Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | December 6, 2016

Quiet the chaos and restore your sanity

overwhelmedWhew! “Overwhelmed” is a lifesaver.  If you feel as if you have so much to do, too much clutter and not enough time, and you are operating outside of grace, drop what you are doing and pick up Kathi Lipp’s and Cheri Gregory’s newest how-to manual on simplifying your life–but it’s so much more than that…..

Yes, there are lots of books available to help you manage your time or declutter your life. There’s even more on how to get more done in less time (as if that’s even possible). But none of them (no, none of them) compares to the “Overwhelmed” approach.

I’ve lived in a constant state of overwhelmed for so long that I can’t remember not being in a panic.  It always seems like I get one thing done and three more take its place.  It’s very true that “feeling as though you have no options is overwhelming”. (p 23).

Through short questionnaires, Kathi and Cheri help you identify your state of ovewhelm and guide you to the chapters in the book that will be most helpful to you (talk about simple).  Of course, if you are like me, you need every chapter most!  The conversational tone helps you identify with them and keeps you focused. You don’t have to be overwhelmed any more.  Read “Overwhelmed” and be prepared to find grace and rest in God.

“Overwhelmed” will be available for purchase on January 1, 2017 but you can pre-order from Amazon.com now.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free as part of the “Overwhelmed” launch team.  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 6, 2016

We can stop trying so hard

nothing-to-proveHave you ever volunteered to do something you didn’t have time for or weren’t gifted to do, or just plain didn’t want to because you were afraid of what someone would say about you?

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the expectations of others and weighed down with thoughts of not being good enough?  Jennie Allen invites us into a new way of thinking in “Nothing to Prove”, a book that helps us find freedom from self-induced pressure to be enough when we aren’t–Jesus is.  It’s nice to do things WITH God instead of for Him.  When we begin filtering our activities through the simplicity of knowing and loving Jesus, we can finally experience what He can do in and through us.

What if we finally let God be enough and stopped trying so hard to prove something to ourselves.  It is time to let go of ourselves.  Let God be God in our lives which frees us from over-achieving and being overwhelmed.

Thanks to Allen, we no longer have anything to prove. Using the book of John, Allen helps us to see God in a different way through her stories based on Bible events in John and the experience guide to help us focus on our relationship with God.  Her book is inspirational, encouraging and very freeing if we take her message to heart.

“Nothing to Prove” will be available for purchase on January 31, 2017.  You can pre-order on Amazon.com.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free as part of Jennie Allens’ “Nothing to Prove” launch team.  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 6, 2016

Experiencing God’s Power and Presence

alive“Alive In the Spirit” is a compilation of sermons of A.W. Tozer from the 1950s compiled and edited by James L. Snyder.  It is interesting to note that the church today is experiencing the same issues as it was when Tozer was preaching.  Through the boldness of Tozer’s sermons, we see that the church was leaning toward entertainment and away from worship.  We also see that people are still talking about what being “filled with the Spirit” looks like and how to experience the Spirit’s involvement in our life.

In fact, Tozer’s boldness in his tone and frankness in his delivery (even in the writing), may take you aback especially if you are used to the political correctness of many of today’s contemporary pastors and their sermons.  We don’t often hear pastors speak with such boldness today as maybe we should.

This is a must-have book for any “fan” of Tozer’s and a must-read for anyone who seeks to be filled with the Holy Spirit and struggles to know what that means and what it looks like.  Tozer explains how not only to have the Spirit, but also to be filled with the Spirit.

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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.  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 6, 2016

A revealing look at the supernatural

supernatural“A Rabbi Looks at the Supernatural” by Jonathan Bernis looks at biblical truth about angels and demons, miracles, and heaven and hell.  He answers common questions about the supernatural including questions about angels, demons, the problem of evil, sickness, miracles and the search for the meaning of life.

Bernis writes in a conversational tone and explains simply those things that seem strange or odd and are often not explicitly explained in the Scriptures.  Because he is a Messianic Rabbi, Bernis can translate Jewish words and tradition to help us see the meaning of Scripture more clearly.

Most of the book is interesting, but there are some chapters I lost interest in because they seemed to ramble, and sometimes it was difficult to keep an open mind.  There are some things we have to guard our minds against and balance them with what we read in Scripture.

This is a helpful book if you have questions about God’s power and the devil’s strength in relation to it and the supernatural realm of angels and demons.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Chosen, a division of Baker Publishing  Group, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a 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 29, 2016

An apocalyptic story that awakens the imagination

remnant“The Remnant” by Monte Wolverton is an apocalyptic story set in the year 2069 filled with war, natural disasters, pandemics, government rule and a group of Christians in a work camp fighting for freedom.  After a surprisingly successful escape, these refugees meet people and groups along the way who both help and hinder their journey for freedom and truth.

What if the apocalypse came and went and Jesus didn’t?  What if a totalitarian government ruled the world?  What if religious books were banned and all citizens who refused to renounce their religion were sent to work camps?

Would you lead your family and friends on a dangerous journey to find a Christian community that may or may not exist?  Grant Cochrin decided to do just that, but his family and friends are exposed to danger, cult-like groups and myths as their discoveries only lead to more questions and they must decide each moment who they can trust.

Wolverton’s story captivates the imagination and activates the mind.  I’m hoping we see more of their story in the future.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program.  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 22, 2016

Writing Verses on Your Heart

31-versesLiz Curtis Higgs steps out with one goal to help women embrace the grace of God.  In “31 Verses to Write On Your Heart”, she invites us to experience a deeper relationship with God through His Word.  Some of the 31 scriptures she has chosen may be well-known while others may be a little more obscure, but they will all touch your heart.  Once you write them on your heart, you can draw them out in times of weakness and discouragement.

Each chapter offers a breakdown of each verse making it easier to understand and learn.  At the end of each short chapter, Higgs gives a tip for memorizing scripture.  She also gives you the option of writing in the scripture from your favorite translation.

There is also a study guide and a list of memorization steps (which are also included at the end of each chapter).  Higgs’ book is an excellent resource which will not only help you memorize the scripture, but it will also encourage you in your spiritual walk.  This perfect gift is available now for Christmas giving.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Blogging for Books, as part of Waterbrook Multnomah’s Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a 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 22, 2016

Finding the Spirit of Sabbath in a Busy World

sabbathAt first, I thought Shelly Miller’s book, “Rhythm of Rest”, about the Sabbath was going to about keeping the Sabbath because it is a requirement and list the blessings associated with it and be filled with testimonies of people who just confirmed her ideas about the Sabbath. But.it’s.not.  Thank goodness.

Instead of being legalistic, Miller’s book talks about ways to be intentional about rest, how to tune out distractions and how time with family and friends can be Sabbath experiences.  I was so encouraged by this book.  The pure fact that any day can be our Sabbath and we are not locked in to Sundays was completely refreshing.  Not only that but Sabbath is not about doing nothing but about not doing those things that take you away from the rhythm of rest.

If you are tired and weary and longing for rest, and don’t know how to experience Sabbath, start with reading “Rhythms of Rest”.  You’ll be glad you did.

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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.  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 22, 2016

Learn how to design your day and be more productive

design-dayWith so many self-help and time management books available, there isn’t too much more to say.  The only way to get a new point across is to create a new method.  In “Design Your Day”, Claire Diaz-Ortiz introduces the do less method which is simple, efficient and timely.  She helps you decide the right goals, create workable strategies and harness time effectively and efficiently.  She also helps you plan your day with purpose.

I was right there with her until part two.  If you are self-employed or have a job where you can plan your own hours and/or work day, you will definitely benefit from the second part of the book.  If, however, you have a job where you depend on others to give you work assignments or are in a job where your hours are set, part two will not be very helpful unless you have a variety of at-home projects.

This is not another time-management book.  “Design Your Day” is short but contains valuable steps to help you organize your day and be more productive.  This is more about organization than time management although organizing your time is a way to manage it.  It is not simply do this and don’t do that.  It is more sitting down and organizing your life through brainstorming and setting goals.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Moody Publishers, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a 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 15, 2016

A countdown to the most wonderful time of the year (with giveaway)

For 31 days this Christmas season (beginning December 1), you can enjoy daily inspiration through scripture, stories, homemade gifts, fun holiday recipes all included in Ace Collins‘ new book, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”.  Stories about popular Christmas traditions, carols and movies are interesting and fun to read.

The daily readings will inspire you and help you prepare for the season and enjoy every day leading up to Christmas and the new year.  You will find unique gift ideas in the “Pampering the Ones You Love” and “Feeding the Ones You Love” activities.  This devotional will be a much looked forward to traditional read for the Christmas season and one you will want to share with others.

One helpful tip:  Skim through the book for recipes and lists of ingredients to any recipes you may want to use and purchase these items in advance.  Make some new recipes and start a new tradition this Christmas.

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Make this upcoming Christmas holiday a Christ-filled season of joy and wonder with the help of Ace Collins’ new devotional, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. From December to New Year’s Eve, reawaken the Christmas season with daily scripture and inspirational readings of stories behind popular Christmas traditions, carols and movies. Enjoy a wealth of fun activities to help make the most of the season, including heartwarming holiday recipes and homemade gift ideas. Download a free sampler of the book by clicking here.

Join Ace’s Christmas festivities by entering to win the Magic of Christmas Prize Pack. Create new traditions this holiday season with your family and friends with the goodies included in the giveaway.

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One grand prize winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on November 21. The winner will be announced November 22 on the Litfuse blog.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program.  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 2, 2016

Timeless Bible stories for Children

beginners-bibleA young child’s first experience with Bible stories should be exciting and colorful.  “The Beginner’s Bible” is filled with colorful illustrations and excitement.  Each story from the creation to Jesus’ second coming are told in simple language that easily explains the story and makes each popular story something a child will want to read again and again.  This children’s story Bible will be a great lead-in to when he/she is ready to tackle the Scriptures.

“The Beginner’s Bible” will be fun for parents to read and children will enjoy listening to the stories as well as looking at the pictures.  ZonderKidz also provides a website offering many extras including games and teaching resources.

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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 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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