Books From GirlDefined Ministries Never Disappoint

Over the years, Kristen Clark and Bethany Beal of GirlDefined Ministries have taught me so much about living as a godly woman and daughter of our Lord.  With each new book they release, I am challenged to grow in new ways.  According to Kristen and Bethany this new book is their most personal one yet, and I definitely agree – yet it is not just a ‘memoir-type’ book that gives their stories and leaves the readers wondering how it affects them.  In fact, the opposite is true.   Continue reading

A Perfect New Book For The New Year

I truly cannot think of a better way to start off the new year than by reading “Spiritual Intelligence: The Art of Thinking Like God”, a challenging and life-changing new book written by pastor and best-selling author Kris Vallotton.  In this book, Kris utilizes solid Biblical teachings to unpack a simple question: “What does it mean to think like God, to have the mind of Christ?  Have you ever considered the answer to this question for yourself?  Written in a warm and engaging style, this book overflows with profound teachings as well as practical applications to begin using SQ, or spiritual intelligence, in our daily lives.  The results, as you will see, are nothing short of extraordinary. Continue reading

A Truly Classic Story, In My Opinion

“I set off for India.  And I discovered that everything I had thought important. . . isn’t.”

This quotation is the underlying theme weaving all the beautiful, poetic pages of Kimberly Duffy’s new novel together.  Gussie Travers, our heroine, pens these words in her journal, and in them we discover the cry of her heart – before she even fully realizes it herself.  Every Word Unsaid” is the third book I’ve read by this incredible Bethany House author, and she truly never ceases to amaze me with her meaningful and thought-provoking novels that also entertain the imagination and are a delight to the senses.  You simply cannot read one of her stories without wanting to visit India, with all its sights and sounds and smells and textures. Continue reading

A Rich, Thoughtful, and Intriguing Tale

Kate Breslin’s sweeping new wartime novel will whisk you away to Scotland, 1918.  Here the shocking drama of one young woman’s desperate attempt at a new beginning collides with a murderous plot to destroy the lives of many, and alter the course of the war.  As Dawn Breaks” was published by Bethany House late in 2021, and is a not-to-be-missed release by any fans of Ms. Breslin’ previous work, or readers who love masterfully-crafted historical novels. Continue reading

The Colorado Cowboys Story Continues

Jody Hedlund’s name is synonymous with masterfully written, historically accurate, compelling and immersive novels that transport you back in time and make you never want to leave!  Her new series is a bit unusual (for her) because it’s a western cowboy saga (her usual setting is earlier in history, and often in the UK), but still features all the elements we’ve come to expect from her writing.  The Heart of a Cowboy” is the second instalment in the “Colorado Cowboys” series from Bethany House, and is a high-stakes adventure that was nearly impossible to put down. Continue reading

Take An In-Depth Journey With Moses

Erica Wiggenhorn has a special gift for bringing characters from the Bible to life, and making their stories, struggles, and strivings become relatable to our own lives.  Her new book from Moody Publishers, “Letting God Be Enough: Why Striving Keeps You Stuck And How Surrender Sets You Free” is a bit of a deviation from the last three Bible studies she’s written; instead this book is written in a basic 16-chapter format.  At the end of each chapter is a section to help us pause and reflect, apply, and pray about the content we just read. Continue reading

I Can’t Wait For December To Read This Book!

The air is turning colder, the days are getting shorter, and only a few tenacious leaves are still clinging to the trees.  You know what that means – Christmas is just around the corner!  And although we may try to deny it, with the holiday season usually comes busyness, stress, and the pressures to do and buy and go and see even more.  But, as beloved author Susie Larson says, what if there is a different way this year?  Prepare Him Room: A Daily Advent Devotional” from Bethany House Publishers is a beautiful little volume that challenges us to ask the question: What matters most this Christmas season? Continue reading

A Book You May Just Need – Right Now


Have you ever had a book arrive in your life unexpectedly – maybe you’ve never heard of it before, or never read anything by that author – and yet it was exactly the book you needed right at that moment in time?  This was the case for me with a new book by Sally Clarkson, entitled “HELP, I’m Drowning: Weathering the Storms of Life with Grace and Hope”.  When I first saw this title, little did I know that by the time it arrived in my mailbox our family would be facing a huge health crisis, and our entire lives would be turned upside down in the space of a few weeks.  And yet, of course, God knew… Continue reading

This Story Drove Me Crazy! (In A Good Way)

What an unexpected, almost bizarre (in a good way) story this turned out to be!  Crossed Lines” is the second book in the “Love Along the Wires” series by Jennifer Delamere, and features a plot that completely took me by surprise in so many ways.   Continue reading

Pack Your Bags, We’re Heading to Texas!

My summer just would not be complete if I didn’t get my annual Karen Witemeyer  western fix!  (Although October now, it’s better late than never, lol!)  The Heart’s Charge” is the new addition to the “Hanger’s Horsemen” series from Bethany House, and also a novel that can be enjoyed all on its own.  Interestingly, we get two separate-but-connected, equally important, romantic adventures in this single sweeping story.  How cool is that?!
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