February Reads

Easter Beginnings
I loved this little book for the kids.  It is a little pocket-sized book all about Easter.  Filled with stories, Bible verses, and little devotionals.  I loved that the words in this are super easy to read and my girls can read it to their brother.  They not only can read it but learn from the little words in this book that bring so much meaning to life.

**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I am
I am is a devotional book.  It is a 60 day devotional all about you.  Each day has a meaning I AM … encouraging you to know that you are special, you are unique, and were made exactly the way God wanted us to be.  The book is an easy read and I love how she is relating the book to her life and showing how she is each thing.  I wish the book would relate on a more general purpose for a devotional.  I found some days a little hard to relate to my life and how I am enough. Each day comes with an I AM phrase, a Bible verse, a 2-3 page read, a quote, and then a Who am I section.

**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Shaken

I really, really enjoyed this book.  I was hesitant at first to read the book. I thought it was going to be a preachy, preachy book all about how he was such a great athlete and blah, blah, blah.  After picking up the book I couldn’t put it down.  The book was the complete opposite of what I thought it was going to be. It really wasn’t about his giant trip down memory lane of all the great things he did, rather it was about how each step of his life has impacted another in a powerful way. He shares how he gives all to God and how each and every success, failure, or set back was there for a reason.  He shares how life is so much more than playing football, or being a stay at home mom.  He really gave a general perspective to life and how each of us has a unique and strong journey in this world.  How we should use those times to do things that really matter and not be all consumed by one individual thing.

**“I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.”

OTHER BOOKS READ THIS MONTH

Fairest of them All
She Reads Truth
Living so that
The Magnolia Story
Living with No Excuses

September Reads

This month has been crazy and went super fast in my opinion.  I wound up having another surgery and didn’t really get around to reading like I wanted to this month.

I read two books but am in the middle of two as well.

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This kids devotional Bible is pretty neat.  I originally chose the book to help the girls with harder, more intense reading of the Bible and concepts.  When I got the book it was perfect for what I was looking for.  You open the Bible and read a page or so of text and then it is followed by a devotional.  The girls are still doing toddler/preschool devotionals and they are getting older and starting to ask more questions so I thought it was time to amp up their reading and make it a little more “noteworthy.”  After receiving the book and going through it, I realized that I myself would love to work through the book as well.  It still is a little intense for them, so we are working through it little by little but I cannot wait to see what they do with the knowledge they will gain.

**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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OH Play with Fire how you speak to my heart.  I love a good read but what I love more about this book is Bianca’s heart.  I have followed Bianca and her twin sister Jasmine on social media for a while now.  When I heard that Bianca was writing a book I knew I wanted to grab it right away.  This book will speak to anyone’s heart.  It shows of a time and way to keep the faith.  Things didn’t always go the way Bianca wanted them to go, she went through easy times as well as rough times.  The one thing that never changed was her love for her family and the faith she had nestled inside her heart.  Even in the worst of times her parents showed her how to put faith first. They showed her that if she did this he would answer prayers and watch over them.

**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

What did you read this month?

Mel

July Reads

Today I am bringing you my July Reads.

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Life is Better at the Beach

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I absolutely loved this book.  It was short and sweet but had such a strong, powerful meaning.  It had those inspirational quotes to really lift you up when you are feeling down or needing a little extra umph for the day.  It also had beautiful pictures throughout the book of life at the beach and let me tell you … I wish I lived at the beach sometimes.  It was definitely a book that I would leave out on the table top because you never know who it could impact, who needs that little extra push for the day/week/month.

**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Big Magic

I cannot say enough good things about this book.  I mean hello Melissa …. why did you not read this book way sooner.  I read this book in two days I believe because it was one of those books that you can’t put down.  I put off buying this book so many times and now I regret waiting so long to read it.  The book is about creativity, however, it had much more to it than that. It dug a little deeper and showed how things that happen in every day life can spark your creativity.  How each thing can be a stepping stone to something new and inventive.  How you can keep moving along even when things get in your way and try to knock you down.  I would highly recommend this book to anyone that needs that little pick me up in life and how to get back on track with your creativity.

Anchored

Anchored is a book that definitely touched my heart.  If you have been on my blog for even a day, you know that I had twin girls at 26 weeks ….. super early and not ideal for any momma out there.  Anchored is about a mother’s journey through the NICU with her daughter.  It is about all those trying moments when you feel like hope is lost and you just have to keep trucking anyway.  It is about those raw, bare moments when you just can’t help but breakdown and cry because you honestly have no idea whether your child is going to make it or not.  If you never had the NICU experience with your children I recommend reading this book to get a little insight on what we as parents go through. If you have had a NICU experience then I recommend you reading this book to let you know that you are not alone. This was such a good book that really gave me peace in knowing that I was not alone in my journey …. not even a little bit.

The Color Code Bible

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This is another book that I would highly recommend no matter where you are in your Bible reading journey.  My girls are just now starting up. I have been on my faith journey for a few years now and this book is still good for me as well.  The color coding makes certain areas of the Bible a little simpler so you can better understand what exactly is going on in that section. There are many parts of the Bible that can be confusing and not sure where to go and with this book you can see defined lines that help guide and navigate you throughout the stories.

**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

OTHER BOOKS I READ:

  • The Training
  • The Enticement
  • Robyn Carr book in the Virgin River series

 

I Said Yes Review

Hello friends ….

Today, I am bringing you, I Said Yes Review.  The book is written by and about the life of Emily Maynard.

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Overall, I really enjoyed this book.  I really enjoyed the early parts of the book where it talked about Emily and her early life.  Although, Emily was on the Bachelor and Bachelorette we knew about her child’s father passing away but that was the extent it went to.  Actually reading this book dove in to her early life and how she bounced from school to school and eventually how she met the first love of her life and father of her child.

It went through her heartbreak of his accident and then through both the Bachelor and Bachelorette shows and how everything went down.  There were some things shared that you didn’t get to see on the show as well as a lot of recap of what did happen on the show and how everything unfolded.

The last section of the book is about her now husband, Tyler.  How they met and them getting to know each other.

I really enjoyed this book in some parts, but was a little bored in some parts as well.  The chapters are rather long and most of the book was a recap of what happened during the shows.  I did enjoy the parts I never knew about like her childhood and her new husband.

**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Mel

Breaking Busy Review

Today I am bringing you the Breaking Busy review.  I have heard many things about how great this book was and definitely knew I wanted to read it as soon as I was able to.

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After finishing this book I am not sure how I feel about it.  I didn’t hate it but I didn’t love it like many others.  I found certain situations relatable while others I struggled to find that connection and relate it to my life. I found that I was struggling to believe what was written I guess is what I am trying to say.  I thought about if i were in the situations and what I would do and just found a conflict between myself and my brain.

It was a very well written book though.  I found the words easy to read and the flow was easy to follow and I finished the book in two days.  It wasn’t that it was a bad book, I guess I was just wishing and hoping for more of a breaking busy in a technology based world.  I thought it was going to be more about how we place all our time and attention on our technology and social media when in reality it was more about breaking our busy schedules and over scheduling ourselves for things we know we cannot accomplish.

Overall, it was a well written book just not exactly what I was expecting.

Mel

Book Review – Slow to Judge

so today is day 16 of Blogtember and the topic was your online self vs. your real self.  I was not sure about this post and the more I thought about it the more I did not want to do it.  I feel like I am myself 100% of the time and don’t understand the desire to change yourself for your readers so … what you see is what you get with me.

Instead today I am bringing you a Book Review – Slow to Judge.

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I have heard many great things about these books and wanted to get in on the reading of them.

I adored this book.  I think if you have lived in and through your teenage years this book is for you.  There were so many perfect points throughout this book that caught my attention and I found myself saying … oops I did that.

It takes you through a journey of how not to judge and if you are make sure it is for the better.  It hits on the following topics:

  • Listening
  • Don’t Judge
  • look to the inside not just the outside/cover
  • Love and how we overuse it
  • forgiveness
  • Our words
  • Toleration
  • Learn
  • truth in religions

Each of these chapter or points have a chapter dedicated to them and how important they are.  Each of the topics plays an important role that we more times than not overlook.  We don’t take them seriously or we don’t realize we are hurting people or should be saying different things.  We all need to learn and respect others as much as possible, be kind, and listen with an open heart.  You may not agree but you can still listen and here their point of view.

**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Have you read this book? What did you think?

Mel

Jesus Calling for Little Ones – Book Review

Today I am bringing you a new review.  I am doing a Jesus Calling for Little Ones – Book Review

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The girls and I have our nightly routine.  They get their PJs on, feed the dog, brush teeth, go potty, and then we read our devotional book.  We have one that we absolutely love.  The layout is fun for them.  A story, Bible verse, and a prayer.

When I saw Jesus Calling for Little Ones, I was excited to try it.  The girls love doing our night-time reading.  I knew I wanted to get this book for review and then when I received it was a little disappointed.  The book is very small, only 13 pages.  I love the layout, a Bible verse on one page and a little snippet teaching you something about the Bible or people in it.

My girls are a little older now when it comes to books they are starting to read themselves so I would definitely recommend this book for younger kids, even babies for all you moms out there who like to read to their babies and try to send positive messages to them as well.  At this point we will still read the book, however, I think I will try to have them start reading it to me to give them practice and still getting a positive message.

Have you tried this book? What were your thoughts? Do you kids like it?

**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Mel

Love Arrives in Pieces – Book Review

Hello!!  Today I am bringing you Love Arrives in Pieces – Book Review.

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Love Arrives in Pieces is a sequel book to All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes.  I thoroughly enjoyed both books. Although they are a little predictable because you know they will fall in love, you just don’t know when, the book was still well written.

The book is about Stella a former beauty queen who has gone through a divorce and needs to find her way again.  An old loves arrives and things are turned upside down.  I enjoyed this book a little more than the first.  It has a broader story line and it wasn’t just all about their love story.  It was about a community coming together, relying on each other, and finding what true love really is.

It was a great story about a little town in which all the people living in it can come together and put all the pieces back together.  Each person was tied to someone else in some way or another and in the end of course they get their happy ending.

**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Mel

Grieving for the Glory of God – Book Review

Today I am bringing you Grieving for the Glory of God – Book Review.

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After I read a book that I chose for review, I was given a free ebook to read and the one chosen was the one pictured above.  This book is about grieving for a loved one and what goes on in your head during the process.

We all grieve in different ways but the fact is ….. WE ALL GRIEVE.  I know that each of is different and there are some that grieve way longer and more than others.  Grieving is a natural process and we tend to turn into a person we don’t like.  Here more than ever it is important to keep God in your forefront and make sure that he still gets #1 priority in your life.  He can and will see us through all things especially are darkest hours.  It is up to us to fight and show our love to God and battle through to better days.

This book is about a woman who lost her husband. It is about her grieving process and how she falls in and out of the trap we call life.  She forgets about God and just starts down a self-pity road.  She realizes she is wrong and starts to change her ways.  She goes back to God and really tries hard to focus on the important things in life and making her life the best it can be before it is her time to be with the Lord and her husband again.

Overall, the book was a super easy read and I really liked how she told the story, some do’s and dont’s for those who are grieving.  Things that go through your mind when your soul mate passes on.  The book has some good insight and if you are in the process of grieving someone, I would definitely recommend this book.

**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Mel

Savor – Book Review

Today I am reviewing Savor.  The first thing I have to say is I absolutely LOVE Shauna Niequist!!

If you haven’t read any of her books … do yourself a favor and do it!  She has written Cold Tangerines, Bread & Wine, Bittersweet, and now Savor.  All 4 of her books, I have been blown away by and so excited that I received this book from BookLook Bloggers to review.

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Savor is a different type of book for Shauna.  It is a devotional book and I absolutely adore it.  I love that she starts each day with a Bible verse, then she shares a story from her life, and then a little tip or question at the end.  Of course it wouldn’t be Shauna if she didn’t include some recipes as well ;).

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The thing that really draws me to her books is the personality and her story telling ability.  I feel like in each of her books I can relate to multiple stories or situations throughout them.  That is what I love about her.  She is a famous writer, yet I little ol’ Melissa can still relate to her in some way.  This book really shows you that no matter where you are in life or what your situation is we can all relate to each other.  No matter where you are in life someone has been through the same or similar situation.

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I would definitely recommend this book to anyone, especially those who are looking for a new devotional book!

**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Mel