A Relationship Memoir from Jeremy and Audrey Roloff

Jeremy and Audrey Roloff are a couple used to being in the spotlight, due to the television show based on Jeremy’s family (TLC’s “Little People, Big World”), but now they are stepping into a different public role – as authors. “A Love Letter Life: Pursue Creatively, Date Intentionally, Love Faithfully” is set to be published by Zondervan in April of 2019, and is a memoir of sorts detailing the couple’s love story and providing inspiration for writing your own unique love story. Continue reading

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Biblical Characters Come to Life in Jill Eileen Smith’s New Non-Fiction Release – Guest Review by Hayley

Many of the non-fiction books that I gravitate toward have to do with women of the Bible.  I was excited to see that this new release from Revell “When Life Doesn’t Match Your Dreams: Hope for Today from 12 Women of the Bible” revolved around exactly that topic, and from Jill Eileen Smith, an incredibly talented Biblical fiction author!  I believe this book, even now that I am finished it, will help me to read the Bible with a much deeper ability to relate to the people and stories within it’s pages.  They really were not as different from you and me as it might feel from a quick reading. Continue reading

A Springboard For Outdoor Adventures! – Guest Review by Hayley

“This Outdoor Life” by Laurie Kehler is a new release from Harvest House publishers.  As you can see from the subtitle “Finding God in the Heart of Nature”, this book is a treasure trove metaphors between God and His Creation. Continue reading

A Beautiful Metaphor of “Pruning Open” Our Lives

Have you ever heard of the gardening technique called “pruning open”? I hadn’t either, until I read the fascinating, challenging, beautiful new book written by Michelle DeRusha and published by BakerBooks in the new year of 2019. Entitled “True You: Letting Go of Your False Self to Uncover the Person God Created”, this compelling book is based on a powerful and easy to understand (but not always easy to apply) metaphor that is so perfectly fitting for us as Christians. Continue reading

This Beautifully Designed Bible is a Work of Art – Guest Review by Hayley

I was looking for an NIV translation Bible, and this one was the obvious choice for many reasons.

As a musician, my eye was caught immediately by this gorgeous hand-painted design of musical notes and symbols winding among the delicate flowers against a mint green background.  It is truly beautiful and inspiring. Continue reading

A Health and Wellness Guide with a Biblical Foundation

Sometimes a book’s title accurately and succinctly describes exactly what you can expect to find within the pages. That is the case with a new book by Nelson Searcy and Jennifer Dykes Henson – “The New You: A Guide to Better Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual Wellness”. Published by BakerBooks early in the new year of 2019, this book is a practical yet exciting, user-friendly resource to help us form new habits and, consequently, improve our health. Continue reading

Heather Holleman’s New Book Reminds Us That We Are Chosen for Christ

Heather Holleman is an author I greatly respect, as she always challenges me to think outside the box and dive deeper into some of the key verbs of Scripture. I’ve previously enjoyed her books “Included in Christ”, “Seated with Christ”, and “Guarded by Christ”, and was excited to begin her newest work from Moody Publishers entitled “Chosen for Christ: Stepping Into the Life You’ve Been Missing”. As Heather urges us, “It’s time to stop letting rejection write your story”. Continue reading

Great Ideas For Forming Life-Giving Habits

Habits can be life-changing, either for good or for bad. When habits are formed that help you to grow spiritually, the results will pay off exponentially in every other area of your life, as well. A new book from Moody Publishers written by Darryl Dash is entitled “How to Grow: Applying the Gospel to All of Your Life”, and is filled with practical ideas for forming life-giving habits that incorporate Bible-reading, prayer, and other spiritual practices into our everyday life. Continue reading

A Personal Look at Elisabeth Elliot’s First Year on the Mission Field – Guest Review by Hayley

“Made for the Journey” by renowned missionary and author Elisabeth Elliot is the story of this brave woman’s “first year in the jungles of Ecuador”.  This memoir recounts in great detail the beginning of Elisabeth’s life on the mission field.

The mission field is not for the faint of heart.  That is made abundantly clear in “Made for the Journey”.  Incredible challenges, hardships, disappointments, and cultural barriers had to be overcome in order to spread the Gospel to the remote regions of South America, and the stories in this book clearly demonstrate the perseverance required by those who are called to the difficult life of serving on the mission field.   Continue reading

A Challenging Book About Living Out Philippians 4:8

Discernment. That’s not a word that is used very often these days – or at least it’s not one that is put into practice as often as it could and should be. A new book from Moody Publishers, written by Hannah Anderson, helps readers to change this trend, and instead begin asking questions like “How can we, imperfect as we are, develop an instinct for recognizing and embracing the good?” and “How does discernment equip us to navigate a broken, complicated world with confidence and joy?” In “All That’s Good: Recovering the Lost Art of Discernment”, these questions are just the starting point on an exciting journey of new insights and challenging discussions, helping us to truly live out Philippians 4:8 which instructs us to seek truth, honor, justice, purity, loveliness, and things that are praiseworthy. Continue reading