A while back I put up a post that included information about the release this book. I finally pried the book out of my husband’s hands and got the chance to read it myself. All I can say about this book is WOW!!!  Adam Brown was an amazing man and his stories were so interesting and encouraging. From beginning to end, this book kept my attention and the stories kept me interested and engaged. This book brought out a range of emotions from happiness to grief; I laughed aloud multiple times, but also found myself in tears near the end. I literately just closed the cover of this book and am still digesting all that I read so I  honestly can’t really say anything else about this book except that you NEED to read it. As soon as I read the last word, I knew that I needed to let you all know about it!

To learn more about Adam and find out how to get your own copy, go to http://fearlessnavyseal.com/

Disclaimer: Although I was provided free copies of this book, it was not in exchange for this review.  I really think this is an awesome book and would recommend it to anyone!


Book Review: The Beautiful Wife

This review is part of a Blog Tour for Sandy’s new book, to check out some other reviews click here. Also, don’t forget to check out the info on Sandy’s giveaway.

The Beautiful Wife
Sandy Ralya

I have to be honest, when I first signed up to be a part of this blog tour I was a bit worried that I’d signed myself up to read another overwhelming book on being a “good wife.”  I’m sure you know what I’m talking about.  In fact, the last book I read on this subject left me feeling super guilty that I wasn’t running around 24/7 on 4 hours of sleep a night.  Sometimes books on this subject are more condemning than encouraging, or at least that’s how it feels to an already frazzled wife. Because of these past experiences I was a little scared to read this one.

I’m happy to report that Sandy Ralya’s new book, The Beautiful Wife, is not overwhelming, guilt-inducing, or scary! 🙂

This book is full of encouraging, helpful information aimed at really helping wives to look at their hearts and inspire them to become the wife God calls them to be. Sandy offers tips and inspiration that are practical and applicable in real-life in way that is hopeful and helpful. The information and guidance provided are all backed up with biblical principles; there is no shortage of applicable verses in this book. It was such an encouragement to me that I read it all within a few days, usually a book of this nature takes me quite a while to get through if it’s not for an organized Bible study. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for encouragement and inspiration in being a beautiful wife.

I was also given the opportunity to review the prayer journal and mentor’s guide that accompany this book. Both are done beautifully and in a way that will be highly effective in aiding this study. The prayer journal follows information provided in each chapter and gives you a chance to journal your responses and further reflect on what you’ve read. The mentor’s guide is unlike any other I’ve seen before; the entire first half of the book talks about being a mentor and how to best help this study along, it’s not a just a book full of discussion questions. The mentor’s guide also gives the mentor quite a bit of useful information to aid preparation for each week, as well as how to guide discussion and lead the flow of the meeting. I would love to use the materials to lead a study and may look into doing so in the future.

About the Book:

The Beautiful Wife uses these inspiring stories along with biblical principles to guide and encourage any wife looking for God’s best in her marriage. The Beautiful Wife answers serious questions women have about their roles as wives. Discussing everything from romance and money to beauty, communication, and sex, Sandy challenges women to open up and share their journeys so that together they can see God’s plan for their marriages. “It is my passion to help women discover God’s heart for their marriage, just as the other women helped me,” writes Sandy. “When women share with each other the details of their journeys with God as wives, it’s a beautiful thing indeed.”

About Sandy Ralya:

Sandy Ralya is the founder and director of Beautiful Womanhood, a marriage mentoring ministry based near Grand Rapids, Mich. Her marriage testimony was the focus of a popular three-day interview on FamilyLife Today, TV’s Walking by Faith, and Time Out for Women. Sandy is a sought-after speaker, presenting Beautiful Womanhood seminars to hundreds of women each year at MOPS groups, women’s retreats, and church leadership conferences across the country and in Canada. Sandy and her husband Tom have been married since 1980, and have a growing number of grandchildren.  www.beautifulwomanhood.com

If you would like to learn more about Sandy’s heart, check out these two videos:



Disclaimer: A complimentary copy of this book was provided for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to post a positive review.

This book can be found at Amazon and Barnes and Noble, as well as many other retailers.

Book Review: Too Blessed to Be Stressed

Too Blessed to be Stressed

Debora M. Coty

About the Book:

Do your to do lists have footnotes? Has your fam suggested a rabies shot because your bite has surpassed Rover’s?
Maybe it’s time for a healthy dose of truth gift-wrapped in humor. With her own offbeat brand of wit and near-wisdom, inspirational humorist Debora Coty addresses the heart-needs of desperate women drowning in the churning everyday stress-pool of busyness.

In Too Blessed to Be Stressed, you’ll find simple, practical steps for attaining the peace that you crave as you struggle with the stresses of finances, health, career, relationships, self-image and family. You’ll discover healing, refreshment, and revitalization for your own spirit, body and mind through heart-changing real life stories, biblically based insights, and short chapters for on-the-run convenience.

About the Author:

Debora M. Coty is a humorist, columnist, speaker, writing workshop instructor and award-winning author of over 100 internationally published articles and ten inspirational books. She has also contributed short stories and devotionals to numerous anthologies. Debora’s passion is sharing her offbeat blend of humor and hope, wit and near-wisdom with women of all ages. As a piano teacher for twenty years, she acquired the skill of auditory long-suffering and has helped countless people as an occupational therapist specializing in orthopedics for over three decades. Mother of two grown children, Debora currently lives and loves in central Florida with her husband and desperately wicked pooch, Fenway.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed the way this book was set up; each chapter addresses a specific topic, has a little story and encouragement, and ends with some questions you can ask yourself to further absorb the information. This book would be a great resource for daily devotions, as well as topical devotions. The writing is great and the questions at the end of each chapter really make you think about the topic at hand.

If you’d like to purchase your own copy of this book, click here.

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Disclaimer: I was provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review.

Book Review: Life, In Spite of Me

Life, In Spite of Me
Kristen Jane Anderson

Overwhelmed with choices she had made and consequences of these choices, Kristen Anderson made a decision to put an end to it all. One cold January night, she lay down in the path of an oncoming freight train. Before the engineer can bring the train to a stop, Kristen has been run over by 33 train cars. After she wakes up in the hospital, all she can remember is opening her eyes and seeing her legs laying 10 feet away from her. It’s nothing short of a miracle that she survives this horrific experience and eventually she comes to realize that God really does have a purpose for her life. This book follows Kristen from the encounter with the train, through surgeries and physical therapy.  The journey is not just a physical one, but also a spiritual one, as she comes to understand how much God loves her and what it means to have a real relationship with him.

This book was very moving and inspirational; it is full of insight into Kristen’s thoughts and experiences. It’s an easy read; I read it in about 3 nights. The book is well written, conversations are written in present tense, not just a recollection of events. Kristen is very  encouraging and stresses the importance of a relationship with Jesus Christ. Some chapters end with notes to the reader about how to deal with issues such as suicidal thoughts, rape, etc. For a girl who has been through so much, Kristen’s personality seems to shine in this book without feeling fake or holding anything back.

This book can be found at Amazon and Barnes and Noble, as well as many other retailers.
Disclaimer: A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishers. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to post a positive review.

Book Review: Thunder Dog

Thunder Dog
Michael Hingson with Susy Flory

Massive amounts of oxygen after a premature birth left Michael Hingson permanently blind. Rather than send their son off to an institution for blind children, Michael’s parents chose to keep him at home and raise him just the same as their other children. Because he was “main streamed” in life, as well as school, Michael learned how to adapt to a world geared toward those with the gift of sight. It is this experiences that helped him become a successful human being, eventually landing a job at a company with offices in the World Trade Center. As fate would have it, Michael and his guide dog, Roselle, were in the WTC on September 11, 2001. This book tells the story of how Michael and Roselle had to trust each other in their escape from the building.

One thing I really loved about this book was the way the story of Michael’s life was woven into the story of his escape from the WTC. It doesn’t start out as a story of his childhood and end on 9/11; it flashes from childhood stories to 9/11 and back again multiple times. The stories he tells of growing up really surprised me, there were very few times he ever let his blindness hinder his life. I also learned a great deal about the blind community and guide dogs as I was reading this book.

This book can be found at Amazon and Barnes and Noble, as well as many other retailers.
Disclaimer: A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review by Thomas Nelson Publishers. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to post a positive review.

Book Review: Plain Wisdom

Plain Wisdom
Cindy Woodsmall and Miriam Flaud

In Plain Wisdom author Cindy Woodsmall and Miriam Flaud, a member of the Old Order Amish community, share stories of their lives and their friendship. Each chapter has a title and Bible verse that correspond to a short story or writing from both authors. The sections by Woodsmall revolve around her friendship with Flaud as well as family stories, while Flaud’s portion of each chapter provides insight about life in an Old Order Amish community. Some of the chapters also include mouth-watering recipes.

Lately I find myself interested in learning more about the Amish community and this book definitely provided me with interesting information. Everything from marriage to church to quilting is discussed in this book. I’ve not yet read any of Woodsmall’s Amish fiction novels, but I can’t wait to get my hands on some and see how she has put her research to work in her writing. This was a quick and interesting read.

This book can be found at Amazon and Barnes and Noble, as well as many other retailers.
Disclaimer: A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishers. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to post a positive review.