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Thursday, January 15, 2015

InScribed, a series of Bible-based books for women

The InScribed collection from Thomas Nelson publishers is a new series of women’s Bible studies and testimonies on various topics relevant to women. 

The collection is designed to help women grow stronger and deeper in their walk with God through life’s varying challenges ranging from infertility to self-identity and everything in between.

The latest titles in the InScribed collection include: Just RISE UP! by Sarah Francis Martin, Barren Among The Fruitful by Amanda Hope Haley and Inseparable by Ashley Linne.

Barren Among The Fruitful! highlights the emotional and social struggles that accompany infertility. The book includes several stories from women who have walked the path of pain and disappointment of barrenness. In a woman-to-woman way, they share their trials and their triumphs – the diverse ways that God ministered to them and led them as they sought fruitfulness.

Barren Among The Fruitful! draws from Scripture and biblical viewpoint which, together with the testimonies, provide encouragement and strength to those feeling the sting of infertility. This book differs from another recent book I reviewed for Zondervan on the same subject, Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet, which is more a memoir and personal story of adoption.

All three books in this InScribe collection are beautifully bound in paperback matt covers with a soft rustic design in faded colors giving them an olde-worlde feel. The covers have a convenient flipback on the front and backside which work as inbuilt bookmarks.

A sweet collection that many different types of women would enjoy.

This story also appears in Assist News.

Janey DeMeo M.A.

Copyright © January 2015


Wednesday, January 07, 2015

NIV Discover God's Heart Devotional Bible

The Bible is full of insight into God’s heart and it is easy to miss it. Here is a great tool to help: The NIV Discover God’s Heart Devotional Bible (Zondervan).

Containing the complete NIV text, the Discover God’s Heart Devotional Bible highlights many passages and Scriptures that point to God’s heart and help us tuck into it. Brief devotionals are divided into three key sections: God’s Story, The King’s Heart and Insight.

The 365 sections provide an overall picture of various aspects of God’s character and show how Scriptures reveal Him, and how they are continually relevant to our lives today.

This hard-back Bible with an attractive glossy cover is a handy size – not too big, not too small – and is easy to read. A special Reading Schedule is placed at the beginning—an outline to help the reader work through reading the entire NIV Discover God’s Heart Devotional Bible.

The Tour of the Bible Reading Plan at the end of the book is another great feature to guide the reader in reading the Bible. And for those wanting to explore a particular theme in God’s Word in a shorter time period, there are several 30-day reading plans at the end—including one called “Thirty Stories You’ve Probably Never Heard.”

Great Bible, especially for those hungry to learn more about God’s heart.

This story will also appear in Assist News Service. 

Janey DeMeo M.A.

Copyright © January 2015


Saturday, December 06, 2014

Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet

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Sara Hagerty’s life was busy with God-activities. But when God brought Nate into her life, she came face-to-face with a stark awareness that she was not the person she thought she was—and neither was God.

When she also discovered that she unable to bear children—she who had poured her life into so many kids—she lost her footing and almost fell apart.

Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet (Zondervan) is Sara’s story—a memoir that unveils God’s ingenious plan to conform us to His image as He shatters our concepts and unveils who really is.

Read my full review and learn more about this book in my articles in The Examiner and also in Assist News Service. 

Janey DeMeo M.A.

Copyright © December 2014


Monday, November 24, 2014

Paper Angels and changing children's lives at Christmas

Christmas is a painful time of year for so many underprivileged kids. Thanks to the Angel Tree and to people's generous hearts, some kids will find some hope and joy. (Orphans First also provides Christmas gifts for underprivileged children -- those overseas in our programs and children's homes and in impoverished neighborhoods in Mexico, India, Russia... )

With holidays and Christmas now in full swing, who doesn’t love a feel-good, cozy movie with an inspiring message? Thanks to UPtv there are plenty of those in store. Original movie, Paper Angels, which aired on November 16th, is an example of awesome with a true-to-life powerful message.

Inspired by country singer Jimmy Wayne’s Christmas hit, Paper Angels, as well as by the book of the same title co-written by Jimmy Wayne and Travis Thrasher, the movie tells a compelling story that highlights the value of programs such as the Angel Tree which enable underprivileged children to receive at least one Christmas gift.

Paper Angel weaves together two stories of broken families—broken for different reasons and in different ways. Two children find themselves in a situation where even a Christmas tree seems like a hard-to-reach luxury. After leaving their alcoholic, abusive father, the mother of two children struggles to provide for them. Christmas is looking pretty bleak – until she hears about the Angel Tree program.

Meanwhile, a young couple preparing to greet their first offspring into the world – twins – also find themselves in a less than solid financial situation. Yet, the Angel Tree calls to them.

Highschool basketball and the Angel Tree draw together two unlikely friends, Thomas and Kevin. As they seek to do good to others in spite of their own sorrows, their lives are changed.

From personal experience and vicariously from the kids Jimmy Wayne has worked with, Wayne shows how The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program can make all the difference in a kids’ life. Paper Angel paints a compelling picture and highlights a beacon of hope all the while drawing us into a world where children and adults alike find themselves changed as they look beyond their own needs.

Starring Matthew Settle and Josie Bissett, .Paper Angels also features two new songs written and performed by Jimmy Wayne.

Check out UPtv’s schedule for upcoming movies. 

This story will also appear in Assist News Service. 

Janey DeMeo M.A.

Copyright © November 2014