Review – Ashes of Glass

ashes of glassThis is a Christian retelling of the Cinderella story. I really loved how creatively some of the elements of the Cinderella story were included in this book. This is a more realistic/historical retelling, but many of the essentials (like the fairy godmother, the glass slipper, etc.) are still there, though in a creative way. I enjoyed watching out for those elements and then identifying them. … More Review – Ashes of Glass

Review – The Struggle is Real: Getting better at life, stronger in faith, and free from the stuff keeping you stuck

the struggle is realIt will take quite a while for me to soak up everything in this book. I’ll return to it many times to read portions of it. You can tell how much I liked a book by how much writing there is in the margins. This one has a lot of writing in the margins. … More Review – The Struggle is Real: Getting better at life, stronger in faith, and free from the stuff keeping you stuck

Review – Devotions from the Lake

devotions from the lakeIf you like devotional books, you will love this book. The devotions are thought-provoking and the photos are beautiful.

The way the devotions stick to the theme is interesting. Each one uses a metaphor for some part of lake vacations. Just a few examples are horseback riding, sitting by the fire, making coffee in the morning, boating, and biking. I really loved a number of the devotions, and I plan on re-reading those. … More Review – Devotions from the Lake

Review – Dancing in No Man’s Land: Moving With Peace and Truth in a Hostile World

dancing in no man's landI had different reactions to the first and second halves of the book, so I’ll divide this review into two sections.

Parts I and II of the Book

I found these parts of the book to be so helpful. The message is desperately needed in today’s world. Reading this made me feel like I was taking a deep, refreshing breath of air. The book takes a step back from all the conflict and disagreements and shows a glimpse of a better way. It gives practical suggestions for developing character traits such as wisdom and tact, gentleness and strength, and humility and courage (the character traits are paired together). … More Review – Dancing in No Man’s Land: Moving With Peace and Truth in a Hostile World

Review – The Accidental Guardian

the accidental guardianThis book has some wonderful qualities: the engaging story, the historical setting, and the likable characters. It also has some flaws, but I still enjoyed the book so much that I gave it four stars.

I loved the history. The book went into a lot of detail about everyday activities, such as cooking. Some might not enjoy so many details, but I loved seeing what life was like at that time. … More Review – The Accidental Guardian

Review – Big Book of Weekend Beading: Step-by-Step Instructions for 30+ Quick Beading Projects

Big Book of weekend BeadingThe projects in this book cover a range of skill levels, beading techniques, and styles. I’m interested in trying over half of them. The techniques included are bead weaving, bead embroidery, bead stringing, and wire work. … More Review – Big Book of Weekend Beading: Step-by-Step Instructions for 30+ Quick Beading Projects

Review – Practicing the King’s Economy

35138439My experience with this book alternated between good and bad. Some parts of it are inspiring and practical. Some parts I do not agree with (although I acknowledge I could be wrong). This was a very difficult, and sometimes confusing book for me. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. I think the way I reacted to it has a lot to do with my personal background and situation and less to do with the content of the book. … More Review – Practicing the King’s Economy