Reviews by mazmagi
On 4/4 mazmagi wrote: your must READ for this season or year (or chosen devotional for next year) [I have two really excellent books that I've been reading and need to review for they both are long overdue. This is one of the two that I'm reviewing now because I believe it would make a perfect gift - for (Easter) Resurrection ... Make "A Spectacle of Glory ..."
On 12/30 mazmagi wrote: by Lysa TerKeurst Back in August, Lysa TerKeurst released and launched her newest book "Uninvited..." and Proverbs 31 Ministry announced that this was going to be their fall Online Bible Study, so more than anything I wanted to be a part of this and read yet another one of one of my favorite ... "Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely"
On 8/13 mazmagi wrote: Unashamed ... Drop the Baggage, Pick up Your Freedom, Fulfill Your Destiny" by Christine Caine How does one begin a review on a book dealing with "shame" and your personal take away of the impact and effect "Unashamed ..." has on you as God reveals the hidden parts of your life that you have faced or ... Unashamedly Christ-focused Transformation and Refreshing Encouragement
On 6/18 mazmagi wrote: "The Longing in Me - How Everything You Crave Leads to the Heart of God" By Sheila Walsh To me, one of the marks of a good book, an exceptionally good book which this is, seems to be how well does it resonate in your soul and changes something within you as you read, and as in this one, "leads you to ... Honest, Hope, Healing: redirecting our Longings toward God
On 4/3 mazmagi wrote: "40 Days of Decrease-A Different Kind of Hunger. A Different Kind of Fast." By Alicia Britt Chole 'is a beautiful invitation to prepare for the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection in a more meaningful way than ever before' so this is why after reading a 6 day sampling with You Version reading plans, ... AWE-some, LIFE CHANGING! Preparation of heart and soul, "fasting" through any season, like Lent!
On 9/15 mazmagi wrote: "Glory Days ... " by Max Lucado, is simply a glorious rendition of Joshua with lessons we can learn through another of Max Lucado's finest, not to be missed books, especially if you're in the midst of a battle or trial, in need of some encouragement and the strength to encounter your vision of the Promised ... Another MUST READ for any Christian who wants "Glory Day" living
On 8/19 mazmagi wrote: "FOR THE LOVE ... Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards" by Jen Hatmaker Being that this is the first time for me to read a book written by Jen Hatmaker, I just had to take a little longer soaking in "For the Love ..." to grasp all that "... Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible ... Jen Hatmaker Raises the bar on "impossible standards" by showing GRACE and LOVE,
On 6/9 mazmagi wrote: Today, June 9th, is the re-release date of "Anything ... The Prayer that Unlocked My God and My Soul" by Jennie Allen with a new, beautiful, teal blue cover, new chapter updates of what has transpired since the 1st edition, and the best part for me, an accompanying 8-week Bible Study Guide:with a main ... PRAYING "ANYTHING" CAN CHANGE EVERYTHING
On 5/20 mazmagi wrote: "Devotions from the Garden - Finding Peace and Rest in Your Busy Life" by Miriam Drennan ... who doesn't want to "find peace and rest", whether your life is busy or not; however the reason I found this to be the key part of this title that drew me into choosing this book IS because as you read them, ... Finding Peace and Rest (blog) EXCELLENT QUIET TIME with WALKS IN THE GARDEN and the MASTER GARDENER tending to You and Your needs for Peace & Rest (retail site)
On 12/13 mazmagi wrote: NIV Discover God's Heart Devotional Bible: Explore the King's Love for His People on a Cover-to-Cover Journey Through the Bible (Kindle Edition) NIV DEVOTIONAL BIBLE "... Explore the King's Love for His People on a cover-to cover journey through the Bible" I definitely hoped to review this NIV Devotional ... "Discover God's Heart"
On 9/30 mazmagi wrote: The most important part of this title for me comes after the "Messy Beautiful Love... " part with ..."Hope and Redemption for Real-Life Marriages" because as most of us know the "message" comes from the "mess" so believe me when I say that Darlene Schacht (also known by her blog title as "Time-Warp Wife") ... HOPE and REDEMPTION for :MESSY BEAUTIFUL LOVE: in MARRIAGES
On 6/2 mazmagi wrote: "The HOPE Quotient" - Measure It, Raise It, You'll Never Be the Same" by Ray Johnston (and I'll never be the same after reading it, discovering my Hope quotient, AND following all of "The 7" key factors to raise it). "The Hope Quotient" raised my HOPE level immensely after I "measured it" filling me ... ... YOU'LL NEVER BE THE SAME ...
On 5/14 mazmagi wrote: Deciding between Jennifer Rothschild's new recent release, "God is Just Not Fair: Finding Hope When Life Doesn't Make Sense" or her bible study "Missing Pieces" was a difficult choice, because I wanted to choose the BEST possible sampling by her as my first book, since I have waited so long to read one ... "God is just not fair... Finding Hope ..."
On 11/7 mazmagi wrote: [preceded by Thomas Nelson book description and YouTube video] "America's Evangelist, Billy Graham presents his masterwork, The Reason for My Hope: Salvation." "Who would refuse rescue? This is the question Billy Graham asks throughout this book. ... Happy 95th Birthday Billy Graham! What an honor ... The REASON for MY HOPE
On 10/18 mazmagi wrote: BEYOND HOPE ... then read "LET HOPE IN" by Pete Wilson because HOPE.CHANGES.EVERYTHING! Or even if you're not really beyond hope, but need to find more hope in your life, your immediate circumstances, a change in your life with a fresh dash of hope, then this is a great, easy to read book to renew ... BEYOND HOPE ...
On 10/14 mazmagi wrote: You'll Get Through This: Hope and Help for Your Turbulent Times" by Max Lucado does exactly this ... as he walks us through the Old Testament, well-known story of Joseph, of how Joseph triumphs from the pit, in "what satan intended for evil, God redeems for good", as God shows us through Joseph's story ... "YOU'LL GET THROUGH THIS" offers HOPE
On 8/1 mazmagi wrote: "A Caregiver? Me?" by Lynda Bush struck me right away personally with the question asked in the title, yet Lynda's shared journey is also a precious tribute to her lifelong mate as she lovingly documents their journey and his care, with a warning in the forward, that they handled his terminal illness ... A Caregiver? Me?
On 7/31 mazmagi wrote: Christine Caine is "Undaunted ... " (so is her book) and she "dares to do what God calls her to do" along with her husband, Nick, and as author of this book, speaker and evangelist, among many other hats she wears like mum, pastor, co-founder of A21 Campaign, as well as Equip and Empower Ministry, has ... "Undaunted"
On 6/10 mazmagi wrote: with "The Organic God" by Margaret Feinberg As this video starts out with the pure beauty of God in a scene, this is how Margaret Feinberg describes and illuminates Him as she draws and compares to beautiful places in the wonder of God to the nature all around us but mostly from her own life ... ORGANICALLY CHANGED
On 5/30 mazmagi wrote: "Nearing Home:Life, Faith and Finishing Well" by Billy Graham What an absolute honor and privilege this is for me or you to read and *"join Billy Graham as he shares the challenges of fading strength but still standing strong in his commitment to finishing life well" as the book description shares ... IN NEED OF BILLY GRAHAM'S ADVICE for "NEARING HOME"
On 5/1 mazmagi wrote: The Thomas Nelson description of "The Great House of God" by Max Lucado starts out with ... "God's greatest desire is to be your dwelling place. The home for your heart. He doesn't want to be merely a weekend getaway. He has no interest in being a Sunday bungalow or even a summer cottage. He wants to ... "The GREAT HOUSE of GOD ~ A 'REAL' Home for Your Heart"
On 2/20 mazmagi wrote: "The Respect Dare: 40 Days to a Deeper Connection with God and Your Husband" by Nina Roesner, seems to be a good companion to "The Love Dare" from the movie "Fireproof" drawing from the Bible verses in Ephesians 5:31-33 When I received this book from Booksneeze to review, I decided that I would read ... The Respect Dare
On 12/13 mazmagi wrote: What a perfect Gift for me for Christmas that will last all year long, and perhaps for others on your list too! Great for the entire family! If you or they find the movie "It's a Wonderful Life" as part of your favorites to view every Christmas season, this is a wonderful choice to add that would continue ... "You Matter to the World" is just one of "52 LITTLE LESSONS from IT'S a WONDERFUL LIFE" by Bob Welch
On 12/6 mazmagi wrote: "Grieving God's Way" by Margaret Brownley with Haiku by Diantha Ain helps lead the reader to a path of hope and healing through a 90 day devotional that starts you on the process of grieving in a healthy way; God's ways.The book is divided into four parts of healing: I. the grieving body, II. the grieving ... My Path to Lasting Hope by Grieving God's Way
On 8/1 mazmagi wrote: Then Sings My Soul Book 3 : The Story of Our Songs: Drawing Strength from the Great Hymns of Our Faith by Robert J. Morgan is the long awaited third installment of the world's greatest hymns and their stories ... and this is not just the description of the publisher, but mine also, because it's ... THEN SINGS MY SOUL, Book 3
On 12/13 mazmagi wrote: written by Lisa Harper STUMBLING INTO GRACE: Confessions of a Sometimes Spiritually Clumsy Woman written by Lisa Harper ... seems to have had me "stumbling" through the pages for far too long of a time, relating to the stories of Lisa's life in a diary like devotional, humorously written ... STUMBLING INTO GRACE:Confessions of a Sometimes Spiritually Clumsy Woman
On 8/7 mazmagi wrote: "I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by name." Isaiah 45:3 Has your life struggles skewed your perspective and caused you to havea "Stained Glass Heart"?Reading this may help the prism ... STAIN GLASS HEARTS: Seeing Life From a Broken Perspective
On 7/28 mazmagi wrote: Max Lucado reminds us that it's not about us, it's ALL about God. The world does not revolve around us nor are we the center of the universe. Misconceptions that we are taught by society throughout our lives. But the rest of the title " Rescue From The Life We Thought Would Make Us Happy" sets ... IT'S NOT ABOUT ME
On 7/16 mazmagi wrote: I received "God's Love Letters To You: A 40-Day Devotional Experience" by Dr. Larry Crabb in E-Book format just in time to enjoy this summer, a refreshing look at God's Love for us, written and expressed in God's Word, the Bible and Dr. Crabb's heart through a unique conversation ... GOD'S LOVE LETTERS TO YOU
On 6/20 mazmagi wrote: LORDYOU ARE MY SHELTERHebrews 6:18"So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us."In the "Shelter of God's Promises" ... THE SHELTER OF GOD'S PROMISES by Sheila Walsh
On 1/11 mazmagi wrote: Racing "Unto the Hills", I find great help, wonderful encouragement and peaceful comfort in the wisdom of the words of this daily devotional by the well loved and known evangelist, Billy Graham. As I delve into each of the 365 devotions that capture well his point in one page; written with a scripture ... "UNTO THE HILLS" A DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Billy Graham: My 1st BOOK REVIEW