Christmas Changes Everything by Elisa Morgan

Let this Christmas change you! These words from author Elisa Morgan are perfectly written as a clue to the overall theme of the book. Christmas Changes Everything by Elisa Morgan is unlike any advent book or Christmas study book. It’s a well-crafted masterpiece.

One of the things I enjoyed most about this book is the tapestry of the characters. Elisa Morgan takes each person in the Christmas story and shows her readers how the characters are relevant today. Now when I think of the manger scene under my tree or the Christmas Village on my shelf, I am reminded of how the birth of Jesus changed these people. It’s a more beautiful scene than I first imagined.

Another thing I enjoyed about the book Christmas Changes Everything are the “change point” prompts at the end of each chapter. These reflection questions are helpful for today.

Finally, that last chapter was like unwrapping a beautiful gift. If you select a focus word for the year or decide to meditate on a specific keyword from Scripture, you’ll find a list waiting in the afterword chapter. It’s brilliant!

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As a Christmas Bible study, read two chapters a week and you’ll have a 5-week study for your group. Most Christmas studies are 25-day Advent studies and so I like the depth and content of this character theme study. Each person has a place in the Christmas story- and so do you!

Letters to an American Lady by C. S. Lewis. 

Summer is a perfect time for sweet tea, iced coffees, and great books. Being outdoors in the garden, at the lake, or by a pool…it seems I always have a book beside me for entertainment. This week during my vacation, I read Letters to an American Lady by C. S. Lewis.

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If you are reading my Twitter posts, Facebook posts, or newsletter… then you saw me quoting from this C. S. Lewis book. Many of the letters in the book were fascinating. Since I was captivated by the book, I would encourage my friends by sharing highlights and book notes.

What I enjoyed most about Letters to an American Lady by C. S. Lewis was the raw truthfulness of this popular author. Rather than writing words to publish in a book, he wrote personal letters to his friends.

The recipient of these letters was a needy, complaining, and often irritating woman. Yer Mr. Lewis would gently push back and correct her behavior. His response when she provoked him was the role of a professor. Yet he shows endurance in praying for this lady and continued to answer her mail.

Inside these letters, I found pieces of the biography of Mr. Lewis. He writes about war, the monarchy, church division, finding and marrying his wife, and much more. This book is captivating to read.


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Quotes From Letters to an American Lady by C. S. Lewis.

“How awful it must have been for poor Lazarus who had actually died, got it all over, and then was brought back—to go through it all, I suppose, a few years later. I think he, not St. Stephen, ought really to be celebrated as the first martyr.” -C. S. Lewis

“The precious alabaster box which one must break over the Holy Feet is one’s heart.” – C. S. Lewis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jesus Our Perfect Hope 365 Devotional by Charles Stanley

Charles Stanley writes beautiful books. His 365 devotional book Jesus Our Perfect Hope is a wonderful book to read. In fact, I enjoyed this so much that I bought 40 copies of the devotional book and gave one to each of my volunteers at the Bible Café™ Ministry. It’s a prefect keepsake book.

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Here’s 3 reasons why I enjoy reading (and gifting) this devotional book.

First, Jesus Our Perfect Hope 365 Devotional by Charles Stanley is visually attractive. The outside cover is a soft imitation leather in a warm coffee color. It looks great sitting on the bedside table. Or next to a filled latte mug! The inside pages are visually attractive too. A warm bled of colors highlight quote boxes and daily words to ponder. I like feasting my eyes and heart on these daily truths. And, the book has a bookmark ribbon, which is very convenient and thoughtful for any reader.

Second, the book is rich in wisdom. After years of pastoring and studying the Scriptures, Charles Stanley has a classic voice. He’ll be remembered for his truth-telling stories, even when we don’t like them. He’ll be remembered for his unwavering devotional to God. These are evident in his literature writings, making this devotional book a timeless classic.

Third, this author is not shy about calling for godly repentance and obedience. Refreshing in a modern world. While I enjoy reading modern theologians, pastors, and authors too, sometimes its refreshment to go back to classics. Like Charles Surgeon. Or Charles Stanley.

Charles Stanley Quotes

“My hope is in Jesus because He lifts me up and transforms my life.” – Charles Stanley

“My hope is in Jesus because He satisfies my soul.” – Charles Stanley

“One of God’s great blessings in life is godly friends.” – Charles Stanley

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Make Up Your Mind by Denise Pass and Michelle Nietert

When I read the same book twice in a month, I know its a book to treasure! Make Up Your Mind by Denise Pass and Michelle Nietert is worth reading. This helpful book unlocks the places where we feel stuck in our thinking. And by helping us unlock our thoughts, these mindset authors help us unlock places in life where we need a transformation.

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Make Up Your Mind Book Review

An unexpected bonus the Make Up Your Mind  book is a great resources for families! I enjoy the Counseling Corner tips for helping children unlock their developing minds. Based upon real counseling sessions, the authors explore methods with proven results. This would be valuable for modern day parents who are teaching their children to overcome fear, loneliness, or disappointment.

As an empty nester Mom, I found the mindset keys super helpful too! When my daughters call or text from college, I now listen and focus on the mindset (rather than the emotions). As I learned from reading Make Up Your Mind by Denise Pass and Michelle Nietert any emotion can be taken captive and transformed.

The authors provide spiritual and counseling tools to help their readers identity and conquer unhealthy mindsets.

Because I am a Bible Coach, I believe this book will be super helpful for my community. Make Up Your Mind by Denise Pass and Michelle Nietert is a book I will recommend over and over again. Each chapter includes keys to unlock places where we feel spiritually and emotionally stuck.

Affrming Thoughts From the Make Up Your Mind (Mindset Book)

  • Even though I am scared, I know God is for me.
  • Even though I think no one will want to talk to me, I am trusting God to help me make friends.
  • Even though I want to quit, I know God will not fail me.
    Even though I don’t think I can do it, I am trying anyway and counting on God to fill in the gaps.
  • Even though I don’t want to, I am trusting God to change my heart.

Find the book Make Up Your Mind at your favorite local or online store. This would be excellent reading for a book club group.

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Far From Home by Mabel Ninan 

Recently, author Mabel Ninan contacted me about her new book Far From Home. Mabel Ninan was born and raised in India and an immigrant in America shortly after marriage, Her topic sparked immediate interest. And I did not hesitate to “say yes” to her request. Once the manuscript arrived by electronic file, I poured a delicious latte and devoured the book.

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Mabel is the story behind many women in my community near Silicon Valley, California. She takes off the veil of mystery and shares her experience. Quiet, soft spoken, and respectful of her new surroundings, Mabel feels unnoticeable. She experiences insignificance and frustration with her new surroundings.

Yet in her native land, Mable is powerful, well-respected, connected, and highly educated. Because of her husband’s job transfer, she leaves her value and identity in her native society. Then she seeks purpose in a foreign country.

Uprooted into the busyness of America, her story explores immigration as a “trailing spouse.” Her initial isolation and her struggle to regain importance are deeply internal. She struggles to connect. Even at the local coffee shop, where she is awakened by the rudeness of barista on duty.

Looking for her identity in a new culture, Mabel opens her Bible to discover a true identity in Christ. Powerful skeins (loosely coiled threads or yarn)  are woven into her testimony.

This is a must-read for merging of cultures into the Christian faith. How can we invite REVIVAL if we are not accepting the citizenship of ALL God’s people?

Mabel’s story invites me to examine my Mother-in-Law, an immigrant from the United Kingdom. In World War 2, she worked as a British decoder, New York runway model, and national security.

And my Great-Grandfather, an immigrant from Ireland who worked in the coal mines and later died of lung cancer.

Mabel’s story also reminds me of my neighbors next door, immigrants from Mexico and joyfully living as an uprooted family. Or my former boss, an app developer from the Ukraine who shares his Christian faith with a generous heart. Even my husband’s Silicon Valley IT department, where they celebrate all cultures and religions with weekly meal gatherings.

Instead of looking through the mini-blinds, shuttered windows, or over the rim of a Venti Latte… it’s time we take off American ambivalence and love our NEW neighbors.

Mable reached out to her Christian community with intentional vulnerability. She experienced the love and identity of Christ through Bible study groups, church attendance, and spiritual growth- Far From Home.

Far from Home: Discovering Your Identity as Foreigners on Earth by Mabel Ninan 

ENDORSEMENT FOR MABELS BOOK: Beautifully transparent, Mabel Ninan shares her personal insight from a unique experience of immigration. Yet the revelation of her modern history, is also a reflection of Biblical history when God moves. Inside the stories of uprooted people, we discover the heart of God. This book is a beautiful reminder of our citizenship in His kingdom.  – Christine Abraham, Founder & Executive Director Bible Café™ Ministries LLC

ABOUT THE BOOK

Explore the intersection between culture, identity, and faith in this new release from an earthly immigrant who gained a spiritual perspective.
What is my purpose? Why do I exist? A sense of self and belonging are two questions many of us struggle to answer.
And what if you are a foreigner in another land?
How does one adjust to a new culture? Discover their place in a new society?

For Mabel Ninan, born and raised in India and an immigrant in America shortly after marriage, the search for those answers sent her on a journey that led to an unexpected and exciting discovery.

God revealed she was not only an earthly immigrant but also a spiritual one, created with a unique calling to impact His kingdom. Mabel’s renewed perspective imbued her with joy and hope, urging her to share the message with others.

Drawing from her personal experiences and by examining the lives of biblical heroes, Mabel sheds light on what it means to live as a citizen of Heaven on earth. Far from Home will inspire you to:

  • Embrace your identity as a foreigner on earth.
  • Make your home with God.
  • Find community and common purpose with fellow sojourners.

Mabel’s story and book release: www.mabelninan.com
Publisher: Iron Stream (July 12, 2022)

Disclosure: I received an Advanced Manuscript of this book as a member of the Endorsement Team. 

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Life Devotional by Lisa Harper

Life Devotional by Lisa Harper. From the outside pink cover to the inside contents, a devotional with memorable experiences for her readers. Lisa Harper’s Daily Life Devotional stands out. On a crowded shelf of devotional books, the pink cover demands attention. Pink devotional with gold lettering. Officially her book is called Life: An Obsessively Grateful, Undone by Jesus, Genuinely Happy, and Not Faking it Through the Hard Stuff Kind of 100-Day Devotional. So if you cannot remember the long title, just look for a pink book called LIFE!

Lisa takes on her pink cover critics. For instance, at page one, devotional day one. She writes, “I didn’t have anything to do with the design! Pink book, you may find yourself wondering…”

In other words, Lisa Harper introduces her readers to laughter. Day one.

You’re getting a book based on the foundation of happiness, laughter and joy! Pick it up. Even if you’re not a fan of pink.

About Lisa Harper’s Life Devotional

Something you’ll learn about Lisa Harper’s Life Devotional is the easy-to-read format. And you quickly see the devotions are written for busy people. The author delivers her inspirational message in classic Lisa Harper style. Her fans will love the radiance of Lisa’s heart!

Paragraphs in this devotional book are longer than similar devotionals Also, this book has a highly noticeable word count. Fill up on those words!

Read a daily devotional from Life: An Obsessively Grateful, Undone by Jesus, Genuinely Happy, and Not Faking it Through the Hard Stuff Kind of 100-Day Devotional. Pick it up and find real-life stories from Lisa Harper.

Woven into the book are definitions of real words and Lisa words, such as “peetastrophe.” She has mastered the craft of playing with words. Lisa Harper’s devotional book will educate, inspire, and entertain readers.

At the end of each daily devotional, Lisa Harper has lovingly attached three daily questions. Write your answers into the daily devotional book or use a journal.

If you struggle with conversations starters, use the LIFE by Lisa Harper devotional questions. You can call a friend each day for 100 days, and never run out of conversations. For example:

“On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being burn the candle at both ends and total couch potato being a 10, where would you place yourself? (In Bible study groups, we call this an icebreaker question).

Do the math.

With 100 daily devotions and three daily questions, Lisa Harper has gifted her readers 300 questions in her beautiful pink book! Use this for daily journaling, conversation starters, or daily prayer prompts.

Each of the 100 daily devotionals begins with a Bible verse. CSB is the primary translation used. YLT, NCV, NET, NLT, MSG, NIV, NKJV and KJV are also used. By using 10 different Bible translations, this author is presenting a wider view for her devotional readers. She quotes classic theologians such as Spurgeon, Henri Nouwen, and C.S. Lewis. Modern theologians mentioned in her devotional book include Edward T. Welch and Timothy Keller.

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