Review of the “Gospel of Matthew” from Alabaster

As a Christian, I am always on the lookout for Biblical books to read and study.  So when I had the opportunity to review the Gospel of Matthew from, I was thrilled for the opportunity.  This book begins with the history of the birth of Jesus and finishes with mentioning the Great Commission.
I really wanted to love this book, but unfortunately, I can not say I did.  It utilizes the New Living  Translation, which is not one of my favorite translations.  Also, the font and color of the font made it difficult to read.
The book is of a more expository nature than a Bible study workbook.  I feel like I would have loved it more if the font had been different and different photographs had been selected.  The paper is of wonderful quality.  The idea behind this book is great, but I feel like the execution could have been done better.
So check out this book for yourself.
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Review of “Once Upon a Farm: Lessons on Growing Love, Life, and Hope on a New Frontier” by Rory Feek


I remember seeing and reading about Joey and Rory Feek’s life on social media when she was battling cancer.  The poignant updates I read about their life and love story touched me deeply.  Reading about their daughter, born with Down’s Syndrome caused me to stop and rejoice at this miracle child born into this world.  So when I received the opportunity to review Once Upon a Farm: lessons on Growing Love, Life, and Hope on a New Frontier by Rory Feek,I knew I had to read it.

Faith and God permeate every page of the book, which I love.  For without God, the world would not exist.  The power and emotion found in this book drew me in, just as his blog posts did during the days when his wife was battling cancer before her death.

Rory Feek shares his life and his daughter through the pages of this book.  I can not imagine the pain of losing my spouse with a child so young, and Rory takes the reader on a journey through finding hope and the desire to go on despite his loss.  This book truly includes love, life, and hope.

I have always tried to live the belief of blooming where you are planted by God, and this book follows that idea.  As a child, our family moved every few years.  Then in 2004, my husband went active duty in the Army Reserves and now as an adult, we have moved every few years.  Sometimes, it is hard to find joy when forced into new circumstances.  But Rory Feek illustrates how to do it with love and faith in this book.

So if you are wanting to read an inspirational and emotional book about one man’s journey through love, loss, and finding his way after that loss, check out Once Upon a Farm for yourself.