Don’t Blame the Mud: Teaching Kids About Sin and Salvation

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There’s nothing more important (or intimidating, it seems like) than teaching kids about sin and salvation. If they don’t understand what sin is, why would they want salvation? And there’s a difference between head knowledge and heart knowledge for sure! We can know something with our heads, and not accept in into our hearts. I have a book to share today that might just help with teaching kids about sin and salvation on a very practical level. Teaching Kids About Sin and Salvation I found this book to be simple and relatable. Teaching kids about sin and the guilt that … Read More

How Important is a Ruth and Naomi Relationship?

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Modern retelling of Bible stories are a powerful tool. Translating the Ruth and Naomi relationship dynamics into other settings managed to bring home the lessons all over again.   One of the greatest things about books based on Bible stories is that you aren’t tampering with the original, so anyone who’s nervous about Biblical fiction can safely enjoy it.   Readers familiar with and enjoying period fiction (*raises hand ️) can get lost in the new story and forget about a key point of the original story, and be startled (not exactly surprised) by it when it happens!   You can explore the emotions … Read More

40+ Short Inspirational Devotionals You’ll Love

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Short inspirational devotionals are great for sparking meditation and study. They’re also great at being a touchstone to recenter your day. I want to share some great Devotionals with you, some of my favorites and some that have made me curious. They are by no means meant to be our only exposure to the Word or our only communication with the Lord. I often find devotional inspiration while enjoying Christian fiction. I have found this an excellent touchstone. When I’m out of sorts, a well-written novel that points to God without ‘preaching’ at me helps. I’m more likely to accept … Read More

Do You Describe Your Faith When Seeking a Spouse?

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Describe your faith: (anyone know where I can get a blinking word prompt for this spot??) I was challenged by the Personal profiles in this week’s Celebrate Lit book tour. Taking out the purely romantic/matchmaking questions, <which are incredibly valuable in their own right> the profile asks some really good questions. Questions like “Describe your faith” or “what is your biggest fault?” I want to dig into that with you guys. But first, the book:   ? Please note that this post contains affiliate links for your convenience. I may make a small commission if you purchase something through one … Read More

Naaman’s Servant: The Beautiful Faith of a Child

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Naaman’s Servant girl has a difficult story to tell. There’s hardship and tragedy in the opening scenes. But whether she was 9 or 16, Naaman’s maidservant is an inspiring role model of faith! ?This post has a giveaway? ? Please note that this post contains affiliate links for your convenience. I may make a small commission if you purchase something through one of the links. I received an advance copy of Moriah’s Wings from Celebrate Lit. While I am grateful for that, it doesn’t affect my reviews. All thoughts are my own. You can read my full disclosure here.   … Read More

An Emotional Baggage Check: Laugh, Love, and Look in the Mirror

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Emotional baggage check: Baggage is everywhere, and yet we’re often surprised by the effects of it.   It gets packed by us, and by others. We carry it around and as miserable as it makes us, it’s reassuring because it is familiar.   Then sometimes our baggage gets a little bit too full and heavy, so it explodes on those around us.   Making sure that we go see the Baggage Handler* with all types of emotional baggage is the best way to deal with our baggage.     ? Please note that this post contains affiliate links for your convenience.  If … Read More

Keeping Your Promise When It’s Hard

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How important is keeping your promise? On a scale of one to ten, where would you place the importance of keeping your word? I would venture to say that It’s not meaningless (1) but is it a consistent 10? Jesus said: “let your yes be yes, and your no, no.” (Matthew 5:37) Basically, mean what you say, and follow through. A lot of things are easier said than done, or we wouldn’t be urged to “count the cost in advance.” Can we talk about what keeping a promise means for a bit, then I will share a great book I’ve just … Read More

The Essence of Humility in the Bible and Today

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If we are going to talk about humility in the Bible, we should start with a definition. What is humility? According to Merriam Webster’s dictionary, Definition of humility: freedom from pride or arrogance the quality or state of being humble Basically, not considering yourself “too important” to: get involved and help others Do ‘servants work’ Step out of your comfort zone for someone else’s benefit Ask for help Trust God Sounds simple enough, right? (ahem..famous last words, anyone?) ? Please note that I received an advance copy from Celebrate Lit, though all thoughts are my own. I have also included affiliate links for … Read More

Forever Loved: The First Father – Daughter Relationship

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Forever Loved, Eve’s Story is one book I won’t soon forget. I am a big fan of Biblical Fiction as you probably already know, and this one having a definite devotional feel to it makes it even better. Thank you, Celebrate Lit, for the opportunity to read this book. Helping me reframe my thoughts and understanding with fresh perspective. ? Please note that I received an advance copy from Celebrate Lit, though all thoughts are my own. I have also included affiliate links for your convenience. If you make a purchase through one, I may make a small commission at no extra cost to you. You … Read More

Wayne Thomas Batson with an Epic Sword in the Stars

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When I saw that Wayne Thomas Batson Author of this week’s Celebrate Lit Book Review was from the same part of Maryland as I was, It made me smile! Please allow me to introduce you to today’s Epic: Sword in the Stars, the beginning of the Dark Sea Annals. *Please note that this post has affiliate links. If you make a purchase through one, I may receive a small commission at no cost to you. I did receive a copy of The Sword in the Stars from Celebrate Lit, though this does not influence my opinions. For my full disclosure … Read More