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11 07, 2014

Review: Hands Free Mama by Rachel Macy Stafford

By | July 11th, 2014|Categories: Christian Living, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Parenting & Family, Self-Help|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

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A1CEkvklRIL._SL1500_Reviewed by Lindsay Yocum

I had first heard of Rachel Macy Stafford and her “Hands Free” self when I saw a link to one of her blogs from a friend on Facebook. The first blog post I read was amazing, and she just had this incredible way with words. I felt like in a weird way she knew that I am guilty of being on my phone too much. She made me realize that you can miss a childhood by doing that (in fact, that’s the first blog post that I read, “How to Miss a Childhood”) and it was amazing.

Eventually, I started to really dislike her because as her blog grew, she came across more as condescending than the understanding mama I had grown to love. So I stopped reading her blog. Until I saw another post by her and fell in

24 04, 2014

Blog Tour: Mom Seeks God by Julia Roller

By | April 24th, 2014|Categories: Christian Living, Nonfiction, Parenting & Families|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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mom-seeks-God-258x400Please welcome Julia Roller, author of Mom Seeks God: Practicing Grace in the Chaos, who is touring the blogosphere with Litfuse Publicity!

Reviewed by Shannon Trenton

First-time parenthood is a journey filled with joy, wonder, and the nagging feeling that nothing will ever be in order again. I watch my baby grow into a little boy and even as I treasure his laughter and celebrate his new discoveries I struggle to find my own sense of balance. We’re reincorporating church into our lives but I wonder how I am supposed to find God when the service ends.

I chose Mom Seeks God because author Julia Roller’s situation spoke directly to me. Here was another busy mother who had a hard time balancing work and a child with a strong relationship with God – and she writes about God for a living! Mom Seeks God promised practical

27 08, 2013

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Death by Living by N. D. Wilson

By | August 27th, 2013|Categories: Christian Living, Gift Ideas, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality, Self Help|Tags: , |3 Comments

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download (1)Please join N.D. Wilson, author of Death by Living, as he tours the blogosphere with PR by the Book!

Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Death by Living opens with a tongue in cheek shout-out to every category of stressed-out people out there: tired mothers, young politicos, Christian youths, faithless sinners, and so on. We can all relate to this and we all feel burned out at one time or another with the burdens of just living day to day. The book then moves on to stories of strength, hope and triumph from the author’s perspective. These stories include his relationship with God, his development of one true self, and his philosophy on living to die, or living well to die for others (which is a nobler cause in the end).

There are sixteen chapters which feature the author’s life experiences, and

7 07, 2013

Review: Captive in Iran by Maryam Rostampour & Marziyeh Amirizadeh

By | July 7th, 2013|Categories: Christian Living, Memoirs, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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9781414371207_p0_v2_s260x420Reviewed by Charity Lyman

Captive in Iran is a very interesting book. I am the type of person who likes to read biographies but never have I read one quite like this. In the pages of this book you will meet two young women who gave their all for a cause. Their story is so remarkable because not only did they face it without fear, but they helped others through their fears as well. Maryam and Marziyeh were two ordinary Christian women who lived out the Gospel. But they did it in an area that persecutes and imprisons Christians. So it was no surprise when they were one day arrested. But where they were taken was a different story. Horror stories abound about the Evin prison in Tehran. And yet, this was exactly where these two brave women were taken,

30 06, 2013

Review: Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist

By | June 30th, 2013|Categories: Christian Living, Cooking, Food, Wine, For the Cook, Gift Ideas, Nonfiction|Tags: , , |1 Comment

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9780310328179_p0_v4_s260x420Reviewed by Christen Krumm

More than just a book of essays or simply just a cookbook, Bread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes is an amazing addition to any book and/or food lover’s library. Written by Shauna Niequist this little book of essays is rich and full of life. Each essay is accompanied by a new recipe for you to try in the kitchen. In the introduction, Niequist suggests that you read the book in its entirety before diving into the recipes in the kitchen, but if you are anything like me, you will find it very hard to do! I devoured this book like no other and then went back and read my favorite essays over again. This is a book that will be well loved for a time to come. Written in a conversationalist

8 04, 2013

Blog Tour: Lead Your Family Like Jesus by Tricia Goyer, Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges

By | April 8th, 2013|Categories: Christian Living, Nonfiction, Parenting & Family|Tags: , |3 Comments

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Lead-Your-Familysm-252x379Please welcome Tricia Goyer, Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges, authors of Lead Your Family Like Jesus, who are touring the blogosphere with Litfuse Publicity!

Reviewed by Alyssa Katanic

Every parent is a leader, whether they put on the label themselves or not. We have all seen ourselves reflected in the mannerisms, tone of voice, or word choices that our little ones mimic from what they have seen and heard time and time again. How important it is, then, to lead our children in the right direction instead of living the typical “fly by the seat of my pants” or “daily grind” style of life.

Lead Your Family Like Jesus is a family focused follow up to Ken Blanchard’s Lead Like Jesus, bringing in the perspectives of two additional colleagues. The book challenges parents to take a closer look at the values

23 02, 2013

Review: Unglued Devotional by Lysa TerKeurst

By | February 23rd, 2013|Categories: Christian Living, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality|Tags: , |3 Comments

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9780310320326_p0_v1_s260x420Reviewed by Darin Godby

Lysa TerKeurst does a wonderful job of expanding her book Unglued into a book filled with “60 Days of Imperfect Process” and entitled Unglued Devotional. In this book Lysa gives readers approximately three pages per day of material that will allow them to ponder and think about issues deep within their lives. In each chapter, TerKeurst features a scripture that highlights the devotional, a thought of the day for the reader to consider as well as the devotional and a closing prayer. This book can be used over sixty days or of course read quicker if desired.

While I’m not a lady, I did find the book very encouraging and uplifting and one that I would certainly recommend to ladies to use as their daily devotion. This could also be used in a Bible study where

23 02, 2013

Review: One Thousand Gifts Devotional by Ann Voskamp

By | February 23rd, 2013|Categories: Christian Living, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality|Tags: , |2 Comments

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9780310315445_p0_v1_s260x420Reviewed by Poppy Johnson 

One Thousand Gifts Devotional is grace personified in that it offers life lessons of redemption, punctuated by scripture and real life stories of God’s love for his people. The devotionals are more like thoughtful short stories, actually 60 in number, and the book offers lined spaces after the devotionals to fill in reflections, meditations or personal prayers. The giftlettes are over a thousand in number, and offer the reader real peace in prayers and stories. The stories are about grace as seen in the author’s own life, from her childhood memories to her adventures raising her own children.

Ann Voskamp is a farmer’s wife and best-selling author who knows how to see the smallest gift of nature as the most important life lesson. Her devotionals address topics such as grief, anger, blessings, life cycles and benefits of

19 12, 2012

Review: A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans

By | December 19th, 2012|Categories: Christian Books & Bibles, Christian Living, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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a-year-of-biblical-womanhoodReviewed by Christen Krumm

Wow. A Year of Biblical Womanhood was… just wow.

Rachel Held Evans, a strong-willed, independent, working girl of the 21st century decided to embark on an adventure that would forever change her life. One year of Biblical womanhood. Rachel picked one virtue a month in her pursuit of that goal. Starting in October with gentleness, Rachel went through domesticity in November, obedience in December, valor in January, beauty in February, modesty in March, purity in April, fertility in May, submission in June, charity in July, silence in August, and grace in September. This was not a light-hearted project. Rachel did her research and lived her project — not cutting corners.

Each month, each chapter challenged me in a way I did not even know I could be challenged. I was hooked from the very first chapter when she started talking

24 11, 2012

Review: An Anchor for the Soul by Ray Pritchard

By | November 24th, 2012|Categories: Christian Living, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality|Tags: , |2 Comments

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Reviewed by Meg Massey

Whether you’re a new believer or have known God for years, Ray Pritchard’s An Anchor for the Soul provides answers and advice for any stage of your faith journey.

Pritchard begins the book by presenting all of the reasons why we as humans need a God who loves us. He describes our search for love and meaning in all the wrong places, and how we can begin to find ourselves in God. In this same chapter, Pritchard provides facts about God, drawing inspiration from Biblical text. He notes that God created all things, that He created man in His image, and outlines instances in which He demonstrated that He cares for us.

Throughout the rest of the book, Pritchard continues to explain key moments in Biblical history, including the fall of man, the life and ministry of Christ, and