All The Colors That I See

Such a cute little book to teach my little guy about colors! This book engages kids of older ages too, by asking them to actively participate and circle, pat, pet, and tickle items pictured that match the color on the page! I love the range of colors included in this book - it includes primary colors, as well as a handful of neutrals. The illustrations are realistic and my kids loved pointing out what they see. My husband and I also asked the kids to search and find certain things on the pages, and that entertained them for quite a bit! 

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I received a complimentary copy of this book, but I wasn't required to write a positive review.

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Danielle

A Call to Love

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I devoured this outstanding book on adoption and foster care in less than a day! Thank you so much to Julie Holmquist for writing A Call to Love. This book couldn't have arrived at a more perfect time, we just finished our foster care training almost 3 months ago, and we've been waiting for our home study to be ordered and completed. While this book was primarily focused on adoptive families, I still found it encouraging and full of insight that could apply to foster families. 

My favorite part of the book was the gravity and reality with which Julie writes, especially in the heartwarming and heartbreaking stories she shares throughout. The real-life stories were so helpful for me to get the full spectrum of all the joys and sorrows that she explained. She helped me process my expectations and think through some of the challenges we've yet to experience. 

Reading this book felt like listening to a wise mentor help prepare me for our next stage of life, and I'm so grateful! I also love the Rest Stop portion of the book, along with the journal pages provided.

I can't wait to share this book with other friends considering and pursuing adoption and foster care. Tyndale provided me a copy of this book in exchange for this review, but all opinions are completely my own. 

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Danielle

The Life Giving Parent

I've loved the books in the Life Giving series and appreciate so much the heart the Clarkson family has to share their best tips for raising children who desire to know and love God. What I love about the other Life Giving books is that they're chock-full of practical examples, and I can really easily determine how to apply what I'm reading to my family's current rhythms and routines.

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The Life Giving Parent didn't have as much of that, save a little section at the end of each chapter written by Sally. I thoroughly enjoyed these portions of the book and found that it was the perfect tie-in for preceding chapter. I found Clay's portions of the book a little more difficult to digest and was a little overwhelmed by the immense amount of theology and philosophy. Our church is a huge advocate for theological study for all members, and I just didn't feel like most of the content was new. I realize our church is somewhat unique in this, and I'm certain that this book will be a huge parental resource for so many, along with the rest of the books in this series. 

Tyndale provided me a copy of this book in exchange for this review, but all opinions are completely my own. 

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Danielle

CSB Study Bible for Women

I was so pleased when this beautiful Bible arrived! The cover of the CSB Study Bible for Women is perfect - I love the texture and colors! I only worry a little about drinking coffee around it, as I tend to be clumsy in the early mornings and would hate to spill a mug around this beauty. 

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I've been using this Bible this week as I work through a study on 1 John. The study notes, as well as the highlights of certain Biblical characters, and the summaries of the book are so extremely helpful, but more than that, they're beautiful and compelling to look at, so I'm drawn to read above and beyond what's required for my study! 

This book would be such a perfect gift for a girlfriend or for Mother's Day! 

B&H/Lifeway provided me a copy of this book in exchange for this review, but all opinions are completely my own. 

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Danielle

Why Her?

The book Why Her? by Nicki Koziarz couldn't have arrived in the mail at a more perfect time! I don't think I realized how much I needed a book like this until it arrived, and I devoured it in a matter of days! I've struggled with comparison my whole life, BUT in my current season of a momma of littles, I've found it all-consuming at times with not only myself, but also my kids! This book was full of refreshing honesty that my heart and soul needed! I love the beautiful intertwining of Nicki's personal stories with the Biblical story of Rachel and Leah. 

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This is a book I will come back to when I know comparison begins creeping in, because it's full of truth! The truths that Nicki talks about in the book are 1) you need to be honest, 2) see it like it really is, 3) you don't always have to be okay, 4) you didn't do anything wrong, 5) her gain is not your loss, and 6) let the success of others encourage, not discourage you. I left my reading feeling equipped to survey my heart and intentions of comparison and how to take time to be alone and quiet my heart before the Lord.

At the end of the book, I was also encouraged to cheer on and take pride in the success of my friends who are in my same stage of life, instead of considering their successes as a threat to my own! 

B&H/Lifeway provided me a copy of this book in exchange for this review, but all opinions are completely my own. 

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Danielle

God Made the World

God Made the World by Sarah Jean Collins is an adorable book about the Creation story! I'm so excited to read this one with my kids! The illustrations are simple, yet bright and attention-grabbing. The storyline flows smoothly, and the rhyming throughout the book is subtle and doesn't sound forced (like some children's book tend to). Another thing thing we love about this book is that Adam and Eve aren't white! 

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This book would make a cute 1st birthday gift, along with a stuffed animal! 

Tyndale provided me a copy of this book in exchange for this review, but all opinions are completely my own. 

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Danielle 

If You Only Knew

I'm so thankful that I was introduced to Jamie Ivey last year! Jamie's new book, If You Only Knew, is an extension of the honesty and transparency that I love to listen to on her podcast. The message of this book is so needed and relevant for every woman and church member, boiled down to this line, "Being vulnerable - sharing our need for a Savior - points people to Jesus and not ourselves."

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I'm so grateful for Jamie's platform and sharing of this message - our being vulnerable and honest about our past and what the Lord has saved us from is exactly what brings Him the most glory! Living life in an authentic manner is what points to the fact that JESUS IS BETTER, and this book was the perfect reminder of that! Jamie encourages all women to live in deep community and to experience the freedom in Christ that comes as a result! "Faithfulness to Him comes from remembering all He's done for you." Thanks to Jamie for sharing her story and for being willing to be honest about the constant struggle yet ultimately rewarding journey she's been on! 

B&H Publishing provided me a copy of this book in exchange for this review, but all opinions are completely my own. 

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Danielle 

In Bloom

Kayla Aimee writes a story that could be straight out of my diary, from her love of the Babysitters Club series to the struggle of making friends as an adult! In Bloom is such a refreshing and honest account of Kayla's growth and insecurities as a pre-teen to the same inflictions as an adult, which drew me in from the start as I recalled all the things I used to love in my pre-teens, especially Zenon (P.S. if anybody find out how to watch this movie nowadays, let me know - I can't find it anywhere)! This recollection of my favorite things also brought about a recollection of similar awkward moments of childhood as Kayla's. Throughout the whole book is the sweet and timely reminder of how our confidence can be found in the Lord! 

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AND the stories of her daughter are literally priceless! I can relate so strongly in these stories, as I think of similar incidents with my own 5 year old! I had to share most of these hilarious stories out loud with my husband, so he could share in the laugh! 

B&H Publishing provided me a copy of this book in exchange for this review, but all opinions are completely my own. 

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Danielle 

100 Days with Jesus

This study (100 Days with Jesus: A Daily Glimpse Into the Person of Christ) by Diann Cotton is so perfect for the Advent season and even going into the season of Epiphany in the New Year, to build up my knowledge and appreciation for the array of names which help me gain knowledge of who Christ is. It offers a challenge in how I think of the Lord and to think of Him in ways outside of my typical. 

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Also, I LOVE the beautiful cover...black and gold foil is completely my style, and I hope to display this book on the mantle next Christmas season! It goes perfectly with the rest of my decor, and having it front-and-center on the mantle will be a continual reminder to pick it up and delve in to the study! 

As a busy momma of 2 boys, the length of this daily devotion is perfect! And the questions it concludes with will help me process what I've learned throughout the day! 

B&H Publishing provided me a copy of this book in exchange for this review, but all opinions are completely my own. 

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Danielle 

When God Made You

This book drew me in with its cute cover! And the first few pages are so endearing and cute! 

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However, I do wish a few things were different about this book - including more realistic illustrations! I love the colors and brightness on each page, but the illustrations are a bit wild and unrealistic, for what's being said.

My husband had a few issues with the theology alluded to in this book, including how much it focuses on how pleased God is with our creation and how much it seems He relies on and needs us, which isn't true. We probably won't read it often because of this, as we prefer to pick books that we more closely align with theologically. 

Blogging for Books provided me a copy of this book in exchange for this review, but all opinions are completely my own. 

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Danielle

My Little Words Devotional

The My Little Words Devotional has the cutest cover and such bright and attention-grabbing illustrations - I know my little guy will love it! I appreciate the short little descriptions of each of these words and even though I purchased the book for my 2 year old, I know we'll be able to use the little idea explanations for our 4 year old too! While I wouldn't exactly consider this book a devotional, it will be a great resource and yet still a quick read if my son picks it off the shelf! I'm excited for my son to discover it under the Christmas tree in a few days, and know we'll all get to enjoy reading it! 

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Danielle 

The Marvelous Mud House

As I read this book the first time to my kiddos last night, the reminders to be grateful for what we have resonated with me so heavily! I look forward to my boys choosing this book to read before bed, so we can all be reminded how blessed we are and how our blessings reach beyond even our material possessions. The author, April Graney, does such a beautiful job of showing us two different cultures coming together through a missions trip and showing us how both boys (and their families) are forever changed because of their experience!

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Until we can take our boys on their first missions trip, I'm excited to read books like this, that give them a little glimpse of other cultures and going to places outside our comfort zone to serve others! I also really love the page at the end with a Bible passage to read and questions we can discuss together as a family! Thanks so much to Ms. Graney and Ms. Massari (illustrator) for creating such a beautiful book that I know will resonate with our whole family for years! 

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Danielle

Humble Roots

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First of all, Hannah Anderson has mastered the beautiful imagery of plants, growing, and trees as it relates to humility. Her examples cling to my mind as I read in the early mornings and went about my day. Just as Anderson says in her intro that she didn't realize how much she needed the book until she wrote it, I didn't realize how much I needed this book until I read it! I've been struggling with anxiety over a potential big change, and first chapter starts right into anxiety and stress saying, "I see all of us: blessed beyond measure, but exhausted, anxious, and uncertain nonetheless." Anderson got an amen from me right off the bat! 

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This entire book gave me rest for my soul and yet provided challenges regarding the way I think about some factors in my life! It was a refreshing and easy read with depth and so much heart! The author kept me interested through to the end, and I left feeling so full of practical applications for pursuing true peace. 

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Danielle

 

 

 

 

Becoming A Woman of Excellence Book Review

I've done this study before, but it was such a long time ago, I hardly remembered what it covered! But looking through the first few chapters, I am excited to go through it again! I have a 3 year old and a 2 month old, so quiet times to work on studies like this are rare, but when I find time, I love for it to be filled with things that nourish my heart and soul and draw me nearer to the Lord - and this study plays a part in doing just that. The questions lead you to specific passages, and I love that my answers are coming directly from the Word. This helps to confirm the things I'm learning about the Lord and gives me the ability to take what I'm reading and put it into my own words! 

In each chapter of this study (there are 11 total), there is an introduction to the subject, questions that require Bible referencing, an area for personal reflection, and is completed with scripture for memorizing! This study is so complete and contains so many wonderful components, which make it a robust study for anybody to do on their own or in a group setting. 

I look forward to spending many more quiet times studying this book and would recommend it to friends :)

Tyndale provided me a copy of this book in exchange for this review, but all opinions are completely my own. 

 

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Inspiring Weekend Read

Only 3 days have passed since I received Hope Heals, and it's already finished! While their story is one of struggle and heartbreak, it is ultimately one of triumph, healing, and hope found only in the Lord. And Katherine and Jay do such a beautiful job of sharing the story in turns - they fill in the blanks for each other and tell the story completely. Reading about the intricacies of their feelings and loss surrounding Katherine's stroke, you feel so intertwined in their story that the book is hard to put down! As the reader journeys with the Wolfs through the stroke and recovery process, you see their great love and reliance on the Father, which is so inspiring and encouraging.

We come to understand more and more deeply that the stories that have the greatest impact are the ones that are hard, painful, gritty, and real - and more often than not, ones we never would have chosen for ourselves. We knew there would likely be more pain ahead for us, but the opportunity to inspire others became a reason to get out of bed in the morning into a world and a life we never could have imagined. (215)

The Wolfs proudly embrace the Lord's direction and calling for them, using this terrible life circumstance to glorify Him! I am excited to pass this book on to friends - it's an encouraging, yet quick read that is sure to bless those who venture to pick it up!

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Danielle

Bedtime with Daddy

I adore this sweet bedtime story! It's such a sweet portrayal of a boy and his daddy going through their bedtime routine after a fun day together! The illustrations of the cute baby fox and his father are so cute - bright and vibrant; they really caught my toddler's attention. My son found it especially fun that the baby fox' favorite bedtime story is Daniel and the Lion's Den, because it's also my little man's favorite story!

The quality of this book's cover and pages are wonderful and will certainly last a long time, no matter how many time our little ones read through it! This would be a fun book for a baby shower or 1st birthday gift!

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Cute Bedtime Story

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This children's book by Amy Parker is just so sweet for toddlers! My little guy enjoyed Night Night, Mommy and the story it tells of a mommy putting her baby otter to bed! The illustrations are so bright and clear, they really captured my son's attention. Plus the story line of bedtime matches with how we do bedtime at our house, so my son thought that was fun and relatable! I love the addition of prayer time before bed, as most children's nighttime books don't include this special little detail! 

The quality of this book's cover and pages are wonderful and will certainly last a long time, no matter how many time our little ones read through it! This would be a fun book for a baby shower or 1st birthday gift!

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Answer for Nesting Mommas

I have read Sarah Mae’s other 2 book (Longing for Paris and Desperate), and I raved about them both to many people, so I was overjoyed to see this book was releasing soon! The book is laid out so wonderfully - I love how each day begins with a short devotional, followed by a “Mary Challenge” (a short Bible study), and then completes with a “Martha Challenge.” The “Martha Challenges” are relatively short and bite-sized ways to clean your home, but they also sometimes include bonus tips or ways to get your kids involved.

I’m only on the second day of the study, but I am excited to complete the study (and the housework). Really this book couldn’t have come at a better time, since I am 7 ½ months pregnant and entering that nesting phase, this book is the perfect companion to my need to have a clean and orderly house before baby arrives - I’m just praying the cleaning challenges don’t get too vigorous or send me into early labor!

I’m looking forward to finishing and sharing this book with my friends who need an extra boost in making their home feel more life-giving!

Thanks so much for reading!

Danielle

BEAUTIFUL - everything about this book is so gorgeous! The cover art and texture, the chapter layouts, the challenges...every piece of this book is so well planned out and is extremely pleasing to look at! I wish it wasn’t a book that needed to be slowly consumed over 30 days and rather that I could just read and take in the whole thing at once! Alas, the “Martha Challenges”, which do require actual housework are keeping me thankful for the slow breakdown and day-by-day challenge!

 

Lack of Depth

The Bachelor and Bachelorette have become a guilty pleasure for me during it’s last 3-4 seasons; however, I’d never heard of Emily Maynard Johnson before picking up this book and didn’t know much about her story and time on the shows. After reading the book, I feel like her story is like many of the other Bachelorettes, looking for love and approval in most of the wrong places. And while Emily recognizes this in herself during her journey and that something was missing from her life, she doesn’t delve into the Word and finding her security and true love in the Lord until the very last chapter. The book seemed to be lacking true depth and was just an overall telling of a very simple story - I just wish there were more details, especially of her walk now with the Lord, her family, and being a mom!

The book itself was an easy read, and I flew threw it within a few days! It’d be a perfect beach read, as it doesn’t require much thought. As much as I love Emily’s story of redemption and salvation, I wish it was more of a focus, so I could feel more confident sharing the book with friends.


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It's Really Not

I’ve been anticipating reading this book for so long! I grew up in the PNW and a few of my college friends hung out with Jeff, so I’ve known about his ministry and his profound insights for a long time before actually getting my hands on something he’s written! And this book did not disappoint - it was so full of truth about Christianity that often gets overlooked or ignored completely.

Each chapter held something I was unaware of or had never thought of before, and the book itself held so many thought-provoking ideas. I so appreciated all of the personal stories Bethke tells to help support his ideas and make his points - they are so real and vulnerable! One of my favorite chapters was on the Sabbath, “The Sabbath command is the fourth command. It looks back on the three about God and looks forward to the last six about how to treat people. It’s the link between honoring God and loving people.” Amen! How much would our Sabbath observance be changed by making it about loving and honoring people in general? Also, in the chapter about the Kingdom being part of our current lives, not something for our future anticipation, I love his explanation that, “Life isn’t about going to heaven when you die, it’s about making heaven true on earth in every facet and level of our relationship with God, others, and self. The Christian life is asking, how can I make what’s true of Jesus and his gospel true in whatever aspect of my life?” This is a question to consider upon waking every morning!

This book is one I’d highly recommend to any of my friends searching for a deeper explanation of what it means to live for Christ!

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