Book Review ~ Questioning Evangelism: Engaging People’s Hearts the Way Jesus Did

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About the book:

A much-needed look at sharing Christ with unbelievers, based not on the techniques of guerrilla hard-sell tactics, but on engaging questions and caring interaction. Filled with humor and stories, this book provides a challenging yet encouraging look at evangelism in our world today. This volume argues that asking questions and starting meaningful conversations is a far better method for sharing faith than prepared lectures or statements. It gives advice on what people need to hear in response to the world around them.

  • Author was raised Jewish and has a unique, rabbinical outlook on evangelism
  • Encouraging and useful
  • Easy-to-read, conversational style
  • Study guide at the end to aid in teaching and discussion

To find out more about this book or other Kregel publications please visit:  http://www.kregel.com/ministry/questioning-evangelism-6282/

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Transformed: Challenging Myths About the Power-Filled Life

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About the book:

How do we address, deal with, and encounter hardship? How do we embrace the kingdom message involving redemption and restoration, but also help people feel safe to be honest? How do we remove the stigma surrounding broken areas–areas where people aren’t healed–and address suffering?

 

Transformed takes Romans 12:1-8 as its central text and each chapter begins with a verse. The theme of the book is change. True change doesn’t come about from a quick fix, which in charismatic circles is generally through the laying on of hands; it takes sacrifice, sweat, and suffering. This is the key to morality, integrity, and longevity in the Christian faith.

 

For information on this book or any other Kregel publication please visit: http://www.kregel.com/christian-living-and-devotionals/transformed/

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Too Deep For Words: A Civil War Novel

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About the book:

Carrie Ann Collier has been a newlywed for nineteen blissful days–as blissful as life can be in the midst of war, that is. Soon that war will take a toll she never expected. When her new husband, Peyton, goes missing during battle, she refuses to believe he is dead and must find a way to move forward with everyday life in the face of fear.

 

As Carrie struggles with how to welcome her estranged sister, Margaret, back into her life, another new arrival appears on her doorstep–her husband’s best friend, and rebel officer, Eli. Wounded and bitter, Eli is nonetheless committed to keeping his promise to Peyton: take care of the Collier women, no matter what. But to Carrie, he’s a painful reminder of her lost love.

 

Then unexpected news makes Carrie wonder if miracles do happen. If Carrie infiltrates the enemy once again, she might find out what really happened to the love of her life. Will Eli be able to keep his promise to keep her safe? Can they forgive each other if promises are broken?

 

As fans of Boeshaar’s books have come to expect, Too Deep for Words is a meticulously researched novel. Readers are taken directly into the heart of the realities of the Civil War and reminded how, even in the darkest circumstances, faith in Christ offers hope.

 

Our Review:

As a fan of historical fiction, this book aims to please! I LOVE historical fiction and Civil War based novels. This story is well written and researched. I loved the characters and plot line! This is one not to miss!

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Book Review: The Local Poet

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About the Book:

A horrific road accident is just the start of a journey into the dark past of the local poet. Rob doesn’t know Laney Grey. But when she deliberately steps out in front of his van and dies on impact, his life will never be the same. The police declare him innocent, but how will he deal with the guilt?

 

Now Rob is driven to know who she was, why she chose to die, and why he had to be part of her death. To understand her, he must read her poetry. To know her, he must unravel the mysteries of her past. As Laney’s dark secret starts to come to light, and Rob’s innocence is questioned, he must learn the full truth. But truth comes at a cost. Will Rob be the one who has to pay the price?

For information on this book or any other Kregel publication please visit: http://www.kregel.com/fiction/the-local-poet/

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Book Review: Alabaster

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About the Book:

Maryam is stuck in an abusive marriage, living with her in-laws in a conservative, toxically religious village. A few years back, her father was given a jar of priceless perfume by a dying leper and it seemed as if their fortunes would improve, but then Maryam’s father contracted leprosy and was exiled from the village. Maryam and her siblings, Eleazar and Marta, experience the shame and ostracism this brings. The precious jar that was meant to bring them freedom has only brought destruction. But rumors abound concerning a new doctor; perhaps hope is on the horizon…

 

Alabaster brings a first-century Middle Eastern village and its culture to life for modern-day readers.

 

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

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Silver Dollar City

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Over Spring Break, my family took a road trip to Missouri.  We spent one beautiful, fun-filled day at Silver Dollar City.  If you have not visited Silver Dollar City before, it is a must see place to visit.  It has it all!  Rides, food, crafts, shows, and countless attractions to keep you entertained all day long.

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Upon entering the park we stopped to rent a stroller.  The attendant asked if the stroller was for the baby or my 3 year old.  I said I wish they had one for the baby, it was mostly for all of my stuff.  He said they did have a couple of infant strollers and we were lucky enough to get one.  It worked out amazing.  My 6 month old was able to nap while we walked around, and we could put some of our bags in it.

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Our first stop was at Marvel Cave.  We arrived 10 minutes before the first tour and decided to try it out.  We had absolutely no idea what we were getting ourselves into.  This hour long walking tour has you hiking 500 feet below the surface.  You will climb just under 600 stairs.  It is very strenuous, especially with a 6 month old baby attached to your body, but it is well worth it.  The cave is spectacular, and the guide is very knowledgeable.  We were even “lucky” enough to see some bats.  If my 63 year old mother-in-law, husband, 7 year old, 3 year old, and myself with a 6 month old can do it, so can you.  My kids talk about how neat this experience was every day.

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This is the year for Food and Crafts at Silver Dollar City.  They have over 200 new food items this year, with something for everyone.  Some of the food items are normal such as chicken tenders, peanut brittle, and pizza; while others are a little different like mason jar sundaes and pork belly fries.  They had quite a few slushy stations throughout the park, and that’s where my kids headed to.  They have food stations and restaurants throughout the entire park.  We tried cinnamon rolls from Eve & Delilah’s Bakery, and they were just mouth-watering delicious.  We packed a picnic lunch for lunch, and ate it there.  It’s really nice they allow food to be brought in.  We could not leave without trying the kettle corn, which tasted just as amazing as it smelt.

Silver Dollar City has over 40 rides and attractions.  Some of my family’s favorites were Happy Frogs, Royal Tea Party, the Steam Engine, and the Magnificent Wave Carousel.  My kids even went on their first rollercoaster.

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One of my family’s absolute favorite parts of visiting Silver Dollar City was seeing all of the real life crafters.  They watched a Blacksmith make a bottle opener right before their own eyes.  They were just in awe.  They enjoyed asking him questions and seeing how things really were made in the 1800’s.

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Silver Dollar City has some very exciting new festivals and events this year, including

FESTIVAL OF WONDER (April 6 – 30)

The all-new festival presents amazing acts of curiosity and larger-than-life performances, all billed as “A Most Amazing Entertainment Experience:”

  • NEW: The Earth Harp Collective, featuring the world’s largest playable stringed instrument, plays music on 75-foot strings stretched the length of Red Gold Heritage Hall as well as on a “drum cloud” and other unique musical instruments.
  • NEW: The Flamenco Kings, the world’s foremost flamenco dancers, are seven brothers whose stunning performances combine flamenco, tap, music, martial arts and acrobatics.
  • NEW: Balancing Wonders present gravity-defying performers in an extraordinary balancing show.
  • NEW: Speed Painter Dan Dunn takes performance art to top speed, a talent showcased on stages from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to a Super Bowl pregame show.
  • NEW: Glass “Armonica” showcases melodic sounds from one of the world’s largest instruments made of glassware.
  • NEW: Shows present Harp & Hang Drum music, and Melodies on Air with incredible wind instruments such as 4-ft. pan flutes and clay whistles.
  • New foods for the Festival of Wonder take an outrageous turn as well, including Curious Kabobs with shark or alligator on a stick, Fry Breads from Cajun Shrimp to Nutella S’mores, the World of Bacon with Bacon Cannoli and Chocolate Covered Bacon, plus new Bodacious Brownies and Blended Beverages.

We made so many memories visiting Silver Dollar City.  We will most definitely be back to visit.  It is a must see place to visit in the Midwest.

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Zipadee-Zip

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What a great product.  My son is 6 months and had a real hard time transitioning from being swaddled.  He liked to be swaddled very tightly with his arms at his side.  I would have to double swaddle him for him to be comfortable enough.  Once he started rolling, though, the swaddle became an issue.  He would roll from his back to his tummy and then get stuck and cry in the middle of the night.  He also used a pacifier, so it would fall out in the middle of the night and he would try to wiggle to find it.  I would have to go in every hour to either give him his pacifier back or swaddle him again.  Upon receiving the Zipadee-Zip I was a little skeptical.  I decided to take my son’s pacifier away and try the Zipadee-Zip.  The first couple of nights he cried, but after that he learned to sleep without the pacifier and was very content in the Zipadee-Zip.  He can now roll over onto his tummy and roll back onto his back with this.  He’s able to move around, but still feel contained and swaddled.  It really is a great transition swaddle when they are starting to roll and wiggle.  I like that the material is lightweight.  I put a onesie or sleeper on him under this, depending upon the weather.  It has a nice zipper down the front, so it is easy to do diaper changes.  The Zipadee-Zip comes in a variety of sizes and styles.  They have excellent customer service.  I will definitely be telling my other mom friends about the Zipadee-Zip.

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For a $5.00 coupon check out their website:

https://www.sleepingbaby.com/collections/zipadee-zip

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LED Strip

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These LED strips are the coolest thing I have ever bought.  It comes in a spool and you can cut the strip to fit whatever length you need.  It comes with a remote control so you can make the strip change colors more or less often, keep it on one color, or have it flash different colors.  The LED is very bright and would be great for parties.  We put ours on our patio for parties since they are also waterproof.  They are easy to hang since it just uses 3M tape.  They are easy to remove and add more strips to them as well.  These LED strips would be great for bars, kids rooms, parties, pools, anywhere you want to add a little fun.  I highly recommend them!

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Wildlife Camera

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This wildlife camera is perfect for what I needed it for.  I live in the country and wanted to see what kind of animals are in our backyard.  It only turns on when it senses movement, and then it takes pictures or videos.  The screen is very clear and it was very easy to set up.  I was impressed at how user friendly the camera was.  It took me about 5 minutes to figure it out.  It comes with a strap so you  can easily attach it to a tree, post, or anything really.  The camera is of high quality and made very well.

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It has two hinges on the side to keep any weather elements out.  I had it outside when it was raining and it stayed nice and dry.  You can use it for a security camera since it is motion activated or for wildlife.

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I like that it has color photos for day pictures and black & white photos for at nighttime.  I highly recommend this camera, it is definitely worth the money.

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Book Review: Welcome to College: A Christ-Follower’s Guide for the Journey

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About the Book:

“The single best volume I have ever read for preparing students for how to follow Jesus and flourish as his disciple in college.”–J. P. Moreland

 

Is there a more frightening question for a graduating high school senior than “What will you do with your life?” In college, whether they realize it or not, students will answer that question every day with each decision. All of the new friends and new experiences of higher education will shape their future. It’s critical that students know how to handle college before they’re in the thick of it.

 

Jonathan Morrow tackles the tough questions that arise during these formative years, including:

  • How do you grow spiritually?
  • How do you manage your time to both study well and have fun?
  • Is all truth relative?
  • Are there good reasons to be a Christian?
  • As a Christian, how should you view issues like dating and sex?

 

Each chapter of this new edition has been updated, and the author has included a new chapter on Christianity, homosexuality, and the Bible. Grounded in both his own extensive experience and biblical truth, Morrow’s book is full of quick, easy-to-read chapters and excellent advice.

Our Review: This is an excellent book! I have not read the First edition but this second edition is awesome! We liked that it guided young adults in difficult pathways in the real world.

 

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

 

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