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The Rescue by Jim Cymbala

Posted by greatbuys4less on April 18, 2018 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Are you broken? Are you experiencing tragedy in your life? Are you facing an uphill climb? Or do you know someone who is experiencing tough times? Well this book is just the book needed to encourage, uplife and give you hope to face the challenges facing you or them today. Jim Cymbala in The Rescue tells the true stories of seven people show come from very different backgrounds facing very different circumstances. But something unexpected happens and it changes their lives forever for the good. These stories are excellent and show true experiences that could happen to any of us, the people are a flight attendant, a teenage mom, homeless man, wall street broker, etc. You can put yourself in almost any of their stories and relate. I really enjoyed the outcomes of the stories and they gave me joy. 

I received my copy of this book from Handlebar Publishing in exchange for this honest review. All opinions are my own

Faithful Finance by Emily G Stroud

Posted by greatbuys4less on March 13, 2018 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

I have to admit that I am not a big fan of reading about finances or money issues. But I thought I would give Emily's book a try since some things have changed for me financially in the last few years. I was glad that I read Faithful Finance and learned about the 10 secrets to move from frearful insecurity to confident control. If you have taken the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace courses in the past then you will appreciate this read as a nice review and a few new great ideas to incorporate into your finances. She breaks down each chapter in to simple terms and explains the terms and easy to understand wording. The print is in a form that is easy to read and the reading is not too weighty so you don't seem to bog down in the terms. She shares many stories so you can picture how it works. 

I would recommend this book for someone just starting out to someone getting ready for retirement. It doesn't go into great detail but enough to help you understand and get started. Plus there is some very helpful resources. 

I received this book from Handlebar Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Review-Praying the Scriptures for Your Adult Children by Jodie Berndt

Posted by greatbuys4less on February 14, 2018 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)


I am not a parent but I am sure parents of adult children have asked "How can we pray God's best for our children after they leave our homes and grow up, have their own families, etc?" You never stop being a parent, I have been told by many friends and by my own parents. I understand how tough it must be to have to let your children make their own decisions. In this book by Jodie Berndt she focuses on a different stage of adulthood in each of the chapters with insight and encouraging stories from parents.


I got a lot of insight from the "Prayer Principles" through out the book and I loved the section at the end of each chapter that gave specific prayers for you and then for your children. You can just fill in the blanks with their names and pray the prayer. So many times we don't know what to pray and this gives really great prayers to help.


I recommend this to anyone who had adult children, in any stage of adulthood or any age and/or anyone who wants to help those with adult children.


This book was provided to me by Handbar Publishing for my honest review. All opinions are my own.


May The Faith Be With You Holy Bible NIRV review

Posted by greatbuys4less on January 21, 2018 at 10:45 PM Comments comments (0)

NIRV May the Faith Be With You Holy bible

This is a very nice children’s Bible. It includes 24 full color pages with some of the most important ideas of the Bible such as What Jesus Says About…, Ten Commandments and Miracles of Jesus. Size is just right for smaller hands and ages 6-10. Easy to read version. I think it would have been nice to see an introduction at the beginning of each chapter and the full color pages closer to the text they are referencing. But overall a pretty nice small bible for kids.

I received my copy of this book from Handlebar Publishing in exchange for this honest review. All opinions are my own.


In the Middle of the Mess by Sheila Walsh

Posted by greatbuys4less on January 21, 2018 at 10:40 PM Comments comments (0)

In The Middle of the Mess by Sheila Walsh

This book is not uplifting as I had expected but is an attempt for the author to share her story during one of the most difficult times. And to demonstrate how she made it through. The first part was very depressing and it was hard for me to stick with the book due to this. It got better as I read more but I felt weighted by the story.

I did enjoy the “reflections” at the end of each chapter which were very thought provoking and some applied to my personal life.

If you recently went through the death of a loved one or major crisis I would not recommend this book.

I received my copy of this book from Handlebar Publishing in exchange for this honest review. All opinions are my own.


New Review-The Remarkable Ordinary and A Crazy Holy Grace by Frederick Buechner

Posted by greatbuys4less on January 10, 2018 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

The Remarkable Ordinary shows us how to stop, look and listen to life.  If you are feeling like your life is dull, boring and nothing exciting a new happens, this book is for you. It gives us a whole new perspective on how to look at life by stopping, looking and listening in a whole new way. My favorite section in the book talks about how words of literature are saying to us to stop! Stop thinking, stop expecting, stop living in the past, stop living in the future, stop doing anything and just pay attention to "this". Stop whatever else you are doing and notice. He referred to a frog haiku, which he explained we should notice actions as we walk along a path and not get caughter up in our own thoughts and pay attention to the world around us. 
His writing is very thought provoking and his stories of his own life and others illustrate the remarkable ordinary charactristics of everyday things. His writes as if he is writing and talking directly to you. Excellent. I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. 

A Crazy, Holy Grace is a collection of essays that is written to help us realize that our memories can be a great healing tool for our pain and loss. We sometimes wonder why we have to experience pain and if anyone really cares. Frederick gives us some new insite to that. This was sometimes hard to read but it opened up a whole new way of thinking about pain and loss. I appreciate the fact that he used stories of his own pain and loss to present this book. 

I received my copy of these books from Handlebar Publishing in exchange for this honest review. All opinions are my own.

Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald

Posted by greatbuys4less on October 10, 2017 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Gordon MacDonald tell his personal story to start this excellent read, a man not ordered at all when his life began and growing up. He uses great visual examples and stories to help the reader understand about ordering and organization of your life and world. I thought about giving an example of the  stories but don't want to give away any of the interesting highlights of the book. Each chapter is a new eye-opening lesson concluding with a chapter that ties them all together. I really enjoyed this book and plan on using it for future study and reference. A great feature is that a study guide is included which covers each of the 15 chapters. Great for group or individual study. 
If your life seems out of control, our of order or just so chaotic you don't have time for the important things, this book is for you. 
 I received my copy of this book from Handlebar Publishing in exchange for this honest review. All opinions are my own.

the Awakening of HK Derryberry by Jim Bradford

Posted by greatbuys4less on October 9, 2017 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (0)

This is a special story about business executive , Jim Bradford, who meets a young man who has multiple disabilities and has a difficult start in life. They become friends after meeting in a fast food restaurant where his grandmother works and where HK has to stay during the day. What I expected was an inspiring story about how the young man inspired others and the man. But really it is a story about how Jim Bradford changed the life of HK and the full story of the adventures of Jim and HK. There is quite a bit of self promotion here by Jim about all the things he did for HK but in turn those things changed both of their lives in a positive way. I enjoyed the book and if you need a positive, uplifting book, this is a good one. 

I received my copy of this book from Handlebar Publishing in exchange for this honest review. All opinions are my own.

Get Out of That Pit-Beth Moore

Posted by greatbuys4less on September 4, 2017 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Beth has a way of simplifying complex issues through scripture and her excellent stories. She does this in Get Out of That Pit but there are some issues within the book that don't need to be simplified and really deserve further explanation and exploration. An example was when she mentioned being in a pit due to an illness but really didn't explain any further. I don't think an illness would be considered a pit. But that is only my opinion and that is where I started feeling that I was not connecting with this book. Also, there seem to be a lot of repetition. I would suggest if you are in a time where you need encouragement or a new start this book would be good. She has a lot of great insight, excellent stories of encouragement and overall it is an uplifting book. I also like the weekly scripture readings in the back and reflections questions.

I received my copy of this book from Handlebar Publishing in exchange for this honest review. All opinions are my own.

Review-Kids' Visual Study Bible NIV

Posted by greatbuys4less on June 23, 2017 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

The Kids Visual Study Bible by Zondervan is an excellent Bible for kids and adults who want to dig deeper into their study of God's story. In the outer margins of each page verses are highlighted and then exponded on with a question or statement (many pictures or graphics) along with references to other verses or infromation about the history of that particular time of history. There is enough room in the margins for plenty of note taking and they are a beige color while the text background is white so it really stands out. The text is quite small, so if you have poor eyesight this is not the Bible for you but if you can read 8 type or higher you will be good. 
I would not classify this as a "Kids" Bible due to the design, size and layout. It is more of a teen to adult Bible  It is a smaller, thicker type Bible which I really like and would be good for someone just reading the Bible for first or 100th time. I would have liked to have seen a timeline of the whole Bible or each book included. 
Overall a nice "study" Bible but not a Kids' Bible in my thinking. 

I received my copy of this book from Handlebar Publishing in exchange for this honest review. All opinions are my own.