The Blessings of Unity {A FlyBy Promotions Review}


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.

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

Doodletopia Fairies {A Blogging for Books Review}


We’ve been enjoying Christopher Hart’s Doodletopia Books. The children have been using them to draw in and to create their own drawings, comic books and other designs.  So, I was excited to get the opportunity to review the newest entry in the Doodletopia series, Doodletopia Fairies.

This book has various steps to drawing your own fairy designs. The first chapter deals with different head positions and details, and then the second chapter moves on to drawing full fairy bodies. Once you learn how to draw bodies, there is a chapter on creating clothing and accessories for your fairy  Of course, all fairies need wings, so there’s a chapter devoted especially to drawing wings and different flying poses. There’s a short chapter on creating different personalities, a chapter devoted to magical elements in drawing and a chapter on musical instruments. The final chapter is devoted to creating different types of fairy houses.

This is a delightful entry into the series.  I felt like the drawing in this book was more difficult than the drawing in the other two books that we’ve reviewed in this series, but the children were up for the challenge, and have really enjoyed working out of this book.

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

Christ All Sufficient {A Cross Focused Reviews Review}


I like to study the Bible in a book-by-book manner.  It seems that things become clearer as you study through the Bible in context and the message often is far more meaningful that it is when we just pick a verse or two out for study.  I’ve also been spending a good bit of time recently in Paul’s letters to the Corinthians and his second letter to Timothy, so when I received the opportunity to review Christ All Sufficient: An Exposition of Colossians, I was delighted to get the chance to dive into another one of Paul’s letters.

In this book, Brian G. Hedges takes a verse-by-verse approach to work through Colossians.  His overarching goal in this approach is to expose the danger of looking to anything or anyone other than Jesus for salvation, wisdom and anything else in our spiritual lives. In this approach, Hedges breaks into ten chapters to capture the changes of topic and/or theme that Paul goes through as he writes the text of Colossians. Throughout the way, Hedges develops points, using an excellent sense of homiletics, word study and example.

Despite the verse-by-verse expository approach, this does not read like a dry commentary.  This book is more analogous with a series of sermons that you might be reading or listening to on a podcast. The language is slightly more condensed, and there are more word and context studies, with less examples and applications, but I think that the feel is still very pastoral. There is a lot to be gained from this book, and there are benefits to reading it slowly and meditatively.

I actually decided after I started reading this book to write out the book of Colossians in a notebook so that I could add study notes and pages as I read the book.  It’s been a real blessing to go through slowly and consider such words as telos (mature) and think about my personal growth as well as the growth of the body of Christ.  Or to think about the fruit of the gospel and how much of that focuses on the virtues of faith, hope and love.  This book is a pleasure, and it is a pleasure to be savored.

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

NIV My Journal Bible {A BookLook Bloggers Review}


I have been Bible journaling for about a year, and I’m always looking for a fun and well made Bible.  If there’s room to write and journal, then I consider it a bonus.  So, I was excited to get the opportunity to review the NIV Journal Bible for Girls from Zondervan.

This Bible is a no-frills Bible.  There are no study notes.  There is no concordance.  However, there are wide two inch margins that are perfect for journaling.  The pages are thick enough to not have to worry about bleed through with colored pencils and pens.  Best of all, the cover is a beautiful pink and orange floral.

The marketing materials on this Bible say that it is for girls, implying it is for children and teens to journal with, but there is nothing girlish about the Bible.  This would be an excellent Bible for a young lady or teenager, but it would also make an excellent Bible for an adult to use for Bible journaling.  Even at thirty-eight, this is a “girl’s Bible” that I intend on using myself!

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

J. Warner Wallace and Susie Wallace’s ‘Cold-Case Christianity for Kids’ Blog Tour and Giveaway

At the crucial age between 8 and 12, many kids begin to wonder if Christianity and the Bible are true. Help your kids become truth-seeking detectives with the help of J. Warner and Susie Wallace’s Cold-Case Christianity for Kids. Detective Wallace gets kids excited about testing witnesses, examining the evidence, and investigating the case for Christianity. The book includes author illustrations and links to a website where kids can download activities, fill in case notes, and earn a certificate of merit.

Encourage your kids to investigate the case for Christianity by entering to win a faith examination kit and a copy of J. Warner and Susie’s new book.


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Cold-Case Christianity for Kids {A LitFuse Publicity Group Review}


I always want to come down on the side of teaching my children apologetics because I don’t want them to encounter new ideas and be confused.  After all, the encountering of new ideas and confusion that it caused, nearly caused me to reject Christianity as the truth. So, when I received the opportunity to review Cold-Case Christianity for Kids: Investigate Jesus with a Real Detective, I was hopeful that this would be a new weapon in my arsenal of teaching my children what I believe.

I was not wrong.  In this book the Wallaces support Christianity in a way that we don’t often think of.  Instead of telling children what they should think about Jesus, they teach us how to investigate and how to think. Along the way, they teach real-life investigation techniques to help children think for themselves.

I enjoyed reading through this book. The story was engaging and it was really written down on a level that I imagined that my children could truly comprehend. The illustrations are pleasant and helpful, and working through the ideas is a fun experience.  Plus, I reviewed apologetics and thinking ideas that I hadn’t had exposure to until I was in college.  I plan on using this book with my nine and eleven year old soon, and I know that they are going to enjoy it!

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

40 Days to a Joyful Motherhood {A LitFuse Publicity Group Review}


I love devotionals, and I love drawing and coloring.  I also need all the encouragement as a mother that I can get because some days are hard!! So, I was delighted to get the opportunity to review Sarah Humphrey’s 40 Days to a Joyful Motherhood: Devotions and Coloring book to Nourish Mom.  I just knew it was going to be a hit with me!

Humphrey has created a series of forty 10-minute daily devotions that focus on six key topics of motherhood:

  • Self-acceptance
  • Self-care
  • Reconciling with grief, hope and expectations
  • Generosity
  • Presence
  • Forgiveness

For each day, there is a verse of scripture, a couple of devotional paragraphs, a  simple prayer and a page for coloring.  Each major topic of the devotional is also sectioned off with a couple of pages of thoughts introducing them.  The devotionals themselves are small and bite-sized, but each one is deep enough to have you thinking and reflecting on it throughout the day.

The drawings are sketchy and simple to color.  They are mostly hearts, flowers and simple border doodles, and I found myself inspired to copy many of them in my travelers notebook and in my Bible. The paper is lightweight and thin, and you will want to use a lighter media (like colored pencils) for completing the coloring pages.

All in all, this was a fun devotional and an easy way to relax for me in the evenings.

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