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Carve: a Book Review

Carve A Simple Guide to Whittling is absolutely gorgeous. I fell in love with it the moment I looked at it. The cover is stunning. The paper within is very high quality and is full color from beginning to end! Melanie Abrantes does a phenomenal job of writing. The instructions are clearly written and are also shared through photographs. I had hoped I would enjoy this book, but I was blown away instead. I don't have a lot to say except that it would make a lovely gift and will look great on your coffee table resting on top of your newly carved tray.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
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The Box of Awesome Things Memory Game Review

Wee Society has made a cute little game. My son and I set it up without looking at the tiles to start with and it was so much fun being surprised by the awesome things that popped up. The box is of great quality. The one thing I would say I dislike about it is the fact that the lid is just a flap. It has nothing to help it stay closed. I do like to store my board games vertically, but this one will have to stay flat unless I rubber band it. The tiles are high quality and have a very nice matte finish. The artwork is modern and fun. My favorite picture was lightning. My son really liked the s'mores. A couple of the pictures seemed overly simplistic, but overall the illustrations were very nice.  I have been wanting a memory game for our family for a while now, so I hopped at the opportunity to review this one. I am glad I did. It is a high quality board game and the pictures are great for all ages, not just small children, i.e. cartoon characters. I would definitely recommend this …

Cats in Paris: a Book Review

In Montreal adult coloring books are everywhere. When we came back to the states a couple of months ago I found they were popular here too. I really enjoy them and am very particular about what I pick. I like a lot of fine details mixed with whimsy.

Cats in Paris by Won-Sun Jang is simply beautiful. It begins with a sort of tour of Paris, with cats of course. There is a bit of narrative in this portion as well. The art is beautiful but not quite the page covering design work I personally love. The rest of the book makes up for it though. There are patterns and intri'cat' designs. The artwork throughout is beautifully done and a joy to fill in. I am so happy to be able to while away my quiet moments with this book.


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I was really looking forward to reading this book. I love the Psalms, but have never taken the time to study them in any depth. I thought that this would be an excellent chance to study the Psalms and think through how they apply to my everyday life.


There are some things I like about the book. The Psalms held within are excellent of course. There are some great insights on those Psalms as well. I also like that the book encourages readers to listen for and interact with the Holy Spirit.


Unfortunately, the larger part of the book I do not like at all. In the beginning the reader is encouraged to ask the Holy Spirit to retell them a Psalm in the first person and that they should write it down. I think this is a fascinating way that the author is interacting with the Holy Spirit, but it also assumes a lot. I do not know that many Christians that interact with the Holy Spirit at all, let alone in this intimate or very specific way. I have learned over my Christian life that the Holy Sp…

Seeing in the Dark: a Book Review

This book could not have been more timely for me and my family. We have spent the last several months on mission in another country and trying to figure out what is next for us. We prayed without ceasing and were feeling very in the dark. I wanted to see and then Seeing in the Dark came along.


Nancy Ortberg has a keen sense for metaphor. She uses easy to understand aspects to help us gain an understanding of things that are quite hard to wrap our minds around. Her book made me feel more comfortable in the dark, unknowing time of our life.


Seeing in the dark is easy to read but full of useful information. It is like having a mentor to confer with right in your hands, perfect while I am so far away from my mentors back home.




Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for my review.

Halfway

I cannot believe it, but we are already over halfway through our short term mission trip in Montreal. Nearly seven months flew by very quickly. It is a very interesting time for us right now. We are picking up the pace in our mission work. Filming projects are piling up and ready to be edited. City Church is continuing to grow and looking at adding and changing many areas of ministry. The church planting conference is just around the corner. It is enough to keep us plenty busy.




There is so much more to think about though. In about 4 months we will be returning to Minnesota. There are living arrangements to plan. We will need an income of some sort. There will be packing to start. Plus we will be arriving just in time for the holidays, which will also need to be planned.




If that was not enough, we are also planning our return to Montreal as long term missionaries. That involves more paperwork, applications, and training. There is also deciding on what our long term ministry will be and…

Happy Jean Baptiste Day

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Happy Jean Baptiste Day! It is big in Montreal and we might head to the park for the big day. Next week is Canada day, so we are going to be celebrating like crazy up here!