Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Praying for your Husband from Head to Toe by Sharon Jaynes: book review

"Powerful, effective prayer for your husband is easier than you think."

All I need to say about Praying for Your Husband from Head to Toe by Sharon Jaynes is WOW! What a fantastic book on praying for your husband! As wives, God has given us an amazing job in praying for our husbands. I have never seen a more thorough book on the subject! First she goes through the "parts" of the body you'll be praying for daily for 30 days.
His mind (thought life)
His eyes (what he looks at)
His ears (what he listens to)
His mouth (the words he speaks)
His neck (the decisions that turn his head)
His shoulders (burdens and worries)
His heart (who or what he loves)
His back (his protection)
His arms (his strength)
His hands (his work)
His ring finger (his marriage)
His side (his relationships)
His sexuality (his need for physical Intimacy)
His Legs (his stand on the truth)
His knees (his relationship with God)
His feet (his walk)

See how completely thorough! I absolutely love the scriptures she uses for each section as well. What better way to strengthen your  marriage than to pray for your husband? I can't think of anything else I'd rather do first! Also, after the appendix are some extra chapters that may pertain to some husbands but not others. I love that she has included these! One is for his salvation. I know this is a burden for many women and this is a wonderful way to spur your prayers. Another is for fatherhood, and the last is for his Healing. Overall fantastic book!

I received this book for free from the publisher through blogging for books. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions are my own.

The Third Day by Alex Webb-Peploe: book review

I was quite excited when I saw The Third Day by Alex Webb-Peploe come up for review. Especially right at Easter time! I liken it to a comic book but that doesn't really do it justice! It is so much better than a comic book! My kids have The Action Bible which is a comic representation of the Bible, but the pictures in this are more true to the graphic nature of the story. The Third Day is based on Luke 22-24 which is how Jesus was crucified. Take a look at the scene where Peter cuts off the guards ear as he tries to arrest Jesus:
I was excited because I knew my boys would love this! And I couldn't wait to dig in to share the story of Easter in a visual way with them that they could understand. The graphics are amazing. And it takes it straight from the Word of God. My boys really loved the way the graphics brought it to life for them!
The authors and illustrators did a fantastic job of brining God's redemption to life as told by Luke. I definitely recommend this edition for any teen, tween and in between! Some of it is graphic so I would review it first to determine if you would like younger children to view it. I let all of mine look at it. (Ages 16 down to 6). Overall, fantastic job! My only downfall is the cover. It does NOT display what is inside these detailed and fantastic pages!
I received this book for free to review for the publisher through Cross Focused Reviews. All opinions are my own and I was not required to give a positive review.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Lady's Honor by Laurie Alice Eakes: book review

Elizabeth (Elys) Trelawny is running from a marriage she doesn't want to a very dangerous and evil man in 1811. He's already had 2 wives murdered and she doesn't want to be the 3rd. Still her parents try to force the marriage because Romsfeld is a man of class and wealth.

So Elizabeth literally runs. She runs for her life with Romsfeld on her trail. Then who she thinks is her brother sweeps her away to safety only to discover it's a stranger....but one she's seen before.

She is drawn to Rowan Curnow but he is considered beneath her as he is only a secretary to Austell Penvenan. Austell decides he wants Elizabeth and her money for himself.

Rowan has vowed to protect Elizabeth, and her two cousins...the plea of his friend before he was brutally murdered. Elizabeth is struggling with her faith, her love of Rowan (a man she feels she can't marry because of her family). Does Rowan love her for who she is and not her money? Can Jesus truly love her for who she is when she's never know unconditional love on earth?

A Lady's Honor by Laurie Alice Eakes is a wonderful story that is full of love, excitement, mystery, greed, and finding God's love. I couldn't put the book down!

From the back of the book:
On the cliffs of 19th-century Cornwall, a spirited, impetuous young woman is torn between the honor of her family and the longing of her heart. England, 1811 A tarnished reputation. A distant home. A forced engagement to a dangerous man. When Elizabeth Trelawny flees London, she has more than one reason to run. And when her carriage, pursued by her would-be fiance, is caught in a storm, she quickly accepts the help of a dark stranger. Anything to get back to Cornwall. Rowan Curnow is not exactly a stranger. Not quite a gentleman either, class disparity once kept him from courting Elizabeth . . . even if it didn't keep him from kissing her. The couple elude their pursuers and reach Bastian Point, Elizabeth's future inheritance and the one place she calls home. But in the very act of spiriting her to safety, Rowan has jeopardized Elizabeth's inheritance---if her Grandfather ever learns she spent the night, however innocently, in the company of a man. When smugglers unite the pair in a reckless, flirtatious alliance---an alliance that challenges the social norms that Elizabeth has been raised to revere and rattles Rowan's fledgling faith in God---Elizabeth must choose between the obedience of a child and the desires of a woman: whether to cling to the safety of her family home or follow the man she loves.

I received this book for free from the publisher through Book Look Bloggers for review. All opinions are my own. I was not required to give a positive review, I just liked the book!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Mercy Like Sunlight by Liz Curtis Higgs; book review

Mercy like Sunlight. Just the sound of it makes me smile and feel warm inside. Plus, I love anything by Liz Curtis Higgs.  :) I have read every one of her books and they are all fantastic! So, when I saw this book by her and that it was also a modern day version of Mary Magdalene, I knew I wanted to read it!

Mary Margaret Delaney has been tortured by demons for seven years, ever since a tragic event unfolded in her life. This event caused her great grief, guilt, and regret. She is now known as "Mad Mary" in the streets of Chicago and sees no sign of hope for her own life.

Until she has a God appointed encounter with Pastor Jake Stauros. He seeks out the wounded of the world and offers Jesus's love and forgiveness. Mary Margaret is cautious and doesn't want the help at first, but the love of Jesus that this man shows is like a magnet to her wounded and battered soul.

She finds the love of Jesus who shows unconditional love and mercy that she has been so desperate for in her life. Will a tragic event drag her back down to the depths?

A wonderful modern day telling of the story of Mary Magdalene. I absolutely loved it!

I was given this book for free to review by the publisher through blogging for books. All opinions are my own and I was not required to give a positive review.

Guiltless Living by Ginger Hubbard; book review

Guiltless Living. Just the thought of it sounds heavenly! I wasn't sure how much I'd actually like this book when I decided I wanted to review it, but I actually LOVE this book! It is Guiltless Living by Ginger Hubbard and it is packed full of wonderful information, stories, and biblical insights! Many times with similar books, I have had a hard time finishing but not this book! I couldn't wait to read the next chapter!

I really love how Ginger is open and honest with the stories she tells about herself. So many times people hide these parts of themselves when I think just about everyone has done something similar in their lifetime! It helped me to relate to her and the book even more knowing I am not alone in my struggles. Check out this quick video about the book before I get into the nitty gritty of the review!

The book is broken down into seven main areas that Christians may struggle with in their walk.
  1. The Critical Serial Sinner and the Encouraging Grace of God
  2. The Proud Serial Sinner and the Humble Grace of God
  3. The Controlling Serial Sinner and the Sovereign Grace of God.
  4. The Impatient Serial Sinner and the Patient Grace of God.
  5. The Miserly Serial Sinner and the Generous Grace of God.
  6. The Selfish Serial Sinner and the Serving Grace of God.
  7. The Religious Serial Sinner and the Real Grace of God.
This is my first time reading a book by Ginger Hubbard and I really like her style of writing. She is very candid and doesn't hide the ugly in us that everyone has but most try to hide! But she also covers it with God's grace. She shows biblical examples of how we are to respond and act and how God extends His grace to us.

There is also a fairly in depth Bible study for each chapter listed at the back of the book. They are each a couple of pages long, but it gives lots of scripture passages to look up and many thought questions that pertain to the chapter and how to practically apply it to your life. I really liked this part of the book as well! I definitely am glad I had the chance to read this. Guiltless Living is possible through Jesus shed blood that covers it all! Ginger Hubbard portrays this in a fabulous way!

I received this book for free from the publisher for review. All opinions are my own and I was not required to give a positive review. I just really liked the book!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

The Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages; book review

The Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages by Shaunti Feldhahn is all about how the little things matter. Shaunti took a few years and surveyed many different married couples (over 1000) to get to the nitty gritty in this book. It's all about the little stuff!
Overall, I did really like the book and felt like I gleaned something from each chapter. Most of the things my hubby and I already do, which isn't surprising to me because I feel like I am a Yes! wife. (you'll know what I mean if you read the book!)
All of the things listed are small, but can have a HUGE impact on your marriage. And these things are all easily doable. It's not some secret thing or super hard mission that you cannot even begin to do. Something small like having a secret signal with your spouse to let each other know you guys are fin after an argument. 
She also lists 5 things that husbands should do for their wives and the other way around. What can the wife do for the husband. I read over what she suggested the wives do for their husbands with my hubby and he did agree with 2 of them but the other 3 he said didn't matter to him. I really believe those things have to do with your love language.
 I also really like the chapter that talked about how sometimes you have to do something before you start feeling it. I really feel like this is true and something I've worked at in my own marriage.
Overall, this book is written from a Christian perspective, but anyone can get valuable information from it to strengthen their marriage and the surveyed couples were not all Christians. Also, it is not super preachy. It just lists the facts that were gleaned from the research done.
I received this book for free from the publisher for review. All opinions are my own and I was not required to give a positive review.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Bluebonnet Bride by Colleen Coble; book review

Elli Korpela is fleeing Finland after she suspects the man her father wanted her to marry has killed him. She sees an ad for a mail order bride to a man in America. She gathers up her things and heads to America to marry a man she's never met.

This is where the story picks up. Elli has gotten off the train and is hoping that her new future husband is a kind man. She hopes to leave her secrets in the past but it is clear on the night of their wedding this is not to be true. Can Elli trust her new husband that she doesn't even know?

Bluebonnet Bride by Colleen Coble had my attention from the first page. Elli and Nathan have great chemistry as they are both kind and put others first. The story moves very quickly and each page had me wanting to read the next! It moves very quickly and is a very short and easy read. I couldn't believe it when I read the last page that the book was over already!

It is a very sweet story and I will definitely be reading more of Colleen Coble's books.

From the back of the book:
At the turn of the 20th century, Elli Korpela boarded The Baltic as a mail order bride. But the threat she thought she was escaping somehow followed her to America . . .
Escaping a forced engagement, Elli sought refuge in an arranged, mail-order marriage. Her betrothed is a Texan named Nathan White. As she glimpses her future husband and his darling niece at the train station, she instantly knows her risk will prove the best decision she's ever made.
Nathan White never took an interest in marriage until he became the guardian of four-year-old Hannah. He’s arranged a mail order wife to love and care for his orphaned niece. But his mind changes when he first sees the beautiful Elli Korpela.
After a glorious wedding ceremony in the gardens of a place called Butterfly Palace—the grandest estate Elli's ever seen—a peaceful beginning takes a disquieting turn. An intruder brutally attacks Elli. Nathan intervenes, but the devil escapes unidentified, leaving Elli to face two chilling possibilities: either the attack was arranged by strike workers in Nathan's employ or her shadowy past followed her across the sea.
As the danger mounts, Elli and Nathan must face their enemy together, fighting for their newfound marriage—and for their lives.

I was given this book for free by the publisher for review. All opinions are my own and I was not required to give a positive review.