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Womens Bible Cafe Book Club | May 2016

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April showers bring May flowers….and two new books here in the Womens Bible Cafe Book Club!  We hope you’ll be joining us this month as we read Christian books together!

You can read answers to our Frequently Asked Questions here if you are getting started and want to know how to participate!

Here’s how the WBC Book Club works:

Each month, we read one nonfiction book and one fiction book.  You can choose whether to read one or both books with us each month.

We start reading on the first of the month.

There is no specific reading schedule or chapter requirement each week.

Our simple discussion format allows women to participate at whatever time works for you.  All month long I’ll post easy-to-answer questions in our Book Club chat room.  Anyone can participate in these “Quick Chats!”  They are not live discussions; you can post your answers at any time that is convenient for your schedule.

While all of our book selections are available in print, they are also offered in Kindle ebook format for our international guests.  You can find them on Amazon, barnesandnoble.com, christianbook.com, in Christian bookstores, or even possibly at your local library or church library.  Used books can sometimes be found on ebay or other online used book outlets.

So what are we reading? Here are the May books for the Book Clubshelter of gods promises

  • May nonfictionThe Shelter of God’s Promises by Sheila Walsh.  Sheila Walsh, bestselling author and long-time speaker at Women of Faith conferences, shares in this book how we can take heart because the promises of God are true and trustworthy.

  • May fiction: Made with Love by Tricia Goyer and Sherry Gore.  This is the first book in The Pinecraft Pie Shop Series, which is set in an Amish community in Florida.  You do not need to read the whole series in order to enjoy this book; it stands alone as a story about fresh starts, new beginnings, and using your gifts for God’s glory!

Both of our May books are currently a great deal for Kindle, so we hope you Kindle-readers grab the books quickly!  Please note that these sales can end quickly!

Join us as we read and discuss these books with our Facebook group!made with love

How to Join the WBC Book Club

To join the Facebook group, LOGIN to Facebook first then click here:

Book Club: http://www.facebook.com/groups/WBCbooks/

Are you interested in reading with us? If so, post a comment and let us know and then be sure to join our Facebook group so that you can participate in the discussions.

Enjoy a good book with us!

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Womens Bible Cafe Movie Review | God’s Not Dead 2

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Gods Not Dead 2

God’s Not Dead 2 Movie Review

When a high school teacher is asked a question in class about Jesus, her reasoned response lands her in deep trouble and could expel God from the public square once and for all. God’s Not Dead 2 opens in theaters Friday, April 1!

If you loved God’s Not Dead, get ready: God’s Not Dead 2 opens in theaters on Friday, April 1. Be inspired and motivated to stand firmly in your faith. Where will YOU stand? http://godsnotdeadthemovie.com/theaters

From the college classroom of God’s Not Dead to the public square in GOD’S NOT DEAD 2, the name of Jesus is welcomed less and less with each passing day. If Christians don’t take a stand today, will we even have a choice tomorrow?

When a Christian teacher is asked an honest question about Jesus in a public-school setting, her reasoned response lands her in big trouble. As the principal and superintendent join forces with a zealous civil liberties group, an epic court case could expel God from the classroom—and the public square—once and for all!

GODS NOT DEAD 2 movie is intellectually stimulating for the entire family. It’s unpredictable and captivating from beginning to end! Give your kids the tools they need to defend their faith inside the classroom, and build your own foundation of understanding- Must see!

As a ministry leader and theology student at Liberty University, this movie fascinates me. It confronts the challenge we face as Christians in a liberal and politically correct culture. When you stand up for what you believe, many will try to knock you down. The movie will open conversations with people of many faiths or those who disbelieve in Jesus.

It will spark controversy and where Christians are usually on the defense, this movie places them on the offense simply by its existence.

One of my favorite actors in the movie is Sadie Robertson! She shines bright with her magnetic personality!

Watch the movie and you’ll ride a rollercoaster of emotions from start to finish. One warning: you’ll probably watch it many more times because it’s so good!

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Comment below after you watch the movie and write “God’s Not Dead!”

christine abraham

how to read 100 books in a year

How to Read 100 Books in a Year

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People often ask me how I read 100 books in a year, so I’m sharing my tips to encourage you to read inspirational books. Even though I work full time, have two busy teenagers at home, I’m finishing my Biblical Studies degree at Liberty University, and I lead a large online ministry…I’ve continued to pursue my passion of reading. Our Book Club Director Heather C. King read TWICE as many books in 2015!

10 Tips to Read 100 Books in a Year

Tip #1 Never waste time!

Using my smartphone or iPad, I carry Kindle ebooks everywhere I go. The books synchronize to my last page read. When I find myself waiting at a doctor’s appointment or car repair shop, I’ll thumb through my book collection and find something to read. Waiting room magazines are typically outdated and gossip-centered, so I carry healthy books in electronic format.

Tip #2 Lower the Cost!

Just as I don’t like wasting time, I also don’t like wasting money. So each morning I jump on Amazon and look for free and discounted Kindle ebook deals. I share these deals with others via http://lifeversebooks.com/newsletter

Tip 3# Free is Good!

After searching free books on Amazon each day, I then search NetGallery for pre-published books. I’m able to download these to my iPad (or Kindle device) and read prior to their actual release date. In exchange for the free book I’ll write an honest review on my blog at LifeVerseBooks and also on consumer sites such as Amazon. My local library doesn’t carry many Christian books so borrowing is not available to me. With free Kindle books I never have a due date!

Tip #4 Join a Book Club!

My local leadership group reads one Christian book per month, and we meet the first Saturday of each month to discuss the book. It’s exciting to read with like-minded people and then discuss key concepts from your books. At WBC we have an online book club with more than 11,000+ women at http://www.facebook.com/groups/WBCbooks/

Tip #5 Turn off the car engine and read during carpool!

If you’re a parent like me then you’re carpooling kids all over town. Arrive early for pick-up, turn off the engine and wait in the carpool line with other parents who arrive early and read books. Watch the clock and before the kids are released, close your book and pay attention to the traffic and kids. I typically arrive 20 minutes early and read for 15 minutes, twice a day. Some people listen to audiobooks on long car rides or commuter trains, just make sure you’re not listening as you drive.

Tip #6 Turn off the television!

While television is relaxing entertainment, it often fills my mind with negative images and thoughts. I’ll limit my viewing time, especially before bed at night. When I read an inspirational book before falling asleep, I’m more rested and relaxed for the next day. I’d rather spend five hours a week reading books than five hours watching television- but that’s because I enjoy reading books. Set a goal to read 20 minutes a day and soon you’ll have less television and more books. Rarely do we see articles “How to Watch 365 Hours of Television in a Year” but I think it’s easy to do! One hour a day, 365 days a year… it adds up over time!

Tip #7 Set a timer on social media!

It’s easy to get online and lose track of time, so I set a countdown timer on my phone and when it rings I get offline. To be more productive, twice a year I record all of my activities for two weeks. Using a calendar format, I write down everything I’m doing and after two weeks I add the minutes into time blocks. Then I limit the unproductive activities (social media, electronic games) and increase my productivity (reading books).

Tip #8 Read more than one book at a time!

I get bored easily, so reading multiple books keeps me entertained and encouraged (like channel surfing with the television remote control). I’ll read one chapter from each book, switching between topics and expanding my knowledge. When a book is really good, I’ll put the other two books aside for a few days and plow through the five-star book instead!

Tip #9 Explore different authors and topics!

I learn fast so when I read the same author or topic repeatedly, I get bored and can even predict the next chapter or ending. To offset this conditioning I explore different authors and topics. The books I read are non-denominational. The Holy Bible English Standard Version is my plumb line and when I disagree with the theology or teaching of a book author, I fact-check with the Bible itself.

Tip #10 Read in front of others!

Books are conversation starters! Reading is healthy and expands your vocabulary. Since kids learn from our behavior, we model habits they’ll adopt later in life. After reading 100 books in front of my kids and husband…my husband who reads “one book a year” is now reading beside me, discussing with his local small group, and sharing what he’s learned. My teenagers are reading too! Read for yourself and others will follow.

Bonus Tip: Store your books in the free Kindle Cloud Reader instead of your device. Only download the books you’re currently reading to save memory on the device.

Bonus Tip: When I finish a book, I copy my book highlights into a document file so I can retrieve them later. You can find your book highlights at http://kindle.amazon.com

Now it’s your turn! Post a comment below and share your tips too!

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christine abraham

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