Book Review: Under an Open Heaven

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About the Book:

When the gospel of John was written, the world was in turmoil. Jerusalem was collapsing, the empire was eroding, and the church was fighting for its life. The early believers needed a theology to strengthen their souls and steady their nerves–a theology found in this often enigmatic gospel. In our similar times of turbulence, we too need to know that the abundant life under the opened heaven John describes is not just conceivable–it’s a promise.
John E. Johnson is determined to reveal the relevance of John’s gospel to today’s Christian. To do so, he explores various conversations found in its pages and applies them to our modern world. Jesus converses with family, answers the questions of religious leaders, and steps into dialogue with people whose names we never know but whose struggles we can relate to. They aren’t always straightforward chats, Johnson readily admits. Yet that is what makes them so beautifully applicable to the messiness of life.
For readers tired of living confined lives, frustrated by failure, or starving in the midst of plenty, the conversations in John tell them life doesn’t have to stay small. There is a whole new world made possible under God’s open heaven.

 

For more information about this book or other Kregel Publications please visit: http://www.kregel.com/christian-living-and-devotionals/under-an-open-heaven/

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2017 Mazda CX-9

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I have officially found my new dream car…the 2017 Mazda CX-9.  This was the most luxurious vehicle I have ever had the pleasure of driving.  Not only is it gorgeous on the outside, but it is sleek as ever on the inside.

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The Mazda CX-9 is by far the fastest car I have ever driven.  It has a 2.5T turbo engine.  Most of the time I was driving I did not even realize how fast I was going, since the drive was so smooth.  I rarely felt a bump, which is odd since I live in the country.  The neatest part was that it projected the speed limit onto the windshield so I didn’t even have to look down to see how fast I was going.  This vehicle had every single bell and whistle you could dream of.  Some of my favorites included keyless entry, leather throughout, 7-inch full-color touchscreen display, Mazda connect, and great safety features.

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I felt like the Mazda CX-9 could basically drive itself.  If I was too close to a car in front of me, it would brake on its own.  If I veered a little too far to the shoulder, it would turn me back.  I felt very safe driving this vehicle.  It was super easy to park, with the rearview camera.  I loved all of the controls on the inside.  They were very user friendly and easy to control while driving.

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I would recommend the 2017 Mazda CX-9 to every single person and family.  I felt like I was on vacation after driving this for a week.  It was the most comfortable, smoothest, and fun vehicle to drive.

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2017 Mitsubishi Mirage

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If you are looking for a great run around town vehicle, look no further than the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage.  It is a great car for a small family that likes to travel.  It gets 36 miles to the gallon on average, which means you’ll be saving money at the gas station!

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It is surprisingly very spacious on the inside.  Plenty of elbow room, and enough space in the trunk for groceries, sports equipment, or suitcases.  It was comfortable to drive, and easy to see.  All of the controls were easy to locate and use while drving.  The Mirage is a 3-cylinder front wheel drive vehicle, and this particular car was a 5-speed manual transmission.

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What a I really loved about the car was the warranty.  It had a 10-year 100,000-mile warranty, and the Mirage starts at $14,795.00.  It also rated highly in the Government 5-Star Safety Ratings.

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I would definitely recommend the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage to a small family or a young person beginning to drive.  It’s a great car to drive, that’s extremely fuel efficient, and easy on the wallet.

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Book Review ~ Control Girl: Lessons on Surrendering Your Burden of Control from Seven Women in the Bible

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About the book:

“I control because I care.”
“I just want to be sure of a happy ending.”
“I worry that everything is spinning out of control.”
Many women can identify with statements like these. They have a compulsion to make everything turn out just right and are willing to do anything to make it happen. But this unbalanced pursuit of control makes those around them anxious and defensive. And when they realize control is slipping from their grasp, they lose control of themselves and react in anger or fear.
Shannon Popkin knows this struggle inside and out. Keeping her inner Control Girl hidden is a full-time job. Thankfully, she also knows another very important truth: no woman has to be a Control Girl.
In this encouraging book, Shannon invites seven Control Girls from the Bible into the conversation. She examines each story for the moments in which grasping for control circumvented God’s plans for good, whether it was Eve’s desire to know instead of to trust, Sarah’s inability to wait for God to move, or Rebekah’s controlling hand on her family’s future. Finally, Shannon finds God’s perspective on each of the problems and then reveals how readers’ can have their own happy endings in similar situations.
The author shares from her own struggles and follows each Bible study with questions for personal reflection. In the end, controlling women will find insight into their own experience, peace in the knowledge that God is in control, and relief that they are free.

 

Our Review:

Another excellent selection from Kregel Publications! This text is oacked with wisdom and peace. We really liked that the author shared their personal experience along with linking to women of the Bible. Linking to the Bible and personal issues gave the text a relevant feel. This is a book not to be missed! Wonderful for reflection and study.

For more information about this book or other Kregel Publications please visit: http://www.kregel.com/christian-living-and-devotionals/control-girl/

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Book Review: Deep Water

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About the book:

An obesity treatment has been discovered, but before anyone can benefit, a dispute breaks out about who owns the discovery. David Marchmont, a patent lawyer, is asked to handle the case. There’s one big problem, though: crucial evidence is missing–evidence that might have a bearing on the clinical trial two years before.

David’s personal life has its own challenges. His daughter, Chloe, has a rare and serious genetic condition. His wife, Rachel, becomes friendly with a young researcher, Kate Flanagan, who is seeking a cure for Chloe’s disorder; Kate, in turn, becomes concerned that her lab colleagues may be cutting corners on the obesity drug.

As evidence of mishandling mounts–then disappears–Kate, Rachel, and David find themselves caught up in acute ethical challenges and personal danger. Is biotechnology outstripping our capacity to make ethical decisions?

Our Review:

This was really a great book! We loved the anticipatory feeling throughout the book. It is also very timely with all of the scientific breakthroughs that are happening in todays world. if you are looking for a great thrilling book this is the one to pick up!

 

For more information about this book or other Kregel Publications please visit: http://www.kregel.com/fiction/deep-water/

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Block Island Organics Natural Facial Moisturizer

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Welcome to the world of Block Island ORGANICS! I Love it! We love when products are organic and this is another great find!

Block Island Organics Natural Face Moisturizer is an advanced daily moisturizer made with clear zinc that nourishes skin. Fortified with broad spectrum SPF 30 sun protection to prevent wrinkles & early skin aging. It provides ultra lightweight non-comedogenic, broad spectrum UVA & UVB protection. Along with all the aforementioned attributes it is also WATER RESISTANT!

We loved that the facial moisturizer was SPF 30 and was water resistant! This moisturizer rubbed easily into the skin and felt nice. During the time I tried this facial moisturizer I did not experience break outs…sometimes moisturizers with an added sunscreen can cause my skin to break out. This one did not!   The product is organic… which is so nice to hear in such a chemical laden market!

 

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  • AWARD WINNING – 2016 Best Moisturizer with SPF (Environmental Working Group – EWG)
  • MOISTURIZING – Shea butter, aloe and more keep skin hydrated, can be worn under makeup
  • HEALTHY – Organic and natural ingredients – clear zinc only (safest & best UV filter)
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This is a great Organic product … please visit Block Island Organics to view this and their entire line of products. They are running a special right now … when you check out please use the code magen

 

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Book Review: Ten Seven Stories That Shape Your Life

 

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About the Book:

A revolution is sweeping through our churches to recalibrate our thinking around the central proposition that God is love. Generous, prodigal love that seeks the best for every human being on the planet. How do we engage in evangelistic mission in light of this emphasis?

This book is a guide to God’s mission in the world, with an emphasis on equipping individual Christians to share their faith and bless those they love and live with.

 

The Seven Stories That Shape Your Life follows the four categories of beautiful, broken, forgiven, and invited, applying each to the central challenge of communicating the good news.

For more information about this book or other Kregel Publications please visit: http://www.kregel.com/ministry/the-seven-stories-that-shape-your-life/

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Book Review: The Kill Fee

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Poppy Denby, arts and entertainment editor at the Daily Globe, covers an exhibition of Russian art, hosted by White Russian refugees, including members of the surviving exiled Romanov royal family. There is an armed robbery, a guard is shot, and the largest Fabergé egg in the collection is stolen. While the egg itself is valuable, the secrets it contains within are priceless–secrets that could threaten major political powers.

Suspects are aplenty, including the former keeper of the Fabergé egg, a Russian princess named Selena Romanova Yusopova. The interim Bolshevik Russian ambassador, Vasili Safin, inserts himself into the investigation, as he believes the egg–and the other treasures–should all be restored to the Russian people.

 

Poppy, her editor, Rollo, press photographer Daniel, and the other staff of the Globe are delighted to be once again in the middle of a sensational story. But soon the investigation takes a dark turn when another body is found and an employee of the newspaper becomes a suspect. The race is on to find both the key and the egg–can they be found before the killer strikes again?

 

Fiona Veitch Smith offers up another rollicking mystery set in 1920s London, when women’s emancipation, the Jazz Age, the consequences of the First World War, and the aftermath of the Bolshevik revolution were rearranging the cultural landscape.

 

For more information about this book or other Kregel Publications please visit: http://www.kregel.com/fiction/the-kill-fee/

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Book Review: Taking my God for a Walk

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About the book:

With retirement looming, Tony Collins chose to use a long-overdue sabbatical to walk the 490 miles of the Camino, from the French border to Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain. He was deliberately stepping out of his comfort zone: making a pilgrimage, carrying his pack, through a land whose language he did not speak, into a religious culture far removed from his own, in search of sources of reverence. However he would not walk alone; the Way of St. James has many adherents, with well over 200,000 completing their Camino journey during that year.

He had expected the Way to be arduous, and so it proved. But he had not expected so bracing an internal journey, his battered soul laid open to examination and past errors offered up for scrutiny. Nor had he expected such moments of intense spiritual encounter, or so many precious friendships.

 

In the end he discovered, as so many have before him, that the Way leaves an indelible mark.

 

“Tony Collins’s new book is an absolute delight. We take not one walk with him, but two, and both are a genuine pleasure. Here is a man who stands at the verge of retirement, who looks back and forward, and does so with both reverence and great good humor. There was so much quiet passion contained within these pages, and so many powerful lessons. Highly recommended.”
–Davis Bunn, author of The Lion of Babylon

 

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Book Review : Death in the Shadows

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About the book:

When Father Gilbert traded in his detective’s badge for an Anglican priest’s collar, he never expected he would be pulled into a different kind of mystery–the mystery of the spiritual world.

Attending a conference in a seaside town, he has yet another supernatural encounter, this time with a murdered girl who worked at a local massage parlor. Details of the murder lead Father Gilbert to approach the police with clues in common with other cases, bringing him into contact with a detective from his days with Scotland Yard.

 

Meanwhile, a local monastery has been vandalized, with grotesque images and profane graffiti defacing the altar and walls. The head of the monastery accuses the local sex-trade industry of retaliating against his outspoken stand against it. Then, one of the brothers at the monastery is found dead in the local red-light district. All evidence points to his having been a regular at a massage parlor–the same one where the murdered girl had worked.

To find out more about this book or Kregel publications visit: http://www.kregel.com/fiction/death-in-the-shadows/

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