What every girl wants

What every girl wants–no, what she needs–is to know that she is valued, adored, and precious. Little girls long to be princesses and to be beautiful. College-aged girls seek for meaning and value. As a married woman, I bask in the moments when my husband lavishes praise or words of encouragement on me.

Who better to communicate love and value to a woman than God, her Creator? In the book He Calls You Beautiful, the author delves into the Song of Songs and explores its meaning as a romantic love epic between Jesus and the Church (His Bride).

I encourage all women to bask in the love of Christ, and what better place to start than in the Song of Songs or with this book?

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

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IBS…what?

IBS.

If you, like me, see those words and think, ”What in the world is THAT?” then it’s time you 1) Googled the acronym, 2) learned about a diet that fits your body well, and 3) checked out The IBS Elimination Diet and Cookbook by Patsy Catsos.

With eating problems ranging from acid reflux to stomach surgery, my family has made me just that much more aware of how important a healthy, non-inflammatory diet is–not only for general health now but also for prevention of future issues.

If you are interested in adjusting your diet to fit your body’s needs, it’s time you checked out this book.

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

Acid-Watcher’s Diet

My family has had its fair share of acid reflux. From my grandma’s nights spent sleeping on the couch in order to prop up her head and keep the acid down to my dad’s multiple surgeries turned horrific experiences to my mom’s more recent battle with the discomfort of acid reflux, we’ve been through quite a bit.

Considering changing diet as one of the main causes of the problem might be helpful. This is why the book The Acid Watcher Diet piqued my interest. I believe that anyone battling (or wishing to prevent) acid reflux will find the ideas inside the pages of this book both helpful and informative….I know my mom sees it as a godsend and is devouring its pages right now.

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

Eugene H. Peterson

I have been a long-time fan of The Message Bible paraphrase by Eugene Peterson. It has a simple way of taking the words of the Bible and interpreting them in a way that I picture a loving grandfather would for his grandchild, transforming big concepts into simple words that even a child can understand.

My interest in The Message is what first drew me into reading As Kingfishers Catch Fire, also by the renowned Peterson. In this anthology, Peterson, a pastor with a heart for truly knowing God and sharing His Word, shares his sermons from his 29+ years of preaching. I think that anyone who has already experienced the simple joy of The Message will also gain from this collection of words from a pastor with a heart simply set on knowing God.

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

Ragamuffins at God’s Door

Loving the lovely…sacrificing for the worthy…admiring the noble…

These are all common themes of literature and culture. After all, it only makes sense that these qualities should be admired–in fact, beg to be admired.

But into history, into literature, into culture marched an upside-down idea.

Loving the unlovely…sacrificing for the worthless…delighting in the broken…lifting up the ragamuffin…

This story is beautifully captured in Brennan Manning’s timeless book The Ragamuffin Gospel. In Manning’s writing, the wonder of the story becomes fresh and breathes life into weary hearts.

I recommend this book to every ragamuffin in need of lifting up, in need of grace.

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

The Challenge

Being on time…being en vogue…being prepared…these can be challenging habits.

But being kind? That’s the true daily challenge that always involves a major argument of the will–especially when we believe that kindness is the last thing that someone else deserves from us.

Shaunti Feldhahn takes this challenge head-on in her new book, The Kindness Challenge. Though I initially took this book as a marriage book, a quick second look at it showed me my mistake: It is not helpful for just marriages, but also any relationship. (And we all know how great Feldhahn’s renowned relationship advice has proven.) As such, I recommend this book to men and women everywhere who are willing to take up the challenge of laying down themselves and loving someone else through kindness. There’s something to be learned here.

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

Beautiful from the Inside Out

Everywhere I look (Pinterest, cookbooks, cooking shows, my mom…), the message to “eat healthfully” meets me. Having lived on my own for several years now, I fully realize how difficult it is to do this, though. Creating one healthful main dish–let alone an entire menu of healthful dishes–can be a challenge when one is also working full-time and trying to live a social life.

But Eat Beautiful by Wendy Rowe–while continuing the message to eat good-for-you-foods–focuses on the beauty benefits of healthy eating–namely, radiant skin. From the beautiful cover to the author’s photo that testifies to the skin-related beauty that the right foods can nurture, this cookbook is entirely different from any other I have reviewed before. First of all, it approaches the matter in a seasonal way, providing a menu of foods related to the spring, summer, autumn, and winter availability. Second, it “diagnoses” various digestive problems that reveal themselves through skin issues and lists ways to get yourself on a better path to health.

I recommend this book for women young and old.

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