About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Saturday, December 2, 2023

CSB Life Counsel Bible, Hardcover, Black Letter, Articles, Word Studies, Quotes, Cross-References, Easy-to-Read Bible Serif Type by New Growth Press

CSB Life Counsel Bible, Hardcover, Black Letter, Articles, Word Studies, Quotes, Cross-References, Easy-to-Read Bible Serif Type


Amid challenging seasons of life, there is hope. The CSB Life Counsel Bible, developed in partnership with New Growth Press, is designed to equip readers with biblical truth and counsel on a wide range of topics and tough life issues related to relationships, marriage, parenting, and more. This Bible is full of useful tools and resources for life application and discipleship grounded in the truth of the gospel of grace.
The CSB Life Counsel Bible features the highly readable, highly reliable text of the Christian Standard Bible® (CSB). The CSB captures the Bible’s original meaning without sacrificing clarity, making it easier to engage with Scripture’s life-transforming message and to share it with others. 

Featuring over 150 articles on topics related to marriage, parenting, relationships, mental health, and so many more- this Bible is like having a complete biblical counseling toolkit in one resource! 

Check out www.lifecounselbible.com for a full list of topics!


• More than 150 full-length articles from respected Christian counselors and scholars on topics like anxiety, depression, abuse, sexuality, marriage and divorce, parenting struggles, and finances (full list available at lifecounselbible.com)

• Callout quotes placed near each article provide truth, hope, and encouragement to apply to life

• Over 100-word studies focusing on key words applicable to personal healing, growth, and counsel

• Book introductions including “Circumstances of Writing,” “Structure,” “Contribution to the Bible,”
 and a special “Truth for Healing” section with an overview of key truths related to healing from each book of the Bible

• Wide margins for notetaking and journaling

• Robust page-end cross-reference system with over 25,000 cross-references connecting Scripture from Genesis to Revelation

• Easy-to-read 9.5-point type size

• Presentation page for gift-giving (this makes a great wedding/parenting gift!


The CSB Life Counsel Bible is both inspirational and practical. Where else can I find God's Word and contemporary life issues featured together in the same volume? When I opened it for the first time, I was immediately drawn to the article 'Building a Marriage to Last' but there are over 150 articles covering marriage, other relationships, parenting, and illness! These articles are written by respected Christian counselors willing to share their wisdom, and they are filled with hope and guidance.

Do I have any negative thoughts about the CSB Life Counsel Bible? The small print may be hard for some people to read.

What did I like about the CSB Life Counsel Bible? It's filled with many helpful features, including Endnotes, an extensive Table of Contents, Concordance, a Topical Scripture Index, and Word Studies. I recommend this Bible as a valuable worship tool.

Many thanks to Lifeway Christian Resources for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Friday, December 1, 2023

When Hattie Finds Love (Paradise Valley, #4) by Amy Lillard

When Hattie Finds Love (Paradise Valley #4)

Hattie Schrock’s lively optimism makes her the Widows Club’s most outgoing member. The circle has helped her through widowhood—and in building a thriving popcorn shop with her cousin. So when Elsie bets Hattie that she can’t help Paradise Valley’s most cantankerous man learn to be happier, Hattie tackles the challenge head-on. But what can she do when she finds Christian Beachy is far more complicated—and appealing—than she thought?

Christian lives his faith through hard work, supporting his overbearing sister, and growing the Valley’s best vegetables. After all, a good Amish man should be dedicated to duty. Yet suddenly, Hattie’s warm-hearted attentions and knack for unexpected adventures is showing him life can be so much more—especially if Hattie can share it with him. But when he discovers her wager, can she and the Widows Club ever convince him that her growing love is the real thing—and that risking together forever will be the sweetest, most fulfilling chance of all?


Hattie Schrock is an older widow who's happy to attend her Whoopie PIe Widows' Club meetings and run the popcorn shop with her cousin Elsie. Hattie could also be described as an eternal optimist! Christian Beachy is a widower who might be considered just a tad grumpy. What would happen if Hattie accepted a challenge to change his outlook? Could she win a bet to make Christian Beachy smile in 60 days?

This is a lovely conclusion to the Paradise Valley Series! Author Amy Lillard offers readers humor, hope, and the wonderful reminder that affairs of the heart aren't determined by age. Why shouldn't two older people find friendship, companionship, and even love in their golden years? Just be prepared for your heartstrings to be tugged when Christian discovers Hattie's bet!

If you're longing for a feel-good story about second chances, grab a copy of When Hattie Finds Love. I recommend it to all who enjoy Amish fiction!

I received a complimentary copy from the author. There was no obligation for a positive review.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Amy Lillard is a 2013 Carol award-winning author who loves reading romance novels from contemporary to Amish. She was born and raised in Mississippi, but now lives in Oklahoma with her husband and their teenage son.  

Learn more about Amy at her Website     

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