Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Burden is Light by Jon Tyson

This book is such a fascinating and insightful book, filled with wit and wisdom. It is a great reminder that we shouldn't be looking for validation  and fulfillment from the world but should be instead looking towards God who made us with a longing for Him. This book is great for those who feel like they just don't measure up and aren't enough.
In a world that is often so loud and bombards us with the message that we will never be enough this is a great reminder that Jesus already paid the price and that we are worth so much in God's eyes.
Refreshing, uplifting and encouraging this book is just what I needed to refresh my heart and soul.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Gift of Christmas Past by Cindy Woodsmall


The Gift of Christmas Past(Woodsmall Press, October 2017)
Arson wasn’t the only fire that ignited between them.
Promises shattered.
Lies spoken.
She was arrested.
He returned to the safety of his wealthy parents.
Almost ten years later, Hadley and Monroe are both specialists in the field of speech therapy. They meet again . . . thrown together to help a four-year-old-girl rendered mute after being rescued from a fire.
Years of secrets and anger beg to be set free as Hadley and Monroe try to push aside past hurts and find common ground in order to help the traumatized child and her family.
Can the love of Christmas past drift into the present, bringing healing and hope for all?
My opinion: This was a heartwarming, well written book that will help get you into the spirit of Christmas. Such a heartwarming story about redemption and love lost and found. I loved the characters and how they really grow on you,they are flawed and yet very likable. I loved how this book had a lot more going on and really kept one engaged until the very end. Well written and fascinating this book was a great read. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

The Last Girl by Nadia Murad

Wow,this book is incredibly heart breaking and utterly captivating. Nadia has been through so much and has lived to tell the tale. Losing her family to ISIS and being used as a sex slave Nadia has been through a living tale but her story of escaping and the people who helped her along the way are encouraging as well.
This book is harrowing and are a great reminder of what is going on in our world today and why ISIS must be stopped. Poignant and well written this book will stick with you long after the last page is read.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Christy by Catherine Marshall

Christy (50th Anniversary Edition)(Evergreen Farm, October 2017)
New edition of Catherine Marshall’s inspirational classic!
The train taking nineteen-year-old teacher Christy Huddleston from her home in Asheville, North Carolina, might as well be transporting her to another world. The Smoky Mountain community of Cutter Gap feels suspended in time, trapped by poverty, superstitions, and century-old traditions.
But as Christy struggles to find acceptance in her new home, some see her — and her one-room school — as a threat to their way of life. Her faith is challenged and her heart is torn between two strong men with conflicting views about how to care for the families of the Cove.
Yearning to make a difference, will Christy’s determination and devotion be enough?
My opinion: I loved the Christy book and movies growing up so I was utterly delighted to dive back into the memorable world of Christy as an adult and found it to be as utterly enchanting and heartbreaking as it was many years ago. Filled with heartbreak and wisdom this book tells the mesmerizing tale of a young girl entering a world very different from what she was raised in, trying to make a difference among a people who view her as an outsider. It is not wonder this book is a classic and I love this edition that commemorates the 50th anniversary of its publishing. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Dangerous Illusions by Irene Hannon

Yet another outstanding read from the Queen of Christian suspense. I loved this book and how it really engages the reader and keeps you guessing until the very end, not to mention the main characters are fabulous and you really grow to love them and thoroughly enjoy the romance.
This book is at times very sad and very heart breaking especially when Trish thinks she made a very terrible mistake that haunts her. Colin is such a great guy that is trying to find out the truth even as his heart becomes engaged.
Well written and very enjoyable this book will keep you guessing until the very end.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

The secret life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner

Witty and utterly engaging this book was a fun read that sucked you in and kept you engaged until the very end. I loved the character of Sarah who learns to find her own way after a devastating divorce to her high school sweetheart. She quickly becomes a bestselling author of raunchy romance novels but when she becomes a Christian and falls in love with the Pastor she tries to reconcile her faith with her writing.
This book was an utterly charming and interesting read that I thoroughly enjoyed, it took a little bit to get involved in the book but once I was I was totally hooked!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano

This engaging read from a new author is just the right touch of mystery, intrigue and romance to keep one on the edge of ones seat, fully engaged until the very end.
The authors style and writing reminds me of Charles Dickens so this book will very much out one into the world of Dicken's with debtor prisons, a sinister plot and plenty of mystery to keep you reading until the very end.
I loved the romance between the two main characters and how the grew to understand and love each other.
Well written and utterly engaging this book is a fabulous read that I highly recommend!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Vanishing Point by Lisa Harris

I was so eager for the final book in the exciting Nikki Boyd series and was looking forward to everything coming out at the end. This book was not quite what I expected nor did it quite measure up to the previous books. For one Nikki Boyd was not the main focus of this book and she wasn't a very central figure in the book, at least not as much as I would have liked.
Lisa Harris still did a great job at engaging the readers in the story line and weaving a fabulous story line, but I felt like the ending for this great series just fell a bit flat. Still it was an enjoyable mystery and kept me guessing until the end, I just wish there was a bit more to it.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

World View by Marvin Olasky


World View: Seeking Grace and Truth in Our Common Life (New Growth Press, November 2017)
How could our world be different if Christians were recognized for not only speaking the truth, but also demonstrating mercy?
What would our lives be like if we reacted to our common culture with not just biblical facts, but also grace and compassion?
For more than 25 years, Marvin Olasky has offered this kind of viewpoint in his columns as the Editor-in-Chief of World Magazine, the leading news magazine written with a Christian perspective. In this collection of far-ranging columns, Olasky’s commentary on world events and affairs, as well as his own personal interactions, encourages readers to respond with both grace and truth in every encounter.
A leading voice for standing for biblical truth in the public square, Olasky also believes Christians should incorporate the biblical virtues of humility, kindness, and mercy in all of life. His call for biblical values to include both truth and mercy makes his voice stand out in a world that often falsely divides those goals and settles for a poor imitation of the robust Christianity described in Scripture. These short and punchy columns offer readers a new way to consider challenges in today’s world and shows them how to respond to any encounter biblically, but not hysterically, providing a wake-up call for the complacent, while also calming the frantic.
My opinion: This is an utterly fascinating book filled with wisdom, wit and insight. I love how the author stands up for Biblical truths but in such a way that is both warm and gentle, not in your face and he encourages his readers to do the same. Complied from articles written by Martin since 1996 this book covers such a large scope of issues and it is interesting to see how relevant they are in today's world. Well written and easy to read this book is very engaging and is much needed in the world we live in today. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Gospel Centered Mom by Brooke McGlothlin

This book is such a good reminder about what is really important in life, especially when it comes to being a Mother and not feeling adequate. Too often it is easy to feel like you are failing as a Mom but this book is an important reminder that in and of ourselves we are not enough,but God is and he can more than supply where we are lacking.This book is so freeing in the reminder that it is not all on us because we will fail but that God is by our side every step of the way.
Such an encouraging and well written read, I know if helped me shift my focus from myself to the Lord.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Pass it On by Champ Thornton


Pass It On: A Proverbs Journal for the Next Generation (New Growth Press, October 2017)
Let Scripture reform the next generation.
There are many different kinds of legacies we can leave, but sharing yourself and your faith with the next generation will always stand the test of time. Through showing himself and his wisdom in the book of Proverbs, God has also left his legacy with us and relies on us to share it with our children and grandchildren. But before we can share that wisdom, first we must grow in our own understanding and knowledge and record, reflect, and consider what we have learned.
Pass it On provides readers with an opportunity to create a legacy of wisdom and faith and to share it with their children and grandchildren. As readers are guided through the book of Proverbs, they are asked to create their own personalized, wisdom journal with the aim of giving it to someone they love. Through careful study, answering questions, writing out prayers, and sharing personal stories, readers can create a lasting keepsake for themselves and for their families and friends.
Created by Champ Thornton, best-selling author of The Radical Book for KidsPass It On is an innovative resource to strengthen families and help them grow in their love for God and each other. This is a perfect gift for an older and wiser friend or relative, so they can share themselves and what they have learned about God with the next generation.
The fresh and careful translation provided comes from Dr. Bruce Waltke, who, now in his eighties, has devoted his life to a humble and Christ-focused study of God s Word, and especially the book of Proverbs. His two-volume work on Proverbs is considered by many as the premier commentary in the English language. As you study the translation of individual chapters, add your own comments in the margins. And feel free to circle, underline, and connect key words or phrases as you see them in the chapter for the day
My opinion: I am huge into journaling and try to be as diligent in it as possible so this book had a huge appeal to me and did not disappoint. This book is not only gorgeous but would make an amazing keepsake for generations to come!  Filled with thought provoking questions and rich insight this book has a lot of information that can really help one grow as an individual and as a family, I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Gift by Shelley Shepard Gray

The Gift

A special Christmas story about love and blessings in the next book in the Amish of Hart County series
The Schwartz family is happy to be spending Christmas on their new farm in Hart County. But when Susanna Schwartz hears gunshots that causes her buggy to overturn, and then her little sister falls through a wooden bridge into the icy creek, it becomes clear from these dangerous “accidents” that someone wants them gone.
Neil Vance has been heartbroken ever since his parents lost their family farm. He knows it’s not the Schwartz family’s fault, but he can’t help but be resentful. Until he meets Susanna. She is kind-hearted and bold, and Neil can’t stop thinking about her pretty green eyes.
Neil thinks the accidents are just that, but Susanna’s father is convinced the Vance family is responsible. Susanna refuses to believe Neil would do anything to harm her. She’s fallen in love with him and knows he is a good man. But her family is ready to pack up and move, and time is running out to uncover the truth before someone gets hurt . . . or worse.
My opinion: Yet another riveting read by the Queen of Amish fiction and suspense. I loved this heartwarming story of Neil and Susanna who need to overcome their prejudices and background to find out the truth behind the accidents that are turning more deadly. This is a quick and easy read that is enjoyable and fun, keeping you on the edge of your seat until the very end. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Color Index Xl

This such a great resource for designers and artist alike, with such detail and precision this book is such an in depth and amazing resource to have on hand if you work with colors.
I loved how this book provided. I loved how each palette showed 5 colors which was a just right without being too overwhelming.
I also loved how there was a short section on color theory, what an utterly fabulous book!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Courage for the unknown season by Jan Silvious

This book is for anyone who has found themselves in a difficult or unknown season in their life, one they never planner for or wanted and yet here you are. I think that is really most of us, life rarely goes the way we plan or want at times and this book is encouragement for those season.I love how the author is able to bring some principles that apply to such a wide range of situations, even though everyone is different and will face different challenges.
Written with warmth and in a very engaging style this book is sure to resonate with a wide array of readers and leave one encouraged and able to find courage for the unknown.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Friday, November 17, 2017

He holds my hand by Carol Kent

What a insightful and encouraging read from a women who has gone through so much. You can really tell that Carol Kent went through a very trying time that caused her to heavily rely on God who was able to see her through her darkest days, the fruition of this pain and suffering is evident in this book that helps calm and bring peace to the readers as they go through this absolutely captivating and heartfelt devotional.
Despite being short pages for each day this book really packs a lot into the daily devotionals and leave one with a lot to ponder.
This book is a gentle and constant reminder that God is with us no matter what we are going through and this book is full of so much encouragement and love.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Murder in Disguise by Donn Taylor

Murder in Disguise
Murder in Disguise (Lamplighter Mysteries, October 2017)
Official verdict: Suicide.
But why would that vigorous department chairman kill himself? To avoid disgrace? Those rumored ventures on the dark side? Some other secret life? Visiting professor Preston Barclay wonders. But his questions bring no answers, only anonymous threats. He has enough problems already, proving himself on a strange campus while radical faculty do all they can to undermine him. Worse yet, that sexy siren assigned as his assistant complicates his courtship of the beautiful Mara Thorn.
While Press keeps asking questions, Mara’s research reveals a cancer of criminal activity that permeates the community and even the campus itself. The more Press questions, the more dangerous the threats against him become, and the more determined he grows to clear his friend’s name.
But can Press and Mara’s stumbling efforts prevail against the entrenched forces of the police, the campus radicals, and an unseen but powerful criminal organization that increasingly puts their lives in danger…?
My opinion: Having read the previous books in this series I was eager to continue the adventures of Press and Mara as they investigate yet another suspicious death that has been ruled out as suicide. As they get closer to the truth the find there is a lot more going on than meets the eye and are hopeful to catch the killer before it is too late. Filled with plenty of mystery, romance and nail biting suspense this book will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Monday, November 13, 2017

She's got the wrong guy by Deepak Reju


She’s Got the Wrong Guy: Why Smart Women Settle(New Growth Press)
The control freak. The angry man. The lazy guy. The unteachable guy. The promiscuous man. The unbeliever. The lone ranger. The unchurched guy. The new convert. The commitment-phobe.
For any woman who has struggled with failed relationships, this may seem like a familiar list. These are the men your friends and family have in mind when they think, “she’s with the wrong guy.” And while the reasons women choose these types of men are complicated and varied, ultimately, they will all let you down.
In She’s Got the Wrong Guy, Deepak Reju offers a different kind of dating book, discussing the types of guys women should not marry and offering biblical reasons why they aren’t suitable spouses. Writing from his years of experience as a pastor and counselor, Reju shares with women his perspective on how to assess a relationship’s strengths from the beginning, how to identify possible pitfalls, and how to have the courage to wait for a relationship that will be a blessing for both of you. Using stories that single women can relate to and highlighting contemporary issues in the modern world of dating, Reju gives readers clear, biblical direction on how to have positive, life-giving relationships with members of the opposite sex.
With a strong, Christ-centered focus, women will better understand why they “settle” for less than what God intends for their romantic relationships and learn to put their hopes and find their happiness in Jesus, not marriage.
My opinion: I am pretty sure all of us know someone who has settled for the wrong guy or maybe you are that person who is in a less than stellar relationship. This book is perfect for anyone who has struggled with failed relationships and have wondered why, the author does a great job at describing various kinds of men out there, what their tendencies are and why they are best to be avoided. Filled with great wisdom and insight this book is an amazing dating resource and is a great reminder that you don't have to settle! I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Rescued hearts by Hope Dougherty


Rescued Hearts (Mantle Rock Publishing, September 2017)
Children’s clothing designer Mary Wade Kimball’s soft spot for animals leads to a hostage situation when she spots a briar- entangled kitten in front of an abandoned house. Beaten, bound, and gagged by the two thugs inside, Mary Wade loses hope for escape when a third villain returns with supplies.
Discovering the kidnapped woman ratchets the complications for undercover agent Brett Davis. Weighing the difference of ruining his three months’ investigation against the woman’s safety, Brett forsakes his mission and helps her escape, the bent-on-revenge brutes following behind.
When Mary Wade’s safety is threatened once more, Brett rescues her again. This time, her personal safety isn’t the only thing in jeopardy. Her heart is endangered as well.
My opinion: This book was utterly engaging and well written, it really sucks you in and keeps you enthralled until the very end. I loved watching the two main characters interact and grow in their feelings for one another, it was such a sweet romance that I loved every minute of! With just the right amount of romance and intrigue this book was a fantastic read that I highly recommend! I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

The Daily Question: My 5 year Spiritual Journal

What fun book! I am big into keeping a journal anyways but this book adds some variety and thought to ones journal keeping.I like how this book is insightful without being overwhelming. I can only do so much journal keeping with a little one underfoot and yet this book breaks it down to where it is doable and fun, not too much and not too little. This can be as vague or as detailed as you want it to be.
This would make a wonderful gift as well as a great keepsake for yourself.
I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Total Christmas Makeover: 31 Devotions to Celebrate with Purpose by Melissa Spoelstra

Total Christmas Makeover: 31 Devotions to Celebrate with Purpose (Abingdon Press, October 2017)
Give your Christmas a makeover with this practical approach to help your family learn what it means to truly celebrate their Savior.
In the bustle of the Christmas season, it can be easy to get swept up in all of the things to do. But it’s important to pause and remember that our priority should be to spend time celebrating Christ’s birth and not forget to invite Jesus to his own party.
Christmas is far more than a celebration of an event from long ago or a modern holiday centered around shopping. Mindfully take time to listen to how God continues to speak through the Christmas story as the Gospel narratives centered around the birth of Jesus provide encouragement and revelation concerning the love of God and his wisdom for us today.
In Total Christmas Makeover, author and Bible teacher Melissa Spoelstra provides a practical approach for you and your family to turn your attention toward God’s grace day-by-day as you prepare for Christmas. This 31-day devotional presents key scriptures, ideas to implement with each reading, and questions for reflection to guide you in rediscovering rituals, relationship, and rest to connect you more deeply with Christ this holiday season.
My opinion: What a perfect book to get ones thought where they should be directed during the holiday season. This delightful book is an easy to read, enjoyable devotion that is perfect to gear up for Christ's birth and not get so caught up in everything else that goes with the holiday season. I love the ideas for activities you can do and ways to make Christmas more meaningful, this book is one you can read over and over again.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Descriptions and Prescriptions by Michael Emlet


Descriptions and Prescriptions: A Biblical Perspective on Psychiatric Diagnoses and Medications(New Growth Press, October 2017)
OCD, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder . . . these are no longer just technical terms and medical diagnoses, they are part of our common vocabulary and culture.
As Christians, we shouldn’t isolate ourselves from this discussion or dismiss these important issues. But we also should be careful not to accept the entire secular psychiatric diagnostic and treatment enterprise without question. What we need is a balanced, biblically (and scientifically) informed approach that neither blindly accepts nor harshly dismisses psychiatric labels, diagnoses, and medicines that are prescribed to help those who are suffering.
As both a Biblical counselor and medical doctor, Michael R. Emlet, MD, gives readers a Christ-centered approach to psychiatry and guides both lay and professional helpers through the thicket of mental health labels and treatments with a biblical lens. In a clear and thoughtful way that puts the person experiencing mental health issues at the forefront, Emlet uses Scripture to show how the Bible engages in the discussion of psychiatric labels and the medications that are often recommended based on those labels. The first book in the “Helping the Helper” series, Descriptions and Prescriptions will give readers a biblical, gospel-formed perspective to help them understand and minister to those struggling with mental health issues.
My opinion: I was eager to read this book as it is written by a MD who is a Christian so it was a great book that balanced biblical and scientific approaches to form a very insightful and thoughtful book. Too often these kind of issues get swept under the rug, but Mr. Emlet takes this tough issue head on and does so in a very thoughtful and engaging manner that really gets one thinking. I like how there is a good amount of information without being too overwhelming.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Kirsten Kish Cooking

Though I did not know anything abut Kristen Kish this book was not only a fabulous cookbook but an inspiring story as well. Kristen has done a lot in her life and has come a long ways from a Korean orphan to a becoming winner of the 10th season of Top Chef.
I was impressed by this cookbook and the vast array of recipes and techniques that are sure to delight chefs both experienced and not so experienced. There are so many familiar recipes with a unique  twist as well as new and innovative recipes as well.
This book is gorgeous and such an amazing cookbook, great to have on your shelf or give as a gift!
I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Friday, November 3, 2017

A woman overhwelmed by Hayley DiMarco


A Woman Overwhelmed: Finding God in the Messes of Life (Abingdon Press, August 2017)
“A Woman Overwhelmed” is a phrase with which many women can relate.
But what would happen if we could see the insanity in our pace and embrace our overwhelming God?
There is a reason they say that a woman’s work is never done— because it isn’t! As women, we often are overwhelmed by the demands and circumstances of life, resulting in stress, fear, worry, impatience, fatigue, frustration, and even depression. The truth is that we were created to be overwhelmed . . . not by life but by God! When we learn to be overwhelmed by God, the fruit in our lives goes from rotten to fragrant—filling our days with peace, hope, love, and joy.
In A Woman Overwhelmed, best-selling author Hayley DiMarco shares biblical insights and personal stories to offer a glimpse at the comedy of an overwhelmed life while encouraging us to discover the depths and heights of God’s love and power.
Be empowered to find freedom in becoming overwhelmed with who God is—by learning to focus on what we know about God so that we can hold onto faith even when it seems that all is lost. For it is when an overwhelmed woman gives up the mission of me and exchanges it for the mission of God that being overwhelmed becomes a good thing.
Choose to bask in the abundance of the Father instead of the abundance of life as his unfathomable depths can surely replace our fathomable messes.
My opinion: This book really spoke to me because too often I am overwhelmed by everything I do or feel overwhelmed by all of the things I should be doing. I love how this book talks about instead of being overwhelmed with life, which let's face it is so easy to do, we should be instead overwhelmed by God.
Filled with rich Biblical insight, personal stories and encouragement this book is an excellent read and left me feeling very encouraged and uplifted, ready to not only face another day but to live it to the fullest,
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my personal opinion.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Know the Word Study Bible

KJV Know The Word Study Bible (Thomas Nelson, September 2017)
Gain a greater understanding of the Bible book by book, verse by verse, or topic by topic.
The study of God’s Word can be easy and rewarding if you break down the Bible into easy-to-understand segments. The KJV Know the Word Study Bible offers three easy ways to begin studying Scripture and helps individuals transition from being a casual reader of the Bible to becoming a regular student of the Bible. You can choose to study the Bible book-by-book, verse-by-verse, or topic-by-topic; each path offers powerful insights that will help you develop a daily routine of Bible study.
The book-by-book series of notes leads you through the main points of each book of the Bible. The verse-by-verse notes help you to dig deeper into God’s Word. The topic-by-topic articles, which cover 21 theological topics, guide you through a series of insightful notes and give you a thorough biblical understanding of each topic. With the beautiful and timeless text of the KJV translation, the KJV Know the Word Study Bible offers you choices of how to study Scripture and grow in your relationship with Christ.
Features include:
—King James Version Bible text
—Three easy approaches to study the Bible: 1. Book by Book; 2. Verse by Verse; 3. Topic by Topic
—Insightful introductions for each book of Scripture
—Words of Jesus in red
—Beautiful two-color interior page design
—Comprehensive list of theological notes
—Full-color maps
—8-point type size
My opinion: This break down of the KJV Bible is a great addition to anyone's collection as it is really has a lot of helpful information that is a great addition. I loved how there were maps included which are really helpful when trying to figure out where everything is. Loved how there were 3 approaches to studying the Bible, Book by Book. Verse by Verse and Topic by topic.
This is a gorgeous edition that would make a fabulous present or gift to oneself.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Q & A a day for Grandparents

What a delightful book to help strengthen the bond between Grandparents and their grandchildren! This book is sure to become a keepsake and will be fun for both the grandparents to fill out and for the grandchildren to read.
Such a beautiful book, an absolute treasure! This is a 3 year journal that is easy to fill out and isn't overwhelming so even busy grandparents can make the time to write in it.
Great writing prompts that are sometimes funny and sometimes very serious this is a great book!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

I'd like you more if you were more like me by John Ortberg

This book is just an outstanding read that can really benefit one in all areas of ones life, whether in your marriage, relationship with children, family, church,coworkers,etc it is inevitable that you are going to run into people who think a little (or a lot!) different from you and how to truly get close to those people despite struggling to know where they comes from.
We are really made for deep human connection and to fellowship with those around us, but so often we are not able to make deep connections with those around us because of differences and this book really helps break down some of those things that separate us and ways to make those deep connections.
Drawing on the scriptures, real life stories and modern psychology this book is deeply fascinating and utterly enthralling and sticks with you long after the last page is read.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Tora Fright patches things up: A story about forgiveness by Tracey Madder

What an utterly delightful book! Not only does the story have a great message but the illustrations are so bright and whimsical that it cannot help but engage kids in the story. I really enjoyed how this book taught a great lesson about forgiveness even when it is really tough, but how working together and working through those feelings of anger can lead to a closer relationship. It really breaks it down in a way kids can comprehend and grasp and hopefully implement into their own lives.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion/

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

30 days to Joy

What a gorgeous creative journal and just what I needed!  This book has enough structure to help direct ones thoughts to things of joy while leaving enough room to engage ones creativity in whatever way that is, whether by writing. doodling,etc. This book really helped me be more conscious of the things that bring me true joy in my own life and how I need to be dwelling on those things more.
Beautiful and very encouraging this book would make a great gift for a loved one or to keep on hand for yourself!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Monday, October 23, 2017

A small book about a big problem by Edward Welch


A Small Book about a Big Problem: Meditations on Anger, Patience, and Peace (New Growth Press, September 2017)
How many times today have you been irritated? Frustrated?
While you might not think about it often, if you look closely at any day most everyone can find anger in their actions and attitudes. Something spills or goes missing, we get stuck in traffic or someone cuts us off on the road, or we feel like the people we live and work with are only making our lives more difficult. And while no one wants to get angry, what happens when our irritations and frustrations rise yet again?
Anger is so common—yet it also hurts. It not only leaves a mark on us, but it also leaves a marks on others. The wounds we inflict on ourselves and others because of anger—loss of intimacy, trust, security, and enjoyment in our closest relationships—give us compelling reasons to look closely at our anger and think carefully about how to grow in peace and patience.
But if you, like many others, have just gotten irritated for the umpteenth time today, you might wonder if change is possible. Can anyone truly find peace? The answer is yes, but you will need a plan. Biblical counselor and psychologist Ed Welch invites readers to take a fifty-day journey that unpacks anger while encouraging and teaching readers to respond with patience to life’s difficulties. Readers will also be introduced to Jesus, the key to any plan for change. Known as the Prince of Peace, he is the only one who can empower his people to grow in patience, peace, and wholeness.

My opinion: This is a great book that is small but mighty, it really packs a punch into its short pages that stick with you long after the final page is turned. Filled with Biblical wisdom and knowledge this book really gets to the heart of anger and how destructive it truly is. Being that I struggle with angry outburst especially towards those around me, this book really resonated with me and made me more mindful of the place I have given anger in my own life. Deeply touch and meaningful this book is a great and thought provoking read. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Grand Central Market Cookbook by Adele Yellin

This book is sure to enchant with its whimsical design and lush recipes that are sure to enthrall and delight.
For those of us who do not have easy access to the vibrant food scene in downtown LA this book is a way to bring those delicious foods alive in your own kitchen. Filled with everything from exotic recipes to comfort foods this book has it all.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

God gave us family by Lisa Tawn Bergen

What a delightful book to read with ones children. This book really stresses the importance of family and does so in a delightful and engaging way. Using wolves this book is sure to engage and enthrall all ages, I know my 2 year old loved this book and wants to read it over and over again.
I love how this book talks not only about ones parents and siblings  but extended family and stresses the important of all family in ones life.
It was nice that this was a Christian book so one didn't have to worry about content issues.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The pretender by Ta'mara Hanscom


The Pretender: A Blackguard in Disguise (Reata Publishing, September 2017)
Set in South Dakota in 1975, where eighteen-year-olds could order 3.2 beer in a bar, and loaded guns were kept under the counter.
Frankie Valli sang “My Eyes Adored You,” and American soldiers returning from Vietnam struggled with their new reality.
It’s within this tumultuous season of American history that Tillie Caselli meets Noah Hansen, and they are never the same again. Their lives were mysteriously intertwined—and had been for many years—yet they had no idea.

From the moment they met, Tillie and Noah wanted to spend the rest of their lives together, but a deliberate omission will keep them apart—and that same omission will be responsible for the escape of a murderer, and a bride’s deception.

My opinion: What a riveting read that really keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the whole book! I loved the characters and how they interacted with each other and really grow on you throughout the book. This really brings the 1970's to life which was an interesting time with so much change and struggles. This was a new author but I am looking forward to trying out her other books!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Many Sparrows by Lori Benton


Many Sparrows(WaterBrook, August 2017)
Either she and her children would emerge from that wilderness together, or none of them would. . . .
In 1774, the Ohio-Kentucky frontier pulses with rising tension and brutal conflicts as Colonists push westward and encroach upon Native American territories. The young Inglesby family is making the perilous journey west when an accident sends Philip back to Redstone Fort for help, forcing him to leave his pregnant wife Clare and their four-year old son Jacob on a remote mountain trail.
When Philip does not return and Jacob disappears from the wagon under the cover of darkness, Clare awakens the next morning to find herself utterly alone, in labor and wondering how she can to recover her son . . . especially when her second child is moments away from being born.
Clare will face the greatest fight of her life, as she struggles to reclaim her son from the Shawnee Indians now holding him captive. But with the battle lines sharply drawn, Jacob’s life might not be the only one at stake. When frontiersman Jeremiah Ring comes to her aid, can the stranger convince Clare that recovering her son will require the very thing her anguished heart is unwilling to do—be still, wait and let God fight this battle for them?

My opinion: Yet another outstanding historical novel filled with so much detail and depth, recreating a time in American history that is little read about and little understood. I loved how this book gave a perspective from both the settlers and Native Americans point of view so you could see where both were coming from.
This book was heart wrenching and fascinating, being that I am currently pregnant I cannot even imagine giving birth in the wilderness with no one but a stranger to help! The characters were flawed but engaging and I loved watch their individual characters develop as well as watch them grow together.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.