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Book Review: The Essence of Joy by Lynn U. Watson

Posted by Julie on December 1, 2017 in Book Review, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

A Must Read! In The Essence of Joy, Lynn Watson intertwines Scripture with
the uses of oils and spices mentioned in the Bible. I was left with a feeling of wonder,
a new way of looking at God’s word. The book is educational, entertaining, and
uplifting. There’s history, fun-facts, even recipes. The author brings devotionals to a
new level, giving biblical insight to the problems modern women encounter today.
The Essence of Joy is perfect for both bible study groups and those who are just
starting out on their spiritual journey.
—Jeri McBryde, Eight-Time Contributing Author to Chicken Soup for the Soul

Book Review: The Essence of Joy by Lynn Watson

About The Book:
The scents of Christmas invite our imaginations into the holiday season. What
emotions flood your heart when the holiday aromas waft your way?
Did you know:
• Many favorite holiday scents like cinnamon, citrus, and cinnamon are found in the
Bible?
• There is a rich heart connection attached to many of the plant essences found in
Scripture?
• Myrrh is such an important essence, we can follow its trail from Genesis to
Revelation with many significant stops along the way?
• Women of the Bible have personal encounters with God bringing aromas of His
love and joy into their lives?
• Palm branches are an important part of Biblical celebrations beginning in Genesis
and ending in the ultimate beach party around the Crystal Sea? (Christmas at the
beach, anyone?)
In The Essence of Joy you’ll meet women of the Bible and contemporary women
like you and me who will encourage you to discover the refreshing essence of a life
lived in the presence of Jesus. Let JOY fill your heart with the aromas of His nativity.

Julie’s Review:

This is a fresh take on celebrating the Christmas season by digging deeper into the smells of the nativity season. There are several aspects to each scent, from a fictional story, to suggestions on what to diffuse, bake, listen to. There are also history facts and craft suggestions, too.

I really enjoyed the Essence of Joy because this was a part of Christmas I never thought about before. Beyond the original three gifts, there is also cedar, cinnamon, fig, and more. My favorite part was the “droplets,” learning the history behind each scent. The fictional aspect was a bit confusing to me, because I did not realize it continued the stories first set up in The Essence of Courage. At the end of this book was a summary of characters, it might have helped to have that in the beginning. I also found some minor editing errors, but it did not detract from the wonderful message of this book.

If you’re looking for something new to discover this Christmas, I highly recommend The Essence of Joy.

About The Author:
Lynn Watson combines many years’ experience in women’s ministry, love of
essential oils, and her passion for God’s word to bring her readers freshly inspired
encouragement for their walk with Jesus. Her devotional, The Essence of Courage,
was recognized as a ‘must read’ by regional publishing industry leaders. Married
since 1973, Lynn and Steve have filled their Bartlett, Tennessee home with
handmade treasures and lots of love for family, especially their five beautiful (of
course) grandchildren. Aromas of freshly baked bread often fill Lynn’s kitchen.
Jasmine, her tuxedo kitty, enjoys sleeping in Lynn’s lap while she writes.

Check out this beautiful Book Trailer! https://youtu.be/ZT5_uGmptZM
Lynn’s Official Website: http://lynnuwatson.com/

Amazon & Social Media Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Essence-Joy-Cinnamah-Brosias-InspirationalCollection/dp/069296391X
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com//lynnuwatsonwriter
Twitter: https://twitter.com/lynnuwatson
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/lynnuwatson/

I received a .pdf of this book in exchance for an honest review.

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The Nativity by Lynn Austin

Posted by Julie on December 17, 2013 in encouragement, God's Word, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |
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Welcome to the 12 Pearls of Christmas blog series!



Merry Christmas from Pearl Girls™! We hope you enjoy these Christmas “Pearls of Wisdom” from the authors who were so kind to donate their time and talents! If you miss a few posts, you’ll be able go back through and read them on this blog throughout the next few days.

We’re giving away a pearl necklace in celebration of the holidays, as well as some items from the contributors! Enter now below. The winner will be announced on January 2, 2014, at the Pearl Girls blog.

If you are unfamiliar with Pearl Girls™, please visit www.pearlgirls.info and see what we’re all about. In short, we exist to support the work of charities that help women and children in the US and around the globe. Consider purchasing a copy of Mother of Pearl, Pearl Girls: Encountering Grit, Experiencing Grace, or one of the Pearl Girls products (all GREAT gifts!) to help support Pearl Girls.

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The Nativity
by Lynn Austin

The first time I visited Bethlehem more than twenty-five years ago, I expected to feel a sense of the beauty and simplicity of the much-loved Christmas story: a crude stable, the holy family, shepherds, wise men, and the Son of God in the manger. I was sadly disappointed. The traditional site of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem is inside the Church of the Nativity—a truly ancient church built in 565 AD. It has survived enemy invasions, the Crusaders, restorations, renovations, a fire, and an earthquake, but it looks like . . . well, a church. A beautifully decorated and ornamented church, with all the sacred clutter that has accumulated throughout the centuries, but it bore no resemblance to my image of what Jesus’ birthplace was like.

But wait—the real site was down a set of stairs and inside a natural cave that has been venerated as the place of His birth since 160 AD. But even this simple cave was so gilded and bedecked with artwork and tapestries and lamps and incense burners that I still couldn’t get a sense of what it might have looked like on that first holy night. In the center of the floor was a silver-encrusted star with a hole in the middle. By putting my hand inside, I could touch the place where Jesus was born more than 2,000 years ago. I tried it, butI left Bethlehem feeling empty, unable to make the sacred connection I had so longed for.

And isn’t that how so many of our Christmases end up feeling? In spite of all the tinsel and glitter and sparkle, all the money we spend and the stress we endure as we try to create the perfect Hallmark Christmas, we’re often left with the same let-down feeling I had inside that church in Bethlehem. We’ve lost the simple beauty of the story, that precious connection with God that is the true miracle of Bethlehem.

The year after visiting Bethlehem, I began looking for ways to recapture the simplicity of Christ’s incarnation. Santa Claus has never been invited to our family Christmases, and we’ve always celebrated it as Jesus’ birthday, exchanging presents because God gave us the gift of His Son. But year after year, the clutter and glitz had draped themselves over our celebrations, just like the religious trappings that have collected inside the Church of the Nativity over the centuries. That year, I purchased a nice but inexpensive manger set. I wanted something that wasn’t a toy but that my children could handle and touch. We placed it at their level and at the center of our holiday and began the simple tradition of gathering together as a family to fill the empty stable while my husband read the story from the Bible. Our children divided all the people and sheep and camels among themselves, and when we got to their part in the Bible story, they added their figures to the stable.

This simple tradition has become so beloved by all of us that we still do it the same way every year, even though our children are now adults. Our two married children couldn’t wait to share the tradition with their spouses, generously dividing their sheep and wise men among the newest members of our family. One year, our daughter was living overseas and couldn’t make it home for the holiday, but we still held our family tradition while she participated via Skype and a web camera.

And it’s always in those moments, with the simple stable and inexpensive plaster figures and my precious loved ones gathered around me, that I feel the holy wonder of Christmas once again—Emmanuel, God with us!

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Bestselling author Lynn Austin has sold more than one million copies of her books worldwide. Her latest novel, Return To Me, is the first book in her new series.  She is an eight-time Christy Award winner for her historical novels, as well as a popular speaker at retreats and conventions. Lynn and her husband have raised three children and live near Chicago. Visit Lynn at her website.

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12 Pearls of Christmas—Debora M. Coty’s Inside Out Christmas

Posted by Julie on December 23, 2011 in encouragement, God's Word, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, Writing |

Welcome to the 12 Pearls of Christmas!

Enjoy these Christmas “Pearls of Wisdom” from some of today’s most beloved writer’s (Tricia Goyer, Suzanne Woods Fisher, Shellie Rushing Tomlinson, Sibella Giorello and more)! Please follow the series through Christmas day as each contributor shares heartfelt stories of how God has touched a life during this most wonderful time of the year.

AND just for fun … there’s also a giveaway! Fill out this simple {form} and enter for a chance to win a beautiful pearl necklace and earring set ($450 value). Contest runs 12/14 – 12/25 and the winner will on 1/1. Contest is only open to US and Canadian residents. You may enter once per day.

If you are unfamiliar with Pearl Girls™, please visit www.pearlgirls.info and see what we’re all about. In short, we exist to support the work of charities that help women and children in the US and around the globe. Consider purchasing a copy of Pearl Girls: Encountering Grit, Experiencing Grace or one of the Pearl Girls products (all GREAT gifts!) to help support Pearl Girls.

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Inside Out Christmas

by Debora M. Coty

My veterinarian friend, Dr. Katie, tells the story about the December when a woman brought a very sick black lab into her clinic. The dog was only ten months old, so she was really just a big puppy, but she’d been vomiting incessantly and her worried owner didn’t know what was wrong.

“Why don’t you go on home?” Dr. Katie told the owner. “I’ll need to run tests for about four hours. We’ll give you a call when we’re finished.”

Dr. Katie’s assistant took x-rays and hung them on the light panel for Dr. Katie to examine. Hmm. Something looked a little peculiar. Dr. Katie called her assistant over.

“Is it just me, or does that look like a … a camel to you?” she asked incredulously.

“Matter of fact, it does,” replied the astute assistant. “And look, there’s an angel here, a shepherd there, and down there in the colon, it’s Baby Jesus!”

At that moment the phone rang. It was the dog’s distraught owner. “I can’t believe this! I just got home and glanced at the coffee table where I put my manger scene yesterday. There’s nothing there but an empty stable!”

As I thought about this quite literal technique for internalizing the true meaning of Christmas, it occurred to me that sometimes I have the opposite problem. With all the bustling busyness, my inner joy in celebration of my savior’s birth never really makes it to the outside.

Oh, I have plenty of glittery, festive evidences of the holiday in decorations, baking galore, and gifts under my tree. But those things are for show. They’re merely the pretty wrappings, not the gift itself.

Can people really see the core-deep joy that radiates within me when I think of the true gift that Papa God sent the world in his son, Jesus? Is my immeasurable gratitude for eternal life evident as I dash through this hectic season?

I’m afraid all too often, the answer is no.

I’m just too preoccupied to allow my outside to reflect my inside so that nonbelievers recognize that I rejoice because of the hope that is within me. My joy is obscured by the mounds of clutter. Gratefulness is sucked out of my soul by the vacuum called urgency.

“But let the godly rejoice. Let them be glad in God’s presence. Let them be filled with joy” (Psalm 68:3, NLT).

This verse has become my prayer this Christmas season – that I would make the time to give priority to rejoicing, being glad in God’s presence, and letting my inner joy show for those who may be silently desperate to know the giver of true joy.

Yep, there’s a better way to internalize the gift of Christmas than the black lab technique. We can lodge the Little Lord Jesus in our hearts rather than our colons.

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Debora M. Coty is a humorist, inspirational speaker, and award-winning author of twelve books, including Too Blessed to be Stressed, and coming in March, More Beauty, Less Beast: Transforming Your Inner Ogre. Debora would love to swap Christmas hugs with you at www.DeboraCoty.com.



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