Monday, December 11, 2017

Nourish: Discover God's Perfectly Balanced Plan for Your Body and Soul by Katie Farrell

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NOURISH will provide you with encouragement and practical knowledge for living a healthy lifestyle, both physically and spiritually. 

NOURISH is not another health or diet book; the message of this book is unique as it addresses all three aspects of health: spirit, soul, and body. The practical and spiritual tools provided in this book are what sets it apart from the rest of its kind. Too many people give up on their journey to health because they have a plan that addresses only the physical aspect of health. However, this book encourages the reader to first pursue health at a heart level, bringing lasting change that comes from the inside out.
In this book, you will discover how the health of your soul is the foundation to your overall health. Katie shares how to renew your mind and study God's word, which will change the perspective on how you see yourself, making loving yourself (and your body) possible.
You will learn how to replace lies with the truth and shift your focus from what the world says to what God's Word says. In addition to the spiritual truths, you will learn how to nourish your body with clean eating foods and get practical tools that make healthy living enjoyable and maintainable.
NOURISH will provide you with encouragement and practical knowledge for living a healthy lifestyle, in addition to providing a balance of spiritual and physical nourishment. This book will inspire you to get healthy from the inside out.

My Thoughts:
I loved "Nourish" by Katie Farrell. I cannot say enough good things about this book. From the beginning, Katie is transparent about her battle with body image, food and how she has had to wrestle with these things as idols rather than seeing the perspective God has of her. Until she got the right perspective, she knew that the outside would never reflect the transformation that Christ was looking to do on the inside. Once Katie figured out that looking good on the inside was a direct reflection of the inner beauty Christ was trying to do on the inside, Katie began to trust Him and replace the lies she has been telling herself for years. Packed with truth, recipes and advice, this book is encouraging for the woman who is looking for practical tools to live a healthier lifestyle from the inside out. 
One of the many things I loved about this book was the recipes. I struggle to find recipes that excite me or to find new ones to incorporate into my life that are easy and Katie was able to do that for me! I also loved the power and vulnerability that Katie has in sharing her testimony. Her story is inspiring, yet relatable and something that all women have experienced at some point or another. This is one of those books that you will keep on the shelf to bring on from time to time for different seasons in your life, daughter or granddaughter's life. I truly enjoyed this book. I give this book 5/5 stars. A favorable review was not required. 

About the Author:
Katie Farrell Author of the Dashing Dish cookbook, KATIE FARRELL, is the owner of Dashing Dish Inc., a web-based nutrition business and ministry. After years of working as a labor and delivery nurse, Katie pursued her passion to help women get healthy and enjoy the journey. Dashing Dish is a place where women can find encouragement and fulfillment through a balance of healthy living principals and God's Word. Katie now works with clients through meal planning, teaching life skills for balanced eating and nutritional counseling.

Dashing Dish provides custom build-your-own meal planning and grocery list tools, as well as an iPhone app for people on the go. Katie also provides health and nutrition education to the community and speaks at women conferences nationally. Dashing Dish website has 30,000+ unique visitors per day.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Church of the Small Things The Million Little Pieces That Make Up a Life By Melanie Shankle

Church of the Small ThingsThe Million Little Pieces That Make Up a Life

By Melanie Shankle

Melanie Shankle, New York Times bestselling author and writer at The Big Mama Blog tackles these questions head on in her fourth book, Church of the Small Things. Easygoing and relatable, she speaks directly to the heart of women of all ages who are longing to find significance and meaning in the normal, sometimes mundane world of driving carpool to soccer practice, attending class on their college campus, cooking meals for their family, or taking care of a sick loved one.
The million little pieces that make a life aren’t necessarily glamorous or far-reaching. But God uses some of the smallest, most ordinary acts of faithfulness—and sometimes they look a whole lot like packing lunch.
Through humorous stories told in her signature style, full of Frito pie, best friends, the love of her Me-Ma and Pa-Pa, the unexpected grace that comes when we quit trying to measure up, and a little of the best TV has to offer, Melanie helps women embrace what it means to live a simple, yet incredibly meaningful life and how to find all the beauty and laughter that lies right beneath the surface of every moment.
My Thoughts:
Have you ever wondered if the small things matter? Does the mundane, everyday routine of life matter? Yes, of course it matters! It matters to God and it matters to the Kingdom! Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime as you open an amazing book full of wit, laughter and belly laughs! This book will bring tears to your eyes as your heart will be overjoyed, but you will also feel deeply connected to your purpose, gifts, talents and ultimately the creator. This book is one that every woman can pick up to read and enjoy. Melanie is an open book and it makes this book easy to read, easy to open your heart and easy to empathize. I highly recommend this book. I give this book 5/5 stars. If you think going to church is about being in a building, Melanie will show you that the church is more than a building. Give this book a read! 

Talking with Your Kids about God: 30 Conversations Every Christian Parent Must Have

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Christian parenting is hard work--and it's getting harder. Parents have a deep desire to pass on their faith, but fear that today's increasingly skeptical and hostile world will eventually lead their kids to reject the truth of Christianity. That leaves many parents feeling overwhelmed--uncertain of what they can do to help their children, given the difficulty and extent of the faith challenges they will face.

This practical and timely resource gives parents the confidence of knowing what to discuss with their children and how to discuss it in order to facilitate impactful conversations that will form the basis of a lifelong faith. In a friendly, parent-to-parent voice, Natasha Crain identifies 30 specific conversations about God that parents must have with their children, organizing them under the categories of

- the existence of God
- science and God
- the nature of God
- believing in God
- the difference God makes

Chapters are sequenced in a curriculum-oriented way to provide a cumulative learning experience, making this book a flexible resource for use in multiple settings: homes, church classes, youth groups, small groups, private Christian schools, and homeschools. Every chapter has a step-by-step conversation guide with discussion questions and tips, and content is readily adaptable for use with kids of any age.

My Thoughts:

Natasha Crain did a great job in tackling some hard stuff in "Talking with your Kids about God." First, she goes after apologetics including lessons about science and what it means to believe in God. This lesson is so important and parents, if you aren't teaching your children, someone else will! The church isn't always equipping children to learn stuff the way you want them to understand it and schools definitely won't, so you need to stand in the gap. I love how she gets the conversation going! 

Many of the topics that Crain covers are tough, but she presents them well and they are easy to follow through. She gives an overview of the topic with references to scripture, places to dive deeper for understanding and then she summarizes key points, offers discussion questions and challenges parents. It is great! 

I think this book is great for the parent or even children's pastor who is young and is learning about apologetics in how to teach children what the Bible says. I think it's also geared towards youth pastors and is a great tool! I give this book 5/5 stars. A favorable review was not required. 

Friday, December 8, 2017

The Sacred Slow A Holy Departure From Fast Faith By Alicia Britt Chole

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By Alicia Britt Chole 

My Thoughts:

For ME, the Sacred Slow has become a place of refuge. I sink my teeth deep into this book and find myself slowing down. I hit the pause button and sink deep into my chair and my breathing isn't as heavy any more. I take in every single word that Alice offers and I find through her writing that I am getting to know Jesus better through the art of slowing down. 

It's a place where we all say as humans we've allowed sin of busyness to steal joy, where we look at our lives and stop making excuses for why we are so busy and start seeing ourselves as taking a step back. 

Our Father wants to be in every day moments with us. He is speaking to us, but if we are so busy, we aren't able to hear him. I want to hear him, so I am learning to slow down, show up and take a deep look at my life. Now, if I am being real, this isn't easy. I don't do it perfect and somedays I am better than others. 
However, "The Sacred Slow" has brought an awareness that I didn't know existed! This is a fantastic book. If you struggle with slowing down, I think you should take a read. I give this book 4.5/ 5 stars. A favorable review was not required.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Engagement Plot by Krista Phillips


The Engagement Plot

Can Hanna and Will Find True Love amid the Bright Lights of Reality TV? 
Perfect for the fans of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette!

Six months ago, William stole Hanna’s heart and shattered it in front of millions of people on a reality TV dating show. And now the big-wig CEO is back on Hanna’s home turf in Minnesota and wants her to forgive him? Fat chance of that. But life is swirling around faster than snow in a blizzard, and despite her objections, teaming up with William seems like the only option to rescue her reputation.
William has never regretted anything more than the day he gave that ill-fated interview for the reality show, The Price of Love. But while he can’t change the past, he’s determined to fix the future. He just needs to convince Hanna to forgive him—and pretend to be engaged with him. Simple, right?

When the media erupts with even worse accusations, teaming up and pretending to be engaged seems to be the only way to salvage their reputations.  Despite the media frenzy that swirls around them, an attraction neither of them can fight off begins to surface. Could this love run deeper than a scandal, or will old wounds tear them apart once and for all?  When all seems lost, it’s only with help from above that Hanna and Will may find their happily-ever-after.
My Thoughts:
Debut author Krista Phillips is someone to keep your eye out for! She will have more books coming in the future. From the laugh out loud moments to the deep ponderings, the characters will have you thinking about your own relationships and marriages. If you don't have a heart check after reading this great fiction book, then you may have missed the purpose. Written very similar to the story of the Bachelor/ Bachelorette, this book is like a reality tv show with the drama, but if you are expecting a reality tv romance, expect something different! Between humor, faith and romance, this book is everything a romantic comedy should be and more! 
This book was enjoyable and a fast read. I found it to be quick, light hearted, but had depth to it. The pages were turning, which I love and it kept me interested the whole time. I give this book 4.5/5 stars. A favorable review was not required.

About the Author:
Krista PhillipsKrista Phillips enjoys life with her husband and their four beautiful daughters in Middle Tennessee. She is an advocate for congenital heart defect and organ donation awareness and blogs at