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 – Those Turbulent Sons of Freedom: Ethan Allen’s Green Mountain Boys and the American Revolution

36374048By the end of this book, I realized the word “turbulent” was actually a compliment. These men were tough, brave, and wild. They were homesteaders who cared about their families and were willing to die for their country. They were also quite the characters.

This book doesn’t focus on Ethan Allen but instead includes him along with a number of other people. I loved how the book wove together multiple stories. … More Review – Those Turbulent Sons of Freedom: Ethan Allen’s Green Mountain Boys and the American Revolution

Review – Less: A Visual Guide to Minimalism

36747331How do I love this book? Let me count the ways:

• The design is beautiful! The style of the entire book is minimalistic. Each page contains a short bit of text in an appealing, clean layout.
• The book is concise and quick to read, yet has a ton of helpful tips.
• A bunch of charts are included to help you make decisions on what possessions to keep and what to give away. … More Review – Less: A Visual Guide to Minimalism

Review – The Science of Cooking: Every Question Answered to Perfect Your Cooking

34879221This book brought me out of the dark ages of cooking. I will never look at food the same way again.

Since reading this, I keep thinking about the chemical reactions that are happening whenever I stir two ingredients together. Understanding the science of cooking is essential for knowing when and what to substitute, what foods go well together, and how to avoid kitchen disasters. … More Review – The Science of Cooking: Every Question Answered to Perfect Your Cooking

Review – Maria Sibylla Merian: Artist, Scientist, Adventurer

35888380I thoroughly enjoyed this fascinating biography which includes many of Merian’s paintings and also writings from her journals and books. Merian was an interesting person, and her accomplishments were incredible feats.

Merian studied butterfly metamorphosis long before anyone else, and her scientifically accurate paintings were used by Carl Linnaeus to classify species he had never seen. … More Review – Maria Sibylla Merian: Artist, Scientist, Adventurer

Review – What If God Wrote Your To-Do List?: 52 Ways to Make the Most of Every Day

35721857A few of the tasks in this book were helpful or eye-opening, but many of them were obvious or irrelevant.

The book wasn’t what I expected, and neither were the tasks. I would read a task and expect one thing, and then find out it meant something completely different. Some of the task titles use the bait and switch tactic. These tasks sound practical, but when you start reading them, the author switches to an abstract. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it was sometimes a little frustrating. … More Review – What If God Wrote Your To-Do List?: 52 Ways to Make the Most of Every Day

Review – From the Farmhouse Kitchen: Over 150 Delicious Farm-to-Table Recipes, Simple and Wholesome Ingredients, Authentic Ideas from a Mennonite Kitchen

35721859The recipes in this book are classic, simple, and delicious. I tried two recipes so far: hobo dinner and peanut butter fingers. I rarely make a recipe without tweaking it a little, and the recipes in this book are no exception, but they were still excellent recipes.

The hobo dinner is good, healthy, and inexpensive. It was easy to make and serves a crowd.

The peanut butter fingers are delicious! These bars are the perfect blend of peanut butter and chocolate. … More Review – From the Farmhouse Kitchen: Over 150 Delicious Farm-to-Table Recipes, Simple and Wholesome Ingredients, Authentic Ideas from a Mennonite Kitchen