Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Celebrate the Treasury of Bible Stories by entering the Rhythmical Rhymes Kindle Giveaway!

Part of the Magnificent Tales series, Treasury of Bible Stories: Rhythmical Rhymes of Biblical Times will delight children ages 4–8 with rhyming Bible stories pairing spiritual truths with playful illustrations.

Enter the Rhythmical Rhymes Kindle Giveaway 9/15 – 10/12.

Treasury of Bible 
Stories Kelly Pulley

One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A Kindle HDX

  • Treasury of Bible Stories by Kelly Pulley

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on October 12th. Winner will be announced October 13th at Kelly's blog.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to visit Kelly's blog on the 13th to see if you won!

Rhythmical Rhymes of Biblical Times by Kelly Pulley

About the book: Children ages 4-8 will be delighted by these rhyming Bible stories pairing spiritual truths with playful illustrations.
Featuring lyrical stories full of lighthearted moments, this colorful collection of Magnificent Tales is perfect for reading out loud. As families read these stories night after night, they will make memories together while learning about the Bible.

Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/BotGV

About the author: Kelly Pulley works from his middle Tennessee home writing and illustrating children's picture books, most recently Ten Unusual Features of Lulu McDunn and The Cycling Wangdoos. He is best known for illustrating dozens of books in the Beginner's Bible series, including The Beginner's Bible (over 1.25 million copies sold).

Find Kelly online: websiteFacebook

Treasury of Bible Stories: Rhythmical Rhymes of Biblical Times

Margie's Comments: My review copy of the Treasury of Bible Stories: Rhythmical Rhymes of Biblical Times by Kelly Pulley came when my son and daughter-in-love were visiting with our granddaughter earlier in the month. So I immediately opened it and read a couple of the stories to my son. We fell in love with them. Biblically accurate and fun to read as well as easy to listen to, these stories come to life through rhyme. With catchy titles like "Tricked by a Snake," "Daniel for Lunch," and "Lost and Found," and kid-friendly illustrations, the stories of both the Old and New Testament come alive. While my granddaughter is still a little young to understand the stories, her daddy decided this would be a good addition to her bookshelf. In the meantime, she can enjoy the rhythm of the language and the bright colors of the pictures as we read the stories of the Bible to her. For parents of young children (and maybe some not-so-young), I highly recommend this book for use at home, church, and/or school. 

Verse of the Day

If the LORD had not been my help, My soul would soon have dwelt in the abode of silence. If I should say, "My foot has slipped," Your lovingkindness, O LORD, will hold me up. When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your consolations delight my soul. But the LORD has been my stronghold, And my God the rock of my refuge. (Psalm 94:17–19, 22)

Monday, September 29, 2014

Verse of the Day

For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding. Proverbs 2:6

Wait for the Lord, be strong, and let your heart take courage. Psalm 27:14

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

I will give myself unto prayer. Psalm 109:4

Monday, September 22, 2014

Review of Before Amen by Max Lucado

About the book: 

We all pray . . . some.

We pray to stay sober, centered, or solvent. When the lump is deemed malignant. When the money runs out before the month does. When the marriage is falling apart. We pray.
But wouldn't we like to pray more? Better? Stronger? With more fire, faith, and fervency?
Yet we have kids to feed, bills to pay, deadlines to meet. The calendar pounces on our good intentions like a tiger on a rabbit. And what about our checkered history with prayer? Uncertain words. Unmet expectations. Unanswered requests.
We aren't the first to struggle with prayer. The first followers of Jesus needed prayer guidance too. In fact, prayer is the only tutorial they ever requested.
And Jesus gave them a prayer. Not a lecture on prayer. Not the doctrine of prayer. He gave them a quotable, repeatable, portable prayer. Couldn't we use the same?
In Before Amen best-selling author Max Lucado joins readers on a journey to the very heart of biblical prayer, offering hope for doubts and confidence even for prayer wimps. Distilling prayers in the Bible down to one pocket-sized prayer, Max reminds readers that prayer is not a privilege for the pious nor the art of a chosen few. Prayer is simply a heartfelt conversation between God and his child. Let the conversation begin.

About the author: More than 120 million readers have found comfort in the writings of Max Lucado. He ministers at the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Denalyn, and a sweet but misbehaving mutt, Andy.

Find Max online: websiteTwitter,Facebook

Margie's Comments:  I found Max Lucado's Before Amen: The Power of a Simple Prayer a very, easy, quick read. But definitely not simplistic. We all know our prayers could use some help, and Jesus taught His disciples to pray by giving them an example of a simple yet powerful prayer. Knowing humanity's propensity to make something easy difficult, Jesus gave them a basic prayer to work from. Max breaks this prayer down into bite-size pieces and gives us real-life connections and examples of how to make it practical in our lives today. I know I will apply the principles to my own prayers from now on.  

Pre-order a copy of Before Amen by 9/29 and receive a FREE ebook copy of Max's best-selling Second Chances: More Stories of Grace.

Purchase a copy:  http://ow.ly/BbwcL

Pre-order @MaxLucado’s BEFORE AMEN and receive a FREE book. And, Enter to WIN an iPad!

Prayer is simply a heartfelt conversation between God and his child. In Before Amen, best-selling author Max Lucado joins readers on a journey to the very heart of biblical prayer, offering hope for doubts, and confidence even for prayer wimps. Let the conversation begin.

Be sure to enter the Before Amen iPad Mini giveaway. AND if you pre-order a copy of Before Amen by 9/29, you'll receive a FREE ebook copy of Max’s best-selling Second Chances: More Stories of Grace.


One grand prize winner will receive:

  • An iPad Mini

  • Before Amen by Max Lucado

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 29th. Winner will be announced September 30th on the Litfuse blog.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to visit the Litfuse blog on the 30th to see if you won! (Or better yet, subscribe to their blog and have the winner announcement delivered to your inbox!)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Verse of the Day

We can gather our thoughts, but the LORD gives the right answer. People may be pure in their own eyes, but the LORD examines their motives. Commit your work to the LORD, and then your plans will succeed. . . . We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps. Proverbs 16:1–3, 9 nlt

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Verse of the Day

The LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD gives grace and glory; no good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts, how blessed is the man who trusts in You! (Psalm 84:11–12)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Verse of the Day

When I am overwhelmed, you alone know the way I should turn. Psalm 142:3 nlt

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Thief of Glory by Sigmund Brouwer

This week, the

is introducing

WaterBrook Press (August 19, 2014)



Sigmund Brouwer is the best-selling author of nearly thirty novels, with close to 4 million books in print. Based on his inspiration for Thief of Glory, which Sigmund wrote as a way to learn and honor the his parent’s stories, especially of his father’s boyhood in a Japanese concentration camp, Sigmund leads The Chapters of Our Lives memoir seminars across the United States and Canada. Sigmund is married to recording artist Cindy Morgan and has two daughters.


A boy coming of age in a time of war…
the love that inspires him to survive.

For ten year-old Jeremiah Prins, the life of privilege as the son of a school headmaster in the Dutch East Indies comes crashing to a halt in 1942 after the Japanese Imperialist invasion of the Southeast Pacific. Jeremiah takes on the responsibility of caring for his younger siblings when his father and older stepbrothers are separated from the rest of the family, and he is surprised by what life in the camp reveals about a woman he barely knows—his frail, troubled mother.

Amidst starvation, brutality, sacrifice and generosity, Jeremiah draws on all of his courage and cunning to fill in the gap for his mother. Life in the camps is made more tolerable as Jeremiah’s boyhood infatuation with his close friend Laura deepens into a friendship from which they both draw strength.

When the darkest sides of humanity threaten to overwhelm Jeremiah and Laura, they reach for God’s light and grace, shining through his people. Time and war will test their fortitude and the only thing that will bring them safely to the other side is the most enduring bond of all.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Thief of Glory, go HERE.

Margie's Comments: No review. I haven't received the book from the publisher yet.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Verse of the Day

The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3

And those who know Your name will put their trust in You, for You, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You. Psalm 9:10

Make me to know Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation, for You I wait all the day. Psalm 25:4–5

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and turn away from evil. Proverbs 3:5–7