Monday, December 19, 2016

When God Isn't There By David Bowden Review


Why does God feel so far away? Why is my worship so empty? Has God left me?

David Bowden knows these questions firsthand, having wrestled for years with God’s apparent absence and studying what the Bible says about it. In this new book, Bowden tackles the subject head-on, finding the key to understanding it in the Bible’s depiction of a God who is infinitely far from us, free to move where he wants, but who chooses to come near in the person of Jesus.

A resource of encouragement for those who struggle with feeling God’s absence and a wake-up call to those who take God’s presence for granted, When God Isn’t There will forever change your understanding of why God sometimes seems to vanish and how he can be found again.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- Yikes, this author has a lot of views and is very forthcoming with them.  It just did not feel right to me to read, but I am a reviewer and for the sake of finishing, I did.  While I am not a set faith, I do have strong belief in God.  I do not ask that anyone bend or side with anything they are not comfortable with and this book may do just that.

The author probably just chose a poor topic that he might not be especially well versed in.  I would not turn down the chance to read a second book by this author, but I would not take what he has to say to heart.

God Made You Nose to Toes By Leslie Parrott Review

29491988 Help little ones understand that God created each part of their bodies so they can enjoy life and everything in it. In this delightful padded cover board book by well-known author and family therapist Leslie Parrott, children can follow along with Toucan––with a great big nose––as he helps them learn God loves each one of them completely.

Author Leslie Parrott
Leslie Parrott
Dr. Leslie Parrott is a marriage and family therapist and co-director with her husband, Dr. Les Parrott, of the Center for Relationship Development at Seattle Pacific University. She is the author of First Drop of Rain and God Made You Nose to Toes, and co-author with her husband of several bestselling books, including the Gold Medallion Award-winner Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts. Leslie is a columnist for Today's Christian Woman and has been featured on Oprah, CBS This Morning, CNN, and The View, and in USA Today and the New York Times. Leslie lives in Seattle with her husband and their two sons.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  The board book is a great treat to help teach your little love's all about how God selected a nose etc, and what the usefulness is for them.   It brings faith and fun to children.  I had a great time reading this one to my family out loud.   It is super short but that does not take away from the story at all.  

Nyp & Baby Balm Review

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100% organic Nyp & Baby Balm works to soothe sore nipples during breastfeeding and to give relief to those tender but sometimes sore baby bottoms. With its high concentration of calendula, Nyp & Baby balm has been formulated to support both moms and babies during their precious time of bonding at the very start of life. While nursing, nipples can often become sore and cracked and it is so important to keep the skin well moisturized and hydrated. Packed with a range of bio-active botanical ingredients with healing and soothing properties, 100% organic Nyp & Baby balm works to soothe and repair sore nipples during breastfeeding.

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All ingredients in Nyp & Baby balm are food grade and do not alter the flavor of the maternal milk. Free from synthetics, alcohol, water, lanolin*.

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For the whole family: very rich in calendula extract, Nyp & Baby is a multipurpose soothing balm for any delicate skin and ideal for the whole family – not just mums and babies. One to keep with you at all times.

Retail: $28.00

I recevied complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review-  The subtle fragrance is nice and it absorbed easily so I did not have to rough my soreness up.   Any age can benfit as it helps to relieve sore adult bottoms as well.  

Watch By Rick James Review

To be asleep is to be oblivious to being oblivious. The danger of sleep is the danger of carbon monoxide: it’s colorless and odorless, and you’re anesthetized before you know it—before you ever hit the floor. And for the follower of Jesus, it’s just as dangerous—because the Christian who is “asleep” is spiritually unreceptive. If anything will be our undoing, sleep will.

In this thoughtful, engaging, challenging book, Rick James dives deep into the New Testament’s teachings on spiritual wakefulness, calling Christ-followers to defy the darkness and remain awake as they await Christ’s return. Because being awake—continually in prayer, watchful for God’s will, expectant of open doors, cautious of sin, desiring to serve, eager to repent, continuously giving thanks, willing to witness, embracing of humility, overflowing with kindness, persevering in obedience—changes everything.

Rick James

Rick James
has a long history in collegiate ministry and is publisher for Cru. A former ad-agency art director, Rick is a frequent conference speaker and author of Jesus without Religion and A Million Ways to Die. Rick and his wife, Katie, live in Pennsylvania and have three grown children.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review Q&A-

 What did you like about the book and why?  I like that it moves the spirit in a Christian to do more while in turn trying to wake up the spirit.

- What did you not like about the book and why?  It is not that I do not like it, but that author does fill this book more so with ideas then fact.

- What did you learn?  I feel like the author teaches through a lighter tone and can help to really reach deeper to bring out the light.

- To whom would you recommend this book and why?  Adult Christians would be the target audience as they will benefit the most as well as connect.

The Eye of Nefertiti by Maria Luisa Lang Review

The Eye of Nefertiti is both a stand-alone novel and a sequel to The Pharaoh’s Cat. The time-traveling ancient Egyptian feline with human powers returns together with his beloved Pharaoh and his close friends, the High Priest of Amun-Ra and Elena, an Egyptologists daughter.

The cat is quick-witted, wise-cracking narrator as well as free-spirited, ever-curious protagonist, and the story he tells is an exotic, imaginative, spell-binding tragicomedy. The cat travels from present-day New York City to England, both ancient and modern, then to ancient Egypt, where he confronts a horrible demon and experiences a sublime emotion.

Once back in England, he descends into a psychological abyss so deep only the Pharaoh can save him. The Eye of Nefertiti interweaves feline and human, past and present, natural and supernatural. It contains numerous surprises, twists and turns, intriguing characters, both human and animal, fascinating revelations about ancient Egyptian history and culture, and an ingenious application of the Tarot and an Italian opera
Maria Luisa Lang
Maria Luisa Lang has published two novels, The Pharaoh’s Cat and The Eye of Nefertiti, which is both a sequel to The Pharaoh’s Cat and a stand-alone novel.

She was born in Rome, Italy, and lives in New York City. She often returns to Italy to visit her family and has stayed for extended periods in Bath and London.

She has a degree in art from the City University of New York, and her artwork has been exhibited in New York galleries. She is an amateur Egyptologist. Her love of cats and ancient Egypt has inspired her to write two novels set there with a very special cat as her protagonist.

Both The Pharaoh’s Cat and The Eye of Nefertiti are available on Amazon in paperback and in a Kindle edition.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  The book two was easy to follow, even though I did not read book one so it is indeed a stand alone.   My opinion is that you should read book one first, just because there could be a really cool story there as well that would connect more so.  

The author has a good pace going which helps get through the shorter pages.  Should you have to stop between chapters it is not hard to put the book down.  I would say because of the mix of magic and imagination this book will take the reader on an awesome journey and it helps to be a cat lover.