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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Our Newlywed Kitchen

  Our Newlywed Kitchen: The Art of Cooking, Gathering, and Creating Traditions by Laura Schupp is a guide for brides-to-be about setting up a new kitchen. The author's purpose is to teach newlywed wives the "art of gathering around the table".

This is a large, oversized book in a Tiffany blue color, most likely intended for use as a bridal shower gift. Many pages feature full-size color photos, and there is a vibrant color scheme throughout. Since this book is so large, it might be cumbersome to find a place to store it when not in use. The cover makes it appear to be a cookbook, but there are actually only a handful of recipes.

The size isn't the only awkward feature of this book. Since more than 70 pages are devoted to registry planning, the book would be more helpful to a bride well before showers roll around. Maybe a mom would want to give it to a daughter after her engagement. The content of the last half of the book is the best part, with advice for meal planning and grocery shopping.

I would prefer to see this book be more of a workbook, maybe in a spiral planner format, with less emphasis on planning the registry. Some of the content is redundant and over-complicates things. I also would like to see this book not be geared solely toward the bride. Nowadays, many men do equal or even all of the cooking.

The meal planning section is very helpful and includes specific how-to's for combining entrees and sides to create different meal selections

Overall, this book has a pretty presentation, and the author shares some tried-and-true wisdom.

The publisher provided a review copy of this book.

Monday, May 21, 2018

  The Accidental Guardian (High Sierra Sweethearts) is Mary Connealy's first book in the High Sierra Sweethearts series, set in the mid 1800's in western America. This is by far my favorite Mary Connealy book so far. I have enjoyed all of her books, but the storyline of The Accidental Guardian drew me in right away, and I devoured this book too fast.

Trace Riley as the sole survivor of an attack, and has built a life for himself since then in the wilderness. Little did he know he would become an 'accidental' guardian of Deborah and children. He offers the shelter, and his bachelor life is turned upside down.

There is great chemistry between Trace and Deb, and combined with the storyline of Trace's protection and the pioneer lifestyle, this book is a win-win for readers like me who enjoy adventure and romance.

It's going to be tough to find something else to read to pass the time until the next installment of this series!

The publisher provided a review copy of The Accidental Guardian.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Healthy Living Books for Christian Life

The Healthy Living Handbook: Simple, Everyday Habits for Your Body, Mind and Spirit by Laura Harris Smith is a guide to simple habits you can start today.

This book is a unique self-help book in that it does not have you rely on yourself, but instead, points you to God for supernaturally inspired health. The author emphasizes that we are made by a supernatural God, so we can certainly find true health supernaturally.

Our minds, bodies, and spirits are all connected, and we have to look at our 'health life' as a product of all three areas for true health.

If one area of our lives isn't up to par, the others will be affected.

The book is divided into three sections to cover each area of our lives: mind, body, spirit, with explanations of simple changes that will develop habits for a healthier and happier life.

The Healthy Living Handbook Also Includes:

How to treat the top 50 common ailments with essential oils
3 FREE Laura Harris Smith ebooks
The "7 Warning Signs of a Dangerous Relationship" quiz
The 10 Healing Commandments and healing prayers
Laura's "5 to thrive" pillars of health list

I enjoyed the author's perspective and found some good advice toward healthy changes.

In Step with the Spirit: Infusing Your Life with God's Presence and Power by Sarah Bowling shows readers how living a Spirit-led life leads to a life with Spirit-filled help. The author teaches readers how to apply God's teachings and overcome challenges with the help that the Holy Spirit provides. Once we learn to recognize this help, we can welcome it and thrive from it. 

The author provides workable steps to help discern the guidance of the Holy Spirit in every aspect of our lives.

Winning the Battle for the Night: God's Plan for Sleep, Dreams and Revelation is a life-changing book from Faith Blatchford. The author show us how, many times, we have literally handed our sleep life over to the enemy. In our busy lives, many of us (most of us) don't give sleep the sacred value it deserves. 

Sleep is often an afterthought, and it is often not the restful respite it is intended to be. We let business, technology, worry, anxiety, and other distractions rob us of the sleep we need, thereby robbing us of the restorative and "precious time that God imparts everything necessary for us to be equipped for the day." 

Our lack of peaceful night sleep robs us of emotional, physical, and spiritual health. Winning the Battle for the Night gives readers the tools to "take back your night, to encounter the God of rest, and to sleep peacefully the whole night through."

This book is one of my favorites for improving my health. Sleep is a huge issue for me personally, and Winning the Battle for the Night has given me a whole new perspective on its value and the tools to gain a healthy night life! 

The publisher provided review copies of these books.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

God's Words of Life for Mothers

God's Words of Life for Mothers is a sweet little book of guidance from God's Word, just for mothers. It is beautifully designed--the cover is a design from Amy Butler, and there is a pretty lavender border on each page. The pages are scalloped all the way around, which is unique, but it does make flipping pages a little bit of a challenge. I can see where some women will like this extra feature, though.

The book features short devotional for each topic, but the main contents are Bible verses. The verses are specially chosen to cover topics relevant to motherhood.

The sections of verses include topics such as:

  • anger
  • asking for help
  • attitude
  • Bible study
  • children
  • commitment
  • communication
  • compassion
  • confidence
  • conflict
  • and more...
There are several blank lined pages at the end of the book for journaling your own thoughts. Just in time for Mother's Day, God's Words of Life for Mothers will make a nice gift for any mom, no matter the ages of her kids. 

The publisher provided a review copy of God's Words of Life for Mothers.