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Never Unfriended by Lisa-Jo Baker–Book Review

Do you ever find it hard to find good friends? Friends that won’t dump you at the first rough patch? In this book Lisa-Jo Baker  shows women how you can find those lasting friendships by first becoming that type of friend. 

As women, we’ve all been there. We go through patches of our lives where it seems  like we just have no friends. Or maybe you had a really close friend who has said some really hurtful things to or about you and you can’t seem to work through it. No matter where you fall, as women, I think we all could read this book. I know I learned a lot from this book on how to be a better friend, and recognized things I can do in my current friendships to ensure that they are lasting friendships. This was a great read! If you haven’t yet, go grab your copy today. You won’t regret it!

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

Dear Joey by Alicia Eggers–Book Review

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“Dear Joey” is a book written to encourage mothers to fully embrace motherhood, and recognize it as beautiful. It was written in response to a blog post Alicia Eggers wrote when she was inspired Joey Feek’s last months with her daughter. I can’t think of any better way to summarize it than what the back copy says, “Her [Joey’s] life and death can encourage every mother to fully embrace every single breath and to live fully in each moment. Alicia shows the reader that living on purpose, through the anchor of Christ, is the most abundant life to live.”

 

Do you find yourself dreading certain things about motherhood? Or maybe you just feel frustrated all the time? I think every mother has been to a point where she has lost it on her family or she just gets really irritated when the kids want 50 million things at bedtime. I love how Alicia encourages mothers to embrace these little things, because as cliché as it may sound it won’t last forever, they’re going to grow up way too fast, and one day we’re going to wish we had enjoyed our children’s childhoods a little more. I’m guilty, I know I’m not alone, I get so irritated at small things, but after reading this book, I am working on trying to embrace my motherhood every moment, and live to the fullest, because there are women out there who would give anything to have their child beg for more glasses of water, to lay with them because they are scared, to talk their ears off, but for one reason or another they don’t have those opportunities. That one thought alone made me stop and think, “Wow! I really need to work on that!”  I also love how real she is, there are real life examples throughout the book as well as a few more of her blog posts. Overall, it was a very encouraging and thought provoking book. As a mother, I believe every mother should read this one! Go grab your copy here!

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

About the Author

(Disclaimer: I got this straight from the back of the book.)

Alicia Eggers lives with her husband, her childhood sweetheart and best friend in rural North Carolina. Together, they have five children and are learning everyday to fully embrace the beauty and the chaos that comes with raising a large family.

Alicia is passionate about Jesus, homeschooling, writing, reading, raising children and chickens, and encouraging other moms through the blog she shares with her sisters.

To learn more about the author, check out her and her sisters’ blog at www.honestlymotherhood.com.

 

 

Invitation-Harbingers Series Cycle 1–Book Review

 

Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, and Alton Gansky come together to bring you a book like none other. Each author writes from the perspective of a different character through an overarching story of suspense and supernatural circumstances. These four character keep being brought together for some special mission, but they don’t quite know what that mission is strange, unexplainable things keep happening to them. First, there is a strange mystery at a school for gifted students. Then, a house that seems to appear and disappear whenever it wants, animals that just drop dead with no eyes, and finally a strange little girl who seems to be from a completely different planet. What will happen to them? Will they solve the strange  mysteries that unfold?

 

This book was a little different than what I’m used to reading. That being said, I’ve never read a book that was written like this, and I love the idea. When I first started reading, I was a bit confused, because although it is Christian fiction, the very first section seems to dwell on psychic type things and “forces” that to me seemed demonic. (I didn’t get the idea that the author condoned any of that behavior it was just something the characters were fighting.) I kept reading because I wanted to see what happened, and I was pleased to see that throughout the rest of the book it started making more sense as to why that part was necessary. It seems as though something sinister is at work, and these four characters were brought together by God (whether or not they believe in Him or not) to help fight whatever that may be and save people from the effects of each supernatural force. Overall, while it was strange and a bit out of my element, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and recommend it if you’re into supernatural suspense. I am looking forward to reading the next installment to see what happens next (coming August 2017 – preorder here).

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

Tranquility: A Prayer and Reflection Coloring Journal–Book Review

 

 

This prayer journal was different than other coloring prayer journals I’ve seen. This particular journal has sample prayers you can read through to prompt you in your prayer life. There are pages to color or draw your own picture, along with prompts to help you deepen your walk with God.

 

insidetranquililtyI thought this was such a unique type of journal. I love coloring journals, and I feel like when I use one, I can meditate more on what I just read. This journal took that into account, and I feel like it gives you more prompts to think about what you’re learning, and it encourages you to take it slow. (Also an important factor, because you can’t rush it!) I will say, if you’re looking for a book that is a devotional, this would not be what you’re looking for. This is definitely a prayer journal with sample prayers, but not many devotionals.

**I received 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.

Thomas Nelson KJV Large Print Thinline Bible–Review

 

This Bible has 10-point font so it’s easier to read, also, it’s cover is imitation leather, and it is simply beautiful. It has colorful maps, a presentation page, 2 ribbon markers, gilded pages, and the words of Jesus in red. This particular Bible is the KJV version, and I wouldn’t say it’s a study Bible, as it only has the text and headings. There are no extra notes or commentaries that you would expect from a study Bible. However, there are two reading plans at the end, one is a one-year reading plan to guide you as you read through the Bible, and the other is a 30-days with Jesus reading plan.

 

When I opened this Bible, I’ll admit I was scared, because when I think large print, I think huge Bible with massive writing. This Bible is larger print, but not startlingly larger, which was comforting, also it’s thinline, so it’s compact and doesn’t seem any bigger than any of my other Bibles. The imitation leather is soft, and seems like it would hold up well. Overall, it was very well put together, and I would recommend it for someone who needs the larger print, but would like a more compact Bible.

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

If I’m Found by Terri Blackstock–Book Review

 

Casey Cox is on the run for being falsely accused of murdering her friend. Dylan Roberts, the Private Investigator who was hired to find her is still following her, but he believes her story. Casey is trying to find more evidence to prove her innocence and convict the real murderers, but she’s still not sure she can fully trust Roberts. While collecting her evidence, she comes across yet another tragedy, an abused little girl and a falsely accused man struggling to keep it together. Will she risk her life to help these people? Or will she be found trying to help them and die in prison?

 

I love this series. This is book two in the If I Run Series, and it is as gripping as the first one. The storyline will suck you in from the very beginning and you won’t be able to put it down. The characters are well developed, and you’ll empathize with them. I was rooting for Casey and Dylan through the whole book. I can’t wait to see how this all ends in the last book of the series! Full of suspense, twists and turns, Blackstock will keep you on your toes guessing. If you love suspense, get this series, and get started now, you’re not going to want to miss this!

Side note: this is not a stand alone book, you’re going to want to read this series in order.

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

Because You’re Mine by Colleen Coble–Book Review

 

Everything was right in Alanna’s world, until her husband, Liam, is killed by a car bomb while they’re on tour in Charleston with their Celtic band. Just when she thought it couldn’t get worse, her father-in-law threatens to take her child from her. When her manager offers her a marriage so that she can become a U.S. citizen and be free from her father-in-law’s reach, she jumps at the idea. However, after she moved into the family’s run-down mansion and had several life-threatening accidents, she’s beginning to wonder if someone is purposely trying to harm her. Will she be able to figure out who is behind it all and save herself and the life of her unborn child?

 

Fast-paced and full of suspense, this is a book that you will not put down. I was so enthralled in this book. I couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next. It’s a story of love that is stronger than death. It’s beautifully written, and several times I felt like I was right there with Alanna trying to figure out what was going on and what to do next. It kept me guessing most of the way through. If you love suspense, you will love this book. I highly recommend it!

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