Monday, February 26, 2018

Hinds' Feet on High Places

Hinds' Feet on High Places
by Hannah Hurnard

About the Book
Journey with Much-Afraid to new heights of love, joy, and victory!

For the first time, this beloved Christian allegory is a mixed-media special edition complete with charming watercolor paintings, antique tinted photography, meditative hand-lettered Scripture, journaling and doodling space, and designs to color. As you read and connect with the story of Much-Afraid and her trials, the pages of this book become a canvas on which to chronicle your own story, struggles, and personal triumphs.

Hinds’ Feet on High Places, with more than 2,000,000 copies sold, is a story of endurance, persistence, and reliance on God. This book has inspired millions of people to become sure-footed in their faith even when facing the rockiest of life’s terrain. The story of Much-Afraid is based on Psalm 18:33: “He makes me as surefooted as a deer, enabling me to stand on mountain heights.”

The complete Hinds’ Feet story is accented by 80 full-color paintings, photography, and hand-lettered Scripture.

My Thoughts
This classic story has been recommended to me multiple times over the years, yet somehow I've never made the time for it. I wish I had because the story itself is a beautiful allegory that is easy to apply to daily life. There are so many messages and themes that could be pulled out of the story, but ultimately, it's a story about walking with Jesus and relying on God instead of yourself.

This particularly version is stunning. I mean, absolutely beautiful. The illustrations really added to the story, and I loved the Scripture added throughout. I also appreciated the journaling spaces and questions. It helped me process what I was reading and gave the story a more personal feel. I highly recommend for gift giving or personal use. I'll read this book again.  [5 stars]

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. However, this is a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

1, 2, 3 God Made Me (board book)

1, 2, 3 God Made Meby B&H Kids Editorial Team

About the Book
Count along and you will see how wonderfully God made me!

Freckles, fingers, toes, and nose—this delightful counting board book helps toddlers recognize parts of the wonderful bodies God gave us. Count from 1 to 10, and then start over again, thanking God along the way! 

In the Little Words Matter™ board books, it only takes a few words to tell a big story. Crafted especially for toddlers, these books make biblical truths easily understandable and enjoyable for little ones and their parents too!

Learn more here.
My Thoughts
Cute, rhyming book that helps kids count to 10, learn body parts, and hear the truth that they are uniquely made by God! A few verses are sprinkled throughout as well to support the ideas stated in the text. I also LOVED that the kids pictured on the pages all look different from one another. I can find one who looks like me, and my daughter can find one who looks like her, and others who read this book can too! This would be a great addition to any child's library. [5 stars]

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Monday, February 19, 2018

The 365-Day Storybook Bible

The 365-Day Storybook Bible
by B&H Kids Editorial Staff

About the Book
One Story A Day—All Year Round

Favorite Bible stories come alive in this bright and colorful storybook. Take your child through the Bible in one year with a short, five-minute story each day. Children will love the illustrations and easily understand the words of this faithful, retold version.

Learn more here

My Thoughts
We are really enjoying this storybook Bible! We read a little each night, so it's nice to have a book that will last for a while! I do think the daily readings are a little shorter than we prefer, so we typically read two each night. However, the B&H Kids Editorial Team does a wonderful job including as much detail as possible from the actual Bible, yet putting it in words that a kid is more likely to understand. My husband and I have commented several times that we feel like this reads more like a true Bible than a "Bible story," which we feel will be important as our little one grows up. I also appreciate that they chose to include so many stories that shorter books don't typically have room for. It seems like you're able to go a little deeper rather than simply hitting the highlights.

Our little one is technically too young for this book now, but we feel it's important to start family devotions early. We'll be pulling this book out again and again over the years. [5 stars]

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Never Unfriended by Lisa-Jo Baker

Never Unfriended
by Lisa-Jo Baker

About the Book
In a world where women can unfriend each other with the swipe of a finger, how do we find friendships that we can trust to last? Maybe by first becoming those kinds of lasting friends ourselves.

As the community manager at the website since 2010, Lisa-Jo Baker has had the chance to engage hundreds of conversations with women about friendship. She’s learned that no one can make us quite as unsure about ourselves as another woman. And nothing can wound as deeply as unkind words from a friend. While we are all hungry for friendship, it’s the fear of feeling awkward and being rejected, left out, or hurt (again) that often keep us from connecting.

But what if we knew we could never be unfriended? Would we risk friendship then? 

Starting with that guarantee from the most faithful friend who ever lived—Jesus—this book is a step-by-step guide to friendships you can trust. It answers the questions that lurk under the surface of every friendship—What are we afraid of? What can’t we change? What can we change? And where do we start?—with personal stories and practical tips to help you make the friends, and be the friend, that lasts.
My Thoughts
Friendship is something every woman craves, yet doesn't come naturally to most of us. Despite "making friends" being a skill we learned in kindergarten, it's something that we must work out throughout our entire lives.

I appreciated Lisa-Jo Baker's honest approach to friendship in her book Never Unfriended. She shared personal experiences of times when she wasn't a good friend as well as times when she was. I feel I learned as much (or more) from her "bad friend" experiences as I did from the "lessons" she was sharing. This book was practical and I feel it will help me as I continue to develop friendships that I've had for years, along with steps I can take to ensure I start new friendships on the right foot. I recommend this book to anyone hoping to be a better friend (which I hope is all of us!).

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

About the Author

Lisa-Jo Baker has been the community manager for, an online home for women all over the world, for nearly a decade. She is the author of Never Unfriended and Surprised by Motherhood, and her writings have been syndicated from New Zealand to New York. She lives just outside Washington, DC, with her husband and their three very loud kids, where she connects, encourages, and champions women in person and through her website, She is convinced that the shortest distance between strangers is a shared awkward story, and she'd love to connect with you on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram @lisajobaker.

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