The Most Misused Stories In The Bible

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A surprising number of popular Bible stories are commonly misused or misunderstood, even by well-intentioned Christians. In The Most Misused Stories in the Bible Eric J. Bargerhuff forwards a concise yet thorough understanding of the meaning of David and Goliath, Jonah and the Big Fish, the Woman Caught in Adultery, and other well-known Bible stories.

Providing fascinating historical and scriptural insights, Bargerhuff helps readers sort through modern-day distortions of fourteen well-known Bible stories and grasp their original meaning and purpose for us today.

I mean lets admit it, the Bible is a tough book to read. So much detail, wisdom, and of course it is the WORD of GOD. So of course there may be times that we struggle with understanding it.

So Eric Bargerhuff put together this book of stories that are often misused in the Bible. In The Most Misused Stories In The Bible  Bargerhuff takes stories from both the old and new testament to make his point clear.

As someone who is slightly more seasoned in the Bible I found myself wanting to dig a bit deeper than what Bargerhuff was saying. Now that being said I will tell you what really happened while reading this book.

I took it with me when I went to see my best friend (who just happens to be a pastors kid). Of course she is going to ask about what I am reading. So, I told her. Read some to her. And then….debated with her. ( I adore a good debate). And that is what I believe this book to be…. A great jumping off point for discussion.

Its so simply written that even my kids should be able to understand, but of course the topics are heavy. So please, read it, debate it, open up God’s word and prove it right or wrong. This is a great book for a family discussion.

Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Bethany House

ISBN: 0764219138
ISBN-13: 9780764219139

I received this book from Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

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Do Baby Bears Have Mommies?

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Do Baby Bears Have Mommies? answers questions about animals. Children learn about starfish, elephants, bears, stars, earthworms, eagles, trees, and heaven, while absorbing the underlying themes of God’s love and grace and a parent’s love for a child.

Oh the questions one hears as a mom. Usually questioning starts off at a young age with the simple (yet not always so simple) question of “Why?”. And then as kids get older the questions blossom from there.

Do Baby Bears Have Mommies is a cute little story book about …..questions. You know those innocent little questions that just pop up at the most random times. I love those moments…even now when my kids have gotten older. Those questions sometimes can sometimes windows into their hearts.

So maybe this sweet storybook is not only for kids but for parents too.

So kids: Ask your questions!!!

Parents: Those questions are not a burden but a gift.

So embrace the gift with this adorable little story book.

Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: Tyndale Kids

ISBN: 1496417402
ISBN-13: 9781496417404

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We Stood Upon Stars

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Get Lost. . . and Find What Really Matters
 
We are made for freedom and adventure, friendship and romance. Yet too much of life is spent unfulfilled at work, restless at home, and bored at church.  All the while knowing there is something more. You’ll find some of life’s best moments waiting for you over a campfire, on a river—even in that coffee shop or brewery you didn’t know you’d discover along the way. It’s time to begin the search.
 
In the literary spirit of well-worn tales about America’s open road, this poetic, honest, often hilarious collection of essays shows how to embark on adventures that kindle spiritual reflection, personal growth, and deeper family connections.
 
From surfing California’s coastlines, stargazing southwestern deserts, and fly-fishing in remote mountains of Montana, you’ll be inspired to follow the author’s footsteps and use the hand-drawn maps from each chapter to plan your own trips.  There you will hear God’s voice – and it may help you find what you’re searching for.
 
“We search mountaintops and valleys, deserts and oceans, hoping sunrises and long views through the canyons will help us discover who we are, or who we still want to be.  The language of our hearts reflects that of creation because in both are fingerprints of God.”
—Roger W. Thompson

Can I get this out of the way first??? I really loved this book. There its off my chest I feel better.

I love listening to people’s stories. Things that happened to them. That shaped them, helped them become who they are. Thompson’s book We Stood Upon Stars is such a refreshing and humorous read that I couldn’t put it down.

I will admit my favorite story was the one where the crab clamped down on his toe. It just reminded me so much of when my husband broke his baby toe and it took him down. My husband the football player size, nothing scares him, fix anything, type of guy went into shock because he busted his baby toe. So I could totally picture Thompson screaming as the crab attached to his toe.

This book makes me want to pack up the kids and travel. Find God in the trees and ocean and find God wherever He meets us that day. Because God will meet us wherever we are.

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook (May 2, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601429592
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601429599

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True to You

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After a devastating heartbreak three years ago, genealogist and historical village owner Nora Bradford has decided that burying her nose in her work and her books is far safer than romance in the here and now.

Unlike Nora, former Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient John Lawson is a modern-day man, usually 100 percent focused on the present. But when he’s diagnosed with an inherited condition, he’s forced to dig into the secrets of his past and his adoption as an infant, enlisting Nora to help him uncover the identity of his birth mother.

The more time they spend together, the more this pair of opposites suspects they just might be a perfect match. However, John’s already dating someone and Nora’s not sure she’s ready to trade her crushes on fictional heroes for the risks of a real relationship. Finding the answers they’re seeking will test the limits of their identity, their faith, and their devotion to one another.

 

Becky Wade’s newest book True to You is probably her best book to date.  As someone who as read all of Wade’s books that is definitely saying something. Wade has an undeniable talent of creating strong women characters that don’t  take away from strong male characters.

I really liked Nora. She was smart and resourceful with just enough vulnerability that kept her real and believable. I myself adore history, so I appreciated Nora’s love for genealogy and quest to preserve the historical town she lived in.

John is a leading man that I would definitely like to read more about. His quiet yet strong personality was a refreshing change in contemporary Christian fiction. I found John’s story to truly be a story of God taking something bad and using it for good.

Wade wrote a really good story in True to You. There was a wonderful array of characters and a plot twist that I really didn’t see coming. What I love about Wade’s writing though is that the ending isn’t always tied up in a pretty bow. Sometimes its still messy…..just like life.

This was a strong start to Wade’s new series. I am very excited to read the rest of this series!

 

Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2017

ISBN: 9781441231208
ISBN-13: 9781441231208

 

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Home on the Range

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Can the brother left behind and a woman without hope work together for the good of two precious children?

Nick Stafford stayed in central Washington, working his family’s large ranch after his brothers left to pursue other passions—but his toughest job is being a single dad. As a child he watched his father fail at marriage and parenting, so Nick was determined to show him up. He’d be a better husband, father, and ranch manager than Sam Stafford ever was. Despite that commitment, three years after Nick’s wife left him, he has a daughter in trouble at school and both of his girls are facing issues that force him to rethink his stubborn plans.

For Dr. Elsa Andreas, life fell apart when tragedy caused her to abandon her family therapy practice and retreat to the backwoods of Gray’s Glen. Her school principal sister believes Elsa can guide the Stafford girls and that working with kids will draw Elsa out of her protective bubble.

Summer on the Double S teems with life and adventure. Amid the bounty of God and land, will Nick and Elsa find the courage to build futures based on faith rather than fear?

I know I have said this before…..but I must say it again. Writing Christian Contemporary Fiction cannot be easy.

But on a serious note… How have I gone this long and not discovered Ruth Logan Herne? Her new book Home of the Range  is a near perfect example of quality Christian contemporary fiction.

Now Home on the Range is the second book in the Double S Ranch Series and its ok if you start here like I did. (Although I will be going back to devour the first very soon).  These are stand alone novels that can be read separately.

I found Nick to be an absolutely wonderful main character with such a mix of strength and gentleness that is rarely seen today. Elsa was such a surprise as well. I love her depth and character development through the whole book. This book was raw, real, and something that I could completely relate too. (Despite the lack of cowboy in my life)

This was truly a book about second chances. Herne did such a wonderful job blending faith into real life situations. Because not everything is simple and that reminder of God being with you through the hard stuff is definitely needed.

I truly enjoyed this book and can’t wait to dig into the rest of the series.

Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Multnomah Books

ISBN: 0735290660
ISBN-13: 9780735290662

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The Chapel Car Bride

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With her penchant for seeing the best in everyone, Hope Irvine sees a world full of good people in hard places. When her father accepts a position traveling in a chapel car as an on-the-rail missionary, she is determined to join him in his efforts and put her musical skills to good use by serving the mining families of West Virginia, saving their souls, and bettering their lives.

Luke Hughes shares Hope’s love of music and her love of God, but as a poor miner he knows he can offer her no future. Still, the notes she sings resonate in his heart. When she begins to travel with a young mine manager to neighboring counties, Luke can hardly suppress his jealousy. It isn’t until he begins to suspect these missions of mercy might be the mine manager’s cover for illegal purposes, though, that Luke feels justified in speaking up. But how can he discover the truth without hurting Hope or, worse, putting her in danger?

Judith Miller’s newest book The Chapel Car Bride is what one would expect from Miller. Miller is an award winning author with a gift for writing historical fiction. The Chapel Car Bride is an example of a simplistic plot with a rich background.

While the title does not shy away from telling you the ending, I found that when it comes to Miller its the middle of the book that always holds the best stuff. I really liked reading about the mining towns is West Virginia. I love that part of the United States.

Even though I found Hope kind of bland I really enjoyed the rest of the characters. I like Luke and his dedication to his family. Kirby brought a bit of enjoyment to the book as well because you had no idea how his story would end.

The Chapel Car Bride is an easy and light read. It is one of those laying in the hammock, summer reading books. I look forward to Miller’s next book.

Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Bethany House

ISBN: 0764219057
ISBN-13: 9780764219054

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Words From The Hill

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A disruptive and surprising journey through the Beatitudes.
Most of the time, life doesn’t work out like we expect it will. We spend time and energy trying to climb some sort of spiritual ladder, oblivious to the fact that it is God who is moving toward us.

We want answers to our problems, yet what is offered is presence.

What if we were to become united with our brokenness rather than our victories? What if God moves closest to us in the absence, the ache, and the longing?

Words from the Hill turns each beatitude on its head to see the unexpected beneath the understood—diving into the story of a woman on death row to speak about mercy, personal stories from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to talk about peace, and much more. Stu Garrard has walked with these people in their stories, and he vulnerably offers his own as he unpacks the Good News of the Beatitudes.

God is on your side, and He is closer than you think.

Stu Garrard has written his first book. While writing isn’t foreign to him, since he has written many Christian songs, Word From The Hill is new territory for him.

I was excited to read this book because anything in the Beatitudes is always interesting to me. Stu did not disappoint. He walked the Beatitudes  and shared not only his personal stories but stories of others that have effected his life. I found this book full of personal examples of how God has worked in peoples’ lives.

That being said, I would not call this a Bible study or even a devotional. This is many experiences and journeys with Jesus. That is a good thing. They are testimonies. Examples of how God works in the simple ways and in the big ways.

Overall this book is just an excellent reminder of who we need to be looking for. Jesus.

Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: NavPress

ISBN: 1631465988
ISBN-13: 9781631465987

I received this book from Tyndale Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

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All These Wonders

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 All These Wonders….. WOW what a fun book. I mean I love people’s stories. I love stories period, but these short stories were so entertaining!

I don’t think there was a single story that I didn’t like. Some of them had twists and turns, others made you want to cry, and them some you were just laughing through because you could totally relate. You felt  whatever the person was feeling, well because these stories were real. The people transparent.

My favorite story was “Who Can You Trust?” While I won’t ruin anything all I have to say I NEVER saw that ending coming.

I really recommend this book. While it is just a book of personal memoirs there is just something about getting to know people’s stories that just bring them closer. It ties people together. There is something about authentic vulnerability that helps one another become friends….even family.

I had never read a Moth book or heard their podcasts, but now I may have to just find as much of their stuff as I can.

  • Series: The Moth Presents
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Archetype (March 21, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1101904402
  • ISBN-13: 978-1101904404

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Long Time Gone

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The Boden clan thought their problems had ended with the death of a dangerous enemy, but have they truly uncovered the real plot to take their New Mexico ranch? Rancher Justin Boden is now in charge. He is normally an unshakable and rugged man, but with his brother, Cole, shot and in mortal danger, even a tough man faces doubts. And it doesn’t help that Angie DuPree, the assistant to the doctor trying to save Cole, is as distracting a woman as Justin ever laid eyes on.

With her and the doc’s timely skills, Cole looks to be on the mend, and Justin and the rest of the Bodens can turn their attention back to the dangers facing them. It’s clear now that everything that’s occurred is part of a much bigger plot that could date back to a decades-old secret. Can they uncover all the pieces before danger closes in on them, or is the threat to the ranch even bigger than any of the Bodens could imagine?

Mary Connealy has written the second novel in the Cimarron Ranch series. Long Time Gone is definitely not a stand alone novel. If you haven’t read the first one you better get started before you read this book.

I honestly don’t know what I expected from this book. I know when you read Connealy she always follows a certain form in her writing. Two people meat, there are sparks, then trouble, last the devote themselves to each other and marriage.

While most of the time I enjoy Connealy’s simplistic plots this book just left me disappointed. For me there just wasn’t any chemistry. Angie just fell flat in so many ways for me. I also found Justin, almost obnoxious at times.

This kind of review is very rare for me. Normally I like Connealy’s books for a relaxing read. I really do hope Cole’s story in the third book is better.

Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Bethany House

ISBN: 076421182X
ISBN-13: 9780764211829

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When God Made You

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YOU; God thinks about you.
God was thinking of you long before your debut.

From early on, children are looking to discover their place in the world and longing to understand how their personalities, traits, and talents fit in. Knowing that they are deeply loved and a unique creation in our big universe is certain to help them spread their wings and fly.   
 
Written in playful, charming rhyme and brought to life with vivid, fantastical illustrations, young readers will be encouraged and excited to learn about their own special gifts and how they fit into God’s divine plan as they grow, explore, and begin create for themselves.
 
’Cause when God made YOU, somehow God knew
That the world needed someone exactly like you!

 

When God Made You is a visually stunning piece of art. This book illustrated by David Catrow is so gorgeous. The way each page just comes alive is remarkable. My youngest just loved looking at the pictures in this book.

The writing was whimsical and the whole book just flowed well with all the rhyming. That being said this book only focuses on God’s love for us. While that is not a bad thing, if your looking for a book about a relationship with God this is not it.  The book’s sole purpose is the description of God’s love for us.

Overall it is an good book. We need to know that God loves us. The simplicity of this message is rooted in the whole book: Love one another.

 

 

ISBN: 1601429185
ISBN-13: 9781601429186
Ages: 3-7

Number of Pages: 48
Vendor: WaterBrook

 

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