Thursday, December 22, 2016

Really Bad Girls of the Bible by Liz Curtis Higgs

Book Description

Discover the Truth About
God’s Sovereignty
from the Bible’s Really Bad Girls.

Eight of the Bible’s most notorious females strut across the pages of Really Bad Girls of the Bible with troubles that still hit home in the twenty-first century.

The Medium of En Dor crossed over to the dark side. Jael stood up to a ruthless enemy. The Adulteress was caught between a rock and a hard place. Athaliah made a bid for power that ended badly. Bathsheba captured the wandering eye of a king. Herodias made a cruel request of her husband. Tamar exchanged her widow’s weeds for a harlot’s garb. And the Bleeding Woman had a serious health issue only a great physician could handle.

My Review

I have loved Liz Curtis Higgs books since I first read "Thorn in My Heart". But there is just something about her devotional books that captivates me every time.

The women she discusses in this book are: Medium of En Dor, Jael, The Adulteress, Athaliah, Bathsheba, Herodias, Tamar the Widow, and The Bleeding Woman. Some of these women I was not as familiar with as others and loved learning more about them!
What I love about this book and those like it is that Liz C. Higgs applies these women to our daily lives and those around us and in Really Bad Girls of the Bible shows those who feel are seem beyond redeeming.

I can never get enough of these books and these lessons! I highly recommend this book (now I have to go back and read the first one!) And the new cover is beautiful!

I give this book a 5 out of 5!

WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group provided this book to me for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review as part of their Blogging for Books program. 

Seated with Christ by Heather Holleman

Book Description

As Christians find themselves trapped in the rhetoric of platform, influence, retweets, and fame, they need a ladder out of the fray.
Many of us live in a prison of self-absorption. Shackled with pride and despair, we compare ourselves to others constantly in our frantic, unending pursuit of perfection.
Seated with Christ gets to the root of this behavior and charts a path to freedom.
Scripture says that God’s beloved are seated with Christ in the heavens (Eph. 2:6), treasured by Him and given a place at His table. Heather Holleman unveils what this means for us.
It means we walk out on the fight for acceptance. We quit measuring ourselves to others.We leap free from cycles of shame.
Securely-seated people can ask themselves hard questions about their lives; they can deal with sin, grieve their losses, and move forward in hope. From a position of security and self-forgetfulness they can joyfully do the good works prepared for them uniquely. They can even celebrate the successes of others.
Seated with Christ is a deeply personal, liberating look at a glorious truth: that we have a place at God's eternal table.

My Review

The moment I opened this book I knew Heather Holleman spoke my language. She looks at the small and simple verbs like “sit” and “stand” and sees they have much more importance and meaning. Using Ephesians 2:6 as her foundation, we who have accepted Christ are all seated with Christ at the table.

I have thought of the wedding feast before but not what as in depth. Or how I actually have such a privilege as to have a seat at his table. As Heather Holleman elegantly explained,


“According to customs of the time, people around a table would sit, squat, or recline on the floor. If the event was important or ceremonious or royal, attendants sat on seats. Even in Jewish feasts, you as a guest would recline or squat unless you were part of the kings circle. Only then did you have an actual seat.”

Wow! I never knew that or thought of it before!

Heather goes over some of the different tables we strive to claim a seat at:

  • The Smart Person’s Table
  • The Thin and Beautiful Table
  • The Good wife and Mother Table
  • The Published Author’s Table
  • The Fruitful Christian Table
  • The Wealthy Family Table


Many of the tables she describes in this book I have either struggled with or am still struggling with today. It is very relatable and relevant to our day and age. As a single, overweight, aspiring Christian writer, I struggle with wanting to find somewhere I belong. To feel loved, accepted.

Going over each part of this book was both an encouragement and growing experience. One you won’t want to miss.

The end of each chapter has a “Sit and Savor” questions to help you stop and think. They were really good too.


Now I see better how special my seat is. It is mine; no one can take it away from me. I don’t have to fight for it; it already has my name on it. I am seated with Christ at his table, forever. I can adore instead of agonizing over my appearance. I can access instead of architect my life around affluence. I can abide instead of achieve. And so can you.

I give this book a 5 out of 5!

I received this book for free from the publisher’s in exchange for this honest and unbiased review as part of Moody Publishers Bloggers Review program.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Evergreen by Susan May Warren

Book Description

As a beautiful blanket of snow transforms the north woods into a winter wonderland, a deep chill settles over John and Ingrid’s marriage. With the holidays fast approaching, their only hope of keeping their love evergreen depends on turning the page on the past and embracing a new chapter of their future.

My Review

If you are looking for a great way to start the holiday season than I know just the book for you! The Christiansen Family is the best place to visit for the holiday but especially this year.

John and Ingrid are emp­­ty nesters this Thanksgiving and Christmas season and both have different feelings and views about it. John can’t wait to rekindle the flames in his marriage with Ingrid with his surprise getaway but Ingrid feels alone as emotions rise on the memories of a child she lost 16 years ago.

However, a spark of hope ignites when Ingrid hears from her sister, who she hasn’t heard from in 16 years. She asks Ingrid to care for her son Romeo while she goes into rehab; her eldest son Matthew is over seas in the military. John is not as enthusiastic.
It's another great book by Susan May Warren! You won't want to miss it this Holiday season (or anytime!). Check it out today!

I give this book a 5 out of 5!!!