Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Christy by Catherine Marshall

Christy

Christy

A classic for so many years, it is time for a new generation to fall in love with the setting and tale of Christy. 
This is a reprinting of the beloved novel in celebration of its fiftieth anniversary! It is a large hardcover featuring an old photograph on the cover. Honestly, I had never read this book although I had heard about it for years. The book really brings to life the setting- a close old-fashioned community in Asheville North Carolina. Although this wasn't one of my favourite books, I appreciated some of it and found myself interested as I read it. 
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
The train taking nineteen-year-old teacher Christy Huddleston from her home in Asheville, North Carolina, might as well be transporting her to another world. The Smoky Mountain community of Cutter Gap feels suspended in time, trapped by poverty, superstitions, and century-old traditions.

But as Christy struggles to find acceptance in her new home, some see her — and her one-room school — as a threat to their way of life. Her faith is challenged and her heart is torn between two strong men with conflicting views about how to care for the families of the Cove.

Yearning to make a difference, will Christy’s determination and devotion be enough?

Staying Stylish: Cultivating a Confident Look, Style, and Attitude by Candace Cameron Bure


Staying Stylish: Cultivating a Confident Look, Style, and Attitude


I was excited to receive this book to read and review! I love fashion and think Candace Cameron shows excellent and youthful yet appropriate taste in her appearance! Although this book can be especially inspiring for women a little older than me, say in their 30's, I learned from this book. Candace fills Staying Stylish with ideas and advice and wisdom for women on the topics of clothing, hair, makeup and health. I liked her balanced approach as well as her Biblical backgrounds on different topics. This was quite a fun book to look through and many women will appreciate it. Candace's style is fun yet basic and classy as well and thus will appeal to a variety of styles. 
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.



Join Candace Cameron Bure, actress best known as D.J. Tanner from Full House and a New York Times bestselling author, whose faith and wit have delighted audiences for decades, as she lets you in on her best-kept secrets for Staying Stylish. This gorgeous manual for beauty, style, health, and spiritual wellness will be your one-stop shop for everything you need to live your most stylish life.
As an actress, producer, New York Times bestselling author, and inspirational speaker, Candace Cameron Bure has spent her entire life in the spotlight, and she is well aware of the pressures and forces many women face. Throughout her career, Candace has balanced her faith, family, and passion for work and found her spot as role model to women of all ages—and as a style icon.
In her brand-new book Staying Stylish, Candace invites you behind the scenes of her day-to-day life and shares over 100 tips and tricks for looking and feeling your best—both inside and out. Nurture your body, style, and soul as you read through this beautiful book full of photos, insider secrets, and exciting ideas to revamp your own life into its best possible version. She offers her insight into balance, spiritual growth, and looking great while doing it all.
Staying Stylish topics will include personal style, fresh hair and makeup for any age, a well-balanced diet and fitness regime, and a well-nourished spirit.

Monday, November 27, 2017

In the Middle of the Mess: Strength for This Beautiful, Broken Life by Sheila Walsh

In the Middle of the Mess: Strength for This Beautiful, Broken Life

In the Middle of the Mess: Strength for This Beautiful, Broken Life



How do you turn your struggles into strengths? Beloved Bible teacher Sheila Walsh teaches readers how the daily spiritual practices of confession, meditation on God’s Word, and prayer result in fresh freedom in Christ.

In her long-awaited new book, Sheila Walsh equips women with a practical method for connecting with God’s strength in the midst of struggle. From daily frustrations that can feel like overwhelming obstacles to hard challenges that turn into rock-bottom crises, women will find the means to equip themselves for standing strong with God. Using the spiritual applications of confession, prayer, and meditation on Scripture to form a daily connection to Jesus, women will learn how to experience new joy as a child of God who is fully known, fully loved, and fully accepted. 

In In the Middle of the Mess, Walsh reveals the hardened defenses that kept her from allowing God into her deepest hurts and shares how entering into a safe place with God and practicing this daily connection with him have saved her from the devil’s prowling attacks. Though we will never be completely “fixed” on earth, we are continually held by Jesus, whatever our circumstances.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Counseling Under the Cross: How Martin Luther Applied the Gospel to Daily Life by Robert W. Kellemen

Counseling Under the Cross: How Martin Luther Applied the Gospel to Daily LifeCounseling Under the Cross: How Martin Luther Applied the Gospel to Daily Life

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Rule of Law by Randy Singer

Rule of Law

Rule of Law


This is a large book, but if you are anything like me, you won't notice the length once as you read through this exciting book! Although I have never read this style of fiction before, with this book I was fully interested from the first chapter. Set in present-day America/Middle East, this book features a fictional President and fictional although extremely possible events. The main characters are lawyer Paige Chambers who gets closely involved with the fate of six SEALS sent to the MIddle East on a disastrous mission. Following the mission, Paige feels it necessary to look into the motives behind the president's orders. This opens up an intriguing political mystery which will take all of Paige's skills as a lawyer to unravel. Like I already mentioned, this book is fascinating and will not disappoint! 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.


Friday, November 10, 2017

The Gift of Heaven by Charles Stanley

The Gift of Heaven
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Trustworthy answers to your questions about heaven.
  This is a beautiful, concise book about heaven from Dr. Charles Stanley. 

The Gift of Heaven, Dr. Stanley’s first book on heaven, offers biblically based teaching and insights for anyone who has questions about God and what happens after we die. Although I can't agree with everything doctrinally, there is a lot of good in this book. It is beautifully published and will make a good gift for someone. 
I received a copy of this book from the publisher

God has traced the outlines of a lovely blueprint of heaven through His Word. Dr. Charles Stanley provides biblical insights to comfort and encouragement as he explores these questions and more:How do I know I’ll go to heaven?


Who will be in heaven?


What is life in heaven like?


Take a moment to reflect on life beyond this world, and anticipate the greatest hope of all – the day you see the face of God welcoming you into His fullness.  

The Grand Central Market by Adele Yellin, Kevin West

The Grand Central Market Cookbook: Cuisine and Culture from Downtown Los AngelesThe Grand Central Market Cookbook: Cuisine and Culture from Downtown Los Angeles

Founded in 1917, Grand Central Market is a legendary food hall in Downtown Los Angeles that brings together the many traditions and flavors of the city. Now, GCM's first cookbook puts the spotlight on unique recipes from its diverse vendors, bringing their authentic tastes to your home kitchen. From Horse Thief BBQ's Nashville-Style Hot Fried Chicken Sando to Madcapra's Sumac Beet Soda to Golden Road's Crunchy Avocado Tacos, here are over 85 distinctive recipes, plus spectacular photography that shows off the food, the people, and the daily bustle and buzz. Stories about the Market's vibrant history and interviews with its prominent customers and vendors dot the pages as well. Whether you've visited and want to make your favorite dishes at home, or are simply looking for a cookbook that provides a plethora of multi-national cuisine, The Grand Central Market Cookbook is sure to make your kitchen just a little bit cooler.