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“Nothing is Wasted” — Finding the Good in the Bad

I recently added a new book to my reading list, courtesy of Beacon Hill Press. While it wasn’t the type of book I would normally choose for myself, I did enjoy and relate to the message of hope in redemption found in Joseph Bentz’s Nothing is Wasted:  How God Redeems What is Broken. The author weaves together historical accounts from the Bible with modern events to create an entire book devoted to the ultimate song of redemption embedded in what may seem like the worst of circumstances. Bentz shows that something can be salvaged from our personal suffering and although it may… Continue reading »

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A Few Favorites for National Children’s Book Day

Saturday was National Children’s Book Day and since my son and I love to finish our day with a good book (or two), I thought I would share a few of our current kid-approved favorites. Of course the go-to books on my five-year old’s shelf have changed throughout the years, but this list today highlights a few that we keep going back to as well as some new fun choices (in no particular order).  First on the list is the How Do Dinosaurs. . . series by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague. We have owned How Do Dinosaurs Count to… Continue reading »

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Mom Essentials: For Women of All Seasons

The church ladies and I recently finished our latest Wednesday night Bible study via the Mom Essentials, 10 Words Successful Mothers Live By by Kasey Johnson. When I received the book as a member of Beacon Hill Press’ Off the Shelf Bloggers, I suggested it as a group study and the gals, while not all moms, jumped on board. Of course, since it was my suggestion I was elected to facilitate the 11-session study and the fun began. There were about six to 10 of us that took part in the study each week and, as I said, not everyone was a… Continue reading »

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Off the Shelf — Live Inspired Book 2

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest and personal opinions. I’m finally getting the chance to pass along my thoughts and opinions of Live Inspired Book 2 as a member of the Beacon Hill Press Off the Shelf Bloggers. I’m really excited to be a part of this group of book reviewers and hope that you find this critique helpful for your future book selections. I haven’t read Book 1 of this series, so I won’t be comparing the two, but I did evaluate Book 2 on it’s own merit and content. Live Inspired Book 2 is a… Continue reading »

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A Book in Hand — Letters from Skye

Yesterday was the first truly spring-weathered day we’ve had this year and what a gloriously welcomed one it was. My three-year-old son and I spent the afternoon outside picking up sticks, playing in the sand and water table and swinging. I also wielded my camera and found a few minutes to dig deeper into my current book. Yes, I know I should have used my cold winter days for reading, but somehow when the weather warms and my options aren’t limited, I find that I’m more relaxed and ready to soak in a good read. This is my second book in just a… Continue reading »

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