Made for the Journey by Elisabeth Elliot–Book Review

Back Cover Blurb

In this deeply personal account of her first year as a missionary, Elisabeth Elliot shares the challenges she faced as she worked in the jungles of Ecuador to bring the Word of God to a people virtually untouched by the outside world. With fascinating detail, she captures the stark realities of life in the jungle, the difficulties she encountered while developing a written language for the tribe, and her confusion when God didn’t “cooperate”with her efforts to accomplish what she believed was His will.

More than just a memoir, Made for the Journey is a beautifully crafted and deeply personal reflection on the important questions of life and a remarkable testimony on authentic Christian obedience to an unfathomable God.

My Review

More than likely you know a few things about Elisabeth Elliot and her husband, Jim; you may even have read some of Elisabeth’s other books. I knew their story, and a little about Elisabeth after her husband was murdered, but I didn’t know much else about her, for example, I never knew she spent an entire year on the opposite side of the jungle as a single missionary trying to create a written language for the Colorado Indians. I found this book very enlightening, it shows the struggles of her first year as a missionary. It shows her humanity through the doubts she herself faced at times. Many times I think we as Christians take for granted that these missionaries leave to go to the field and we hear back from them most of the positive things of their work. We don’t hear of the struggles and doubts they have faced. I think sometimes we see these people as superhuman and they don’t have doubts, or fears, or struggles, but they are still human, the devil still attacks them, and probably more so as they work daily on a foreign field without many of the luxuries we have here at home. It also shows how great her faith was, even in those struggles she was able to remind herself that she was called of God without a doubt, and it would strengthen her faith to keep on keeping on. I learned a lot from reading her memoir, and I know you will too. May it strengthen your faith as well!

**I received this book free from the publisher for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

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Prayer Warrior Confessions Blog Tour

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About the Book 

Prayer Warrior Confessions

Book: Prayer Warrior Confessions

Author: Harriet E. Michael & Shirley Crowder

Genre: Non-Fiction, Christian Living, Inspirational

Release Date: November, 2018

Publisher: Write Integrity Press

Come along with other prayer warriors and read their stories. Some of the stories will make you cry while others will make you laugh. Each story ends with a confession from the writer in which he or she shares an insight about prayer or something new they learned through their experience.

Readers of Prayer Warrior Confessions will learn more about prayer as they enjoy the true and candid stories of other people’s experiences with prayer. They see the stories through the writers’ eyes and glean the insights the writers learned.

True stories of prayer in action that will make you cry, laugh, sigh, smile, and stand amazed.

My Review

This book was not what I was expecting as first, but it didn’t disappoint. I was enthralled from the beginning. I loved reading the different ways prayer affected the many contributors to this book. I also loved the confessions of what each person learned from their prayer story. There were several things that made an impact on me, but the one that stands out the most was by Harriet E. Michael that said, “God knows what we need before we ask, and sometimes He gives us what we need without our asking. Other times, I think He waits for us to pray before He answers.”  That particular confession stuck out to me. Sometimes God wants us to put feet to our faith. I know there are times I want to just sit back and let God do all the work, but there are times where even though He can and will do things without us, He wants us to do our part as well. I would highly recommend this book, it will make you see just how powerful prayer is for a Christian is. Now I want to read the other 3 books in this collection!

NOTE: In case you want to read all of the books in the entire collection, here are the rest of them. Prayer: It’s Not About You by Harriet E Michael and A Study Guide on Prayer–A Companion to Prayer: It’s Not About You by Harriet E Michael by Shirley Crowder both are an in-depth study on prayer from the Bible. Then there is also a devotional they co-wrote together called Glimpses of Prayer. 

Click here to get your copy!

**I received a copy of this book free from Celebratelit Publishing for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

About the Authors

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Shirley CrowderThe authors, Shirley Crowder and Harriet E. Michael are lifelong friends whose parents served as missionaries in Nigeria, West Africa. Their friendship has spanned across two continents, numerous states, and many, many years. Learn more about them at http://www.WriteIntegrity.com/authors.

Guest Post from Shirley & Harriet

God writes the best stories … and sometimes we get the privilege of recording them.

Co-writers Harriet E. Michael and Shirley Crowder have a common interest in all things Biblical. Over the past few years they have worked together on a series of books on the topic of prayer. “Prayer Warrior Confessions” is the fourth & final book in that series. It is a book filled with true stories of experiences with and lessons learned about prayer. This collection of true stories was written by various contributors who retell a story from their lives about a time they saw prayers answered, and/or learned a new lesson about prayer. These stories are heartwarming, exciting, sad, funny, and will touch your heart in so many ways while also sharing deeper insights into prayer.

Yes, God creates the best stories & He writes them on the parchment of our lives, teaching us lessons through them.

Blog Stops

Real World Bible Study, December 18

A Diva’s Heart, December 19

Just the Write Escape, December 19

Lights in a Dark WorldDecember 20

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, December 21

Bibliophile Reviews, December 22

Mary Hake, December 23

Texas Book-aholic, December 23

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, December 24

Janices book reviews, December 25

Carpe Diem, December 26

A Baker’s Perspective, December 27

Bigreadersite, December 28

the midnight bookaholic, December 29

margaret kazmierczak, December 29 (Interview)

Truth and a Grace Homeschool Academy, December 30

Stephanie’s Life of Determination, December 31

Reading is my Super Power, December 31 (Interview)

Giveaway

To celebrate their tour, Harriet and Shirley are giving away a grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card and the whole Prayer Collection set: Prayer It’s Not About You, Study Guide on Prayer–A Companion to Prayer: It’s Not About You, and Glimpses of Prayer, Prayer Warrior Confessions!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stop for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below https://promosimple.com/ps/d6d1/prayer-warrior-confessions-celebration-tour-giveaway

My Sipsby experience

A while back, I came across an ad on Facebook for a subscription box for tea called Sipsby. My first reaction was oh that’s cool, my grandmother would love that, because she loves tea. We even went to a tea room for a tea party for her 80th birthday. I’m relatively new to tea, and still discovering what I like, so I thought, this might be kind of fun to try. I’ve never tried a subscription box before, and so I decided to give it a whirl. I had a chance to try my first box free so I thought why not? First I’ll give you all the details, then I’ll show you what I got in my box and tell you how I liked each tea. (Plus check out my unboxing video at the bottom of the post!)

First, how does it work? First you’ll create a profile, and take your profile quiz, here is where you get to tell Sipsby what you do and don’t like, do you like fruity teas, how about nutty teas? do you like black tea? do you prefer to receive only decaf teas or all caffeinated teas, or a mixture of both? how do you feel about loose leaf tea? etc. You can be as picky or liberal with your answers as you want. Based on that quiz, they will then curate a box each month of teas they think you will like. You will get 4 different teas each month to try.

When you receive your box, there will not only be your teas in the box, but also an insert that tells you a bit about each tea and how to steep it. Sometimes they’ll even include tea bags for the loose leaf tea you may or may not get in your box. Then you can rate each tea to accrue points toward either $5 off a box or to earn a free box (depending on how many points you have). Now you may be wondering this all sounds great but how much does this subscription cost? Would you believe that it is only $15 a month shipped?! That was amazing to me because a lot of subscription boxes I’ve been interested in trying were way more (hence the reason I haven’t really tried any other subscription boxes yet!) Use this link, and you’ll get $5 off your first box!

Now here’s what they sent me (Disclaimer: all the product descriptions I got straight from the Sipsby website…those are not my descriptions 😉 ):

Sipsby Mountain Tea

Mountain Tea with Lemon Balm and Caraway by Traditional Medicinals

Description:

Celebrated by the Greeks for millennia as an herb to support everyday wellness, mountain tea has gained epic nicknames such as “Ironwort,” “The Tea of the Gods,” and “The Tea of the Titans.” It has earned a reputation for its countless protective, supportive and soothing abilities.* Though mountain tea is a staple in many Greek households, Traditional Medicinals is one of the first tea companies in North America to feature this herb.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

My thoughts

I thought this tea was pretty tasty and on the card they sent me, it also said something about being good for your digestive system, which I thought was pretty awesome! I gave this one 5 stars.
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Description:

The active ingredient in this yummy peachy blend is guarana seed from the Amazon basin – it’s known to give your metabolism an all-natural boost! Perfect before an afternoon workout.

My thoughts:

I liked this tea, I was a bit disappointed because I thought I’d taste more of the peach flavor, and I didn’t get that as much, but it was still yummy! I can definitely tell why it would be good as a preworkout tea because the caffeine will definitely jumpstart you. (I’m really bad at working out regularly, so for me it was just a wake-me-up tea).

sipsby vanilla matcha

Vanilla Matcha by DAVIDsTEA

Description:

This all-natural blend of vanilla, stone-ground matcha and sweet coconut nectar is the easiest way to get your matcha fix. Start your day with a Vanilla Matcha latte, a green smoothie or some next-level oatmeal! No need to decide between flavor, energy and antioxidants – this tea’s got ’em all.

My thoughts

img_5529I’ve never had matcha tea before, and let me tell you, I think it’s safe to say this became my favorite tea they sent me! It was recommended to try a latte, which I’d never done, and I don’t have one of those fancy French presses they recommended on Pinterest, but with a recipe and some tweaking I used my Pampered Chef Whipped Cream Maker and regular milk since I didn’t have almond milk, and it was amazing! I actually think I’ll be buying more matcha since I liked it so much!

sipsby pumpkin spice

Organic Pumpkin Spice by Davidson’s Organic Teas

Description:

A creamy medley of robust spices and decadent pumpkin essence with a base of pure, organic black tea, sourced from family tea gardens in India. Serve by itself, or latte-style with milk and sweetener.

My thoughts

img_5570I was pleasantly surprised by this one, I don’t always like pumpkin spice flavored things. This was an amazing tea and perfect for my November box. Since I was so in love with the Vanilla Matcha latte, I decided why not try a Pumpkin Spice latte? So I made this one the same way and topped it with a little cinnamon. It was perfect! Love, love, loved it! Plus I felt fancy with the frothy milk and cinnamon dust, it’s the small things that make me feel amazing in the morning, and fancy drinks are probably one of them.

In Summary

I would highly recommend this subscription box for you or maybe as a gift for someone you know that loves tea, or even if you’re new to tea like I am. I have quickly fallen in love as you can tell, and they didn’t disappoint in any of the teas they sent me. If you are interested in trying Sipsby, use this link and you’ll get $5 off your first box!

https://www.sipsby.com/pages/referral?code=aeyq7h7hpxgcz13

**This post is in no way sponsored by Sipsby, I simply wanted to share my experience.

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Who Do You Say that I AM? by Becky Harling–Book Review

This Bible Study focuses on the I AM statements of Jesus Christ. It’s an 8-week study focusing on deepening your faith in Jesus. I love the way the publisher summarizes it on the back cover of how the study will help readers to:

  • Realize the truth of who Jesus really is
  • Grow in their ability to trust God and rely on Him fully
  • Find the calm and peace promised in Scripture despite life circumstances

I learned so much through this study! I know there were some things God was obviously speaking to me about because several times what I’d been learning through this study was reiterated somewhere else, in my Mom’s Connect Group, in church, etc. I loved the questions to help you dig deeper into the Scriptures and each I AM statement. I tend to learn best through studies like this that have workbooks to guide me. I highly recommend this study to any woman who wants to dig deeper into who Jesus really is to them.

**I received this book free from the publisher for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Heaven Shining Through by Joe Siccardi–Book Review

 

Book Description

Samantha is dreading her return home. Throughout her life, she had a rocky relationship with her mother – and now her mother is all she has left.

Through a nostalgic look back, Samantha recognizes the presence of God in an ordinary life. She learns more about herself as a wife and mother who has had her share of sorrow and blessings.

As her faith increases, she is able to see her mother through new eyes, leading to reconciliation … and is reminded of that every time she sees Heaven Shining Through.

My Review

I thoroughly enjoyed this short novella. I loved the characters; they were well developed and had their own faults. As you go back with Samantha as she looks back over her life, you see her mature spiritually. She had a rough relationship with her mother, but eventually as an adult, she finally can see that her mother does love her despite the way she chose to show it as a child. I was kind of sad to see the story end so soon, I feel like I could have kept reading Samantha’s story for way longer. Overall, I loved the story and the characters, and I definitely recommend this novella!

DISCLAIMER–there are very few instances in this book with mild language, like I could count it on one hand the instances, but I want to be completely open with you in case that is a factor for anybody wanting to check the book out 🙂  

**I received this book free from the author for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

About the Author

Joe SiccardiJoe Siccardi has been an editorial writer, editor and publisher for 52 years and posts a blog at https://wisdomfromafather.com/. As he states, “I’m the ordinary Joe walking along this journey called life and sharing it with you!” He is the proud father of five children, 18 grandchildren and three great-granddaughters. He currently lives in Dover-Foxcroft, after life experiences in Paterson, Totowa, Ogdensburg and Newton, NJ; Belvidere, IL;  Toledo, OH;  Washington, DC; Laurel, MD; and Seneca Falls and Willard (Romulus), NY.

God Bless You and Good Night by Hannah Hall–Book Review

Book Description

God Bless You and Good Night is now available as a touch-and-feel book! This beloved bedtime classic has touched more than 315,000 families, and this touch-and-feel edition offers even more fun as little ones prepare for bed.

Bedtime can be a precious time of connection for you and your little one. Enjoy those snuggly moments together as you read this classic bedtime book while exploring all the fun touch-and-feel elements, from the polar bear’s soft fur to the elephant’s leathery skin to the silky grass of the African grasslands.

In God Bless You and Good Night Touch and Feel, sleepy little ones are reminded of God’s blessings and how much they are loved. The delightful rhyming story takes readers through several scenes of snuggly animals who are getting ready for bed from putting on pj’s, brushing teeth, and saying good-night prayers. Now with added touch-and-feel elements, children can engage with the story even more. God Bless You and Good Night Touch and Feel will be a favorite part of the bedtime ritual for parents and children.

Whether for a baby shower or birthday, or as a heart-melting way to surprise the grandparents-to-be, God Bless You and Good Night Touch and Feel is the perfect touch for any celebration.

My Review

I simply loved this board book! It will be perfect for my baby for Christmas! I know he’ll love to feel the different touch and feel parts of the book, especially as he grows older! The illustrations were beautiful and perfect for children, and the rhyme will keep your younger kids engaged. Plus, I love books specifically for bedtime, and so do my kids. This would be perfect for Christmas for the little ones in your life! We have one or two of the other God Bless books, and I love each one I’ve read, they won’t disappoint!

**I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Who Sang the First Song? by Ellie Holcomb–Book Review

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Get yours today! Perfect for Christmas!

Kids discover who sang the first song. This book guides them through who sang the first song, was it the sun? or maybe it was the whales? or the waves? by the end children will discover that while those are good guesses, it was God who sang the first song! His creation is to make a joyful noise to Him!

Again I got this book for a Christmas present, but I know my kids are going to love it! The illustrations were absolutely beautiful! I loved the message of the book, and I loved the different places the kids can interact, like when the lion says ROAR! or the thunder goes BOOM! This book is perfect for little kids! I can’t wait to read it to them! Highly recommend this one! Go grab yours today!

**I received this book free for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.