Book Review: Where Treetops Glisten

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Where Treetops Glisten
Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman & Sarah Sundin

Christmas, the nostalgia of the 1940’s, love and three of the biggest names in Christian fiction….what more could you ask for? Where Treetops Glisten has all that and more. This complication follows the stories of the Turner family of Lafayette, Indiana. Each short story follows a different Turner sibling.

 – Cara Putman’s White Christmas tells the story of Abigail Turner, a college student and part time employee of a candy shop. Having lost a love in the war already, Abigail wants nothing to do with men, especially soldiers. All that changes after a chance encounter with a handsome young man.

 – Sarah Sundin’s I’ll be Home for Christmas tells the story of Abigail’s fight pilot brother, Pete. While at home for some R&R, Pete meets a little girl looking for a father. When Pete meets the little girl’s mother, they both realize that they know each other from high school and the memories aren’t good.  Pete sets out to prove that he is no longer who he once was, but wonders if that’s enough.

 – Tricia Goyer’s Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas follows Meredith (Merry) Turner’s story. Having been betrayed by her beau, she signs up to be a combat nurse hoping that she can escape her heartache. Never in a million years did she think that her past would should up again halfway around the world.

I absolutely loved reading this book!  I think it may have something to do with the fact that I have the strange fascination with the 40’s, I often think I may have been born in the wrong decade. Of course, a lot of that has to do with the music of the time and those really awesome looking microphones they used. Haha!

I’ve read other books by all three of these authors and have enjoyed reading them all, so putting them all together in one book was sure to get rave reviews from me.  They each tell a beautiful story in their own style, but the stories intertwine seamlessly.  If it wasn’t obviously broken up into separate stories you’d never know that there were multiple authors. This is a great book for fans of historical Christian fiction, especially those looking to get into the Christmas spirit.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

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Moms’ Night Out

I’m sure you’ve heard all about the movie, Moms’ Night Out, that hit theaters on May 9…just in time for Mother’s Day. 🙂  If you haven’t heard or seen anything about it, check out the trailer below and then head out to go see it.  It’s not some fancy schmancy Hollywood blockbuster, but it is a hilariously funny movie with an awesome message and it’ll make a fun night out.

Along with the movie, a couple fun books were released. Tricia Goyer was given the privilege of drafting a novelization of the movie and comedian Kerri Pomarolli put out a devotional titled Moms’ Night Out…and Other Things I Miss. I was given the opportunity to review both of these books and can’t wait to tell you about them.

Moms’ Night Out
Tricia Goyer

This was my first experience reading a novelization of a movie and it was interesting. Usually a book and a movie are a bit different, but with a novelization it’s the exact same as the movie just in book form. Tricia does a great job of turning the movie into a book that’s fun to read, but reading the book after watching the movie was a bit tough for me since I already knew everything that was going to happen. The thing I enjoyed most was seeing how Tricia was able to take the way the characters used body language, eye rolls, faces, etc. and describe them just right so someone who had not seen the movie would be able to get the same understanding that moviegoers did. While this is a fun read, I’d suggest either the movie or the book not both. Or you could try reading the book and then watching the movie and it might be a different experience than mine.

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Moms’ Night Out…and Other Things I Miss
Kerri Pomarolli

Watch Kerri’s video below to learn more about this book, it’s pretty funny and I don’t think I could say it any better myself.

This devotional is a collection of funny stories and encouragement from a mom who has been right where you are, deep in the trenches of motherhood. Each chapter is short and to the point, but still deep enough that it really gives you something to think about encourage you as you do the most important job in the world.  I really enjoyed reading it and I’m sure I’ll find myself picking it up again and again through the years.

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And just because I like it, here’s one more really cool little video about Moms’ Night Out.

Disclaimer: I was provided  copies of these books in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own.

What I Am Not

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What I Am Not by Tricia Goyer

Becoming a mother is a complicated thing. Not only am I trying to negotiate a relationship with my child, I am trying to negotiate a relationship with myself as I attempt to determine how I mother, how I feel about mothering, how I want to mother and how I wish I was mothered.

— Andrea J. Buchanan, in Mother Shock3

Sometimes the easiest way to discover who we are is to know who we are not.

We are not our children. We all know mothers who go overboard trying to make themselves look good by making their children look great. I saw one woman on the Oprah television show who had bought her preschool daughter more than twelve pairs of black shoes just so the girl could have different styles to go with her numerous outfits! Just as we -don’t get report cards for mothering, we also -don’t get graded on our child’s looks or accomplishments. While you want your children to do their best and succeed in life, your self-esteem -shouldn’t be wrapped up in your child.

Life as I See It:

My individuality will never end. There will be no one exactly like me, not even my child. She will be like me in some ways, but not at all in others. I -wouldn’t have it any other way.

— Desiree, Texas

We are not our mothers. I remember the first time I heard my mother’s voice coming out of my mouth. The words “because I told you so .  .  .” escaped before I had a chance to squelch them.

It’s not until we have kids that we truly understand our mothers — all their frets, their nagging, and their worries.

It’s also then that we truly understand their love.

Since you are now a mother, it’s good to think back on how you were raised. If there were traditions or habits that now seem wise and useful, incorporate them into your parenting. You also have permission to sift out things you now know -weren’t good. Just because you’re a product of your mother, that -doesn’t mean you have to turn out just like her. Repeat after me, “I am not my mother.”

We are not like any other mother out there. Sometimes you may feel like the world’s worst mother. After all, your friend never yells at her son — and sometimes you do. Then again, your friend may feel bad because you have a wonderful bedtime routine that includes stories and songs. In many cases, the moms you feel inferior to only look like they have it together. All moms feel they -don’t “measure up.” Instead of feeling unworthy, we should realize that everyone has strengths and weaknesses. The key is where we place our focus.

The Bible says, “Let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without .  .  . comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we -aren’t” (Romans 12:5 – 6, MESSAGE).

The problem with comparison is, we always measure our weaknesses against the strengths of others.

Instead, we need to thank God for our strengths. We can also ask God to help us overcome our weaknesses — not because we want to compare ourselves, or look good in someone else’s eyes, but because we want to be the best mom out there.

Tricia Goyer is a CBA best-selling author and the winner of two American Christian Fiction Writers’ Book of the Year Awards (Night Song and Dawn of a Thousand Nights). She co-wrote 3:16 Teen Edition with Max Lucado and contributed to the Women of Faith Study Bible. Also a noted marriage and parenting writer, she lives with her husband and children in Arkansas. You can find her online at or at her weekly radio show, Living Inspired.

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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.

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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.