Friday, March 29, 2013

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Reading Through the Bible in a Year

A Woman’s Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year:  A Life-Changing Journey Into the Heart of God
By:  Diane Stortz

Publisher:  Bethany House Publishers
ISBN #:  0764210734 
Pages:  144

Have you ever tried to read through the entire Bible in a year?  Have you ever used a Bible reading plan to guide you and found that you still could not read through the entire Bible?  I have been there so when I saw Diane Stortz’s book, A Woman’s Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year, I was really interested in finding out if maybe this time there was a guide out there that would get me through the entire Book.  And I have to say that Mrs. Stortz’s guide is not only feasible but it really allows you to read and reflect on the Scriptures you are reading.

Mrs. Stortz divides the readings into 52 weeks and gives a little background on each Scripture subject for the week.  After each reading, there are three questions that are designed to get you to reflect on the Scriptures you just read.  At the end of the book, there are resources for the reader to use as she journeys through the Bible.  I found this section helpful in ascertaining additional materials to help me understand Scripture.  There is also a reading plan checklist at the end of the book for you to keep track.

In sum, I recommend this Bible reading guide to every woman.  If you want to read through the Bible this year this is a simple plan that really emphasizes the reflection and understanding of the Word.

What has your experience been with Bible reading plans?  Feel free to let me know your experiences in the comments below.

Happy ReadingJ

Note:  I have received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for a review.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Monday, March 11, 2013

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Lauren Scruggs: A Story of Faith, Hope, and Strength

Still Lolo:  A Spinning Propeller, a Horrific Accident, and a Family’s Journey of Hope
By:  Lauren Scruggs

Publisher:  Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN #:  1414376693
Pages:  256

In December 2011, a story hit the news media about a young woman, who was seriously injured in a plane propeller accident.  This book tells Lauren’s story not only from her perspective but also from her parents and her sister, Brittany.  I found myself engrossed in Lauren’s story from page one.  Lauren tells her story with honesty and courage as if she is only speaking with you.  Lauren not only speaks about the accident and her feelings but she also gives us a look into her past and shares her belief and faith in the Lord that has given her the strength and perseverance to make it through various events in her life.    

Other chapters within the book are also written from the perspective of her sister, Brittany and her parents, Cheryl and Jeff Scruggs.  Lauren’s parents and sister write of their own worries and struggles with the accident and Lauren’s recovery, however what really shines through is this family’s faith and strength in the midst of this life-changing event. 

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book. It is well-written featuring such honesty and really showcases a message of hope and encouragement that everyone needs to read.  Lauren’s story is truly inspiring and is such a powerful illustration about how God uses us to positively impact others.

Feel free to comment below if you have read this book or are interested in this book.  I would love to hear from you! 

Happy ReadingJ

Note:  I have received a free copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Thursday, March 7, 2013