“The Heavens Declare the Glory of God…”

Nothing makes the sky more wondrous to me than stars. Just think: Cultures all around the world have studied the stars to navigate ships, foretell events, and marvel at the powerfulness of God. Whether or not those cultures have recognized Jesus or have studied the stars as an end in themselves, the galaxies tell a pretty powerful story pointing us to something beyond ourselves–something, I believe, that is actually Someone: God (Psalm 8).

In the book What We See in the Stars, the author illustrates and expounds upon the constellations in various cultures, as well as the features of our solar system. Anyone who is as fascinated by the night sky as I am will surely enjoy this book and find the constellations and galaxies even more intriguing.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

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Heavenly thoughts

When I think about Randy Alcorn, two things come to mind: Treasure and Heaven.

Alcorn is famous for his thoughts and ponderings about eternal life with Jesus. In fact, whenever I heard a talk about heaven at my previous job, there was sure to be some reference to Randy Alcorn involved.

Alcorn recently came out with an expanded edition of his book solely about this topic: Seeing the Unseen. With the goal of training our eyes and hearts and affections and hopes to heaven, Alcorn probes what is beyond our natural eyes right now.

I think that any Christian–not only my former coworker who prepared devotionals entirely about heaven–can glean encouragement from this book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

John Piper

John Piper has always been an inspiration, and I don’t remember anyone more clearly enjoying him than a former roommate that I had. Every day, she soaked in devotionals produced by his ministry, Desiring God. And she would often share those devotionals with me or with our coworkers.

The Satisfied Soul by John Piper is a book that now delivers daily meditations on God’s Word, Jesus, and His Sovereignty (in classic Piper style) in the absence of my roommate. I recommend this collection to anyone who desires to understand more about God and His wonderfulness. Only Jesus can satisfy, and, when we have Him, we become a satisfied soul.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

Hope for a Hopeless World

In the world of missions, Katie Davis Majors’ work inspires and challenges. I mean: Who couldn’t help but adore a young woman who moves to Africa, cares for orphans, and adopts thirteen girls?
Majors’ life is not all sunshine and roses–as well might be expected, considering not only the challenges of intercultural living but also of the disease- and addiction-ridden place where Majors ministers. So what keeps this passionate woman going?
Hope.
It’s not about perfection.
It’s not dependent on circumstances.
Hope is something that binds our hearts to the work of God and gives us vision to look ahead to the fulfillment of His design and purpose and Word.
In her book, Daring to Hope, Katie Davis Majors explores and meditates on the surety of our hope. I recommend her book to anyone who wants–no, who needs–a clearer sight of God’s work and purposes.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

Alexander Hamilton

When your nephew gobbles up graphic novels but asks frequently during history class “When will this be over?”, what do you turn to? Why, Alexander Hamilton: The Graphic History of a Founding Father, of course! This book caught my eye during a recent book review opportunity, and, when I opened its pages, I wasn’t disappointed. The graphics are beautifully rendered, and the text holds a bit of historical twang to it.

One interesting bit of the book surprised me: In the prologue, the author goes through an explanation of the ideas behind “The Divine Right of Kings.” As a Christian, I found this explanation and philosophy both intriguing and disturbing. I’m not quite sure if my ten-year-old nephew will understand, which makes me wonder which age group is the intended audience for this book. If this is the only part at which a preteen has difficulty, however, I would say he/she would be doing pretty well overall.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

What every girl wants

What every girl wants–no, what she needs–is to know that she is valued, adored, and precious. Little girls long to be princesses and to be beautiful. College-aged girls seek for meaning and value. As a married woman, I bask in the moments when my husband lavishes praise or words of encouragement on me.

Who better to communicate love and value to a woman than God, her Creator? In the book He Calls You Beautiful, the author delves into the Song of Songs and explores its meaning as a romantic love epic between Jesus and the Church (His Bride).

I encourage all women to bask in the love of Christ, and what better place to start than in the Song of Songs or with this book?

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

IBS…what?

IBS.

If you, like me, see those words and think, ”What in the world is THAT?” then it’s time you 1) Googled the acronym, 2) learned about a diet that fits your body well, and 3) checked out The IBS Elimination Diet and Cookbook by Patsy Catsos.

With eating problems ranging from acid reflux to stomach surgery, my family has made me just that much more aware of how important a healthy, non-inflammatory diet is–not only for general health now but also for prevention of future issues.

If you are interested in adjusting your diet to fit your body’s needs, it’s time you checked out this book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.