Title: Restore My Soul: A Coloring Book Devotional Journey
Author: Ann-Margret Hovsepian
Release Date: April 1, 2016
Description: Grab your colored pencils and get ready to refresh your spirit with this coloring book devotional journey! For lovers of the “Secret Garden” and “Enchanted Forest” coloring books, “Restore My Soul” is a beautiful, interactive devotional designed to celebrate our unique creativity and connect us with the ultimate Creator. Find refreshment in short reflections on Scripture and be inspired as you color accompanying intricate illustrations created for meditation and prayer. Both contemplative and imaginative, “Restore My Soul” is the perfect space for the artist in us all.
Thoughts: I think that this is a fun devotional. Each day is a new picture. There are some that are more detailed and will take more time. I thought going into it that they would probably be simple pictures to go with the devotional. But I think it is okay that my assumption was wrong. I still find it comforting and relaxing to color after reading the devotional.
Title: The Calling (Seer #2)
Author: Rachelle Dekker
Publisher: Tyndale House
Release Date: March 8, 2016
Description: Remko Brant had never been so sure of anything as escaping the Authority City with Carrington Hale. But bravado comes easy when you have nothing to lose. Now a husband, father, and the tactical leader of the Seers, Remko has never had so much at risk. As he and his team execute increasingly dangerous rescue missions inside the city, they face growing peril from a new enemy. Recently appointed Authority President Damien Gold claims to be guiding a city shaken by rebellion into a peaceful, harmonious future. But appearances can be deceiving. In order to achieve his dangerous ambitions, Gold knows he must do more than catch the rebels―he must destroy the hope their message represents . . . from the inside out. With dissension in his own camp―and the CityWatch soldiers closing in―Remko feels control slipping through his fingers. To protect those he loves, he must conquer his fears and defeat Gold . . . before one of them becomes his undoing. (more…)
Title: The Choosing
Series: #1 Seer
Author: Rachelle Dekker
Release date: May 19, 2015
Description: “Not to be Chosen would yield a cruel fate of my own making.” Like all citizens since the Ruining, Carrington Hale knows the importance of this day. But she never expected the moment she’d spent a lifetime preparing for—her Choosing ceremony—would end in disaster. Ripped from her family, she’ll spend her days serving as a Lint, the lowest level of society. She knows it’s her duty to follow the true way of the Authority. But as Carrington begins this nightmare, rumors of rebellion rattle her beliefs. The whispers contradict everything she’s been told; yet they resonate deep within. Then Carrington is offered an unprecedented chance at the life she’s always dreamed of, but she can’t shake the feeling that it may be an illusion. With a killer targeting Lints and corruption threatening the highest levels of the Authority, Carrington must uncover the truth before it destroys her. (more…)
Title: Grumble Hallelujah
Author: Caryn Dahlstrand Rivadeneira
Release Date: August 31, 2011
Description: If you had told Caryn Dahlstrand Rivadeneira while she was crying on the kitchen floor that she could find a way to praise God in this situation, she wouldn’t have believed you. In fact, she might have thrown something at you. Looking around at a life that was disappointingly different from what she’d dreamed, she couldn’t imagine honestly singing out a hallelujah. But then it occurred to her that, well, maybe she could manage to “grumble” one. Have you been there? During life’s lowest moments, it is so tempting to blame ourselves, our circumstances, or God. But what would happen if we turned to God and managed to praise him instead, in whatever way we could? Might he show up and help us find the things in our lives that he made to be loved? “Grumble Hallelujah” offers humor, candid stories, and solid scriptural backing that will help you see clearly just how your life is meant to be lived–and loved.
Thoughts: Grumbling is something common. When something doesn’t go right it is easier to complain and get angry. When life goes downhill the last thing we want to do is find something to be happy about. Through personal stories from the author the reader can relate times to their own life. This book will help you to find the silver lining in more and more moments in your life.