21 February 2020

Shabbat Shalom

20 February 2020

Off The Hook How Forgiving you Frees Me by Dana Tibbitts & Patti Goldberg Book Review and Giveaway

O YOU THINK YOU'VE FORGIVEN? THINK AGAIN. Is there something you’ve inadvertently picked up along the way that’s sucking the life out of you? Stealing your peace? Has you stuck? Stuck happens. Much as we think we’ve moved on, hard things have a way of taking root in the heartscape of our lives. Off the Hook shares real life stories of real people who had no idea they were still captive to past hurts—until they walked through deep forgiveness! This way of forgiveness offers healing and freedom you never thought possible. It’s about the power of truly letting go—taking old pain patterns and people off your hook, for your sake, not theirs. No longer hemmed in by the burden of deep hurt, loss and offense, you are free at last to soar above it. Discover what no one has told you about the forgiveness power tool—what it is, what it is not, and how to do it. Rewrite the ending to your true story by retrieving the well being and destiny God has for you.

My Thoughts:

As believers we know that we are suppose to ask for forgiveness and many of us do but deep in our heart we still feel that anger, hurt, and many other feelings that anger manifest that is so toxic to us. We have all been there and sometimes some are harder to let go of. 

The book has several stories of people who have hurt in their life. The stories share their walk of forgiveness. All the stories are different and share their walk of releasing, forgiving, and healing. The stories cover everything from hurt as child, dysfunctional families, marriages, church hurt, and generational sins with people that need to have true forgiveness, and other situations. 

The book is an easy quick read and flows nicely. The stories are heartfelt and I like that it covers a variety of scenarios that will connect too many different people who need to really have to let go and have true forgiveness in their heart. Saying you forgive is one thing but a heartfelt sincere one is difficult at times. I’ve been there.

There are several step-by-step instructions on what to say in your prayers to God. The back of the book has an Appendix for “Forgiveness Inventory Worksheet”, ”Your Devine Transaction”,  “The Ministry of Forgiveness” “Forgiveness Truths You Can’t Live Without”, and “After Burner”. 

There are several things that I don’t agree with in some of the exercises. Some parts were just weird to me. One weird thing for me is using your voice to articulate your thoughts directly to God speaking that person’s name out loud for God to take that person off the hook for you. I know and believe that God works in many ways and this may be the way He works for you in these step by step words in this book. The book has several scriptures throughout. There are some good points made in the book about forgiveness on pages 101-106 that I really appreciate those points being addressed like “Forgiveness is Not a Feeling But a Choice”, “Forgiveness Does Not Mean You Must Pretend That The Injury Didn’t Matter”, and a few other points that follow by a paragraph of comment.

This book just isn’t the way I believe. I’m sure it’s been helpful to many looking at the positive reviews. It just isn’t for me and not a book I can recommend. Read the other reviews and decide for yourself if this book is for you.

There is a Kindle special promo from February 20th -27th, starting at $0.99 1st day. (Regular price $5.99) here 

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I received a free copy of this product from FrontGate Blogger Network in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this information accordance with the FTC Regulations.

14 February 2020

God Hears Her: 365 Devotions for Women by Women by Our Daily Bread Book Review & Giveaway

About the Book

Book:  God Hears Her
Author: Our Daily Bread
Genre: Non-fiction / Christian / Devotional
Release Date: September, 2017
Tour Dates: February 1 – 14

When you’re having one of those days, you just want to know that someone is on your side. You have more than just someone  . . . you have your Heavenly Father! He is with you. He is for you. He hears your heart’s cry. And He will reassure you of this through the beautifully designed, hardcover devotional collection, God Hears Her. The personal stories, Scripture passages, and inspirational quotes pulled from Our Daily Bread devotionals will lift you up and remind you that God is bigger than the trials you face.

Click here to get your copy!    

About the Author


Our Daily Bread Publishing - Our Daily Bread Publishing is a division of Our Daily Bread Ministries. Founded in 1938, the ministry has grown from a small group of dedicated radio listeners to millions of people around the world who use our Bible-based resources, including the beloved Our Daily Bread devotional. Our Daily Bread Ministries is a non-denominational, non-profit organization with staff and volunteers in over 37 offices working together to distribute more than 60 million resources in 150 countries. Regardless of whether it’s a radio or television broadcast, DVD, podcast, book, mobile app, or website, we provide materials to help people grow in their relationship with God.   

My Review:

I have fond memories of Our Daily Bread growing up. I was thrilled to see what their devotional would look like. The devotions are written by women to share with other women. It is a small book just like you remember from the little paperback booklets. This is tad larger and a hardback book. The cover is pretty with the blue background and flowers on the edges.

Each devotional is spread out on one page. The devotional is dated by dates for all 365 days of the year. I personally don’t work by the days and don’t start them on January 1st!
That is okay as they aren’t related to any date.

The devotionals have a topic title and underneath it is the scripture address along with the scripture itself. The devotionals were good. I personally felt that a lot of them would be beneficial for new believers. That’s not to say that those of us who have been believers for many years don’t need to be reminded of our roots.

In the back of the book it tells you about the ladies who wrote the devotions in the book. 

Overall this is a lovely devotional that would make a wonderful gift and for some personal study to add to your daily Bible reading.

I received a free copy of this product from Celebrate Lit Bloggers in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this information accordance with the FTC Regulations.

More from Our Daily Bread


‘Feels Like Home’ Winter Recipes
As the weather turns colder, it becomes the time to pull out those tried and true winter-time recipes. You know, the ones that make us (or even keep us) warm on the inside. This is the time for the food that just feels like home.
Kirsten Holmberg and Elisa Morgan from the God Hears Her blog have shared some of their families personal recipes. These are the ones that are good for everyone. Feel free to try them yourself, bookmark them for later, or share them with a friend.

Kirsten Holmberg

In the winter, I’m partial to any slow-cooker soup or stew because I love coming home to it in the evening. My favorite is a Vegetarian Chili with some Italian influences:
2 bell peppers, diced
2 stalks of celery, sliced
2 lb zucchini halved and sliced
1 lb fresh mushrooms, halved
1 large onion, diced
3 cans diced tomatoes (fire roasted or herbed for the most flavor)
1 can tomato sauce
1 small can black olives, sliced (or fresh in any amount desired)
1 can cannellini beans
2.5 teaspoon Italian seasoning
2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon fresh garlic, minced
½ cup water
Toss it all in a slow cooker for a few hours on high, or all day on low. Or, put it on the stove instead and simmer until the veggies are cooked through and the flavors blended (about 45 minutes). Parmesan cheese on top for an extra zing.

Elisa Morgan

A Cranberry Nut Bread recipe handed down by my mom, Paige Lee
2 cup flour
½ tsp salt
1 ¼ tsp baking powder
½ scant tsp baking soda
1 cup sugar
Sift above ingredients together twice. To the juice and grated rind of 1 large orange, add 2 tbs of melted shortening and enough boiling water to make ¾ cup. Mix with dry ingredients and add…
1 beaten egg
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup halved fresh cranberries
Bake in greased loaf pan for 75 minutes at 350 degrees.
If you double the recipe, bake a little less time and use 3 loaf pans. It also makes good muffins and can be frozen.

Blog Stops

The Avid Reader, February 1
deb’s Book Review, February 1
Texas Book-aholic, February 3
Mary Hake, February 3
God is Love, February 4
Emily Yager, February 4
Genesis 5020, February 5
A Diva’s Heart, February 5
Lighthouse Academy, February 6
amandainpa, February 6
Andrea Christenson, February 8
CarpeDiem, February 9
Older & Smarter?, February 10
She Lives to Read, February 10
Godly Book Reviews, February 12
Artistic Nobody, February 13
Back Porch Reads, February 13
Kat’s Corner Books, February 14


To celebrate their tour, Our Daily Bread is giving away the grand prize package of  a God Hears Her hardcover, God Hears Her leather-like, God Hears Her journal, God Hears Her CD, God Hears Her pen, and God Hears Her Scripture & Encouragement cards!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

13 February 2020

CSB He Reads Truth Bible Review and Giveaway

The CSB He Reads Truth Bible is a unique men's Bible that includes robust, well-crafted theological extras to draw the reader back to Scripture, increase biblical literacy, and foster a growing affection for God and His Word. This Bible is color coded by genre, and each book of the Bible features detailed book introductions, a reading plan with supplemental passages for deeper understanding, and full-color maps, charts, and timelines by the He Reads Truth team. In addition, the He Reads Truth Bible features 66 key verses, artfully lettered to aid in Scripture memorization. This Bible for men invites every man to count himself as part of the He Reads Truth community of “Men in the Word of God every day.” 

The He Reads Truth Bible offers a rare combination of creativity and insight into Scripture for men to explore the beauty, goodness and truth of God's Word. The result is that whether looking to pair this Bible for men with existing daily devotions or using it as an anchor resource to teach a class, the CSB He Reads Truth Bible could be the perfect option.

Features include 66 hand-lettered key verses, 17 full-color timelines, 21 maps, 122 charts (including infographics and lists), and 4 illustrations, reading plans for every book of the Bible, one-year Bible reading plan, detailed book introductions, key verse list, smyth-sewn binding, two colored ribbon markers, and wide margins for journaling and note taking.
The He Reads Truth Bible features the highly readable, highly reliable text of the Christian Standard Bible® (CSB). The CSB stays as literal as possible to the Bible’s original meaning without sacrificing clarity, making it easier to engage with Scripture’s life-transforming message and to share it with others.

My Thoughts:

CSB He Reads Truth Bible is just as impressive as the She Reads Truth Bible. This one is handsome looking and will be appealing to guys. This is available in several styles including cloth over board, genuine leather, and LeatherTouch. I received the Evergreen Cloth Over Board.

The Hardcover Bible comes in a holder or sleeve that you can store your Bible in when you aren't using it. It slides in the case and is easy to remove the Bible.

This is a hefty Bible that is around 3.9 pounds. There are 2 ribbon books markers in the Bible. One ribbon is white and the other is a red color. The ribbons are situated with one in front and the other one in the back of the Bible. Nice feature to mark off your reading in the Old and New Testament.

This is the CSB (Christian Standard Bible) version of the Biblical text.

The pages are laid out in a single column format. You have a larger than average margin for notes. The pages have super thin paper. This is too bad with that great margin area for taking notes. Highlighters will bleed through creating that ghosting effect on the other page.  The margins are large enough to even put post it notes if you don’t want the bleed through.

The text is an 8 point and the font is easy to read. This is a very appealing looking Bible with the designs within the pages. The Bible has a very minimalist look as it isn’t busy or distracting even with the handsome touches throughout. There are some hand-lettering with some key verses, but not the flowery flourishes you would find in a women’s Bible. It looks and feels very masculine and still appealing to look at.

There is a nice reading plan for you to read the Bible in a year. It is located at the back of the Bible and also at the beginning of each book.

The beginning of each book also has an outline to highlight the major themes in each book. This is also were you find your beautiful handlettering illustrations.

 There are lots of charts, maps, illustrations, timelines, list, and infographics throughout. The front of the book is a glossary for you to locate them quickly if needed. The information is amazing and has a lot of useful tools when studying the Word. I'm really impressed with the information this Bible has.

I have two dislikes one is the ghosting. It seems really prevalent in this Bible. I can really see the shadows on each page. This is also a hefty Bible that would be most likely suited for home use rather than lugging it around. Then again this might not be a problem for guys who don’t have purses, diaper bags, and other supplies we ladies tend to carry around when we go out.

In the back of the Bible you have a Key Verse Guide that has the scripture address along with the scripture verse. A Genre Guide, The Apostles’ Creed, A Yearly Reading Plan broken down my months, Topical Index, and Table of Weights and Measures.  

This is a really neat and amazing Bible despite my two dislikes. Honestly I could overlook those with this Bible.

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I received a free copy of this product from FrontGate Blogger Network in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this information accordance with the FTC Regulations.

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