God Will Make a Way
Some years ago, I had convinced myself that I could handle life without close friendships. I knew I was a strong woman. I also knew that social situations caused me anxiety, and being vulnerable with a girlfriend was not something high up on my bucket list. But then Shelby walked into my life, and turned all of those beliefs on their end. We started meeting weekly for coffee, and soon enough those dates became a lifeline for me. (Now that she has moved away, I have yet to fill that Shelby-sized hole!) But why am I telling you this? Because sometimes…sometimes…an author will let their guard down, be vulnerable with you, and turn their book into a coffee date.
Enter Don Moen.
If his name sounds familiar, it’s because of his hit song, “God Will Make a Way.” I remember this song playing over the speakers at our local Bible store when I was a kid, and floating into the backseat of my parents’ car as I rode along on errands. So when I saw his book, entitled the same as his song, I snatched it up right away. Partly out of curiosity, but mostly from a deep need for the message he was sharing. In the hardships that I am currently navigating, I desperately needed to hear that God was going to make a way. And I needed to hear it from one friend to another. Not only does Don Moen achieve this comfortable, familiar tone in his book, but he reminded me to have faith. To believe. Because God will always, always make a way and has not forsaken me. I highly recommend this book. Not only is it amazing, but it is comfort food for your spirit.
Journal the Word Bible for Women, NIV
I. LOVE. Journaling Bibles. Like, I’m borderline obsessed with them. So any chance that I get to review one, I jump at the chance. Therefore, I was thrilled to have the chance to review this Journal the Word Bible.
First of all, this Bible is GORGEOUS. The cover is a gorgeous navy, the flowers are brilliantly colored and there’s gold foil. (Bring it ON.) The inside boasts a comfortable font size, which rocks, as Journaling Bibles are notorious for teeny tiny print. Every few pages is a journaling prompt, which I absolutely love. It definitely comes in handy if you want to dive deeper into a particular verse or passage. The floral theme stays consistent throughout, which I adored.
Now, here’s the only issue. This may not bother you! But just in case you’re like me, I want to share my struggle. I love to journal in my Bible (duh) and take as many notes as I can. I also love to stamp, watercolor and paint with acrylics. And I was pretty disappointed with the results of these efforts. The pages of this Bible, though beautiful, are really really thin. I had a hard time finding a pen that didn’t bleed through. When I wrote in pencil, it dented pages 4 or 5 thick. And even with Gesso, painting was a no-go. So, while I loved the feel and look of this gorgeous Bible, it won’t be one that I reach for often, as I can’t even really use it as a note-taker. Definitely beautiful, but not one I’d recommend for any sort of illustrated faith.