Sunday, November 5

The Sacred Slow: A Book Review

The Sacred Slow by Alicia Britt Chole

There's an interesting shift happening in our culture. Being on the old side of the millennial generation, I haven't lived long enough to be a first hand witness of such a shift before. I've read about them in the history books, and it's quite fascinating to be able to see it occurring in front of my eyes. Things were focused on fast - fast food, quick fixes - and now slow is starting to take its place. The author has thirty plus years as a spiritual mentor. This book is formatted into fifty-two experiences (perhaps done on a weekly basis?) and is an invitation to unhurried honest before God, with the reminder that God doesn't just want to use His people, He's always wanted to love them.

I liked this book a lot. I feel the pull back to "slow" more heavily day by day. It's more than a pull to return to a simple lifestyle. It's truly stepping back on the quick nature of relationships, always moving and busy, fast religion.


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

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Wednesday, November 1

Capital Gaines: A Book Review

Capital Gaines by Chip Gaines

Chip is one half of the duo from the wildly popular HGTV show Fixer Upper. He and his wife, Joanna, wrote a book last year, which for some reason, I still haven't read! The library hold list on that book is exceptionally long.

This book is just like Chip. It's funny, slightly self-deprecating and full of stories of this crazy antics and lessons learned along the way. I love inside stories, and this book is a nice collection of stories inside the life of one of my favorite TV couples. It's a quick read with more of an autobiographical feel. I enjoyed it.


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

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Thursday, October 26

The Daily Question: A Book Review

The Daily Question: My 5 Year Spiritual Journey

This daily journey is similar to other daily journals with prompts/questions at the top of the page and then lines for you to answer for that specific day over the next five years. The book itself is small (purse size), with a hard cover (a little good foil-ish look on part of the design). It's not spiral bound, which makes me wonder how easy it will be to write on the pages in the middle of the year, and the text is slightly small. Overall, I thought it was darling! I can live with the small text given that the book's overall small size will be easily fit in my bag to carry daily or travel with - which would make sense since you're supposed to answer a prompt/question each day for multiple years. If that's the goal, why would the publishers make it any larger?


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

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Friday, October 13

Be The Gift: A Book Review

Be The Gift by Ann Voskamp

The tagline on this book is "let your brokenness be turned into abundance."The book is square, hardcover with thick pages inside. The readings aren't dated, so it's not a devotional. The structure is almost like a coffee table book - short stories/essays/thoughts contained to one or two pages paired with a photo. The back of the book has blank lines to journal "how did I live given today?" followed by a list of sixty gift ideas (and by gift, I mean ways to bless people that aren't all material) and the dust jacket on the back cover of the book has a set of gift tags included. The gift tags are simple with a "to" and "from" on the one side and a photo on the back.

Having never read any of Voskamp's books before, all the material in this book was new to me. If you're read any of her book The Broken Way and her blog. I love how Ann writes and am thoroughly enjoying what I'm reading!


Disclaimer: This book was provided to me free of charge in exchange for my honest review. All the opinions expressed are completely my own. Also, affiliate links used. This means that if you purchase a book via the Amazon links, I'll receive a small percentage. Thank you for supporting my blog!

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Thursday, October 12

You Are the Beloved: A Book Review

You Are the Beloved by Henri J. M. Nouwen

This is a daily devotional in a normal book size, both in height and the page quality. The pages are the typical book off-white color and non-glossy feel. There are no photos or images or side quotes pulled from that day's reading. Not all of the pages are full of text.

I wasn't completely thrilled with the look of the devotional because it's quite large and not easily portable for devotions on the go. The pages being typical book pages aren't my favorite thing either, but I can easily get over that! It's not really that big of a deal, just an expectation thing when the description says it's a devotional.

What I absolutely love about this devotional is the actual text and the meanings. Nouwen's writing is intended to empower readers to claim the truth in their own lives, and includes writing from his previously published works. It's intellectual and emotional, and overall, I like it!


Disclaimer: This book was provided to me free of charge in exchange for my honest review. All the opinions expressed are completely my own. Also, affiliate links used. This means that if you purchase a book via the Amazon links, I'll receive a small percentage. Thank you for supporting my blog!

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Tuesday, October 10

Church of the Small Things: A Book Review


Church of the Small Things by Melanie Shankle

The author of this book, Melanie Shankle, is the blogger at The Big Mama Blog (which I've never read because I'm not in the mama phase of life, but I'm sure it's great) and is a New York Times best selling author (all unfamiliar to me, but her other books look fascinating). All that to say, I walked into this book with zero preconceived notions of this author.

I have to say that the book description calling Shankle "easygoing and relatable" is entirely true. Melanie is undeniably relatable, like your best friend from college type relatable and comfortable. She speaks directly to the heart of women of all ages who are longing to find significance and meaning in their normal, sometimes mundane, world of busy activities most of which are traced to little humans. Her premise is that God uses those mundane, boring and small acts of faithfulness.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It's an easy read and left me laughing out loud at some points. I'll be adding Melanie's other books to my "must read" list.


Disclaimer: This book was provided to me free of charge in exchange for my honest review. All the opinions expressed are completely my own. Also, affiliate links used. This means that if you purchase a book via the Amazon links, I'll receive a small percentage. Thank you for supporting my blog!

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Friday, October 6

CSB She Reads Truth Bible: A Review

 


This might be the most popular Bible right now. The "She Reads Truth" tribe is loyal and large, making this a quickly sold out item on Amazon and LifeWay. This Bible is the Christian Standard Bible translation, which is a fresh take from the NIV translation that I grew up reading. After doing some research about the CSB translation, I feel confident that it's an accurate and readable translation, having been translated by 100 scholars from 17 denominations.

The cover is a nice gray linen, the pages are glossy and thin (like all Bible pages) with wide margins that are perfect for note-taking. Each book starts with a beautiful image similar to the prints the She Reads Truth team puts out for its members during their monthly Bible studies. (Very gorgeous!) Also included are almost 200 devotionals and full-color timelines and maps.

Having looked at a lot of Bibles in stores, I have to say that this one is my favorite. It's modern in the design and images/colors. Obviously, the Word of God can stand alone, without all the bells and whistles. If you're looking for a Bible in a new translation, this one gets two thumbs up from me.


Disclaimer: This book was provided to me free of charge in exchange for my honest review. All the opinions expressed are completely my own. Also, affiliate links used. This means that if you purchase a book via the Amazon links, I'll receive a small percentage. Thank you for supporting my blog!

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