I received my second free BookCrash book last week! I ripped open the box like it Christmas! Anyway, what a "present" this book is!
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Priceless Stones: 42 Days of Hebrew Promises for Kingdom Living by James Revoir (Crosslink Publishing, 2013)
Dawn’s Recommendation: 5 of 5 Stars
Overview: Journey with the author on a forty-two day quest to unearth the amazing goodness of God which lies hidden in the original Hebrew language of the Old Testament. (from back of book)
What I liked: This book is “priceless”! Very powerful messages that include insight from the original Hebrew words, which helps readers understand God’s Word more fully and how we are to apply it to our lives. This book will help you grow more spiritually mature. Each day’s reading contains a Scripture, the teaching on a Promise (aka a “Priceless Stone”), a prayer, a declaration, and thought-provoking questions. It is a powerful combination of reading, saying, and doing that can help folks get closer to God. I’ve seen prayer and questions in studies before, but the declaration section was neat because I felt compelled to read it out loud with feeling and heart (to God).
I enjoyed learning the Hebrew words and definitions that were woven into the study!
As a writer, I enjoyed the questions section. In my own journal, I jotted down the Day’s point and then answered the questions. This really helped me focus on God and assess my own faith journey. Here’s one of my favorite questions: “Can you think of a time when the Lord protected you from the onslaught of the enemy?” (from Day 3)
I liked the Glossary of Hebrew words at the back.
What I didn't like:
The book didn't include a photo and bio of the author. The blurb on the back only tells how long the author has been a Christian and that he has a Master in Divinity. You don’t get to know him.
The cover is nice, but the graphics and colors don't highlight the "priceless" information inside the book. The colors are muted tan/brown, which is blah. The title color does not pop and as a thumbnail on the internet, it can't even be read.
What I didn’t need:
At the end of the book, I didn’t need to see the Scripture Index, Bibliography or Endnotes sections, BUT because they were there I more fully appreciate the time and effort that the author put into creating this study. I also realize that some other readers may want to see this information and see that it is backed by the Bible and theological publications.
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Last month I read "Heaven is for Real: A little boy’s astounding story of his trip to Heaven and
back" by Todd Burpo with Lynn
Dawn's Recommendation: 5 out of 5 Stars Overview: When Colton Burpo made it through an emergency appendectomy, his
family was overjoyed at his miraculous survival. What they weren’t
expecting, though, was the story that emerged in the months that
followed—a story as beautiful as it was extraordinary, detailing their
little boy’s trip to heaven and back.
Colton, not yet four years
old, told his parents he left his body during the surgery–and
authenticated that claim by describing exactly what his parents
were doing in another part of the hospital while he was being operated
on. He talked of visiting heaven and relayed stories told to him by
people he met there whom he had never met in life, sharing events that
happened even before he was born. He also astonished his parents with
descriptions and obscure details about heaven that matched the Bible
exactly, though he had not yet learned to read.
innocence and the plainspoken boldness of a child, Colton tells of
meeting long-departed family members. He describes Jesus, the
angels, how “really, really big” God is, and how much God loves us.
Retold by his father, but using Colton’s uniquely simple words, Heaven Is for Real offers a glimpse of the world that awaits us, where as Colton says, “Nobody is old and nobody wears glasses.” Heaven Is for Real will forever change the way you think of eternity, offering the chance to see, and believe, like a child. (from Amazon)
What I liked: The story is amazing! It gives a glimpse of
heaven from a child’s experience and it offers hope for all who read it. As Colton told his story to his dad, Todd Burpo, Todd compared everything he said to what Todd knew of heaven from the Bible. Everything fit. The book shares the backing from the Bible to Colton's story, lending credibility.
The book shares Colton's account of: *meeting family in heaven *what people look like and dress like in heaven *what you do in heaven *what happens to babies who die in miscarriage *what's going to happen in the future *how Jesus reacts to children *how Jesus reacts when we follow his will *God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit *angels
"Heaven is for Real" is a very short read and I read it in two days. Can’t stop
thinking about heaven now!
What I didn’t like: The story lacks a little polish and it skips
around some, but the content more than makes up for that!
I just got finished reading Nick Vujicic's new devotional called "Limitless, Devotions for a Ridiculously Good Life". I saw Nick last year at Creation Fest and he is a powerful and fun motivation speaker. I was excited to get this book for free (in exchange for reviewing it) through Blogging for Books!
Dawn’s Recommendation: 5 of 5 stars
Nick Vujicic is an evangelist, motivational speaker, author,
and director of the Life Without Limbs organization.
“Nick Vujicic knows there is no greater hope than trusting in
God’s plan for your life. Born without arms or legs, Nick has experienced both
the peak of hope and the depth of despair. But he has overcome his circumstances
and physical limitations by embracing his faith and understanding the limitless
love and power God has for every person.
Now he wants you to experience that same reassurance of hope.
In these fifty inspirational devotions, Nick shares his most compelling
hard-earned wisdom to help you face obstacles with confidence and courage.
Whether you struggle with faith, relationships, career challenges, anger, health
concerns, self-esteem, finding balance, or doubt in your dreams, Nick’s biblical
encouragement and positive attitude will transform your life and show how you
can overcome limitations because God is limitless.” (taken from book
What I liked: I heard Nick Vujicic speak in person. He is
engaging, encouraging, fun and slightly mischievous. His refreshing take on life
and his personality comes through in this book! As I read, I even imagined his
Australian accent! The devotions are stories about him or stories from people he
has met in his travels. They are interesting and quick to read. In fact, I
didn’t want to stop reading! I read almost straight through, but I am looking
forward to going back to read on a daily basis so I can soak in each Scripture
and devo’s wisdom!
I really enjoyed the Scriptures choices. Many of them are
lesser known Scriptures, so I found myself reading them carefully. Each one fits
well with its associated devotion.
I loved the “Limitless Life” section at the end of each
devotion. It gives readers a chance to apply what they’ve read to their own
lives. For people who journal or for writers, the “Limitless Life” section could
be taken further and used as writing prompts to further contemplate their own
life experiences, struggles, goals, etc.
What I didn’t like: There were one or two devotions out of
the 50 that I found myself skimming because they didn’t share a concrete
personal story and were more general in nature. These couple, though, did not
take away from the overall book because the rest were powerful, specific stories
from Nick or someone he met.
Overall: A great book to keep on your work desk or night
stand to read every day! The devotions uplift, encourage, and motivate you to
come closer to God and to be all you can be. If you struggle with any of
obstacles mentioned in the overview, you will be encouraged by Nick in this
book. There will probably be certain devotions you will want to share with
friends and family to encourage them.
For more about the book and Nick Vujicic, click on the below links:
When things don't go as planned, how do you handle it?
We all have something that "doesn't go as planned". I've got one going on right now and you probably do too. Mine has been on my mind a lot lately. It's not a constant worry, but it is a bad feeling about work. Last night as I prayed, I finally laid it out to God, but I didn't even know what or how to pray. Then the answer came to me, just pray God into the situation. That's it. Pray God there. So I did, and I immediately felt at peace.
I pray. How do you handle when things don't go as planed?
arrives at a remote village in the dead of night. His name is Ludlow Fitch, and
he is running from a most terrible past. In this village is the life he has
dreamed of: a safe place to live and a job, as the assistant to a mysterious
pawnbroker who buys people’s deepest, darkest secrets. Ludlow transcribes the
confessions in an ancient leather-bound tome: the Black Book of Secrets. He
yearns to trust his mentor, who refuses to disclose any information on his past
experiences or future intentions. But what the pawnbroker does not know is, in a
town brimming with secrets, the most troubling may be held by his new
apprentice. (from Amazon)
What I liked – I thought the book might be a little dark, but
I was pleasantly surprised to find goodness in the Secret Pawnbroker. He helped
people in a strange way, unburdening them and helping them financially. I liked
his assistant, Ludlow Fitch who escaped from abusive parents, all of the
townspeople, quirks and all, and Saluki, the tree frog. The bad guy, Jeremiah
Rachet, was great too. A great little book! A nice bonus at the back of the
book included real-life blurbs that told of life back then in England (1800’s)
like coffins with air tubes and bells in case you were buried alive.
What I didn’t like – The ending (when they travel to a cave) was far-fetched and seemed
“stuck on”, almost like a different story. The book could have ended after climax and story of
town/townspeople’s problems were resolved. Even so, I would still recommend this book! Up until that
point, it was great and the resolution for the town/townspeople was very
I was excited to see there are more books in the series: The
Bone Magician, The Eyeball Collector, The Lunatic’s Curse. I am looking forward
to reading them! F. E. Higgins also has a new book called The Phenomenals (new
series). Here’s the author’s website: