A Complete Guide to My New Favorite Devotional Bible {A Review and Giveaway}




This post and giveaway are sponsored by CSB (in)courage Devotional Bible and the FrontGate Christian Blogger Network.  The opinions about how it will serve our home well are my own.



I never thought that I would want, or even consider, using another Bible, other than my well-used King James Version Bible, to study God's Word.  That was until I found the new Christian Standard Bible (in)courage Devotional Bible.

I've actually been looking at many different study Bibles to use, but after researching and perusing the many different types, styles and even languages of study Bibles, the CSB (in)courage Devotional Bible was a perfect fit, and is geared towards women wanting to read, learn and study more of God's Word.

There were many different features of the CSB (in)courage Devotional Bible that caught my eye.

The general layout, colors and photos used throughout the Bible were very calming and easy on the eyes.  As a visual person, I tend to chose things based on what colors and designs are used.  While this may seem superficial, if I am to actually use the Bible as intended, and not just sit on my desk or bookshelf, then it must appeal to me visually or I am more inclined to not use it.



One of the great features that I have not seen in any other study Bible until I found the CSB (in)courage Devotional Bible was at the beginning of each book in the Bible, there is a "Book Introduction," which includes a brief history of the book, how it connects with God's story and how you can use it in your daily life.  These introductions also list what theme of devotionals are found in the of the Bible.



Now, as the title implies, it is a devotional Bible (even though I am using it as a study Bible), in that there are 52 reflective devotions throughout the Bible.  Each devotional is categorized into one or more of ten themes, ranging from "Beautiful Brokenness" to "The Sacred Brave."  These ten themes are also color/design coded so you can readily identify which "theme" the devotion falls under.



While there are other things that I really enjoyed using this Devotional Bible, including reading plans, over 260 devotional pieces, and beautiful photos of themed verses (again a bonus for this visual learner), one of the other features that spoke to me are the mini-stories of over fifty women in the Bible and how God was present in each of their lives.





There are so many other interesting and beautiful things about the CSB (in)courage Devotional Bible that I haven't even touched, not to mention the great online community that they offer.  If you would like to learn more about the CSB (in)courage Devotional Bible, please visit there site here.

I am blessed to be able to share this great option where you can enter for your own chance to win your own copy of the CSB (in)courage Devotional Bible.  Click on the image below to enter.




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Fat and Faithful {A Review and Giveaway}


This post and giveaway are sponsored by Fit and Fabulous and the FrontGate Christian Blogger Network.  The opinions about how it will serve our home well are my own.


When you've struggled with losing weight almost your entire life, it is sometimes hard to feel good about yourself and accept who you are as a person, not just as how people see you.  The struggle with body image is real. 

Even in my younger years, when I wan't in my "I need to lose weight" stage of life, I still didn't feel confident or even comfortable in my own skin.  This is something that has been a huge struggle more so after having my two children and my thyroid took a huge hit, and just recently, showing signs of adrenal fatigue.

One day, as I was looking for a book to read for my morning devotions, I came across Fat and Faithful by J. Nicole Morgan.  Now this isn't your typical book that you would think of reading for morning devotions (or any time of day), but reading Nicole's journey of self acceptance hit on personal level within the first few pages. 

While there were no questions that Nicole's faith was strong throughout her life, even at an early age, there was the struggle with accepting who she was, it was when she ultimately realized that she was  exactly the person God created her to be, even if it meant that she was overweight. 

Fat and Faithful isn't just intend to be able overcoming "fat shaming," which is what Nicole says she had to deal with even as a young child, and still deals with due to societies' pressure for women to be thin and not love their bodies, it is for anyone who is dealing with their own insecurities and doubt about themselves. 






Fat and Faithful is one of those books that I recommend to anyone who struggles daily with losing weight, body image issues, or even has moments of self doubt and possibly needs that affirmation that you are exactly who you are supposed to be in the eyes of the Lord. 

If you would like a chance to win your own copy of Fat and Faithful, click on the image below to enter the giveaway. 




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Indescribable, 100 Devotions for Kids About God and Science {Review and Giveaway}




This post and giveaway are sponsored by Indescribable, 100 Devotions For Kids About God and Science and the FrontGate Christian Blogger Network.  The opinions about how it will serve our home well are my own.


This is our first year homeschooling.  As some of you that homeschool know, finding that one curriculum that meets all of your requirements is hard, if not impossible.

In our first few months of homeschooling, we have changed some areas of curriculum several times to find the right fit for my daughter's learning style.  Currently though, I am very happy with the curriculum we are using and how many new and exciting things that not only my daughter is learning, but I am learning too.

One area of curriculum I recently struggled with was science.  I was looking for something that encompassed science, but was faith based as well.  And while we have chosen a wonderful faith based curriculum, it wasn't until I found the book Indescribable, 100 Devotions for Kids About God and Science, that I felt this area of education was complete. 



Indescribable, written by Pastor Louis Giglio, is wonderfully written and illustrated, and has devotions that cover everything from space, earth, animals (including dinosaurs, which my daughter is excited to learn more about) and even our bodies.

Each devotion features facts, an activity and Bible verse and closing prayer on a specific area of science, and even tackles some of the more "controversial" topics such as evolution and dinosaurs.

We currently are working on the water cycle and I am really loving how I am able to incorporate the devotions in Indescribable, such as the devotion, Water, Water Everywhere, accompanies our water cycle unit study perfectly.




Indescribable is, and will be, a wonderful and exciting addition to our homeschool experience for years to come.

If you would like the opportunity to win your own copy of Indescribable, please click below.






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One Christmas Bear {Review and Giveaway}



This post and giveaway are sponsored by One Christmas Bear and the FrontGate Christian Blogger Network. The opinions about how it will serve our home well are my own.

One of our current favorite morning time readings is One Christmas Bear.  It is seriously one of the cutest books that my daughter LOVES to read every morning.  One Christmas Bear is quickly becoming HER go to book that she wants to read and read to her little sister.




One Christmas Bear, written by Anne Vittur Kennedy, tells the story of the Christmas Bear and his arctic friends.  The story is simple, yet wonderfully told, and even includes counting holiday elements such as candy canes and snowflakes as the Christmas Bear and his friends play.  But one of the favorite things that my daughter loves are the illustrations (also by Anne Vittur Kennedy) - they are beautifully done and really brings the story to life.  And as an added bonus - and those with little ones will relate - it is a hardbound book, which means that it will stand up to countless readings and little ones holding and looking through it.



I have a feeling that One Christmas Bear will be part of our read aloud story time not just during the Christmas season, but for many months to come.

If you would like the chance to win your own copy of One Christmas Bear, click below to enter.






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Why I Love The JESUS Film (And You Should Too!) {Review and Giveaway}

This post and giveaway are sponsored by Jesus Film and the FrontGate Christian Blogger Network. The opinions about how it will serve our home well are my own.


The life of Jesus is one of the most fascinating stories that has been told and re-told many, many times, both in print and in movies.  I know have lost track of the number of different movies that I have seen (or heard about) detailing Jesus' life.

With Christmas fast approaching, one of my favorite things I love to do is to cook and bake, which often means that I would have my laptop shoved into the corner of my countertop so I can watch a DVD while making a mess of my kitchen.  This often leads to my computer getting some type of food on it and results in me panicking and turning off the movie.

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