The Wellness Revelation (Book Review)

The Wellness Revelation Book Cover The Wellness Revelation
Alisa Keeton
Health & Fitness
Tyndale Momentum
August 8, 2017
224

What would it take for you to make a change? Weight loss can sometimes be a very self-focused endeavor. Maybe you have struggled with your weight your entire life, riding a constant roller coaster of numbers that go up and down. Or maybe you are finding yourself more stressed out by the world and all its demands. Perhaps you just don't feel as well in your body as you do in your spirit. In The Wellness Revelation, certified fitness professional Alisa Keeton will challenge you to get fit with God so that He can free you to complete your purpose. She teaches that when we get fit physically as well as spiritually, we will be better equipped to love and serve others. The Wellness Revelation will change the way you perceive yourself and the way that you live your life. Each week in this eight-week journey includes a teaching from Alisa, weekly assignments, Bible study, small-group questions, and more. Alisa will encourage you to love God, get healthy, and serve others; and she will provide you with the tools to spread the gospel with courage, confidence, kindness, and freedom. It's time to make a change from the inside out.

My Thoughts – There is a lot more to this book than meets the eye.  It is full of ideas, inspiration, and encouragement.  Alisa keeps us focused on God’s perspective on our bodies and health throughout the course. The eight-week program includes exercise and nutrition training and Bible study. Each chapter is broken up into five sections.

Read – Each chapter is brimming with information on how to develop fitness and nutrition plans that work for your life.

Respond – Assignments to help you improve your health, including an online calendar with workout videos.

Renew – A Bible study section

Relate – Questions to apply to your own life

Reciprocate – inspirational story

What I liked – Alisa has an encouraging tone.  I enjoyed the extras. She has an online eight-week calendar with clickable links to workout videos for each day. The program is much more than just the book, and it’s well done.

What I didn’t like – I started this months ago and had a hard time staying on track when I was doing it on my own. She recommends going through the book with a group of friends. I can see why–I want to do it again with friends.

Quotes

“You will not move your body to pay off yesterday’s calorie intake or to pinch and prod your body into taking on someone else’s idealized image for you.”

“Show up, do the work, and be completely you. Don’t try and fake it for anyone else’s sake.”

I would recommend this book for a group of women in a Bible Study.

Summarize the book in one sentence. Be the best version of yourself inside and out.

 

I have received a copy of this book from Tyndale House for an honest review of the product.

Jesus, I Need You (Book Review)

Jesus, I Need You Book Cover Jesus, I Need You
Zondervan
Religion
August 29, 2017
224

When daily life threaten to overwhelm you, Jesus offers peace and rest. With prayers as well as journaling space, Jesus, I Need You grounds your faith in a Savior who can be trusted in all circumstances. This is an encouraging gift or a heartfelt starting place to deepen your prayer life. Jesus, I Need You is a prayer book for ordinary people seeking an extraordinary God.

My Thoughts – This book has 213 pages, each two-page spread includes a prayer, a Bible verse, a little devotional and space to write your thoughts or prayers.  It’s broken up into nine sections. (Guidance, Overwhelmed, Heartache, Comfort, Grace, Disappointment, Faith and Hope and Wisdom)

What I liked – The cover is beautiful and it feels nice in the hand. The book is about the size of a half-sheet of paper.

What I didn’t like – I have a journaling Bible and like to write out my prayers. While I love the concept of this book, the prewritten prayers didn’t resonate with me. I think it might just a preference in wording.  For instance, it says, “Dear Jesus, I’m frustrated…You mean so much to me….I pray you would renew my hope.”

I personally would have liked to see it focus on who God is–not on me. “Dear Jesus, Thank you for your power. Thank you for you renew my hope when my foot is slipping.”

I would recommend it as a gift. It’s a beautifully designed book.

Summarize the book in one sentence. A devotional book that gives you space and guidance to write your prayers.

 

BookLook Bloggers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Be Bold – a coloring devotional review

Be Bold Book Cover Be Bold
Ellen Elliott
Young Adult Nonfiction
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
March 1, 2017
80

Be Bold offers an outlet to simultaneously focus on God's Word and express creativity. Using scripture as the foundation for her designs, Ellen Elliot takes readers through a series of inspiring verses reinforced with short devotional writings. Topics include joy, hope, self-image, peace, and more. Each coloring page and corresponding devotional will help the reader develop a closer relationship with the Heavenly Father.

My Thoughts

This book has a month’s worth of 31 devotionals. On the right side of the page, there is a Bible verse, a theme and a short  5-minute devotional.  On the left side is a page to color.   Some of the themes are: Believe who God says you are, Choose joy, Jesus never changes, and Trust in the Lord.

The book is marketed to teens – but, I think it would be fun for any age. I thoroughly enjoyed it and my teen years are a very distant memory!  Coloring is a great stress reliever and I enjoy coloring pages where there is a focus on Bible verse. I find myself thinking about that truth while I color.

What I liked

  • At the back of the book are 12 blank pages to write prayers or notes
  • The coloring pages are bold and whimsical, not tiny details.  Fun to color!
  • The pages are a thicker paper.

What I didn’t like

  • The pages aren’t perforated. I often prefer to tear the pages out to color them
  • The pages don’t lay flat – not a deal breaker for me but could be a challenge if you are left handed.

I would recommend it to

I think it would make a great gift for a teen or tween.

I have received a copy of this book from Tyndale for an honest review of the product.  

Zip It – a book review

Zip It Book Cover Zip It
Karen Ehman
Religion
Zondervan
February 7, 2017
240

Zip It empowers readers to put into action the advice and commands of Scripture concerning the tongue. Karen Ehman now takes a deeper look and offers practical how-to's that will inspire you to use your words to build, to bless, to encourage, and to praise. Each entry ends with both a challenge that will help you carry out the directive in the verse and a prayer prompt. Rather than a traditional devotional, the entries in Zip It build upon each other, equipping you with new habits in how to, or not to, use words.

 

My Thoughts

I read this book during the 40 days leading up to Easter.  Each morning I took jotted a line from the book on the top of my journal page. It was a visible reminder throughout the day to be aware of my words.

Some notes I wrote in my journal:

  • Praise not put downs
  • Our thoughts are the birthplace of our words
  • Don’t say something permanently painful because you are temporarily ticked off.
  • Take time to cool down – then address issues
  • Are my words truth and hope or confusion and discouragement?
  • Listen to the Holy Spirit and be yourself.
  • Jesus knows my thoughts. How does he feel about the way I treat myself?
  • Put my mouth on a ten-second DRV delay.
  • Are my words appropriate, gracious and necessary?

What I liked

  • Each day was structured with a Bible verse, a short lesson, Today’s Takeaways, Lessons for the Lips and a prayer.
  • There were lots of practical suggestions on how-to’s to use your words to bless and encourage others.
  • This isn’t a book you read through in a few hours and then set on your shelf.  I feel I gained practical tools for my tool box to help me in my journey of being a blessing and not negative and hurtful with my tongue.

 

I would recommend it to

Anyone looking for a devotional that has depth and practical application.

Sum it up

The tongue is a powerful tool that can be used to encourage and build up or tear down and hurt. You have the choice on which way you use it.


I have received a copy of this book from Zondervan for an honest review of the product.  

Tranquility – A Prayer and Reflection Coloring Journal (Book Review)

Tranquility - A Prayer and Reflection Coloring Journal Book Cover Tranquility - A Prayer and Reflection Coloring Journal
Tyndale
Inspirational/Prayer/Coloring Journal
Tyndale
April 18, 2017
Hardcover
112

The theme of this journal is tranquility which is a state of calmness, peacefulness, and serenity. Color and journal while you let your mind soak in the truths of God's Word.  It is a beautifully bound 6”X8” hardcover book, perfect journal size, fitting easily into a bag or backpack. Each page has a design to color and a quote, a prayer, a Bible verse and a space for journaling. There are more than 100 designs to color and 40 prayers.

 

My Thoughts

I reviewed Gratitude: A Prayer and Praise Coloring Book last October.  I was a novice in the world of adult coloring books six months ago.  Now I’m addicted! So, when this gem from the same Living Expressions collection came along to review, I jumped on it.

It does not disappoint as it is just as lovely as the Gratitude journal. I love the way it feels in the hands. The cover is thick and has texture. The quality makes it perfect for a gift.

A Side Note

A friend turned me on coloring with gel pens.  While I love my Prismacolor colored pencils (I have the 24 count and dream of buying the 72 count), I LOVE gel pens. They are so smooth and bright and oh-so-fun! I got a set of 100 pens from Costco for $20 that I would recommend.  There are doubles in colors, but that’s good -I can have one set upstairs and one downstairs so I can color whenever the urge strikes!  I have also gotten a couple of sets from Amazon for gifts.

What I liked

I love the concept -an opportunity to sit quietly with God and allow your mind to center on the truths of Scripture as you color. Combining coloring with journaling allows you to put your thoughts into words.

Tranquility is something I have found I have to be intentional about in our busy society. This journal gives you the tools to be intentional.

What I didn’t like

The pages have some bits colored – kind of setting the theme. I would prefer they didn’t have any color – but it is by no means a deal breaker.

Who would I recommend it to?

I would recommend it to anyone who is creative, likes to color and journal and wants to go deeper with God.

 

 

I have received a copy of this book from Tyndale House for an honest review of the product.