Thursday, November 02, 2017

Book Review: In the Middle of the Mess by Sheila Walsh

This new book by Sheila is for every woman living in today's hectic world who is dealing with disappointment, struggle, or loneliness.  That is pretty much all of us, isn't it??

With frankness and sweet sincerity, Sheila assures us that it is normal for us to have a continuous struggle, one in which we have been healed yet have fallen once again. She untangles for the reader what she has learned about freedom from the middle of the mess:  We cannot bury emotions from our struggles because we have a God who wants to be there for us, His daughters.  He desires us to pour our hearts to Him, because "no thing that affects you is petty to God." (p. 53)  It is this vulnerability that brings us closer to the heart of God.  And from there she unfolds how we can turn our struggles into strengths.

Sheila provides an example of how God's grace and mercy are constant:  He is always working, always fine tuning, always loving and always faithful. 

Find more about Sheila's new book, releasing November 7th at

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Book Review: The Proving by Beverly Lewis

It is always a joyful occassion to read and to review one of Beverly Lewis' books!  Her latest fiction, The Proving, is a perfect, relaxing read for a weekend getaway into the more simple lifestyle of the Amish in Lancaster County.

The story of Mandy returning to her Amish home in Gordonville, Pennsylvania after having escaped to Kansas to meld into the English world, is a time of "proving" but not in the way she would ever suspect.  A family death catapults her back into the situation that caused her to leave her home five years prior, forcing her to deal with emotions she thought had long since been buried.

Woven among Mandy's story is Trina, a bold, outspoken character who, in a strange happenstance, partners with Mandy who is struggling with running her mother's B&B.  As a result, the women aid and encourage each other, reaching outcomes they did not expect.

Once again, Beverly's characters reveal how God can create in any situation the opportunity for one to respond, reconcile, repent and realize how He has the absolute best for us. 

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Homeschool: Free Study on Christian Apologetics for High School

What is Apologetics?

Apologetics is derived from the Greek word apologia, which means "to defend" or "to make a defense."  As Christians, we must be ready "to present solid, rational arguments that prove the things you have affirmed. You must defend the propositions you have presented. You are appointed for the defense of the Gospel (Philippians 1:17).  1 Peter 3:15 says: "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have."

To prepare our students with a Biblical Worldview, Apologetics Press has many materials that would be appropriate for your homeschool student including a Free online course and a few Free ebooks.

The FREE online introductory course on Christian Evidences, appropriate for high school, is a ten lesson course covering the topics of the existence of God, Creation versus Evolution, the inspiration of the Bible and more.  Each lesson in the study is in full-color, PDF format and includes questions intended to help reinforce the teaching material in the mind of the student.  An answer sheet is provided so that answers can be checked at home.

A limited  number of AP's FREE ebooks are also available as PDF downloads. Most of these books are short in length, but a couple that are definitely worth checking out are "Creation Compromises", "The Truth About Human Origins" and "The Global Flood of Noah" (part of their Scripture and Science Series).

Apologetics Press provides scripturally sound and scientifically accurate materials in the field of Christian Apologetics. Visit their website store to see the materials, media, and other resources that are available for adults and students. While not required, you may want to consider supporting AP with a one-time gift if you use any of their publications or studies.

* "What is Apolgetics" by Kyle Butt, M. Div.

Friday, June 09, 2017

#musesofamom: Where I Found Free (and nearly Free) Women's Summer Online Bible Studies

The kids are out of school, and there are really no more "scheduled" days for the next couple months. (Hooray!) Just as we encourage our kids to read during the summer, so should we!  One of the best things to read of course would be God's Word.

Several ministries are having Free and nearly free (you may need to purchase the workbook) Bible studies this summer to do on your own, with a buddy, or with a group of gals from your neighborhood. Summer group bible studies are a great opportunity to meet other women in your community, and there are less chances of  getting a "no" because schedules are more relaxed than during the school year.  

Here are a list of studies with start dates and the websites to go for more information.  Some may have started already, but many are can be started and completed on your own schedule.  

The Book of Romans - started June 5
Darlene Schacht, the Time Warp Wife, has ongoing free bible studies for women.  It is still not too late to start this study. She offers a free study guide that you can download from her website, along with information on where to purchase an accompanying workbook if you wish.  

"Me Myself & Lies" by Jennifer Rothschild - June 12 through July 14.  
Offered by Proverbs 31 Ministries. Visit their website for more information and to order the book.   

Offered by Lifeway.  Visit the website to sign up and get more information.

"Entrusted" by Beth Moore - begins June 15
Offered by Lifeway.  Visit the website to sign up and get more information.

Margaret Feinberg is offering another study with an accompanying study/coloring workbook. While the pre-order of her study/coloring guide was to end June 5, check her store for availability. You can still get her free reading guide is available by registering through a pop-up window on her site.    

"Footnotes" - anytime
Julie Lyles Carr, author of "Raising an Original" has a new online study which is accessible through her website. There is a $15 fee, but a worthwhile investment!

"Overwhelmed" - anytime
This study is from the new book by Kathi Lipp and Cheri Gregory.  Resources are available for free, and there is no start date or end date for this study.  

Friday, February 03, 2017

Book Review: The Women of Easter by Liz Curtis Higgs

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When Liz Curtis Higgs releases a new nonfiction title, it is a must-read for me! Her retelling of bible history and personalizing of the characters make it impossible to put her books down until it’s finished.  The same can be said about her new release, “The Women of Easter.”*

This book does not give separate biographies of these women.  Instead, Liz unfolds the entire Easter story: the step-by-step, chronological journey of Jesus’ last days, incorporating passages from each of the gospels and weaving in the lives of women and their importance to Jesus’ ministry. 

Read about Mary and Martha and their love and dedication for their beloved friend Jesus; Mary, the mother of Jesus and witness to the Crucifixion, Mary Magdalene and her proclamation of the Resurrection, plus other women who had a significant part of Jesus’ ministry, some even mentioned by name in the gospels.

These women had such perseverance, staying close to Jesus through the crucifixion and burial. "This is one of the most important lessons these women teach us.  Where He leads, follow Jesus. Whatever pain you are enduring, keep your eyes on Jesus.  Even when hope seems gone, stay close to Jesus." (page 165)

In addition to the accounts so lovingly personalized by the author, there are the accounts of Jesus’ entry to Jerusalem, the betrayal and the crucifixion, with additional commentary to make the story come even more alive.

Another thing of note is that the author provides a study/discussion guide in the back of the book, which makes this title an excellent choice for a book club. 

Be sure to add this newest release to your list, it’s one that you won’t want to miss!

*Affiliate links included in this post. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Blogging for Books ( book review program. I was not required to write a positive review; the opinions I have expressed are my own.