Friday, June 12, 2015

The Proposal at Siesta Key: A Blog Tour and Review

About The Book:

A young Amish woman, yearning for freedom, crosses paths with a handsome Mennonite celebrity in a deeply moving tale of friendship and self-discovery—the second installment in the unforgettable New York Times bestselling author’s new Amish Brides of Pinecraft series.
Penny Troyer rarely disobeys her parents. In the years since her sister’s tragic death, they’ve wanted nothing more than to keep her safe…even if it means never leaving the house.
But tonight, she’s bending the rules because Michael Knoxx, the most famous member of The Knoxx Family Singers, a traveling Mennonite Evangelical family —is scheduled to speak. Penny has heard of Michael—how he lost part of his leg in a terrible accident and uses the experience to inspire others—and knows she must meet him. So, for the first time ever, Penny stands up to her parents and goes out on her own.
Though he speaks about living life to the fullest, Michael knows he needs to take his own advice. Life on the road is grueling and Michael wants to slow down, to rest…to perhaps meet someone who sees him as a man, not just a celebrity. So when a twist of fate allows him the chance to stay a little longer in Pinecraft, Michael knows God is showing him a new path, especially when he discovers how much he and Penny Troyer have in common.
But new friendships can’t stop time. Soon, Michael’s time in Pinecraft will be over and he’ll be back on the road. Her time with Michael has brought her happiness, but will she be able to follow her heart? Or will she be faced with the one thing she’s sure she’ll never have the courage to do?
About The Author:
Shelley Shepard Gray is a two-time New York Times bestseller, a two-time USA Today bestseller, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time Holt Medallion winner. She lives in Southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.
My Review:
It is another fantastic read from prolific author, Shelley Shepard Gray. Once again, Gray brings you into the world of the Amish with a wondefully described book, delightful characters, and twists and turns, with a little romance thrown into the mix. This is the second book, in The Amish Brides of Pinecraft, and I truly felt it was a delightful, quick read. Perfect for any road trip, sitting on the beach or even reading on your deck with a glass of cold lemonade this summer. Penny and Michael were such great characters, and I look forward to reading book 3, when it is released.
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.
BUY IT: You can purchase The Proposal at Siesta Key online through Amazon. It is also available through your favorite local Christian book retailer.
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of LitFuse Publicity Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Who's The New Kid: A Book Review and Blog Tour

About The Book:

It's time to get your kid back!

At nine years old, Breanna Bond weighed a whopping 186 pounds. Just walking up the stairs to her room was a challenge. Her legs chafed to the point of bleeding as a result of rubbing against each other, and her school days were filled with taunts of "Hey, Fatty!" Breanna's mom, Heidi, was devastated. But then she decided to do something about it. 

In Who's the New Kid? you will discover how Heidi helped her daughter lose weight without the help of fad diets, medication, or surgery - and how you can do the same with your kid!

You'll learn how to:

*get your kid off the couch and exercising
*make easy, nutritious meals the whole family will love
*overcome physical and emotional roadblocks during the weight-loss journey

The best part is that Heidi's plan works! In just under a year, Breanna dropped 40 percent of her body weight and was transformed from a morbidly obese child who spent her days in front of the TV set eating chips and chocolate to a vibrant, healthy, energetic girl.

Filled with helpful diagnostic tools, fun exercise ideas, easy-to-make recipes, and a free 40 day meal and exercise plan, Who's the New Kid? not only shows you how to help your kids lose weight naturally but also introduces you to simple yet effective lifestyle changes that will benefit the entire family. 

About The Authors:

Heidi Bond and her daughter, Breanna, have appeared on Good MOrning America, CNN, and The Biggest Loser. Together, through their website, www.breannabond.com, they have helped countless families beat childhood obesity and get on the  road to good health. The Bond family (which also includes Heidi's husband, Dan, and son, Nathan) lives in Clovis, California.

Jenna Glatzer is the author of 23 books, including Unthinkable by Scott Rigsby, Never Ever Give Up: The Inspiring Story of Jessie and Her Joy Jars, and Unbroken: A Memoir. She has written hundreds of articles for magazines and online publications, including Women's World, Women's Health, Fitness, Prevention, and USA Today. Jenna lives in Stony Brook, New York.

My Review:

Childhood obesity is one of society's biggest health crisis' and over the last few years we have sadly seen this crisis increase. However, there has also been great strides made by society. While we have seen shows like The Biggest Loser and Extreme Weight Loss both tackle this issue, it is parents like Heidi Bond who have ultimately done what it takes to beat childhood obesity and keep it at bay. After seeing her daughter reach a very unhealthy weight, Heidi decided to make the necessary changes to help her. The book chronicles the journey Heidi and her daughter, Breanna have taken on the road to good health. It was a great read and it is full of awesome ways to get kids healthy and keep them that way. I love the 40 day meal plan, and the fact that the tips and ideas are not only good for kids but for the whole family. The recipes are easy to make, and I even tried a few and they were very tasty, even my girls enjoyed them. 

I know full well that if the family does not make changes overall, losing weight and keeping it off, will be very hard. I am so glad that Breanna's family stood with her and filled her life with encouragement through the journey. I was very much encouraged as I read this book.

If you know a family who deals with childhood obesity and needs encouragement to fight, and beat it, this is a wonderful book to read. It is also for all who are interested in helping keep our children healthy!

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

BUY IT: You can pre-purchase Who's The New Kid online through Amazon. It releases on May 19, 2015. It is also available through your favorite local book retailer.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of LitFuse Publicity Group, 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, May 30, 2015

Anna's Crossing: A Book Review

About The Book:

Some endings are really beginnings . . . 

On a hot day in 1737 in Rotterdam, Anna K├Ânig reluctantly sets foot on the Charming Nancy, a merchant ship that will carry her and her fellow Amish believers across the Atlantic to start a new life. As the only one in her community who can speak English, she feels compelled to go. But Anna is determined to complete this journey and return home--assuming she survives. She's heard horrific tales of ocean crossings and worse ones of what lay ahead in the New World. But fearfulness is something Anna has never known. 

Ship's carpenter Bairn resents the somber people--dubbed Peculiars by the deckhands--who fill the lower deck of the Charming Nancy. All Bairn wants to do is to put his lonely past behind him, but that irksome and lovely lass Anna and her people keep intruding on him.

Delays, storms, illness, and diminishing provisions test the mettle and patience of everyone on board. When Anna is caught in a life-threatening situation, Bairn makes a discovery that shakes his entire foundation. But has the revelation come too late?

Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to the beginning of Amish life in America with this fascinating glimpse into the first ocean crossing--and the lives of two intrepid people who braved it.


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

About The Author:


Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of the Lancaster County Secrets series, the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. She is also the coauthor of an Amish children's series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner for The Search, a Carol Award finalist forThe Choice, and a Christy Award finalist for The Waiting. She is also a columnist for Christian Postand Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.

My Review:

Suzanne Woods Fisher is one of my favorite authors of the Amish fiction genre. With Anna's Crossing you will get all that Fisher is known for and then some. It was a fantastic look at the start of the Amish in America. It was a classic Fisher read in that there were remarkable characters, beautiful descriptions of the time periods, and yet it was a overwhelming read as you know so much research has gone into writing this novel. There was not one character that stood out above the others as they all were unique in their own ways, and each was critical to the others' story lines. The book was very well written and I thoroughly enjoyed it. 

The journey of the Amish to America was written in such a way that I could visualize each step of the journey and felt as though I was one with the story with each page I read. An amazingly written book that will will draw you in right away. This is, by far, my favorite of Fisher's books that I have read and I cannot wait to see what is next for this prolific author.

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

BUY IT: You can purchase Anna's Crossing online through Amazon. It is also available through your favorite local Christian book retailer from Bethany House, 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.***

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

New Music From Michael W. Smith!!!

Michael W. Smith has been an absolute favorite artist of mine for many, many years. In fact, the very first Contemporary Christian Music I ever listened to was his LP Album Project (with the famous "Friends" title on it). 

His music is time honored, he is passionate about sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ through music, and he is known around the world. Today I would like to share his new video, "Sky Spills Over" from the album Sovereign. By far this is one of my fave albums from Smith! The song is fun, has a powerful message and I am sure will be enjoyed  by all who listen to it.

Without further delay, here it is! Enjoy!


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Monday, May 25, 2015

Join the Odyssey Adventure Club for a ‘Buck’ (Plus a Summer Challenge)

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Memorial Day is just around the corner, which means school will be out for the summer! Parents, does that fill you with dread, knowing all you'll hear for the next few months is, "I'm bored!"? Keep reading because we have a deal for you—one that will only cost you a buck and that will keep your kids safe online while allowing them to have fun and to grow in their relationship with Jesus.

Buck Oliver is back in the latest Adventures in Odyssey album, and to celebrate, you can try the Odyssey Adventure Club for just a buck for your first month. Sign up before May 31st using the promo code BUCK! *This deal only applies to first-time accounts and is good the first month only.

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—Growing access to Odyssey books, a daily devotion, access to select Radio Theatre dramas and more.

Additionally, a portion of each Odyssey Adventure Club membership benefits Focus on the Family partner organizations, such as Carry the Cure and Mission Aviation Fellowship, providing parents with an opportunity to teach children about the value of serving others. The Odyssey Adventure Club hopes to spend another 25 years hand-in-hand with parents seeking to teach biblical truth to their children while inspiring the theater of their imagination.

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Your favorite Adventures in Odyssey characters are also Taking the Plunge in Album 59 and now you can, too! This summer, dive into your faith and grow closer to God by joining the Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse Magazine Taking The Plunge Summer Challenge. It includes these simple things:
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Sunday, May 24, 2015

No Place To Hide: A Book Review

About The Book:

She'll defend her friend until the bitter end--but is she in over her head?
It's not every day you see your childhood friend and onetime crush on national news. Jackie Sellers just wishes it were under different circumstances. She can't believe that Ian Lockwood is wanted in connection with a terrorist plot, and she's determined to find him and help him clear his name. Unfortunately, she's not the only one looking for him. The FBI wants him captured. The bad guys want him dead. Ian just wants to stay alive long enough to prove his innocence and prevent a catastrophe. 

Lynette Eason delivers nonstop action as Jackie and Ian travel a dangerous road--one that may lead straight to destruction.


About The Author:

Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of the Women of Justice series and the Deadly Reunions series, as well as No One to Trust and Nowhere to Turn. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. She has a master's degree in education from Converse College, and she lives in South Carolina. Learn more at www.lynetteeason.com.

My Review:

Twists and turns galore. Non-stop action. Fantastic story lines and super characters that will grab your heart from the start. All this and a little romance thrown in give you a book that will have you reading late into the night! It was well written and is one of my favorites from this author.   This story had a lot of different parts to it, and yet the author did a wonderful job and tying all the parts together and when a book has me reading late into the night to finish it, you know it is a good one! I look forward to see what is next from Lynette Eason.

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

BUY IT: You can purchase No Place To Hide online through Amazon. It is also available through your favorite local Christian book retailer from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Legacy: A Book Review

About The Book:

One young man is about to discover the true cost of independence
For years, Doug Anderson has been drifting slowly but steadily away from both his family and his faith. His parents have been trying to reach him before he falls too far. His friend Christina hopes what she is seeing online isn't true. But sometimes you have to hit bottom before you're ready to grow up. 

Just as things begin to settle down a bit, Doug's life takes a turn that requires every bit of faith and patience for both his family and Christina--whose growing feelings for Doug, a man who writes her off as not worth his time, keep her off balance. Will Doug's crisis finally clear his vision and help him focus on what he has right in front of him?


About The Authors:

Dan Walsh is the bestselling author of many books, including The DanceThe Promise, and The Desire with Gary Smalley. He has won three Carol Awards, and three of his novels were finalists forRT Book Reviews Inspirational Book of the Year. He lives with his wife in the Daytona Beach area, where he's busy researching and writing his next novel.

Gary Smalley is one of the country's best-known authors and speakers on family relationships and has appeared on national television programs such as OprahLarry King Live, and TODAY, as well as numerous national radio programs. He is the bestselling and award-winning author or coauthor of many books, including the Baxter Family Redemption series with Karen Kingsbury. Gary and his wife, Norma, have been married for 50 years and live in Missouri.


My Review:

Oh my I need to warn you before reading this book, make sure you have a box of tissues nearby. The Legacy is the final book in The Restoration series and it concluded the series very nicely. 

Walsh and Smalley have made a fantastic writing team. Once again, we are introduced to the Anderson family, in particular the youngest son, Doug. The entire series focuses on relationships and it is no different in this final book. This time it focuses on the parent-child relationship and how no matter what we want for our children, they will almost always make choices we may not agree with. Tough topics were discussed throughout this series were difficult at times, and it was no different in this book. That said, while difficult the authors did a wonderful job writing about these topics and allowed the reader to really connect with the characters as the book is read. In this book, it seems that the authors took the story of the Prodigal Son and modernized it. The power of God's healing and restoration of family are two main themes seen in the book and I loved every minute of this book! 

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

BUY IT: You can purchase The Legacy online through Amazon. It is also available through your favorite local Christian book retailer.

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

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Heart of the Amish: A Book Review


About The Book:

We have all been hurt and we all have someone we need to forgive. But sometimes it's hard to let go of our hurt and anger in order to truly forgive and move on. 

For the Amish, forgiving others in order to live at peace is woven into the very fabric of their faith. From daily annoyances to heartbreaking tragedy, they exhibit an incredible capacity for forgiveness that often baffles us. How do they do it? And how can we have the same attitude and ability to forgive?

Through true stories gathered from a variety of Amish communities, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher shows you how the Amish are able to release their pain and desire for revenge, and live at peace with others. Her in-depth, personal research uncovers the astounding yet fundamental way the Amish can forgive anyone from the angry customer at the grocery store to the shooter at Nickel Mines. You'll learn how to invite God into your story, apply lessons from the Amish to your own circumstances, and find the freedom that comes with true forgiveness.


About The Author:

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of Amish Peace and Amish Proverbs, as well as many novels about the Amish, including the Lancaster County Secrets series, the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series. She is also the coauthor of an Amish children's series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner for The Search, a Carol Award finalist for The Choice, and a Christy Award finalist for The Waiting. She is also a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.

My Review:

Forgiveness. Not an easy thing to do, and yet we are commanded in God's word to do so. Everyday the news shares terrible situations and experiences that breaks my heart, but one of the most difficult of my recent memory was the shooting Nickel Mines. My heart break, and I was in tears as I watched the news coverage of this tragedy. However, despite the devestating events of that day, hope prevailed in the way the Amish showed love and forgiveness to the shooter, when they really could have shown the opposite. Were they hurt, I have not doubt. Angry, I am certain. But the Amish community of Nickle Mines showed the world that anger did not get the best of them that day, nor should it. I could not imagine losing my children in any manner, yet was so challenged and encouraged by the reactions of the community that day. Oh of course, the Nickel Mines tragedy was not the only story in The Heart of the Amish, just the one that impacted me the most. All the stories within this book were heart-warming, heart-wrenching and overall will touch you wherever you are at in your life journey. You will want tissue with you as you read, as I cried at several of the stories. Forgiveness is not easy, but within these 26 stories you will discover that it is necessary and possible. 

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

BUY IT: You can purchase The Heart of the Amish online at Amazon. It is also available at your favorite local Christian book retailer from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing House.

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

Sand in my Sandwich: A Book Review

About The Book:

There is no perfect family, no life free of mess.
But in the midst of all of it, God is there, reminding us, "My child, I got this."

You know that thing when you're in Walmart at noon before you discover you haven't brushed your teeth? Sarah Parshall Perry gets that. She also gets weird things showing up in her bed, her daughter requesting war paint, and her son crawling into a giant blue sock on Christmas morning. Sometimes, she gets that conflicted feeling of finding her kids hanging out in the dog's cage and realizing that, yes, dog cages are not for people, but . . . they have stopped getting into trouble.

According to Perry, "The hardest stuff is the quickest way to God." And if the systematic destruction of her carefully planned life is any indication, she's on the fast track to sainthood! A mother of three children, two of whom are on the autism spectrum, she has experienced plenty of ups and downs. But from the chaos of her "ordinary" life, she pulls truth packed with humor, poignancy, and a naked honesty that will make you realize you are not alone in this delightfully messy thing called motherhood. 

So sit back, relax awhile, and get ready to laugh.


You can read an excerpt of Sand in my Sandwich online here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Sarah Parshall Perry (JD, University of Virginia School of Law) is a wife and mother of three young children. She is the coauthor of When the Fairy Dust Settles (with her mother, Janet Parshall) and the author of numerous magazine articles, award-winning short stories, and poetry. Sarah has served in youth ministry for over ten years and is currently writing for www.ChosenFamilies.org where she encourages other families living with disabilities. She lives in Maryland.

My Review:

This is not your typical how-to parenting book. While it has some great tid bits and information that will help your parenting journey. It is so much more than that. It is a reminder that sometimes parenting does not look like we thought it would, yet becomes so much more because of the messes that come with it. Messes that make us who we are as moms, and who make our children who they are. But these messes don't have to be negatives in our lives. Nor should they be. They are meant to make us stronger than we ever thought. We are reminded that sometimes life is hard, very hard, yet with God beside us we will get through it. I loved that the author was raw, vulnerable and honest in her story and even through humor she was so incredibly encouraging! A beautifully written book to be sure.

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

BUY IT: You can purchase Sand in my Sandwich online through Amazon. It can also be purchased at your favorite local Christian book retailer.

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

Life Unstuck: A Book Review

About The Book:

No matter where you are today, the life you long for can be yours! 
We all start life with the ability to dream, but somewhere along the way life gets sticky. We find ourselves wondering:

· Does anyone know me for who I really am? 
· Am I going to have to "fake it" forever?
· What do I have to offer the world? 
· How can I dream about tomorrow when I can't even handle today? 
· Is this all my life will ever be? 
· Do I dare to dream of more? 
With passion and enthusiasm, Pat Layton invites you to imagine a life where you experience peace with the past, enjoy purpose in the present, and expect the possibilities that the future holds. With fresh personal tools and clear action steps, she delves deep into the areas we get stuck in the most and unveils the path to the life you long to live

You are a one-of-a-kind design. Life Unstuck will help you live like you believe it! 

You can read an excerpt of Life Unstuck here, in PDF format



About The Author:

Pat Layton, founder and president of Life Impact Network and is a busy speaker, author, and life coach specializing in "dream design" for women. She is founder of "Imagine Me . . . Redeemed, Restored, Renewed . . . Set Free," a national women's conference, and the author of A Surrendered Life. She and her husband, Mike, have three children and five grandchildren.

My Review:

Life Unstuck is the perfect read for anyone who feels stuck in life. Whether it's in your job, finances, marriage or whatever. It is not always easy to be stuck but God can carry us through any time we feel this way, we just have to let Him. We have to surrender our thoughts of the past and present and move forward to what He wants to use us for. I love that the author is vulnerable and shares her stuck moments from life. This makes her relatable and real for those reading the book.  The book is very well written with many personal stories from the author, lots of scripture, and each chapter has many reflection questions for the reader to use for both individual and small group study. 

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

BUY IT: You can purchase Life Unstuck online through Amazon. It can also be purchased at your favorite local Christian book retailer.

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

You're Loved No Matter What: A Book Review

About The Book:

As women, we tend to think that if we could only get our act together, life would be perfect. But you're not supposed to be perfect. You're supposed to be human. And humans are messy, flawed, glorious, and deeply loved.

It's time to lay down those unrealistic expectations that exhaust you.
It's time to embrace who you are--even the messy parts.
It's time to start living fully instead of just trying not to fail.

Let's do this. Together.

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How would your life be different if you truly believed you're loved just as you are? Bestselling author Holley Gerth shares how God wants to set our hearts free by revealing the lies we believe as well as the scandalous grace and acceptance offered to us instead. She helps us lay down our unrealistic expectations so we can embrace who God created us to be, pursue his purpose for our lives, and offer others the love we've been freely given.


You can read an excerpt of You Are Loved No Matter What here, in PDF format.

About The Author:

Holley Gerth is a bestselling writer, certified life coach, and speaker. She loves connecting with the hearts of women through her popular blog and books like You're Already AmazingYou're Made for a God-Sized DreamYou're Going to Be Okay, and more. She's also cofounder of the popular website (in)courage and a partner with DaySpring. Learn more at www.holleygerth.com

My Review:

Holley Gerth is by one of the authors over the last three years or so that have hugely impacted me through her works. Every time I read one of her books I come away from it so encouraged and challenged. And I always look forward to her new works. Once again, Holley has done a wonderful job in You're Loved No Matter What. 

For many years I have struggled with confidence issues and low self esteem. Even after becoming a wife, and mother, and having several close friends, I have struggled with seeking approval from people in my life, to always look like the so-called perfect wife, mother and friend. It has only been in the last few years that I have truly embraced my roles as these things and more importantly, I have begun to let go of the idea that I need to be perfect.

Holley Gerth's books are always full of amazing quotes, including these personal favorites from You're Loved No Matter What:

*“Because here’s the secret: in the kingdom of God, as long as you’re still fighting, you’re winning. God doesn’t hand out medals for performance. He hands out crowns for perseverance.” 

*“God does have a perfect will. But it’s not like a straight path. It’s more like a GPS route. God has destinations for our lives, yes, but he also understands there will be detours, wrong turns, and delays along the way.” 
*“One reason we strive so hard to be perfect is to silence that critical voice in our minds. So let’s pause right now and agree on this together: that critical voice is not God.” 
*“your greatest hurt will probably be your greatest ministry.” 
*“God says you’re one of a kind. He wants you to become more of who he created you to be, not a copy of someone else.” 
*“Men are not our problem; it’s what we are trying to get from them that messes us up.” 
*“He shows us that our lives are about love and not performance. He extends mercy rather than demands. So even when we fall short in the eyes of others, we can still be confident standing tall in his. And we can lift others up by offering them true grace rather than our personal guidelines.” 

These are just a few of the amazing nuggets found in this book. It was a truly wonderful reminder that God loves us no matter what state we are in. We do not have to be perfect and need to stop striving for the elusive thing we call perfectionism. We don't need it, we need Him. With encouraging words, lots of scriptural reference and over all challenging us to give up being perfect, this is a book all women need to read. 

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

BUY IT: You can purchase You Are Loved No Matter What online through Amazon. It is also available through your favorite local Christian book retailer.

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