Tuesday, February 20

If I Live: A Book Review


If I Live by Terri Blackstock

This is the third book of a series called "If I Run" based around a woman running from crooked cops who framed her for a friend's murder. I was REALLY excited to finally read how the series would end and what Casey's fate would be.

The characters in this series - Casey and Dylan - are whip smart. They have their baggage, but it's not too far fetched and written very convincingly. I think that's one of the things I like about Terri Blackstock's writings - she's so good at writing real people into her books.

This book picks right back up where the second book ended. Casey had been shot while trying to do something good and was on the run (again) from crooked Detective Keegan. At this point, the private investigator, Dylan was officially believed her story about the police officer and was an ally. Because this is the last book of the series, the author fit a lot of suspense, stand offs, kidnapping and love into it. I was never bored, let's say that! Overall, I think the first book in the series was my favorite, and this last book resolved the series in an enjoyable - and suspense-filled - way!


Disclaimer: This book was provided to me free of charge from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review. All the opinions expressed are completely my own.

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Wednesday, February 14

How to Break Up With Your Phone


How to Break Up With Your Phone by Catherine Price

The size of this book is smaller than a traditional paperback but larger than a trade paperback. The cover is attractive. When my husband saw it sitting on the coffee table, immediately reached for the book. He's not a big reader, so the fact that he was interested in looking through this book should say something about how eye-catching the cover is and how important the topic is.

This book is practical. It's informational. It's a good read for anyone struggling with phone addiction...which honestly, might be most of the world. Phones are no longer a "want," they have become a "need," and phone addiction is so common that it's accepted as normal. I wanted to read this book to help shake me of my bad phone habits. And I wanted to read this book because I'm sick - so very sick - of how much time it robs me of during the day. If you reach for your phone like a nervous tick or just want to read more about phone addictions, this is a great resource.


Disclaimer: This book was provided to me free of charge from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. All the opinions expressed are completely my own.

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Monday, February 12

Girl, Wash Your Face - A Book Review


Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

Such a fun book! Well, I mean, this book was chock full of meaningful thoughts and advice. Hollis is the founder of a lifestyle website that I haven't heard of before - thechicsite.com. She has 70K+ followers on Instagram. This book is her first book and focuses on lies that left her feeling overwhelmed, unworthy and ready to give up. Hollis isn't afraid to share embarrassing stories or tidbits that others might hide from the limelight, let alone put in writing, that help drive home her point in each chapter. I found Hollis' writing relate-able and loved the way she challenged the readers.

Disclaimer: This book was provided to me free of charge from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review. All the opinions expressed are completely my own.

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Sunday, February 4

Finding Selah: A Book Review


Finding Selah by Kristen Kill

Another book, another lovely cover! 

I think my issue with this book is how it's packaged. It's not really an instructional book. If you don't look at the book like that, and more like the story of Kristen's journey to find selah, then you'll quite enjoy this book. I did. I liked Kristen and how her story unravels, how she discovers - and fights for - selah in the book of Psalms.


Disclaimer: This book was provided to me free of charge from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review. All the opinions expressed are completely my own.

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Friday, February 2

Stronger Than the Struggle: A Book Review


Stronger Than the Struggle by Havilah Cunnington

The tagline on this book is "uncomplicating your spiritual battle." With that lofty tagline, I wasn't sure what to expect. Would the book be heavy in spiritual warfare descriptions and Scripture quotations? Would it be full of personal stories?

Cunnington is a Bible teacher at Bethel Church and lead a not-for-profit with her husband called Truth to Table. Frankly, I haven't heard of her before. What drew me to this book was the cover. It has a Harry Potter/disapporating look. In this book, Cunnington talks with the reader how about to discern whether what we're dealing with is a battle within ourselves, resistance from God or a genuine fight with the Devil. I don't typically highlight or mark up books I read, but in this book, I was marking pages left and right. So much truth. So many great stories to drive home the concepts. I am very happy I was drawn to this book.

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Wednesday, January 31

How to Be a Perfect Christian: A Book Review


How to Be a Perfect Christian by the Babylon Bee

This satirical book was a bit of letdown. I mean, it's funny and I did indeed laugh out loud many times. However, it seemed a bit odd to read this book by the Christian satire website, Babylon Bee. I've read a lot of their articles online, and they have a great sense of humor about the rigidity and possible odd behavior of Christians and the church. There was an article about a homeless man being confused as a new youth pastor, mocking the trendy for hipsters to look more unkept than traditional pastors.

Funny book, overall.


Disclaimer: This book was provided to me free of charge from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. All the opinions expressed are completely my own.

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Wednesday, January 3

A Force So Swift: A Book Review


A Force So Swift by Kevin Peraino

I love history. Subjects like the one discussed in this book by Peraino are vastly intriguing to me. Coupling that with the fact that I've traveled to China, I couldn't wait to pick up this book.

In this book, Peraino walks the reader back to 1949 where the political scenery in China was changing. Nationalist China fell to Mao's Communist forces that year. Truman was in office in the United States. I knew absolutely nothing about how modern China came to be - and what a diplomatic catastrophe that period was for the rest of the world as they struggled to understand how to respond to this new government.

Informational wise, I give this book two thumbs up. It's a more arduous read for those who primarily pick up fiction books, but is worth the effort if this time in China's political history fascinated you.


Disclaimer: This book was provided to me free of charge from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. All the opinions expressed are completely my own.

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