Healthier You – Book Review

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With the start of school right around the corner, it is the perfect time to start fresh – spiritually, mentally and physically. If you are like me and struggle with being healthy in any of those areas, then Katie Farrell’s book, Devotions for a Healthier You, is just what the doctor ordered.

It contains 71 days of devotions. Each day there is a key verse, short devotional and prayer. These are great for anyone whose schedule is maxed out. It doesn’t take any time at all, but you enter you day filled with scripture and inspiration. Peppered throughout the 71 days, there are also dashes of inspiration and some yummy recipes, complete with mouth-watering pictures.

Katie also includes four additional things to get you off on the right foot.

  • 10 Steps to a Healthier You: concise and practical
  • Prayers for Health: short prayers focused around a particular scripture
  • Identity Scriptures: directed at our true identity in Christ, these are essential for changing from the inside out
  • One Week Meal Plan: complete with grocery list and recipes

Healthier You is filled with wonderful tips and suggestions without being overwhelming. Beautiful photographs round out this book, which is certain to be a reference on my bookshelf. I encourage you to pick a copy for yourself or a friend.

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Raising Little Kids with BIG Love – Review

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Have full blown tantrums and high-pitched whiny voices made their way into your home? Do you feel a little frustrated? Do you wonder what happened to your precious baby bundle and your patience? You must be the parent of a toddler to nine-year-old. When parenting little ones, big love is needed. Raising Little Kids with Big Love reveals fifteen qualities of love. These are demonstrated through anecdotes and the authors’ conversational style, bringing the characteristics of 1 Corinthians 13 love to life in your parenting and in your youngster. Discover how to: • increase your child’s self-worth by demonstrating patience. • act in kindness to build family unity. • foster sibling relationship rather than sibling rivalry. • control your anger and effectively deal with tantrums. • be your child’s advocate in the school setting. • support your gifted or special needs child. • build a relationship with your kids that will last a lifetime. The 1 Corinthians 13 Parent series is based on the famous Love Chapter. What does love look like when parenting little kids? Find out by delving into 1 Corinthians 13.

As a mother of five, I was immediately drawn to this book. By a show of hands, who out there wants to raise a child in love? That’s what I thought, you can put your hands down. Since that is the desire of your heart, I would invite you to check out Raising Little Kids with BIG Love by Lori Wildenberg and Becky Danielson. These two ladies break down over the course of this book how to be a 1 Corinthians 13 parent.

I must be honest, I never thought of applying this chapter of the Bible to parenting my children. This is not to say I am not loving with my kids, I just had never put the two together. I love how they break down this chapter of the Bible into manageable pieces and then go into detail of how to practically apply it to your children. Not only that, there are questions and tips at the end of each chapter. These are great to use as you work through the book, but also a wonderful resource later. They conclude each chapter with a prayer. Let’s face it, without prayer we can not navigate the treacherous waters of this world. We need God as our guide and source of strength.

I would definitely recommend you pick up this book for yourself or as a gift for a parent you know. It will be a fabulous resource for them and their kids will thank you for it.

Praying Upside Down – Book Review

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I’m a firm believer in the power of prayer. I also know that most of us do not tap into the power that is available to us. For that reason, I am drawn to books about prayer. I have read several different books on the subject, but none quite like Praying Upside Down by Kelly O’Dell Stanley.

The title intrigued me, so what I had the opportunity to review it for The Blog Spot Network, I couldn’t wait to dive in. You maybe asking yourself what praying upside down means. Well, I have great news, it has nothing to do with standing on your head or swinging from the monkey bars. No, it’s simply being bold enough to ask God to let you truly see. Your perspective will never be the same.

Kelly walks the reader through her own story of how this idea changed not only her life, but also her relationship with God. I love how she takes it a step farther by placing Prayer Palette at the end of each chapter. This offers practical ways to implement each idea. By applying these simple, practical ideas you will begin to see life from a different perspective and see God working in and through your life in a mighty way.

There is not a person that cannot gain insight from this book. It will literally transform the time you spend with God. Accept the challenge, order the book and begin implementing this into your prayer life. You will never be the same.