Thursday, February 28, 2019

"Winning the Heart of Your Child"

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Book Blurb from the publisher and endorsements:

Many of us enter parenthood with a perfect vision of what our family will be. But along the way we discover that the children we've been blessed with are real human beings with their own minds, ideals, and views of the world. Our influence only goes so far, and when those children reach the preteen and teenage years, it may seem to have disappeared completely. Yet at no time in your child's life is your positive, godly influence more critical.

If you're worried about your child pulling away, following poor role models, or making choices that will lead to pain and difficulty, Mike Berry has good news: it's not too late. He offers nine ways to help your child through these difficult years and develop a relationship with them that can weather any storm.

"A must-have for parents who truly want to connect with their kids."--Stephen Arterburn, bestselling author, counselor, pastor, and founder and host of New Life Live

"How I wish I would have had such a book as a young mom, but even as a mom of adult daughters and as a grandparent, I can still incorporate the life-transforming truths articulated here."--Sherrie Eldridge, author of 20 Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew

"Drop the guilt and shame and step into smart parenting strategies that actually work, building relationships to last a lifetime."--Cherie Lowe, author of Your Money, Your Marriage and founder of

Mike Berry is the cofounder, along with his wife, Kristin, of the award-winning parenting blog Confessions of an Adoptive Parent and the virtual support site Oasis Community. A sought-after speaker, Berry lives in Indiana with his wife and their eight children.

My Review:
This book is one that is jam packed with good information, I mean seriously, good things right here!  There are 3 main sections of this book, the second section the majority of it as it focuses on 9 keys to building positive lifelong relationships with your children.  However, that does not mean the other 2 sections are not important.  The first section focuses on how not to parent really, and of course of my favorite television mothers referenced as well as fixing a poor parenting parent if you are in one.  The third section focusing on moving forward with implementing the keys and strategies just discussed.  Each chapter ends with reflection questions that are thought-provoking and really help you think about your own style of parenting and how you are doing in that role. 
Mike writes in a conversational style that is completely easy to read and connect with, and his tone is not judgmental, but honest and open.  I really  liked the layout of the book and how it all flowed nicely.  This is a book that I am going to go back and reread, really taking my time reading and refer back to it often. I highly recommend it! 

*Thanks to the Baker Books Blogger Review Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

"A Life of Lovely"

"A Life of Lovely: the young woman's guide to collecting the moments that matter," is an excellent book for girls; however after reading this I would say it is more geared for older teens and early 20's, not for younger girls, although the messages are important to be hearing early on.  Each day girls are bombarded with images, songs, words, messages in all forms that may impact their self-talk and their beliefs about themselves  so that they think they are not good enough, not pretty enough, just not enough in general.  However, Annie encourages the reader to really seek out the beauty, the loveliness around, and the confidence and strength that one already possesses and build on that, as God has created each one unique and lovely.  I love how each chapter ends with an action that is specific for finding loveliness in that area, something simple such as painting your toenails, or listening to a worship song or thinking about that friend who builds you up and is a strong support for encouragement.  This book is written in a conversational tone that is easy to read and follow and it is an inspiring read. 

*Thanks to the B&H/Lifeway Blogger Review Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*

"Your Future Self Will Thank You"

This book is filled with so many quotes and so many lines that I found myself nodding my head at and agreeing with it wholeheartedly as it was so me!
Image result for your future self will thank you drew dyckDrew dives into a discussion about self-control and the excuses we make to ourselves constantly, each and every day, and that the true enemy preventing us from reaching our goals is ourselves.  Right on the very first page, starting out the entire book, Drew states that he makes the same resolutions every year.  How many of us can say that same thing? for sure.  That is why as soon as I started reading, I knew this was a book I had to read.  As the chapters go on, the discussion turns more to habits and how self-control can become automatic and how this is connected with habits and how habits are worked into our lives becoming how we live each day.  Relying on God and seeking help from Him and others is a key to creating these habits and changing your lifestyle.  I love this line shared by Drew: "The key to living a holy life isn't simply to out-battle temptation at every turn.  It's to build righteous patterns into your life." I also love the chapter that is included on the distractions that come along with the digital era that we are living in.  The wisdom pyramid that is included is spot on, as it lists the Bible as the base, the foundation and social media at the very tip top.  Unfortunately we get sucked into social media and that results in the comparison game and trying to live through comparing ourselves to others instead of living following God's guidelines and living a life to please Him. I highly recommend this book for everyone as we all could use a little nudge to getting on track with bettering ourselves and reaching goals that we may each have made for ourselves. 

*Thanks to the Moody Blogger Review Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*

Monday, February 25, 2019

"Never Let Go"

Cover ArtThe case may be cold, but things are about to heat up
Forensic genealogist Willow Anderson is following in her late grandfather's footsteps in her quest for answers about a baby abducted from a hospital more than twenty years ago. When someone makes an attempt on Willow's life to keep her from discovering the truth, help will come from an unexpected source.

Ex-FBI agent--and Willow's ex-flame--Austin McKade readily offers to protect the woman he never should have let get away. Together they'll follow where the clues lead them, even if it means Austin must face the past he's spent much of his life trying to forget--and put Willow's tender heart at risk.

My Review:
"Never Let Go" is such a great start to this series, I cannot wait for book #2 to come out! This is fast-paced, action-filled and a nice mix of suspense and romance.  Willow is faced with so many decisions professionally with what to do with the business she was running with her late grandfather and if that wasn't enough now she has to face some personal issues, some heart issues when Austin becomes a part of her life once again.  Trying to solve a mystery from so many years ago, and obviously someone wants it to remain unsolved, has Willow more determined and more vigilant.  Both main characters are strong and likeable, it was easy to feel a connection right away with them.  I highly recommend this book for those whom enjoy romantic suspense, you will not be disappointed!

"Unique and intriguing romantic suspense that will have your heart racing. Goddard's fast-paced storytelling combined with emotional depth will keep you guessing until the very end."--Rachel Dylan, bestselling author of the Atlanta Justice series

"From the riveting opening to the satisfying conclusion, Never Let Go is a stellar beginning to what promises to be a thrilling romantic suspense series."--Susan Sleeman, bestselling and award-winning author of the White Knights series

"Fast-paced and suspenseful, Never Let Go lives up to its name. It grabs you by the throat from the first page, takes you through riveting twists and turns, and doesn't let go until a powerhouse ending."--Ronie Kendig, bestselling author of The Tox Files series

*Thanks to the Revell Reads Blogger Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*

"Castle on the Rise"

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About the Book

Title: Castle on the Rise  
Author: Kristy Cambron  
Genre: Christian Historical Romance  
Release date: February 5, 2019  
Publisher: HarperCollins  

A storied castle. A band of rebels. A nation chasing a centuries-old dream of freedom. And three women who rise above it all . . . When Laine Forrester travels overseas to attend her best friend’s vineyard wedding, she expects to find the bride on the brink of a fairy tale life. But after a series of unforeseen setbacks, it seems the storybook lives they’d imagined are suddenly ripping apart. With hopes of resurrecting a happy ending, Laine agrees to accompany the newlyweds to the groom’s home in Ireland—never expecting she’d be the one drawn in by its wide-open moors, backroads bordering the Irish Sea, and a mysterious castle that dares to keep its secrets hidden. From the storied streets of Dublin to the shores of the Emerald Isle, Laine is drawn in to the land and its rich history. The castle ruins whisper stories of Issy—a photojournalist battling through the 1916 Easter Rising, and Maeve—the castle’s lady of legend, fighting for survival through the 1798 rebellion that started it all. Spanning more than two centuries, Castle on the Rise unites the legacy of three women who must risk mending the broken places within—for life, love, and the belief that even through the depths of our pain, a masterpiece of a story can emerge.

Click here to purchase your copy.

About the Author


Kristy Cambron is an award-winning author of Christian fiction, including her bestselling debut The Butterfly and the Violin, and an author of Bible studies, including the Verse Mapping Series. She is a passionate storyteller who travels to speak at ministry events across the country, encouraging women to experience a deeper life in the Word through verse mapping. Her work has been named to Publishers Weekly Religion & Spirituality TOP 10, Library Journal’s Best Books, RT Reviewers' Choice Awards, and received 2015 & 2017 INSPY Award nominations. Kristy holds a degree in Art History/Research Writing, and lives in Indiana with her husband and three sons, and can probably be bribed with a coconut mocha latte and a good read. To stay connected, visit

My Review:
This latest read from Kristy Cambron, "Castle on the Rise," is such a masterpiece!  Kristy has done another incredible job with  this book as she weaves together stories from various generations, melding together history and present day so seamlessly.  I have never been to Ireland, but after reading this, I had a strong desire to go visit.  Laine is such an amazing character (one of many in this story!) and I found her very relatable and loved being on this adventure with her.  The mysterious castle was such a great backdrop to so many secrets and so many lives throughout the centuries and it was so vividly described that I felt as if I was there wandering the halls and uncovering the layers of stories housed within the walls.  If you have not read a book by Kristy, run out and get all of her stories, but most definitely this one as it is a book you do not want to miss! 

Kristy’s Research Trip to Ireland

Blog Stops

Back Porch Reads, February 19
Maureen’s Musings, February 19
The Power of Words, February 19
Livin’ Lit, February 20
Texas Book-aholic, February 20
Fiction Aficionado, February 21
Gensis 5020, February 21
Blogging With Carol, February 21
Bigreadersite, February 21
Just the Write Escape, February 22
As He Leads is Joy, February 22
Inspired by fiction, February 23
Connect in Fiction, February 23
Carpe Diem, February 23
Bibliophile Reviews, February 24
D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, February 24
Lis Loves Reading, February 24
Emily Yager, February 25
Moments, February 25
All-of-a-kind Mom, February 26
Mary Hake, February 26
Simple Harvest Reads, February 27 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)
Remembrancy, February 28
Inklings and Notions, February 28
Pause for Tales, March 1
The Becca Files, March 2
Book by Book, March 2



To celebrate her tour, Kristy is giving away a grand prize of one finished copy each of The Lost Castle (book 1) and Castle on the Rise (book 2)!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

"Mending Fences"

Cover Art"Mending Fences" is the most recent book from Suzanne Woods Fisher and it is the first book The Deacon's Family series.  I have enjoyed all of Suzanne's Amish novels and this one is no exception!  It is a unique story line that immediately drew me in as Luke is returning home a changed man and needs to make amends.  Luke has had to deal with struggles and he feels like the hard part is over; however asking for forgiveness and proving he is a changed man is going to be harder than he first anticipated.  Izzy is living the life she has always dreamed of, she has a home and a place to fit in and she has a flair for the work she is doing; however one thing is lacking, her mother.  Luke is shocked to meet up with Lizzy once again and is determined that if and once he can find Izzy's mother his list will be complete.  However, will it?  And we all know there are consequences to every action...
I loved this return to Stoney Ridge and reading more about some of the characters from the previous series as well as meeting so many new ones.  This is a great start to this new series and I cannot wait to see where the characters' stories go and who else we get to meet!

*Thanks to the Revell Reads Blogger Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*

"A Return of Devotion"

A tie to her past is about to land on her doorstep... literally.
Daphne Blakemoor was perfectly happy living in her own secluded world for twelve years. She had everything she needed--loved ones, a true home, and time to indulge her imagination. But when ownership of the estate where she works as a housekeeper passes on, and the new marquis has an undeniable connection to her past, everything she's come to rely upon is threatened.

William, Marquis of Chemsford's main goal in life is to be the exact opposite of his father. Starting a new life in the peace and quiet of the country sounds perfect until his housekeeper turns his life upside down.

They've spent their lives hiding from the past. Can they find the courage to face their deepest wounds and, perhaps, find a new path for the future together?

My Review:

"A Return of Devotion" is book #2 in Kristi Ann Hunter's Haven Manor series and it is a great book and has left me wanting to read book #3.  Daphne and William are both wonderful main characters and  I thoroughly enjoyed their story.  Daphne has such a huge heart and she has been living a secret life for over a decade and the past is soon to catch up with her as well as how she has been living when William shows up at the door.  William knows that there is more meets the eye as things are not adding up and do not just seem quite right, but he just isn't sure just what is the true story yet.  Kristi does a great job with bringing these characters to life, the time period and society practices to life and a riveting story line that keeps you wanting to keep on reading and turning the pages from the very start to the very end.  This story has the themes of forgiveness and hope woven throughout it and it is a sweet read that will leave you wanting more! 

*Thanks to the author for the complimentary copy of this book.* 

Friday, February 22, 2019

"When Life Doesn't Match Your Dreams"

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Book Description from the publisher:
Only God can heal our hearts
Life is full of twists and turns. Relationships falter, careers fizzle, health fades. We may be faced with choices we never wanted to make or have situations pushed upon us we never expected. Yet in all of it, God is at our side--even when He feels far away.

Drawing on her extensive research into women of the Old Testament, novelist Jill Eileen Smith turns her pen to what we can learn about trusting God from women like Eve, Noah's wife, Sarai, Hagar, Lot's wife, Rebekah, Rachel, and more. You'll discover what these ancient women did right--and what they did wrong--when faced with dashed expectations and deferred dreams. And you'll come away with the confidence that God loves you and is forming you through your trials into the woman He longs for you to be.

"The women of Genesis are fascinating, yet the narratives are terse. Jill Eileen Smith imagines what may have happened between the lines, and it causes us to ponder. How did the fall affect Adam and Eve's marriage? Why did Lot's wife look back? You'll be both educated and entertained."--Dee Brestin, author of The Friendships of Women and He Calls You Beautiful

"Steady and strong. Relatable and real. . . . This book has incredible heart--a drumbeat of God's enduring love for those we call mothers and daughters, sisters and friends."--Kristy Cambron, bestselling author of the Hidden Masterpiece novels and the Verse Mapping Bible studies

Jill Eileen Smith is the bestselling and award-winning author of the biblical fiction series The Wives of King David, Wives of the Patriarchs, The Loves of King Solomon, and Daughters of the Promised Land. Her research into the lives of biblical women has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. Jill lives with her family in southeast Michigan. Learn more at

My Review:
I was so excited when I saw that Jill Eileen Smith had written this book, a Christian Living title, as I have read every single novel she has written and have come away with a deeper, and clearer knowledge and understanding of various individuals who are in the Bible.  This new book, "When Life Doesn't Match Your Dreams," is an obvious choice to read, because when does life ever go exactly how we have planned?!  We each have our own ideas of how life should be, but God is the one who decides and has our lives all planned out and He is always right there with us.  However, that does not mean that we are not going to experience lows or have moments of feeling alone.  Jill's purpose for this book is to provide us with hope, to remind us that God is in control and He is by our side through it all.  Each chapter is this book focuses on a specific woman from the Bible, some that are well known (Eve), others not so much (Noah's wife).  Jill states the passage from the Bible as to which each chapter is based upon and then the story and the details that really "complete" the story are shared.  Each chapter has a section of applying the story to the world today, to our life right now and also thoughts to ponder and questions to reflect upon.  I really enjoyed each of these chapters as I feel like I have a better understanding of these women and what their lives would have been life, and also I am left feeling hopeful and reminded of God's role in my life.  My two personal favorite chapters were the ones that focus on Noah's wife and Potiphar's wife; two lesser known individuals, but filling such big roles.  I highly recommend this as a book to read on your own or even with a small group.  

*Thanks to the author for the complimentary copy of this book.* 

"The Sky Above Us"

Book Blurb from the publisher:
Cover ArtFacing the past may be the most fearsome battle of his life.
Numbed by grief and harboring shameful secrets, Lt. Adler Paxton ships to England with the US 357th Fighter Group in 1943. Determined to become an ace pilot, Adler battles the German Luftwaffe in treacherous dogfights in the skies over France as the Allies struggle for control of the air before the D-day invasion.

Violet Lindstrom wants to be a missionary, but for now she serves in the American Red Cross, arranging entertainment for the men of the 357th and setting up programs for local children. Drawn to the mysterious Adler, she enlists his help with her work and urges him to reconnect with his family after a long estrangement.

Despite himself, Adler finds his defenses crumbling when it comes to Violet. But D-day draws near . . . and secrets can't stay buried forever.

My Review:
Sarah Sundin is one of my most favorite historical romance writers, each and every book she writes is so good and it feels as if history is coming alive while reading.  "The Sky Above Us" is book 2 in Sarah's Sunrise at Normandy series and we return to reading about the Paxton family, this time the focus in on Adler.  Adler is not only in the midst of war, but he is also fighting internal battles and Violet is determined she can help him, she can feel it in her heart.  I have to say that Violet is one of my favorite characters in all of Sarah Sundin's books, there's something about her that really tugs on my heart; however so does Adler, so maybe it's how she approaches him and their interactions as well. Adler and Violet are both independent and strong characters, and Violet has a heart for missions and helping others and she is truly following her passion and helping so many during this treacherous time.   This book just puts a whole new perspective on World War II and what war was really like for so many, whether they be in the midst of battle, or trying to keep spirits up.  All the while they are individuals still dealing with things in their personal lives in addition to the daily battles fought each day for the country.  For anyone whom enjoys history, this is a must-read, as it truly brings this historical time period to life and will have you falling in love with the characters and left wanting to read more!

*Thanks to the Revell Reads Blogger Program for the complimentary copy of this book.* 

Sunday, February 17, 2019

"Brunch at Bittersweet Cafe"

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About the Book

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Title: Brunch at Bittersweet Cafe  
Author: Carla Laureano  
Genre: Christian Romance  
Release date: February 5, 2019  
Publisher: Tyndale

Baker and pastry chef Melody Johansson has always believed in finding the positive in every situation, but seven years after she moved to Denver, she can’t deny that she’s stuck in a rut. One relationship after another has ended in disaster, and her classical French training is being wasted on her night job in a mediocre chain bakery. Then the charming and handsome private pilot Justin Keller lands on the doorstep of her workplace in a snowstorm, and Melody feels like it’s a sign that her luck is finally turning around. Justin is intrigued by the lively bohemian baker, but the last thing he’s looking for is a relationship. His own romantic failures have proven that the demands of his job are incompatible with meaningful connections, and he’s already pledged his life savings to a new business venture across the country—an island air charter in Florida with his sister and brother-in-law. Against their better judgment, Melody and Justin find themselves drawn together by their unconventional career choices and shared love of adventure. But when an unexpected windfall provides Melody with the chance to open her dream bakery-café in Denver with her best friend, chef Rachel Bishop, she’s faced with an impossible choice: stay and put down roots with the people and place she’s come to call home . . . or give it all up for the man she loves.
Click here to purchase your copy.

About the Author

Carla Laureano

Carla Laureano is the RITA® Award-winning author of contemporary inspirational romance and Celtic fantasy (as C.E. Laureano). A graduate of Pepperdine University, she worked as a sales and marketing executive for nearly a decade before leaving corporate life behind to write fiction full-time. She currently lives in Denver with her husband and two sons, where she writes during the day and cooks things at night.

My Review:
"Brunch at Bittersweet Cafe" is such a sweet and refreshing story!  On the very first page I was transported to the bakery kitchen where Melody works, hearing the wind swirling the snow around outside, smelling the yeast and the various kinds of breads mingling together in the air.  Then came the knock at the door and working this shift alone changed for Melody as she let pilot Justin in to use the phone and get warm.   Carla did such a good job at setting the scene, introducing the characters and the internal struggles they are dealing with and showing their hearts and faith.  Melody is working a job that will pay the bills, but her heart isn't in it and while she has faith, she needs to really test that faith and really truly rely on God.  The story line flows nicely and the way Carla writes really brings the entire book to life, the descriptions are so vivid and it made me want to go check out every bakery within a 100 mile radius!  This is such a great book featuring food and faith, the perfect mix!

Guest Post from Carla

“Confessions of An Erstwhile Baker” Like most females, baking is encoded somewhere deep down in my DNA. Call it nature or call it nurture, but at the earliest age, I figured out that the cute boy in my English class would talk to me if it involved chocolate chip cookies. Got my heart broken or had a friend betray me? I grabbed the mixing bowl and went for the brownies (even better if they’re served à la mode.) My friend was having a birthday? I made a cake drowned in pounds of buttercream. I quickly graduated from the boxed mixes to the real thing when I got married and had a kitchen large enough to roll out dough. I would comb magazines for the best recipes and spend my weekends trying them out. I quickly became known for bringing beautifully iced Christmas cookies and delicious homemade cakes to work. Then my husband and I moved our young family from Los Angeles to Denver, a relocation that was about 1000 miles northeast and 5000 feet up. Suddenly, every recipe I’d perfected in the previous eight years failed. Cookies burned to crisps, cakes fell, and don’t get me started on candy making. Gradually, I adapted my recipes (my beloved never-fail Toll House recipe took eight tries to get right) and even became an avid artisan bread-baker. Then disaster. Or at least, what a baker would consider a disaster. After developing chronic health problems, I discovered that among other things, I was sensitive to gluten. The horror! In order to heal, I turned to the paleo diet, which eliminates all grains (there goes most gluten free recipes) and all processed sugars (there goes everything else). I’ve tried baking paleo-style, and while I can now make cakes that even my gluten-fiend family enjoy, it’s just not the same. So what’s a once-obsessive baker do when she can’t eat her creations? She bakes for other people and goes on faith that they actually taste good… considering she can’t taste them herself. It struck me that there was a spiritual lesson in that, and an obvious tie to Brunch at Bittersweet Café, which deals in large part with Melody’s faith journey. There are times when we have no idea if things are working out the way they’re supposed to, in which case we just have to trust the “recipe” and the input of friends and family who love us. Sometimes our instincts tell us when we’re off track, and sometimes we need that outside nudge from our “taste-testers” to put us back on course. In any case, what Melody and I have in common is that we both bake to show our love for the people around us. And the process of baking my favorites, even knowing that I can’t enjoy them myself, can still be a selfless way to show people they’re important to me. Fortunately, macarons, which happen to be made with almond flour, are still on the menu.

Blog Stops

Quiet Quilter, February 12
Among the Reads, February 12
Lighthouse Academy, February 12
By The Book, February 12
The Power of Words, February 13
As He Leads is Joy, February 13
Cultivating Us, February 13
Fiction Aficionado, February 14
The Lit Addict, February 14
All-of-a-kind Mom, February 15
100 Pages per Hour, February 15
Splashes of Joy, February 15
Bibliophile Reviews, February 16
Texas Book-aholic, February 16
C Jane Read, February 17
Moments, February 17
Back Porch Reads, February 17
Cordially Barbara, February 18
Genesis 5020, February 18
Simple Harvest Reads, February 18 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)
Livin’ Lit, February 19
Kat’s Corner Books, February 19
Life with the Tribe, February 19
Remembrancy, February 20
Vicky Sluiter, February 20
2014 and Beyond!, February 21
Daysong Reflections, February 21
Inklings and Notions, February 21
Pause for Tales, February 21
Cafinated Reads, February 22
Ashley’s Bookshelf, February 22
Two Girls and a Book, February 23
For the love of books, February 23
God is Love, February 24
Book by Book, February 24
Lukewarm Tea, February 25
Carpe Diem, February 25
Bigreadersite, February 25


brunch at bittersweet cafe giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Carla is giving away a grand prize package of a macaron baking mat, a macaron book, and a paperback copy of Brunch at Bittersweet Café!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

*Thanks to Celebrate Lit for including me on this blog tour and for the complimentary copy of this book.*

Friday, February 15, 2019

"Grit & Grace"

About the book:

 Hang in There, Mama!

 For those moments when you think you’ll never live up to the Supermoms around you—when you’re elbow deep in the grind of diapers and laundry and peanut butter sandwiches—you need a good dose of Grit and Grace.

 This refreshing collection of 90 daily devotions comes from two moms who’ve found themselves face-to-the-floor in need of encouragement and now offer it to you. Through humor and vulnerability, these short messages of truth remove the filters of perfection clouding your vision and bring clarity to your purpose as a mom. As you read the Scripture and prayer that accompany each day’s message, you’ll discover more fully who you are in Christ and how to raise your children to reflect His love to the world.

In giving yourself grace, you will find you have even more grace to give from the One who is present in your life right now and in every moment.

My Review:

Being a mother is so rewarding; however there are times that it may not feel that way when you are in the midst of sleepless nights, and the day in day out busyness of taking care of the children.  "Grit & Grace" is a perfect read for mothers, every single mother out there, and it is written by two mothers who have experiences the highs and lows of being a mother.  Each devotional reading is only a couple of pages long, which is perfect, since it is hard to really dedicate a huge chunk of time to something that you want to complete with little to no interruptions.  Suzanne and Greta each write from their hearts and share humor and do not hold back as they share their stories.  Each of these readings give an accurate representation of motherhood and most importantly will leave you feeling encouraged and reminded that this is such an important and rewarding role and that you are the perfect one to be mothering your children.  I was reminded several times that  my children are always watching me as to how I live my life day to day, even while completing mundane tasks such as washing dishes.  This book is such an encouraging read and I highly recommend it. 

About the authors:

Suzanne Hadley Gosselin and Gretta Kennedy first met as roommates at Multnomah University. They are quick to admit they did not like each other when they first met due to opposite personalities. However, they worked out their differences and became best friends who roomed together for all four years of college. Two decades later, during a phone conversation, they realized God was laying on their hearts the desire to write a devotional for moms of young children to encourage and strengthen them in their role as mothers. It was then the idea for Grit & Grace: Devotions for Warrior Moms was born.

Suzanne Hadley Gosselin is a regular writer and editor for Focus on the Family and David C Cook and previously served as an editor for Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr. Gosselin has written books for Zondervan, Harvest House and Tyndale and is the author of Expectant Parents: Preparing Together for the Journey of Parenthood.

Gosselin lives in Bakersfield, CA with her husband, Kevin, and four children. The family enjoys escaping to the ocean.

Gretta Kennedy is a speaker, mentor and writer with a degree in women’s ministry from Multnomah University and over 20 years of ministry experience. She passionately supports her husband, Jay, and his full-time camp ministry. They are raising their three children on Vancouver Island and report their adventures on the travel blog Traveling Islanders.  

Grit & Grace is her first book.


Fellow Grit &Grace Warrior Moms can connect on Facebook (gritandgracemoms), Twitter (@Gritandgracemom) and Instagram (@gritandgracemoms).

*Thanks to Audra Jennings PR for a complimentary copy of this book*

Monday, February 11, 2019

"Kate Middleton"

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About the Book

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Title: Katie Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge  
Author: Susan Barnett Braun  
Genre: Children’s Non-Fiction  
Release date: July 25, 2013, and updated with chapters on each of William and Kate’s children

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is known to most of the world as Kate Middleton. She was an ordinary girl on her way to an ordinary life until she met her Prince Charming. Now, she appears on television and in magazines. She wears beautiful, expensive clothing and travels all over the world. One day, she will be Queen of England. But along the way, she was bullied as a schoolgirl and she waited nearly ten years before marrying Prince William. Learn more about Kate’s road to royalty in this book! Written at Lexile level 930 (same as the Little House on the Prairie books), this book will appeal to girls eager to learn more about the most popular royal since Princess Diana. Full-color photos; timeline that places Kate’s life events into context next to world historical events

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About the Author

Susan Braun
Susan Barnett Braun earned a BS in retail management from Indiana University and an MA in education from the University of Alabama. She taught for eight years in northeast Indiana, earning a Lilly Endowment Teacher Creativity Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Study Scholarship. Susan has had work published in Parents, Children’s Ministry, and The Secret Place. She also writes online for Fort Wayne Visitor’s Bureau and blogs at Girls in White Dresses. She is married with three wonderful young adult daughters. Susan enjoys reading, playing piano and organ, and spending her time with her family and pets (currently three rabbits and a chinchilla). She has loved the British Royal Family since Diana came onto the scene back in the 1980s.

Guest Post from Susan

Back in 1981, as a teenager, I woke early to watch Prince Charles marry Lady Diana Spencer. My fascination with the British royal family began with Diana. As a high school senior, I submitted my senior paper topic: Charles and Diana and the royal romance. My teacher was not amused — but once he read the paper, he did enjoy it and asked to keep a copy. Over the years, I’ve continued following and enjoying the British royals. When I worked as an elementary teacher, and the next generation of royals came along, I felt that there should be books about Prince William’s wife, Kate. I fondly remembered reading books about Diana when I was younger and felt that today’s girls might be fascinated by Kate in a similar way. I didn’t find many books about Kate, so I decided to write one myself. I learned much while researching Kate (or Catherine, as she prefers to be called). She’s a wonderful role model for girls today in many ways. To name just a few examples: she overcame being bullied by other girls at one of the schools she attended. And, she developed lots of patience during her nine-year courtship with Prince William. I hope you and the young people in your life will enjoy this biography of the Duchess.

My Review:
This biography is enjoyable to read for both kids and adults alike.  Much like the author I grew up with a fasciation of the royal family and in middle school, Prince William was the crush of so many girls.  Most girls are fascinated with royalty and princesses and this is a real-live princess whom is a great example and role models and therefore an excellent book for girls to read.  Kate's childhood was like so many "regular" children's lives and she married royalty which is only a dream for so many.  This is a great biography filled with lessons and encouragement for girls of all ages.  It is a nice overview of the royal family and traditions and customs as well.  This is a nice length book for children and interesting that adults enjoy it as well!

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*Thanks to the Celebrate Lit Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*