Wednesday, August 24, 2016

(un)Natural Mom: A Book Review

About The Book:

Do you feel like you’re the only mom who serves store-bought birthday treats, dreads school plays, and misses the days of going to the bathroom by herself?
Unnatural Mom gives you permission to say that mothering doesn’t always come naturally to you. Parenting expert and self-proclaimed unnatural mom Hettie Brittz helps you…
—Recognize how unrealistic our culture’s standards of mothering are
—Move beyond the myths of “supermom”
—Complete a profile to determine your own parenting style
—Understand and forgive the mothers who hurt you
—Embrace your capabilities as well as your challenges
Come find new hope in discovering that every mother has unique gifts. In Christ, the “unnatural” mom becomes the supernatural mom who is just right for her family!
You can read an excerpt of (un)Natural Mom here, in PDF format
About The Author:
Hettie Brittz is an author, international speaker, and one of South Africa’s foremost voices on parenting advice. She is the developer of the Evergreen Parenting Course and Tall Trees Profiles. Hettie and her husband, Gospel singer Louis Brittz, live in South Africa with their three children.
My Review:
Oh my this book has come to me at a time that I absolutely needed it to. It was a wonderful read, very encouraging and even hilarious at times. The author reminds us throughout the book that we are all different women, each with our own personality and ways of dealing with life, therefore we are also very unique moms. We need to stop comparing one another and just parent the way Christ meant for us to parent our children, not the ways others might want us to. Is it always going to be perfect, easy and fun. Absolutely not, but each step of the parenting journey is one that we are meant to travel as a mom. Christ knows what we need from Him and gives us exactly the kind of children and the wisdom we need! This was a great reminder to me and I am so glad to have read this book!
I think this would be a great gift idea for any mom in your life! 
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase (un)Natural Mom online here, through Amazon.com
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Litfuse Publicity Group, for the purpose of review on my blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Monday, August 15, 2016

Dibble Drabble - Process Art Experiences for Young Children: A Book Review

About The Book:

Creative art should offer children opportunities for originality, creativity, fluency, flexibility, and sensitivity. Dribble Drabble is a collection of hands-on, process-oriented art activities that promote sensory exploration and cognitive development in young children.

-Discover the stages of art development and see why the process is much more than the finished product

- Learn how to set up a rich art environment in your own setting

- Follow the activities step by step instructions for easy preparation, set-up, adaption, and expansion for further training.

- Use the activities for individual art or in project-based collaborative art expressions

-Easily adapt activities for children from two to eight

Covering a wide range of media including: 
  • Painting
  • Crayons
  • Collage
  • Sculpture
  • Chalk
  • Printing

Art is a discipline where no one way of doing things is right or wrong. The activities in this book provide an opportunity for young children to follow their interests and inquiries, wherever they may go. These hands-on projects have been classroom-tested to ensure they keep learning fun and engaging.

About The Author:

Deya Brashears Hill has spent more than three decades working in early childhood education. Early in her career she wrote scripts for Sesame Street during its formative years. Hill's experiences have helped her develop expertise in brain development, curriculum, and diversity in early childhood education. She now serves as a Director of Orinda Preschool and an adjunct professor for various Bay Area colleges where she passes her knowledge and experience on to the next generation of early childhood professionals.

My Review:

Dribble Drabble has been a fun book to read because it is one that you cannot just read. You have to experience it! It include 145 fun and easy art activities that are process based versus having an end product. Each activity allows children to get messy, have fun and learn all in the same moment. They are easy to set up, very easy to adapt for all ages and seriously this book will last me a long time as an early childhood educator! 

This would be a wonderful birthday gift and even a baby shower gift for parents, and also a wonderful graduation gift for any early childhood education or art teacher. 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Dribble Drabble online through Red Leaf Press

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of it's publisher, Red Leaf Press, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Douglas, You Need Glasses: A Book Review

About The Book:

Meet Douglas, a dog with a big problem: he needs eyeglasses but doesn’t know it, and his bad eyesight tends to land him in some pretty hairy situations.
 
Readers will laugh along with the new picture book character Douglas as he chases a leaf that he mistakes for a squirrel, walks through wet cement because he can’t see the warning sign, and annoys the neighbor’s dog by mistakenly eating out of his bowl. And when Douglas’s owner Nancy finally takes him to what is clearly an eyeglass store and Douglas asks, “Why are you taking me to a shoe store?” everyone will be giggling. 
 
After an eye exam confirms that Douglas needs glasses, and Nancy helps him find the perfect pair, readers will rejoice with Douglas as he sees all the amazing things he’s been missing!
 
Both kids and parents will laugh out loud—and may even recognize themselves!—while reading this utterly irresistible, hilarious picture book.


About The Author:

Ged Adamson has had poor eyesight since he was young. He still remembers the moment he realized he needed glasses: on a trip to the countryside, his dad said, “Look at all the rabbits on that hillside.” Ged said, “Wow,” but actually he couldn’t see a single rabbit. Ged has worked as a cartoonist, storyboard artist, and music composer. It was always his ambition to write and illustrate picture books. He lives in Greenwich, London, with his family. Learn more at gedadamson.com.

My Review:

Getting glasses for the very first time can be a fearful thing for children. I know because I started wearing them when I was three, and my oldest child did as well. We all know that being different than others can cause anxiety and sadly, others can tease and make fun of children who wear glasses. 

Douglas You Need Glasses is a wonderful children's book that will help children realize that it's okay to wear them, that they help us see the world in a whole new way and that its fun to do things like pick out a new pair of frames! I LOVED the end of the book where real-life children have been photographed wearing their glasses, and there is a link for the reader to do the same! How much fun!

The book is of course a quick read for children ages three to eight and is full of fun adventure and brightly illustrated. 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Douglas You Need Glasses online through Amazon

***I received the above book, courtesy of the publisher, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

It's OK to Go Up the Slide: A Book Review

About The Book:

It’s OK to Go Up the Slide questions standard wisdom in homes and schools and offers a brand-new set of renegade rules for children in the preschool and elementary school years (ages 2-10). Rules like:
  • It’s OK to Talk to Strangers
  • Ban Elementary Homework
  • Recess is a Right
  • Banish Calendars at Circle Time
  • It’s OK Not to Kiss Grandma
  • Don’t Force Participation
  • Princesses are Powerful
Delve into more hot-button issues, from technology and homework to risk and kindergarten. If you find you’re entertaining your children, patrolling their homework and longing to give them an authentic childhood with fewer pressures and daily conflicts, it’s time for you to go up the slide.

Sometimes being a good parent means breaking all the rules.


About The Author:

Heather Shumaker is a national speaker on parenting and early childhood topics, and is the author of It's OK Not to Share. An advocate for free, unstructured play in homes and schools, she lives in northern Michigan with her family.

My Review:

A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to read Heather's first book, It's OK Not to Share and it revolutionized how I educare young children and how I parent. Now Heather has come out with a second book, that looks at more topics that tend to cause stress and angst for adults and children alike. 

It's OK to Go Up the Slide will challenge you and really make you think about how one parents and also teaches (if you are an early childhood educator or even elementary school teacher). Shumaker uses both personal stories from her life and others, as well as technical statistics to help parents let go of fear so that our children can soar! The book is so well organized, with each chapter building on the next. There were a few sections and chapters that don't yet apply for my family (homework rarely comes home) but other things that I have experienced and loved the reminder that I am doing things right. Shumaker writes in a very conversational manner, is easy to read and I love how easy her ideas are to incorporate into everyday life. My fave sections were on Recess is a Right, Ban Homework and Don't Force Participation.

Two of my favorite quotes were:

"Life is bout change, challenge, risk, and growth. We can't be alive without risk. Our children can't be fully alive - and learn what they need to learn as growing humans - without the benefits of risk. Encountering risk gives children their change to claim the world 0 to be who they are, in the world they find"

"Children  need real world experience, interaction, and practice these challenging parts of being human"

This book has so many wonderful nuggets of truth and I will absolutely be reading through it again.

I highly recommend this book and give it a thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can find options for purchasing It's OK to Go Up the Slide here, on Heather's official website.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of the author, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Lisa Murphy on Play: A Book Review

About The Book:

Discover why school readiness IS children's play. This updated guide includes timely research and new stories that highlight how play is vital to the social, physical, cognitive, and spiritual development of children. 

Learn the seven things we must do with children every day and why they are so important. Use your daily observations to incorporate these seven things in an authentic and engaging way. 

  • Explore the how and why of the seven things we should do everyday: create, move, sing, discuss, observe, read, and play
  • Understand how to link concepts to the experiences children have
  • Focus on what each child is doing, not what they are not doing
  • Become aware of challenges you might face and how to work through them


Play builds the foundation that later learning will be built on. So let's make it a strong one. Age focus 0–8. Softbound, 192 pgs. 


About The Author:

Lisa Murphy, MEd, has been involved with early childhood education for over 20 years, teaching and working with children in various environments including Head Start, kindergarten, private preschools, family child care, parks and recreation centers, group homes, and many child care centers.

As the founder and CEO of Ooey Gooey, Inc., Lisa's mission is to assist in the transformation of early childhood education by offering the best workshops and trainings, the most up to date materials and resources, and insightful conversations and connections through the power of social media. Lisa presents hundreds of workshops and keynotes at national and international audiences each year on various topics related to early childhood education. She uses humor and real life anecdotes to reach and engage her audiences. Lisa's standing room only seminars have become known for their information, humor, inspiration, and energetic delivery. Lisa practices what she preaches by blending laughter with learning.

Lisa is recognized for her ability to link hands-on activities to educational standards, her outspoken advocacy, and her commitment to creating child-centered and play-based early childhood environments. 

Learn more about Lisa and Ooey Gooey, Inc., here


My Review:

Where do you begin to review of a book that has completely and utterly changed the way you do your job? That has completely and utterly changed your entire philosophy of teaching and dealing with children and families? That is exactly how I feel about the book, Lisa Murphy on Play.

Lisa Murphy (otherwise known as The Ooey Gooey Lady) has been in the field of Early Childhood Education for many years, and it is very obvious that she is passionate about her work and children. Lisa Murphy on Play is the second edition of the book, with updated statistics, information and more wonderful stories that Lisa is so amazing at telling. 

When a book has so many highlighted and underlined points, as well as allows me to use an entire package of post it notes to mark "Aha" points, you know its a life-changing and impacting book. Seriously, that is what my copy looks like. And it is a book that EVERY SINGLE person who works in early childhood education NEEDS TO and MUST read. Seriously, it also should be required reading for all freshman ECE programs. 

Lisa is of the believe play is the foundation of all learning in children's lives and she is right. Throughout the first 50 pages of the book, Lisa looks at play and how it impacts children. Then in the second part of the book she unfolds what she calls, The Seven Things. These are as follows:

1. Make Time Each Day To...CREATE
2. Make Time Each Day To...MOVE
3. Make Time Each Day To...SING
4. Make Time Each Day To...DISCUSS
5. Make Time Each Day To...OBSERVE
6. Make Time Each Day To...READ
7. Make Time Each Day To...PLAY

This is a not a check list as Lisa states in the final pages of the book. Its not a way to make us feel guilty for not doing and we don't have to go changing out programs just because Lisa says so.  If we are running developmentally appropriate programs, we are already doing these things.  If not, this book is a way to encourage to build a quality play based program for children to thrive. The book is to be a way to look at how important play is and how we NEED to let children relish in play and learn along the way without stress of kinder prep and society's ideas of what they should be learning. Finally in the last part of the book, Lisa walks us through the challenges that we often face with regards to making time for creating, moving, singing, discuss, observing, reading and playing each day, and gives ideas of how to overcome these challenges. 

With each chapter, Lisa has a review of the key points of the chapter, a section called "Something To Think About" (questions to ask yourself about how you are doing each of the seven things) and finally a section called "Notable and Quotables", which she shares quotes related to each chapter. This has been invaluable to me as I think on my career with children and where I was and where I am heading now 18 years in. I was a "laminating lady" (you need to read the book or see Lisa live in person to understand that term) and obsessed with theme planning, and not looking at the true value of play and working with what the children want. This was an eye opening read, so empowering and I am so glad to call Lisa Murphy one of the biggest influences in my career as an early childhood educator and family child care provider. 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Lisa Murphy On Play here, through Red Leaf Press

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Red Leaf Press, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Audacious: A Book Review

About The Book:

Thirty years in the making, Audacious is a deep dive into the message that has compelled Beth Moore to serve women around the globe. Glancing over the years of ministry behind her and strengthening her resolve to the call before her, she came to the realization that her vision for women was incomplete. It lacked something they were aching for. Something Jesus was longing for. Beth identifies that missing link by digging through Scripture, unearthing life experiences, and spotlighting a turning point with the capacity to infuse any life with holy passion and purpose. What was missing? Well, let’s just say, it’s audacious and it’s for all of us. And it’s the path to the life you were born to live.



About The Author:

Beth Moore is a writer and teacher of best-selling books and Bible studies whose public speaking engagements carry her all over the United States. A dedicated wife and mother of two adult daughters, Moore lives in Houston, Texas, where she is president and founder of Living Proof Ministries.

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My Review

Oh I love me some Beth Moore, so when the opportunity to read and review Audacious, I jumped at the chance. I have been a fan of Moore for several years, participating in several of her DVD Bible Studies, and even seeing her live three years ago for one of her conferences. She has impacted me greatly in my walk with God!

Now back to the book. Audacious was a lovely read. While a small book, it is seriously loaded with a ton of personal stories that will encourage you to dive deep into a relationship with Christ. The book was a quick read, and with each word read, I felt like Beth was right in the room with me reading or teaching. Using humor, personal story, and writing in a conversational manner, Beth did a remarkable job teaching about how to truly live an audacious life with Christ. I really loved all the book but here are a few favorite quotes:

“To love God more is never to love people less. It’s to love people best. It’s to relieve them of the responsibility of being your false Christ. It’s to keep their sins against you from being unforgivable and your sins against them from being ignorable. It’s to guard them from our mean-streaks and strong human tendencies to respond to disappointment with punishment. It’s to keep the people close by from cutting their wrists on the razor-sharp blades of our insecurities. It’s to dull the edge of our cravings to be adored. It’s to untie the double knots of codependency. It’s to let the affirmations of others be the overflow and not the essential source of our emotional survival. To love God is to guard man.” 

"To live the life we long for, we want people around us to recognize with their chins dropped that we have something beyond what our education and training can explain. That goes for you even if you earned a doctorate. Our lives were meant to exceed what a natural course of events could explain. We want people to see that, what we have, we could only get from being with Jesus."

This book has truly impacted me and I cannot wait to read more from her again soon!

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Audacious at your favorite Christian book retailer from B & H Books

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, as a member of Ellen's Picks and Graf-Martin Communications, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Saturday, July 16, 2016

5 Things Every Parent Needs To Know About Kids and Sex: A Book Review

About The Book:

Real Help for the Toughest Talks 
Nervous about talking to your kids about sex? Anxiety over having "the talk" often means we avoid it as long as we can. While we're waiting, our kids are getting their questions answered and their perceptions of sex and sexuality formed elsewhere--through online searches and a daily diet of mainstream and social media that may shock you.

In this immensely practical and well-researched book, Anne Marie Miller equips parents to take control of the narrative their children are receiving about sex. She shows how to have meaningful and age-appropriate conversations about sex, pornography, and sexual abuse. She also shows how to keep the lines of communication open so that your kids know they can trust you with their fears, struggles, and mistakes. Most important, she offers hope that your children can grow up with a healthy biblical view of sex as a gift from God.


You can read an excerpt of this book here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Anne Marie Miller is the author of five books. She has been featured in numerous publications, including CosmopolitanRelevant Magazine, Leadership JournalChristianity Today, and Youth Worker Journal. Miller speaks frequently at colleges, conferences, and churches in the United States and internationally. She and her husband, Tim, live in Iowa. Learn more at www.annemariemiller.com

My Review:

Talking to children about sex is likely the toughest conversation parents can have with their child. And goodness knows there are tons of books, websites, articles and more that try to help parents out. However, I have to say this book is one of the best regarding this topic. With grace, straightforthness and education, Anne Miller covers every topic related to parenting communicating about this topic to their kids. She offers an insane about of information and while overwhelming to me right now, I know I will use this book a lot over the next few years as a mom to an eight and nine and a half year old. The one thing that I absolutely loved about the book was the great addition of a list of social media apps and their potential for issues regarding sex. This is a remarkable tool that all parents need. I believe this is a book that ALL children's ministry and youth ministry staff need to have in their professional library's to share with parents, and encourage parents to purchase. It will be a great resource! A very informative book that reminds parents that sex is not bad and talking to our kids about it is very important and necessary!

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase this book at your favorite Christian book retailer from Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group 

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

The Red Door Inn: A Book Review

About The Book:

Marie Carrington is broke, desperate, and hoping to find sanctuary on Prince Edward Island while decorating a renovated bed-and-breakfast. Seth Sloane moved three thousand miles to help restore his uncle's Victorian B and B--and to forget about the fiancĂ©e who broke his heart. He wasn't expecting to have to babysit a woman with a taste for expensive antiques and a bewildering habit of jumping every time he brushes past her. 

The only thing Marie and Seth agree on is that getting the Red Door Inn ready to open in just two months will take everything they've got--and they have to find a way to work together. In the process, they may find something infinitely sweeter than they ever imagined on this island of dreams.


You can read an excerpt of this book here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Liz Johnson fell in love with Prince Edward Island the first time she set foot on it. When she's not plotting her next trip to the island, she works as a full-time marketing manager. She is the author of nine novels, a New York Times bestselling novella, and a handful of short stories. She makes her home in Nashville, Tennessee.

My Review:

What an endearing read that brings you to the world of Prince Edward Island, Canada. I am Canadian and always love reading books set in my home country. This was a delightful read. I enjoyed watching the development of the characters and the story line was wonderful. I read the book quickly and found it to be a perfect read on a sunny, summer afternoon with a yummy glass of ice tea. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase The Red Door Inn at your favorite Christian book retailer from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been cnmpensated in any other manner***

Annabel Lee: A Book Review

About The Book:

Fourteen miles east of Peachtree, Alabama, a secret is hidden.
The secret's name is Annabel Lee.

She doesn't know why her enigmatic uncle has stowed her deep underground in a military-style bunker. He's left her with a few German words, a barely controlled guard dog, and a single command: "Don't open that door for anybody, you got it? Not even me."

Miles away in Atlanta, private investigator Trudi Coffey is visited by a mysterious older man calling himself Dr. Smith. He's been trailing a man for a decade--a man she met through her ex-partner Samuel Hill--and the trail has led him to her office. The last thing Trudi wants to do is to contact Samuel. But it will take both of them to unravel this mystery--before it's too late.


You can read an excerpt of this book here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Mike Nappa is an entertainment journalist at FamilyFans.com, as well as a bestselling and award-winning author with more than one million books sold worldwide. When he was a kid, the stories of Edgar Allen Poe scared him silly. Today he owns everything Poe ever wrote. A former fiction acquisitions editor, Mike earned his MA in English literature and now writes full time.

My Review:

This is one of the best books I have ever read in the mystery/suspense drama! Seriously, the best read in a while. The book is full of a number of very strong characters, a wonderful story line and was very quick to read. It has been a long time since i felt like I had a movie going on in my head as a read a novel, but that is EXACTLY what this book did for me. So good, and I cannot wait to read the second book in the series, The Raven, when it releases Fall 2016.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up. 

BUY IT: You can purchase Annabel Lee at your favorite Christian book retailer from Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complementary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

A Fool and His Monet: A Book Review

About The Book:

Sketchy politics and a palette of lies can't stop Serena Jones from exposing the mastermind behind the daring theft of a priceless work of art
Serena Jones has a passion for recovering lost and stolen art--one that's surpassed only by her zeal to uncover the truth about who murdered her grandfather. She's joined the FBI Art Crime Team with the secret hope that one of her cases will lead to his killer. Now, despite her mother's pleas to do something safer--like get married--Serena's determined to catch thieves and black market traders.

When a local museum discovers an irreplaceable Monet missing, Serena leaps into action--and a whole heap of trouble.


You can read an excerpt of this book here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Sandra Orchard is the award-winning author of several books, including the Port Aster Secrets series. The winner of five Canadian Christian Writing Awards and a Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award, Sandra has also received a HOLT Medallion Award of Merit, a National Readers' Choice Award, and a Daphne du Maurier Award. She lives in Ontario, Canada. Learn more at www.sandraorchard.com.

My Review:

What a fun read! This book is full of mystery, humor and even a bit of romance! A perfect trio to be sure!

I feel the author did a wonderful job of telling a story and I found myself reading up late into the night to finish it. The characters were wonderful and I loved the various interactions between them. I have read other books from this author and felt it was one of her better ones, and I cannot wait to see where this series goes.

I recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase A Fool and His Monet at your favorite Christian book retailer  from Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Debt Proof Your Marriage: A Book Review

About The Book:

Are you and your spouse in debt? 
Do you want to get out of debt--and stay out? 
How can you team up to make your money work for you?

No matter what your financial situation looks like right now, you and your spouse can take steps to become debt free and strengthen your marriage in the process. Debt-Proof Your Marriage is packed with real-life advice and sprinkled with humor that will renew your hope and determination. It covers everything you need for managing your money as a couple. You'll learn

· how to reconcile different money behaviors and beliefs
· forty places to find money that you didn't know you had
· the 80 percent solution
· and much more

This book will give you all the help you need to take care of the present, clean up the past, and prepare for a successful, financially sound future. And most important, it will show you how to live debt free--protecting your marriage, your money, and your peace of mind.


You can read an excerpt of this book here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Mary Hunt is founder and publisher of Debt-Proof Living, a popular money management resource, and former financial columnist for Woman's Day magazine. Her books have sold more than a million copies, and her daily newspaper column is syndicated through United Features. The author of 7 Money Rules for Life, Hunt speaks widely on personal finance and has appeared on shows such asGood Morning AmericaOprah, and Dr. Phil. She and her husband live in Colorado.

My Review: 

Debt and money issues are one of the biggest causes of marital striff in marriages all over the world. I know personally that its been the source of many heated discussions between my husband and I over the almost 19 years we have been married. Looking back, debt is definitely one of the reasons for these discussions. Looking back I cringe at the amount of debt we went into marriage with (student loans were our issue) and yet I also see how far we have come in our money managment and debt repayment. One of our greatest resources for tips and encouragement to get rid of debt has been the books from Mary Hunt! Recently, I had the opportunity to read and review her most recent book, Debt Proof Your Marriage.

Let me first say: I wish I would have had access to this before we were marriage or even in the first year of our marriage.The book is loaded with many wonderful ideas and tips from how to deal with credit cards, money management, to debt repayment. Many of her ideas I have seen before but a refresher was good. One of the things I got from this book was how we, as adults and parents, model financial health, be it good or bad, to our children. This was a huge eye opener and I am glad we have already started teaching them how to positively use money! I love that Mary Hunt doesn't look down on couples for having money issues but gently and kindly moves us from debt to financial freedom with very easy and manageable tips! 

This would be a great book for a bridal shower or wedding gift or even for an engaged couple to read BEFORE getting married.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Debt Proof Your Marriage at your favorite Christian book retailer from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

One Dress, One Year: A Book Review

About The Book:

One girl. One dress. One year. For freedom. 
When sixteen-year-old Bethany Winz learned about the millions of men, women, and children around the world trapped in slavery, her stomach churned. How can anyone do that to another human being? she wondered. And why aren't we doing something?

This is the story of Bethany's "something."

Journey with her as she wears the same black dress every day for a year to focus attention on the lack of choices people in modern-day slavery face and raise money to help end human trafficking. As Bethany works to bring freedom to people worldwide, she'll discover how much she too needs freedom. You'll be inspired not only to change the world in your own way but also to experience the life-changing freedom of God's irrepressible love.

You can read an excerpt of this book, here, in PDF format

About The Authors:

Bethany Winz is studying social justice at Trevecca Nazarene University where she's learning to love Nashville and urban farming. She already loves Jesus, hot tea, good books, and bacon. She processes the world by writing and blogs about the adventure of growing up and what she's learning about justice at www.bethanywinz.com.

Susanna Foth Aughtmon is the author of All I Need Is Jesus and a Good Pair of JeansMy Bangs Look Good and Other Lies I Tell Myself, and I Blame Eve. She coauthored A Trip around the Sunwith Richard Foth and New York Times bestselling author Mark Batterson. A pastor's wife and mother of three, Susanna blogs about life's adventures at www.tiredsupergirl.com.

My Review:

One Dress, One Year was a remarkable read into the heart of a 16 year old girl to do God's work here on Earth. She takes you on a journey full of hope, dreams, heartache, and ultimately, while she did not reach some of the goals she had set out to do Bethany Winz has made an impact in the world! How many of us have the gumption to do that, especially at such a young age! She is truly inspiring and I so enjoyed reading this book. It will encourage you, open your eyes to the social justice movement and the horrificness of human trafficking and challege you to do something, no matter how small.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase One Dress, One Year at your favorite Christian book retailer from Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book courtesy of Graf-Martin Communications and Baker Publsihing Group, in exchange for a review on this blog. All opinions are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***