Friday, July 13

Inspired: A Book Review


Inspired by Rachel Held Evans

I really wanted to like this book. The cover is downright gorgeous, and I had heard people hype the book before it was released. In the end, I could only read half of the book before putting it aside to move onto another book.

When I was reading the introduction (it was long), I honestly thought I was going to be enthralled by the book. In that section, Evans verbalized what I had been feeling for while. The Bible was this wondrous book as a child, and I got overwhelmed with the judgement and brutality of the Old Testament somewhere in my late teen years. I've read other books where the author takes small liberties to tell Bible stories as "real stories," expounding on the human nature of the Bible characters, describing scenes in great detail as if it was a fiction book (but obviously keeping the main Biblical story line). This book attempted the same thing; however, I just couldn't get on board with it. It's hard to put my finger on exactly what bothered me about the story liberties. Maybe it's the place I'm in with my life.

All in all, the writing is fine. The book does a good of making the Biblical stories seem like they actually happened with real people and not imaginary characters in an ancient book, and it gets the reader thinking. It wasn't my cup of tea, but maybe it's yours?


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Monday, June 18

The Most Beautiful Thing I've Seen: A Book Review





The Most Beautiful Thing I've Seen by Lisa Gungor

I've heard of the music group Gungor, but had no idea that Lisa and her husband won a Grammy. I don't think I own any of their music. The only thing I know about the author and her family is that her husband was in the news several years ago for some controversial comments about the flood from Genesis. I'm not the type of person to believe that one controversial comment or viewpoint that doesn't match my own disqualifies another individual from having great insight into Christian life. That being said, I dove into this book, swayed by the pretty cover.

This book is Lisa's story from small town girl to a stage in front of thousands of people, and how her faith was rocked by the death of a friend, career and friendship problems and a birth defect in a baby girl. She writes about her questions and struggles with God in a candid and open way. I am glad I picked up this book. It was inspiring and reassuring to see how God took their honest questions and pain and answered them in His own way to draw them closer.


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Monday, May 28

Always Enough, Never Too Much: A Book Review


Always Enough, Never Too Much by Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan

I love Jess and Hayley! Who they are as people, their style, their hearts, their commitment to shepherding women, their love for God. These women are the real deal. When this new devotional was released, I couldn't pass up adding it to my bookshelf.


The book is a flip-book, with half of the devotional oriented one way and the other half upside down. Each direction addresses either the always enough or the never too much topics. I haven't read through the whole book yet (it's 100 devotions), but I've loved what I have read so far. It was meaningful, and I can't wait to keep reading.


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Thursday, May 24

An Amish Heirloom: A Book Review

 
An Amish Heirloom by Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Kelly Irvin

I grew up in an Amish populated area of Ohio and grew up reading Amish fiction. I haven't read one in years, but this one was enjoyable. Not the typical fiction I read, and I can't say it was my favorite book, but it was a quick read for a change of pace. This book is actually four novellas by four different authors. Some are stories of love, another family secrets and more. If you're looking for a quick and fun Amish fiction book, try this one!


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Monday, April 23

Everyday Holy: A Book Review


Everyday Holy by Melanie Shankle

Another day, another adorable devotional. This is a nice, heavy book. The owl kinda freaked me out at first :) I haven't read a lot of Melanie's books before, and so I wasn't sure if I would like her writing style or connect in these pages. Glancing through different day's readings, it appears like I'm going to thoroughly enjoy this devotional. Melanie includes a bit of humor with the wisdom, all reorienting perspective to focus on the things of God. It almost reads like a book, and I wanted to read more than one day at a time!

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Wednesday, April 11

Embraced: A Book Review


Embraced by Lysa TerKeurst

I love, love Lysa TerKeurst. I read her book Uninvited last year and really enjoyed both her writing style and the content. I haven't read this whole devotional yet, but I think there are a couple overlapping stories between the Uninvited book and this devotional. Perhaps there are more from her other books. I haven't read those yet to know for sure. It doesn't bother me because it's been over a year since I read Uninvited and could use the reminder of the lesson/takeaway in her stories. Most of the daily readings look new to me and meaningful. I'm so excited to continue using this!

The actual devotional is the most beautiful devotional I've ever owned. I got the hardback version. The cover is nicely textured and the watercolor look is soft and feminine in person. It's a joy to pick up because it's darling.


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Thursday, April 5

The Way of Abundance: A Book Review


The Way of Abundance by Ann Voskamp

This is a beautiful devotional book. Ann Voskamp has a different writing style. It's more flowery, more poetry. In this 60 day devotional, Ann seeks to encourage the reader to move from self-weary brokenness to Christ-focused givenness. She wants us to view brokenness as a gift that draws us closer to God in a sweet, intimate manner.

The devotional itself is a nice hardback book. It's about 6"x8", meaning that it's a good size devotional. Each day's reading is a hearty portion, not simply a couple paragraphs. Overall, I would recommend this book.


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