Sunday, January 29, 2017

Review of Born After Midnight by A.W. Tozer

Born After Midnight by

Born After Midnight
Will you press into heaven at the expense of earth?
It has been said that revivals are born after midnight. This is not because midnight is a magic hour—it isn’t—but because anyone truly desiring renewal doesn’t tire at seeking it.
Born After Midnight stirs us toward renewal. Be it in the realm of money, worship, worry, or prayer, A. W. Tozer applies God’s high wisdom to our everyday living to show sin bitter and Christ sweet, helping us crave heaven and lose our taste for the world.
If you will take God for who He says He is, trust His promises as true, and forsake the world in clutching for heaven, it will cost you everything. But it will give you eternity. Born After Midnight invites you to seek what cannot be lost.

   Although this book was originally published in the sixties, this is my first time reading it (as a 2015 publication) and I think the topic and approach wonderful. It has a different message than many Christian books today. I don't agree doctrinally with everything A.W Tozer believes, but I appreciated and learned from a lot in this work. The above paragraph sums up well the intent of this book. The challenge of this book is: will you seek God and the richness of a deeper relationship with Him above all other things? What will you sacrifice in order to have a better relationship with your Creator and Savior? This book is directed towards Christians although I think it will help seekers as well as long as they know they have nothing without Christ.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

Liked: Whose Approval Are You Living For? by Kari Kampakis

Liked: Whose Approval Are You Living For? Liked: Whose Approval Are You Living For?


''The deep ache inside of you that often masquerades as a desire for more friends, more attention, more invitations, or more acceptance is really an ache for God.'' -Liked: Whose Approval Are You Living For?

I had previously read the author's book 10 Ultimate Truths Girls Should Know, so was excited about this new publication. In fact, I think this book is even better than the author's first. Incredibly relevant to today's culture, this book uses the world of social media and relationships as examples to explain important truths. I was especially touched by this book because I too went through all the insecurity and feeling of rejection described in the chapters. I am sure most girls do experience the pain of rejection and feeling worthless. This book is solid, deep and full of loving words which will help teenage girls. It will help them (or you) get through hard points in relationships with people, times of discouragement over how God created you, and confusion about God's truths. There are so many answers in this easy-to-read book and I highly recommend it! I will admit that it is best for pre-teen, teens and college-age girls. At 25 I found the examples directed towards a younger audience. But it was definitely a helpful read, nevertheless. It caused me to reflect on the hurts of my teenage years and wish I had dealt with them more victoriously.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

For many girls it starts early. The desire to be perfect. The need for approval. The longing for acceptance and being liked by a lot of people. 

Thanks to social media, these desires now get channeled online. Girls can curate an image, build a following, and test-drive identities until they find one that draws attention and applause. 

But in this quest to be liked and noticed, girls often fail to feel loved and known. The result is a generation of girls who hunger for real and authentic relationships - yet are unclear on how to create them.  

From popular blogger and bestselling author Kari Kampakis comes a powerful book for girls in the digital age. Designed to empower teens and tweens through the Christian faith, it's packed with godly wisdom and practical advice related to identity,friendships, social media, and a relationship with God.  

Topics covered include:
*Living for God's approval, not human approval;
*Cultivating a true identity;
*Using social media wisely;
*Building a positive reputation online;
*Spreading kindness, love, and compassion;
*Distinguishing online friends from real friends;
*Building deep connections that last;
*Handling rejection, criticism, and volatile emotions;
*Activating your Christian faith; and
*Making an eternal difference, not a temporary splash.

For anyone exhausted by the quest to impress - and ready to rest in God's unconditional love - Liked is the answer. Written succinctly with thought-provoking questions, it's an ideal resource for a small group or youth group study, and a conversation-starter that will quickly unite mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends by speaking to the female heart.

Monday, January 23, 2017

review of childrens' book Good Good Father by Chris Tomlin, Pat Barrett

Good Good Father
Good Good Father
You’ve heard a thousand stories of what the good King is like. Now discover His great love for your child!

Grammy Award-winning music artist, Chris Tomlin, and Pat Barrett (Housefires), team up to tell the story of a little bear named Tucker whose life and townspeople are forever changed when they learn just how great the King’s love is for them. When Tucker’s friends need help, he goes to see the King who lives in a castle where the door is always open.

Tucker wants to take the perfect gift to the King in hopes he will be convinced to help. Along the way, Tucker encounters a variety of humorous animals filled with advice who leave him confused about what the King is like. He doubts whether the King would be willing to help. Just as Tucker is ready to give up, he meets the King who runs to him with open arms offering love, acceptance, and help.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

My review of cook/beauty book Eat Beautiful by Wendy Rowe

Eat Beautiful: Nourish your skin from the inside out
Eat Beautiful: Nourish your skin from the inside out by

   This a cookbook/beauty book from world renowned beauty and makeup expert Wendy Rowe. It is filled with delicious recipes which will help restore your hair, skin and nails. The antioxidants and vitamins from the natural ingredients in these recipes will make you glow! I loved the aspect this book takes- using cooking to fulfill ones beauty regime. The book also includes many beauty tips and natural homemade hair and skin treatments. I agree with most of the health advice presented in this book. However, I did not like the photos which are on the title page of each section. They are of beautiful, ''healthy'' (I doubt these models used the healthiest techniques before the photoshoots), glowing women who are unfortunately scantily clad. I didn't mind the photos in which the shoulders were shown, and obviously I don't mind legs...but when more is thanks! Even though I am a woman, this disturbed me. Besides, the models obviously had makeup, fake tans, etc. and didn't look natural despite their glossy wet hair and drops of water on their face.
Apart from the photographs, this book is a great cookbook and beauty help.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Why God Calls Us to Dangerous Places by Kate McCord

Why God Calls Us to Dangerous Places
Why God Calls Us to Dangerous Places

Sunday, January 15, 2017

review of When There Is No Miracle by Robert L Wise

When There Is No Miracle: Finding Hope in Pain and SufferingWhen There Is No Miracle: Finding Hope in Pain and Suffering by

You don't always need a miracle to find light in times of darkness
Heartbreak is impartial. Tragedies--global and personal--strike every day. Destruction, anxiety, and catastrophe have become our daily companions.

Over his long career, Robert Wise has been on the front lines of disaster. From the Oklahoma City bombing to 9/11's ground zero to the bedsides of lost loved ones, Wise has stood on tragic ground and ministered to those who have lost seemingly everything. Each of those hurting people asked the same questions: Why do the innocent suffer? Why doesn't God deliver the light of miracles in the darkest times?

In the midst of his own questioning, Wise has discovered some surprising and encouraging answers. In this book, he shares those lessons, encouraging all those who struggle. You'll learn some unexpected positive benefits of pain and suffering, and see how God is always behind the scenes working for the ultimate good--even when you can't see or imagine how.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Book review God Made You Nose to Toes by Leslie Parrott and Estelle Corke

God Made You Nose to Toes

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Review of the book The Missing Matisse: A Memoir by Pierre Henri Matisse

The Missing Matisse: A MemoirThe Missing Matisse: A Memoir