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Tranquility: A Prayer and Reflection Coloring Journal invites you to mix creative journaling and coloring into your personal time with God. Prayers that focus on topics such as being thankful, dealing with stress and heartache, caring for yourself and others, listening for God’s leading, and waiting patiently on Him will guide your thoughts and calm your spirit. Filled with more than 100 designs to color, plenty of space for journaling, and 40 needs-based prayers, Tranquility will help you express your devotion to God with your whole heart.

Hardcover, 112 pages

Various subjects in this book include a devotional prayer and bible verse along with space to journal and something to color. 

Not fond of the front and back covers which are made of cardboard reminiscent of a composition notebook. The inside pages are a nice quality for writing and coloring. The size (basically 6 x 8) makes it convenient, not too big and not too small. Not my cup of tea, but I recommend it for artsy people of the Christian faith. 

Tyndale House Publishers provided this book in return for this review. All opinions are entirely my own. No other compensation was received.

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We all have choices to make every day, even the youngest children. The choices we make play a large part in forming who we grow to be as adults. For kids, those choices can include whether to be obedient or disobedient, to share or be selfish, to have a good attitude or not, and more. John Ortberg addresses the ability to choose in a whimsical way by inviting children to use their “magnificent chooser” that God gave them to make right choices daily. Parents will love reading this book to their kids, and kids will enjoy the content while learning lessons that will stay with them throughout their lives.

recommended age 3-6

hardcover 40 pages

My opinion:  The “chooser” idea doesn’t sit well with me. (I am not comfortable with this idea) I also don’t like the illustrations that shows “choosers” being represented as a furry balloon, bubble kind of critter. The writing is reminiscent of the Dr Seuss style of rhyming. I would enjoy a child’s picture book that address free will/ choice making with more emphasis on the importance of making good choices and the consequences of bad ones minus an actual “chooser” which there is not.

Confusing review? Well, that’s an appropriate word to describe this book. Confusing. Not recommended.

 

Tyndale House Publishers provided an advanced reader copy of All is Bright in return for this review. All opinions are entirely my own. No other compensation was received.

 

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After years of extensive research, Shaunti Feldhahn has concluded that kindness is a superpower. It can change any relationship, make your life easier and better, and transform our culture. But how does it work? And how can you show kindness when you don’t feel like it?

Recommended. The book’s three simple principles are to nix the negativity, practice praise , and carry out kindness. The kindness concept interested me to read this book and although I did not actually commit to any challenge or have a specific relationship to improve. I recommend this book for just about anyone. It would be a great home school book for use in a class such as health. 

“Think positive. BE positive”. 

Hardcover, 224 pages

The Blogging for Books program provided this complimentary copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

 

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What's the Difference Between Grace and Karma?

I sat at a table of friends as one relayed her experience with road rage. She told how she absent-mindedly merged into traffic and almost hit an oncoming car. The driver of said car then lashed out with a tirade of abuse and obscenity. Once the traffic cleared the car sped past her, still yelling abuse.

Funnily enough, a few minutes later my friend noticed the abusive driver pulled over by highway patrol.

Someone at the table piped up and said a word I hate to hear, “Karma,” – the insidious, normalised, celebrity-endorsed worldview that what you put out comes back to you.

You don’t have to go far to hear people refer to karma – on reality television, the radio, in conversation. Regardless of its Buddhist and Hindu origins, karma has seeped into our Judaeo-Christian society. Like its cool. A new standard.

In reality is is neither.

Karma is not Biblical nor is it life according to the New Testament. God’s kingdom operates by grace.

And grace is very different to karma.

What’s so amazing about karma? 

Karma refers to intentional actions that impact one’s future. It is a key concept in many world religions, including Sikhism and Taoism. Our western understanding of karma is the doctrine of inevitable consequence, where whatever you do is returned to you.

And there is nothing amazing about it.

Karma teaches you get what you deserve. Worse still, it teaches you get what your past deserves, even if it isn’t your past.

In modern society people rejoice when the wicked get what they deserve in the form of financial hardship, health issues or relationship struggles.

While many people – including those who have no other association with Eastern religion – live by karma, there is a higher way.

Looking for Grace

The Bible does not teach karma. It teaches grace. Grace is where you get what you don’t deserve.

Grace is unmerited favour. It is love and mercy bestowed upon us by God because He desires us to have it. As you can see, very different to karma. More like polar opposites.

It was grace, not karma, that rescued the Baby Moses from death. It was grace that allowed Queen Esther to plead for the survival of her people. Grace helped Nehemiah rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Grace appeared face to face with Saul on the Damascus road.

Grace reached out to you and me while we were sinners deserving death and took our place.

Grace. Amazing grace.

And it disappoints me that we have forgotten. It disappoints me we are more inclined to look for karma than we are to look for grace.

In the book, Bono: iIn Conversation with Mishka Assayas, Bono commented, “I’d be in big trouble if Karma was going to finally be my judge… I’m holding out for grace. I’m holding out that Jesus took my sins onto the Cross…”

If the world knew the magnificence of God’s grace they would be holding out for it as well. Because I’ve got a feeling society doesn’t need more karma but a whole lot more grace.

If there was more grace there would be less road rage.

If there was more grace there would be less divorce.

If there was more grace families would talk to each other.

If there were more grace there would be less racism.

If there were more grace there would be less violence.

If there were more grace there would be more kindness.

More love.

Getting what you deserve is horrible because if we’re honest, we all deserve a rotten life. Getting what you don’t deserve is some kind of wonderful. And it is all around us. If we opened our eyes we would see grace working on the planet each and every day.

It was grace that got my sister-in-law an upgrade to business class on her trip from London to Australia. It was grace that caused a stranger to give my children free tickets to the zoo. It was grace that delivered groceries to single moms on Christmas Eve. Grace was the parking space at the Mall. Grace was the out of the blue phone call from a friend. Grace was the smile of a child. Grace was the not so random act of kindness you received.

Grace. Pure grace.

Getting what you don’t deserve. A gift from God.

Let’s look for the incorruptible, glorious gifts of God’s grace working through and around us in everyday life. No one deserves the consequences of karma. We all need amazing grace.

Sarah Coleman

Author

http://www.crosswalk.com/faith/spiritual-life/what-s-the-difference-between-grace-and-karma.html

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Book Description

The NIV Wonders of Creation Holy Bible explores the wonders of our created world though detailed black-and-white illustrations—each one ready to be filled with the hues of your imagination. From amazing Eden-esque gardens to the creatures God made, this Bible features over 50 ready-to-color pages alongside the full text of the New International Version (NIV) translation.

Zondervan (November 1, 2016)

NIV Bible with coloring pages in it. for ages 8 and up.

The images are typical of the commonly found adult coloring books. Having coloring pages in the Bible adds a personal touch to your Bible. It also makes a nice gift Bible with a some colored pencils or gel pens. Coloring in this book is user friendly since the binding lays flat and the hard cover gives support. The illustrations are printed on thicker paper than the rest of the book.

The BookLook Bloggers book review program provided this complimentary copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

 

 

 

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The perfect gift for the creatives and coloring-book lovers in your life! Includes bonus activities and kid-friendly coloring pages for the whole family!

This Christmas season, celebrate the birth of our Savior through beautiful design and devotion. Grab your colored pencils, cozy up with your favorite blanket and a cup of tea, and settle in for a night of peace and wonder with All Is Bright. For lovers of the Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest coloring books, All Is Bright is the perfect way to transform the Advent and Christmas seasons for your whole family, re-centering the holidays on the miracle of Jesus’ birth. Combining 31 days of rich content by the beloved and inspirational Nancy Guthrie with intricate designs that will reconnect you with the heart of Christ, this coloring book devotional journey reminds us all of what the season really calls us to: worship.

paperback, 96 pages

LOVE this book. Each day in the month of December there is a devotion (left side) and an image to color (right side). There are some additional activities at the end of the book as well as a few larger coloring pages for little ones. The pages are thick so if using a marker it won’t show through. You could copy the devotional/coloring pages to make this a family activity. Since I have 2 year old at home, I’ll probably not complete each coloring page this year but add to the coloring next year. I highly recommend this book for oneself or gift giving. Both the devotions and images are very nice. It’s a great way to start December. This coloring advent calendar is available October 1, 2016.

Tyndale House Publishers provided an advanced reader copy of All is Bright in return for this review. All opinions are entirely my own. No other compensation was received.

 

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Take long walks.

Watch the sunset.

Shoes are optional.

This beautiful four-color book of inspirational photos, Bible verses, quotations, and short writings invites you to escape the buzz of the everyday and into the tranquility that the beach offers. Each section of this book will cover a “beach rule” and encouraging thoughts on how you can incorporate that mind-set or behavior into your daily life.

Much of Jesus’ ministry happened along the seashore, where He told His followers about the peace and rest His Father offered them and modeled the best way to live. In the same way, this book transports you to a favorite beach locale and helps you apply rules for beach living to everyday life—rules to slow down, to notice the beauty in the little things, and to incorporate rest into even the most stressful times.

Full of serene images, inspiring quotations, and restful Bible verses, this book will be a natural addition to your coffee table or desk, as well as a lovely gift for that beach-loving friend.

 

Hardcover, 192 pages, June 28, 2016
This small sized hardcover book offers short “beach rules”/chapters for living each day like you’re at the beach. The book includes some quotes and bible verses. It is in no way a preach heavy book. I thought the reading enjoyable. There is a “To: From:” page at the beginning to make it a special gift. A good looking cover makes it an attractive coffee table book. The photos were simple but added a nice touch to the book.
The BookLook Bloggers book review program provided this complimentary copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

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