Hiding God’s Word in My Heart…

“Learning verses from the Bible, memorizing them one by one, learning verses from the Bible, memorizing can be fun–one by one…”

This song from my childhood sometimes randomly passes through my brain at the most unexpected times–a true testament to the power of memorization.

After these days of memorizing verses via song, my parents continued my memorization through daily Bible verse memorizing with my siblings–both practices that I now appreciate greatly. Now as an adult, however, I find it a bit more difficult to get myself into a routine of memorizing Bible passages.

This is why I think Liz Curtis Higgs’s book 31 Verses to Write on Your Heart is such a useful find. Whether used as a group Bible study tool or as a personal quiet time resource, this book can help inspire readers to hide God’s Word in their hearts.

I recommend this book to Christian women everywhere.

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

A new way to dinner

Recently, I have just run out–run out of energy and ideas for weeknight meals. It seems a bit odd, given the fact that I LOVE to cook and eat. But, as a teacher, my energy and creativity tank has been somewhat depleted recently.

This is why I appreciate new cookbooks when I find them. And Food52’s A New Way to Do Dinner is an awesome new find. Past Food52 cookbooks have wowed me, and I expect this book to do no less for me–or for you.

I recommend this book for cooks everywhere.

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

Wholesome

Looking ahead to a wedding in 2017, I am finding myself struck more and more by the responsibility of being a wife and mother. Though I have been cooking for years and have even been the main cook for my parents and siblings at various times when our family situation has demanded it, the thought of planning three nourishing meals every day for the rest of my life is a bit daunting.

That’s why the book Nourishing Meals by Alissa Segersten and Tom Malterre is on my radar. A great resource for allergy-free, whole-food-based meals, this book will prove helpful to mothers everywhere.

Mothers feel responsible for nourishing their families. I recommend this cookbook as a sure-fire way to help meet the feeling of responsibility with a practical way of fulfilling it.

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

It’s All About You, Jesus

As I write this post, the song “Heart of Worship” is playing in the background.

I’m coming back to the heart of worship,
And it’s all about You;
It’s all about You, Jesus…

Words that are as challenging as they are true.

So often–all too often, I am afraid–Christianity takes on more of the “ianity” than the “Christ.” Hundreds of people have argued this in a multitude of books, both secular and Christian, pointing to the faulty thinking of living espoused by many.

As sad as this situation is, there is only one solution. And not a “second-rate” solution by any means.

Jesus.

Yep. That’s it.

Jesus.

In his book Jesus Over Everything, Clayton Jennings seeks to make this clear. With stories of people who have placed Jesus over everything else in their lives to stirring calls to action, Jennings offers an inspiring vision of what Jesus truly desires in His people: worship of Him and Him alone and Him completely.

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