Enter the Ring

 

 

Enter the Ring takes a fresh, powerful, vulnerable approach to marriage by framing it as the fight that it is. The world uses different assaults and tactics to distract us, tempting us to walk away, in order to destroy our marriages. But there is hope: The constant forgiveness, grace, and intervention of God can preserve and protect us from not only the world but also ourselves.

D. A. and Elicia Horton explore the tension of two people becoming one and how spouses often fight over which “one of us” they become. They unpack topics such as

  • Seasons of suffering
  • Communication
  • Sexual and physical intimacy
  • The spiritual life of the home
  • Money

This book approaches the traditional topics of a marriage book with the brutal and life-giving honesty of two millennials who have fought together for their marriage. All topics are addressed through the vulnerable lens of the authors’ own struggles and mistakes.

This is a no-holds-barred, real-world . . . marriage book.

 

 

Let me just say…… I am on the ropes with this book.

Don’t get me wrong Enter the Ring  was a good book but I had a hard time relating to some of D.A. and Elicia Horton’s stories. I did find their transparency refreshing and honorable though.

Do I believe marriage should be saturated in the Gospel……ABSOLUTELY. Are our marriages always??? No.

It was good to be reminded of what a marriage that is God honoring looks like. That it isn’t perfect. It is messy. But it is also loving and forgiving.

D.A. and Elicia didn’t shy away from the ugly part about marriage. You come into a marriage as two messy people with baggage. Sifting that out and sometimes getting to the root of the problem isn’t easy.

More than anything though I loved the theme of “It is worth it.” They didn’t come right out and say that, but you could feel that through the whole book. Not Easy…..Just worth it.

I would definitively hand this book to married couples that have been married for less than 5-10 years.

 

 

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: NavPress (January 2, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 163146695X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1631466953

 

I received this book from Tyndale Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

Posted in Book Review | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

The Ladies Of Ivy Cottage

 

 

Return to Ivy Hill in The Ladies of Ivy Cottage as friendships deepen, romances blossom, and mysteries unfold.

Living with the two Miss Groves in Ivy Cottage, impoverished gentlewoman Rachel Ashford is determined to earn her own livelihood . . . somehow. When the village women encourage her to open a subscription library with the many books she has inherited or acquired through donations, Rachel discovers two mysteries hidden among them. A man who once broke her heart helps her search for clues, but will both find more than they bargained for? 

Rachel’s friend and hostess, Mercy Grove, has given up thoughts of suitors and fills her days managing her girls’ school. So when several men take an interest in Ivy Cottage, she assumes pretty Miss Ashford is the cause. Exactly what–or who–has captured each man’s attention? The truth may surprise them all.

Meanwhile, life has improved at the coaching inn and Jane Bell is ready to put grief behind her. Now if only the man she misses would return–but where is he?

As the women of Ivy Hill search for answers about the past and hope for the future, might they find love along the way?

 

Dear Julie Klassen,

 

Have you ever written a bad book? I have read all your books and this newest addition, The Ladies Of Ivy Cottage is so wonderful.

I loved Reading about Jane, Mercy, and Rachel. But, even better than that, I loved reading about the whole village. There was so much character depth from all the characters.

Can I just say how much I loved when Rachel told the girls the story of the prince and princess.  I loved how despite things not turning how she planned, she realized her story was not a sad story at all. I love that she would choose joy despite her circumstances.

There is no doubt Mrs. Klassen that God have gifted you with an amazing writing ability. I am so thankful that you use it the way you  do. This series so far is so charming. I love that way you write and the time period you write in.

So, to my friends…..GO! Read this book. It is a stellar example of not just quality Christian Fiction but quality writing as well.

Forever a Reader,

Danni

 

  • Series: Tales from Ivy Hill (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (December 5, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764218158
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764218156

 

I received this book from Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

Posted in Book Review | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Gospel Centered Mom

 

It’s Time to Stop Trying to Be the Perfect Mom

You long to be the mom your kids need, but often you’re convinced you come up short. The label “not enough” seems to be stamped across everything you do—and yet parenting is the one thing you want most to get right. 
 
What if the solution is simply to embrace the truth that you are not enough—but God is?
 
In Gospel-Centered Mom Brooke McGlothlin reveals how our entire approach to motherhood shifts when we stop chasing our vision of a perfect family and start full-out pursuing God. With refreshing candor, Brooke examines the daunting task of raising children in the light of God’s Word and challenges you to:

        · embrace your moment-by-moment need for Jesus
        · release the stress of believing everything is your responsibility
        · learn to fight for rather than against your child
        · believe that the story God is writing with your life is worth the sacrifice
        · practice the daily disciplines that lead to Gospel-centered parenting

As you learn to anchor your life in the Gospel, you’ll find increased freedom, purpose, and joy in motherhood. And you’ll discover that Jesus is more than capable of meeting every need, for your children and for you.

 

Have you ever had a book that literally felt like it was handed to you by God himself? (Besides the Bible) Ok, maybe I am being a bit on the dramatic side right now but seriously, Gospel Centered Mom could not have come at a better time.

If you are looking for a how- to type parenting book, this is not the book for you.  Gospel Centered Mom soul purpose is to get you (yeah you the mom) right back into the Gospel.

This book felt like I was sitting down with one of my girl friends. Not just any girl friends, but the one(s) that you can just pour your soul out to. The ones that wont judge you when you wonder how many more days until your kids can move out.

McGlothlin tells you right up front that you are not good enough and THAT IS THE POINT!

There were so many good things I could relate to in this book. I want to buy a copy for all my mom friends! So if you are a mom… GO!! Read this book.

 

 

 

 

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah (August 1, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735289638
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735289635

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The Genius Of One

 

In The Genius of One, author and pastor Greg Holder takes his readers on a journey from that glorious prayer of Jesus, past the debates and divisions that isolate Christians, and into the reality of a church united under God for the sake of the world.

For those who cling to the hope that God is still at work, this book will both stir a deeper longing for unity and provide practical steps toward that path.

 

Well this book will mess with you a little bit. I was worried before I started to read The Genius of One because the subtitle was God’s answer for our fractured world. I thought DUH God IS the answer. Great how good will this book be?

So glad I kept reading. What a well written, easy to read book not only on healing brokenness, but an encouraging book for everyone to lead. With personal and relate-able examples Holder just lays it all out there.

-Co-Laboring

-Gossip

-Helping people in real trouble

-Ferguson

-And more

My favorite part had to be when Holder talks about how “Distance Demonizes”. It is just a page and a half but that really struck a chord in me. How easy is it to get the wrong view when you’re not in the mix. So get up close and personal.

This book could be a resource for any leader or even just a member of the church.

 

 

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: NavPress
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 1631466313
ISBN-13: 9781631466311

I received this book from Tyndale Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

Posted in Book Review | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

The Sound of Rain

 

 

Judd Markley is a hardworking coal miner who rarely thinks much past tomorrow until he loses his brother–and nearly his own life–in a mine cave-in. Vowing never to enter the darkness of a mine again, he leaves all he knows in West Virginia to escape to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It’s 1954, the seaside community is thriving, and Judd soon hires on with a timber company. 

Larkin Heyward’s life in Myrtle Beach is uncomplicated, mostly doing volunteer work and dancing at the Pavilion. But she dreams of one day doing more–maybe moving to the hollers of Kentucky to help the poor children of Appalachia. But she’s never even met someone who’s lived there–until she encounters Judd, the newest employee at her father’s timber company. 

Drawn together in the wake of a devastating hurricane, Judd and Larkin each seek answers to what tomorrow will bring. As opposition rises against following their divergent dreams, they realize that it may take a miracle for them to be together.

 

 The Sound of Rain is a book that once you pick up you will not want to put down. Can that just be my review? I mean, there was so much that I loved about this book, that I seriously had trouble putting it down.

This book opens up in complete darkness. Judd has been in a coal mining accident. It is almost just symbolic really of the rest of the story.

Judd and Larkin were great characters. I truly enjoyed their depth.  I felt as if they were people I could just walk up to and have a conversation with. But there were secondary characters that stole my heart just as much.

Thomas’ attention to detail was amazing. There were times I could almost feel the heat just based upon her descriptions. Her details were so rich they just enhanced the story so much and it didn’t feel wordy at all.

This was so much more than just another book this was a story. This book has purpose, pain and light. This is the first book I have read by Sarah Loudin Thomas and now I need to go and read her other books!

 

 

 

Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764219618
ISBN-13: 9780764219610

 

I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.

Posted in Book Review | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

30 Days To Joy

 

Gift journal and devotional in one, with space for you to add drawings, doodles, photos or artwork and make it your own.

Hardcover gift book is all about Joy, designed for 30 days of discovering what joy is and how to experience joy in your life day by day.

A beautiful, one-month creative Scripture journal; ribbon marker, presentation page, space for reflections on your own and life and on special people who have helped you discover joy.

At the back is space to jot your favorite songs in your personal playlist to share on social media.

 

Can I just say how absolutely adorable the 30 Days To Joy Journal is?

This cute little journal is filled with inspirational verses and quotes that will surely bring a smile to your face and maybe even some joy into our heart. Let us be honest for a moment when I say we could all use some joy in this crazy world.

Each day has a prompt to write about or even draw about. Each day is designed to get you focused on others and what brings you joy.

Day 1 starts off with figuring out the difference between joy and happiness! Because they are oh so different.

I love this simple little journal so much that I may use it as a teachers gift or even just for the ladies in my small group. What a sweet little gift to give away this Christmas!

 

Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 112
Vendor: WaterBrook

ISBN: 0735290822
ISBN-13: 9780735290822

 

I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest review.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Rogue Heroes

 

The incredible untold story of WWII’s greatest secret fighting force, as told by our great modern master of wartime intrigue
 
Britain’s Special Air Service—or SAS—was the brainchild of David Stirling, a young, gadabout aristocrat whose aimlessness in early life belied a remarkable strategic mind. Where most of his colleagues looked at a battlefield map of World War II’s African theater and saw a protracted struggle with Rommel’s desert forces, Stirling saw an opportunity: given a small number of elite, well-trained men, he could parachute behind enemy lines and sabotage their airplanes and war material. Paired with his constitutional opposite, the disciplined martinet Jock Lewes, Stirling assembled a revolutionary fighting force that would upend not just the balance of the war, but the nature of combat itself. He faced no little resistance from those who found his tactics ungentlemanly or beyond the pale, but in the SAS’s remarkable exploits facing the Nazis in the Africa and then on the Continent can be found the seeds of nearly all special forces units that would follow.
 
Bringing his keen eye for psychological detail to a riveting wartime narrative, Ben Macintyre uses his unprecedented access to SAS archives to shine a light inside a legendary unit long shrouded in secrecy. The result is not just a tremendous war story, but a fascinating group portrait of men of whom history and country asked the most.

 

 

I love history. It was my favorite subject in school(way back when!). I love to read about people’s experiences. Listening to stories my grandparents and great grandparents used to tell were always fascinating to me.

One of my favorite things though is getting different perspectives on history is well. Which is why I couldn’t wait to review Rogue Heroes. I remember celebrating Guy Fawkes day with a friend from England and thinking how much I still didn’t know about history.

Macintyre’s book was very well written with tons of details that I found intriguing. The book had engaging stories with first hand accounts that were nothing short of amazing. The SAS was truly an amazing unit of men.

I really liked at the end of the book there was a section about the “Afterlives” of the soldiers. Life went on after their experiences in the war and I loved how that was included.

I you have any interest in WWII then you should read this book.

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books; Reprint edition (August 29, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1101904186
  • ISBN-13: 978-1101904183

I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest review.

 

Posted in Book Review | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Blind Spot

blind spot

 

FBI agent Declan Grey is in the chase of his life–but isn’t sure exactly what he’s chasing after. Threatened by a terrorist that “the wrath is coming,” Grey fears something horrible is about to be unleashed on American soil. When his investigation leads him to a closed immigrant community, he turns to Tanner Shaw to help him. She’s sought justice for refugees and the hurting around the world, and if there’s anyone who can help him, it’s Tanner. 

Tanner Shaw has joined the FBI as a crisis counselor . . . meaning she now has more opportunity to butt heads with Declan. But that tension also includes a spark she can’t deny, and she’s pretty sure Declan feels the same. But before anything can develop between them, they discover evidence of a terror cell–and soon are in a race against the clock to stop the coming “wrath” that could cost thousands their lives.

Well Dani Pettrey, you have done it again. Blind Spot is another amazing novel.  It is #3 in the Chesapeake Valor Series and if you haven’t read the first two stop right now and go do it. Not because you have to understand the third, just because you don’t want to miss them!!

I love Declan’s and Tanner’s chemistry not just as a couple but as a team. Not only that, but my favorite thing about Pettrey’s writing is how she so effortlessly weaves faith into her stories.

Her characters in all of her books are modern day “heroes”. Everything from police officers, to crime scene investigators, even a snow boarder. (taking it back to her first series there) But there faith isn’t something that gets in the way of their job, in fact it makes them better at their jobs.

Don’t get me wrong Dani, is an excellent writer and story teller. But her ability to weave faith into the lives of her characters, who could be anyone with a difficult job today, takes her writing and stories to a whole new level.

If you haven’t read this book go…. do it now. It is such a good book.

 

  • Series: Chesapeake Valor (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (October 3, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764212966
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764212963

I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.

Posted in Book Review | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

How to Set A Table

how to set the table

 

This hip, fabric-covered guide includes creative ways to style a table–whether for a sit-down dinner, cocktail party, brunch buffet, picnic in the park, and other fun get-togethers

Whether you live in a small apartment or sprawling suburban kitchen, How to Set a Table features stylish, modern ideas for welcoming family and friends in your home. This gift book, wrapped in a pretty, printed fabric, serves as a practical step-by-step guide to entertaining–with extra information on etiquette, place setting basics, centerpieces, mixing and matching, essential glassware, and napkin folds. With unexpected ideas for using all the great tableware you can find at flea markets, chain stores, or around the house, How to Set a Table updates a classic topic for a new generation of hosts.

So, let me admit something….. I totally got How to Set A Table …… for my homeschooled highschooler. I know weird, but let me explain.

Ash is taking a bunch of “Life Skills” classes this year. Baking, car maintenance, home budget management, and the list goes on. So I thought how cute it would be to review this book so we could make our table very pretty.

I really did like this book. It went through the basics of cutlery and plates needed and types of materials they are made from. Now, when I say basics I mean the very basics. I know there are more than four types of plates or even five settings of silverware. But this is a great book for the every day person.

I may never sit at a meal that has multiple courses and even use something as crazy as an asparagus fork. Truth is I am just a regular person… and that is who this book is for. I loved all the little ideas of how to re-use what you have. How to incorporate patterns, the use of patterns, and especially linen napkins! ( I personally think that is something that should be brought back!)

Just putting in the effort to make whoever you are with feel extra special. That is what it is all about.

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter (August 29, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 045149802X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451498021

 

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

 

 

Posted in Book Review | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Habits of the Heart

978-1-4964-1806-7

 

 

Are you “out of shape” spiritually? Do you long for a life that is fully and deeply engaged with the Creator? Does your heart ache to be transformed by God? Real change happens only when we train ourselves to be in the habit of exercising our hearts in the practice of godliness. The Bible says that training the body is of some value, but the most important thing we can do is to train our spirit. Habits of the Heart will help you develop practices that draw you into a deeper and lasting relationship with God. Each day of the year, this simple guide will help you focus on one essential aspect of your walk with God and show you how to make it a habit.

Features:

  • Unique cover material featuring wood texture stamped with a bronze foil
  • Elegant interior design with full-color end papers and a ribbon marker
  • 365 devotions offer a meaningful, yet practical, way to exercise your heart in the practice of godliness
  • Each week immerses you in a specific practice: conversational prayer, unplugging from life’s daily grind, waiting on God, being watchful, and much more

 

I have to admit that when I read the features I was said to myself “who cares!!, Will it get me closer to Jesus!!” I wanted to make sure there was meat in this devotional to dig into and even maybe get me more into the Bible itself.

Despite this being a very adorable book,  yes my friends there is meat to this book. Habits of the Heart  has a theme that is walked through each day of the week. Each day having different scripture. Some of my favorite weeks were:

-Being Frugal (Week 44)

-Controlling you Tongue (Week 25)

-Keeping Sabbath (Week 32)

These are just a few that seemed so very important to me right now. Devotionals for me are not always easy to choose, partly because I am super picky and partly I think they can be either really good at asking the tough questions or really bad.

That being said, I believe I will be using this devotional as my devotional for next year. Well, because I think its really good!

 

 

 

 

Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 448
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 1496418069
ISBN-13: 9781496418067

 

I received this book from Tyndale Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

 

Posted in Book Review | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment