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“Find More Money: Increase Your Income to Tackle Debt, Save Wisely, and Live Generously,” by Art Rainer

Find More Money: Increase Your Income to Tackle Debt, Save Wisely, and Live Generously, by Art Rainer, is a helpful tool for improving finances.

The main focus of this book is to help people provide beyond their full-time jobs, especially when that isn’t enough to provide.

Rainer calls it find a “gig”: “stewarding your talents, time and abilities so you can live generously on mission for the kingdom (of God).”

His goal is to help others have financial freedom, in order to advance God’s kingdom – not to become wealthy.

Review

For myself, I several of his principles helpful. First, Rainer listed key priorities to consider when choosing a side-gig: opportunity, skills, and passion.

Considering these priorities in order will help you be more successful in finding the right side-gig for you.

Rainer also provides specific sites and resources to help readers find such jobs. I highly recommend this book! It is packed with original, engaging and helpful content.

About the Author

Art Rainer is the vice president for Institutional Advancement at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

He holds a Doctor of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University and an MBA from the University of Kentucky.

He writes widely about issues related to finance, wealth, and generosity and is the author of The Money Challenge: 30 Days of Discovering God’s Design for You and Your Money.

Art lives in Wake Forest, North Carolina, with his wife, Sarah, and three children.

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“Journey to the Cross: 40 Days to Prepare Your Heart for Easter,” by Mary Carver and the (in)courage community

Journey to the Cross: 40 Days to Prepare Your Heart for Easter, by Mary Carver and the (in)courage community, is an encouraging devotional.

Content

Focused on the 40 days of Lent, this devotional features Scriptures, short essays, encouraging stories, quotes, reflective questions and prayers. It even has room to write your reflections, etc.

In addition, the key themes of this book addresses are sacrifice, reflection, gratitude, prayer, and fasting.

For those who like to keep track, it includes a Lent devotional calendar checklist, to keep track what days have been read.

Review

As for the book itself, it’s small, durable, perfect for on the go devotionals at the coffee shop.

The beautiful artwork and word art make the book more appealing and nurture a sense of serenity.

With varying lengths of pages day to day, it is still short enough to fit into any schedule. I highly recommend this well-made devotional.

About the Author

At (in)courage you are welcome to a place of faith, connection, and friendship, where you will always find yourself among friends.

Founded in 2009 by DaySpring, the Christian products subsidiary of Hallmark Cards, Inc., the vision for (in)courage was to create a new home for the hearts of women, where women take turns pulling up a chair to share their stories of what Jesus looks like in their everyday, gloriously ordinary, and often messy lives.

Since then, (in)courage has grown into a vibrant community that reaches thousands of women every day, welcoming them just the way they are, offering a space to breathe, loving support, and resources for meaningful connection.

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“90 Days with the God Who Speaks” by B&H Publishing Group

Content

90 Days with the God Who Speaks, by B&H Publishing Group, is a 90 day devotional for men and women of all ages.

This particular devotional focuses on Christ throughout the Bible, through the storyline of Scripture and essential biblical doctrine.

Interestingly, this devotional’s content is based on “The Gospel Project” curriculum. This is a widely known biblical curriculum.

As well as great foundational content, this book includes biblical narrative, personal application, personal reflection questions, and prayer prompts.

Each day is only 2-3 small pages long, easy to fit into anyone’s busy schedule.

Review

For myself, I liked that this devotional’s content is biblically focuses, doctrinally accurate, personally applicable, and teachers the reader doctrine and biblical truth.

I also thought it was clever for the publisher to use the wi-fi symbol to draw the audience in. The book itself is small, yet durable – great for on the go devotionals in the coffee shop. I highly recommend this devotional.

About the Author

B&H Publishing Group, an imprint of LifeWay Christian Resources, is a team that believes Every Word Matters®. We seek to provide intentional, biblical content that positively impacts the hearts and minds of people, cultivating lifelong relationships with Jesus Christ.

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“Eat, Sleep, Save the World: Words of Encouragement for the Special Needs Parent” by Jamie Sumner

Content

Eat, Sleep, Save the World: Words of Encouragement for the Special Needs Parent, by Jamie Sumner, is a noble book.

This book is meant for special needs parents, and to help them work through their day-to-day struggles.

Including sections of determination, hope, resilience, patience, laughter and thankfulness, the author asks the reader to reflect on Scripture and their life.

Review

As a whole, the book is real, but encouraging.

As a parent and an author, I was encouraged by Sumner’s mission – to encourage special needs parents.

I highly recommend the book for those who it would apply and mean the most.

About the Author

Jamie Sumner has written for the New York Times and the Washington Post among many other publications.

She is the author of the nonfiction book on motherhood, Unbound, and the middle-grade novel, Roll with It.

She is also mom to a son with cerebral palsy and she writes and speaks about disability in literature. She loves stories that celebrate the grit and beauty in all kids.

She and her family live in Nashville, Tennessee. Visit her at http://www.jamie-sumner.com.

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“A Mother’s Love: Celebrating Every Kind of Mom” Devotional

Content

A Mother’s Love: Celebrating Every Kind of Mom, by Anna Rendell and the (in)courage community, is a great devotional for moms.

It is conveniently broken up into sections for each stage of motherhood, using both personal and biblical examples of motherhood.

This devotional even includes blank reflection sections, Bible verses and beautiful illustrations throughout. All of these features add so much to the devotional’s messages each day.

Review

As I read it for myself, I felt peaceful, encouraged, loved, and full of hope. I highly recommend this book to mothers of all kinds, in whatever stage they find themselves. Truly a work of art!

About the Author

(in)courage

from the (in)courage community
  • At (in)courage you are welcome to a place of faith, connection, and friendship, where you will always find yourself among friends.
  • Founded in 2009 by DaySpring, the Christian products subsidiary of Hallmark Cards, Inc., the vision for (in)courage was to create a new home for the hearts of women, where women take turns pulling up a chair to share their stories of what Jesus looks like in their everyday, gloriously ordinary, and often messy lives.
  • Since then, (in)courage has grown into a vibrant community that reaches thousands of women every day, welcoming them just the way they are, offering a space to breathe, loving support, and resources for meaningful connection.
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“The Great Farmapalooza” by Jill Roman Lord

Content

The Great Farmapalooza by Jill Roman Lord, is a fun children’s board book.

This book’s message is farm animals praising God and teaching animal noises you find on a farm. The story begins at sunrise, until sunset – which was clever for the author to incorporate.

Several times in the book, the animals praise and thank God, giving Him credit for the animals and plants He’s made. The Great Farmapalooza teaches God’s perfect and unconditional love, His goodness, good creation, provision, and thankfulness.

In addition, the book describes the actions of the animals, the noises they make, and their roles on the farm.

This book has flaps to open, revealing additional animals sounds. It has smooth, durable, and easy to turn pages. The publisher even incorporated shiny sparkles in the cover, further appealing to children.

Review

My kids love this book! The illustrations and flaps keep their attention. The book is big enough so they can see well, but not too heavy for toddlers to hold.

For myself, I admire the organized plot and creativity put into this book. I truly value books that give glory to God, in a fun, understandable way.

I would highly recommend this book for any family, with young children.

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About the Author

B&H Kids Editorial Staff

  • Every little word matters

B&H Kids creates Bible-centered, engaging content for kids. From board books to Bibles, our resources are designed to help kids develop a lifelong relationship with Jesus and to empower parents to guide their child’s spiritual growth.

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“Where is Wisdom?” by Scott James

Where is Wisdom by Scott James, is a great book for elementary aged kids.

Content

If you would like a book to teach your kids about the wisdom of God, this is the book for your family. With poetic descriptions, inspired by the chapter Job 28, and incredible illustrations, this is a winner.

Video: Where is Wisdom? from Scott James – Look Inside

Recommendation

When I read it to my own kids, they couldn’t stop saying, “Wow! That book is amazing!” I’d highly recommend this book.

About the Author

Video: Where is Wisdom? from Scott James

Scott James serves as an Elder at The Church at Brook Hills. He and his wife Jaime have four children—Will, Kirstine, Benjamin, & Bethan—who served as the inspiration and original audience for this Advent devotional.

They live in Birmingham, Alabama where Scott works as a pediatric physician. Scott serves in the children’s and youth ministries at Brook Hills and is passionate about helping families grow together in Christ.

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“Unplanned” the Movie – I Finally Watched It…

As I’ve experienced a traumatic miscarriage, I hesitated. I convinced myself I couldn’t handle, avoiding it at all costs. But now I’ve watched it, and I’ll never be the same again.

My Reaction

To be honest, it wasn’t as bad as I had imagined, but I felt severely nauseous the entire time. I am so thankful for the woman, Abby, who was brave enough to share her story with the world.

“Unplanned” the Movie, 2019

No one should be badgered into keeping quiet about injustice. No one should be threatened for telling the truth. Abortion is murder, but abortion is also a deceitful lie that needs to be rebuked.

Abortion

Abortion is NEVER the answer!! Putting a child up for adoption at least gives them a chance to live!

Keeping your baby will bless you in a way can’t even imagine right now. No financial hardships or multitude of diapers can compare with how much that child will love you, and how much you love them.

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My Story

Having lost a baby myself, through miscarriage, the scene where the woman, Abby, loses her baby and tissue fell out in the bathroom, hit me hard.

That was me. After two days of cramping, spotting, and an ultrasound, the dreaded moment came anyway.

My Baby, Timothy Lyle Babbitt, 9 wks. 6 days.
He was born on May 9, 2016.

I woke up in a pool of blood, screamed, “No God, NO!!” over and over again. I ran to the bathroom and my precious baby fell out of me. I went into shock and shook on the bathroom floor.

My husband took me to the ER, but not before I told him he was not allowed to flush that toilet.

They let me cry and talk to a nurse, but basically gave me strong ibuprofen and sent me home. I lost a baby, and that was it.

The Filthiest Burial

I was thankful for the doctor telling me not to try to find my baby – too tiny to find. I think that would have been even more traumatic for me.

Instead, my precious baby boy was buried by a flush, and taken to the sewer system. This memory haunts me to this day.

My Story
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This Has to Stop!

But to think someone would choose that on purpose, kills my heart every time. No one comes away from losing a baby the same. Either way the baby dies, the mother will never be the same.

Pray abortion clinics close for good. Pray abortions become illegal. But also pray for those who’ve aborted or contributed to abortions. God’s forgiveness is more than enough for them too.

Check out unplannedfilm.com or fortydaysforlife.com for more resources and information to make a difference!

Also, to read more on the subject, check out my previous blog post: Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.

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“Mercy for Today: A Daily Prayer from Psalm 51” by Jonathan Parnell

Mercy for Today: A Daily Prayer from Psalm 51, by Jonathan Parnell, is a great dive into Psalm 51!

Content

Parnell’s focus in on the mercy of God, and seeking God in daily prayer.

He talks about Psalm 51 being written by King David, when the prophet Nathan confronted David about his adultery and murder.

Parnell digs deep into Scripture, while reflecting on his own personal experiences and applications of the psalm.

Review

I like the unique publishing format of this book and I learned a lot from it. I highly recommend this book to anyone struggling to see God’s mercy in their lives, it will change you!

About the Author

Jonathan Parnell is the lead pastor of Cities Church in Minneapolis-St.Paul, a church he and his team planted in 2015.

Jonathan Parnell

He is the Send Network’s City Missionary in the Twin Cities, where he also serves as a church-planting trainer.

He is the author of Never Settle for Normal: The Proven Path to Significance and Happiness (2017) and coauthor of How to Stay Christian in Seminary (2014).

He and his wife, Melissa, live in the Twin Cities with their eight children.

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“Adorning the Dark” by Andrew Peterson

I loved reading Adorning the Dark, by Andrew Peterson!

Content

As a fellow author, I loved Peterson’s descriptions of his creative work and his process.

Also, I liked how he incorporated the Christian perspective. As a Christian writer, it is hard to find colleagues with writing integrity and class.

Review – Outstanding!

I would read this book again in a heartbeat, it’s that good! Peterson is a great writer, he writes from the heart, and he writes for Jesus.

About the Author

Andrew Peterson is an award-winning singer-songwriter and author.

Andrew Peterson

The second book in his Wingfeather Saga, North! Or Be Eaten (2009) won the Christy Award for Young Adult Fiction, and the fourth, The Warden and the Wolf King (2014) won World Magazine’s Children’s Book of the Year in 2015.

In 2008, driven by a desire to cultivate a strong Christian arts community, Andrew founded a ministry called The Rabbit Room, which led to a yearly conference, countless concerts and symposiums, and Rabbit Room Press, which has published thirty books to date.

He’s been married for 24 years to his wife Jamie, with whom they have three children.

His eldest is an animation student at Lipscomb University, his second son is a touring drummer and record producer, and his daughter recently released her first album.

In his spare time Andrew keeps bees, builds dry stack stone walls, gardens, draws, and sleeps.