Book Review : it’s a Love Story

Lincee Ray’s new book it’s a Love Story is a wonderfully encouraging book with devotion style stories that will remind you of God’s love. Each chapter is a little bit of real life, mixed up with tender emotions and memories and through it all you see God’s goodness.

Lincee is a talented author who writes from her heart. Her stories are honest and good and they will help you to see the good all around you and maybe not take it for granted. Lincee writes in a way that you quickly get drawn into her stories and feel like you are a part of the fun!

Lincee focuses on our desire to be loved and through her book she writes about ways she has felt loved by those around her and in specific seasons of her life. So often life just moves so fast past us, that we fail to notice the people around us who are loving us day in and day out.

it’s a Love Story is a great book to help the reader slow down and savor the love in their life. Love can come from a variety of different, unexpected places and can be missed if you don’t look for it!

NOTE : I was offered a copy of it’s a Love Story in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review : The Intimate Connection

When we allow movies, books or tv shows to define what a normal family looks like we can get off track. We can start to think that things should work out, they should be intuitive, and easy. We can get confused and end up in a place we never envisioned being.

Dr. Kevin Leman takes a deeper look into long lasting relationships in The Intimate Connection. Dr. Leman helps the reader see that a relationship takes hard work, time and commitment.

In his book, Dr. Leman reveals 13 secrets to create a long lasting relationship. He addresses how outside influences have been allowed inside and how they are affecting your marriage. He helps you understand your personality and your spouses, so that you can deal with conflicts better and less emotionally.

I enjoyed getting into this book and hearing the sage wisdom from Dr. Leman. He takes a direct approach, but writes in a way that you feel encouraged and equipped and not corrected or rebuked.

If you are looking for a book to help you take a closer look at making some better choices for your marriage this is a fantastic tool!

NOTE : I received a copy of The Intimate Connection from Revell Publishers, in exchange for an honest review.


Creating a happy, lifelong marriage is about much more than physical compatibility. It’s about a lifestyle of 24-7 intimacy that bonds couples in a mutually satisfying relationship. In The Intimate Connection, bestselling marriage expert Dr. Kevin Leman explores key secrets to the love life couples crave. He helps readers

– understand each other’s needs, backgrounds, and personalities (and how those factors influence every marital interaction)
– talk so their spouse really listens
– turn negative game-playing into positive behaviors that help couples grow closer
– create deep, long-lasting intimacy that’s divorce-proof

Whether couples are new to marriage or have been married a long time, Dr. Leman’s time-tested strategies will create the kind of exciting intimacy, mutual respect, and fulfilling communication that will keep husbands and wives in each other’s arms for a lifetime.

Book Review : Powerful Prayers for your Daughter

Prayer is such an important part of our relationship with the Lord, and also as a parent! While I feel like prayer is pretty straightforward and not something that requires a book, I really loved this book!

Powerful Prayers for your Daughter is a great book, filled with 88 different prayers and even categorized. As a mother of a daughter there are certain issues I know she is dealing with that I can look up and specifically pray for her about. The table of contents makes it easy to target your prayers on specific issues, or it could simply be a devotion style book, that you read through a prayer each day for your daughter, or even for her.

Hearing someone petition the Lord on your behalf is powerful, and when our daughters know we are praying intentionally for them, it is a true blessing!

A few themes include her identity, her purity, her relationship with hew dad, protection, idols, and her relationship with God.

I really enjoyed going through this sweet book! It would make a wonderful new baby-girl gift, or a birthday gift for a mom!

NOTE : I received a copy of Powerful Prayers for your Daughter, in exchange for an honest review.

More About the Book:

From the moment your little girl was born, you knew you were going to be doing a lot of praying. So you may wonder, What exactly should I be praying for?

Collecting specific prayers you can use, along with stories from other parents about how God has answered their prayers, Rob and Joanna Teigen give you a strong foundation to build a lifelong habit of praying for your daughter. They also help you understand what girls go through growing up, including stress, purity issues, social pressure, modesty challenges, spiritual growth, and more. 

Remember: you may not always understand your daughter, but God does! Start asking him for guidance, protection, and blessings today.

“Rob and Joanna Teigen’s prayers in this book will help you see your daughter in a new way and do the most powerful thing: love her through your prayers.”–Chris Fabry, author; host of Chris Fabry Live

“Rob and Joanna Teigen have covered virtually every area that a daughter needs prayer coverage in. Then they’ve given parents the perfect words to use.”–Rick Johnson, bestselling author of That’s My SonThat’s My Girl, and Better Dads, Stronger Sons

“Is there any sweeter legacy that a parent can leave for their little girl than the knowledge that her parents prayed for every area of her life? Rob and Joanna Teigen give parents the tools they need to make that hope a reality.”–Kathi Lipp, bestselling author of The Husband Project and Clutter Free

Rob Teigen was a publishing professional for more than twenty years and is the author of the bestselling Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids series (under the pseudonym Rob Elliott). He and his wife, Joanna Teigen, have celebrated twenty-five years of marriage and have five kids who bring adventure to their lives in West Michigan. Together they create resources to encourage couples and families, including 88 Great Daddy-Daughter Dates. Learn more at

Even More #Maine

We seized the day today and drove out to Pemaquid Light House – and we loved it! The sun was out, the breezes were mild and there we not very many people! Triple WIN!!

We even were allowed to go into the Lighthouse part – with the light!! So fun!! Perfect view of the ocean too!!

The waves were so fun to watch – the surf was pretty rough!

Not sure if we have been here before or not, but we loved spending the time up here, just the two of us!

More #maine

Today we got up and saw the sun and the perfectly calm water and we knew what we had to do!!

We carried the kayaks down to the water and proceeded to seize the day!!

She might be a little confused about kayaks and bumper cars….

Hamilton even got a few minutes on the water!!