Jesus Helps Me Book Review

I recently received a copy of Jesus Helps Me to review in exchange for my honest opinion. The book, written by Callie Grant and featuring art by Missi Jay, goes through the Bible verses John 12:44–47.

Grant offers an explanation at the beginning of the book about how birds are signs of the loving God who made them. She then goes through the verses, nearly line by line, and compares attributes of different birds with children’s relationships with God.

Honestly, I’m still not sure that I fully understand why Grant chose to use birds as reference points to the Bible verses. It almost felt more like a nature book than one about Jesus. It was a fairly short and easy read, but I couldn’t picture it as one that children would immediately gravitate towards.

It is a beautiful book, and she offers suggestions for how the grownups reading the book can integrate it with different age groups. There are also some supplemental materials on Pinterest. All in all, it wasn’t a bad book, but it just didn’t spark my interest, so I feel that it would be difficult for me to be excited while reading it to our daughter.

I will be donating this to our local public library instead of keeping it in our home library in the hopes that it may resonate with another family more than it did with mine, so if you’re in my area, check it out!


Mama Needs A Do-Over Book Review

I recently received the opportunity to review Mama Needs a Do-Over by Lisa Pennington. Pennington, a blogger and the mother of nine (!!) children offers ten steps that mothers can use to reset themselves and their children when everyone is having a hard day.

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I liked that her chapters were full of personal anecdotes and scriptural references. I’ll be honest; if I had nine children, I don’t know if I would have time to remember Scripture, much less quote it!

I also appreciated the exercises that she had in each chapter. It made going through the chapters much more interactive, plus I think it will make me more likely to remember and implement her strategies when my own future bundle of joy is pushing me to the edge!

I would recommend this book to any mother (or even many women) who are struggling with keeping it all together. Even though we only have a fur child until April, I could use some of the strategies now. Hopefully my scrambled egg brains can remember these techniques. Somehow I think if a mother of nine can do it, then so can I!

Disclosure the first: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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The 5 AM Miracle: Book Review

I have a little problem with punctuality.

(Stop laughing, everyone who knows me in real life…).

I always think that I can get “just one more thing” finished in the mornings before I leave for work, but that one more thing turns into five other things, and it’s almost inevitable that I leave at least twenty minutes later than I had originally planned to.

The worst part of all of this is since my husband gets up at dark o’clock for work, and the pup and I get up too, I usually have at least two hours between getting up and when I should leave.

Two. Hours.

With that kind of time, I could really dominate my mornings, but instead I dominate napping on the couch and playing games on my iPad.

Okay, maybe I’ve figured out why I’m not the most punctual person…

I’ve always had aspirations of being more together and on top of things, but I tend to start strong and then fizzle out quickly. I think I just try to change everything all at once, lose motivation when everything isn’t instantly how I want it to be, and then quit. Does that sound familiar to anyone else? If so, then let me introduce you to The 5 AM Miracle!

(I completely intended for that to have a cheesy infomerical feel to it!)

I started listening to Jeff Sanders’ podcast earlier this year, and when I heard that he was accepting applications to be on the launch team for his first book, I wanted in! I received an advance copy of his book in exchange for an honest review.

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In his book, Sanders lays out a plan for you to gradually make over your mornings and your life, rather than diving in headfirst. In fact, one chapter even advises you not to get up at 5 AM the next morning. I can get behind that kind of plan!

Each chapter is full of tips, action plan items, and a “kill the snooze button” section that gives readers ideas about mistakes and problems to avoid. He also gives readers steps to create their own 5 AM blueprint and 30-day action plan.

I recommend this book to anyone wanting to make big changes in their life. The paperback edition is set to come out on December 1, so you could have it and implement his tools and suggestions before 2016. You could be a month ahead on your resolutions!

What could you accomplish if you dominated your mornings rather than letting them dominate you?

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Book Review: #BEMORE by Sandi Krakowski

Did you know that the hashtag symbol is actually called an octothorpe? #Trivia (and thanks to Renee L. for teaching us about that way back in January. I knew it would come in handy someday!).

I’m a hashtag-a-holic (octothorpe-a-holic?), and I have even been known to use them while actually talking to someone (#Awkward #Whatever #IfJustinTimberlakeAndJimmyFallonCanDoItThenSoCanI), but when I saw this book with a hashtag in the title, I was a little leery of reading it. It turns out that Sandi is a Facebook marketing expert and wants readers to use the hashtag #BEMORE whenever they write about the book on social media. She even includes a short, “tweetable” quote at the end of each chapter that readers can share with their friends and followers.

Image from Sandi’s website,

This would make a good devotional. The chapters are very short but they have a lot to them. Instead of reading this book straight through, it would be best to read one chapter a day and let everything sink in. It might make a good discussion group book, although with 77 secrets, groups would need to discuss more than one chapter per meeting!

Out of everything in the book, this quote on page 52 really stood out to me:

Keep your perspective most of the things we worry about are so big in our heads and then so, so tiny in reality.

Wow! How many times have we built things up in our heads only to have them turn out to be practically nothing?

I would recommend this book, especially if you don’t have a lot of time to read each day or week but want something thought-provoking. I will be donating this to my local library so all of you who are nearby, come check it out! (#Literally #LastOneIPromise)

Disclaimer: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Book Review: Catie Conrad: Faith, Friendship, and Fashion Disasters!

Middle school was so awkward.

Clearly I made it through middle school without experiencing that awkward phase. Clearly.

Ahem. As I was saying, middle school was awkward. You’re going through lots of changes, thrown into a bigger environment with more people, and you have tougher classes. That’s just the tip of the iceberg too. I shudder to think about all of the social pressure in middle school. You’ve got to make sure that you have a good group of friends and that you don’t embarrass yourself. No wonder tweens can have such attitudes sometimes! 😉

It’s been a few years since I’ve been in middle school, so I had blocked out forgotten some of the aspects of middle school. If I really want to remember those years, I have some diaries from that time period, but I would rather not revisit those! Thankfully, I don’t have to reread my old diaries to relive middle school because I can read book one of the Desperate Diva Diaries Series called Catie Conrad: Faith, Friendship, and Fashion Disasters! 

Written by Angie Spady and illustrated by Channing Everidge, the book follows the story of sixth grader Catie Conrad. Catie’s dad gave her a journal, which she did NOT want at all, but decides to use as a prayer journal and place to put her fashion sketches since she dreams of becoming a famous fashion designer. Throughout the book, readers meet Catie’s family (including her brother’s pet skunk, Rosey), Catie’s best friend Sophie, crush Josh, and the middle school mean girl, Miranda. We get to read about Catie’s embarrassing moments, daily struggles, and her journey as she grows in faith, especially after a family mission trip to a reservation in Arizona.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. There were a few times that I felt like Catie’s “voice” didn’t sound like a sixth grader, but for the most part, I found all of the characters believable and easy to relate to. I felt like there were a lot of good messages in the book too, particularly concerning friendship, empathy, and staying focused on God. If you have a tween daughter, then I would definitely recommend this book to her. I’m donating my copy to my local library, so if you live in my area and would like to read this book, check it out!

Disclaimer: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.