Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Book Review: Becoming Mom Strong by Heidi St. John

This is my new favorite mom book! Today's society, in my opinion, really beats down women. By pressures, judgments, and the overall culture, so we are especially vulnerable to doubt, anxiety, and a host of other things that get in the way of our role as parents. 

Heidi is SO encouraging! It was like sitting down to coffee with a mom friend.

 She's real and raw in this book and give several of her own personal stories. This isn't some formula to follow. It's simply living in God's grace, giving God's grace, while traversing on this earth. I was uplifted and challenged to focus on my relationship with God. How can we parent without that necessary tie to our actual Parent? 

After reading her book I felt empowered. I was ready to go out into the world with my armor and live and parent how I am meant to. With no more fear and a greater joy in understanding my relationship with God. 

I would hands down recommend this book to every mom out there.

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Book Review: Tora Fright Patches Things Up by Tracey Madder

Tora's little brother, Booyah, sometimes gets into things he shouldn't. One day he got into something that made Tora very upset and she had to learn about forgiveness.

The drawings are rather cute. The general message was clear, and I liked that Tora's mother explained how we must be kind even when we are upset, but that's about it as far as what I enjoyed about the book. 

The words are hard to see - maybe a different color would have worked better? Also, I found the names of the characters a bit too different to be enjoyable. In my opinion, younger kids would have some difficulty following along. If names are too unrecognizable then it can get a bit muddled. 

While I believe the overall idea (monsters are fun!) and message (learning to forgive in a Christian way) are a good starting point, I felt that the book didn't really deliver. 

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Book Review: The Magnolia Duchess by Beth White

Fiona receives news her brother has been captured by the British Navy. Around the time she receives that news a British soldier with no memory washes ashore and Fiona is the one who finds him.

It's definitely an interesting plot, but hard as I tried I could not stay involved with the story. I can't quite put my finger on why, but there you have it. The story did seem to lag and it was a bit too wordy at times, so that I found my thoughts drifting. I also could not sympathize with any of the characters. I did not feel like I knew Fiona - she fell a bit flat. 

I love historical fiction - it is my #1 reading choice. It was disappointing that although it was set at such an interesting time in history the story could not hold up. 

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Book Review: Anchor in the Storm by Sarah Sundin

What's more exciting than a book set in the WWII era? For those of us who love historical fiction it always makes for a great read. The book being written by a talented author who has certainly done her research makes it all the better!

I did not know this was the second book a series - you obviously don't have to have read the first to understand what was going on in this one. I definitely will seek out the first book, however, as I thoroughly enjoyed this read.

Sarah definitely walked me into the WWII era. It was written so well I felt as if I were there, in the story, experiencing it all with Lillian. It was a very interesting plot line - both Lillian trying to prove herself as a working woman and the prejudices soldiers had to go through with PTSD. It was something I'd never read about before and I enjoy having more knowledge on the subject now.
I enjoyed all of the characters in the book. They were complex and endearing. Lillian and Arch's romance was made better by the fact there was more depth in their relationship than the average romance story.

All in all, I definitely recommend this book.

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Book Review: When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner

I received a complimentary copy of this book by bloggingforbooks.com for my honest review.

When God Made You is a beautiful written and illustrated, lyrical, moving message to young children about how individualistic and special they are to God. 

The second line alone shows you what a treat you're in for: An incredible you, a you all your own, a you unlike anyone else ever known.

That is just a sample of how sweet the book is - it barely touches how moving the words are. The book would be incomplete without the illustrations. Gorgeous, sweeping colors amidst a theme of beautiful fantasy.

This is just the kind of message I want my children to grow up with. Not only are they precious to God, but they're unique, and have a special purpose in life. 

Both the writing and illustrations are five stars and I'd definitely recommend this book for your own children's library. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Book Review: For the Record by Regina Jennings

I received a complimentary copy of this book by Bethany House Publishers for my honest review.

The town and townspeople in the book were all very quirky and it made for a fun read. If you're an avid reader then you most likely love writing and journalism as well, which is the main characters passion, and that definitely increases enjoyment for the reader.

While the book was fun to pick and read I did not find myself dying to get back to it. Regina Jennings chooses very interesting scenarios for her plots and sometimes it can take me a while to even get into them. That is the reason for the three stars instead of four.

Otherwise, the pace of the story was good, the two main characters were definitely enjoyable and their romance fun to follow, of course.

I liked the "lesson" of the story, which was Joel's story line. Standing up for yourself in the face of unfair accusations is so important for anyone to learn to do and I promote that in everything. I would give a recommendation for this book because of that alone.

Book Review: A Modern Way to Cook by Anna Jones

I received a complimentary copy of this book by bloggingforbooks.com for my honest review.

This book was delicious!

No, not the book itself.

I mean the recipes in the book are delicious! I've tried about 2-3 recipes from each section so far and they were all superb! I'm excited to try more.

The book itself is beautiful - the hard cover makes it durable for kitchen cooking, the recipes are easy to read and follow along, and the pictures are beautiful and give me the right sense as to what the finished product should look like.

Healthful eating is made simple here. The recipes do not require a bunch of weird or hard to pronounce ingredients (which is great for "health conscience" beginners!), they do not take too long of a time to make, and it's yummy enough that my kids have enjoyed the meals!

I have to say my favorite part of the book was her tables! She had tables that gave ideas to her readers for meals. Some of these were: 10 favorite omelet fillings, at-your-desk-salads, and goodness bowls - so great!

This book definitely is worth having in your dinner arsenal!