A Prairie Girl’s Faith by Stephen W. Hines

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A Prairie Girl’s Faith, by Stephen W. Hines, is a biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder. The author has done years of research to write this story showing the spiritual and religious upbringing that Laura and her family had. The author has written this book to show us how Laura’s and her family’s faith brought them through all the difficult times in their lives. He explains to the reader that the Ingalls girls more than likely learned their Christian teaching from their mother, in their home, and that their father often played worship and praise songs on his violin. The author shows the importance the Ingalls put on fellowship. The Ingalls moved several times and at points in their lives did not live close to a church, so they had church services in their homes. Charles was also instrumental in helping to bring church services to Walnut Grove and De Smit.

I really enjoyed reading this book and learning more about the Ingalls and Wilder families. Just like the author, I have loved the Little House books since I was very young. We have read them to our children and taken our children to De Smit to see where the Ingalls lived. This book gives a very good description of where buildings were in De Smit. I wish I had know that when we visited there. The parts of the book that I enjoyed the most was reading about Laura and Rose’s relationship as well as the friendships Laura had. This book also includes a section that has recipes from the pioneer women. I especially liked the authors notation regarding how they tasted. Anyone who enjoys the Little House stories will learn a lot from also reading this book.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Blogging for Books. This is my honest review.

183 pages

ISBN: 9780735289789

Publisher: Waterbrook

Stephen Hines is a recognized authority on Laura Ingalls Wilder and has written several best-selling volumes on her life and is a contributor to http://www.littlehouseontheprairie.com.

This book will be available February 6, 2018. It can be preordered from:

https://waterbrookmultnomah.com/books/546731/a-prairie-girls-faith-by-stephen-w-hines/

https://www.christianbook.com/prairie-spiritual-legacy-laura-ingalls-wilder/stephen-hines/9780735289789/pd/289789?event=

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The New Believers Guide to the Christian Life by Alex Early

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As a new believer, you may have questions about what to expect. You wonder how to please God, or what will happen is you mess up. But being a Christian isn’t about what you do. It’s about who you are: a child of God. And God loves his children unconditionally. Through his overwhelming love, he changes us from the inside out.”

Alex Early has written this book to help new believes in Christ in their Christian walk. He attempts to answer some of the questions new believer have as well as give them understanding and direction in their new life. The book contains nine chapters that cover topics such as being a child of God, prayer, baptism, being part of a church and money.

The author points out that as a Christian you have already made some important decisions, you believe that God exists and that Jesus has the power to take care of your greatest fears, and take away your guilt and shame. He also points out that God wants all of us, not part of us. He saved us to have a relationship with Him, not to use us.

The author also teaches about prayer. He spends time teaching about the Lords Prayer as well as touching on how we should pray. He are to turn to God first and foremost to pray, to pour out our troubles and complain. He also points out that as time goes on we may become distracted and our prayer life may become boring. This is normal, Christians sometimes goes through a period where they feel God is distant. When this happens we need to remember that this is because of us, not God, God is not boring and has our best interest in mind.

The author also touches on church membership and it’s role in Christian maturity. I thought his chapter on church membership was especially refreshing. So often we attend the church we grew up in, or have been attending for years, even if it is nor leading us in our walk with God. The author points out that we are to find a church that exalts Jesus, one that teaches the beliefs we believe in. We are not to look for a church because we like the gimmicks, such as their music or social activities.

I think this is a really good book, not just for new believers but long term ones as well. Some of the information in this book may be a little overwhelming for a new believer, but a good refresher for a person who has been a Christian for some time. Each of the chapters end with questions to consider. This is not a book for quick reading, but rather a book to sit and think about. The author uses a lot of Bible verses and quotations from other writers to bring his information to the reader. I think this would be a good book to pass on to new believers, or someone struggling with their Christian walk.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany Publishing and I have written an honest review.

172 pages

ISBN: 9780764218361

Publisher: Bethany House

Distant God by Chris Nye

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Distant God, written by Chris Nye, is a book of biblical guidance on feeling closer to God when He feels far away. Our modern culture teaches us to take a step back and focus on our selves when times get tough. This is the exact opposite of what the Bible tells us to do. We are not meant for self absorption, but rather self giving. Every relationship has it’s times when the feeling of closeness is not there, it is the same in our relationship with God. God is always with us, but we go through times when we become distracted with what we want rather than seeking God.

God’s presence is something He blesses us with. This book reminds us of the wonderfulness of God’s presence and tells us what we can do to have God close to us, even in our sins. We miss out on the presence of God when we do not confess our sins, treating them like they are no big deal. God wants us to confess our sins so He can reveal His love to us.

This is a wonderful book that gives us gentle reminders of God and His ever presence to us. When God does not feel close to us, it is because we have become distracted with our lives and have pushed God away. I like that the author points out that there are times when we are at retreats and camps where we are focusing on our relationship with God and He feels so close, yet when we get home to our normal lives, that feeling goes away. I also like that the author uses stories in his book to get his point across. I especially like how the author reminds us to use the Lord’s Prayer and Psalm 23 to help us in our prayer life.

I received a copy of this book from Moody Publishes for an honest review.

 208 pages

ISBN-10: 0802414373

ISBN-13: 978-0802414373

Publisher: Moody Publishers 

Praying for the Cure; A Powerful Prayer Guide for Comfort & Healing from Cancer

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Praying for the Cure is written by Mary J. Nelson. The author is also a, speaker, pastor and cancer survivor. This is such a good book that it is very evident that the author has lived what she has written for us to benefit from.

In this book Mary J. Nelson reminds us many times that God is a healer. He does not give us cancer, he does not use illness to punish us, to get our attention or teach us a lesson. While He walked on the earth He cured people of their illnesses. God partners with the medical and faith communities to heal us. The medical treatments are limited, while God’s power is totally unlimited. The cancer battle does not belong to the patient or doctor, it belongs to God.

Another part in the book I found really interesting is the parts on prayer. The author tells us that when we pray to believe first and then to receive God’s answer to our prayer. Another things the author writes that I find extremely interesting is that we often pray “if it is Your will”. If we are seeking medical care and it is not God’s will that we be cured, then we are going against God’s will. It is God’s nature to heal us, He wants us healed.

Being a cancer survivor, I wish I had this book when I was going through my cancer battle. The book has 21 chapters of encouragement based on Bible verses, followed by short prayers also based on Bible verses. The author points out that we may cancer but that is not our identity. And that often times our focus becomes centered on our illness, doctor appointments, medications, etc. and that our focus gets taken off of God. This book is written is such a way that even when it becomes hard to focus on prayer and reading the bible, this book will help guide us through our devotion and prayer time.

I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing for an honest review.

224 pages

ISBN-10: 1634092015

ISBN-13: 978-1634092012

Publisher: Shiloh Run Press

This is such a great book, that I think it would be a great gift to give anyone who is dealing with cancer in their life. Some places this book can be purchased at are:

https://www.amazon.com/Praying-Cure-Powerful-Comfort-Healing/dp/1634092015

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/praying-for-the-cure-mary-j-nelson/1123132221?ean=9781634092012

http://www.powells.com/book/praying-for-the-cure-9781634092012

https://www.christianbook.com/praying-powerful-prayer-comfort-healing-cancer/mary-nelson/9781634092012/pd/092010?event=ESRCP

http://www.deepershopping.com/item/nelson-mary/praying-for-the-cure/6756044.html

The Power of Prophetic Prayer

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The Power of Prophetic Prayer by Kynan Bridges reminds us that the only way for us to connect with God is through prayer and prayer is a very powerful way. Prayer opens our spiritual being to the endless possibilities of God, and we have endless access to God. Through prayer we release the ambassadorial authority Christ gives us. Through prayer we bring about changes in peoples lives. We don’t have to wait until we get to heaven to have an intimate relationship with God, we can have it right now.

Kynan Bridges gives a lot of information regarding prayer, how to go to prayer, the importance of faith in prayer. He guides us in keeping the fire burning by pointing out that we need to be intentional about our prayer life, we need to meditate on the Word of God and we need to ask God to create in us a hunger for the things of God. The author points out Jesus gives us specific instructions on how to pray, “ enter into thy closet” (Matthew 6:6). The closet does not mean a room, it means a place of intimacy and disclosure. We are to acknowledge God as our Father, recognize that God is in heaven, glorify His name as holy, declare His kingdom will come on earth and in heaven. We are to ask for our daily needs, for forgiveness of sins, and forgive others. We are to pray for help in temptation and recognize God as the kingdom, power and glory. (Luke 11:2-4 and Matthew 6:9-13).

Bridges tells us to not just “pray in Jesus name”. We are to pray according to the character and nature of Jesus. We are to pray accoring to the Word of God. We are to rely completely on Jesus. We must approach God, knowing He alone is able. We are to thank God in advance and have faith and confidence that He has heard us rather than pray “if it is your will”. Bridges also reminds us that prayer is powerful and necessary. When we combine faith with prayer and fasting we get miracles, breakthrough and deliverance.

This book has so much information on prayer that to gain as much as you can from it, it will need to be read several times. Each chapter ends with Prophetic Prayer and Prophetic Insights making this book a good choice for a Bible Study on prayer. Different types of prayers, such as prayers for protection and intervention, are included as well.

I enjoyed reading this book. It is not a quick read but is very easy to understand. Scripture is used to reinforce the statement the author is making. This is a great book to use to build your prayer life. I have prayed and heard a lot on prayer but reading this book has really made me step back and take a look at my own prayer life.

I received a copy of this book from Book Club Network for an honest review.

208 pages

ISBN-10: 162911622X

ISBN-13: 978-1629116228

Publisher: Whitaker House

My Little Prayers, Illustrated by Diane Le Feyer, Compiled by Brenda Ward

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My Little Prayers is a cushioned hard cover book for children, especially toddlers and preschoolers. It has 32 prayers and 9 bible verses. There are 8 different types of prayers including prayers for meals, bedtime and for family and friends. Each prayer has a cute picture to go with it . Some prayers are traditional prayers children have been saying for years. The prayers include songs and poems as well.

This is a really cute book, it is the perfect size for little children. The cover is very durable and easily cleaned. The pictures are really cute and help with interacting with the children. The traditional prayers in this book were some of my children’s favorites when they were little. It is a great book to use at prayer time to help teach little children about praying to God as well as thanking God for family, friends and things the child has been given. This would make a great gift for a child. I will be recommending this to others and will be using it for gifts.

I received this book free from the publisher and BookLook Bloggers book review program for an honest review.

96 pages

Age Range: 4 – 8 years

ISBN-10: 0718040198

ISBN-13: 978-0718040192

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Focus: Eliminating Distraction for Enhanced Spiritual Vision

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Focus written by Margie Fleurant is a book to help the reader identify what distractions they have in their lives that is hurting their spiritual life. The book contains ten enemies of our spiritual walk.

Offense is holding on to hurts instead of letting them go.
People-Pleasing is trying to please other people, rather than pleasing God.
Self-Absorption is focusing on our inabilities, rather than believing God is powerful enough to help us overcome them.
Focus On The Past is one of the man distractions we have. Satan loves to remind us of our past hurts and failures. God forgives our past.
The Easy Road is accepting what is good, doing small things. God has called us to do great things, more than we could ever imagine.
The Noise Of The Enemy is paying attention to troubling thoughts we have. Are these our thoughts are those from the devil.
Discouragement comes to us when things happen in our lives to get in the way of accomplishing our goals. Putting our hope in Jesus enables us to get past this and focus on our destiny.
The Treasures Of The World and focusing on money gets in the way of the true riches we get from God. Many people spend their lives striving to make more money to buy more things, but they are not happy because of it and they want more.
Reliance On Our Own Works is focusing on doing good works rather than spending time with God.
Weariness happens when we become overwhelmed by difficulties in our lives. We need to take time to rest our physical bodies to stay healthy and we must put our trust and faith in God for complete rest.

This is a great book! The author uses scripture through out the book to support what she is say. There are so many places in this book that made me stop to think about my life and the stumbling blocks I have getting in the way of my spiritual journey. The author compares our spiritual journey to that of a runner training and focusing on running a race. We are not to let distractions get in our way or lose sight of our final destiny – our relationship with God.

I received a copy of the book from Book Club Network for an honest review.