“The Beyond Suffering Bible”

Keep On Keeping On!

What is suffering?  Is it long-term physical pain, deep grief, or emotional issues that cut like a knife—perhaps some or all of the above?  Any or all of these things can leave you reeling, and if it doesn’t go away and becomes chronic, facing it daily can be overwhelming.

Although friends and family may want to be supportive, long-term problems can wear down relationships.  Turning to God and the Bible for help are excellent ideas.  The Beyond Suffering Bible hopes to take that a step further by offering support for those living with continuous challenges.  Along with the regular scriptures, throughout this Bible are some inserts written from the point of view of people with persisting problems.

This Bible is the result of a partnership with Joni Eareckson Tada and Tyndale House Publishing.  Joni is no stranger to a life that has struggles and challenges.  She is a paraplegic who has been wheel chair bound for the last five decades after a diving accident when she was a teenager.  She is very honest about the hardships she has faced since then.  Surprisingly because of that, she has a strong faith in God, and always points to Him for help.

Another title for this Bible could be The Encouragement Bible.  It does not pretend that hard things will not come our way, but it also offers hope to face those really big hard life struggles.  It encourages.

Many of us are blessed to own at least one Bible, and often as not, many of us have more than one, sometimes we even own multiple translations.  So why would anyone want to buy one more Bible, especially if they already have this translation, the New Living one?  Get it because of the perspective this Bible is written from. As a Bible itself, the font it is printed in is one of the best I have seen for a long time, and the volume is very pleasing to the eye.  So getting this just to use as a Bible alone would be a good choice, but it offers so much more.

Everyone will have something hard to live through, it may not be a disability, but it will be something hard, and that makes this Bible one that is relatable to everyone.  According to the Bible Gateway article of July 14, 2016, one in five Americans live with a physical disability, one in six live with a chronic condition and 10 million yearly experience a mental illness.*  Chances are you interact or know one of these people—or are one yourself.  This is a valuable resource for anyone suffering, or anyone who cares about someone who is.

On a personal note, I have been living with a chronic health problem for more than two decades.  In the past year, I have also faced a time of deep grieving.  I found this Bible to be very supportive, and up-lifting.  I highly recommend it.

As the cover of the Bible states, “where struggles seem endless, God’s hope is infinite.”

Tyndale House Publishing has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of the Beyond Suffering Bible, for the purpose of review.   I have not been compensated in any other manner.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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The Beyond Suffering Bible: An Interview with Joni Eareckson Tada https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2016/07/the-beyond-suffering-bible-an-interview-with-joni-eareckson-tada/

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“The Missing Matisse: A Memoir” by Pierre H. Matisse

Rubbing Shoulders with Famous Artists, Fighting Nazis, and Finding God

Imagine growing up in France while it is occupied by the Nazis during World War II.  Or perhaps imagine growing up rubbing shoulders with some of the most famous artists of the 20th century such as Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali.  Pierre Matisse experienced both those scenarios, plus a whole lot more, and this is the true story of his fascinating life.

Pierre’s family was artistic on both his mother and father’s sides, and Henri Matisse was his grandfather.  When the war began, Pierre’s affluent father Jean Matisse, known as Papa, took part in a lot of dangerous, underground activities.  Even though Pierre was very young at the war’s outbreak, his Papa began including Pierre in many of the clandestine pursuits.  As the war stretched on, and daily food became scarce, Pierre took on even more hazardous work in order to eat.  He also describes what it was like when the allies arrived in France and started freeing villages, including the one he was living in.

When Pierre was still a child, he received some shocking information.  He was told that Jean Matisse was not actually his father, that his last name was Leroy, and he should use that name from then on. Meeting his grandparents from the Leroy family literally saved his life.  However, Pierre relates the negative effects the name change had on him, and that it continued for decades.

Pierre recounts his journey to know God in a personal way, and how he was ultimately baptized by Willie Robertson of Duck Dynasty television fame.  He tells of the surprising friendship that developed between himself and the Robertson family because of his wife’s chance viewing of an episode of the show.

Getting a view of World War II through the eyes of a child growing up during occupied France, who also worked with the resistance, gives the reader a unique picture of that time period.  He and his family lived through, and survived, many perilous incidents–clearly a case of God having His hand on them.  Pierre’s memoir of his interesting life is very easy to read.  The uplifting journey he made to God is both encouraging and heartwarming, as well as, an answer to his wife’s prayers.  I recommend this five-star volume to anyone who likes true life stories, World War II tales, or books written from a Christian perspective.

Tyndale House Publishing has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of The Missing Matisse: A Memoir, for the purpose of review.   I have not been compensated in any other manner.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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“A Royal Christmas Wedding” by Rachel Hauck

Will Love Find a Way?

In a country right out of a fairy tale, a star-crossed couple meet for the first time in five years, and a six hundred pound bell rings, seemingly of its own accord.   When Avery Truitt was 17, Prince Colin stole her heart. But just when she thought Colin and her were ready to march down the aisle together, the Prince disappeared from her life.  Suddenly he cut off all communication, and Avery never knew what happened other than having her heart broken.

Now Avery is going with her mom to celebrate Christmas in Brighton, the land where Colin lives.  Despite Avery’s sister, Susanna being married to Brighton’s king, Avery is hoping she will not be attending anything Prince Colin will be a part of.  But circumstances do throw the two of them together, and Avery tries very hard to keep her heart from getting tangled up with Colin again.

Colin has spent the last five years serving in the military and being groomed to someday take over his father’s multi-million dollar business.  He has also tried, but failed, to find someone else who touched his heart like Avery did.  When Colin discovers Avery is in Brighton, he is shocked to find his feelings of love for her immediately return.  But he is also in a relationship with a well-known actress that his parents are pushing for him to marry.

The local television show has being doing a “Colin watch” speculating on many of their shows who Colin will marry.  When the Pembroke Chapel Bell rings, and Colin is in the bell tower, everyone believes he is reviving the tradition that the ringing announces his intention to wed on Christmas Day–but to whom?  Collin claims he did not ring the bell.  In fact, he states that God rang the bell in response to a prayer he had just uttered.  But the talk is that Colin will marry the actress but wants to keep the public in the dark about it.

This is fun story, set in the land of Brighton, a place where Christmas is celebrated like it is part of a story book.  It is easy to find yourself rooting for Colin and Avery to somehow get together, despite roadblocks put in place by the person who broke them up five years earlier.  I got caught up in the story right away.  Even though this is the fourth installment in the Royal Wedding Series, this story stands alone.  I had not read any of the other books, and had no problem following this tale at all.  Anyone who likes Christmas stories or light romance will enjoy this five-star book written from a Christian point of view.

Zondervan Publishing has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of A Royal Christmas Wedding, for the purpose of review.   I have not been compensated in any other manner.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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Giveaway! Win Amy Grant’s New Christmas CD, “Tennessee Christmas”

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MERRY TENNESSEE CHRISTMAS!

After almost twenty years, Amy Grant has released a new Christmas CD called “Tennessee Christmas.”  This new album is unlike her previous Christmas albums, in that it is a departure from the style of songs she has done in the past.  “Tennessee Christmas” has a new sound, a quieter tone.  It is less energetic, almost more of a easy listening or background sound.  Some of the vocals have an almost whispered or breathless tone.  The music itself was recorded in a less structured way.  Instead of using a studio, everything was recorded at Ms. Grant’s home.

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Many fans have reached out to her telling her Christmas is a sad time for them, with lonely feelings and isolation being factors that they face.  In a Nashville, Tennessee interview, Amy responded by saying, “I’ve recorded a lot of Christmas music, but I thought, what I haven’t done is to consider somebody that spends their holidays alone.” “I want to make a record for an audience of one. I want to tell one person ‘Merry Christmas’ and I want to be willing to sit there in the sadness too.”  “Melancholy Christmas,” ”Another Merry Christmas,” and “December” are her attempts to speak to the sad people at Christmas.

“O Come, All Ye Faithful,” one of the two Christian Christmas hymns on the CD (the other being “Joy To The World”), is the not to be missed song on this album.  Ms Grant’s voice is perfect for this old hymn, and she does an outstanding job with it.  This is one of the nicest versions of this song I have ever heard.

Also note one of the songs has a reference to Santa bringing a bottle of wine, and “soon we will be feeling fine….” 

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“Devotions for Christmas: A Celebration to Bring You Joy and Peace”

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“Seeing the Star, Their Joy Knew No Bounds!”

Want a more exciting Christmas?  Well, reading this little book will get that for you.  This isn’t done with some new ways to decorate your home, or with some wonderful Christmas recipes.  Instead, what this book does is to daily decorate you on the inside for Christmas–to prepare you, heart and soul, for celebrating the birth of Christ.

Starting with December first, and continuing throughchristmas-ornament-closeup-free-use December thirty-first, there is a daily scripture along with an interesting commentary that makes each day’s subject really come alive.  Each verse is also elaborated on in a variety of ways–through the use of poems, the words of Christmas Carols, or beautiful pictures.  The end result being your thoughts will be drawn in to really consider the essence of each day’s verse.

The daily readings don’t take very long to read, just a few minutes out of the day.  But that short time will enhance the Christmas season for the reader.  Each section will give you something to mull over in your mind, and make the arrival of Christmas Day more meaningful.

This well-made small, hardback book with high quality paper makes a very nice presentation, and because of that, would also make a lovely gift.   I like that the devotions don’t stop on Christmas day, but continue on through December 31st, New Year’s Eve.  By doing that, not only is your heart prepared for Christmas, but is made ready for a new year, as well.

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I highly recommend this 5-plus star book to anyone who wants to decorate differently for this year’s Christmas–from the inside out.

“Then the star appeared again, the same star they had seen in the eastern skies. It led them on until it hovered over the place of the child. They could hardly contain themselves: They were in the right place! They had arrived at the right time!” Matthew 2:10

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Zondervan Publishing has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of Devotions for Christmas, for the purpose of review.   I have not been compensated in any other manner.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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Giveaway! Win A Bible Journaling Kit

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Journaling in a Bible–what a great idea!  Imagine letting the words of God inspire your creative spirit as you read scripture, or listen to a sermon.  Ever since I first heard about Journaling Bibles, I have been fascinated by the idea of them.  Now I have my very first Bible Journaling Kit.  I have had lots of fun looking it over, as well as, being inspired by it.

When the Ellie Claire Bible Journaling Kit arrived, I was excited to see what it contained.  There was a selection of four pages of phrase stickers that said things such as “Fear Not” and “Oh, how He loves you and me.”  Also included were four sheets of alphabet stickers in both upper and lower case.  I really liked the three sheets of colored tabs that allow you to easily mark specific Bible selections for quick reference.

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Additionally, there is a set of eight colored pencils.  What really sets these pencils apart from the ordinary ones are that these work like a mechanical pencil.   Except unlike the thin lead that easily breaks in mechanical pencils, the lead in these pencils is thick, and ready to stand up to even heavy-handed use.  Plus, you will never have to look for a pencil sharpener with these, just a twist of the pencil, and you are ready to use them.  There is also a nice, fine-point black archival journaling pen.  Both the pen and the pencils feel really good in your hand when using them.

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Just in case you have trouble drawing lines, a sturdy ruled page protector is ready to guide you in making a straight line every time.  It can easily be tucked into many Bibles, while everything else nicely fits into the pouch that comes with the kit.  I liked the Bible verse on the front, as well as, the adjustable strap on the back of the pouch.

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You don’t have to have an actual Journaling Bible to use a kit like this.  It all depends on how much space you would want to take up embellishing your scripture pages. The sky is the limit on what, and how, you journal.  It can be your thoughts, dreams or prayers.  Or you can draw pictures or color certain sections, it is all up to you. Journaling really makes the Bible uniquely yours, and can express how you feel God is speaking to you.  I really enjoy engaging the more creative side of myself by journaling along with my normal Bible reading.

I am happy to say I have a Bible Journaling Kit to giveaway on my blog. Fill in your email address in the Rafflecopter below.  I will only use this information to contact you if you win, and will not pass it on.  The best of luck to you.  You must be a resident in the continental USA and 18 or older.  No purchase necessary!*

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“If You Were Me and Lived In….Colonial America” by Carole P. Roman

book-cover-if-you-were-me-and-live-in-colonial-america-2Wow, Pilgrim, What a Life! 

What would it have been like if your family was so unhappy in 1620 England, they moved to the  Dutch Netherlands, and then on to Colonial America?  If you were a child at that time, what experiences might you have had?  In this book, those questions, and more are answered, as seen through the eyes of young boy.

Ms. Roman does an excellent job condensing the religious reasons the Pilgrims were unhappy in England.  She brings those many facts, along with why they wanted to move to the New World, to a level a child can grasp.

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During that time, the reader will learn that popular names for a boy were Comfort and Abraham.  Mercy and Patience were often chosen for girls.  A good point is made about what those names tell about society during those years.

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colonial-america-pilgrim-children-playingLife in Colonial America had lots of hardships, including the frigid colonial-america-lobster-pilgrim-boycold the settlers experienced in the elements when they arrived, and had no shelter.  The people that landed in Plymouth faced one tragedy after another, but the discussion of that hard time was kept to an age appropriate level.  The lobster story is sure to bring a smile to every one’s face!  It was also fun to learn the games children of this time period played.

Native Americans made a big contribution to keeping the Pilgrims alive, and taught them much needed skills to live in a land very different from the one left behind.  Thankful colonists had a three day feast in the fall of 1621 to celebrate surviving and harvesting crops.  They also included invitations for the local native people to join them.  Readers will learn this celebration was the origin of Thanksgiving.

colonial-america-thanksgiving-feast   Reading this book is a good way to learn the many reasons why the Pilgrims made their journey, along with what daily life was like, and the sacrifices that were made to live in the new land.  I think it is good to understand what went into making the land that today is called the United States.  It should also make young readers aware of how fortunate they are to be living in modern times.

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The author did an amazing job wrangling so much information into a child-friendly volume that is written in a narrative way.  Which, I believe, makes it easier for children to read and understand.  Lots of illustrations are found throughout the book.  A glossary, along with a short summary of the period’s influential people is included in the back.  This five-star book would be perfect for ages seven to fourteen, or anyone wanting an overview of Colonial America.

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The author has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of If Your Were Me and Lived In….Colonial America, for the purpose of review.   I have not been compensated in any other manner.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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Giveaway! “Christmas Love Letters from God Bible Stories” by Glenys Nellist

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Just in time for Christmas!

book-cover-christmas-love-letters-from-godThis adorable children’s book contains the Biblical version of the Christmas story written in a captivating way.  Since this volume is geared toward ages four to eight, the story is told in simple language that a child will understand.  There is an abundance of beautiful illustrations done in brilliant colors that will appeal to little ones.  This over-sized volume has high quality paper that is ready to stand up to many years of “love” and happy reading.

Little ones will find plenty of interaction between the covers of this hard backed book. That christmas-love-letters-angel-picture-copyis because this is a lift-the-flap book.  Scattered throughout the story are flaps, which when lifted, will reveal a letter from God underneath.   Each letter summarizes the story in a very down to earth way.  The letters can also be personalized by writing the child’s name on the blank at the top of each one.

The author presents the story with everyday examples that children will relate to.  Ms. Nellist uses the twinkling stars in the night sky as a reminder of the real light of the world.  She christmas-love-letter-mary-joseph-jesus-in-stable-copy-2compares the happy feeling that comes from hearing Christmas carols to the joy Mary felt inside herself when hearing about Jesus.  By doing that, this narrative becomes very real to both the child, as well as, the one doing the reading. 

I wasn’t prepared for how beautiful and delightful this book would be, it was a real pleasure to view.  From the first look at the cover, to the surprise of finding flaps that reveal letters underneath, reading this book is a memorable adventure.  The simple, but complete, retelling of the Christmas story, along with the enchanting  illustrations, will make all hearts ready for this special time of the year.  I would highly recommend Christmas Love Letters for every child as a five-plus star book that will become a staple for years to come. 

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“If You Were Me and Lived In The American West” by Carole P. Roman

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What was it like to cross the 1843 American prairie in a covered wagon, and start a new life in The West?  Be prepared to be transported back in time to witness what an Ohio family of four, consisting of a mom, dad, a daughter and son, encountered–both the good and the bad.  The story is recounted through the eyes of the son, a twelve year old boy, and is written in a very easy to read manor.  In fact, the book almost reads like a travel log instead of a dusty, boring history book.

For instance, the reader will learn the travelers had to make sure they brought enough food with them to cover a trip from Independence, Missouri, to Oregon.  It was at least a five month trip, and there would be no where to buy supplies after they left Missouri.  Oxen were used to pull the wagon because they were cheaper to purchase than horses.  Plus, carrying feed for horses would take up valuable wagon space and cost money.  The oxen could eat grass.

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The boy talks of the excitement of running alongside the fur trapper who was the trail guide for the group.  He also liked playing with the many other children at night after the wagons made camp, along with the vast number of twinkling stars that shown down on him every night.  Once they arrived in Oregon, his parents got 640 acres of land free from the government if they would farm it.

But he also remembers that many people died along the way.  The end of the trip, was the columbia-river-free-useworst because of the scary crossing of the Columbia River.  Getting their farm brought hardships, too, including the need for him to permanently leave school to take over his injured father’s workload.

This is a great book to give young people an overview of wagon train and pioneer history.  It doesn’t seem like an educational book, but more of a narrative.  But lots of learning goes on in this fifty-eight page volume that is geared to seven to fourteen year olds.  I was surprised to discover things I didn’t know as well, and had fun reading it!  There are lots of colorful illustrations along with an extensive glossary, and a list of famous people of the West in the back. I highly recommend this kid-friendly 5-star book to youngsters, or anyone who works with them.

The author has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of If Your Were Me and Lived In….The American West, for the purpose of review.   I have not been compensated in any other manner.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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“A Night of Great Joy” by Mary Engelbreit

book-cover-a-night-of-great-joy-2Merry Christmas!

This beautifully illustrated, hard-backed book tells the story of a children’s Christmas pageant.  In the true whimsical style of the author, many of the scenes have something that has gone wrong–two of the children are fighting over one lamb, a child is laughing on stage, and one of the characters is about to fall asleep during their “act.”

Every one of thirty-two pages in this sturdy, over-sized book contain brightly colored illustrations in the artist’s trademark style.  The story itself is based on the Biblical story of Jesus’ birth.  The cover is a feast for the eyes since it has the beautiful colors from inside the volume along with one of the artist’s illustration.  But it also has glitter and book-a-night-of-great-joy-the-animalssome wonderful pops of shiny red paper.  It is sure to catch the attention of little eyes when they are selecting a book.

A Night of Great Joy, of course, was made for children, ages 4 to 8 in particular, and they will adore this book!   But fans of Mary Engelbreit have no age limits, so this delightful book is really for children of all ages (otherwise known as adults).  Whether you are getting this to read with a child in your life, or purchasing it for yourself, this five-star book will proclaim the true Christmas story in a beautiful and fun way.  I recommend it to anyone who enjoys Christmas.

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Zonderkidz has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of A Night of Great Joy, for the purpose of review.   I have not been compensated in any other manner.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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