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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

100 Favorite Bible Verses

100 Favorite Bible Verses is a beautiful little book of encouragement. This botanically themed book contains lavishly illustrated pages of Bible verses with accompanying reflections on each verse. The pretty feminine color scheme and floral designs make this book a joy to spend time with.

This devotional is a nice way to spend a little extra time thinking on God's Word throughout the day, and it is so pretty that it begs to be left out in a prominent place--mine lives on top of my desk right now. Anytime I need a little encouragement, I can flip to any page and find words that soothe the soul.

I especially like how the devotions are formatted. They are quick and easy to read, yet they bring up many important nuances of the chosen verses. For example, the reflection on 1 Timothy 4:12 reminds readers that we should think about our attitudes toward young people:

"Paul wrote that youth is not to be despised, that God uses both young and old for His kingdom work. Ask the Lord to help your attitudes and actions reflect that truth" (p. 84). 
Though it does not replace time spent in the Bible, 100 Favorite Bible Verses is an excellent addition to daily quiet time with God.

The publisher provided a review copy of 100 Favorite Bible Verses. 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

A Name Unknown

A Name Unknown (Shadows Over England) by Roseanna M. White is the first book in a new series that takes place in London just prior to World War I. Rosemary Gresham finds herself enmeshed in intrigue and espionage as the war looms closer. She is tasked with trying to find out if Peter Holstein is loyal to the Crown, or to Germany. In the process, an unmistakable attraction forms between them, and Rosemary is even more set on discovering the truth.

A Name Unknown has a unique storyline with lots of history sprinkled in. Through the backdrop of a country on the brink of war, Rosemary is a refreshingly strong female character. She is in a difficult situation and battles her conscience as she grows throughout the story. Peter's deep faith and gentle personality form the perfect foil for Rosemary.

There is so much to love about this suspenseful story. The history, the characters, the action and intrigue--but most of all the lessons taught through the developing relationship between the main characters. This book is long, at over 400 pages, but I found myself wishing for more. I'm looking forward to revisiting Rosemary's family in the next books in this series.

The publisher provided a review copy of A Name Unknown.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Launch Your Dream

Launch Your Dream: A 30-Day Plan for Turning Your Passion into Your Profession by Dale Partridge is a condensed version of his online consulting course in a DIY format. I was familiar with Dale after watching a freebie seminar of his that leads to a sales pitch for his full course. After this seminar, I was intrigued by his lessons, but could not afford to go all-in and subscribe to the year-long Startup Camp. So, I was looking forward to getting my hands on Launch Your Dream.

The strengths of this book are its conversational tone and simple explanations for beginning entrepreneurs, with action steps for completing each stage of your launch. It is particularly relevant to online entrepreneurs and provides tips and advice for growing an online presence.

As a blogger, i find this book to be a really helpful guide, and even though some of the content isn't new to me, the 30-day format of putting these things into action is a great way to actually DO them. There are countless 'courses' and 'webinars' online nowadays, so having a hard copy of actionable steps in an affordable format is perfect for a busy mom blogger/online entrepreneur like me.

The publisher provided a review copy of Launch Your Dream.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Captain's Daughter

The Captain's Daughter (London Beginnings Book 1) by Jennifer Delamere is set in Victorian era London, where Rosalyn Bernay is alone and penniless until she obtains a job backstage at a theater. Rosalyn and her sisters grew up in the orphanage run by George Mueller, and now that Rosalyn is 17 years old, she has taken a job as a maid, causing her to leave her sisters behind and move to the city. Mistaken circumstances ultimately force her to go on the run, and she soon finds herself in trouble.

Nate Moran suffers a hand injury and has to return to London from his army regiment in India. He fills in as a stage hand at the theater, and he and Rosalyn meet up again (after a prior encounter at the train station).

The romance in this book is built nicely--beginning as a friendship--and the relationship between Rosalyn and Nate develops into more. The historical elements of The Captain's Daughter make it a fun story...the theater troupe, Victorian London, even an appearance by Gilbert and Sullivan.

This is a promising start to the planned series, and I'm looking forward to revisiting it as the new books become available.

The publisher provided a review copy of The Captain's Daughter.