Nothing to Prove

Who hasn’t at one point in life called himself a “perfectionist”? And if he hasn’t, then he probably has given up trying. As human beings we seem to be wired to strive, to achieve, to be worthy. No one struggles with this more than…well, I guess everyone.

Thankfully, I recently came across a book by Jennie Allen entitled “Nothing to Prove.” This book aims at helping women specifically find freedom in the midst of so many societal (and personal) pressures to be “enough.”

Personally, I find this topic very much a part of my own heart struggle, and I am so excited to share this book with other women.

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

The Joy of Junie

My first introduction to Junie B. Jones came–believe it or not–not in elementary school. Nor in middle school. And definitely not in high school or college.
That’s right: Junie B. Jones found me in my first professional year. Springing into my world as a costume for a school-wide book-character day, Junie has left a lasting impression as one of the cutest first-graders (and second-graders and fourth-graders).
How better to make Junie even more fun than by adding music to her stories? In Junie B. Jones First Ever Musical Edition, this “even more fun” has finally arrived.
Grab a copy for your favorite little girl (or yourself)!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

Strength

“Strength and honor are her clothing…”

So is the wife of noble character described in Proverbs 31.

Strength and honor…Those are not virtues that I, as a woman, often strive after. More often, I find myself meditating on patience or love or some other feminine-sounding virtue.

The truth is, though, that strength and honor are beautiful apparel for a woman’s heart.

Want to learn more about these? In her book “A Woman of Strength and Purpose,” Cynthia Tobias delves into these virtues, exploring how a woman can cultivate and live out these God-given characteristics in a godly way.

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

Easter…at Christmas

I know that Christmas is right around the corner (23 days!), but Easter is also on my mind right now. Perhaps it is because Christmas and Easter are integrally connected. Perhaps it is because the warmth of Christmas reminds me of the similar joy at Easter.

Or perhaps it is because–book-lover that I am–I was recently introduced to a book that highlights the stories of several women whose lives were dramatically shaped that first Easter day. Through its focus on the three Marys–Mary of Bethany, Mary of Nazareth, and Mary Magdalene–this book is meant to draw the eyes of women everywhere to their Savior.

I recommend this book for women’s Bible study groups and for personal devotional times.

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

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.