.

My Review:

This is one of my favorite hymn/song arrangement books. Although it’s not technically an arrangement book, because it’s meant to be played along with singers, the songs are beautifully set with lots of “improvising” (except you’re not improvising because you’re playing what’s written 😀 ). Whenever I’m looking for something to play, I often grab this book. There is only one song that I will not play: In Christ Alone. While this song may have good words, it’s often played by CCM artists (at least in my experience), whom I cannot support. Otherwise, I love all of the songs in this book, and I highly recommend it. 🙂

I just found out that they have come out with a CD to go with this and a beginner version of this book. I haven’t used/listened to either of those products, so I can’t endorse them. 😉

 

Zvi

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  “For more than half a century, ZVI has endured as the best-selling book produced by the ministry of The Friends of Israel. Millions of people have been touched, inspired, and encouraged by this story of a World War II waif in Warsaw, Poland. As a 10-year-old Jewish boy, Zvi was separated from his parents and forced to face the trials of survival in Adolph Hitler’s crazed world. How he triumphed against all odds and found his way to Israel and faith in the Messiah is one of the greatest stories of our time. Now ZVI and the sequel, ZVI and the Next Generation, are combined in a new book, ZVI: The Miraculous Story of Triumph Over the Holocaust. The whole story — together at last and updated with new information that will thrill your heart. This is a book you will find difficult to lay down.” ~from GoodreadsTitle: Zvi

Author: Elwood McQuaid

Genre(s): Christian Non-Fiction

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (five stars)

Romance Content: Not much; it does talk about when Mr. Zvi met his wife (and eventually when their son met his wife), and their relationships… I don’t remember kissing or anything, but it does talk about “falling in love”, etc.

Recommended age range: ages 12+ (because of some of the things talked about from the Holocaust; 12 may be a little old, but parents, use discretion)

My Review:

Wow. This book was amazing- and what’s even more amazing is that it is a true story! God’s Hand is clearly shown throughout Mr. Zvi’s (I can’t remember his last name) life. It also gives good ideas of how to witness to Jewish people. I would highly recommend this book.

Note: There are some “scary” scenes, mostly when Jewish people are telling Mr. Zvi about their experiences in the Holocaust, but it isn’t extremely graphic. Although obviously I don’t like what happened to them and I don’t love reading about it, I didn’t have nightmares about what happened, either. 😉

 

Note: May I mention that this is the 101st post published on this blog?!? And that there are 103 followers?!? Praise the Lord! If you’re interested in official stats, check out the below screenshot. 😉

Thank you all for supporting this blog, even when I wasn’t active! I can see how the Lord has worked in my life to make this possible.

One Thing I Desire, by Sarah L. Bryant

   

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    “What is your deepest desire?

“Has your life been engulfed by one consuming passion — that you would more deeply know your Savior Jesus Christ and the fullness of the Gospel?    

    “We are given only one life — one blink of an eye in light of a shoreless eternity. What is our purpose in this earthly life? The greatest command is to love the Lord our God with all of our heart, yet how do we love a God we do not know? We know how to fit into the “right Christian circles” and say all the “right things” — but do we personally know the Author of our salvation?

    “Sarah’s desire is to challenge young ladies to pour out their lives in the Scriptures, seeking the face of their Savior — in the days of their youth. This is vital, so that they will be equipped to teach the next generation about the faithfulness of God.

    “One Thing I Desire is penned to encourage you in your quest to seek and know your Redeemer through His Word, that your heart would be enraptured by Christ’s great work accomplished in the Gospel.

     “The grandeur of this One Thing will spur you to love Him more with all of your heart, soul, and mind — and to worship Him throughout all of eternity.” ~from Goodreads.com

Title: One Thing I Desire: To Know Christ More

Author: Sarah L. Bryant

Genre(s): Christian Inspirational, Non-fiction

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (five stars)

Romance Content: None whatsoever

Recommended age range: 12+ (nothing wrong with it, I just think it may be a bit deep for younger readers)

My Review:

This was a very encouraging book! It took me a while to finish it, because it was a deeper read than I am used to, but it was well worth it. This is a book that you have to take small bites out of. You simply cannot read it in one sitting (okay, so I can’t). The first chapter of One Thing I Desire is an elaborate salvation message (I didn’t realize it until the chapter was almost over, though). It was a great refresher to read, and I especially enjoyed Sarah’s flowery writing.  The rest of the book was about growing in Christ, and making Him the major desire of your life. I liked the prayer chapter; it challenged me to be an intercessor. This book was both encouraging and challenging. I’m grateful for the helpful appendixes. I would most certainly recommend this book, and there was nothing that I do not agree with (well, that I remember! 😛 ).

 

 

Will Our Generation Speak? by Grace Mally

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    “Will Our Generation Speak? is filled with dialog–recounting witnessing conversations and giving practical ideas for beginning conversations with unbelievers about the Lord. It teaches how to ask good questions and answer objections, while illustrating points with humorous cartoons and stories. Written from a young perspective, this book gives other young people a vision of how much the Lord can use them in the years of their youth! It communicates how exciting it is to be working alongside the God of the Universe in the mission of saving souls, and it gives young people courage from the Word to combat fear and reject excuses.” ~from Goodreads.com

Title: Will Our Generation Speak?

Author: Grace Mally

Genre(s): Non-fiction

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (five stars)

Romance Content: None!

Recommended age range: I believe it is appropriate for all ages, but it’s targeted at about the ages of 13-30.

My Review:

This is an amazing book! It is VERY encouraging and challenging, like most of the books I’ve been reading lately. 😉 I was amazed at how many examples Grace gave! And how most of them were positive! This book gave me ideas of how to start conversations, and where to find interesting tracts to pass out (the Million Dollar Bill, etc). Mr. Mally’s illustrations added much to the book; my brothers went through it, specifically looking for them. 😛 I would suggest buying a copy of this book to keep on hand. Highly recommended!

 

 

The Family Daughter, by Sarah Bryant

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Title: The Family Daughter

Author: Sarah Bryant

Genre(s): Non-Fiction; Inspirational

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (five stars)

Romance Content: None whatsoever.

Recommended age range: 12+ (there is nothing wrong with it; I just think it would be most applicable to this age range)

My Review:

This was a wonderful book! I enjoyed it more than Miss Bryant’s other book, One Thing I Desire, because it was more applicable to me, and talked about more practical things to do. The Lord used it to convict me in many areas, so much that I began to feel discouraged about how many things I need to work on! However, He is faithful, and will help me as I strive to serve Him. ❤ I highly recommend this book, as it touches many topics that often are not addressed, and everything is looked at from a Biblical viewpoint. Miss Bryant uses many Bible verses, and I believe it would be helpful to actually look up all of the verses that she mentions, and to do a study on it (a study guide would also be helpful, but I don’t believe that she has published one). Again, this is highly recommended, and I encourage you to read it. 😉

 

 

Christ-Walk Journal

Hello, everyone! In case you didn’t figure it out, I (totally last-minute) decided to change the schedule to every-other week again…. sorry! I’ve been super busy lately, working on RHM.

Today we have a rather unusual review~ of a journal. This is no ordinary journal, however; it is called the Christ-Walk Journal. As you have probably figured out by the title, it is a journal designed to help you grow in your walk with Christ. Let’s get on to the review!

 

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  “The Christ-Walk journal is a tool designed to help any believer discover God, obey His voice, and share their relationship with Him! Walking with God and teaching others to do the same is what the disciple of Christ does. At the core of you are as a believer is the reality that God made you to multiply. As you live connected to God through the Word of God and prayer, your life will have impact on those around you – the impact of the life of Christ lived out through you. This is The Christ-Walk.

  “The Christ-Walk Journal, available in blue or magenta, includes:
– Christ-Walk binder
– One set of five tabs
– Daily Journal Pages: Eight weeks of pages to record your time with the Lord each day and listen to Christ’s direction for you as you seek to obey Him and share Him with others.
– Prayer Helps Section: A guide for you in your time with God. Specific helps are given to move you through the various aspects of prayer and meditation on the Word of God.
– Small Group Pages: Eight weeks of pages to record your notes from your weekly small group Discovery Bible Study.
– Sermon Notes: Simple pages to record how God is speaking to you through the preaching of the Word of God during the church services you attend on a regular basis.” ~from fallsbaptist.org

Title: The Christ-Walk Journal

Author: Mark Gillmore, Sr & Micah Shoultz

Genre(s): Non-fiction, Journals (I suppose)

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Romance Content: None whatsoever. 😉

Recommended age range: 10+, because younger children may not make the commitment to keep doing this

My Review:

I love using this journal! It has helped me in my walk with Christ so much! In this review, I will be focusing on the prayer aspect of the journal, as this is the only main part that I have used (other than the Sermon Notes section).

The prayer journal is designed so that you will pray for an hour. Although it was hard at first to get into making this a part of my schedule, the Lord has helped me to make it a priority. The hour is split up into ten sections: Worship & Praise, Waiting on God, Confession of Sin, Spiritual Warfare, Claiming Promises, Intercession & Petitions, Thanksgiving, Meditation & Discovery, Listening, and Praise & Singing. For most of them, you only pray for five minutes, but for Intercession & Petitions and Meditation & Discovery, the goal is to pray for ten minutes.

At first, when I got this journal, I had no idea what to do for some of the sections. The authors give you a short summary of what you are supposed to pray about for each of them, but I was still confused. Thankfully, my dad helped me understand them all, and now I know what to do (for most of them; we’re not sure if we’re doing it all the way the authors’ intended, but it has been working. Take this review with a grain of salt, since I may not be using it exactly right). 😉

I would have to say that my favorite section is probably Claiming Promises. In this section, you look for things that the Lord has promised you in His Word, write them down, and meditate on them. I like doing this, because it reminds me of treasure hunting- searching for small treasures in the Bible. 🙂

I also like Meditation & Discovery, where you read a passage, write down a key verse from it, and meditate on that verse. I use this section for memorizing verses, and it has proved very helpful.

Listening is a challenging section; you are supposed to write an “I Will” statement and how you will share with others in the next 24-48 hours. I have a hard time with this one sometimes, but God has helped me make different things a priority in my life through it.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to go through all of the sections! I just thought that I would give you a glimpse of what it is like to use this journal. As I said before, it has helped me to grow in my walk with the Lord in many different areas. I would definitely recommend getting one, even though they are a bit pricey. 😉

I hope that you enjoyed reading this review, and that it has challenged you to make prayer a priority in your life.

There Was Always Laughter in Our House review

   Yes, we’re back to the schedule I set forth at the beginning of the month! I do apologize for the mixed-up schedule; when I put it together, I didn’t consider the blog tours that I signed up for. Well, hopefully now we can get back on track! 🙂

    And, for those who are wondering, I’m planning on doing the same schedule in December, just because I haven’t been reading as much lately (*gasp*) and have been writing even fewer reviews. Thank you all so much for following even during “times like these”. 😉

Well, let’s get on to the post! 🙂

   “What do you get when you mix two parents who grew up in the city, six kids who have always lived in the country, and add homeschooling? You get a whole lot of laughter!

“Homeschool graduate and author Sarah Holman shares stories about her family that range from thought-provoking to side-splitting. She shares both hilarious mistakes and heartbreaking moments in her family. In this collection of stories, she endeavors capture some of the answers to the questions people have often asked her about growing up in a conservative homeschool family as well as some of the wisdom she has gleaned along the way. Sarah invites you to open up this scrapbook of memories. She hopes that you come away encouraged, inspired…and laughing.” ~from Goodreads.com

Title: There Was Always Laughter in Our House

Author: Sarah Holman

Genre(s): Non-fiction, biography

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Romance Content: Nothing bad; talks once about getting married.

Recommended age range: Would be appropriate for all ages; I recommend 12+ for interest level.

My Review:

FTC disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review. I was not obligated to leave a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.

For some reason, I feel like crying. It’s not like this book was sad or anything… perhaps it’s because it’s over. ❤
I enjoyed this book tremendously! It was simply amazing! Coming from a homeschooled perspective myself, I knew a lot about some of the stuff she talked about… but then again, that’s not to say that her family is not unique! It was interesting to learn about unit studies… they sound like a lot of fun (we do Classical {I guess that’s what you call it?? 🙂 }). It sounds like the Holman family went through some tough times, but I loved how they still trusted in God and loved each other through it all.
I also loved the pictures at the beginning of each chapter- I think I’ve learned to recognize most of the Holmans on sight… but then again, Rebekah, Sarah and Mikayla (okay, so Grace too) look a lot alike… Rose is the easiest to spot (well, besides Michael, of course); in my opinion, she doesn’t look much like the rest of the family. 🙂
I can’t say that this book was rolling-in-laughter funny, but it did have some funny parts. 😉
There was one minor theological point that I didn’t agree with, but otherwise I cannot think of anything that I didn’t like. I would most certainly recommend this book to everyone, homeschoolers and non-homeschoolers alike!

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review.**

To see my post for the blog tour for this book, please click here.

BLOG TOUR!!! There Was Always Laughter in Our House

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What do you get when you mix two parents who grew up in the city, six kids who have always lived in the country, and add homeschooling? You get a whole lot of laughter!Homeschool graduate and author Sarah Holman shares stories about her family that range from thought-provoking to side-splitting. She shares both hilarious mistakes and heartbreaking moments in her family. In this collection of stories, she endeavors capture some of the answers to the questions people have often asked her about growing up in a conservative homeschool family as well as some of the wisdom she has gleaned along the way. Sarah invites you to open up this scrapbook of memories. She hopes that you come away encouraged, inspired…and laughing.”

This books looks very interesting and fun and I’m super excited to read it. 🙂 Yes, I unfortunately haven’t been able to read it yet, due to a couple things, including a broken computer and a tight schedule. :/ However, I will review it on this blog as soon as I read it. 🙂

About the Author:

Sarah Holman is a not so typical mid-twenties girl: A homeschool graduate, sister to six awesome siblings. If there is anything adventuresome about her life, it is because she serves a God with a destiny bigger than anything she could have imagined. You can find out more about her (and more about the blog tour- my insert) at her website: http://www.thedestinyofone.com.

Giveaway, Anyone?

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Click here for a free e-book! 🙂
My friend and cousin Chloe is also posting a review on her blog today! You can find her blog here.

Modern Prairie Sewing, by Abigail A. Long

   “Gone are the days of confusing instructions and difficult patterns. With this book, Modern Prairie Sewing, you’ll discover that sewing doesn’t have to be complicated at all. The 20 cleverly thought-out projects develop technical skills and include the author’s secret sewing tricks to guarantee success. Some designs add design details that are cute and clever and, as a bonus, raise your skill level. A box pleat or gusset may seem fancy and complicated, but with this guide, they are totally doable.” -Google Book

Title: Modern Prairie Sewing

Author: Abigail A. Long

Genre(s): Non-fiction, DIY, crafting

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Romance Content: None; this is a non-fiction book. 😛

Recommended age range: 7+ with help, 13+ without

My Review:

One of my best friends recommended this book to me, and I’m glad that she did! It is really cool. The directions are simple and easy to follow, and most of the clothes are modest (in one of the pictures, the girl is wearing a tight shirt with a jacket over it, and I don’t consider that very modest; other than that, it’s fine). 🙂 I’m currently making the Riverwalk Skirt:

Picture credit: Abigail Long

ISN’T IT BEAUTIFUL?!? 😀 Hopefully mine will look that good. 😉

The pictures are simply gorgeous… ❤ ❤ ❤ which brings me to the one bad thing about this book- it is likely to make you jealous. Just sayin’. 😀

I would most certainly recommend this book, but I would also recommend having a person who knows how to sew help you; some of the projects are kinda tricky. If you don’t have someone helping you, I would recommend doing the pillowcase. It’s cute, and you don’t need a lot of skills to make it (I personally haven’t made it, but it looks super easy).

 

 

 

The Art & Craft of Writing Christian Fiction

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   “To write a powerful, meaningful Christian novel, you must embrace the soaring creativity inspired by faith, while also committing to the serious discipline required of an artisan. You must be able to weave a compelling story with an underlying message that deeply affects both your characters and your readers.

“As fulfilling as the Christian genre is, the road to a satisfying story- and publication- is filled with hard work. But take heart. The Art & Craft of Christian Fiction can help make the journey easier. Inside, author Jeff Gerke provides page after page of insightful instruction and encouragement.” ~excerpt from back cover.

Buy on Amazon

Title:  The Art & Craft of Writing Christian Fiction

Author: Jeff Gerke

Genre(s): Non-fiction; Self-help

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Romance Content: None that I remember; there may have been some in the short examples he gave.

Recommended age range: 16+, 10+ if you skip chapter 51 (on profanity but includes some stuff that I would not have read if I knew it was there)

My Review:

This book was amazing! Although I wouldn’t admit it to anyone at the time, when I started this book, I was a bit doubtful that my project for Nanowrimo would be good. I didn’t feel like I had everything in place or that anyone would enjoy it. Well, this book has solved my problem. 🙂 Mr. Gerke covers many topics, most of which were helpful to me (I say most because the profanity section was not relevant to me; I would never put profanity into my books, for several reasons. However, I can see that it would be helpful to many people).

I do have one thing that I most certainly didn’t approve of… but I’ll take another author’s words (from her review) to say it: “…One in particular did not appeal to me (he was explaining how to portray a vile character without using language, and I found the example defiling). Because of this, the conservative teen might want to beware….” Thanks for the tip, Amanda! That part can be avoided by skipping chapter 51 (and I highly recommend you do so).
Mr. Gerke compares writing a book to making a movie, which really struck home for me. It helped me understand what he was talking about. However, I haven’t watched any of the movies that he mentioned, so the tips weren’t as pertinent to me as they could have been (*gasp* Yes, I haven’t watched Star Wars or Indiana Jones, which are probably the most famous of the movies he mentioned. We’re weird. What can you expect? :P).
All in all, this was an amazing book, and it really helped me strengthen the plot and characters of my own novel. I would recommend it to any writer who is dedicated to getting better and learning the craft. 🙂

 

 

 

My To-Read List: Inspirational/Non-Fiction

This is the first post in a series about the books that I want to read. 🙂

If any of you follow me on Goodreads, you most likely know that I have a *ahem* small to-read list of only 91 books, currently. 😀 To some, that may seem large, but to others (in fact, to most of the people I “know” on Goodreads), it probably seems very small since everyone else’s list is soooo long.  😛

I thought it would be fun to share the books that I especially want to read, so that you can check them out and/or let me know that they are not good and I shouldn’t read them.

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Note: I have not read any of the books in this post and therefore cannot recommend them. I have heard many good things about them, however, and that is why I am sharing about them.

Today I will be talking about the non-fiction and inspirational books that I want to read (these aren’t all of the non-fiction/inspirational books that are on my to-read list; they are just the ones that I want to read the most). 🙂

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   “Sharing from her own struggles and triumphs, homeschooler Sarah Bryant encourages young ladies to become vital cornerstones in their father’s home, while preparing for godly womanhood. Filled with encouragement and personal testimonies, The Family Daughter will help Christian girls begin the journey of being their family’s pillar of strength and virtue.” ~from Amazon

This book sounds really good, and I’m hoping to buy it soon. If I do, I’ll be sure to review it on here. 😉

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   “Has your life been engulfed by one consuming passion — that you would more deeply know your Savior Jesus Christ and the fullness of the Gospel?

   “We are given only one life — one blink of an eye in light of a shoreless eternity. What is our purpose in this earthly life? The greatest command is to love the Lord our God with all of our heart, yet how do we love a God we do not know? We know how to fit into the “right Christian circles” and say all the “right things” — but do we personally know the Author of our salvation?

   “Sarah’s desire is to challenge young ladies to pour out their lives in the Scriptures, seeking the face of their Savior — in the days of their youth. This is vital, so that they will be equipped to teach the next generation about the faithfulness of God.

   “One Thing I Desire is penned to encourage you in your quest to seek and know your Redeemer through His Word, that your heart would be enraptured by Christ’s great work accomplished in the Gospel.

   “The grandeur of this One Thing will spur you to love Him more with all of your heart, soul, and mind — and to worship Him throughout all of eternity.” ~from King’s Blooming Rose (the author’s ministry)

I know, this is by the same author as the last one. 🙂 A friend of mine once showed me an article from the King’s Blooming Rose Magazine, which is how I found these books. From what I have heard, the books and the magazine are very good. I’m hoping to get all three soon. 😀

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   “Will Our Generation Speak? is filled with dialog—recounting witnessing conversations and giving practical ideas for beginning conversations with unbelievers about the Lord. It teaches how to ask good questions and answer objections, while illustrating points with humorous cartoons and stories. From a young person to other young people, it addresses the fears we face and excuses we make, and provides vision for being strong for the Lord in our youth. It communicates how exciting it is to be working alongside the God of the universe in the mission of saving souls.” ~from Tomorrow’s Forefathers

This sounds like another great book. I’ve read Before You Meet Prince Charming (my review here) by this author’s sister, and that was really good. I really want to read this one. 😉

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   “30 pages jam-packed with resources.

   “The Bookbug Epic Character Workbook and Guide is full of great worksheets, character questionnaires, an intro into MBTI typing for characters, and lots more!” ~from Goodreads

In this post, the author says that if you sign up for her newsletter you will get it for free. That seems like a pretty good deal to me! *goes and signs up* (tip: make sure to check your spam if you sign up; the sign-up email I got went to spam. 😉 ) This is written by the author of Jonas and Olivia (which I reviewed here). She did a great job on the characters in that book! 🙂

Well, that was fun to write and I didn’t even have to read a book! 😀 Now it’s your turn to write-

Have you read any of these books?

If so, were they good?

Did you like this post?

Would you enjoy reading more posts like this?

Let me know in the comment section! 🙂

 

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The Teenage Years of Jesus Christ, by Jerry Ross

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“Teenagers – Read this book! Discover the priorities of Jesus Christ when He was a teenager here on earth. Are they the same as yours?

“Parents – Read this book! All parents follow some pattern when rearing their children. What better master plan than the plan of the Master?

“Youth Workers – Read this book! This book is loaded with ideas to help you help your young people accept the ultimate challenge.

“Pastors – Read this book! Rich in scriptural support, this is a book that reminds us all of the ultimate purpose and goal of the ministry.” ~from the back of the book

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Title: The Teenage Years of Jesus Christ

Author: Jerry L. Ross

Genre(s): Devotional, Inspirational

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Romance Content: Nothing bad; he talks some about staying pure (nothing in detail) and how to deal with relationships with people of the opposite gender.

Recommended age range:  12+

My Review:

This is an amazing book! It certainly opened my eyes in many areas and encouraged me to “press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14). This is a book to read over and over, for there is no way (I, at least) can comprehend and put into practice everything that Mr. Ross says the first time. 🙂

This book is very encouraging and up-lifting, but doesn’t hide the fact that it will be hard to follow Christ… but we still must press on. I highly recommend this book; it is an encouragement and help to me.

 

I found this graphic with one of the quotes from the book on it and thought it would be fun to share:

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((it goes on to define the wise and the simple teenager {based on the book of Proverbs}))

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before You Meet Prince Charming {Study Guide}

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       “A young lady who is pure will shine with a radiant brightness in this world of darkness. How can a young lady stay physically and emotionally pure as she waits for God’s best in marriage? What should be her primary focus? How can she build close relationships with her parents? How can she be growing daily in her walk with Christ? What are some practical ways she can deal with a crush? What principles should she remember in her friendships with young men? How can she be wise in her internet usage?

“Recommended for individual or small group use, this study guide is a helpful companion to the book Before You Meet Prince Charming. Including memory verses, personal reflection, discussion questions, and suggested activities, it challenges girls to dig into God’s Word for themselves, seek to know the Lord and learn His ways, and evaluate their own lives based upon His truth.”

Title: Before You Meet Prince Charming Study Guide

Author: Sarah Mally and Bekah May

Genre(s): Christian Non-Fiction, Study Guides

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Content: 5/5

My Review:

This was a challenging and encouraging study guide to Before You Meet Prince Charming. 

Each chapter has 10-13 questions, based on what the chapter was about. Most of the questions have Bible verses to go with them, and I found that this was very helpful.

This book was very helpful as I re-read Before You Meet Prince Charming, and I highly recommend it. I would suggest that, if you go through it as a group, you should do it with your mom or some other individual(s) who you are willing to share personal stuff with, because some of the questions get pretty personal and in depth (although nothing inappropriate, of course). 😉

 

 

 

 

Florence Nightingale: God’s Servant at the Battlefield

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  “Florence went against the wishes of her wealthy parents and defied social custom when she took up a career that no respectable woman of that day would even consider. She became a nurse.

  History knows her now as “The Lady with the Lamp.” Night after night she walked among the cots of wounded soldiers, carrying her kerosene lamp to light the darkness and wearing her cape to keep out the cold. She was always ready to bandage the wounds of a bleeding soldier, give a drink of water to a thirsty patient, or write a letter home for a private on his deathbed.

  Up until Florence’s time, the hospitals in England were a disgrace. Could she better conditions? She would have to overcome the resistance of high officials, the apathy of the public, and even the ignorance of doctors.

  Throughout her life, Florence remembered the entry in her diary when she was still a girl: ‘God spoke to me and called me to His service.'” -from inside front cover

Title: Florence Nightingale: God’s Servant at the Battlefield 

Author: David R. Collins

Genre: Christian Non-Fiction

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Content: 5/5

My Review:

This was a great mix of non-fiction and fiction. It included a lot of accurate historical facts, but it wrote of Florence’s conversations and thoughts, most of which are probably not completely accurate.  I loved learning more about Florence and her family. I did not know that she was wealthy before I read this book. I hope to read more books in this series in the future.

Missionary Stories with the Millers, by Mildred A. Martin

Experience thrilling adventure as the Christian missionaries on these pages meet witch doctors, disease, drought, hate-filled guerillas, a Bible thief and killer cats!

Best of all, each one of these stories is based on an actual happening from the lives of real people.  Follow these missionaries as they respond to God’s call.   Some of them miraculously escape danger, while others face martyrdom for Christ- but the soldiers of the Cross always win in the end!

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Author: Mildred A. Martin

Genre: Christian Non-Fiction

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Content: 5/5

My Review:

I absolutely loved this book!  I loved learning about how God protected different people who were serving Him.  Missionary Stories with the Millers also gave me a heart for missions.  I would recommend this book for children 8+.  It would also be good for kids younger than that, but there are some scary parts, so I recommend that parents read through it first to decide if it would be appropriate.

 

 

Indian Captive, by Lois Lenski

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“In this classic frontier adventure, Lois Lenski reconstructs the real life story of Mary Jemison, who was captured in a raid as young girl and raised amongst the Seneca Indians. Meticulously researched and illustrated with many detailed drawings, this novel offers an exceptionally vivid and personal portrait of Native American life and customs.”

Title: Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison

Author: Lois Lenski (http://www.loislenskicovey.org/)

Best Suited For: Ages 12+

Genre: Historical Fiction

Rating: 4/5 stars

Content:  3/5 stars. This book was an accurate portrayal of the Seneca life.  On the downside, to maintain the accuracy, Indian Captive mentioned false gods frequently.  There were also women in the drawings who were not fully clothed.

My Review: This was a wonderful book.  The only things I did not like about it were the things I mentioned in the Content section.  I enjoyed how it explained, in detail, of how they made pottery, moccasins, and planted and cared for corn, beans, and squash.  Molly Jemison seemed to be a nice girl, although she shouldn’t have believed the Indians when they talked about their ‘gods’.  As I said above, I think this book would be best for ages 12+, and I would recommend that parents read it before younger children do.

 

 

 

Before You Meet Prince Charming by Sarah Mally

 

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“This guide to radiant purity combines the thoughts and events in the life of a young princess with solid, clear teaching of Biblical convictions that young ladies today need to grasp. Through a captivating fairy tale, modern day examples, practical instruction and abundant humor, Sarah Mally challenges young ladies to turn to the Lord for fulfillment, to guard their hearts and minds, to identify and avoid the world’s thinking and to shine brightly in this generation.

This book offers biblical answers to everyday questions and deep life struggles. It includes many practical tips for girls such as how to guard your heart when you have a crush, being wise in Internet usage, how to strengthen relationships with parents, and how to use your single years wisely.”

Title: Before You Meet Prince Charming

Author: Sarah Mally

Genre(s): Christian Non-Fiction

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Content: 5/5

Review:

I really liked this book. It was very convicting to me, and I think that every Christian girl should read it. In the first part of every chapter there is a continuing fairy tale of a princess and how she waits for her Prince Charming. The second part of each chapter teaches different aspects of courtship, purity, and the like.  As the website says, it would be good for ladies ages 8-100! There is nothing inappropriate for younger readers in it, as with some other Christian purity books, and I really appreciate that aspect of it. I highly recommend Before You Meet Prince Charming! 🙂

 

 

Hooked On Rubber Band Jewlery by Elizabeth M. Kollmar

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About This Book:

“Go beyond the loom with Hooked on Rubber Band Jewelry! Young crafting prodigy Elizabeth M. Kollmar takes the rubber band jewelry craze to a whole new level, with innovative techniques and totally cool designs. This amazing book shows you how to create dazzling rubber band bracelets and necklaces-without ever using a loom! All you need is a double-ended crochet hook to get started making fabulous bling. Elizabeth takes you step-by-step through every stage of the process, with clear how-to photos and easy-to-follow diagrams. Her simple rochet hook method allows you to work your creations to any length. Learn to expand the possibilities of rubber band jewelry by adding attractive charms, beads, and buttons. Twelve awesome designs offer endless variations for hours of creative fun.” Exerpt from the back of the book.

  I enjoy making them and made one for each of the girls in our church. My favorite pattern was the strawberry one. It looks so realistic! The author’s website is at http://elizabethkollmar.com. She is eleven years old, just like some of you!

Series: None

Publisher: Design Originals

ISBN:9781574219159

Written By: Leona G.,10 yrs

 

 

The Secret Soldier: The Story of Deborah Sampson by Ann McGovern

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“In 1778, when Deborah Sampson was 18 years old, most girls her age were settling down and getting married. But Deborah had other ideas. She wanted to travel and have adventures-even if it meant dressing like a man!  In 1782, The Revolutionary War was still going on. And no one suspected that the man in the uniform was really a woman.” Exerpt from the back of the book. 

Review: I really liked this book. It is only 64 pages long, so it would be good for younger girls ages 7-9. It is a informing biography on women in the 16th century. ♥♥♥♥♥

Series: None

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

ISBN: 9780590430524

Written By: Leona G., 10 yrs.

Mary Slessor: Faith in West Africa by Rebecca Hammond

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“Perhaps the greatest thing that can be said about Mary Slessor is that she was born a missionary. From her earliest days, her dream was to be a missionary and Calabar (Nigeria) was her mission field. The death of David Livingstone was the catalyst for her missionary call, and in 1876, she went to the African mission field.Anywhere, provided it be forward,” was one of her most famous sayings and summed up her life. She toiled for forty years in the heart of Nigeria, constantly seeking new tribes and new people to reach with the gospel of Christ. She rescued hundreds of orphans  from certain death, prevented wars between tribes, helped to heal the sick, and spoke ceaselessly of the great love of God in sending Jesus Christ.” Exerpt from the back of the book.

Review: This is a great book for ages 10 and up. I like the author’s way of writing as if you could understand what she is thinking. Five stars!

 

Series: The Great “By Faith” Biography Series

Publisher: Ambassador Intel.

Written by Leona G., 10 yrs.