A Haunting Yet Beautiful Story of Unlikely Friendship

“The Solace of Water” by Elizabeth Byler Younts is the type of story that stays with you long after reaching the final page. Published by Thomas Nelson, this book is an intricate tapestry that spans a vast range of emotions, from soul-numbing grief to the hope which only the redemption of Christ can endow. Although external action is not the focus of this story, the inner worlds of the three POV characters are compelling, heart-wrenching, and at times even haunting. Continue reading

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Powerful, Helpful, and Engaging Book About Emotional Boundaries

I just finished reading a book that, upon completion, I promptly added to my personal list of most influential non-fiction books. “Boundaries for Your Soul: How to Turn Your Overwhelming Thoughts and Feelings into Your Greatest Allies” was published by Thomas Nelson and written by Alison Cook, PhD, and Kimberly Miller, MTh, LMFT. This book takes the complicated question of “Do your emotions control you or do you control your emotions?” and breaks it down into understandable, do-able, and ultimately life-changing practices that will truly transform you from the inside out. Continue reading

A Thrill Ride of a Story

I’ve never before read a novel by Carrie Stuart Parks, but with the unique synopsis of her newest release I was excited to give it a try. “Formula of Deception” is a complicated, hair-raising, and fascinatingly detailed suspense novel from Thomas Nelson Publishers that had me reading long into the night as I quickly flipped the pages to discover how the story was finally resolved. Continue reading

Beautiful Dual-Time Story of Redemption

Best-selling author Rachel Hauck never ceases to amaze me with the fascinating plots of her stories – where does she come up with her unique ideas?! “The Love Letter” is her newest release from Thomas Nelson, and is a dual-storyline novel that weaves together the lives of four people… Two are from the glamorous but shallow, modern-day world of Hollywood, and two are from the tumultuous unrest of South Carolina during the Revolutionary War. Their connection? A simple letter – a love letter… Continue reading

A Guide for Overcoming Labels with Truth

“What label are you wearing?” While it may seem simple or even a bit strange, this question can bring up so many potentially life-changing ideas if we understand the context behind it. “Tailor Made: Discover the Secret to Who God Created You to Be” was written by Alex Seeley and published by Thomas Nelson. It is a wonderful guide to learning how to effectively ask this question, and so many others, in ways that help us really begin to understand who we were created to be, and how to be set free to live out that truth… (Hint: it is NOT who the Enemy says we are, which is often so ingrained into us that we consider his lies to be truth). Continue reading

Joyful and Inspiring Ideas for Your Own Celebrations

Gorgeous. Stunning. Inspiring. Picture-perfect. These adjectives, and so many more, accurately describe a beautiful new party-planning cookbook entitled “So Much to Celebrate: Entertaining the Ones You Love the Whole Year Through”. Written by Katie Jacobs of the food and lifestyle blog “Styling My Everyday”, and published by Thomas Nelson, this volume is so much more than a cookbook. . . It is a work of art that will inspire you to “create meaningful, extraordinary celebrations that foster lifelong memories with the ones you love.” Continue reading

A Well-Done Novel with Interesting Historical Details – Guest Review by Hayley

While “The Weaver’s Daughter” is just the latest of several books by Sarah Ladd, it was a first for me, as I have never before read this author.

“The Weaver’s Daughter” tells the story of a hardworking assembly of weavers as they fight for their livelihood during a time when machine-power of developing mills was quickly replacing man-power of individual families.  With both the weavers and the mill workers and owners living within the same small community of Amberdale, tension runs high, as distinct divisions are made between the residents, and increasing hatred, pride, greed, suspicion, and anger fester among the people. Continue reading

This Devotional is a Beautiful Treasure-Trove of Inspiration

Lysa TerKeurst’s beautiful new devotional from Thomas Nelson Publishers will take your breath away.  This precious book is entitled “Embraced: 100 Devotions to Know God Is Holding You Close”, and is exquisite not only in design, but also in content. Lysa’s words are heartfelt and compassionate as she guides her readers like a beloved friend who truly understands the heartaches of life. Continue reading

A Lovely Companion to a Devotional Classic – guest review by Tracy

One of my favorite devotionals is the classic “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young.  I was excited to see a newly released coloring book from Thomas Nelson, entitled “Jesus Calling: Creative Coloring and Hand Lettering”, as a companion to this wonderful book.   Continue reading

A Heartfelt and Reflective Adventure

“She always wanted a different heart. But she never expected the adventure that would come with it.” After reading this tagline, who could resist learning more about the story it describes? “The Heart Between Us” was written by new-to-me author Lindsay Harrel and published by Thomas Nelson just in time for Spring, 2018. As readers step into the pages of this sweet novel, they will be swept along on an adventure of growth, challenge, discovery, and love. Continue reading