Bible Journaling Kit {A FlyBy Promotions Review}

Bible journaling is my newest hobby.  I’ve been going about it almost a year now, and I’m starting to develop a unique style and a love for certain products, but that wasn’t always the case. It wasn’t long ago that the whole idea was foreign to me and I found it difficult to figure out what to use and how people were making such lovely illustrations. So, when I received an opportunity to review a Bible Journaling kit, I was tickled about the possibility and looked forward to getting it and using it on my pages.

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I received a nice box with lots of materials in it.  This kit includes:

  • 4 sheets of word stickers (black with clear backing)
  • 4 sheets of alphabet stickers (back with clear backing)
  • 24 tab stickers
  • 8 colored pencil twists
  • 1 journaling pen
  • 1 pouch with adjustable strap to fit Bibles of all sizes
  • 1 ruled page protector mat with tracing lines

This is a perfect amount of supplies for a beginner without getting overwhelmed, and they all fit in the pouch for traveling. The pouch and the way the colored pencils fit in the pouch ended up being my favorite part of the kit because I could pull the strap over my dori or Bible and use it to highlight verses and take notes into my Bible during sermons.  I love loading the pouch for travel.

Of course, I didn’t stick to just highlighting verses with the supplies. I also used them to color in stamps and to color in my dori notebooks as well.  For example, in the page below, I used several of the colored pencils to color in my leaf and acorn stamps on this journaling page.

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I also used the pen extensively.  As a left-handed person, I had a little bit of difficulty with smearing when using the pen because it is not the fastest drying pen that I have ever used.  However, I did learn to do better and used the pen to make my musical notes border on this page.

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This is a great set for a beginning Bible journaler or for someone who likes to study the Bible inductively, and the little pouch just makes using this kit wonderful.

Even better, the creators of this kit are giving five sets away!  Click here to get started!!

Looking to buy?  Click here:

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/BNBibleJournaling

Amazon: http://bit.ly/BibleJournaling

Books-A-Million: http://bit.ly/BAMBibleJournaling

Christian Book Distributors: http://bit.ly/CBDBibleJournaling

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this product in exchange for an honest review.

The Gift of Jesus {A BookLook Blogger Review}

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No matter what I am studying in the Bible, I always enjoy starting my day with a devotional. It’s a little tidbit of thought and encouragement that I can reflect on and carry throughout my day.  So, when I received the opportunity to review The Gift of Jesus, I looked forward to seeing what devotional thoughts might be there to help me on my way.

The Gift of Jesus is a 52-week devotional.  Each week of the devotional is written by a different evangelical pastor or writer, and each week contains five days of devotion on a specific theme. That theme varies throughout the book.  For example, week one of the devotional is written by pastor Johnny Hunt and is about Hope, specifically the hope we have in Jesus.

These devotionals are standard devotional fare.  Usually there are one or two verses referenced, followed by 3-4 paragraphs of reflection or personal illustration.  Then there is a short prayer to help you focus your prayers for the day.  This is an excellent way to start the day!

I don’t often mention the construction of a book that I’m reviewing, but I do have to mention that I love the imitation leather and softness on this one.  This is also a little bigger than a standard devotional and really feels nice in the hands.  It’s beautiful construction also would make it a great gift for a friend or family member.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Wonders of Creation Bible {A BookLook Bloggers Review}

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A few months ago, I received the opportunity to review the Wonders of Creation coloring book, and my children and I both admired the beautiful designs and open pages for coloring.  So, when I realized that the creators of that coloring book were publishing a Bible, I decided that I really wanted to check it out.

The NIV Wonders of Creation Holy Bible has the full text the NIV Bible, but also includes over 50 black and white illustrations to color.  If you have the coloring book, you will be familiar with the illustrations, but having them in this format puts them in context of the NIV text that is so familiar and user friendly for children.

The illustrations are lovely, and they are all illustrations of animals and of God’s creation.   They are very detailed, and your child will need to keep their colored pencils sharp when coloring these pages.  It’s very fun for a elementary or middle school aged child.  My only gripe, as an adult, is that, if I had wanted to use this Bible for myself there are no wide margins for further journaling.  Other than that, however, this is a cute and fun little Bible.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Ace Collins’ ‘The Most Wonderful Time of the Year’ Giveaway

Make this upcoming Christmas holiday a Christ-filled season of joy and wonder with the help of Ace Collins’ new devotional, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. From December to New Year’s Eve, reawaken the Christmas season with daily scripture and inspirational readings of stories behind popular Christmas traditions, carols and movies. Enjoy a wealth of fun activities to help make the most of the season, including heartwarming holiday recipes and homemade gift ideas. Download a free sampler of the book by clicking here.

Join Ace’s Christmas festivities by entering to win the Magic of Christmas Prize Pack. Create new traditions this holiday season with your family and friends with the goodies included in the giveaway.

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One grand prize winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on November 21. The winner will be announced November 22 on the Litfuse blog.

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The Radical Book for Kids {A LitFuse Publicity Group Review}

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I am always looking for excellent discipleship resources for my children.  Anything they can put their hands on, love and want to turn to again and again has my vote as an excellent book.  So, when I received the opportunity to review The Radical Book for Kids: Exploring the Roots and Shoots of Faith, I knew that I wanted to take an opportunity to look at the book and see if it was something that I wanted to share with my children.

This book is divided into sixty-seven topics.  Such ideas as “How to Understand the Bible,” “Men Who Gave Their Lives for Christ,” “The Secret to Growing Up,” and “How to Pray” are addressed along with many other ideas. The book is a nice thick square hardcover and has full color, glossy illustrated pages.  The pages are full of movement without being too busy and are naturally appealing to kids.

They are also naturally appealing to me!  I loved paging through this book, and I often found myself learning things that I didn’t know about my faith as I read through its pages. This one is one I plan on keeping in our collection, allowing the children to browse it and pulling out as a reference when needed.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year {A LitFuse Publicity Group Review}

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Sometimes as an adult, I have trouble feeling the Christmas spirit.  It seems like the responsibilities outweigh the joy, both in giving and in celebrating Christ’s birth. I might even occasionally feel like a grinch.  That is why I love Christmas devotionals.  They give me an avenue to bring a little meaning and Christmas spirit into a day that might be overwhelmed with a to-do list.  So, when I received the opportunity to review The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: A Countdown to Christmas, I was excited about the opportunity to read through it and use it to add a little more Christmas into my day.

This book is a collection of 31 devotionals for the whole month of December. These devotionals are a little different from the standard devotional as Collins takes the scripture and then reminds the reader of a Christmas song or movie that relates to the verse that he has chosen.  As someone who really connects to stories and songs, I found this to be a blissful nugget for each day.  However, the devotion is not all there is to a daily reading.  Each day also has a Christmas song story with the lyrics printed out for reading and either a homemade gift or cookie recipe for you to consider making.

I have to say that I love this book! I read through it for this review, but I will totally be working through it day-by-day this December, and I will be listening to music and making at least some of the homemade gifts and cookies that I’ve been given instructions for.  This is a beautiful little treasury to turn to year after year, and I can see using this book as a reference or a devotional will be something that will grow to be a family tradition in our house.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The Blessings of Unity {A FlyBy Promotions Review}

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I am always reading and focusing on my marriage.  As a homeschooling mom, and as a mom who has four children, I have to make focusing on my marriage a priority so that we do not become strangers and so that our relationship does not slip away.  As part of focus on marriage, I commit to reading several books a year on the topic.  So, when I had the opportunity to review The Blessings of Unity: God’s Best for Our Marriages, I was delighted to learn more to help my marriage.  As I have been studying unity in I Corinthians, I felt it was an excellent time to read more on how to apply that idea to my marriage.

Richard Case’s book discusses two key concepts for creating unity in our marriages.  These are (1) Abiding in the Vine and walking in the Spirit and (2) learning and applying the concept of unity.  Case starts by discussing selfishness and discord in a marriage.  He talks about what it looks like when there is disunity, using his own life and marriage as a case study, along with the non marital example of Paul and Barnabas.  He also offers a quiz for spouses to take to show how unified (or not) they are.

Once Case has given a picture of disunity, he spends the entire rest of the book discussing unity. He discusses the keys of unity and how to get to unity by abiding in God’s word.  He gives couples a Biblical method for working through disagreements.  He discusses praying your way to unity and gives multiple Biblical examples for what unity looks like.  Everything is drenched in God’s word as he writes.

I was not brave enough to take the unity quiz with my husband.  Maybe some day.  I found myself distinctively uncomfortable as I read his exposition on James that complaining and grumbling were akin to speaking evil, but I had to concede that he is right.  I thought it was brave and touching of Case to share his story of a marriage that most would call good, but which was riddled in his own selfishness.  I found that there were many other good points to this book, and it was one that I enjoyed.  I think there are many things  I will apply from his take on the scriptures., and will be fruitful on helping me find a place of unity in my marriage.

If you’re looking for an excellent free read from the All for Jesus ministry, just click here to download the free e-book Unshakeable.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.