Book Review : Joyful Surrender

When I see Elizabeth Elliot’s name on a book, I can trust that the message will be valuable and true! I snagged a copy of Joyful Surrender by Elizabeth herself and I have loved it!!

This book is a reprint from 1982, so the book has been around, but in 1982 I was not reading any books about my faith. So this is a brand new book to me!

I loved that many chapters were short and to the point and easy to grab and read when you have a few minutes. The messages were direct and clear and they encouraged me each time I read this book!

In fact when I read the chapter about Under Orders I asked my boys to read it as well. Elizabeth calls us to be more than hearers of the Word, similar to James’ call on our lives. She calls us to serve, to act, to do as a soldier under orders from a commanding officer. We are called to act on what God’s Word tells us.

This book is about 7 disciplines for the Believers Life :

  1. Discipline of the Mind
  2. Discipline of the Body
  3. Discipline of Place
  4. Discipline of Time
  5. Discipline of Possessions
  6. Discipline of Work
  7. Discipline of Feelings

She starts out by laying the ground work of addressing The Answer to God’s Call, then How do we know we are called, Under Orders, Grace and finally A Sovereign God and Man’s Choice.

Each early chapter leads the reader to understand the foundation of what being a follower of Christ looks like and the expectations.  Then she dives into each of the disciplines of what our life should look like in each area.  

I love the wisdom that Elizabeth shares in her books. Her words can be applied today just as much as they were applicable in 1982, in fact since we have drifted so far from the truths of the Bible, her words and encouragement might be more applicable today!

NOTE : I received a copy of Joyful Surrender in exchange for an honest review.


Finding freedom and happiness in divine surrender

In our age of instant gratification and if-it-feels-good-do-it attitudes, self-discipline is often overlooked. Yet it may be one of the most important lost virtues of our time. In Joyful Surrender, former missionary and beloved author Elisabeth Elliot offers her understanding of discipline and its value for people of all times. She shows you how to

· discipline your mind, body, possessions, time, and feelings
· overcome anxiety
· change poor habits and attitudes
· trust God in times of trial and hardship
· let Him have control in all areas of life

Elliot masterfully and gently takes you through Scripture, personal stories, and incisive observations to help you discover the understanding that your fulfillment as a human being depends on your answer to God’s call to obedience.

Elisabeth Elliot (1926-2015) was one of the most perceptive and popular Christian writers of the last century. The author of more than twenty books, including Passion and Purity and The Journals of Jim Elliot, Elliot offered guidance and encouragement to millions of readers worldwide.

Book Review : The Memory House

The Memory House is my first novel by Rachel Hauck, but I guarantee it will not be my last!

I absolutely loved the Memory House! This story takes you on a journey into the life of Beck while diving deep into the past of Everleigh. Two stories are told through this book, one is current day with Beck, the other is a look back at Everleigh. The setting takes place in New York, Waco and Florida.

Sometimes it is hard to summarize the plot without giving too much away, and I definitely want you to read this book to fall in love with the characters and their tale, yourself. This story touches on infidelity (in the most amazing way I have ever read), the loss of a parent, parental relationships, long friendships, young love, and faithfulness.

There are so many real life issues addressed in this book that surely there is something that will connect with every reader that jumps into the story. Spanning over 50 years and several generations, The Memory House is a book that helps remind the reader who they are and at the same time reaffirms that our memories from the past are important and valuable to who we are today.

There were so many facets to this book, so many twists and unexpected turns, and I savored each and every one of them!

I fell in love with the characters immediately and felt connected from the start. For my first novel by Ms. Hauck, I am a complete fan and cannot wait to read anything by her!!

NOTE I received a copy of The Memory House in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review : Tiny Truths Bible

So much fun to check out this sweet Children’s Story Bible!!

I love books that are fun to look at as well as great to listen to! This Bible is both! The pictures in this Bible are fun, colorful and engaging!! Kids will love to look at the illustrations as you read the stories to them!

This is an illustrated Children’s Bible – so each chapter is a Bible story that will explain the truths from God’s word. These stories will draw children in and help them understand the ideas of our scriptures. Topics such as Who is God, Who created you, What were you created for – are all subjects that are addressed and taught in the Tiny Truths Bible!

If your children are like mine, they want to hear stories over and over, and by reading Bible stories to them we allow their understanding of God’s word to grow in their hearts! I love that my children still love to flip through illustrated Bibles!!

We loved the illustrations, we loved the stories! This is a sweet Bible for families with your children and would make a great birthday present, or even a new baby gift!!

Note : I was offered a copy of the Tiny Truths Illustrated Bible in exchange for an honest review!

Book Review : Character Carved in Stone

When a book takes me back to my Alma Mater, I have a special fondness for it. When an author can weave a message together with historical accounts, personal experiences and practical application, I am hooked.

Character Carved in Stone – The 12 Core Virtues of West Point that Build Leaders and Produce Success – by Pat Williams and Jim Denney was that book.

West Point was such a pivotal part of my life. The training there pushed me well beyond what I ever thought I could do. I found friends that will be in my life forever, and I met my husband. So many leaders and peers influenced me at such a deep level that when I go back there, even just in my mind, my heart swells. Establishing who I was on the foundation they were laying, changed me and the course of my life. These truths that they about beat in to us, are life changing for anyone and can be life changing as well. Discipline, Integrity, Loyalty, Courage – and of course Trust (or honestly) are all needed at a deeper level today than ever before.

Each of the 12 chapters explores a character trait that is tied back to West Point. Each trait is also associated with a historical figure like Grant, and gives an account of their life and how that character trait defined them early on and throughout their lives. As you read about this trait and how it impacts a person you also read about a person who embodied that trait. Seeing how people apply these ideas in their own lives can be inspiring to us to apply them in our own lives as well.

I really enjoyed reading this book, the chapters are well written and flow at a quick pace. I also appreciated the history lesson that continues throughout, even learning some history associated with West Point that I did not know!

I highly recommend this book, it a great read for history lovers, self-help readers and those who are looking to apply character in every area of their lives.

If you want to try it before you buy it – there is a download of an excerpt HERE.

NOTE: I received a copy of Character Carved in Stone in exchange for an honest review.

More about the Book:

Overlooking the Hudson River on the campus of the United States Military Academy at West Point are 12 granite benches, each inscribed with a word representing a key leadership virtue: compassion, courage, dedication, determination, dignity, discipline, integrity, loyalty, perseverance, responsibility, service, and trust. These benches remind cadets of the qualities that lead to victory and success, not just on the battlefield, but in all of life.

With his signature enthusiasm and insight, Pat Williams shares the incredible stories of West Point graduates who exemplified these traits, from the Civil War to the War on Terror. He shows readers of all backgrounds how to develop these 12 essential virtues in their lives, whether they are in the corporate world, the academic world, the military, the church, or in some other sphere.

Book Review : Never Let Go

I’ve met a new author : Elizabeth Goddard. In Never Let Go, she begins a new series called Uncommon Justice. This was a well paced novel that had plenty of twists and turns, action adventure and some romance as well.

The main character Willow Anderson is a forensic pathologist and this was incredibly interesting to learn about her passion for linking the past with the present. After experiencing the loss of her grandfather and going through her own house fire, Willow realizes that a job she and her grandfather were hired to do might be more than they realized.

Before his passing, Willow’s grandfather called in an old friend, past boyfriend of Willow, to consult on their latest case. When tragedy strikes twice Austin is there to help out and offer support to Willow as well as assistance with her new case.

The author dove into several areas that I really enjoyed, the forensic pathology as well as the setting of Wyoming. I enjoyed feeling a part of the western scene and loved tagging along on their back road, harrowing adventures.

I will certainly be looking for other books by Ms. Goddard. I enjoyed her style of writing and her character development.

NOTE : I was offered a copy of Never Let Go in exchange for an honest review by Revell Publisher.

More about Never Let Go :

As a forensic genealogist, Willow Anderson is following in her late grandfather’s footsteps in her quest for answers about a baby abducted from the hospital more than twenty years ago. The case may be cold, but things are about to heat up when someone makes an attempt on her life to keep her from discovering the truth.

Ex-FBI agent–and Willow’s ex-flame–Austin McKade readily offers his help to protect the woman he never should have let get away. Together they’ll follow where the clues lead them, even if it means Austin must face the past he’s spent much of his life trying to forget. And even if it puts Willow’s tender heart at risk.

In this fast-paced and emotional page-turner, bestselling author Elizabeth Goddard keeps the stakes high, the romantic tension sparking, and the outcome uncertain until the very end.