Being a mom is the hardest thing I've ever done, but it has brought me so much joy! I want to encourage other moms on their journey, I'll share motherhood tricks, spotlight tips I've learned from friends, and I hope you will share your ideas. I will focus on secrets that help families stay balanced, healthy, frugal, creative, and closely knit. I will also share favorite fiction and nonfiction books that I have enjoyed. Many blessings to you on your mothering journey!

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Suspense by Rachel Dylan

I think Deadly Proof is the first Rachel Dylan book that I've read, and I can say that I enjoy her suspense! This is the first book in her Atlanta Justice series. 

Overview from the publisher: In the biggest case of her career, attorney Kate Sullivan has been appointed lead counsel to take on Mason Pharmaceutical in a claim involving an allegedly dangerous new drug. She hires a handsome private investigator to do some digging, but when a whistleblower is found dead, it’s clear the stakes are higher than ever. Will this case prove deadly for Kate?

It's suspenseful with good twists and turns
It weaves elements of faith throughout character struggles, but not in a preachy way
Well developed characters with believable stories
Unique situations and setttings.
A little romance, but told in a PG manner
Elements of friendship, loyalty, character, forgiveness, nd pride.

Theology for Caring Adults Training Children

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Talking with Your Kids about God: 30 Conversations Every Christian Parent Must Have is a new release by Natasha Crain and Sean McDowell. It's a basic look at Christian theology with an overview of various topical areas including scriptures, examples, key points to cover, and a conversation guide to help you cover tough theology with teens.The conversation guide has 3 components: questions to intro the topic, how to advance the topic (go deeper), and how to apply the conversation. It's packed with solid content for curious, philosophical, and theological minds. It's a great resource for parents and youth mentors as they navigate meaningful conversations. Topics include:
- the existence of God
- science and God
- the nature of God
- believing in God
- the difference God makes

That being said, it's not what I envisioned when I saw the title & read the description. I was imagining something a little easier to digest with topics to discuss to help your children grow up to be godly people that live their daily lives soaking in God's word and reflecting his character. It's not the tool I was hoping it would be, but if you are looking for a resource that helps you understand how to discuss theology with your kids, this book truly knocks it out of the park.

I received this book as a gift from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, November 06, 2017

Great resource for christian parents of toddlers

I've found a great new resource for training young children regarding the Bible and it's applications for daily living. According to the publisher, "The Character Builder’s Bible highlights core character traits that the Bible teaches and suggests fun, practical ways to live out these truths so that little minds can understand."

The book outlines 60 character traits, values, and Christian tenants. Each trait/value/tenant is accompanied by an easy-to-read Bible story, animated illustrations, and memory verses. The character traits include topics such as obedience, patience, unselfishness, faith, compassion...
I highly recommend this book for parents with children ages 4-7, and I can't wait to use this with my toddler! It would also be a nice gift book from another caring family.

I received this book as a gift from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Aviation Novel!

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Across the Blue: A Novel is the new novel by Carrie Turansky. I loved reading it! The relationships were ever-changing and intriguing. Learning a little bit about the early development of airplanes was fascinating! Because I'm a writer, I enjoyed reading about a family involved in journalism. And a peek into the political and cultural times of the Wright Brothers was eye-opening. Turansky is a very good writer, and I look forward to reading more from her. A lot of adventure, a little bit of faith, an interesting plot, and well-developed characters make for a winning novel.

Friday, October 06, 2017

Encouraging girls to Read Scripture

Adored: 365 Devotions for Young Women

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Great devotional for girls! The cover and layout are beautiful and inviting. Each of the 365 readings has a scripture along with applicable stories, relatable examples, questions, and inspirations. It covers topics so important to girls - beauty, confidence, shifting perspectives, fear, peer pressure, social media, friendships, dating...  And everything is written from a Biblical, but never intimidating perspective. I'm very impressed with the book!

This is a beautiful gift book for your daughter, granddaughter, Bible study girls, or friends. It's a great tool for encouraging girls to dive deeper into God's word! Shh, don't tell, but guess what my daughter is getting for her next birthday!?

I received this book as a gift from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Beautiful Collection of Scriptures for Women

The world seems especially dark these days, so I find myself yearning for God's hope and comfort more than usual. So it was perfect timing when I was invited to review Bible Promises to Live By For Women.   

The pocket-sized book contains 500 promises neatly organized by topics which are in alphabetical order. The topics include Comfort, Endurance, Joy, Justice, Peace, Worship, Spiritual Growth, Conflict, and so many more. Some of the topics are especially fitting for women, including Pefectionism, Planning, Stress, Worry...  I've been a follower of Christ since early elementary school, and I still found scriptures that were new to me.

It has some special touches, including a linen-textured cover, a ribbon marker, beautiful font, pull-out scriptures, and elegant design.

I would recommend this to women of all ages, from 14 and up. It's appropriate for people interested in Christianity, as well as veterans of the faith. It's something you would enjoy buying for yourself, but also perfect to give as a gift.

I received this book as a gift from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Reading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything

by Anne Bogel

This is a very good intro to personalities. She explores 7 personality platforms:
Introverts vs. Extroverts
Highly Sensitive People
The Five Love Languages
Keirsey’s Temperments
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (and Cognitive Functions)
The Clifton StrengthsFinder
The Enneagram

She briefly explains each platform and their primary facets using everyday language.  She gives lots of great examples through relevant stories from her life and lives of those around her.

But her perspective is unique because she talks about how understanding the platform can impact life and relationships. She offers a huge opportunity to impact marriage, parenting, workplace, and spiritual life. But equally important, she helps us understand and appreciate our own hearts and minds, reminding us to be grateful for the way God made us.

I would recommend this book to male and female teens and adults interested in personality and the way it impacts life.

I received this book as a gift from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.