Friday, August 12, 2016

Spiritual Warfare Answers Book | Book Review

I really enjoyed reading this Spiritual Warfare Answers book from Dr. David Jeremiah.  It's a compact book with short, easy to read question/answer sections specific to spiritual warfare.  I think it's a great book for any Christian to read...we are in a spiritual war right now, for sure!  Even my near 10 year old picked it up one day, and explained how much she enjoyed having a "question" and then being able to read a Bible based answer with verses to look up for the question.  

The Spiritual Warfare Answer Book is divided nicely in to four main sections:  Terms of Engagement, Behind Enemy Lines, God's Armory, and The Warfare of Prayer.  

A few "questions" within the book that caught my eye to read first were questions like:

"How can I be a courageous warrior for God when I feel powerless?"

"How could a perfect, holy being fall?" (speaking of Satan)

"How can I discern Satan's lies from God's truth?"

"What does it mean to be 'watchful' in prayer?"

"How can I persevere in the battle when I'm afraid?"

There are almost 200 pages of beautifully formatted, easy to read challenges for Christians in today's world.  These have been quick to read alongside a Bible study, or just for a quick "5 minute" read during a break, but have great words of wisdom straight from God's word that can be applied to all Christians.  

I would recommend this book, especially for someone who doesn't know much about spiritual warfare, is a young Christian, or just needs a better "foundation" to be able to move on and study the meatier parts to these topics.  It's simple, but challenging/encouraging...deep, but easy enough to read and understand for young adults and older.  

I received this book for free from Booklook Bloggers Program for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 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.”

Reset | Book Review

I recently chose to read the book "Reset:  Jesus Changes Everything" by Nick Hall.  It's front cover (and even the back cover, after reading it) caught my attention and had me interested in reading it.  Unfortunately, for me, this book was not what I had expected, and it's made it hard to give my review as I typically do.  I came into this book expecting almost more of a challenging devotional style book...encouraging you that no matter where you are, where you've been, or where you think you're going, you can "reset" your life with Christ.  But, for me, this was more of a choppy auto-biography of Nick Hall.  I had a hard time reading it in the style that it was written in.  The "encouragement" to let Christ be your change...your "reset" in your life is within the pages of the book, but it is mixed within stories of how he became the leader of the Together movement (which I had never heard of until now).

I'm not going to say this was an awful book...but for me, it was just not an easy read.  I had to make myself read it just to do the review.  It just didn't flow/click like others have for me.  But, perhaps it would to others.  I suppose if I had a better grasp as to the type of writing it was, and that it was mostly a book compiled of many encounters/stories, perhaps my expectations would have been different.  I don't know.  I'm giving this book 3 of 5 stars, as I feel it has potential for some, but just didn't do it for me.

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books Program for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 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.”

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Recipe Faves | Easy "School" Breakfast Muffins & Casserole

Tomorrow starts our "school year" routine, whether I'm ready or not!  So, I decided that today was the perfect day to cook up two of our favorite easy school morning breakfast recipes -- though, now I'm thinking I probably set the bar a little too high for myself for the rest of the school year!  {Surely they won't think they will have these every day, right??}  Either way, there are few things that I've tried that are any easier to prepare that will actually keep the kids full until their lunch time!  So, I'm going to share these two favorite recipes with you!  {Keep scrolling for recipes}




Sausage Muffins

Ingredients:  1lb sausage (cooked), 1c bisquick, 1c shredded cheddar cheese, 4 eggs (beaten)
Directions:  Mix all 4 ingredients...place them in a muffin pan (I love to use my washable cupcake liners, because these don't stick at all, and it keeps my pan from needing all of that scrubbing later!).  Bake at 350* for approx. 25-30 minutes, until fluffy and golden brown.  These are like little "sausage balls" without having to get your hands all messy!!  We love these!  I let them cool and then throw them in a ziplock bag or container, and store in the fridge until we are ready to reheat them in the microwave for a few seconds at breakfast.  (Even the kids can do that!)

Breakfast Casserole


Ingredients:  1lb sausage (cooked), 1-2c shredded cheddar cheese, 6 eggs (beaten), 1 pkg canned biscuits, 1/4c milk
Directions:  Spray bottom of casserole dish with non-stick spray.  Cut canned biscuit dough into 1/4 pieces and place in the bottom of the dish.  Sprinkle cooked sausage over biscuit layer.  Cover sausage/biscuit layer with shredded cheese.  In a separate bowl mix milk, eggs, and salt/pepper (if desired), then pour egg mixture over the other layers. Bake at 350* for approx. 25-30 minutes, until fluffy and golden brown.  If you don't get the eggs mixed well enough, you may see the "white" of the egg in your casserole (as mine shows above), but don't worry...it's still SUPER delicious!  Even the kids love this!  Store in fridge and heat individual pieces as wanted for breakfast (or whenever).  **I sometimes add green chilis to the egg mixture sometimes for a little extra flavor...the kids don't care for that, so I usually save half "plain" for them.**