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God’s Wisdom for Women

God's Wisdom For WomenTitle: God’s Wisdom for Women
Authors: Patricia Miller and Rachel Gorman
Publisher: Baker Books
ISBN: 978-0-8010-1948-7

“Contentment comes from knowing and accepting that God is in control,” Patricia Miller and Rachel Gorman write in one of the topics of their book, God’s Wisdom for Women: Topical Scripture and Encouragement.

At two-hundred-and-eighty-eight pages, this spiral-bound paperback is for women seeking Biblical support as they experience sadness, longing, and loneliness along with life-altering challenges. Using mainly the English Standard Version of the Holy Bible, also referenced are the GNT, MSG, NASB, NET, NIV, NKJV, and NLT. After a table of contents and introduction, the seven sections are followed by six appendices and notes.

The book’s seven chapters cover knowing God, encouragement, lifestyle, daily struggles, relationships, difficult challenges, and sexuality. Each of the fifty-two topics has a title followed by a short paragraph and several description sections that correlate to Bible verses that are written out. Interspersed are quotes from famous people and highlighted anchor icons of hope. There are bullet points of practical living as well as recommended reading at the end.

~Why ~
I appreciate books that search the Scriptures instead of societal norms, and this one geared toward women helps them with struggles and difficulties. The layout of collected topics that cover three to seven pages each are succinct and to the point with Biblical answers for guidance and support. Some random topics are How to Know God, Self-Worth, Social Media, Difficult Memories, Communication, Abortion Recovery, and Marital Sex.

One example is on contentment which is the assurance God is in control. By relying on God no matter what, accepting His control, and knowing He created us, we are reminded contentment is a choice, especially regarding material possessions, even when others have more than us. Verses are from Psalms, Isaiah, Jeremiah, 2 Corinthians, Philippians, Hebrews, and I Timothy. Quotes are by Shauna Niequist and John Piper. Six suggestions to become more content with five recommended readings complete the topic.

~ Why Not ~
Some women may not like all the Bible verses noted, but these are the true crux of going to God and His Word to solve a problem or situation. Others may want more personal stories added, but I feel that would distract from the book being a topical guide that one could locate an issue and quickly read what God says about it.

~ Wish ~
I wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.

~ Want ~
If you appreciate topical field study guides that are backed up solely with Scripture, this is a great go-to book. However, due to its limitation, it should be read along with the Bible.

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Love Welcome Serve

Title: Love Welcome Serve
Author: Amy Nelson Hannon
Publisher: Center Street
ISBN: 978-1-4789-9291-2

“I hope to encourage you to … tune your heart to hear others’ needs and respond with a pot pie at their door,” Amy Nelson Hannon challenges in her cookbook, Love Welcome Serve: Recipes that Gather and Give.

~ What ~
At two-hundred-and-fifty-six pages, this hardbound targets those interested in food recipes while focusing on hospitality. With half to full-page full-color photographs, it covers breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as appetizers and desserts to share or give to others.

After an introduction and advice on ingredients and kitchen/pantry supplies, the over one-hundred recipes are divided into seven sections that include bites, salads, meats and main meals, casseroles, sides, drinks, and sweets. The ending has a list of recipes that gather and give, acknowledgments, two indexes, and the author’s biography.

With the majority of the recipes having a photograph of the completed dish, each begins with the serving size followed by the title and a short backstory. The ingredients are listed in used order on the right side of a page with the directions on the left in paragraph form, sometimes covering up to two pages and adding a short note.

~ Why ~
While the writer has been a pastor’s wife and is a store owner, she promotes opening one’s home to others, connecting with people over a meal, and showing hospitality through giving delicious dishes to others. The meals target simple, crowd-pleasing, and comfort recipes to share.

A few of the interesting dishes include Peppadew and Pesto Crostini, Anytime Slaw, Sunday Red Beans and Rice, Roast Beef Cobbler, Bacon and Brown Sugar Collards, Comeback Sauce, and Hello Dolly Brownies.

~ Why Not ~
Some may be disappointed that there are not photographs of every completed dish, so one does not know what the finished product looks like. Others may prefer less of the author’s personal commentary and pictures.

~ Wish ~
I wish each recipe included the preparation time to make the dish plus caloric content for those who are conscientious of their diet.

~ Want ~
This is a good cookbook of recipes for those who need a quick go-to dish to make at home or give to a family or person in need. Having reviewed a plethora of recipe books, I found it lacked some key features that I find important when making a meal.

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Devotions from the Mountains


                            Devotions from the Mountains
                 ...Title: Devotions from the Mountains
Author: Lisa Ham
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 978-0-7180-8685-5

“O Lord, thank You for Your shelter in the storm. I need it! I rest in You,” Lisa Ham writes as a prayer overlapping a photograph in her book, Devotions from the Mountains.

~ What ~
At two-hundred-twenty-four hundred pages, this hardbound book targets those who love the mountains as they relate to God. Using mainly the New International Version of the Holy Bible, also referenced are the AMP, ESV, KJV, and NASB. A green ribbon marker is attached.

After an ownership page and table of contents, this book contains ninety devotions, each one being one to one to five pages with beautiful full-color photographs of mountains, streams, lakes, trees, and wildlife scenes. Beginning with a title and written Bible verse underneath it, several paragraphs relate to the topic regarding mountainous nature. A short prayer ends each chapter.

~Why ~
I appreciate devotionals that have little information about the author but focus on God in nature, and this book does that. The stories are brief and to the point, correlating to God and His grace, love, beauty, and creativity. Old and New Testament verses are included.

A favorite was Motorboats and Canoes with the verse of Matthew 11:28-30 written out. The discussion is about the differences in types of the boats and their uses, mentioning how we zip along in life on a motorboat but need rest and quiet a canoe offers. The writer challenges the reader to seek similar peace in prayer and meditation. The prayer thanks God for rest and His kindness and gentleness.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not want to get a book that focuses on getting closer to the Almighty. Others may wish there were more than ninety devotions included. I found the devotions are not in depth.

~ Wish ~
With the stunning photographs throughout the book, it draws away from the writing, so I may be one of the few that wish there were less artwork if it is meant to be more of a devotional than a gift book. Since I live in the Pacific Northwest and recognize some of the mountain ranges, I wish the photographs’ locations were labeled.

~ Want ~
If you like devotionals with beautiful photographs and short reading, this is an excellent choice for someone who loves the outdoors and mountains. It would make a beautiful addition to a cabin or bed-and-breakfast bookcase or bedside table.

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The Daily Question

The Daily Question: My Five-Year Spiritual JournalTitle: The Daily Question
Publisher: Waterbrook
ISBN: 978-0-7352-9081-5

“This keepsake daily journal prompts you to record what is happening in your heart and spirit,” the back jacket states in the book by Waterbrook, The Daily Question: My 5-Year Spiritual Journal.

~ What ~
This three-hundred-and-eighty-four-page hardbound targets those devoted to daily writing in a small book that covers a five year period. Being compact, it can easily be carried in a purse or briefcase or set on a small table. It has a sturdy cover with gold-painted accents, and a gold ribbon is attached for marking a spot.

After a title page with a place to write in the owner’s name, every date in a calendar year has a dedicated page. At the top of the page is the numbered day of the month on the outside pages’ edges.

Each day contains a short question the reader is asked and spaces to fill in below that cover four lines per each year for five years. Example topics of the fifth day of each month include:

January: When was the last day you cried?
February: What can you do to expand your cultural awareness or experiences?
March: What are you tired of hearing?
April: Which fruit of the Spirit would your coworkers or friends say you most embody (See Galatians 5:22-23.)
May: What’s something you’re avoiding?
June: What happened recently that you are proud of or happy about?
July: How have you seen God’s glory in nature recently?
August: What action did you take today to show someone love?
September: What do you have trouble believing God can do?
October: Today I needed more _____?
November: What was the last thing that brought you joy?
December: What Bible verse helps you get through hard times?

~ Why ~
The concept of focusing on one’s spiritual journey over five years is interesting and helpful for a journal writer. This book may be beneficial for those who want one location to pen thoughts, memories, and feelings throughout the years by looking back at the past and recalling its contents.

~ Why Not ~
Some of the questions are quirky, superficial, or mundane, yet some of the more thought-provoking ones may help the reader to write down his or her thoughts, expectations, or dreams. With only four lines that are close together to write, there is limited space. Many of the questions do not relate to God.

~ Wish ~
Since the book supposedly is about one’s spiritual stance, it would be more helpful if a Bible verse was given and a question asked about it instead of random questions that sometimes have nothing to do with spirituality.

~ Want ~
This book would make a nice gift for the writer or young person who enjoys being stimulated to keep track every day of happenings, emotions, or feelings when asked and see how he or she has evolved throughout time. However, it did not do much for me.

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Is This the End?

Is This the End?: Signs of God's Providence in a Disturbing New WorldTitle: Is This the End?
Author: Dr. David Jeremiah
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 978-0-7852-1628-5

“Though it may seem that things are spinning out of control, God has not abandoned us,” Dr. David Jeremiah writes in his book, Is This the End?: Signs of God’s Providence in a Disturbing New World.

~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-forty-page paperback targets those interested in the end times involving America and the world’s ending with the Biblical Rapture and Tribulation. Using mainly the New King James Version of the Holy Bible, the NIV, NLT, and The Message are also referenced. Due to topics of suffering, torture, war, and death, it may not be appropriate for immature readers.

After an introduction, the book contains ten chapters on the topic, ending with acknowledgments, notes, and author’s biography. Divided into two sections, the first half has five chapters discussing America’s decline with topics of immorality, immigration, intolerance, apathy, and praying for a spiritual revival. The second part dissects the isolation of Israel, the insurgency of ISIS, Russia’s part in trying to annihilate the Jews, the imminent Rapture, and translating the Tribulation.

~Why ~
Regarding the first half of the book, I liked how it explained America’s depravity on many levels of explanations. I questioned why there was a chapter on immigration, but I appreciated the reprimand to assist and accept the stranger. Knowing about the increase of Christians persecuted, I agree we need to stand firm in our beliefs, stop being apathetic, pray for a revival, and focus our hope on Christ.

The second part of the book was well-documented as it went into detail regarding Israel’s Biblical covenants, ISIS developments and history, the “Rosh” of Russia, being “caught up” or “harpazo” in the Rapture, and the surprise and severity of the Tribulation. My favorite chapter was on the Rapture with similar past happenings in the Bible and the three sounds described that will hopefully happen soon. The book is easy to read and understand while encouraging us Christians to look forward to the amazing event as we will not be experiencing the final seven years.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not be interested in a book about the end times. Others may have different theological beliefs on the timing of the Rapture or Tribulation. Some who are knowledgeable in end-time prophecies may not glean any new information or concepts in the book, but I found the history comprehensive and the Rapture’s “noises” interesting.

~ Wish ~
As one ardently looking forward to the imminent Rapture, I wish the book explained the author’s viewpoint regarding if unbelievers see Jesus coming in the clouds or hear the sounds (in line with the Apostle Paul’s conversion where those with him heard but did not understand). Other questions not addressed were if all children under the age of accountability are “caught up” worldwide and if there is a second chance for those who have heard the Gospel but ignored it before the Rapture. Including the increase in the occult and witchcraft would be helpful as would an index.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book that explains the end-times by providing history and Biblical background information, this overview will peak your interest as it did mine.

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars

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Seeing the Unseen

Title: Seeing the Unseen
Author: Randy Alcorn
Publisher: Multnomah
ISBN: 978-0735290792

“Life on Earth matters, not because it’s the only life we have but precisely because it isn’t—it’s the beginning of a life that will continue without end,” Randy Alcorn pens in the introduction to his book, Seeing the Unseen: A 90-Day Devotional to Set Your Mind on Eternity.

At two-hundred-and-eight pages, this paperback that is meant to be read daily for three months targets those who want to focus on life with Christ for eternity. Using mainly the English Standard Version of the Holy Bible, also referenced are the CEB, GNT, NET, NIV, NLT, and Phillips. After a table of contents and introduction, the ninety devotions are followed by the author’s biography, information on a non-profit ministry, and notes.

The book is separated into ninety two-page devotions that start on the right side of the page with a day number. Each chapter has a title and short statement, followed by several paragraphs that begin with a topic related to the subject and sometimes referencing Bible verses. The devotion ends with perspectives from God of written-out Bible verses and God’s people, usually well-known pastors, evangelists, authors, speakers, or individuals. Every devotion includes an epm.org blog link for more discussion.

~Why ~
I love devotionals that do not have commentary of the writer’s personal experiences and appreciate that this one contains little. Instead, there are current day topics and ideas that are blended with a Biblical tone of what we do here on Earth affects us later in Heaven. Samples of the titles include Only One Way, Homesick for Heaven, The Master Artist, Delighting in Him, The Audience of One, The Brief Window of This Present Life, The Universe’s Greatest Tragedy, and Under Grace, Not Sin. Able to read each in under a few minutes, the devotions are short and to the point.

One devotion that stood out to me was Finding True Contentment for Day 59. The writer mentions the way to contentment is to see the present advantages of the phases we are in throughout our lives and to trust God’s purposes in our circumstances. Keeping away from idols helps us find true contentment through Christ. The written out Bible verses are from I Timothy 6:6 and 2 Corinthians 12:10, and Charles Spurgeon and Joseph Hall are quoted with further reading on the noted blog.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like themed devotions so would pass on this book. Others may prefer longer or deeper devotionals that explain Bible verses or concepts in depth or only reading the Scriptures as their daily reading.

~ Wish ~
With the title mentioning eternity, it would be more beneficial if there were more explanations of what Heaven will be like for us that is more akin to the author’s expected writing.

~ Want ~
If you like devotionals that focus on day-to-day living as we anticipate a future eternity with Christ, this may be a good selection. Due to its limitation, it should be read daily along with the Bible.

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Picturing Heaven

Picturing Heaven: 40 Hope-Filled Devotions with Coloring PagesTitle: Picturing Heaven
Author: Randy Alcorn
Illustrator: Lizzie Preston
Publisher: Tyndale
ISBN: 978-1-4964-2527-0

“As you ponder these pictures and participate in the art, you’ll more fully appreciate Christ’s promise …“ Randy Alcorn writes in the introduction to his book, Picturing Heaven: 40 Hope-Filled Devotions with Coloring Pages.

~ What ~
A part of the Living Expressions collection, this ninety-six-page paperback targets those who enjoy contemplating on Heaven while having down time coloring. With forty illustrations, the large book has written-out Bible verses, devotions, and black and white drawings with already-colored gold sections. The NLT, CEB, ESV, GNT, NCV, NIV, and The New Testament in Modern English versions of the Holy Bible are referenced.

After a table of contents, the left sides of the pages have a title and written-out Bible verse followed by one paragraph by the author about an aspect, activity, or character of Heaven. The opposite pages are detailed artworks to complete, each containing some gold-filled highlights. The book ends with acknowledgments, author’s biography, a blank page for sketches, and a lined page for notes.

Topics on Heaven include the New Earth, New Jerusalem, Eden, multi-racial people, and worshipping Jesus as well as concepts of time, weather, pets, work, dancing, singing, and joyfulness to name a few. Many of the illustrations have adults, children, animals, birds, nature, buildings, and activities with decorative patterns to color.

~ Why ~
I cannot wait to go to Heaven to be with God and Jesus, so a book like this is apropos. I like that the written words are short and to the point about so many Heaven-related topics, while the charming illustrations are creative and engaging.

One of my favorite devotions was the one about remembering Christ’s sacrifice mentioned in John 20:26-27. The writer reiterates that when we are in Heaven, we will never forget our sins nailed Jesus to the cross and He shed His blood for us to live there for eternity.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ or are not looking forward to Heaven may not appreciate this book. Others may not care for coloring or doodling. Those who are avid colorers may be concerned the cardstock will bleed through to the other side if colored markers or paints are used.

~ Wish ~
It would be nice to add a short prayer after each devotional. I wish the book would lay completely flat.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a special gift to give that special person who has their eyes on Heaven and love to color, this will make a wonderful present.

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365 Devotions for Living Joyfully

Title: 365 Devotions for Living Joyfully
Author: Victoria York
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 978-0-310-08550-8

“These pages will guide you through a yearlong journey toward a transformed, joyful heart that overflows into the lives of those around you,” the back jacket states in Victoria York’s book, 365 Devotions for Living Joyfully.

~ What ~
At four hundred pages, this hardbound for women meant to be read daily throughout a year encourages living life joyfully through God’s promises and desires for us. Using mainly the New International Version of the Holy Bible, also referenced are the ESV, HCSB, NLT, and Voice. It comes with an attached light blue marker ribbon, and there is a Scripture index at the ending.

The book is separated by month with one page dedicated to each day of the year. Each date starts with a title and written-out Bible verse, followed by several paragraphs that usually begin with an everyday topic or idea, later linking it to the Biblical topic. The page ends with a short two-line prayer.

As it concentrates on joy and God, some random titles include The Joy of Sleep, The Lord is Kind, Focus on the Lord, Joy with Abandon, Pain and Praise, Tradition, Without Him, Seeing People, Better Than I Deserve, God of Compassion, Your Name in Written, and A Legacy of Joy.

~Why ~
Without using her personal experiences, the writer calls the reader to relate to an event, memory, or experience and correlates it to how to find more joy through Christ in everyday living. I like that I could relate to the majority of the topics and how God is the focal point. The prayers are short but meaningful.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not believe in Jesus Christ as their savior may not appreciate this devotional. Some women may not like themed devotions so would pass on it. Others may prefer only reading the Scriptures as their daily reading. It should not replace daily Bible reading.

~ Wish ~
While realizing the intent the book is to live a life of joy through God, I wish it had more about Him and less about the world, but that is my preference in my daily devotions.

~ Want ~
If you like devotionals that you can relate to throughout the year, this is a joyful reminder of God always being there for us during our lives. It would make a thoughtful gift for a young woman.

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Russia Rising

Title: Russia Rising
Author: Mark Hitchcock
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-4964-2807-3

“The Bear is rising to take its place among the cast of characters in the final drama of the ages,” Mark Hitchcock writes in his book, Russia Rising: Tracking the Bear in Bible Prophecy.

~ What ~
This two hundred-and-forty-page paperback targets those interested in Biblical end time prophecy and how it relates to Russia. Using mainly the New Living Translation of the Holy Bible, other versions referenced are the KJV and NASB. There are ten chapters, ending with three appendixes, notes, and the author’s biography.

In this informative read, the author dissects the Bible’s Ezekiel 38 to 39 in current time, correlating it to the end times of the king of the North trying to crush Israel and the Antichrist making his seven-year pact of peace. The chapters explain the final four kings, the rise and fall of Russia compared to the bear in Daniel, and the triumvirate of Russia, Iran, and Turkey to name a few. Also discussed is Rosh, Gog, the Hidden Imam, and a prophetic checklist. The ending has the verses in Ezekiel written out, a section by Dr. John F. Walvoord, and common questions related to Russia, the Middle East, and the end of days.

~ Why ~
This book is well-written without being confusing when it comes to Biblical prophecy about Russia during the end times. I appreciated the explanation of Rosh being Russia, Gog is a northern commander, Tarshish’s possible location, and Putin’s “vertical of power” by stealing land, seizing assets, slaughtering, and stifling Western power. According to the Bible, Hitchcock does not mark a day or person in stone regarding the future but offers scenarios, background information, and circumstances happening today that could be apropos to the topic. Including the eternal plan of salvation is key to readers who are unbelievers.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ or are not concerned we could be in the end times may not appreciate this book. Others may disagree with the writer’s pre-tribulation rapture stance (I am one who agrees with the author).

~ Wish ~
With so much happening globally every day, I wish this book could contain up-to-the-minute additions of the day-to-day news we hear that further links the puzzle pieces together when Christ returns. Believing the rapture is imminent, I hope readers take the book seriously.

~ Want ~
If you are trying to figure out the end times Biblically and are unsure of the main players in the world, especially Russia, this read displays it clearly, offering several current variables.

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Morning & Evening Devotions

David Jeremiah Morning and Evening Devotions: Holy Moments in the Presence of GodTitle: Morning & Evening Devotions
Author: David Jeremiah
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 978-0-7180-9261-0

~ What ~
At 768 pages, this brown embossed devotional hardbound is meant to be read every morning and evening. Using mainly the New King James Version of the Holy Bible, also referenced are the CEV, ESV, KJV, NASB, NIV, NLT, RSV, TLB, HCSB, God’s Word, Phillips, and the Message. A ribbon marker is attached.

Containing two devotions for each day of the year, the opened pages have the morning’s contents on the left side of the pages with the evening’s on the right. After a title, there is a short written out Bible verse, followed by a few paragraphs about the topic. While an introduction is at the beginning of the book, sources and several lined blank notes pages are at the back.

~Why ~
I appreciate devotionals that have little information about the author but focus on God in day-to-day living, and this book does that nicely. The readings are brief and to the point, often beginning with a couple of sentences regarding a person, place, or thing, explaining how it correlates to God.

One of my favorites was May 2nd. The morning’s devotional is titled God Never Sleeps with Psalm 121:4 written out. While discussing Elijah’s contest with the prophets of Baal mentioned in the Old Testament, the writer stresses that God is there all hours of the day for us. The opposite page has the title of Succeeding at Failing with 2 Timothy 4:11. When Mark, the cousin of Barnabas, departed from Paul’s ministry, many considered him a failure, but Paul later counts him as a valuable coworker, showing how God uses our circumstances.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not want to get a daily devotional that focuses on getting closer to the Almighty. Others may wish each read were longer in length.

~ Wish ~
It would be thoughtful to include a short prayer at the bottom of the pages so one could apply the devotional to that morning or evening when talking to God.

~ Want ~
If you like devotionals that have both a morning and evening read, this is an excellent choice for one seeking a closer walk with Christ, but it should not take the place of daily Bible reading.

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