#ReformingSocialMedia: a review of the book by Mandy J. Hoffman

#ReformingSocialMedia the must-read book for every Christian who uses social media

When my oldest daughter lost her two front teeth, I immediately snapped pictures. And my first instinct was to post them to Facebook and email them to the great grandparents. But then I remembered a story Mandy J. Hoffman told in her book #ReformingSocialMedia. When her daughter got her ears pierced, Mandy refrained from immediately posting the pictures to social media, and instead let her daughter get the joy of showing her grandparents her earrings in person. I adopted the same approach and got to watch the exclamations of surprise when my parents encountered my daughter's toothless grin a … [Read more...]

WordSnacks: a review of the new devotional by Natasha Metzler

WordSnacks a review of the new devotionalbook by @NatashaMetzler

Natasha Metzler's new book WordSnacks is filled with devotionals that are quick and easy to read, and like a good snack, are chock full of good protein, essential vitamins and minerals for the soul. In WordSnacks, Natasha brings biblical truths to life. She distills difficult Old Testament passages into words that are as simple as they are encouraging. She applies familiar verses to fearful situations, "rightly dividing the Word of truth." She's not afraid to talk about sin and pain, but she's quick to point out that:  The Lord takes bitterness and makes it sweet. I had the privilege … [Read more...]

The Best Books I Read This Year

Looking for some new titles or old classics to add to your reading list? Here are the best books I read this year. #Twitterature

A glance through my Goodreads profile reminds me of the sheer volume of written words I've consumed this year. Fiction, non-fiction, paperback, hardback, ebooks, Kindle, and audiobooks--oh the many formats in which we can read stories and truths in this day and age! But not every book is one that stays on my shelf. Some I forget as quickly as I read, others I almost wish I could. Yet when I look back on the year, a few titles stand out. The best of the best, that I loan out and give as gifts. The favorites, that come up again and again in dinner conversations with friends. So here, in … [Read more...]

Lizzy & Jane: a review

A review of Katherine Reay's new novel #LizzyAndJane

Some books make you want to start reading them all over again the moment you're finished. Like the perfect dinner, you still want another serving to enjoy the flavors and textures one more time--even when you're completely full and satisfied. Lizzy & Jane is just such a book. Katherine Reay brings a delightful new flavor to the menu of modern fiction. She artfully mixes tales of deep sadness with love and joy, seasoning them with just the right amount of references to classic literature like Austen's Pride and Prejudice. While Katherine's first novel, Dear Mr. Knightley, gave a … [Read more...]

Your Real Food Journey (a new book from Trina Holden)

Your Real Food Journey: a review of Trina Holden's new book #myrealfoodjourney #yourrealfoodjourneybook

I'm an all or nothing kind of girl. When I clean the closet, I have to do it all in one day. If I'm going to organize my office, I need time to do it all at once. And if I'm going to make changes to our family's diet, I want everyone to be on board so we can change everything at once. Consequently, it's all too overwhelming and I never even get started. But Trina Holden wrote Your Real Food Journey for people like me. She sits right down next to us (ignoring the caffeinated drink and sugar-laced snack we're enjoying) and gently explains how impossibly overwhelming that all or nothing … [Read more...]

stories that point to Christ

a review of the Well Spring Trilogy

Too often I make the mistake of avoiding books just because I don't usually read that genre. I knew James Rubart was a good storyteller. I'd been captivated listening to him describe his writing process two years in a row at the Inland Northwest Christian Writers Conference. It was fascinating to hear how he would take a "what if...?" question and write a book as if that "what if" were true. But Christian suspense novels aren't usually my type. Especially when they deal with alternate realities and spiritual dimensions. So I waited two years to discover the depth of James Rubart's … [Read more...]

A Promise in Pieces

#PromiseInPieces - a review of Emily T. Wierenga's first piece of fiction

I grew up on the stories of the Depression as told in Reminisce Magazine (back when there was a Reminisce Extra). I lived vicariously through the World War II era tales in the books like We Pulled Together and Won! collected and published by Reiman Publications. I might not be able to quote you exact dates or battle locations, but I learned more about World War II from those stories than I ever learned in my school history books. But I didn't develop this fascination with the World War II era on my own. It was my brother and guy cousins who fueled the fire. I loved reading the stories, but … [Read more...]

Surprised By Motherhood {my story}

#SurprisedByMotherhood {My Story}

I didn't expect to be surprised by motherhood. My little sister was born when I was almost 12. My baby brother followed 3 years later. I was an old pro at changing diapers and cooking dinner with a baby on my hip by the time the baby I was juggling was my own. I knew it would be different actually being the mom instead of the big sister. But I thought I knew what to expect. I thought I understood how much having a child was going to change my life, our life. And in a few ways, I probably was better prepared than some girls who haven't helped raise siblings and babysit cousins. But in other … [Read more...]

Worth the Fight

Worth the Fight (a review of @KaysePratt's eBook by @GretLouise)

Kayse Pratt has a talent for distilling a lot of information into a short and easy to read eBook. Her eBook Undivided Mom was a refreshing breath of fresh air, and now she's done it again with Worth the Fight. In Kayse's inimitable easy going style, she shares honestly about her own "high maintenance" marriage as she encourages others in theirs. In Worth the Fight: Lessons Learned in a High Maintenance Marriage, Kayse discusses five essential elements to every marriage: Commitment, Communication, Service, Laughter, and Sex. The explanation of "reflective listening" alone is more than worth … [Read more...]

Living Life on Purpose (a review of Notes from a Blue Bike)

a review of #NotesFromABlueBike

Each January I read the posts about choosing one word for the year. And each year I think, how could I begin to sum up my hopes for the year in one word? How could I guess what my year will hold? But this year, I kept wondering--what if I were to choose a word this year? What if it was more about the word God wanted to show me than about me choosing a word for myself? What might God have to teach me in this coming year? I'm part of a Bible study group going through Beth Moore's study of the book of Esther, It's Tough Being a Woman. It's been fascinating to delve into the historical account … [Read more...]