May 232015
 

How to Enjoy Reading Your Bible
Author: Keith Ferrin
Paperback: 176 pages
Published: May 19th 2015
By: Bethany House Publishers (first published May 12th 2015)
ISBN: 0764213237
ISBN13: 9780764213236

Summary

Finding Joy in Reading God’s Word
When it comes to the Bible, most of us talk about two things: Is it true? And how should it impact our lives? But you may be missing something vitally important: Do you “like” the Bible? If you don’t, consistency will always be a struggle, and the Bible will be less likely to transform you.
Keith Ferrin has been talking to churches about enjoying the Bible for years, and now he’s compiled his most helpful tips. Written in a friendly, conversational tone, Ferrin teaches you how to develop a relational mindset and to approach the Bible in a way that lines up with the way your brain learns best. “How to Enjoy Reading Your Bible” will help you genuinely love the Bible more, read it more consistently, and apply God’s Word to your everyday life.

My Review

This is a simple to read book that really emphasises reading your Bible rather than spending hours or weeks learning how. I really appreciate that this book is so down to earth, has recommended scripture readings and each “chapter” is called a “Tip”. As someone who studies the Bible daily I know how easy it can become a chore and at times that has caused separation between me and the Word. This book came at the right time (God has good timing, perfect actually) and I read it just as I was beginning to slide into that slump. I am so excited to have received this book for review from Bethany House Publishers because I don’t think I would have bought it on my own. Now, it is a treasure that I will read again and again and I have already recommended to others!

If you are only going to buy one book this year about studying the Bible then this should be it! Definitely five stars!


Apr 252015
 

Jan 052015
 

Colliding with Destiny by Sarah Jakes

Colliding with Destiny
By: Sarah Jakes
Published: September 2014Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Hardcover, 215 pages

Summary

The story of Ruth is a journey of transformation. By allowing God to transform her circumstances, Ruth went from a widow who would be excluded from society to a wife with a secure and protected future, a future that ultimately paved the way for the birth of King David! Her story is full of collision–loss, heartache, poverty, even shame–but she never let her past define her. Instead, the most painful time of her life became her most pivotal, propelling her to a destiny she never imagined.

Perhaps you have a past you’re struggling to overcome. If disappointments, whether a result of your own choices or the actions of others, have kept you from being your true self, this book is for you. Follow Ruth’s life and discover the hope available to each of us. Your yesterday does not have to dictate your tomorrow. 

Despite your past pain, you, too, can find redemption and restoration.

My Review

Sarah Jakes does an awesome job with this book, jumping right in with “Life Doesn’t Always Go As Planned”. She dives deeper into the story of Ruth and this tiny little Biblical chapter and shows us all the richness and glory that is in God for not only the women of the Bible but ALL women of Christ.

She applies the teachings of the book of Ruth to her own life and engages us by making it into a sort of self-study as she asks the reader questions at the end of the chapter and before closing that chapter with prayer.

It took me quite awhile to read through this book. I wanted to take notes and really reflect on the story. It is an easy read but I think if you want to really get the most out of it you should participate in the questions Sarah asks you to reflect on and pray the prayers.

Overall, I think this book is a five star. It is not only great writing but the dust cover is embossed and has a beautiful metallic finish. The book without the dust cover is white with a gold binding and the title of the book on the spine. This is important for me because many books lose their dust cover over the years and they don’t have anything on the spine except a publishers mark, making it harder to find the book you are looking for. I know this book will be in my arsenal and read many times over my life!

About the Author

Sarah Jakes oversees the women’s ministry at The Potter’s House of Dallas, the church led by her parents, Bishop T.D. Jakes and Mrs. Serita Jakes. She regularly blogs at sarahjakes.com and occasionally serves as a TV host on The Potter’s Touch.

 

**I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts expressed are my own**

Oct 172014
 

You have probably noticed that I haven’t been doing very many reviews over the last several months. It’s not because I don’t love to read it’s that I have been struggling with sleep issues and finding time to read a book straight through.

As a result I have made the decision to accept children’s books to be featured on Hide the Matches and Rogue Reviews as well as Christian non-fiction or Christian-Children books. Other genres are still welcome however I cannot guarantee a time frame.

If your book fits into one of these categories and you feel that it would do well on Hide the Matches, Rogue Reviews or my personal blog Trending Mama then please send your book to

Marisa Slusarcyk
PO Box 334
Kenora, Ontario
P9N 3X4

If you have a book you aren’t quite sure about you can email me at marisa@hidethematches.com

If you have a book that you would like to be featured or spotlighted or you have a giveaway going etc and aren’t in need of an actual review you can email me the information and I can definitely set up a spotlight post for you.

Please do not leave comments about your book and expect me to see them and then try and find your information to follow up with you. You can easily email me or send me your book with a note.

Thank you!

Sep 132014
 

The 10 Commandments of Marriage
Practical Principles to Make Your Marriage Great

By: Ed Young
Published by: Moody Publishers
Estimated Publication date: October 1, 2014
ISBN: 9780802412249

Description

Marriage is God’s idea. He planned it. He designed it. And if you follow His blueprint, it will be more rewarding, more loving, more exciting than you ever imagined.

In 10 Commandments of Marriage, Dr. Ed Young shares the “thou shalts” and the “thou shalt nots” of successful relationships – straight from the pages of God’s Word. Long-married couples will find love-building precepts that will revive a failing marriage and make a great relationship even better. Soon-to-be-marrieds will discover what marriage is all about, and gain priceless insights into starting on solid ground.

In words that are profound, often humorous, but always biblical, Dr. Young draws from decades of counseling couples to provide 10 commandments for a lifelong marriage that sizzles. God wants your marriage to be nothing short of incredible. And it could begin with this amazing book.

According to Beth Moore (bestselling author and speaker), “The 10 Commandments of Marriage not only tells you ‘what.’ Thankfully, it tells you ‘how.’ Ed Young has taken the principles of Scripture and has had the courage to test them on the linoleum glued to average life on planet earth.”

My Review

I absolutely loved this book and I recommend it to anyone who is in a relationship or plans to be in one at some point. I am sure I will be turning back to it time and again. It is well written, contains relevant stories and comparisons and most definitely ties the biblical teachings into the message.

While I don’t think you need to be a Christian to benefit from this book I do believe that Christians would benefit most from it because of the biblical references. We are shown time and again throughout the bible how a marriage should and shouldn’t be and Ed Young ties all of that information together, simplifies it, and makes it applicable to you and me.

I definitely recommend this book and because I received and e-copy for the purpose of review that isn’t “finalized” it will be in my shopping cart soon!

I don’t often give “glowing reviews” but this book energized me spiritually and showed me where I need to work on myself to be the best I can be for my partner.

About the Author

ED YOUNG has been the pastor of 32,000-member Second Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, since 1978 and is also a trustee of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and Houston Baptist University. A former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, Ed is the author of many books including The Ten Commandments of Marriage and The Ten Commandments of Parenting, and ministers through the international television and radio broadcasts of Winning Walk. He and his wife, Jo Beth, have three adult sons and seven grandchildren and reside in Houston.

 

Marriage is God’s idea. He planned it. He designed it. And if you follow His blueprint, it will be more rewarding, more loving, more exciting than you ever imagined.

In 10 Commandments of Marriage, Dr. Ed Young shares the “thou shalts” and the “thou shalt nots” of successful relationships—straight from the pages of God’s Word. Long-married couples will find love-building precepts that will revive a failing marriage and make a great relationship even better. Soon-to-be-marrieds will discover what marriage is all about and gain priceless insights into starting on solid ground.

In words that are profound, often humorous, but always biblical, Dr. Young draws from decades of counseling couples to provide 10 commandments for a lifelong marriage that sizzles. God wants your marriage to be nothing short of incredible. And it could begin with this amazing book.

“The 10 Commandments of Marriage not only tells you ‘what’ but, thankfully, also tells you ‘how.’ Ed Young has taken the principles of Scripture and has had the courage to test them on the linoleum glued to average life on planet earth.” — Beth Moore (bestselling author and speaker)

$14.99 USD
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