Back Roads To Belonging


Back Roads to Belonging by Kristen Strong is a Christian non-fiction book about finding your place of belonging.  Finding a place where you belong and have good friendships can be hard at any stage of life. Our lives are constantly changing as we pass in and out of different circles. Kristen Strong shares from her own life experiences of feeling lost and alone. She shares where we can find our real source of belonging in God.  I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend reading it. I read it during a time when we have moved to a new school where we do not know anyone. Not only do I think of my kids finding new friends, I feel like I need to find my own place of belonging with the other parents that already know each other and I feel like an outsider. This book was encouraging and one I will revisit to remind myself of the truths that I learned. Thanks to Revell for this review copy.

About the author:

Kristen Strong, author of Girl Meets Change, writes as a friend offering meaningful encouragement for each season of life so you can see it with more hope and less worry. She and her US Air Force veteran husband, David, have three children. Together this military family zigzagged across the country (and one ocean) several times before settling in Colorado Springs, Colorado. You can find her at, DaySpring’s (in)courage, and on Instagram @kristenstrong.

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Home For Erring and Outcast Girls


Home for Erring and Outcast Girls by Julie Kibler is a historical fiction book that spans two time periods in the past and in the present. Told from the perspective of three women. I was really enjoying this story until about 200 pages in. The story took a direction that I was not expecting and didn’t really care for. Overall the writing style was great and historical fiction is my go to genre. What is your favorite genre to read?

If you enjoyed this book then I would recommend:

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Back To School is here and our family is using Sambucol to keep our immune systems healthy. We take 2 gummies a day to maintain a healthy immune system. We used the Cold and Flu Relief at the onset of cold symptoms and I noticed a huge relief. Thanks to Sambucol and Tryazon for sharing these products with us.


Some Books To Read About Germs:

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Breathe Again


“Life doesn’t have to be pain-free to be full.” -Niki Hardy

Breathe Again: How to Live Well When Life Falls Apart by Niki Hardy is a new Christian non-fiction book. The author shares about her experience with cancer and the book was very encouraging. Life is hard and I do not know anyone that would say they have an easy life. This book is comforting for anyone, not just those fighting cancer. Niki provides practical steps to live a full life even through pain and loss. The resources in the book especially the Thriver’s Manifesto are something to come back to again and again. Each chapter has suggestions to implement these truths into your own life.  I would highly recommend this book. Thanks to Revell for this book to review.

About the Author
Niki Hardy is a speaker and writer whose work has appeared in Christian Today and Living by Design Ministries and on Premier Radio. After leaving corporate life in London, she trained as a teacher at Kings College, London, before studying theology at Wycliffe, Oxford. She and her husband moved their family to the United States to plant CityChurch Charlotte, NC, where they now live with their three kids and two crazy Goldendoodles. A rectal (yes, rectal) cancer survivor, pastor’s wife, tea drinker, and teller of bad jokes, she’d love to connect with you at if she can’t hug you in person.


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The Book Woman Of Troublesome Creek


The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson is a historical fiction book about the blue people from Kentucky in the early 1900’s. The historical facts were fascinating, but the story was very slow paced. I had to take a break from reading it and then read it in smaller sections to finish it. The main character is not only a blue person, but is a pack horse librarian. Reading about her love of books and the hardships they endured to have a few books to read made me very appreciative for what we have access to now.  I am from Kentucky and had the opportunity to meet the author and hear more about her extensive research into writing this book.

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The Wedding Party


The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory is the third book in this romance series. This was my favorite so far of her books. I liked the main characters and hearing about the other characters from the previous books. Maddie and Theo have a mutual friend and have always thought that they did not like the other person. After a hook up, they begin a secret relationship that surprises them both. These books are heavy on the romance.  I enjoyed getting to meet Jasmine at an author event and hear her speak about her books. She has a new one releasing later this year called Royal Holiday.

Her other books:



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If I Built A…


My kids and I love anything by Chris Van Dusen and we had the fun opportunity to meet him in May. We especially love this series about Jack as he envisions how he would build a car, a house, and a school. The rhyming words are wonderful as a parent to read aloud and the kids love seeing all of the imaginative ideas in these books.

  • If I Built A Car by Chris Van Dusen shows how Jack would build his dream car. He uses all sorts of fun and innovative ideas.
  •  If I Built A School by Chris Van Dusen is the newest book about Jack’s ideas for a school. My kids said this is now their favorite of this series and would love to go to a school like that.
  • If I Built A House by Chris Van Dusen has Jack showing his mom what he has planned for a house of his own design.

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Lady In The Lake


Lady In The Lake by Laura Lippman is a new mystery book set in the 1960’s. A woman decides to leave her husband to make a career for herself as a newspaper reporter. There are two murders that she investigates in Baltimore. There are issues of race and some mystery that kept me turning the pages. The ending left me disappointed especially since I enjoyed the writing and the storyline up to the end. Would love to hear your thoughts on this book in the comments.

I read her other book last summer:


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Even Monsters Go To School


Even Monsters Go to School by Lisa Wheeler (Author) and Chris Van Dusen (Illustrator) is the follow up to Even Monsters Need To Sleep  where all of the monsters have to go to school. The illustrations are wonderful and show how all of the different monsters go to school.

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Back To School


It is back to school time around here and we are sharing some of our favorite new books about school:

  • Bunny’s Book Club Goes to School by Annie Silvestro (Author) and Tatjana Mai-Wyss (Illustrator) is the second in this series about some adorable animals that love to read. They are off to school in this new book and are happy to discover that the school has a library.
  • The Pigeon HAS to Go to School! by Mo Willems has the beloved pigeon going to school. This book is humorous and shows what you get to do at school.

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