How Did God Wire Us to Handle Money?

Have you ever wondered how you, and someone close to you, can view the concepts of money and finances (spending, saving, sharing, etc.) in such vastly different ways? If so, you are not alone! In fact, to shed brilliant light on this eye-opening concept, pastor and author Tommy Brown has written a book entitled “The Seven Money Types: Discover How God Wired You to Handle Money”. Published by Zondervan in the spring of 2017, this book can easily be compared to Gary Chapman’s “Five Love Languages” series, only for finances instead of relationships. Continue reading

A Heartwarming, Memorable Christmas Gift – Guest Review by Hayley

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Fans of “The Royal Wedding Series” rejoice! We now have “A Royal Christmas Wedding” to not only help us celebrate Christmas, but to melt our hearts, make us laugh, and maybe even wipe away a happy tear or two. If you loved previous books in the “Royal Wedding Series”, if you enjoy Christian fiction, or even if you just need some extra Christmas spirit, I encourage you to read “A Royal Christmas Wedding” without a moment’s delay! I have every confidence that it will become a new favorite Christmas story, and perhaps even your favorite in the series, as it did for me. Continue reading

An Interesting Story, But…

The Loyal Heart imageI just finished reading a book by the well-established but new-to-me author, Shelley Shepard Gray, and honestly, I’m not sure what to think of it… As the first book in the new “Lone Star Hero’s Love Story” collection, “The Loyal Heart” was published by Zondervan in the summer of 2016. Although the storyline was unique and interesting, several other elements just didn’t quite measure up to my standards of well-written Historical Fiction. Let me explain… Continue reading

Misleading and Annoying

The Pug List imageThree adjectives to describe this book would be promising, confusing, and misleading. “The Pug List: A Ridiculous Little Dog, a Family Who Lost Everything, and How They All Found Their Way Home” is a non-fiction book written by Alison Hodgson and published by Zondervan in the spring of 2016. When I first learned about this book, I was sure it would be a sweet story filled with anecdotes about a pug named Oliver and his new family who is struggling to recover from a terrible house fire. In reality, though, this isn’t what the book delivered… Continue reading

A Fun Choice for Country Girls at Heart – a guest review by Hayley

That's Not Hay in My Hair imageImagine moving from downtown New York City, to a middle-of-no-where Texas longhorn ranch. Sound pretty extreme? Well, that is precisely what Jules O’Connor and her mother do between the pages of Juliette Turner’s brand new novel, “That’s Not Hay in My Hair”. Continue reading

All Groan Up by Paul Angone – A Tough Book to Review

Al Groan Up imageAre you a twenty-something who has life all planned out? Do you hold a detailed road map outlining each of your future goals, a summary of what your life is supposed to mean written in stone, and the keys to the career of your dreams? Well, if you do, you will definitely not relate to Paul Angone’s newest book, ‘All Groan Up’. But I’m pretty sure you are also in the minority of twenty-somethings – or else misrepresenting the truth!

“Told with raw honesty, humor, and hope, ‘All Groan Up’ is for a generation asking, “What now?!”” With the insight that can only come from a guy who has been there, done that, and holds the t-shirt to prove it, Paul shares his journey and struggles transitioning from graduation into responsible adulthood. It is messy and hilarious, but most of all truthful. Primarily, it reveals that you are not alone in the struggle that is your twenties. Continue reading

An Uncertain Choice review

An Uncertain Choice imageBe transported back in time to the days of knights and castles, chivalry and honor, as you open the pages of Jody Hedlund’s newest work of fiction… An Uncertain Choice. Published by Zondervan in March of 2015, the novel is Ms. Hedlund’s first story intended for a teen audience, and the first in a three-book series. Additionally, a short-story prequel to the novel is available in e-book format, and reveals the interesting backstory from four years prior. As expressed by the author, the purpose of An Uncertain Choice is to bring medieval romance and adventure to life while imparting wisdom for modern-day readers to incorporate into their own lives and relationships. As an added tool for mothers and other leaders of young women, a carefully designed study guide Continue reading

Rhythms of Grace review

Rhythms of Grace image“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30; NIV)

With this well-recognized portion of Scripture as the foundational theme, author Kerri Weems shares insight to walking harmoniously with God’s will in her new book – Rhythms of Grace: Discovering God’s Tempo for Your Life. Released from Zondervan in the fall of 2014, Rhythms of Grace is clearly written from the point of view of a woman who has been there, done that. With empathy and humility, Ms. Weems takes readers on a journey Continue reading

The Royal Wedding Series review – books 1 & 2

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Are you looking for a story that will draw you in and sweep you away? Perhaps your imagination longs for the inspiration of a modern-day, realistic fairytale where ordinary girls can become princesses, and happily-ever-afters are everyday occurrences… Then open up the pages of Zondervan author Rachel Hauck’s first novel in the Royal Wedding Series – Once Upon a Prince – and your wishes will be granted!

Landscape architect Susanna Truitt never wanted to be a princess. But then again, she never expected the man she always planned to marry – her boyfriend of 12 years – to suddenly inform her that he had ‘found the right ring but not the right girl’. Who would, after all? But God has a few surprises in store for Susanna, if only she can trust Him with the story of her life…

The fairy-tale begins when she meets Brighton’s Crown Prince Nathaniel Henry Kenneth Mark Stratton beneath the fabled Lover’s Oak in her Georgian hometown. Except Susanna does not know he’s a prince-soon-to-be-king. And he changes her flat tire.  Continue reading