Sunday, September 27, 2015


Author:  Varina Denman
Publisher:  David C. Cook
ISBN #:  9781434708373
Pages:  336

This is the story of Ruthie Turner, a young woman greatly affected by circumstances in her life.  When Ruthie was a young girl she was shunned along with her mother from their church.  Since this occurrence, Ruthie struggles with the townspeople, has lost her faith in God, and dreams of leaving the town for college.  In the midst of Ruthie’s world, enters in Dodd Cunningham and his family as the town newcomers.  Dodd is a refreshing addition to the town and has a tremendous impact on Ruthie and her family.

This is Varina Denman’s debut novel and I can honestly say that I cannot wait for her next one.  Ms. Denman writes the characters so well; Ruthie’s character is told with such fluidity that I felt that I was experiencing Ruthie’s life alongside of her.

If you are looking for a great fiction read, I recommend picking up this book.  There is a great message within these pages I would not want you to miss.

Happy Reading!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Sand In My Sandwich

Sand In My Sandwich

Author:  Sarah Parshall Perry
Publisher:  Revell
ISBN:  0800724100
Pages:  224

Sand In My Sandwich is the real story of Sarah Parshall Perry and her experiences in motherhood.  However, before you think this is your run-of-the-mill telling of parental experiences, this book is definitely not. 

Sarah Parshall Perry brings you her story of motherhood and how through her experiences she has discovered reliance on God and the realization that He is there throughout all the hard stuff.  Mrs. Perry shares the story of her three children, two of whom have been diagnosed on the autism spectrum.  She shares the ups, downs, challenges, and light-hearted moments in between.  From the first page, Mrs. Perry takes you on her journey with humor and a very poignant honesty.  Mrs. Perry also shares many nuggets of wisdom and truth.  What was also such an important part of her story is her faith.  I found Mrs. Perry’s faith to be a wonderful example for anyone going through life’s tough moments.

I recommend this book to everyone regardless of whether you are a parent or not.  I believe Mrs. Perry has a great message to share with everyone.  This book definitely impacted my faith walk. 

Happy Reading! 

Note:  I have received an e-book copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

The Jesus Life: Eight Ways to Recover Authentic Christianity

The Jesus Life:  Eight Ways to Recover Authentic Christianity

Author:  Stephen W. Smith
Publisher:  David C. Cook
ISBN #:  9780781408394
Pages:  196

In The Jesus Life:  Eight Ways to Recover Authentic Christianity, the author Stephen W. Smith brings up the topic of the recovery of authentic Christianity within our everyday lives.  Mr. Smith uses Jesus’s life as a guide as to how we can live authentic faith.  Mr. Smith also makes a point in stating that in order to live the Jesus life, we have to make a purposeful effort do so each day.  He also mentions how this life should be lived within our families as well as within our friendships.  Other topics that Mr. Smith explores are what we will encounter on our journey to living the Jesus life such as pain and suffering, how to cultivate friendships, and doing good. 

This book gave me so much to think about and enriched my own faith walk with Christ.  I really recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a fresh perspective on living like Christ. 

Happy Reading!  J

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Nichole Nordeman - The UnMaking

Nichole Nordeman:  The UnMaking

FlyBy Promotions gave me another great opportunity to review a music album.  This month’s selection is Nichole Nordeman’s:  The UnMaking.

Nichole Nordeman is a Christian music artist responsible for such hits as:  Brave, Holy, and I’m With You.  It has been ten years since her last studio album, and I can honestly say I am so happy the wait is over!  J

Nichole Nordeman’s newest album, The UnMaking, has six brand new songs.  Even though there are only six songs on this album you won’t be disappointed.  I have been playing the album non-stop since I received it and each song on this album has left a great impact on me.  Each song is powerful and filled with faith, love, and praise for the Lord.  I feel that these songs are really heartfelt and beautiful; your families would enjoy listening to them.  Nichole’s voice is beautiful and captures the emotion involved in each song.

If you are looking for new music, I definitely recommend getting Nichole Nordeman’s new album.  These songs will bless your heart and enrich your worship times. 

Happy Listening!  

And now for an awesome giveaway!

The wonderful people at FlyBy Promotions have reserved a copy of this album for one reader of my blog to receive.  Click on the Rafflecopter giveway link below to enter:

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This giveaway will run from September 7, 2015 to September 14, 2015.

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