Talking With Your Kids About Jesus

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Talking with Your Kids about Jesus: 30 Conversations Every Christian Parent Must Have by Natasha Crain is a new Christian non-fiction book for parents. This would make a great resurce for parents to use when discussing Jesus and the Bible with their kids. Each chapter covers a certain topic and offers practical ways to share it with your kids. The book consists of thirty different topics to discuss with your family. Thank you to Baker Books for this review copy.

About the Author:
Natasha Crain is a national speaker, author, and blogger who is passionate about equipping Christian parents to raise their kids with an understanding of how to make a case for and defend their faith in an increasingly secular world. In addition to Talking with Your Kids about Jesus, she has authored two other apologetics books for parents: Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side and Talking with Your Kids about God. Natasha’s articles have been featured in the Focus on the Family magazine and the Christian Research Journal, and she’s been interviewed on radio shows across the country. She has an MBA from UCLA and a certificate in Christian apologetics from Biola University. A former marketing executive and adjunct professor, Natasha lives in Southern California with her husband and three children. She writes at http://www.natashacrain.com.

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This Is How I Lied

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This Is How I Lied: A Novel by Heather Gudenkauf is a new thriller book that I really enjoyed. The mystery unfolds over two timelines to uncover who killed Eve. A teenage girl is found dead and twenty five years later some new evidence is found to open up the case again. The detective assigned to the case was the victim’s best friend and she is now determined to uncover the truth of what really happened. This book was told by several different character perspectives and had some good twists. Thank you to Park Row Books for this review copy.

About the Author:
Heather Gudenkauf is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Weight of Silence and Not a Sound. Heather lives in Iowa with her family.

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Hadley Beckett’s Next Dish

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Hadley Beckett’s Next Dish: A Novel by Bethany Turner is a new romance book that I really enjoyed. This story is set around two chefs on a cooking competition show. The enemy to lovers story was well done and was told from each perspective of the two main characters.  I loved the setting with all of the cooking and each chapter was titled using cooking terms. The book went back and forth between Nashville and New York City and the food scene in both locations. Thanks to Revell for this review copy.

About the Author:
Bethany Turner is the award-winning author of The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck and Wooing Cadie McCaffrey and the director of administration for Rock Springs Church in Southwest Colorado. A former bank executive and a three-time cancer survivor (all before she turned 35), Bethany knows that when God has plans for your life, it doesn’t matter what anyone else has to say. Because of that, she’s chosen to follow his call to write. She lives with her husband and their two sons in Colorado, where she writes for a new generation of readers who crave fiction that tackles the thorny issues of life with humor and insight.

 

 

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The Floating Feldmans

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The Floating Feldmans by Elyssa Friedland is a book set on a cruise ship with a dysfunctional family. This story has lots of family drama and I enjoyed this book a lot more than The Jetsetters which have a similar premise. I was planning to read this in August on our family’s cruise, but the cruise was cancelled. I did enjoy this one and it would make for good reading this summer.

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Mother’s Day

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Motherhood is one fun adventure and some days are hard. I especially enjoy books that share the honest parts of motherhood and share it in a humorous way.  Sharing some of my favorite fictional books about motherhood:

 

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Ordinary Grace

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Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger has been on my TBR since I read This Tender Land last year.  Less than a hundred pages in and I could already tell that this was going to be a 5 star book.  This historical book is set in the 1960’s and tells the story from the perspective of a young boy. This book was beautifully written and I would highly recommend reading it.  Now I plan to read the first book in his series called Iron Lake.

I also loved one of his other books:

 

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All The Light We Cannot See

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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr was the March pick for my book club that then got delayed into April. We never did get to meet in person to discuss this book. Only 2 of us ended up reading it and had a video chat to discuss. This book may not have been the best book to read during quarantine since it is about WWII. So we are picking a happier book for May. For me personally, this met two of my goals to read backlist titles and books that I already own. I appreciated the writing of this book, but I struggled with the heavy content since I have a lot of COVID-19 stuff on my mind. Historical fiction is a favorite genre of mine and this one seems to be a must read for those that enjoy this genre.

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Stay

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Stay: Discovering Grace, Freedom, and Wholeness Where You Never Imagined Looking by Anjuli Paschall is a new Christian non-fiction book. I had never heard of this author before reading this book. I think if you have been a follower of hers online, you may enjoy this book more. This book was released during quarantine when we have to stay home and this seemed like a fitting title to read during this time. She shares personal stories from her life growing up and her marriage. She also shares about her motherhood journey and the lessons she has learned along the way.  Thanks to Bethany House Publishers for this review copy.

About the Author:
Anjuli Paschall is the founder of The Moms We Love Club and is a beloved writer for Dayspring’s (in)courage. She lives in Southern California with her husband, Sam, and five beautiful children. She’s frequently late, wrestles with guilt, and loses things. When she found the courage to stay, she discovered the love of God in the middle of her messy story.

 

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Code Name Helene

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Code Name Hélène: A Novel by Ariel Lawhon was one of my highly anticipated books of 2020. This book has been receiving great reviews everywhere and it did not disappoint. This WWII historical fiction book has dual timelines to tell of a brave woman and her fight against the Germans.  This fiction book is based on the life of a real woman named Nancy Wake.  I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend reading it.

I also enjoyed her previous book:

 

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The Traitor’s Pawn

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The Traitor’s Pawn by Lisa Harris is a new Christian fiction book. I enjoyed this fast paced FBI drama. The story kept my attention the whole time and it was a great story to escape into. It also involved some romance as two old friends work together on a FBI investigation. The story starts out with a kidnapping and dives right into a chase. An  investigation begins to uncover who is behind it. I would recommend this book to those that enjoy reading Christian fiction. Thanks to Revell for this review copy.

About the Author:
Lisa Harris is a bestselling author, a Christy Award winner, and the winner of the Best Inspirational Suspense Novel from Romantic Times for her novels Blood Covenant and Vendetta. The author of more than 40 books, including The Nikki Boyd Files and the Southern Crimes series, as well as Vanishing Point, A Secret to Die For, and Deadly Intentions, Harris and her family have spent over 16 years living as missionaries in southern Africa. Learn more at http://www.lisaharriswrites.com.

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