Saturday, August 19

Start Where You Are: Review

Start Where You Are: Notecards by Meera Lee Patel

I ADORE THESE CARDS. Sorry to use all caps and make it look like I'm yelling, but y'all, these are the cutest cards. Truly the cutest.

There are twelve cards in this set. They come in a nice cardboard box. The designs are based around quotes from various famous people - all with a vibe of inspiration and encouragement. The illustrations by Meera Lee Patel are mostly watercolor with a whimsical tone. A few of them might be kept and/or taped to my inspiration wall because I'm not sure I can part with them!



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Friday, August 18

The Mission Walker: A Book Review


The Mission Walker by Edie Littlefield Sundby

This book is the autobiography of Edie Littlefield Sundby. She was told she only had three months to live, but miraciously survived 79 rounds of chemotherapy, radical liver and lung surgeries and then walked eight hundred miles along the California Mission Trail with only one lung. I have two lungs, have never faced cancer, and can't even do two laps around the mall without my feet hurting. 

Fighting against her body, Edie walked and chatted with God as she took in His creation. This book isn't just about her defying the odds to even be able to walk along the Trail, but also about her time on the Trail, her time with God and her courageous approach to living.

What I thought: I liked this book, and I liked Edie's enthusiasm. I loved how she clinged to her faith in God so deeply through all life threw at her. She is an inspiration!



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Thursday, August 17

Jesus I Need You: A Book Review



This might be my new favorite thing! The book itself is slim and has a hard cover, but the size of a normal paperwork book. I was initially expecting a smaller, almost pocket-size, devotional type sized book, so it was pleasantly surprising to see that it was bigger than a typical devotional. Plus, the texture of it feels good in my hands.

The book has prayers on different subjects separated into the different sections. If you're really struggling with something, you can find a prayer on that general topic. On the left pages are the prayers and the right side pages have a short prompt related to the prayer and lines for journaling your own prayer or thoughts.

I'm not sure I'll use the prompt section, but I LOVE the prayer pages. They are just vague enough that you can apply them easily to your life, but powerful enough that they make me feel interested and invested in the words as I use the prayers as a template.


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Saturday, August 12

The Long Run: A Book Review


The Long Run by Catriona Menzies-Pike

This book is part biography and part history lesson. It's based around thirty-year old Catriona Menzies-Pike. She started running on a whim, after having never thought the word "runner" would be an adjective to describe her. While training for a half marathon, she found herself inadvertently using running to deal with the grief of losing both her parents a decade earlier, all while realizing that she had never fully dealt with her grief.

As the book goes on, Catriona digs into the history of women and running. She learned that running was thought to endanger childbearing, and that in 1967 the organizer of the Boston Marathon even tried to drag a woman off the course. She tells stories of courageous women and their running achievements.

I thought this book was fascinating. I am not a runner because of knee injuries, but have loved running (not as a sport or through a school, but for myself only) in my early college years. It was intriguing for me to read as the author using running to deal with her grief.


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Monday, July 31

100 Favorite Bible Verses: A Book Review



This is the most adorable little book with Bible verses! The photos of the book don't accurately show how cute the illustrations are. It's the size of a devotional. One page has some notes/commentary and the opposite page has a Bible verse written out with some floral illustrations around it. It's a lovely collection of verses; however, I wish that they would say what version of the Bible the verses came from (some are listed, but not all). It threw me off when some of the wording as just "off" enough than what I was used to reading - things like "longsuffering"!


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Wednesday, July 26

The Curious Christian: A Book Review


The Curious Christian by Barnabas Piper

This book is about curiosity! It's a childish word, right? No! As we grow we don't have to lose the wonder over the world or people around us. Piper goes on to say that without curiosity, a Christian's life is incomplete, and then explores what this thing called "curiosity" is as well as how it affects relationships.

The book is a good little read - not too profoundly deep that it'll leave you scratching your head, but just enough depth and wonder to keep my attention as Piper explores different aspect of curiosity as it relates to life and spirituality. I walked away feeling like curiosity is undeniably important and wondering how I could add more opportunities for it in my life.

 
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Monday, July 24

Here and Gone: A Book Review


Here and Gone by Haylen Beck

This book was fascinating to read. The story starts with a woman fleeing an abusive marriage with her children in tow. Pulled over by a local policeman, she is taken into custody and in the midst of the confusion, her children somehow disappear, with the policeman telling her that he never saw the children with her in the first place. Convinced she had her kids with her, this book then goes on to describe how she's made to feel crazy and the mystery of what happened to her children.

While it wasn't the very best suspense book I've ever read, it was still good and kept my attention. I give it four stars for how interestingly the author describes the characters and events in the book.


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