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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Don’t Overthink It

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Don’t Overthink It by Anne Bogel is a new non-fiction book for all of us overthinkers. I have been a big fan of Anne Bogel’s podcasts and blog for several years now and have enjoyed all of her books. This new book offers great practical advice from the author’s own life. Each chapter has a few questions so you can dive deeper into each chapter. I took away several ideas of how to change my thinking to reduce overthinking things in my own life.  I would recommend watching her Stay At Home Book Tour featuring this book and gives tips based on this book focused around the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to Baker Books for this review copy.

About the Author:
Anne Bogel is the author of Reading People and I’d Rather Be Reading and creator of the blog Modern Mrs. Darcy and the podcasts What Should I Read Next? and One Great Book. Bogel’s popular book lists and reading guides have established her as a tastemaker among readers, authors, and publishers. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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Made To Move Mountains

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“Because sometimes the best way out of darkness is by remembering and being thankful for all that you do have.” p110 Made To Move Mountains

Made to Move Mountains: How God Uses Our Dreams and Disasters to Accomplish the Impossible by Kristen Welch is a new Christian non-fiction book. Sadly, this is my least favorite of her books. I felt like this new one was a summary of her previous books and experiences that she has shared in the past. Kristen Welch is a talented author and she has an amazing ministry that helps women in Kenya. Thank you to Baker Books for this review copy.

About the Author
Kristen Welch was born and raised in Texas. Her parenting blog, We Are THAT Family (www.wearethatfamily.com), receives more than 40,000 unique visits every month with more than 200,000 page views, and she has an active following on social media. Kristen has a regular column in ParentLife magazine and is the author of Rhinestone Jesus, Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World, and Raising World Changers in a Changing World. She is the founder of Mercy House Global and facilitates Fair Trade Friday, a monthly subscription club that empowers impoverished women in 25 countries. Welch lives with her family in Texas.

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Thinking Like A Boss

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Thinking Like a Boss: Uncover and Overcome the Lies Holding You Back from Success by Kate Crocco is a new non-fiction book. Even though I may not be the target audience for this book since I am currently a stay at home mom, I did come away encouraged. I did enjoy this book and would highly recommend anyone that runs their own company to read this book and learn ways to improve their companies. The author shares from her own life the struggles she faced to become her own boss and her strategies to think like a boss.  Thanks to Baker Books for this review copy.

Kate Crocco

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With All Your Heart

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With All Your Heart by Christine Hoover is a new Christian non-fiction book. This book was encouraging to read over these past few weeks with all of the uncertainty and fear that we are faced with. The author shares personal experiences from her own life to show how we can focus on God as our King instead of our anxiety and things that bring us down. The book had Scripture verses to support how we can focus on the one true King instead of all the distractions of our world. Thanks to Baker Books for this review copy. What are some ways you are staying encouraged during this time?

About the Author:
Christine Hoover is a pastor’s wife, mom of three boys, host of the By Faith podcast, and author of several books, including Searching for Spring: How God Makes All Things Beautiful in Time, Messy Beautiful Friendship, and From Good to Grace. Her work has appeared on Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, and For the Church. Originally from Texas, Christine and her family live in Charlottesville, Virginia, where they planted a church in 2008. Find her at her home online at GraceCoversMe.com.

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M.O.M.—Master Organizer of Mayhem

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M.O.M.—Master Organizer of Mayhem by Kristi Clover is a new book for mothers all about organization.  She offers practical advice on how to organize your home and your family’s schedule. Each chapter focuses on an area in your house to organize and offers great advice. Topics include meal planning, chores for kids, laundry, and decluttering.  I read a chapter at a time and it motivated me to clean and organize my own home. I think most people could apply some of these points into their own routine in their house to hopefully get more organized. Thank you to Baker Books for this review copy.

About the Author:
Kristi Clover is an efficiency expert and a homeschooling mom of five kids ranging in age from preschool to teen. Aside from her family (and chocolate), she’s passionate about encouraging and inspiring families by offering simple solutions for a more joy-filled life. A down-to-earth writer and an energetic speaker, Kristi loves to share about her adventures in motherhood and home life at KristiClover.com, on the Simply Joyful podcast, and on social media as @KristiClover. She lives in San Diego, California.

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May 2019 Reading

IMG_2020Field Notes On Love by Jennifer E. Smith met my expectations for a light YA read about young romance. I enjoyed this book about a young guy who gets dumped by his girlfriend right before their planned trip by train across America. He finds a stranger to go on the trip with him. The story was predictable, but sometimes that is refreshing. It was a nice love story filled with travel making it perfect for summer reading.

The River by Peter Heller is a new release this year. Unpopular opinion, but I did not love this book. I had trouble getting into this book, but about 50 pages in, I was hooked to the story. Then the momentum stopped and I didn’t really care for the book overall. The parts describing their canoe adventure in Canada and living off the land was fascinating. This book is getting a lot of buzz this summer and it does have a great setting for summer reading. Have you read this book yet?

Save Me The Plums by Ruth Reichl is a new memoir from her time as the editor in chief of Gourmet Magazine. She shares how she received the job and the day to day decisions about the magazine. It was interesting to learn about a business that I am not familiar with. She also shares a few recipes throughout the book. This was my first book from this author and I hope to read some of her other books.

The Girls At 17 Swann Street by Yara Zgheib released earlier this year. This book was written in a unique style that took some getting used to. It was written from the perspective of a young anorexic woman. It was so honest about what the character was going through while seeking treatment at a home with other women facing eating disorders. I almost forgot it was fictional because mental illness was shown in such a realistic way. Thanks to The Girlfriend and St. Martin’s Press for this free book.

How To Find Love In A Bookshop by Veronica Henry is about a yong woman who inherits a bookshop from her father. She has to figure out a way to save th store. I listened to it on audio which was good, but there were a lot of different characters that were harder to follow on audio. If you enjoy books, then you will enjoy this story about an adorable bookshop in a small town.

Joyful Surrender by Elisabeth Elliot is a non-fiction Christian book about the 7 disciplines for the believer’s life. This book was previously published and was just released again in 2019. The author shares from her own life ways she was changed and impacted by God and used discipline in her own life.  I read this book in small amounts over a month. I learned more about her life since I really only knew she and her husband had been missionaries before he was killed. She was married two other times after that and went on to always be involved in ministry. Thank you to Revell for this book to review.

Two Weeks by Karen Kingsbury is the newest book about the Baxter family. She has written several different series based around this family in Bloomington, Indiana. I would highly recommend these books for those that enjoy Christian fiction books. In this book, a young girl is pregnant in high school and is faced with the decision of what she wants to do with the baby. There are also subjects of infertility, adoption, and loss in this book.

The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay is a new book that all book lovers will enjoy with several references to books throughout. The story is told from 3 perspectives of the women that work in the book shop. The small town feel is great and makes you want to visit their town and the book shop. The story focuses on a young woman who inherits a bookshop from her aunt. It makes her evaluate her life as an attorney and what she truly wants. I would recommend this book for summer reading since it is a nice light read with some predictability. This was my first book to read from this author and I plan to read some of her other books soon. Thank you Celebrate Lit for this e-book to review.

40 Verses to Ignite Your Faith: Surprising Insights from Unexpected Passages by Laurie Polich Short is a new Christian non-fiction book that I would highly recommend. This book is broken into forty chapters which each focuses on a verse and the author goes into depth about the verse and shares her own life experiences. This book covers issues about fear, worry, and anxiety in a practical and encouraging way. The verses chosen are ones that are less known from the Bible. Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for this copy to review.

Glorious Weakness: Discovering God in All We Lack by Alia Joy is a new non-fiction Christian book. The author shares her personal story about living with bi-polar disorder. She shares about her childhood filled with poverty and illness. She shares how God saved her and gave her hope.  This book was not for me which is okay because it will be a great book for someone else. Thank you to Baker Books for this review copy.

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing is a new thriller that I would put in my top thrillers for the year. Once I got over the strange feeling of reading about killers, the story picked up and had some good twists. It was definitely one that left you with questions and joining online discussions are interesting. I do not want to give spoilers so will just share the premise of a married couple with kids that decide to start killing women to add excitement to their marriage.

Gone Too Soon by Melody Carlson is a YA Christian fiction book. In this story, a teenage girl dies in a car accident. Her family unravels after her death. The mother deals with addiction issues and her marriage is in trouble. A younger sister finds the diary that her deceased sister had hidden away and while reading it finds out who her sister really was. This book covers hard issues such as the loss of a child in a very real way. I enjoyed how these hard issues were handled from a teenage girl’s perspective and her experiences grieving and trying to save the rest of her family. Thank you to Celebrate Lit for this ebook copy to review.

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim is about a Korean family living in America. The family started a hyperbaric chamber business and have clients with autism, infertility, and other health issues. This story unfolds from several perspectives all around a court case involving a fire that killed two people. The story was well told and had me drawn in of wanting to know what really happened.

The Girl He Used To Know by Tracey Garvis Graves has been all over Instagram lately and I can see why. This book was very well written to give you the perspective of a woman on the autism spectrum. She falls in love in college and they later reconnect. The story is told during her college years and ten years later in 2001. This book was a fast read and the love story was so sweet. I love when a book surprises you by how much you enjoy it.

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March Reading

IMG_2017The Huntress by Kate Quinn is a new WWII historical fiction book. It is a really long book especially since I read the large print copy. This book is told is from several points of view during and after WWII. There is mystery, action, and love all told really well in this book. A woman known as the Huntress is wanted for war crimes. A team searches for her as they follow leads and begin their own hunt to find her.  I would also recommend The Alice Network.

Grumpy Mom Takes A Holiday: Say Goodbye to Stressed, Tired, and Anxious, and Say Hello to Renewed Joy in Motherhood by Valerie Woerner is a book for moms that I loved. This book was so encouraging and spoke to me in many ways. Valerie shares from her own experiences as a mother of two little ones. She offers practical ways to make positive changes in your life to focus on what you want your life as a mother to be like. I would highly recommend this book to mothers especially during the younger years. Thank you to Tyndale Momentum for this review copy.

The Address by Fiona Davis was a good historical fiction book that I enjoyed on audio. All of her books that I have read are told in two time periods which I find enjoyable. A story is told about a family in the past and the present focused on a building in New York City. I also enjoyed The Dollhouse.

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelideswas a good psychological thriller. It was well told and fast paced. I either love or hate thrillers and this one did not disappoint. It had mystery and an unpredictable ending.  I do not want to give any of the story away by summarizing it.

I Owe You One by Sophia Kinsella is an audiobook that I did not care for. I have read a couple of her other books and enjoyed them, but this one was not for me. A young woman meets a man and they begin a relationship of owing each other favors. Meanwhile she has a lot of family drama going on and is trying to figure out her life.

Whiskey When We’re Dry by John Larison is a historical fiction book. This book is about a young girl that is orphaned and disguises herself as a young cowboy. She travels looking for her outlaw brother. Along the way, she has several adventures and mishaps. This story was written very descriptively and was slow paced at times. I read this on the recommendation that since I enjoyed Where The Crawdads Sing (one of my favorite books) to read this book.

The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin is a new book that I read after Jenna Hager recommended it for her new book club. I really enjoyed the writing and the story was well told. This story is about a poet and her family. The story takes place in 2079 and during the past during her lifetime. She tells the story of her poems and what influenced them. Her family was the inspiration and what shaped her into the person she became.

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid was so fresh and unique. I was hesitant because of all of the hype it is receiving, but it was true. I loved this book. The writing style was unique since it was written as an oral history of a famous band in the 1970’s. I devoured it in 24 hours. Daisy Jones begins her career as a singer and becomes a hit when she joins The Six. The story was very well told and I was sad to finish it. It will be one of my favorites for 2019.

The Victory Garden by Rhys Bowen is a historical fiction book set during WWI. A young woman wants to help the war effort and joins the Woman’s Land group. She falls in love with a young soldier. The book focused on the women during the war time and how they contributed while the men were away. If you enjoy historical fiction then you would also enjoy her other books: In Farleigh Field and The Tuscan Child.

When Life Doesn’t Match Your Dreams by Jill Eileen Smith is a Christian non-fiction book about women from the Bible. Each chapter is about a different woman and is told from her perspective. The author also shares from her own life similar stories and lessons. Thank you Revell for this book.

The Gown by Jennifer Robson is a historical fiction book about the making of Queen Elizabeth’s wedding gown. The story is told from three female perspectives. Two from the past and one from the present. The story was woven together really well.

Whispers and Wildflowers by Sarah Beth Marr is a new book for women. It is designed to be read over 30 days or at whichever pace you prefer. I have loved reading this book and have been so encouraged while reading it. The author shares experiences and verses to help women to slow down and enjoy their lives. I have felt encouraged reading about dealing with worry and anxiety in my day to day life. I would highly recommend reading this book. It has been one of the best Christian non-fiction books that I have read in awhile. Thank you Baker Books for this review copy.

Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts was a wonderful historical fiction book about Maud Baum. The story is told in two time periods about her life with her husband, L. Frank Baum, who wrote The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz. The other time is when Maud is on the movie set and befriends Judy Garland. The kids and I listened to the audio version narrated by Anne Hathaway. Then watched the original movie.

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True You

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True You: Letting Go of Your False Self to Uncover the Person God Created by Michelle DeRusha is a book I received from Baker Books. I thoroughly enjoyed this book about discovering the person God designed us to be. The author used analogies from pruning trees to show how we can change as people. I personally could relate to the feeling of always being busy, never taking the time to just stop and be still. She uses personal experiences to share how she started this journey of pruning up to enjoy life more thoroughly. I would highly recommend this book especially as we begin a new year and seek ways to better our lives.

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Searching For Spring Book Review

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“The winter of waiting makes war on us, our flesh fighting against the Spirit and the beauty he wants to bring in the coming spring.”

-Searching for Spring by Christine Hoover

Searching for Spring by Christine Hoover is about how God makes all things beautiful in time.  Besides the beautiful cover, this book had a lot of  wisdom about hardships we all face and how God can make them beautiful. Reading about God making beauty during our trials was comforting. Spring is a season for new beginnings and in this book she discusses life in the different seasons. I was able to enjoy reading it outside when there were Spring like days. Being able to be outside during winter makes you hope for the warmer days. The changing weather made me relate to what the author compared the seasons to changes in our lives. Winter can be so hard and represents hardships in life and having hope in Spring.  I enjoyed her writing style and the verses and quotes throughout the book. You can visit her blog here and also learn about her other books.

 

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