Review of “Back Roads to Belonging” by Kristen Strong

“Back Roads to Belonging” was my first book I’ve read by Kristen Strong so I was not sure what to expect but I did have high hopes based on the title and cover that it was going to be a good one. I really like how she puts a little summary of sorts at the end of the chapter called “Belong Blessing”.  The “Belong Blessing” to me felt like a friend was giving me some good advice as well as praying for me in a way.  I also could relate to the author’s feelings of not belonging and the explanations she told herself as to why she didn’t feel she belonged in certain cases.  I liked the personal stories she put in.  I really felt like I was reading a book written a friend instead of someone that I don’t know.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book to write an honest review.

Book Review of “When You Need to Move a Mountain” by Linda Evans Shepherd

This was another book that I was really looking forward to reading.  I have to say I was not disappointed with this book at all.  The book is broken into several chapters in which the author talks about the different areas in our life where we can use intercessory prayer.  However, before she talks about where we can use it, she goes into why it is important for us to practice it as well as why God even wants us to pray in the first place.  One of my favorite things that Linda Evans Shepherd includes in this book that I have not seen or read anywhere before is about “prayer giftings”.  She even includes an extensive list of them in the book.  While I am not sure at the moment which ones apply to me, I love that I have the list to go back to while I mull it over.  I also really like that she includes scripture, sample prayers, and a prayer at the end of the chapters.  I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good reference on praying.

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

Review of “Winning Your Blood Sugar Battle” by Richard Furman, MD, FACS

I was really looking forward to receiving this book not because I have diabetes.  I was looking forward to it because I know from past experience that a diabetic diet can help you lose weight and be healthy or at least healthier. However, though I do think it is a good read and has good information in it.  I do feel like some of the information provided is common sense or can be found in many other places.  I was also really hoping that it would possibly have some recipes in it for good healthy options to make for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  However, it did not have any recipes.  It did have a sample daily menu and a list of good foods to eat.  As well as wanting some good healthy recipes, I was looking for some possible workout exercises and/or routines to be included (maybe even with diagrams).  But I did not really see what I wanted in regards to exercise either.  Within the chapter on “Importance of Ideal Weight”, the author says that the ideal weight for a woman should be calculated by taking 95 pounds as a base and adding 4 pounds for every inch over 5 feet that you are.  Well I am 5 foot 3 inches and I just feel like if I only weighed 107 pounds that I would look way too thin.  I feel like your body fat percentage should be taken into account when calculating your ideal weight.  Overall I did think that the information on how diabetes relates to your heart and brain were interesting but the rest of the book just did not seem like something I would specifically go out and get this book for.

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

Book Review on “The Very Best, Hands-on, Kinda Dangerous Family Devotions” by Tim Shoemaker

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

While I like the concept of the devotional, I am not really fond of the fact that it seems to this overprotective mama that the term “kinda dangerous” should really say “dangerous” for several of the devotionals in this book. There are also a couple that say the child should be 12+ years old. I was really looking forward to getting the devotional to review because I have a daughter that I would love to be able to do fun biblical lessons with when she gets older; however, I think that I would be too nervous to do some of them with her. Now there are some out there that aren’t as much of a worrier as me and will love this devotional which is why I won’t get it lower than three out of five stars. I will say my only other thing that I wasn’t fond of with this devotional either is that it requires someone to go out and buy some specific things for some of the devotionals. I wish that it didn’t require that because then I think it would be appealing to more people.

Thoughts on Keep Showing Up by Karen Ehman

I recently started reading the book Keep Showing Up: How to Stay Crazy in Love When Your Love Drives You Crazy by Karen Ehman.  I am currently on page 176.  However, I thought I would write some of my thoughts for the book so far.  I started reading it because I am participating in the Proverbs 31 Online Bible Study based on this book.  It is a refreshing book on marriage.  Karen Ehman not only talks about what you can do to work on your marriage, but she also talks about her own marriage in order to provide examples.  I have found that this book can not only be applied to my relationship to my husband but also to other relationships in my life.  I love how she gives activities that you can do in order to “keep showing up” in marriage.  I would definitely recommend this book!