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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)
  • EFFECTIVE – SPF 30 & broad spectrum protection decreases the risk of skin cancer & aging
  • CRUELTY FREE – Vegan formula and never tested on animals
  • TRUST – No parabens, sulfates, phthalates, dyes, fragrance. Made in USA

 

For a list of ingredients please CLICK HERE.

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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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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Getaway with God

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About the book:

What if there was a way to plug in and recharge your soul, not just your smartphone? What if a simple day away could transform your life? Getaway with God invites readers to step away from the incessant pressure of deadlines and demands to spend time with God. More to the point, it walks women through each step of designing their own retreat–whatever kind is needed.

 

Our Review:

In a world that is so fast paced this book is a great way to recharge and unplug. This book speaks to coth Christians an non Christans as a way to renew and rejuvinate ourselves.

I liked how the author wove scripture into the book. The text makes God alive within us and speaks to us if we listen! Put down the smartphone and reconnect!

 

For more infromation about this or any other Kregel publication please visit: http://www.kregel.com/christian-living-and-devotionals/getaway-with-god/

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Book Review: When There Is No MIracle

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Times of profound darkness don’t always require miracles to find the light
Sooner or later, dark days obscure everyone’s lives. Heartbreak is impartial. Tragedies, global or personal, strike every day, and people discover they have been swept out to sea by waves of destruction, anxiety, and catastrophe. How can Christians who believe in divine intervention understand the times when the lights go out and no miracle of deliverance appears?
Robert Wise has more than a passing relationship with tragedy. He has not only lost loved ones; he has been on the front lines of the mayhem that seems to increase every year. Wise was the first clergyman on the scene following the Murrah Building bombing in Oklahoma City. He ministered to frightened people after 9/11. He has encountered countless people experiencing tragedy, all of them asking the same question: Why do the innocent suffer?
When There Is No Miracle imparts the lessons Wise has learned in the midst of his own questioning. Each chapter encourages those who struggle, and demonstrates unexpected positive benefits of pain and suffering. Wise shares the experiences of those he has met in his ministry who faced times that seemed to be devoid of God’s involvement. Yet, as Wise shows here, God is always behind the scenes, working for the ultimate good, even when we can’t understand how. In this succinct volume, Christians can find new hope, learn to reconcile their faith with times of emptiness, and discover a new depth of meaning in the crucifixion of Christ.

For information about this book or any other Kregel Publication:

http://www.kregel.com/christian-living-and-devotionals/when-there-is-no-miracle-revised-and-expanded/

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Book Review ~ Candle Day by Day Bible

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About the book:

The award-winning Candle Day by Day Bible is now available in a spiral-bound desk calendar format. All of a child’s favorite stories and illustrations are easily accessible and on view all day long. One story per day.

 

Our Review:

Can I just start off by saying AWESOME! We LOVED that this comes in a spiral day by day format. Now the children can read a story while eating breakfast or having snack. This is a great way to get in a Bible story. We like that there is enough to fill an everyday format … never forget Jesus… he is displayed and waiting for you to read!

For more information on This book or any other Kregel Publication please visit:http://www.kregel.com/childrens-bible-stories/candle-day-by-day-bible-calendar/

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