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For years I’ve followed Nick Vujicic, best-selling author, evangelist and inspirational speaker, via his books and videos on YouTube.  I even had the privilege of hearing Nick speak last December in Taiwan and got a VIP pass to speak with him afterwards in the VIP room.  I’ve been inspired by how God has done some pretty incredible and even seemingly impossible things in Nick’s life.

Which leads me to his release Love Without Limits.  In this incredible book, Nick and his lovely wife Kanae dive into their amazing love story which God penned for them.  The book overflows with Nick’s humor and wit, as well as Kanae’s gentle, kindle words.  If you’re like many people, you’re probably curious how a man with no arms or legs got married (you definitely gotta read the book!).  Even Nick himself struggled for years, as he shares, with his dream of getting married.  He felt sure no woman would want a man with such physical limits.  Yet God, in His faithfulness and goodness, decided to give His child such a marriage.

Love Without Limits is that story, in all honesty and vulnerability.  It’s also filled with tips on everything from love to a newborn baby to communication between couples.  There were several times I thought Nick could have been stronger in pointing out things from his faith, but overall I give it a 4.5 out of 5.  It’s good, really good.  Plus, with a love story like Nick and Kanae’s you can’t help but be inspired!

Note: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

For an author bio on Nick, click here.

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9781601426611“God Gave Us Angels” is a beautiful, truth-filled book for little ones.  Lisa Tawn Bergren writes in a clear, lovely way which brings the topic of angels into an easy-to-understand manner for kids.  Artist Laura J. Bryant does a fabulous job of portraying each scene with the Bear family with whimsical touches.  Children will be delighted with her artwork and beg to look over it again and again! (I’ll admit it – I kept going through the pages myself, it’s that cute and lovely!)

One of the best features of this sweet storybook is the truths Bergren includes throughout the book like gold nuggets.  For example, when Little Cub asks Papa Bear if they should pray to angels, Papa Bear replies wisely with “Angels are God’s servants.  He’s their boss.  We should pray only to God, because he is the one who tells them what to do.”

Bergren includes Scriptural truths like this one and many others scattered throughout the whole book.  I really appreciated this aspect of the story because it opens the door to sharing the Bible’s timeless truths with your children.  They’re bound to be curious and ask countless questions about angels and Bergren expertly crafts this book to answer those questions.

“God Gave Us Angels” is a wonderful book – and resource – to lead children to a clearer understanding of God, who He is, and what He says about those mysterious beings called angels.  I have no doubt that this lovely, kid-friendly, Bible-truth-telling storybook will become a favorite with little ones and not-so-little-ones alike!

Note: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

For more information on this fabulous book for kids, click here!

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John Piper’s January release, “A Godward Heart”, is a collection of 50 short meditations on various topics.  His subtitle states “Treasuring the God Who Loves You” and this book truly does that.  Each meditation is filled with Scriptural truths and the Word itself.  He discusses a variety of subjects, including seeking God, politics and what they really mean, God’s sovereignty in the midst of trials, and how Paul worked to overcome slavery (see, your interest is sparked already!).

One of the great things about Piper’s meditations is that he doesn’t just write them plain and dry – he fills them with God’s precious Word and with ways the Lord has been working in his own personal life.  Additionally, Piper makes sure that his writing isn’t “fluffy”, or just meaningless, empty chatter.  He takes hard questions or controversial subjects and drives the reader to the Scriptures in each case.  Plus, Piper writes from a very theological standpoint, making the reader come away with actual food for thought and ways to grow in his or her walk with Jesus.

So is John Piper’s “A Godward Heart” like many of the other devotional books out there nowadays?  You know, the ones which advertise fast reading – five minutes a day or maybe even just three minutes!  Definitely not – and that’s a good thing.  If you’re looking for an easy, fluffy, it-means-nothing-kind-of-book, don’t read this.  For the believer who really wants to go deeper, to take up his cross daily and truly know Christ, this is the book for you. Because Piper’s book is powerful and thought-provoking!

Note: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

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Wait No More by Kelly and John Rosati is a passionate story of God’s grace and leading as they found their children through adoption.  Unable to have their own biological children, the Rosatis began praying and looking into foster care and adoption.  This book is about it all – the joys, the struggles, the laughter, and the tears.  It’s filled to the brim with God’s fingerprints and showcases His heart for adoption beautifully.

One of the things I particularly liked about this book was that the Rosatis weren’t afraid to share the struggles that they went through, the doubts they had, the pain they endured throughout the years of foster care and adoption.  They are honest – it wasn’t all kisses and smiles and coos.  There were times of screaming, of bleeding, of not knowing how to handle it all.  Their book shows that yes, they went through the good and the bad and that God did marvelous things through it all.

Really, this book is about so much more than just the Rosati family.  It’s about how God worked when they made themselves available, the trials and challenges they experienced, and the joy they are now having as a family with their adopted children.  So if you’d like to hear the inside story of what it was like for Kelly and John to adopt four times, see the ways God worked miraculously, and be inspired, then wait no more because Wait No More is waiting to be picked up!

Note: I received a copy of this book for free from Tyndale Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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“Loving God like a Child” – that’s the subtitle to R.C. Sproul Jr.’s book The Call to Wonder.  It’s aptly named, too, because Sproul does an excellent job of expanding on Matthew 18:3.  He gives practical examples and explains the Biblical truths in a winning and easy-to-understand way.

Chapters three to seven cover various aspects of how we can love God like a child.  For example, I really appreciated Sproul’s chapter five on “the call to please”.  This especially stuck out to me because I often find myself eager to please my earthly father.  So when Sproul connected that with being similar to how we should be eager to please our Heavenly Father, I understood him.  Certainly, it’s something I’d like to get better at because all too often I get caught up in a web of all the wrong questions.  Instead I should be asking, “Does this please my Heavenly Father?”.

And that’s just one of the many lessons learned from R.C. Sproul Jr.’s amazing, truth-filled book.  It’s an inspiring read, one I’d recommend wholeheartedly.  Let’s just say that it’s earned a place on my “keeper’s” bookshelf!  And that’s high praise indeed!

Note:  I received this book for free from Tyndale Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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While there are many books out there on finances and saving money, The Money $aving Mom’s Budget is different.  Why?  Because it’s the real thing.  The book is written by Crystal Paine, a mother of three, who has been low on finances before and has crazy days just like the rest of us.  Crystal and her husband actually paid for their house in cash with no debt.  Because she lives out what she says, it makes this book even more of a treasure!

In each chapter Crystal gives practical, easy-to-do advice.  For example, in chapter one she talks about setting big goals and breaking them down into bite size pieces.  Her creativity to save money is refreshing and inspiring.

Crystal offers ideas on couponing, rewards programs, things to do around the house to save money, and more.  I found the book very helpful, especially chapter seven where she shares 25 ways to save money on groceries.

Filled to the brim with practical advice, wise insights and ideas, and real life examples, Crystal Paine’s The Money $aving Mom’s Budget is a definite winner!

Note:  I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • A brand new iPad2
  • The Money Saving Mom‘s Budget by Crystal Paine, audio edition

Enter today by clicking here. But hurry, the giveaway ends today (4/4/12). Winner will be announced at The Money Saving Mom’s Live Webcast Event on 4/5.  Crystal will be hosting an evening of chat, laughter and encouragement – bring your friends!  She’ll share tips and advice and her husband will be joining her to share how the principles Crystal outlines in her book have dramatically impacted their family life.  She’ll also be giving away some GREAT prizes: gift certificates, books, and much more!

So grab your copy of The Money Saving Mom®’s Budget and join Crystal and friends on the evening of April 5th for an evening of fun of learning, sharing and encouragement.

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