{review} Garden of Eden coloring book

gardenofedenAbout the Book:

God created humans in his image and likeness and put it in a garden. In the Garden of Eden Coloring Book, you will find beautiful biblical scenes for coloring, relaxation, and delight. This book, with eighty-four pages, is an invitation to use all the creative potential that God has given you to create and to escape from the stressful activities of everyday life. Unleash your imagination, relieve your stress, reflect on biblical messages and see how good it feels.

Appeals to all ages looking for a unique coloring experience.


We are all in on the coloring book trend. The younger ones in my house love the more detailed pictures. The older ones (and myself!) love the relaxing activity of coloring. Garden of Eden is another beautiful offering from Zondervan. I appreciate that there are Bible verses on many pages, although the font is not my favorite. I love that there is a variety of difficulty in this book. Some of the outlines are so detailed and small, only my artsy daughter will have the steady hand to work with them. But some are much more expansive, with only a few outlines on the page. This leaves plenty of space for littler or unsteady hands to enjoy coloring without feeling like they are messing up. I also love the size of this book – wide, with thick pages and a glossy cover. Garden of Eden is a beautiful addition to this relaxing hobby!
(I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and a good review is not guaranteed.)

What I’m Sensing


Things have been so slow around here! Summer has got me all relaxed and lazy, which unfortunately means this blog suffers. In an effort to give myself some structure (apart from a fun giveaway here and there – another one later this week!), I’ll try to fill in these blanks once every week or two. Do you have a blog and want to join in? Use the graphic below and leave your URL in the comments! I’d love to hear what you’re up to!

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{review & giveaway} A Beauty Refined

Tracie Peterson is my favorite author so when this review opportunity came up, I jumped at it! Her books are the perfect blend of interesting characters, detailed story lines, and a hint of mystery and romance. In A Beauty Refined, I love that Phoebe has a clear and defining moment where she realizes she needs to follow Jesus. I also really loved that Ian encourages other characters (I don’t want to give away anything!) to seek pastoral counsel before they make a rash decision. As a warning to anyone that is sensitive to it, there is some violence in this book. Phoebe’s father is an abuser, and that comes up as a part of the story. I thought it was well-written and not overly dramatized. I also thought that the way the people around Phoebe handled her abuse was typical of the time period. The redemption at the end of this book is just beautiful. I also enjoyed the detailed descriptions of the beautiful clothes Phoebe wore as well as the scenes in town – you can just picture her walking down the sidewalk of this little town, sticking out in her formal attire.

Overall, I would highly recommend this book to anyone that likes historical fiction. Tracie Peterson does not disappoint! Want to read more opinions about this book? Head to the Litfuse page!

More about the book and the giveaway:

Little does Phoebe know that her father’s plans—for the sapphires and his daughter—are not what they seem. If you love historical fiction, romance, and adventure, don’t miss Tracie Peterson’s A Beauty Refined. When Phoebe meets Ian, everything changes. Yet the more he gets to know her, the more he realizes that her family story is based on a lie—a lie she has no knowledge of. And Ian believes he knows the only path that will lead her to freedom.

Join Tracie in celebrating the release of A Beauty Refined by entering to win her Precious Gems giveaway (details below) and by attending her author chat party on August 9!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 8/9. The winner will be announced at A Beauty Refined Facebook party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Tracie and fellow fans of historical fiction, as well as for a chance to win other prizes!

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RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK, TWITTER, or PINTEREST and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 9th!

{review} If My Husband Would Change, I’d Be Happy: And Other Myths Wives Believe

About the book:

unnamed (1)If My Husband Would Change, I’d Be Happy: And Other Myths Wives Believe (Harvest House, August 2015)

Like most brides on their wedding day, you no doubt were filled with love for your husband and the hope of a happy life together.

But perhaps today, as the realities of life together have settled in, those happy expectations are going unfulfilled. And it’s tempting to think, “If only my husband would change, I’d be happy.”

That myth is but one of many that Rhonda Stoppe dispels in her easy-to-read exploration of what it takes to experience a truly happy marriage. In the process, she addresses such important topics as

-understanding your husband’s need for your unconditional respect
-rekindling the love that drew you to your husband in the first place
-refusing to believe the lie that you’d be happier married to someone else
-learning to be content in the midst of financial struggles

-thinking about sex from a biblical worldview

If you desire to rekindle the love and hope you felt on your wedding day, this book will go a long way toward making that dream come true.

Contains discussion questions and personal reflections at the end of each chapter.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/2a9Izc6

About the author:
Rhonda Stoppe is the No Regrets Woman. She is an author and speaker dedicated to helping women live life with no regrets. With more than 20 years’ experience as a mom, mentor, and pastor’s wife, Rhonda’s wisdom and experience helps women discover significance in God and His specific purpose for their lives, connect biblical principles to everyday decisions, develop a loving marriage that others dream about, and influence the next generation by raising children with integrity.
My Thoughts:
– The author does an excellent job of reminding women that they need to first love God with all their heart. Then that love can help them to love their husbands even more.
– The author encourages women to speak good things over their husbands and to honor them.
– There is a good amount of Scripture throughout the book.
– I did feel that the author was a bit crass at times, almost like she was trying to appeal to a younger audience but really missed the mark.
– Overall, I did not enjoy this book. I felt that there was no balance to her words. Yes, I agree that women should not rely on their husbands to make them happy (to use the main example). But I also feel that a wife cannot be her husband’s main source of hope and confidence. A husband needs to first rely on the Lord to give him hope, confidence, and a sense of self-worth by knowing who he is in Christ. I don’t think that a wife’s main responsibility is to build up her husband’s ego. Marriage is a team effort and I feel that the author missed the mark on helping women find that balance. I think a young woman could really find herself weighed down by the directives found in this book. I would not recommend it.
To read other reviewers opinions of this book, head over here.
{I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and a good review was not guaranteed.}

Curriculum Choices 2016-2017

This year was a tough one for me, folks. I don’t know if it’s the age range or just the completely overwhelming idea that I am teaching a 10th grader – but I could not decide on curriculum. That is, until my college friend Jessica mailed me a copy of the book I had asked about on Facebook. Then all my plans laid out perfectly in front of me.


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