Becoming Gertrude by Janice Peterson: A Book Review

Becoming Gertrude is one woman’s wisdom on the beauty of spiritual friendship and God’s unfolding grace over the course of a life lived for Him. Jan uses the term spiritual friendshipto capture this idea of journeying with others through life, sharing experiences and wisdom and seeking God together. In Becoming Gertrude, Jan wants to be your spiritual friend, sharing what she’s learned and painting a picture of what you might uncover as you seek to develop these kinds of relationships in your own life.

Join Jan in exploring the critical pieces of spiritual friendship: hospitality, encouragement, acceptance, serving, and caring. With seasoned wisdom and winsome stories, Jan uses personal experiences to walk you through what each of these things can mean in your life. You can have rich, rewarding, faith-filled friendships that emerge from the everyday rhythms of your days—and Becoming Gertrude will lead you on that journey.

My Review: I really appreciate this book. Friendship is a subject I find that is so often neglected, but it’s such a vital part of our lives. I love how the author shares experiences from her life, and examples of friendship in action.

Caring, accepting, serving, offering hospitality and encouraging. These are the elements that should be in action in our friendships. We need to be intentional in these things. I also love the idea of spiritual friendship that is presented in this book. I haven’t looked at things from that perspective as much as I should, and in the future I intend to be on the lookout for friendships that can become spiritual friendships.

I love the simplicity of this book. It’s short and sweet, but packed with so much truth. I’m thankful for an author that gently reminds us of how truly valuable friendship is.

*In exchange for my honest review, Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.

Book Girl by Sarah Clarkson: A Book Review

When you hear a riveting story, does it thrill your heart and stir your soul? Do you hunger for truth and goodness? Do you secretly relate to Belle’s delight in the library in Beauty and the Beast?

If so, you may be on your way to being a book girl.

Books were always Sarah Clarkson’s delight. Raised in the company of the lively Anne of Green Gables, the brave Pevensie children of Narnia, and the wise Austen heroines, she discovered reading early on as a daily gift, a way of encountering the world in all its wonder. But what she came to realize as an adult was just how powerfully books had shaped her as a woman to live a story within that world, to be a lifelong learner, to grasp hope in struggle, and to create and act with courage.

She’s convinced that books can do the same for you.

Join Sarah in exploring the reading life as a gift and an adventure, one meant to enrich, broaden, and delight you in each season of your life as a woman. In Book Girl, you’ll discover:

  • how reading can strengthen your spiritual life and deepen your faith,
  • why a journey through classic literature might be just what you need (and where to begin),
  • how stories form your sense of identity,
  • how Sarah’s parents raised her to be a reader—and what you can do to cultivate a love of reading in the growing readers around you, and
  • 20+ annotated book lists, including some old favorites and many new discoveries.

Whether you’ve long considered yourself a reader or have dreams of becoming one, Book Girl will draw you into the life-giving journey of becoming a woman who reads and lives well.

My Review: As a reader, I was obviously immediately drawn to this book’s cover and title. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect, as I’m not used to reading books about books, but I knew that I needed to check this one out.

I would say this was a very timely read for me. I’ve being going through a difficult season in my life and I feel like I’ve really needed some inspiration and focus. This book has been one of the things that has provided these things. This was an unexpected and sweet surprise and I’m grateful for how God has used this book to inspire me and motivate me forward.

Books have always been a huge part of my life. I’ve always been a “book girl” but I’ve never really thought about what that means in my life. This book helped me to see clearly that books not only bring enjoyment and knowledge, but that they truly impact and shape the life of the reader.

This book refreshed and renewed my love for reading and it broadened it to a whole new level and perspective. During this difficult season in my life, it has ignited a passion within me for reading that is exactly what I needed in this moment. This book, that talks about how reading can change your life, has changed my life.

I can’t say enough how impactful this book has been for me. It has breathed new life into this me, helped me to view my love for reading in a whole new way and has also motivated me to expand my reading palate to include genres I never would have chosen.

This book includes many lists of book recommendations from a wide variety of genres. They won’t all be for everyone, they won’t all be for me, but I’ve already added many to my TBR list!

Sarah Clarkson, You have written a book that will speak to and inspire every book girl. I know that this book girl will never be the same, and for that, I thank you!

*In exchange for my honest review Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.

 

As the Tide Comes In by Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall: A Book Review

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This review is going to be a bit more emotionally driven than most.

This is a novel about loss and grief and the effects that grief has on us. It’s also a beautiful story of love and restoration.

This book was a timely read for me, as I just suffered a major loss in my life. Reading this book, I identified so much with Tara and the grief
she experienced. I found her emotions and reactions to be very realistic and true. Though the circumstances and details of her loss differ quite a bit from mine, it’s still grief and grief is a powerful and complex emotion. I really applaud the authors for handling this sensitive subject with such care and authenticity.

I really enjoyed this book. The characters were all quite lovable and fun, the setting was beautiful and the story was complex.

The biggest take away I have from this book are a few excerpts where the characters are talking about loss and grief. These lines really hit home with me, so I’d like to share them.

(I removed a few spots of character detail, so that the reader isn’t distracted by it and can really let these words soak in.)

“It matters what condition a person lived and died in. Every crumb of love matters, and I’d dare say you gave a feast.”

“And they died knowing you loved them, knowing you believed in them, knowing you wanted the best for them. They died with happiness, hope and thankfulness in their hearts. Love did that, and you were love’s vessel.”

“No, your love protected and preserved for as long as it was in your hands to do so. The moment they went from this life to the next, God’s love met them without the necessary aid of a human vessel.”

“We are all vessels. We will carry something to everyone we come in contact with. Let’s choose to be vessels of love, patience, hope and faith. When it’s all said and done, whether you’re the one in the ground or a loved one is, the times you won’t regret are the times you loved deeply with patience and kindness and sacrifice.”

These words really hit home and fit my present grief circumstances quite well. I love the idea of being love’s vessel. That God would use me on this earth to show love to someone, that they would leave this world with happiness, hope and thankfulness in their heart. That I was able to send them from this world feeling loved, straight into the loving arms of their Heavenly Father. What an awesome gift God gives us. The ability to be love and to receive love.

This is a great book and a very emotional read, especially for anyone who has felt deep loss in their lives. I feel like I’m painting it as a sad book, and it’s not. It’s emotional, and if you’ve experienced loss, especially recently, it will hit home quite a bit. But, it is a very well-balanced story, ultimately one that is filled with hope, joy and love.

*I received a copy of this book free of charge from the publisher, in exchange for my honest review.

NKJV Deluxe Reader’s Bible: A Review

Book Description

The NKJV Deluxe Reader’s Bible is an invitation to get caught up in the story of Scripture, as history, poetry, and prophecy come to life on pages designed for people who love a good book.

Perfect for both devotional and extended reading, the beautifully designed NKJV Deluxe Reader’s Bible features the exceptionally readable Thomas Nelson NKJV Typeface in an elegant single-column format. Premium, high-contrast paper, classically sewn lay-flat bindings, and an innovative approach to chapter and verse markers combine to create a distraction-free reading experience you’ll want to return to again and again.

My Review: As someone who loves the bible and also loves reading books, I was very intrigued by the concept of this reader’s bible. This bible is layed out in such a way as to encourage distraction-free reading and the ability to focus on the story of scripture. It is displayed in single-column format for a book-like feel. There are no footnotes and the chapters are listed discreetly on the side. Some verse numbers are listed as well, to help the reader to pinpoint where they are in the scripture.

This bible feels very easy to read and truly is distraction free. I feel like I will be able to read it and really focus on the stories, without being distracted by other details. Obviously, this is not like a study bible and for me, isn’t likely to replace my personal bible, but I think it will definitely be one I read when I want to just enjoy and soak in the scripture and focus less on the study aspect. Although, I do believe that any reading of scripture is a form of study, this bible presents The Word in a more leisurely reader-style and I think the focus is just on distraction free enjoyment of the scripture.

Aesthetically, this bible is beautiful. The font is very comfortable to read, the binding is a gorgeous black and brown soft leather and the size is very comfortable as well. This is definitely a beautiful bible to add to your collection, especially if you are a reader. You will appreciate the simplicity and layout of this bible. Highly recommended!

I received a copy of this bible free of charge from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.