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KCFY Book Reviews

Becoming Worldly Saints
Can You Serve Jesus and Still Enjoy Your Life?
Author: Michael Wittmer
Binding Type:  Paperback

Publisher:    Zondervan
ISBN:  9780310516385
Retail Price:  $15.99
From the Publisher:
If following Jesus involves a life of sacrifice and suffering, is it wrong for a Christian to seek purpose and joy in this world?

Many Christians sense a tension between their desire to enjoy life in this world—the beauty of God’s creation, the rich love of deep relationships with others—and the reality that this world is fallen and broken, in need of redemption. How can we embrace and thrive in the tension between enjoying creation and promoting redemption? By living out our God-given purpose.

As “worldly saints,” created in the image of God, we are natural creatures with a supernatural purpose—to know and love God. Because we live in a world that is stained by the curse of sin, we must learn to embrace our nature as creatures created in the image of God while recognizing our desperate need for the grace that God offers to us in the gospel.

Writing in a devotional style that is theologically rich, biblically accurate, and aimed at ordinary readers, Mike Wittmer helps readers understand who they are, why they are here, and the importance of the story they tell themselves. In Becoming Worldly Saints, he gives an integrated vision that shows how we can be heavenly minded in a way that leads to earthly good, empowering believers to seize the abundant life God has for them


 

Get Your Joy Back
Banishing Resentment and Reclaiming Confidence in Your Special Needs Family.
Author: Laurie Wallin

Binding Type:  Paperback

Publisher:    Kregel Publications
ISBN:  9780825443398
Retail Price:  $10.95
From the Publisher:
Parents of specials needs children are exhausted. They've done all the research, consulted all the experts, joined support groups and fought for the best life for their children. Often just caring for their children's needs and attempting to maintain a home maxes out parents' mental, emotional, and spiritual reserves.  Wallin knows first-hand the difficulties of this journey. With Get Your Joy Back, she steps forward to make a bold, audacious claim: in the midst of this long-term, intense task, it is still possible to have an abundant life, full of joy. The key to radically changing daily life and restoring joy to the weary is forgiveness. Wallin gives parents a lifeline to find that restoration, pulling them back to shore when they feel like they're drowning. This book is full of practical, biblical insights and strategies to shed the resentments that leave Christian special-needs parents themselves spiritually, emotionally, and socially drained. Wallin addresses the issues with honesty, humour and, above all, hope.


 

Bella’s Gift
How One Little Girl Transformed our Family and Inspired a Nation
Author: Rick and Karen Santorum

Binding Type:  Paperback

Publisher:    Nelson Books
ISBN:  9780718021955
Retail Price:  $24.99
From the Publisher:
Rick and Karen Santorum share the inspiring story of life with their special-needs youngest child.

On May 13, 2008, the Santorum family welcomed their seventh child into the world. Isabella Maria was born with a rare genetic condition called Trisomy 18, or Edward’s Syndrome. Only 10 percent of children with Trisomy 18 are born alive, and 90 percent of those children do not make it to their first birthday. Faced with these bleak statistics, doctors told the family to prepare for Bella’s death. Instead, they chose to celebrate her life.

Over the next five miraculous years, the Santorum family adjusted to life with a special needs girl—and watched her transform the lives of everyone around her. In many days of sickness and joy, she became an inspiration to her community and, ultimately, to the nation. Bella’s Gift details the peaks and valleys, the joys and sufferings, and the incredible value of life with a special needs child. In a world that often measures worth according to usefulness, Bella’s story is a reminder that our real value lies in our capacity to love.


 

Our Daily Bread For Kids
365 Meaningful Moments with God
Author: Crystal Bowman & Teri McKinley

Binding Type:  Hardcover

Publisher:    Discovery House
ISBN:  9781627073325
Retail Price:  $12.99
From the Publisher:
You want your 7- to 10-year-olds to start the day right. Nourishing their souls with God's Word is just as important as eating a healthy breakfast! In this brightly illustrated, kid-friendly devotional, Bowman and McKinley offer a soul-strengthening reading for each day---including exciting facts, easy-to-remember Bible verses, and life applications.


 

Our Daily Bread For Kids: Sunday School Songs CD
By: Our Daily Bread
2 Disc set: 30 songs
Price:  9.99
Producer: Discovery House
UPC:
07 17336 591422
From the Publisher:
Sung by kids for kids, Our Daily Bread for Kids is an energetic collection of favorite Sunday school songs and some new tunes that will have your kids singing, clapping, and praising. These Bible-based and God-focused songs are a great way to start your little ones on the path to trusting their Savior as they hide these truths deep in their hearts. With the trusted Our Daily Bread name, you can be confident this two-CD set will provide solid teaching while your kids have fun!


 

God, Guns, Grits and Gravy
Author: Mike Huckabee
Binding Type:  Hardcover

Publisher:    St. Martin’s Press
ISBN:  9781250060990
Retail Price:  $26.99
From the Publisher:
In God, Guns, Grits and Gravy, Mike Huckabee asks, “Have I been taken to a different planet than the one on which I grew up?”  The New York Times bestselling author explores today’s fractious American culture, where divisions of class, race, politics, religion, gender, age, and other fault lines make polite conversation dicey, if not downright dangerous. As Huckabee notes, the differences of opinion between the “Bubble-villes” of the big power centers and the “Bubba-villes” where most people live are profound, provocative, and sometimes pretty funny. Where else but in Washington, D.C. could two presidential golf outings cost the American taxpayers $2.9 million in travel expenses?

Government bailouts, politician pig-outs, and popular culture provocations from Jay-Z and Beyoncé to Honey Boo-Boo to the Duck Dynasty’s Robertson family. Gun rights, gay marriage, the decline of patriotism, and the mainstream media’s contempt for those who cherish a faith-based life. The trouble with Democrats, the even bigger trouble with Republicans, our national security complex, and how our Constitution is eroding under our noses. Stories of everyday Americans surviving tough times, reflections on our way of life as it once was, as it is, and as it might become…these subjects and many more are covered with Mike Huckabee’s signature wit, insight, and honesty.

At times lighthearted, at others bracingly realistic, Huckabee's brand of optimistic patriotism highlights American ideals, offering a bright outlook for future generations.

With a wry eye for the ridiculous and a clear-eyed look at the most controversial issues of our time, God, Guns, Grits and Gravy is Mike Huckabee at his very best.


 

The 5 Money Conversations to Have With Your Kids at Every Age and Stage
Author: Scott  and Bethany Palmer
Binding Type:  Paperback

Publisher:    Thomas Nelson (December 30, 2014)
ISBN:  978-0849964794
Retail Price:  $12.99
From the Publisher:
Money affects you and your kids every day. Now there's a way to talk about money in a way that actually brings your family closer.

With two kids of our own, we suspect our parenting goals are likely the same as yours—no spoiled brats, no crippling debt, and kids who know a dollar actually takes work. That's why we wrote this book.

The 5 Money Conversations to Have with Your Kids at Every Age and Stage offers practical advice for dealing with three age groups (5–12, 13–17, and 18 and beyond). It is the parenting "how to" book you don't want to live without.

  • Conquer the 5 toughest money conversations to have with your kids
  • Discover your kids' Money Personalities by taking the age-based Money Personalities Assessment (access code included inside)
  • Learn their Money Languages so you can be heard

We give you relationship secrets, share our experiences, and make it fun. Whether your kids are 5 or 25, this book will change the course of your family forever!


 

Doubting Thomas: The Religious Life and Legacy of Thomas Jefferson
Author: Mark Beliles & Jerry Newcombe
Binding Type:  Hardcover & Paperback

Publisher:    Morgan James Publishing
ISBN:  978-1630471507
Retail Price:  $36.99 (H);  $22.99 (P)
From the Publisher:
Thomas Jefferson and the founding fathers intended a strict separation of church and state, right? He would have been very upset to find out about a child praying in a public school or a government building used for religious purposes, correct? Actually, the history on this has been very distorted. While Jefferson may seem to be the Patron Saint of the ACLU, his words and actions showed that he would totally disagree with the idea of driving God out of the public square. Doubting Thomas documents that. . . * Jefferson said that our rights come from God. God-given rights are non-negotiables. * At the time that he wrote the Declaration of Independence and the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom---major contributions to human and religious rights—Jefferson served diligently as a vestryman (like an elder and a deacon rolled into one) for the Episcopal Church. * In 1777, he wrote up the charter for the Calvinistical Reformed Church in his town with an evangelical preacher, the Rev. Charles Clay--with whom he had a lifelong friendship. Jefferson was the biggest single contributor to this fledgling congregation. * Jefferson had nothing but the highest praise for Jesus’ teaching, which he studied religiously (even in the original Greek), in order to pattern his life after that which he called “the most sublime and benevolent code of morals which has ever been offered to man.” * As president, he attended church on a regular basis at the US Capitol building, even sometimes recommending preachers to fill that pulpit. * He had many positive relationships with orthodox clergymen and active lay Christians. * He actively supported Christian causes, financially, in ways that would put the average Christian to shame. * He set out to create a non-denominational college that accommodated Christian groups of different stripes. And on it goes. Historical revisionism has distorted the religious views of Thomas Jefferson, making him far more skeptical than he was. But there is no doubt that by the end of his life, he seemed to privately embrace Unitarian views of the Christian faith, while outwardly supporting and attending his local Trinitarian church. Thus, a legacy of Jefferson’s has been taken out of context and used to squelch religious freedom in America. Ironically, religious freedom was one of Jefferson’s core beliefs and contributions. But this is being turned on its head. Chiseled in stone at the Jefferson Memorial are his famous words: “The God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath?” Regardless of Jefferson’s private religious views, he stood solidly against the state making theological decisions for its people. Therefore, he would stand solidly against the anti-Christian crusade being carried out in his name today. It’s time to set the record straight. 

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