Book Reviews

Win a Copy of It’s All Under Control!

Do You Ever Feel Like Nothing’s Under Control? Maybe you need to read Jennifer Dukes Lee’s latest book, It’s All Under Control: A Journey of Letting Go, Hanging On, and Finding a Peace You Almost Forgot Was Possible Jennifer is my kind of person—real, witty, friendly, and struggling to get all the things done (in just the right way). And just like me, she struggles with her inner control freak. Unfortunately, she (and everybody else in this world) can’t control…

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What Happens When We Give Up Control?

I Can’t Control the Rain Each evening I take a walk by the gully, around the back of the school property. Sometimes, lightning flashes on the horizon, and rain clouds threaten. After a hard rain, the mud shrivels as it dries, leaving a curled-edge puzzle scattered across the gully flats. The desert sun beats down and dries the clay-like mud that shatters if you toss or step on it. This year seems different. The monsoons came late and the desert…

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Why You Need to Learn How to Lead Like a Woman

This week’s installment of Self-Care Sunday delves into the academic realm. Your kids aren’t the only ones who can go back to school this month! Learn how to lead so people will follow. If you click on a link to a book, please know that I’m an Amazon affiliate (but it won’t change the price of the book). Lead Like a Woman Don’t get me wrong. Some men are great leaders, and some women are horrible leaders. But this summer…

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Curl Up with a Suspense Book from Colleen Coble!

The House at Saltwater Point By Colleen Coble, Thomas Nelson, The House at Saltwater Point (A Lavender Tides Novel), Colleen Coble’s second book in the Lavender Tides series features Ellie Black Blackmore, blogger and the creative genius behind Lavender Farm Homes. She and her partner, Jason Yarwood, buy and remodel homes on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula to resell to high-end clients. She and her sister, Mackenzie, seem to have their lives together, despite their tumultuous upbringing. All that changes when her…

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Hope for all the Martha Type-A Doers in the World

Are You Really a Type-A Doer Like Martha? Although I’d like to believe that Martha’s sister Mary and I have the most in common, I fool myself. So much so, that when I had a chance to help my friend Katie M. Reid out with launching her new book, Made Like Martha: Good News for the Woman Who Gets Things Done, I started reading with a superior attitude. After all, I love to spend time each day with Jesus. Sure,…

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The Importance of Being Battle Ready

Are You Battle Ready? When Kelly Balarie, author of Fear Fighting, invited me to participate on the launch team of her latest book, Battle Ready: Train Your Mind to Conquer Challenges, Defeat Doubt, and Live Victoriously I wondered if a pacifist like me needed a book about battle preparedness. Then I really read the subtitle: Train Your Mind to Conquer Challenges, Defeat Doubt, and Live Victoriously. Who wouldn’t want to know how to do those things? Balarie walks the reader…

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Don’t Miss The Orphan’s Wish by Melanie Dickerson

A Lonely Heroine “When does Melanie Dickerson’s next book come out?” one of my students asked me the last day of school. “Not until June 26,” I told her. Her crestfallen face made me assure her, “Don’t worry, you’ll be here for leadership session when it comes out! Maybe you won’t have to wait until August to read it!” We went on to discuss the cover of The Orphan’s Wish (she loved it), and that it would retell Aladdin’s story…

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Not Your Typical Fluffy Romances

  The Love Letter Rachel Hauck Thomas Nelson, 352 pages, June 12, 2018. Chloe Daschel has grown up in Hollywood—but for the first time in long career she’s fallen in love with a character and she’s willing to call in a few favors to get the part. Something about the character of Esther Longfellow pulls at her like no other character has done before. The script, a freshman effort by the unknown Jesse Gates tells the epic story of a…

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A Daring Venture Makes a Perfect Companion for Long Summer Evenings

A Daring Venture Elizabeth Camden Bethany House, 352 pages, June 5, 2018. Elizabeth Camden’s newest release, A Daring Venture, hits it out of the ballpark with humor, romance, intrigue, and inspiration. Dr. Rosalind Werner, biochemist and crusader for clean water, has her work cut out for her. Despite the modern conveniences of life in 1908, men’s views of educated women haven’t caught up to the modern realities. Scandal chased her and her brother Gus and his wife from Heidelberg, Germany…

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You’ll Swoon for these New Historical Inspirational Titles!

More Than Meets the Eye (A Patchwork Family Novel) Bethany House, 354 pages, June 5, 2018. Karen Witemeyer Karen Witemeyer’s latest release has everything swoon-worthy tucked between its covers. Logan Fowler arrives in the tiny Texas town of Pecan Gap in the 1880s with carefully laid plans to wreak revenge on the gambler who stole his family’s ranch. Determined to hunt down Zach Hamilton and bring him to justice, Logan starts to question his quest when he finds no evidence…

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