Friday, November 13, 2015

7 Women and the secret of their greatness

"In his eagerly anticipated follow-up to the enormously successful Seven Men, New York Times best-selling author Eric Metaxas gives us seven captivating portraits of some of history's greatest women, each of whom changed the course of history by following God's call upon their lives-as women.
Each of the world-changing figures who stride across these pages-Joan of Arc, Susanna Wesley, Hannah More, Maria Skobtsova, Corrie ten Boom, Mother Teresa, and Rosa Parks-is an exemplary model of true womanhood. Teenaged Joan of Arc followed God's call and liberated her country, dying a heroic martyr's death. Susanna Wesley had nineteen children and gave the world its most significant evangelist and its greatest hymn-writer, her sons John and Charles. Corrie ten Boom, arrested for hiding Dutch Jews from the Nazis, survived the horrors of a concentration camp to astonish the world by forgiving her tormentors. And Rosa Parks' deep sense of justice and unshakeable dignity and faith helped launch the twentieth-century's greatest social movement.
Writing in his trademark conversational and engaging style, Eric Metaxas reveals how the other extraordinary women in this book achieved their greatness, inspiring readers to lives shaped by the truth of the gospel."

I began reading this book and the introduction alone sucked me in. I quote from Eric Metaxas as to how he came about choosing the women to highlight in this book after getting a lot of suggestions as to whom to include: "What struck me as wrong about these suggestions was that they presumed women should somehow be compared to men. But it seemed wrong to view great women in that way. The great men in Seven Men were not measured against women, so why should the women in Seven Women be measured against men? I wondered what was behind this way of seeing things, that women should be defined against men? Or that men and women should even be compared to each other?"

The seven great women highlighted in this book were full of life and wisdom and femininity. They don't need to be compared to men nor do men need to be compared to them. They all individually had great stories that were shared and show how God used them to further His Kingdom. I recommend reading this book.

I received this book in exchange for my honest review from

Saturday, October 3, 2015

25 Questions Book Giveaway!!

It is time for the GIVEAWAY!!!!

I am giving away TWO, count 'em TWO copies of 25 Questions you're Afraid to Ask about LOVE, SEX and INTIMACY!!

I am beyond thrilled to be on the launch team for this book and I can't wait for all of you to get a chance to read it! Enter below for your chance to win!!

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

I am on the 25 Questions book launch team! + GIVEAWAY COMING SOON!

I am so very excited to announce that I was one of the lucky ladies chosen to the on the #25QuestionsBook Launch Team.

Authentic Intimacy is a ministry that I have been following since it was founded by Dr. Juli Slattery and Linda Dillow. Their aim is to help women learn how to have a fulfilling, Christ-Centered, Biblical Sex Life.

The new book is a selection of 25 of the most frequently asked questions they receive. No longer will women be afraid to ask their questions about sex. I will be giving away two of the books on my blog. The giveaway will start tomorrow. Please keep an eye out for the giveaway post. I hope you win!

More questions about Authentic Intimacy's new book? Check out their website:

Monday, August 17, 2015

The Good, the Bad, and the Grace of God Book Review


"Jep Robertson, the youngest son of Duck Commander Phil Robertson, and his wife, Jessica, open up about their personal trials, their early years together, and the challenges that might have destroyed them both had the grace of God not intervened. Jep describes being molested as a child and his reluctance to tell anyone until only a few years ago, his downward spiral into drug and alcohol abuse, and the eventual intervention of his family. Jessica shares about the difficult failure of her first marriage while still a teenager and the hurt that came along with it, much of it from the church. Her insecurities spun out of control as she wondered whether she would ever be good enough or pretty enough. This book is their love story but, more importantly, their love story for God."

I really enjoyed reading this book. In my opinion, Jep isn't as well known as his other brothers, so it was really nice to hear his story. The book shifted back and forth from his perspective to his wife's perspective. Their individual stories flowed well together and kept the reader consist throughout the book.

Jep begins with his early life following around his older brothers and spending lots of time with his paternal grandmother, Merritt. It was insightful to see the perspective of the one Robertson child who was born after Phil's conversion to Christianity. Jep openly discusses his trials, including addiction and health issues. His openness and willingness to be completely forthcoming with everything and use it to witness for God's amazing grace and love is really refreshing. I highly recommend reading this book!!

Monday, August 3, 2015


I realize that I haven't posted a blog in quite some time. My summer has been crazy busy! We homeschool and I swear that this summer has been busier than any homeschool year we've had thus far. My kids have had activities all over the place! We are finally in our last week of a camp, my daughter's third camp of the summer.

I am currently doing a lot of reading, especially since I recently joined goodreads. I wish I would have known about this website earlier. You can keep track of what you are reading, enter giveaways for books, find new books to read and keep track of them as well as lots of free ebooks to read! It's like Christmas for us book lovers!

So that's me, what have you been up to?

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Set-Apart Woman Book Review
     In The Set-Apart Woman, women of all ages will be encouraged to stay grounded in Jesus amid the many distractions and temptations of their daily lives. Biblical truths will help readers understand what it means to live the consecrated life, set apart for God’s purposes. Readers will apply these truths to practical areas of struggle that women face on a daily basis, such as sinful attitudes and patterns and other hindrances to our souls.

When I first began reading this book, I felt the author was being really judgmental about other Christian's walk. But, my mind changed a little after she went on to explain her stance and ideas about how to truly be set-apart and follow God. I do have to say I don't agree with the extremes with which she takes her idea, but I do respect the heart that she has in these ideas. She felt genuine and sincere. There are many good tips and advice on how to work hard to put and keep Christ first in our lives. It wasn't my favorite book, but I am happy I read it.

I received this book from the Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Living Well Spending Less

From the publisher's website: "
Ruth Soukup knows what it is like to want what you can’t afford. And she knows the downward spiral of out-of-control spending and how it can consume your life, eat up your time, and destroy your relationships. When she finally hit bottom with her finances and her marriage was on the brink of divorce, she had to learn a totally different way to think about money...and discovered true happiness along the way.

In Living Well, Spending Less Ruth shares her secrets with warmth, total honesty, and practical help in every chapter. Following her wildly successful blog of the same name, Ruth gives her readers even more of what they love: lots of creative, helpful ideas and advice for families on a budget along with stories from her own journey to discovering what the good life is really all about.

With personal and creative challenges in each chapter, Living Well, Spending Less is perfect for small group study or discussion. As readers change the desires of their hearts and shift their priorities toward treasures that last, they will find a life rich in faith, family, friends, and creativity—and a budget that balances."

First of all, I really really enjoyed reading this book. Ruth does an amazing job of explaining these 12 secrets of the good life that she has implemented in her own life. The book is set up in two parts, Living Well and Spending Less. One of my favorite aspects of this book, is that she starts with your heart and mindset first. She talks about being content first. How important it is to be happy where you are. Yes change the things that need to change, but be happy where you are and with what you have.

She goes on to discuss using your time wisely and setting goals before going on to the more practical items of saving money at the grocery store, decluttering and cleaning routines. I enjoyed reading her personal stories and examples and encouraging words to help others make needed changes in their lives. I highly recommend reading this book. It is truly one of the best books of its kind that I have read in a long time.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Beside Bethesda

From the publisher's website: "A 31-day devotional from bestselling author and speaker Joni Eareckson Tada that takes readers on a month-long journey toward the deepest healing God offers. The entire book is framed against Joni’s visit to the healing pool of Bethesda to seek healing where Jesus healed.

As Joni relates aspects of her own journey in dealing with the most painful “unanswered prayer” of her life, readers will learn to see beyond potential quick fixes to the deepest and greatest solutions God has for them. As the journey continues, readers deal with topics such as contentment, patience, unanswered prayer, transformation through suffering, wrestling with God, and hoping in God."

This was a nice devotional. I think it could really help someone who is need of deep healing find support and realize that they are not alone. I didn't like that each devotional basically had a story of hers and then a verse or two from whichever translation fit what she said. I felt like she should have used more scripture in the devotional. I did really like the concept of the man being healed by Jesus at the pool in Bethesda and how we can be healed too.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Win a free year of Sonlight for you and a friend!!

You can win a free year of Sonlight curriculum!! For yourself and a friend!
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