Sunday, January 17, 2016

Book Review: Hope Unfolding by Becky Thompson

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review:

Hope Unfolding started out in such a way that I felt it may have been a failed attempt at writing, but as I continued to read it seemed to slowly come to life for me. I soon saw how she was using her personal stories to show God's love, grace, and truth in her life, and explaining it is the same for us. 

His works, His love, His plan - it includes us, too! We sometimes lose that as mothers, as wives, as we go to our 9-5 jobs or for the sixth time tell our toddler there is absolutely no jumping on the bed. You can get lost in the muck of  the every day and it's no wonder you start to feel as if this is it and no more.

This book gave me hope: maybe I've started giving up too soon. 

We know raising children in Him is important work, but that doesn't mean we need to give up the previous desires we had before children. He can still use what we wanted before - and He wants to. We just need to keep our ears tuned into Him, we just need to follow his promptings, and above all trust Him when it doesn't look the way we thought it would. 

When our sinks are full and our hearts are empty we need to just turn to Him - He wants us, He wants to use us: our whole us. 

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Book Review: PrayerPoints: Praying God's Promises at Your Point of Need by Ken Petersen

I received a complimentary copy of this book by Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review:

PrayerPoints helps you by finding appropriate Bible verses for whatever you may be feeling or dealing with in your life. The issues range from Abandonment, Bitterness, Tragedy, to Problem People, Single Parenting, and even Debt. Along with the verses is a prayer written out for you to help guide your thoughts on the issue. It is essentially teaching you how to pray (claim) Bible verses for yourself in your life.

Upon first getting the book I felt some disappointment, as I had been thinking I'd be getting a more in-depth guide on how to further your personal prayer life.
Closer inspection of the book, however, and reading it through, had me come to the conclusion this book makes a cute little reference that can be used to receive an encouraging boost through whatever trial you may be facing. What sold me was that sometimes, when you're really hurting, it can be hard to pray to God. Your mind and your emotions feel cut off. The prayers in this book are worth reading and claiming as your own during whatever difficulties may be going on. It's almost as if you're having a friend pray with you. 

The book itself is beautifully put together with a leather-like outside and delicate pages inside with an easy-to-read layout. 

I believe it would be an especially nice gift for a new Christian.