Category Archives: Non-Fiction

Stories behind the Great Traditions of Christmas | Ace Collins

 

This would make a great, early Christmas gift for family and friends.

 

 

Today I am reviewing Stories behind the Great Traditions of Christmas

Here is a brief synopsis:

The fascinating stories and origins behind Christmas traditions such as the colors of red and green, the Christmas tree, caroling, nativity scenes, the Yule log, gift-giving, stockings, advent wreaths, mistletoe, and holly.

The cheer of a crackling hearth fire. Colorful cards from friends and loved ones. An evergreen tree festooned with ornaments. The golden traditions of Christmas—gifts, wreaths, stockings, carols, mistletoe, and more—infuse our celebration of the season with meaning and glowing memories. And, in ways you may not realize, they point us to the birth of Christ. Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas reveals the people, places, and events that shaped the best-loved customs of this merriest of holidays. Here are spiritual insights, true-life tales, and captivating legends to intrigue you and your family and bring new luster and depth to your celebration of Jesus’ birth. Discover how:

• after eighteen centuries of all but ignoring the event, churches began to open the door for believers to commemorate Jesus’ incarnation.

• the evergreen tree, once a central theme in the worship practices of pagan cultures, came to represent the everlasting love of God.

• the magi’s three gifts—gold, frankincense, and myrrh—are filled with spiritual symbolism.

The traditions of Christmas lend beauty, awe, and hope to the holiday, causing people all over the world to anticipate it with joy. The stories in this book will warm your heart as you rediscover the true and eternal significance of Christmas.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…

If you’re looking for a Christmas book full of traditions, stories and information, this is the one to pick! I was very impressed with this wonderful book. First, it’s a beautiful, hard-bound, book that’s small enough to tuck into your bookcase among your other favorite Christmas books. And it’s the perfect keepsake… with stories and information about everything Christmas… from advent to mistletoe to The Nutcracker Ballet…

This is a wonderful book to share with your children and grandchildren during the holiday season.

 

God Bless You!

and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

 

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On This Christmas | 5-year journal

 

 

Today I am reviewing On This Christmas, a five-year journal of your favorite traditions, memories & gifts.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Capture five years of your favorite Christmas memories in this beautiful, keepsake guided journal. Building on the highly popular “one line a day” journal concept, On This Christmas: A Five-Year Journal of Your Favorite Traditions, Memories, and Gifts is an interactive keepsake that allows you to record your holiday celebrations over the course of five years.

Every joyful Christmas season you think, I’ll never forget this! But the memories slip quietly away over time. Now you can save them and treasure them all in one place. This Christmas is a five-year guided journal with thought-provoking prompts such as “The gift I’m most excited to share,” “We are choosing to slow down the holiday by ______,” “A special blessing we enjoyed,” and “Our favorite tradition this year.”

With Scripture and inspirational thoughts, This Christmas will help you preserve precious times with friends and family as you celebrate the Christmas season.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

I was very impressed with this 5-year journal. First, it’s a beautiful, hard-bound, book that’s small enough to tuck into your bookcase among your other favorite Christmas books.

And it’s the perfect keepsake… a special place to preserve all your memories of each Christmas season, beginning on the very first day of the month and ending on Christmas Day — not just for one year, but for 5 years!

What a wonderful idea… a journal to share with your children and grandchildren during future holiday seasons.

HINT:  This would also make a great, early Christmas gift for family and friends.

 

God Bless You!

and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

 

Once Upon a Farm | Rory Feel

 


Today I am reviewing Once Upon a Farm, with lessons on growing love, life, and hope on a new frontier, by New York Times Bestselling Author Rory Feek.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Sometimes it’s not only what we plant but where we’re planted.

Now raising their four-year-old daughter, Indiana, alone, after Joey’s passing, Rory Feek digs deeper into the soil of his life and the unusual choices he and his wife, Joey, made together and the ones he’s making now to lead his family into the future.

When Rory Feek and his older daughters moved into a run-down farmhouse almost twenty years ago, he had no idea of the almost fairy-tale love story that was going to unfold on that small piece of Tennessee land . . . and the lessons he and his family would learn along the way.

Now two years after Joey’s passing, as Rory takes their four-year-old daughter Indiana’s hand and walks forward into an unknown future, he takes readers on his incredible journey from heartbreak to hope and, ultimately, the kind of healing that comes only through faith.

A raw and vulnerable look deeper into Rory’s heart, Once Upon a Farm is filled with powerful stories of love, life, and hope and the insights that one extraordinary, ordinary man in bib overalls has gleamed along the way.

As opposed to homesteading, this is instead a book on lifesteading as Rory learns to cultivate faith, love, and fatherhood on a small farm while doing everything, at times, but farming. With frequent stories of his and Joey’s years together, and how those guide his life today, Rory unpacks just what it means to be open to new experiences.

“This isn’t a how-to book; it’s more of a how we, or more accurately, how He, God, planted us on a few acres of land and grew something bigger than Joey or I could have ever imagined.”

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

“A man famous for loving his wife is challenged to rise to an even greater love as a father.”

This is such a sweet, touching story. . . one that begins with Rory Feel and his teenage daughters moving into a run-down house on a farm in Tennessee. At the time, he had no idea that he would meet and marry the love of his life, nor that she would be taken from him long before he was ready to say goodbye.

When you pick this book up and turn to the first page, you’ll be drawn into the stories. . . and you won’t want to put the book down until the end. But if you’re like me, you’ll want to have tissues handy. The stories are sweet, sassy, and sometimes emotional.

Get the book.  Read the book.  Then share the book.

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

God’s Crime Scene for Kids | Wallace & Wallace

 

Join your children in learning how to determine the most reasonable cause for everything we see in creation with a real-life detective! In God’s Crime Scene for Kids, J. Warner Wallace shows kids ages 8 to 12 what skills are needed to solve Jason’s mystery. Jason uncovers a mystery in his grandmother’s attic. He and his friends, Hannah, Daniel and Jasmine, enlist the help of Detective Jeffries at the Jr. Detective’s Academy. Your kids will look at evidence in the universe that demonstrates God is the creator and ultimately learn how to make their own case for God’s existence.

Help your kids become detectives who investigate creation for signs of God and His creativity by entering to win the Mystery Investigation Kit!

 

One grand prize winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on August 31. The winner will be announced September 1 on the Litfuse blog.

 

 


In this companion to Cold-Case Christianity for Kids, Jason uncovers a mystery in his grandmother’s attic.

He and his friends, Hannah, Daniel and Jasmine, enlist the help of Detective Jeffries at the Jr. Detective’s Academy.

Along the way, they develop the skills needed to investigate the mystery and the evidence of God’s existence.

The cadets learn logical-thinking skills as they examine the contents of a mysterious box and the vast universe.

In God’s Crime Scene for Kids, real-life detective J. Warner Wallace shows kids ages 8 to 12 what skills are needed to solve Jason’s mystery, and at the same time looks at evidence in the universe that demonstrates God is the creator. Ultimately, kids will learn how to make their own case for God’s existence.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

This is such a cool idea for kids . . . J. Warner Wallace and his wife, Susie Wallace, have written a great new series for children between the ages of 8 and 12.

In this companion to Cold-Case Christianity for Kids, Jason and his friends get involved in a mystery discovered in his grandmother’s attic. using the Jr. Detective Academy, they learn how to investigate the mystery… of God’s existence!

Although we have chosen to teach our children using a different method, I’m sure many children will enjoy using this guide.

Don’t miss this wonderful series!

Happy reading!

 

{MORE ABOUT J. WARNER AND SUSIE WALLACE}

J. Warner and Susie Wallace

 

J. Warner and Susie Wallace have been training young people in the church setting for over a decade. J. Warner is a cold-case homicide detective who has been featured on Dateline, FOX News, Court TV and other crime-related television shows. A former atheist, he is the author of Cold-Case Christianity: God’s Crime Scene and Forensic Faith. He has a master’s degree in theology and is the founder of ColdCaseChristianity.com. Susie has a master’s degree in speech pathology and co-writes (and edits) all the kids books in this series. J. Warner and Susie have four children and live in southern California.

Find out more about J. Warner and at http://www.coldcasechristianityforkids.com.

God bless you!

Review © 2017 DJ Mynatt

Cold Case Christianity for Kids | J. Warner Wallace

At the crucial age between 8 and 12, many kids begin to wonder if Christianity and the Bible are true. Help your kids become truth-seeking detectives with the help of J. Warner and Susie Wallace’s Cold-Case Christianity for Kids. Detective Wallace gets kids excited about testing witnesses, examining the evidence, and investigating the case for Christianity. The book includes author illustrations and links to a website where kids can download activities, fill in case notes, and earn a certificate of merit.

Encourage your kids to investigate the case for Christianity by entering to win a faith examination kit and a copy of J. Warner and Susie’s new book.

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One grand prize winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on November 4. The winner will be announced November 7 onthe Litfuse blog.

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Cold-Case Christianity for Kids: Investigate Jesus with a Real Detective

Today I am reviewing Cold Case Christianity by J. Warner Wallace.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Between the ages of 8 and 12, kids often start to wonder if Christianity is true.

In Cold-Case Christianity for Kids, detective J. Warner Wallace draws readers into the thrill of high-stakes investigation by showing them how to think rather than telling them what to think.

In this children’s companion to the bestselling Cold-Case Christianity, detective Wallace gets kids excited about testing witnesses, examining the evidence, and investigating the case for Christianity.

Includes author illustrations and links to a website (coldcasechristianityforkids.com) where kids can download activities, fill in case notes, and earn a certificate of merit. Detective Wallace gets kids excited about testing witnesses, examining the evidence, and investigating the case for Christianity.

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

This is a really cool idea for kids . . . J. Warner Wallace and Susie Wallace have published a neat book for children between the ages of 8 and 12.

Real-life detective J. Warner Wallace take children to a real briefing room and introduces them to characters to help them with their task of investigating their case for Christianity.

Although we have chosen to teach our children using a different method, I’m sure many children will enjoy using this guide.

Don’t miss this wonderful series!

Happy reading!

 

God bless you!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

{MORE ABOUT J. WARNER AND SUSIE WALLACE}

J. Warner and Susie Wallace

 

J. Warner and Susie Wallace have been training young people in the church setting for over a decade. J. Warner is a cold-case homicide detective who has been featured on Dateline, FOX News, Court TV and other crime-related television shows. A former atheist, he is the author of Cold-Case Christianity: God’s Crime Scene and Forensic Faith. He has a master’s degree in theology and is the founder of ColdCaseChristianity.com. Susie has a master’s degree in speech pathology and co-writes (and edits) all the kids books in this series. J. Warner and Susie have four children and live in southern California.

Find out more about J. Warner and at http://www.coldcasechristianityforkids.com.

 

Pocket Prayers for Military Life | Max Lucado

 

Today I am reviewing Pocket Prayers for Military Life  by Max Lucado and Mark Mynheir.


Here is a brief synopsis:

Daily life for those in the military and their loved ones at home can be filled with rapid change, fear, and uncertainty.

For those bravely sacrificing for our country, bestselling author, Max Lucado, offers words of hope, pointing them to the Source of faith and courage.

Pocket Prayers for the Military contains forty scriptures and guided prayers that will help readers face the unique challenges of military life with courage and faith.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Max Lucado writes with humor, compassion, and respect. He speaks of the Bible, the disciples and how they asked Jesus to teach them to pray.

Then Max, with the help of Mark Mynheir, has chosen 40 Bible passages, and written out 40 specific prayers — especially for those who have chosen a military life.

After reading through the prayers and writing my review, I placed this book on my shelf — waiting to see who the Lord wants me to present it to. And there it will stay, until the right person appears.

When I do, I hope these prayers are as special to them — as they are to me.

Happy Reading!

God Bless You!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

Pocket Prayers for Grads | Max Lucado

 


Today I am reviewing Pocket Prayers for Graduates  by Max Lucado and Andrea Lucado.


Here is a brief synopsis:

Graduation is one of life s most exciting milestones.

It can also be a source of uncertainty and anxiety.

What comes after graduation day?

More education? A career? Starting a family?

Often this time in life can bring more questions than answers, but Max Lucado offers hope and direction by pointing to the Answer to all of life s question.

Pocket Prayers for Graduates includes forty scriptures and guided prayers written especially for those considering their futures post-graduation.”

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Max Lucado writes with humor, compassion, and respect.

He speaks of dozing off, his thoughts scattering this way and that. He says he thinks of a thousand things he needs to do, but forgets the one thing he’s trying to do — pray.

He speaks of the Bible, the disciples and how they asked Jesus to teach them to pray.

Then Max, with the help of his daughter, Andrea Lucado, has chosen 40 Bible passages, and written out 40 specific prayers — specificially for those preparing to graduate . . . high school, college, or higher.

They’re written for those who are preparing to face the world!

Graduates, take these prayers with you . . . they will help you through some rough spots, and make the good days seem even better!

Happy Reading!

 

God Bless You!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

 

 

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