Unquenchable asks honest questions about disappointment in God and uses illustrations fleshed out from Scripture to look for purpose in suffering. It doesn’t try to resolve disillusionment with pat answers, but provides reflections on suffering that draw the reader deeper to the heart of God and to a faith that is unquenchable.
I could not put this book down. It brought a soothing rhythm to the ebb and flow of faith and a reassurance that God’s love for us remains strong when circumstances state otherwise. (Click to Tweet) Carol Kent shares from her own heart-wrenching story as well as that of others who encounter the unthinkable and have to find a new way to carry on with life. She provides steps to feed your faith and to overcome our natural inclination to complain in the midst of strife. She illustrates the importance of tending the fire, in order to have a faith that can step into the unknown and trust that God will be there. Kent reminds us that the Refiner’s fire is life-giving, though painfully so, and that suffering drives us to our knees, where we can find the secret of wildfire faith.
Get this book! It will be one of your cherished go-to-books in times of despair and for times of growth!BookLook Bloggers
Why do I participate in the Bible Study Expo? I am a teacher of God’s Word, and am constantly on the lookout for tools that will facilitate that study. So, when asked to help get the word out about new books on the market, I am an eager participant. At the last Expo, I tested the waters on a new-to-me author, and ended up using two of her studies with my women’s group. Yes, it was that helpful! So here are a few of my top reasons to jump in and get involved with Marnie’s Bible Study Expo:
How can you participate in the Bible Study Expo?
Come to the party, we’re expecting you!
We are 10 Days and counting
to the 2014 Bible Study Expo
Thursday, April 17
You'll get to MEET 9 authors of the newest Bible Study books + enjoy worship music and live interaction with other Bible Study leaders and enthusiasts through the Facebook + Twitter parties.
You'll LISTEN to live interviews with each author and Marnie as they share the story behind the study and who each one is for... plus its format and intensity level.
Even if you can't attend, we'll be giving away Bible Study Books & worship music CDs all afternoon during the expo and you can listen in to the recordings afterwards at www.BibleStudyExpo.com
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Anne’s winsome commitment to the unchanging Word of God draws the reader to conclude too, that it’s time to take a stand for what we believe while kneeling at the feet of Jesus. (Click to Tweet) She says God is up to something in current world events and in our personal lives, and He wants us to know the cry of His heart.
I Saw The Lord is an important book; one that should be in the hands of every believer, because judgment begins with the house of God. It gives tools for a fresh revival in our hearts and shows us how to see the Lord, high and lifted up.
Disclosure of Material: I received this book as a giveaway from The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
Do Life Different by Jill Hart
Reviewed by Sally Ferguson
Radiant Lit Blog Tours
Publisher: Choose Now Publishing
Pub Date: February 2, 2014
(Synopsis from Amazon.com) Work-at-home moms bear a unique set of burdens as they attempt to blend job and family commitments under one roof. Maintaining professionalism while wiping noses and convincing outsiders that flexibility isn’t all it’s cracked up to be can put even the most organized to the test. Amid all the other duties of life, the work-at-home mom often discovers that feeding her soul is the biggest challenge of them all. Work-at-home mom: take a deep breath and Do Life Different as you allow these devotions for work-at-home moms to fill the vacuum of your needy heart in the chaos of your busy world.
Jill Hart’s book, Do Life Different, has refreshing advice about success: use your business to help people! She brings pointers to the business world from, as she calls it, God’s upside-down perspective. She affirms, when you serve others and express gratitude to God by being generous with them, God will provide for your needs.
The chapters are divided into scripture and daily thought starters, with space for journaling. The questions range from listing out the day’s goals, to motives behind our own baggage. The author is vulnerable with her struggles in building a home-based business, and challenges the reader to dig under the surface to face difficult issues. When you ask the hard questions and make yourself accountable for the next step, your success will come. But, it’s no easy formula; Jill’s key is perseverance, determination and communication. (Click to Tweet)
Personal reflection, leadership tips and supplemental video links all combine to make this book a winner. Get your own copy and learn about building a business, from God’s point of view!
Do Life Different is available to purchase from Amazon.com.
Note: I received this book as part of the Do Life Different blog tour from Radiant Lit. I received no compensation for this review and only received a copy of the book for review purposes. Review copy provided by the publisher.
What would life be like if you had blurry vision all of the time? It would be normal for you, because you never knew it could be any different. Suppose someone gave you a pair of glasses, and you could see for the first time? Would you be excited? You bet your eyesight, you would!
In 20 short weeks, our Uganda Mission Team will leave for Africa. We’re taking two medical professionals with us to lead Eye Clinics. There, we will measure for visual acuity and fit patients with prescriptions for sight. In a five step process, our team will evaluate different levels of eye health.
It reminds me of the story in Mark 8:22-25 where Jesus healed a blind man in stages. My NIV footnotes say this two step process is indicative of our blindness. “Many persons with normal eyesight are spiritually blind.”
What has blinded me to Truth? Ego, pride, an independent spirit? I’m praying for new eyes to see the hand of God at work.
Here are some requests:
~ I’m asking for prayer warriors to join me in preparing mentally to share God’s Word with pastors’ wives in a different culture.
~ I’m looking for extra hands to help me collect eyeglasses, readers, sunglasses & bars of soap.
Picture with me, the moment when we hand a pastor a pair of eyeglasses and his own brand new study Bible. Wow! A life-changing, world axis-tilting event!
Do you want to be a part of changing that pastor’s life, so that he can proclaim the glory of God to his neighbors?
~ Pray for the Team of 13, traveling to Uganda July 14 – August 2, 2014.
~ Collect glasses & soap. Mail to: Busti Church of God 996 Forest Ave Ext. Jamestown NY 14701 by May 31 so that we have time to label the glasses with prescription strength.
Thank you for partnering with us!
To Uganda or Bust,
Retreat Planner Training is tomorrow!
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Topic: How to Plan a Women's Retreat
with Marnie Swedberg & Sally Ferguson
Thursday, February 13, 2014
1-2PM PT, 2-3PM MT, 3-4PM CT, 4-5PM ET
During this hour you'll learn about:
- The reasons why retreats are worth the effort.
- How to set reasonable goals for your retreat.
- 7 steps to insure great retreats.
- How to skyrocket attendee buy-in and take-away.
- Personal words of wisdom for retreat planners.
Don't miss it Thursday, 2/13
1-2PM PT, 2-3PM MT, 3-4PM CT, 4-5PM ET
Come and bring your retreat-planning team!
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We'll see you there!
Where do you go when snow has claimed your driveway? We head south, and for a repeat visit, we chose Mango Inn!
Mango Inn is synonymous with “oasis.” Its’ gardens have the musical sounds of water fountains in the courtyard and birds announcing their visit. The foliage includes star fruit, palms and a hedge of privacy that is lush and soothing. Whether you rest in the hammock or lounge by the pool, it’s hard to believe you’re in the heart of downtown Lake Worth.
Innkeepers Deb & Judi provide southern hospitality with their friendliness and homemade goodness: cookies in the afternoon and a warm breakfast to start your day. Furnished in the tropics theme, the rooms are cheerfully appointed and cozy. Why not try the Sea Grape Room for your next getaway?
After seeing the picture of our breakfast, my friend asked for the recipe. Yes, it was as delicious as it looked!
Mango Stuffed French Toast
Pepperidge Farm Cinnamon Bread (no raisins) - 2 slices per person
Cream Cheese (amount depends on number of servings), softened
¾ cup milk
Mangos (they must be very ripe or frozen, which works best)
Spread one side of each slice of bread with cream cheese. Put together as if making a sandwich, with cream cheese sides folded together. Cut sandwich on the diagonal. Scramble eggs with milk. Dip each side of bread in egg mixture. Melt butter in frying pan, sauté sandwich until browned.
Heat thawed out mangoes. If you want to thin it a bit, you can add orange juice. Any fruit that is frozen can work.
Enjoy a taste of sunshine!
What does it mean to fly? Former journalist and speaker, Caleb Breakey says, “It’s simply practicing true love – Jesus love – in your relationship.” (p. 167) He says “falling in love” is a matter of pursuing your wants. But “flying in love” is the way to give unselfishly to another.
Dating Like Airplanes is not another dating manual, it is a call to relationship with Christ first, and then relationship with each other. Rightly so, Breakey challenges readers to raise the bar of expectation for your own relationship with the Lord, before you can have anything to offer to your significant other.
Tackling issues of sexual boundaries, Breakey says we are built with internal alarms, or cues, that sound off when we’re on dangerous turf. When we respond to those cues, we get God’s best for the relationship, and Breakey gives some of the best explanations that I’ve read, of how we benefit.
Dating Like Airplanes provides great tools for getting to know one another. What are your interests? How will you pursue your goals? What values determine your lifestyle? How will you handle differences of opinion? How will you handle frustration with your other? How will you combine two different viewpoints, ideas and lifestyles?
Truly, Dating Like Airplanes could well have been named, A Manual for Relationships, because it relates on so many levels to the intricacies of doing life with others. I have been married 27 years, and found many truths in this book to apply to the way I interact with my spouse. As Breakey says, it’s never too late. Your past makes you more prepared to be used for God.
Don’t wait until you’re enmeshed in a relationship to get this book. “Today is the day to rise to a love that’s greater than yourself.” (p. 7) Order a copy of Dating Like Airplanes; it’s an excellent resource for every relationship!
Disclaimer: I received an Advance Reader’s Copy from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Looking for the secret to a power-packed speech? Secrets of Dynamic Communication provides a formula to make every presentation successful. Anyone who seeks “to instruct, encourage, motivate, or call an audience to action” (p. 20) will benefit from the tools provided within its pages. That includes high school teachers, Sunday School teachers, and every kind of teacher in-between. The author, Ken Davis, goes into great detail to spell out the difference between an average talk and a memorable one. He uses 40 years of experience to analyze the nuts and bolts of a great speech, and to equip others to evaluate their own presentations.
As a speaker, I have sought out many books on the art of developing an address, and put many of the tips gleaned therein to the test. This book is very user-friendly in breaking down the format into easy-to-remember steps, acrostics and examples that clarify instructions. Chapter Reviews reinforce material covered, and the Appendix gives a springboard for talks by listing examples, key words and topical indexes. The real genius of the book, however, is in the spreadsheet for SCORRE, the acronym for Davis’ formula and conference of the same name. Just two weeks ago, it provided a map, when I had the honor of speaking at a close friend’s funeral. It was a time when every word counted, and had to be just right. Thank you Ken Davis, for equipping me to focus on the objective. As he says, “Diligence in preparation results in excellence on the platform.” (p. 29) (Click to tweet)
This book is a valuable resource for anyone who wants to impact others. Get your own copy, if you want the SCORRE formula!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com®
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