Something Needs to Change

Something Needs to Change: A Call to Make Your Life Count in a World of Urgent Need by [David Platt]This is a book for all believers. David Platt has used a journey of a lifetime to answers some difficult questions and to find questions he never thought he would ask. This pastor talks about his own struggles and how God is faithful through every doubt, or question we may have. It was refreshing to read a book about a person with questions instead of trying to preach answers. The answers he received were that more important for me. 

I was given this book by Multnomah publishing in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

40 Verses to Ignite Your Faith

40 Verses to Ignite Your Faith: Surprising Insights from Unexpected Passages by [Laurie Polich Short]I love when a book surprises me, in a good way. This book offers 40 different verses which may be overlooked normally and they show the importance of these words to the time and to my life. As the title states, these verses can ignite a faith that may have become a little stale. Each verse has a short, maybe 1-2 page, reading to give insight to the verse. Laurie P. Short has done such a good job, I would love to see her speak sometime or perhaps meet with her. 

This book would be for anyone who could use a fresh look at the scriptures. I highly recommend it. 

I was given this book by Bethany House Publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are entirely my own. 

The Cranky Mom Fix

The Cranky Mom Fix: How to Get a Happier, More Peaceful Home by Slaying the "Momster" in All of Us by [Becky Kopitzke]All mom’s have days when we are cranky, even if we hate to admit it. Becky Kopitzke addresses these times in The Cranky Mom Fix with humor. She shares her own humorous stories and shows how to :

*Sidestep the triggers

*Three family rules to help stop the bickering

*and enjoy your children more  and scold them less

She shows how regular family meetings and fun activities can help to open up communication. 

This book would be a wonderful addition for anyone who is a mother or about to be a mother.

I was given this book by Bethany House publisher in exchange for my honest review. 

The Jesus Who Surprises

The Jesus Who Surprises: Opening Our Eyes to His Presence in All of Life and Scripture by [Dee Brestin]I love how the Old Testament is filled with mentions of the coming Messiah. The Jesus Who Surprises: Opening Our Eyes to His Presence in All of Life and Scripture shows these mentions. From the first book of Genesis through the last book Malachi there are mentions of our Messiah woven through out. Some of them are more obvious than others however he is still there. 

This book is written for a Bible Study group or for individual study. For Bible group leaders they even include a nice ice-breaker activity.

Each chapter also includes the authors testimonies. I like the way that the author is able to build on the prophesies of Jesus with her own stories. I came away with a lot from this book and I recommend it to leaders of Bible studies or persons who are interested in building on their knowledge of the Bible.

I was given this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review. 

Everyone Can Bake Dominique Ansel

Everyone Can Bake: Simple Recipes to Master and Mix by [Dominique Ansel]I chose this book because I love to bake, so I thought I would see what I can learn from Dominique Ansel.

This chef is world renown as a French pastry chef however, he knows how to break recipes down so that even a novice is able to create them. Included are his basic recipes that he then includes tricks to make them appear to be a different item. 

The book is divided into 3 sections: basics, fillings and finishes. Just looking at this book. A basic recipe could be given a filling, like a lemon curd, and then a finish such as a ganache to make it spectacular.

The instructions are written to be easy to follow and the pictures show you what the item should look like. I think this book would be an excellent choice for all bakers, whether a beginner or advanced. 

I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. 

The Salmon Sisters: Feasting, Fishing, and Living in Alaska Emma Teal Laukitis; Claire Neaton

The Salmon Sisters: Feasting, Fishing, and Living in Alaska: A Cookbook with 50 Recipes by [Emma Teal Laukitis, Claire Neaton]I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions stated are my own.

When I asked for this book, I was not sure what I would be receiving. This is a beautiful book in so many ways. The pictures are stunning and the story about their lifestyles is fascinating. Then there are the recipes. I have not tried the recipes yet, but I am going to. Just reading the names of the recipes was enough to make me eager to dive in. Some of them include: Coconut Curry Fish Soup, Halibut Ceviche, and Paella with Chicken, Shrimp and Mussels. They even include some desserts like Old Fashion Apple Dumplings. 

I am so excited to try many of these dishes.

I recommend this book highly.

The Most Important Stories of the Bible

The Most Important Stories of the Bible: Understanding God's Word through the Stories It Tells by [Christopher D. Hudson, Stan Campbell]This thin book, only 185 pages, gives summaries of some of the most popular stories of the Bible. It does not include every story, but what the authors consider to be the most meaningful that tie the entire Bible together. There are six sections within the book: 



Israel’s Family Becomes a Nation

Kings and Prophets

Stories of jesus

Stories of the Early Church

The summaries of the stories are only a few paragraphs long and it is easy to make it through each section at a sitting. There is also one sentence at the end that gives the main point.

I think this would be a good book to read as a family or to children to get them interested in reading the Bible. It does not go into theological study of the stories, which is what would make it ideal for families or new believers.

I received this book from Bethany House Publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions express are my own.

Listen Well Lead Better

Listen Well, Lead Better: Becoming the Leader People Want to Follow by [Steve Harling, Becky Harling]Listen Well Lead Better is a resource book for those that desire to lead people whether in the church or in other areas of life. If a person is to be a good leader, they need to learn to listen to those around them.

This book, by Steve and Becky Harling, shares ten ideas to help develop this skill. The Harlings are a married couple who have lead people through ministry, nonprofit organization, or through speaking to groups. They take turns sharing experiences and downfalls they have experienced, as well as insights they gained throughout their lives. 

Each chapter begins with a question that a leader can ask their team plus there are questions to help a person become grow in strengths and become aware of weaknesses. 

I am giving this book to my husband who is a leader in his employment and a teacher at church to help him become a better leader.

I received this book from Bethany House Publishers. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 

The Last Bathing Beauty Amy Sue Nathan

The Last Bathing Beauty is an absorbing, heartwarming tale that takes us to the shores of South Haven, Michigan during 1951 when Jewish summer camps in the Catskills of the Midwest were the place to be, girls were excited for more than just marriage, and Betty Stern and her family would never be the same.

The writing is vivid and expressive. The characters are authentic, vivacious, and sympathetic. And the plot, using a past/present, back-and-forth style is a delightful mix of summer fun, friendship, family, coming-of-age, secrets, heartbreak, forbidden love, familial expectations, and second chances.

Overall, The Last Bathing Beauty is a heartfelt, beguiling, charming tale by Nathan that not only reminds us that everyone that enters our lives impacts, shapes, and defines it but that love is truly ageless.

Thank you to Amazon Publishing for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review