Wednesday, November 8, 2017

OCD, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder . . . these are no longer just technical terms and medical diagnoses, they are part of our common vocabulary and culture.
As Christians, we shouldn't isolate ourselves from this discussion or dismiss these important issues. But we also should be careful not to accept the entire secular psychiatric diagnostic and treatment enterprise without question. What we need is a balanced, biblically (and scientifically) informed approach that neither blindly accepts nor harshly dismisses psychiatric labels, diagnoses, and medicines that are prescribed to help those who are suffering.
As both a Biblical counselor and medical doctor, Michael R. Emlet, MD, gives readers a Christ-centered approach to psychiatry and guides both lay and professional helpers through the thicket of mental health labels and treatments with a biblical lens. In a clear and thoughtful way that puts the person experiencing mental health issues at the forefront, Emlet uses Scripture to show how the Bible engages in the discussion of psychiatric labels and the medications that are often recommended based on those labels. The first book in the "Helping the Helper" series, Descriptions and Prescriptions will give readers a biblical, gospel-formed perspective to help them understand and minister to those struggling with mental health issues.
Michael R. Emlet, MDiv, MD, practiced as a family physician for over ten years before becoming a counselor and faculty member at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF). He is the author of the book "CrossTalk: Where Life & Scripture Meet," the mini-books "Asperger Syndrome;" "Chronic Pain;" "Angry Children: Understanding and Helping Your Child Regain Control;" and "Help for the Caregiver: Facing the Challenges with Understanding and Strength," and many counseling articles.
Find out more about Michael at
My Review:
This book gives an insightful look at mental health and Christian counseling working together to help the individual. It discusses the use of medication which has been looked down on by churches of varying denominations. The great part of the book is the hope it provides for those who may suffer from mental disorder. You are not the disorder that is a small part of who you are in Christ and with Christ you can get better.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my review.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Small Book About A Big Problem

How many times today have you been irritated? Frustrated?
While you might not think about it often, if you look closely at any day most everyone can find anger in their actions and attitudes. Something spills or goes missing, we get stuck in traffic or someone cuts us off on the road, or we feel like the people we live and work with are only making our lives more difficult. And while no one wants to get angry, what happens when our irritations and frustrations rise yet again?
Anger is so common-yet it also hurts. It not only leaves a mark on us, but it also leaves a marks on others. The wounds we inflict on ourselves and others because of anger-loss of intimacy, trust, security, and enjoyment in our closest relationships-give us compelling reasons to look closely at our anger and think carefully about how to grow in peace and patience.
But if you, like many others, have just gotten irritated for the umpteenth time today, you might wonder if change is possible. Can anyone truly find peace? The answer is yes, but you will need a plan. Biblical counselor and psychologist Ed Welch invites readers to take a fifty-day journey that unpacks anger while encouraging and teaching readers to respond with patience to life's difficulties. Readers will also be introduced to Jesus, the key to any plan for change. Known as the Prince of Peace, he is the only one who can empower his people to grow in patience, peace, and wholeness.
Edward T. Welch, M.Div., Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and faculty member at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF). He earned a Ph.D. in counseling (neuropsychology) from the University of Utah and has a Master of Divinity degree from Biblical Theological Seminary. Ed has been counseling for over thirty years and has written extensively on the topics of depression, fear, and addictions.
Find out more about Edward at
My Review: This is a much-needed book for Christians. A lot of time we think anger is not a problem while not realizing what damage we can cause with our angry word. This is especially concerning our children.
You read a chapter a day so that you can really mediate on God's word on the issue and learn to overcome acting out in anger. 
This book would be good for Christian counselors and for Christians in general. Would recommend this book.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my review.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A Plain Leaving

A Plain Leaving (The Sisters of Lancaster County) Paperback

Leslie Gould (Author)

At age twenty, Jessica Bachman left her two beloved sisters and her Amish community after clashing with the new bishop about her role in the family and the future of their farm. She tried to convince Silas Kemp, who'd been courting her for two years, to join her, but when he said no, she fled anyway. 

Three years later, she returns home for the first time since leaving Lancaster to attend her father's funeral. Her arrival back revives all sorts of emotions--yearnings and sorrows alike. Jessica knows things will never return to how they were. But in seeing Silas again, she can't help but wonder what might have been.

Struggling to decide where her next step should take her, she learns the story of a Revolutionary War-era ancestor that echoes her own choices. Will Jessica leave her family and community forever, or is there peace and healing and love yet to come?

My Review:
When Jessica come back home after 3 years living as an Englisher she finds herself with mixed emotions. She thought she had left the life of an Amish woman behind but begins to miss the farm and her family. She thought she had gotten over the man she left behind but soon learns that her feelings were still there but wonders if it was too late.
Things at home may have changed but she soon realizes that the Lord was working on her heart and guiding her back to His plans for her life.
This book was hard to put down. I would recommend this book to my friends.;

I received a copy of this book for my review.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Gain a greater understanding of the Bible book by book, verse by verse, or topic by topic.
The study of God's Word can be easy and rewarding if you break down the Bible into easy-to-understand segments. The KJV Know the Word Study Bible offers three easy ways to begin studying Scripture and helps individuals transition from being a casual reader of the Bible to becoming a regular student of the Bible. You can choose to study the Bible book-by-book, verse-by-verse, or topic-by-topic; each path offers powerful insights that will help you develop a daily routine of Bible study.
The book-by-book series of notes leads you through the main points of each book of the Bible. The verse-by-verse notes help you to dig deeper into God's Word. The topic-by-topic articles, which cover 21 theological topics, guide you through a series of insightful notes and give you a thorough biblical understanding of each topic. With the beautiful and timeless text of the KJV translation, the KJV Know the Word Study Bible offers you choices of how to study Scripture and grow in your relationship with Christ.
Features include:
-King James Version Bible text
-Three easy approaches to study the Bible: 1. Book by Book; 2. Verse by Verse; 3. Topic by Topic
-Insightful introductions for each book of Scripture
-Words of Jesus in red
-Beautiful two-color interior page design
-Comprehensive list of theological notes
-Full-color maps
-8-point type size
Learn more and purchase a copy. 

About the publisher:

In business since 1798, Thomas Nelson is one of the oldest Bible publishers in the world and the largest publisher of the King James Version. Their mission is to inspire the world by using our talents, assets, opportunities, and influence to engage and equip people with Scripture and draw people to a deeper study and understanding of God's Word.
Find out more about Thomas at
My Review:
I really like this study bible. I received it in hardback form. It has about everything a person would want or need in a study bible. I like the topics it provides and the concordance. I like the 3 approached it gives to study the Word of God.
This would be a great Christmas gift! I would highly recommend this study bible.

I received a copy of this Bible in exchange for my review.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Bringing Maggie Home: A Novel Paperback – September 5, 2017

My Review:
This book is a story about 3 generations of the DeFord woman. Their relationships are complicated and have been for years. They gather together at Hazel DeFord's home to make a scrapbook in honor of her 80th birthday. As time goes by a box of old photos are found that may contain the answers to help them understand each other better. 
This book is about how the past can shape your future if not dealt with and can also affect future generations. I enjoyed reading the book.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my review.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Return (Amish Beginnings) Paperback– August 1, 2017

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Lost & Found


Lost and Found by Kendra Fletcher


Are you too focused on the “right” ways of worship, work, and family life? Learn about the dangers of quiet legalism in Kendra Fletcher’s new book, Lost and Found. Kendra, homeschooling mom of eight, had it all “right,” until it all fell apart. In the course of eighteen months, Kendra found her baby in a coma, ran over her five-year-old, and nearly lost her eight-year-old to a septic ruptured appendix. Lost and Found is the story of how God used those events to transform her family’s self-righteous religion into freedom in Christ.

{More about Lost and Found}

Lost and Found: Losing Religion, Finding Grace (New Growth Press, February 2017)
The “right” homeschooling philosophy. The “right” brand of theology. The “right” meal-planning, home-managing, keep-it-all-together parenting.
Kendra Fletcher, homeschooling mom of eight, had it all “right,” until it all fell apart. In the course of eighteen months, Kendra found her baby in a coma, ran over her five-year-old, and nearly lost her eight-year-old to a septic ruptured appendix. Lost and Found is the story of how God used those events to transform her family’s self-righteous religion into freedom in Christ.
Fletcher’s debut book is the gripping true story of how God used suffering to save her family from empty religion. As wave after wave of crisis hit, the Fletchers discovered that getting religion “right” wasn’t a good substitute for a living relationship with a loving God. Through their suffering, they learned about misplaced identities and false hope, and they threw themselves wholly into the arms of Jesus—where they found the grace they needed.
Fletcher, a well-known writer and conference speaker in Christian homeschooling circles, addresses the quiet legalism that so easily infiltrates Christian communities and exposes the dangers of focusing our hopes on the “right” ways of worship, work, and family life. More than a memoir, Lost and Found invites all of us to give up the things that hold us in bondage and find our value, worth, significance, hope, and identity in Christ alone.

My Review:
This is the story of a family that had a form of  godliness but denying the power of it. On the outside they look like they were doing everything right. They homeschooled their kids, dressed modestly, and associated with only those that fit into their religious circle. But they lacked in relationship of the heart with the Lord.
When they start having major crisis in their family they start questioning God and their relationship with Him. As they continue to question the life they were living and the people in their inner circle they felt hopeless and alone. As they kept searching and questioning where their faith stood they found God's love that is based not on outward appearances but of the relationship of the heart with Jesus.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for this review.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Her Secret

Her Secret: The Amish of Hart County Paperback – March 14, 2017

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Of Stillness and Storm Paperback – December 6, 2016