Steven Curtis Chapman, A Coloring Book, and Aliens. Say What?! That’s a strange title, isn’t it? What do these things have in common? Well…I was given the opportunity to review three books: Steven Curtis Chapman’s biography Between Heaven and the Real World: My Story, Words of Grace coloring book and devotional by Jacqui Grace & Dee Arrand and Thomas Locke’s novel, Recruits. Nuts About Books gave me these books in exchange for a review. I was not compensated in any way except for receiving a copy of each book. However, I did purchase an extra copy of the coloring book devotional to give away to a reader. See the bottom of this post for details.
Between Heaven and the Real World: Steven Curtis Chapman’s Biography
I remember working in my kitchen when I heard the horrible news of Steven’s daughter, Maria, eight years ago. I had the satellite radio playing while I worked and the DJ shared the devastating news of this little girl’s death. And I wept for Steven’s family. And I prayed for them in the following days.
So, when I had the opportunity to read his story, I knew I just had to. I love stories of redemption and restoration. In a world that swirls with brokenness and pain, we desperately need these stories of hope and life.
And Steven’s story did not disappoint. He did not hide the pain and suffering his family went through with the loss of their sweet daughter. He did not shy away from the challenges they faced in the aftermath. But he did give God all the glory for the hope they have held fast to since that painful day. How they surrounded their one son with so much love – love that surely brought healing to his heart. How they held on to each other. And how friends surrounded them with care and love. And most of all, how they continually cried out to God to help them survive such a tragedy.
Words Of Grace
Adult coloring books are all the rage these days, aren’t they? I enjoy some Bible journaling and scripture coloring pages during my ‘down time’. Those don’t happen often, but when they do, I find that this sort of activity helps me to relax and rest in the Lord.
Jacqui Grace’s devotional and coloring book is a great resource for any Christian is looking for a coloring book to supplement their Bible study time. I liked how the devotional was relevant and the coloring pages were Christ-centered.
This little book is also just the right size for popping into my handbag. I can then bring it out while waiting at the doctor’s office for my appointment.
I would love to offer this book to a reader. Please see below for details!
I thought my son, who is 13, would enjoy Thomas Locke’s book, so I requested a copy of it for him to read. And, as moms usually are, I was right in my thought;) My son started reading it and he could not put it down! I don’t think I’ve ever seen him read a novel so quicky! While it might not be overtly “Christian’ (you know, sometimes we need to do some digging to ‘see’ God), it is a good read, unlike a lot of trash that is out there these days. Here is my son’s review of the book.
The book Recruits by Thomas Locke was a great book that I didn’t get bored of, which I normally do. This fantasy book has tons of action and some romance as well. I liked it because I’m fond of action and fantasy. I recommend this novel to young adults who like The Maze Runner, and The Hunger Games.
Enter below to have a chance to win a copy of Jacqui Grace’s coloring book devotional AND a copy of my devotional, Hold Fast: A 30-Day Devotional. These are hard copies that will be mailed to you. Contest ends May 1, 2017.