Month: March 2016

Book Review: “Hope Unfolding” by Becky Thompson

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This inspirational book was truly wonderful! It was so easy to relate to the author and so many times she reminded me of many of God’s truths from the Bible using stories of her own real, and sometimes raw, experiences. She makes lots of great connections between the Biblical thought she’s discussing and familiar stories or objects that you can relate to like using an analogy of hiding things in a junk drawer and hiding things in your heart. Each of the ten chapters expounds on an encouraging thought:

God Hasn’t Forgotten About You
God’s Plans Are Perfect
God is Good Even When Life Isn’t
You Are Not Alone
You Are Not Your Mess
Let God Be Your Strength
Have Grace for Who You Are
God Still Performs Miracles
God Loves You Just as You Are
You Are Enough

This book speaks to the heart of the mom who tries hard every day to be the best mom she can be, but doesn’t feel like she measures up. Mrs. Thompson reminds the reader that it’s okay not to be perfect, and nor should they try to be. On page 112, she says, “The messy areas of your life do not tell a story of your failures. Those areas tell the story of your humanity, and they are a continual reminder of your need for a Savior.” The book points the reader to finding their hope, peace, strength, confidence, and acceptance in the Lord. I think it’s a great, encouraging book for all moms.

I received this book for free from BloggingforBooks.org’s Blogger Program in exchange for an honest review. I was not obligated to write a positive review. 

Book Review: “Blotch – A Tale of Forgiveness and Grace” by Andy Addis and Illustrated by Tatio Viana

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My daughter and I really enjoyed reading Blotch together. It is the story of the title character who is covered in blotches and goes on a journey to find someone to remove his blotches. On his journey, he runs into groups of hiders, pretenders, and pointers before finally finding the King who agrees to help him on his quest. This heartwarming tale is portrait of the Gospel. My daughter quickly picked up on this and said, “Mom, the King is like Jesus.” The book has good character development and fun illustrations with beautiful colors. My daughter found it to be interesting and liked the mystery of whether or not Blotch would find what he was looking for. The early chapter book with plenty of pictures was easy for her to read. The book also contained discussion questions for each chapter to facilitate family discussion and a hands on activity for each chapter. This was a fabulous book and would a wonderful addition to the reading list of young children and tweens.

I received this book for free from B&H Publishing in exchange for an honest review as part of their Lifeway Bloggers Program. I was not obligated to write a positive review.

Book Review: “5 Habits of a Woman Who Doesn’t Quit” by Nicki Koziarz

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This book was an easy read by Nicki Koziarz. It is filled with honest, vulnerable stories from the author along with the story of Ruth, both of which didn’t quit when adversity came to them. I loved how real and authentic Koziarz was in the book, not giving a clinical prescription on how not to quit, but more like a friend talking to you and sharing her experiences to help you through a problem. The book was everything from funny to inspiring to me. She pointed out many things related to quitting that I had never considered. One of those things is that quitting doesn’t always have to be some dramatic episode where one screams “I quit!” and huffs out of the room. Quitting can also be starting projects and dragging my feet to get them to completion for all kinds of reasons. It also considers those of us who feverishly work towards a new goal and just fade away as other commitments or discouragement or disappointments get in the way. The book covers each of the five habits in two chapters each. Also included are Biblical Quit Quitting Verses and 5 Questions Every Quitter Needs to Ask before She Quits. This book is for all the women who want to be like Ruth by having faith in God’s plan and timing.

I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions stated here are my own.