25 Ways to Communicate Respect to Your Husband by Jennifer Flanders

In all areas of our lives we should be pursuing learning and improvement. This seems obvious in job situations, but what about the parts where 25 Ways to Communicate Respect to Your Husband book cover“continued education” isn’t required? Such as marriage? Marriage is a commitment for life so we definitely need to continue growing and learning! Sometimes we just need to be reminded of what we already know and aren’t applying. Other times we may require a few (or more!) kicks in the pants to get out of a rut we’re stuck in!

25 Ways to Communicate Respect to Your Husband by Jennifer Flanders is a good book to add to your marriage improvement reading list. With it’s short chapters and straightforward writing, it is easy to read. However, I would echo her suggestion for you to read and work on one chapter a week. Otherwise you might read it in a couple days and yet not do anything for your marriage! Also don’t ignore the “Put It into Practice” sections at the end of each chapter. You may not have time to do them all each week, but they are suggestions to help you apply the topic she discussed in that chapter.

I love the warning on the back… “WARNING: Reading this book may alter the way you look at your husband, your marriage, and life in general. Read at your one risk. Side effects from implementing these principles set forth in these pages may include a more joyful outlook, better communication skills, a healthier relationship, a happier home, and a rekindled desire to love on your man.” :)

**The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of the book through BookCrash for my honest opinion.

Life Support by Candace Calvert

After reading the first two books in the Grace Medical trilogy, finally reading Life Support felt like hanging out with an old friend! Life Support book cover

 

These books can be read as separate novels, since each book branches out with a minor character from the book before. However, I would suggest starting at the beginning, with Trauma Plan.

 

In Life Support, Candace Calvert weaves several side stories and issues – mental health, handling family issues, single parenting, spousal abuse, and even hurricane safety – around the main story of Eli and Lauren. We fall in love with Eli’s daughter, Emma and his brain-damaged brother, Drew. We want Lauren’s sister, Jessica, to be open to help. We open a book full of drama, both medical and personal!

 

The ending seemed a bit too neatly wrapped up. However, then I considered what all they had been through….situations like those can help people realize what is important, be less selfish, and be more willing to step up.

 

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of Life Support from Tyndale House Publishers. It was not required that I give a positive review, but to solely express my own thoughts and opinions.

Riley Mae and the Ready Eddy Rapids by Jill Osborne

Riley Mae and the Ready Eddy Rapids is a Faithgirlz! book and the second in The Good News Shoes series by Jill Osborne.Riley Mae and the Ready Eddy Rapids book cover

This book continues with Riley Mae adjusting as the spokesperson for Swiftrivers’ athletic shoes for girls. The excitement also continues as Riley, her family, and the siblings that own Swiftriver fly to a secret location to hideout while they are hoping things get figured out. (I’m not going to ruin anything from book 1, Riley Mae and the Rock Shocker Trek. You really should read it because these books definitely build on each other.) Swiftriver is going to use this time to for a photo shoot of Riley Mae on a river rafting trip. She isn’t too thrill about that, especially after the danger during the last photo shoot at Half Dome!!

However, there Riley Mae meets 10-year old Sunday who has leukemia and yet goes through each day with amazing joy and hunger for life. He shares that “I want my soul to be on fire for God — no matter what”. With all this shoes business, Riley has been thinking about “For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared” from Ephesians 6. But what does “soul on fire” mean?

Rusty, Riley Mae’s friend, gets to come along later, even though she doesn’t know the full story of why they are there. Rusty decides to give her life to Christ and then opens up to Riley about finding her mom. What will happen with that?

I still totally recommend this series – great stories with fun characters, age appropriate but also interesting enough for moms :) , and Christ-centered!!

 

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.

Riley Mae and the Rock Shocker Trek by Jill Osborne

Riley Mae and the Rock Shocker is the first book in a new Faith Girlz! series, The Good News Shoes, focused on 7th grader Riley Mae. She Riley Mae and the Rock Shocker Trek book coverloves sports and being girly so her stumbling into the position of spokesperson for the Swiftriver Shoe Company actually seems like a perfect fit. However, there are downsides that she didn’t realize at first – missing most of softball season, making her best friend mad, and even the guilt of promoting expensive shoes. Also, there seems to be a bit of a mystery surrounding Swiftriver Shoe Company!?

First I have to say say that the cover is sweet and catches your eye – Love it!! Secondly, I expected a cute, clean read. However, it was so much more!! I was so impressed that this first time children’s author Jill Osborne could make the characters so real in a shorter book, but she’s brilliant! The story dealt with deeper issues, such as a friend does not have enough food because her father is out of work. Also, there is more to the story, but I don’t want to ruin anything…I’ll just finish by saying that I chose to review this book because I know my girls will love to read it, however I am now looking forward to book 2!!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.

Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine

If someone said, “I have ‘9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life’.” What might be your response? Say Goodbye to Survival Mode book coverMine would be something like “Sounds great! I really could use that!!”. However, my thoughts would be more along the line of “PROVE IT!”

I was invited to be on the launch team for Crystal Paine’s new book Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: ‘9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life’. Recognize her name? She’s from from MoneySavingMom.com! Since I have had some experience checking out her site and getting tips and freebies, I wasn’t as skeptical .:)  Her site has already proven to be down-to-earth and practical!

So I dove in… then Thanksgiving came and travel… sickness… Christmas with lots of travel and more sickness. My progress through the book was very choppy (because of all the above and more), but I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to read this book!

Say Goodbye to Survival Mode is truly “real” – you hear Crystal’s heart through her experiences both the good and the bad. It is also easy to read and well written. However the best part is how practical it is, especially with the handy printables in the appendix!!

Ladies, don’t just complain about how stressed and tired and burned out you feel! Grab some friends and go through this book together. You will be ENCOURAGED AND INSPIRED as you learn (or are reminded of) the different principles included! Also you and your family will be BLESSED as you put them into action!!

I will be going through it again, but a little bit differently. I plan to read through it again using a “real book”. I love the convenience of ebooks and PDFs, but some books you just need them physically in your hands so you can mark them all up and flip back through them easier!  I also will go through it slower but more focused. Because there is “9 Simple Strategies” with super practical steps, I want to make sure I take the time to actually apply what I’m reading.

ALSO…To celebrate the release of Say Goodbye to Survival Mode this week, Crystal is offering a some of great prizes for those who buy the book. Simply go to www.GoodbyeSurvivalModeBook.com now for details. CHECK IT OUT!! You can also pick up the book anywhere books are sold, including Amazon.

Disclosure: I also received a book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.

Glimpsing Grace in Ordinary Days by Christine Litavsky

What a beautiful collection of writings from Christine Litavsky. This book serves as a great encourager to us all as we are take the time to Glimpsing Grace in Ordinary Days book coverglimpse grace in our own ordinary days.

I haven’t read a book like this before – it’s not fiction and it’s not a nonfiction “motivational/instructional” book either, which normally fills up my regular reading plate. Part of Glimpsing Grace in Ordinary Days are some of her (and her readers’) favorite newspaper columns (but expanded) and the rest is new material. So this book is nonfiction, but it’s stories from the author’s life…mulled over, examined and shared with us. Christine Litavsky calls it “authentic, honest writing” over what she knows best – “ordinary events in the life of an ordinary woman.”

Glimpsing Grace in Ordinary Days has 11 chapters. These are actually used more as ways to group the writings. Some of my favorite are “Parenting With Prayer”, “Home Is Where The Heart Is”, “Grace In Dumpsters & Dust” and “Meandering Down Memory Lane”.

So read this… slowly… savor it… and be blessed as we remember to “focus on the grace notes that we often forget to listen to during our frenzied days.”

**The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of the book through BookCrash for my honest opinion.

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