CLING| Now Available!

Good morning and blessings to all!

By now, you may well have heard the news – CLING by Kim Cash Tate is now available. This is exciting news for many reasons. Not only will you now have access to this amazing Bible study, but you will also get to take part in a Phone Tree featured reflection walk with me.

Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing my heart’s response and my own transparent convictions about how Kim’s words and lessons affected me. In sharing with you, I will hold nothing back. It is my hope that through this exercise of openness and honesty, others seeking a “lifestyle of intimacy with God” will be encouraged to do the same. Just as Kim’s very real truths impacted me and showed me the more of wanting and knowing God, I pray that you also will be impacted and want the more of knowing God.



Phone Tree Book Review: 

CLING: Choosing a Lifestyle of Intimacy with God by Kim Cash Tate is a Bible study that will meet you where you are and take you where you want to go. The appeal of this book lies in its invitation to know God; but really, it’s more than that. With Scripture-rich points and narrative vignettes, Tate extends her hand and leads readers toward the One who knows them best. For those ready for and/or needing more, this book will do much to propel you forward, to urge you further, and to ground you deeper.

Rating: 5/5

Recommend: Yes

Audience: All

Status: Non-fiction, Bible study, Christian 

Books are available for purchase via Discovery House, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, & Christianbook.com. Get your copy today! 

Trailer: https://youtu.be/orD8wTuoz78

#5Reviewsin5Days, Day 4 (Wisdom from Women in the Bible)

  

Title: Wisdom from Women in the Bible: Giants of the Faith Speak into Our Lives

Author: John C. Maxwell

About the Book: “If you could spend a few minutes with biblical heroines Ruth, Sarah, Mary, and others, what valuable lessons would they share with you? In the tradition of Running with the Giants and Learning from the Giants, John Maxwell shares wisdom on life and leadership inspired by the Bible-this time focusing solely on the stories of nine incredible women. 

Learn how God blesses the promises you keep to Him, why you should follow your heart to find your hope, and how not to miss your moment with God. Read on your own or study with a group using the provided faith-building questions. You’ll enjoy the journey with Maxwell as he imagines what it would be like to visit heaven and meet giants of the faith who had their lives transformed by God. 

You’ll gain insights from:

Ruth…for when you must make a decision but don’t know what to do.

Sarah…for when you can’t understand God and impatience threatens to overwhelm you.

Mary…for when God asks you to do something outside of your comfort zone.

The women who influenced Maxwell inspired this book, and he includes the perspectives of those closest to him in this volume. They and the giants of the faith who continue to inspire them will encourage you to fulfill your destiny and leave a lasting, positive impression on your family and the world.”

Phone Tree Review: I always enjoy taking part in character/life studies based on men and women from the Bible. I find them to be helpful and nourishing in many ways. Being given the opportunity, therefore, to read this book got me well and truly excited about feasting on God’s word anew.

This book was interesting for a number of reasons. 

1) It was attention-grabbing because it was a book about women and wisdom that was written by a man. Because men tend to communicate differently and offer up a very succinct style of communication, I knew it would provide a coming-straight-at-you teaching series.

2) It was enlightening because it was a book that offered up relevant leadership and life lesson considerations. Each woman’s story featured components meant to support the reader’s growth as a leader and disciple.

3) It was unusual in that it was presented like a dream walk. The author wrote of his heavenly encounters and takeaways from female faith giants. I was not expecting that at all. 

4) It was stimulating and did a good job of offering up meaningful content, that caused me to really think and examine my life in play. I appreciated and benefitted from the focused prayers and questions for reflection or discussion.

Rating: 4/5 ****

A complimentary copy of this title was made available by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest critique. The words I have expressed are my own. 

  

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Bible Study Helps and Tips from Kim Cash Tate

Hi All!
As a Bible study enthusiast and lover of the Word of God, I am always seeking out resources, helps, and aids that can assist me, as well as others, in growing in the faith. With that in mind, I wanted to take a moment to share some wonderful videos from Christian author Kim Cash Tate. In the videos, Kim does a magnificent job of educating Truth seekers on what they can do to improve their study efforts. Please do yourself a favor and watch.

Many Blessings,
Kim

BREATHE|A Phone Tree Bible Study Experience (Week 6)

“…the Sabbath would help them remember they were free. Free to say ‘no.’ Free to rest. Free to no longer be controlled by that which they were previously mastered. Free to enjoy their relationship with Yahweh.”

Thoughts… (My Reflections & Considerations)

The lessons I have learned over the last few weeks have been so interesting. They seem to repeat themselves. Over and over again, I have been reminded to make God my top priority. I have been encouraged to rest. I have been instructed to draw nearer to the LORD. I have been urged to decline those things which add to my stress and that subtract from my peace. At the end of the day, it all points back to the Sabbath margin or Sabbath principle (if you prefer). Behind that, there is only God.

There are two main ideas that I seem to be brought back to every time I try to simplify and get to the meat of the matter…on life, on Sabbath, on making room for the LORD.

1) Quiet time with the LORD brings back focus to what should have been the focus all along. Daily quiet time-rest breaks are critical if one is to be spiritually nourished and fortified. These moments are great opportunities to praise, to glorify, and to bless the Most High.

2) Despite the type of captivity one finds himself in, freedom can still be found. It comes by way of saying no in order to say yes. One must choose to say no to the extra fluff and stuff of life (the things which we tend to think of as important or that the world tries to push us into accepting as important) and say yes to more God (more time with Him, more service and works as unto Him, and more study on the entirety of who He is and who we are in Him.

Words… (Scriptural References and Study Points)

Answer the following question in as much detail as possible. What did Paul say no to in order to say yes to God?

Actions… (Life Application)

Say no to what you must in order to say yes to God.

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BREATHE|A Phone Tree Bible Study Experience (Week 3)

“Sabbath principle is not limited to our calendars and schedules. It also applies to the spaces in which we live, work and play. Our tendency toward too-full lives often expresses itself most tangibly in our over-crowded closets, unmanageable table surfaces and cluttered desks as we cram them full of far more than we need. Even our children fall prey to the chaos of overcrowded living as their toy boxes and bookshelves overflow with more than they could ever manage. In the meantime they sit, chin in hand, complaining of boredom.” – Priscilla Shirer

Thoughts… (My Reflections & Considerations)

Over the last two years or so, I have become so much more mindful and aware of matters related to decluttering, minimizing, simplifying, and turning the more of life into less. Books, blogs, and inspirational words have come at me from every direction. When I came across Priscilla Shirer’s quote referenced above which talked about “too-full lives” and the “chaos of overcrowded living,” I knew that this message of Sabbath was important, not only for myself but for others also. Making the decision to learn how to BREATHE through the mess of life will in fact save your life in more ways than you can imagine.

Words… (Scriptural References and Study Points)

Read Matthew 11:28-30. Complete a Scripture study on these verses, and write down what you uncover.

Actions… (Life Application)

Declutter your closets! This includes, but is not limited to, your physical closet in your home, your thought closet in your head and heart, and your anti-spiritual closet that houses your personal strongholds and idols.

2 More Reasons Why I Love Tyndale Blog Network|Book Recommendations/Reviews

Title: The One Year Hearing His Voice Devotional: 365 Days of Intimate Communication with God 21556306

Author: Chris Tiegreen

About the Book: “This year, learn to listen for the voice of the One who loves you most.” We know for sure that God speaks to His people. Throughout the pages of Scripture, time after time, He guides, instructs, corrects, inspires, encourages, and reveals. Inspired writers even call Him “the Word.” He has always been vocal, and He always will be.But what does He say to “you”? How does He say it? How can you know when you’ve heard Him? In “The One Year Hearing His Voice Devotional,” Chris Tiegreen will help you discover patterns and practices you can adopt to hear God better. Listening to God is a process, a journey, and an adventure. He promises that those who seek Him will be rewarded with His presence and His voice. And the words of the living God are powerful and life-changing.”

Phone Tree Review: The One Year Hearing His Voice Devotional by Chris Tiegreen was a comprehensive collection of Scripture, Biblical history, personal thoughts/insight and prayers.

Written in such a way as to invite the reader to focus his or her attention on God and His Triune being and influence, the devotional did indeed promote intimacy and invite reflection.

I appreciated that the author’s words caused me to think deeply and to slow down and consider my faith walk, as well as my relationship with the LORD.

I have elected to use this devotional as my personal OneWord devotional for the remainder of this year and into the next. I found that it ties in perfectly with my determined OneWord focus.

Rating: 5/5 Stars *****
Recommend: Yes
Options: Bible Study Ministries, Church Libraries, Gifts-Gets
Status: G
Other: I would love for this to be in a journal format. It would have been great to write out my thoughts post each devotional.

 

Title: Tell Me About Prayer 21539500

Author: Stephen Elkins

About the Book:Train ‘Em Up is an interactive, fun-filled, and affordable series that uses a train locomotive theme for teaching kids core Christian beliefs and principles. In “Tell Me about Prayer, ” a friendly train conductor, Mr. Steve, teaches kids what prayer is all about, how we should talk to God, and why our conversations are so important to Him. Through bold graphics and interactive songs and stories, Train ‘Em Up makes it easy for parents and teachers to explain biblical concepts like prayer in a way that helps with attention, memorization, and recall while building a solid faith foundation. Each book in the series includes a CD with sing-along songs and narrated stories with sound effects, plus a colorful sticker sheet!

Phone Tree Review: Tell Me About Prayer is a delightfully colorful and cute, kid-friendly book that introduces young children to the concept of prayer.

I really liked the layout and content of this book. I appreciated the easy to read format and the CD addition, as well as the Scriptural integrity. The use of the train-all aboard approach was playful and inviting, and I think kids will adore it.

Rating: 5/5 Stars *****
Recommend: Yes
Options: Family Read Along/Aloud, Church Ministries and Jr. Bible Classes, Private Christian School Libraries, Gifts-Gets
Status: G
A complimentary copy of each title was provided by Tyndale House Publishers via the Tyndale Blog Network program in exchange for an honest review. The words I have expressed are my own. I was not expected to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”