Monday, June 25, 2018

WHERE HOPE BEGINS



It's Summer Reading Club time at my local library, so I'm trying my best to read lots of books.  I was excited to read this book by new-to-me author, Catherine West.  This is a book about marriage, infidelity, divorce, suicide, death, and lots of other topics!  There is definitely a fairy-tale happy ending.  Which if that's your style, you'll really enjoy this book.  Sometimes fairy-tale endings don't happen in real life, but reading a book like this can be a good escape.

"For all our efforts, somehow we sensed the task was beyond us.  The real gift was the challenge of our faith.  The challenge to see past the improbable likelihood of anything growing in here again.  To push aside what the world would deem impossible and hold out for a miracle."  This is one of my favorite quotes from the book.  The main character is definitely holding out for a miracle, and although it isn't the answer she was hoping for, it's the best answer for her life.  Everyone wants the best answer in their own life!

*I received this book in exchange for my review.  Opinions are mine.*

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Things I Never Told You

I am so excited to share this new-to-me author.  After living in Colorado for five years, I still have strong feelings for that state.  This book is set in Colorado and many places she mentions are still familiar to me!

I am also a mom of boys at this stage in my life.  And reading a book about a family of girls definitely gives me a different perspective.  I love my boys, but sometimes I need an escape from the craziness.  So reading about a family with multiple girls is just that!  We are introduced to several sisters and learn about their past, their pain, a cancer scare, and all the family drama that ensues.  There is also lots of talk about volleyball, so if you're a sports family, you can totally relate to this aspect of life.  I will definitely look forward to the next book in this series and see how life is going for these girls!!


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

HOW TO BE MARRIED



Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder tooday. Mawage, that bwessed awangment, that dweam wifin a dweam… And wuv, tru wuv, will fowow you foweva… So tweasure your wuv.  ~Quote from The Princess Bride
If you are looking for some encouraging words about marriage, might I recommend the book How To Be Married to you!  I'm always looking for good stories, lessons, and just downright good advice, yet often don't know where to turn.  A book as good as this need to be passed on to your friend, neighbor, or co-worker who can also glean good relationship information.  This would also make a great addition to a wedding shower gift!  Something any newlywed can relate to is awesome!  After reading this book, you'll remember all the good, bad, and ugly things that brought you to the exact place you are today...and hopefully married....happily ever after....  Love.  True Love.



Tuesday, February 20, 2018

MAY THE FAITH BE WITH YOU



I love to read.  Reading is my passion.  And I really don't understand when people say they don't like to read or don't have time to read.  What the what?!?  Now I'm going to be completely honest here and tell everyone that I have three boys who hate to read.  Yes it's true.  And yes it makes my heart just a little sad.  But I'll get over it.

That being said, anytime I can find a "boy" book that is not cheesy or tacky, I will literally snatch it up in hopes that one of my boys will at least glance at it.  The new NIRV bible May The Faith Be With You is a perfect example of this.  Geared to the Star Wars fan (my boys for sure!) this would be a great Bible for lots of people I know.  I really don't think it is age dependent, because I know lots of adult Star Wars fans.  My boys are 12 and 16, and we have enjoyed reading Bible stories.  There are also sections throughout that are relevant to them today.  We definitely have enjoyed this New International Reader's Version together!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my review.  Opinions are mine.*

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Hinds' Feet on High Places


I've heard it said multiple times that life is a journey.  It's a journey of highs and lows, ups and downs, happy, and sad, good and bad.  There are seasons of plenty and seasons that leave you downright exhausted.  As a believer in Jesus, there is always the firm foundation of the Bible to go back to and reference.  Sometimes I forget about this solid ground and try to get through life all by myself.  But this is never the case for Christians.  I am thankful for books like Hind's Feet on High Places to remind me of the fact that I need to rely on God.  

The original book was printed in 1975, and I know my mom owned a copy of it back in the day.  This new updated book is part story and part journal with beautiful artwork throughout.  It also includes focal scripture verses that can be colored.  

"The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places."  Habakkuk 3:19
~This verse is the premise of the story told in the book.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my review.  Opinions are mine."

GOD GAVE US FAMILY




I am always looking for good book to read to my kids.  We are by no means a "traditional family".  My husband had a 6 year old daughter from a previous marriage, when I met him.  After we were married, I had one biological son.  Then after years of trying to have more children, we adopted twins!  So the way our family was formed is very different.  Just like every family.  Just because we are different, doesn't mean we are loved any less by the creator of us all!  

This book about celebrating differences is great for any kid no matter what kind of situation they are in.  I think the more our kids are exposed to these ideas, the cliches and stigmas are lessened.  I want my kids to LOVE no matter what.  Love wins every time!!

"WE NEED TO LOVE THE FAMILY GOD GAVE US!"  {AMEN!!!}

I received this book in exchange for my review.  Opinions are mine.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Needing Help To GET OUT OF THAT PIT


If you are looking for practical ways to get out of a "pit" you are currently in, this is the book for you. I've spent seasons feeling sorry for myself due to various circumstances. This is not a healthy way to live. Beth Moore gives three steps straight from the Bible to help her readers out. 

1. CRY OUT 

2. CONFESS 

3. CONSENT 

Reading this book will give you specific things to de when you are in a pit and need help getting out of it! 

I am thankful for her words and God's promises that she has shared with me. 

*I received this book in exchange for my review. Opinions are mine.*