Saturday, January 28, 2017

Tough As They Come *Book Review*

If you are looking for an encouraging book about an American soldier who has overcome all the odds and is thriving today, this is the book for you!  Wow!  What an awesome story this is.  Faith, family, and love are the things most important to Travis Mills.  You can learn more about him and Tough As They Come here.  We are living is some changing times in America and around the world, but true heroes such as Travis Mills will never change.  People like him are what make me proud to be an American!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Journal Bible for Girls REVIEW

This is the cutest Bible specifically for girls that I have ever seen,  I love the turquoise color of the cover and the elastic band that keeps it closed (no more wrinkled or bent Bible pages!)  As a girl who went to church her entire life (~42 years), I wish this Bible was around when I was a youngster.  This specific Bible is the journal style which has become very popular.  Add a package of color pencils and it's a perfect gift for any girl!

Each page has a section on the side margin that is lined (like notebook paper) It is here you can draw, write, doodle, journal, or write prayers.  This is an awesome feature for anyone who wants to strengthen their relationship with their Heavenly Father.  The NIV version is a popular one at our church.  I cannot find a little girl to give this to!  

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

Sunday, January 1, 2017

All The Pretty Things book review

I have followed Edie's blog {Life in Grace} for many years.  I was very excited when she announced she would be writing a book.  It ended up taking much longer for her to write the book than she anticipated.  (I think she did a total of three re-writes)  I cannot imagine the struggle she went through with the words on these pages.  She is definitely an inspiration to anyone on a spiritual journey of their own.  Whether you are a new believer, a non-believer, or a believer since the day you were born, her words will resonate with you.

After being raised by a single mother and an alcoholic father (who was in and out of her life), she was determined to rise above her past.  Her hard work and determination paid off for her when she "mad doctor" like her daddy always said she would.  Her choices caused pain and worry for herself and her children.  Then when her home burned down, there was God with a whole new lesson for her to learn.  (I have vivid memories of my grandparents home burning down in the '80s...this is something I will never forget)  Her book is one to read again and again, then let a good friend borrow it (as long as she promises to give it back)

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my review.  Opinions are mine.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Nourishing Meals Review

I have been following the Whole 30 food eating plan for almost 2 years now!!  I seriously think it is the best way for me to eat.  When I am really strict and follow the guidelines, I do really well and have almost zero cravings for junk/processed foods.  But when I let myself eat crap, I quickly want to eat more crap, then I feel like's a vicious cycle that one day I hope to totally break!

Until then....I'm always looking for Whole 30 approved recipes that my whole family (not just me) will eat!  My three boys and my husband do not follow any specific diet, but I do want to cook them decent meals when I have the time to actually cook.  So I was glad to get this new cookbook nourishing meals by Alissa Segersten and Tom Malterre.  If you are looking for diet-specific recipes such as gluten-free, dairy-free, or soy-free, this cookbook is for you! There are 484 pages of recipes and photos to entice your little ones to eat.  My favorite thing to do is to give each of my kids post-it notes and have them tag recipes they want to try.  Then once a week I will cook a new (kid-picked) recipe.  Sometimes it's a winner, and sometimes we will never make it again, but it gives the kids some ownership at the dinner table.  Enjoy!!!!

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

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The Field Guid to Sports Metaphors *Book Review*

We are a pretty big sports family.  My husband grew up swimming competitively in jr. high and high school.  My oldest son plays basketball pretty much year round between high school and another league.  Then my twins play travel soccer and basketball throughout the year.  So needless to say we are always going to practice, a game, tournaments, or watching sports on television.

If you ever want to increase your sports knowledge, this book is for you!  The Field Guide to Sports Metaphors is a great education tool.  You can impress other parents on the sidelines with the facts you can learn from this book.  You can also help your kids be smarter about the sport they are playing.  The book covers team and individual sports, so all the bases (pardon the pun) are covered!  So the next time you feel like you want to "throw in the towel" or "bring your A game", you'll know exactly what you are talking about!

*This book was provided to me by Blogging for Books in exchange for my review.  Opinions are mine.*

Saturday, July 9, 2016

They Danced On *Book Review*

Have you ever read a book and felt like you wanted to meet the characters?  That is exactly how I felt after finishing this book.  I wanted to hand out with the Darling family at one of their weekly family dinners.  I felt like I would be welcomed with open arms and would fit right in.  This book includes family problems, illness, and lots of forgiveness.   This book does not have a fairy tale ending, but what real life family does?  One of my favorite parts was when the mom was talking about grief...."Maybe that was the worst of it: unpredictability.  There was no way of knowing when it would strike, or when it would release you to happiness.  It was a cruel and arbitrary thing.  No, there was nothing linear about grief at all."

Here are some questions and answers from the author that I really enjoyed!

What do you hope readers will take away from the story?
I hope they’ll come away with a deeper understanding of addiction and what it does to a person, and what hope there is. In the months to come, I’ll be writing some articles and guest blog posts about this issue. I would also love to help people move away from a facile and formulaic understanding of what God is like: that he’s an easily-analyzed being who hates unrighteousness and dispenses favor to the faithful. Not only is that understanding an
incomplete one, but it’s also unsatisfying. Knowing God on a deeper level means things get complicated, less black-and-white. But they’re infinitely more satisfying.

Does your job as a nurse influence your writing? If so, how?
I suppose it does in this way: I see such a panorama of human suffering and triumph. Not just physically, but all day long, I brush up against dysfunctional families, failing marriages, people bewildered by life; struggling to live life on life’s terms the best they can manage. But I also see wonderful things: marriages that have thrived for decades; sweet, sacrificial love; bravery and kindness and wisdom in my patients. Not a day goes by that I don’t learn something new from someone I take care of. It’s all grist for the mill, fodder for stories. There is a character or two in each of my books based on patients I’ve had. 

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

Where The Light Gets In Book Review

I really enjoy books about moms and daughters, so I was very excited to read this book by Kimberly Williams-Paisley.  You may recognize her from her Father of the Bride fame, or the fact that she is married to Brad Paisley, or if you were a Nashville television show fan like me, she had a small recurring role for a while.  Now she is an author of this wonderful memoir about her life and her mom who was diagnosed with an early onset dementia called Primary Progressive Aphasia (or PPA).

This book is full of stories of Kimberly growing up, her parents, siblings, and a mix of good and bad things that happened to her.  One of my favorite parts included Kimberly talking about seeing her therapist...

"Everybody I've ever met has had some sort of issue with one or both of their parents.  It's what keeps therapists employed.... Karen and I didn't harp too much on the past. We talked a lot about moving forward.  Turn anger into compassion, and fear into faith, she told me... For a long time, it was my mantra."

I do not believe a perfect child/parent relationship exists.  All relationships are hard especially when feelings, emotions, and actions are put into play.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading how Kimberly has started to come to terms with her mother's diagnosis.  She is a better daughter, wife, mom, and friend with all she has learned through this.  I am thankful she wrote this book and will definitely pass in along to friends whose parents are diagnosed with any illness.

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