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.


One grand prize winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on November 4. The winner will be announced November 7 on the Litfuse blog.


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.

NIV Faith and Work Bible


It seems that most of us spend large parts of our life working.  Even if we don’t work a nine to five job, we tend to have a career or calling that we spend large amount of our lives completing.   How do we integrate our faith into our working life though? That’s the question that the NIV Faith and Work Bible attempts to answer.

This Bible includes:

  • 66 book introductions that highlight the application of each book’s teachings to faith and work
  • 75 Deeper at Work stories to deliver strength and encouragement from the real-life experiences of people facing the same daily challenges and opportunities you face
  • 45 Core Doctrine articles featuring teachings from Christian leaders throughout the ages to help you learn to Biblical basis for integrating your faith and work
  • A 31-day journey through the Biblical narrative to help you grasp Scripture’s overarching storyline
  • 4 thought-provoking essays by David H. Kim, Richard Mouw, Nancy Ortberg and Jon Tyson to connect the gospel to your daily life.

This Bible has a nice collection essays without being too intrusive into the Biblical text.  There’s a good sized bar of cross-references down the middle column of the Bible, and that’s something I always appreciate.  Although I’m not really an NIV person, I enjoyed the notes in the text of this Bible.  My favorite portions were the deeper at work stories because they showed people with such varied careers all finding God through their work.  It’s an excellent little series of connections and testimony about two meaningful parts of their lives intersecting.

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

The Dynamic Heart in Daily Life {A Cross Focused Reviews Review}


The Bible has a lot to say about the heart. The heart is a place of decision making.  It is a place of knowing. It is a place where we feel our emotions. And there are so many other things that the Bible says about the heart that, as the Bible says, “who can understand it?”  I know that I certainly do not always understand why I feel the things that I feel and do the things that I do. However, there is a rhyme and a reason to the way that our heart works to respond to life, and Jeremy Pierre wrote his book The Dynamic Heart in Daily Life: Connecting Christ to Human Experience to help shed some light on the way that the heart works and how to use these insights in pastoral care and counseling.

In this book, Pierre writes about three main dynamics that interplay in our hearts. He refers to these dynamics as cognitive, affective and volitional.  We could also label them thinking, feeling, and intentions.  He says that, as we counsel other believers, we often find that we are paying more attention to the outer action that caused the problem than to the inner beliefs and feelings that caused a response. This creates a lopsided approach to counseling.  After all, an angry person knows that they need to be less angry, and they may even be bewildered by their own fits of rage. Yet, they may not understand enough about themselves and their inner heart life to be able to make the change that they want to make.  How do we help connect needed changes to people’s hearts and allow them to be able to be transformed?

Pierre’s book proceeds to be divided into three main sections.  In the first, he discusses the dynamic functions of the heart and how we experience life.  The second section of the book bring up what our heart responds to–God, self, others and circumstances.  The final section of the book lays out a methodology for ministry and counseling.  It’s the practical section where we can address our problems.

I really enjoyed the reading of this book.  I don’t think that I realized how often my responses to myself and to others are shaped by something that doesn’t have anything to do with the actual interaction that I’ve just had. Instead, my beliefs and feelings are always shaping my heart’s response, and those that I interact with are not always able to see why I  have reacted in a way that seems to be unhelpful, overblown or simply wrong. I think, as a result of reading this book, I will be far more able to evaluate myself before I make a response to others that would seem a little off. I will also be able to evaluate others in my interactions with them and extend grace much more freely than I have before.  In my interpersonal ministry and discipleship, I have more questions to ask to help those that I work with evaluate their actions in light of the different  aspects of their heart, and that is never a bad thing.

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

Parenting {A FlyBy Promotions Review}


Do you feel that what you are doing with your children isn’t important? Do you feel like it’s just one more load of laundry, one more drive to soccer, one more meal to cook? What gives you purpose as a parent?  That is the subject of Paul David Tripp’s Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family.

In this book, Tripp, discusses how parenting is more than a to-do list.  It’s not a list of parenting strategies bridged together to create temporary change in your child’s behavior.  Instead, it is the passing down of our faith and the changing of lives.  Our work as parents is kingdom work.

As a part of this Tripp begins with the reminder that we are ambassadors and stewards of our children.  They are not our property and we are not free to parent however we wish. Instead, we are to parent in the way that God requires.  It is our holy calling, and there is no job, ministry or activity that can be allowed to crowd that out.

The remainder of the book explores the principles of the gospel that are applicable to parenting.  These include such big concepts as grace, law and authority.  The concepts are interconnected so the book meditates back-and-forth between topics even though each chapter has its own designated chapter.

This was a really penetrating book to read.  I found myself underlining large passages and there was nearly something on every page that I underlined. I am so glad of God’s grace because I mess up and get this parenting thing wrong every day, and I found reading this book to be penetrating and convicting.  Tripp says some harsh and controversial things, and even though  I agree with his positions, it can be a lot to take in.  However, overall, this is one of the best parenting books that I have ever read, and it is one that I feel I will need to re-read sections of quite often to help keep myself on-track as a parent.

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Guardrails {A Tyndale House Review}


Did you know that in the United States alone over 4,000 churches are planted each year?  This would be an awesome statistic if it weren’t for the fact that 3,700 of those church plants fail and close their doors in the year that they are planted.  It’s not easy to start or sustain a church, and it’s also not easy to start or sustain our own personal witness.  It’s even harder to sustain our efforts if we don’t have a structure to sustain us.  Even though our church has a formal discipleship program, I’m always interested in reading books that will help me grow in making discipleship relationships, so I was thrilled to get the opportunity to review Guardrails: Six Principles for a Multiplying Church.

Briggs has divided his book into two parts.  The first part foundations, examines the why behind what we do.  He talks about chaos and how it hinders the kingdom movement.  He discusses the kingdom of God, the great commission and three realms of apprenticeship to consider when making disciples.

Part two is the part of the book that gives us six principles for multiplying a church. In these, he discusses why discipleship must be simple, flexible, holistic, regular, reproducible, and positive.  There are many practical tips and theoretical things to be gained from these chapters.  A final couple of chapters deal with practical application and potential roadblocks and setbacks.

This is a beautifully done book, and I’ll be carrying many things from it into my future discipleship relationships.  If your church does not have a formal discipleship program and training, this is an excellent way to figure out how to get started with discipleship.

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