Silly Rabbit! Coloring Books Are for All!

Who says that coloring books are for kids?

Certainly not my elder sister, who used to plop herself down with me, a bunch of Crayola crayons, and a Precious Moments coloring book. And those most definitely were precious moments.

Now, in The Time Garden, adults have the opportunity to revisit their glory days of coloring book coloring. This time, however, they do not have to follow color-the-number schemes or clear-cut outlines of Pluto and Mickey. Instead, they get to indulge themselves in the lush doodles of Daria Song, a Korean artist with creativity, flare, and attention to detail. Simply looking at the black-and-white pages without even lifting a colored pencil to the paper feels inspiring. And the depth of creativity with which Song approaches her work is phenomenal.

I recommend this book for adults who are young at heart or simply artistic by nature. It is a wonderful way to relax, to realize the beauty in the world around you, and to gather up some friends for quality friend time.

And when there remains no more white space in your coloring book, hope is not lost. Other books in this series include Enchanted Forest, Lost Ocean, and The Secret Garden., and each one of them is delightful.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.


Trim, Slim…for Mom?

Everyone wants to be thin.

And healthy.

And trim.

And get their daily fill of vitamins.

…And the list goes on….

Knowing where to start taking care of yourself and when to draw the line between “enough” and “too much” is key to any fitness program—and to life in general. With an overflow of cookbooks out there for the health nut—with recipes that require hours of preparation or else access to entirely organic ingredients or exotic foods—who has time for yet another time-consuming cookbook?

In The Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook, Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison offer a fitness program fit to a tee for mothers. The difference between The Trim Healthy Mama and other health cookbooks is precisely that: time and resources. Built to fit the bill for busy moms (who also need balance and health in their lives), this cookbook is not a guilt trip but, rather, a call to something better.

One of the biggest obstacles to a mother’s fitness is the appetite of her family. While moms may be able to adjust to liking kale and pumpkin seeds, their children and husbands often put up a fuss. Barrett and Allison have somehow masterfully managed to keep the traditional spread of dishes (from muffins to crockpot meals to cupcakes—yes, cupcakes) while also showing mothers how to balance their diets and seek healthier options.

I recommend this book for busy mothers everywhere—no matter how healthy they already consider themselves to be. Though I myself am not a “mama,” I can testify as to the program’s usefulness, for I have watched my older sister fall in love with Barrett’s and Allison’s work.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

An Unexpected Romance

Talk about an unexpected romance! What do you get when you mix together a nun, a man labeled as a heretic, and 1500 A.D.? According to the author of Luther and Katharina, a lovely story of romance.

In my high school Church history course, I heard about Luther. I knew about Katharina. I was surprised by their epically forbidden marital union. But reading the pages of a historical fiction novel about these two epic characters adds so much more life to the story. From the dusty pages of history, Luther and Katharina jump to life.

While parts of the story at first might not seem especially thrilling (I mean, who wants to read about the romance of a nun or a monk?), Jody Hedlund’s writing is intriguing. And other parts most definitely make for an especially unique story, which is thrilling in its own way. (Just imagine what it must have been like to only see the walls of the cloister and to be romanced by a former monk!)

I recommend this book for any history enthusiast, (clean and appropriate) romance novel aficionado, and anyone looking for a good story.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

Men’s Superpower: Eyes

We’ve all heard it: Some men are after just “one thing.”

But is this really true?

Or is there another issue at the heart of men’s drive?

Have you ever considered the fact that men are exceptionally visually gifted? While some men may be slightly “visually challenged,” when you consider men’s overall reputation for being able to visualize entire buildings under construction or to navigate from one point on a map to another, it only makes sense that their mental imaginings are quite vivid.

Shaunti Feldhahn, celebrated author of For Women Only and For Men Only, offers a wonderful introduction to the visual nature of men that shatters many misconceptions about the male gender.

In her classic style, Feldhahn addresses questions associated with this topic with grace and honesty—questions such as:

  • Why are men so visual?
  • Why should women be the ones to dress modestly? Can’t men just not look? Why are we blamed for “tempting” them?
  • And many more.

Faced with billboards featuring nearly-nude models in bikinis and confronted with immodest outfits everywhere he turns, today’s man is up against formidable odds when it comes to seeking mental and sexual purity. Thus, understanding how we women can help our brothers in their fight for purity is crucial.

I recommend this book to any woman in a relationship with a man—whether he be husband, boyfriend, brother, or father.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.