Book Review, “God of Tomorrow,” Caleb Kaltenbach author

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God of Tomorrow: How to Overcome the Fears of Today and Renew Your Hope for the Future, by Caleb Kaltenbach, tells its readers how to set aside fears of the future. The future sometimes “brings good news, and other times it destroys our dreams.”

This book addresses how to face the future in an unstable society. It describes how people of the Bible faced many of the same issues in their time that we do today. Some of the points made in the book are as follows: “Since tomorrow belongs to God, we can graciously offer hope to people of today.” “Christians are supposed to be people who make a place for anyone, even those who don’t seem as though they belong somewhere, because God made a place for us.” “Loving God and loving our neighbor are inseparable actions.” And lastly, “You might not be able to walk a mile in another person’s shoes, but you can get a picture of his journey.”

This book discusses ways to trust God and work through fears of the future. I would recommend it for anyone who has such fears or knows someone who does.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

 

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Book Review, “The Prayer Bible,” Tommy Nelson publishers

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The Prayer Bible for Children, published by Tommy Nelson, is a delightful version of the Bible for kids.  Presented in the International Children’s Bible version, it is designed to help children “develop a heart for prayer and learn God’s Word.”

The many special features are included in this Bible to make it simple for children to use. The large text is easier to read. There are 160 pages of special prayers of the Bible and 64 color pages of poem prayers, scripture prayers, and Kid’s Question & Answers that address questions children ask most regarding prayer. Also included are bold subject headings and bold dictionary words, key highlighted verses, and footnotes. The dictionary and concordance in the back of the Bible assist with locating and understanding information. This Bible comes with a free prayer journal for recording a child’s personal prayers.

This is a wonderful Bible for children. Although I found the cover a little gaudy, the features inside make it a useful Bible to teach children about prayer and Bible study. I would recommend this Bible to anyone teaching children how to use the Bible effectively.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review, “Out of the Ordinary,” Jen Turano author

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Out of the Ordinary, by Jen Turano, is the second book in the Apart From the Crowd series.  It follows Behind the Scenes. The story is set in New York in 1883 and tells the story of a young woman working as a paid companion to an elderly woman.

Gertrude Cadwalader’s employer is challenging, as she tends to steal items from others and then send Gertrude to return them unnoticed. When this occurs at a friend’s engagement party, Gertrude is furious and gives her notice. Upon attempting to return the items, she is caught and taken to the police station. Her friend, Harrison Sinclair, is caught between his sister, who caught Gertrude and called the police, and his dear friend, Gertrude herself.  As the truth comes out, Gertrude and Harrison find themselves attracted to each other and working together to set things right.

This was a wonderful story.  While I found the wording in the book somewhat difficult to maneuver, especially the first half, I also found myself glued to the story line. Gertrude was honest and intelligent. Harrison was unique and confident. But I found Mrs. Davenport a most interesting character, with her flaws and repentant nature.

I would recommend this story to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review, “I’d Like You More If You Were More Like Me,” John Ortberg author

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I’d Like You More If You Were More Like Me: Getting Real About Getting Close, by John Ortberg, is an incredible book. It seeks to assist all types of people in creating deeper, more meaningful relationships.

This book teaches how to overcome obstacles in order to create the type relationships we crave with both God and other people. It teaches how to: recognize and respond to bids for connection, get past your fear of intimacy, sidestep common relationship pitfalls, and make God an active part of your everyday life. Ortberg states that the Bible is not an instruction manual. Rather, it is a love story, a story of Jesus loving us enough to come to earth to become real to us and show us how to become real with Him and others.

This is a wonderful book.  In addition to the personal stories and straightforward information, I appreciated the use of other stories to prove points.  I especially appreciated the use of The Velveteen Rabbit.

I would recommend this book to anyone wishing to grow more intimate with God or other people around them.

Kara

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Book Review, “NKJV Unapologetic Study Bible,” Thomas Nelson publishers

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The NKJV Unapologetic Study Bible, published by Thomas Nelson, is designed to assist the reader in standing firm for God in today’s world. It is meant to help one understand the Bible in a manner that gives “confidence to unapologetically define and share your faith, rooted in the truths of Scripture.”

The goal of this Bible is to inspire readers to be more like Christ in all ways: thoughts, speech, and actions.  It includes introductions for each book to explain its content and give context. It also includes over two hundred articles placed near relevant Scripture passages, over seventy quotations from historical figures, and more than fifty profiles of historical figures.  Included are a Table of Monies, Weights, and Measures, an Index of Features for Canonical Study, and an Index of Features for Topical Study. The Words of Christ are presented in red.

This is a marvelous Bible, presenting many features to assist one in increasing his knowledge of God’s Word. I found the many articles, quotations, and profiles quite helpful. I always appreciate having the Words of Christ in red, as it helps to emphasize His teachings.

I would recommend this Bible to anyone who wishes to truly understand Scripture.

Kara

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Book Review, “A Prairie Girl’s Faith,” Stephen W. Hines author

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A Prairie Girl’s Faith, by Stephen W. Hines, presents a thorough look at the faith of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the author of the famous Little House book series and a true pioneer woman. Hines has combined information from years of research into this book.

Hines begins the book with an introduction explaining that his fascination with Laura Ingalls Wilder began with his reading the books as a child. He then explains how Laura was introduced to faith as a child and would have leaned heavily upon it in her pioneer family, often with absolutely no neighbors nearby for assistance or companionship. He describes Laura’s relationship with her daughter and its possible affect on her writings. He discusses Laura’s relationship with her husband, Almanzo, and their reliance upon faith as they struggled to find a home. The book also includes an interview with Laura’s friend, Neta Seal, who knew Laura quite well.

I enjoyed this book very much. I did not realize that Laura began writing the Little House books in her sixties, or that her daughter edited them for her. I also did not know that Laura had written in many other publications before she even thought about the books. I was surprised to discover that Rose did not share in her parents’ faith.

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review, “Too Far Down,” Mary Connealy author

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Too Far Down, by Mary Connealy, is the third book in the Cimarron Legacy series.  It follows No Way Up and Long Time Gone. This amazing conclusion tells Cole Boden’s role in the story and reveals the criminal causing the troubles throughout the trilogy.

Cole Boden, though torn between missing his life in the east and his love of life in the west, takes pride in running the CR Mining Company on the family ranch. So, when an explosion kills several men and unravels threads of information leading back to other attacks on his family, he takes it personally.  Working with his family and neighbors, he hopes to track down the murderer responsible for everything. But Melanie Blake, while admittedly great help, also becomes very distracting. When all of their lives are threatened, Cole must make choices he never imagined.

I enjoyed both this book and the entire series. The Boden family comes across as real and endearing. I especially like the way Cole takes responsibility for his family and their safety. I especially loved Uncle Walt and wished I knew more about him.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction or western novels.

Kara

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