Review: It’s All Under Control by Jennifer Dukes Lee

Almost every day I get a promo in my inbox that is for yet another book on being overwhelmed, overwrought, over busy, and not living the overcoming life. It’s a hot topic, and I just read an article on why time management strategies don’t work for most people over a long period of time. The short answer is that we don’t change the things we do, we just keep trying to manage the way we do them. In conclusion-we’re doing too many unnecessary things that keep us from being productive in the necessary things. 

And it’s making us crazy.  

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Review: The Daily Question for You and Your Child

I know a gal who makes a point of writing down everything she finds amusing that her friends and kids say. She puts them in her phone and now and then she shares them in a series of hilarious stories on Instagram. I started this habit with my kids, because let's face it, our kids are hilarious. From their opinions on food, to the long term goals they set as a four year old about what they want to be when they grow up, kids give the best answers. Which is why I'm absolutely loving this brand new book from Waterbrook. 

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Review: In His Image by Jen Wilkin 

I’ve read a few books lately that have had a straightforwardness that I really appreciated. Maybe that doesn’t sound like the word that would entice you to pick up a book, maybe you’re looking for inspiring, or encouraging, or comforting, or relatable. In His Image: 10 Ways God Calls Us to Reflect His Character is the rare book that is all those things. 

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Review: Bread of Angels by Tessa Afshar

Everybody loves a story, so the infamous “they” say.  I suppose that is true, as long as it’s a good story, with compelling characters, interesting plotline and mostly satisfying ending. Good stories are harder to write than most people think, and as a reader, bad stories are even harder to read. Here’s what I know from 20 years of selling books-people often disagree over whether a book is a good story. 

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Review: The Essential Jonathan Edwards by Strachan & Sweeney

I know that you, like me, often sit around and ask yourself questions like “Just who IS America’s greatest theologian?” 

No? Fine, me either. But listen, here is something to think about for a moment. This country is so blessed with amazing religious liberty, a rich history of the Christian church and continuing move of God, how did it get that way? Who were the men and women God used to grow and shape His work in America? 

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Review- Live Brilliantly: A Study in the Book of 1 John by Lenya Heitzig

Last night a friend with elementary age kids asked me “It feels like things should be slowing down since it’s summer, so why do I seem busier than ever?” Whether it is summer, or the holidays, or a time of transition, life’s shifts have a way of throwing us off our routines. Sometimes this is a good thing, when it brings positive change, other times, not so good things, when we neglect the important for the impatient pushiness of busy.  Even good things can push better things out of the way. I found myself in this very place a few months ago, and where I most felt its impact was in my devotional life. So here is what I did about it. 

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Review-Our Newlywed Kitchen

When I was young, my friend’s older sisters all seem to have hope chests. Do you remember those? Usually a large cedar chest, young women and their moms would begin to stash away things for the girls someday household, so when she married she would have linens or other things to set up her house. Do girls keep a hope chest anymore? I hope so. 

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