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Monday, June 17, 2019

The Intimate Connection: Secrets to a Lifelong Romance by Dr. Kevin Leman

Marriage is a relationship in life that requires daily work. And when this relationship starts to slide, it's good to address the problems right away. Like anything else, the longer the issues are unaddressed, the more work it'll take to get things back in order. Dr. Kevin Leman's book The Intimate Connection: Secrets to a Lifelong Romance seeks to address many of the common issues that have the potential to derail a marriage.

From the Back Cover:

Get the marriage you dream of
Creating a happy, lifelong marriage is about much more than physical compatibility. It's about a lifestyle of 24-7 intimacy that bonds couples in a mutually satisfying relationship. In The Intimate Connection, New York Times bestselling marriage expert Dr. Kevin Leman explores key secrets to the love life couples crave. He helps you

· understand each other's needs, backgrounds, and personalities (and how those factors influence every marital interaction)
· talk so your spouse really listens
· turn negative game-playing into positive behaviors that help you grow closer
· create deep, long-lasting intimacy that's divorce-proof

Whether you are new to marriage or have been married a long time, Dr. Leman's time-tested strategies will create the kind of exciting intimacy, mutual respect, and fulfilling communication that will keep you in each other's arms for a lifetime.

My Review:

I think that Dr. Kevin Leman's book is a great resource for couples that helps to identify the root of potential problems and also gives advice to improve their relationship. He gives 13 different secrets to help improve your marriage. They are:

1. Acts of Love Create an Unbreakable Bond
2. Outside Forces Have Shaped Your Relationship (without your permission)
3. Preconceived Notions Matter
4. There's No Reason to Settle for Blah, Less-Than, or a Battlefield
5. Yup, Men and Women are Different
6. Sex Is Important... but Not for the Reasons You Might Think
7. To Love Your Spouse, You Have to Know Who You Married
8. Clashes Feel Less Personal When You Understand Your Partner's Personality
9. To Truly Know Your Partner, You Have to Understand Their Life Mantra
10. Feelings Pull You Together; Judgements Push You Apart
11. Marriage Isn't a One-on-One Competition; It's a Team Sport
12. For Your Spouse to Truly Hear You, You Have to Talk in a Way That Encourages Them to Listen
13. You Can Have the Marriage You Deserve

I thought Dr. Leman's advice was good food for thought and made me question some of my reasoning behind the way I respond to certain situations. I found the birth order (secret #7), personality (secret #8) and life mantra (secret #9) sections very interesting.  These aspects of a person do explain our propensity to respond the way we do.  The author also includes 3 bonus sections that give some practical ways to implement the ideas he is sharing. This book is more about the psychology behind why we act the way we do and less about implementing biblical principles into your relationship. One other note is this book was previously published under the title Sex Begins in the Kitchen.
Overall, I think this book is a good resource for couples and provides good thoughts to help aid in strengthening the marriage relationship.

My Rating:  ★★★★

***I received this complimentary book from Revell Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author:

Dr. Kevin Leman is an internationally known psychologist, radio and television personality, and speaker. He has made house calls through hundreds of radio and television programs, such as Fox & Friends, The View, Fox's The Morning Show, Today, Hallmark Channel's Home and Family, The 700 Club, CBS's The Early Show, CNN, and Focus on the Family, and has served as a contributing family psychologist to Good Morning America. A New York Times bestselling and award-winning author, Dr. Leman has written more than 50 books, including The Birth Order Book, Sheet Music, and Have a New Kid by Friday. He and his wife, Sande, live in Tucson, Arizona. They have five children and four grandchildren.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

The Next Right Thing by Emily P. Freeman

Do you have trouble making decisions in life? Sometimes it's hard to know if the choice you're making is the right one. Indecision has unfortunately been "my friend" too many times in life. So, when Revell had this Emily P. Freeman's new book, The Next Right Thing: A simple, soulful practice for making life decisions, up for review, I thought it would be a great one to check out.

From the Back Cover:

When we have a decision to make, what we want more than anything is peace, clarity, and a nudge in the right direction.
If you have trouble making decisions because of either chronic hesitation or decision fatigue, Emily P. Freeman offers a fresh way of practicing familiar but often forgotten advice: simply do the next right thing. This simple, soulful practice will help you

*  Clear the decision-making chaos
*  Quiet the fear of choosing wrong
*  Find the courage to finally decide without regret or second-guessing

Whether you're in the midst of a major life transition or are weary of the low-grade anxiety that daily life can bring, Emily helps create space for your soul to breathe so you can live life with God at a gentle pace and discern your next right thing in love.

My Review: 
The format of the book is fairly simple. Each chapter of the book is about 9 pages, ends with a prayer and then has a practice suggestion to help you put this advice into your life. The author uses her own life situation to show how she lived by the advice: Do the Next Right Thing. Sometimes we can't see the whole picture, but we can do what we know is right at this moment of our lives. She does mention some Scripture and says that all advice and practices that she gives should be drawing you closer to God. And for the most part her Scriptural advice is good; although, there was one instance that I did not agree with her.  Overall, I think her story is encouraging and shows that God is at work in the doors that close in your life. Don't stress over having to get every decision perfect, and walk closely with God so that you can do what is the Next Right Thing in the life you've been given.

The author also has a podcast that talks about many of the ideas that are presented in this book. You can find her podcast by clicking here.

My Rating: ★★★

***I received this complimentary book from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author:

Adults make over 35,000 decisions every day.
Many are second nature. I’m here for the ones that aren’t. I’m an author, a podcast host, and a curious listener dedicated to helping you create space for your soul to breathe so you can discern your next right thing in love. I’ve made it my job to put into words the thoughts you don’t have time to think. If you’re feeling stuck over a certain decision right now, you’ve weighed the options but just can’t see things clearly yet, I’ve written a book I know will help. It’s called The Next Right Thing and in it you’ll find a simple, soulful practice for making life decisions. Grab a copy wherever books are sold.
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Sunday, June 9, 2019

The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White

Roseanna M. White's newest release is out! The Number of Love is the first book in her new series, The Codebreakers. If you're ready for a thrilling ride through mysteries, espionage and love, this is a book you won't want to miss!

From the Back Cover:

The Toughest Puzzle She'll Have to Solve Might Be the Wishes of Her Own Heart 

Three years into the Great War, England's greatest asset is their intelligence network--field agents risking their lives to gather information, and codebreakers able to crack German telegrams for hints of the enemy's plans. Margot De Wilde thrives in the environment of the secretive Room 40, where she spends her days deciphering intercepted messages. But when her world is turned upside down by an unexpected loss, she discovers for the first time in her life that numbers aren't enough.

Drake Elton returns wounded from the field, followed by an enemy who just won't give up. He's smitten quickly by the quick and brainy Margot, but soon the dangers of the war draw ever closer. Margot and Drake will have to team up to save themselves from the very secrets that brought them together.

My Review: 

I was so excited to read Margot's story! The reader is first introduced to Margot in the book, A Song Unheard, which is the second book in another series called Shadows Over England.  I would definitely suggest reading that series prior to this one to fill in Margot's back story. Margot is such a fun, unusual character. Her quick wit, humor, spunk and fire made me smile.  I love how she thinks in numbers about everything, and I enjoyed watching her character grow throughout the story. The historical aspects of this book were great. It was fun to read about Room 40 and to imagine what it would of been like to work there, especially for a woman. This story is filled with suspense and mystery as they try to solve the puzzle and decode the German messages in time.
I think the book was a great read and would definitely recommend it!

My Rating: ★★★★★

***I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author:

Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she's homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. She and her family make their home in the beautiful mountains of West Virginia. You can learn more about her and her stories at

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Monday, May 27, 2019

Made for This: 40 Days to Living Your Purpose by Jennie Allen

It seems like there are seasons in life where we question whether there is more that we should be doing with the life that God has given us. Whether you are young, in the middle of the road or young at heart, we all want this one life to matter.

Jennie Allen’s newest book is about this very question of finding our purpose in life. This book combines two of her other books—Anything and Restless—and turns the thoughts from these books into a 40-day interactive journey that will help you work through God’s purpose for your life. Each chapter has three sections: a main thought, Respond, and Read and Reflect. The main thought is just a short devotional about the topic being discussed. The next two sections are more interactive. The Respond section has questions to answer in relationship to the devotional and in the Read and Reflect section Jennie gives a scripture passage to read and questions to answer about that passage.

 I thought that Jennie’s book was an encouraging devotional and workbook. She has some good thoughts and helps her reader to think through how to live their life for God rather than for themselves.

“Why such restlessness for purpose? Because it is possible to waste our lives.” (p. 42)

Life is about more than us. It is about serving God with every part of our lives. If you’re looking for a book to help you think through your life as you seek God's purpose for you in whatever stage of life you find yourself, pick up Jennie’s new book, Made for This.

My Rating: ★★★★

***I received this complimentary book from BookLook Bloggers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Roseanna M. White’s Newest Release

Look what is coming soon!!! Roseanna M. White’s new book is releasing June 4th!

You can pre-order at these retailers:

Barnes & Noble:
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Monday, May 13, 2019

Devotedly, The Personal Letters and Love Story of Jim and Elisabeth Elliot by Valerie Elliot Shepard

Many have read books written by Elisabeth Elliot and have been greatly encouraged by her wisdom as she taught women what it means to follow Christ with their lives. What we haven't read is the love story between Jim Elliot and Elisabeth Howard from
1948-1956.  Devotedly, written by Jim and Elisabeth's daughter, Valerie Elliot Shepard, beautifully tells the story of Jim and Elisabeth's relationship  through their letters and journal entries. 

This story was amazing to read. It was beautifully written and the flow between letters and journal entries was well done. I think now having read this book, it makes me want to go back and read others of Elisabeth Elliot's works. This book gives such a great glance into their lives and their absolute love for the Lord and a constant desire to see Him exalted above all even their relationship with each other. Are Jim and Elisabeth perfect in their relationship with each other? Not by far. They were two humans that still had to fight the temptations of the flesh.  And Jim even had some thoughts you'll find surprising when it comes to their relationship. But this book shares the real life of two people trying to seek God as best they can and to navigate the waters of friendship, engagement and marriage. There are many great truths spread throughout this book as they wrote to each other often of what they were learning or just counseling each other through hardships.  I loved this thought that Elisabeth shared: "The soul who loves God only for Himself, apart from His gifts, knows indescribable peace." (p. 136) And this is how she lived, striving to know and love God for Himself.

If you're looking for a great book that will encourage your heart and give you something to think about, pick up this new book, Devotedly. This is definitely a book you'll want to add to your library!

My Rating: ★★★★★

Enjoy this video about the book!

***I received this complimentary book from B&H Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

Imagine: The Giant's Fall by Matt Koceich (Imagine series book 4)

The Imagine series is about various kids that go back in time to a major biblical event to re-live these familiar Bible stories that we've grown up hearing as children. In this 4th book, Imagine: The Giant's Fall, a fourth-grader named Wren Evans faces some insurmountable challenges as her mom has recently died from cancer and her house burns down before her eyes. When she is suddenly thrust back in time to Bethlehem, she is shocked to meet a boy named David and to realize that she is actually living the Bible story she knows from scripture.

I'm always on the lookout for new books that might interest my kids, and I have enjoyed reading through this new series by Matt Koceich. This series is intended for kids ages 8-12 years.
I didn't really like this book as much as the others in the series. The author included some of the biblical story of David with Goliath, but Wren was the main focal point and David the tag along. The author did use a lot of creative license with this story. So be ready to answer questions that may come up, and you may wish to re-vist the actual Bible story to establish what is truth and what is fiction.
Now on a positive note, I liked how the author pointed out that God was showing His love for Wren even as she faced hard circumstances. The author takes a young girl who is hurting and gives her a mission that will take her beyond herself and help her to reach out to others.

My Rating: ★★★

If you're looking for a good series for kids, check out these books from Matt Koceich in the Imagine series.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
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