Tuesday, August 16, 2011

"Stained Glass Hearts" by Patsy Clairmont

I love Patsy. I think that she in a phenomenal writer and just an all around great lady. I've read some of her books before and I love the quick wit that shines through her writing. With that being said, I was suprised at the tone of this book when I started reading. This book is deeper and more heartfelt than the books I've read from her in the past.

This book is drawn around a central theme of how people's hearts are like stained glass. And how God is the great redeemer. Every chapter has a theme like poetry, nature, books, music and so on. I loved the themes. It made me understand even more that God really is everywhere. The beauty of this world and human creations are really astounding.

At the end of every chapter there is a section called the Art Gallery. This is full of music, scripture, quotes, paintings and museums. I learned so much from these sections. I discovered music that I had never heard. I learned about paintings that I have never come across and might never have if not for this book.

Overall, this was a fantastic book. I think Patsy really outdid herself this time. Because of the deeper content of this book I felt like I really got to know her. Some of her struggles are struggles that I've gone through so I really felt a connection to her.

I got this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers through their Booksneeze program. I received a copy for free and was not required to give a positive review. All thoughts in this review are my own.

"The Whole Bible Story" by Dr. William H. Marty

When I had the chance to review this book I knew I wanted it. I have trouble reading the Bible sometimes and I thought that this would give me a chance to learn some things that I might have missed in reading the Bible.

I was right. This is a fantastic book. Everything in the book is laid out in a way that is easy for me to understand. There were stories that I finally 'got' even after reading them over and over in the Bible since childhood. I will be keeping this book to read again and again along with my reading of the Bible to hopefully pick up more about what I am reading.

The author, Dr. William Marty, makes sure to tell the reader in the introduction in the book that this book does leave some things out and things are not in the order they are in the Bible because it's put into chronological order. He also states that this book is not supposed to replace your Bible reading. This is merely a supplement to your regular Bible reading.

I think this would be a great place to start for a new adult Christian. This book could really be a great starting point for someone to understand the Bible. I highly recommend it!

I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my review. I was not required to give a positive review and all thoughts contained in this review are my own.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

"Bad Girls of the Bible" by Liz Curtis Higgs

I must say that I loved this book. I learned so much from this book. Not only about the Bible, but also about myself and my bad girl ways.

This book is divided into ten chapters. One chapter for each woman. The women in this book are, Eve, Potiphar's Wife, Lot's Wife, The Woman at the Well, Delilah, Sapphira, Rahab, Jezebel, Michal, and The Sinful Woman. The women are divided into categories. They are Bad to the Bone, Bad for a Moment, and Bad for a Season, but not Forever. Then Eve has her own category because she's the first ever bad girl. There were also study questions at the end of each chapter that could be used for groups or individual learning.

I loved the concept of this book. Sometimes for me, it's hard to connect with the wonderful godly women that you see in Ruth, Esther, the Proverbs 31 woman and more. I have a past that's not pretty, lovely, or godly. But knowing that these bad girls have some of the same traits that I did and still do have, makes me realize that I don't have to be perfect for God to love me or use my life for His will. He will meet me where and I and lift me up to go beyond what I ever thought I could be.

I loved the authors writing style. It was engaging, funny, witty and I never got bored with this book. I really think this is a must read for all women. I think that most of us can relate in some way to these bad girls. Most of us are probably not bad to the bone, but, it's a rare woman that is never bad for a season. This will be a book that I will keep and reread when I feel low and need to remember that there are women that came before me that were also bad girls and didn't think that God could love them and saw their lives redeemed.

I received this book from Waterbrook through their Blogging for Book program. I received a copy for free and was not required to give a positive review. All thoughts contained in this review are my own.