Thursday, April 27

An Outlaw and A Lady: Book Review


An Outlaw and A Lady by Jessi Colter 

I opened this book without knowing anything about Waylon Jennings and recognizing the names of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan without being able to list a single song any of those men sing. I'm not what you'd call a big music fan. (But I do appreciate music, for the record.)

This book was written by Jessi Colter, the wife of Waylon Jennings and a renowned songwriter and singer in her own right. She was raised in the church before leaving her home to tour with a rock-n-roll pioneer and became a successful recording artist. Later she moved to Nashville to be in the middle of the music scene and was the only woman on the landmark Wanted: The Outlaws album, which was evidently extremely successful. The book follows Jessi as she marries Waylon. Offstage though, life was a challenge as her husband pursued his addictions, and it pushes Jessi to return to her faith.

For not being a music buff, I thought this book was very good! It's honest, it's gritty, it's a great backstage pass to the music of that time period, it's inspiring. It's flat out a great book!


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Monday, April 17

Women's Study Bible NKJV - A Book Review


Women's Study Bible NKJV from Thomas Nelson Publishers 

It seems like Thomas Nelson is revamping the appearance and appeal of some of their Bibles. This is one of those more modern redesigns based on the landmark study Bible that has sold over 1.5 million copies. It was created under the editorial guidance of Dorothy Kelley Patterson and Rhonda Harrington Kelley and used contributions from over eighty women of a variety ethnic, denominational, educational and occupational backgrounds. 

The hardcover has cloth over it in the color and designs shown. The photo from Amazon doesn't do it justice! It's quite lovely. The pages are thin; however, like a normal Bible. Interspersed throughout the text are full-color pages with interesting facts, maps, etc. There are over one hundred biographical portraits of Biblical women, and loads of topical articles on relevant issues. I can't say this enough - this is a VERY attractive Bible. Quite something to hold and look through!

If you're in the market for a new Bible in the New King James Version, you might want to consider this one!


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Monday, April 10

The Beautiful Word Devotional: A Book Review



This devotional is one of the most beautiful devotionals I've seen. Let me start off with a physical description of the book itself. It's rather large for a devotional, approximately 8" x 6", bigger than a typical daily devotional. The version I got was hardcover, and the front cover was slightly padded. The pages are thick and glossy - very high quality.

Each day's reading has its own page. Looking at a two page spread, the left page has the day's reading beside an illustrated Bible verse and the right side has the day's reading plus blue lines for you to take notes or write a prayer or whatever you choose. The style of the illustrated verses vary greatly between pages. Most of them were GORGEOUS. Almost made me want to cut them out of the devotional to use as bookmarks! I still might do that - haha :)

The daily devotion writing was good. It wasn't quite to up to the deep writing of Jesus Calling, but it still looks impactful. Each day starts with a short piece of Scripture written out, followed by the reading and ends with a one or two sentence prayer.

All in all, this book is beyond lovely!


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Sunday, April 9

Tranquility, A Prayer And Reflection Coloring Journal: A Book Review

 


This journal invites the reader to mix creative journaling through coloring and drawing with their devotion time. The prayers focus on topics such as being thankful, dealing with stress and heartache, caring for yourself and others (there's a fun page that encourages you to do random acts of kindness!), listening for God's leading and waiting patiently on God to guide your thoughts and calm your spirit. That's fairly lofty, now isn't it? I think the journal does a moderately good job at encouraging all those things, but with any devotional, you get what you put in.

The actual pages of this journal are darling! They are colorful, fascinating and feature a variety of illustrations and items to focus on for a particular day. There are pages to color, pages to draw what the prompt recommends, pages to list things and pages to write prayers. Plus isn't the cover (a hard cardboard, but not truly a hardcover book) stunning?


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Friday, April 7

Only Love Today: A Book Review


Only Love Today by Rachel Mary Stafford

I wasn't quite sure what to expect with this book. I knew it wasn't going to be a devotional, but it didn't appear to be like a book either. So when it arrived, I pounced on the box, ripping it open to see what people were raving about.

This book was written by the author of Hands Free Mama, and I haven't read it, but have heard amazing things about Stafford as a writer. I loved her writing style in this book! I thought it was a great combination of deep thoughts and stories to keep my attention. I found I was underlining or making notes more often than most books.

As I was flipping through the book, I was a bit confused at first. The book is divided into four "seasons.
 - spring (opening up): renewal, new habits and growth
 - summer (shining through): authenticity, connection and acceptance
 - fall (wrapping up: gratitude, grace and awareness
 - winter (holding on): hope, encouragement and introspection

The reason I was confused when first flipping through the book is because the seasons - or chapters - have dated readings, but the readings flow onto other pages with very little distinction between the readings. You get used to it after a while, I guess.

The version I got was a hardcover book. The cover is attractive. The inside pages remind me of the books you'd read when you were little that had a hardcover but pages that were the off-white, almost yellow, and thin. Not quite what I was expecting.


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