7.30.2015

Believe Student Edition by Randy Frazee ~ Living The Story of the Bible to Become Like Jesus

Believe: Student Edition by Randy Frazee

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Young Adult Nonfiction/Bible

You've heard the story of the Bible.
Now it's time to make it your own.

Think. Act. Be.

Let the bible transform you. This is not a book that leaves hearts unchanged.

Believe Student Edition takes you on an exploration into ten key beliefs, ten key practices, and ten key virtues of Christianity. Grounded in carefully selected Scripture passages, Believe Student Edition is a spiritual growth experience that takes you on a journey to think, act, and become more like Jesus.

The Bible is more than just a book of stories. It's a blueprint for living. Let the words of God change you as you learn how to think, act, and become more like Jesus.

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My Thoughts

Teenage years can be turbulent. Pressure from outsiders and from ones self can make day-to-day living a maze of uncertainty. But what if there were a way to help our teens navigate that path? When they were younger we were so diligent about reading them Bible stories before bed but now that they are older it is easy to set that aside. I say let's not slip into the idea of entrusting others to guide our teens. Instead let's engage them with Scripture and show them that there is a plan and they are part of it.

Randy Frazee's Believe Student Edition is a great tool to begin an in depth study on what the Bible says about how we as Christians should think, act, and be. It goes along with the other editions of the books and curriculum so that you could easily incorporate it into a family study. Each of the thirty chapters cover the exact same topics that the adult and kids' editions cover. The only difference is that the writing is being addressed to the teenage audience it was designed for. 

I say that this would be perfect for a family study but I also think it would be a very useful study in youth groups as well. There is a whole student curriculum DVD study that goes along with it that would help introduce each topic to the entire group.  

I would recommend this to any family with teenagers or any group that works with teenagers. The study of God's Word will give them a solid foundation and an assurance of who they are and what is expected of them in the body of Christ.

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Randy Frazee



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7.27.2015

Desperate Measures (Port Aster Secrets, Book 3) by Sandra Orchard - Mystery Book Review

Desperate Measures (Port Aster Secrets, Book 3) by Sandra Orchard

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Port Aster Secrets, Book 3
Mystery

Kate won't be safe 
until all of Port Aster's secrets are revealed

Researcher Kate Adams has finally pinpointed the supposed "miracle plant" that tore apart her family years ago. She's certain that discovering its secrets is her only hope of solving the mystery surrounding her father's disappearance. She's willing to risk anything to find the truth, including her relationship with Detective Tom Parker. But with so many people in pursuit of the plant, going it alone might be a fatal mistake.

Award-winning author Sandra Orchard pulls out all the stops in this breakneck and breathtaking conclusion to the Port Aster Secrets series.

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My Thoughts

The sign of a good mystery is when you are absolutely positive you know the answer and then get to the end and say, "What . . . I never expected that!" Those were my feelings on Desperate Measures. I'm not going to say much about the story line so you won't know what the mystery was, but it was a good one. I was completely lead astray. I feel like I should apologize to several of the characters because I judged them so harshly.

This series has taken a long time to wrap up (first book came out in June 2013) but it has been worth it. I enjoyed the lead character Kate Adams and found her job as a researcher to be fascinating. With the first book Deadly Devotion, I wasn't too taken with Detective Tom Parker, but he sure has grown on me. 

I would say that technically you could read Desperate Measures as a stand alone mystery. But why would you cheat yourself of the pleasure of the building suspense? I would recommend that you read the whole series starting with Deadly Devotion and then dive in to Blind Trust and finally rap it all up in Desperate Measures. Now that all three books are out I am completely jealous of those of you that get to read them in closer succession. I think you are in for a real treat.

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Sandra Orchard



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7.25.2015

Believe: Kids' Editon by Randy Frazee ~ Children's Book Review

Believe: Kids' Editon by Randy Frazee

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Children's Book/NIrV Bible

YOU KNOW THE STORY OF THE BIBLE. 
BUT DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT MEANS?

The Bible tells an incredible story about God's love for the world. But what does that mean for you? This edition of Believe written just for kids takes you on a surprising journey through the Word of God to discover the core beliefs, practices, and virtues of Jesus-followers throughout the ages.

The bible is more than just a book of stories. It's a blueprint for living. Let the words of God change you as you learn how to think, act, and become more like Jesus.

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My Thoughts

In the Preface of the book Randy Frazee begins by telling the story of King Josiah. You'll remember that he was eight years old when he became king. 2 Kings 23:25 says: "There was no king like Josiah either before him or after him. None of them turned to the LORD as he did. He obeyed the LORD with all his heart and all his soul. He obeyed Him with all his strength."

How did Josiah become such a king? It was because he was read the Word of God and he followed it. Isn't that what we want for each of our children, to become well versed in Scripture and to follow the precepts it contains? Believe: Kids' Edition is the perfect start for that lifelong journey. 

The book breaks the process down into three sections, THINK: What Do I Believe?, ACT: What Should I Do?, and BE: Who Am I Becoming? Each of these sections use the NIrV edition of the Bible which is designed for a third grade reading level. There are thirty chapters that also correspond with the adult and student editions of this book making it a great tool for weeks of family devotions.

I was very pleased with this simplified version of Believe. I say simplified meaning vocabulary not content. Randy Frazee has been thorough in his covering of the main concepts of Scripture. The discussion questions are a nice touch to make it interactive rather than just a one way teaching from parent to child. Our family was blessed by this resource and I think yours will be too.






7.24.2015

Tell Me More . . . Yolonda Sanders {Author Interview}

Tell Me More . . . Yolonda Sanders

In today's Tell Me More feature I want to introduce to you a new-to-me author Yolonda Sanders. The third book in her newest series recently came out and it is a spine-tingling suspense thriller. If that is the genre that you love (like me) you should check it out!

The Protective Detective Series by Yolonda Sanders


I began to wonder just who this mystery woman was behind these intense story lines. I wanted to know the important things that a curious sort like myself wonders about. I decided to reach out to her and ask her to tell me more . . .

If you could invent something that would make life easier, what would it do? 

I would invent a time suspender so that, when there are not “enough hours in the day,” I can pause time around the whole universe to complete my daily tasks without having them carryover into the next day.

What two items would you grab if your house was on fire?

I would grab my Bible and my laptop.

If you could travel back in time to a specific moment in history, what would it be?

I would go back to the Garden of Eden to try and convince Eve not to eat the fruit.

If you had three wishes,what would they be? (You’re not allowed to wish for money or another wish!)

My first wish would be to live a long, healthy life. My second wish would be to make a valuable contribution to our world through some new discovery that will make people's lives easier or cure a deadly disease. My third wish would be to successfully complete a marathon by running the entire way.

What’s the one thing for which you’d like to be remembered? 

I would like to be remembered for my compassion for others.

There you have it friends . . . the important things we need to know about Yolonda! If you had the opportunity to ask her anything what would it be? Leave your curious questions in the comments and we'll see if we can get her to chime in and end the suspense.

Yolonda Sanders


7.23.2015

Once Upon A Summertime (Follow Your Heart, Book 1) by Melody Carlson ~ Contemporary Fiction Review

Once Upon A Summertime (Follow Your Heart, Book 1) by Melody Carlson

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Follow Your Heart, Book 1
Contemporary Fiction

She's looking for her big break. 
She never imagined it would depend 
on a blast from her past.

Managing the Value Lodge in her hometown was not what Anna Gordon had in mind when she set out in the hospitality industry. But it's a safe choice for a young woman starting out her career.

Then, out of the blue, she gets the opportunity of a lifetime: a chance to reinvent herself and reinvigorate her career by moving to New York City. She applies for a management position at a stylish new hotel, The Rothsberg. But the city is full of surprises--not the least of which is discovering that Sean O'Neil, a once-upon-a-time crush, has applied for the very same position. 

This sweetly romantic tale of dreams come true takes you through the storied streets of New York City--and into the depths of the human heart. 

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My Thoughts

If you're looking for a nice read to escape all this crazy summer heat you've just stumbled upon it! Melody Carlson has once again brought us a light read that is the perfect anecdote to a lazy summer afternoon. Even though it is a light read it isn't fluffy. The characters are well developed and the story line is interesting.

Anna Gordon is our female lead and I really like her. She was raised by her grandma who made many sacrifices for Anna. When Anna's grandpa dies she gives up pursuing a prestigious career in hotel management to come back home and be with her grandma.

When we meet up with Anna she has been sleeping on her grandma's couch and working at the Value Lodge for two years. The situation is less than ideal but as Providence would have it everything is about to change. A chance encounter with a childhood friend brings about the chance of a lifetime. With her grandma's blessing Anna takes a chance and applies for her dream job in New York City.

Imagine her surprise to learn that Sean O'Neil, a guy that she has had a crush on since high school, has applied for the same job. Even though they both are attracted to each other this is a romance that cannot be. They are co-workers and there is no fraternizing among staff.

The story that unfolds has all the wonderful elements that I love in a great romance. Seemingly insurmountable odds, growing attraction, and above all the Divine destiny of the characters are worth every moment it takes to read this wonderful book. If you've not yet read a Melody Carlson book this would be a good one to pick up and enjoy. You'll be hooked!

If you happen to be reading this book with your book club you can download a Reading Group Guide here.


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Melody Carlson



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