Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Reunion

Reunion by Bruxy Cavey

I was looking forward to reading this book the moment I heard about it! As a minister's wife, I know the struggles my husband has in the church, and anything that could give either of us insight on reaching the people of today's world is something that I want to get my hands on!
To start with, while I did find the book incredibly interesting, and very insightful, I didn't 100% agree with everything the author wrote about, that number though was very small, and most of his points and insights were right on., I did find that he had many great points, and really highlighted the idea of who Jesus was/is, I really did enjoy learning quite a bit from him! I really appreciated his incredibly straightforward approach to explaining Jesus, and how to follow him. As someone inside the "Christian" universe, I find i'm too just so tired of the religiosity of our (universal) churches. I loved the real "Bare bones" approach that Bruxy Cavey had, there wasn't a lot of fluff or "Christian" lingo involved in his explanations, but such a simple and honest approach that I really could appreciate.
I would really encourage people to get their hands on this book, I think at the very least, it'll open our eyes on how the world views us, and how we might start reaching a world that's so tired of trite answers. So I'm giving this book a high recommendation, and passing that recommendation on to my husband and church library!!


Monday, April 10, 2017

Words of Grace



I really quite loved this little book, during a very difficult time in my life, I found it to be a calming exercise to just focus on a simple act of colouring, and also to read the devotional and focus on the Word of God made all the difference for me.
I appreciated that the devotionals were simple, they were written in a way that was easy to understand and their length made it easy to find time to add the devotional to my day. The art was well done, and easy to colour in. While I'm not always a huge fan of the adult colouring books (I find them too involved most of the time, and the amount of work to finish one makes me feel more stress not less!) I loved this little book, it was the perfect size! To be able to sit down and colour in a page and do the devotional in one sitting was a great way for me to de-stress at the end of a long day.
I would really recommend this book, its writing is insightful and calming, and the artwork was easy to colour and very well done. All around it was a great book!!

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Monday, October 31, 2016

A Heart Most Certain

A Heart Most Certain

This turned out to be one of my favourite books I've read to date! As I've mentioned numerous times, I absolutely love historical fiction, and when there is a strong female character in it, it is doubly impressive!!
Our main character in the book is Lydia, while she's set to marry into a very influential and rich family she works hard to hide the shame of her family. So Lydia sets out to join the moral society looking to do good (and hopefully impress the mother of the man she plans to marry). Immediately Lydia finds herself facing challenges that she didn't expect, and when one of the city's wealthiest men decline her invitation to contribute to their cause, Lydia takes it upon herself to convince him that the Moral Society is worthy of investment.
Throughout it all though, Lydia finds that she is changing more that the minds she's set out to change, and discovers secrets that place her and others in deep danger!
I immensely enjoyed this book!! It was fantastic, I had such a hard time putting the book down and found myself up well into the  night when the storyline was just too good to walk away from!!
I 100% recommend this!!

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The Artisan's Wife

The Artisan's Wife

I love historical novels, and I have greatly enjoyed many of Judith Miller's books, so I was thrilled at the chance to read "The Artisan's Wife". As a twin I really felt like i was able to emphasize with the main character Ainslee as she struggled to find her place and her identity apart from her sister.
After her sister running off to get married, Ainslee finds herself responsible for overseeing the tileworks that their family purchased. She is hesitant to jump into this adventure she was supposed to share with her twin, but with deep reservations she travels down to establish herself and prays that her brother can find a quick buyer. Unexpectedly Ainslee finds herself enjoying her work at the company, and more so the work she's able to do at the asylum located in the same town. As Ainslee settles in she begins to make friends and develop bonds with those around her.
I just really enjoyed reading "The Artisan's wife", the book was well thought out, and there was a real depth to the characters that you don't often experience in novels. I would highly recommend it!!

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A Tapestry of Secrets

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I've read a number of Sarah Loudin Thomas' books, and have enjoyed them each time, so I was quite looking forward to reading "A tapestry of Secrets"! I loved this book, it had a historical focus to it, that I deeply appreciated, plus its main character was an artistic/crafting type so I immediately connected well with her!  The whole book is so well written, there were so many times that I felt as though I really knew these characters, and felt invested in their lives!
We meet two important characters in the book, Petra and Ella; Petra made a mistake decades ago that shaped her life and effected the relationships of those around her. As she prepares to reveal the truth she is suddenly struck silent. Ella her granddaughter who is taking time to care for her and who shares a deep connection with her struggles with choices in her own life, while also fighting for the town and church she grew up in.
Their stories lead us through the struggles and joys each faced and really drew me in, I absolutely loved this book!!

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Friday, August 05, 2016

Girl Defined

Girl Defined

I love books that don't try to put women into a box, that allow them to be the women God has created them to be, and that give them the tools to walk in that role with confidence!
I deeply appreciated that the authors didn't try to dictate that women need be a certain way (too many books expect that every woman's goal should be to become the proverbs 31 woman when some are called to be our Deborah's or Priscilla's!) but gave them the freedom to walk in the specific plan that God has designed for them!
I am going to be recommending this book to our youth group girls, they're so inundated with society's version of perfection and beauty that books like this are invaluable. I appreciate that Kristen Clark and Bethany Baird spiritually set out in this book where women's real value comes from and what real beauty looks like. This is one of the few books on "Biblical" womenhood that I can fully get behind, that has a great message of what it means to be a woman of God.
I highly recommend this book!! Wonderful!

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Sea Rose Lane

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Irene Hannon is another author who I've enjoyed reading many times, and as always her books are emotional, thought provoking, entertaining, and an enjoyment to read. I appreciate the thought she puts into her characters, after a while they stop feeling like characters in a book and begin to feel more like friends and family. I love reading her books, I can absolutely lose myself in their pages (to the point that I forget the time, there were many nights where I accidentally read until 1am, this book was that good!)
I especially love that she's put out another book based in Hope Harbor, I loved the initial book of Hope Harbor so to read in that setting again was like visiting a beloved place!
We get to know in this book the characters Eric and BJ, one who's an attorney looking for some quiet and peace to get over a big disappointment and the other the one invading his quiet retreat and transforming it into a B&B.
I adored the quirkiness of the characters in this book, there wasn't this deep fall in love moment with them, but a gradual understanding and acceptance of each other. The dialog was quiet witty and I very much enjoyed their banter. This book was an enjoyment to read, and I would highly recommended it!!
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Delilah

Finding God in the Hard Times

I have a serious love for these books by Angela Hunt, where she gives a new perspective on women in the Bible who are given a bad rap based on a few sentences and without backstories. While this book is a fiction novel based on a real Biblical story, it does deepen the understanding of the reader!  I love that Hunt took us to a place where we could understand that there were possibilities as to why Delilah did what she did. People don't always look at or think about the back story of the biblical "villains" so I really appreciated Angela Hunt giving us a chance to think about this stuff and to offer the grace that life isn't always so cut and dry.
My heart ached for the story Hunt created for Delilah, and really gave me pause, we forget that in those times women were very poorly treated and thought of, the acts of her stepbrother and the treatment of those around her opened my eyes to realize that there is much about the Bible characters that we don't know.
This is the third book by Angela Hunt that I've had the privilege of reading, and as always it was absolutely fantastic!
I highly recommend this book!!

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

When calls the heart season 3

I am so excited to share with my readers this opportunity, fishflix  has offered! They have  decided to give a free season one set when you preorder the complete season three collectors boxed set! I'm sure most of you by now have at the very least heard of the show, it is an amazing series based on the books by Janette Oke. It's wholesome television, there aren't worries whether this will be family appropriate, this is one of my very favourite series on right now, I love that I can share it with my family, even my 14 year old son enjoys it!! I highly encourage you to pick yours up today!!
When calls the heart season 3 collectors set

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Miracles from Heaven




I was so excited to have the opportunity to review this movie, I have been looking forward to seeing the "Miracles from heaven" (and hopefully eventually getting my hands on the book!!) I had some very high expectations for the movie, I've heard so much about it, and so many good reviews are out there that I was pretty certain that I would love it. And I did, so much.
"Faith is really the only true shelter", what a wonderful line, for me it really sums up so much of this movie and the Christian walk. Though throughout the movie there are times of doubt and sorrow, there is this underlying faith that shines through throughout it. The movie portrays the characters with such a humbleness and authenticity that it was so easy to grieve with them when they faced sadness and rejoice with them when their miracle came through. I honestly can't say enough good things about this movie, its a faith booster, it makes you look at a life and realize that God does work today, that He moves Today, and when we share the experience of seeing someone else's miracles its boosts our faith too! This movie, it broke my heart at times and made me rage and cry with them, and eventually celebrate with them!
I absolutely loved this movie, I thought All the cast members were excellent, (which you don't always see in a Christian movie, so that was fantastic!!) they were believable and I truly felt like I was going through this with them!
I 100% recommend this movie, I think it needs to be played in our churches and in our homes, I think the world needs the message that this movie is sharing!

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Loving my actual life

Loving My Actual Life

This book spoke to me on so many levels, and I am deeply grateful to Alexandra Kuykendall for writing it! As a mom of a teenager I know all about feeling inadequate in raising our child and as a PW I know all about the feelings of financial insecurity too lol. I so appreciate that Alexandra didn't try to brush under the messy parts of life, or try to be an answer to all life's problems with quick pat quips and formulas for becoming the successful and secure Christian that everyone assumes you have to be. I love that she let it be known that loving this life, in its mess and problems, trials and joys is not only okay, but something to be cherished. I think too many (especially Christians) try to strive to be someone else's definition of perfection that they miss out on this beautiful life they're living right now! I think this is a must read for every Christian, and will be recommending it constantly, her message of loving life even when its messy is something I think our people need to hear!

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The Real Heaven

The Real Heaven

I have to admit that I do tend to love the books out there about people's visions or visitations to heaven, I find them heart warming and inspiring. But I've also had a nagging question about whether any of what is shared in these types of books is 100% Biblical. I looked into it a bit, but hadn't done any really in depth studying on it. So I truly appreciate that Chip Ingram took the time to really study the scriptures and put together this book! "The real Heaven" answered some of my questions I've had about previous books I've read, and I also feel that I've become more grounded on what the Bible does say about Heaven. I love that everything in this book isn't so much an "Opinion" about heaven, but a Scriptural in depth look, that is backed up by the Bible.
So I would absolutely recommend this book, I think it'll be a great tool to have on hand when others have questions (or when we ourselves have questions), and I know that when the next big "Heaven" story comes out, the first place I'll be looking will be in my Bible and this book. I think this is a must own for anyone involved in pastoral ministry or outreach!

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Finding God in the Hard Times

Finding God in the Hard Times

I 100% loved this book, one of my very favorite worship songs is "Blessed Be Your Name" and I deeply loved this book by Matt and Beth Redman, the vulnerability that they showed sharing their lessons and stories was so inspiring. The lessons we the readers get to learn through their book are deep, life changing, and so important! My favorite source of comfort in times of pain and hurt is in the book of Psalms, so instantly I felt a strong connection to the book and the message the Redman's were giving.
I think one of the best lessons a Christian can learn is to worship God when life is hard or painful, I think our worship takes on so much more meaning when we can stand before Him broken and hurting and still say "God is a Good Father' and know that its true. I think the deepest growth in Christ we can have is during the most difficult times where we chose to lean on Him and trust Him inspite of our circumstances.
I highly recommend this book and will be purchasing some for both our library and to keep on hand to give away for hurting friends.

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Sins of the Past

Sins of the Past

I was really looking forward to reading "Sins of the Past" All of the authors of the book are among some of my absolute favorites, so I had some big expectations for this book! And it absolutely did not disappoint, while I'm not a huge fan of romance books, I love the Suspense genre and this collection of Novellas kept my attention throughout the book. I think the only thing I didn't love about this book was that I wish it had been longer!
With each story within the novella there is a surprising amount of depth especially considering that there is less of the story then we would usually see from these authors! My favorite novella within the book I have to say is Lynette Eason's "Blackout" With her character of Macy Adams, who I thought was a fantastic Character! I love that the main character in Eason's story isn't someone who lived a perfect life, but has made some big mistakes. I love that she (Macy) is so relate-able to so many people.
However while It was my favorite within the Novella, I need to point out that the other stories are just as good, and the whole book is well worth the read!!
I Highly Recommend!!

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