Sunday, December 10, 2017

Wounds Are Where Light Enters

Many know the acclaimed author Walter Wangerin Jr., the storyteller who gave us the national bestseller The Book of the Dun Cow.

In Wounds Are Where Light Enters, you’ll see how God’s love breaks into our lonely moments in unexplainable ways. Wangerin tells the stories of memorable characters facing the same struggles we all face as we try to trust in God’s faithfulness.

Wounds Are Where Light Enters is a collection of stories that are warm, sometimes funny, sometimes not, but always taking unexpected turns to find the care of God in all the pathways of life. In them we find the grace that enables us to live with the answers we see and the answers we don’t see. In this collection we meet Arthur Bias, the retired black police officer who loves those who hate; Agnes Brill, the shrill piano teacher of patience; Junie Piper, precious of the homeless; Melvin, who honors his aging mother by honoring the little girl she has become; Lucian, the lover of thieves; and Blue Jack, the hammer of God.

Readers will discover in these stories a powerful display of God’s working in the lives of all of us. They’ll find a place where he works even in the dark, even in the struggles, even in the wounds. This is the place where God’s light enters.

**My thoughts**
I really love books that are comprised of stories from real people's lives and my favorite kinds are those showing that God is always with us and always working. This was a very enjoyable read and I would recommend it to anyone that is encouraged by reading about how God touches our lives. It would make a lovely gift too!

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from BookLookBloggers. All opinions are mine.

Friday, December 1, 2017

NIV Thinline Bible

I was actually really excited to get to review this Bible as it boasted being so thin but the entire Bible text. Well, it lived up to it's name and is a lovely Bible. Not only thin but has lovely silver edged pages, quick reference tabs and two ribbon bookmarks! The cover is also a very nice black, bonded leather. This has quickly become my favorite Bible as it's so much easier to hold. It would make a very nice gift.

Five Stars!

**I was given this book by BookLookBloggers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.**

Thursday, November 9, 2017

They Came For Freedom

They Came For Freedom is a wonderful historical novel about the journey of the pilgrims to America. It is a great read and is full of interesting history in an engaging text. I am looking forward to reading this to my kids as they get older. Historical novels are such a great way to learn history and have it stick with you. Highly recommend!

**This book was given to me by BookLookBloggers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.**

Monday, October 30, 2017

Silk Plants Direct Review

I was lucky to be asked if I would be willing to do a review for some products from Silk Plants Direct and I said yes! They offer so many beautiful products I had a hard time deciding but when I saw these beautiful bird nest lanterns I just knew those were it. Be sure to check out this page on their site as well!



They come in a pair which is really nice and they have a lovely ivy type vine with berries entwining the lantern and a beautiful bird's nest with 3 pretty eggs. The nest is attached securely and I don't feel it would be easy to remove or accidentally fall out, which I appreciate having four kids!


The greenery is, in my opinion, neutral enough that you could use it for any season by adding a few extra foliage pieces to suit. I plan on adding some red holly berries and pine cones for Christmas! Of course they are perfect as is for spring and summer. The antique distressing on the wood part of the lantern is very pretty and well done and each lantern is a bit unique, which I love!


The eggs are very pretty and the speckling on them is a nice blend of subtle and realistic. I really like how soft the colors are as well.  I give this product a solid 5 stars and am very pleased to add such gorgeous decor to my home.

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**A big thank you to Silk Plants Direct for giving me the opportunity to review this product. I was given this product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.**

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Evidence That Demands a Verdict

I was so happy to have the chance of reviewing this fabulous resource, Evidence That Demands a Verdict by Josh and Shawn McDowell. One, because I own a much older copy which is falling apart from use and because this one has even more faith building truth in it's updated and revised form. I highly recommend this book to every Christian and even any person that may be skeptical of the claims of Christianity but is honestly seeking truth wherever it may lead. Five stars!

**This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review by BookLookBloggers. All opinions are mine.** 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

NKJV Study Bible for Kids



The NKJV Study Bible for Kids is a wonderful Bible for kids and parents. I especially love the time lines that are throughout the Bible and that they reflect a biblical time view. There are lots of other interesting articles and thought provoking sections throughout the entire Bible as well, so it really is a true study Bible. I plan to use this with my kids during our school times. They remarked to me liking the colors and that it was fun to read. I give it a solid 5 stars! Would make a great Christmas gift as well.

**This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review from BookLookBloggers. All opinions are mine.**

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Love Heals- Book Review

The book Love Heals by Becca Stevens addresses the different ways God shows his love to us and offers healing. The book is set up by topics, such as healing through creation, healing through daily rituals etc. She gives examples of how these different areas have been seen her own life and those she is in contact with.  The author is the founder of a women's organization called Thistle Farms which sounds like a great ministry, but I personally disagree with a woman being a pastor or being "ordained". For that reason I can't agree with some points in the book and so only give it 3 stars.

**This book was given to me from BookLookBloggers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.**

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

NKJV Cultural Study Backgrounds Study Bible

The NKJV Cultural Study Backgrounds Study Bible is an amazing resource bible full of pictures, maps and topical studies. The bible is huge and heavy! I was surprised at how large it is but not at all unhappy with the size because what it is filled with is wonderful. But it is not a bible you are likely to tote around with you. I am using the bible as a major part of my home school studies this year and my kids are really enjoying it. I give this bible a solid 5 stars and highly recommend!

*This book was given to me by BookLookBloggers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.*

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

What I've Been Up To

Hi! I've been MIA for a bit now and thought I'd pop in and give an update on what's been going on for me. 

In April I opened an Etsy shop called Florajoy Designs. I thought that I might be able to sell things here and there but instead it has exploded into a job that requires a large amount of my time. I am so thrilled with this as I am getting to design and sell my own art. 

I am also busy with my 4 kids and home schooling them. Life is very full but rewarding. 

Because of how much is on my plate I have stopped doing design work as I just couldn't possibly keep up with all of it. I wish I could do it all, but I can't. Being able to be in control of what creative things I'm doing is such a blessing and I am thrilled that this door opened for me. 

If you'd like to see what my shop is about come visit me at Florajoy Designs and on Instagram @florajoydesigns.

Here's a peek at what I'm doing. My niche is traveler's notebook dashboards but I also create journal cards and custom orders.





100 Favorite Bible Verses -Book Review

100 Favorite Bible Verses is a beautiful book. It is filled with lovely colorful florals and has a bible verse with a short thought to go along with it. I think it would be neat to go through the book and use it as a journaling prompt or as a scripture memory tool. This book would also make a very nice gift. I give this book a solid 5 stars.

*This book was given to me by BookLookBloggers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.**

Monday, July 10, 2017

Book Review- The Weekly Prayer Project

This book called the Weekly Prayer Project has a short scripture and coordinating thought in relation to it and then asks a question to reflect on and gives ample room to journal in the book itself. The book is divided up into different topics. The art work throughout is very pretty and it comes with a ribbon bookmark which I always appreciate. This book would make a really nice gift. I give it 4 stars.

**This book was given to me by BookLookBloggers in exchange for an honest review.**

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Book Review

The NIV Kids Visual Study Bible is a wonderful resource Bible not only for kids but adults! I love this Bible as much as my kids do and it is filled to the brim with photos of the actual places and artifacts in the text. I love that it is easy to just leaf through and discover interesting facts as well as use it as a full study Bible. Highly recommend! Five stars.

**This book was given to me by BookLookBloggers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.**