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.

MORE ABOUT THE BOOK:

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 http://www.growinghometogether.com.

Book review : Living Lies

Each of us has power in the words we speak. We can build others up, or we can tear them down. And with the words we speak comes responsibility.

Natalie Walters has used her words to do more than write a story. In Living Lies, Natalie deals head on with depression and anxiety. She tells a thriller of a story, with characters you immediately connect with, but more than that she uses her platform to educate.

Depression and Anxiety are real and dangerous to those who suffer from them. Lane Kent is the main character in Living Lies, and she struggles with depression day to day. Despite her picture perfect family, Lane is plagued with thoughts that she does not matter and that life may be better without her. On top of her mental health issues, she struggles with her past, and the loss of her husband. Her controlling family is not helping her either, until Charlie Lynch arrives on the scene. Charlie is a new detective, and he is dealing with his own family issues relating to his father and his disappointment of Charlie leaving the marines.

Weave in the murder of a local youth, a Vietnam Veteran struggling with PTSD and some crazy theories and you have a great story with a powerfully strong message,

I thoroughly enjoyed Living Lies and I look forward to reading more books by Natalie Walters in the future! She shed light on two very important and related issues : depression and anxiety as well as PTSD in veterans.

NOTE : I received Living Lies in exchange for an honest review from Revell Publishers.

About Natalie Walters :

My world revolves around GIJOE and our three adult (or almost adult) children who keep my life anything but predictable. Our boots hit the ground wherever the Army sends us but home is when we’re all together no matter the zipcode. My passion is writing stories where adventure meets love and share my belief that life rooted in purpose is a story worth telling.

More about Living Lies :

In the little town of Walton, Georgia, everybody knows your name–but no one knows your secret. At least that’s what Lane Kent is counting on when she returns to her hometown with her five-year-old son. Dangerously depressed after the death of her husband, Lane is looking for hope. What she finds instead is a dead body.

Lane must work with Walton’s newest deputy, Charlie Lynch, to uncover the truth behind the murder. But when that truth hits too close to home, she’ll have to decide if saving the life of another is worth the cost of revealing her darkest secret.

Debut novelist Natalie Walters pulls you to the edge of your seat on the first page and keeps you there until the last in this riveting story that will have you believing no one is defined by their past.

Book Review : Wooing Cadie McCaffrey

Do you like surprises?

Generally when I start a book, I have an idea of what the book is about and the direction it will go. I was not expecting the story of the Wooing of Cadie McCaffrey. I thought this would be a light hearted rom-com but it was so much more than that. Surprised to say the least!

So often, Christian fiction stories will avoid certain topics, or will head right into them. But sometimes a gentle approach is a more effective way to address issues that men and women are facing day in and day out.

Bethany Turner wrote a story that moves along quickly and is mostly a sweet romance story. However, there is a degree of depth that surprised me and kept me curious how things were going to be wrapped up.

I enjoyed the characters as they were both likable and real, not over the top perfect people, instead someone you could befriend. Their career track was fun to learn about as they are a sports network. As a non-sports person I could relate to Cadie and her lack of sports-mania!

I would definitely read another book by Bethany Turner, she knows people and their emotions and writes a story that takes you into the heart of her characters!

NOTE : I received a copy of Wooing Cadie McCaffrey, in exchange for an honest review by Revell Publishers.

More about the book:

After four years with her boyfriend, Cadie McCaffrey is thinking of ending things. Convinced Will doesn’t love her in the “forever” way she loves him, Cadie believes it’s time for her to let him go before life passes her by. When a misunderstanding leads to a mistake, leaving her hurt, disappointed, and full of regret, she finally sends him packing.

But for Will, the end of their relationship is only the beginning of his quest to figure out how to be the man Cadie wanted him to be. With the dubious guidance of his former pro-athlete work friends and tactics drawn from Cadie’s favorite romantic comedies, Will attempts to win her back. It’s a foolproof plan. What could possibly go wrong?

Bethany Turner is back with more of the heart and humor readers love. Anyone who enjoys a good romance or binges romantic comedies on Netflix will devour this delightful story.