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Jesus Today: Devotions for Kids by Sarah Young Book Review

In Jesus Today Devotions for Kids, Sarah Young has written a brand new devotional geared towards teaching children about the principles of God’s Word. The devotional book contains 150 devotionals. It covered important topics such as hope, trust, choosing joy, peace, praying, and much more. Each day encompasses a story of encouragement found in scripture as well as three Bible verses.

The book begins with the topic of, “My Kind of Hope”. This day discusses putting our hope in Christ and expecting Him to keep His promises that are found in His written Word. God has amazing plans for our children and it’s critical we remind them of this when they are disappointed or afraid. Sarah Young shared the core message of Jesus dying on the cross for our sins and how much love He has for us. You can put our hope and trust into a loving Creator.

I would recommend this awesome book to every single young child. I have read Jesus Calling by Sarah Young and I loved reading that devotional book. I loved how she writes each day like it is God talking to readers. I was glad when she decided to write a devotional book for children where kids can begin to learn about God’s love and forgiveness. I liked how it included key topics and encouragement in order to assist believers in their walk with Christ. The book had a very nice bright blue color and it was very appealing to young children. I liked how it also had a nice ribbon bookmark in it where it would be easier for readers to hold their spot. If you’re looking for a brand new devotional for your children, then get this book! 

About Jesus Today: Devotions for Kids
Jesus is the Friend who is always with you.  Jesus Today: Devotions for Kids will pour this powerful truth into your children's hearts as they learn that He knows everything about them and loves them more than they can imagine.  Each devotion is based on Scripture and is written as though Jesus is speaking directly to you, assuring that He is in control, that He is good, and that an amazing future awaits all who put their hope in Him.  Adapted from the ECPA 2013 Christian Book of the Year-winner Jesus Today, this devotional has the same themes as the adult version, as well as written-out scriptures.  It is a great choice for families to read and discuss during devotional time together.  

Hardcover: 368 pages
Age Range: 6-10 years 

About Sarah Young: 

Sarah Young's devotional writings are personal reflections from her daily quiet time of Bible reading, praying and writing in prayer journals.  With sales of more than 14 million books worldwide, Jesus Calling has appeared on all major bestseller lists.  Sarah's writings include Jesus CallingJesus TodayJesus LivesDear JesusJesus Calling for Little OnesJesus Calling Bible StorybookJesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids, and Peace in His Presence -- each encouraging readers in their journey toward intimacy with Christ.  Sarah and her husband were missionaries in Japan and Australia for many years.  They currently live in the United States.  



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#Struggles: Following Jesus in a Selfie-Centered World By Craig Groeschel Book Review

#Struggles is a book written to assist readers in regaining control of their lives and their use of social media. Craig Groeschel knows that we are becoming more addictive to all kinds of social media and we’re losing the connection of intimate relationships and friendships. Throughout this book, Craig explored eight Biblical values: contentment, intimacy, authenticity, integrity, encouragement, and many more to help us learn to balance our access in using social media. 

The book begins discussing the topic of contentment and how many of us are looking at our friend’s Facebook’s, Pinterest, Instagram’s, and how we’re not content with what we have. We are constantly comparing what our friends are doing and what new items they have that we secretly want. Craig also shared an insightful survey about how students revealed how dissatisfied they were while looking at Facebook and how critical they felt towards themselves afterwards. The results of this survey wasn’t that all surprising to me because I could see how people could easily become so consumed with looking at what their friends are doing and becoming unhappy with their own lives.

Craig Groeschel categorized people’s envy into three categories: material and financial, relational, and circumstantial. This part of the book really hit home to me. I will admit that I have felt depressed while looking at what others are doing and how much farther along they appear to be in life. It is so easy to just get online and know everything that my friends are doing and being up to date. I realized that I struggle with relational envy and when I’m looking on Facebook or Instagram I always see a post about how someone else is getting into a new relationship and it’s going really well, someone got engaged, someone posting about their happy marriage, and someone expecting their first child. And I’m still single and can’t see to find the bliss and happiness in a relationship that other person appears to have. I know looking at my friends Facebook’s continuously only leaves me with the feeling of being jealous and envying what they have that I want. At the end of the day, I feel empty and wanting something more than I currently have. Craig shared that, “You will battle with discontent until you let Christ be all that you need” (Page 31). I really loved how Craig stated the importance of thanking God for blessing the other person’s life and praying that He would continue to do so. This is something I’m willing to do because I struggle with comparing and envying others. 

I would recommend this life changing book to anyone who struggles with balancing their usage on social media sites. Social media is harming our relationships and friendships. This book will assist readers into recapturing control of their access to social media. I loved how Craig Groeschel shared tons of scriptures throughout the book. I liked how he presented how social media is affecting our Christian walk and how we can fix it. We don’t have to completely cut off social media, we just need to limit our usage and have safeguards in place. This book will guide readers into following Christ and not being distracted by social media. If you’re looking for an excellent book about social media and you’re wondering how to combat all of the dangers of being too obsessed with what others are doing, then read this book!

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Captive Movie Review

In Captive, Brian Nichols is in prison awaiting trial for a rape charge. He decides to escape from prison. He shoots and kills an officer, an agent, court reporter, and the judge overseeing his case. He recently found out that he has a newborn son and he is in search of tracking him down. He arrives at Ashley Smith’s apartment and he is able to capture her. He holds her hostage and ties her up. She is able to influence Brian Nichols and she reads the Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren to him. The film also shows the backstory of willowed, Ashley Smith and her struggle with drugs and losing custody of her daughter. 

I live North of Atlanta and I remember the events surrounding the story of Brian Nichols and how he escape and killed four people and was on the loose from the police. I recall everyone being concerned about dangerous he was. I read the book a couple of months ago and I felt like the movie helped to bring the scenes even more to life. At times, I could feel how petrified Ashley felt in not knowing if she would get to see her daughter again. I loved watching this movie and I liked how it contained such a strong message about living in your God given purpose. I also liked how it showed the importance of breaking free from any addictions and strongholds you have in your life. If you’re looking for a new movie to check out, then read this one! 

About the movie:
Based on a miraculous story about the power of faith, Captive is an "amazing, inspiring" drama about the spiritual collision of two lost souls, Brian Nichols (Golden Globe Nominee David Oyelowo), on the run from police and desperate to make contact with his newborn son, takes recently widowed mother Ashley Smith (Kata Mara) hostage in her own apartment.  Fearing for her life and desperately hoping to see her daughter again, she turns to Rick Warren's The Purpose Driven Life for guidance.  Ashley and her captor face a crossroads where they discover hope and light in the midst of despair in the moving film that Dick Rolfe, CEO, Dove Foundation hailed as "powerful." 

DVD Release Date: January 5, 2016
Runtime: 96 minutes
Rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic elements involving violence and substance abuse) 

There are over 30 minutes of bonus content on this DVD including Journey Through Darkness: Filming Captive and Faith and The Purpose Driven Life.  Also included with this DVD is a Digital HD copy that can be instantly streamed and downloaded.  



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