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Book Review: A Pair of Miracles

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About the book:

“A parent’s gripping journey of awareness, acceptance, and appreciation of her two boys dealing with significant challenges brought on by autism.”
–Stephen Mark Shore, EdD

When Karla Akins hoped that her autistic sons could learn to read and function independently, doctors warned her that those expectations would never be met. She set out to prove that, despite those warnings, all things are possible through God.

Laced with humor and compassion, A Pair of Miracles is the heartwarming story of her journey rearing adopted twin sons, each diagnosed with autism and fetal alcohol disorder. This is more than a moving biography from a mom on the front lines, however. It is a powerful tool, full of practical help for parents, educators, and church members working with children who have intellectual disabilities, speech impairments, and other limitations on the autism spectrum. It is also a challenge to the church to welcome and celebrate all the members of their congregation, no matter their abilities.

Thanks to Karla’s determination, faith, and unconditional love–and contrary to the doctors’ predictions–her adult twins are now able to function independently in many ways. They help their dad install pools, do carpentry work, and serve in the church as ushers, sound engineers, and children’s ministry workers.

For parents seeking hope, answers, and peace, Karla leads the way to all three down a path she’s already been. 

To read an excerpt from the book or to find out more about the book go to: http://www.kregel.com/biography/a-pair-of-miracles/

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Book Review: The Unreformed Martin Luther

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Will the real Martin Luther please stand up?

After five hundred years of examining the life of the “father of the Reformation,” we must surely know all there is to know about Martin Luther. But is that true?

Did he really nail his Ninety-Five Theses to the church door?

Did he throw an inkpot at the devil?

Did he plant an apple tree?

Did his wife escape her convent in a herring barrel?

German radio and television journalist Andreas Malessa looks at the actual history of Luther and concludes that many of the tales we know best are nothing but nonsense.

Diving gleefully into the research, Malessa investigates many of the falsehoods and fallacies surrounding the reformer, rejecting them in favor of equally incredible facts. Full of humor and irony, this book educates and entertains while demonstrating a profound respect for Luther’s life and mission.

If you’re looking for the truth of the man behind the theses, come discover his faith and influence–with the myths stripped away.

For more information about this book or other Kregel publications please visit:

http://www.kregel.com/history/the-unreformed-martin-luther/

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Book Review: The Sacred Mundane

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About the Book:

What if the key to changing your life–and yourself–is already in your hand?

So many women struggle with what to do with their daily lives. They feel trapped in everyday drudgery and disappointment, in dull domestic duties, and in mundane jobs they despise. Where is the abundant, purposeful life they were promised?

Kari Patterson shows readers the truth: in each unremarkable life lies an opportunity to see, know, love, and be utterly transformed by a God who meets everyone right where they are. Instead of stepping away from real life to find God, Patterson equips women with a six-step practice to move further in and meet Him in the humdrum moments of everyday existence. And when a woman’s inner being is truly changed by the sacred, everything in her world changes too–right down to tackling the dirty dishes.

Through entertaining narrative, candid real-life stories, Bible study, and practical instruction, Sacred Mundane guides individuals or small groups to discover the beautiful sacredness in the lives they already lead. Women who long to grow in God and make a real difference in the world–no matter how small–will reach eagerly for this book and the radical transformation it offers.

“Our daily routine, with its mundane tasks and mindless repetition, is ultimately an offering of worship to God. What a great truth from a great God!”
–Ann Byle, author of The Making of a Christian Bestseller and coauthor of Devotions for the Soul Surfer

To find out more about this book or to read an excerpt from the book please visit:

http://www.kregel.com/christian-living-and-devotionals/sacred-mundane/

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Book Reivew: The Soldier Who Killed A King

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A stunning story of Holy Week through the eyes of a Roman centurion

Watch the triumphal entry of the donkey-riding king through the eyes of Marcus Longinus, the centurion charged with keeping the streets from erupting into open rebellion.

Look behind the scenes at the political plotting of King Herod, known as the scheming Fox for his ruthless shrewdness.

Get a front-row seat to the confrontation between the Jewish high priest Caiaphas and the Roman governor Pontius Pilate.

Understand as never before the horror of the decision to save a brutal terrorist in order to condemn the peaceful Jew to death.

If you’ve heard the story of Passion Week so often it’s become stale, now is the time to rediscover the terrible events leading from Jesus’s humble ride into the city to his crucifixion. The Soldier Who Killed a King will stun you afresh with how completely Christ’s resurrection changed history, one life at a time. 

Our review:

This was a vivid retelling of an age old story from a different perspective. This was a magnificent read!

 

For more infromation on this or any other Kregel publication please visit: http://www.kregel.com/fiction/the-soldier-who-killed-a-king/

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Book Review: The Captivating Lady Charlotte

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Book Reivew:

Her heart is her own–but her hand in marriage is another matter

 

Lady Charlotte Featherington is destined for great things on the marriage market. After all, as the beautiful daughter of a marquess, she should have her pick of the eligible nobility when she debuts. She, however, has love at the top of her list of marriageable attributes. And her romantic heart falls hard for one particularly dashing, attentive suitor. Sadly for Charlotte, her noble father intends her betrothed to be someone far more dull.

 

William Hartwell may be a duke, but he knows he was Charlotte’s father’s pick, not the young lady’s own choice. And the captivating Lady Charlotte does not strike him as a woman who will be wooed by his wealth or title. While she has captured his heart, he has no idea how to win hers in return–and the betrayal and scandal his first wife put him through makes it difficult for him to believe that love can ever be trusted. His only hope is that Charlotte’s sense of responsibility will win out over her romantic notions.

 

Can a widowed duke and a romantically inclined lady negotiate a future and discover love beyond duty? Will they be able to find healing and hope from the legacy of grace? Poignant and charming, this is another beautifully written, clean, and wholesome Regency romance from Carolyn Miller.

 

Our Review:

This is a captivating story… it weaves history, romance, suspense and adventure all into one! The characters are unforgettable as the author has tols their tale wonderfully! This is a book not to be missed by fiction lovers!

For information on this novel or any other publication please visit: http://www.kregel.com/fiction/the-captivating-lady-charlotte/

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Book Review: Cover Story

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About the Book:

 A bizarre hit-and-run brings Branigan Powers back to the crime-solving beat

 

A fatal crash involving two college students heading home for the holidays seems like an unfortunate accident. But when the surviving girl wakens, she tells a curious story of the vehicle that forced them off the road–an old-fashioned, 1950s-style hearse.

 

Reporter Branigan Powers delves into the mystery that takes her to the college campus and leads her into dangerous fraternity and sorority pledge parties.

 

Reunited with the homeless Malachi Martin, who is so adept at seeing what isn’t there rather than what is, Branigan must uncover what is really going on at the college before other students are put in danger.

 

This second installment in the author’s cozy mystery series delves into the world of newspapers and life on the streets–both of which the author knows well.

For more on this book or other Kregel publications please visit: http://www.kregel.com/fiction/the-cover-story/

 

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Book Review: Coffee, the World, and Jesus, but Not Necessarily in That Order

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About the book:

When many Christians take a long, hard look at the lives of the spiritual elite in America, they want to shout, “I don’t want to be like that!” Ron DeMiglio knows how they feel and he’s not afraid to do the shouting–even when those shouts are sometimes directed at himself.

 

Coffee, the World, and Jesus is a collection of mildly contrarian musings from this international coffee businessman who happens to love Jesus. In these humorous vignettes about the relational, flawed, unwavering faith Ron clings to, readers will find glimmers of their own daily struggles to reflect Christ in a fallen world. For the religiously cautious, the disillusioned, and jaded followers of Christianity, this is a refreshing look at how God reveals Himself to be so much bigger than politics, dogmas, or western influences.

 

Ron’s sidesplitting series of stories about how he found his spiritual groove smack-dab in the middle of his God-breathed, coffee-scented uniqueness will appeal to readers looking for a quick bite of spiritual growth with their next latte.

 

For more information about this book or other Kregel publucations please visit:

http://www.kregel.com/christian-living-and-devotionals/coffee-the-world-and-jesus-but-not-necessarily-in-that-order/

 

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Book Review ~ Season of Heartbreak

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About the book:

After a devastating breakup, many people–Christians included–are left heartbroken, lonely, confused, even devoid of hope. The grief of losing a romantic partner is often similar to that experienced after the death of a loved one. Yet, too often, friends, family, and the church see these breakups as trivial events.

 

As a therapist, Mark Karris sees the devastation in the wake of this loss every day. He knows that the pain isn’t inconsequential. He also knows that insights and principles are not enough to help heal the shattered hearts of those who are grieving. Moving past platitudes and into action, Season of Heartbreak pulls from a variety of spiritual practices:

  • Contemplative prayer
  • Journaling
  • Weeping
  • Self-compassion
  • Being loved by others
  • Forgiveness
  • An original four-step transformational practice

 

Readers can learn to progress gracefully through the journey of heartbreak, and will pick up the emotional equipment to confront and move through loss in other areas of their life to come.

 

For more information about this or any other kregel publication please visit: http://www.kregel.com/christian-living-and-devotionals/season-of-heartbreak/

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Purex Crystals Review

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About the product:

This bottle of Purex Laundry Enhancer, 48 oz helps your laundry smell clean and fresh. Pour the Purex Fabric Softener Crystals directly into the drum with your laundry at the beginning of each wash cycle to infuse your fabrics with freshness. Purex crystal softener, lavender blossom is good for 54 loads. The long-lasting freshness of Purex Laundry Enhancer, 48 oz is suitable for getting rid of heavy odors in towels and active wear. These Purex fabric softener crystals are safe for children’s sleepwear and safe for all laundry machines, including HE washers.

Our Review:

This Laundry Enhancer is excellent! If you use the lavender purex soap this will only enhance its scent. I personally use a unscented washing powder so this gives my laundry a nce boost! The scent lasts and lasts aon my washed clothes even after weeks in the drawer! This is a great product and soemthing you should try!

 

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GMYLE Power Bank

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  • Built-in charging cable for BOTH Apple and Android devices, such as iPhone 6, 6 Plus Samsung Galaxy S7 S6 Note 5, neatly stored away when not in use.
  • Smallest thinnest smart charger on the market. Pocket friendly wallet sized portability (3.7×2.4×0.2in).
  • Smart charging capability, simply connect and charging begin automatically.
  • Safety Protection: Ultra reliable Lithium polymer battery with over 500 battery charge cycles; Security protection design: short-circuit and over-current protection. This portable power bank will automatic shutdown if a short circuit or overload output occurred while unit is charging.
  • 2500mAh power capacity providing 1 extra battery life to most smartphones.
Our Review:
This is a lovely product! It is light and slim…easy to carry and charges great! I sued this to charge my phone on the go and day camp… it was easy to slip in my pocket along side my phone…no bulky mess like other chargers! The only problem I had was finding where to plug in the cable. But after I read the product guide I found it easily and was able to charge instantly! This product worked great and my phone held the charge! I would reccomend this product and the company to anyone!

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