Friday, March 31, 2017

Quarter-Life Calling: Pursuing Your God-Given Purpose in Your Twenties by Paul Sohn

 Quarter-Life Calling: Pursuing Your God-Given Purpose in Your Twenties by Paul Sohn

About:
A young leadership expert guides fellow Christian Millennials on their quest to live and work meaningfully.
Even though he seemed to have achieved it all, including landing his dream job at a Fortune 500 company, throughout his twenties Paul Sohn struggled with feelings of inadequacy, emptiness, and disillusionment. Something was very wrong. Finally at twenty-eight, after much contemplation and a life-changing encounter with his mentor, Paul traded in his high-paying job and sought a more meaningful life. Now, having achieved a sense of happiness and fulfillment like never before, and after examining all that he has learned along the way, Paul wants to help young adults avoid the pitfalls he succumbed to, including madly chasing empty financial success. His goal is to help others pursue their God-given purpose, and in QUARTER-LIFE CALLING, he shares enlightening biblical insights and practical ways to make it happen

My Thoughts:
Calling all Millennials, those who are younger and those who are older, are still trying to figure out what "you're going to be when you grow up?" Stop looking! In Quarter-Life Calling: Pursuing Your God-Given Purpose in Your Twenties by Paul Sohn he talks about how during your twenties, that is when you will experience the crisis to find your sweet spot or calling as you try to climb the ladder in your career, but success isn't climbing the ladder. Do you want to know how've you really made success in life? Through having a relationship with Christ. It seems too simple right? It is that simple, but in our culture, that can be so hard and often we can lose that in translation with what the world defines as success. This book is so encouraging and I love how Paul reminds the reader to live for an audience of one. How many times are we living for an audience of everyone else? In the end we all have to give an account for the days of our life, not for anyone else, just for one, so let's make sure it's for an audience of one, not for everyone else. I also love all the reflection and questions in the back of this book. I don't think this book is just for the twenty something, I think this book is for any age. I think this book has great reminders no matter your age and I think in this culture, we can learn something from those who are younger and those who are older. I encourage you to pick up a copy and also to give this to those who may be at your church who are in their twenties trying to figure out what they are doing with their life. They might thank you later. I give this book 5/5 stars because I think this author is right on point! A favorable review was not required and I was given a copy by Faith Words.  

This book releases on April 4, 2017. Pre-order your copy today here!

About the Author:

Paul Sohn is the founder of QARA, an organization that empowers twenty-somethings to discover their God-given identity and calling. He is an award-winning blogger, leadership coach, and speaker. His blog has been ranked one of the Top 50 Leadership Blogs to Follow. Christianity Today has named Paul among the Top 33 Under 33 Christian Millennials to watch.




Thursday, March 30, 2017

Bite Me: How Lyme Disease Stole My Childhood, Made Me Crazy, and Almost Killed Me by Ally Hilfiger

 Bite Me: How Lyme Disease Stole My Childhood, Made Me Crazy, and Almost Killed Me by Ally Hilfiger

About:
Ally was at a breaking point when she woke up in a psych ward at the age of eighteen. She couldn't put a sentence together, let alone take a shower, eat a meal, or pick up a phone. What had gone wrong? In recent years, she had produced a feature film, a popular reality show for a major network, and had acted in an off-Broadway play. But now, Ally was pushed to a psychotic break after struggling since she was seven years old with physical symptoms that no doctor could explain; everything from joint pain, to night sweats, memory loss, nausea, and brain fog. A doctor in the psych ward was finally able to give her the answers her and her family had desperately been searching for, and the diagnosis that all the previous doctors had missed. She learned that she had Lyme disease-and finally had a breakthrough.

What she didn't know was that this diagnosis would lead her down some of the most excruciating years of her life before beginning her journey to recovery from eleven years of misdiagnosis and physical pain. She would need to find her courage to heal physically, mentally, and emotionally, and become the survivor she is today.

Set against the backdrop of the fast-paced fashion and entertainment industries, BITE ME shares the heartbreaking and hilarious stories that moved Ally forward on her journey from sickness to health. Its themes will be familiar to more than 300,000 Americans diagnosed with Lyme disease each year, many of whom, like Ally, wondered for years what was wrong with them. BITE ME offers readers hope and ideas for how one can transition from victim to survivor, and shares the spiritual principles and actions that have contributed to her wholeness as a human, mother, and international spokesperson against Lyme disease.


My Thoughts:
" Bite Me: How Lyme Disease Stole My Childhood " is a powerful memoir that I read in one sitting from start to finish. I could not put this book down because I was aboutely inspired by the personal journey that Ally was willing to take the reader on and how she displayed such determination during her young adult life. This book is amazing. I believe it is incredibly educational, worth your time and a powerful. It took eleven years for them to diagnosis and treat Lyme disease. While Ally had all the money, fame and high fashion industry at her hands, that could not save her. This book to me is an interesting parallel of how faith is such a huge part of my life and why in the end money doesn't matter. If you are looking for a book to center you and bring you back to reality, I recommend you grabbing this book. It will give you perspective about what is important in life and it will make you realize what is most important in life. Ally is an inspiration to all of us to have hope, strength  faith and determination in the day of adversity. Not only will this book give you perspective, it will educate you and make you more aware of going out in the woods or checking for ticks on your kids. It won't make you paranoid, it will make you educated, informed and wise.
 I give this book 4/5 stars. A favorable review was not required and I was provided a complimentary copy by the publishers for my honest review. 


To purchase a copy, head here! 






Wednesday, March 29, 2017

How to Be a Hepburn in a Kardashian World: The Art of Living with Style, Class, and Grace by Jordan Christy

How to Be a Hepburn in a Kardashian World: The Art of Living with Style, Class, and Grace by Jordan Christy


About:

Though fashions may change, certain things never go out of style--like your favorite little black dress that can take you from a business meeting to a dinner party to a night on the town. But what makes it work is not the dress, it's how you present yourself while wearing it. A woman who is polite, well spoken, gracious, charming, and thoughtful is always welcome-though such women appear to be in short supply these days! Despite the headline-grabbing antics of certain flashy celebutantes, most of us would rather have respect--for ourselves and from our family, friends, and colleagues.

In this fully revised and updated edition, you will learn how to:
Appear polished without sacrificing your personal style,
Develop skills and discover interests to boost your self-confidence,
Find your true friendships and make them stronger,
Date Mr. Right instead of hooking up with Mr. Right Now,
Land the perfect internship and your first job,
Have a fun night without the risk of a social media faux pas.

With this insightful guide you'll be loving life with style, class, and grace in no time!
 



My Thoughts:

In a world where today's fashion was yesterday's gossip, do you ever find yourself asking the question where to do I fit in? Am I enough? Is it okay just to me? Of course the answer is always , "yes." But in a world where we are bombarded with media, images and being told we aren't good enough, we often wonder if we should stand apart. If you've ever struggled to be who you are, you've found the right book. "How to be a Hepburn in a Kardashian World" by Jordan Christy is about having respect where often women throw it away like yesterday's fashion. This isn't one of those books about women standing up for themselves and they saying they are better than men, this about women understanding that they are precious, they should not throw themselves away on the culture of  today's society because that is the image the world is throwing our way. Jordan gives advice on how to have grace in modest attire, social media etiquette, how to work hard, being modest in beauty and having wonderful friendships. This book is tasteful like a big sister talking to her younger sisters in a graceful way and is perfect for anyone entering the workforce. It would be a great gift for a teenager or a woman of any age looking to having a little more style and class in their life. Not all patterns are in ladies and not all friends are in either, so choose wisely! This book was great and I will refer to it from time to time. I really enjoyed this book. I give this book 5/5 stars and a favorable review was not required. Thank you to Center Street for providing me a complimentary copy.  

"How to Be a Hepburn in a Kardashian World" releases on April 4, 2017. To pre-order your copy, head here! 



Tuesday, March 28, 2017

20 Ways to Make Every Day Better: Simple, Practical Changes with Real Results by Joyce Meyer


20 Ways to Make Every Day Better: Simple, Practical Changes with Real Results by Joyce Meyer

About:

#1 New York Times bestselling author Joyce Meyer shares powerful, practical ways to experience a new level of joy and excitement about life every day.

The traffic is backed up, the kids are screaming, and the car is making a funny noise again. Any one of these challenges can test our temperament and rob us of joy. Our impulse is to write today off and hope for a better tomorrow. However, this creates a hard pattern to break. One terrible day easily turns into many-and soon we're living a life far from what God has in mind for us. A new, transforming sense of excitement, happiness, and contentment in our lives is possible when we pursue God's goodness each day. In 20 WAYS TO MAKE EVERY DAY BETTER, Joyce Meyer shares biblical illustrations, actionable advice, uplifting stories, and the encouragement we need to start enjoying the life God created for us.

My Thoughts:
Having read my share of Joyce Meyer books, I found 20 Ways to Make Every Day Better a very simple and practical book that is straight forward with the word of God. My favorite chapter was Chapter 13 on Slowing Down. With the hectic rat race that we all live in, can we all take a few moments to slow down. Can we stop the multi-tasking, stop checking all of our social media in the morning and we can slow down our emotions before they get heated? I love the questions she asks of the reader in the beginning of the chapter because she asks us to stop and think if we need to slow down our lives. I'd like to think that I don't need to slow down my life, but the truth is, we all need to slow down our lives. One of her pieces of advice was to resist the temptation to overcommit and I think that is so true. I especially overcommit to so many different things and then don't have enough time to rest. She also says we need to check the pace of our life and are we constantly living under stress? Do you always feel like you're moving too fast? If you feel this way, you're life pace is too fast. My favorite part of this chapter was to turn off my electronic devices for a few minutes everyday. I think that my husband and I have adopted a model of getting on our social media for a little bit at a time each day and we have become really aware of not letting it consume our minds, but I love the idea of just shutting it down. What I loved about this book in general, is the simplicity of these things. I didn't feel overwhelmed to do them all at once, but I could take them in bite sized chunks! Each chapter ended with things to remember and suggestions to put into practice, which is practical application for our life, which I loved! This book would be great for a ladies book study, especially as their is a book study too! I really enjoyed this book and found it as a book to bring more abundant life. I give this book 5/5 stars. Thank you to Faith Words for providing me a complimentary copy. A favorable review was not required and all the opinions expressed here are my own. 




About the Author:
Joyce Meyer is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of the world's leading practical Bible teachers. Her more than 100 books have helped millions of people find hope and restoration through faith in Christ. Bestsellers include Living Beyond Your Feelings; Power Thoughts; Battlefield of the Mind; and The Confident Woman. 

Joyce Meyer's broadcast Enjoying Everyday Life® airs daily on hundreds of television networks and radio stations worldwide. She travels extensively, holding conferences throughout the year, speaking to thousands around the world. Joyce teaches on a number of topics with a particular focus on the mind, mouth, moods and attitudes. Her candid communication style allows her to share openly and practically about her experiences so others can apply what she has learned to their lives.

Her latest book, SEIZE THE DAY, is in bookstores everywhere. BATTLEFIELD OF THE MIND BIBLE releases January 2017.

Hachette Book Group has sold over 30 million copies of Joyce Meyer's books.

Monday, March 27, 2017

The Gift Of Love by Amy Clipston

The Gift Of Love by Amy Clipston 

Image result for The GIFT OF LIFE, ONE WOMAN'S JOURNEY TO SAVE A LIFE AMY CLIPSTONAuthor, Amy Clipston is best known for her amazing ability to tell amazing Amish fiction. If you have never read The Kauffman Amish Bakery Series, I highly recommend it. It is my personal favor series on forgiveness, faith, hope, and grace. You will love the recipes Amy provides in each book and the characters, especially Rebecca in A Gift of Grace. 

However, aside from her amazing Amish fiction writing, my favorite story of Amy's is her own personal journey when she writes her memoir entitled "The Gift of Love," where she shares their families personal testimony to God's grace and healing for a miracle. 

Her husband, Joe began dialysis in 2003 when his numbers were not good. During this time, Amy was pregnant with baby number two and couldn't wait to give their other son, Zach, another sibling. However, Amy miscarried, and if this trial weren't hard enough, the transplant for Joe would be. Just as the Cliptson's were catching their breath, the nightmare was not over as Joe required a second transplant. 

One kidney transplant is a miracle and Amy knew a second kidney transplant would be a miracle in itself. Amy was willing to give her own kidney, but frustrated to find she was not a match. During this season, God was preparing Amy for his plan for her as she entered the writing industry and signed my favorite series, the Kauffman Amish Bakery Series. In "The Gift of Love" Amy gives the account of how God worked everything together for good, despite the long road in front of her and Joe. 

Their story doesn't just begin and end with transplants, but what it means to go through seasons of marriage hand in hand, despite the pain, loss, and believing in hope when all seems like it's gone. This book is for any Amy Clipston fan who doesn't know her remarkable story of faith, perseverance and hope. 


Grab a box of Kleenex and get ready to cry, laugh and find yourself trusting in a God who is bigger than what meets the eye. I think everyone should read this book! 

When have you experienced adversity? How did you handle it? 

About Amy Clipston:
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Image result for The GIFT OF LIFE, ONE WOMAN'S JOURNEY TO SAVE A LIFE AMY CLIPSTONIf you would like to learn more about Amy, please visit her website. She is a very talented  author that has expanded her writing beyond this beautiful memoir, but is now know for writing two wonderful Amish series including the Kauffman Amish Bakery Series and the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel Series. She has written several novella's and has just recently released her newest title "The Forgotten Recipe and is also releasing The Courtship Basket in June. 

To connect with Amy, please visit her on FacebookTwitter and Instagram

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Restoring Love by Jennifer Slattery


Restoring Love

About:
Mitch, a contractor and house-flipper, is restoring a beautiful old house in an idyllic Midwestern neighborhood. Angela, a woman filled with regrets and recently transplanted to his area, is anything but idyllic. She’s almost his worst nightmare, and she s also working on restoring something herself. As he struggles to keep his business afloat and she works to overcome mistakes of her past, these two unlikely friends soon discover they have something unexpected in common, a young mom who is fighting to give her children a better life after her husband’s incarceration.
While both Mitch and Angela are drawn to help this young mother survive, they also find themselves drawn to each other. Will a lifetime of regrets hold them back or unite them and bring redemption along with true love?

My Thoughts:
"Restoring Love" by Ms. Slattery can write a sweet romance story, but this story is much more than that. This book is about a gal, Bianca who is bitter, proud and needs the Lord more than anything. I love how the author weaves a story of faith while keeping the storyline intact between Angela and Mitch, but utilizing them to bridge a gap that is so necessary for Bianca. I love the character depth, the element of faith, the romance this book offers. It is a great novel that is clean and will have you turning the pages quickly. I read this book in one sitting from start to finish and highly enjoyed this book. It was my first read by Ms. Slattery and I look forward to many more. I give this book 5/5 stars. A positive review was not required and this is my honest opinion. 

About the Author:
Jennifer Slattery is the founder of Wholly Loved Ministries, and in that capacity, helps women embrace and live out who they are in Christ, find healing and restoration in His unfailing love, and enjoy the deep emotional and spiritual freedom only He can provide. (Go HERE to learn of upcoming Wholly Loved events.) She loves interacting with women and women’s group on a personal level and speaks locally and nationally on topics pertinent to women juggling all the demands and uncertainties in today’s fast paced, ever-changing culture. (You can find out more about her speaking endeavors HERE.)
Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

As a multi-published author, Jennifer also has a deep love for story and has four novels out with New Hope Publishers with a fifth one releasing this winter. She’s a regular contributor to Crosswalk.comInternet Cafe Devotions and Christians Read. She  co-hosts Living by Grace, a modern-day “meet at the well” Facebook community. As a content editor for Firefly, a southern fiction imprint for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, she loves working with writers to help them strengthen their manuscripts and grow in their gifting. When not writing, you’ll likely find her at one of Omaha’s many coffeehouses.
 





Saturday, March 25, 2017

Only Love Today Reminders to Breathe More, Stress Less, and Choose Love By Rachel Macy Stafford

Only Love Today Reminders to Breathe More, Stress Less, and Choose Love By Rachel Macy Stafford 

About: 
Only Love Today is the inspirational read from best-selling author of Hands Free Mama, Rachel Macy Stafford. Millions of Stafford’s fans from her blog and her books find hope, challenge, and inspiration through her poetic and powerful short pieces on her blog. Only Love Today brings these pieces and many new, original entries together in a beautiful book based around the four seasons. From finding daily surrender in the autumn and daily hope in the winter, to daily bloom and daily spark in the spring and summer, you will always find fresh beautiful words for your day.
With a flexible, non-dated structure, Only Love Today is perfect to pick up at any time of the year and find hope and encouragement to address your current challenge or need – family, parenting, relationships, finding peace in a stressed out world. Stafford offers you strength and vision for a new and more connected way to live. This is a timeless book of inspiration to remember and live for what really matters.
My Thoughts:
"Only Love Today" is one of my new favorite non-fiction books. I adore this book. Instantly from the first chapter, your heart immediately feels lighter than it did the day before. As a wife who has struggled to just be or to let things go, this book has helped me breathe easier. As a person who loves to serve and never stops, this book has been made me thinking about stopping and wondering how to just be and to enjoy. Life isn't in the performance, but in the small moments that you don't get to ever have back. I am learning to just enjoy and just be. If you've ever struggled with the questions of am I enough, this book will make you know that you are exactly who God created you to be. I love the practical, heartfelt and simple tips. I feel like I am having coffee with Ms. Stafford over things in my life that matter and issues that keep arising. This book comes at a perfect time in my life and I love it. I give this book 5/5 stars because this book is for the mother, wife, single woman. It spans across for women of all ages, spaces and stages of life, which I can glean from. Thank you to Zondervan for providing me a complimentary copy for review. I was not required to write a positive review. 
About the Author:
Five years ago, Rachel Macy Stafford admitted the honest answer to the question that had been a long-time source of pride: "How do you do it all?" Rachel's answer was painfully simple: "I miss out on life, and what I miss I cannot get back." That very day, Rachel began her Hands Free journey to let go of distraction, perfection, and societal pressure to grasp what really matters in life. This life-long writer and certified special education teacher felt compelled to share her journey with others through the blog, "Hands Free Mama." Using her skills as a writer, teacher, and encourager, Rachel provides readers with simple, non-intimidating, and motivating methods to let go of distraction and connect with their loved ones. Rachel's work has been featured in USA Today, TIME.com, MSN.com, PBS.com, The Huffington Post, Reader's Digest, and hundreds of other online and print publications. Her blog currently averages two million visitors a month. Rachel loves being outdoors, baking, and doing acts of kindness for those in need with her husband and two daughters who inspire her daily.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

We Stood Upon Stars Finding God in Lost Places by Roger W. Thompson


We Stood Upon Stars


Finding God in Lost Places

by Roger W. Thompson

Get Lost. . . and Find What Really Matters
 
We are made for freedom and adventure, friendship and romance. Yet too much of life is spent unfulfilled at work, restless at home, and bored at church.  All the while knowing there is something more. You’ll find some of life’s best moments waiting for you over a campfire, on a river—even in that coffee shop or brewery you didn’t know you’d discover along the way. It’s time to begin the search. 
 
In the literary spirit of well-worn tales about America’s open road, this poetic, honest, often hilarious collection of essays shows how to embark on adventures that kindle spiritual reflection, personal growth, and deeper family connections.
 
From surfing California’s coastlines, stargazing southwestern deserts, and fly-fishing in remote mountains of Montana, you’ll be inspired to follow the author’s footsteps and use the hand-drawn maps from each chapter to plan your own trips.  There you will hear God’s voice – and it may help you find what you’re searching for.

My Thoughts:

Set your sights on adventure and get ready to be still in the presence of God as you go on an adventure of a life-time with the one who is full of adventures. In the book "Finding God in the Lost Places" you'll love this collection of essays written by the author that is perfect as you begin to plan road trips for upcoming summer travel plans. I love how he tells the stories of his childhood or previous generations. I love how he talks about the stories of his children now. This book is fun and is creative. I love hearing how he sees the world through his travel experiences and as a person who loves to travel, I found this book to be inspiring and encouraging. This is definitely a book I will pull out this summer again for inspiration. I highly recommend this book if you are a traveler and give this book 4/5 stars. Thank you to the Publisher for providing me a complimentary copy for review purposes. 


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Magic Of Motherhood The Good Stuff, the Hard Stuff, and Everything In Between By Ashlee Gadd

Magic Of Motherhood The Good Stuff, the Hard Stuff, and Everything In Between By Ashlee Gadd 

About: 
The Magic of Motherhood celebrates your life as a mom—the good stuff, the hard stuff, and everything in between.
From the writers behind the popular blog Coffee + Crumbs comes a beautiful new book to remind you of your identity, both as a woman and as a mother.
Motherhood can often feel overwhelming and isolating. You find your feelings swinging between joy and uncertainty, intense love and anxiety, laughter and tears. Through it all, you constantly ask yourself, “Am I the only one who feels this way?” The Magic of Motherhood will reassure you that you’re not alone. Full of encouragement, humor, and wisdom that will speak to you right where you are, The Magic of Motherhood is like a long-overdue coffee date with your best girlfriend.
In this book you’ll find heartwarming essays about identity, adoption, body image, miscarriage, friendship, faith, infertility, and more. The Magic of Motherhood is a curated collection of honest stories that weave together the love, joy, and magnificent heartache of motherhood. Instead of offering advice, the writers offer something even better: their hearts.
The Magic of Motherhood is a love letter to mothers everywhere; it’s a story about the magic that happens in between calm and chaos, the joy that can be found in both beauty and mess, and the valuable lessons we learn about ourselves in between cups of reheated coffee and kitchen tables covered in crumbs.
Find a new strength, beauty, and sisterhood you never believed possible in The Magic of Motherhood, an inspiring and encouraging book written for an imperfect, trying-her-best mom just like you.
My Thoughts:
I love this book. First, let me say what draw me to review this book was the description. The book talked about being a mother without being perfect and that was something I wanted to know more about. With that said, I am not a mother, but I hope to be someday. I loved the way this book felt in my hands, the good stuff, the hard stuff and the in between stuff. This book felt raw, it felt light and it made me laugh. It weaved what I think is one of the most beautiful things in the world and the most hardest job that a woman will never get credit for, which is being a mom. AKA: Superwoman! The stories in this book are hopeful, they are written by story tellers filled with grace, joy, chaos and laughter. This book will provide a breath of fresh air to all moms. I encourage you to purchase this book for Mother's Day! Give this book as a gift. I loved this book and I'm not even a mother. Thank you Zondervan for providing me a complimentary copy. A positive review was not required. I give this book 5/5 stars.