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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Persuasive Preaching by R. Larry Overstreet (book review)

Persuasive Preaching

A Biblical and Practical Guide to the Effective Use of Persuasion

By R. Larry Overstreet

(I received this book for review purposes.)

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Genre- Christian Ministry / Preaching

Published by- Weaver Book Company

Copyrighted- 2014

Number of pages- 312

Age Group- Adults (Ministers), it would also be good students in college

Description of Book- paperback, ISBN 978-1-941337-00-4, $24.99

What is your method of preaching?  What kind of preaching do you prefer?

Persuasive Preaching, by R. Larry Overstreet, discusses what persuasive preaching is, Biblical support for it, four different structures of persuasive messages (motivated sequence, problem-solution, cause-effect, and refutation), and different applications.

Sample of the Book!

About the Author- R. Larry Overstreet has served as a pastor in Michigan and Indiana.  He is currently an adjunct professor at Piedmont International University.

My thoughts- I thought Persuasive Preaching had a lot of good points.  I am not a pastor, so I enjoyed learning about the different structures that persuasive messages can have, learning about the Holy Spirit in preaching, of course, understanding what persuasive preaching is all about.

I did not know about the different structures for persuasive messages, so I really enjoyed learning about the motivated sequence, problem-solution, cause-effect, and refutation.  I think that I listen best when it is a motivated sequence, because it catches my attention, shows need, satisfaction, visualization, and action.  I am sure with the right pastor that I would do well with the other structures as well, but I know the sermon has to catch my attention right from the beginning.  Overstreet gave examples of each structure in the back of the book, so I was able to see the outlines for each of the type.  I thought they were excellent and I also thought the messages were persuasive.  I would have enjoyed listening to his different sermons. 

I think this book would be perfect for those who are pastors, who wish to become pastors, or those who want to know how to share a persuasive message. 

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Persuasive Preaching, by R. Larry Overstreet, for free through Cross Focused Reviews.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.  All links were current when posted.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Alby’s Amazing Book by Catalina Echeverri

Alby’s Amazing Book

Illustrated by Catalina Echeverri

(based on Mary Elizabeth Blume’s work)

(I received this book for review purposes.)

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Genre- Christian / Religious / Children

Published by- The Good Book Company

Copyrighted- 2014

Number of pages- 32

Age Group- Children (I think ages 1-5 is best)

Description of Book- hardback, ISBN 978-1-91030-710-6, $14.99

Catalina Echeverri has illustrated a wonderful story call, Alby’s Amazing Book.  Alby enjoys the adventures different stories take him on.  Alby has one book that is his very favorite the Bible.  This book tells about why this book is Alby’s favorite.

Book Sample.

About the Author- Catalina Echeverri currently lives in London and is a freelance illustrator.  She specializes in illustrating children’s books.

My thoughts- I thought Alby’s Amazing Book was excellent.  The illustrations were very fun to study.  I thought it was especially neat how Catalina Echeverri added the text from the Bible into the background of the story.  That meant that when the pages were talking about David and Goliath, that the in the background you could see the text from that story.  The rest of the illustrations were a lot of fun too.  It was nice that Alby was a different color from the rest of the squirrels, because it made him stand out and become more important to me.

I really liked how the story itself made the Bible sound so exciting and adventurous (perfect for all young boys who like adventure).  I also liked how this book stress the importance of reading and not learning from t.v. or video games.  I like it when technology is not important to the story.

My children were eight and ten when I read this story to them and they really enjoyed it.  I think many young children will enjoy this book.  It would be the perfect book to read to a young child before reading the Bible to them or giving it to them as a present.  Alby would be able to get them excited for the adventures that await them.

I highly recommend this book.  It would make a wonderful present to any young child. 

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Alby’s Amazing Book, illustrated by Catalina Echeverri, for free through Cross Focused Reviews.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.  All links were current when posted.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

The Christmas Promise by Alison Mitchell and illustrated by Catalina Echeverri (book review)

The Christmas Promise

By Alison Mitchell

Illustrated by Catalina Echeverri

(I received this book for review purposes.)

The Christmas Promise-001Genre- Christian / Religious / Children / Christmas

Published by- The Good Book Company

Copyrighted- 2014

Number of pages- 32

Age Group- Children (I think ages 1-8 is best)

Description of Book- hardback, ISBN 978-1-910030-711-3, $14.99

The Christmas Promise, by Alison Mitchell and illustrated by Catalina Echeverri is the story of Jesus’s birth.  God promised us a new king, but He would be unlike any king anyone had ever known.  This king would be a Rescuing King, a New King, and a Forever King.  This is the story of Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, the angels who helped them, Jesus, and the wise men.

Book Sample.

About the Author- Alison Mitchell is involved with Growing Young Disciples and is the Children’s Editor at The Good Book Company.

My thoughts- I thought The Christmas Promise was the perfect book to explain Jesus’s birth to young children.  It had wonderful illustrations and it showed how he had come here to us for us.  The illustrations were colorful and they showed exactly what the story was telling.  I liked the portrayal of the kings that Jesus was not.  He was our New King, Rescuing King, and Forever King.  I liked how they were stressed in the book, because it helps the listener/reader to realize how important Jesus is to us.

I also liked the page at the very end of the book which told where the birth of Jesus is described in the book.  It even showed where some of God’s promises of Jesus are written about in the Old Testament.

I think this book would be perfect for young children and their families.  It is a perfect gift. 

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received The Christmas Promise, by Alison Mitchell and illustrated by Catalina Echeverri, for free through Cross Focused Reviews.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.  All links were current when posted.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Jonathan Edwards by Simonetta Carr (Book Review)

Jonathan Edwards

part of Christian Biographies for Young Readers

By Simonetta Carr

(I received this book for review purposes.)

Jonathan Edwards-001Genre- Biography & Autobiography / Religious / Children

Published by- Reformation Heritage Books

Copyrighted- 2014

Number of pages- 64

Age Group- Children (ages 7-12)

Description of Book- hardback, ISBN 978-1-60178-354-7, $18.00

Simonetta Carr discusses all of Jonathan Edwards’s life in her book, Jonathan Edwards.  Edwards lived during the early 1700’s in colonial America.  He was a pastor, missionary, writer, college president, and he was even interested in science.

This book contains:

  • six chapter discussing Edwards’s life.
  • a timeline of his life.
  • “Did You Know?” (section which discusses relevant information about his life and the time period).
  • a letter from him to his daughter, Mary.

Book Sample.

About the Author- Simonetta Carr was born in Italy and currently lives with her family in San Diego.  She is a former elementary school teacher and has homeschooled her eight children.  She has written for various newspapers and magazines.

About the Illustrator- Matt Abraxas currently lives in Colorado with his wife and children.  He has studied many different approaches to art and exhibits his work at the SmithKlein Gallery.

My thoughts- I thought Jonathan Edwards, by Simonetta Carr, was very well written.  I really enjoyed the layout and learning more information about Edwards.  I had studied a little bit about him with my children last year (we homeschool), but this book was perfect to learn more.  I realize that the target age range is seven to twelve, but I believe this book would work well for adults too.  This book had just the right amount information to satisfy young readers, but encourage older readers to want to learn more.

I learned a lot about Edwards when I read the chapters about him, but my favorite part of the book was the section, “Did you know?”  I enjoyed learning different trivia about the family and America at that time.  I also enjoyed the illustrations and photos.  They helped the book come alive.

I would recommend this book to all young readers, homeschooling families, and anyone else who would be interested in learning about Jonathan Edwards. 

Renee of France

Anselm of Canterbury (part of Christian Biographies for Young Readers)

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Jonathan Edwards, by Simonetta Carr, for free through Cross Focused Reviews.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.  All links were current when posted.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Live Handbook and DVD by Rebecca Manley Pippert (Bible Study Review)

Live: Your Life With Christ

By Rebecca Manley Pippert

(I received this book for review purposes.)

IMG_20141005_144231Genre- Religion /Christian / Nonfiction / Bible Study

Published by- The Good Book Company

Copyrighted- 2014

Number of pages- 64

Age Group- Adult

Description of Book- paperback, ISBN 978-1-90991-976-1, $7.99

Description of DVD- Physical Copy, ISBN 978-1-90991-977-8

Live, by Rebecca Manley Pippert, contains five sessions to help Christians learn why and how to be good disciples of Christ.

In each of the sessions you will have different areas to complete-

  • “Introduction”
  • “Historical Context”
  • “Bible Study”
  • “Live What You Learn”
  • “Life Stories”
  • “Following Jesus”
  • “Praying Together”
  • “Going Deeper”

Sample from the Live Handbook.

Introduction the Live DVD and series.

About the Author- Rebecca Manley Pippert is married and has four children and one grandchild.  As well as being an author she is a speaker and the founder of Salt Shaker Ministries.

My thoughts- I thought the Live Bible study written by Rebecca Manley Pippert was an excellent study for those who are new to God or who or are struggling.

I thought all aspects of the Bible study were very interesting, but I really enjoyed the “Life Stories” on the DVD.  I liked them so much, because it put to words what I had thought or been thinking over the past years.  My favorite stories came from the last session when they discussed their new lives in Christ. 

The handbook was written to work perfectly with the DVD.  I liked the session titles and the different parts of the that each session had.  My favorite part of each session was “Going Deeper.”  I liked this part, because I was able to dig deeper into the word and learn even more about each session’s subject.  My other favorite part was about living what I learned about.  It is always helpful to me when I have guidance on how to put what I have learned into my daily life.

Both the handbook and the DVD were very helpful to me.  I am really looking forward to taking a look at Grow and Know when they are available.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Live, by Rebecca Manley Pippert, for free through Cross Focused Reviews.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.  All links were current when posted.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Rebels by Jill Williamson (Book Review)

Rebels (The Safe Lands, Book 3)

by Jill Williamson

(I received this book for review purposes.)

IMG_20140930_202657Genre- Teen Fiction / General

Publisher- Blink (Zondervan)

Copyrighted- 2014

Number of Pages- 393

Age Group- Young Adult and Adult 

Description of Book- paperback, $9.99, ISBN: 978-0-310-73577-9

Rebels, by Jill Williamson, is the final book is The Safe Lands series.  Omar and Mason have been publically sentence to Liberation.  Levi is the newest leader of the group from Glenrock and he is still trying to save them from the Safe Lands.  His new wife, Jemma, is the Safe Lands Queen.  He needs to rescue her, keep his people safe, and find out what happened to Omar and Mason. 

Are Omar and Mason still alive?  Will Levi be able to be the leader he needs to be to save the people of Glenrock and Jack’s Peak?

About the Author- Jill Williamson currently lives in Oregon with her husband and children.  She enjoys working with teenagers and gives writing workshops.

My Thoughts: It is always sad when a series comes to an end.  Rebels, by Jill Williamson, is the third book in The Safe Lands series.  It was just as exciting and mysterious as the other two book, Captives and Outcasts

My favorite character was Omar.  I especially liked him because he grew into a man in the three books.  He especially grew in character depth during the third book after he was sentenced to Liberation.  While he was Liberated he overdosed and was detoxed while he was in the hospital.  After he was detoxed he did everything he could do to save the people of Glenrock and Jack’s Peak.

I always thought Levi, since he currently leads the people from Glenrock, would be the strongest person mentally and morally.  He was not.  It was the people who were the weakest like Omar and Shaylinn who grew in their walk with God.  I guess Levi was too set in his ways to really grow.  He would probably have a better live when he was able to live what is a normal life for them.  He did try new things though, like becoming the Owl after Omar was liberated and taking his wife, Jemma, with him on a rescue mission.

I really thought this was an excellent conclusion to the series.  There are many more things that happen to everyone, but I am not going to give out any spoilers.  You will need to find a copy and read the book yourself.

Informational and Purchasing Links-

Rebelshttp://www.amazon.com/Rebels-Safe-Lands-Jill-Williamson/dp/0310735777/

Author Website - http://www.jillwilliamson.com/

Links to my reviews of the other two books:

Participants’ links:

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received a free copy of Rebels, by Jill Williamson, to review from Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Blog Tour and Blink (Zondervan).  I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.  I am part of CSFF Blog TourAll links were current when posted.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Merlin’s Nightmare by Robert Treskillard (Book Review)

Merlin’s Nightmare (Merlin Spiral Series, Book 3)

by Robert Treskillard

(I received this book for review purposes.)

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Genre- Juvenile Fiction / General

Publisher- Blink (Zondervan)

Copyrighted- 2014

Number of Pages- 432

Age Group- Young Adult and Adult 

Description of Book- paperback, $9.99, ISBN: 978-0-310-73509-0

In Merlin’s Nightmare, by Robert Treskillard, Merlin has been running and hiding from his enemies for some time now and he would like to stay home and grow old with his family.  Arthur is now eighteen and he is eager to be on the battlefield.  He does not know that he is the High King, because everybody close to him has kept him safe throughout the years. 

Now it is the time that Merlin is going to have to stop hiding himself and Arthur.  They are going to have fight to keep their country safe.  The Saxenow are coming from the south, Picti from the north, and something else from the west. 

Morgana, Merlin’s sister, is about to let herself known to all and unleash werewolves to destroy everyone.  What will happen?  Will Merlin be brave enough to face his fears?  Will Arthur be crowned king?

About the Author- Robert Treskillard currently lives in Missouri with his wife and youngest child.  He has a BA in Biblical; Theological Studies.  He is a software developer, graphic artist, and bladesmith.

My thoughts-

Merlin’s Nightmare, by Robert Treskillard, was an exciting conclusion to the Merlin Spiral Series.  There were a lot of exciting extras in this book  The subject matter was exciting too, Merlin and Arthur, two of my favorite subjects.

I liked the pronunciation guide, and the glossary.  It is always important to know as much as you can about the setting and those two items helped me understand and visualize everything that was happening.  There were also maps in the front of the book that I used to follow where the people were living and fighting.  I thought the beginning of the book was interesting, because he used people and subject matter to highlight what had happened in the other books.  I liked that, because I like to read a synopsis of what happened in the other books in a series. 

I was glad to read that Merlin was finally able to accept that God had sent him to do an important task.  God often tells us what we need to do in our lives.  We need to make sure that we are listening to him and following him.  It took Merlin many years to do what God was asking of him.  I hope that it does not take me that long to listen to God.

I really liked this book and it was a good conclusion to the series.  I am looking forward to reading the next series, Pendragon Spiral.  It will continue Merlin’s story.  I know that many grownups and teens would like to read this book.

Informational and Purchasing Links-

Merlin’s Nightmarehttp://www.amazon.com/Merlins-Nightmare-Merlin-Spiral-Treskillard/dp/0310735092/

Author Website - http://www.KingArthur.org.uk

Participants’ links:

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received a free copy of Merlin’s Nightmare, by Robert Treskillard, to review from Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Blog Tour and Blink (Zondervan).  I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.  I am part of CSFF Blog TourAll links were current when posted.

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