Sunday, April 22, 2018

The Lifegiving Parent: Giving Your Child a Life Worth Living for Christ by Clay & Sally Clarkson

36840305The Life Giving Parent: Giving Your Child a Life Worth Living for Christ by Clay & Sally Clarkson

From the family that brought you The Lifegiving Home and The Lifegiving Table, discover how you can become a parent who gives your child a life worth living for Christ.
In today's world, it's easy to become overwhelmed and even paralyzed by the constant flow of parenting advice. We're flooded with so much practical information that we wonder if we're choosing the right way. And we may be missing the one thing God really wants us to give to our children: His life. God doesn't include a divine methodology for parenting in the Bible, but He does provide principles that can enable any faithful parent to bring His life into the life of their home.

In The Lifegiving Parent, respected authors and parents Clay and Sally Clarkson explore eight key principles--heartbeats of lifegiving parenting--to shed light on what it means to create a home where your children will experience the living God in your family. Now parents of four grown children--each with their own unique personality and gifts--Sally and Clay have learned (sometimes the hard way!) that the key to shaping a heart begins at home as you foster a deep and thoughtful God-infused relationship with each child. Filled with biblical insight and classic Clarkson stories, The Lifegiving Parent will equip you with the tools and wisdom you need to give your children much more than just a good Christian life. You'll give them the life of Christ. (Don't miss the companion piece, The Lifegiving Parent Experience!)

My Thoughts:

Clay and Sally have written an amazing book with The Life Giving Parent. Honestly, I think I can give a lot of my other parenting books away because this book gets to the heart of children, which is teaching them to love Jesus in a world that is messy, chaotic and unsettling. There isn't a formula or method, but this is a lifestyle and I love how they approach their parenting, just like they approach their dinner table. Which is you haven't read any other books by Sally, I highly recommend them! This book is all about passing on a legacy of Christ to children and it doesn't matter what age, you can pass this on to your children. I love how relational Clay and Sally are as people and I think it makes all the different in their approach to parenting. I love this book, just like I loved the Life Giving Table. I highly recommend this book. I give this book 5/ 5 stars. A favorable review was not required. 

About the author:

Sally ClarksonFrom working on college campuses, to sharing the Gospel behind the Iron Curtain as a missionary, traveling around the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia to speak on discipleship, Sally Clarkson has tenaciously sought after God's kingdom, and has used her ministry to encourage others to do the same. From her best-selling books such as Own Your Life, Desperate (with Sarah Mae), and her latest, The Lifegiving Home, Sally has shared from her heart and home about the value of motherhood and the potential for home to cultivate life, love, and faith. In 1995, She and her husband Clay founded Whole Heart Ministries, which has encouraged thousands of families around the world in discipling their children

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Begin Again: The Brave Practice of Releasing Hurt and Receiving Rest by Leeana Tankersley,

35086522Begin Again: The Brave Practice of Releasing Hurt and Receiving Rest

What happens when life begins to trip us up and failure starts creeping in? Many of us just keep on doing the same thing, hoping for different results. Some of us look for escape, to find a way out of the mess we feel that we've created. But neither enduring nor escaping is ultimately what we need.
The answer is to allow ourselves to begin again, every day, in every part of our lives. Through engaging, lyrical prose, Leeana Tankersley shows women how to forgive themselves, develop new and healthier patterns of living, and do away with resentment and regret. Her life-giving words will free women who are feeling stuck and allow them to clear out the debris to make room for what God wants to do in their lives. To begin again is to open the window, even a crack, to let the breeze of grace come in. It is a call to stop running from our fears. To take one small step toward becoming the brave women we were made to be.

My Thoughts:
Begin Again is an invitation for readers who have been through hurt to exchange it for rest. Leeana offers wisdom to readers in places where we hurt and places where we aren't self aware enough, but where we need to find light. She is gentle and warm, but isn't afraid to "go there." I love her humor and wisdom, which made this book a quick, but amazing read. I can't wait to read it again. Beginning again happens every single day and it isn't a sign of failure, which was a sigh of relief for me because I don't like the thought of failure, but I have learned a lot through Leanna's word of encouragement and empathy. She is the kind friend we all wished we had. I really enjoyed this book and will give this to many of my friends. It is a great book! I give this book a 5/5 stars. A favorable review was not required for a review copy.

About the Author:
Leeana TankersleyLeeana Tankersley is the author of Breathing Room and holds English degrees from Liberty University and West Virginia University. She and her husband, Steve, are currently stationed in San Diego, California, with their three children: Luke, Lane, and Elle. Leeana writes about living from the spacious place on her blog,

Friday, April 20, 2018

Breaking the Fear Cycle: How to Find Peace for Your Anxious Heart by Maria Furlough

35086539Breaking the Fear Cycle: How to Find Peace for Your Anxious Heart

It seems there is more to fear now than ever, but fear and anxiety are nothing new to human beings--or to God. The Bible calls us to not be afraid on many occasions, and of course we all want to live without fear. But just how is that accomplished when every news item seems designed to get us wringing our hands?
Using her own story as a catalyst, Maria Furlough shows readers how to overcome fear for good. She calls readers to make a list of their fears, to choose to bring those fears to God rather than acting on them, and to trust God with the future. She shows how when we give God full control over our lives, choosing his sovereignty over our own ability, we can break the cycle of fear, grow through suffering, and trust God to fulfill his promises of protection and peace.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Pelican Point (Hope Harbor #4) by Irene Hannon

35086533Pelican Point (Hope Harbor #4)

A crumbling lighthouse is not part of the inheritance Army doctor Ben Garrison expects to claim when he journeys to Hope Harbor. Fresh out of the service, he wants only to unload the tower of bricks, decompress from years of treating battlefield trauma, and prepare to launch his civilian career.
Hope Harbor Herald editor Marci Weber has other ideas. She may not be a Hope Harbor native, but the small Oregon seaside town has become home--and she's determined to save the Pelican Point landmark.Sparks fly as the two go head to head over the fate of the lighthouse. But when they start to cooperate, a different kind of fire ignites. And as they work together, might 
Hope Harbor heal the hearts of these two romance-wary souls?
Bestselling author Irene Hannon invites readers back to their favorite town for a story that will light a beacon of hope within their hearts.

My Thoughts:
Pelican Point is the fourth book in the Hope Harbor series by Irene Hannon and it did not disappoint. I love every single book in this series and highly recommend them. They can be read as stand alone's, but are better when read together in a series. Each of these stories are filled with romance, faith, and change. Pelican Point had these elements and more, which made it a fantastic novel.
In Pelican Point you will love the characters between Ben & Marci. Marci has a love for lighthouses and Ben is ready to move on with his life outside of Hope Harbor, but Marci wants to give him a reason to stay, but will it be enough? 
Then we have a plot of secondary characters, Greg& Rachel who are dealing with marriage issues and are faced with trials. Will they be able to withstand the testing of their marriage and faith or will the trials overtake their marriage? This is a powerful element to this book and one part of the story you don't want to miss! 
Pelican Point is a fantastic novel and a great add to the Hope Harbor series. I can't wait to revisit this series again to re-read the series. I highly recommend this book and series. I give this book a 5/5 stars. A favorable review was not required. A complimentary copy was provided by the publisher for review purposes only.

Meet Irene:
Irene HannonIrene Hannon, who writes both contemporary romance and romantic suspense, is the author of more than 50 novels. Her books have been honored with three coveted RITA awards from Romance Writers of America (the “Oscar” of romance fiction) and she is a member of that organization's elite Hall of Fame. She has also received a Career Achievement award from RT Book Reviews for her entire body of work. Other awards for individual books include National Readers' Choice, HOLT Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, Retailers Choice, Booksellers' Best, and Reviewers' Choice from RT Book Reviews. She is also a two-time Christy award finalist.

A former corporate communications executive with a Fortune 500 company, Irene now writes full time. To learn more about Irene and her books, visit

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Red Sky over America by Tamera Lynn Kraft

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William and America confront evil, but will it costs them everything?
In 1857, America, the daughter of a slave owner, is an abolitionist and a student at Oberlin College, a school known for its radical ideas. America goes home to Kentucky during school break to confront her father about freeing his slaves.
America's classmate, William, goes to Kentucky to preach abolition to churches that condone slavery. America and William find themselves in the center of the approaching storm sweeping the nation and may not make it home to Ohio or live through the struggle.

My Thoughts:
Red Sky Over America by Tamera Kraft is about slavery in Kentucky. Filled with emotion, I enjoyed that this book dealt with such an important topic. This was a book that is hard to put down. The story line was very vivid and I can tell the author did her homework about the history in this time period. 
This book speaks to those who speak up for injustices, especially those during this time period in the US. It was great to me in plot, characters and storyline. However, I found the style of Tamera's writing to be difficult here and there at times, but overall, I felt this book was written well. It was very intense and emotional. I give this book 4/5 stars. A favorable review was not required for this complimentary copy. 

About the Author:
Tamera Lynn KraftTamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures. She loves to write historical fiction set in the United States because there are so many stories in American history. There are strong elements of faith, romance, suspense and adventure in her stories. She has received 2nd place in the NOCW contest, 3rd place TARA writer’s contest, and is a finalist in the Frasier Writing Contest and has other novellas in print. She’s been married for 38 years to the love of her life, Rick, and has two married adult children and two grandchildren. Tamera has two novellas in print: A Christmas Promise and Resurrection of Hope. Her first full length novel, Alice’s Notions, is due to be released in April.

Tamera has been a children’s pastor for over 20 years. She is the leader of a ministry called Revival Fire For Kids where she mentors other children’s leaders, teaches workshops, and is a children’s ministry consultant and children’s evangelist and has written children’s church curriculum. She is a recipient of the 2007 National Children’s Leaders Association Shepherd’s Cup for lifetime achievement in children’s ministry.

Monday, April 16, 2018

You Can Stay Home with Your Kids! 100 Tips, Tricks, and Ways to Make It Work on a Budget By Erin Odom

You Can Stay Home with Your Kids!100 Tips, Tricks, and Ways to Make It Work on a Budget

By Erin Odom 

Investing your life in your family brings you joy, and doing it on a single income doesn’t need to stress you out! Join Erin Odom as she shows you how you can live frugally—and thrive—while you raise your kids at home in You Can Stay Home with Your Kids!
From the moment you discovered you were going to be a mom, you envisioned spending each day with your kids, guiding, teaching, and loving them. But diapers, wipes, shoes, and braces are expensive! Though it may feel impossible to manage on one income, Erin Odom from The Humbled Homemaker blog is here to show you that, through God’s grace, staying at home with your kids isn’t just doable; it’s doable while living the good life. Your kids are young only once—you don’t have to miss out just because money is tight.
Erin shares 100 tips, tricks, and simple ways that she has provided the good life on a budget for her family—and you can do the same!
Sections include topics like:
making and sticking to a budget
side income ideas
inexpensive ways to do birthday parties
educational and enrichment activities for little ones that won’t break the bank
date ideas and other ways to connect with your spouse without spending a lot
planning for holidays
and much more!
Experience the freedom, flexibility, and joy that come with being a hands-on mom and spending every day guiding, enjoying, and nurturing your kids, while still providing a lifestyle you can be proud of.

My Thoughts:
You Can Stay Home with Your Kids is such a great and practical book. It is a easy and perfect read for every mom who has a hectic schedule, trying to raising a family and also pinch pennies for the family budget. This book is for anyone who is trying to make life work on a budget, especially for moms! 
This book is full of tips, tricks and application that are simple to manage in your families household. I love how her advice is short, sweet and so easy to implement into your life. The creative ideas offered will help you budget to make your life easier, so you are able to stay home with you children. 
I am not a mom, but I loved these tips and found that I can use them in my daily life. I can't wait to use them. I love the different ways to earn to money, but how they won't hinder your time from family, but give you opportunities and ideas on to earn a little extra. This little book is just so helpful!
About the Author:
Erin OdomErin Odom is the author of More Than Just Making It and You Can Stay Home With Your Kids and is the founder of The Humbled Homemaker, a blog dedicated to grace-filled living designed to equip and encourage mothers in the trenches. She is passionate about Jesus, motherhood, crunchy living, and seeing women use their God-given gifts and passions to overcome life's challenges. Her Southern charm and wealth of inspirational, practical content has drawn an audience of millions over the years. Erin and her husband, Will, live in North Carolina, where they raise their three spirited redheaded girls and sweet and spoiled redheaded boy. Follow Erin at

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Singing the Scriptures: How All Believers Can Experience Breakthrough, Hope and Healing by Julie A. Meyer

35191335Singing the Scriptures: How All Believers Can Experience Breakthrough, Hope and Healing

In the Bible, Moses sang. Miriam sang. So did Deborah, David, Mary, Paul, the angels, and so many more. The Israelites went to war singing; they sang over victories, over happy moments and hard moments. They knew something we've lost sight of: When we learn to sing God's words back to Him, we align the deepest spaces of our hearts with the deepest places of His--and we experience breakthrough. So why do we relegate singing the Word to just worship teams?
Julie's methods are very easy and doable for anyone. The idea is that you sing, create a tune and use the scriptures to sing. It is that easy. She also has suggested prayer, questions to answer and video links for further instruction in the chapters. I think this book is fantastic. I give this book 4/5 stars. A favorable review was not required for a complimentary copy of this book. 

Friday, April 13, 2018

Defeating Dementia: What You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer's and Other Forms of Dementia by Richard Furman

35086530Defeating Dementia: What You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer's and Other Forms of Dementia

Thursday, April 12, 2018

An Amish Heirloom: A Legacy of Love, The Cedar Chest, The Treasured Book, A Midwife's Dream

35553353An Amish Heirloom: A Legacy of Love, The Cedar Chest, The Treasured Book, A Midwife's Dream

An Amish Heirloom is a collection of four novella Amish stories written by four distinct voices in Inspirational Fiction. I enjoyed reading each story for the characters, spiritual encouragement and the stories that unfolded in each novella. While they were short, they felt like a good length every evening to read. This is a collection that I would recommend reading. 

A Legacy of Love is written by Amy Clipston and her ability to craft a story is very unique. The reader finds themselves immersed into the story of Leon who is having a difficult time believing he could ever love again. Susie realizes she wants to marry someone, but her intentions may be for the wrong reasons. Following God isn't always easy, but it is better than making a lifelong choice that could end up in heartache. Is Leon able to find love again? 

The Cedar Chest is written by Beth Wiseman and this one will tug at your heart. This story is great as we meet Catherine who has been struggle in her marriage and finds some old letters. Through the letters, Catherine learns that she can work through all difficulties if she has faith. Wiseman does a fantastic job between bringing the reader in the present and also the past while writing this story. 

The Treasured Book by Kathleen Fuller is about Shane Broyles who isn't happy. In fact, he has been considering joining the amish community, but is this the plan God has for him? Will a tiny Bible bring him back to the Amish culture or will he be an English man? 

The Midwife's Dream by Kelly Irvin is the last novella in this collection. Iris Beachy is a midwife who enjoys serving, but longs to have children herself. When she delivers a baby with a friend, she sees him differently. Will something bloom between the two of them as they care for this baby and find the right family? 

This novella collection is a wonderful addition to your collection of novellas. These authors are fantastic. ! I give this book 5/5 stars. A favorable review was not required for a review copy. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

La La Lovely: The Art of Finding Beauty in the Everyday by Trina McNeilly

34523642La La Lovely: The Art of Finding Beauty in the Everyday

Trina McNeilly

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Treated Like Family: How an Entrepreneur and His "Employee Family" Built Sargento, a Billion-Dollar Cheese Company by Tom Faley

35959817Treated Like Family: How an Entrepreneur and His "Employee Family" Built Sargento, a Billion-Dollar Cheese Company

At the age of nineteen, high school diploma in hand, Leonard Gentine knew two things: he wanted to own a family business that would pass from generation to generation, and he wanted to spend the rest of his life with Dolores Becker, a girl he'd met on a blind date.
For Leonard, life didn't prove that simple.
This biography, told from the viewpoint of four generations of the Gentine family, places the reader in Leonard's shoes as he advances from young man to old age and discovers life's foundational lessons. Along the way, he endures outstanding debts, disappointments, and a collection of small businesses, all with Dolores at his side. It's an inspirational story of perseverance, personal integrity, and a mind-set of always doing the right thing-as painful as that may be in the short term.

My Thoughts:
Treated Like Family is book of leadership where the reader is able to catch the vision of Leonard Gentine and see his innovative ways into business. This book is a rare gem and one that gets people to understand how the Billion Dollar Cheese company started and how it's maintained success. 
One of the most valuable things a reader can take away from this book is the values and principles this company has built through the culture it has created within it's business, which is unique and beautiful. It has a mindset of servant leadership and they value God in their purpose/ values as a business, which is unheard of in businesses today. I love that the leadership of Sargento have specifically purposed that this families brand is one that serves the employees of Sargento and not the other way around.
This book is a great book for leaders, those who own their own business and those who are pursing a career in business. The Sargento brand stands on its own and has good principles. I enjoyed reading this book, it gives key concepts that we all can learn from whether in business or in life.
I highlighted this book and put sticky tabs in several places because this is a company that I want to make sure we support and that others support because of their leadership model and business principles. 
Overall, I give this book 5/5 stars. A favorable review was not required for a complimentary copy of this book. 

About the Author:
Tom Faley Tom Faley, as a 29-year employee of Sargento, had the opportunity to share numerous, private conversations with the founder, Leonard Gentine, before his passing. As a long-term veteran of Sargento, Tom speaks on a large portion of the corporate history from first-hand experience. Holding an MBA in Marketing, Tom played active roles in shaping Sargento, including starting and developing many departments within the company: marketing, consumer research, consumer promotions and new product development. In addition, he holds a patent in his name for Sargento. For over eight years, he has written a blog as well as weekly essays underscoring the company’s culture.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Coach Wooden's Forgotten Teams: Stories and Lessons from John Wooden's Summer Basketball Camps by Pat Williams, Jim Denney, Nan Wooden

35086521Coach Wooden's Forgotten Teams: Stories and Lessons from John Wooden's Summer Basketball Camps

Legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden is known for his record-breaking run of NCAA championships and for working with some of the best players in the sport. His principles for success have been used by not only coaches and athletes, but also business leaders, entrepreneurs, and others. But his reach stretches even farther than most people know--into the hearts and lives of the people who learned the game of basketball on one of Coach Wooden's forgotten teams.

My Thoughts:
Forgotten Teams by Pat Williams is rich book filled with inspiration, impact and valuable life lessons. This book is perfect for the coach who, especially the basketball coach who is looking for valuable insight on how to be better at basketball, life and faith. I love his serving heart and amazing attitude. Coach Wooden is captured throughout this book and Pat did a fantastic job at communicating the person he was. This is a must read for all coach's, fans of Wooden and those who want a transformation in how they conduct themselves daily. This book was very inspiring. I give this book a 4/5 stars. A favorable review was not required for this complimentary book. 

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Only by Death (Ozark Mountain Trilogy #2) by Kathy Herman

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Is Liam Berne a loving son—or a murderer? The second book in the Ozark Mountain Trilogy, Only by Death is a thought-provoking suspense story of a man who loses everything and learns he must die to find life.

After much agonizing, Liam Berne takes his mother, who has Alzheimer’s, to the Sure Foot River and drowns her. A mercy killing, he tells himself, to spare her years in a nursing home. And getting his inheritance early isn’t a bad thing either.

Dixie Berne’s body is recovered and the coroner cannot find any sign of foul play, though Liam’s sister isn’t convinced. Then Liam hears rumors that a twelve-year-old boy has witnessed the drowning. Terrified that he will be discovered, Liam sets out to intimidate the boy into silence. Little does Liam know that someone else suspects him—someone who intends to make him pay.

My Thoughts:
Only by Death written by Kathy Herman is a great book. This book is a quick read and a page turner. I couldn't stop reading this book. The plot was well developed and had me wondering what would happen. Between the suspense, the killer and the mysterious ending, this book will have you gripped and wondering what would you do? The family aspect to this book was so interesting. Alzheimer's was a theme is a book. I won't say much more or I will spoil this book. I give this book 4.5 / 5 stars. A favorable review was not required for this review copy. All opinions expressed here are my own.
About the Author :
Kathy Herman

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Decluttering at the Speed of Lfie Winning Your Never-Ending Battle with Stuff By Dana K. White

Decluttering at the Speed of Life: Winning Your Never-Ending Battle with Stuff

You don’t have to live overwhelmed by stuff—you can get rid of clutter for good!
While the world seems to be in love with the idea of tiny houses and minimalism, real women with real families who are constantly growing and changing simply can’t purge it all and start from nothing. Yet a home with too much stuff is a home that is difficult to maintain, so where do we begin? Add in paralyzing emotional attachments and constant life challenges, and it can feel almost impossible to make real decluttering progress.
In Decluttering at the Speed of Life, decluttering expert and author Dana White identifies the mind-sets and emotional challenges that make it difficult to declutter. Then, in her signature humorous approach, she provides workable solutions to break through these struggles and get clutter out—for good!
But more than simply offering strategies, Dana dives deep into how to implement them, no matter the reader’s clutter level or emotional resistance to decluttering. She helps identify procrasticlutter—the stuff that will get done eventually so it doesn’t seem urgent—as well as how to make progress when there’s no time to declutter.
Sections of the book include
Why You Need This Book (You Know Why)
Your Unique Home
Decluttering in the Midst of Real Life
Change Your Mind, Change Your Home
Breaking Through Your Decluttering Delusions
Working It Out Room by Room
Helping Others Declutter
Real Life Goes On (and On)
As long as we’re living and breathing, new clutter will appear. The good news is that decluttering can get easier, become more natural, and require significantly fewer hours, less emotional bandwidth, and little to no sweat to keep going.
My Thoughts:
Decluttering at the Speed of Life is a book that refreshes my soul. I have had issues regarding parting with stuff and decluttering. The root of parting with stuff is something deeper than material items and I am well aware of that, which is why I love Dana. She offers simple, practical ways to get rid of your clutter that is helpful. She doesn't shame you for your stuff or your clutter, but she isn't afraid to call you out on it either, which I need and love. One of her main points is that if it doesn't serve a purpose, get rid of it. I love that. How many things could I get rid of if I could just establish that thought into my life? 
So, through reading this book, I have slowly been able to do just that. If it doesn't serve a purpose get rid of it. I started with my closets and have been able to get rid of two trash bags of clothes. They don't serve a purpose, I don't love them anymore, so I am getting rid of them.  This isn't a book on organizing or cleaning, but really how to declutter your home environment to leave more peacefully. It helps you do it fast or slower depending on your lifestyle. 
This book is perfect for anyone looking to make changes in their lifestyle and home environment. If you are opening to getting rid of stuff, you will love this book. I give this book 5/5 stars. A favorable review was not required.