Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Book Review: "The Blessing of Humility"

The Blessing of Humility came to me at just the right time. I really needed the message of this book. In fact, I’ll be putting it right back onto my to-read list. This isn’t something you read once and then you’re forever done. It’s something to practice daily.

In this book, his last, I believe, Jerry Bridges teaches humility through Jesus’ words in the Beatitudes. He begins by stressing the importance of humility in the Christian life. Then he teaches us how to practice it step-by-step, one powerful verse at a time.

I appreciated seeing the Beatitudes in this way. I also appreciated the comfort and encouragement Bridges provides. Humility is not an easy trait to integrate. In fact, without God’s Spirit’s help and the work and example of Jesus Christ, it’s impossible. It may be impossible to achieve perfectly in this life anyway, but Bridges encourages us to strive for excellence, to confess our failings as we become aware of them, and to keep on trusting in our Lord’s perfect faithfulness. The book is easy to understand and full of practical truth to apply.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for this honest review. I recommend you add it to your permanent library.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Book Review: "If I Run"

If I Run by Terri Blackstock was an amazing read – a mystery within a mystery with a mystery on the side, hopefully the beginning of a series. Casey Cox is running for her life, running from the police. They were never able to solve her father’s murder, classified as a suicide. Now she’s the primary person of interest regarding a close friend’s murder. If the police arrest her, Casey will never live to see a trial. She must clear her own name.

Dylan Roberts was also a friend of the victim. A veteran suffering from PTSD, he is hired by the family to use his specialized training to locate Casey Cox. But as he gets to know her through evidence, family, friends, and acquaintances she’s encountering along the way, he can’t help but wonder if something else is going on. Dylan must decide whether to do the job he’s been hired to do or to seek the truth whatever the cost.

I loved reading this book and hope there will be a sequel or two featuring Casey and Dylan again. I recommend it to you and thank the publisher for sending a complimentary copy in exchange for this review.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Book Review: "Brave Girls: Beautiful You"

If you're looking for a daily devotional for your middle-school-age daughter, I recommend this book to you! Brave Girls: Beautiful You is written by Jennifer Gerelds, but she presents it as written by three fictional characters: Gracie, Hope, and Glory. These three friends with different interests, personalities, and ideas of beauty have decided to explore that concept for themselves to see what the Bible, what our God, has to say about what true beauty is. Each of the 90 devotionals is "written" by one of the three girls to yours to help her understand every facet of beauty from God's perspective, according to His Word.

The devotionals in Brave Girls: Beautiful You are divided into six categories, exploring everything from the basics to outward appearance to actions to thoughts to fitness to creativity. They are written in a way that makes points easy to grasp, interesting to read, and relevant to each day. I enjoyed reading it myself and am eager to share it with my daughter. Thomas Nelson Publishers sent me a complimentary copy in exchange for this review.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Book Review: "The Mother Letters"

This sweet book is a collection of letters to mothers from mothers. Some are humorous; some are heartbreaking. Some tell why the timeless and seemingly cliche advice mothers receive is of such value that it has been repeated through the ages thought unappreciated until the season is past. Some tell true stories of grace, of survival, of endurance, of laughter, love, and fun. Some will make you cry.

These letters were collected by Seth Haines for his wife, Amber, during a trying time. Together they decided that the letters need to be shared; their publisher agreed. Mothers in all stages will find inspiration and truth. Mothers to be or of littles will find wisdom to apply as they embrace this blessed life role.

If you're looking for something extra to tuck in with a baby shower gift, this book is ideal. I thank Revell for sending me a complimentary copy in exchange for this honest review.