Friday, January 18, 2019

30 Days to Understanding the Bible; Review and GIVEAWAY!!

By: Melissa Baker

Do you remember when you first tried reading the Bible? Were you completely lost or overwhelmed? Maybe you haven't ever read the Bible because you just knew you wouldn't be able to understand it or keep up with the story line. Maybe you have been reading the Bible for years, and you still feel like you are a newbie. If any of those scenerios describe you, listen up because I have the perfect solution for you!
30 Days to Understanding The Bible by Max Anders is simply AMAZING! For a long time in the beginning of my christian walk, I felt like the Bible bounced back and forth, and the stories were all out of order. Some things I didn't quite understand. I just felt overwhelmed sometimes. This book helps you understand the structure of the Bible, as well as the timeline of events, the main people of the Bible, and the doctrines. Each chapter gives a lot of information to take in, however, at the end of every chapter, there is a summary, as well as a fill-in-the-blank self test and review, so you can remember the information that you have read. There are story lines, maps, charts, pictures and graphs in this book to make it even easier to visualize and remember. And at the end of the book, there is an appendix, where you can read the basics of the Bible.
While reading and studying this book, the puzzle pieces of the Bible that may be scattered in your mind, will soon be put together and make more sense. You will have a new perspective on the content of the Bible and will be able to more clearly study the word of God. And that is a powerful thing!! I wish I had this book when I was a new christian because this is a complete game changer! I would highly recommend this book to new Christians, as well as those more established in their walk with the Lord. Even Bible scholars will get something from reading this book! It is simply amazing and I encourage you to get yourself a copy!

About the Book:
If you've ever confused the ark of the covenant with the ark of Noah, or Jericho with Jeroboam, Max Anders' classic book, 30 Days to Understanding the Bible, is for you. In just fifteen minutes a day, you'll learn the Bible's key people, events, and doctrines to get more out of God's Word. This simple-to-use, straightforward guide has been recommended by Bible teachers and pastors for thirty years, and now it's available in an expanded thirtieth anniversary edition—with the most requested topics from the original edition restored and updated for today's readers.
Features include:
  • The “Arc of Bible History” to help you visualize the Bible’s overarching themes
  • The “Story of the Bible” summarizing Genesis through Revelation in just a few pages
  • The core beliefs of the Christian faith, focusing on the teachings that have united Christians for the last 2,000 years
  • 13-week plan that provides teacher’s every creative and effective tool for teaching the Bible in 30 days 
  • Fan-favorite bonus content, previously removed, now restored from the original edition

About the Author: 
Dr. Max Anders is the author of over 25 books, including the bestselling 30 Days to Understanding the Bible, and is the creator and general editor of the 32-volume Holman Bible Commentary series. He has taught on the college and seminary level and is a veteran pastor.  Max provides resources and discipleship strategies at www.maxanders.com to help people grow spiritually.



If you want to learn more about this book you can visit the official website here.

If you would like to purchase 30 Days to Understanding the Bible, you can grab a copy here.


And Now For The Giveaway!!!

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Friday, December 14, 2018

The Beginner's Bible

By Melissa Baker


The Beginner's Bible is a wonderful Bible for any child. It has vibrant colors, fun illustrations, and most importantly, over 90 stories from the Bible. It is so important to start our children off from birth to love God and read His word. The Beginner's Bible is the perfect tool to do so. Children of all ages will absolutely love spending time in this Bible. I would recommend it for kids ages 3-8. This is perfect for new moms to give their bundles of joy, to enjoy for years to come! And with Christmas coming up, it would make a great Christmas present for the young children in your life. Don't wait, get yours today!


About the Beginner's Bible:

The best-selling Bible storybook of our time, with over 25 million products sold! Introduce children to the stories of the Bible through vibrant art and compelling text with The Beginner’s Bible— full of life and fun, and featuring brand new vibrant, three-dimensional art.
The Beginner’s Bible has been a favorite with young children and their parents since its release in 1989 with over 25 million products sold. Now it’s redesigned with fresh new art that will interest children for many more years to come.
Full of faith and fun, The Beginner’s Bible is a wonderful gift for any child. The easy-to-read text and bright, full-color illustrations on every page make it a perfect way to introduce young children to the stories and characters of the Bible. With new vibrant three-dimensional art and compelling text, more than 90 Bible stories come to life. Kids ages 6 and under will enjoy the fun illustrations of Noah helping the elephant onto the ark, Jonah praying inside the fish, and more, as they discover The Beginner's Bible just like millions of children before.
The Beginner's Bible was named the 2006 Retailers Choice Award winner in Children's Nonfiction. 7.75" x 6.50" x 1.50"
Hard Cover- 512 pages
Recommended Age: 4-8 years old


Ellie Claire 365 Day Devotional Journals

By: Melissa Baker

I absolutely love this devotional journal by Ellie Claire! It is titled "Peace Begins With Me". The quality of Ellie Claire products is always amazing and elegant. The cover feels soft to the touch and the letters in the title are foil-like/metallic and they shine in the light. The devotional has an elastic closure band to keep your devotional closed and to protect it. On the inside, each page is dated and includes a scripture, a devotional digging further into that scripture, a prayer/statement to focus on, and some lines for the reader to jot down their thoughts or what God has spoken to them. There is also a ribbon bookmark to make it easy to find each day's devotional. The pages are high quality and made to last! Anyone who would like to do a yearly devotional is sure to enjoy this one!

About the Devotional Journal:
We pray for peace. We beg for it from others. We make speeches about it. But in the end, the only peace most of us can control is that little portion we display for the world to see. If we are at peace, the chaos around us seems to calm down. Our peace affects others. And the Giver of peace awaits to give us the gift that can change our world. It begins with a prayer. It begins with me.

If you would like to purchase the Peace Begins With Me devotional journal, you can do so here at Amazon or here at Barnes and Noble.



"The Earth is the Lord's and Everything In It" devotional journal is designed with beautiful peacocks on the front. The cover is very vibrant and the flowers add a simple yet feminine touch to it. The pictures are glossy and smooth. Like the Peace Begins With Me journal, this one also has a elastic closure and ribbon bookmark. The inside layout is similar to that of the Peace Begins With Me, but there are peacocks and flowers throughout. Each page is dated, and begins with a scripture. The devotional digs deeper into the verse, and there are blank lines for your thoughts. This devotional inspires you to see God in our everyday lives and throughout nature. It is a great reminder to not take for granted the beauty of this world that God has created for us to live in.

About the Devotional Journal:
A devotional journal exploring God's magnificent creation. From the small whisper of a snowflake to the large circumference of a baobab tree, all of nature is the creative expression of God. When we embrace His creative nature by taking the time to stop, notice, and connect, our hearts are encouraged and souls refreshed. Respond to the devotions, add your own creative writing, or keep track of prayers on the journaling lines.

If you would like to purchase The Earth is the Lord's and Everything In It devotional journal, you can do so here at Amazon or here at Barnes and Noble.



"Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus". That phrase in itself is an excellent reminder that we need to hear daily. This devotional is a great tool to stay focused on Jesus each and every day. The cover is very glossy and soft to the touch. It has a floral design on the front and back, as well as throughout the journal. There is an elastic closure as well as a ribbon bookmark. The layout is similar to the previous two devotionals above, however the content of this devotional is different. We are reminded in this journal to turn our eyes upon Jesus. Each page is numbered, and begins with a line from a hymn or song. It also includes the scripture to look up and read. This would be a wonderful devotional journal for those who have busy lives or have a hard time slowing down and fully focusing on Jesus. 

About the Devotional Journal:
When life gets busy, it’s easy to forget to spend time with God. This 365-day devotional journal offers encouraging meditations to help you spend a few moments turning your eyes on Jesus before your hectic day begins. After short devotions and Scripture for each day of the year, you will also find light journaling lines and ample space to record your thoughts, hopes, and prayers―just what you need to start each and every day with the reminder that God is always by your side. 

If you would like to purchase the Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus devotional journal, you can do so here at Amazon or here at Barnes and Noble.


Overall, all three of these devotional journals by Ellie Claire are very similar, yet they each are unique in their own way. They cover different topics, and have different designs, but they are all high quality and perfect for anyone wanting to follow a yearly devotional. These journals are for women of all ages, even men would benefit from them even though they have a feminine design. I am very pleased with these devotional journals and I would recommend them to every woman who wants to grow in her walk with the Lord. 
Features: Archive quality, non-bleed paper; Acid-free paper and ink; Daily devotional with lightly ruled space for responses, lists, or journaling; Full-color interior design; Presentation page for personalization; Lay-flat binding; Foil; Ribbon marker; Elastic closure band.

We are about to begin a new year. What better way to start it off, than in the Word of God with a new devotional journal!





Friday, November 30, 2018

Beloved: 365 Day Devotional For Young Women- Review and Giveaway!!!



I have recently had the opportunity to receive the beloved devotional for young women. This devotional is filled with stories of the women of the Bible. Stories that will encourage you and inspire you, no matter your age or walk of life. It is geared toward teens and young adults, but I, as a grown woman, found it wonderful as well. It is a 365 day devotional, and each day begins with a scripture, followed by a short devotional that is a paragraph or two long, and ending with a few blank lines for the reader to jot down their thoughts, a prayer or anything that God speaks to them. The design of this devotional is gorgeous and it is very simple yet elegant. It has a hard cover and a ribbon bookmark/marker as well. My husband and I are youth pastors at our church and this devotional would be a great resource for some of the teen girls in our youth group. It is a confidence booster but the stories also encourage you to be the woman that God has created you to be. I would highly recommend this devotional to any middle school or high school girl, as well as young adult women. With Christmas coming up, this would be a great gift idea, so don't wait, get yours today!!

If you want to grab a copy or find out more about Beloved, check it out Here.

About The Devotional:
From Zondervan comes Beloved: 365 Devotions for Young Women:Relationships, inner beauty, and chasing your dreams are all topics on the top of a teen girl’s list. So give them great Biblical role models to admire as they grow and understand who they are. Beloved is a topical devotional that uses the inspiring stories of girls and women in the Bible—such as Ruth, Esther, Mary, and Abigail—to encourage faith and confidence in today’s young women. Perfect for everyday use, Beloved will resonate with girls searching for truth and guidance.



And Now For The Giveaway!!!

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Brick Builder's Illustrated Bible: Review and Giveaway!

By: Melissa Baker


I have three boys, and they are ALL boy. They love boy things like cars, dirt, legos, and all those "boy" games. That's why I was thrilled to come across the Brick Builder's Illustrated Bible. It is lego themed and has lego people in the stories. This Bible has over 35 Bible stories, all lego themed. From cover to cover, you see bright colors, legos and lego people. The illustrations and stories are vibrant and keeps the readers interest. It also has a hard cover, which is perfect for my destructive and active boys. Kids of all ages are sure to enjoy reading through it. The age that would most enjoy it and benefit from it is from the ages of 6-10 years old (or grades 1-5). I must admit, I, as an adult, have even enjoyed reading from this Bible. Maybe it's just the boymom in me, but I think even girls would have fun with the Brick Builders Bible. I would highly recommend this Bible. This would also be a great Christmas present for the kiddos in your life. It will be available just in time for the holidays! So don't miss out on getting this amazing Bible!

About the Author:

Antony Evans lives in England and has been illustrating for over 10 years. He loves character design and animation and specializes in 3D design from cartoon to realistic images.

About the Bible:

The Brick Builder’s Illustrated Bible uses the popularity of brick-building pieces to engage children with the Word of God. With bold, colorful illustrations by Antony Evans and child-friendly text, over 35 beloved stories from the Old and New Testaments come to life. Readers will travel from Genesis to Revelation as they read stories like Creation, Noah’s Ark, David and Goliath, the Birth of Jesus, and Jesus Walks on Water. And each story contains a “Building Block” takeaway for kids to help them apply the biblical principal to their own lives. What better way to bring the family together than with the Brick Builder’s Illustrated Bible, perfect for readers of all ages.

Product details:

Age Range: 6 - 10 years

Grade Level: 1 - 5

Hardcover: 224 pages

Publisher: Zonderkidz (December 4, 2018)

Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.8 x 9 inches




And Now For The Giveaway!!

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Hillsong Kids "Can You Believe It?" DVD: Review and Giveaway!!

By: Melissa Baker


I have recently had the privilege to view the Hillsong Kids "Can You Believe It?" DVD. It is an amazing DVD filled with worship songs kids of all ages will love. Some of these songs we worship to in the adult service at our church. These videos are great for worshipping at home as well as in Sunday school class or group. There are even lyrics on the videos to make it easy to sing along. These 14 songs are simply amazing and this DVD is sure to lead your kids into worship like never before! I would highly recommend this dvd to kids of all ages. It is very uplifting and your kids will have so much fun worshipping our God as they sing along with this dvd.


About the DVD

“Can You Believe It!? - Songs of Truth” is both a question and a challenge... a statement of gratitude to a loving God and an invitation to explore the very foundations of faith. Classic songs like “My Best Friend”, “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” and “What A Beautiful Name” join brand new declarations of faith such as “As The World Shakes” & “Heaven Is Our Home”. We pray that this collection of fun and vibrant songs, help children around the world to declare biblical truths about God’s love and grace for them.

Hillsong believes that teaching children to love God and others takes place in both the home and in the church. For this reason they seek to partner with parents (the greatest teachers of all!) and with church pastors and leaders, equipping them with great resources. Through fun experiences, meaningful music and ministry that encourages kids to participate, Hillsong Kids presents Jesus Christ and His Church in a relevant way, creating moments which children will never forget.

If you would like to purchase your own copy of Hillsong Kids Can You Believe It, click here.

And now for the giveaway!

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Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.



Ellie Claire Art Journals Review

By: Melissa Baker

The Ellie Claire Art Journals are high quality, beautiful journals. The pages of each journal are thick and the covers are all hardcover. Some of them have pen holders, and the journals are filled with vibrant colors and scripture with plenty of lined pages to journal to your hearts content. Below I have described each journal as well as given my honest opinion of each one. I hope you will enjoy hearing about these journals as much as I have enjoyed using them!


About the Illuminate Your Story Journal:


The illuminate your story journal shows you step by step in visual and written instructions for writing and drawing the alphabet in ancient times style. There is also a list of supplies you will need for this task. there are practice pages for each step of the process. I absolutely LOVE this journal. I am not an artist by any means, but following the steps in this journal makes me feel like I have a little bit of an artist in me after all. This journal will be sure to bring out your creative side. At the beginning of each letter, there is an inspirational quote to inspire and encourage you. The design is very simple yet elegant, and it even has a pen holder for easy access to write at any time. I would highly recommend this journal to anyone of any age.


About the Faith and Lettering Journal:


The Faith and Lettering Journal is probably my favorite journal. It is designed to help you with hand-lettering as well as bring out your creativity as you meditate on God's word. It will help inspire your devotional time and dig deep into the Wod of God through the art of lettering. You can practice the basics of hand-lettering, Bible journaling and even sermon sketch note-taking. It has a beautiful pink and turquoise color pattern. There is a pen holder and it has a hard cover with foil lettering on it. it is one gorgeous journal! There is a colorful page with a scripture on it to begin each section. Following that is a blank page with dotted lines for your journaling. The next few pages have a scripture to trace and practice.There are also pro tips in each section. The art and colors in this journal are amazing and vibrant. There is plenty of room in this journal for your creativity to soar. Anyone would benefit from having this journal.


About the Illustrated Word Bible Coloring Journal:


This journal is designed in a medieval way. It has scripture all throughout the journal with lined pages for you to write your thoughts on whatever God gives you. There are also coloring pages scattered throughout, to inspire your creativity. The pictures are very old fashioned and subtle. There is plenty of room for you to journal and color in this very interesting journal. I would recommend this journal to those who want a simple, yet useful journal.


Overall I am very pleased with these journals and I would recommend them to anyone who wants to journal and inspire their creativity, all while growing closer to God.