You Can Stay Home With Your Kids by Erin Odom–Book Review

 

Do you want to stay home with your kids, but you don’t think it will every be possible? Do you currently stay home with your kids, but feel like you’re always just scraping by? Erin Odom has compiled 100 tips, tricks and ways you can save money or make money from home so it can be possible! There are sections on shopping at secondhand stores, shopping around for a house/car, recipes for DIY household products, tips for making money from home, and many, many more!

 

Currently, I have been blessed to be able to stay home with our kids. Now that our oldest is in school, and we have a tuition payment, I’ve been trying to save extra money and possibly even make money from home (even if it’s just some splurge money). I’ve always loved saving, some people may call me cheap, I prefer frugal. This book had tons of tips, many I have either tried, or am currently doing, but there were some I was like I need to try that! For example, I loved the section on DIY household products, because let’s face it they can be pricey, and most are full of chemicals. I plan to try a few of them at least to see how I like them, and maybe save myself some money in the process. I highly recommend this book if you are looking for ways to save money, she has a lot of great information in this book, as well as some free downloads when you get the book!

**I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Lies Women Believe by Nancy Leigh DeMoss Wolgemuth–Book Review

 

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“Many women live under a cloud of personal guilt and condemnation,” says Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth. “Many are in bondage to their past. Others are gripped by fear of rejection and a longing for approval. Still others are emotional prisoners.”

Everyone encounters lies throughout their lives. The Devil is the Father of lies, and will do anything he can to get you to believe lies. Starting in the Garden of Eden, Satan attacked the first woman, Eve, with a lie. In this updated version of Lies Women Believe, Nancy Leigh Wolgemuth covers several lies that women today are faced with and corresponding truths that will help them overcome these lies. She covers topics suchas, lies about God,  themselves, priorities, children, emotions, circumstances, and more. The only thing that can conquer these lies is the Truth, the Truth of God’s Word.

 

The Lies Women Believe Study Guide is a corresponding study guide that helps you dig deeper into the book, and search the Scripture to help you recognize and overcome the lies the Devil will throw at you. (And he will come at you with lies, no Christian is exempt!) Each chapter in the guide is divided into three sections: In a Nutshell (overview), Exploring the Truth, and Walking Together in the Truth (for group study).

I have absolutely loved this book and study guide! I highly recommend it to every Christian woman! One of the things I found most interesting, was in the beginning of each chapter, she starts with a short snippet of something that looks like Eve’s journal. What she may have thought at different stages of her life, or things she may have gone through that correlates to the Lies that will be covered in that chapter. I learned so much through each chapter, and there were some lies I know I myself have believed at one time or another.

The Study Guide was so helpful. While you can use it for group studies, I did it as an individual study and it worked perfectly! I love how in this guide it doesn’t just ask you questions about what’s in the book, it makes you dig deeper in God’s Word giving you Scripture after Scripture to look up and further study for yourself. I have done other studies where they’ll ask you according to page #….what did you learn about this? It was so refreshing to do a study that takes you straight to the ultimate source of Truth, God’s Word.

Overall, I can’t say enough how much I loved this entire book/study! I feel more equipped as a Woman of God to recognize the Devils lies, and overcome them with the Truth of God’s Word. I truly have learned a lot from everything I’ve ever read that Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth has written. I pray that you will learn just as much from this study as I did!

Click the links below to get your copy!

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Lies Women Believe Study Guide

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Lies Young Women Believe Study Guide

 

 

 

 

**I received these books free from the publisher in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

If I Live by Terri Blackstock–Book Review

 

Casey Cox is still on the run in this final book in the If I Run  series. Between Casey and private investigator, Dylan Roberts, the evidence against Gordon Keegan is mounting, and they know that the running will soon be over. However, the closer they get to nailing Keegan and clearing Casey’s name, the more dangerous it becomes for both of them. Will they be able to get the evidence to someone who will believe them and isn’t in on the corruption with Keegan before he finds Casey? Will Casey ever get to go back to her normal life before this nightmare began? Or will they both be Keegan’s next victims to cover his crimes?

 

An amazing end to a great series. I have thoroughly enjoyed this series! Just like the previous books in the series, I could not put this book down. The suspense has you on edge throughout the entire book, so many twists and turns keep you guessing what will happen next. From the beginning, I quickly fell in love with Casey and Dylan. It was hard for me to wait for the next book to come out so I could see what happened next. I highly recommend this series, and for that matter any other books Terri Blackstock writes, they are amazing!

**I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers–Book Review

 

To an outsider, Roman Velasco appears to have it all. He has a nice house, fame, fortune, and any woman would kill to be on his arm. When Grace Moore walks into his life as his new assistant, he immediately notices how different she is from other women. She works hard, and doesn’t appreciate his foul mouth. Roman quickly finds himself wanting to know more about this elusive woman. Grace is a God-honoring woman who is trying hard to make a life for her and her son, and trying to get over the pain and regrets of her past. Will they open up to each other enough to see that they have more in common than they realize? Will Roman see his need of Jesus before it’s too late?

 

This story was fantastic. I was drawn in from the beginning, and I loved the different spiritual lessons seen throughout the book. One specific lesson I loved, God is working a masterpiece in each one of us, and yes we may have flaws or things in our past that we regret, but God in His grace will forgive us and save us and use us for His glory despite our past. The story was beautifully written, and I loved each of the characters! There were a few twists and turns along the way, which kept you wondering how it was going to end. I highly recommend this book!

**I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

When God Made Light by Matthew Paul Turner–Book Review

When God Made Light teaches kids about God’s creation of light and all the different kinds of light. From the sun and the moon, to fireflies and lightning, Turner teaches that God made it all. He also points out that God put that same light in each and every child. It encourages children to shine their light for God.

 

I loved this one! It is written in rhyme, and is perfect for children of all ages. I loved the beautiful way Turner teaches such a simple lesson of how God made all light in every form, and there’s a piece of that light in children. I also thoroughly love the illustrations throughout the book. Every page is full of color and just absolutely beautiful! I highly recommend this book for children!

Here are just a few examples of the beautiful illustrations found in this children’s book:

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**I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Probing: Harbingers Cycle 3 by Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, and Alton Gansky–Book Review

 

In Cycle 3 of the Harbingers series, the team is met with four new crazy adventures. Never knowing what they may encounter, they just try to figure it out as they go.

 

In Leviathan, the team is sent to Los Angeles where they are invited to a taping of a disturbing new reality show. When everyone starts exhibiting strange behavior, including some of their own team members, they have to figure out what’s going on before it spreads farther.

In The Mind Pirates, they are sent to a tropical place where they are abducted by pirates, and they must not only overcome the pirates, but also solve a murder using a strange earring.

In Hybrids, the team is back in Florida to rest, or so it would seem. They are quickly back in the game when strange black-eyed children appear and the neighbor’s unborn baby just disappears.

In The Village, while in a town called Newland, they are randomly transported to another universe where they meet a familiar face, but they are faced with the task of figuring out how to get back and how to save the people that were transported there before them.

This whole series has been way out of my usual element, since I’m not typically into the sci-fi genre. That being said, this series has been very good. This book was no exception! I love how different these books are than other books, since they are written like a TV show from the perspective of each character. It did take me a little longer to get into this particular book, but once I was in, I was in. I kept wondering how are they going to figure this out? Are they going to make it? There were twists and turns that I didn’t see coming, and overall it keeps you guessing through each section. I love the mystery involved over who exactly is behind sending them on these crazy other-worldly missions. So if you’re into sci-fi with a little mystery and intrigue in it, you need to check this series out! (I would recommend reading these in order because if you don’t you might be a bit lost.)

**I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Oath of Honor by Lynette Eason–Book Review

 

When Isabelle St. John’s partner is murdered right in front of her at what was supposed to be a simple stakeout, she is set on getting to the bottom of what was going on in that warehouse, and who killed Kevin. She has no idea what will unfold, but when information gets to her that there may be cops working for the bad guys, she’s not sure who she can trust. As she and her partner’s brother work on the case it brings them closer together, and they start falling for each other. Will they find out what’s going on before another disaster happens? Will Izzy be able to get past the past and let Ryan into her heart?

 

Edge-of-your-seat suspense is the best way to describe this fast-paced mystery. It will literally keep you guessing until the end! So amazing. I have read a few of Eason’s books, and this book does not disappoint. If you love suspense and mystery, you will love this book. I quickly fell in love with the characters, and felt like I was with Izzy through the whole investigation, and the many bumps along the road. This is definitely one you need to read!

**I received this book free from the publisher for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.