Review of “Take Heart” by (in)courage community authors

I love the way this book is set up. It has devotionals written by a variety of writers on a wide array of topics. I feel this will allow it to reach more people. I also love that there are specific prayers at the end of each devotional that is based on the topic of that devotion so if you want to pray but are unsure of what to say this will help you. If you do not have a lot of time to read each day, then that is okay because each devotional can be read separate and they aren’t really long. So far I definitely recommend this book.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in order to give an honest review.

Review of “Live in Love: Growing Together in Life’s Changes” by Lauren Akins with Mark Dagostino

“Live in Love” is the story of Lauren Akins during her youth and then Lauren Akins and Thomas Rhett. This book was a fast read for me. The way it is written reads like you are reading Lauren Akin’s journal. It is very personable and refreshing. Throughout the book, she is very honest about things and just tells it like it is. In these times, it is so nice to know there are good honest people out there especially ones who love the Lord and want to do what they feel is His work for them. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an inspirational story.

Review of “Focus: How One Word a Week Will Transform Your Life” by Cleere Cherry Reaves

This devotional is set up for you to read one devotional each week and then to memorize scriptures that are listed at the end of each devotional. After four devotionals, there is something called “Taking Inventory”. This is to help you figure out how you are doing with growth. I have heard of doing word studies before and that is one of the things I thought of when I heard about this devotional. I loved the different words that Cleere chose to use for this book and that she puts scriptures that relate to that word at the end of each devotional. I also love that she puts focus tips in there to further help with application of each word to our life and walk with the Lord. The other thing that makes this devotional unique is that Cleere is doing a podcast to go along with it called “Let’s be Cleere”. I highly recommend this book and the podcast. And I myself am looking forward to further digging into the devotional and listening to the future postcast episodes (I have listened to the introduction episode).

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in order to give an honest review.

Review of “Staying Power” by Carol & Gene Kent and Cindy & David Lambert

Are you married?  Do you sometimes want advice on different ways to help make your marriage better?  Or if you have a great marriage then do you want some advice to make sure it continues to be great?  Well then “Staying Power: Building a Stronger Marriage When Life Sends Its Worst” by Carol & Gene Kent and Cindy & David Lambert is a good book to get in order to learn techniques to use in your marriage.  I like that they tell stories about how people handled different things in their marriage whether it was a good way or not.  As with any “self-help” book, I do think that there will be things that you do not agree with or that does not work for you, but that does not make the entire book bad or useless.  I think that we can take something from it that will better not only ourselves but our marriages.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in order to give an honest review.

Review of “Raising the Challenging Child” by Buckwater, Reed and Sunshine

Raising the Challenging Child: How to Minimize Meltdowns, Reduce Conflict, and Increase Cooperation by Buckwater, Reed, And Sunshine is based on research done by an organization. The reader is told that the strategies presented have been tried by members of their staff with their own children and found to be helpful.
In our society today, we might agree that all children can pose some type of challenge and every child is different. Also, the family structure varies from household to household. We live in a world where we want something that is easy and shows instant results. The strategies presented in this book can be helpful, but the parent or adult exercising the strategies must recognize the importance of persistence and consistency.
One good point they make is the need for the entire family to be on board with any strategy used in raising a child. While I totally agree with this, getting everyone on board is a challenge in and of itself. When trying to incorporate any strategy, it is important to realize that it may take multiple attempts. What works for one child may or may not work for another. Do not get discouraged if something does not work the first time! Reading their suggestions requires not only reading the book, but working through how you plan to incorporate their ideas with your own child. Share with the other adults in the household and make them aware of what your goals are. Work together!
Another very important point they make, which I personally feel is crucial is making your child feel valued and loved. Tough love is tough to administer, but when done in a loving way, is a win win for both the parent and the child.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in order to give an honest review.