Category Archives: Non-Fiction

Amish Friends Christmas Cookbook | Wanda Brunstetter

 

Today I’m reviewing the Amish Friends Christmas Cookbook — by Wanda E. Brunstetter.

Here is a brief synopsis:

The must-have cookbook of the season is Wanda E. Brunstetter’s Amish Friends Christmas Cookbook—a brand new collection of holiday recipes and insights into Christmas celebrations direct from Amish homes.

You’ll also enjoy the addition of scriptures and common Amish sayings.

Surrounded by a beautiful lay-flat binding, this cookbook is the perfect holiday gift for yourself and friends.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

The Amish Friends Christmas Cookbook is exactly what I have been wanting for Christmas… and I wanted to share it with you now — so you have more than enough time to pick out your favorite recipes to make this month!

The cookbook is broken down into groups: snacks and bites, breads and rolls, gifts from the kitchen, salads, main dishes and sides, sweets and desserts.

It has a brief history of the Amish and Mennonites, then goes on to describe an Amish Christmas, the most important holiday celebrated by the Amish church groups that do celebrations – a few very strict Old Order groups do not celebrate Christmas.

Wanda writes about the typical Amish school Christmas programs, and family traditions, including music and decorations.

But the most important tradition among the Amish is the day after Christmas, referred to as Second Christmas. This is the day for families to be with friends and extended family, and gifts are often exchanged.

Another tradition is Old Christmas… but I won’t say anything else about it… you can read about it in Wanda’s cookbook.

 

And if you’re looking for a great Christmas gift for friends… pick up a copy of Amish Friends Christmas Cookbook, a sweet addition to any cook’s library — just in time for Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

God Bless You!

 

Review © 2016 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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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

 

 

Pocket Prayers for Teachers | Max Lucado

 


Today I am reviewing Pocket Prayers for Teachers  by Max Lucado and Jennifer K. Hale.


Here is a brief synopsis:

All the way from coloring inside the lines to calculus, teachers have given us the tools to thrive.

Where would we be without them?

But a teacher s job is often a difficult one.

Sometimes anxiety and exhaustion become the norm.

For those in need of a little peace and renewal, Max Lucado points to the Teacher who offered just that.

Pocket Prayers for Teachers contains forty scriptures and guided prayers written especially for those special people, who encourage and inspire our students.

 

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 Jennifer K. Hale, has chosen 40 very special Bible passages, and written out 40 specific prayers — especially for teachers.

After reading through the prayers and writing my review, I presented this book to a very special teacher.

I hope these prayers are as special to her — and you — as they are to me.

Happy Reading!

God Bless You!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

Pocket Prayers for Dads | Max Lucado

 

 

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


Here is a brief synopsis:

Dads wear many hats. From protector to playmate, confidante to counselor.

No matter the role, families rely on dads to lead with strength and faith.

And in Pocket Prayers for Dads, Max Lucado offers forty scriptures and guided prayers that will help dads do just that.

 

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.

Max, with Mark Mynheir, has chosen 40 specific Bible passages, and written out 40 specific prayers — especially for Dads.

After reading through the prayers and writing my review, I placed this book on my shelf — waiting for a time when the Lord shows me who to gift it to . . . perhaps a new Dad — or one who’s been a Dad for many years. I don’t know yet — but I’m watching for the right one.

Happy Reading!

God Bless You!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

Pocket Prayers for Friends | Max Lucado

 


Today I am reviewing Pocket Prayers for Friends  by Max Lucado and Betsy St. Amant.


Here is a brief synopsis:

Some friends are closer than family.

They weave their way into our lives, there to celebrate the highs and comfort us through the lows.

And for those special friends, Max Lucado offers forty scriptures and guided prayers that bring joy and serenity in Pocket Prayers for Friends.

 

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 Betsy St. Amant, has chosen 40 Bible passages, and written out 40 specific prayers — especially for special friends.

After reading through the prayers and writing my review, I placed this book lovingly with other gifts, to give a very special friend — today.

I hope these prayers are as special to her — and you — as they are to me.

Happy Reading!

 

God Bless You!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

 

 

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