“Invincible Joy” ~ a review & giveaway (ends 11/27/22)

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Hello there!

I have been a fan of the missions model of ANM (Advancing Native Missions) since I first learned of their organization. Essentially, it’s about equipping the members of a people group to share the gospel among themselves. So when I heard that Oliver Asher, the president of ANM, had just written a book, I was immediately interested. His book, Invincible Joy: Chasing God’s Dreams for Your Life, was itself an enormous joy to read. Let me tell you more, then you can enter to win a copy of this book for yourself!

About Invincible Joy

Here’s what Invincible Joy author Oliver Asher has to say about his new book:

“I’m not an extraordinary person. I came from next to nothing, from almost nowhere. But God had a plan and a purpose for my life. He picked me up from where I was and took me places I could never have expected to go. He invited me to join him in chasing his God-sized dreams for the world. And that is where I found invincible joy. You may have the same story. Or at least you can, and I hope you will. That’s what this book is for. I pray you will benefit from my story as you follow the Lord on your own adventure from where you came to where he wants to take you. I believe, as the Lord leads, you will end up with a stronger sense of God’s purpose for your life and your place in his plan for the world. That’s where you can find invincible joy too.”

Over the course of 12 chapters (plus a little extra), Asher shares experiences from his own life. These include: his childhood in the “holler” in southwest Virginia; his football scholarship and player time for the University of Virginia; meeting his wife Andrea there; their short-term missions experience; his engineering career; and his foray into full-time missions employment with Advancing Native Missions. Asher came to faith as a child, and over the course of his life he experienced both ups and downs. What he learned in times of danger, loss, provision, and success was that the source of the invincible joy in the book’s title is God and His presence.

This joy is something that each and every person who follows the Lord can have access to, and daily live in. Asher has broken the concept of this invincible joy, and its sources, into three foundational qualities:

  • an unshakeable faith in the Father, our provider
  • an unshakeable love for Jesus, our Savior
  • and an unshakeable hope for the future

How Invincible Joy impacted me

This is what my copy of Invincible Joy looked like on the outside, when I finished it. The inside is pretty colorful as well, since I used both my peach and lavender highlighters on it!

I’m always surprised (but I shouldn’t be), by how God will put exactly the resource in our hands that we need; be it a book, a film, art–or last, but definitely not least, a Bible passage. Again, this book was given to me at just the right moment. Reading it nourished my soul, warmed my heart, and reminded me that God has a wonderful plan for my life. That overall plan will never change, although the particulars of it may (circumstances, jobs, provision). Of course, change does happen in our lives. Our jobs change, our children grow. We may have health issues, or other losses.

But God is not only ALWAYS there–but we can have joy always as well.

And that’s not just joy that’s birthed out of denial of troubles. It’s the joy of: His love and His constant support; of faith in Jesus, who loved us enough to give His life for us; and the hope for the future that we can have because of them.

“God has a plan for you. He will give you hope and joy, no matter what your situation, no matter how chaotic and dark. He’s the one who will shine the light in the darkness. He’s also a provider–not just the physical necessities such as food and shelter, but also the spiritual nourishment you need and the people who will help guide you along the path. Look to the Lord for everything you need.”

Oliver Asher, Invincible Joy

In Invincible Joy, Asher has described these three truths that can place us in the joy of the Lord, regardless of our circumstances. He uses Scripture to define that for us and illustrates them by the stories of God’s hand leading him throughout his own life. The result is a book that will comfort you, inspire you, and bless you as you read, and thereafter. Wonderful, rich, and encouraging–one of the best books I’ve read this year!

Some of my favorite passages

  • Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?…With these simple illustrations, Jesus shows the people listening to him that God is aware of our needs. Because God is sovereign and because God designed and created us (and the birds and the flowers), he understands who we are and what we need.” (p. 25-26)
  • “So you see, God is a dreamer. He envisions what can be and what will be, and he invites us to move toward that vision with him.” (p. 46)
  • “God is writing a beautiful story through his people. I encourage you to find your role in that story and join in. I believe that the great purpose of our lives–my life and your life–is the Lord’s purpose. And I believe that is good and exciting and fulfilling.” (p. 114)

This is a book that I wholeheartedly recommend to you. It will encourage your heart and remind you of God’s enormous love for you (AND for everyone!). Perhaps more than that, I believe that God can use this to help bring healing to you of the moments of suffering you’ve experienced during your own life. God loves us. He cares for us, so deeply. Sometimes we need someone else to remind us of those truths. And Oliver Asher has done that here, as he’s shared with us the ways we really can have joy in in the Lord, every day.

Where you can find Oliver Asher and Advancing Native Missions online

Just click on the links below!

At Oliver Asher’s website, you can find out more about his book Invincible Joy

Oliver Asher on Twitter

Oliver Asher on Facebook

Oliver Asher on Instagram

And, here’s the About page for Advancing Native Missions, where you can find out how they’re enabling leaders in people groups around the globe to bring the gospel to their own.

Where you can purchase Invincible Joy

Invincible Joy is available to buy on Amazon. Just click on the highlighted link below to go to the purchase page.

Purchase Invincible Joy here

And, how to enter to win your own copy!

You can enter to win a copy of the wonderful Invincible Joy from Blessed Freebies! Just click on the link below that says “Enter here!” for your chance to win, then follow the instructions. Giveaway closes 11/27/22. Winner will be contacted by FrontGate Media. Best wishes!

Enter here!

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions expressed here are my own honest ones.

Free family/parenting devo on YouVersion app from ANM

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I’ve shared with you about ANM (Advancing Native Missions) materials and products before. Now, I have a fantastic devotional app for families from FrontGate Media and ANM to share with you. It’s available, free, on the YouVersion Bible app. Let me tell you more!

“Leading Your Child on Mission” Bible devotional

FrontGate Media and Advancing Native Missions have worked together to produce this lovely devotional which helps parents teach their children about God and His amazing love for people of every nation, tribe, tongue, and people. It’s available free on the YouVersion Bible app (or via the YouVersion website). It could actually be used as a simply, great-for-all-ages Bible study (that means little ones, too!).

For 5 days, parents and kids can read the devotionals together, then read the Bible verses together. The devotionals are wonderful, user-friendly guides and encouragements for helping parents teach their kids about missions, and what God says about sharing the good news. They include inspiring words, tips and ideas, and thoughts that will help parents take that next step in discipling and training their own kids in spiritual matters.

The verses (about 2-4 per day) are, just like the devotionals, right there in the app or web page. There are many Bible versions that parents can select and also tons of languages to select from (which means it’s perfect for families all over the globe).

There’s some old wisdom that goes something like this: “Find out what God is doing, and join Him.”

“Leading Your Child on Mission,” Day 5

My thoughts about “Leading Your Child on Mission”

I have to admit that this devotional/Bible study hits me right in the “sweet spot!” I love materials that equip us to teach our children about God, His call, and the Bible, as well as how we can share the gospel both here at home and across the world. ANM’s “Leading Your Child on Mission” makes it so easy for parents to teach their kids about how to share God’s love with others. It is simple to follow and to share with little ones–or even older kids. Plus, I love the Scriptures and devotionals. Here are a couple of my favorite moments from this study:

  • “For who has despised the day of small things? But these seven eyes of the Lord, which scan the whole earth, will rejoice…” (Zechariah 4:10, Day 2)
  • “There’s some old wisdom that goes something like this: “Find out what God is doing, and join Him.”” (Day 5)
  • “…After all, Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these [little children].” (Day 3)

God loves us all so much. How wonderful if we can communicate that with our children, pass on what we are learning and have learned, and share that love with those God has placed in our lives!

Wonderful devotional. Wonderful help for parents!

Get the “Leading Your Child on Mission” app here

You can access both the website and download the app by clicking on the website below.

“Leading Your Child on Mission” YouVersion app

About Advancing Native Missions (ANM)

You have hope to share. We’re here to help you share it.

Since 1992 ANM has helped individual Christians and local churches get involved in global missions in ways that make sense for them. Because we believe there’s a place for everyone in God’s global mission, even if you can’t travel to distant countries and remote tribes.

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclosure: This was a sponsored post. All opinions shared here are my own, and honest.

Timely (& free) kids’ coloring book from ANM: “A Home for Artyom”

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Recently, I had the opportunity to check out some wonderful family/kid products from ANM (Advancing Native Missions). This is from their ANM Kids on Mission division. Let me tell you more (and keep your eyes out for an awesome free family devotional in my next post)!

About ANM’s Kids on Mission Coloring Book

Like me, perhaps you and your loved ones have been praying for the people of Ukraine lately. Because the Ukrainians have been so deeply on my own heart and in my prayers, I was very excited to be able to tell you about this coloring book for kids that is based on a true story about a real person!

Created by ANM, the coloring book “A Home for Artyom” tells the true story of a child from Ukraine who gets to learn about Jesus, and the love that He has for everyone! Artyom is a boy who lives in an orphanage in Ukraine. When he is transferred to a new orphanage, he feels self-conscious and embarrassed because of the red bumps that break out on on his skin. He is lonely and ashamed of this, and he withdraws from the other kids.

One day, a man named Alex comes to the orphanage and tells the children about God’s love for them, and about God’s Son, Jesus. The children even learn that Jesus would never, ever leave them! Alex continued to come and share. But he also learned that when the kids turned 16, they would “age out” of the orphanage.

Before the coloring book is over, Artyom and the other kids will hear more about Jesus, visit families in their homes, attend summer camp and move to Light Houses (started by Alex) where they can learn more about Jesus, pursue higher education, and prepare for their own futures. Artyom will even join God’s family by believing in Jesus as his Savior! (Kids will even get to learn more about Artyom’s future!)

My thoughts about “A Home for Artyom”

I loved the story and pictures, which are told in language that even smaller kids will understand. The story focuses a lot on Artyom’s feelings and situation; but it also shows how one man, who’d experienced the loss of his parent, understood how kids without parents can feel. Because of that, Alex devoted his life and time to share the gospel with children in orphanages; and then, to provide a way for the aged-out teens to pursue education, adoption, and Jesus.

Although this coloring book/storybook is written for children, it has some significant truths in it about kids who live in orphanages. And how they, just like all of us, need to know that they are LOVED. It was a sweet and precious way to help our own children learn about kids in other nations; and a beautiful way that parents can engage with kids in coloring and then, to pray. It’s a gentle introduction as well to one way that missions can happen.

The coloring book is easy to print at home (although you could also print it at an office supply store). The front and back cover print in color and all the other pages are black & white coloring pages. After printing, I stapled ours with 3 staples on the left side (so that it could open like a book) and then covered the staples with washi tape. (You don’t have to do that; I just liked the way it looked and wanted the staples to be covered. Masking or painter’s tape could accomplish the same purpose.) Ours is colored with crayons, but kids could also use markers or colored pencils.

How to get your own free coloring book “A Home for Artyom”

To download your own free copy, click below on “Free Coloring Book.” That will take you to the Advancing Native Missions Catalog page. Scroll down until you see a red rectangle with the “A Home for Artyom” coloring book inside it. You’ll need to enter your email, then you’ll be able to download the coloring book.

Free Coloring Book

About ANM (Advancing Native Missions)

Since 1992, ANM has sent Christian workers to those who haven’t learned about Jesus, God, or the Bible. The key difference about ANM is that they equip these workers to go to unreached areas of their own nations! So rather than a missionary from a foreign country (like America, for example) going to share the gospel, these individuals get to hear the gospel from their own people. You can find out more about ANM at the ANM/About page.

Enjoy! –Wren

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ANM Storybook Bibles for Children ~ and you can make a difference!

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Recently, FrontGate Media shared with me about an amazing organization that is getting storybook Bibles into the hands of those who’ve never seen them before in villages far from city centers, in China. The organization is Advancing Native Missions (ANM). ANM sends Christian workers to those who haven’t yet heard the gospel. The neat thing about these Christian workers is that they are FROM the same nation they’re sharing the gospel with!

About Advancing Native Missions (ANM)

Since 1992, ANM has sent Christian workers to those who haven’t learned about Jesus, God, or the Bible. The key difference about ANM is that they equip these workers to go to unreached areas of their own nations! So rather than a missionary from a foreign country (like America, for example) going to share the gospel, these individuals get to hear the gospel from their own people. You can find out more about ANM at the ANM/About page.

But there is a way that Americans can get involved! ANM matches donations from non-native (i.e., you and me) givers with their local ministry workers and areas. Today, I’m sharing with you about an exciting way that you can help get children’s Bibles to far-flung areas of Asia!

About these storybook Bibles

ANM is producing wonderful children’s storybook Bibles in Chinese! Working with Chinese pastors, ANM will be providing these storybook Bibles printed in the Chinese language, with illustrations that will appeal to every reader. They will be produced in an area from which they can be shipped to the pastors for little cost. The pastors will then take them to villages and remote areas of China. Children, their parents, and grandparents can then read a storybook version of God’s Word together–and, maybe for the first time, understand how much God loves them!


  • The stories are faithfully adapted and beautifully illustrated by Chinese Christians.
  • Chinese pastors and house church leaders will deliver the Bibles, giving them a great opportunity to share the Gospel in person and start relationships with families.
  • Chinese church leaders say that every Bible will reach at least seven people: the child who receives it, their parents, and their grandparents.

How you can help

For only $4, you can send a Bible to a Chinese family! That is a fantastic return for your missions/donations dollar. Imagine how many hands a book can pass through. As ANM shared above, each Bible is expected to reach at least 7 people. Who knows, beyond that? A book can travel through many, many hands before its life is over!

If you’d like to participate, simply click on the link below. That will take you to the donation page for ANM’s children’s Bibles for China. I encourage you to check out this lovely opportunity! $4 is less than you’d pay for a kid’s meal at most fast food restaurants. Yet here, $4 can make a lasting and eternal impact!

$4 for ANM Children’s Storybook Bibles to China

Learn more about ANM here

You can also visit the ANM home page link to discover more about this ministry and not-for-profit. (Do check out their ministry donations/financials info. It’s impressive!)

ANM home page

Thank you for reading! –Wren

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