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Thursday, March 22, 2018

So Much to Celebrate

So Much To Celebrate: Entertaining the Ones You Love the Whole Year Through by Katie Jacobs is a book of inspiring ideas for entertaining your loved ones all year round. It is part cookbook, part entertaining planner. Katie provides ideas for all kinds of parties, but these ideas can all be adapted for anytime, whether you are throwing a bask or simply want to make family night a little more special.

This oversized hardback is filled to the brim with bold photographs, beautiful design, and special touches like the embossed cover, ribbon bookmark, and gingham border on each page. So Much to Celebrate is fun to just flip through and soak in, but the recipes are irresistible. Each one has clear instructions, and are actually achievable.

Some of my favorite ideas from So Much to Celebrate include:

  • Mother's Day Tea Party
  • Fourth of July Pool Party
  • Chicken Tortilla Soup
  • Homemade Cherry Limeade
  • Harvest Caramel Apple Chocolate Cake
  • Gingerbread House Decorating Party
  • Hot Chocolate Party
As a mom, I appreciate the work that went into this book to make it easy for me to treat my family to a special celebration, anytime of the year. So Much to Celebrate is gorgeous and a must-have addition to my cookbook collection!

The publisher provided a review copy of So Much to Celebrate.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

True Identiy

Finding Significance and Freedom Through Who You are In Christ

True Identity: Finding Significance and Freedom Through Who You Are in Christ is a guide for teens by John C. Majors. This book answers questions teens ask as they search to discover who they are. In a conversational style, Majors tackles topics like gender identity, same sex attraction, dating, faith, and more. There is a heavy emphasis on sexual identity and relationships.

Without being condescending, Majors handles these topics honestly and in a straight-forward manner. My favorite chapter is 'Growing in Your Walk with God'. This chapter outlines ways teens can grow in their faith with practical tips for taking ownership of this step:

"You have to know what you believe and why you believe it. And whatever you believe, the moral code upon which you base your life has to be strong enough to bear up under the challenges you encounter. Otherwise it will crumble when you need it most" (p. 99).
True Identity is a book that Christian parents will find to be a welcome help for starting conversations with their young adult child. This book will help your teen figure out who they want to be as they mature in their walk with Jesus. It will also help you navigate some difficult issues. It will also provide your child with a resource that will help them move forward in their lives with confidence.

As teens become more independent and take on more personal responsibilities, a resource like True Identity will help them discover what defines them.

The publisher provided a review copy of True Identity.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

NKJV Faithlife Illustrated Study Bible

NKJV, Faithlife Illustrated Study Bible, Hardcover, Red Letter Edition: Biblical Insights You Can See
comes from the makers of Logos Bible Software, with color illustrations and comprehensive verse-by-verse insights.

The features of the Faithlife Bible include:
  • The full text of the New King James Version (NKJV) translation
  • In depth book introductions that include an outline and information on authorship, background, structure, themes, and a map, a timeline, or both
  • Verse-by-verse study notes with the unique focus of revealing nuances from the original biblical languages for modern readers
  • Informative contributions by respected scholars and best-selling authors including Charles Stanley, Randy Alcorn, and Ed Stetzer, among others
  • Over 100 innovative full color infographics, comprehensive timelines and informative tables to enrich Bible study
  • Three detailed life-of-Jesus event timelines chronicling his infancy and early ministry, the journey to Jerusalem, and the passion and resurrection
  • 27 family trees and people diagrams illustrate the interconnectedness of key characters in Scripture
  • Helpful overview articles give a bird’s-eye view of the books of the Bible, noting the type of literature and key themes of each book.
  • 14 original color maps at the back of the Bible provide historical and geographical context for key events of the Old and New Testaments
  • 9-point font size

This hefty Bible is a great study tool for anyone, but I especially like it for high school and college students. My teen son was immediately taken with it and dove right in. The numerous notes, many of which take over more of the page than the biblical text itself, add so much depth to this Bible. The infographics, timelines, and family trees also add to the value of this Bible as a study Bible.

I like the larger print, and thought the font of the notes is small, it is larger than I find in most study Bibles.  The introduction includes a wonderful explanation of how to study the Bible--looking at Bible study from the standpoint of studying any other book. It definitely belongs in our homeschool curriculum.

The publisher provided a review copy of NKJV Faithlife Illustrated Study Bible.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Daisy Cakes Bakes

Daisy Cakes Bakes by Kim Nelson is a cookbook for the baker in all of us. This dreamy cookbook features homemade favorites, including cakes, pies, cookies, cobblers, and more. My favorite thing about Daisy Cakes Bakes is how much the recipes remind me of things my grandmother used to make. Opening this cookbook feels like revisiting her kitchen and inspires me to try some of these old fashioned favorites. 

Kim Nelson breaks everything down and explains the tools and techniques behind these recipes. She explains the fundamentals of baking and includes lots of photographs to help even novice bakers master the art of baking. The cakes, frostings,and sauces can be mixed and matched to create and endless combination of sweet goodies.

My favorite recipes from Daisy Cakes Bakes are the Lemon Curd, which is delicious warm and drizzled over gingerbread; and the oh-my-goodness coconut cake!

If you are a baker or a baker wannabe, Daisy Cakes Bakes will inspire all kinds of kitchen creativity and will make you want to have a 'gracious plenty' to share with friends and loved ones!

The publisher provided a review copy of Daisy Cakes Bakes.