Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Modern Pioneering

Modern Pioneering by Georgia Pellegrini is a wonderful guide to cooking, home projects, and natural living concepts. I was intrigued by all the wonderful pictures and easy to follow directions. It is so refreshing to be able to see what your end product is supposed to look like. At first I was expecting more of a cookbook, but as I read it I was pleasantly surprised with all of the other knowledge like how to make a pocket-size 48 hour survival kit. I found the book to be very useful. I have tried numerous recipes with success. I am very interested in trying to make dandelion wine.

I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in natural living and non-processed foods. I will keep this book as a reference manual. I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.


Simplify: Ten Practices to Unclutter Your Soul is Bill Hybels’ newest book. Bill Hybel is a pastor from Willow Creek Church. He is a passionate writer. I enjoyed the easy to read tone and practical tips. I could really relate to the overscheduled, anxious, and meaningless topics. I was able to take the practical advice and apply it to my life. I started taking a class and working on my public speaking. Hybels has you concentrate on where you want to be in life and make steps in that direction.

Simplify was an easy read, but I felt I had to read it slower to start implementing the steps in the book. I would recommend this book to anyone that wants to become a better more successful person. I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Four Cups

Four Cups by Chris Hodges is an easy read, but has a great message. Hodges teaches how to break free from slavery or oppression. As Christians we are called to live in freedom, not bondage. I found the techniques in the book to be basic spiritual warfare techniques. My favorite chapter was on deliverance. The chapter deals with addictions and so much more.

I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to grow deeper in their faith. It is a great book! I enjoyed learning more about shutting doors to sin.

Thanks Tyndale House for the free review copy in exchange for an honest review!

A Godward Heart

A Godward Heart by John Piper is a short book with short stories. The book reminds me of Chicken Soup for the Soul. It is not a devotional book because there is not scriptures, but the book is uplifting. I found this book handy to have in the car and a great read waiting for things while in the car.

I liked a lot of the topics, but some hit home more than others. My favorite topics were about raising children. The author seemed knowledgeable and his tone was easy to read. 

Thank you Blogging for Books for my free review copy! 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Living the Quaker Way

I have always been intrigued by the Amish, Mennonites, and Quakers way of life. I was excited when I choose Living the Quaker Way by Phillip Gulley to review. I was expecting a little more detail about how they actually live, not a brief overview. I was expecting the book more to be about living the Quaker way to become closer to the Lord. I did not expect such a long explanation of whether being a Quaker is a lifestyle or a religion. The chapters on peace, community, simplicity, and integrity were good. Gulley used examples to explain his points. At the end of the book there are daily questions of reflection. One example is "Do I recognize when I have enough?". The reflection questions were useful.

Overall I did not enjoy this book. I did not feel it deepened my walk with the Lord or that I really got anything new out of the book. I was given this book by Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Think 4:8

Are you looking for a book that will help your teen focus on being joyful and not negative? This is the book for you! Think 4:8 by Tommy Newberry and Lyn Smith is a 40 day book challenge. The chapters are short like normal devotionals. They begin with a scripture and then a couple pages that help connect the scripture to real life teen issues. After the reading their is a life application called "work it". After that there is a "talk it", "stick it" and "pray it". It has a nice layout and would appeal to a teenager. My favorite chapter was "Your Parents" and how to honor them. The authors explain that God has placed them in your life not by mistake and why to respect and honor your parents is important. Obviously that was my favorite chapter because I have a teenage daughter.

I enjoyed the book and believe that most teens would benefit from reading it. My daughter would not willingly read it so we are doing it as a read out loud. I was given this book by Tyndale House in exchange for an honest review.