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Lies Girls Believe by Dannah Gresh–Book Review

About the Book (as told by Amazon 😉 )

Today’s girls face a number of challenges we never dealt with at their age. From skyrocketing anxiety rates to bullying on social media, the Enemy’s lies are everywhere. How do you help the girl you love walk in freedom?

Equip her with Truth. Dannah Gresh, author of Secret Keeper Girl and Lies Young Women Believe (coauthored with Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth) brings you Lies Girls Believe. This fun, easy-to-read book engages your daughter in the twenty most important truths she needs. She’ll help solve problems using fun sidebars and it’s packed with wisdom, quizzes, games, exploded quotes, and graphics to help her absorb the message. Prepare your daughter for the difficult challenges she’ll face in the world today with sections addressing:

  • Lies about God
  • Lies about Friendship
  • Lies about the Future
  • Lies about Myself
  • Lies about Boys
  • And more!  

Lies Girls Believe is designed to help your daughter fully understand the Truth so she can live the way God meant for her to live—free!

For the best results, use the accompanying AMom’s Guide to Lies Girls Believe which invites you to critically examine the lies girls believe and discover how to set your daughter free. It also helps facilitate discussion between you and your daughter.

Check out the book trailer here: https://youtu.be/Fx8sqfCV7Pk

My Review of Lies Girls Believe

In today’s society, it is so important that we show our girls the truth about themselves. The world will fill their heads with lies, if we as mothers don’t equip them with the truth, who will? Their friends won’t, the world won’t, the world will tell them they’re not beautiful unless they look a certain way, weigh a certain number, act a certain way, dress a certain way, but what does God say? I loved this book, and can’t wait until my daughter is old enough to go through it. It says it’s recommended for girls 8-12, or tweens, my daughter is 7 right now, and I’m thinking I’ll wait until she’s at least 10 as there are still topics addressed I just don’t think she’s ready for yet. Every girl is different though, so I would read through it and see if your daughter is ready for those tougher topics. I highly recommend this book!

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

My Review of the Mom’s Guide to Lies Girls Believe

If you are going to have your girls read Lies Girls Believe, I believe it is imperative that you get the Mom’s Guide to go through it with your daughter. The Mom’s Guide not only has a copy of your daughter’s book in it, but has notes for you, the mom, to help you discuss each chapter’s contents with your daughter. It is very helpful! As I was going through it, I made notes to address when I go through it with my daughters in a few years. (Especially since I have 2 daughters a few years apart, those notes will come in handy!) I highly recommend you get the whole set so you can help your daughter on her journey to conquering the lies Satan will throw at them as they grow into Godly young women!

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

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Beauty in Hiding Blog Tour

About the Book

Book: Beauty in Hiding

Author: Robin Patchen

Genre: Christian romantic suspense

Release Date: March 12, 2019

Beauty In Hiding

Book 2 in the Beauty in Flight series: 

Harper’s second chance at life will become a second stint in prison if anyone connects those two dead men to her. 

Nutfield, New Hampshire, is as good a place as any to hide from the murderer Harper left behind in Maryland. All she has to do is lie low and make enough money to keep herself and Red alive until she can figure out who her enemies are.

Jack Rossi isn’t sure what to make of his beautiful new tenant and her confused grandfather. Something’s not right, but the love he sees between them and the care she takes of the old man convinces Jack they’re trustworthy. As drawn as he is to Harper, she’s his tenant, so she’s off limits.

Derrick, Harper’s ex-boyfriend and Red’s grandson, needs to find his grandfather and get his hands on the old man’s money before Derrick ends up with a bullet in the skull. And when he gets his hands on Harper, she’ll be sorry for what she’s put him through.

Harper and Jack grow closer, but so do her enemies. If Harper can’t trust Jack with the truth, she may lose more than just this glimpse of true love. She may lose her freedom—or her life.

Click here to purchase your copy.

 My Review

This entire series is amazing! (This is book 2, and you’re going to want to read these in order) I have been completely captivated and it’s been really hard for me to put the book down. In this book, as Harper moves to this new town and tries to keep Red safe, you can see her grow spiritually, she seems to trust God more and in turn starts trusting others a little more. Will she be able to keep Red safe from Derrick? Will she be wrongfully accused for what happens in Maryland because of her past? And if she tells Jack the truth will he believe her? The suspense and twists and turns will keep you guessing what will happen next. So, if you love a good suspenseful book, you’re going to want to read this series! Beware, you won’t be able to put it down!

**I received a free copy of this book. I was not required to write a positive review and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

About the Author

Robin PatchenAside from her family and her Savior, Robin Patchen has two loves—writing and traveling. If she could combine them, she’d spend a lot of time sitting in front of her laptop at sidewalk cafes and ski lodges and beachside burger joints. She’d visit every place in the entire world—twice, if possible—and craft stories and tell people about her Savior. Alas, time is too short and money is too scarce for Robin to traipse all over the globe, even if her husband and kids wanted to go with her. So she stays in Oklahoma, shares the Good News when she can, and writes to illustrate the unending grace of God through the power and magic of story.

More from Robin

I was raised in a Christian home. Our parents took my sister, my brother, and me to church every Sunday. They taught us right from wrong, but eventually, kids have to make their own choices. In my case, I chose wrong for a long time.

Don’t misunderstand: I was always a pretty nice person. I wasn’t a thief, and I didn’t kill anybody, but I made a lot of bad decisions. Sinful decisions. I discovered that one bad choice often led to the next and the next until I was trapped in a life of my own making with no idea how to get out.

But God… two of my favorite words in the English language.

God had a different plan, and He pulled me out of the muck and changed my life. He showed me that I was not the person I’d been acting like. He showed me who I was, and He taught me to walk in the truth of my identity.

Harper Cloud isn’t me, not at all. First of all, she tall and blond and drop-dead gorgeous. More than that, her choices are nothing like mine were. But she’s in the same boat I was. Thanks to a series of bad decisions, Harper was in a hole, and she didn’t know how to get herself out of it. She used drugs to quiet the condemning voices and told herself lies to make herself feel better. Someday, she told herself, she’d get her life together enough to go home to her parents. Because she couldn’t go when she was a mess. She couldn’t go until she’d done something they could be proud of.

Thanks to a bad choice in boyfriend, Harper not only didn’t go home, she ended up in prison.

Harper’s story begins two years after she’s released. It’s the story of a woman desperate to be free of her past, clinging to hope when there’s every reason to despair, and desperate to believe what she’s been told about this Savior, Jesus Christ.

Harper will learn about love and redemption and salvation in the course of the three books that make up the Beauty in Flight series. That is, if she can survive the danger that seems to follow her wherever she goes.

Blog Stops

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, April 13

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, April 13

amandainpa , April 13

Through the Fire Blogs, April 14

Blogging With Carol, April 14

Ashley’s Bookshelf, April 14

Genesis 5020, April 15

Spoken from the Heart, April 15

Lights in a Dark World, April 15

Through the Lens of Scripture, April 16

Among the Reads, April 16

All-of-a-kind Mom, April 16

Godly Book Reviews, April 17

Living Life Free In christ, April 17

Remembrancy, April 18

Just One More, April 18

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 18

Emily Yager, April 19

Reader’s Cozy Corner, April 19

Texas Book-aholic, April 19

Daysong Reflections, April 20

Carla Loves To Read, April 20

janicesbookreviews, April 20

Just the Write Escape, April 21

For Him and My Family, April 21

EmpowerMoms, April 22

Simple Harvest Reads, April 22 (Guest Post from Mindy Houng)

Maureen’s Musings, April 23

Bigreadersite, April 23

A Reader’s Brain, April 23

Real World Bible Study, April 24

The Lit Addict, April 24

Older & Smarter?, April 25

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 25

Inklings and notions, April 25

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, April 26

Pause for Tales, April 26

The Becca Files, April 26

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Robin is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card and the entire Beauty in Flight Series!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/de7a/beauty-in-hiding-celebration-tour-giveaway

The Truth About Romantic Comedies by Sean McMurray–Book Review

Book Blurb:

Sixteen-year-old Timothy Gephart’s life is a chronicle of loser-hood. Trapped by the decaying walls of his family’s trailer and saddled with the responsibility of caring for a grandmother stricken with a wicked combination of Alzheimer’s and cancer, Timothy isn’t exactly thriving in the teenage chapter of his life. To make matters worse, his girlfriend inexplicably dumps him through a text message. Heartbroken, Tim drives his grandmother to and from her radiation treatments as if the last page of his life has already been written. And then the enigmatic Rachel Wilson struts into the cancer center’s waiting room.

Self-proclaimed social scientist Rachel Wilson hasn’t reconciled herself to her mother’s cancer, but she’s doing her best to stay positive…and distracted. With his dry wit and easy acceptance of her bright blue hair, Timothy might be the answer to a prayer Rachel hasn’t had the strength to ask.

As a fast friendship blossoms into something more, Timothy and Rachel learn that Rachel’s father’s job will soon take her family to a new life across the country. Knowing that their time together is running out, Timothy and Rachel go all in on an experiment that will put every romantic comedy cliche to the test, to say nothing of the foundation on which their relationship was built. Happily-ever-after has never been so hard.

My Review

This is an amazing book! It’s from a different perspective than I’m used to, as typically it seems like these books are from the girl’s perspective and this one is from the boy’s perspective, and I genuinely loved it! I felt like the characters were very relatable even though they have their own quirks. I found myself ending each chapter wondering what was going to happen next, will Rachel’s mom beat cancer? how will their relationship end? and how will their novel end? All these questions kept me reading and reading until the book was finished, and I got all my answers. I highly recommend you read this one, and I truly believe your teens and young adults will love this book!

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

About the Author:

Sean C. McMurray grew up on the mean rural roads of southwestern Ohio where he honed his storytelling skills on anyone willing to listen. Now he does it professionally as an author and history teacher. Sean still lives in rural Ohio with the love of his life and his favorite audience, their three little children.

Website:  https://www.mcmurraymuses.com

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/McMurrayMuses

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Jelly Bean Blessings by Thomas Nelson–Book Review

Book Description

Jelly Bean Blessings is a cheery seasonal board book that celebrates all springtime blessings! Kids will be drawn to the charming cover and whimsical art, and they’ll love the idea of exploring the many reasons we love spring.

From picking flowers to jumping in puddles to eating delicious jelly beans, these activities are a fun way to thank God for the beautiful parts of the season that we get to enjoy together!

With charming art and an adorable cover, Jelly Bean Blessings is the perfect way to celebrate all the wonderful blessings of spring.

My Review

Beautifully illustrated, this book will make your kids super excited for spring to arrive! And if you’re from the North, or anyplace that has had a lot of snow and cold recently, you too may be ready for Spring…I know I am! From eating Jelly Beans, to flying kites, and jumping in puddles, these are just some of the many activities found in this book. This book will get you and your children in the mood for Spring, and have you ready to spring into Spring!

**I received this book free from the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

When I Pray for You by Matthew Paul Turner–Book Review

As a parent you pray for your children constantly. This book puts perfectly just how parents pray for their children, and in just the perfect way for children to understand and enjoy! My girls truly loved this book as I read it to them! Plus the illustrations are absolutely beautiful! I know you and your children are going to love it too!

**I received a free copy of this book. I was not required to write a positive review and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Atoning for Ashes by Kaitlin Covel–Book Review

Back Cover Copy

Josie Chadwick dreams of marrying for love in Cornwall, England, but with her father’s debt threatening to destroy all she holds dear, her romantic options are dwindling. When her elder sister Delia is disowned, Josie finds herself heiress of Chadwick Park, torn between dreams and duty. After sacrificing her heart to atone for Delia’s sin, Josie clings to the hope she will learn to love a distant husband, whom she fears is incapable of requiting her affection.

Charles Radcliffe’s heart has been scarred and hardened by rejection. He fears hurting his new bride, but his fears of betrayal and rejection are stronger, making it impossible for him to trust her love―let alone the love of her God.

As Josie and Charles face their new life together, ominous events warn of dark family secrets that could shatter them both. More than a loveless marriage is at stake if they cannot stand as one. They must learn to trust God and each other before it’s too late. Will they turn to God for answers as He redeems their past and restores their future?

With Wings As Eagles – Guest Post by Kaitlin Covel

Isaiah 40:31

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Eagles must be near and dear to God’s heart because He makes many allegorical references about them in His Word as noble, majestic creatures. Perhaps that is why the Bald eagle was selected as the national emblem of the United States of America by our founding fathers.

Our God is a loving Heavenly Father whose understanding is infinite (Psalm 147:5) and whose compassions fail not. (Lamentations 3:22) Yet, as His children, how many times do we doubt His wisdom? It is easy to trust Him on the mountain top, but when we pass through the valley’s shadows our trust wavers like a flame in the wind. It is in those times we must choose our focus: to contemplate who our God is or to rely on ourselves.

Eagles are a beautiful illustration of “tough love” as parents. In raising their chicks, they have faithfully provided for their every need. They built them a safe nest, hunted for their every meal, and shielded them from predators and the elements beneath the shelter of their wings. The God-given instinct instilled in the eaglet’s body makes him restless as he begins to outgrow the nest he calls home and beat his growing wings to strengthen the muscles in preparation for flight. This nest is the only world he has ever known, but beyond the nest a beautiful world beckons, waiting to be explored. Then the fateful day arrives in the young eaglet’s life when he must learn to fly.

As the eaglet peers over the edge of the nest, his vision collides with the imminent danger. He is so focused on the dizzying height and jagged rocks below that he fails to recognize that his very survival depends on his ability to fly. However, his parents coax him closer to the edge, knowing this in their maturity of years. When the eaglet fails to jump, his parents shove him out of the nests with their beak. The eaglet panics in the thin air as he begins his plummeting descent, realizing he must learn to do this on his own. He begins to flap his wings madly in an effort to save himself.

Meanwhile, his parents take flight and circle above him, prepared to swoop beneath him and catch him on their wings if his wings aren’t strong enough to fly yet. Only in trying will the eaglet discover his ability to fly.

God gives us abilities. He is the same God who formed us in our mothers’ wombs and the same God who knew our name before the beginning of the world, but in his sovereign wisdom, He knows that we will only discover our ability when we are forced to step out of our comfort zone in a leap of faith.

He knows the time has come for us to experience growth, but growth makes us uncomfortable. We don’t want to leave the safety of our cozy, warm nest. In His wisdom, God allows us to take a “leap of faith”. We may think He has abandoned us as we focus on the terrifying sensation of “falling”, but He hovers over us with tender loving patience, prepared to catch us.

Exodus 19:4-5

Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself. Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:

Deuteronomy 32:11-12

As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: so the Lord alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him.

Are you tumbling in a terrifying free-fall wondering where your God is right now? May I encourage you, dear reader, to look up? He is hovering over you, prepared to catch His beloved child and bear you up on eagles’ wings.

Psalm 103:2-5

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

In the free-falls of life, we find the Heavenly Father who loves us too much to leave us in our comfort zone, but delights in providing a safe place for us to land in our journey of growth.

As we exercise the abilities He has given us to strengthen them the way an eaglet does his wings, may we remember that He has created us to soar beyond the reach of the troubles of this world. May we seek Him out as our safe place to land, trusting the Heavenly Father who has promised to never leave us nor forsake us. He will renew our strength as He bears us on eagles’ wings until we mount up with wings as eagles.

My Review

You are sure to enjoy this gripping story. I loved every minute of it. So many unexpected twists, and each one has you wondering what will happen next. I fell in love with Josie. I think my favorite aspect of Josie is her faith in God. I loved how no matter what happened, she gave it to God. Sometimes she had to ask for forgiveness for trying to do things her way first, but she always remembered that God is in control, and can work in ways she can’t. Charles I fell in love with in a different way. From the beginning you know that he is struggling with something, you just don’t know what, or to what extent it has affected him. Throughout the story you can see his struggle to love Josie the way he knows she deserves to be loved, and to get over his past. Find out if they can overcome the past, and get their happily ever after. You won’t be disappointed, I promise.

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

Author Bio

Kaitlin Covel has a thirst for adventure much like the heroines of her stories. She is an old-fashioned romantic, and if she could time travel to any historical period, it would be the Regency Era. Here in the 21st century, she is a certified Nutritional Therapy Technician, but writing is her passion, whether it’s fiction or non-fiction. She has honed her craft since childhood, benefiting from the insights of other writers through professional writing associations such as the Jerry Jenkins Writer’s Guild and Hope*writers. She lives with her family in Maine, where she enjoys teaching the teen Sunday school class at her church. Her favorite things are family, books, history, chocolate, music, the ocean, and strong cups of tea.

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Who Do You Say that I AM? by Becky Harling–Book Review

This Bible Study focuses on the I AM statements of Jesus Christ. It’s an 8-week study focusing on deepening your faith in Jesus. I love the way the publisher summarizes it on the back cover of how the study will help readers to:

  • Realize the truth of who Jesus really is
  • Grow in their ability to trust God and rely on Him fully
  • Find the calm and peace promised in Scripture despite life circumstances

I learned so much through this study! I know there were some things God was obviously speaking to me about because several times what I’d been learning through this study was reiterated somewhere else, in my Mom’s Connect Group, in church, etc. I loved the questions to help you dig deeper into the Scriptures and each I AM statement. I tend to learn best through studies like this that have workbooks to guide me. I highly recommend this study to any woman who wants to dig deeper into who Jesus really is to them.

**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.