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Book Review: What If: All That You Can Imagine by K.K. Stewart

Posted by Julie on March 12, 2017 in Book Review, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

Voltaire told us to “judge a man by his questions, not his answers.” I ask a lot of thought provoking questions in this ebook, all starting with the words – what if. We can barely go through life without asking what if about something. We are always questioning, always imagining. While the book takes a bit of a philosophical outlook on things, it also gives light humour that the average person can enjoy. The questions range from basic style choice to more controversial questions about life, and even about God’s existence. As Albert Einstein once said “the important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”

This is a short book that can be read in one sitting, if you choose to. The author poses a series of questions, all beginning with, “What If?” Some of the topics are about the lottery, dressing for winter, culture/background, and Google.

This was an entertaining read. I enjoyed that some questions were light, while others were profound matters of faith. The author shares her own anecdotes and logic, while also using quotes from others that fit just right. I believe readers will enjoy WHAT IF: ALL YOU CAN IMAGINE and perhaps by the end, come up with some fun questions of their own because this book inspired them.

PURCHASE WHAT IF: ALL YOU CAN IMAGINE HERE.

I received a copy of this book through Smashwords.

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Book Review: Jesus Was a Green-Eyed Brunette by Max Davis

Posted by Julie on December 18, 2016 in Book Review, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

Book Review: Jesus was a Green-Eyed Brunette

If people saw less of us and more of Jesus, it would make a radical and significant impact on those around us. Read this exciting perspective on experiencing the sacred in the ordinary and loving others as Jesus loves us.
When Jesus Was a Green-Eyed Brunette weaves heartwarming and miraculous stories of Jesus showing up in ordinary people, revealing that He knows us and is fully present in our everyday circumstances, especially in our difficulties. As best-selling author Max Davis puts it, When we are born again, Jesus lives inside each of us. He is very much alive today and still does incredible things — sometimes supernatural things — through us!

Davis’s own life was dramatically altered when he first came face-to-face with Jesus living inside a green-eyed brunette. That encounter started a forty-plus-year journey where Jesus became his best friend. When we see others as God sees us we will love them as God loves us.

Those hurting and weary from worn-out religion are longing for a fresh touch from the living Jesus. By letting Jesus live through us we become a conduit of His love. Authentic Christianity is not about religion but a relationship with Jesus. Davis challenges us to do more than simply receive His grace — we need to allow grace to soften, change, and shape us. As you read this book, you will laugh, cry, and come face-to-face with the living Jesus.

This book definitely had me curious, simply by title. It didn’t take long before I was completely captivated by the author’s story, and the testimonies included. They are all inspiring, but I think the one about the man who was crushed and lost his intestines—wow. That’s all I’m going to say. Wow.

If you aren’t sure what the big deal is about Jesus, or, if you tend to view Him as a stern guy who is mad at you, read this book and realize Jesus is mad FOR you. I loved this book and highly recommend it.

To purchase Jesus was a Green-Eyed Brunette, click HERE.

I received this book in exchange for review.

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Book Review: The NIV Holy Bible for Girls

Posted by Julie on November 18, 2016 in Book Review, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |
NIV Holy Bible for Girls

NIV Holy Bible for Girls

The NIV Holy Bible for Girls, Journal Edition is the perfect way to apply Scripture to your everyday life. Designed with the thoughtful writer in mind, a whimsical cover and journaling lines inspire reflection in God’s Word. This Bible contains the full text of the bestselling New International Version (NIV) translation.

Features include:

Lines on each page for journaling and notes
Thick paper perfect for any writing utensil
A presentation page for gift giving
A “How to Use This Bible” page to get started on the right foot
Ribbon marker
The complete text of the bestselling New International Version (NIV)

The NIV Holy Bible for Girls has a lot to offer.  Space in the margins to journal. Pages that were made so that when girls journal, they won’t bleed through. A Ribbon marker to keep track of reading.

The one concern I have is that the Bible is recommended for girls ages 8+. I think it needs to be a little older. I think at that age girls still need a Bible with explanation and different takeaways. This is the full Old and New Testament, and I’m afraid the journaling aspect wouldn’t be as utilized as much as it could be because the girls will be too young to understand.

That’s my only concern in what is otherwise a beautiful Bible.

To purchase the NIV Holy Bible for girls, click HERE.

I received this Bible for review and the opinions expressed are my own.

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Book Review: Wild Montana Skies by Susan May Warren

Posted by Julie on October 28, 2016 in Book Review, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |
Wild Montana Skies by Susan May Warren

Wild Montana Skies by Susan May Warren

Wild Montana Skies

by Susan May Warren

“Watching Kacey and Ben maneuver past hurts and fall back in love made for a perfect afternoon reading. Wild Montana Skies is a wonderful love story.”–Dee Henderson, author ofTaken

The last thing Search and Rescue helicopter pilot Kacey Fairing needs upon returning home to Mercy Falls, Montana, is to run into her mistakes. After a devastating crash during her recent military tour in Afghanistan, she is emotionally broken but ready to start putting her life back together. She just wants to reconnect with her teenage daughter and spend the summer working as the new lead pilot of PEAK Rescue in Glacier National Park.
 
But her mistakes aren’t so easily forgotten. Because Ben King is also back in town.
 
Country music star Ben King abandoned his past when he moved to Nashville thirteen years ago to start his career. He hoped to heal his broken heart, caused by losing the woman he loved. But when his father is injured, Ben is called home to help manage PEAK Rescue during his recovery. He doesn’t realize his father has ulterior motives until his old flame, Kacey, walks into his house and back into his heart. 
 
Now, with Mercy Falls in a state of emergency due to flash floods, Kacey and Ben will have to work together to save lives. But when secrets are uncovered and old hurts rise to the surface, will they walk away again? Or can they find a different ending to their country love song?

This is book one in a new series by Susan May Warren and I love how she shook up the hero and heroine. It was new for me to read about the heroine being in the military and having PTSD consequences, as well as struggling with needing to leave just as her and her daughter re-connected. That brought great conflict to the story, impacted by Ben’s return and the revelation he is Audrey’s father.

The sparks kept me turning pages as Kacey and Ben never got over each other but there is hurt, miscommunication, betrayal from others and the question of how would they become a couple with a daughter when both have demanding careers? The conflict was palpable and made for a great read.

I definitely recommend WILD MONTANA SKIES.

To purchase, CLICK HERE.

I received this book from the publisher and this review is my own opinion on it.

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Book Review: VeggieTales every Day with God

Posted by Julie on October 5, 2016 in Book Review, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |
Book Review: VeggieTales Every Day with God

Book Review: VeggieTales Every Day with God

Book Description:

Newly updated VeggieTales art and content refresh these daily devotionals, giving kids a fun and meaningful way to think about God each day
Every Day with God is the latest 365-day devotional from VeggieTales. The updated content and art offer the perfect opportunity for parent and child to share time together each day. Each entry includes a Bible verse, short devotion, Thought of the Day, and prayer. The content will help children learn more about God and develop a daily practice to keep Him close in their lives. The book is perfect for bedtime reading, family devotion time, or as a fresh way to start each day! Ages 4-7

My love for all things VeggieTales goes back over 15 years. Although my kids are 18 and 13, I still pay attention when I hear a VeggieTale song or learn a new product is out. That’s why I wanted to check out the VEGGIETALES EVERY DAY WITH GOD: 365 Devotions for Boys.

This is perfect for boys ages 4-7. It’s small enough for them to hold, bright, colorful, and features all the favorite characters. It numbers each devotional by “Day 1” instead of January 1, so you can start any time of year and keep organized. The readings are short with a verse, a topic boys can relate to, a thought of the day and a short prayer. I think it makes for a great evening routine where you can keep the conversation going before bed.

I highly recommend the VEGGIETALES EVERY DAY WITH GOD.

To purchase, click here.

I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.



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