March Reads

Today I am bringing you March reads.  I also have plans for some major blogging coming up as well.

50 Ways to Yay
What is not to love about this book.  I love doing self-help books or books that make me learn and grow as  a person.  50 Ways to Yay! did just that.  I sat down with this book and learned so much about myself and the things I need to work on that I am ready to put a plan in to action and better myself for the good. Whether that means weeding somethings out or to continue some positive things I do.  There were 50 things that I set out to accomplish and with each day I can truly say I grew as a person.

We Stood Upon Stars
Do you ever find a book that you just pick up to see what it’s about and then as you read it feel your whole life change?  That is what We Stood Upon Stars did.  I honestly had to pick a book and this was the one that appealed to me the most.  After starting to read it, I couldn’t out it down. I truly enjoyed it, cover to cover.  The book is written by a dad who takes his kids traveling or adventures that he has taken throughout his life.  These adventures he took not only were fun and adventurous for him but he learned life lessons along the way.  I was just talking with Matt the other day saying, I wish we had more money so we could travel with our kids more and let them explore and see other cities.  We decided that we could still do that just on a smaller scale.  We plan to start taking adventure and camping and see different parts of the world even if they are still in our home state.  The learning and love come from the adventure you take, being with friends or family, and just enjoying what God created for us.  This book was by far one of the best reads I have had in a long time.
**“I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.”

OTHER BOOKS I READ:

  • Winter Storms
  • Accidentally Engaged
  • Snow Country – you can see a full review here
  • What we Find
  • Open your Bible – Bible study
  • Magnolia Journal – spring edition

What did you read this month? Any book recommendations?

Mel

Snow Country

I love getting books to review for authors.  I was contacted by an author to review her book, Snow Country and immediately said yes to it.  I received the book awhile ago and with having the baby, I am just now getting around to posting a proper review for her.

Kristin definitely has a way with words.  When I am asked to review a book, I am always uneasy about it, especially if it is a book that I cannot just get into (which does happen).  That was definitely not the case with Kristin’s book.  I immediately fell in love with the characters and wanted to know more about their lives. While some parts of the book were predictable it didn’t turn me away from the book.  I was anxious for those parts to happen but when they did I was blown away by how.  It didn’t happen in a way that I would have ever seen coming.

The story has real life situations that people deal with. Snow storms, driving cross-country, taking care of sick family members, falling in love, past situations rearing their heads.  All these things happen to people on a daily basis and in this book it is no different.  You will feel all sorts of emotions throughout the whole book. In my opinion that is what makes a good book. When you fall in love with the characters, when you laugh when they do or cry when they do and mourn when characters leave the book.

The plot of the story was one that I could picture myself in, it made a little escape for the everyday life.  Kristin has a knack for story telling and when the book ended I was not disappointed.  I loved everything from start to finish, I couldn’t put the book down.  I am ready for the 2nd book coming out this summer.

If you are interested in purchasing the book you can do so here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I absolutely adore these little Thank You, God books.  We have several of them in our house and I love adding to them.  These books are simple yet show you a true love for the family members around you.  Our kids are very close to their grandmas and grandpas on both sides and they love reading these books and saying hey grandma/grandpa does do that for us.  It is amazing to see their eyes light up when they read this books and can honestly make a connection between the book and real life.  My girls love reading these books to their little brother!

**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

January Reads

Hello ….

I am so excited to bring you the books I read this past month.  Things are starting to get back in a natural flow around the house so I am having set reading times while little man is sleeping.  I found a new series of books that I absolutely love, and if you are a Disney fan I think you will enjoy them as well!

God Made You Nose to Toes

This book was so cute.  I love getting new children’s books from Booklook Blogger, especially now that Trevor is little and just not enjoying when we read to him.  I love the way this book is laid out.  Each is a two page spread with a rhyme about a body part and what it is used for.  “God made many sounds that he wants you to hear, so on each side of your head he planted an ear.”  They are super cute and fun and easy to read as well.  I would definitely recommend this book. It is adorable.

**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.

After the Cheering Stops

This book was definitely a good read.  When you watch professional sports on the TV, their lives seem super easy.  We think they get paid big bucks to play a game and their life is super easy and rich.  This book gives you a totally different perspective of how the game is not always fun and games and as easy as we think.  They have hard times just as we do and things aren’t always a 10 on their end either.  Cyndy Feasel went through a lot in her time married to Grant Feasel and had to endure a lot of pain, however, she stood by his side and really worked at her life in general.  It was a nice break to see how things aren’t always what they seem and how even though they are professional athletes they go through trials and tribulations just as we do.

**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.

Bloom

Oh be still my heart.  What a lovely, heart-felt story that any and every one needs to read.  We always have a set plan, ways we want to do things, and then WHOOSH it doesn’t happen as planned.  As Kelle learned when she went to give birth to her second child that wound up having Down Syndrome.  This book and story is such a great one.  It shows you how you can learn and grow from everything you are given.  It shows that it is ok to be mad and upset and then get over yourself.  It shows how to love no matter what and how kids can really teach us the important things in life.  I highly recommend this book!!

Allegiant

Yes, it took me this long to finally finish the series and I can say that I was a little disappointed.  I thought this book started out very slow and although it picked up towards the end I was disappointed with the final book in general.

…. ok so this new series is one I found that I love.  I read both of these books in a day and have been hooked on them.  There are only 3 to the series right now but they are all well written.  The stories are about Disney villains and how they became the way they are in their respected movies/stories. I won’t go into detail of the stories because I am sure that you all know the general story of each of these characters.  I have read the Beast and Ursula’s story.  I still have Maleficent and will be reading it hopefully this month!

The Beast Within
Poor Unfortunate Soul
Fairest of All

Alright … that was it for the month. What did you read this month? Any good recommendations?

Mel

Devotional Review

SO this past few months have just been crazy busy.  I feel like I have had no time to sit down and just think, but that is what happens when you have a 6 month old at home who is eating every 2 hours still … geesh!

Anyway, I wanted to stop by today and share a new devotional that I started.

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The title of this devotional caught my eye and I knew I wanted to get the book and see where it takes me.  I have had this devotional for about a month now but wanted to start it in the new year.  We are on day 5 now and I couldn’t love this book anymore.  The entries vary with John sharing personal stories in his life and how he used leadership and the other days tying everyday leadership ideas with the Bible and how they used those same concepts.

I love seeing how it all ties to the Bible.  How we do certain things yet when we think about it David was the first person to ever to this leadership style, etc.  I am really enjoying this devotional and would highly recommend picking it up.

**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

August Reads

Today I am bringing you my August Reads.  I have to say this month was rather slow with reading.  We were all over the place trying to get Trevor on a schedule and preparing the girls for back to school.  Needless to say, I haven’t had much down time to read but I did get 3 books in this month :).

  • Present over Perfect
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    I love, love, loved everything about this book.  I am definitely a huge fan of Shauna Niequest and her writing.  I own every single one of her books and true to order I couldn’t put this one down.  I love how she can take her life situations and make you feel welcome and invited to whatever is going on in your life.   These situations are not always fun or what we expect but we learn and grow from each of those situations. She takes her raw life and shows us that even her, a famous writer, has hard times.  She isn’t always 100% on board or gung-ho about what is going on in her life.  She like everyone else needs to take breaks and refocus on what is truly important in this life. She takes time when she needs it and focuses on her writing as she sees fit.  It is nice to see that we aren’t alone in this world and that priorities can slip from anyone in this world whatever you do, famous or not.

    **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.

  • Uninvited
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    hmmm what can I say about this book.  I also love Lysa’s writing.  I love how she can captivate an audience with a few line starting her book out.  I love how down to Earth she seems and how she isn’t afraid to share what she has been through.  We have all had those moments where we haven’t been invited to something, been turned down for a job, been told no, etc. Those are all moments we have felt unwanted, unneeded, unappreciated, however, even in those moments God still needs us.  We are still a part of his plan and have a mission set in front of us.  Lysa turns her negatives into positives throughout this whole book.  She shows you how you can make the most of all those bad or negative situations in which we sometimes get put in.  She shows how to stay positive and not get down or turn away from those NOs. I now have a new outlook on how I will take those rejections, go with the flow, learn, and grow for next time.

    **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.

  • First Comes Love
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    ok so I love Emily Giffin and her writing.  I seriously can read her books from start to finish in one day if given enough alone time.  I love how she can draw me in right from the beginning.  I always feel like I am one of her characters or a part of this book and I am sitting at the table or in the store shopping with them side by side.  This book left me a little short and disappointed though.  I always love her writing and her books and this one was no different, however, I hated the ending.  I don’t want to spoil the ending for those of you who have not read the book but I wanted so much more.  I wanted to know more about the way things wound up with each sister.  The book is about a family who loses a son in a car accident, then his sisters who are complete opposites grow up and have to learn to cope and deal with things head on.  It has a great message on how love should always come first and how everything all boils down to love!  It was a great book I just wanted more.

Mel

June Reads

Welcome to all my readers.  Today I am posting about my June Reads.  I wasn’t quite sure that I was going to get anything read but maybe one book with having the baby and everything but turns out I got more read than I thought I would.  Mainly because when the baby is sleeping I am either sleeping or reading so it worked out rather well.

Here is what I read this month:

Wild and Free

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WOW!!  Where to start with this book.  I have been a long time follower of Jess Connolly and when I heard she was writing a book, I knew right away I had to check it out.  I kept putting it off and putting it off and then it came up on the website for review and I quickly grabbed my copy.

I love the way the girls wrote this book. Each doing a chapter talking about a major topic and then a prayer at the end, followed by a response from the other girl.  It lets you get a 2nd perspective from each chapter they wrote and I loved that about the book.

The book to me was about getting out of my rut or funk and living the way God wants me to live.  There are so many things that happen in our lives that we don’t realize is God talking to us and trying to show us the path that he wants us to take.  We need to be more open and live more wildly and freely.  The girls told of every day situations that could occur and did happen to them and how we can make the most of them.  It was very easy to relate to this book and put yourself in the situation so you could grow from every learning experience we are given.

**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.

With My Eyes Wide Open

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Brian “Head” Welch was in the band Korn.  He wrote his first book Save me from Myself and it was all about his struggle with addiction and what eventually lead up to his quitting the band.  The story leaves off there.

In With my Eyes Wide Open it picks up right where it left off.  After reading the first book, I ASSUMED oh he quit the band to take care of his daughter and everything was smooth sailing from there.  BOY was I wrong.  That isn’t what happened at all.  He recounts the story of his struggle with starting his solo career, trusting the wrong people, not being very good at handling his money, and raising his daughter solo.  Basically the book is about what happened after he left Korn and how his life was not so easy in those times.

I absolutely loved this book.  I have a lot of respect for people who do things to benefit their families and ultimately make a huge sacrifice.  Brian left the band and found God and ultimately tried to turn his whole life around but it didn’t come without a few bumps along the way … just like every other person in the world.  After reading this book I admire the person that Brian has become and how he has stayed true to his faith and made the most of everything for his daughter and himself.

**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 Second

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Love, love, love everything about this book.  I am second retells life stories of people hitting rock bottom and finding God.  It shows them getting out of the worst situations and turning their lives around completely.  Each story is a few pages long and tells you a little background of who they are or what they went through and how they ultimately wound up turning their lives over to God.  How they made the change and kept things going for the better.

It is really hard to read some of these stories and realize that it took people hitting rock bottom to find God but then I look at it from a different perspective and am so glad that they went to that place so they could find God and ultimately give their life to him.

If you are looking for a good short story type of book this is definitely it, I love reading personal stories and they are even better when they come from the heart and bring people toward God.

Find Your Brave

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This book was a fun read.  I wasn’t quite sure what exactly it was going to be about.  I figured it would be about being brave but I mean how do you actually teach being brave.  I feel like being brave is something you have or you don’t have.

The book takes every day life situations that we go through and lets you take a perspective from that situation and be brave pertaining to it.  For it example there is a chapter called Let it Go.  It is about letting things go and how in order to let things go we all need to be brave and figure out ways that we can do those things and be brave or put on our brave faces to ensure that we are making the most of our lives.

I really liked the way this book was laid out and how it took situations we have all been through and turned them into learning opportunities for being brave.  I love the phrase be brave and how I wish there were more people who could be brave on their own.

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

 

What books did you read this month? Have you read any of these?

Mel

May ** What I Read

Hello readers.  Today I am sharing my May ** What I read. As many of you know I am currently 9 months pregnant and have about a week to go before our little baby boy will be here and reading has not been at the top of my priority list.  I have been wanting to read and then find myself falling asleep in the middle …. OOPS!!

Anyway, this month I actually got to finish four books and I was pretty proud of myself for that.  I read the following books this month:

  • Pressing Pause
  • The One and Only
  • Hope Unfolding
  • I Didn’t want to be that Girl

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Pressing Pause was such a fun, easy read.  I am actually currently still in the process of reading it but only because it breaks down like a devotional.  There are not labeled days or directions that say read one a day but with me being pregnant and reading being a little bit of a challenge lately, I decided this would be the easier route to go.

We all have those moments, especially as moms (parents) where we need a break.  I wish we could be on Saved by the Bell and Zack Morris would call a time out so that I could just take a breather and not lash our or scream at my kids  …. but who am I kidding that can’t happen in real life so I try to send the girls to do something or walk out of the room and just take a few deep breaths.  This book puts into perspective that you aren’t alone.  We all need those breathers and need to take a “pause” from our kids.

The book is easy to read and follow and is very relatable.

**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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The One and Only.  Aww what a lovely book.  I have been wanting to read this book forever.  I love Emily Giffin’s writing and have been looking and looking at this for as long as I can remember … since it came out pretty much!  A few weeks ago my dad asked if I wanted to go to the book store so I said sure and lucky enough they had the hardback version of this book on sale for $6.  Yes I said $6 … how could I pass that up?

This book is interesting and I don’t want to spoil anything for those who have not read it but it takes an interesting look on a relationship about love.  It is unusual in my opinion but I know it happens but not sure how often.  We can’t help who we fall in love with and this story is proof of that.  It as always is a super easy read and the way that Emily writes is just beautiful.  You definitely will not be able to put the book down.

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Hope Unfolding is another book that I did for review purposes and I am so glad that God called me to choose this book.  The book has lots of stories in it and she shows you how you aren’t alone in anything you do.  Whatever you are feeling or going through, someone else out there has been through it as well.

The book makes you look at situations and really think about them.  It is about doing our best because our best is always good enough.  God calls us to do his work, his deeds, his positive callings.  There are so many things that can happen throughout our day but if we try our best and get what we can achieved then God is going to be happy with us.

Becky writes in a way that you feel like you are sitting right there in the room with her and you two are best friends.  I loved reading her stories and seeing how she tied them into her grace-filled life.

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

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I am part of a blogging group on Facebook and Sue reached out to us and asked if anyone wanted to do a review for her new Bible study based on Eve.  I of course jumped right on it.  I love doing book reviews and Bible studies have been really growing on me and I love taking a much deeper look at God’s words and seeing how much I can relate and translate into my life.

This Bible study is not really like many that I have done in the past.  I am a huge Beth Moore fan and Sue’s writing is right up there with Beth’s.  I love the personal stories within the Bible studies.  She doesn’t just write to be writing she is relating each day and educational piece to her real life.  The study is easy to read and follow with each day being a perfect length.  I am not struggling to finish or get through each day, I enjoy each day and love the layout of the whole study. The study is also very relatable, Sue writes her stories in a way that you can see how it can relate to your life.  We have all been in similar situations and to see how she relates those stories to the study portion is amazing.   Each day is broken down into reading, applying, quotes, and then in the end there is an ending question and I love them.  I love those ending questions.  They make me think about all that we have read for the day and how I can take what I have learned and applied it to my life.

 

I would highly recommend any of these four books that I read this month.  I am very happy with the choices that I made and I hope that some of you will pick one of them up and enjoy them as much as I did.

Mel

So many book so little time ….

Hello friends …

Today I am bringing you a few book reviews.  I feel like that has been the center of my blog lately and I promise I am trying to switch it up but it seems that books are where it is at right now.

I honestly can say I have so many books so little time ….. I have been trying to catch up with all the books I have on my shelf but being almost 9 months pregnant has made it a little difficult to just sit and read.  I feel like we have so much to do before the baby comes but I have been loving sitting for a bit and reading a chapter or two.

The first book I read was Little One, God Made You Special

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We have been trying to build the babies library a book at a time.  At my shower, instead of a card people brought books and we got a nice little chunk of books for the girls to read to Trevor and I can’t wait to see how they do reading to him.  When I saw this book on my options list I knew right away I needed to get it for his library.  As soon as I opened it of course, the girls stole it and each read it about 100 times.  They are so excited for Trevor to be here and read it to him.  The book is super short and sweet.  It is an easy read and really portrays a great message.  You hear about being bullied so much now a days that it is a little out of control and I want my girls to know that no matter what even if they are bullied to remember that God made them unique and special for a reason.  They will always be loved and should embrace their uniqueness. I would highly 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.

 


 

The second book I read for review was You First

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I received this book probably close to a year ago and am still working on finishing it but am so excited to review it.  I decided at the beginning of the year that I really wanted to take time and focus on myself and making myself a better person.  This journal was perfect as it was a way to really sit down and focus on myself and learning about the things I am good at and the things that I am not so good at.  The journal breaks it down into different categories and ask you different questions so you can focus on different things throughout your life.

It is really nice to sit down and have some quiet time to just relax and focus on yourself.  I feel like I don’t get that as often as I would like as I am usually focused on the girls or Matt and with the new baby coming, it is really nice to just focus on myself for a change.

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

Have you read either of these books? I would highly recommend either one of these books. They both portray a nice encouraging message throughout their books.

Mel

7 Women and the Secret to Their Greatness Review

Hello readers.  Today I am bringing you the 7 Women and the Secret to Their Greatness Review.

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This book really caught my attention as soon as I saw it as an option.  I was excited to learn about women in our culture and how they had such a huge impact on the world during their time.

I was never one to like history in school … ok who am I kidding, I HATED history.  I never paid attention and is probably the reason why I cannot recall many …. if any history facts or information.  Matt makes fun of me all the time because I don’t know simple history facts or people and he always has to explain things to me.

The book explores 7 women and the impact they had on this world.  They are 7 women that you have all heard of, however, may not have paid such close attention to where you know all the ins and outs of their power or influence.  I really enjoyed getting to know these females and how exactly their influence came about.

**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

Book Review Time!

I love when I get to review books.  I have lately been really enjoying reading lately and have been drawn into some great books so far this year.  Today I am sharing two book reviews for you.

1. The Understaker’s Wife

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This book is one of my favorites I have read this year. It takes a raw, horrible situation and shows how Dee has overcome the tragedy.  It shows how she wanted to give up many, many times but kept pushing and kept moving on for herself and her girls.

I could never imagine going through her situation, and hope that I never will but if the situation ever did arise, I know that I can push through and become a stronger person with God by my side.  The book is full of every emotion you can imagine but how life will go on, whether you are a part of it or not and you can still do amazing things even when hard circumstances come your way.

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2. Soul Friends

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This book through me for a loop.  When I chose this book I thought I was choosing a how to book on how you can grow in faith and make deeper emotional connections while making friends.  I was expecting a book showing me how to gain some closer friends that I can share in my journey with.  When I got the book it was definitely now what I was expecting at all.  It was still a good read, however, it was more about just growing in your faith and situations that help you figure out where exactly you are.  Although, it was a good read it was not what I was looking for.

**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