Friday, June 30, 2017

My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho: Rebecca’s Plight (My Heart Belongs) by Susanne Dietze


My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho: Rebecca’s Plight (My Heart Belongs)

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Susanne Dietze began writing love stories in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she's the author of several historical romances who's seen her work on the ECPA and Publisher's Weekly Bestseller Lists for Inspirational Fiction. Married to a pastor and the mom of two, Susanne lives in California and loves fancy-schmancy tea parties, the beach, and curling up on the couch with a costume drama and a plate of nachos. You can visit her on her website, www.susannedietze.com.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

As Southern As It Gets 1,071 Reasons to Never Leave the South By H. Jackson Brown

As Southern As It Gets 1,071 Reasons to Never Leave the South By H. Jackson Brown  

About:

Life Is Sweet in the South
Full of small towns and sparkling cities, this welcoming area invites all who visit to put your feet up, have a glass of ice tea in a mason jar and reminisce on some of the most wonderful things in the South. Written by true Southern gentleman H. Jackson Brown Jr., As Southern As It Gets is a charming book of lists—a celebration of all things Southern that will charm and delight anyone who was raised south of the Mason-Dixon or who wish they lived there.
Recall the tastes, sounds, and beauty of Southern treasures such as:
Juicy Georgia peaches in July Glorious changing leaves on the Natchez Trace
A steaming cup of gumbo from New Orleans The smooth, soulful voice of Patsy Cline
From Music Row in Nashville, to Daytona Beach in Florida, and Charleston to New Orleans, As Southern As It Gets will remind you of why we Southerns so love our home.
My Thoughts:
If you're in for some southern charm, this book is for YOU! This book is sweet and full of the south! It's a heart warming book full of everything about the south. If you are moving to the South, I highly recommend this book. It gives you so many different food, sayings and places in the south that I've never heard of. I love this list and the quotes that are in this book. It is the cutest book and I can't wait to look up some of these foods, places to visit and find recipes. Thank you to publisher for providing me a complimentary copy. I give this book 5/5 stars. 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Put the Disciple into Discipline: Parenting with Love and Limits by Erin MacPherson, Ellen Schuknecht


Put the Disciple into Discipline: Parenting with Love and Limits

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About:
PUT THE DISCIPLE INTO DISCIPLINE gives parents the tools they need to truly disciple their kids through their most trying discipline situations. 
What do you say when your kid has really messed up? 

How do you respond when your three-year-old is throwing pennies at other carts as you walk through the aisles at Target? Or when your eight-year-old daughter rolls her eyes in a dramatic fit of preteen angst? Or when your sixteen-year-old son is lying as he attempts to go somewhere that he never should be?

These are the tough moments in parenting.

But they are also the moments that will define your kids.

We want to give parents the tools they need to truly disciple their kids through their most trying discipline situations. With these tools, parents can guide their kids' hearts towards the God who loves them deeply, and survive those pull-out-your-hair parenting moments. We pray that PUT THE DISCIPLE INTO DISCIPLINE will help parents to connect with their kids in a heartfelt way so that their kids, in turn, can connect with the God who created them to be truly and imperfectly His.



My Thoughts:

"Put the Disciple into Discipline" is written with a Biblical perspective from a mother- daughter team on how to parent with love and limits. It sounds simple, yet parenting is the farthest thing from it. If only every child came with a manual, parenting would be so much easier right? 

I love that this book comes with a practical approach and doesn't make the reader feel overwhelmed or that parenting with limits has to be tackled all in one day, but that it is a process. One of my favorite parts in the book is where the author talked about how to handle bullies. Let's face it, many of children are victims of bullies or are the bullies themselves. I love how this book teaches parents ways to handle this at at home with their children, but yet being firm and not allowing your child to overstep themselves. I thought this chapter all around was good information that was helpful and practical. I also found it interesting that both of these women wrote from their own parenting experiences. We all have our own experiences and while I would have loved to hear stories from other parents, I still enjoyed their stories. Overall, I think this book offers great parenting tips and practical ways to handle children. I give this book 4.5/ 5 stars. Thank you to the publisher for providing me a complimentary copy.





Monday, June 26, 2017

The Weekly Prayer Project A Challenge to Journal, Pray, Reflect, and Connect with God


The Weekly Prayer Project A Challenge to Journal, Pray, Reflect, and Connect with God
About:
Are you ready for a project that will actually change your life?Challenge yourself to journal, pray, reflect, and connect with God with The Weekly Prayer Project. Fifty-two scriptures, one for each week of the year, explore different types of prayers found in the Bible, from prayers of gratitude and thankfulness to prayers of lament and intercession. Each week’s journaling prompts will guide you to reflect on God’s work in your life and to pray with intention. Walk through this book, and see your faith deepen and your joy soar.
My Thoughts: 
I received the most beautiful book/prayer journal that you need to have in your life. It is called "The Weekly Prayer Project" and it is filled with fifty-two weeks of scripture and prayer spots. I love it is organized into different sections for your prayers. Some include intercessions, laments, requests, and so much more. The table in contents provides the different types of prayers and you can jump around or you can read and use the prayer journal cover to cover. This book has beautiful images and is a nice hardback with a ribbon marker. It is a beautiful book and I highly recommend it. I give this book 5/5 stars. 

Friday, June 23, 2017

THE CAPTAIN’S DAUGHTER BY JENNIFER DELAMERE | BLOG TOUR AND 5-BOOK GIVEAWAY

THE CAPTAIN’S DAUGHTER BY JENNIFER DELAMERE | BLOG TOUR AND 5-BOOK GIVEAWAY

Be transported to 1880s London and meet a talented musician and singer in the new Victorian romance novel from Jennifer Delamere, The Captain’s Daughter. When a series of circumstances beyond her control leave Rosalyn Bernay alone and penniless in London, she chances upon a job backstage at a theater that is presenting the most popular show in London. Meanwhile London holds bitter memories for Nate Moran that he is anxious to escape. But then he meets the beautiful woman who has found a new lease on life in the very place Nate can’t wait to leave behind.
Enter to win a copy of The Captain’s Daughter. Five winners will be chosen! Click the image below to enter to win. The winners will be announced July 10th on the Litfuse blog!
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The Captain’s Daughter(Bethany House, June 2017)
Warm-hearted Victorian romance brings 1880s London to life.
When a series of circumstances beyond her control leave Rosalyn Bernay alone and penniless in London, she chances upon a job backstage at a theater that is presenting the most popular show in London. A talented musician and singer, she feels immediately at home and soon becomes enthralled with the idea of pursuing a career on the stage.
A hand injury during a skirmish in India has forced Nate Moran out of the army until he recovers. Filling his time at a stable of horses for hire in London, he has also spent the past two months working nights as a stagehand, filling in for his injured brother. Although he’s glad he can help his family through a tough time, he is counting the days until he can rejoin his regiment. London holds bitter memories for him that he is anxious to escape. But then he meets the beautiful woman who has found a new lease on life in the very place Nate can’t wait to leave behind.

My Thoughts:
"The Captains Daughter," by Jennifer Delamere is the first book in the London Beginnings series. It is a historical fiction novel that you find yourself escaping and entering back into the time of the 1870's  where you meet this woman named Rosalyn who has to flee from a difficult life to start over. She was given an opportunity at the train station and she had to decide which direction she would take. Ultimately, that decision led her to other decisions, which eventually led her back to Nate. This is a story not to be missed. You will love this book, especially if you love historical fiction and this book will engulf you as the story unfolds. Between feelings and family, will Rosalyn have to choose between brothers or a career? Will love be in her future or will she have to return to the life that was previously chosen for her? Grab this book and put it on your Summer read list! I give this book 4.5/5 stars. Thank you to the publishers for providing me a complimentary copy. A favorable review was not required. 
Jennifer Delamere

{MORE ABOUT JENNIFER DELAMERE}

Jennifer Delamere’s debut Victorian romance, “An Heiress at Heart,” was a 2013 RITA award finalist in the inspirational category. Her follow-up novel, “A Lady Most Lovely,” received a starred review from “Publishers Weekly” and the Maggie Award for Excellence from Georgia Romance Writers. Jennifer earned a BA in English from McGill University in Montreal, where she became fluent in French and developed an abiding passion for winter sports. She’s been an editor of nonfiction and educational materials for nearly two decades, and lives in North Carolina with her husband.
Find out more about Jennifer at http://www.jenniferdelamere.com.

Uncommon: Pursuing a Life of Passion and Purpose by Carey Scott


Uncommon: Pursuing a Life of Passion and Purpose

by  Uncommon is a battle cry for women to step out of the ordinary and live differently. 
It's a blueprint for a life full of passion and purpose. And it has the power to change everything.
     
Carey Scott, author, speaker, and certified Biblical Life Coach, invites you to journey alongside her as she introduces you to women from the Word who chose to live uncommon lives even in the toughest circumstances. From stepping into scandalous situations to breaking cultural norms to risking the departure of a comfortable life, you will discover hope and motivation to live God’s way in a world that screams, “Tuck your faith away! Just be normal like everyone else!”

Now more than ever, it's time to step into something new. . .something life-changing and life-giving. God is asking you to shine Him into a world that needs to know there is a better way to live. And when you say yes to becoming uncommon, it's a radical act of obedience to the One who created you to be extraordinary.  Uncommon offers personal stories, insights, life lessons, questions for further reflection, and biblical support written especially for women.

My Thoughts:

"Uncommon" is a very thought-provoking and challenging read! It isn't one that I think you just put down and are done with, but a book that you could read multiple times throughout various seasons and be challenged as a woman. One thing that Ms. Scott makes very clear is that it is okay to be different and to stand out. I love this idea and I also think that this idea can get people into trouble. I think this can be such a careful balance, especially with younger generations as they continue to try to stand out. This idea and mentality can cause a boasting or proudful spirit, but what I love is the balance that Carey Scott uses in her book to bring home this idea. I just want to be CLEAR when I say that it is okay to be who you're CALLED to be, but in doing so, let's not be disobedient either or full of ourselves. I love the biblical examples she utilizes and how she keeps the reader in check. I also can relate to many of the stories she tells from her personal life including how she is so transparent from chapter 1. I think this book will hit home to so many women! I give this book a 4.5/ 5 stars. Thank you to the publishers for providing me a complimentary copy for review purposes. A favorable review was not required.


About the Author:

Carey Scott is an author, speaker, and life coach, honest about her walk with the Lord… stumbles, fumbles and all. Her passion is reminding women of their immeasurable worth, something the world is quick to discount. She speaks to women’s groups and writes about the issues that matter most to the heart of a woman.

Carey lives in Northern Colorado with her husband and two kids where she tries to be domestic, and appreciates the grace when she’s not. You can learn more by visiting her website and blog at CareyScott.org, or by tracking her down at the closest Starbucks.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

My People, the Amish: The True Story of an Amish Father and Son by Joe Keim

My People, the Amish: The True Story of an Amish Father and Son by Joe Keim

About:

In My People, the Amish, Joe Keim paints a detailed picture of life behind the bonnets and buggies. More than a biography, this is an honest look at the heart-warming traditions that mingle with the deep-rooted legalism of the Amish community in Ashland, Ohio.

Born, raised, and baptized in an Old Order Amish church, from childhood Joe Keim was taught that if he didn't follow the twenty-two-page ordinance letter that governed his community, there was no way he could get to heaven. What started as a path of rebellion led Joe and his wife Esther to a caring group of Englisher Christians who would love them like family and show them how to live out their new found faith in Jesus Christ.


My Thoughts:

I found this book to be fascinating. I love how Joe relates not only his own personal life into this book, but also different aspects of ministry into this book as well, chichis makes this book such a sweet treat. I love that his ministry doesn't convert Amish people to become Englishers, but allows them the choice to do so if they want too. And, if they want to, then they can by getting a drivers license, a job and going back to school. I love how this book incorporates different aspects of Amish living as opposed to non-amish living. This book is very educational and will expand your understanding/ working knowledge of the Amish culture. It will help you gain a different perspective you didn't know before. I found this book to be insightful and inspirational. I give this book a 4.5/5 stars. Thank you to the publishers for providing me a complimentary copy. A favorable review was not required. 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Hope for the Same-Sex Attracted: Biblical Direction for Friends, Family Members, and Those Struggling with Homosexuality by Ron Citlau

Hope for the Same-Sex Attracted: Biblical Direction for Friends, Family Members, and Those Struggling with Homosexuality 
by Ron Citlau

About:

Helping the Same-Sex Attracted Faithfully Follow Jesus
As Christians seek to be biblically faithful on the issue of homosexuality, two fundamental questions come to mind: How can a person with same-sex attraction faithfully follow Jesus in his or her sexuality? And how can we support and encourage them in this?
With compassion and wisdom--on a topic rife with misunderstanding and hurt--author and pastor Ron Citlau will help you think deeply and clearly about every option the Bible offers, and what it clearly does not. Having personally dealt with same-sex attraction, walked with others still struggling, and pastored those with gay loved ones, he thoroughly examines all of the available options--heterosexual marriage, singleness, celibacy, and more--and considers them in light of the Scriptures.

With clarity and grace, he helps you discover the remarkable gifts God provides to the Christian who struggles with same-sex attraction and desires to faithfully follow Jesus. Here is a message of hope and practical, loving guidance for those who are same-sex attracted--and those who love them.

My Thoughts:
I thought this book was very interesting and sheds light on a subject that the Christian community often doesn't want to address, chooses to ignore or simply doesn't have the language to deal with it. This book was very insightful and vulnerable. The author doesn't try to hide or run away from the difficulty of sexuality, but rather brings perspective to the subject, especially as he has dealt with same sex attraction. No matter what side of the fence you are on, this book is extremely relevant, unique and will help you understand sexuality from both sides. I would recommend picking up a copy to become more informed and give it a try. I give this book a 4/5 stars. This reads more of a one man's personal story, which is not true for everyone, but it is refreshing and I enjoyed the read. Thank you to the publisher for providing a complimentary copy for review. 



Monday, June 19, 2017

It Started with Goodbye Not All Stories Begin With Once Upon A Time By Christina June Published by Zondervan


It Started with Goodbye Not All Stories Begin With Once Upon A Time

By Christina June 

Sixteen-year-old Tatum Elsea is bracing for the worst summer of her life. After being falsely accused of a crime, she’s stuck under stepmother-imposed house arrest and her BFF’s gone ghost. Tatum fills her newfound free time with community service by day and working at her covert graphic design business at night, which includes trading emails with a cute cello-playing client. If Tatum is reading his emails right, her virtual Prince Charming is funny, smart, and talented—and he seems to think the same about her. Too bad he’s spending his summer across the ocean in Ireland…not that Tatum would be allowed to go on a date anyway.

But over the course of the summer, Tatum will learn that sometimes going after what you want means breaking all the rules. And when Tatum discovers she’s not the only one in the house keeping secrets, she finds she has the chance to make amends with her family and friends. Equipped with a new perspective, and assisted by her feisty step-abuela-slash-fairy-godmother, Tatum is ready to start fresh and maybe even get her happy ending along the way. A modern play on the Cinderella story arc, Christina June’s IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE will appeal to fans of Sarah Dessen, Stephanie Perkins, and Jennifer E. Smith.
My Thoughts:
This is your typical Cinderella story, but for YA. The book writes itself and that isn't a bad thing, it just is what it is. Their is a handsome prince, but the girl has to go through some stuff to get to him.  This is more than a love story, but a story about friendship and family. It is fast paced and can be read rather quickly. The characters are my favorite. They felt very relatable and down to earth as if you are entering their world. The plot was decent and I enjoyed the overall story. I give this book a 4/5 star. Thank you to the publisher for providing a complimentary copy. A favorable review was not required. 

About the Author:
Christina June writes young adult contemporary fiction when she’s not writing college recommendation letters during her day job as a school counselor. She loves the little moments in life that help someone discover who they’re meant to become – whether it’s her students or her characters. Christina is a voracious reader, loves to travel, eats too many cupcakes, and hopes to one day be bicoastal – the east coast of the US and the east coast of Scotland. She lives just outside Washington DC with her husband and daughter. Her debut novel, IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE, will be published by Blink/HarperCollins in May 2017.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Freedom's Price (Keys of Promise #3) by Christine Johnson


Freedom's Price (Keys of Promise #3)

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About:
When Englishwoman Catherine Haynes loses both her parents and her home in 1856, she decides to cross the Atlantic to find her American mother's family in Louisiana. She enlists the help of Tom Worthington, a dashing Key West man who makes his living salvaging wrecked ships, but whose real goal in life is to bring to justice the man who stole his father's ship and caused his untimely death.

When Catherine finally arrives at her family's plantation, she finds it in disarray and her family absent landowners. Torn between returning to Key West with Tom or beginning the hard work of restoring the plantation, Catherine soon finds herself snared in a plot to steal her inheritance. When an incredible secret comes to light, both she and Tom will face a choice. Can they relinquish the dreams that have been holding them captive in order to step forward in faith--even if it costs them everything?
My Thoughts:
Wow! I thought this book was super enjoyable. It was filled with mystery, wrecked ships, romance and this wonderful historical read. Just when you think it's over, the book gets even better! I couldn't believe how much this book picked up, especially in the final chapters. I was super happy to see how this book ended. If you are looking for a book that will bring you back in time, a mystery of sorts to solve what happened to inheritance documents, romance and finding out what happens to those who have been on the plantation, read all about it. And if that isn't enough, will Tom risk his life for Catherine? Does someone else loose their life on her behalf? The only way to know is to step in and read this awesome book! Thank you to the publisher! I give this book 5/5 stars. I could not stop reading this book. I was hooked! 

Purchase your copy Here! 

About the Author:
Christine Johnson grew up in small-town Michigan, where tales rise taller than old-growth forest. God blessed her with a love of story, which thus far has led to two RWA Golden Heart® award finals and publication with Love Inspired Historical and Revell. When not at the computer keyboard, she loves to explore God’s majestic creation.

A Giving Heart: A Coloring Book Celebrating Motherhood by Stephanie Corfee


A Giving Heart: A Coloring Book Celebrating Motherhood

by A beautiful artist-drawn coloring book with Scripture created to encourage, inspire, and delight Christian mothers. 
This beautifully rendered adult coloring book will offer Christian moms a perfect way to enjoy moments of peaceful creativity as they color 46 gorgeously intricate pictures and meditate upon God's word. Filled with lovely botanical scenes, charming designs, and intricate patterns, the images and words of this book will remind mothers of their special place in the hearts of their loved ones and the wonderful purpose God created in them. 











My Thoughts:

Who doesn't love a good coloring book? Ever since these beautiful coloring books have come out, I have looked and looked for ones that I love to color. They make me calm, so I really enjoy them. I especially enjoy when you are able to find coloring books on a variety of topics and tv. shows. The world of coloring books has exploded! This latest coloring book is awesome because it celebrates motherhood! Who wouldn't love this coloring book? A Giving Heart by Stephanie Corfee is beautiful and perfect for the the mom in your life. 

Each of these pages are illustrated to capture and celebrate all the amazing things moms are and how God created women. There are various scriptures and quotes that encasplate the beauty of motherhood. This is the perfect gift for your mom, a friend, sister or someone you consider as a mother figure in your life.  

So the question is, do markers bleed through? Well, rather than the pages having prints back to back, it just have a quote on the back, so you don't feel like you are loosing a coloring page. I found that these pages did well with the markers that I used and did not bleed through, but it depends on the media that you use. 

Thank you to the Faith Words for providing me this amazing coloring. I give this coloring book a 5/5 stars. A favorable review was not required and I highly recommend that you purchase this for those who you call "Mom" in your life!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Under a Summer Sky by Melody Carlson


Under a Summer Sky by Melody Carlson


High school art teacher Nicole Anderson is looking forward to a relaxing summer in Savannah, house-sitting and managing an art gallery for a family friend. The house is luxurious in a way that only old money could make it, and the gallery promises interesting days in a gorgeous setting. Yet it isn't long before her ideal summer turns into more than she bargained for: a snooty gallery employee who's determined to force her out, a displaced adolescent roosting in the attic, and two of Nicole's close childhood friends--who also happen to be brothers--vying for her attention. 
With a backdrop of a beautiful historical city, incredible architecture, and even an alleged ghost or two, combined with the opportunity for romance . . . anything can happen! 
Bestselling and award-winning author Melody Carlson invites readers to spend the summer surrounded by beauty and tantalizing possibilities for the future.

My Thoughts:
I really love books by Melody Carlson. I usually have high recommendations, but I struggled to connect with this book. The characters did not grab me and I felt that the storyline was unrealistic. I wasn't in love with the Ghost situations at the museum and I just couldn't get into the book, nor stay in the book. I think this book may speak to other readers, but it wasn't my cup of tea. I do recommend many of Melody Carlson's books, especially The Christmas Joy Ride  but this wasn't it for me. I give this book 3/5 stars. Thank you to the publisher for providing me a complimentary copy. All reviews and opinions are my own.

About the Author:
Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books, several of them Christmas novellas from Revell, including her much-loved and bestselling book, The Christmas Bus. 

She also writes many teen books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the TrueColors series, and the Carter House Girls series. 

Melody was nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her books, including the Notes from a Spinning Planet series and Finding Alice, which is in production as a Lifetime Television movie. She and her husband serve on the Young Life adult committee in central Oregon.


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Naomi's Hope by Jan Drexler


Naomi's Hope by Jan Drexler

Despite growing pains in her 1846 Amish community in Indiana, Naomi Schrock has settled into a comfortable life in her parents' home with her adopted son, Davey. Surrounded by family and friends, she tries not to think about the fact that she's not at the top of any man's list of potential wives. Yet when Cap Stoltzfus moves into the area and befriends Davey, Naomi finds herself caught between the plans she has made for her future and the tantalizing thought that Cap might be part of a life she never dared to hope for. 

When a couple shows up claiming to be Davey's true family, Naomi and Cap must unite to make the decision that will determine the boy's future as well as their own. How can she relinquish him to these unknown relatives? And can God somehow bring wholeness to her heart?

My Thoughts:
I loved this book! For the final book in the series, I think Jan did a fantastic job with this amish book/ series. It can be read as a stand alone. I loved the elements of faith that were displayed, especially as Naomi struggled with Davey and wrestled with Cap through a very difficult season. My heart identified so much with Naomi, especially with surrendering. This book was fantastic! I got lost in this book and can see that the author put so much research behind it! I give this book a 5/5 stars. Thank you to the publisher for providing me a copy.

Purchase your copy here! 

About the Author:
 Jan's husband of thirty years often says she's never happier than when she's in the kitchen cooking for someone, and he's right. With her Amish and Mennonite ancestry, mid-American roots and unending quest to be a stay-at-home wife and mother, Jan has always enjoyed cooking from scratch and sharing the subsequent goodies with friends and family.

Jan and her family have lived all through the mid-west, from Indiana to Texas to Kentucky to South Dakota, with a few others in between. Born in Michigan, Jan still proudly carries her pocket map of Michigan on the end of her arm, like all true Michiganders, and will gladly give you a tour of her home state. But her current love is the Black Hills of South Dakota, where she can be found hiking the Hills in all kinds of weather and regularly visiting the "boys" at Mt. Rushmore.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

STEPPING ON CHEERIOS BY BETSY SINGLETON SNYDER | BLOG TOUR AND $75 GIVEAWAY

STEPPING ON CHEERIOS BY BETSY SINGLETON SNYDER | BLOG TOUR AND $75 GIVEAWAY

Being a mother can be a crazy life, but it’s a gift filled with grace. Read Betsy Singleton Snyder’s comical story in Stepping on Cheerios. Stepping on Cheerios is a collection of funny, warm, and charming tales from the frontlines of parenthood, written for women who are juggling to accomplish everyday feats of work, motherhood, marriage, church, and more. It’s a comical story of one woman’s realization that her crazy life is a gift and how she found the grace in it.
Join Betsy in celebrating a crazy life of motherhood and her new book by entering to win a $75 Visa cash card!
One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of Stepping on Cheerios
  • A $75 Visa cash card
Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on June 27. The winner will be announced June 28 on Betsy’s blog.
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Stepping on Cheerios: Finding God in the Chaos and Clutter of Life (Abingdon Press, April 2017)
Family life is beautiful and motherhood is a privilege, but it ain’t no picnic!
Being a mother isn’t easy. Sometimes it’s hard to experience a personal connection with God and community when you are caught up in the chaos of just “doing family”.
Independent and self-sufficient, author Betsy Singleton Snyder lived a full and busy life as a pastor, missionary, and wife to a husband who served in the U.S. House of Representatives. She had her first child at age 44, then at 47, she found out she was carrying triplets. Suddenly finding herself overwhelmed is an understatement.
Stepping on Cheerios is a collection of funny, warm, and charming tales from the frontlines of parenthood, written for women who are juggling to accomplish everyday feats of work, motherhood, marriage, church, and more. It’s a comical story of one woman’s realization that her crazy life is a gift and how she found the grace in it.

My Thoughts:
I was really interested in this book and was excited to review it, but I had a difficult time reading this book. It did not grab me like I thought it would. The author tends to be wordy in her writing style, which I found to be difficult to follow. I think she could have been more concise and that would have been easier for me. The writing flow felt disorganized and I had a difficult time staying focused. I think the author really wanted to drive home the point that Mothers need to make time for God before their children, but I just didn't think it was a book that I would recommend for mothers. It has some stories that are funny and interesting for mothers, but overall, I give this book a 3.5/ 5 stars. I received this book from the publisher and a favorable review was not required. 

{MORE ABOUT BETSY SINGLETON SNYDER}

Betsy Singleton Snyder, author of “Stepping on Cheerios,” is a pastor, a former missionary to the arts community, writer, and blogger. She and her husband, Dr. Vic Snyder who formerly served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 14 years, live in Arkansas with their four sons, Penn (10), and triplets Wyatt, Sullivan, and Aubrey (8).
Find out more about Betsy Singleton at https://www.womenadestand.com.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Creating Calm in the Center of Crazy: Making Room for Your Soul in an Overcrowded Life by Nicole Johnson

Creating Calm in the Center of Crazy: Making Room for Your Soul in an Overcrowded Life by Nicole Johnson

Are you working harder than ever but feel like you’re accomplishing less?

Does your morning routine make chickens running around headless look sane?

Is your deepest sense of calm found in the bathroom with the door locked?

Do you check social media more than five times per day? Per hour?

Author, speaker, and actor Nicole Johnson knows what it’s like to feel as if you’re drowning in crazy. When she couldn’t catch her breath or stay awake long enough to talk with her husband, let alone God, she sought to find new ways of “being” in her life. Creating Calm in the Center of Crazy is a voice of possibility and peace for women seeking to find a calm spiritual center in a crazy, runaway world. As a wife and mom of young children herself, Nicole recognized that life had become out of control. And, with the help of a crisis, she started her journey to create the very calm she was craving.


Nicole’s voice is authentic, humorous, and practical, and at the same time deeply spiritual and real. She brings rich storytelling together with her desire to find calm, and in the process discovers a deeper faith. Her personal story grounds the book as she abandons mere tips and tricks (and the empty promises of time saving apps), to explore new practices—like creating a room of her own, setting technology boundaries, rediscovering the spiritual disciplines of quiet and still (they’re not bad words)—and then extending those practices to provide a safer, stronger refuge for calm to dwell.


Nicole’s journey is shared with relatable stories, insightful help, and practical ideas that explore the inner life of a recovering crazy busy woman finding her way to calm and a deeper relationship with God.

My Thoughts:
With great courage, humor and knowledge, Nicole shows readers how to discover peace and joy in the craziness of life. Our world will offer us so many distractions, it will even attempt to thwart us off our path or make us frustration when we need to be present. Ms. Johnson gives practical tools on how to handle chaotic schedules and life when things get difficult. I enjoyed this book from a psychology standpoint. I think she does a fantastic job from that angle. I would have liked to see her ajoin the spiritual aspect more with this book. I think faith is a key element too. While she touches on it, I think she could have merged the two more, which is why I am giving this book 4/5 stars. I think this book is good, but it did not hit the faith aspect as deep as I had hoped for. Thank you to the publisher for providing me a complimentary copy. A favorable review was not required. 



Sunday, June 11, 2017

Bridges: A Daphne White Novel by Maria Murnane




It’s a piece of news Daphne never expected to hear: Her globe-trotting friend Skylar, who vowed never to get married, is engaged! Time to celebrate in Manhattan—Skylar’s treat, of course. After years scaling the corporate ladder, she can more than afford it. 

Daphne arrives in NYC with news of her own—the novel she’s finally finished appears to be going nowhere but the trash bin of every publishing house around. She’s devastated but plans to keep her disappointment under wraps, something that becomes trickier when she sees Skylar’s spectacular apartment. Could her life have been like this if she’d chosen a different path? 

What Daphne doesn’t know is she’s not the only one with a secret. Skylar and their friend KC are also holding something back, but what? As the trip unfolds, the truth about each woman emerges, along with tears. 

And laughter. And love. 

The fun-loving trio readers fell for in Wait for the Rain is together once more. Here's to the power of friendship!


My Thoughts:

The Girls art at it again! This was a fun and delightful read! I enjoyed "Bridges." I think the reason this book spoke to me more than "Waiting for Rain" is because the primary focus of "Bridges" was friendship. Friendships are so important to our daily lives. They are the people that make us laugh and the people that sit with us when we are crying. They are the people who watch us grow and change with the seasons. I enjoyed this book because of the element end depth of friendship between Daphne, KC and Skylar. These gals remind me of my best friends and college roommates. Our friendship has stood the test of time no matter what circumstances we have faced!

I also loved the setting of the book, NYC, which is a place I hope to visit someday. Marie made the setting to come to live, especially as she had references to restaurants and Hamilton and other places to discover if you've ever been or have been wanting to make a trip. 

The flow of Bridges was much more smoother and the readers were invited to more backdrop characters, which I'd love to hear more about. I think this envolkde more questions than answers. I won't spoil the read, but we meet a few interesting people. I enjoyed this one much better than "Wait for the Rain," but I always say read the book yourself. This is a fun and great summer read! I give this book a 4/5 stars. Thank you to the author for providing me a copy. A favorable review was not required. 


About the Author:
The way Maria became an author is a little crazy. She used to work in high-tech PR but hated it, so one day she quit and ended up playing semi-pro soccer in Argentina for a year. While she was down there she decided to write a novel, which was something she'd always dreamed of doing. Fast forward a few years and she's now the best-selling author of Perfect on Paper, It's a Waverly Life, Honey on Your Mind, Chocolate for Two, Cassidy Lane, Katwalk, Wait for the Rain, and Bridges. And yes, she still plays a lot of soccer!

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