Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Odd(ly) Enough: Standing Out When the World Begs You To Fit In by Carolanne Miljavac

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Humorous. Authentic. Relatable.
That's Carolanne Miljavac in a nutshell.
And those qualities are just what her nearly half a million social media followers adore about her. Her Odd(ly) Enough is a message that your heart needs to hear: It's time to embrace the "you" God made you to be. 
Tune out the naysayers of the world and jump into His loving arms. He'll walk alongside you as you passionately pursue your God-given purpose. With chapters like “Who Do You Think You Are?,” “Control Freak,” and “Mistakes and Grace,” you will find yourself becoming a little more courageous. . .and a lot more confident about God’s purpose for your life. 

My Thoughts:
Carolanne writes about the freedom she has found in Christ. From an authentic perspective, as a reader we get the glimpse into how God has wired Carolanne and how He has restored her from a difficult past. This book gives hope to any reader who has struggled to find freedom. 
From giving up control, to all the allowing the Lord to take control, Carolanne knows what it's like to spend time daily in the presence of God. When we grow for ourselves, we grow for others. This book isn't just about the journey Carolanne went on with God, but the journey that each readers goes on with God as well. I highly encourage you to give this book a read. I really enjoyed the read and give this book 5/5 stars. 

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Win from Within: Finding Yourself by Facing Yourself by John W. Gray III

39088887Win from Within: Finding Yourself by Facing Yourself

Mega-Pastor and media personality John Gray uses powerful Biblical principles to help you become your best self -- the person God created you to be. In WIN FROM WITHIN, John Gray helps readers identify how best to handle the most difficult, challenging and yet necessary battle that we all face-our inner struggle to overcome the worst versions of ourselves. He offers biblical lessons to aid in combatting bad habits and limiting patterns so that the best version of ourselves emerges.
John W. Gray III

Monday, October 29, 2018

Happily: 8 Commitments of Couples Who Laugh, Love & Last by Kevin A. Thompson

38502440Happily: 8 Commitments of Couples Who Laugh, Love & Last

This  book is about 8 specific commitments that couples need to make in marriage to make it better. All couples know that in order to make their marriage great, they must work on it together. This book is one that helps you look at 8 specific commitments to make your marriage better. Each chapter outlines a specific topic followed by a series of questions that is perfect for quiet time with your spouse. 
Anyone who is looking for their marriage to grow and succeed, I highly encourage you to pick up a copy of this book and read it, with your spouse. It will help you grow in areas you didn't know you needed.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Preach to Yourself When Your Inner Critic Come Calling, Talk Back with Truth By Hayley Morgan

Preach to YourselfWhen Your Inner Critic Come Calling, Talk Back with Truth

By Hayley Morgan 

Break the cycle of doubting yourself, take God at His word, and talk back with truth - a new message of freedom from bestselling coauthor of Wild and Free Hayley Morgan.
We know Christ came to speak life, but then how come our inner critic keeps showing up and stealing the mic? If we’re honest, she’s a harsh one, saying things we’d never dream of saying to others: You’ll never measure up, you’ll fail again tomorrow, you just can’t get it right.
It has been said that the eighteen inches from head to heart is the soul’s longest journey. Our head knows the good news is true, but our heart struggles to believe it, and it is in this gap that we battle to believe the promises of God.
Hayley Morgan, coauthor of bestselling book Wild and Free, has wrestled with this tension her whole life. In Preach to Yourself, she tackles it head-on to discover how we can renew our minds to renew our lives. For every woman who struggles with repetitive, negative self-talk, this book will show you how to identify the toxic loops where you get stuck and replace them with the truth of God we can believe with our whole selves.
This is not a “try harder” reprimand, it’s a “believe better” invitation: to take God at His word when He tells you who you are. Come along and learn a simple practice to break free from the lies holding you back, and step forward into the fullness of life God has planned.

My Thoughts:
Preach to Yourself ? Who isn't constantly preaching to themselves? I know I am daily. Why? We are all often our own worst critic.  This is for any woman who struggles with lies that fill her head daily. This is for the anxious, the insecure, the broken, the one who is hopeless or the one who maybe has given up on a dream.  Haley tackles negative self-talk and how we need to renew our minds daily. 
This is one of those books that can be a great tool to use over and over again. One to be visited for different seasons. It speaks truth in grace with love and allows us to see ourselves the way God sees us. This book gives us a healthy view of the way we should think about our thought life and how much time we spend with our thoughts. This book is one that I recommend spending a lot of time in as it brings freedom. I give this book 5/5 stars. I found this book to be so helpful and very informative. Life changing, really.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Missionary Mom: Embracing the Mission Field Right Under Your Roof by Shontell Brewer

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Monday, October 22, 2018

You Are Enough: Heartbreak, Healing, and Becoming Whole by Mandy Hale

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Mandy Hale, the creator of The Single Woman, the social media movement that rewrote the rulebook about singleness, challenges every woman to see that she is sufficient, acceptable, and complete.
After years of trying to prove she was enough in the world's eyes, even working alongside Oprah and hitting the New York Times bestseller list, Mandy hit rock bottom. But as it turned out, that very rock bottom became the most firm foundation she had ever planted her feet on. A foundation so solid, it finally provided the springboard she needed to outrun the taunting shadow of unworthiness that she'd tried to escape her whole life. 
"You Are Enough" is a book that most us, if we were honest, would say is something we've wondered from time to time. We want to know if we matter as parents, in our jobs, with our friends, family and just in life? Mandy Hale also has wondered this same question and spends a great deal of time answering this in her newest book. 
Mandy Hale

Saturday, October 20, 2018

It's Okay Not to Be Okay: Moving Forward One Day at a Time by Sheila Walsh

38502478It's Okay Not to Be Okay: Moving Forward One Day at a Time

Sheila Walsh

Friday, October 19, 2018

Switch on Your Brain Every Day: 365 Readings for Peak Happiness, Thinking, and Health by Caroline Leaf

38502482Switch on Your Brain Every Day: 365 Readings for Peak Happiness, Thinking, and Health

According to researchers, the vast majority--a whopping 75-98 percent--of the illnesses that plague us today are a direct result of our thought life. What we think about truly affects us both physically and emotionally. In fact, fear alone triggers more than 1,400 known physical and chemical responses in our bodies, activating more than thirty different hormones! Today our culture is undergoing an epidemic of toxic thoughts that, left unchecked, create ideal conditions for illnesses.
I love how this devotional covers thought life, our brain, God's creation, identity, attention, forgiveness and so much more. This devotional focuses on the entire person; body, soul and spirit. This devotional book is a great read for anyone. I highly recommend any of Caroline Leaf's books!

About the Author:
Caroline LeafDr. Caroline Leaf is a cognitive neuroscientist with a PhD in Communication Pathology specializing in Neuropsychology. Since the early 1980‘s she has studied and researched the Mind-Brain connection. During her years in clinical practice as a Communication Pathologist she developed tools and processes that help people develop and change their thinking and subsequent behavior. Her scientific Science of Thought techniques have transformed the lives of patients with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), learning disabilities, emotional traumas and released the potential of thousands of young students and adults. 

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Parenting with Heart: How Imperfect Parents Can Raise Resilient, Loving, and Wise-Hearted Kids by Stephen James, Chip Dodd

38502443Parenting with Heart: How Imperfect Parents Can Raise Resilient, Loving, and Wise-Hearted Kids

Parents want to be the best person they can for their children, but much of the time they may feel like giraffes on ice--clumsy, unprepared, and in imminent danger of going down. The good news is, our children don't need perfect parents. They need authentic, fully-hearted, relationally engaged parents who can mess up and move on more than parents who always get it right.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Jesus Always Small Deluxe Embracing Joy in His Presence By Sarah Young

Jesus Always Small DeluxeJesus Always Small Deluxe Embracing Joy in His Presence
 By Sarah Young


Experience true joy, now and always. With Scripture and personal reflections, bestselling author Sarah Young (with more than 22 million units sold) brings Jesus' message of joy, for today and every day, in this deluxe new leathersoft edition of Jesus Always.
Life is full of difficulties: loss, sadness, fear. In the midst of these challenges, joy often feels out of reach. But Jesus has more for you than a life of striving, pain, and discontent. He offers life abundant and life brimming with joy! Jesus Always, now available in a small deluxe format,was written as part of Sarah Young’s exploration of the promises of joy in Scripture. Written as if Jesus Himself is speaking directly to the reader, Jesus Always invites you into a new way of living a life of joy.
Millions of readers have been touched by Sarah Young's message of peace in Jesus Calling®. In her first 365-day devotional since Jesus Calling®, Sarah brings a message of joy in Jesus Always Small Deluxe. The striking leathersoft cover and beautiful design make this an elegant gift or self-purchase.
Reaching out with joy-filled reminders from the Word of God, these devotions will intimately and gently connect you with Jesus, the One who meets you where you are. Draw near to Him in Jesus Always Small Deluxe.
My Thoughts:
Sarah Young writes the most beautiful devotional books ever! I adore this beautiful, leather devotional. I find that regardless of the day or whatever circumstances I am facing, this devotional speaks directly to me. Ms. Young has a gift with her words and the way she writes that helps me to know that God is speaking directly to me right where I need to hear from Him. I love that with this devotional I am able to read one for the particular day or I can flip it to one that might be more fitting for the particular season I am in. It is the perfect size to fit in my purse or laptop bag to bring to work. I highly recommend purchasing this book or any other devotional books by Sarah Young. They are so great! Whether you are familiar with this book or Jesus Calling, I recommend picking up a copy. This would be the perfect gift for a friend too. 
About the Author:
Sarah Young

Sarah Young’s devotional writings are personal reflections from her daily quiet time of Bible reading, praying, and writing in prayer journals. With sales of more than 17 million books worldwide, Jesus Calling® has appeared on all major bestseller lists. Sarah’s writings include Jesus Calling®, Jesus Today™, Jesus Lives™, Dear Jesus, Jesus Calling® for Little Ones, Jesus Calling® Bible Storybook, Jesus Calling®: 365 Devotions for Kids, and Peace in His Presence—each encouraging readers in their journey toward intimacy with Christ. Jesus Always™, her first 365-day devotional since Jesus Calling, released in October 2016. Sarah and her husband were missionaries in Japan and Australia for many years. They currently live in the United States.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

A Sparkle of Silver (Georgia Coast Romance #1) by Liz Johnson

38502448A Sparkle of Silver

(Georgia Coast Romance #1)


Ninety years ago, Millie Sullivan's great-grandmother was a guest at oil tycoon Howard Dawkins' palatial estate on the shore of St. Simons Island, Georgia. Now, Millie plays a 1920s-era guest during tours of the same manor. But when her grandmother suggests that there is a lost diary containing the location of a hidden treasure on the estate, along with the true identity of Millie's great-grandfather, Millie sets out to find the truth of her heritage--and the fortune that might be hers. When security guard Ben Thornton discovers her snooping in the estate's private library, he threatens to have her fired. But her story seems almost too ludicrous to be fiction, and her offer to split the treasure is too tempting to pass up . . .

Liz Johnson

Monday, October 15, 2018

An Amish Homecoming Four Stories By Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, Shelley Shepard Gray, Kathleen Fuller

An Amish HomecomingFour Stories

By Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, Shelley Shepard Gray, Kathleen Fuller 


Four brand new Amish stories of coming home.

No Place Like Home by Amy Clipston
Estranged daughter Eva Dienner has been staying with her in-laws, the Riehls, since her husband was killed in a fire, but now she wants her son to meet his maternal grandparents. Upon her return, Eva finds that the man her parents always intended for her is living in their daadihaus and running the dairy farm for them for free, despite her suspicions of him taking advantage of her family. Eva knows she should put the past behind her, but is she ready to move into the future?
When Love Returns by Beth Wiseman
Hurricane Harvey forces Sarah Zook to return to the home she fled six years ago when she couldn’t face her stern parents’ reaction to her unplanned pregnancy. Upon her return, Abram King can think of nothing but the pain she caused him—until he meets Sarah’s daughter and realizes that he never really stopped loving Sarah. Sarah and Abram must find a way to face the truth of their past so they can rekindle their first love.
The Courage to Love by Shelley Shepard Gray
After the death of her Englisch husband, Irene Keim seeks a fresh start by staying with her new friends Mary Ruth and Henry Wengerd in exchange for helping them around the house. But when Mary Ruth and Henry’s son Marcus comes around, he isn’t pleased with the woman they’ve taken in and is determined to push her out. Misunderstandings abound, but both Irene and Marcus learn that people aren’t always what they seem.
What Love Built by Kathleen Fuller
Independent and headstrong, Carolyn is determined to forge ahead with the opening of her bakery, a lifelong dream, in the Birch Creek home she left ten years ago. But she’s in over her head and needs help with the cleaning, shopping, and deliveries. Carpenter Atlee Shetler is visiting Birch Creek to escape the memories of his late wife. He takes a job renovating the new bakery and finds the project—and its owner—to be much more than he bargained for. Both Carolyn and Atlee must face pains of the past if they want to have the bright future God has planned for them.
My Thoughts:
An Amish Homecoming is a wonderful collection of four novellas written by four talented authors. These stories will capture your heart and you will love the lessons that each of these authors have in store for you as you fall in love with the characters. I love how each of the characters, their stories, dreams and lives came to life. I felt as though I was living vicariously through them and viewing everything through their lens. Despite loss, love, hurt and pain, faith is always a huge element of each of these stories, which helps the reader grab ahold of hope. I can't pick one favorite novella because all of them grabbed my heart. Overall, I was turning the pages on each of these stories. I couldn't put this book down and finished it in two days. I highly recommend An Amish Homecoming! You will love it.