Friday, March 07, 2014

Review of the NIV Hope in the Mourning Bible.






“Many problems can arise from the improper handling of your emotions during grief. You can’t avoid having emotions, but how you respond to them will determine whether you proceed in a healthy manner or are doomed to unnecessary detours on your grief journey.”


Wise advice from the New International Version Hope in the Mourning Bible.  

Interspersed with devotionals to guide the reader through grief, it also includes questions that will cause the reader to apply God’s word to their own situation and prayers that will guide their spirit to seek God’s help. It is apparent by the insights and wisdom of these words that the writers are well acquainted with grief. The devotionals stress the deep love of God for His children.

Some of the content is taken from GriefShare, a well-known and tested resource used by churches around the world, to great effect. It also includes some song lyrics, a prayer appendix with 52 prayers based on the Psalms and a resource page for those seeking additional help.

This new Bible, published by Zondervan of Grand Rapids, Michigan, will be a wonderful resource not only to those grieving but also to those helping them through it.

“I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.” Jeremiah 31:13b

NIV Hope in the Mourning Bible
Zondervan
March 2014 Timothy Beals, devotional editor
ISBN - 13:9780310422914

 
  

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Support Kimberley Payne's Children's Activity Book



Today I'm pleased to tell you about an exciting project by three dynamic women. First, here's an interview with the author, Kimberley Payne:

Hi Kimberley - Please tell us about yourself

I am an award-winning author and a member of The Word Guild, Inscribe Christian Writer’s Fellowship, and John 3:16 Marketing Network.
I combine my teaching experience and love of writing to create educational materials for mothers and children about family, fitness, science and faith.

Tell us about the book
My latest project is “Adam’s Animals”, a children’s activity book that features over 40 animals mentioned in the Bible and little-known facts about each. It is the second book in the Science and Faith Matters series. The first book, “Trees of the Book – Learning from God’s Creation”, is a colourful introduction to trees, leaves and their corresponding Bible stories.

Who is this book written for?
“Adam’s Animals” is ideal for 6 to 9 year olds, for home or school use and classroom sharing in grades 1-3 to supplement the Life Sciences Curriculum on Animal Life.


What was your inspiration for this book?
Years ago, my daughter wrote a little book called, “Did you know...fascinating and fun facts about animals around the world” as a fundraiser to go to camp. I helped her with it and loved discovering new things about God’s creation.

Do you have a favorite animal and why that one?
I loved learning about the leopard. This big cat can climb trees, run fast, and swim. He’s powerful and smart. My kind of creature!

Did you find anything particularly difficult in writing this book?
There was a ton of research. Not only did I have to dig through the Bible to discover the animals mentioned, but then I had to research each individually to uncover five unusual facts.

What do you hope this book accomplishes?
I hope that “Adam’s Animals” will fuel the desire for children to read the Bible and to also learn more about the animals that God created.

Where can we find you?
Website: http://www.kimberleypayne.com
Blog: http://www.scienceandfaithmatters.wordpress.com
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/KimberleyPayne.Author
Twitter: https://twitter.com/FitForFaith

About the Kickstarter Campaign:


Kickstarter is a way to bring a creative project to life with the direct support of friends, colleagues and family.  My book project, “Adam’s Animals”, is one of the endeavours found on Kickstarter. 

“Adam’s Animals” is a children’s activity book that features over 40 animals mentioned in the Bible and little-known facts about each. It’s ideal for 6 to 9 year olds, for home or school use and classroom sharing in grades 1-3 to supplement the Life Sciences Curriculum on Animal Life. It is the second book in the Science and Faith Matters series. The first book, “Trees of the Book – Learning from God’s Creation”, is a colourful introduction to trees, leaves and their corresponding Bible stories.

As the book creator, I have set a funding goal of $3500, with a deadline of February 28th, 2014. If you like my book idea, you can pledge any amount of money to make it happen.

As the book backer, you choose from a number of rewards based on the amount of financial support you pledge. For example, backers who pledge a minimum of $5, will receive a choice of one of two of my e-books: 1) Fit for Faith - 7 weeks to improved spiritual and physical health, OR 2) Women of Strength - a devotional to improve spiritual and physical health. Backers who pledge a minimum of $15 will receive an autographed copy of “Adam’s Animals”. Backers who pledge a minimum of $175 will be listed on the “Dedication” page at the back of the book PLUS will receive an autographed copy of “Adam’s Animals”.

Backing “Adam’s Animals” is more than just giving money. Writers need encouragement and you would be supporting my dream of creating a valuable resource for children and parents.

To support the creation of “Adam’s Animals” please visit adams-animals


1   About the Author –
Kimberley Payne is an award-winning self-published writer and a member of The Word Guild, Inscribe Christian Writer’s Fellowship, and John 3:16 Marketing Network.

She has volunteered as a teacher with many children’s programs at her church, as a teacher’s aid for student’s reading, and within the library at her children’s school.

Kimberley combines her teaching experience and love of writing to create educational materials for children about family, fitness, science and faith.

Kimberley’s website  www.kimberleypayne.com

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About the Illustrator – 

The illustrator, Janis Cox, is an author, watercolour artist, wife, mother and grandma -- but most of all she's a faithful follower of Jesus. She's been retired from teaching for over 15 years but finds herself back into her passion of working with children.

Janis says, "I love painting pictures of animals and it will be a joy to create the illustrations for Kimberley’s new book. Plus working with Kimberley has always been exciting. Her enthusiasm always brings joy to my heart.”

Janis’ website             http://www.janiscox.com/

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About the Publisher – 

Diane Roblin-Lee is the owner of byDesign Media, a custom publishing company which specializes in beautiful layouts and cover designs. With over 30 years in the publishing industry, Diane has written several bestsellers herself and takes pride in being able to help other writers to get their books out to the world. 

Her tag line, "From Manuscript to Market," covers the full spectrum of services, from editing and design, to publishing and international distribution. Helping her authors find pleasure and satisfaction in the publishing process is very important to Diane.

Diane’s website         http://www.bydesignmedia.ca/


Where can we find the book?
This is the exciting part! The book is still in manuscript form. I am hoping to bring the project to life with the direct suipport of friends, colleagues and family. As the book creator, I have set a funding goal of $3500.00 with a deadline of February 28th, 2014. If you like my book idea you can pledge any amount of money to make it happen. 

As the book backer, you choose from a number of rewards based on the amount of financial support you pledge. For example, backers who pledge a minimum of $5.00 will receive a choice of one of two of my ebooks: Fit for Faith - 7 weeks to improve spiritual and physical health, or Women of Strength - a devotional to improve spiritual and physical health. Backers who pledge a minimum of $15.00 will receive an autographed copy of "Adams Animals." Backers who pledge a minimum of $175.00 will be listed on the "Dedication" page at the back of the book PLUS will receive an autographed copy of the book.

Backing Adam's Animals is more than just giving money. Writers need encouragement and you would be supporting my dream of creating a valuable resource for children and parents.


   
     A Sample excerpt –

 

Ant

 

Proverbs 6:6 : "Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!"
See also Proverbs 30:25

The wisest man who ever lived, Solomon, wrote the Book of Proverbs – a book of wise sayings to help us live godly lives. In this verse, Solomon points out that it is foolish to be idle and lazy. He says that we should learn from the example of the ant who doesn’t laze around and wait to be told what to do, but is willing to work hard and do what needs to be done.

Did you know?

·           Ants are from the insect family
·           Ants can lift 20 times their body weight
·           Ants have two stomachs – one to hold the food for itself and one to hold food to be shared with other ants
·           There are 3 kinds of ants in a colony: the queen, the female workers, and males
·           Ants communicate by using chemicals called pheromones
·           Ants don’t have ears but they “hear” by feeling vibrations in the ground 

To Support the creation of "Adam's Animals" please visit this link




Saturday, January 11, 2014

Bound to a Promise by Bonnie Floyd


Bound to a Promise
Trusting God When the Unthinkable Happens

Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX“Mrs. Floyd, my name is Paul Howard, and I’m calling from the United States embassy in Antigua. I’m sorry, ma’am, but I need to ask, are you Bonnie Clever-Floyd, daughter o
It was a cold, ordinary morning in Fresno, California when Bonnie Floyd answered the phone call that would change her life forever. That date—February 1, 1994, would be seared in her heart as the day her parents had been brutally murdered.
  
If you have ever wondered if God really orchestrates our lives you need to read this book. It's an amazing story of God's blessings in the face of unimaginable tragedy.

Bonnie Floyd was devastated when she learned that her father and step-mother had been shot while vacationing in the Caribbean. Her grief was exacerbated by the knowledge that they had been shot in their sleep, not allowing them time to call out to God before their deaths. 


For several years prior to that terrible day in 1994, Bonnie and her husband, Donnie, had been seizing every opportunity to share the gospel with her parents. “I had done all I knew to do to share Jesus with them. They had come a long way in their views of who Jesus was. They acknowledged his hand at work in their lives and in ours, and they were never against a suggestion to pray,” Bonnie recalls. “To this day I can still see the intensity in my father’s blue eyes and the assurance on his face when he said, ‘I promise you, if I ever get into a position where I fear for my life, I will call on the name of Jesus, but I have never been, nor will I ever be in a position where I am not in total control.’”  Within six months, Bonnie’s parents were dead.


In the coming months and years, as God began to reveal what really happened that night in Antigua, Bonnie found not just the assurance that she would see her parents again in heaven, but also the power to forgive. Bound to a Promise includes the fascinating account of the Antiguan trial that brought her parents’ killers to justice, featuring some dashing Scotland Yard detectives, a criminal in search of redemption, and many other memorable characters from the island. Bonnie’s colorful descriptions of her parents’ adventures abroad and her time in Antigua lighten the mood and add a touch of travelogue to the true crime drama. In a truly inspirational twist, Bonnie arranges a meeting with one of the confessed attackers, a man who would eventually claim her as family.
This true story was unfolds in a conversational style as Bonnie reveals the grace exhibited by God. 
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