Wednesday, August 28, 2013

KJV Homeschool Mom’s Bible

By: Zondervan


I love the cover of this Bible as it is cute and colorful!  The Foreword is written by Vickie Farris who is the wife of Homeschool Legal Defense Association Founder, Dr. Michael Farris.  This Bible also contains 365 devotionals written by Janet Tatman who has 25 years of homeschooling experience.  She was also a copywriter for Alpha Omega Publications.  Part of her job there was to write a daily devotional that was sent out via e-mail to subscribers.  Her daily devotionals became very popular and have now become part of this Bible. 

I believe these daily devotions are perfect for mothers who are short on time.  The devotionals contain a scripture, a story and a prayer.  Also, the page number of the next devotional is listed at the bottom.  This makes it easy so the reader does not have to skim through the Bible to find the next one.  Also, the Bible verses contained in the devotionals do not correspond with where the devotional is found in the Bible.  For example, a devotional may be based on a scripture found in James but the devotional is found between the pages of Genesis.  For those who are looking for a deeper study this may not be what you are looking for as there are no questions for further reflection.   

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Press Release

I have been given a great opportunity to review two new books mentioned below.  The first book is "The Power of Ordinary Prayer" by Michael W. Smith.  The second book is "He Knows Your Name" by Travis Cottrell.  I will be posting my reviews next week!
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – June 11th, 2013—The Worthy Publishing Group rounds out its Spring/Summer 2013 list with two gift titles penned by award-winning singer/songwriters Michael W. Smith and Travis Cottrell.
Smith’s book The Power of an Ordinary Prayer (Worthy Publishing, 9781617951923, July 2013, $14.99, hardcover) explores the heart of prayer and its power to transform your world. The beautifully-designed, hardcover gift book inspires readers to pray blessings over their loved ones, and in return discover the abundant joy and peace that can be theirs through the power of this simple blessing. 
Dove-award winning artist, Travis Cottrell’s 144-page gift book entitled He Knows Your Name (Worthy Publishing, 9781617951916, July 2013, $14.99, hardcover), looks at those surprising times and places when God proves his radical love. With a remarkable introduction by NewYork Times best-selling author Beth Moore, Cottrell reminds readers that God is the hope, strength, and deliverance they desperately need in every circumstance—especially those moments when it is least expected.
“These books, written by award-winning recording artists, come on the heels of our success with titles from contemporary Christian music artists Laura Story and Nichole Nordeman,” says Jeana Ledbetter, Vice President of Editorial.Within the past year Worthy Publishing has struck a chord with readers with the release of Grammy-award winning songwriter Laura Story’s devotional, What If Your Blessings Come Through Raindrops? (Freeman Smith, 9781605873220, March 2012, $11.99, trade paper) along with Dove-award winning artist Nichole Nordeman’s Love Story (Worthy, 9781617950513, August 2012, $16.99, hardcover). “It seems we have found a niche transforming best-selling recording artists into widely read authors,” Ledbetter continues.  Worthy is also scheduled to release Big Daddy Weave’s devotional Redeemed (Worthy, 9781605875224, August 2013, $11.99), based on the song recently awarded “Song of the Year” at the K-Love Fan Awards on June 1st.
Michael W. Smith is a multiple-time Grammy and Dove Award-winning singer/songwriter, having recorded more than twenty-two albums and written numerous hit songs.  Smith has written several best-selling books, including Old Enough to Know and Friends are Friends Forever. He and his wife, Debbie, have five children and live in Nashville.
Travis Cottrell is a Dove Award-winning recording artist and songwriter and has been the worship leader at Beth Moore’s Living Proof Live conferences for fifteen years. He also serves as the Worship Pastor at Englewood Baptist Church in Jackson, Tennessee, where he lives with his wife, Angela, and their three children.
Worthy Publishing Group ( is a privately held, independent voice in Christian and inspirational publishing, based in Nashville, Tennessee, comprised of three divisions. Worthy Books publishes a boutique list of trade titles across a broad spectrum of genres, including current events, biography, fiction, devotionals, spiritual and personal growth, and specialized Bibles. Ellie Claire is a line of gift and paper expressions, and Freeman-Smith is a value-priced, impulse book imprint.  

Forever Friday

By: Timothy Lewis

Adam Colby’s divorce leaves him bitter and questioning whether true love really exists.  As he was cleaning up after an estate sale he came across an album full of postcards.  Each postcard contained a poem written by Gabe Alexander to his wife Pearl (a.k.a. Huck).  Adam was intrigued by the depth of their love and set out on a quest to find out more about this couple.  Yvette is the only one who knows Gabe and Huck’s story.  At first she is reluctant to meet with Adam but she soon realizes he is just the right person to gain insight into this beautiful love story.

I really enjoyed reading this book and loved the front cover.  The story mainly focuses on the lives of Gabe and Huck with interjections of Adam’s life.  Although I enjoyed most of the story, I felt some of storyline was unnecessary and not developed enough.  Without getting into too much detail, there is a part in the book where Huck runs into her ex-fiancĂ©.  I found this part of the story to be a little unrealistic and disturbing.  I also felt that the story about Adam and Yvette was not developed enough.  I know they were not meant to be the main focus of this book but I feel like their story could have been portrayed better.  Overall I think this was a good book with a great love story.  One interesting fact that the author shared is how this story is “loosely” based off of the lives of his great aunt and great uncle.  I look forward to reading more from this author.  

*I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review.