Incredible Retelling of Queen Esther’s Story

I am always impressed by Jill Eileen Smith’s talent in creating compelling, vivid, and truth-based Biblical Fiction stories. Her newest release from Revell Publishers is my very favorite of all her books so far. . . “Star of Persia: Esther’s Story” is a beautiful, heart-wrenching, inspiring story that intrigued me with the first page, and held my imagination captive right until the end. Continue reading

Powerful Truths About Prayer

Wow, just wow. Sheila Walsh’s new book is one of the most powerful and impacting non-fiction books I’ve read in a long time, and is about a subject that all Christian women can relate to: prayer. “Praying Women: How to Pray When You Don’t Know What to Say” shares insightful reflection about the power of prayer, and how it truly is one of the most life-changing things we can do. At the same time, Sheila acknowledges (with deep understanding and compassion) the struggles and difficulties that also come with growing as a praying woman. Continue reading

A Must-Have Journal For All Writers – Aspiring and Experienced Alike

January is a month of goal-setting and resolutions. This month I’ve started a new daily habit that I’m hoping will kick-start my creativity for writing again, and I think all writers (aspiring or experienced) will enjoy it as much as I do. “My Unedited Writing Year: 365 Invitations to Free Your Creativity and the Writer Within” was written by Hope Lyda and published by Harvest House at the end of 2019. It is truly a one-of-a-kind volume. I’ve been following along with the prompts every day this month, and am enthusiastic to continue using this interactive journal for the entire year of 2020 – who knows what will come of this exciting adventure?! Continue reading

Another Powerful Book from Dr. Michelle Bengtson

Have you ever struggled with worry, anxiety, and fear? Yep, that could pretty much describe all of us at some point in our lives, right? As Christians, however, we have a few not-so-secret weapons to cope with and combat the battle against anxiety. Of course, this comes through claiming our identity in Christ, but sometimes that is easier said than done. Dr. Michelle Bengtson’s new book from Revell is a powerful volume that reminds us how each day we have the choice of “Breaking Anxiety’s Grip: How to Reclaim the Peace God Promises”. Continue reading

Stretch Your Creativeness – Guest Review by Tracy

“Created for More: 30 Days to Seeing Your World In a New Way” is a small book, perfect for picking up and reading a bit at a time.  The subtitle of this book is exactly right.  It enables you to see your world in a new way.  I didn’t read it in 30 days, instead I read one devotional (about 3 pages long), and thought about, used, and applied these words for a few days.  Then when I felt ready I would read the next one, and do the same thing again.  Continue reading

The Perfect Way to Start Your Day

Susie Larson is an author I greatly respect, and whenever a new book releases with her name on it I quickly try and add it to my reading list. Her newest volume from Bethany House Publishers is entitled “Blessings for the Soul: Words of Grace and Peace for Your Heart”. This lovely little book is packaged as a floral hardcover with a ribbon bookmark and thick pages that are printed with botanic designs – but the true merit comes from the words on the pages. . . Continue reading

The “Survival Guide” For Young Adults!

Have you read Jonathan “JP” Pokluda’s book “Welcome to Adulting: Navigating Faith, Friendships, Finances, and the Future”? If so, you will be excited to discover his new book from Revell entitled “Welcome to Adulting Survival Guide: 42 Days to Navigate Life”! It is an excellent addition to his full-length nonfiction book that really helps young adults remember and apply the practices that are so imperative as we enter our grown-up lives. Continue reading

A Great Resource About Prayer

I am so grateful to be collecting and reading all of the books in the Moody Bible Studies for Women series, as each one has proven to be a valuable gem in my library. The newest in the series was written by Crickett Keeth, and is entitled “On Bended Knee: Praying Like Prophets, Warriors, and Kings – An 8-Week Bible Study”. This book is for you (and me) if you are “dissatisfied with your prayer life, wanting to be more consistent in prayer, or looking to deepen your intimacy with God”. Continue reading

Another Treasure from Emily P. Freeman

Any book written by Emily P. Freeman is a guaranteed read for me. She has such a wise, gentle way of sharing powerful life truths that really resonates with me, and her books “A Million Little Ways” and “Simply Tuesday” remain two of my favorite Christian Living books ever. Her newest release is just as wonderful as I’ve been expecting, and is entitled “The Next Right Thing: A Simple, Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions”. Published by Revell in mid-2019, this book is a powerful tool to help us “create space for your soul to breathe so you can live life with God at a gentle pace and discern your next right thing in love.” Continue reading

Great Conversation Starters Before Marriage

Do you hope to get married one day? If so, how will you and your future spouse prepare for not just the wedding day, but the marriage itself? “Ready or Knot: 12 Conversations Every Couple Needs to Have Before Marriage” written by Scott Kedersha and published by BakerBooks is a great launching point to help couples plan, think, and simply talk about the lifetime commitment they are choosing to step into with each other. Continue reading