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Happy, Bright, and an Important Reminder for Grace

After seeing "A Simplified Life," I've wanted to grab another book by Emily Ley for a while.

I love so much about A Standard of Grace. The happy colors, the journaling aspect, the message. It's the perfect book to grab for spring and a fresh start.

A Standard of Grace offers readers 52 journaling prompts (one a week), each beginning with a key Bible verse, a short devotional, and two thought-provoking questions. A full page is offered for answers to these questions, great for pencilling in thoughts and growing along the way.

First off, this journal is beautiful. Happy and classy, with pops of color, the larger size makes it easy to capture your thoughts. Bright, full-size pictures keep the content fresh.


I also think the topic is so important for many women to remember - to, no matter what the circumstances, remember to give yourself grace. It's a theme that's been cropping up in my life a lot lately, and I think many of us need this reminder.

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Every time Susan May Warren releases a new series, I get a little excitement brewing in my heart. Thank goodness she is such a prolific writer, because I love her books!

The brand new Global Search and Rescue series begins with The Way of the Brave, and a rocketing start it is. I thoroughly enjoyed the book from start to finish and devoured it in fewer sittings than I'd like to admit!

The Way of the Brave takes readers on an adventure in Alaska; early on, you're introduced to two key characters, Jenny Calhoun and Orion Starr. Jenny, a psychiatrist, and Orion, a former pararescue jumper, have history in a past life. But Denali may reunite them--whether they like it or not.

Prepare to be taken on an adventure as you read this book. The descriptions of the mountain had me feeling like I was really there! It will keep you on your toes and savouring every page.

I cannot wait for the next book in the series.

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an hones…

Perfect for When You Just Don't Know What to Say

Have you ever witnessed someone suffering? It's awfully hard to know what to say. Sometimes a hug says what I can't, but other times, all I can do is direct them to God's comfort.

Books like this are perfect for those moments when you just aren't sure what to say.

Words of Comfort for Women is a beautiful, pocket-sized resource packed with helpful encouragement. 90 devotionals will encourage and lift your (or your loved one's) spirit, drawing you to the source of all comfort. Each devotional begins with a poignant Bible verse, and a few pages expand on the topic.

Some topics include "A Safe Place" and "Confidence in God," which help you refocus and turn to God in those times of trouble.

I highly recommend picking this up and simply digesting a devotional a day. You may find you draw nearer to God and find true comfort in Him.

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Stale Marriage? Read This!

It's a reminder we all need. Love your spouse. Don't things always get a little stale after a while? Well, I can attest that this book will change things.

100 Words of Affirmation Your Husband Needs to Hear is packed  with 100 simple phrases that can help your husband feel loved. Each item starts with the phrase and has a page or two of a real-life example from the author, expanding on the item. Some ideas include saying things like "Thank you for all the work you do" or "Will you hold my hand?"

I love the cover; I love the quick, practical items; but most of all, I love that this really does make a difference.

After reading a few of the ideas, I tried it out (sidenote: make sure you're being genuine!). Immediately, I felt warmth and affection between us. It was like magic!

Bottom line is, I'm not a perfect wife. And I won't ever be. But I am so grateful for the reminders in this book to constantly be loving my husband and looking for ways to ho…

This Book Offers the Kind of Hope That Won't Run Out

Ever had one of those weeks? One that seems to drag on and pull every last bit of your courage with it?

I think we've all been there. And you know what? In those moments, I find that's when God reminds me of His sovereignty and how He has it all figured out.

If you need a tangible reminder of God's power, try reading a few of the devotionals in Words of Hope for Women. This book is filled with 90 devotionals that will encourage you and remind you of the hope you can find in God.

Each devotional starts with a verse or two, and follows with about a page and a half of a reading. I love the size, because it gives me the option to truly meditate on the devotional if I want to, or simply read through without feeling more stressed about my hectic day. Even more, this book offers the kind of hope that doesn't run out or change depending on your circumstances.

If you know someone who is struggling (or if you're feeling discouraged!), pick up this book for them. Chances are,…

Fun, Practical Ways to Better Love

Newlywed? Married 30 years? Can't remember? No matter if your marriage is lasting or the latest, this book is a great resource if you need a quick refresher (or simply inspiration) on how to show love specifically to your husband.

Anyone who has been in a relationship has likely learned that it's more about giving love than getting it, but sometimes you need a little reminder of practical ways to love100 Ways to Love Your Husband is perfect for these revelations.

Like the title indicates, this book is made up of 100 different ways to love your husband. Most of these are bite-sized with a simple statement and explanation on each page, allowing readers to try out these methods really easily (and consume a small reminder whenever necessary). Others have a larger anecdote that offer real-life advice. Some of the ways include things like "Kiss him on the lips," "Give grace," and "Convince him he's the man of your dreams."

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Whose Waves These Are is an intriguing story set in a small fishing community called Ansel-by-the-Sea (yes, the rest of the story is equally as poetic). Annie Bliss returns to the town--once a refuge in her youth--to help her GrandBob (now that he is the one who needs help) and we learn more about their pasts as the story unfolds.

The story is woven together beautifully and effortlessly and I loved the journey from past to present. Dykes has created beautiful characters whose stories are carefully unwrapped, like a gift, as you turn the pages. I didn't realize this was Amanda Dykes' first novel; I can't wait to read what she has in store for us next!

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

A Promising Opener for the Bride Ships Series

I've enjoyed so many of Jody Hedlund's novels, so I was eager to get my hands on A Reluctant Bride, the first release in The Bride Ships series.

From the start of the book, we are immersed in Mercy's life--and what a bleak future she faces. She lives in a slum and has so few choices--so she chooses to join the bride ship to have a hope of a future (and hopefully ensure a better one for her sister). Instead of everything going quite as planned, though, she finds herself drawn to a man on deck, Joseph Colville. Problem is, he's the ship's surgeon--not to mention, she's supposed to be with one of the men waiting on shore for a bride from this ship.

I was really intrigued by this series (The Bride Ships) and excited to experience a story from this time in history. For some reason, I'm drawn to stories set at sea, so this was a good read for me. Hedlund paints vivid scenes of the realities of the time (from the ship to Mercy's London slum) and I really enjoy…