Hiya! It's been a while, hasn't it? My life is all about settling in & unpacking, so it's not terribly exciting, which is why I haven't posted lately! I promise to do a home tour once the boxes are gone and things are on the walls. Until then, I've been racking up in the bookworm department! Some of these I've had for a while and between packing to move, then unpacking, they were lost in the shuffle. Because of that, this post is chalk full of book reviews!
American Heart Association Healthy Fats, Low Cholesterol Cookbook (from BloggingforBooks.com)
Because we want to eat hearty meals sometimes, but I need to keep in mind & continue our Thrive- subcategory goals from January that was on "Healthy". That, combined with the high cholesterol I have, makes this the perfect cookbook for us! The recipes call for simple ingredients, nothing crazy. Photos and easy to follow instructions make all the difference! I would recommend this book, or buy it for anyone who needs to be on a low cholesterol cookbook, or for anyone looking to be healthier!
Next book is Having a Martha Home the Mary Way by Sarah Mae (Tyndale Blog Network)
Fantastic book! It reminds us that our homes do not have to be perfectly polished, it's more about having folks there to build community and making them feel at home. This book has a 31-day plan that guides you through cleaning and organizing your home to feel... like a home! I love the set up of this plan. You never feel rushed to learn the new way to clean, it's easy to slide right into her plan. You feel like you are talking to a friend and getting tips from her, little by little. The fact that she bases it on biblical perspectives makes me fall in love with this book! I will recommend and buy this book for anyone, but especially for a newlywed! The most important takeaway from this book that I am applying to my life is that my home doesn't have to be perfect, it just needs to feel like home.
Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way by Jimmy Wayne, with Ken Abraham (Booklookbloggers)
I will confess, I don't listen to country music often, and I did not know who Jimmy Wayne was. That didn't matter, though. This book is about his life of one heartache after another. It's not easy on the heartstrings. You will cry, but you won't be able to put this book down. As someone who is in the process of adoption, this book lets you peek into a childhood that is rough, That's something you don't always get to know about in their own words. I won't go too much more into detail than that. I don't want to spoil it for you, but this is one of those books that stick with you long after the final page. I would recommend it for all adults, especially those that are going down the adoption/foster home road.
Married and Still Loving It by Gary Chapman & Harold Myra (Moody Publishers Newsroom)
Full disclosure: I did not realize when selecting this book, that it was about "The Joys and Challenges of the Second Half" meaning second half of your life! We are still in our first half of life, but this book was amazing anyway. The wisdom about life and love can be applied to all. I love Gary Chapman's books, and this book didn't disappoint me. They also write about real stories, from real couples. I love that! Books that give you advice, but throw in real stories makes the lessons from the book stick with me more than just a list of do's & don'ts. It's an easy read, designed to help you breeze through and not get bogged down. And even though I wasn't the target audience, I want the healthy, long marriage so anything that I can get my hands on to teach me how to have the marriage that I want, you bet I will read it! I would recommend this book to everyone!
OK, this book was amazing for me. I suffer from Fibromyalgia & Endometriosis, and I can attest to the fact that if God wasn't by my side through the bad days, months, years... I would be a completely different person. Constant, chronic pain changes you, and it's hard not to take it out of those you love. This book answers questions the hard questions that you've been asking yourself as long as you've had pain & suffering. It's chalk full of things you need to really make the wisdom it offers, sink in. Again, I love when a book doesn't just load you up on advice but offers real stories from real people. I would recommend this book for everyone, not just a person dealing with pain, but ones who suffer from mental illnesses. This book needs to be read by everyone... those that suffer and those that love people who suffer.
And that's all of them! I told you there were quite a few! Even though I do get books complimentary in exchange for my honest opinion, every single one of these books I recommend to you. They are all on different topics, but I feel like they all can relate to different demographics. If you're looking for a new book, try one of these!
What's on your summer reading list? Comment below!
**I received all books complimentary from publishers, but these are my 100% honest opinions. **