Savor by Shauna Niequist {A Review}

_225_350_Book.1548.coverWhat does it mean to live abundantly where you are, as you are? What does it mean to Savor?

Shauna Niequist  has written a devotional designed to give us a few moments to savor the quiet, savor the time with our Savior. She focuses on the two big F’s…Food and Faith. One could even add the third F, Fellowship.

Designed to meet the needs of women it feeds the soul, and the body. Shauna has interspersed recipes throughout the pages. It’s a true meal of comfort food for your whole self. The devotional feeds your spirit and the recipes feed your physical body.

The devotionals are like homemade mac-n-cheese, or mashed potatoes, or chicken noodle soup for your soul.

The book, from it’s linen bound cover, navy page edges, and cream ribbon to it’s printed words is a feast for the eyes. It is the perfect gift for the foodie in your life…even if that is you.  This book is a January 1 through December 31 devotional, every day will delight your senses.

The recipes include such gems as: Blueberry Yogurt Morning Cake, Baked French Toast, Emily’s Poppy Seed Cake, Frisee, Hazelnut & Goat Cheese Salad, Melody’s Sausage & Egg Strata.

The devotionals  start with a verse, then a brief–really only a couple of paragraphs–devotional and then a thought or questions to help you journal your answers, or even just to ponder for the day.

shaunaniequistShauna Niequist is the daughter of Willow Creek Community Church’s pastor, Bill Hybels; the wife of Aaron, Momma to Henry and Mac. She is the author of Bittersweet, Cool Tangerines, Bread and Wine and Savor. Her great loves are her family, diner parties and books.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.

Women are Scary by Melanie Dale {A Review}

bookcover-flatAs long as there have been women writing books there have been books about the friendships of women. Dee Brestin wrote one a number of years ago, Lisa Whelchel wrote one a few years ago. I’ve read most of them. I’ve learned from them too. None of them have impacted me like Women are Scary by Melanie Dale.

Melanie Dale. I had never heard of her before seeing this book. Intrigued by the title, I picked it up. And honestly, I thought it would be another one of those books. You know the ones, books that lead you to believe the whole world has this figured out and you’re the only flunky.

I could not have possibly been more wrong. I LOVE this book. Note the use of the present tense verb, I love this book. Present. I will come back to this over and over because in the pages of this book I found a new best friend. We can just forget that she has no idea who I am, just like I had no idea who she was and that I live in the plain states and she lives in the South. I felt my spirit mesh with her. I found myself repeating “oh my! Me too!”

Women are Scary is a book about Momlationships. We all have them. We all need them. We all crave them. Yet, we’re all unsure how to pursue them. And is it really okay to pursue and date other moms?

Really!

In this book, you will laugh. You will cry. You will shout, “ME TOO!!!”  You will relate. You’ll find yourself hungry for more momlationships. You’ll gain the courage needed to reach out to other women. You’ll gain ideas for deepening friendships.

I can not begin to recommend this book enough. I just can’t. I was in our bookstore over the weekend and found myself gushing over it to two of the ladies working there. Gushing. Telling them repeatedly how much they needed to read this book.

It is full of life stories, silliness, and truth. It has practical advice, advice you would seek out from a best friend. Melanie doesn’t pull any punches, but she speaks with grace and a whole lotta humor.

So visit her web page linked up there, visit amazon.com or your local Christian bookstore and get this book. You’ll thank me and you’ll gain a brand new best friend.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.

God, Me and Sweet Iced Tea by Rose Chandler Johnson {A Review}

Rose Chandler Johnson has written a delightful devotional, God, Me and Sweet Iced Tea, Experiencing God in the Midst of Everyday Moments. When it’s hot nothing quite satisfies like a good, cold cup of sweet iced tea. At least if you’re fond of sweet iced tea, and if you’re from the southern part of the United States.

Nothing quite satisfies that thirst on a hot summer’s day. But what if your soul is thirsty for some living water? What do you do then?

Well, when that happens you pick up this enjoyable book, grab your sweet tea (or if you’re anything like me, you’ll choose to make your’s iced coffee) and spend some wondrous moments with your God.

Each devotional can be read in just a few moments. It’s perfect if you’re a Momma of young children and only have a few stolen moments in the bathroom, or during nap times.  It great if you’re a busy carpooling Momma who gets to wait in long lines at the grocery store, Target, waiting for a train, or in the carpool line.

Each devotional includes some suggested Scripture verses that pertain to the devotion, a journaling prompt, a prayer, a key thought and a prayer focus point.  They are Biblically-sound, full of truth without being harsh. The book is written with great grace and understanding.

This book is PERFECT for Mother’s Day!  I give this book 5 out of 5 turning pages.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and Litfuse for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.

Teen Mom, You’re Stronger than You think by Tricia Goyer {A review}

Tricia Goyer was a teen mom. Her first pregnancy ended in abortion. Her second pregnancy ended with the birth of her son when she was an unwed 17-year-old high school senior. She knows about teen pregnancy and being a teen mom.  She has written a book to give encouragement and hope to other teen moms.

That book is titled, Teen Mom, You’re Stronger than you think and is published by Zondervan. This book was previously published with the title Life Interrupted. This book attempts to offer encouragement to teen moms, it looks at their needs now, their need to be appreciated, their need to know their life is not at a dead-end, and their need to be loved.  This book addresses all of those needs.

Now comes the difficult part of the review for this blogger. I was asked to be a part of the launch team for this book, and I honestly feel I should give this book a 5-star review, rave up and down about it. But it fell a little flat to me. The greatest need of a teen mom is not to be appreciated, not to know their life isn’t over. Their greatest need is Jesus. And while He does factor into the book in a few places, it could have, and in my opinion should have been so much more.  It is this bloggers opinion there was far too much psycho-babble and far to little grace and forgiveness is ONLY found in Jesus and a personal relationship with Him. Parenting as a married adult is hard enough, parenting as an adult without Jesus has to be near impossible. I can’t imagine doing it as an unwed teen with Jesus.

I received a free copy of this book for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.