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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Devotionals for Tweens

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Devotionals for Tweens / Preteens

I've had the privilege of reading not one, but two fabulous devotionals for tweens lately! I think this is a particularly hard age to target when it comes to spiritual matters, so for me to recommend a devotional that I would actually purchase and use with my own child is kind of a big deal.  These books are both solid.  They are Bible based and fun to read while still being relevant.  

The Smart Girl's Guide to Mean Girls, Manicures & God's Amazing Plan for Me by Susie Shellenberger & Kristin WeberThe Smart Girl's Guide to Mean Girls, Manicures, & God's Amazing Plan
by Susie Shellenberger & Kristin Weber
published by Shiloh Run Press

The Blurb

This book challenges young Christian girls as they navigate the challenges of life.

My Two Cents

First things first, this book, in my opinion is suited more to tweens instead of teens.  My daughter is 11 and it is perfect as far as content goes.  It pairs Biblical truth with practical advice and speaks to the heart of young girls.

You're God's Girl by Wynter Pitts You're God's Girl
by Wynter Pitts
published by Harvest House Publishers

The Blurb

This devotional helps girls see the unique beauty of who God made them to be.  They will be blessed as they absorb the power of God's promises.

My Two Cents

I had the honor of meeting Wynter Pitts at the Declare Conference last year.  She is a gem.  I loved her previous devotional, For Girls Like You, and more importantly, so did my girl.  We patiently waited for You're God's Girl to come out and it did not disappoint! The individual devotions show tweens that God made them unique and that they should embrace who they are in Him.

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Devotionals for Tweens / Preteens

Monday, September 19, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

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Chase the Lion by Mark Batterson #chasethelionIt's Monday...and after a LONG weekend of allergies, I'm ready for a clear-headed week!  I'm still reading sections of Mark Batterson's newest book, Chase the Lion, and I am obsessed with it. Lots of meat and application.  It definitely makes you think!

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

...AND my book club meets this Wednesday.  I haven't read the book yet, so it looks like I'll be binge reading It Ends With Us tonight and tomorrow!  Lol.  One day, I'll get it together, y'all!

Made Well by Jenny Simmons #madewellbookI'm also hoping to get into Jenny Simmons' newest book, Made Well.  I've read a bit and it's bound to be fabulous. Seriously.

THREE grown up books, can you believe it?!

Monday, September 12, 2016

A Mile Wide

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A Mile Wide by Brandon Hatmaker is a #mustread !!!  #the4500 #amilewidebookA Mile Wide
by Brandon Hatmaker
published by Nelson Books

The Blurb

A pastor for over twenty years, Brandon Hatmaker explores how the gospel works in and through believers. He challenges readers to pursue a more effective faith.

My Two Cents

It doesn't seem like it was that long ago that I became one of the 4500 and fell hard for them and for Jen Hatmaker's fabulous book, For The Love...

Fast forward to now. (Is fast forward even still a relevant term?!)  I am still crazy about that same group of women.  They have prayed for, ministered to, and encouraged me. They have laughed, cried, and cringed with me.  And now we are all reading together again...and this time it's another Hatmaker. Brandon chose the women of the 4500 to be his launch team because of the way we all rallied around Jen when For the Love was released.  We went from the "B Team" to the starting line up!

Brandon wrote a fabulous book called "A Mile Wide" and it will make you question how deep your faith is. It pokes and prods with questions like:

Are you working for the Lord or are you just working?
Are you exhausting yourself for Him or just filling your calendar to the brim?
Are you measuring your spirituality with a measuring tape of fear, shame, or guilt?
How vulnerable do you allow yourself to be?
How do you love mercy and seek justice in your environment?

Are you squirming from these questions?!  Don't worry!!! Brandon illustrates the ideas beautifully and has you explore these topics each chapter builds, so do the questions. It is such a beautiful exercise.  And as Brandon writes, "the only person, besides Jesus, who can dig honestly beneath the surface of our hearts is us."

One of my favorite quotes from the book comes right in the middle of breaking down the parable of the seed falling in different types of soil:

Without depth, the dazzle won't hold.  We have to spend far more time nurturing what no one ever sees under the surface than worrying about what's above the soil.  Things like Scripture and prayer and community root us so deeply.  They are the unglamorous, unfancy work of discipleship.  They fix our principles and resolutions; they root our habits and affections--they make us strong.  They prepare us for what's to come.  The same sun that warms and develops the well-rooted believer withers and burns up those who aren't.

Unglamorous.  That's Christianity. We love. We turn the other cheek. We hurt. We serve. We worship with our lives...and to live is Christ.  It isn't glamorous, but it's holy.

LOVE this quote and this book!!!  A Mile Wide by Brandon Hatmaker #amilewidebook #mustread #the4500

If you love the Hatmaker family and the passion and zeal that they have for being the hands and feet of Christ, buy this book.  If you have never heard of Brandon Hatmaker or Jen Hatmaker...or any should buy this book and see what all the fuss is about.  They are the real deal.  They are living out the calling and they are challenging the rest of us to do the same.

The Trailer

There is so much meat in this book and I am dying for you to read it!! 

How then should we live?  Choose love. Every time.