Book Reviews

Courageous Creative

I have found this to be true,  I am happier when I am creating, even when it is something small.   Some of us who are not as artistic as others, raising both hands high, we find creating more of a struggle.

The truth is there are many ways to create, from painting and writing, to cooking and baking,  gardening, photography, graphic design, and dancing, the list goes on and on.

This year I have been pursuing new ways to create.  I have found a love for spoken word poetry.  I have been introduced to beautiful liturgical dance and I actually felt graceful. I’m sure I did not look graceful, but I was convinced I was! God can be glorified in so many ways as we create to honor Him.

Then I stumbled upon this sweet little book, Courageous Creative: A 31-Day Interactive Devotional, written by Jenny Randle.  I am having so much fun trying all kinds of courageous and creative things.  It has honestly been just the lift that I needed.



This photo is from the challenge from Day 3, framing a photo in a unique way.
Bike Ride

I took this while on my bike ride the other evening, peaking out from the bushes over the lake.  I love the close foliage of the bushes and then the lone tree in the distance, flaming red, like a burning bush.

Day 4, record yourself reciting a monologue, which was right up my alley.

Here I recorded a spoken word poem that I wrote about the Woman at the Well.  It is raw and unedited, but so fun with no pressure to be perfect.  Have a listen to Thirsty

I am having so much fun with this devotional, and I notice that my wheels are turning in new, fun and creative ways.

If you re in a dry spell, grab a copy of Jenny’s devotional and start creating!



Book Reviews

Talking to Jesus

Can you imagine a face to face conversation with Jesus?  How I long to meet Him face to face, to just sit and talk with Him.  What a day that will be!

In Talking To Jesus , Jeannie takes us on a beautiful journey through the many conversations that ordinary people had with Jesus.

They, like us today, are such a needy people.  Some sought him out for healing, some for miracles others for answers to the questions that burned within them.  She unveils each conversation in such a unique way,  you feel as if you are in the moment, listening in on every word.

After each conversation she reminds her reader that at any moment of any day, we too, can choose to have those same conversations with Jesus.  No matter the depth of our need or the questions we long to have answered, Jesus is right here waiting and willing to sit and talk with us.  The question is, will we make the time to sit and talk?

If your looking for a fresh perspective on prayer, this book is for you!






Book Reviews

A Pocket Full of Seeds Review and Give Away

If you are are a person who loves to feel encouraged as well as spurred on this daily devotional is for you.

These little devotions are short and to the point, yet packed with ideas that encourage us to put our faith into action.  So often devotionals in today’s culture are more about receiving than giving.  Honestly, it is in our giving, where we will find ourselves filled the most.

Debbie does a wonderful job of opening our eyes to the seed planting ideas that are all around us.

You can find a copy of Debbie’s book here A Pocketful of Seeds. 

I’m also giving a copy away here on the blog, just share your favorite Bible verse in the comments here on the blog, on my Facebook page, or Twitter.   I’ll draw a name on Friday, November 10th!

Sorry, but US residents only.  


Book Reviews

Ever Bloom – A Book Review

Ever Bloom is book that becomes a bouquet of beautiful voices, each with their own fragrance.

As I read through Ever Bloom, the beauty of the written word continued to jump from the pages, as each author’s voice rang through, unique and genuine.

Through each writer we experience the seasons of life and the lessons learned.  From seasons of birth, mothering, caring for aging parents to seasons of loss, death and grief. Through out each piece you will see human weakness, but the the thread of the Lord is steadfast and strong.

Sprinkled through out the book are pieces of poetry, which, in my opinion, added beautiful rays of light.

Ever Bloom will make a wonderful gift for the women in your life!

Here is where you can order your copy of  Ever Bloom

Book Reviews

Alongside Book Review and Giveaway

How many times have we not come alongside someone in crisis, because we didn’t know what to say or do?  The chance to bless passes by, lost in the abyss of good intentions.

Alongside is the guide that turns our intentions into action.  Sarah Beckman shares many insightful ideas such as –

Simply Changing Sheets

Just Sit and Listen 

Food Speaks the Universal Language of Love 

Do Without Asking 

Listen Don’t Compare 




Plus many, many more.

The great thing is Sarah doesn’t just leave it at that, she goes in depth helping you to assess your relationship with the individual you are ministering too.  This way you know your place in their lives, which will guide you to find the best way to help.

She shares what recipes make a great go-to-meal, how to simply be present and finding the balance of listening and asking questions.

After reading this guide you will never be the person who says the useless phrase, “Call me if you need anything.”  You will be confident and ready to come Alongside. 

You can find Sarah’s book here Alongside.

Share this review on Facebook or Twitter, by February 20, 2017 and that will enter you to win a free copy!  





Book Reviews

Journal the Word Bible Review & Giveaway

I sat behind a young woman in church a few Sundays ago and I was eaves dropping just a little.  As our Pastor taught a message on enlarging our tents from on Isaiah 54:2  I watched her draw in her notebook a beautiful tent with its curtain pulled open wide. That was the moment I understood Bible journaling. I witnessed how we can meditate on His Word in new and creative ways.

There is just something special about a new Bible.   Hearing the sound fresh of binding stretching as you open it for the first time, feeling the crisp pages under you fingers.

The beautiful thing about the Journal the Word Bible is as you study there is room for you to journal and create right next to God’s Word.  The large print is a wonderful bonus and the wide margins beckon your notes and drawings.  This is a treasure you will hold onto through out the years.

I am thrilled to be able to give one these beautiful Bibles away.  Comment-

“I Want to Journal the Word”

on this post through my Facebook or Twitter entry deadline is December 1, 2016!


If you are new to Bible journaling and are thinking, Where do I start? Melissa at Happy Flower Printable has beautiful templates to get you started.

Book Reviews

The Broken Way – A Review

When the chance came along to to have an advanced copy of Ann Voskamp’s new book

The Broken Way – A Daring Path to the Abundant Life

I couldn’t say yes quick enough.

I have been a fan of her honest and thought provoking blog, A Holy Experience for several years now.  I loved her first book, One Thousand Gifts, as well as her book that changed the way I celebrated Advent, The Greatest Gift.  

All that to say, I was unprepared for the sacred journey that I would take as I read, The Broken Way.  I am one to zip through a book, yet I found myself reading and re-reading her words slow.  Setting the book down to scrawl out a few thoughts on what I had just read.

As i read  Ann’s words was like pulling up a warm soft blanket on a cold rainy day.  Her words sooth and warm the soul and with that warmth your souls begins to wake, begins to realize that there is more, so much more than broken.  That in the broken there is life, the life that only Christ can give.


One of Ann’s quotes that I have written on my note pad is,

 Live Everyday like your soul’s eternal.  Because it is

Here we are eternal broken beings with a hope, a hope of Jesus.  A hope in the abundant life He offers us.

We can have days where we feel less, way less than Christ-like.  Days when we feel our life is far away from the abundance we crave.  Ann lights a candle of hope for the broken, that hope is found in the Givenness.  Givenness, a new word for me, the possibility that we can give, even in our brokenness.  In that giving, reaching and taking the risk to give is where we find the abundance we are all searching for, soul abundance.

Ann invites us into her holy experiences, but they never lead us to herself, always to Christ.

The Broken Way

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American Women’s Bible

The American Women’s Bible is a perfect mix of faith and history.  If you are a history buff or love to study women who loved God and lived their faith, this Bible is a perfect fit for you.

It walks us through centuries of women from the Women of Early America to the Women of America After September 11, 2001.

Perfectly placed around the full Word of God are biographies of women who lived fearlessly for God. They overcame many obstacles and became women of influence.

I happen to love quotes and was thrilled to see the pages peppered with quotes from these great ladies.  Hearing their words, that are still relevant today, inspire us.

You must do the thing you think you cannot do.  
Eleanor Roosevelt 1984-1962

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Topical devotions are placed within the pages as well, they speak on many topics such as thankfulness, devotion,  trust and influence.

This Bible takes us on a journey with these great women of faith.  Women who placed their trust in our mighty God and who lived fully for Him.  Their words and stories will encourage a new generation of women to step up, take our place and live our callings.

This Bible goes on sale June 7, 2016, but you can pre-order at one of my favorite places 

American Women’s Bible at Amazon

Enjoy !