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Headlines: 10000 Minutes Kids

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Artist Tim Timmons of 10000 Minutes has produced an exciting album for kids and their parents. It's the lively, contemporary music many have grown to love. It will be available to the public on September 22, 2017. This Bible-based, kid-tested, parent-approved album came about as a result of Tim's 10000 Minutes Movement and his personal life story.




About Tim Timmons/10,000 MINUTES Kids: Tim Timmons is a singer, songwriter, worship leader and founder of 10,000 MINUTES, the non-profit equipping ministry led by Timmons and executed through various creative outlets such as live performance, blog, podcast, video, songwriting, devotionals, worship leader interaction, speaking, film/TV production and conferences. 10,000 MINUTES/10,000 MINUTES Kids exists to invite, inspire and equip people to know & follow Jesus all week long. To learn more about 10,000 MINUTES or to read Timmons’ latest blog, visit http://www.10000minutes.com.
Below please find the lyrics for `Who I Am`. Th…

Review: Whisper

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`Whisper` is an inspirational/ spiritual growth book by author Mark Batterson. In his book, Mark inspires the reader to listen to God's voice.

        I wanted to read this book because I need to hear God's voice. I need to hear His whisper. I think the author was motivated to write this book because so many of us don't know how to be still and listen for his voice.

        I like how the author explains himself and makes the book easy to read without talking down to the reader. He encourages the reader to be quiet, and also quiet the things around them so they could hear God whisper.

        Because of my own family dynamics, the quote that stuck out to me is from chapter two. "Instead of exclusively focusing on what's wrong and trying to fix it, you identify what's right and try to replicate it."

        I learned that in a crowd of people, no matter how many are screaming or yelling, the human ear can pick out the sound coming from a loved one…

Review: The Unreformed Martin Luther

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Book Blurb:

The Unreformed Martin Luther
Andreas Malessa
Will the real Martin Luther please stand up?

After five hundred years of examining the life of the "father of the Reformation," we must surely know all there is to know about Martin Luther. But is that true?

Did he really nail his Ninety-Five Theses to the church door?

Did he throw an inkpot at the devil?

Did he plant an apple tree?

        `The Unreformed Martin Luther` is a historical book on myths about Martin Luther by author Andreas Malessa.

        This has been an interesting season for me as I examine and get to know more about Martin Luther. I have heard much about him and was curious to find out how much of it is true and how much is myth. Seems to me you either like him, or you don't. I believe readers should give this book a try and decide for themselves what is true and what is myth.

        Throughout the book there are plentiful footnotes to back up Andreas' claims. There is also a map of Central…

Review: 31 Proverbs to Light Your Path

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`31 Proverbs to Light Your Path` is a Christian Women's Devotional by author Liz Curtis Higgs. These Proverbs have been chosen by 100's of women as their favorites. Each favorite has a piece of scripture listed then a devotional to expound on it. Breaking it down into parts so the reader can meditate on it throughout the day. At the end of each segment is a prayer and a bit called `One Minute, One Step`. This one minute step is a short activity to help the reader understand the book of Proverbs for the modern woman. At the back of the book is a section called `Notes`. This section lists Bible verses for each chapter.

        I liked the thoroughness of the book and that the daily activities were accessible for most women. I found the devotional easy to use and relate to, and the activities were short and achievable. Biblical truths are conveyed throughout the book. I would recommend this book to readers who want to be enlightened by the book of Proverbs.

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Q & A with author Victoria Bylin

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Please welcome author Victoria Bylin to New Horizon Reviews, today.

Victoria Bylin is known for tackling tough subjects with great compassion. In 2016, Together With You won the Inspirational Readers Choice Award for Best Contemporary Romance. Her other faith-based stories include historical westerns and women’s fiction. Learn more about Victoria and her books at www.victoriabylin.com

Michelle: Hi Victoria and welcome to New Horizon Reviews. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer some questions.
Victoria:  Thank you for having me. It’s a pleasure to be here!  Visiting with readers and reviewers is just plain fun.

Michelle: What are your ambitions for your writing career?
Victoria:  Wow, that question made me think!  When I started out almost twenty years ago, my goal was to write “The End” on a book length work of fiction.  It didn’t need to sell or even be very good. I just wanted to say that I’d written a book. I figured then—and it’…

Review: The Gold Digger

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`The Gold Digger` is a western romance novel by author Lena Nelson Dooley. I wanted to read this book because it's also a historical fiction book set in Golden, New Mexico - 1890. I think the cover is a perfect fit for this novel. In 1825 Golden became the site of the first gold strike west of the Mississippi. (Intro).

        The thing I liked most about the book was that it tells the reader how to be saved and how to forgive others whether you want to, or not. Forgiveness is for the person doing the forgiving and not so much for the person receiving forgiveness.

        My lasting impression of the author will be that first and foremost she is a Christian and that she offers the reader the plan of salvation in her novels. As the novel explains all you have to do to be a Christian is to ask Jesus into your heart and give Him control of your life.

I recommend this book to Believers, Seekers, and Unbelievers because it is written from a Christian worldview without being ha…

Review: The Two of Us

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`The Two of Us` is a Christian romance novel by author Victoria Bylin. I chose this book to review because the cover reminds me of two people in love. It could be my hubby and me, for a personal touch.

        Mia wonders if marriage and children are beyond her, because of her age. Her younger sister, Lucy, is pregnant and not married. She is also impulsive, fun, generous, and caring. Reminds me of myself, in some ways. Mia is more refined and level-headed.

        My favorite part of the novel was that Mia successfully waged the battle for purity. She was to remain pure until her wedding day, although she was wondering when that would be.

        My least favorite part of the novel was that it ended :) I would have liked to see this novel put into a series. By focusing on Mia & Jake, Mission Medical, Lucy & Sam, and Camp Connie. However, I did love this storyline, just wish there was more.

Author Bio:

Victoria Bylin is known for tackling tough subjects with great com…

Review: The Soldier Who Killed A King

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`The Soldier Who Killed A King` is a Christian historical fiction book by author David Kitz. It is a one week journey through the eyes of Marcus Longinus, the Roman centurion who oversaw the crucifixion of Jesus (pg# 9). The book includes a map of first-century Jerusalem to guide you as you read.

        The miracles that Jesus performed during the Passover week are listed throughout the book. It also tells of Jesus righteous anger over the moneychangers in His church. Although Jesus did perform the miracles listed in the book, the author conjectures what the Roman centurion may have witnessed.

        I believe Christians of all faiths should read this book because it's told in the first person as if the main character was there. The reader will feel involved as the week unfolds. The parts I enjoyed most was when the book focused on Jesus, His miracles, and His followers. There were exciting, suspenseful, and exhilarating parts. However, the parts leading up to the cruci…

Review: Here's Some Happy

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Book Blurb:
Here's Some Happy A Coloring Journal to Lift the Soul by Gina Graham HERE'S SOME HAPPY, filled with charming, whimsical illustrations throughout, combines the joy of coloring with the peacefulness of journaling.
This beautifully rendered inspirational coloring journal will inspire colorists with space to write and intricate, charming illustrations. Coloring enthusiasts will be inspired by the detailed borders, butterflies, flamingoes, lovable faces, and cheery tone.

Enjoy 128 pages of whimsical illustrations to color and journal within; perforated pages for easy removal and display; and Scripture to reinforce the message of God's love.

        `Here's Some Happy` is an inspirational coloring journal for pre-teens to adults by author Gina Graham. The colorful hardback cover ensures the durability of the book. The journal is great for an alone quiet time, or as a project done with others. The scripture verses are organized in short one or two short se…

Super Hero Kids Giveaway with David C Cook!

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DOES YOUR CHILD LOVE COMIC BOOKS? HOW ABOUT SUPER HEROES?Now is your chance to have DC and Marvel illustrator Sergio Cariello make your child's dream come true!


Parents!

David C Cook is proud to introduce the newest book in the Action Bible collection: The Action Storybook Bible (coming October 2017). Pre-order The Action Storybook Bible from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or ChristianBook.com to reserve your copy today. Plus click the graphic below to enter to have a chance to win an illustration of your child as a super hero by Action Bible artist Sergio Cariello (who has also illustrated comics for DC and Marvel!).


The giveaway is open until September 11, 2017, 5:00pm MST. Your entry must be received by then to be eligible. Five winners will be chosen at random from eligible entrants.
{THE ACTION STORYBOOK BIBLE}Families see the Bible in motion and put their faith into action!The Action Storybook Bible invites families with young children to explore God's redemptive story togeth…

Review: Where I End

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`Where I End` is a memoir by author Katherine Elizabeth Clark. It tells of how she was injured in a freak accident at her child's school and how God is working in her life. The book is divided into five parts: The Fall, The Journey, The Miraculous, The Light, and The Way Home.

        Katherine does not blame her incident on God, and she uses much scripture to back her thoughts up. There are also quotes from other writers at the beginning of each chapter. My favorite quote was `You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view...Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it. (Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird).`

        I was touched by compassion as I read some of the notes the 1st-grade class sent her. It was reassuring to read that God was working miracles in Katherine's life. Even the doctors were astonished. I hope the author writes a follow-up book so readers can continue to see how God is working in her lif…

Headlines: MICHAEL W. SMITH RELEASES “A MILLION LIGHTS” SINGLE TODAY

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Music artist Michael W. Smith released his new upbeat single `A Million Lights` today, August 11. It is availableto download or stream at outlets like iTunes, Amazon.com, Apple Music, Spotify and other digital providers internationally. Michael W. Smith is a Multi-Platinum, GRAMMY® and Dove Award winner and this is his latest song out in three years, it is being released through Fuel Music. 


About Michael W. Smith:
Michael W. Smith is an acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician who has sold more than 15 million albums, achieved 32 No. 1 songs, received 2x RIAA Multi-Platinum, 6 Platinum and 16 Gold certified albums, earned three GRAMMY® Awards, one American Music Award and 45 Dove Awards. Amassing an in-depth catalog of achievements, Smith was honored at ASCAP’s 100th Anniversary for his groundbreaking career and significant influence in music. He performed at Former First Lady Barbara Bush’s 90th birthday celebration, had the privilege to join Former President Clinton, U.S. Se…

Review: Gathering the Threads

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`Gathering the Threads` is the third novel in The Amish of Summer Grove series by Cindy Woodsmall. Two young girls were switched at birth and one is raised Amish, the other is raised English. The reader may wish to read the three book series, however, book three could be read as a standalone since it gives a synopsis of the first two novels.

        My favorite character is Ariana because she is a sweet girl who loves her family and the Old Ways of the Amish. I also like her name. After learning about the switch Ariana is confused as to who she is and needs to get away for a while. Her Amish father disagrees about her needing to get away, and her English father gives her a credit card with $1,000 on it to use however she wants. This series touches on the very conservative, the rational conservative and the feminist; Ariana has to decide which one is for her.

        This series is different from other Amish novels I've read. In this series, Ariana is figuring out who she …

Review: Exalting Jesus in Acts

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Exalting Jesus in Acts is a New Testament study & commentary by Tony Merida. One of the outstanding pieces of content is the `Scripture Index` at the back of the commentary. The scripture index lists what Scripture reference was used and on what page. My overall feelings toward this book is that it is easy to use. It goes through each chapter verse-by-verse, informing the reader where Jesus fits in the book of Acts.

        Exalting Jesus in Acts is broken down into chapter segments, which are broken down into smaller segments. At the end of each chapter are Reflect and Discuss sections making this book great for group studies. The fine print typeface is about a 12, with the bolder typeface about a 14, making this book easy on the eyes. I would recommend this Christ-centered Exposition to pastors and laymen. I look forward to reading and reviewing more of the books in this Christ-Centered Exposition series.

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

Review: Under Fire

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`Under Fire` is a novel by author Linda Shenton Matchett. It's set in 1942, England. The female protagonist, Ruth Brown, has decided if there is a God he would not allow her sister to go missing, nor would he allow war and its casualties.

        Ruth Brown has determined her sister is still alive and needs help, although the authorities are telling her different. If she is dead why did her parents bury an empty casket? Ruth's hometown of Hazelton Falls, New Hampshire had lost five of their own to Pearl Harbor, and the town's death toll rises. Ruth is a newspaper reporter and is determined to find out what happened to her sister.

        My favorite character is Ruth because as a reporter she is focused on her duties even though she is being warned not to follow her suspicions. She is up for a challenge and will not stop until she finds the answers. All of the characters seemed life-like to me making my emotions follow their cue.

        This story was so intrigui…