God-Confident Kids


“Don’t let fear of change snuff out the direction God is taking you,

your kids, and your family.” p136

God-Confident Kids by Cyndie Claypool de Neve is a new Christian non-fiction book for parents. This book is not a book about dyslexia, but the author shares about her experience raising a son with dyslexia and I found it so encouraging. I have children with dyslexia and it brings a whole new dimension to parenting.  This book was well written and timely discussing issues relevant to parenting today. Parents today face so many new challenges as social media plays a bigger part of our lives and in our kids’ lives. It is so helpful and encouraging to read books like this one to help navigate parenting. Thank you to Baker Books for this review copy.

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She Prays


She Prays by Debbie Lindel is a new Christian non-fiction book about prayer. It is divided into 31 days of readings. I read one chapter daily and enjoyed the short chapters that offered encouragement for praying. I really enjoyed the verses included in each chapter that reinforced each topic. The author shares from her own life and offers verses of encouragement.  This book offers wisdom to anyone looking for a new devotional about prayer and to deepen your faith in God. Thank you to Revell for this review copy.


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Where The Crawdads Sing


“Autumn leaves don’t fall; they fly.”

-Where The Crawdads Sing p.124

Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens is still one of my favorite books and one of the most popular ones right now. I read it the first time in September 2018 and was able to hear Delia Owens speak a few months later. I reread the book for my book club’s October pick. I was surprised by how much I had forgotten about the storyline. I loved it just as much the second time. This book has every element of a good book including mystery, romance, and historical fiction. The setting of the North Carolina marsh is like a character on its own. Looking forward to discussing it with my book club.

We had some fun food themed for book club including chicken pot pie,  blackberry cobbler,  and Swamp water. It was a fun night discussing this book and we all loved it. What foods would you include from the book?



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Two Peas & Their Pod Cookbook


Two Peas & Their Pod Cookbook: Favorite Everyday Recipes from Our Family Kitchen by Maria Lichty is a new cookbook from my favorite food blogger. I have used her recipes for years and have always had great success with them. My first recipe from this cookbook is the Pumpkin Streusel Muffins and they are delicious. Looking forward to making more yummy recipes from this book.


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What Happens In Paradise


What Happens In Paradise by Elin Hildebrand is a new book and the second in a trilogy. I read the first book last year and really enjoyed it. Since I read it last year, it took awhile to remember all of the characters in this new book so I highly recommend reading them in order. This book leaves a lot unanswered and I will be waiting for the third book in anticipation. This series is set on St. John and makes a great setting for this story involving mystery, family secrets, and romance.

The first book:



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The Tattooist of Auschwitz


The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris is a historical fiction book about World War II. I really enjoyed this book based on a true story about a man that was the tattooist during WWII. He was a Jew in a concentration camp and the story shares his life and the hardships he endured to survive. The ending seemed to wrap up too quickly, but I enjoyed this historical fiction book.

Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris is a new book and the second book in this series. Cilka was a minor character in The Tattooist of Auschwitz. This book continues where the first one left off and I enjoyed the writing of this one better. Both stories are heartbreaking and this one shows the hardships this Jewish woman endured during and after WWII.

If you enjoyed these books, then I would recommend:


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Breaking Anxiety’s Grip


Breaking Anxiety’s Grip by Dr. Michelle Bengtson is a new book that I highly recommend. This book was one of the best books I have read about trusting God and overcoming anxiety and fear. The author shares real life experiences from her life and from people that shared their stories.  Talking to other women at church, I know that anxiety is something that a lot of us struggle with. This book is one I will go back to as it resonated so much to my own life and the struggles we face.  Each chapter included song recommendations about this topic and verses to look up. Thank you to Revell for this review copy.

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The Nanny


The Nanny by Gilly Macmillan is a new mystery and thriller set in England. A young woman moves back to her family’s estate with her daughter. She is faced with things from her past and her tumultuous relationship with her mother as family secrets are revealed. A skull is found in the lake and a mystery is investigated of who died and who the murderer is. Her nanny comes back into their lives with her own secrets. There were some great twisty turns in this one and it left me turning the pages to find out what happened next. Do you try and read mysteries in October?


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Waiting For Tom Hanks


Waiting For Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey is a fun romantic book based on rom coms.  The book is set in Columbus, Ohio when a movie is being filmed. Annie is a young woman waiting for her romantic life to begin. She compares every relationship to ones in romantic movies and is waiting for her own Tom Hanks character to meet. This is the author’s first adult book and yet it read like a YA novel with older characters. This is a fun light read for all of the rom com lovers. I met the author and she was delightful to hear in person talk about her books and her love of rom coms.

Also by Kerry Winfrey:

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