Friday, February 26, 2010

Jesus Lives by Sarah Young ~ Book Review and GIVEAWAY! :)

Hello friends! :)

I am so excited for today's Book Review and Giveaway!

You may remember, I shared that my favorite book of 2009 was Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. Imagine my delight when I was asked by Thomas Nelson Publishers to review Sarah Young's newest book Jesus Lives! Woo Hoo!! :)

If you are familiar with Jesus Calling, Jesus Lives! is very similar. It's a cute little devotional book packed full of powerful Truth!

In this book, author Sarah Young provides 180 topical devotionals (including trust, love, peace, victory, and brokenness). Her writing is taken straight from Scripture, and it as if Jesus is talking specifically to the reader...full of much grace and truth! :)

In her introduction, Sarah reminds us that "we followers of Jesus face a glorious challenge every single day to trust in His love regardless of our circumstances....We must search for and "see" His love in the moments of our lives". I immediately knew this was a book I could relate to! :)

As always, I enjoy Sarah's writing. You can tell that she spent abundant time in prayer and fellowship with the Lord as she was writing this book. I found the topics to be inspiring and helpful, and I appreciated that Sarah included the whole scripture with each mini-devotional (rather than just the scripture address, as in Jesus Calling).

I wanted to love this book and have it be my new favorite ~ instead I will say that it is "really good". (Jesus Calling is still at the very top of my list!) Overall, I would give it 4 out of 5 stars. :)

If you've finished Jesus Calling and desire more of Sarah's writings, I definitely think Jesus Lives! is a perfect "Part 2". Sarah's insights are deep and profound, while at the same time, quick enough to pick up and read when time is short (esp. for busy women!).

Jesus Lives! would also make a great gift for anyone you know desiring to grow in their relationship with Jesus. Most of my friends are reading and loving Jesus Calling, so Jesus Lives! is perfect for them ~ I've already bought some and shared! :)

And because I love my passing along great books to my readers ~ I purchased a copy of Jesus Lives! to giveaway to one blessed blog friend as well!

To Win my Giveaway: Leave a comment in the comment section answering this question:

What is your current favorite book of 2010??

RULES: Starts today, Friday, February 26th and ends Tuesday, March 2nd at 9 PM. Winner will be posted on my blog on Wednesday, March 3rd.

If your email address is not connected to your ID, please leave your email address with your comment or email it to me at with the subject "Giveaway".

I can't wait to hear from you!! Have a GREAT weekend!!

Thanks for stopping by * She Sparkles*! God's richest blessings to you! :)

P.S. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received my copy of the book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Art From My Table said...

John Ortberg's "When the game is over it all goes back in the box"

Julie@comehaveapeace said...

How fun that I get to start the commenting! :) My favorite book so far is Melanie Chitwood's "What a Husband Needs from a Wife." It is certainly practical for marriage, but it goes much deeper to the heart of my walk with my Savior, and I find myself wanting to underline whole chunks. I'm taking my time to linger on the pages and soak it in.

I'd love to read Jesus Lives! and what a great way to prepare for Resurrection Day!

Blessings to you Cindy ~

Debbiedoos said...

Cindy what a happy blog, looks like sunshine and so do you!!~ Following you from the Friday party hop...hope to see you at mine too!!~

Auntie E said...

sound like a great book. here from Follow Friday.
My Follow Friday post link for you.

Anonymous said...

#FF! I'm following you. My current favorite book, it's an oldie, but I needed it. "The Shack"

Sarah Coulsey said...

My favorite book at the moment is a book by James Patterson called Sunday's at Tiffany's. Its a tear jerker!!!!

sarahcoulsey03 at gmail dot com

Happy Friday!! I am a new Follower!!!


Regina said...

Stopping by with HUGS from Friday Follow. SO many wonderful blogs to see and yours is one of them.
Would love for you to come and see my whimsical world when ya get a minute or two.


extreme personal measures said...

Stopping by from Friday Follow to say Hi!
I am already following you!
Please stop by for a visit!

Campos Family said...

I'm following from Friday Follow. I'm glad to be here and I look forwaqrd to reading more of your blog! I know it will be a blessing! Have a great weekend and I hope to see you around my blog as well! :)

blessingsonsavings said...

Hey love your blog! So cute! I am new to your blog! Happy Friday Follow! :)

Julie Lewis said...

Hi,love your blog! My favorite right now is the Second Chances series by Terri Blackstock.

giggling kids said...

Dear JohN!

Unknown said...

Great giveaway! My favorite book right now is NurtureShock. I can't stop talking about it!! It was fantastic!!

Happy Friday Follow! I'm your newest following friend. I'd love for you to drop by my blog sometime. While you're there, you can enter to win a 10x10 Photographic Print by Red Leaf Photography that is amazing!! I hope to see you around soon!!


Help! Mama Remote... said...

Nice to meet you and your blog. Love your blog title. I'm visiting from FF

Anonymous said...

Sounds like an excellent book!

My favorite book that I have read this year is Unmerited Favor by Joseph Prince. It was awesome!!!

Nicole Bouchard Boles said...

Coming from Friday Follow. I'm a follower. Great Blog!

Please join me at

Anonymous said...

Hi Cindy :-) My favorite book so far this year is "Jesus Calling" thanks to your recommendation! Unfortunately I left it at my sister's house last week and haven't been back to pick it up - I have missed it!!!! I'd love to be entered in the giveaway too. Thanks for your beautiful blog - it always gives me JOY! Love, Jenny C. email:

fraizerbaz said...

Hey, I'm stopping by from Friday Follow... Have a great weekend!

Trista's Barn said...

Friday Following:)
Have a great weekend!

Michelle Faith said...

Happy friday follow, I'm a new follower!
Stop buy blissful babble soon :)
Gods blessings on your weekend!

Oh and my fav book this year is...A joy filled live, Beth Moore

The Old White Barn said...

What a lovely blog! From one red head to another - thanks for stopping by! I'm now folowing so I don't miss anything!

Kristy said...

Here to follow you from Friday Follow!

Can't wait to read more of your blog. :)


shawn said...

Found you from Friday Follow :)

Darcy said...

stopped by from Friday Follow...

Linda said...

Found you on Friday Follow.

Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

Unknown said...

Following you from Friday Follow!

Maopa @ Luscious Deals

Connie said...

The book I choose as my favorite is a devotional that my grandson gave me in 2005 for Christmas. It is "My Utmost for His Highest" by Oswald Chambers. I have read this every year since he gave it to me. My favorite devotional book so far.
I am also reading "Having a Mary Spirit" by Joanna Weaver which is very good.


Lisa C. said...

a little late, but following you from friday follow.. (=

Unknown said...

new follower from Friday Follow!

Jessie at Blog Schmog said...

Hi Cindi, I follow your blog in on my google home page. :) Would love a chance to win this devotional.

My favorite book so far this year is The Red Siren by M.L. Tyndall

Tea with Tiffany said...

New follower. Thanks for the giveaway. I love Jesus Calling. Look forward to reading Jesus Lives.

Anonymous said...


I just found you through FF and am so glad that I did! You're blog is great...and I'm totally in love with the name and its Scripture reference. Fabulous!

Hmmm, my favorite book so far that I've read in 2010 is a toss up between two (is this cheating? LOL). "The Apothecary's Daughter" by Julie Klassen (it's a great Christian fiction novel set in Regency England) and "Eternal on the Water" by Joseph Menninger that I read as a Barnes and Noble first look (I think it comes out next month).

Jennifer @ said...

My current favorite book is "Hole in the Gospel" by Richard Stearns. It's incredible.

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