I did not expect to be convicted by a book about the practice of Hygge, but surprisingly enough, I was! (In the best, and most God-inspired way, of course.) “Holy Hygge: Creating A Place For People To Gather And The Gospel To Grow” was written by new-to-me author Jamie Erickson, and published by Moody in the last months of 2022. This insightful, practical, and challenging book was an eye-opener for me in SO many ways, and I am very glad to have read it. Here are just a few reasons why I recommend “Holy Hygge” to you as well: Continue reading
I’ve never before read a book by Amanda Cox, but I was so impressed with “The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery” that I will definitely be searching out more titles by this talented author! Published by Revell in the summer of 2021, this book captivated me from start to finish with the story of how a family-run grocery store is the thread that ties generations of women – and their secrets – together into a heart wrenching tale of love and loss. Continue reading
Sometimes we need a gentle, slow-paced story that reminds us to take a deep breath and just…. be. “The Nature of Small Birds” by Susie Finkbeiner was just such a book for me, and it was also one of my favourite novels of the entire year. This story is told in a chapter pattern where the entire book goes through the sequence of perspectives for three different family members, at varying time periods of their lives. The neat part? This story is primarily about a girl named Mindy, but she is not even one of the narrators telling the story! Continue reading
Hurray! A new series by Jennifer Delamere begins! “Line by Line” is the first book in her “Love Along the Wires” series, and I adored each page of this delightful Christian Historical novel from Bethany House. Set in London in 1880, this is a story that is compelling, witty, and sweetly romantic – with plenty of unexpected twists to keep readers guessing along the way.
At first I thought “Line by Line” was going to be a feministic story filled with the movement for women’s rights and independence, and all the things that go along with that. (That’s not to say this is a bad thing, but I don’t generally care for stories that lean too much towards the “women don’t need men at all” mindset). Anyways, this wasn’t ultimately the case in this story, Continue reading
I can always count on Jody Hedlund to deliver a compelling story that is filled with a memorable romance, a unique peek into history, and a plot that sweeps readers away. Her newest installment in “The Bride Ships” series from Bethany House, “A Bride of Convenience”, does not disappoint!
“A Bride of Convenience” tells the story of Zoe Hart, who left England on a bride ship bound for British Columbia, and pastor Abe Merivale who has lived in the rugged land for several years. Reluctantly they are shoved together when an orphaned baby is left in their care, but are they willing to alter their entire futures when caring for the baby leaves them no choice but to marry someone they hardly know? Continue reading
Bethany House Publishers have released some fabulous works of fiction in the last few months, but I have to say that none quite compare to the novel I just finished reading… Who wrote this new masterpiece, you ask? It probably won’t come as a surprise to discover that it was the acclaimed Elizabeth Camden, who has begun a brand-new series entitled “Hope and Glory”. The first story in this series is “The Spice King”, and what an unforgettable story it is! Continue reading
Did you know mindfulness has been practiced by Christians for centuries? I did not know this. In “Holy Noticing: The Bible, Your Brain, and the Mindful Space Between Moments”, the author shares tools to practice a mindful lifestyle and how to use it in our own lives. He takes a common sense, experienced, and scientific view of present moment awareness, and mindfulness. And, he examines and describes how to reduce anxiety in our lives by re-wiring our brain through what he calls “holy noticing”. Continue reading
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
I’ll just give you fair warning – be prepared for a good amount of gushing about how fantastic this book was! (There, you’ve been warned!) “You Belong With Me” was written by Tari Faris and published by Revell as the first in the new “Restoring Heritage” series. I’ve never read anything by this author before, but now I cannot wait for her next story to release – I loved every word of “You Belong With Me” and found myself alternately smiling, wiping away tears, and laughing at the engaging story of Hannah, Luke, and the town of Heritage. Continue reading
Have you ever felt unimportant, unlovable, not good enough, or simply out of place? I think for just about everyone, at some point in our lives, the answer to this question is ‘yes’. In her new book entitled “Back Roads to Belonging: Unexpected Paths to Finding Your Place and Your People”, author Kristen Strong dives into the topic of belonging, exploring many of the struggles we all experience while gently reminding us of the power of relaxing into the unique role, time, place, and circumstance that God has placed each one of us. Continue reading