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!


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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!


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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.


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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.


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Tuesday, October 3

Mercy Never Sleeps: A Book Review


Mercy Never Sleeps by Jamie Blaine

This book is written by a man who is an on-call crisis worker. Blaine talks about how his work with individuals in some of their darkest times and insomnia ramps up to a desperate stage as he veers closer to becoming the kind of person he's trying to save. I love the honesty in this book as he works through life and theological issues of God. Blaine is genuine in sharing his struggles with the readers, and I admire him greatly for tackling hard topics in this book.


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Monday, October 2

A Well-Crafted Home: A Book Review


A Well-Crafted Home by Janet Crowther

This is an excellently photographed home decor book with sixty projects for personalizing your home and space. Crowther's instructions are clear and seem easy to follow. I haven't tried any of them yet, but have my eye on the linen duvet cover and linen pillowcase, the stencil brush art work, the framed brushstroke art and beaded light fixture.

Crowther's aesthetic is perfectly similar to mine, so this might be my new favorite design book! Gorgeous work!


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Tuesday, September 26

Indescribable: A Book Review


Indescribable by Louie Giglio

This is a hard cover book with thick, glossy and colorful pages. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this book - both the look/feel and the content! Giglio included 100 devotions that deal with God's creativity in creating the universe by including scientific findings, photography and adorable illustrations on subjects like space, planets, geology, oceans, all types of animals, our minds and more. Each devotion features a section with fascinating facts, hands-on activities and a closing prayer.

The writing seems theologically sound, which makes sense because it's written by Louie Giglio. So many interesting facts about the universe God created. I recommend this book and can't wait to give it to my nephew!


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