Friday, August 28, 2015

Book Review: Prayers for New Brides

Prayers for New Brides:  Putting on God's Armor After the Wedding Dress by Jennifer O. White seeks to equip brides to "learn biblical truths about marriage, the spiritual battle, and prayer, pray in agreement with God's will for her marriage, and activate these truths in her life through study, journaling, and intentional conversations with her husband and other wives."

I will start off by stating that I am not a new bride but have been happily married for twelve years.  Yet, the title of the book intrigued me.  It is a topic I have not previously seen covered.  Admittedly, I thought the book was going to be about specific prayers to cover your husband but I was pleasantly surprised.

The author candidly talks about the influence her parents' marriage and subsequent divorce had on her marriages.  She speaks how her unresolved insecurities and issues infiltrated her marriage after destroying her first marriage.  This served as a warning for couples to see the importance of resolving their issues and expectations prior to marriage.

Every day's reading includes a Prayer Prompt section as well as a Wife's Call to Action.  The prayer prompts are filled with Scriptures and the prayers are more focused on God helping the wife rather than change my husband prayers.  The call to action is exactly that.  Wives are encouraged to journal in order to put into action the knowledge they are gaining from God's Word through prayer.

I expected the book to be about areas I should pray in regards to my husband but it has proven to be a refresher course on how to maintain the established boundaries  for veteran married couples while offering newlyweds practical, informative strategies on how to ward off the inevitable attacks from satan.  I highly recommend this book to both.

I received complimentary copy of this book from Cross Focused Reviews in exchange for an independent and unbiased review.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Book Review: God's Smuggler

God's Smuggler written by Brother Andrew with John and Elizabeth Sherrill purposes to "grip readers all over again and inspire a new generation to step out on their own journeys of faith."

Does it grip readers?  Most definitely.  Without the epilogue, the book is about 260 pages but it seemed to end too fast for this reader.  I wanted to read more and more of Brother Andrew's adventures.  Seeing how God transformed this man who smuggled himself out of church services as a child to one who would disperse numerous Bibles throughout the countries behind the Iron Curtain truly amazes one.  

Does it inspire a new generation to step out on their own journeys of faith?  Seeing God work in the most minute detail increases the reader's faith and more importantly implants the desire to see God working in the same manner in his own life.  It opens one's eyes to the plight of the persecuted church and implants a desire to help

The story heroically tells of God who has no impossibilities or difficulties.  Through His instruments, God was able to penetrate man's barriers and proclaim His Word to nations who would have otherwise been left hopeless.  It shed light on how the persecuted church lives and also warns the reader that the biggest enemy is not persecution but indifference.

I would strongly recommend this book to gain information on the needs of the persecuted church and to stir one's own desire to meet that need.

I received this book for free from Bethany House for this review.  This a Chosen book.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Book Review: Marie Durand


Simonetta Carr’s Marie Durand beautifully recounts the intriguing story of nineteen-year-old Marie Durand who for the next thirty-eight years serves her Savior faithfully while imprisoned.

The beautiful illustrations, real life portraits, and maps blend seamlessly throughout the story bringing life to the experiences of the French Protestants. The book is targeted for 7-12 year-olds, but I would suggest it for 7-9 year-olds since the vocabulary does not seem challenging enough for older audiences. The simplistic story telling manner familiarizes young readers with an era in French church history that many may not be familiar with.  I appreciate this book’s resources such as the Time Line, Pronunciation Key, and Did You Know sections. 

You will enjoy this historically and spiritually uplifting biography.  The illustrations and photographs along with the extras really make for an excellent resource to study this topic.  

I received complimentary copy of this book from Cross Focused Reviews in exchange for an independent and unbiased review.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Book Review: The Hiding Place


The Young Reader’s Edition of The Hiding Place written by Corrie Ten Boom with Elizabeth & John Sherrill is an excellent read for both children and adults.

Having read The Hiding Place for myself and watched many movies with my family, I wanted my 9 year-old daughter to read this book aloud to us.  I was not sure whether this book would be the same things we already knew just repackaged, but it was not.  It turned out to be such a heart-warming story with so many details weaved in that it added to our knowledge of the events.  The author shows Ten Boom’s struggles right alongside God’s mercies.  I particularly enjoyed reading about the prison of despair the soldiers faced and the hope presented in Jesus.

It was a blessing to have read this book.  The illustrations sprinkled throughout were beautifully done.  The only part that raised a question was found on page 50 where it mentions praying for the dead. 

Overall, a very good resource that I would recommend.

I received this book for free from Bethany House for this review.  This a Chosen book.