Monday, March 19, 2018

The Way of Abundance A 60-Day Journey into a Deeply Meaningful Life By Ann Voskamp

The Way of AbundanceA 60-Day Journey into a Deeply Meaningful Life

By Ann Voskamp 

What do you do when you wake up and feel like you're not enough for your life? Or when you look out the kitchen window as dusk falls and wonder how do you live when life keeps breaking your heart?
As Ann Voskamp writes, “great grief isn't meant to fit inside your body. It's why your heart breaks.” And each of us holds enough brokenness to overflow—to be given as the greatest story of our lives.
In sixty vulnerably soulful stories, The Way of Abundance moves from self-weary brokenness to Christ-focused givenness. Drawing from the critically acclaimed, New York Times bestseller The Broken Way and Ann's online essays, this devotional dares us to embrace brokenness as a gift that moves us to givenness as a way to draw closer to the heart of God. Christ Himself broke like bread, giving Himself to us so we might have a lifelong communion with Him. Could it be that our brokenness is also a gift to the world?
This gentle but exquisitely profound book does nothing less than take you on an intimate journey of the soul.
As Ann writes, "The wound in His side proves that Jesus is always on the side of the suffering, the wounded, the busted, the broken." Discover how surrendering in unexpected ways is the first step toward receiving what you long for. Discover the good news that your beauty is not in your strength but in your fragility. Discover why your healing shines radiant through your wounds—and how only in brokenness will you ever be whole—and find the way to the abundance you were meant for.
My Thoughts:
The Way of Abundance: A 60- Day Journey into a Deeply Meaningful Life is one of the most wonderful treasures by Ann Voskamp. Personally, I love her words and the way she speaks on every single page, so I was enthralled at the opportunity to read this book. Her words are stunning as you marvel at the mystery of Christ and His abundance. 
The Abundant life is something every single person wants, especially in a culture and world that forces it down our throats. However, abundance looks different when you enter to world of our Big God who takes our broken pieces, the messy parts and makes them into an abundant, overwhelming, amazing life! The Abundant life is found in places where you least expect it, in the hidden places of your heart and where brokenesss meets life. 
This book is a gorgeous hardcover with a Bible marker. The devotional starts out with a Bible verse, then you read a devotion and have questions to ponder. I think this would be a devotional to do with friends or a small group as it is rich and full of life. I highly recommend this book! I give it 5/5 stars.
About the Author:
Ann VoskampAnn Voskamp's a farmer's wife, mama to 6 kids, & author of One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are (Zondervan). Everyday, she takes the wild dare. Right in the midst of her own and gritty grace-filled life. When the kids and the washing machine sleep, she washes her real dirt down with words and The Word. Some of her words find themselves in an award-winning series for curious kids, A Childs Geography, of which all profits are donated to Compassion. Other words can be found at Laity Lodge's High Calling where she serves as a contributing editor and other words advocate for the poor as she is a blogger traveling with Compassion. The only words that really matter are the ones she lives. This convicts her. She has a background in education from York University and the University of Waterloo, home educates their six farm kids, and makes a mess of things every day. She clings to grace. She's more of a rare peeper than a regular tweeter, but everyday in the fringe hours, early and late, she blogs about the mess and the grace and the everyday wonder at a Holy Experience. 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Holy in the Moment: Simple Ways to Love God and Enjoy Your Life by Ginger Harrington

35988811Holy in the Moment: Simple Ways to Love God and Enjoy Your Life

Enjoying life (zoe) in Christ comes in the choices we make moment-by-moment. Ginger Harrington invites women to discover how intentional choices made in the moment can become holy habits. With a refreshing perspective, she shows that holiness isn't a rigid standard to keep but a gift to receive through a vital relationship with God, who makes us whole.

Holy in the Moment explores the practical power of choices to grow in holiness without the pressure of perfectionism. Through gentle encouragement, biblical insights, and applicable ideas learn to discern feelings and overcome distractions and shame, adapt God's equation for obedience, live a praying life, discover methods for practicing holiness in parenting and the importance of rest, embrace biblical love and forgiveness, and understand how work becomes holy.

Re-energize faith with simple choices to love God, embrace truth, and enjoy every moment of life with practical ways to be holy by choosing to trust God, rely on his wisdom, and live from his resources.

My Thoughts:
Refreshing. Holy in the Moment is such a book that I didn't know I needed. It has refreshed my soul and nourished me in a way I didn't know was needed. Ginger is so encouraging and tender in her writing. She gives practical application in the way that we can draw close to God in the big and the small. What I found to be compelling is how transparent Ginger is in sharing her struggle with anxiety. This book is great because it addresses problem emotions, living a life of prayer and discovering the importance of rest, which I struggle with. 
I love that this book is about perfectionism, but rather freedom and holiness that Christ offers to those who are in Him. This book helps take the reader on a journey through a different and more whole view of holiness, which I love. This book will help you with practical tips, truths and with a life that isn't overwhelmed.  Renew your life moment by moment through God. 

About the Author:

Ginger HarringtonGinger Harrington, is a retired Marine spouse and mom of three young adults and two dachshunds. Author of Holy in the Moment, she is an award-winning blogger and motivational speaker. A co-founder of Planting Roots: Strength to Thrive in Military Life, a military-focused non-profit, Ginger serves as coordinator of publishing, speaks at regional conferences, and assists with social media. With a volunteer staff of 35, Planting Roots, offers a community FB page, online blog posts and Bible study, and live regional conferences. With a dash of quirky humor, Ginger entertains and inspires audiences with characters such as The Queen of Good Intentions, Can’t-Get-It-Together Girl, and My Inner Wimp to enliven her messages. She writes inspirational encouragement at

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Sex, Jesus, and the Conversations the Church Forgot by Mo Isom

35138422Sex, Jesus, and the Conversations the Church Forgot

My Thoughts:
Thank YOU! Mo, Thank YOU for writing a book that the church has forgotten about and something that was apart of the God's original design. Thank you for being brave enough to write about a conversation that everyone raises their eyes about, yet seems to not understand. This book addresses why we need to hear more and instead of doing. We need to understand what sex is, why God created us the way he did and why it's important to have the view that God does on the subject matter.
This book has no fluff and you won't find her sugar coating the issue, which I think is so important. She writes about sexual temptations, the sin and the bondage that comes with it. Although, she is open and honest, she also knows the way out of such deep bondage, which is not an easy path, but freedom never easy. 
I really enjoyed this book and believe that young believers need to read this book. I also think that Pastors and engaged couples should read this book as well. It is a very well written book. 

About the Author:
Mo IsomMo is a national speaker, influential blogger, and the New York Times bestselling author of Wreck My Life. She, her husband Jeremiah Aiken, and their two children live in Atlanta, Georgia. Learn more.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

So Much To Celebrate Subtitle Entertaining the Ones You Love the Whole Year Through By Katie Jacobs

So Much To CelebrateSubtitle Entertaining the Ones You Love the Whole Year Through

By Katie Jacobs 

Celebrations that show your love
Create beautiful memories for your family and friends by stopping to celebrate life’s joyful moments. In this essential guide to entertaining, Katie Jacobs reveals her secrets for throwing fantastic parties for any occasion, from a casual backyard movie night to a lavish holiday party. Using Katie’s inspiring ideas and make-ahead tips, you will be so organized that you can minimize the fuss, enjoy the time, and celebrate too!
Brimming with creative party themes for every season, inspiring d├ęcor ideas, and delicious recipes, So Much to Celebrate is the perfect book for anyone who appreciates good times, good food, and good celebrations.
Katie Jacobs is a stylist for Reese Witherspoon’s lifestyle brand Draper James, Pottery Barn, and Beaufort Bonnet Company, among others. A fourth-generation Nashvillian, she’s been featured in Martha Stewart Living, Southern Living Weddings, Nashville Lifestyles as well as on Inspired By This, Fashionable Hostess, and The Scout Guide. Katie is also a photographer, graphic designer, and foodie. Learn more on Katie’s food and lifestyle blog,
My Thoughts:
Gorgeous! This book is beautiful on the inside. One look on the cover, and you know you can't wait to open up the pages of this bright and inviting book. The hardcover book makes it a lovely coffee table piece. Besides it's beautiful look, it's also a great weight for a cookbook, but not overwhelming in length or pages. It's a must for the kitchen! 
This is one of those books that you can pull out on a rainy day and turn the pages for inspiration or if you're throwing a party together and you need some inspiration, look no further! This book isn't your typical holidays or birthdays book, but rather fun and unique events like a milkshake social, movie night or pie party. They are unique and different.  However, the party ideas and recipes are broken into seasons, but have a paragraph with photos underneath. 
I think this is a fun resource for parties, especially if you like cool books and need inspiring ideas. This book has unique variety with great presentation. I recommend picking up this book if you are party planner or love to throw fun gatherings. This would be great to have on hand for summer. 

Monday, March 12, 2018

Searching for Spring: How God Makes All Things Beautiful in Time by Christine Hoover

35138426Searching for Spring: How God Makes All Things Beautiful in Time

Christine HooverChristine Hoover is a church planting pastor's wife and mom to three boys. Aside from being an author and blogger (, she has contributed to Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition, Christianity Today, iBelieve, Send Network, and Incourage.