Tuesdays with Yeshua: ESV Family Devotional Bible & Giveaway

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It is very important to both my husband myself, as followers of Yeshua (Jesus), that we lead our children to also learn to love and one day follow Him. A major part of making Him real in our household is talking about Him daily and studying about Him in God’s Word. But sometimes that gets to be a bit difficult when you’re trying to read from an adult Bible and your kids are so busy looking for the pictures they’re not even really listening to the words you’re saying. And, with many children’s Bibles, you run the risk of missing some important story “meat.”

ENTER THE ESV FAMILY DEVOTIONAL BIBLE. This is a colorful hardbound Bible that retells 130 key stories from the Bible with full color illustrations. Each story is placed within or near the actual Bible text it is based on.  The stories are simplified and easy for children of all ages to understand.

The ESV Family Devotional Bible is designed to help families read and apply God’s Word together. This full-color edition features the complete ESV text interspersed with engaging illustrations and gospel-centered devotions related to key Bible stories—guiding families through the entirety of God’s Word over the course of a year. Each devotion also includes discussion questions and suggestions for additional reading, helping families develop a habit of reading the Bible together and applying its truth to all of life.
And I’m giving you all a chance to win your very own copy right now. All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post. Tell me what your favorite Bible verse is, or who you can’t wait to read this Bible with. Just be sure you leave your comment by 11:59 PM EST on May 25th, 2016.
 
If you’ve ever struggled with studying the Bible with your kids in an accurate, kid-friendly way, you won’t want to miss out on this!

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Sweet Romance Sundays: None Like Him Review and Giveaway

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I’m going to focus on something a little different from what we usually consider sweet romance in this post. I’m going to talk about God’s love for us, in addition to His power. What romance could be sweeter than the romance we have with our Heavenly Father and His Son? After all, we are the bride of Christ.

God is self-existent, self-sufficient, eternal, immutable, omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent, sovereign, infinite, and incomprehensible.

We’re not.

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Our limitations are by design. We were never meant to be God. But at the root of every sin is our rebellious desire to possess attributes that belong to God alone.

Calling us to embrace our limits as a means of glorifying God’s limitless power, Jen Wilkin invites us to celebrate the freedom that comes when we rest in letting God be God.

From the very first sentence of this book, “If you had told me five years ago that I would one day write a book for Christian women that led off with a quote from Proverbs 31, I probably would have punched you in the face,” I was hooked.

With a great deal of honesty and insight, plus a fair dose of humor, Jen takes us through some of the attributes that only belong to God – the things that make Him God.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I know you will too. I’ve been given the opportunity to give one lucky visitor a paperback copy. All you have to do to be entered is leave me a comment on this blog post. Tell me, what is your favorite thing about God?

This contest ends at 11:59 PM on May 25, 2016, so be sure to get your comment in before then. And be sure to check out the publisher’s Facebook page listed below. The book’s Amazon purchase link has also been included for your convenience, just in case you can’t wait until the giveaway is over.

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Mommy Memoir Mondays: 8 Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids

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Being a parent is hard. Anyone who’s been a parent for more than five minutes knows this…and it might not even take that long to figure it out. But the parenting challenges change as your child grows. My girls are now 7 and 5, and we’re daily having new conflicts that we did not face even a year or two ago. And I know we’ll face different challenges next year. I don’t even want to think about the teenage years yet!

I want more than anything to raise two little girls who are “great,” but some days I feel like a miserable failure as a mother (can anyone else relate?). As a child psychologist and a father himself, Dr. Tood Cartmell certainly does seem to be able to relate to that feeling. And he’s written this book to help parents communicate, teach, and direct their children in new, more effective, ways. Plus, he really does understand that parents are short on time, so he’s written this book in brief chapters that can be each be read in about 10 minutes or less. I REALLY appreciate that.

This is a fabulous guide for parents with kids of any age. And you can get it for 50% off the retail price between April 15 and May 15, 2016, by purchasing it at moodypublishers.com, and entering the coupon code GREATKIDS16

Plus, when you purchase from the publisher, you’ll receive FREE access to the HEARTS AT HOME “ESSENTIAL WORKSHOP COLLECTION FOR PARENTS.”

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“I love my child, but parenting is hard.”

Whether you find parenting intuitive or impossible, we could all use a hand here and there. Let child psychologist and father Todd Cartmell walk you through the nuts and bolts of healthy, effective parenting.

Using examples from his home and 20 years of professional practice, Todd gives eight essential and practical tools to help you:

  • Maintain a healthy relationship with your child
  • Develop a nurturing home culture
  • Correct behavior in lasting ways

Designed for busy parents, 8 Simple Tools breaks each tool into five short chapters that include a summary tip and application questions. Use even half of the tools in your parenting, and your family dynamics will thrive. Your relationship with your child will be built on love and trust, providing you with fertile ground for planting God’s wisdom in their heart, and ultimately, seeing them flourish.

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From the author: Dr. Todd Cartmell
Hello.  I’m Dr. Todd!
I earned my doctorate in clinical psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. We then moved to Columbus, OH, where I
completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Wright State University at the Children’s Hospital. Since then, I have done my clinical work at Summit Clinical Services in Wheaton, IL, where I continue to see children, teens, and families on a full-time basis.

I have written five parenting books (faith based), which you can learn more about on the Books page. I have presented many parenting workshops at moms’ conferences (Hearts at Home, MOPS International), MOPS groups, churches, and schools, which you can read about on the Workshop page. I have also recently developed a skill-building game for kids called The Flexible Thinking Game.

In my free time, I enjoy doing anything with my wife, spending time with my boys whenever possible, reading, running, and playing jazz piano any chance I get. My Christian faith is an important part of my life and thinking, and I am continually thankful for God’s grace, of which I am an undeserving recipient.

Sweet Romance Sundays: Don’t Stop Reading Romance Novels

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Earlier this week I read a post about how reading Christian romance novels can be harmful to us both spiritually and relationally. The idea is that it sets up “unrealistic expectations” in our minds for how our husbands should be treating us and sows seeds of discontentment. Because of this, the author of this post believes no woman should read romance novels. I respectfully disagree…sort of.

As someone who is married to a man who is better than any romance hero (as I mention in my dedication to my own Christian-themed romance novella, BELIEVE IN ME), I can honestly say I don’t struggle with this issue of comparing my husband to the romance heroes, except in such a way where he always come out on top. Now, I’m not a big fan of romance novels – even Christian ones – because they only scratch the surface (if that) of what real, true, lasting love and commitment is. That’s their main flaw, in my mind. Granted, in a book of that size, it’s hard to cover all that. It’s much easier to just put in the same old boy sees girl, boy fights with girl, girl decides she can’t live without boy for some inexplicable reason, and then they get married and go to bed with each other (in the Christian books, anyway) formula. But that’s not what real love is about.

Real love isn’t about feelings. It’s not about wearing seductive clothing to get a boy to notice you (I never have, and I won’t ever let my girls). Romance novels aren’t our problem, really. Our problem is we’ve forgotten that real love is about sacrificing our desires for the sake of another. Putting someone else above ourselves.

Romance novels may play a part in our incorrect view of love in certain situations, but really anything can be misused and abused. I find it interesting that the woman who wrote the original post says her book of choice is the Bible, yet she seems to forget that some of the most amazing love stories ever written are contained therein (Ruth and Boaz, and the entire book of the somewhat archaically pornographic [if highly allegorical] Song of Solomon, etc.). I mean, if my husband wasn’t saying a million sweet things a day to me like he does now, then I could certainly hope he might say something like Solomon said to his bride in 6:7, “As a piece of a pomegranate are thy temples within thy locks” (HCSB). And, in that case, I could certainly twist the holy intent of that beautiful passage to feed my own discontentment (people twist the Word to fit their own agendas all the time in proof texting).

My point is, I don’t think we can blame romance novels for that (and certainly not Christian ones). I think we should probably all steer clear of mainstream romance – and most definitely erotica. Those “stories” (and I use that term loosely) are so far skewed from God’s truth you can’t usually find ANYTHING really good or helpful about them. But still. The problem’s not usually with the BOOK (“Everything is permissible for me, but not all things are beneficial,” 1 Corinthians 6:12, AMP). The problem is usually something in US.

Honestly, for most women who find themselves dissatisfied in their own marriages because of something they read about a male character in a book, I would suggest not that they are not in the right place spiritually – although this sort of thinking can soon lead down the road to discontentment, which is a sin. No, I simply think they are not getting their needs met – some need or other…and it may very well be something their husbands are not providing for them. That could open up a topic for discussion – a dialogue in which they could express (in a non-confrontational, non-blaming way) what they need their husbands to do for them that’s not happening at the moment. We all need things from other people from time to time – especially in the husband-wife relationship.

Then again, as I mentioned before, it could just be something within US that needs to be set before God and repented of. For example, I recently became interested in watching When Calls the Heart on Netflix. And I found myself (after 8.5 years of marital bliss and 3 years of solidly happy dating before that) pining away for the excitement and joy of “first falling in love” – that stage that is now long past for me. In the middle of those “woe is me” feelings, I heard that still, small voice whisper, “What about the strong relationship you currently have with your husband, who loves you more than life itself and would do anything for you?” And I immediately answered, “Oh yeah. Right. I should be thrilled with what I have (I am). So, who cares if I may never experience ‘young, new love’ again?” The love my husband and I share is, honestly, WAY better than that.

So, in some ways, I think these sweet romantic stories can actually be GOOD for us. They can open our eyes to our OWN flaws and sins, if we let them. And they can actually point us back to righteous ways of thinking.

That being said, I am a firm believer in abstaining from something – anything – that might cause another believer to stumble. So, if I find that my continued interest in Christian romance causes problems for another believer, I may well have to stop reading and talking about them. I just hope it doesn’t come to that.

Tuesdays with Yeshua: Patterns of Exodus (Review and Giveaway)

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I’ve always been fascinated by Bible history – well, any sort of history, really, but especially Bible history. It’s amazing to me how much real evidence there is for the supposedly “mythical” stories in the Bible, even though much of this evidence is either ignored or deliberately covered up by those who just don’t want to believe. God makes it so easy for us, but the human heart is very stubborn.

Timothy Mahoney set out to prove the veracity of the Bible without really being sure he believed in it. He’d heard the Bible stories growing up, but he wasn’t quite sure he accepted them all as fact…until he set out on his quest to provide scientific evidence for the biblical account of the Hebrew exodus out of Egypt. His findings are startling.

This is a great documentary that my husband and I enjoyed watching together. Both sides of the argument are presented, and the viewer is allowed to come to his/her own conclusions. It’s something everyone would benefit from watching, no matter what side of the argument they adhere to. This movie contains something new for everyone to learn, and it just might lead to a change in perspective for some. I highly recommend it!

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About Patterns of Evidence Exodus:
For more than 50 years, the vast majority of the world’s most prominent archaeologists and historians have proclaimed that there is no hard evidence to support the Exodus story found in the Bible.  In fact, they say that the archaeological record is completely opposed to the Bible’s account.  This view of extreme skepticism has spread from academia to the world.  The case against the Exodus appears to be so strong that even some religious leaders are labeling this ancient account as historical fiction.  Filmmaker Timothy Mahoney begins with the questions, “Is the Bible just a myth, or did the archaeologists get it wrong?”  He decides to tackle this issue wit a deliberate scientific approach.   After examining the details in the biblical text, he journeys across the globe to search for patterns of evidence firsthand.  The result is the most in-depth archaeological investigation into the Exodus from Egypt ever captured on film.   This scientific documentary’s goal is to communicate the TRUTH of the Bible and help equip believers with defending their faith and the Bible.
The DVD features stunning animations and a cast including narrator, Kevin Sorbo (God’s Not Dead, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys), interviews with leading archaeologists including Israel Finkelstein, Kent Weeks, and David Rohl, and guest appearances by Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu and Shimon Peres.
DVD Release: August 4, 2015
Run Time: 119 minutes
Special Features: Cast Profiles & 17 Extra Interviews
      Behind the Music
      From Film to Book
      Additional Books and Resources
      Host a Patterns of Evidence Movie Event
      Trailers
Genre:  Documentary
Rating:  NR
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Official Website:  http://patternsofevidence.com
Official Website to Purchase:  http://shop.patternsofevidence.com
Blog featuring interviews with director Tim Mahoney and an article by Anne Graham Lotz:  http://patternsofevidence.tumblr.com
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If you’re interested in Bible history, you’ll definitely want to watch this DVD, and you can win a copy right here from this blog. Just leave me a comment by Tuesday, August 11, 2015at 11:59 PM, and I’ll select a winner from among the commenters. Good luck!

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Free-for-All Fridays: NEW RELEASE! Striker’s Apprentice by Andrea Buginsky

Friday Free-for-All

Not long ago, I featured the cover reveal for Andrea’s Buginsky’s new book, STRIKER’S APPRENTICE. Now, I’m excited to announce it is available for purchase.

Congrats, Andrea. This looks like a fabulous book, and I hope everyone who sees this post checks it out for themselves!:-)

Now Available!


As a young hunter seeks a trainer, The Chosen prepare for an unforgettable adventure.
With Nature and Phantasma back in order, Halli and Silvor have settled into their new life in Drumple. During a visit from Striker, Kaidyla and Lumina, a request from an old friend of Halli’s family sparks a new challenge when she asks Striker if he’ll train their young son, Dylan. Working with Dylan gives Striker a chance to be a mentor once again, as he had been in his past.
This brings The Chosen to an area of Phantasma Halli has never seen before. What new dangers might be lurking in the forest? Will Halli have a reason to use her powers?
But Halli and Silvor are facing a new journey of their own, one that will change their lives forever. What is in store for The Chosen’s future? Will this latest escapade prepare them for what is yet to come?

Excerpt

With another week of teaching behind them, Halli and Silvor enjoyed a quiet, leisurely breakfast at the tavern, catching up with their neighbors.

As he was telling her about a new student, Silvor saw a look of surprise and joy come across Halli’s face. Turning to see what she was looking at, he saw a pretty dwarf about his mother-in-law’s age walking towards Halli, smiling at her.

“Do you know her?” As he asked, the woman walked over to their table.

“Halli! Your mother told me I might find you here.”

“Cynthia! It’s so good to see you again.”

Hugging Cynthia, she turned to Silvor, making the introductions. “Silvor, this is Cynthia, Mom’s best friend. She moved away from Drumple years ago with her husband.”

She turned back to Cynthia. “I’m surprised Mom didn’t tell me you were back in Drumple.”

Knowing his wife would be involved in a lengthy conversation, Silvor made his way to the bar and began talking to the tavern keeper.

“We only returned about a week ago, and we’ve been busy settling in,” Cynthia responded to Halli’s comment. “It’s wonderful to see you, Halli. My, how you’ve grown! We’re so proud of everything you’ve done for Phantasma. I can’t believe you’re the same shy girl who used to sit quietly with your mother and me and read all day. Now look at you: married, and a Holy Paladin! Where have the years gone?”

“Mom wonders the same thing sometimes. And you? I hear you have a son. You’ve been gone from Drumple for so long, I don’t think I’ve even met him.”

“Oh, I’m sure you haven’t. He wasn’t born until after his father and I moved away from Drumple. But that was 15 years ago already!”

“What does he do? Is he a student at the school now? I don’t remember meeting anyone new lately…”

“No, he finished his studies a year ago, when he decided to take up hunting. Now he’s looking for a trainer. Which is what brings me to you. I was hoping you could talk to one of the hunters in your group about taking him on as an apprentice. Do you think they would be willing to do that?”

“Oh, I’m sure Striker and Kaidyla would love that! They’ll be here for a visit this weekend. Perhaps I can introduce you all then. Is your son here now? I’d love to meet him.”

“He’s right over there.” Turning to the young dwarf playing at the game table, Cynthia called, “Dylan! Come here. There’s someone I’d like you to meet.”

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My HeadshotAndrea Buginsky is a freelance writer with a BA in Mass Communication-Journalism from the University of South Florida. She has always wanted to be a published writer, and decided to try to write fantasy books for teens. The Chosen is her first book, and was released on December 14, 2010, to her delight.

Andrea has written five more books since:
  • My Open Heart, an autobiography of growing up with heart disease.
  • Nature’s Unbalance: The Chosen, Book 2
  • Striker’s Apprentice: The Chosen, Book 3
  • Destiny: New Avalon, book 1, a YA fantasy
  • Fate: New Avalon, book 2, a YA fantasy
She is currently writing the fourth book in The Chosen series.
Andrea lives in Kansas with her family, which includes her two precious puppies.

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Friday Free-for-All: STRIKER’S APPRENTICE by Andrea Buginsky (Cover Reveal)

Friday Free-for-All

A while back, I hosted author Andrea Buginsky’s cover reveal for her book, Nature’s Unbalance (Book 2 in the Chosen series). Now, she’s back, and this time it’s with a cover reveal of Book 3 in the series. I’m so happy to be hosting her for the introduction of this third installment.

So, without further ado, here is the cover and short description of her latest book. Enjoy, and be sure to spread the word to all your friends and fellow fans of YA fantasy.

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As a young hunter seeks a trainer, The Chosen prepare for an unforgettable adventure.

With Nature and Phantasma back in order, Halli and Silvor have settled into their new life in Drumple. During a visit from Striker, Kaidyla and Lumina, a request from an old friend of Halli’s family sparks a new challenge when she asks Striker if he’ll train their young son, Dylan. Working with Dylan gives Striker a chance to be a mentor once again, as he had been in his past.

This brings The Chosen to an area of Phantasma Halli has never seen before. What new dangers might be lurking in the forest? Will Halli have a reason to use her powers?

But Halli and Silvor are facing a new journey of their own, one that will change their lives forever. What is in store for The Chosen’s future? Will this latest escapade prepare them for what is yet to come?

Coming soon to an eBook store near you

My HeadshotAndrea Buginsky is a freelance writer with a BA in Mass Communication-Journalism from the University of South Florida. She has always wanted to be a published writer and decided to try to write children’s fantasy books. The Chosen, her first book, was released on December 14, 2010, to her delight.

Andrea has written five more books since:

  • My Open Heart, an autobiography of growing up with heart disease.
  • Nature’s Unbalance: The Chosen, Book 2
  • Striker’s Apprentice: The Chosen, Book 3 (coming soon)
  • Destiny: New Avalon, Book 1, a YA fantasy
  • Fate: New Avalon, Book 2, a YA fantasy

She is currently writing the fourth book in The Chosen series.
Andrea lives in Kansas with her family, which includes her two precious puppies.
You can visit Andrea on her website or Google+