Monday, January 28, 2013

Pock Your Dollars : A Review

This book was very encouraging.  The author shared her inspiring story from being trapped in almost $60,000 in debt to climbing out of the hole and never returning.  This book showed how attitude and how you are raised will effect your view of money.

One thing that Ms. Rocha pointed out was how we interact with our children when it comes to money.  When you are at the store and your child begs for a certain toy what do you say?  If you say we can't afford that and then get it for their birthday a few months later what message did you just send?  Either you can get what you can't afford or this gift is hurting the family's finances.

This book was great at addressing some attitudes such as "I deserve this" and living outside your means as well as "I can't afford this".  I went into this book curious and wary that it would be dry and boring.  I finished the book encouraged, uplifted and ready to tackle our finances...

I was given this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts regarding this book are mine alone...

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Bartered Bride Collection : A Review

This book was a light, fun and relaxing read.  The stories are written by some of my favorite authors such as Cathy Hake and Kelly Hake as well as some new-to-me authors.

This book is a collection of 9 short stories that will make you smile.  The stories range from the bayou to the wagon train to Wyoming.  Some are connected to other stories in the book and some are stand-alone.  The characters are lovable and fun.  I would love to meet them if only they were real...

I love how each of the authors skillfully brought the message of God's grace and guidance to life.  These stories had a great blend of romance, faith and plain fun.

I was given this book by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own :)

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Undaunted : a Review

I just finished a great book.  The author is Christine Caine.   It is a combination of a biography and christian living book.  The author explains how she became burdened about human trafficking and what she has done about it.

Ms. Caine shows you her heart in this book.  She challenges the business of life that causes us to interact with people without really seeing them.  She uses many scriptures to encourage the reader to get out of their comfort zone and live fully for God.

The author shows us who we are in Christ and challenges us to boldly follow God and rest in His promises.   I recommend this book wholeheartedly... may we never be the same.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Kiddos and books

Every night at bed time we have a routine.  We brush teeth, read the Bible and another book.  I have such a hard time finding good books that my 4, 6, and 8 year-old will all enjoy.  I like to reading to them.   Most of the books that are currently being produced for children encourage bad behaviors, show parents as stupid or weak and just aren't creative.  I look for books that both my sons and daughter will enjoy and something fun to wind down the day.

Here are a few of the books we have been enjoying lately:
Chocolate Fever
Little House on the Prairie
Encyclopedia Brown
The Indian in the Cupboard

Winter is a great time to snuggle up with your kiddos and enjoy an adventure...