Tuesday, September 25, 2018

New from Tim Tebow!

 

"Imagine when hearing the sound of the morning alarm, instead of groaning or slapping the snooze button, your mind, your heart, and your soul awaken to possibility. Something better. Something more. Imagine waking up each day fueled by a whisper: 'This is the day.'"
— Tim Tebow

 

An Inspiring Call to Action from New York Times Best-selling Author Tim Tebow

In This Is the Day, sports icon Tim Tebow challenges us to stop putting off until tomorrow what God is calling us to do today. Whether you need to get in shape, change your career, or reach out to someone in need, This Is the Day inspires you to not delay but to seek after God's purposes now.

Through sharing personal stories and biblical principles, Tim invites us to leave our comfort zones—even to risk failure—so we can experience God's greatest influence in our lives. This Is the Day will help you get unstuck and discover lasting meaning and joy.

Because life isn't just about one day. It's about today.
 

 
ABOUT TIM TEBOW

TIM TEBOW is a two-time college football national champion, Heisman Trophy winner, first-round NFL draft pick, ESPN contributor, and professional baseball outfielder with the New York Mets. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Shaken, which was named the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association’s 2017 Book of the Year. Tim’s true passion remains the work of the Tim Tebow Foundation, which he began in 2010. The foundation’s mission is to bring Faith, Hope, and Love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need. The foundation fulfills this mission every day by serving thousands of deserving children around the world. Learn more at TimTebow.com.



My Review:
 
  Tim Tebow is such a positive role model for children, teenagers and adults alike as he lives his life in the spotlight with integrity and an example of God to the world.  Tim's latest book, "This Is The Day" is written to help each and every one of us to really live each day with purpose, live each day for the gift that it is.  I love how he begins the book asking and illustrating various ways to start the day, including how his parents would wake him up as a child.  Our mindset and outlook for the day ahead each morning will set the course for the day.  All too often we are focused on yesterday(s) or looking ahead to tomorrow(s); all this is doing is preventing today from being the day, the day we can accomplish something, the day we can make a difference, the day we can live with purpose, the day we can pursue our dream.  Tim shares how each day can be different, how we can choose to make each day a better day, how we can be something or be the change on any given day.  By tying in personal stories and stories that have been shared with him all while focusing on God's truths and promises and letting Him lead his life.  This is an excellent book to read and one that will encourage you to really focus on the present, as today is the day.

*Thank to the publisher for the complimentary copy of this book.*







"Everything She Didn't Say"

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"Everything She Didn't Say," the newest novel from Jane Kirkpatrick is a historical masterpiece that will transport you back in time and have you feeling like you're living among these women heading out west.  Jane has done much research to write this novel and it surely was worth it as she brings Carrie's "Dell" life story to life through this book!  Dell keeps record of her life as she and her husband travel out West, however she glosses over details and writes only the brighter, happier time.  However, the time has come that she is rally to reveal secrets that she has been harboring and really keeping from her self in a way. 
I found this book to be such a wonderful historical read! I loved how the chapters began and ended with Carrie "Dell's" accounts and then the story filled in the rest of the details and added more to the story.  Therefore, the story was filled with emotion, trials, and small moments of joy.  This made the women so real and so relatable and I felt as if they came alive and we became close friends.  Jane Kirkpatrick truly has a skill for bringing historical accounts to life and her novels are not to be missed by those whom enjoy historical fiction!

*Thanks to the Revell Reads Blogger Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

"How Joyful People Think"


















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"How Joyful People Think: 8 ways of thinking that lead to a better life," written by Jamie Rasmussen is an excellent book for everyone to read!  Our perspective and mindset have such an impact on how we live, how we respond to situations, and just overall our life in general.  This is not to say that we must be happy all the time, and never upset or sad; instead it is remembering to be mindful our perspective and the kind of thinking that we practice.  This book revolves around one verse in the Bible: Philippians 4:8.  This is a relatively common verse; however it can be glossed over just read through quickly.  By breaking it down and really focusing on what it says and means is impactful. 
I love how this book is laid out with the various chapters addresses a certain word or phrase, for example there is a chapter focusing on excellence, focusing on excellence in what truly matters, and another chapter focuses on one's reputation and how others see us and really being that person who others see.  In today's society there is so much negativity all over the news and on social media it is so easy to get caught up in that and feeling anger, self-pity and resenting others for what they have. This book will help the reader to work away from those feelings and instead feeling joyful, feeling content, feeling at peace.  

*Thanks to the Baker Books Blogger Review Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

"The God Impulse"

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Mercy can be such a powerful thing, it is a simple word, but it's effects can be so strong, and yet it is often not given as often as it should.  Jack Alexander's recent spiritual growth book, "The God Impulse: the power of mercy in an unmerciful world" addresses the concept of mercy and how we can each live like Jesus.  This is a very thought-provoking, powerful book.  Jesus' time spent on earth ministering had such an impact and he showed mercy and shared truth every where He went.  However, we pass by people day in and day out and don't pay attention, much less show kindness and mercy to them.  There is so much hurting, hate and just destruction in the world today, and this book will help you to view the world in a different way and help the reader to follow Jesus' example to go and show mercy.  Divided into various sections this book will really help the reader to emulate Jesus' heart and attitude toward others as we strive to live like Him in this hurting world.  This book is eye-opening and gave me a new perspective and I am hopeful that I can make a change in how I live and the interactions I have on a daily basis. I highly recommend this book!

*Thanks to the BakerBooks Blogger Review Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*

"A Christmas by the Sea"

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Every year at this time I look forward to the new Christmas novella from Melody Carlson and I have never been disappointed, this year is no different!  First of all, the cover is gorgeous and the title intrigued me before I even read the blurb about the novella.  As soon as I started reading I knew how I wanted the story to end, how I hoped it would end and lucky for me it did, but it also had so much more than I thought as the story unfolded. 
Wendy is taking a trip to Maine with her son Jackson to check out the condition of the family cottage that was left to her.  However, her perspective of the trip varies greatly from Jackson's as Jackson sees it as a fresh start for them while Wendy sees this cottage as a way for her to survive.  Wendy plans to make needed repairs and sell the cottage as quick as she can in order to pay off the medical bills from her late husband's treatments and care and be able to get back to work and their life.  However, Wendy is not prepared for the condition of the home, the excitement and contentment she sees in Jackson when they arrive or the memories that surface for her.  As Wendy works on the home and receives help along with friendship from others around her, she begins to struggle as to what will be best for her and Jackson and if it can match with the responsible choice she needs to make as the responsible adult and mother. 
Melody packs so much into this novella!  I loved the story and seeing the changes in Wendy and Jackson and how the environment contributed to these differences.  Thanksgiving spent as Caleb's guests was such a sweet time and I loved the images that were created from this.  Another scene is particular I liked was Jackson bringing in the Christmas tree.  I loved the relationships that were being built and seeing the changes taking place.  I highly recommend this "feel-good" read!

*Thanks to the Revell Reads Blogger Review Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*

Monday, September 17, 2018

"ThoughtFull"

"ThoughtFull: discovering the unique gifts in each of us," written by Dorena Williamson, is a cute children's book with a good message for all.
It is award day at school and a child Ahanu is awarded for being thoughtful.  However, later on in the day Joshua sees and overhears a couple of his peers discussing Ahanu and they are making fun of him.  Joshua talks with his dad and he stands up for his friend.
The story is sweet and a good lesson and it highlights how different people have different abilities and traits, such as Ahanu being kind to others.  However, based on the description of the book I was expecting the book to be a bit different as it discusses children with developmental disabilities and how God makes each of us special and unique in our own way.  Ahanu has Down Syndrome, this is mentioned, but nothing is gone into detail, just implying that he is kind and he sees the world differently.  I would have liked more "meat" to this book to really utilize this to help teach and share with children.  This being said, it is a beautiful book and good lesson and it will make a great conversation starter with children!

*Thanks to the B&H/Lifeway Blogger Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*

Thursday, September 13, 2018

"Ours for a Season"





"Ours for a Season" is the latest read from Kim Vogel Sawyer and it is one of my favorites from her! The characters are so real, they come to life off the pages; Kim does a fantastic job with character development.  Anthony and Marty have had some devastating news and it has been a wedge between them.  When a childhood friend reaches out, it seems like it could be a help and almost like a refresh for them.  However, it may be too much and too late.  The struggles and interpersonal dynamics are so realistically portrayed that I found myself welling up in tears at times and feeling hopeful in other moments.  The health concerns and issues, the marital relationship struggles and the feelings of peace that would be just out of reach can be everyday struggles and it was so easy to connect with the characters but at the same time while reading, there are feelings of comfort and hopefulness.   I highly recommend this read, this is an inspiring and moving read!

*Thanks to the publisher for a complimentary copy of this book.*