January 31, 2013

Reviewing "Breaking Free from Fear" by Kay Arthur

"Breaking Free from Fear" by Kay Arthur is a 6-week, no homework Bible study, full of wonderful tools to combat the fears that many of us face on a frequent basis.  Digging deep into the scriptures, Kay uses methodical study methods to take you through the weekly lessons. Each lesson begins with a brief introduction and leads into the scripture reading for that week and study questions for group discussion.  The questions begin first by examining what happened in the scripture reading, and then move into reflection and application.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is trying to face fear. (Which I have a feeling would include many of us.)  From the little daily fears, to bigger overwhelming fears, this study will help you and your group to grow and begin to live in a more Christ centered, trusting way.  Kay Arthur's sound theology and a deep knowledge of scripture create a safe environment for learning and will cause you to examine your life and discern any changes that may need to be made.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

January 10, 2013

2013 Road to California Quilter's Conference

Just a quick post to remind you all that the 2013 Road to California Quilter's Conference at the Ontario Convention Center is coming up.   The event is being held January 24th-27th and if you're a quilter and live anywhere in the vicinity, I highly encourage you to attend.  It's my favorite Quilt show in Southern California and my mom and I are always impressed at the number of amazing quilts on display as well as the wide array of great vendors. Click here for more info, and I hope to see you there!

January 4, 2013

Reviewing "Oliver Twist"- by Focus on the Family Radio Theater

Focus on the Family's Radio Theater production of the Charles Dickens classic "Oliver Twist" will captivate you with its cinema quality sound and production value from the very start.  Recorded on location in London with an award winning cast,  "Oliver Twist" comes to life in a way that makes you feel as if you have stepped into the book itself.  This audio drama tells the story of a young orphan sent from a child "farm" to begin life in a workhouse. After committing the unpardonable offense of asking for more food, Oliver is sent off to apprentice with a coffin-maker whose wife mistreats him. He runs away to London where he meets the Artful Dodger and Fagin, who trains kids to be pickpockets. Despite his many trials and hardships, he finally gets his happy ending, bringing hope for redemption all around him.

This excellent production is far more than an audio book or a normal radio program.  I would classify it as a cinematic audio experience.  Your entire family will enjoy listening to the story unfold and you will treasure it in your audio collection for years to come.  It comes on 5 CDs with a bonus DVD that includes behind the scenes production footage and the documentary "Modern Day Oliver".  Purchase of this also benefits Focus on the Family's "Wait No More" adoption initiative. 

I received a complimentary copy for reviewing purposes from Tyndale House

January 3, 2013

"Twelve Unlikely Heroes" Book Review

John MacArthur's book "Twelve Unlikely Heroes" is comprised of in-depth character studies of 12 important biblical people.  From Joseph to James, MacArthur takes a look at each of these unique people in a way that makes them even more real and human to the reader.   None of them were perfect, all of them had circumstances going against them, yet God used them each in remarkable ways to play major parts in human history.
Sometimes as the imperfect and flawed people we are, we underestimate just how well we can be used by God.  But once we are more familiar with each of these people, it is encouraging to realize that we can also be used in great ways. 
Here is a summary from the publisher:
"What kind of people does God use to accomplish His work?
Far from the children’s tales depicted in picture books and nursery rhymes, the men and women highlighted in the Bible were unnervingly real. They faltered. They struggled. And at times, they fell short. Yet God worked through them in surprising and incredible ways to accomplish His purposes. Scripture does not hide their weaknesses, caricature their strengths, or spin their stories as a display of human nobility. Instead, it describes these heroes of the faith with unflinching honesty and delivers an unexpected ending: “God is not ashamed to be called their God” (Hebrews 11:16).
In Twelve Unlikely Heroes, pastor and best-selling author John MacArthur uses his deep knowledge of the Bible and history to take us back to see these three-dimensional men and women in their own times and cultures. In doing so, it becomes clear how their dramatic stories apply to us today. People who might at first seem foreign quickly become familiar and unforgettable—particularly as they reveal the true Hero behind every witness, the power counterbalancing every weakness, “the Author and Finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:1)."
I would recommend this book to anyone looking to further their knowledge of several very important men and women of the Bible. It will encourage you and also strengthen your faith when you realize how powerful God has to be, to be able to use the most unlikely people and turn them into heroes of biblical proportions.

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