Sunday, September 4, 2016

Slowing Down to Enjoy the Family Table

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Inspired by the slow food movement, Come to the Family Table: Slowing Down to Enjoy Food, Each Other, and Jesus by Ted and Amy Cunningham contains some practical ideas for transforming your dining room table into the center of your family life. The authors write about the importance of slowing down our lives and scheduling in some downtime to put aside the rush, rush, rush of the day and spend quality time together.

Mealtime used to be a family affair, but our way of life has changed so much that it often becomes a rarity for families to share a meal together.

In addition to family time, the table is also a place to nurture friends and guests:

"The simple generosity of a cookie or a slice of cake sticks with a person. Simplicity prioritizes love and relationships over money and possessions. Who is gathered around the table is more important than what you eat off of the table. Fellowship is greater than food. Discussion is greater than drink" (p. 126).

Each chapter includes a narrative followed by recipes, games, conversation starters, and devotionals.

I like the premise of this book, and there are many ideas and takeaways from it that I will probably reflect on from time to time, but I wish the format of the book were more cohesive and that the recipes were set off a bit differently to make the book easier to use. Ted and Amy's hearts for bringing Jesus to the center of the family and creating a home atmosphere that reveres and supports the family are obvious in Come to the Family Table.  

  The publisher provided a review copy of Come to the Family Table.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Her One and Only

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Her One and Only by Becky Wade continues in the world of the Porter family with little sister Dru, now a Marine Corps veteran and personal bodyguard. I've become a big fan of Becky Wade's writing, and Her One and Only was my beach read on this year's vacation. It was easy to get immersed in this story, and the characters and plot line kept me interested and looking forward to my reading time.

Dru is a strong and spunky character, and it was fun to get to know another member of the Porter family. Other Porter family members make appearances in the story, and a new character is introduced, NFL star Gray Fowler. There are still scenes on the family ranch and in the horse world, but the primary storyline revolves around the football star's lifestyle. A stalker is harassing him, so Dru becomes part of his life as one of his bodyguards. Of course, their personalities clash a bit, but there is intense chemistry between them as well.

If you haven't read the other Porter family novels, no worries--Her One and Only is a stand alone novel in itself. However, as I've found through Becky Wades other books, I want to read more about this family and seek out the other books as soon as they are available.

See my reviews of other Porter family novels by Becky Wade:
The publisher provided a review copy of Her One and Only.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Grandma's Guest Review: A Beauty Refined

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Grandma's review of A Beauty Refined (Sapphire Brides) by Tracie Peterson

Book two: Sapphire Brides Series

A Beauty Refined was just the right length for me. It was very hard to put it down, because events moved very quickly--and it was a very exciting book!

The events were well-described, so I almost felt as though I were there. The characters were likable, and I loved the easy way prayers took place and how naturally faith was a part of the characters' lives.

The coming to America of Phoebe and her father, a German Count, to purchase sapphires was quite an adventure and described well. The discovering of family secrets kept me reading well into the night.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone enjoying historical romance. It was a serious but fun book and one of my all time favorites. I would give this book an overall rating of 5 and look forward to the next book by Tracie Peterson.

The publisher provided a review copy of A Beauty Refined.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Guys Slimline Holy Bible

A Bible Just for Young Guys

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The minute my son saw the Guys Slimline Bible at the top of my review stack, his eyes lit up, and he asked who it was for. I told him that as soon as I finished reviewing it, it would be his. With it's cobalt blue chevron and imitation leather cover and silver foil lined pages, it has a nice sleek design and a young reader NLT red letter format. 

It is easy to see why my preteen son is so enamored with this edition of the Holy Bible. It has a slim profile and modern look, with a nice size font on luxe tissue thin pages. The Guys Slimline Bible looks very grown up while maintaining a readable format. Preteen guys will love having a Bible of their own as they graduate from a kid's Bible. 

Other special features of the Guys Slimline Holy Bible include:

  • NLT Dictionary/Concordance
  • Great Chapters of the Bible
  • Great Verses of the Bible to Memorize
  • 365-Day Reading Plan
  • Full color maps
  • Presentation page
  • Blue satin attached bookmark
  • Slipcase for storage
The publisher's message to young readers is that "The Bible is God's amazing story. In its pages you will read about how God was a rock and a refuge for David--a guy just like you--and so many others." This Bible will give young readers a chance to discover God's love for themselves, and as my son's enthusiasm attests, they will want to pick it up often and spend time with God as he works in their hearts.

The publisher provided a review copy of Guys Slimline Holy Bible.