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Attend

Title: Attend
Author: Laura Davis Werezak
Publisher: FaithWords
ISBN: 978-1-4555-4148-5

“We who stretch our faces toward Jesus with attention reflect the bright Image of God to others,” Laura Davis Werezak writes in the introduction of her book, Attend: Forty Soul Stretches Toward God.

~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-forty-page hardbound targets women who want to improve their attentiveness to God. Using mainly the English Standard Version of the Holy Bible, the NIV, NASB, KJV, NRSV, and The Message are also referenced. After an introduction, the book is divided into four parts that contain a total of forty chapters, ending with a conclusion and acknowledgments. The eternal plan of salvation is included.

In this compact book, the author reminds readers that in today’s busy world, we should pay and give more attention to God instead of ourselves. The four sections include returning, resting, quieting, and trusting in Him as we do exercises that will strengthen our relationship with Jesus and those around us. Including forty suggestions that concentrate on our physical posture to God, added are hymns, quotes from the Anglican Book of Common Prayers, Apostle’s Creed, and references to Biblical characters such as Abraham, Ezekial, Paul, Simeon, and Jesus to name a few.

From simple tasks such as making your bed, playing with a child, having a snack, giving a gift,  or making a to-do list to uncommon ideas such as spending ten minutes with an onion, praying with beads, listening for the monastic bell, and saying a creed aloud, the topics cover about three to five pages each, sometimes offering Bible verses.

~ Why ~
Christian women often feel out of touch with God when they multi-task between having children, keeping a home, and working. I like that each subject is short and to the point with a plethora of everyday or unique activities.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like the many references to the writer’s life and memories relating to her C-section, two daughters, husband, knitting, or perfectionism.  Older Christian women may have already experienced these types of exercises and have looked back, witnessing how they already have affected their relationship with Christ. A few readers of other denominational beliefs may not care for the added Anglican prayers.

~ Who ~
Living in New York with her husband, an Anglican minister, and their two young daughters, Werezak has a MCS in Christianity and the Arts.

~ Wish ~
Since I tend to be more Baptist in my belief, I wish there were less concentration on the Anglican Church and the writer’s personal experiences. Having more Bible verses would be more helpful. I think the book works best for young women.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a small book that reminds you to focus on the Almighty God, this may be helpful if you are a young woman looking for forty simple-to-do “soul stretches.”

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31 Verses to Write on Your Heart

31 Verses to Write on Your HeartTitle: 31 Verses to Write on Your Heart
Author: Liz Curtis Higgs
Publisher: Waterbrook
ISBN: 978-1-60142-891-2

“Best of all, when God’s Word is written on our hearts, it goes with us everywhere,” Liz Curtis Higgs reminds the reader in the introduction to her book, 31 Verses to Write on Your Heart.

~ What ~
At two-hundred-and-twenty-four pages, this hardbound targets women who are seeking to be closer to God as they memorize His Scriptures.  Using mainly the New International Version of the Holy Bible, over thirty other versions are referenced. After an introduction, thirty-one chapters cover thirty-one verses, ending with a recap of memorizing tips, study guide, acknowledgments, and notes.

In this compact book, the author provides an easy way to memorize short Bible verses by breaking them down into short phrases and explaining them. Each chapter begins with one verse written out, followed by four or five pages that segment it with explanations and interpretations. The ending has a short prayer with a page that gives a numbered tip, the verse written out from the NIV, and a space to write in a favorite translation. Including both the Old and New Testaments, one verse a day can be read and memorized throughout a month.

~Why ~
Having a Bible verse seared into memory is important as one goes through daily life. I like how the writer does not focus too much on herself but the Word instead. One example I liked was #21, Proverbs 27:17 “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another,” as the author explains blacksmithing and the process of sharpening iron. She discusses how character, friendship, and conscience interact with others. The prayer is thanking God for friends and asking for help in speaking in love. The tip is to make memorization personal via a life experience.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Christ Jesus will not see the value of this book that concentrates on memorizing Scripture. Others like me may prefer using only one translation in the book instead of referencing many variations; however, there is a space to write in your favorite version when memorizing. One example I struggled with regarding versions was #6 from Philippians 4:13 “I can do all this through him who gives me strength” as I have already memorized the King James Version that states “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

~ Who ~
The author of more than thirty books that have sold almost five million copies, Higgs is a professional speaker and Bible study teacher who has spoken at more than seventeen hundred conferences in the United States. She lives in Kentucky with her husband.

~ Wish ~
As mentioned above, I would prefer only one Bible version offered instead of referring to so many. Being older in years, I like the King James Version and wish the reader could pick a version to match her needs.

~ Want ~
If you are looking a reminder to read and memorize Scripture daily for a month, this may be a good option if you do not mind the main version used.

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The Stage is Set

The Stage Is Set: Israel, the End Times, and Christ's Ultimate VictoryTitle: The Stage is Set
Author: Bryant Wright
Publisher: Baker Books
ISBN: 978-0-8010-1951-7

“Did you know that prophesied events leading up to Armageddon are happening right before our eyes in Israel at this very hour?” Bryant Wright asks in his book, The Stage is Set: Israel, the End Times, and Christ’s Ultimate Victory.

~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-forty-page paperback targets those interested in the end times relating to the Bible. Containing topics of abuse, hardship, death, and hell may not be appropriate for young readers. After an introduction, twenty-three chapters discuss the future, ending with an epilogue, acknowledgments, and notes. The New American Standard Bible is referenced.

In this up-to-date book, the author correlates written out verses from the Bible of the apostasy of the church, the rise and supernatural power of the Antichrist as he re-establishes the Roman Empire and the abomination of desolation. After the rapture has occurred, the battle of Armageddon at Mount Megiddo and the triumphant return of Christ are examined. Also discussed are the false prophet, four rapture theories, replacement theology, Islam, anti-Semitism, Israel’s feasts, and the millennial reign to name a few.

~ Why ~
As our world becomes more chaotic, this timely book covers upcoming future details of what happens before Jesus returns to earth to establish His kingdom. Having each chapter with bolded titles and verses from the Bible books such as Ezekiel, Daniel, Zechariah, and Revelation, it is easy to read and understand. Both my husband and I read it and found it mostly Biblically sound while explaining the many differences and histories of end time interpretations. I liked that it often asked the reader if they believed the plan of eternal salvation.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ will not appreciate this book that focuses on eternity. Those who do not believe in the future rapture, the tribulation of the world, and the second coming of our Lord may not understand its contents. Although the writer is a mid-tribulation believer in the rapture, his wife is like me, a pre-trib thinker.

~ Who ~
The author of six books, Bright was past president of the Southern Baptist Convention and is a pastor in Georgia. His teachings are broadcasted on sixty-six radio stations in two states. He has led sixteen trips of Bible study tours in Israel and the Middle East.

~ Wish ~
I wish the book included an index so topics could be looked up quickly as I do not recall reading about the New Jerusalem coming down from Heaven that is mentioned in Revelation 21:2. More details on the rapture would be helpful such as non-believers being able to hear the shout and trumpet sound or not. I wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a somewhat in-depth study of the end-times timeline, this is a quick read that is organized and informative, especially for new believers or those looking for Christ’s coming.

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars

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Nothing to Prove

Title: Nothing to Prove
Author: Jennie Allen
Publisher: Waterbrook
ISBN: 978-1-60142-961-2

“We have to lay down our striving and our performing and our pretending and our works that we think are proving our value to other people and to our God,” Jennie Allen writes in her book, Nothing to Prove: Why We Can Stop Trying So Hard.

~ What ~
At two-hundred-and-fifty-six pages, this paperback targets women who are seeking to be closer to God while shedding their insecurities and inadequacies. Using the English Standard Version of the Holy Bible, the MSG,  NIV, and NLT are also referenced. After an introduction, two parts contain a total of eleven chapters, ending with final thoughts, notes, and acknowledgments.

In this quick read of one woman’s path of striving, feeling numb, and believing she is never good enough, Allen examines how we all fall short of the glory of God and crave for approval and acceptance instead of being fulfilled by God’s everlasting and wonderful grace and love. By reviewing rewritten stories written in first person from the Bible in John 2, 4, 9, 11, 13, and 21, we should stop choosing “cheap wine” and stop hiding, feeling lonely, worrying, and pretending, instead looking to Jesus, taking risks, reaching out to others, confessing, and praying. Each chapter ends with short tidbits of responses titled experience guide, be still Bible verses, step into the stream, wade in deeper, quench your thirst, and live in the overthrow.

~Why ~
As fallen, sinful humans, we all feel like we are not enough, yet God is always sufficient. Being reminded that our lives are not all about us but about Jesus is cleansing and freeing. While we desire to measure up and impress God and others, we never will. I like how the first person rewritten stories show how it is about God and not us.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Christ Jesus will not see the value of this book. Others may prefer content that has less information about the writer’s personal opinions and experiences. Some may not like the use of slang words such as dang and heck.

~ Who ~
The founder of IF: Gathering, Allen is a pastor’s wife, author, and conference speaker who lives in Texas with her husband and children.

~ Wish ~
While the book focuses on making God the ultimate in our lives, it often correlates the author’s upbringing,  family dynamics, and experiences of her journey to getting closer to Christ, which may be a different path than others. I tend to disagree with the writer’s concept of telling others past sins when God has forgiven them and are mainly proportionate to the offense and those involved.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a short book that concentrates on God and not striving, proving, or pretending to be enough, this is a good start but daily reading Scripture and praying will open the door wider to realizing Jesus is in control and all we need.

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The Story: 365 Devotions

The Story DevotionalTitle: The Story: 365 Devotions
Author: Unlisted
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 978-0-310-08475-4

“Find your place in God’s epic story,” the back jacket states in the book, The Story: 365 Devotions.

~ What ~
At four-hundred-pages, this 5-by-7-by 1-inch small paperback targets those who want to read a daily devotional about God weaving His plan throughout the Bible. Using The Story version of the Holy Bible, also referenced are the New International Version and New Living Translation.

In the same order as the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, this daily devotional briefly examines God’s role in Scripture. Each day has a title, written out Bible verse or verses, several paragraphs related to the topic, and ending with a short reminder or prayer. An appendix covering each day’s title, notes, and ads complete the book.

~Why ~
This is a helpful tool for a new believer in Christ who is reading the Bible daily throughout the year as it can correlate to Scripture reading if the Bible is read in sync with it. I like that it is usually in order of the Bible so easy to look up a theme if not reading it daily. There is little reference to the writer’s personal experiences, which I appreciate when reading a devotional.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Christ will not be interested in this book. Others may feel the devotionals are not too deep, do not go into detail, or do not always explain how to apply it to one’s life. With not all books of the Bible included but usually in Biblical order, it may have many pages devoted to one book while skipping others.

~ Who ~
The author’s information is not listed in this book or online.

~ Wish ~
I wish all pronouns of God or Jesus were capitalized for reverence. An attached marker ribbon would be helpful.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a devotional to read along side of daily Bible reading in order, this may be helpful for the new believer in Christ as they discover his or her role in God’s story, but more mature Christians may want something more in depth.

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The Gift of Jesus: My Daily Devotional

The Gift of JesusTitle: The Gift of Jesus
Editor: Johnny Hunt
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 978-0-7180-8641-1

“With every step you take, every decision you make, every conversation you have, and every thought you entertain, the Lord Jesus desires to live with you,” editor Dr. Johnny M. Hunt writes in the introduction of the book, The Gift of Jesus: My Daily Devotional.

~ What ~
At three-hundred-and -thirty-six-pages, this leather-bound targets men and women seeking a daily devotional about Jesus. Using mainly the New King James Version of the Holy Bible, also referenced are the KJV, NIV, NIV, NASB, ESV, NLT, HCSB, and The Message. A contributors’ list, notes, and Scripture index complete the book.

Written by fifty-one pastors, reverends, doctors, and men of God, the My Daily devotional covers one page per every weekday plus one weekend day of the year. Divided into the fifty-two weeks of one author per week, each devotion begins with a title, followed by one to three Bible verses written out. Several paragraphs cover the topic, ending with a short prayer. The bottom of the left side of the page lists the author.

The gifts of Jesus include topics such as salvation, seeking God’s righteousness, the security of Jesus’s resurrection, our inheritance in Him, mercy, prayer, unconditional love, joy in Heaven, and the unpardonable sin to name a few. By reading the given Scripture, focusing on the author’s words, and a short prayer, the reader will cherish and love the gifts our Lord has freely given us.

~Why ~
My husband has been asking for an in-depth devotional to read with his daily Bible reading, and this one fits the bill nicely as it concentrates on Jesus and is written by educated, spiritual men. I like that each author’s week is written differently, and each rarely mention first person (which irritates me sometimes in other devotionals). The leather cover is attractive and classic.

One example I enjoyed is Thursday of Week 36 titled Jesus Defines Your Value by Pastor William Crook of Florida. After Matthew 10:29-31 is written about regarding Jesus knows the sparrows, the writer reminds us that no matter what trials or pressure we have throughout our lives, God stretches our faith and deepens our dependence on Him as He covers us with His grace, mercy, and love. The prayer thanks God for His constant love and perfect care as He values us.

~ Why Not ~
Some readers may not like that there are only six days of the week included. Others who do not agree with the Southern Baptists doctrines may shy away from some of the written concepts. I wish there were more writings from other parts of the country than mainly the South.

~ Who ~
The former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, the general editor of the book is a pastor who has a Masters in Divinity and cherishes his wife and family. The My Daily Devotional series has sold more than a half-million copies.

~ Wish ~
I wish the table of contents included the title of the devotional instead of the contributor as they are stated again at the end of the book. It would be helpful if there were more writings from other parts of the country than mainly the South.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a six-day-a-week devotional of the gifts of Jesus from a Southern Baptist slant, this makes the perfect gift for a loved one or self.

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The 100 Most Encouraging Verses of the Bible

The 100 Most Encouraging Verses of the BibleTitle: The 100 Most Encouraging Verses of the Bible
Author: Troy Schmidt
Publisher: Bethany House
ISBN: 978-0-7642-1760-9

“God has been in the business of encouraging His people from the first sin in Genesis all the way to the last word in Revelation,” Tory Schmidt writes in the introduction to his book, The 100 Most Encouraging Verses of the Bible.

~ What ~
At one-hundred-and-twelve pages, this thin paperback targets those who are seeking encouragement in the Bible. After a short introduction, a hundred verses from Genesis to Revelation regarding the topic are briefly discussed. Using mainly the New International Version of the Holy Bible, the ESV and NASB are also referenced. The ending includes a Scripture list and the author’s biography.

Beginning in Genesis with God creating the rainbow as a promise and ending in Revelation with God wiping away every sorrow in Heaven, each page begins with a written out verse in Biblical order, followed by several paragraphs regarding it. There are forty selections from the Old Testament and sixty from the New Testament, with a majority from Psalms, Matthew, John, Romans, 2 Corinthians, and Philippians. By drawing closer to God’s Word, we can be comforted and encouraged.

~ Why ~
This is a pleasant read that reminds us how God loves, cherishes, protects, and wants us to be closer to Him. I like that the verses chosen are uplifting and gentle reminders not to stress, worry, or be fearful in our daily lives but to trust Him. One of my favorite verses, Philippians 4:8, is highlighted, restating how we should not worry but turn our cares over to Christ through prayer. The explanation correlates giving the issue to God with using valet parking: present it to God and leave it there.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not notice the value of this book. Others may feel the explanations of verses are not as in-depth as expected.

~ Who ~
A campus pastor and former television producer, Schmidt has written several inspirational books for adults and children. He and his wife live in Florida.

~ Wish ~
With each page being short, it would be thoughtful to include a prayer regarding the topic at the bottom of the page so it could be used as a devotional with daily Scripture reading. Being a fan of the King James Version, I wish it were used instead.

~ Want ~
If you like a book that focuses on encouragement throughout the Bible, this is a viable option that could be used daily or as a reference book.

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Devotions for a Deeper Life

Devotions for a Deeper Life: A Daily DevotionalTitle: Devotions for a Deeper Life
Author: Oswald Chambers
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 978-0-310-08359-7

“His insights and understand of the nature of God will challenge you to examine your faith and grow in depth and maturity,” the back jacket states in Oswald Chambers’s book, Devotions for a Deeper Life.

~ What ~
At four-hundred-and-sixteen-pages, this hardbound with a padded front cover targets those who want to read a daily devotional that concentrates on how to be more Christ-like in their spiritual walk with Him. Using the King James Version of the Holy Bible, the book’s ending includes a Scripture index. An attached ribbon can be utilized as a marker.

Referencing mainly the New Testament of the Bible, this devotional is divided into the twelve months with each day having a devotional. The day’s page has a title, written out Bible verse or verses, several paragraphs related to the topic, and ending with a short two-line prayer with suggested further reading.

Although short in content, the quick daily reading covers such ideas as separation, intimacy with God, one’s thought life, and sanctification to sin, floundering, confusion, and suffering. Also referenced are Biblical characters Adam, Saul, Elijah, David, Isaiah, Mary Magdalene, Judas, John, Peter, Paul, Thomas, and Jesus to name a few. Added are full pages regarding prayer.

One example is July 23rd’s post of 2 Timothy 3:16 regarding the Bible being the inspired Word of God. The paragraphs remind that every criticism against the Bible is against our Lord Jesus Christ. The “truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth” is the Lord, Scripture, and Holy Spirit, keeping us from being separated from God. A short six sentence poem is added, and the pray thought asks for instruction by the Holy Spirit in righteousness as we read and study the Scriptures. 2 Timothy 3:14-17 is the suggested reading.

~Why ~
I love reading from the King James Version of the Bible and because this devotional was compiled almost a hundred years ago plus has verses written out, it will be cherished as it focuses on a deeper relationship with Christ.

~ Why Not ~
Those who are not interested in improving their relationship with Jesus will avoid this book. Others may find it does not mention many current-day topics or they may not relate to the in-depth spiritual concepts.

~ Who ~
The author was a Bible teacher, conference leader, and YMCA chaplain who lived fro 1874 to 1917.

~ Wish ~
I wish more short devotions were in depth like this book, especially since the King James was used.

~ Want ~
If you are seeking a devotional that concentrates on the Word of God while promoting a deeper relationship with Christ, this is an excellent choice to add to reading the Bible daily.

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365 Devotions for Finding Rest

365 Devotions for Finding RestTitle: 365 Devotions for Finding Rest
Author: Christina Vinson
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 978-0-310-08353-5

If you’re searching for a way to rest – if you’re looking to satisfy the deep, God-given yearning in your soul and to quiet the buzzing in your mind that comes from too much activity and not enough downtime – this devotional is for you,” Christina Vinson pens in the introduction to her book, 365 Devotions for Finding Rest.

~ What ~
At four hundred pages, this hardbound for women that is meant to be read daily throughout a year blends present day with references to God for those seeking soulful rest. Using mainly the New International Version of the Holy Bible, also referenced are the AMP, AMPC, CEV, ESV, KJV, NASB, NKJV, NLT, TLB, The Message, and The Voice. A Scripture index completes the book.

The book is separated into the twelve months of the year so it can be read daily. Each date per page starts with a title and written-out Bible verse, followed by usually three paragraphs that begin with a topic related to rest or relaxation, sometimes linking it to the Bible verse. The page ends with a short one or two sentence prayer.

One example is May 30th titled Delight in Today and references Exodus 15:11 regarding who is like God. The three paragraphs discuss having a bad day and looking for the wonder of the Almighty in unexpected places as He will bless you with glimpses of them. The prayer asks God to open our eyes in the wonder of Him.

~Why ~
I love devotionals that do not have commentary of the writer’s personal experiences and appreciate that this one does not. Instead, there are gentle suggestions of how to rest solely in God’s love, presence, and grace. Samples of the concepts include reminding the reader to stop and see the beauty, unburden your burdens, rest from seeking approval, restore and renew life, be unique, and that relationships matter. Able to read each in under a minute, the devotions are short and to the point.

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

~ Who ~
Freelance writer and editor, Vinson has authored several books and contributes to websites and magazines.

~ Wish ~
With each day’s reading being short and limited, the book would be more useful to me if it included more background and information of the Scripture chosen and other Bible verses related to the topic.

~ Want ~
If you like devotionals that focus on resting in our Savior as you go through your busy days throughout the year, this is a useful and calming reminder of God always being there for us as we abide in him. Due to its limitation, it should be read daily along with the Bible.

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The Secret Language of Dogs

The Secret Language of Dogs: Unlocking the Canine Mind for a Happier PetTitle: The Secret Language of Dogs
Author: Victoria Stilwell
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
ISBN: 978-1-60774-952-3

“Building a secure bond, communicating effectively, and understanding how your dog perceives the world will help you teach your dog successfully,” Victoria Stilwell writes in the introduction of her book, The Secret Language of Dogs: Unlocking the Canine Mind for a Happier Pet.

~ What ~
At one-hundred-and-sixty pages, this paperback targets dog owners who want to get to know their dogs better, so they have a better quality of life and lifestyle. After an introduction, the book is divided into two parts, ending with end notes, photo credits, acknowledgments, author’s biography, and index. Almost every page has at least one full-color photograph or illustration of a dog or dogs.

With the writer against punitive techniques to train dogs, she is a strong believer of positive training. The first part discusses communication of the loving, thinking, emotional, and sensing dog while the more in-depth second section focuses on languages of dogs such as socialization, fear, aggression, vocalization, pain, and aging as well as explaining strange behavior and how to speak to dogs.

~Why ~
Dogs make wonderful companions. Having had several dogs in our family, we are in the process of getting a puppy soon, so this book helps reiterate positive ways to understand dogs’ behavior and their actions. I like that the author concentrates on building a bond with the canine while teaching cues without pressure. By setting boundaries, a dog can be trained by vocal cues, removing from volatile situations, withholding reward, or ignoring improper behavior. The book also covers topics of canine compulsive disorder, coprophagia, oxytocin, serotonin, dopamine, and left and right brain dominance.

~ Why Not ~
Those who use more disciplined ways to train their dog will not appreciate this book that promotes positive training. Since we have had several beagles and are getting a puppy soon, I gleaned little new information from this book that concentrates more on communicating and behavior patterns and less on training techniques.

~ Who ~
A recognized and respected dog trainer, Stilwell has written several books on dog training and has been on television promoting positive ways to connect with canines. Committed to animal rescue and rehabilitation worldwide, she lives in Georgia with her family.

~ Wish ~
Since the book mainly focuses on dog behavior and how to interact with your furry friend, it would be helpful if more step-by-step tips, instructions, or training tasks were given.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a guide on how to read your dog better to keep him or her happy and more engaged with you, this short read gives positive feedback on communicating with man’s best friend.

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