July 2018 Wrap-Up

July was a complete and total blur for me! We were so busy I didn’t get to finish anywhere near as many books as I had planned, but I did get to discover a few really great new books and authors.

So here’s my July Wrap-Up of all the books I reviewed in July:

40598920Truth Seer by Kay L. Moody.  Not only did I LOVE this book, but I also was able to interview the author. If you haven’t had the opportunity to do so already, be sure to check out the review and interview!

 

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The Dead Key by D.M. Pulley. This was the first time I’d read anything by D.M. Pulley, but it definitely won’t be the last!

 

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Mystic Dragon by Jason Denzel. For the first time ever, I actually jumped into the middle of a series and wasn’t upset about it!

 

 

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Priceless by Jen Barrick. I wasn’t as blown away by this devotional as I expected to be, but it was still a good devotional for teen girls.

 

 

I also finished reading Beneath the Same Heaven by Anne Marie Ruff, which I absolutely loved, but I haven’t been able to finish up the review yet.

I’m looking forward to my August TBR and hopefully a more productive month!

 

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BOOK REVIEW: Priceless by Jen Barrick

38749523Title & Author: Priceless, Jen Barrick
Publication Date & Publisher: October 2, 2018, Moody Publishers
Genre(s): Christian, Religion & Spirituality
My Rating: 3.5/5.0

Description (from Goodreads):

What if your daughter’s propensity for “feeling all the feels” is actually a good thing?

Teens and tweens have a reputation for letting their emotions get the best of them, so much so that we often wonder if our families (and the world) wouldn’t be better off if these young women we love could feel just a little less. But as Linda Barrick discovered, these emotions play an important role in the spiritual lives of young women, and, when they learn to direct them rightly, their feelings can be a powerful force for good in their lives, homes, and schools.

That’s why Linda and her daughter Jen wrote this devotional for teen girls. After Linda’s daughter, Jen, was in a traumatic car accident, Jen was in many ways “frozen” at age fifteen and completely uninhibited. That means Jen still says what she’s thinking and feeling almost all the time. Because of this Jen’s mom, Linda, got a unique glimpse into the inner world of young women, and she realized that the emotions young teen girls feel are a beautiful gift. It gives them the ability, like Jen, to have an unhindered, best-friend relationship with their Heavenly Father.

In this 30-day devotional for young teen girls, author Linda Barrick combines her daughter Jen’s real-life prayers with passages from Psalms in order to speak directly to the heart of young women. It will teach these teens and tweens how to cultivate a deep, emotional relationship with the God who loves them. Each day will:

address a different feeling and examine it in light of God’s truth from a short passage of Psalms
affirm young women’s feelings as a gift of God
demonstrate how their emotions are meant to lead them closer to God
show them how to make their faith stronger when they use God’s Word to navigate their emotions

My review:

My hopes were set pretty high for this title. Overall, this was a good devotional for teen girls. I went through the first part with my 13 year old daughter and she really enjoyed it. It’s definitely written to a much younger audience than my 38 year old self and it does a good job at talking at their level.

However, I feel that I need to get my biggest concern with this title out of the way before I go on:

At the end of Day 1, Priceless has something very similar to the much recognized “sinner’s prayer.” I really think I would’ve enjoyed this book much more if this part wasn’t in there, since I personally don’t believe in the sinner’s prayer. It takes more than simply saying a prayer to be transformed in Christ and to live your life as His disciple. There’s a lot more I could say here, but it’s not appropriate in this review as it’s not about the book. (Please feel free to Contact Me to discuss further.)

I liked the layout of Priceless and how it addresses so much of what every teenage girl goes through and feels. It lets them know that those feelings are normal, but feelings aren’t necessarily true. And then it shows them the truth in God’s word and helps them to shift their thinking into more positivity.

I loved that it had so many activities to do! My daughter and I wrote prayers together, and it really opened up a lot of discussions about how she feels and the best ways to deal with those feelings. I definitely recommend going through this book with your daughter! It was pretty eye opening.

Overall, I would recommend this book with the one concern noted above. Let me know you’re thoughts in the comments section below!

Thanks to NetGalley and Moody Publishers for providing me with a free review copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

 

You can pre-order Priceless on Amazon:

 

 

WWW Wednesday -July 18, 2018

img_1384-0Happy Wednesday everyone!

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words.  I’ve been doing it for a few weeks now and it’s a lot of fun sharing what all I’m currently reading and visiting the other participant blogs to find more to add to my TBR pile!!!

Don’t know what it is or how to participate??? All you need to do is answer the following three questions and link back to Taking on a World of Words, or you can put your answers in the comments on her blog!

The three WWW questions are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Without further ado…

Here’s what I’m currently reading:

 

37795839-_sy180_Beneath the Same Heaven, by Anne Marie Ruff

So… I became so attached and involved with the characters in this book that when their world fell apart, I actually had to take a break for a while and come back to it when I could handle it.  I’m not sure what that says about my emotional stability, but I do know it says great things about Anne Marie Ruff’s ability to connect her readers with her characters!

 

I recently finished:

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Priceless, by Jen Barrick

My daughter and I were going through Priceless together. She’s been gone most of the summer and so it was pretty slow going, and I ended up finishing the remainder without her, although we’ll still be finishing it up when she gets back from the beach! I’ll have my review up soon!

 

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Mystic Dragon, by Jason Denzel

I really loved reading this! I didn’t know it was the second in the series until I visited the Goodreads page, so that was a bit of a bummer… I can’t believe I missed out on the first one! (Don’t worry, it’s been added to my TBR). I’ll be posting a review soon!

 

 

What I’ll be reading next:

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What’s your WWW? Any thoughts on the books above? Leave a comment or send me a message through the Contact Me page.

WWW Wednesday -Independence Day 2018 Edition

Happy July 4 to all my fellow American bloggers and readers!!!

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img_1384-0WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words.  I’ve been doing it for a few weeks now and it’s a lot of fun sharing what all I’m currently reading and visiting the other participant blogs to find more to add to my TBR pile!!!

Don’t know what it is or how to participate… All you need to do is answer the following three questions and link back to Taking on a World of Words, or you can put your answers in the comments on her blog!

The three WWW questions are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Without further ado…

Here’s what I’m currently reading:

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Priceless, by Jen Barrick

I’ve been going through Priceless: Who I am When I feel… with my daughter and I’m still not quite sure how I feel about it. She is currently at her father’s house and was in Europe hopping about for a couple weeks before that so I’m reserving further opinion until I’ve been able to read more into it with her. As I’ve said in previous weeks, I love the idea behind this devotional and my daughter seems to be enjoying it. The problem may just be that it’s geared toward her age and understanding/dealing with the MANY emotions that come with being a teenage girl and holding those emotions and feelings up to God’s truths.  Maybe I just need to tap back into those emotions in order to get more out of it?

 

37795839-_sy180_Beneath the Same Heaven, by Anne Marie Ruff

I wasn’t able to get much reading done on this one lately, I’m sorry to say.  I am definitely still enjoying Beneath the Same Heaven, it just didn’t make the top of the list this week as I tried to play catch up from last week’s sick household shutdown. I’ll have more to say about it next week, I’m sure!

 

I recently finished:

small Truth Seer coverTruth Seer, by Kay L. Moody

I am really enjoying Truth Seer!  I flew through the first 100 pages…no small feat when you’re caring for 6 month old twins, a two-year old, and a recent high school graduate, all while worrying about your 13 year old daughter that’s currently hopping about Europe! I can already tell I’ll be reading the entire series! You can read my review of Truth Seer here.

 

 

22914448-_sx120_The Dead Key, by D.M. Pulley

I picked up The Dead Key at the West Virginia Writer’s Conference earlier this month.  It’s a fast paced mystery novel that I really had a hard time putting down at night! For me, mysteries/suspense stories are either love it or hate it, with no in between, and this one is firmly in the love it category! I’ll have a review up for it soon!

 

 

What I’ll be reading next:

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As you can tell, it’s been a crazy slow couple of reading weeks for me! It feels a little strange, but I guess you’ll have that.

What’s your WWW? Any thoughts on the books above? Leave a comment or send me a message through the Contact Me page.

WWW Wednesday (Sorta Kinda Maybe) – June 27, 2018

Welcome to WWW Wednesday – June 27, 2018 (Sorta Kinda Maybe)!

img_1384-0WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words.  All you need to do is answer the following three questions and link back to her, or you can put your answers in the comments on her blog!

The three WWW questions are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What should follow here are my answers to the above three questions.  These answers should be different than they were for my answers to the same questions last week (WWW Wednesday – June 20, 2018)….

giphyUnfortunately, my week has been filled with sick babies and a sick me which has kept my reading to nearly nothing (I’ve managed to write a total of 500ish words total on top of that).   The result? The below is a copy and paste from last week’s WWW Wednesday.  So sad…

So, here’s what I’m currently reading:

small Truth Seer coverTruth Seer, by Kay L. Moody

I am really enjoying Truth Seer!  I flew through the first 100 pages…no small feat when you’re caring for 6 month old twins, a two-year old, and a recent high school graduate, all while worrying about your 13 year old daughter that’s currently hopping about Europe! I can already tell I’ll be reading the entire series!

 

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Priceless, by Jen Barrick

I’ve been going through Priceless: Who I am When I feel… with my daughter and I’m not quite sure how I feel about it yet.  I love the idea behind this devotional and my daughter seems to be enjoying it. The problem may just be that it’s geared toward her age and understanding/dealing with the MANY emotions that come with being a teenage girl and holding those emotions and feelings up to God’s truths.  Maybe I just need to tap back into those emotions in order to get more out of it?  IDK… stay tuned, I’ll let you know how it goes…

22914448-_sx120_The Dead Key, by D.M. Pulley

I picked up The Dead Key at the West Virginia Writer’s Conference earlier this month.  It’s a fast paced mystery novel that I’ve been having a hard time putting down at night! For me, mysteries/suspense stories are either love it or hate it, with no in between, and this one is firmly in the love it category!

 

37795839-_sy180_Beneath the Same Heaven, by Anne Marie Ruff

I’m enjoying Beneath the Same Heaven, even though it’s a bit heavy on the romance side for me. Obviously, I knew it was a love story when I picked it out, but it’s the cross-cultural family dynamic that really pulled me in and got me interested in the novel.

 

I recently finished:

51ndubla9rl-_ac_us218_The Shield Breaker, by Scott Beckman

Just finished The Shield Breaker and I  can’t wait for the next book in this series to come out! There were a few more typos than I like to see as I was reading this one, but the story was so good that it really didn’t matter all that much (which isn’t normally the case).

 

What I’ll be reading next:

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What’s your WWW? Any thoughts on the books above? Leave a comment or send me a message through the Contact Me page!