Start Somewhere, by Calvin Nowell

Start Somewhere, by Calvin Nowell, is not a diet book.  This is a life changing read.  Calvin Nowell shares his weight-loss journey and bares his soul in the process.  He reveals the inner thoughts and rationalizations of over-eaters and cuts through all of our excuses.  As those of us who are overweight already know, slimming down isn’t just about watching what we eat and exercising, it is also about confronting those things that lead us to overeat.

Start Somewhere, is a spiritual guide to weight loss. The book has two appendices dedicated to diet and exercise, but all 13 chapters are dedicated to Calvin’s own personal testimony — how he confronted his weight as evidence of sin — both his own sin, and the sins of others directed against him.  According to Calvin — and his words ring true to my soul — as over-eaters we have to first confront our own sins and hurts, and turn them all over to God before we can ever begin to lose weight.

I would like to thank Tyndale House Publishers for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book for review.

The Daniel Fast, by Susan Gregory

In The Daniel Fast, Susan Gregory explains the methods and purposes of Biblical fasting — to renew your mind, body and soul while enriching your relationship with God. The book is amazingly thorough in explaining fasting, it’s Biblical roots, how to prepare for a fast, what to expect, and even the difficulties one might encounter. Moreover, the book has over 100 pages of recipes, sample menus, a meal planning work sheet and 21 daily devotionals.

I was impressed with the book on many levels. Susan Gregory cites scripture every inch of the way as she leads her reader through the planning and preparing stage. She takes into account the frailties and foibles of real people. She offers plans and contingency plans. And through all of this she is very careful not to become legalistic and even warns her reader about the pitfalls of doing so themselves.

I have not followed the Daniel Fast. I don’t think I am ready to take that on while we are still in this state of flux between homes, but once we are settled and unpacked, I may just give it a try. And no matter what, I know I am trying out a couple of these recipes. I don’t care if they are healthy, they sound down right yummy!

Susan Gregory is also known as The Daniel Fast blogger, and can be found on the web.

I would like to thank Tyndale House Publishers for sending me a complimentary copy of this book for review.

The One Year Devotions for PreSchoolers 2

Tyndale House Publishers sent me a complimentary copy of The One Year Devotions for PreSchoolers 2, written by Carla Barnhill; and illustrated by Elena Kucharik. This is an exciting book! The quality of the devotions and illustrations are top-notch.


Devotional pages for January 3rd & 4th.

The One Year Devotions for PreSchoolers 2 is a hardback book printed with the same heavy-weight, glossy-finish pages you have come to expect in quality adult devotionals.  This devotional was made to last — in both a physical and spiritual sense.   As you go through the 365 daily devotions with your child instilling God’s eternal values in his or her heart, this book will endure the frequent holding and page turning of little hands.  (Please click on the photo.  It will expand so you can read the devotions.)  This book is part of Tyndale’s highly successful Little Blessings series.

At what age should you start training your child to love and follow Jesus?  The best time to begin is before the child is conceived and everyday thereafter.  This book, written and illustrated for 3 to 6 year-olds will help you instill a regiment of daily Bible reading (each devotion includes scripture), contemplation and prayer.   There is also a little rhyme you and your child can learn together which will help bring the lesson home and commit it to your son’s or daughter’s memory.

The author: Carla Barnhill is the former editor of Christian Parenting Today magazine.  She also served as Associate Editor of Campus Life magazine. Carla is now a freelance editor and writer.   Her knowledge on the spiritual formation of children’s education is sought after by thousands of mothers at MOPS conventions, women’s retreats, and churches around the country.  Carla, her husband, and their three children make their home in Minnesota.

The illustrator: Elena Kucharik is the creator of the Care Bears characters that were so highly popular in the 1980s. She illustrates all the Little Blessings books. She and her husband live in Connecticut.  They raised two daughters and have three grandchildren.

Trim Size: 5 3/4 x 7 1/4
Binding: Hardcover
Release: January 2010

The Giveaway

I love this book, but I have no little one in my life right now.  This book needs to be used and loved.  It will make great Mommy and me or Daddy and me bounding time.  If you would like to share this book with your little one, please specifically tell me  in the comments that you’d like to included in the drawing.