Stretched Too Thin by Jessica N. Turner

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Stretched Too Thin, by Jessica N. Turner, is written for working moms who face the daily struggle of finding time in their day for everything. She covers topics such as taking care of yourself, your home, your children and spouse as well as fulfilling job duties. Some of the things that the author mentions in her book that stand out to me are: to separate the “need-to-do” from the “nice-to-do”, setting realistic goals, taking advantage of time spent in the car and at meal times to connect with your family. But the things that stands out the most to me is taking care of yourself. Take care of your physical as well as spiritual needs. Connect with others, take care of friendships and make time for your spouse.

The author has written this book using her life experiences to help other moms who may be struggling. The one thing I like about this book are the reflections at the end of the chapters. I was not really impressed with this book, as most of the things the author mentions are just common sense things that most moms struggling with life have already thought of. I also was let down with the fact that there is minimal mention of Christian life in the book. I expected a little more since it is published by a Christian publishing company.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads Blog Program. This is my honest review.

240 pages

ISBN: 9780800723491

My rating 3.8 star

The author is a marketing professional and speaker as well as writer and founder of the blog The Mom Creative. She lives in Tennessee with her husband and three children.

This book can be purchased at:

https://www.amazon.com/Stretched-Too-Thin-Working-Smarter/dp/080072349X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1539913749&sr=8-1&keywords=9780800723491

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Thirsty for More by Allison Allen

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Thirsty for More, by Allison Allen, is a powerful book that shows the readers that everyone goes through “dry times” where we wonder where God is or how He left something happen. It is through theses times that we see how God is there to help us through and help us grow. The author uses her personal experiences to give insight into how we can find God during those times and experience his blessing. She shows the reader how God uses these times in our lives to give us rest as well as strengthen us.

This is not a quick read book, but rather a book that is better read a little at a time and thought about. The chapters end with “Reflections” that contain a Bible passage and additional thoughts on the chapter topic. I enjoyed reading this book. I especially enjoyed how the author used her personal experiences to help the reader see that they can grown during hard times. I think this would be a good choice for a Bible study.

I received this book from Revell Publishing, this is my honest review.

205 pages

ISBN: 9780800728205

My rating 4.5

The author is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, a former Broadway performer and a current Bible teacher and speaker.

This book can be purchased at:

https://www.christianbook.com/thirsty-discovering-unexpected-blessings-desert-season/allison-allen/9780800728205/pd/0728205?product_redirect=1&Ntt=0728205&item_code=&Ntk=keywords&event=ESRCP

https://www.amazon.com/Thirsty-More-Discovering-Unexpected-Blessings-ebook/dp/B07D6XGZPV/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/thirsty-for-more/384470

When God Says Go by Elizabeth Laing Thompson

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When God Says Go, written by Elizabeth Laing Thompson, is a book dealing with women’s issues and spiritual growth. The author tells the story of people in the Bible who were called by God to do His will, to help the reader to choose to “go” when God calls. The books has 12 chapters that consist of a stories of people in the Bible such as Moses, Mary Magdalene, Esther, Samuel, Peter and Mary the mother of Jesus. The author also uses personal experiences and Bible verses. Each chapter ends with a discussion session, “Let’s go deeper”, which include reading recommendations for further study as well as items for consider for journaling and prayer.

This would be a great book for a Bible Study or discussion group. I like how the author tells the story of the people from the Bible and with their reactions to being called to do God’s work. The things that stands out the most for me in this book is that when God calls us, it is not about us, it is about God. When He calls us, He wants our all. Another thing that stands out for me is that we do not get to choose when changes will come into our lives, but we do get to choose how we respond.

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

222 pages

ISBN: 9781683225553

The author writes at LizzyLife.com about “clinging to Christ through the chaos of daily life.” She is also a minister, speaker, novelist, wife and mother.

Some places this book can be purchased are:

http://www.barbourbooks.com/product/When-God-Says-Go,14941.aspx?Tab=Books

https://www.christianbook.com/challenge-change-without-losing-confidence-courage/elizabeth-thompson/9781683225553/pd/225554

https://www.amazon.com/When-God-Says-Challenge-Confidence/dp/1683225554

You can view a book trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiUR2uwtp9g&feature=youtu.be

The Most Important Women of the Bible by Aaron and Elaina Sharp

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The Most Important Women of the Bible by Aaron and Elaina Sharp, focuses on 32 different women in the bible. It shows us the strength these women had to live in the time that they did. This book also tells us about the men in the women’s lives and how they affected them, such as Tamar and Bathsheba.

The books is suggested to be used as a devotional or a Bible study, but I enjoyed reading it just to learn more about the women in the Bible. I like how the authors used only Bible scripture to give the reader the biography of each woman and then tells of her role in redemption. I also enjoy the little touches of humor the authors write into the book, such as wondering what Elizabeth’s reaction was when Zechariah was not able to speak. I would recommend this book to anyone who longs to learn more about the women in the Bible.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House. This is my honest review.

207 pages

ISBN: 9780764219627

Publisher: Bethany House

The authors are both graduates in Master of Theology. Aaron works for Insight for Living ministries and has authored “Everything the Bible Says about Parenting and Children” and “What Does God Say About That?” Elaina owns and operates a small business and writes curriculum for ministries.

Some places you can buy this book are:

https://www.amazon.com/Most-Important-Women-Bible-Remarkable/dp/0764219626

http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/the-most-important-women-of-the-bible/384940

https://www.christianbook.com/important-women-bible-remarkable-stories-redemption/aaron-sharp/9780764219627/pd/219627?product_redirect=1&Ntt=9780764219627&item_code=&Ntk=keywords&event=ESRCG

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-most-important-women-of-the-bible-aaron-sharp/1125516152?ean=9780764219627

Fiercehearted by Holley Gerth

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Fierceheart, by Holley Gerth, is a great book to help us women to understand that we are all the same. We all have fears and struggles and we need to go to God to work through these to become the woman God created us to be.

With forty short chapters, Holly tells us stories of her life and situations she has lived through. Holly writes this book in such a way that it feels like she is in the room visiting with me. Holly helps us to embrace the woman inside of us, living fully and loving bravely. Holly encourages us to never give in, give up or let go. Through her stories we see how Holly embraced live to life a life full of love and faith.

This is a great book. The writing is so real and honest. Each chapter is just a few pages long, making it the perfect length to use as a devotional. By using the discussion questions at the end of the book, this would be great to use as a Bible Study as well.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing. This is my honest review.

200 pages

ISBN: 9780800722890

Publisher: Revell Publishing

To learn more about the author and books she has written go to: http://holleygerth.com/

Some place to purchase this book are:
https://www.amazon.com/Fiercehearted-Live-Fully-Love-Bravely/dp/0800722892

https://www.christianbook.com/fiercehearted-live-fully-love-bravely/holley-gerth/9780800722890/pd/72289X

http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/fiercehearted/347890

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fiercehearted-holley-gerth/1125516171?ean=9780800722890

http://www.deepershopping.com/item/gerth-holley/fiercehearted-oct/7043000.html

Hearts of Purpose, by Gail Grace Nordskog

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Gail Grace Nordskog has this very inspiration book that includes the stories of ten women who have followed the calling from God in their lives and helped others in significant ways. Each chapter is written by a different woman and basically give their backgrounds and what they have done.

One of the things that I like the best about Hearts of Purpose is that it shows us that people from all walks of life get called to do God’s work and follow through on it. A couple of women that stand out in my mind are Marilyn Pulis and Nita Hanson. I really enjoyed reading Marilyn’s story of what it was like for her growing up on the farm. She married a pastor and they ministered together, not just in churches but has missionaries in different countries. Nita’s story just pulled at my heart. Her childhood was filled with insecurity. I was encouraged with her story of her Christian walk and the missions trips that she took part in and how it changed her life.

Nita writes of five steps God takes us through, giving us what we need, when we need it.

First, God sees a situation and has compassion for what those involved are going through.

Second. God, brings the situation to our attention.

Third, God tells us to to help with the situation.

Fourth, God tells us to take what we have and use it to help with the situation.

Fifth. God will give us more than we need.

This was a very encouraging book to read. Through reading these women’s stories, the reader will be reaffirmed that God does supply all our needs and that when He puts in our heart to do something, that He will supply what we need to do it. We will be the ones blessed by doing what God asks us to.

This is a hard covered book with thicker than normal pages. The pages have an artistic backgrounds and the colors of the pages change with the chapters. I really liked that this book comes with an attached book mark ribbon. This book would make a very elegant gift.

I received a copy of this book from BookFun and the author. I have written an honest review.

Series: The Call (book 1)

308 pages

ISBN: 9781946497086

Publisher: Nordskog Publishing

Gail Grace Nordskog is the co-publisher at Nordskog Publishing Inc. and has established the Gail Grace Nordskog Collection which include prayer journals and inspirational books, that help bring the reader closer to God and encourage them In their Christian walk. Gail produces and hosts the Hearts of Purpose television show, interviewing men and women in Christian ministries.

Some places you can buy this book are:
https://www.nordskogpublishing.com/product-tag/gail-grace-nordskog/

https://www.christianbook.com/hearts-of-purpose-gail-nordskog/9781946497086/pd/497081#CBD-PD-Publisher-Description

https://www.amazon.com/Hearts-Purpose-stories-ordinary-extraordinary/dp/1946497088

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hearts-of-purpose-gail-g-nordskog/1125779673?ean=9781946497086

Sacred Privilege by Kay Warren

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My passionate prayer is that every pastor’s wife will get to read this book, because it could save your life, marriage, family, and ministry from a lot of unnecessary pain. And it can help make the rest of your life, the best of your life.” – RICK WARREN

Sacred Privilege, by Kay Warren, is written mainly for pastor’s wives. It gives encouragement, and tips for other wives in ministry. She goes into detail explaining how as a pastor’s wife, you will lose your privacy, you will be criticized, there will be complaints and conflicts. With these she tells the reader to leave it to God. She explains not to get caught up in trying to please every body.

The author explains that you will not be in ministry very long before you realize you have said yes to God in a way that will challenge every part of you. The author explains you need to accept who you are and know that be open to change. She also explains that you need to take care of yourself and your needs. And if there are children involved in the family, you need to help them . Ministry couples raising children have the normal stress of raising children. But they also have the additional stress of know everyone in their congregation will be watching them as they raise their children as well as what their children do.

I found this to be a very interesting book to read. I am not a minister’s wife, nor am I a minister’s daughter. I do, however, have family members in the ministry field and this book helped me to see the stress and sacrifices that minister wives deal with. I appreciate how the author uses her life experiences to help other wives. I think this book should be recommended reading for spouses of those in training for ministry as well as for family and close friends.

I received this book from Revell Publishing. I have written an honest review.

272 Pages

ISBN: 9780800728168

Publisher: Revell Publishing

To learn more about the author go to  http://kaywarren.com/

Some place to purchase this book are:

https://www.amazon.com/Sacred-Privilege-Life-Ministry-Pastors/dp/0800728165

http://www.bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/sacred-privilege/378170

https://www.christianbook.com/sacred-privilege-life-ministry-pastors-wife/kay-warren/9780800728168/pd/728164

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sacred-privilege-kay-warren/1125738339

http://www.deepershopping.com/item/warren-kay/sacred-privilege/6987049.html

Under a Desert Sky by Lynne Hartke

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Under a Desert Sky, by Lynne Hartke, is a very powerful book of Lynne’s walk through cancer followed by her parents’ walks through cancer. Lynne writes a very emotional and inspirational book. Her writing is so honest and truthful, asking the “why me” questions so many of us ask in the privacy of our own thoughts.

This book takes us through Lynne’s life and journey through cancer. Lynne fought the cancer fight and won. Shortly after, both of her parents began the cancer fight. Each fighting their fight in their own way.

The author takes us on hikes with her and her family, describing the beauty they see and the trials they go through. The one hike that sticks in my mind, is when their daughter just laid down on the dusty trail and told them to leave her there. But when her father reached for her, she got up, dusted herself off and went with him. To me, this relates to me the walk we have with God and through our lives. During the good, easy time, life is beautiful. But when we get ill or things get hard, we get overwhelmed. We want to just throw ourselves down and not go on. With God’s help we are able to get back up and finish the walk.

I just love this book! It often brought back memories of watching my parents’ through their cancer walks. At times I though she was writing my story. So truthful and honest and powerful and emotional all wrapped up together. This is a book that everyone would benefit from reading. Regardless if their trial in life is cancer or any other situation. This story will inspire you to keep going, to trust and will encourage you.

Just after I started reading this book, I received a call from my husband that I never wanted to receive. We dropped everything to make necessary arrangements and notify the children. We were making an ‘rush trip’ for my husband to have surgery. As I laid in the hotel that weekend, it was this book that I grabbed to read. While our situation was very serious, we were not alone. Others have had worse situations and through Lynne’s experiences I was able to just shrug off my normal life for the time my husband needed our every thought and action to be on him.

I want to thank this author for writing such a wonderful book. And the publisher for allowing this book to be available on their blogging network.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising

256 pages

ISBN: 9780800727741

Publisher: Revell Publishing

To learn more about he author go to: http://www.lynnehartke.com/about/

Some places you can buy this book are:

http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/under-a-desert-sky/382370

https://www.amazon.com/Under-Desert-Sky-Redefining-Hardest/dp/0800727746

https://christianbook.com/desert-redefining-beauty-faith-hardest-places/lynne-hartke/9780800727741/pd/727742?event=CBCER1

http://www.deepershopping.com/item/hartke-lynne/under-a-desert-sky/6987044.html

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/under-a-desert-sky-lynne-hartke/1124824761?ean=9780800727741

Really Bad Girls of the Bible by Liz Curtis Higgs

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Really Bad Girls of the Bible covers the stories of 8 less than perfect women of the bible. The women covered in this book are lesser known women of the bible. Liz Curtis Higgs has written another great book that teaches us about the women in the bible and gives us an in site into what their lives were like. The author starts each chapter with a modern day story that ties into the Bible time story. The author also witnesses to the reader by including bits and pieces of her life prior to becoming a Christian.

The women introduced in this book are the Medium of En Dor, Jael, The Adulteress, Athaliah, Bathsheba, Herodias, Tamar the Widow, and The Bleeding Woman. Many of these stories were familiar to me, but the way the author wrote their story, it felt like I was learning about them all over again. I love the story of Deborah that is written in Judges, Liz has brought out the character of Jael in this book. The strength and courage it must have taken her to kill Sisera, after he had fallen asleep, with a tent peg and a hammer. Liz has also shown a different side to the story of Bathsheba. What would you do, the man who has authority over your husband has commanded you to come to him. I really had never thought of Bathsheba’s story like this. Another of my favorite stories of women of the old testament is that of Tamar. Having read the story many times, I now look at it differently. The author has pointed out the customs of the times and how Tamar was wronged by her husbands and father-in-law.

This is a great book to read to understand the women in the old testament. The book also includes a discussion and study guide that makes is a great choice to use for a bible study.

To read more about the book, to read about the author and read the first chapter of the book go to: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/books/79797/really-bad-girls-of-the-bible-by-liz-curtis-higgs/

I received a copy of the book from Blogging for Books and I have written an honest review.

304 pages

ISBN-10: 1601428618

ISBN-13: 978-1601428615

Publisher: WaterBrook

Ruined: A Memoir by Ruth Everhart

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Ruined is a memoir written by Ruth Everhart. About twenty years ago as a college senior, Ruth was living with 4 other girls in a house when 2 men entered their home. The two armed men broke into their home and held them all hostage while they took turns raping the girls at gunpoint. This book is the accounting of what happened to Ruth and the other girls following that cold November Sunday night. The girls moved out the the house and moved in with family or friends. They eventually found another place to live together where they felt more secure. They would gather together and share their feelings, trying to understand why this happened to them.

The story also takes us through the legal aspects following what happened. Having to go through the hours of police interviews. And when the suspect is finally found, the emotions Ruth went through waiting for the trial. She basically put her life on hold until the trial was over.

Having been raised in a strong Christian family, Ruth begins struggling with why her, where was God, and why did God allow this to happen. Ruth feels she is ruined, not just physically, but also in God’s eyes. She starts having relationships that are not healthy.

This is a powerful story! I found it hard to read due to the violence that was relived though out the story. This is not a story for everyone to read due to the violence and language. This is also disclosed by the publisher as the beginning of the book.

I admire the author for writing this story. This book is not just the story of what happened to Ruth and her roommates, but is also the story of their strength. When Ruth could have easily continue on a downward spiral with her relationships she chose to work through issues and get her Christian life back in order. Ruth is not just an author, she went on to school and became a pastor. She is also a blogger and speaker focusing on spiritually related topics like pilgrimage and sexual violence.

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Publishing and I have written an honest review.

336 pages

ISBN-10: 1496413164

ISBN-13: 978-1496413161

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.