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Revelation by Charles C. Ryrie | Review

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This is a complete, verse-by-verse guide to understanding the book of Revelation. It gives context about importance, author and dates, interpretations, attitudes toward it, and an outline of each section.
The author underlines the fact that the book of Revelation was meant to clarify, not mystify. 
When reading through this, I would recommend reading the verses in your Bible, and then reading the interpretation, rather than reading the book cover to cover. You should use this as a guide while you read your Bible. 
I completely loved this commentary. The purpose of this series is to help all readers understand the Bible, even if they are not studying it professionally. This definitely helped me, and I am excited to pick up more of the Everyday Bible Commentary books!
I gave this 5/5 stars!

The Complete Guide to Dream Interpretation by Marsha Trimble Dunstan | Review

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This book is all about Biblical dream interpretation. This author believes that God continues to speak to people through dreams, and has guides and references to help readers interpret those dreams. Her goal is to help people understand what God is already saying to them through their dreams. 
First, before she went into interpretation, she outlined the Biblical foundations that this book is built on, which I really appreciated. She also pointed out that you can't fully and correctly interpret your dreams on your own: you need the help of the Holy Spirit, and friends who can look at it objectively. It also really thoroughly explains the "how" of Biblical interpretation, and answered lots of common questions.
When I received this book, I thought the idea of dream interpretation was kind of weird. However, once I read it, I really saw the value in it, and have used the book as a reference to try interpreting my own dreams.
Overall, I gave this book 4/5 stars.

Poverty, Riches, and Wealth by Kris Valotton | Review

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This book is all about moving out of poverty, not with riches, but with Biblical wealth.

The author grew up in poverty thinking that wealth was evil. However, in adulthood, as he worked to move out of poverty, he learned that it can't be evil, because heaven is full of riches. So what does the Bible say about poverty, riches, and wealth?
God blesses us with wealth: these are the qualities, skills, and attributes that God has given us to do His work and advance His Kingdom. 
He also talks about the fact that it is okay to have money and to buy things. It's okay to have nice things, as long as those things don't have you. 
He gives lots of principles and ideas to get yourself out of that poverty mentality to see the wealth that God has blessed us with. 
The first half of the book seemed aimed toward personal life application, while the second half definitely focused on using these principles as you run a business. Personally, I think that he went to far into business, and t…

The Girl's Guide to Conquering Life by Erica and Jonathan Catherman

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This book by Erica and Jonathan Catherman is a guide for young girls navigating into adulthood. This guide goes all the way from talking to boys and how to wear scarves, to asking for a raise and changing a tire. The first part of the book seemed geared toward pre-teens or early teens, while the second part, dealing with cars and cooking, seemed geared toward older teens. I think this would be a nice book to have and reference for things such as cooking and vehicle maintenance. 
Personally, in my early twenties, I do not feel that this book is helpful for me, but I definitely would recommend it as a gift for a young girl. Each how-to is listed step by step, including what materials are needed and the time required to complete that task.
Overall, I gave this 3/5 stars, though I can see how a younger person might find this more helpful and rate it higher.
*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive rev…

The Woman's Study Bible by Thomas Nelson | Review

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First of all, let's mention how absolutely beautiful this Bible is!!!
This is The Woman's Study Bible (NIV) from Thomas Nelson!
This is a full color, hard cover Bible. meant to inspire and encourage women. Throughout each book, there are little lessons on a number of topics, such as headship, marriage, chronology, and more. These lessons delve into modern topics such as infertility, sanctity of life, codependency, blended families, and even cooking! We also get to see profiles of women of the Bible. 
I only flipped through, but I am really looking forward to reading through all of the lessons. I swear, I have so many Bibles because I want to read through all of the amazing educational content included!
This is definitely a 5 star Bible, and I recommend it to women who are looking to learn more about the women of the Bible and also learn about the Biblical perspective of many, many things that women deal with every day.
*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher i…

Climbing Sugarloaf Mountain

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I recently spent some time in Michigan's upper peninsula. One of the places I stayed on my trip was Marquette. While there, I decided to do one of my favorite things: hike to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain.
Sugarloaf Mountain is an easy climb (we even took the "difficult" path) takes you up 1060 feet to amazing views of Lake Superior and the surrounding forests. It only took about 15-20 minutes to climb, the path is well worn and clearly marked, but it's definitely hard to leave those amazing views and come back down again.



101 Questions to Ask in your Twenties by Paul Angone | Review

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This book by Paul Angone argues the power and importance of good questions, especially in such a scary and uncertain time as in our twenties. Questions such as, "How do I make a choice when I don't know what choice to make?", "Am I being stereotyped in my office for being a twentysomething? If so, what do I do about it?", and "What are my problems and personal pain revealing about my purpose?" If you're struggling to answer the questions he gives, then you're doing it right.
"Your twenties aren't about them going as you planned. But how you adapt, change, and grow when they don't."
While definitely God-centered, this book is great for any twentysomething who feels like they are lost and don't know what they are doing. Angone was so honest, vulnerable, and really funny, but most of all, he was relatable. He got exactly how I am feeling. 
The only thing that I didn't like was the grammar and writing style. He wrote in s…