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17 01, 2017

Review: It’s Not Fair by Melanie Dale

By | January 17th, 2017|Categories: Christian Living, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality|Tags: , |5 Comments

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it's not fair book coverReviewed by Sarah Dalton

Reading It’s Not Fair is like sitting down with a friend over a cup of coffee for a solid chat and lots of laughing. Serious belly laughs. I had to stop reading this in bed at night after the third or fourth time I snort laughed loud enough to wake my husband up. Melanie Dale has a sense of humor that I can identify with. She is self-deprecating and speaks in movie quotes. I have told several friends about this book and plan to lay in a stock of them to give out as gifts to loved ones.

Before I read this book I was not at all familiar with Dale or her blog, Unexpected.org. I may have to familiarize myself with her after reading some of the blog and Twitter excerpts.

26 12, 2016

Review: Spirit Rising by Jim Cymbala

By | December 26th, 2016|Categories: Christian Living, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality|Tags: , |1 Comment

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spirit rising book coverReviewed by Alyssa Katanic

Spirit Rising, by Pastor Jim Cymbala of the Brooklyn Tabernacle, is sub-titled Tapping in to the Power of the Holy Spirit, and does a wonderful job of communicating what Cymbala means by it.

Spirit Rising is simple and explanatory enough for new Christians to understand (ie. Cymbala avoids or defines much of the Christian lingo that some Christian Living books can fall into at times), yet is in-depth and challenging enough to engage and encourage a seasoned Christian leader in his or her own relationship with the Father, Son, AND the Holy Spirit.

15 09, 2016

Review: One of the Few by Jason Ladd

By | September 15th, 2016|Categories: Christian Living, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality|Tags: , |2 Comments

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one of the few book coverReviewed by Charity Lyman

I am an avid reader, as many of you know, but most of what I read is fiction. It takes an incredibly good book to pull me into a non-fiction story. Such was the case with One of the Few. This was a very different read for me–not only was it not fiction, but it was also told from a military viewpoint. More on that below!

Jason Ladd is the author of this intriguing and eye opening look at Christianity. He is a Marine and an Iraq war veteran, which gives him a unique view, or take, on things. Jason gives us his life story in the first part of the book, showing us some of the things that shaped his path and his mindset, and then delves deep into a defense of the Christian faith.

30 08, 2016

Review: Give Your Child the World by Jamie C. Martin

By | August 30th, 2016|Categories: Christian Living, Nonfiction, Reference, Religion & Spirituality|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

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give your child the world book coverReviewed by Christen Krumm

Some of my sweetest memories from my home schooled childhood was when my mom would gather us around in the living room for reading time. We would be a captivated audience as she read aloud to us. I want to give that same memory and love for story to my children. My mother cultivated in me a love for books and reading. In the journey to helping my children have a well rounded love for books and people, Jamie C. Martin’s guide is my new go-to. Even though my own children are not home schooled, Give Your Child the World is still an amazing resource.

In Give Your Child the World, we are introduced to Martin’s multicultural family—her husband and each one of her three children coming from different countries. In these first few chapters, Martin also gives practical tips and tricks to seamlessly “invite the world into your home”.

1 08, 2016

Review: If My Husband Would Change, I’d Be Happy by Rhonda Stoppe

By | August 1st, 2016|Categories: Christian Living, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality|Tags: , , |1 Comment

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if my husband would change book coverPlease join Rhonda Stoppe, author of If My Husband Would Change, I’d Be Happy: And Other Myths Wives Believe, as she tours the blogosphere with Litfuse Publicity!

Reviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

If your husband would change, he would no longer be the man you fell in love with! Unless, of course, you would change too! I’m not too sure where that would leave you, to be honest.

I don’t consider myself to be a religious person or a panty-waist, either, but I just don’t happen to like profanity. I’ve never used it (and have no intentions of starting now) which is just one reason why I do tend to enjoy mystery and romance novels that are classified as “Christian”. I find that most of these books are not preachy, but are well-written, with great characters and a solid plot. Some of them I’ve chosen because of their Christian status, others came as a — surprise! I’m pretty sure I’ve finished any of them that I’ve started, which isn’t always the case in other genres of books.

20 05, 2016

Review: Overload by Joyce Meyer

By | May 20th, 2016|Categories: Christian Living, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Personal Health, Religion & Spirituality, Self-Help|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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overload book coverReviewed by Poppy Johnson

For anyone who is not familiar with Joyce Meyer, let me introduce her to you right now. She is a survivor of an abusive childhood who is raising four children while also running her Christian ministry. She is a television and Internet minister through podcasts who regularly reaches millions with her positive messages of hope, peace and advice for living a Christ-filled life. But she also has a way with words, and is not afraid to share her life story with a reader to make a point. Now that you know the background on the author, you can better appreciate where her advice is coming from–from her experiences and her heart.

Overload is set in 15 chapters that are meant to define stress, help us identify who is in charge of our stressors, show what can be done to relieve

13 05, 2016

Review: Unstuffed by Ruth Soukup

By | May 13th, 2016|Categories: Christian Living, Hobbies & Home, How To & Home Improvements, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

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unstuffed book coverReviewed by Poppy Johnson

I started reading Unstuffed excited that the author would finally tell me how to get rid of my useless piles of junk. While I wasn’t disappointed, I also wasn’t wowed by the advice–to tell the truth, I was underwhelmed. Soukup has a popular one-in-a-million blog and whatnot and definitely knows her stuff (no pun intended), but I didn’t get much from her book that I didn’t already know.

The book has three main sections for decluttering the home, the mind and the soul. In the home section there are lists and tips for decluttering such as placing everything in a box for a month, taking everything off the counters, and keeping a central place to gather stuff  in order to properly organize it later. Well, OK…that would never work in my house but it may be good advice

1 07, 2015

Blog Tour: Letters from My Father’s Murderer by Laurie A. Coombs

By | July 1st, 2015|Categories: Christian Living, Memoirs, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality|Tags: , , |4 Comments

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my father's murderer book coverPlease join Laurie A. Coombs, author of Letters from My Father’s Murderer, as she tours the blogosphere with Litfuse Publicity!

Reviewed by Sarah McCubbin

Laurie Coombs was an average American girl. Growing up in a loving family, she was surrounded by all that makes family good. Despite her parents’ divorce, she maintained good relationships with both her mother and father and enjoyed spending time with them. But one man’s heated actions changed her life forever. After a great vacation with her father, she and her boyfriend arrived home to discover that something was wrong…dreadfully wrong. Her father was dead. He had been murdered in his own home. The shock brought Laurie’s world to a halt and started her a long journey towards healing that would take many years.

In Laurie’s book, Letters from My Father’s Murderer, she shares

2 04, 2015

Review: Living Well Spending Less by Ruth Soukup

By | April 2nd, 2015|Categories: Business & Investing, Christian Living, Nonfiction, Personal Finance|Tags: , , |5 Comments

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living well spending less book coverReviewed by Sarah McCubbin

In a world filled with messages that constantly encourage us to pursue bigger and better things, temptations hide around every corner. When our minds focus on our lack rather than contentment, it steals our joy and doesn’t bring the happiness we expect. In her book, Living Well, Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life, Ruth Soukup shares her own journey through the topic of personal finance and the lessons she learned along the way.

As a self-proclaimed spendaholic, her story of over-spending and self-indulgence nearly ended her marriage. Out of that mess and in an attempt to get her spending under control, she started a blog by the same name, Living Well Spending Less. Her original intent was simply to find better deals so she could buy all the things she still wanted

28 03, 2015

Review: But God by Herbert Cooper

By | March 28th, 2015|Categories: Christian Living, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality, Self-Help|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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but good book coverReviewed by Charity Lyman

I frequently read Christian self help books but more often than not I feel like I’ve wasted my time. Typically, it’s a lot of reading with semi-interesting facts that make no difference in my everyday life. These books bring to light areas where one might need to change but don’t give any answers on how to make that change possible. When But God: Changes Everything showed up for review, I almost didn’t even take a second look. But I respect Craig Groeschel (who wrote the foreword) and on that recommendation alone I decided to give it a try. Here are my thoughts on But God by Herbert Cooper.

But God takes the reader through a journey. It is written specifically for those who have tried option after option and yet have made no significant changes in their lives.