Tuesday, October 16

Praying the Promises


Praying the Promises by Max Lucado

I really wanted to like this book. The premise is great: praying the promises found in Scripture when you need it, and looking to those promises for an anchor when you're in different phases of life.

The book has nice glossy pages. It's not set up like a traditional book where there are chapters, instead it's more like a devotional style. There are sections on different promises that the reader can look to when they are struggling with different things, including a prayer at the end of each section to guide the reader in praying the promise.

I loved the premise and had high hopes for the book. However, I was a bit disappointed because the Scripture to back up/pray the promises were the common passages that are always quoted for various topics. I was really hoping for less common passages. I was hoping the book would go deeper. If you're a newer Christian who is working to understand the different promises in the Bible, this would be a GREAT resource for you.


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Monday, October 8

Preach to Yourself


Preach to Yourself by Hayley Morgan

Before I kick off my review, can we talk about how fun that book cover is?! I love it.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Hayley's book. She mixed her personal experiences with research on how the brain works and topped it off with a healthy dose of Scripture. It wasn't preachy or impersonal, but more of a "I'm in the trenches with you" type mentality. Hayley's openness helped create a similar feeling as I moved through each chapter, letting me know that it was okay to struggle with this, that I wasn't alone, that other women dealt with these issues. And ending it with the hope we have to fight that annoying little inner critic. Example: I'm not strong enough becomes I'm not strong enough without the Lord. That little "without the Lord" part is key. There is so much good in these pages!

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Monday, October 1

365 Devotions for a Thankful Heart


365 Devotions for a Thankful Heart

In the last couple years, I've discovered a few daily devotional books that I adore. It makes me curious about new ones, especially books as beautiful as this one geared towards cultivating a thankful heart. We could all use a more thankful heart, right?

This devotional is slightly larger than a pocket book, but not the same size as a regular book. It's got colorful, glossy pages. It's a fairly heavy book to hold in your hand. The readings themselves are good. Not as thought provoking as the Jesus Calling or Jesus Always devotional books, but still very good. I can tell they will be helpful in encouraging gratitude.


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Wednesday, August 29

A Light So Lovely: The Spiritual Legacy of Madeleine L'Engle


A Light So Lovely: The Spiritual Legacy of Madeleine L'Engle by Sarah Arthur

I LOVE MADELEINE L'ENGLE. Maybe I shouldn't type that like I'm yelling it at you. :) In all seriousness, her book Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art, mildly changed my life and is one of my top five favorite books of all time. It's spectacular. She's spectacular.

This book, while not by L'Engle herself (obviously), was very enjoyable. I appreciated learning more about one of my favorite authors and liked how Arthur approached this biography. Good attention to detail about her life while also touching on her words and art. This woman had the most remarkable way of mixing the sacred and the secular, miracle and science, faith and art. 

I walked away wishing I could've had the immense pleasure of meeting and talking with L'Engle while she was alive.

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Monday, August 27

100 Days of Thanks: A Book Review


100 Days of Thanks from Thomas Nelson

This is a lovely book. And yet, I'm not thrilled with it. It wasn't what I thought it would be with a title "100 Days of Thanks." Visually, it's stunning. The cover is nice with vibrant colors, and the size is long and skinny like the image shows. The inside pages are glossy and are enjoyable to read through because of how well they are designed.

My beef is with my expectation of it being a 100 day devotional-type to encourage my thankfulness. However, a solid chunk of the readings seem to be aimed at encouraging mindfulness and reflection in general (not thankfulness related). If that's what you're looking for - a guided journal about your religious walk and life in general - this is a GREAT resource. If you're looking for something to encourage gratitude directly, I wouldn't recommend this.

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Tuesday, July 31

The House at Saltwater Point


The House at Saltwater Point by Colleen Coble

This is the second book in the Lavender Tide series. The first book was The View from Rainshadow Bay. I honestly can't remember if I've read the first book. When I flipped through the pages, I found a good story line and it kept my attention. The characters were slightly predictable, but well written characters, just like all Colleen Coble's books.

The story is based around a house flipper, named Ellie, whose sister disappears. Her only clue is the bloodstain on her sister's boat. She becomes obsessed with finding her sister. By the end, I was invested in the story, and yet, just like the first book in the series, it was mildly forgettable after I put the book down. Overall, it's great for an easy read.


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Monday, July 30

10 Minutes in the Proverbs: A Book Review

10 Minutes in the Proverbs

This devotional invites the reader into the book of Proverbs with daily readings that average about ten minutes in length. It's got a nice hardcover and glossy interior pages. The devotional is a perfect size to throw in a purse or backpack to read on the go.

As far as the daily readings themselves, I found them good. Several of them were thought-provoking or challenging, and I found myself enjoying flipping through the pages. The passages from Proverbs aren't included for each day, but if you're reading on the go, then a Bible app is a great solution.


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