Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | February 3, 2016

Unlocking the power of partnered prayer

prayer challenge“The 40 Day Prayer Challenge” was written as a resource for Pray Together, Stay Together, Inc., a national movement to promote prayer partnerships between spouses, family members and friends.

The guidelines and information given by the husband and wife team, SQuire Rushnell and Louise DuArt are helpful even if you do not plan to participate in the challenge.  As part of the challenge, prayer partners are asked to visit praystay.org and take the survey on the first and fortieth days.

Rushnell and DuArt give multiple examples of how beneficial prayer is in an effort to encourage prayer partners to pray for the 40 days.  A small group Bible study is included and goes throughout the 40 day challenge.

There is a lot of good information included.  The personal stories can be lengthy and, although encouraging, can be more than you may want to read.  Rushnell and DuArt stress the importance of prayer and the challenge is the primary reason for writing the book.  If you are not interested in the challenge, you may find other books on prayer a better fit for your library.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., as part of its Blogging Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | February 3, 2016

A guide for discipling women

discipling womenJesus’ final command to His disciples (and to us) was to “go and make disciples”.  as we see from Jesus’ ministry, discipling others is an enormous commitment.  It is an investment of time, money and emotions, but the rewards of such investment go far beyond what we can imagine.

The process may seem daunting at first and you may get discouraged at first, but Dana Yeakley’s “The Gentle Art of Discipling Women” is an excellent resource to help you get started.

Yeakley shows you step by step how to be a disciple and a discipler.  Each chapter offers a Bible study that will help you disciple and mentor the woman God sends to you.

Yeakley’s book is very timely.  It is well written and well organized.  If you are new to discipling women, or even if you are a seasoned mentor, Yeakley offers excellent advice and ideas to make you the discipler God has asked you to be.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | January 11, 2016

“Jesus Helps Me”–newest children’s book by Callie Grant

jesus helps.jpg“Jesus Helps Me” is the newest book in Graham Blanchard’s “Knowing My God” series.  It is a learn book in the Learn, Absorb and Praise™ Collection.  The series, with the assistance of adults, helps kids build a foundation for faith and a lifelong friendship with Jesus.

It grows with your child–babies can enjoy hearing your voice as you read; toddlers can look at the pictures, name the colors and imitate the sounds; and as he/she grows up the meaning of Scripture will unfold and the possibility of a deeper discussion with your child is possible.

“Jesus Helps Me” is based on John 12:44-47.  Each page takes a different portion of the Scripture and uses pictures and descriptions to give it meaning in a way a child will understand.

If you are looking for a Christian children’s book that will delight both you and your child, Graham Blanchard and Callie Grant delivers brilliant colors, beautiful artwork and inspirational words will inspire you and make Jesus accessible to children.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Shelton Interactive, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | January 11, 2016

Balance the four corners of your life

lifedeck“Life Deck” by Greg Lull can be summed up in two words–“Be Intentional”.  These two words can help you balance your spiritual life, your physical life, your relational life and your financial life.

The majority of the book, chapters 1-8, is filled with advice you can find in most time management books and books about improving your life.  The most beneficial chapters are 9-10 and the conclusion where Lull discusses the power of intention, the stages of life and the funnel approach.  These chapters are designed to help you “uncrazy” your life.

The book is helpful, but if you have spent any time reading similar books, you may find “Life Deck” redundant.  However, if you’ve never read a book that talks about being intentional to bring balance to your life and want to know the hows and whys, “Life Deck” is an excellent place to start.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from BookCrash, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | January 11, 2016

‘The Painter’s Daughter’ another winner for Julie Klassen

painterSophie Dupont assists her father in his studio.  She falls in love with Wesley Overtree who has a reputation for being irresponsible.  Capt. Stephen Overtree comes looking for his brother, Wesley, and discovers that Wesley has ran off to Italy leaving Sophie pregnant and alone.  Stephen decides to propose to Sophie and save her from scandal.  Sophie agrees and moves to Overtree Manor where she must pretend to be in love with Stephen and hide her feelings for Wesley.

Stephen falls more and more in love with Sophie but is called to battle Napoleon.  In the meantime, Wesley returns to Overtree Manor and is shocked to discover Sophie carrying his child and married to his brother.

Julie Klassen has made me a fan of romantic historical fiction.  She has a flair for bringing characters to life and giving them passion and emotion.  I always wait with great anticipation for Klassen’s next book, and I’m never disappointed.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing  Group, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | December 21, 2015

Four Dimensions of Leadership

4 dimensionsJenni Catron is a leadership coach who consults with churches and non-profits to help them lead at their best.  She knows the challenges of leadership and that being a good leader doesn’t come effortlessly nor does it come easily.  Leadership requires leading from our whole self–heart, soul, mind and strength.

In “The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership”, Catron demonstrates what it takes to be a leader of influence in the four areas of heart, soul, mind and strength and what it takes to lead in the midst of chaos.  Leadership takes a lifetime of personal development.  It takes commitment and a huge dose of humility.

Catron’s book is an excellent resource for leaders at all stages.  With practical applications, “The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership” takes you on a personal development journey that is well worth taking.

A personal leadership assessment is include and is the perfect tool to help you find your leadership potential.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Booklook Bloggers, as part of Thomas Nelson‘s Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | December 1, 2015

Recapture your biblical calling

discipleshipBefore Jesus ascended into heaven, He left the disciples (and us) with a mission–to make disciples.  Pastor Robby Gallaty offers compelling evidence that we are struggling to be effective in discipling others.  In “Rediscovering Discipleship), Gallaty provides a step-by-step process for effective discipleship that will help us be successful in our mission of making disciples.

Gallaty offers something for everyone.  Some chapters will mean more to pastors while others will benefit laymen.  Two of my favorite chapters are “Think like a Hebrew” and “A Picture is worth a thousand words”.  These chapters help us relate to the Bible in a way that will enrich not only our Bible reading and study, but it will also help us share what we’ve learned with others in a way that will help them be better Christians and better disciples as well.

Discipling someone takes time and commitment.  We must be willing, as followers of Christ, to sacrifice our time for the benefit of someone else.  We should also be willing to be mentored and discipled by someone else.

If you are passionate about discipleship, “Rediscovering Discipleship” is a must-read.  Gallaty offers a section on how to start a discipleship group, how to measure its effectiveness and how to maintain it.  The Appendix contains some very informative answers to frequently asked questions.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Cross Focused Reviews, a service of Cross Focused Media, LLC, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | December 1, 2015

What’s inside the Sparkle Box?

sparkleSam spies a sparkly box on the mantle and asks his mother about it.  She tells him it is a special gift they will open later, but they must first fill it up.  Each day, Sam and his mom go through the preparations for Christmas including taking items to the homeless shelter and performing random acts of kindness.  Over the holiday season, Sam discovers how much he can be grateful for.  Later, as they open the sparkle box, he understands the true meaning of Christmas.

“The Sparkle Box” by Jill Hardie (and illustrated by Christina Kornacki) is a wonderful illustration of what Christmas is really all about.  The book comes with a sparkle box you can use to teach your children about what it means to be givers at Christmas and why Jesus was born.  A tradition of giving is one of the best gifts we can give to our children and this is a great way to get a child excited to give to others.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Worthy Publishing, as part of  its First Look Blog Tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | November 19, 2015

Praying from Proverbs

The book of Proverbs is filled with wisdom and offers practical guidance for living.  John Mason’s “Proverbs Prayers” takes you through the Proverbs chapter-by-chapter and includes a heartfelt prayer that helps you internalize the chapter it covers.

This 31-day devotional can be used again and again.  It can give you a deeper understanding of Proverbs and help you make wise decisions.  It will make a great gift for yourself and others and give you the tools you need to live wisely and learn to use Scripture to pray heartfelt prayers to the Father.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Thanks to technology, our lives are full and our souls are empty.  We struggle for rest and relief for our overburdened, overwhelmed and over-stressed lives, but no matter what we try we always end up right back where we started.  If you feel this way, “Rest Assured” by Vicki Courtney offers hope for women who seek to find lasting change to the hectic pace and the technology-riddled lifestyle.

Courtney’s book is divided into two sections.  The first defines the enemies of rest that plague us–busyness, pursuing happiness and being tethered to our cell phones, tablets and computers.  The second helps us create a plan to recover our lives and reclaim our sanity.

Perfect for small groups and individual study, “Rest Assured” will guide you on a journey to sanity and rest if you follow the guidelines and “rest stop” challenges at the end of each chapter.  Also helpful is the Thirty-Day Restoration Plan and 100 Ways to Give it a Rest.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Booklook Bloggers, as part of Thomas Nelson‘s Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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