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Book Review: Christmas at the Amish Bakeshop 

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

USA Today bestselling authors Shelley Shepard Gray, Rachel J. Good, and Loree Lough celebrate the spirit of the season, the warmth of simple traditions, and of course, the joy of holiday treats, with this faith-affirming collection of three connected holiday novellas about the Christmas surprises in store for those who work and shop at a charming Amish bakery.

As the most joyful holiday draws near, three couples discover the recipe for love includes faith, hope, and the sweetest blessings…

A CHRISTMAS CAKE FOR REBECCA by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Shelley Shepard Gray
When carpenter Aden returns to Lancaster after twenty years away, bakeshop owner Rebecca is dismayed to find he’s still as handsome and kind as ever. He broke her heart when he left the community back then. Will a holiday emergency provide a second chance at love, this time forever?

BEST CHRISTMAS PRESENT EVER by USA Today Bestselling Author Rachel J. Good
When a lonely widower with a sick daughter and a new cake decorator meet at the bakeshop, they discover they were once childhood playmates. But as each of them helps the other care for family, their neighborly kindness inspires a gift that only love could make possible…

THE CHRISTMAS CUPCAKE by USA Today Bestselling Author Loree Lough
A builder who never learned to read believes he must hide his fond feelings for a kind schoolteacher. But after they run into each other at the bakeshop, she offers to teach him–and as Christmas approaches, each of them learns a lesson about the great gift of love…

Publisher: Kensington Books

Source: NetGalley

Leslie’s Review: 3.5 Stars/I more than liked it

A Christmas Cake for Rebecca

I am a big fan of Shelley Shephard Gray’s work and when I found out that she was a contributor to Christmas at the Amish Bakeshop I knew I had to read it! After being separated for many years, Aden and Rebecca are reunited through the circumstances of life. When Aden sees how hard Rebecca works at her shop, Rebecca’s Porch, he offers to help any way he can. Through Aden’s help, Aden and Rebecca’s relationship and the feelings they had for each other are rekindled.

Ms. Gray’s A Christmas Cake for Rebecca is sweet, while predictable at times. The predictableness is easy to overlook, because it is a Christmas story and Ms. Gray’s writing is so good. The description of Rebecca’s famous Christmas cake is mouthwatering. I loved the characters and reading A Christmas Cake for Rebecca.

Best Christmas Present Ever

Rachel J. Good is a new author to me. Ms. Good’s story Best Christmas Present Ever has made me a fan. Best Christmas Present Ever centers a round Christian, a widow taking care of his daughter, Johanna, who has cancer, and Lizzie, a young down-on-her-luck Amish woman who has moved back home to take care of her ailing Aunt. The primary setting for the story is Rebecca’s Porch, just like it was in the previous story, A Christmas Cake for Rebecca. While getting to know one another, Christian and Lizzie realize they were childhood best friends (which actually surprised me a bit).

I really liked Best Christmas Present Ever. Like the story before, it was predictable in some parts (but not the childhood best friend part–at least to me), but the story was sweet and Christmassy enough to overlook it. I enjoyed that the story had included characters from A Christmas Cake for Rebecca. I loved how caring, sweet, and understanding the characters were with one another and genuinely cared for the people around them. I love that Christian and Lizzie did not realize that they had grown up together until halfway through the story–it was a pleasant surprise as the reader.

The Christmas Cupcake

Loree Lough’s The Christmas Cupcake is a sweet story that centers around Asher and Tessa. Tessa is the school teacher for her Amish community and Asher is a furniture builder. Tessa has a rough home life that hardly anyone knows about and Asher has trouble reading and writing. After bumping into one another at Rebecca’s Porch, they start getting to know each other. As Asher does his best to protect Tessa and Tessa teaches Asher to read and write, their friendship and feelings deepen.

In The Christmas Cupcake, real life issues (abuse and illiteracy) are more center stage than the previous stories and Rebecca’s Porch is not a major part of the story like it had been in the previous stories, in my opinion. I appreciated how The Christmas Cupcake dealt with real life issues, in the midst of a seasonal story, and it was still able to have an uplifting ending. I enjoyed reading about Asher and Tessa and am happy with the story’s outcome.

Christmas at the Amish Bakeshop (as a whole):

I really enjoyed Christmas at the Amish Bakeshop as a whole. Each story was a really nice read that I could escape into. I know I said that it was predictable in some parts to me and that is true, but I don’t see that as a bad thing necessarily. When I read a Christmas read, I want to know that everything will be wrapped up in a tidy bow and will have a happy ending. I want to be able to escape into a Christmas read and destress. Christmas at the Amish Bakeshop did that for me.

Have you read Christmas at the Amish Bakeshop? What did you think of the stories?

I would like to thank NetGalley and the Publisher for the opportunity to read this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Shelley Shepard Gray | Rachel J. Good | Loree Lough

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Book Review: Saturdays with Billy: My Friendship with Billy Graham

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Synopsis from Amazon:

Most Saturdays for 15 years, Don drove the long road to meet with Billy at his home in Montreat, North Carolina. There the two friends spent hours talking about family, politics, sports, and their spiritual lives.

Now, in Saturdays with Billy, Don shares:

  • More than 20 heartwarming stories of his times with his friend, illuminating the qualities in Billy’s character that were true to the end and revealing the heart of the man whose light still shines
  • A quote from Billy before each chapter, as well as dynamic color photography throughout

Just as Billy’s words changed Don’s life, they have the power to change ours–a testament to a man who leaned on God’s grace into eternity.

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Source: NetGalley

Leslie’s Review: 5 Stars/A favorite of 2021

Saturdays with Billy: My Friendship with Billy Graham by Don Wilton is a great tribute to Mr. Graham. Don Wilton had the privilege of being Billy Graham’s pastor. Mr. Wilton took great care in writing the book, being ever mindful and respectful of his role and relationship of being Billy Graham’s Pastor without breaking confidentiality.

I loved the stories told in Saturdays with Billy. Mr. Wilton’s stories helped to show that the Billy Graham the world saw is the same Billy Graham that one would see in private. Saturdays with Billy shows the humility of Billy Graham and Mr. Graham’s heart to share Jesus with others.

Reading Saturdays with Billy: My Friendship with Billy Graham reiterated how important it is to tell others about Jesus to everyone we come in contact with. Jesus is the Hope that the world needs and the Answer to what everyone needs in their lives. Saturdays with Billy helps us see that we can share Jesus with Humility and Grace. Saturdays with Billy also shows us that Mr. Graham was just like us–he was concerned about his family and the moral compass of the world, but He trusted God’s Hand in everything.

Have you read Saturdays with Billy: My Friendship with Billy Graham? What did you think of the book?

I would like to thank NetGalley and the Publisher for the opportunity to read this book. All thoughts, ideals, and opinions are my own.

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Don Wilton

Billy Graham

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Book Review: God’s Power in Me: 52 Declarations and Devotions for Kids

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Synopsis from Amazon:

God’s Power in Me is an interactive 52-day devotional that encourages young readers 8-12 to break free from negative thinking and focus on the positive truths of who God made them to be. Through daily devotions paired with a 90-second affirmation kids can say aloud every day, readers will grow closer to God and learn to challenge the personal doubts that might be holding them back.

I’m not good enoughI don’t deserve to be their friend. And things will never change. Kids tell themselves things like this every day, and popular Bible teacher and speaker Margaret Feinberg wants to help them defeat those self-doubts and stop believing the lies—because God only tells us the truth about ourselves, and that truth is we are all meant to have a joyous and powerful life.

Throughout the devotions in God’s Power in Me, kids will discover:

  • Quick daily affirmations they can hold on to, biblical teachings, and practical applications for their own lives
  • Inspiration to banish any negative thoughts and ideas they may have
  • Encouragement to stand in their own truths while also growing closer to God in the process

God’s Power in Me:

  • Has an engaging two-color interior
  • Is perfect for anyone ages 8-12 going through their pre-teen years, and can be used by girls and boys
  • Provides kids with the tools to actively attack automatic negative thoughts every day while also encouraging spiritual development
  • Can be used over and over as a daily devotional
  • Is a great gift for Confirmation, Easter, birthdays, or to offer encouragement

Publisher: Zonderkidz

Source: NetGalley

Leslie’s Review: 4 Stars/I really, really love it

I absolutely love Margaret Feinberg’s devotional, God’s Power in Me: 52 Declarations and Devotions for Kids! God’s Power in Me is geared toward 8-12 year-olds and has 52 devotional entries. Each devotion centers around a truth based in the Bible and a lie that Satan or the world tells us. Each devotion had a corresponding Bible verse to go with it and a main point that is often to the side somewhere within that devotion. At the end of each devotion entry there is a “Declaration” journal prompt.

I loved that right off the bat, in the beginning of the devotional, there is a list of declarations about being a Child of God. I loved how Ms. Feinberg shares relatable stories from her life to help get the point of the devotion entry across. I loved how in God’s Power in Me there is a “Declaration” journal prompt at the end of each devotional entry. I also liked at the end of the devotional there is another list of the declarations from the beginning, but it includes Bible verses that correspond with each declaration.

God’s Power in Me: 52 Declarations and Devotions for Kids is a great devotional for kids 8-12 year-olds. This would also be a great devotional for kids to do with their families or guardians. I believe it could be used as part of a Christian curriculum, class, or Bible study for 8-12 year-olds.

Have you read God’s Power in Me: 52 Declarations and Devotions for Kids? How did you use the devotional? What did the kids in your life like about the devotional?

I would like to thank NetGalley and the Publisher for the opportunity read this devotional. All thoughts, ideas, and opinions are my own.

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Margaret Feinberg

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Book Review: The Wish Book Christmas

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Synopsis from Amazon:

Best friends Audrey Barrett and Eve Dawson are looking forward to celebrating Christmas in postwar America, thrilled at the prospect of starting new traditions with their five-year-old sons. But when the 1951 Sears Christmas Wish Book arrives and the boys start obsessing over every toy in it, Audrey and Eve realize they must first teach them the true significance of the holiday. They begin by helping Bobby and Harry plan gifts of encouragement and service for those in their community, starting by walking an elderly neighbor’s yellow Lab—since a dog topped the boys’ wish list for Santa. In the charming tale that follows, Audrey and Eve are surprised to find their own hearts healing from the tragedies of war and opening to the possibility of forgiveness and new love.

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers

Source: NetGalley

Leslie’s Review: 5 Stars/A favorite of 2021

Lynn Austin’s The Wish Book Christmas is one of the best Christmas reads I have ever read. What drew me to the book was the historical setting and the Sears Christmas Wish Book itself. The book takes place in the 1950s and is a follow-up to Ms. Austin’s book, If I Were You. (If I Were You is still on my TBR list, but I did not feel entirely lost while reading The Wish Book Christmas.) The Wish Book Christmas center’s around Bobby and Harry, the young sons of Audrey and Eve.

Bobby and Harry are obsessed with the Sears Christmas Wish Book and want everything that’s in the Wish Book (for boys that is). I remember when I was a young girl myself, writing down everything in the girls section and giving the list to my family in the late 80s-early 90s. It was nice to be swept up in the nostalgia and memories of Christmas past while reading the book.

Besides the nostalgia and the time period, what I loved most about the book is the Message woven throughout. Audrey and Eve do not want their sons to become greedy and expect to get everything they have asked for. Inspired by the Christmas Story from the Bible and the boys’ role in the Christmas Play as Wise Men as reference, Audrey and Eve come up with plans of ways for them to give back to their community.

At first, it’s a rough go, but once the boys get the hang of it, they don’t want to stop giving! Bobby and Harry then understand what the True Meaning of Christmas is: Jesus. Audrey and Eve also learn lessons of God’s Forgiveness and Grace and His Giving Nature. The grownups in their circle of friends and family are blessed by Bobby and Harry’s giving and are impressed to give themselves.

The Wish Book Christmas is a sweet Christmas read that helps to remind us what the True Meaning of Christmas actually is and what Jesus gave us. I highly recommend The Wish Book Christmas. The Wish Book Christmas has definitely become one of my favorite reads that I wouldn’t mind reading again (which is rare for me) and is one of my favorites of 2021.

Have you read The Wish Book Christmas? How did you like the book? Do you have a special Sears Christmas Wish Book memory?

I would like to thank NetGalley and the Publisher for the opportunity to read this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Lynn Austin

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Book Review: Jesus Came for Me: The True Story of Christmas

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Synopsis from New Growth Press

Jesus came for us. Because Jesus was born at Christmas, we can know that he is with us always. This board book by author Jared Kennedy helps toddlers and preschoolers understand the true meaning of Christmas in a personal, memorable way.  

Jesus Came for Me is part of The Beginner’s Gospel Story Bible series. For children ages three to five, this beautifully illustrated book begins with the announcement of John the Baptist’s birth to Zechariah and ends with the visit of the wise men. Jesus, our great God, was born as a little baby, and his birth is good news and great joy for all people—including your child! 

Help your little one know that Jesus is always present, and he helps us believe and wait for him. Because of the compelling content and modern, vivid illustrations, children will live in the joy of the greatest truth of all: Jesus is with us! 

This conversational book simply tells the story of the gospel and invites children to respond. Jesus Came for Me helps toddlers and preschoolers celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.

Publisher: New Growth Press

Source: Purchased from New Growth Press

Leslie’s Review: 4 Stars/I really, really love it

Jesus Came for Me: The True Story of Christmas by Jared Kennedy is a fun book to read at Christmas time to your little ones. Mr. Kennedy has written the book so that young ones can understand the Christmas Story. I loved that Mr. Kennedy went beyond just telling that Mary gave birth to Jesus, the Shepherds, and the Wise Men, but also included (briefly) parts that usually get left out when telling the Christmas Story to toddlers. In Jesus Came for Me, kids will be introduced Elizabeth and Zachariah (which is one of my favorite parts of the Christmas Story) and to King Herod.

I also loved how Scripture References were sprinkled throughout the book along with questions to help your little one understand. The questions also help to see where the child is in comprehending the story which could lead to important conversations about Jesus. The pictures are adorable as well. (I loved how they showed how Zachariah couldn’t speak–too cute!) I believe Jesus Came for Me is a great way to introduce young ones to the Christmas Story in a understandable way.

Have you read Jesus Came for Me: The True Story of Christmas? How did your family enjoy the book?

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Jared Kennedy | Trish Mahoney

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Book Review: The Story of the Christmas Cow

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Synopsis from Amazon:

Most of us are familiar with the Christmas story-Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem, the angels in the night sky, and, of course, the birth of Jesus, the Savior of all mankind. Yet in The Story of the Christmas Cow, you will experience the joy, excitement, and unforgettable peace of this Christ-centered holiday through the eyes of the Christmas Cow. Within the pages of this captivating children’s tale, author Ray Berilla shares one cow’s adventure from Mary and Joseph’s pasture to the stable that welcomed the Son of God into the world. After being forced to stay behind when her donkey friend was chosen to carry Mary to Bethlehem, the Christmas Cow finds the courage to follow her masters to join the donkey for an experience of a lifetime. Although she faces tests, trials, and challenges along the way, the Christmas Cow presses onward to her goal, believing in her heart that something wonderful awaits at the end of her travels. Discover the power of following your dreams in this lively, heartwarming book that will inspire you and your child through beautiful reminders of God’s goodness, the purpose of faith, and the wonder of Jesus Christ. The Story of the Christmas Cow is an uplifting holiday classic that will bring encouragement to the whole family all year round.

Publisher: Xulon Press

Source: NetGalley

Leslie’s Review: 5 Stars/A favorite of 2021

The Story of the Christmas Cow by Ray Berilla has quickly become one of my favorite Christmas books of all time. In the vein of The Donkey No One Could Ride, The Story of the Christmas Cow tells the story of a cow that is owned by Mary and Joseph. After Mary and Joseph’s Donkey brags to rest of the animals that he his going to Bethlehem with Mary and Joseph, the Cow that Mary and Joseph own decides to sneak off and follow them. The long, arduous journey about does the Cow in and her perseverance helps her reach her destination and goal.

The Story of the Christmas Cow is a uplifting and heartwarming story that helps tell the true Christmas Story. It reminds the reader not to give up and to keep going after what the Lord has laid on their hearts to do. The illustrations are elegant and complement the story well. I really enjoyed the Message in the book too. This is a perfect Christmas read to read with the family during this special season. I highly recommend this book and believe it would be a great book to implement into your Christmas festivities, not only this year, but for years to come.

Have you read The Story of the Christmas Cow? What did you think of the story? What’s your go-to Christmas story book to read each year with your family?

I would like to thank NetGalley and the Publisher for the opportunity to read this book. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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Ray Berilla

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Book Review: A Christmas in the Alps

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After a time of heartache and loss, Simone Winthrop discovers a tantalizing letter from her French great-grandmother, which seems to suggest that she is heir to a family treasure. Ever practical, Simone assumes the claim is baseless, but her best friend encourages her to find out for sure. Despite her deep-rooted fear of flying, Simone boards a jet to travel to Paris at Christmastime to uncover the truth.

During the long flight, Simone meets the charming Kyle Larsson, who’s on his way to France to become an apprentice clockmaker. Though they abruptly part ways, an unexpected rendezvous in the French Alps at Simone’s family’s clock factory may lead to the discovery of the family treasure . . . and so much more.

For anyone who is wearying of staying home, Melody Carlson invites you to spend Christmas with her in the beautiful French Alps this year. So pull on your mittens, tie your scarf tight, and prepare yourself for a magical mountain holiday.

Publisher: Revell

Source: NetGalley

Leslie’s Review: 4 Stars/I really, really love it

Melody Carlson’s A Christmas in the Alps is a perfect, cozy read for the festive season. Ms. Carlson takes you on a picturesque trip to the French Alps as the main character, Simone, is on a quest to find her great-grandmother’s family treasure. Simone, who takes the trip begrudgingly and at a friend’s urging, meets Kyle on the plane. Throughout the trip, Kyle and Simone’s paths keep crossing and in the process Kyle assists Simone in her quest to find her great-grandmother’s family treasure.

I am not a newcomer to Ms. Carlson’s books-especially her Christmas stories-and when I heard about A Christmas in the Alps I knew I had to read it. Ms. Carlson’s eloquent writing makes you feel as though you are in the French Alps yourself, walking along it’s streets and through the places with Simone and the people she meets. While the plot is somewhat predictable in some parts, it still leaves the reader engaged. A Christmas in the Alps is a sweet and pleasant read for the festive season. If you are looking for a good read to help you escape the hustle and bustle (if only for a little bit) then A Christmas in the Alps would be an excellent read and you won’t be disappointed! I highly recommend it! (I also think it would be a AWESOME holiday movie!)

Have you read A Christmas in the Alps? What did you think of it? Do you agree that it would be a good holiday movie?

I would like to thank NetGalley and the Publisher for the opportunity to read this book. All thoughts and opinions in this review are my own.

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Melody Carlson

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Book Review: Prepare Him Room: Celebrating the Birth of Jesus Family Devotional

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Synopsis from New Growth Press

Guide your family into the heart of Christmas with this gospel-focused, four-week Advent curriculum.

Prepare Him Room by children’s best-selling author Marty Machowski takes a biblical, theological approach to the Old Testament promises and New Testament fulfillment in Christ in a way kids can understand.

A tool for families hoping to focus on Jesus during the Christmas season, readers will have the resources necessary to counter the commercialism, materialism, and sentimentalism our culture celebrates each Christmas. Prepare Him Room includes an original Christmas short story and thirteen family Advent devotions—three for each of the four weeks of Advent and one more for Christmas—plus crafts, activities, and carols to sing together.

Prepare Him Room will change the way you and your family celebrate Christmas. The corresponding devotional, Prepare Him Room: Celebrating the Birth of Jesus Family Devotional is sold separately. A companion CD, Prepare Him Room: Celebrating the Birth of Jesus in Song, is also available through Sovereign Grace Music. Challenge your family to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.

Publisher: New Growth Press

Source: New Growth Press

Leslie’s Review: 5 Stars/A favorite of 2021

Marty Machowski’s book Prepare Him Room: Celebrating the Birth of Jesus Family Devotional is a great Advent Devotional. The book is intended to be started 4 Sundays before Christmas. Prepare Him Room is divided up into 4 weeks of devotions, with 3 devotions per week. At the end of each week there is a chapter of a short story called Bartimaeus: A Christmas Story. There is also a special devotion entry to read on Christmas Day.

Before you start the devotional, it is suggested to do a Advent Wreath. The book explains how to do and utilize the Advent Wreath, which I appreciate from the perspective from someone who is new to the Advent tradition. Each devotion includes a Scripture reference, a thought or idea to bring the devotion entry together, a prayer, songs to sing and family activities to do together. Prepare Him Room: Celebrating the Birth of Jesus Family Devotional is a companion to the Prepare Him Room curriculum and music CD. You can use the devotional without the companion products. (I did.)

I loved the freedom and flexibility that the use of Prepare Him Room brings. As the adult and reader, I felt as though I had the flexibility to choose how and when to use the devotional. If I didn’t start the devotional in the recommended time frame, and I didn’t, that was ok because I could start the devotional when it was right for me. I also liked how it only had 3 devotional entries a week. That way if you needed to adjust the readings to your family’s schedule its easy to do so and doesn’t overwhelm you.

I loved the Bartimaeus short story at the end of each week. It was one of my favorite parts of the book. I liked, not only the flexibility of the devotional, but that each devotion entry is easy to understand yet truthful and that the discussions had from the devotions could be great ones. I appreciated that a big emphasis of the book is about giving back and sharing the Love of Jesus in tangible ways through the activities that are in the book and that the activities are meant to include the whole family. There are also cute illustrations sprinkled throughout the book.

I highly recommend this book–it’s become one of my favorite’s of the Season!

Have you read Prepare Him Room: Celebrating the Birth of Jesus Family Devotional? What did you like about the devotional? How did your family incorporate it into your Advent/Christmas celebrations?

Thank you to New Growth Press for giving me a copy of Prepare Him Room: Celebrating the Birth of Jesus Family Devotional to review. The review and opinions expressed are purely my own.

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Marty Machowski

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Book Review: Wonders of His Love: Finding Jesus in Isaiah Family Advent Devotional

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Synopsis from New Growth Press

Advent is the perfect time for families to gather together and celebrate the birth of Jesus. Using pictures of Jesus from Isaiah’s prophecies—the Light, the Branch, the Shepherd, and the Savior—brings to life the true meaning of Christmas.  

Hundreds of years before Jesus was born, God spoke to his people through the prophet Isaiah, promising them a Savior. To communicate God’s message, Isaiah used striking, stunning, and surprising imagery—the “wonders” of his love! Isaiah pointed God’s people to the future, when one day, through his birth, death, and resurrection, Jesus would deliver his people from sin and sorrow forever.    

Perfect for busy families with younger children, each week of Advent focuses on one of Isaiah’s images and has readings related to the week’s theme—Jesus the Light; Jesus the Branch; Jesus the Shepherd; Jesus the Savior—and, on Christmas Day, Jesus the Bread. Each week also includes fun stories, discussion questions, crafts, recipes, games, and suggestions for family service projects. 

Written by Champ Thornton and illustrated by Jeremy Slagle, this four-week devotional will draw families closer to Jesus and to each other.

Publisher: New Growth Press

Source: Purchased from New Growth Press

Leslie’s Review: 4 Stars/I really, really loved it

Wonders of His Love: Finding Jesus in Isaiah Family Advent Devotional by Champ Thornton is a four week devotional that focuses on the prophecy of Jesus’ Birth in Isaiah. Each week focuses on a different “wonder” of the Christmas Story with 5 devotions that corresponds with each “wonder”. There are various activities and ideas for the family to do together that week. A QR code is also included in the back of the book to access crafts that you can also do as well.

I liked how each devotion is easy for any age to understand and that it included discussion questions. I loved the illustrations and the historical facts surrounding Jesus’ Birth that were sprinkled throughout the book. For me, this is a great starter devotional to introduce families to the Advent Season. The activities and suggestions included help to make the Meaning of the season stick.

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Champ Thornton | Jeremy Slagle

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Book Review: Divine Disruptions

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

Divine Disruption explores the many hardships we experience in life and how God breaks through with the power of hope. In the book, Dr. Tony Evans and his four children—Chrystal Evans Hurst, Priscilla Shirer, Anthony Evans, and Jonathan Evans—discuss their faith-shaking experiences: from the deep grief of losing six loved ones in less than two years’ time, with the most devastating blow being the death of Lois Evans, the matriarch of the family, to a deep dive into dealing with the various hard, unexpected things we all face. Life throws many curves—whether the loss of a job or health due to the ongoing worldwide pandemic, or marriage and relationship issues, problems with children, even the recent racial and political unrest.  

The authors step together into a unique Kingdom Legacy partnership, opening themselves to the honest questions, raw emotions, and solutions they learned to cling to amid their various struggles as they honor their mother’s wish to work together. Through their bond and individual strengths, they demonstrate how even the most devastating tragedies can bring glory to God as He continues to meet their needs and build their faith.

Publisher: Thomas Nelson-W Publishing

Source: NetGalley

Leslie’s Review: 5 Stars/ A Favorite of 2021

I absolutely loved Divine Disruptions by the Evans-Hurst-Shirer family! It is a uniquely written book as it written by Dr. Tony Evans and his four children, making it the first time they all have written a book together. Each chapter covers a situation the family has went through or something that God has taught them. Most of the chapters include all of the family writing a piece of the chapter. I appreciated that at the beginning of the book it was explained how the book is laid out. The book is written by Dr. Evans and his four children and when the narrative changes, the author’s name is at the top of the paragraph.

What I read in Divine Disruptions shows that we all have ups and downs in life no matter who we are. What I read in Divine Disruptions shows that we have a choice every day to believe and trust God no matter what comes. What I read in Divine Disruptions shows that with a foundation and a relationship with Jesus Christ we can make it through the tough things of life.

I loved how Divine Disruptions is written as if you were talking to the authors themselves, as though they were your friends. The testimony the family tells is relatable and real. Divine Disruptions is a wonderful book that encourages and gives practical, Biblical advice through the seasons of life.

Have you read Divine Disruptions? What did you think of the book?

I would like to thank NetGalley and the Publisher for the opportunity to read this book. This is an honest review and all opinions and thoughts are my own.

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