Friday, September 23, 2016

See the Newsboys in Concert with Adventures in Odyssey

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Want to be entered for a chance to win a free trip for four to hear the Newsboys, the award-winning Christian music band, in Dallas? Sign up to be a part of the movement to protect religious freedom for future generations: Bring Your Bible to School Day! Students from kindergarten to college will be bringing their Bibles to school and sharing God with their friends on October 6.

By completing the information on this page, you're automatically entered to win the chance to see the Newsboys with Focus on the Family and Adventures in Odyssey. Don't miss out on the chance to see a fantastic band with your family!

Plus Sign Up for a Free Two-Week Trial of Odyssey Adventure Club

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Getting used to a new school isn’t easy, especially for someone as paranoid as Buddy Norman. In “A Predicament of Biblical Proportions” he envisions wacky worst-case encounters with townsfolk who seem like mobsters, snoops and fairy-tale tyrants—until he gets to know them. He’s also a little confused about Bring Your Bible to School Day. What’s it about? Should he participate? See Odyssey through Buddy’s eyes in this witty celebration of religious freedom.

Listen to this story through a two-week trial only on the Odyssey Adventure Club.

Review: Discerning Your Call To Ministry by:Jason K. Allen

 Discerning Your Call to Ministry: How to Know For Sure and What to Do About It
About the Book:
If you are considering the ministry, there are two mistakes you must avoid. The first is taking up a calling that isn’t yours. The second is neglecting one that is.

Discerning Your Call to Ministry will help you know the difference. A tool for seminary students, pastors-in-training, and even current pastors, it serves to confirm or prompt deep thought about the calling to ministry through 10 probing questions, including:


Do you desire the ministry?
Does your church affirm your calling?
Do you love the people of God?
Are you willing to surrender?
Pastoral dropout rates are high, and seminary admission rates are declining—signs that many of us don’t quite know what we’re signing ourselves up for. Author Jason Allen, a former pastor and the president of North America’s fastest growing seminary, gives readers a better picture of the calling. Presenting a series of diagnostic questions informed by Scripture, church history, and his own experience, he helps those seeking ordination or ministry positions make confident decisions about their service to God, one way or the other.


My Review:
 I would like to say that I can speak on this subject a little but because my husband was called into the ministry. It has been an uphill battle for him. He has fought to keep the calling and he has fought against keeping it. When in reality this will be something that God will not remove or so we have learned through this whole process.

 The minute that my husband felt that it could possibly took from him, he was heartbroken. But he researched it and found that that could not be farther from the truth. God does not remove that call. He was so fearful of it yet he could not let go of it. The pressure that is felt upon a call into ministry, at least for my husband was so incredibly strong---it could NOT be ignored. God will not be ignored!

 Th author goes through each qualification for ministry that is listed in 1 Timothy 3 with a fine tooth comb and it explains them thoroughly. I really enjoyed hearing his thoughts and commentary on the subject and I will pass this on to me husband. The subject is very well researched and the book was a small short read. A really great book for anyone trying to discern their calling. He even explains the differences in each type of callong. I didn't realize there were several different types. A great thought provoking read!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

See the Newsboys in Concert with Adventures in Odyssey

newsboys 

Want to be entered for a chance to win a free trip for four to hear the Newsboys, the award-winning Christian music band, in Dallas? Sign up to be a part of the movement to protect religious freedom for future generations: Bring Your Bible to School Day! Students from kindergarten to college will be bringing their Bibles to school and sharing God with their friends on October 6.

By completing the information on this page, you're automatically entered to win the chance to see the Newsboys with Focus on the Family and Adventures in Odyssey. Don't miss out on the chance to see a fantastic band with your family!

Plus Sign Up for a Free Two-Week Trial of Odyssey Adventure Club

sept-oac-art-250x250 

Getting used to a new school isn’t easy, especially for someone as paranoid as Buddy Norman. In “A Predicament of Biblical Proportions” he envisions wacky worst-case encounters with townsfolk who seem like mobsters, snoops and fairy-tale tyrants—until he gets to know them. He’s also a little confused about Bring Your Bible to School Day. What’s it about? Should he participate? See Odyssey through Buddy’s eyes in this witty celebration of religious freedom.

Listen to this story through a two-week trial only on the Odyssey Adventure Club.

Litfuse Review: Jesus and the Beanstalk by:Lori Stanley Roeleveld

 Jesus and the Beanstalk: Overcoming Your Giants and Living a Fruitful Life
About the Book:
We live in unsettling, challenging times. Everywhere we look, we see giant problems: giant obstacles to sharing faith, giant barriers to peaceful lives, giant strongholds of fear. But what if you knew eight small secrets to unlocking a strength big enough to overcome whatever obstacle life may bring?
Using allegory and a bit of humor, Jesus and the Beanstalk explores a passage in 2 Peter 1 to uncover eight truths that will help you unleash a larger-than-life faith:
- Faith
- Goodness
- Knowledge
- Self-control
- Perseverance
- Godliness
- Affection for others
- Love
In this creative, refreshing perspective on spiritual growth, you will discover an unyielding strength when you tap the power of a God who is stronger than any beanstalk and bigger than your biggest giants.


My Review:
 We have a giant world out there that is filled to overflowing with giant problems, challenges, and situations. We also have a giant God standing ready to defend us against them all. Sometimes He is hard to see with all the smoke, mirrors, chaos and just plain noise. But alas, He is there! He gets us all through some pretty dark times. The author has used an excellent example with allegory from the fable Jack and the Beanstalk to examine spiritual growth and fruit earning through Jesus' eyes.

 I really enjoyed this book and the take on it that the author had. It was a brilliant comparison that we could all learn a lot from.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Review: The Berenstain Bears:Bedtime Devotional by:Mike Berenstain

 The Berenstain Bears Bedtime Devotional: Includes 90 Devotions
About the Book:
The Berenstain Bears Bedtime Devotional is perfect for little cubs settling down for a good night’s sleep. Including a devotion for each day with a reflection, Scripture, and a Bear Prayer for the End of Day from Brother, Sister, and even Honey Bear, these 90 reflections on simple Christian truths such as God loves us, love one another, be courageous and kind, and much more are the peaceful way to end a busy day.


Bear Country friends will be featured throughout in simple artwork from the Living Lights brand.


My Review:
 Mike Berenstain has really done amazing work with the classics his parents created. I really enjoy these books and many stories from my childhood and I'm able to pass them down to my children, as well. That fact alone makes me giddy!

 A bedtime devotional is the perfect legacy to build with your children and grandchildren. It instills a love and gentleness in that relationship that will span generations. I have read to my children before they drift off to dream every night and my oldest has taken over with the youngest reading to him every night. My youngest says he feels loved more when we do this with him.

  The Berenstain Bears Bedtime Devotional, is a devotional that includes 90 devotions that are based on scripture. each devotion describe a scene that happened within the bear family and then the devotion of the day is further discussed in the small section called Carry On Cub. Short and sweet and perfect for ages preschool to 3 but I read it to my 6 year old and he loves it.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.

 

Litfuse Review: Total Family Makeover by:Melissa Spoelstra

 Total Family Makeover: 8 Practical Steps to Making Disciples at Home
About the Book:
God calls us as parents to be key disciple-makers in our children's lives, but if we're honest, some days it's a battle just to get them dressed and ready for school on time. How can you mold their hearts when sometimes you can't even find their shoes?

In Total Family Makeover, author Melissa Spoelstra gives parents a way--a sort of spiritual track to run on--when it comes to building family discipleship. She focuses on eight key habits of growth:

- Spending Time in Prayer
- Reading God's Word
- Growing Through a Mentoring Relationship
- Finding Community in the Church
- Serving Others
- Taking Time to Rest
- Giving Back to God
- Sharing Your Faith

Disciples are made, not born. Whether your children are babes in arms or teenagers getting ready to leave the nest, making disciples at home starts with you! Give your family a makeover with this practical approach to helping your children learn what it means to be a follower of Jesus.


My Review:
 Our first ministry is always going to be to our family and loved ones. Making disciples out of our family isn't always the easiest to achieve. I know for our family we have tried to disciple our children and most of the time it goes fairly well. My health took a rather drastic turn that forced me to not get them involved with serving community projects as often as I like. So for us it's rather difficult to help in that way. We do require our children to help out at church when they are old enough so we are trying to foster serving in that manner and for us that works for now.

 The author does a great job showing you the in's and out's of discipling your family and she gives excellent recommendations to get you headed in the right direction. My favorite part of these steps would be her suggestion for taking time to rest. I know for us sometimes we get so busy that we forget about this very important truth and it costs us and those we serve.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Review: Fifth Column by:Mike Hollow

 Fifth Column
About the Book:
Detective Inspector Jago investigates, uncovering deception and betrayal. At first glance, the young woman found in the early hours of the morning where bombs have landed is just another casualty of the previous night's air raid. But when the postmortem shows signs of strangulation, Detective Inspector Jago is called on to investigate.

The dead woman is smartly dressed but carries no identification. However, a local engineering company reports a staff member has failed to appear at work that morning and the body is quickly identified as that of Miss Mary Watkins.

DI Jago's initial interviews yield little fruit; no one can think of a reason why Mary would be murdered. But as the investigation continues DI Jago begins to uncover a trail of deception and betrayal.


My Review:
 Summer is the perfect time to sit in and read a good mystery. Mysteries come in all shapes and sizes. This a good one because it is a common who done it type of mystery. While reading, I was questioning every character that I cam across trying to figure it out before the main character.

 The setting of Jago's mystery is in the infamous London. I say infamous because a lot of the mysteries I have read lately take place here. To me it gives a dark and dreary kind of feel which adds to the mystique of it all. Jago is pretty quick with putting a name to the body that is found but figuring out who actually committed the crime is proving to be harder.

 The author's writing is similar to Agatha Christie and it gave a real old fashioned feel to it, which I enjoyed. All of the characters were thick, rich, and full of life.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.