Monday, December 19

Book Review: Men Who Love Fierce Women


Men Who Love Fierce Women by LeRoy and Kimberly Wagner // This book is a companion to the book Kimberly wrote called Fierce Women. I have ordered that book, but haven't finished reading that book yet. This book is written to men (obviously). LeRoy was more passive and laid-back while his wife, Kimberly, was more direct and strong (aka fierce). That caused a lot of rub, especially as they didn't understand how to compliment and deal with their different personalities. This book is a gut-honest account of his failures and frustrations as a husband, the realizations that saved his married and the requirements God places on every husband, laid-back or not. Both husband and wife contributed to the insights of this book about helping equip men to rise up, handle conflict, love their wife and leader their marriage. I thought this book had very practical examples and wasn't a silly marriage book that included the very vague and nondescript "just love your wife" as an example of something to do. My husband just picked up the book and he seemed to agree that it was a practical book after reading a few chapters.

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, December 16

Book Review: Nothing to Prove

Nothing to Prove by Jennie Allen // I own another book by Jennie Allen, but I haven't gotten around to reading it yet (it's her book Anything). This book will be released mid-January, and I was lucky enough to get my hands on a early copy via Blogging for Books.

In this book, Allen tackles the subject of inadequacy and insecurity, the fear that we are not enough. She dives in and invites us to experience that our souls can overflow with contentment and joy when we stop buying into the lie that our cravings will be satisfied if we are enough and if we have enough. You know those cravings that manifest themselves when we chase images, answers, clothing, people, relationships, status, etc? It's when we stop and realize that we have nothing to prove, that we are loved by God regardless of anything thing we attempt to accomplish, relationship we have, decision we make, clothing we wear. It's the simple fact that we are His child.

What did I think of this book? It was good. Full of traditional Christian living book ideas and examples, but still good.

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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Wednesday, December 14

Book Review: Strengths Based Marriage

Strengths Based Marriage by Jimmy Evans and Allan Kelsey // This book was a bit disappointing. Let me just start off with that.

In this book the two authors - Evans, a marriage expert and Allan, a StengthsFinder expert - dive into how to have a happier and stronger marriage by applying the concepts from the popular StengthsFinder assessment to their relationship. The StengthsFinder test is a popular personality test that identifies one's strengths in many categories.

While the book itself offers some great insight in how to expand upon learning your results from taking the StengthsFinder assessment, it doesn't offer the test itself. You have to pay $89 (I think) to take the test itself. This book seems to be more for the couples who have previously taken the tests to couple both this book and their results to expand their knowledge of themselves and their spouse. Given that nature of the book, I was still able to find interesting points and helpful advice for growing a stronger marriage. So while I didn't quite like it because of the high price point of the StengthsFinder assessment you'll need to take, I guess I wouldn't completely write off this book if you haven't taken the test.

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, December 13

Current Obsessions


My lavender zebra May Designs notebook // I can't get over how stinkin' adorable and fun this notebook cover is! If you aren't familiar, May Designs is an online store where you can customize your own notebooks. They offer three sizes of notebooks and over a hundred different notebook cover designs, with the ability to add a monogram or saying to the cover in multiple styles and colors, and THEN you're able to customize what type of style your inside pages are (regular lined, graph, agenda, workout tracker, meal planner, baby diary, coloring book, gratitude journal...and more). Basically, the May Designs website will suck you into a blackhole, only to emerge hours later with several lovely personalized, but expensive notebooks in your shopping cart. I'm not sure I could ever pay full price for one of their notebooks because I'm a cheapskate. This lavender zebra notebook was 50% off, and I skipped adding the monogram/saying to the cover to save that money. Recommendation: wait for a sale.

Rifle Paper Co fabric // The light blue floral and it's two similar prints with navy floral and pink/coral floral is the most yummy fabric I've ever seen...outside of vintage floral sheets, of course.

The new Papermate InkJoy Gel Pens (0.5mm fine point style) // I love the Papermate Flair Felt Tip Pens, so when these new InkJoy Gel Pens were released during back-to-school time, I grabbed a few shades of blue to test. They dry incredibly fast and write exceptionally smoothly (no big dot of extra ink when ending a letter - you know what I mean?). I like the finer point pens because I write big and don't want thicker ink to take up too much room on the lines of my journal.

This blog post by my friend Valerie // I love her inspiration for holiday decorating. It's festive, yet simple.

This book - Walking on Water // Don't be confused by the title, it doesn't have anything to do with Jesus walking on the water. It's a book about how creativity/art and religion go hand and hand. I read it earlier this fall and it ranks in my top five books OF ALL TIME. Literally, amazing book. I'm re-reading it now.

The local donut place called QuackDaddy // This is about a 25 minute drive from our house, but oh so very worth it! You fill out an order form to customize your donuts (pictured). The donuts themselves are smaller, but the most perfect donut I've ever tasted. I got two donuts: strawberry icing and the white icing, both with their raspberry drizzle. THEY WERE HEAVEN. This sounds extreme, but they truly are the best donuts I've ever tasted.

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Monday, December 12

Book Review: A City Baker's Guide to Country Living

The City Baker's Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller // This fiction book revolves around Olivia Rawlings, a pastry chef from an exclusive Boston dinner club. After a fire engulfs the club, she decides to escape to the town her best friend, Hannah, lives in - Guthrie, Vermont. It isn't long before the owner of a local inn offers Olivia a job with the hopes that her new pastry chef will be able to help her reclaim the inn's blue ribbon status at the annual county fair apple pie contest (helloooo small towns in America - I absolutely love it!). Before she knows it, Olivia has settled into small town life.

I thought this book was a delight! The characters were well crafted, the description of the treats and sweets Olivia whipped up could make anyone's mouth water. As someone who grew up in a small, country town, I especially loved how the author painted country living. :)

I listened to this book on audio book for my long commutes to work. The person reading the book had a pleasant voice, but it was a hard transition to move to this audio book from the Harry Potter books read by Jim Dale (he has such a great voice!) .

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, December 1

Book Review: Courage to Soar


Courage to Soar by Simone Biles // I absolutely can't believe how fast this book was assembled and published. The summer Olympics weren't that long ago!

Reading the behind the scenes details of someone else's life is strangely fascinating to me, and Biles' stories was a good read. The book follows Simone through many stages of her life, from her entrance into the world of gymnastics on a daycare field trip to her time in foster care to her close relationship with her sister, and even the first time she was recognized by a stranger in public. This girl was beyond likable at the Olympics, and you'll feel even more "Team Simone" after reading her biography. Isn't all of America captivated by how adorable and yet stunningly fierce Simone Biles is?

It's a quick, but fascinating read. Her writing is obviously more conversational due to the fact that it's an autobiography. I wholeheartedly give this book two thumbs up.

Disclaimer: Some of the books in this post were 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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