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Book Review: Whispers of Hope by Beth Moore

Posted by Julie on January 17, 2014 in Book Review, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

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Book Description:

Scripture tells us to pray without ceasing, but how in the world do we do that? In fact, how should we effectively pray to begin with?

Best-selling author Beth Moore addresses these practical and pervasive matters in Whispers of Hope by walking readers through an easy to remember and apply method of prayer, coupled with seventy daily devotionals and followed by prompts to put this prayer method into practice.

Indeed, Whispers of Hope teaches the manifestation process of powerful Word-saturated prayer in response to a daily Bible reading. In turn, you will better understand how devotional reading and prayer are central to a stronger relationship with God.

Beth Moore is called “America’s Bible Teacher” and it’s for good reason. Whispers of Hope contains 70 devotions that are easy to relate to and start with a Bible reading. Each day there is room for you to journal your P.R.A.I.S.E., Beth’s acronym for prayer.

  • Praise
  • Repentence
  • Acknowledgement
  • Intercession
  • Supplication for Self
  • Equipping

As always, Whispers of Hope is as beautiful to hold as it is to read. The pages are ornate and the cover contains a sold, built in bookmark. At the end there are notes on how to use the book for group study.

Whispers of Hope is a perfect devotional for your day to help you grow in your relationship with God and learn more about His word.

To purchase Whispers of Hope, click here.

I received a copy of Whispers of Hope from Icon Media Group in exchange for an honest review.

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BookSneeze Book Review: The Love & Respect Experience—A Husband-Friendly Devotional that Wives Truly Love

Posted by Julie on December 7, 2011 in About Me, Book Review, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

I love a good marriage book. A few years ago Dr. Emerson Eggerichs wrote Love and Respect, a book I definitely enjoyed for his keen insights on the simple fact too many marriages weren’t understanding—women need love and men need respect. It’s more than that, and it was good, but I felt bad because The Love Languages remained such a blockbuster, that even after a few years that book overshadowed other good marriage books that came after the fact. Phew, that was a run-on sentence!

Anyway, Thomas Nelson Publishers released a devotional based on Love and Respect called The Love and Respect Experience. What caught my eye was the sub-title: “A Husband-Friendly Devotional that Wives Truly Love.” That’s quite a statement. My husband admitted after frustrating devotional experiences that they were hard for him to stick to. He’s tired after a long day. He has a commute and would rather have audio resources. I’m a reader, he isn’t to the extent I am. So, I was curious. Could this book be one to pass the devotional test for both of us?

Honestly, as I blog this, I can’t say. He’s on a full schedule with work and ministry and isn’t free until his Christmas vacation. But he saw the book and said that he wants to do it. That’s something, because I’ve showed other books where I didn’t get a reaction at all, or an “I don’t think so.” So, this is good.

Dr. Eggerichs created a devotional that is quick to read and hits the main highlight of his Love and Respect principles. It’s practical, simple, and most of all, Biblical. What is especially nice is the font is big and easy to read. The readings are not lengthy and it reaches all aspects of marriage and makes conversations easier to start.

What I feel is a drawback is the cost. My edition, provided by Thomas Nelson, has a leather front cover and sells for $22.99. In this economy, I think that’s a bit steep. I’m not about pretty covers. I’m about saving marriages and if it had to come in a no-frills paperback, I’d want it.

So this Christmas season, why not think about a newlywed couple, a worn-out mom and dad in need of a marital charge, or a couple that you think might be needing help and get them this book. Maybe you do it as a secret elf, leaving the book on the doorstep and not reveal who you are. Whatever means you get this book and give it, the couples reading will be blessed.

Description:

A Devotional Unlike Any Other!

Through his international bestseller, Love & Respect, Emerson Eggerichs has transformed marriages around the world with his biblically based approach to understanding the love that she most desires and the respect that he desperately needs. Now, in this long-awaited new release, Emerson has created an experience for couples that is effective, flexible and life-changing.

To build this couples devotional, Eggerichs has taken the top concerns that surfaced in a survey of thousands of couples and has developed 52 devotionals around the three cycles that are at the heart of Love and Respect:

The Crazy Cycle

The Rewarded Cycle

The Energizing Cycle

Some may ask, “Why 52 devotionals and not 365, like other couples’ books I have seen?” The author’s research shows that married couples don’t want to deal with that much material, that often. Therefore, the specific devotionals, which can be done weekly or at any chosen pace, are specifically guided to what couples say they most need. And this is a husband-friendly devotional, written and designed in such a way that the husband can feel comfortable in the entire process.

With this wealth of new material, The Love & Respect Experience will be indispensable to anyone wishing to better their marital relationship.

Purchase The Love and Respect Experience here.

I received this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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BookSneeze Blogger Review- Sheila Walsh: How to be God’s Little Princess

Posted by Julie on March 15, 2011 in Book Review, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

I’m a book reviewer through Thomas Nelson’s BookSneeze blogger program. I love the program because you receive a free book in exchange for an honest review through your blog and a commercial website. I post my reviews on Amazon.

Today I’m reviewing Sheila Walsh’s How to Be God’s Little Princess. I loved her previous book, God’s Little Princess Devotional Bible so this was an easy pick for me.

Sheila gives “royal tips for manners, etiquette, and true beauty.” The book includes jewelry craft ideas, easy to read suggestions on dressing modestly yet being fashionable. Sheila includes lots of fun quizzes that helps your eight year old and up daughter to learn more about how God made her.

Sections include:

How to Dress Like a Princess, How to Wear a Tiara (and other princess necessities), How a Princess Perfects Her Poise, How to be Friends Princess Style, How to Dine with Royal Success, How to Sparkle Like a Princess, How to Have a Rockin’ Royal Party,  How to be Media Wise, How to be a Perfectly Polite Princess, How to be a Princess at Home, How a Princess Sports a Good Attitude, How a Princess Knows She Needs an Inner Beauty Makeover.

I have a princess at home. She loves pink, sparkles, tiaras and singing out her words because life is a song to her. She’s had a hard life in a short amount of time but because of that, she knows she’s God’s girl. I can’t wait to share this book with her. Honestly, I plan to hide this in her Easter basket because the book contains treasures far richer than peanut butter cups.

Sheila Walsh: How to be God's Little Princess

I believe this book is a great one to read with your daughter. There are hands on things to do to grow your relationship with her. There are also ideas she can do with friends. The book is full of Scripture to help navigate your princess through royal choices so she can live like the princess in Christ she truly is.

Book Description

A fun guide book for God’s little princesses.

What does it take to be a princess? Sheila Walsh has some important answers to share for every little girl. This trendy design features black & white line art and a two-color pink and black interior. The art will tie to each how-to topic in the book—how to make the best pink cookies, how to wear a tiara, how to earn money at home, how to care for a royal dog, how to be respectful, how to use good manners, how to help Mom, how to follow Jesus, how to act like a princess when things go terribly wrong, and many more.

To purchase, click here.

Again, I received this book through Booksneeze for free in exchange for an honest review.



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