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Book Review, “Peace in the Valley,” Ruth Logan Herne author

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Peace in the Valley, by Ruth Logan Herne, is the third book in the Double S Ranch series.  This book illustrates what can happen to people when they follow God’s plan rather than their own. It completes the story of the Stafford family.

Trey Walker Stafford returns home to central Washington to give part of his liver to his uncle/father, Sam Stafford, the man who rescued him after his parents’ death and took him in as his own son. When Sam asks Trey to help him repay Lucy Carlton’s family for his past uncaring behavior by restoring her crumbling farm, Trey is happy to help.  But as Lucy and Trey work together and grow closer, he discovers Lucy’s past and is reminded of his late wife’s mistakes. He must decide if he can put the past aside and move on to share a life with Lucy and her children. His country singer superstar status only complicates the matter, leaving Lucy to guard her heart and expect disappointment.

I enjoyed this book. It was a fitting conclusion to this beautiful story of forgiveness and restitution. I found Lucy a very down to earth person, easy to relate to in real life. I especially liked Isabo, who seemed to lovingly take control when others needed her.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian 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, “Kingdom Family Devotional,” Tony and Jonathan Evans authors

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The Kingdom Family Devotional: 52 Weeks of Growing Together, by Tony and Jonathan Evans, is a part of an “ongoing transformational series to equip you to live out your kingdom purpose.” It is a Focus on the Family Resource published by Tyndale House Publishers.

This devotional includes fifty-two themes considered essential for spiritual growth. Intended for use five days per week, there are 260 family devotions. Each includes a scripture and a devotion, with some including suggested prayer starters or acts of service. It is designed as a tool for parents to use with their children to instill Biblical truth and spiritual values. The introduction says, “If we’re ever to see the salvation of our nation, we must first pursue the salvation of the family.”

I was impressed with this devotional.  It is one of the few I’ve seen that actually provides a detailed explanation for its use. It also encourages flexibility to adapt it for your particular family. Its hard cover is intended to stand up to a whole year’s use in a busy, active family.

I would recommend this book for anyone looking for practical ways to enhance family spiritual health.

Kara

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

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Book Review, “365 Devotions for Finding Rest,” Christina Vinson author

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365 Devotions for Finding Rest, by Christina Vinson, is an inspiring resource for any Christian.  In this lovely hardcover devotional, Vinson encourages readers to consider, for one year, God’s plan for finding rest.

Complete with a page for presenting this book as a gift, this year-long book of devotions is intended to assist readers in discovering ways to rest within busy lives.  Christina Vinson begins with suggesting arising fifteen minutes early each morning to pray and rest our minds, as well as setting at least two hours aside each weekend to rest. Later, she suggests decluttering our bedrooms so that they feel restful, not like more work cleaning them to add to our to-do lists. She also reminds one that the God who created the world and performed all the miracles in the Bible can smooth out any problem we may encounter.

I enjoyed this book.  Its sturdy, hardbound cover will hold up well for a book intended for extended use. The porch swing on the cover even reminds me of a place to rest. I especially appreciate the list of scriptures used in the back of the book.

I would recommend this book to anyone in need of more rest in his or her life.

Kara

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Book Review, “The Berenstain Bears Bedtime Devotional,” Mike Berenstain author

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The Berenstain Bears Bedtime Devotional, by Mike Berenstain, is a delightful children’s book. The son of Stan and Jan Berenstain, Mike Berenstain continues the legacy of the Berenstain Bear family, inspiring families even today.

This beautiful hardback book includes 90 devotions for families with young children. Each devotion includes a Bible verse, a short devotion, and a prayer from Brother, Sister, or Honey Bear. Several also include a section entitled, “Carry On, Cub!”, which suggests specific actions children can take to execute the ideas discussed in the devotion. The book begins with a bedtime prayer for children to read.

This is a wonderful devotional for families. I especially enjoyed the beautiful illustrations and bright colors used throughout. The topics are practical areas of the Christian life that anyone would wish to instill within his child. Some of the topics included are: God Loves You Very Much, Be Kind and Helpful to Others, Be Courageous, Have Faith, Be a Good Friend, and God’s Gifts and Blessings.

I would recommend this book to anyone wishing to instill the Word of God in young children’s lives.

Kara

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Book Review, “21 Seconds to Change Your World,” Dr. Mark Rutland author

21 Seconds to Change Your Word cover21 Seconds to Change Your World: Finding God’s Healing and Abundance Through Prayer, by Dr. Mark Rutland, explores both the Lord’s Prayer and the twenty-third psalm. Inspired by his own experience with praying these scripture passages daily, he encourages readers to do the same.

The book begins with a forward written by Mark Batterson. Dr. Rutland then describes how praying the Lord’s Prayer, which took him approximately 21 seconds, each day helped him work through depression. He eventually added the twenty-third psalm to enrich his prayer life. After describing a history of both Jesus and King David, the authors of these passages, Rutland analyzes each section of both scriptures, comparing and discussing accordingly. Both scriptures are written out in the book. The Lord’s Prayer is also printed in sixteen other languages at the end.

This is a wonderful book for anyone looking to enrich or expand his or her prayer life in a manner that he may not have previously considered. I especially appreciated the way Dr. Rutland acknowledged that some people believe it is a prayer to be memorized and recited, while others believe that it is merely a template to be used as a guide. This is definitely a recommended read.

Kara

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Book Review, “365 Pocket Prayers for Mothers: Guidance and Wisdom for Each New Day,” Amie Carlson, Karen Hodge, and Erin Keeley Marshall authors

365 Pocket Prayers for Mothers cover365 Pocket Prayers for Mothers: Guidance and Wisdom for Each New Day, by Amie Carlson, Karen Hodge, and Erin Keeley Marshall, is a charming book written to help mothers in their daily prayer lives. It is written on the premise that no matter the age of their children, mothers are continually thinking of them and/or concerned about them.

This book is sturdy, with a Bible-like feel and an attached ribbon marker. It includes a “year’s worth of unique prayers that cover a broad range of topics.” There is a topical index in the back as a reference. Topics include abandonment, change, character, balance, guilt, obedience, purity, and spiritual growth, among many others. Every few days, a few entries entitled Prayerful Moments provide shorter prayers for days when one’s schedule does not allow for a longer prayer time.

I was impressed with this book. Its durable quality and purple cover are appealing to any woman. Its topics cover practical issues that many mothers struggle with every day. Bible verses are listed for each day’s prayer.

I would recommend this book for mothers with children of any age.

Kara

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Book Review, “Tell Me About Prayer,” Stephen Elkins author

Tell Me About Prayer coverTell Me About Prayer is an “Easy to Read, Easy to Understand” children’s book created by Stephen Elkins. It is illustrated by Ruth Zeglin and Simon Taylor-Kielty. It is designed to use a “train locomotive theme as a method for teaching kids core Christian beliefs and principles.” It is based on Proverbs 22:6, which says, “Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

This interactive book comes with a CD and stickers to enhance its message long after the story is finished. It includes Discovery Land, Story Junction, Bridge of Song, Learning Station, Decision Depot, and Prayer Place. Its adorable illustrations add to its charm. Also, it is part of a series that includes books on topics such as baptism, church, faith, grace, and salvation.

I was impressed with this book. I especially liked the interactive methods used to teach. The CD and stickers add to its appeal to children. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for children’s books that truly teach Biblical concepts.

Kara

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