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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Book Review: God's Story For You

God's Story for You by Neil T. Anderson is the first book in a 8 part series labeled the Victory Series.
This book is a workbook for study as an individual or in a group.  Divided into 6 sections, there is a small amount to read and several questions to answer.  This could easily be done without much preparation prior to meeting as a group.

As this is book one in the Victory Series Anderson begins with creation.  The author's goal in this book is to reveal the true character of God and the purpose behind creating humans.  The first section overviews creation of humans, sin, the nature of God and much more.  As the book continues there is a short overview of many subjects covered including Sin, Salvation, and Sanctification.

I found this book to be unbiased in it's presentation of scripture.  The author explains what the most excepted thoughts are surrounding each subject.  Additionally, the scripture is used throughout.

Because each section is a very brief explanation, I would suggest using this for group study in order to explore each subject deeper.

I recieved a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Draw-A-Saurus

What do you get for the 2nd grader who loves to draw, has great attention to detail and loves dinosaurs?  This book.  I was very impressed with the comprehensiveness of this awesome drawing book.  Author James Silvani takes the reader step by step through drawing several different dinosaurs at many angles.  I found the instructions and explanations on how to draw each part to be very specific and easy to understand.  Further, not only does this book discuss drawing dinosaurs, but it also gives instruction on how to draw the surroundings including vegetation that a dinosaur would be in.

This book is for the more advanced drawer, the details take patience and sharp pencils.  Over all, if you are looking for a book on how to draw dinosaurs this is your tool!

 "I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Recipe: Freezer Smoothies

The fall can be a crazy time for our family and unfortunately we all know that when life gets crazy one of the first things to change in our eating habits.  This year I'm working harder to make sure we stay on track with eating healthy and one big change is breakfast.  Instead of waffles and cereal I've decided to make sure Coach is off to the office with a smoothie.  

As you can see there is a few smoothie recipes here and if you look closely the middle, bottom smoothie shows the greek yogurt not quite stirred in.  

Method: Pull out mason jars and line them up.  Add 1/2 c of greek yogurt to the bottom of each jar.  (this is really just to save space in the blender and the step can be avoided if you prefer to add the yogurt to the blender.)

Pull out ingredients and fill blender.  Add blended smoothie to jars leaving room, stir, close and freeze.

When you are ready to consume the smoothie pull out of the freezer and either let thaw or put in the microwave with lid off to speed up thawing.  

I have discovered putting my mason jar in a sock keeps it from sweating all over the counter.

Recipe for 1 smoothie:

1/2 c vanilla greek yogurt (Yoplait Light and Fit has been my choice due the the low Carbs)
1/2 c Silk Vanilla Almond Milk with Protein and Fiber
1 T chia seeds
1-2 C frozen fruit

This has a minimum of 17 grams of protein per jar.

Recipe for 1 smoothie:

1/2 c Silk Vanilla Almond Milk with Protein and Fiber
4 T PB2 or Chocolate PB 2
1/2 tray ice cubes
1 T chia seeds

This has a minimum of 14 grams of protein per jar  (you could add the vanilla greek for an additional 12 grams of protein if desired, I like to have dairy free options for days when I have fruit and yogurt for breakfast and a smoothie for lunch)

If I add the yogurt to the jars I can make 4 smoothies at a time making a week's worth of smoothies for 2 people less then a 30 min process.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Book Review: Let's All Be Brave

Rarely does a book come around that I actually stop reading just to I don't have to finish it.  Annie Downs has written a beautiful, funny, on point book that left me wishing she and I were best friends and this conversation could never end.

Let's All Be Brave is Downs first book written to a wide audience of women instead of targeting teens.  Her transition is seamless.  This book covers the subject of what happens in our lives and personal relationship with Jesus when we chose the road less traveled.  

Throughout the individual essays Downs writes of her life journey allowing you to learn of her deepest aches, life decisions and what I most appreciated, her leading by that small voice in her heart.  I think the thing I loved most was that Annie Downs honesty and vulnerability left me feeling that my own struggles, doubts and fears were not only common, but manageable.  I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking to understand how brave choices create a life loved.

In exchange for an honest review of this book I received a free copy via BookLookBloggers

Friday, August 15, 2014

Book Review: Free Fall to Fly

Freefall to Fly: A Breathtaking Journey Toward a Life of Meaning by Rebekah Lyons

I was introduced to Rebekah Lyons via the IF Gathering and I was immediately struck by the similaries of our hearts.

Freefall to Fly is the story of the Lyons' family conviction to obey God with abandon and all the milestones in the journey that left them understanding the depths of ministry in a new way.  

Rebekah Lyons' raw honesty allows the reader to journey with her and her children as they adjust to a new city, realize how their past has prepared them for this journey and learn a whole bunch of new things about themselves and God.  

I found this book to be thought provoking, encouraging, leaving me with a smile on my face and a desire to continue to hear where the journey is leading them.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Book Review: $10 Great Dates

In exchange for an honest review of the book $10 Great Dates by Peter and Heather Larson and David and Claudia Arp I was given a free copy of the book from Bethany House Publishers.

I was very interested to read this book, I love the concept presented.  52 date ideas for around $10 that are created to allow you to have fun with your spouse and generate good conversation.

Although there were wonderful tips included to keep dates low in cost throughout the book, I really didn't find the actual dates suggested to be all that helpful.

The dates were divided into sections such as Adventure Great Dates and At-Home Great dates.  There was section on Romantic Great Dates as well.  The date break down includes an Idea, things to consider when prepping for the date, things to do on the date and "talking points" to discuss after or during the date.  Each chapter ends with a Great Date Takeaway to help you catch vision for what the authors envision the date to do for you as a couple.

I was not impressed with the ideas for dates.  I found myself feeling that each date took a lot of work or would not be received well by either myself or my husband.  The date suggestions I did like are of course ones we are already doing.  I'm not sure if my definition of a date just is in conflict with what the authors are suggesting, but on the days I get my husband all to myself I don't really desire to be stretched out of my comfort zone, my desire is to reconnect after a hectic week and talk about something other then work.

I think this book would be a good read for a couple without kids who enjoys being adventurous and who lives in a big city.  Many of the suggestions listed are not even possible in the multiple small towns we have lived in.  Over all, I was disappointed with this book and would not suggest it

Monday, August 4, 2014

Book Review: Chia Vitality

I wasn't quite sure what to expect from a book about the Chia seed, but having recently added them to my diet I was eager to learn more about this newest trend food.  What I found is that this book is much more then an explanation of Chia Seeds, and is even much more then a 30 day eating plan.  Janie Hoffman has created a lifestyle book with an emphasis on including chia seed in that lifestyle.  

I was relieved to see that Hoffman (who is a self proclaimed chia advocate) was willing to acknowledge that although chia seeds will help a person feel physically better, there needs to be a holistic approach to life to find true balance.  Hoffman works to present a comprehensive guide on taking steps towards living a fuller life. Additionally, and really the main part of the this book is a 30 day eating guide complete with recipes.  Each day has a large amount of variety with no pre-packaged food options.  

If you are looking to add chia seeds to your daily diet, explore a new way of eating or simply learn more about chia seeds nutritional value, this book is a great resource.   

"I received this book for free fromBlogging for Books for this review."