Wow, was this ever a humdinger of a sequel in the “Heirloom Secrets” series! “Paint and Nectar” is the second book I’ve read by the incredibly talented Ashley Clark, (the first was “The Dress Shop on King Street”) and it completely blew me away. This author manages to create poetry out of prose, and inspire readers with the themes of hope found in beauty, and the importance of preserving the past even as we move forward in the present.Continue reading
Have A Tissue Handy For This One… Guest Review by Hayley
As soon as I read a new release by Roseanna White, it very often becomes a new favourite. This one is certainly no different!
The conclusion to “The Codebreakers” series, “A Portrait of Loyalty” is truly a one-of-a-kind story. I had never before heard of altering and re-creating photographs in the early 1900’s, and certainly not in relation to the war effort. I had no idea what crucial roles photographers played in the intelligence division of the government during the war, making this book really fascinating. Continue reading
Powerful Stories and Dramatic Photography About Redefining Beauty
From the moment I learned about Rebecca Friedlander’s new project with BakerBooks, I knew it was a book I wanted to read! “Finding Beautiful: Discovering Authentic Beauty Around the World” is a lovely hardcover book packed with powerful stories, dramatic photography, and this statement at the core: “Let’s redefine beauty for our world!”. Continue reading
An Incredible Story of God’s Redeeming Love in Our Darkest Moments
With her new release from Thomas Nelson publishers, Tamera Alexander once again reminds her readers precisely why she is a bestselling author – her stories are masterfully written with powerful themes and unforgettable characters, often revolving around true historical events. “With This Pledge” is undoubtedly her most heart-wrenching work to date, yet also one of her most beautiful, as it contrasts the unimaginable horrors of the Civil War with the promise and hope of God’s unending and never-failing love. While it will take courage to read this incredible story, the rewards that it offers by helping us deepen our empathy, faith, and hope, are more than worth it. Continue reading
A Challenge to Find Joy – Guest Review by Hayley
“Defiant Joy” – it really does feel like we must act in defiance to the world if we are to experience joy in this life. The mainstream society is governed by worry, fear, guilt, shame, and so many other things that stand in the way of this joy that is supposed to be the birthright of the sons and daughters within the Kingdom.
Some of my favourite books are written by John and/or Stasi Eldredge. For this reason, I was quick to pick up a copy of “Defiant Joy: Taking Hold of Hope, Beauty, and Life in a Hurting World”, and I am very glad I did. Continue reading
A Timely Message
A new release from Revell Publishers written by Kay Wills Wyma holds a very timely message for practically everyone living in the fast-paced world of our modern day and age. “Not the Boss of Us: Putting Overwhelmed In It’s Place In A Do-All, Be-All World” is the response to the questions so many of us feel deep down, sometimes even subconsciously: “Too much to manage and not enough time or energy to do it? What if instead of being overwhelmed with life you could be overwhelmed by Truth with all its grace, hope, peace, and love?” Continue reading
The Title Says it All… “Enough: Silencing the Lies that Steal Your Confidence”
I have only read a couple of Sharon Jaynes’ books, but with each one I always reach the end with a sense of greater knowledge and deeper understanding of God’s Word. I believe this is the result of Sharon truly listening to God’s voice as she writes. Her newest book, “Enough: Silencing the Lies That Steal Your Confidence” is actually a revised edition of an earlier work, but is a first-time read for me. Published by Harvest House, this book helps answer the question I think all women have asked, “What can you do when you feel you’re just not good enough?” Continue reading
A Fantastic and Fun Guide for Girls of All Ages!! Guest Review by Hayley
“The Girls’ Guide to Conquering Life” is a wonderful new volume that will guide young women of all ages to handle new situations with confidence. Written by Erica and Jonathan Catherman, this book includes topics ranging from how to change a tire, how to throw darts, how to wear a scarf, and how to introduce yourself. Clearly, a lot of time and thought was put into choosing this amazing range of topics. Continue reading
Be Swept Away to a World of Ballrooms and Dancing
The moment we’ve all been waiting for (or at least all the fans of Kristi Ann Hunter’s Regency-era “Hawthorne House” series have been waiting for) finally arrived in the autumn of 2017! From Bethany House comes “An Inconvenient Beauty”, the story of the last, unmarried Hawthorne sibling: Griffith, Duke of Riverton. Because Griffith was a character we all came to adore in the previous books, I’m certain I wasn’t the only reader waiting with baited breath to finally encounter the lady who would win his heart. Continue reading
The Sweetest Adult Coloring Book Available!
Wouldn’t it be amazing if our favorite Christian non-fiction books had a coloring book to accompany them? Well, guess what?! One of the best non-fiction books I read in the year of 2015 now DOES have a coloring book to go along with it, and an absolutely adorable one at that… Fans of Emily P. Freeman’s “Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World” will undoubtedly be delighted with the new addition to the “Tuesday” collection: “It’s Simply Tuesday: An Adult Coloring Book”. Published by Revell in the spring of 2017, this is hands-down my favorite coloring book. Ever. Continue reading