Friday, June 30, 2017

Barbara and Susan's Guide to the Empty Nest

I'm a mother of 2 teenagers, one is on the way to college while the other is in high school.  The nest is not yet empty, but it will be in a few years.  This book is a great way to look ahead with hope toward the next chapter of my life.

This quote sums up the life of a mother, "The job of mother became not just what we did, but who we were.  Like leather gloves that get softer and conform to the shape of our hands through years of wear, we grew so accustomed to our role that we became....comfortable.  We fit the role and the role fit us." (page 132).  This is exactly how I feel about my role as mother, but I know those comfortable gloves will soon be coming off.  I need to prepare and be ready for the time when my children are gone and become parents themselves.

I was grateful to read this revised copy of this book as I look ahead to my future as an empty-nester.  Bethany House provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for this review which I freely give.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Invitation

When you read enough, fiction tends to become boring and predictable.  This book breaks the mold and was as unpredictable as it was fascinating.

Four very different people come together, each with their own special gift.  Together they are challenged to solve inexplainable occurrences.  Using their gifts and overcoming their differences, they discover that there is evil beyond this world yet hope in something bigger.

What makes this book interesting was how it was written by 4 authors with one storyline.  The character development and the flow of the book was not affected by the change in author.  It was fascinating to read 1 story in 4 parts with 4 writers.

Bethany House provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for this review which I freely give.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Women of Easter

She has done it again!  Liz Curtis Higgs has a gift of telling a Biblical story in a way that brings it to life without dishonoring the truth.

This time it's the Easter story through the eyes of the women who were there.  More than just what happened, but the story that includes how they may have felt, what they may have seen, and what it was like for them to experience it.  It is a great way to study the death and resurrection of Jesus from eyewitness accounts.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.