Thursday, January 26

Book Review: Jesus Calling Adult Coloring Book


Jesus Calling Adult Coloring Book: Creative Coloring and Hand Lettering // This is based off of Sarah Young's immensely popular devotional called Jesus Calling, one of my favorite devotionals. Knowing know much the devotional itself has impacted my life, I was quite excited to get my hands on a copy of this new coloring book.

I'm not sure what I think about this coloring book. On one hand I think the colorable pictures are adorable and the traceable templates for hand lettering are lovely. On the other hand, I expected the coloring book to be filled with select readings from the Jesus Calling devotional. Instead, there were one or two sentence quotes, sometimes even just phrases, taken from the devotional and placed in the coloring book to be either colored around or hand lettered. I was simply expecting something different than what this coloring book actually is. That's not the coloring book's fault though.


All that to say, as far as adult coloring books go, this is a nice one! The size is large and there are about 100 pages to color. The designs are varied and fun to color. I liked how there's a guided tutorial and templates for learning hand lettering spread throughout the book, which is unique. For someone who isn't good at hand lettering, that was fun to try! 


If you're looking for a new coloring book that helps focus your day on God, this would be a good option for you! Just know that the pages don't have a daily reading or any kind on them and be confused like I was.


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, January 24

Current Obsessions


This postcard set from Swedish artist/writer Maja Safstrom // The set is based on her book The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts (which I don't own, so I wasn't sure what to expect when receiving this postcard set). The postcards are supposed to be colorable, but most of the designs don't have a ton of space to color. This doesn't bother me (obviously! because it's a current obsession) because the designs themselves are darling and the facts about each animal are fun things to note. Even cuter? They come in a little cardboard box with labels for different categories (air, forest, sea, etc.). Honestly, I'm not sure these postcards could be any more charming!

The Lettermate envelope placement guide // Because I plan on sending a ton of the animal fact postcards, I wanted to order The Lettermate to help me write the addresses on the postcards and other letters all nice and tidy. I've seen this before on Pinterest, and have almost ordered it, but it's one of those extra items that you don't really need and aren't sure you should spend your extra money on, ya know? Now that I have it, I'm obsessed with using it to address all my postcards.

This sheet/comforter pattern mixing image (via Pinterest). I love grid patterns right now.

The website Recyclebank // I've posted about this before, but y'all, I love Recyclebank. I can take quizzes and learn things about recycling to earn points. I just redeemed my points for the following magazine subscriptions: Midwest Living, Good Housekeeping (don't make fun of me? I actually like that magazine. Does that make me old?), Time and House Beautiful. I don't know about you, but I hate to pay for magazine subscriptions. Also? This isn't an ad. I really, really like getting free magazines.

This jacket from Northface. I may or may not have entered a giveaway with my local library to win a gift card to Dick's Sporting Goods. Crossing my fingers! And saving all my pennies to buy it in case I don't win the gift card.


Disclaimer: The postcard set was provided to me free of charge in exchange for my honest review. All the opinions expressed are completely my own - I really am currently obsessed with it! Also, affiliate links used. This means that if you make a purchase via the Amazon links, I'll receive a small percentage. Thank you for supporting my blog!

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Monday, January 23

Book Review: Maybe Its You

Maybe Its You by Candace Calvert // I really wanted to like this book. I read the description and excited to grab a good fiction book, had a lot of hope for it. The story mainly goes back and forth from the perspective of ER nurse Sloane Ferrell and hospital marketing guy Micah Prescott. She's changed her name and is in hiding, and he is trying to revamp the hospital's image by searching for the perfect hospital employee to star in his marketing campaign.

I liked that there was a suspense aspect to this book. I'm a big fan of suspense fiction. To be honest, I gave up on this book halfway through it. It was getting too hard for me to find any kind of believable (I know, I know, it's fiction), but to have all of the following narratives going on in the first 150 pages of the book was a bit too much for me. The book had: a woman changing her name to escape from some guys her ex owed money to from gambling, a guy who lost his brother in a car accident, sex trafficking, a father in prison for murdering her mother, flashbacks to child abuse and that was just in the first 150 pages. I understand troubled and complex characters, and have liked other novels by Candace Calvert, but this one felt like it was trying to fit too many story lines/issues into one book.

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, January 19

Book Review: Chasing Slow



Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner // This book is just really, really pretty in person. It's square, and the pages are two-column and have pictures or random notes/facts in the margins (like ways Erin has failed that day, miscellaneous things). I hadn't followed Erin's blog or her HGTV. com show, and so I didn't have much background knowledge about her story before picking up the book. What drew me in was the synopsis: "In Chasing Slow, Erin turns away form the fast and fame and frenzy. Follow along as she blazes the trail toward a new-fashioned lifestyle - one that will refresh your perspective, renew your priorities and shift your focus to the journey that matters most." Erin's writing style was very unique and not super Christian-y, which was a refreshing change from other Christian living books I've read. I walked away from this book feeling like Erin could be my new best friend. And to say that reading this book the same week that I read What Falls from the Sky (review below) was great timing. I give this book my full recommendation.

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, January 13

Book Review: Dodgers

Dodgers by Bill Beverly // What drew me to this book was the list of awards its collected. Normally, I wouldn't reach for a book about LA gang members traveling the country in search of a witness they've been ordered to murder. Doesn't seem like my kind of book...although, it IS a suspense story line, so that's a lot more my style than a romance book would be.

The main character of this book is a boy named East. He grew up in LA, drafted into a gang by his uncle. Within the first twenty-five pages of the book, East is off to start his journey to Wisconsin with other teenagers. He's never traveled outside of "The Boxes," a neighborhood in LA, and the journey stuns and changes him. Despite the crimes they commit, they are strangely likable characters.

The writing style was unique, and I can certainly understand why it won so many awards. Please note that this isn't a Christian novel.

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, January 11

Book Review: What Falls from the Sky

What Falls from the Sky by Esther Emery // Oh, how well timed this book was for me! I just went dark on my social media accounts. It was a decision that I had been waffling back and forth on for most of 2016, and started the process of stepping away from social media in December.

This book was written by Esther Emery, a successful playwright and theater director, wife and mother. Faced with a period of crisis where she felt empty, alone in her marriage and grasping for identity that wasn't defined by busyness, Emery felt it was time to make a change. And so she and her husband moved across the country, and she spent a year without internet. (Now, obviously if I'm posting this book review, I'm not going as far as to give up the internet like she did. I mean, she used a paper MAP and phone book to find places!). She gave up the internet in 2009/2010, and the use of the internet and social media is MUCH more prevalent today than it was 7/8 years ago. It's a bit trickier to give up those things in today's world, but the need for a "reset" and all the things Esther gleaned from her year is still beyond applicable. I truly enjoyed this book! I thought Esther's writing style was fascinating. It was definitely a different style of writing, so be prepared for that.

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, January 6

Book Review: A Man Called Ove

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman // This book was...wow. Written by a Swedish author, this book had a few things that were different, like currency and the layout of the main characters neighborhood - no cars could drive up to their houses? But there's a reason it was a New York Times bestselling book. This book was truly amazing. Sad at parts, but quite a beautifully written story of an old man named Ove. To everyone Ove is a cranky old man, who operates in a strict routine, staunch principles and a short fuse.

This book is about the people in Ove's neighborhood, from the old neighbors that moved into the development with him before it was a development, to the new couple with two little girls who backed their trailer into his mailbox when they moved into a house near Ove's, to the stray cat that seemed to be anything but afraid of Ove's exasperated yelling at it to scurry away his shed. But this book is more than that, it's about relationships, it's about friendships, it's about why we get up in the morning. I could probably write for three hundred more words, but I'll leave it at this - this book moved me in a way that I haven't been moved by a book in a long time.

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