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Songs of Thanksgiving

Psalm 100Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
    Worship the Lord with gladness;
    come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.
    It is he who made us, and we are his;
    we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving
    and his courts with praise;
    give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
    his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Psalm 111

Praise the Lord.

I will extol the Lord with all my heart
    in the council of the upright and in the assembly.

Great are the works of the Lord;
    they are pondered by all who delight in them.
Glorious and majestic are his deeds,
    and his righteousness endures forever.
He has caused his wonders to be remembered;
    the Lord is gracious and compassionate.
He provides food for those who fear him;
    he remembers his covenant forever.

He has shown his people the power of his works,
    giving them the lands of other nations.
The works of his h…

Review: Your Marriage, God's Mission

"Your Marriage, God's Mission" is a Christian living book for couples by authors Clint and Penny A. Bragg. I think the authors wrote this book to encourage more couples to go into missions together.

        This book contains five phases to help steer your marriage toward missions no matter your age or stage of life. Within each phase, there are chapters (or sections). Beginning with a quote, a little discussion, a prayer and taking the next step questions, all of which work well together.

        In the first phase, "Induction and Mission OPS" the couple make a marriage mission statement. I believe by making the mission statement it will inspire the couple to go after what God is calling them to do. The second phase is "Basic Training". This goal is to be prepared for missions. The third phase is, "Planning and Protocols", phase four is, " Hazards and Hostiles", " and phase five is " Checkpoints and charts."…

Review: The Christmas Admirer

About the Book

Name of book: The Christmas Admirer
Author: Laura V Hilton
Genre: Amish Romance
Release Date: September 5, 2017

Amish romance fans will love this heartwarming holiday story, perfect for gift-giving. Benaiah Troyer has loved Susanna King for as long as he can remember, but when his parents died in an accident a year ago, he broke up with her—for her own good. After all, he was now the sole caregiver for his three younger sisters. What woman would want to put up with that? Still, against his better judgment, he can’t help leaving her a gift now and then, anonymously addressing her name in big block print, just to catch a smile. Roses one month, maple syrup candy another; and maybe this time, something special for Christmas. Susanna has never gotten over losing Benaiah, but now the clock is ticking. Her father is selling his glass-blowing business, remarrying in January, and moving to Iowa with his bossy wife-to-be. Angry and frustrated, Susanna realizes she’s left with three…

Proverbs 10:11 (NLT)

The words of the godly are a life-giving fountain;
the words of the wicked conceal violent intentions.

Review: Exalting Jesus in John

Exalting Jesus in John is part of the Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary series and takes a Christ-centered approach to expositing each book of the Bible. Rather than a verse-by-verse approach, the authors have crafted chapters that explain and apply key passages in their assigned Bible books.

        `Exalting Jesus in John`  is a Christ-centered exposition of the book of John by authors Matt Carter and Josh Wredberg. 

         We learn that John echoes the Bible as a whole. Just as God has always existed, so has Jesus. Jesus is not just a god, He is God. When He came to earth He came as fully man and fully God.

Exalting Jesus in John is specially written for pastors and small group study. However, it is also written so that any layperson can study it and understand it.  I like that the authors do not merely ask a question and leave the reader hanging, he also answers the question to help the reader understand.

        Each section begins with the main idea of the portion of …

Review: God's Best-Kept Secret

AboutWhat if God never meant for us to try so hard?
What if overcoming sin doesn't mean we have to rely on our own self-control?
What if loving others isn't about saying and doing all the right things?
What if suffering isn't designed to teach us lessons?
What if we could feel closer to God without doing anything?

In God's Best-Kept Secret, Mark Maulding, founder of Grace Life International, explodes our preconceived notions about living the Christian life, freeing us to stop just going through the motions and to instead experience true fulfillment. Illuminating commonly misunderstood Bible verses, Mark shows us that following God is not as complicated as we often make it out to be.

And, in fact, the answer to our struggles has been hiding in plain sight all along.
                `God's Best-Kept Secret: Christianity Is Easier Than You Think.` This is a Spiritual Growth book by author Mark Maulding. Mark Maulding asks, Have you ever wondered why you are depressed…

Review: Unwrapping the Names of Jesus

`Unwrapping the Names of Jesus` is a devotional written especially for Advent. It is written by author Asheritah Ciuciu and celebrates a different name of Jesus each day including King of Kings, Lamb of God, and Light of the World.

        This book could be used in a family setting, church setting, or any group setting. Each week focuses on a different theme:  Hope, Preparation, Joy, and Love. At the end of each chapter, there are fun family activities to do. One of my favorites is in week four. It suggests going to a laundromat and taping four quarters to a washing machine or dryer so the next person in line can use them for their clothes.

        I was drawn to this hardback book by the beautiful cover. Also, any scripture references used are from the New International Version Bible (NIV) unless otherwise stated. I have several NIV Bibles so that translation is very familiar to me.

Disclaimer: "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own."

Review: She Is Free

`She Is Free` is a Christian Living book for women by author Andi Andrew. Have you ever felt in bondage to captivity? Ever wanted to feel free? Many women feel this way. In her book, Andi Andrew shows women how to combat lies women believe with the truth of God. I believe the author was motivated to share her story because she wants women to stop focusing so much on who we are but focus on whose we are. If we are Christians we belong to Christ.

        Each chapter begins with Biblical scripture. My favorite piece of scripture is from chapter one. "For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." II Corinthians 3:17 There are also reflection questions at the end of each chapter which would make this a great mentoring tool.

        I really love this book. It reminds the reader that the way to have a fulfilling life is through forgiveness and salvation. It is through knowing Jesus and allowing Him to heal you. Trust in Jesus is t…

Review: Reading People

`Reading People` is a Christian Living/Personal Growth book by author Anne Bogel. If you're like me you have seen personality tests and wondered if they really work. In her book, Anne Bogel explains these tests and how each works.

        In the first five chapters, the author talks about the different personalities and the five love languages. In the next four chapters, she talks about the different personality tests and then sums up the book in the last chapter.

        I looked forward to learning how the different tests effect me and see if I could read others better. This book just focuses on a few of the many frameworks that are out there. The author recommends reading her first chapter, her aha! moment, then skip around to the different chapters that interest you. Use it as a reference book.

        This `reference` book can help you understand your spouse better, as well as your children. It helped me understand why they do some of the things they do and why they …