Wednesday, September 20

More Than Just Making It: A Book Review



Three years ago, my husband and I were able to make out last payment on our debt. 70k+ of student loans, a car and a honeymoon debt all paid in full. We've been able to maintain a debt free life, well, with the exception of our mortgage. While I can't say the tagline of this book "hope for the heart of the financially frustrated" appeals to me because we aren't quite "financially frustrated", I rarely turn down a book about financial tips and tricks.

In this book, Odom talks about how she grew up in the middle class and was thrust into low income living during the economic crisis. At the time, her family was living on her husband's teacher income and were not able to make ends meet. This book doesn't just tell their story, but also will encourage readers to rise above their circumstances, empower them with money-saving tips (YES!!) and reimagine the good life as God designed it outside the myth of the good 'ole American Dream.

I think this book was good! For people who could use encouragement in their pursuit of a debt-free lifestyle and want tips for the journey, this would be a good resource.

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Sunday, September 17

A Charm of Goldfinches: A Book Review



This is the most charming book about animals! The illustrations are darling and the facts were interesting to me. It's a fascinating coffee table book, but I also think that my nine year old nephew would enjoy the whimsical nature of the illustrated creatures. Sewell talks about animals that exist on land, sea and air, separated into sections. The last few pages of the book include multiple animals on each page with little check boxes for the reader to keep track of what animals he/she has seen with their own eyes. Truly the most adorable book about animals!


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Friday, September 15

Jesus Always Deluxe Devotionals: A Review



The Jesus Calling and it's sister Jesus Always are a couple of my favorite devotionals. This devotional is a large print, imitation leather bound version of the pocket size Jesus Always book. People have raved about the Jesus Calling book for years before I decided to get a copy. What's so special about these two devotionals? The point of view for every day's reading is from God's perspective...but not in a cheesy way. Young does a fantastic job. God has met me in the words of these devotionals more than I can count, filling my mind with things to ponder on-and-off during the day. I'm trying to not use the phrase "it has a lot of meat to it," but there's no better way to describe both devotionals by Young. And while I adore these devotionals, I can't speak to who Young is in real life, what kind of training or education she has, what her theology is (but I've never noticed anything she's written to be odd). 

This deluxe addition is slightly larger than a regular book and almost double the size of the regular Jesus Always. The imitation leather does not feel cheap, and the pages are thick. I think this would make a delightful gift!


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Tuesday, September 5

New York Street Style Coloring Book: A Review

 


I have one of Zoe de las Cases other coloring books called Paris Street Style. It's gorgeous and inspiring, and so I knew I wanted to get my hands on this new coloring book!!

The book itself is square at about 8"x8", with medium weight paper. The pages have the most fun drawings of fashion and New York life; such as repeating store fronts, runners, landscapes, fall fashion and wall paper-esque images. My favorite has got to be the drawings of women (with their face not showing) in great outfits. These drawings are just begging for a fashion-lover to color them in creative ways, or monochromatically if you're me. To set this coloring book apart from the other ones I've tried, the publishers included a ribbon to keep your place in the book AND an elastic to keep the coloring book closed (like a journal has).


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Tuesday, August 29

Start Where You Are Weekly Agenda: A Review



This agenda is adorable. The cover has a slightly soft texture to it and is the size of a normal small agenda/small notebook. The inside has weekly agenda pages that are undated, with the twelve months along the top left page for you to circle what month you're working in. This makes it perfect to start anytime of the year. Each month is marked by an inspiration quote illustrated by Meera Lee Patel and a summary sheet for you to list important dates and notes for the month ahead.

I love the illustrated pages and wished more of them were incorporated into the weekly agenda!


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Monday, August 28

She's Still There: A Book Review


She's Still There by Chrystal Evans Hurt


I wasn't sure what to think about this book, but thought I'd give it a shot. The author tackles some big questions. What's a woman to do if her life is not taking shape the way that she thought it would? What happens when she looks at herself in the mirror, lingering just a little longer than usual and realizes that she no longer recognizes the person staring back at her?

The author, using her own life and story, writes about what she's discovered. Poor decisions, a lack of intentionality or planning, a long-term denial of deep hopes and dreams can leave a woman (young or old) reeling from the realization that she is lost, disappointed or simply numb. And she pushes in on the fact that this woman needs encouragement.

My thoughts on this book: it was good, encouraging and inspiring. It also hit me in the gut on multiple occasions because I needed to hear those words.


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Wednesday, August 23

The Space Between Words: A Book Review


The Space Between Words by Michele Phoenix

This book was an interesting read. The main character, Jessica, is caught in an attack on Paris. While fleeing the horror she survived, her friend Patrick urges her to reconsider and the two follow through on a trip they'd planned before the tragedy. At a flea market, she finds an old document and has friends translate it. My initial thought was that the two story lines - an attack in Paris and the old book's story of a young woman who endured the Huguenot persecution. And I still feel that way, but overall, I liked the story themes of two women hundreds of years apart who both endured terror incidents. The characters were likeable and well developed.


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