Thursday, February 26, 2015

Soul food love by Alice Randall and Caroline Randall Williams

What a fantastic cookbook! It takes on delicious soul food and gives it a healthy twist all the while being as delicious as ever. I loved the wide variety of recipes and the stunning photography, this book simply made you want to get in the kitchen and start cooking!Taking on generations of family recipes and reinventing them was brilliant.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Becoming a spiritually healthy family by Michelle Anthony

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Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family: Avoiding the 6 Dysfunctional Parenting Styles (David C. Cook, January 2015) We all want to guide our children into the abundant life that Jesus offers. But when we pursue the more and better that the world offers above our pursuit of Jesus, we fall into dangerous parenting habits. In Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family, Michelle Anthony unpacks six common dysfunctional parenting styles that we fall into out of habit, lack of attention, or just oversight due to busyness. If you long to show your children Jesus but don't know how to do it, you'll find hope in this practical guide to creating a relentlessly grace-filled home that is focused on God as first in charge. Includes Scripture guides, reflection questions, ideas for family rites of passage, and other real life family examples

My opinion: This book was phenomenal! I really appreciated the authors insights and the obvious thought she put into the book.This book dealt with many of the pitfalls that seem to face many parents and what to do about them. I loved how she laid out the 6 dysfunctional parenting styles and ways to avoid them, it was very to the point and helpful. This book is wonderful and I highly recommend it. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.  

Friday, February 20, 2015

The Unveiled wife by Jennifer Smith

What a wonderful book for any women who has experienced disappointment in their marriage. I really appreciated how Jennifer was so open and honest about her struggles in her own marriage in hopes that it will help other women.
I loved how Jennifer addressed how destructive disappointments are in marriage and how her expectations nearly destroyed her own marriage. With lots of practical guidance and insight I highly recommend this book.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

The Healthy mind cookbook by Rebecca Katz

This was an interesting cookbook. Not sure I agree with all the that the author claimed, but I do think a lot of things are effected by what one eats.
The author points to food that she believes enhances the brain's function and can help one have a happier, healthier life. This book was an interesting read with some great recipes.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Remember the Lilies by Liza Tolsma

Remember the Lilies

Can Irene and Rand stave off starvation until the American troops bring freedom?
Interred by the Japanese, missionary Irene Reynolds comes across a mysterious note while working at the censor’s office. She memorizes the parts she must black out and delivers it to wealthy nightclub owner Rand Sterling. Before she knows what’s happening, she’s drawn into a web of secrets and danger.
Rand Sterling wants nothing more than to reopen his nightclubs once the war ends. But slimy Frank Covey wants his hand in the till—and has news that could threaten Rand’s reputation if it became public. More importantly, beautiful and intriguing Irene Reynolds cannot discover this information if he expects to persuade her to become his wife.
When Irene is attacked by a sinister Japanese guard and their secrets are exposed, they must learn the true meaning of forgiveness—if they can stave off starvation until the American troops bring freedom.
My opinion:  I always love a good WW2 story and one that takes place in the Pacific is a rare treat. This book was very enjoyable and dealt with a little known aspect of WW2 and for those reasons alone I liked the book. Overall it had very engaging characters even though they did bug me at times. I do get tired of authors that focus on physical beauty and how gorgeous a character is, but that is besides the point. I enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good historical fiction. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Return to exile by Lynne Gentry

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How far would you go to save the ones you love?
Six years ago, impossible circumstances forced Dr. Lisbeth Hastings to leave behind the love of her life, not just in another country, but in another time. Her work as a top-notch epidemiologist and parenting her little girl helps alleviate the pain, but at night when her exhausted head hits the pillow, images of her beloved Cyprian haunt her sleep.
Cyprian Thascius returns from political exile a broken man. He’s lost his faith, the love of his life, and his purpose. He attempts to move on, to face the danger that is looming over Carthage, but when Cyprian’s true love suddenly reappears, his heart becomes as imperiled as the fledgling church he seeks to save.
Have the years that kept Lisbeth and Cyprian apart created too wide a chasm to bridge? In the midst of a new epidemic and rising oppression, will their love be the most costly fatality? Filled with gripping action and raw emotion, this spell-binding adventure of star-crossed lovers captivates with every turn of the page in this electric continuation of The Carthage Chronicles.
My opinion: In general I am not big into time traveling books and after reading this book I cannot say that my opinion has changed. This was an enjoyable read and the author did pretty good with the subject, but I am too practical to believe in time travel and that makes it not as enjoyable.  If you are into that sort of thing I recommend it as it is well written and has interesting characters. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Allergy-Fighting Garden by Thomas Leo Ogren

What a neat book! My husband and I are going to hopefully get into gardening this summer and I was very excited to get this book in the mail in exchange for my honest opinion. I have struggled with mild allergies and my husband does as well so we thought anything that could help would be great. This book is filled with helpful insights and practical advice, I really appreciated the care the author put into the book and look forward to trying some of the things he recommended out!

Monday, February 2, 2015

A good food day by Marco Canora

What a wonderful book! I think eating healthy is very important and even though I believe that so often I fail to eat as healthy as I should, so I was very excited to receive this book in exchange for my honest opinion and I wasn't disappointed!
I love some of his core values and how he shares how he woke up to trying to cook better. He has some great recipes and with gorgeous photography this book is simply a must for anyone trying to eat healthier.