Review Now! Celebrate Recovery Bible (NIV)

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The popular recovery program “Celebrate Recovery” brings you this devotional Bible that incorporates their program of eight principles based on Jesus’ sermon on the mount, and twelve Christ-centered steps. A wonderful Bible if you are struggling with anything, it will help you heal your “hurts, hangups, and habits”.

Features:

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  • Full NIV Bible

  • Articles that explain eight recovery principles and accompanying Christ-centered twelve steps

  • Over one hundred and ten lessons that unpack eight recovery principles in practical terms

  • Recovery stories that offers encouragement and hope

  • Thirty days of devotional readings

  • Over fifty full-page biblical character studies are tied to stories from real-life people who have found peace and help with their own hurts, hangups, and habits.

  • Book introductions

  • Side column reference system keyed to the eight recovery principles

  • Topical index

  • Double column format

  • Brownish text color, and easy to read fonts

  • Subject headings

What Makes This Bible Unique?

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This Bible has several unique features, that I haven’t seen in any other Bible I have.

The text throughout this Bible is a brownish color, unlike the traditional black colored text. The brown gives off a one of a kind type feel. Also in the back of this Bible you will find thirty devotionals, which is something I have not seen in any other bible. This makes a wonderful touch for people who love reading devotions. Also included is the Character studies, on people such as Mary Magdalene, the drunkard (in proverbs), Adam, Eve, and more. I find this is a unique feature it allows us to see that even people in the Bible struggled “with hurts, hangups, and habits.” The lessons in this Bible are part of the amazingly proven recovery program “Celebrate Recovery”. This is a one of a kind Bible with several unique features!

What Is Celebrate Recovery?

Celebrate Recovery, also referred to as CR, is a Christ-based approach to recovery that was a response to twelve-step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous. It was founded in 1990 by Pastors John Baker and Rick Warren of Saddleback Church, and is aimed at all “hurts, habits, and hang-ups”, including but not limited to drug and alcohol addictions, sex addiction, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, and people who have been sexually abused. The founders felt that Alcoholics Anonymous was too vague in referring to God as a “higher power,” and wanted a more specifically Christ-based program. Celebrate Recovery utilizes eight Recovery Principles that are based on the Sermon on the Mount. At the Faith-Based and Community Initiative Conference in 2004, U.S. President George W. Bush praised John Baker and Celebrate Recovery by saying that, “government is not good at changing hearts. But people like John Baker has been good about it and successful doing that.”

This information was obtained at:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celebrate_Recovery

Personal Opinion:

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Until I received this Bible I was unaware of what “Celebrate Recovery” was I have learned that this Bible will help many people heal with the help of God. Personally, some of the notes/lessons are written kind of fundamentalist… If you can get past that part and allow God to talk to you, I can see this Bible helping many individuals. I love how this Bible has a brownish text, that is one of the first things I noticed when I opened up this Bible. The character studies are interesting to read, and the recovery stories are amazing. It shows that everyone has a story, people go through their own battles that usually no one else knows about. All in all I would recommend this Bible to anyone who is struggling in any type of way, nothing is to big or to small.

Where to Buy:

http://www.amazon.com/Celebrate-Recovery-Bible-John-Baker/dp/0310423147/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1408764964&sr=8-2&keywords=celebrate+recovery+bible

I received this Bible from Book Look Bloggers in exchange for an honest review (all opinions are my own!)

Review Now! Gold Filled Seven Pointed Star Pendant By AngelicTears

Seven pointed star pendant

This beautiful handcrafted seven pointed star pendant is made with gold filled wire and light green crackled glass beads. It is double sided meaning that the seven pointed star can be seen on both sides. Each pendant that Bonita Jordan makes is unique, not one pendent will be the same. Bonita always prays over her items and prays while making them!

Meaning of the Seven Pointed Star:

Seven Pointed Star

The seven-pointed star (or, alternately, septagram or heptagram) has accumulated many levels of meaning over the centuries. One of the oldest recorded meanings given to this star may be found within Kabbalistic tradition, where it represents the sphere of Venus and the power of love. It is also found within Christian tradition as a symbol of protection, the seven points representing the perfection of God and the seven days of creation. This resonance with the days of the week carries through into its use as a planetary symbol, as each point not only represents one of the traditional “seven wandering stars,” but also the corresponding days of the week” This information was found at http://www.llewellyn.com/journal/article/2320

What Does Gold Filled Mean?

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Gold filled means that it is a base metal, that is covered by a thin layer of gold. Gold has some unique properties that I will list below.

Properties of Gold:

Raw Gold

Gold is the metal of the Divine Father energy. It is associated with the sun, with fire, with the life force in its creative mode, and with male energy. It is a metal of the outer self, the sunlit personality. Gold is the metal which most easily conducts electricity, and is also the best suited to be an all-purpose conductor of the subtle energies and stones.

Spiritual: Gold activates the base through the third chakras, allowing one to joyfully interact with the physical realm. It carries energies of the Sun, stimulating one’s will to grow and stretch beyond ones current experience.

Emotional: Gold can be stimulating to the emotional body, assisting one in overcoming emotional paralysis and fear. It can help one move through difficult circumstances.

Quality and Craftsmanship:

The quality and craftsmanship of this pendant is superb – it is very sturdy and beautifully made. It will fit on any size chain. The crackled glass beads give a fun and whimsical look! The gold filled wire is durable and hard so when you press on the star it does not give way.

Personal Opinion:

Personally, I love this pendant! I was stunned when I saw this beautiful pendant, being made with gold filled wire it gives this unique pendant an amazing look. I always look for symbolism and meaning to my jewelry and this pendant has a lot – the gold and the star! Bonita Jordan makes outstanding jewelry, the way she prays while making each piece amazes me. I can really feel the love and light she weaves into them. I highly recommend this pendant to anyone who is looking for a superb seven pointed star pendant!

Artist Bio:

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Bonita Jordan, is an RN nurse and enjoys making jewelry as a hobby. When making jewelry Bonita puts love and light into each piece she makes. Being very spiritual in faith she prays while making each piece of jewelry. Prayer is a very important part of Bonita’s artwork and life. The power of prayer that Bonita puts into her jewelry, is felt while wearing it. The love and protection stays with you.

Where to Buy?

You can purchase this item  here

https://www.etsy.com/listing/199961668/gold-filled-seven-pointed-star-pendant?ref=pr_shop

Here you can see all items Bonita has for sale

https://www.etsy.com/people/prayersfromheaven?ref=hdr

Review Now! Welledia Melodic Aromatherapy Essential Oil Heater/Diffuser

Oil deffuser

This essential oil heater and diffuser is great to use while doing aromatherapy or any type of holistic healing. It is lightweight and portable making it perfect for aromatherapy on the go. Even though it is small, this diffuser will fill the room with your chosen fragrance with just a few drops of pure essential oil.

Features:

No water

  • Heats Essential Oil (NO WATER ADDED); to release a wonderful fragrance into your room. Great for massage rooms, aromatherapy, crystal healing, reiki, and any other type of holistic practice you may do.
  • FM Radio with Volume Control (Range 87.5MHz- 108MHz); this allows for music to be played while using this product.
  • Multipurpose Speaker for FM Radio or Audio Input (for any device with an 3.5mm jack which includes laptop, phone,MP3, MP5); this allows you to use custom music while doing any of your relaxation techniques.
  • No Refill Pads Required- Easy Removable Metal Cup for You to Use and Clean ; this feature means you don’t have to worry about keeping stock of the refill pads and such, much easier to just clean a metal cup.
  • Includes a USB Power Cable, 3.5mm Audio Cable, (Can Also use 3x AAA Batteries not included.)
  • Mood Enhancing Colorful LED Lights; these lights are great for color therapy, or any type of relaxation method you may do. The lights change from seven different calming colors which include Purple, Pink, Yellow, White, Blue, Green, and Red.

What is Aromatherapy?

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Aromatherapy, also referred to as Essential Oil therapy, can be defined as the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit. It seeks to unify physiological, psychological and spiritual processes to enhance an individual’s innate healing process. It was the French perfumer and chemist, Rene- Maurice Gattefosse, who coined the term “aromatherapie” in 1937 with his publication of a book by that name. His book “Gattefosse’s Aromatherapy” contains early clinical findings for utilizing essential oils for a range of physiological ailments. It seems vital to understand what Gattefosse’s intention for coining the word was, as he clearly meant to distinguish the medicinal application of essential oils from their perfumery applications. So we can interpret his coining of the word “Aromatherapie” to mean the therapeutic application or the medicinal use of aromatic substances (essential oils) for holistic healing. As the practice of aromatherapy has progressed, over the years, it has adopted a more holistic approach encompassing the whole body, mind and spirit (energy). “Aromatherapy is… the skilled and controlled use of essential oils for physical and emotional health and well being.” Valerie Cooksley “Aromatherapy is a caring, hands-on therapy which seeks to induce relaxation, to increase energy, to reduce the effects of stress and to restore lost balance to mind, body and soul.” Robert Tisserand “Aromatherapy can be defined as the controlled use of essential oils to maintain and promote physical, psychological, and spiritual wellbeing.” Gabriel Mojay “Aromatherapy can be defined as the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit. It is an art and science which seeks to explore the physiological, psychological and spiritual realm of the individual’s response to aromatic extracts as well as to observe and enhance the individual’s innate healing process. As a holistic practice, Aromatherapy is both a preventative approach as well as an active method to employ during acute and chronic stages of illness or ‘dis’-ease. It is a natural, non-invasive modality designed to affect the whole person not just the symptom or disease and to assist the body’s natural ability to balance, regulate, heal and maintain itself by the correct use of essential oils.” Jade Shutes” http://www.naha.org/explore-aromatherapy/about-aromatherapy/what-is-aromatherapy/

Personal Opinion:

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Personally, I really like this essential oil heater/diffuser for many reasons. The way that it has a jack that enables you to play your own type of music, and the way it has a metal cup instead of refillable pads. This diffuser is wonderful to have in the room that you do any type of holistic healing in. I highly recommend this to anyone who does aromatherapy or any sort of holistic healing.

Company Bio:

May ’11 NY NY –Two good friends Joe and Phil having a casual conversation about aromatherapy, discussing the various ways of the application of essential oil diffusing, when this light bulb moment came upon them, to create a business that would focus on providing the best options for customers wanting to have variety in aroma diffusing.

Aromatherapy has always been an art of holistic healing and living, throughout the many centuries this has been reflected in the making of fine therapeutic quality essential oils, it is our firm believe that this art be continued on all levels and styles of essential oils diffusion as well.

This is our goal and driving force, we research the world to find all the features possible in aroma diffusers, to realize how we can combine it with other holistic therapies, we then incorporate them in units big or small for all types of aromatherapy uses, our collection includes a full range of all types of affordable quality aroma diffusers for the home or on the go.

As we continue with our mission to better aroma diffusion in every way, we stand by with loyalty to our dear customers, with continuous support and dedication; always feel free to share your thoughts with us, we are eager to listen.”

Where to Buy?

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http://www.amazon.com/Welledia-Aromatherapy-Esssential-Diffuser-Operated/dp/B00JENK3EM

Review Now! Angel Therapy Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue

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Doreen Virtues Angel Therapy Oracle Cards are great to use on a daily basis. These cards feature uplifting messages form the angels and archangels. This deck is simple to use and will help you with some of life’s daily struggles.

The Deck:

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This deck features forty-four unique cards, each card holds a special message to each individual. Great for everyday use. These being angel therapy, will give a message that will help you with struggles and things of that sort. The art work on these cards are beautiful, each card has an uplifting and inspiring message on it. You can refer to the guide book for more in-depth information.

Using the Guide Book:

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This guide book contains a lot of information, I will list it below

  • How to work with the Angel Therapy Oracle Cards
  • The meanings of the cards
  • Archangel Michael
  • Archangel Raphael
  • Ascended Masters
  • Base Chakra
  • Be Willing to Forgive
  • Books
  • Cancel, Clear, Delete
  • Clear Yourself
  • Crown Chakra
  • Crystals
  • Cut Your Cords
  • Ear Chakras
  • Earth Angel
  • Emotional Sensitivity
  • Fairies
  • God Box
  • Goddess
  • Have You Asked Your Angels for Help with This Yet?
  • Heal Away Addictions
  • Heart Chakra
  • If You Get Nervous Focus on Service
  • Indigo
  • Integrity
  • Law of Attraction
  • Listen to Your Intuitive Feelings
  • Manifestation Power
  • Mediumship
  • Parents
  • Past-Life Issue
  • Power Animal
  • Release
  • Sacral Chakra
  • Shield Yourself
  • Singing and Dancing
  • Solar-Plexus Chakra
  • Third-Eye Chakra
  • Throat Chakra
  • Twin Flame
  • Vacuum Away Fear
  • Vegetarian/Vegan
  • Visualize Success
  • Workshops and Seminars
  • You Are a Powerful Lightworker
  • You are Profoundly Clairvoyant
  • Artwork Ordering Information
  • About The Author”

The guide book gives you more in-depth meaning on the card you have drawn for your reading. It is very helpful to those who want more in-depth meaning in their readings. Also giving you additional information on how to apply the card to your life or situation.

Using the Cards:

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These card are durable and have a glossy coating over them to prevent scratches and enable easy shuffling. You can do many different layouts with Oracle Cards, the most common is a three card spread; “Ask a question then pick three cards, lay the first card on the left, the second in the middle, and the third to the right. The card on the left speaks about your immediate past with respect to the situation you inquired about. The middle card revels your questions current status and what you need to know or work on right now. And the card to the right shows your immediate future if you continue on your current path and follow the guidance from the middle card.” However, my favorite is to ask a simple question “What card do I need today?” and then the card that you choose is the card that the angels/archangels and your guides have chosen for you. Also if while shuffling the deck if a card falls out I recommend meditating on that card. If the cards that you drew doesn’t make since to you, then I would recommend meditating and asking the angels/archangels and your guides how the card relates to you… You will find each card has its own unique scenery, and a sentence or two describing the card you have picked for more information on your card, you can refer to the guide book. These cards are amazing to inspire you and give you some positive energy.

Personal Opinion:

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Personally, I love these cards they give an uplifting message, each time I use them. I like to use these cards everyday and place the card I have drew on my alter/desk. The artwork on these cards are stunning! The messages on these cards are just what the title says angel therapy, so they help to give you an inspiring message in hard times.

Artist Bio:

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Doreen Virtue is a spiritual doctor of psychology and a fourth-generation metaphysician who works with the angelic, elemental, and ascended-master realms in her writings and workshops. Doreen is the author of more than 50 books about angels and other mind-body-spirit issues, including the best-selling Healing with the Angels and Messages from Your Angels books and angel oracle cards.

Doreen, who holds B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in counseling psychology, was the founder and former director of WomanKind Psychiatric Hospital at Cumberland Hall Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. She was also an administrator at Woodside Women’s Hospital in the San Francisco Bay Area. Both all-women psychiatric hospitals specialized in treating women’s psychological issues. Doreen also directed three outpatient psychiatric centers, including an adolescent drug and alcohol abuse center. To find out more check out Doreen Virtues website

http://www.angeltherapy.com/index.php

Where to Buy?

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http://www.amazon.com/Angel-Therapy-Oracle-Cards-Guidebook/dp/1401918336

Review Now! The Jesus Code

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The Jesus Code is written by Dr. O.S, Hawkins and features 52 Scripture questions every believer should answer. All of the authors royalties and proceeds from this book go to support Mission:Dignity which is a ministry that helps retired ministers and their widows.

About This Book:

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This book is made to be read over a year, one chapter a week to enable you to meditate on the question that you have just read upon. There are over 3,000 Scripture questions recorded in the Old and New Testament. Dr. O.S. Hawkins picked these 52 Scripture questions to address the broadest spectrum of topics possible. This book is bound with imitation leather, over a hardcover that enables durability. The front however is soft to the touch, when I saw this book I was very impressed!

Pros & Cons:

Pros:

  • This book show’s what the English words we use in the Bible originally meant in the original Greek language.
  • The Cover is bound with imitation leather, over a hard cover for durability.

Cons:

  • This book was written in personal opinion format, which means other than the scriptures the rest is what Dr. O.S. Hawkins believes.
  • Some of the ways he describes things may offend some people

Table Of Contents:

Q & A

Introduction

  1. Has God indeed said? (Genesis 3:1)
  2. Shall not the judge of all the earth do right? (Genesis 18:25)
  3. How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God? (Genesis 39:9)
  4. Who Am I? (Exodus 3:11)
  5. Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? (Numbers 21:5)
  6. If the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? (Judges 6:13)
  7. Is there still anyone… That I may show him kindness? (2 Samuel 9:1)
  8. Why have you despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in his sight? (2 Samuel 12:9)
  9. Ask! What shall I give you? (1 Kings 3:5)
  10. How long will you falter between two opinions? (1 Kings 18:21)
  11. What are you doing here? (1 Kings 19:9)
  12. Where did it fall? (2 Kings 6:6)
  13. Why are we sitting here until we die? (2 Kings 7:3)
  14. Should such a man as I flee? (Nehemiah 6:11)
  15. If a man Dies, Shall he live again? (Job 14:14)
  16. If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do? (Psalms 11:3)
  17. Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? (Psalms 24:3)
  18. How can a young man cleanse his way? (Psalms 119:9)
  19. Where can I go from your Spirit? (Psalms 139:7)
  20. Who can find a virtuous wife? (Proverbs 31:10)
  21. Who shall I send, and who will go for us? (Isaiah 6:8)
  22. Who among you fears the Lord? (Isaiah 50:10)
  23. Is it true? (Danial 3:14)
  24. Is it right for you to be angry? (Jonah 4:4)
  25. What does the Lord require of you? (Micah6:8)
  26. O Lord, how long shall I cry, and you will not hear? (Habakkuk 1:2)
  27. Will a man rob God? (Malachi 3:8)
  28. If salt loses its flavor, how shall [the Earth] be seasoned? (Matthew 5:13)
  29. Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? (Matthew 6:27)
  30. Who do men say that I, the Son of Man Am? (Matthew 16:13)
  31. Who do you say that I Am? (Matthew 16:15)
  32. Who is this? (Matthew 21:10)
  33. Which is the greatest commandment of the law? (Matthew 22:36)
  34. What will be the coming sign of your coming, and the end of the age? (Matthew 24:3)
  35. Could you not watch with me one hour? (Matthew 26:40)
  36. My God, My God, why have you forsaken me? (Matthew 27:46)
  37. Who is my neighbor? (Luke 10:29)
  38. Where are the nine? (Luke 17:17)
  39. Did not our heart burn within us? (Luke 24:32)
  40. How can a man be born when he is old? (John 3:4)
  41. There is a lad here who has five barley loves and two small fish, but what are they among many? (John 6:9)
  42. Do you believe this? (John 11:26)
  43. Do you love me more than these? (John 21:15)
  44. What shall we do? (Acts 2:37)
  45. Lord, what do you want me to do? (Acts 9:6)
  46. What must I do to be saved? (Acts 16:30)
  47. If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31)
  48. Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you? (1 Corinthians 6:19)
  49. How shall we escape if we neglect so great a Salvation? (Hebrews 2:3)
  50. What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? (James 2:14)
  51. What is your life? (James 4:14)
  52. Is anyone among you sick? (James 5:14)

Epilogue

About the Author:

O.S. Hawkins

For more than twenty-five years, O.S. Hawkins served pastorates including the First Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida., and First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. A native of Fort worth, he has three earned degrees (BBA, MDiv, and DMin) and several honorary degrees. He is president of GuideStone Financial Resources, which serves 200,000 pastors, church staff members, missionaries, doctors, nurses, university professors, and other workers in various Christian organization with their retirement and benefit service needs. He is the author of the bestselling The Joshua Code, and preaches regularly at Bible conferences, evangelism conferences, and churches across the nation. He and his wife, Susie, have two married daughters and six grandchildren.”

This information on O.S. Hawkins was found on the back page of this book. For more information go to www.oshakins.com

 

Personal Opinion:

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This book is not for me personally, let me explain why,the format that this book is written in is in a personal opinion/preaching style, it’s like listening to a sermon. This book although written like any conservative Christian book, has some very good parts that I enjoyed. The way he took the English words, and shows us what they meant in Greek is amazing, I took many notes while reading this book, and highlighted several things in my new study Bible. I recommend this book to any Conservative Christian.

Mission:Dignity

All the authors royalties and any proceeds from The Jesus Code and The Joshua Code go to the support of Mission:Dignity, a ministry of the Dallas-based GuideStone Financial Resources that enables thousands of retried ministers (and, in most cases, their widows) who are living near the poverty level to live out their days with dignity and security. Many of them spent their pastoral ministry in small churches that were unable to provide adequately for their retirement. They also lived in church owned parsonages, and upon their vocational retirement, had to vacate them as well. Mission:Dignity is a way of letting these good and godly servents know they are not forgotten and will be cared for in their declining years. All of the expenses of their ministry are paid out of an endowment that has been raised for such, so that everyone who gives to Mission:Dignity can be assured that every cent of their gift goes to one of these precious saints in need. For additional information regarding this ministry please got to www.guidestone.org and click on the Mission:Dignity icon, or call toll-free 1-888-984-8433

Where to buy?

http://www.thomasnelson.com/the-jesus-code

http://www.amazon.com/The-Jesus-Code-Dr-Hawkins/dp/0529100827/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407012814&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Jesus+Code