Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Becoming MomStrong Book Reivew

I LOVED this book, Becoming MomStrong: How to Fight with All That's in You for Your Family and Your Faith, by Heidi St. John.  I have been recommending it to all of my mom friends.  I think I highlighted half the book.  It covers so many topics that there is sure to be something in this book that connects with each and every mom out there.  I love how she emphasizes hearing from God more than hearing from people and the importance of spending time in God's Word in order to grow in our faith, wisdom, and our role as a mom.  There is so much truth and encouragement in this book. 

My favorite section of the book, as someone who struggles with anxiety, was this: "The question isn't whether our children should see our struggles and burdens. The question is, 'Does our response to trials point our children to Jesus Christ even as we stumble and struggle along the way?' If we tell our children that we trust God but we're living in a constant state of panic and distrust, what are we saying with our lives?  Through our actions we put our trust in God on display for our children....  Does your life demonstrate a trust in God's provision? In His goodness? In His Word? In His timing? It's critical that is does. Why? Because we can't give our kids what we don't have."  I do believe in God's grace and mercy in our areas of weakness, but this part of the book was so convicting to me and such an important reminder.  I see evidence of my anxiety showing up in my kids and that is something I want to overcome as a family. 

This is a book I know I will come back to over and over again for encouragement and prayer prompts (each chapter has good prayer prompts at the end with verses that go with each prompt). 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Crisis Shot Book Review

Crisis Shot by Janice Cantore is the first book in her new series The Line of Duty. While I enjoyed this book, it wasn't one of my favorites of this author. With exception to the end of the book, I could easily put it down and not pick it up to read again for a few days (that is very unusual for me if I am really involved in a book). I liked the characters, but I didn't feel like I really "got to know" the characters very well and the story line didn't keep me all that interested. Even with the main character, you don't learn that much about who she is.  I will likely still read the other books in the series when they come out because I did enjoy the characters and would like to see how they evolve.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Dark Deception Book Review

Dark Deception by Nancy Mehl is the second book in her Defenders of Justice series. I hadn't read the first book in this series, but that certainly didn't detract from me loving this book.  I loved the characters and the pacing of the book.  I figured out some of the things along the way but others kept me guessing til the end.  I got through it quickly because I wanted to figure everything out.  I love how Mehl wove Biblical truths and lessons into the story so it didn't feel forced but fit seamlessly into the story-line.  I am looking forward to reading book 1 and book 3 when it comes out.  A great mystery/suspense story!

I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Kingdom Family Devotional Book Review

We have been enjoying Kingdom Family Devotional by Tony and Jonathan Evans so far.  The topics are interesting and have good application.  I would say that the activities they sometimes have you do are better for kids ages 5-12.  Also, we usually do family devotions before bed and because of some of the activities they suggest you do in this devotional, it doesn't work well for before bed devotions.  Some of them can take a bit to complete.  Overall I am happy with the devotional and it covers some topics that other kids/family devotionals seem to avoid, like spiritual warfare.  I was given a complimentary copy of this devotional by the published in exchange for an honest review.

Threads of Suspicion Book Review

Threads of Suspicion is the newest book by Dee Henderson in the Evie Blackwell Cold Case series. I wanted to love it, but it wasn't one of my favorites of hers.  I once again got bogged down with too many details (as I have in some of her more recent books).  I feel the book could have been shortened, as some of the details seemed unimportant and, frankly, made me bored at times.  It was an interesting book but it had a slow start...and middle.  The end was my favorite as it got more interesting and the plot moved along at a faster pace.  I like Evie and the characters in the book but I think I liked the first book in the series better than this one.  Overall, an ok book.  I would recommend reading it still if you liked the 1st book.  I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Letters to My Daughters: The Art of Being a Wife Book Review

Letters to My Daughters: The Art of Being a Wife by Barbara is a beautiful book so it may make a good gift for a new bride.  I only got through about a third of the book, so I can't speak to the entire content of the book.  I didn't find it engaging enough, so I can't necessarily recommend it.  The part I did read had decent advice, I just found the way the book being written as letters seemed choppy and didn't flow well so it didn't capture my attention enough to want to finish the book.  That being said, the style may appeal to others just not so much to me.

I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, September 9, 2016

The Wish Book Review

This was not one of my favorites by Beverly Lewis, but it was still good.  The premise of the book is interesting, 2 Amish girls become like sisters and then one of the girl's families moves away after her father is shunned.  The main character misses her sister friend terribly and continues to wonder what happened to her and hopes for her to return.  A few years later, she receives a letter from this friend and the story continues from there.  The way it was written made me fearful that the main character, Leona, would make some poor choices which kept me reading.  The book ended the way I had hoped, but I was wishing for some resolution with Gloria's family.  Overall a good story and worth the read if you enjoy Beverly Lewis or Amish fiction.

I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.