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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Praying for Girls by Teri Lynne Underwood



I was reading an article the other day telling moms that being overwhelmed and unable to think is completely normal. It's called mental load. I have since dubbed this inability to think, process, conjugate, or think of what to make for dinner the MOTHER LOAD. Can't remember how to make pb&j? That's the mother load. Can't remember your first name? That's the mother load. Most days we coast on through and no one gets hurt.

The thing about mother load that drags me down is that often I cannot even think of what I would like to pray for my children. There are basic reactionary prayers and response prayers to scripture I am hearing or reading. I am always left wanting more. 

When I saw this book, I felt an ache to have it. Reading through it, I was truly overwhelmed by the wonderful, thoughtful prayers and guidance it offered. I prayed through the hundred or so prayers over my girls. They are beautiful. Praying them prompted me to start writing them out for all of my girls on note cards individually so we could all pray through them for each other. I am even making a set for myself. Prayer changes us and it helps us anticipate the presence of God. I highly recommend this book.

This book was graciously provided by Bethany House Publishers for review.


From the back cover:
What Are Your Biggest Concerns for Your Daughter?


Do you feel uncertain about what or how to pray for your daughter? You're not alone! Praying for our daughters can seem overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. This easy-to-use book features 200 Scripture-based prayers that cover key areas of every girl's life:


Her identity--finding her security and strength in God's love and acceptance
Her heart--pursuing a life of purity and devotion to the Lord
Her mind--committing to growing in wisdom and discernment regardless of her circumstances
Her relationships--developing skills and attitudes to foster healthy relationships
Her purpose--trusting God with her life, gifts, and passions

With simple ideas to nurture your daughter's faith from toddler through teen, this encouraging book will equip you to pray with more confidence and power.

"This book is a lifeline. I might not be able to bubble wrap my girl away from the world, but I sure can wrap her up in fierce prayers and send her out into it bravely."
--Lisa-Jo Baker, author of Never Unfriended and Surprised by Motherhood

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Love Lives Here by Sweet Maria Goff

Most of the books I read and review are given to me by publishers, but I chose to buy this one. I had been waiting on it since I heard that it was being written. I had purchased to audio book because I was making a lot of long trips to care for my parents. Audio books seem to make the end of long drives go faster. I knew that the words in it would be encouraging. It turned out to be something I needed more than I realized. Sweet Maria's voice coming through my car speakers soothed my weary soul. It was like having a dear friend speaking into my heart when I desperately needed it. Being honest, I have had days where I have cried all day through this. Waves of emotional exhaustion overtook me when I stopped moving for a second. Then I'd hear her voice. It felt okay to cry. She kept reminding me that love is always the best option. It sows a deep unseen harvest in the lives of the people we are loving and those watching us. Love does live here. 

In this book we follow Maria through some of her most challenging and most beautiful moments. She navigated her way through hard days and best days with Christ and it is seen in every word she says. Her life is a beacon. As a person that struggled with opening my heart and life to others because of abuse, I wholeheartedly recommend this book. Buy the audio. Let her read to you. It's lovely.




Tuesday, July 11, 2017

We Stood Upon Stars by Roger W. Thompson

I was about to go on a road trip when I saw this book pop up in my queue to review. I thought it would be a great thing to accompany me through a few states. It was a bit difficult to get into at first. I don't know if it was my mindset or what felt like choppy story telling. Never the less, I pressed on. The stories were pretty interesting, but I was rarely drawn deeply into them. There were several things I could connect with personally. Most of us can connect with loss. Roger shares about losing people he loves and why he loved them. He tells of how adventure connected them. His story is one of redemption. His grandparents ended up raising him. I think the main thing I took away from the book was to go on adventure and create memories. 

*There are maps in the chapters of different states and things he loved there. That could be helpful if you are experiencing some wonder lust. Happy travels.

This book was graciously provided by Waterbrook Publishers for review.









Wednesday, June 21, 2017

I read Wings of the Wind by Connilyn Cossette

Last week, on the banks of the Kentucky River, I read Connilyn's latest book. I have to tell you, I always enjoy her work. I don't think it is exemplary writing that draws me in. Sometimes I have questioned how a quick plot change came about. I just roll with it because her stories are good and redemptive. They are well researched. The most beautiful thing I pull from them is that they are infused with a rich love of God's word. Watching her characters conform (or not conform) their lives to God's teachings gives this new longing to know it more. It's not just doing what is right, but a love of honoring God and cherishing life. She clearly shows the exquisite compassion of God's character. Every single time I read something she has written, I am deeply thankful that God has given us his word to shape our lives. We are no longer bound to the sinning in ignorance. I think we can often forget what a miraculous gift this is. Thank you for the reminder, Connilyn.

This book, Wings of the Wind, was written from the perspective of a person who was rescued by the Hebrews in their desert wanderings after Egypt. I thought this was such a unique viewpoint because you could see how foreign good and godly things are from the pagan culture. It gave a picture of how long and hard it is to win the trust of someone who is not used to the loving attributes of the people of God. Foreign practices were also showcased in some of the chapters so you could get a clear picture of the stark contrast between the divine and the demonic cultures. 

I enjoyed reading this and have been encouraged by the story. I left my copy at a tiny house in the woods of Kentucky hoping the next person who comes across it will hear the gospel in it. 
Happy reading, friends.

Thanks to Bethany House Publishers for graciously providing this book for review. 

Read more about the book description and Connilyn on Amazon.





Thursday, June 01, 2017

Hello Stars as reviewed by Lulu

My Lulu and I received a book to review from the publisher. If you know her, you know she read this 6 times the week she received it. I had her write out her synopsis of the book. Mostly, she loved that it was written by a girl not much older than her.
 Lulu tells about Hello Stars by Alena Pitts.

Hello Stars is a great book. It's about a girl named Lena Daniels. She has three little sisters. There's an 8 year old named Ansley and 6 year old twins named Amber and Ashton. 28 days before school ends, her friend Savannah, went to her, Lena, and their other friend Emma's favorite singer, Mallory Winston's concert. Savannah tells Lena that Mallory is going to be in a movie and wants a girl between the ages of 10 and 12 to be in it with her. All they have to do is make a video talking about themselves and send it to Mallory Winston. Lena's video doesn't go so well because she has fruit snacks between her front two teeth. Mallory picks her anyway. She has to be in Los Angeles for 3 months and her whole family comes with her. Through the filming her family meets Kay who does her hair and makeup as well as Mr. Fenway who films it. The movie is called Above the Waters. It's about a mom, grandma, and daughter. All is fine until the grandma gets sick and the family is struggling to cope with the news. Then the daughter meets a woman named Nicole who helps the family cope with it. They learn to trust God in every condition. Lena plays the daughter who is 10 and whose name is Jennifer. Mallory plays Nicole.

"I loved this book and cannot wait to read the next one." -Lulu