Book Reviews, divorce, encouragement, moving on

When Happily Ever After Shatters (book review)

The big white dress. The flowers. The church. The kids. The years. The breakup. Wait–what? What do you do when your (or your friend’s) marriage disintegrates before your eyes? When you can stop crying long enough to read a chapter at a time, dig into Sue Birdsey’s When Happily Ever After Shatters, published by Focus on the Family in conjunction with Tyndale Publishers. Sue has first-hand experience in not only dealing with abandonment, divorce, and single parenting, but thriving through it.

Sue offers practical advice for those going through every step of this life-altering tragedy. She also offers advice for friends and families of those suffering. This book was so good that I read it straight through in two sittings. I highly recommend it for everyone because we all know someone going through divorce right now.

Disclaimer: This book was provided to me free of charge from Tyndale Publishing in hopes that I would provide a review. The opinions expressed are my own.


My Foolish Heart (book review)

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    What could be more foolish than a house-bound single woman giving advice on love? How ‘bout giving it on a syndicated, nightly radio show. In spite of her unusual circumstances, Isadora usually manages to dole out pretty decent advice. Then a hunky new guy moves in next door. As his first few attempts at getting to know Isadora flop, he decides to tune into My Foolish Heart. He starts falling in love, but is he falling in love with a radio show host or his next door neighbor?

Susan May Warren brings light-hearted humor, romance, and a wonderful representation of God’s grace to her latest installment in the Deep Haven series. No matter what our circumstances, Susan shows us that no one and nothing is beyond God’s healing grace. I give My Foolish Heart two enthusiastic thumbs up for easy, bedtime reading.

The Tyndale Blog Network graciously provided a copy of this book for me to review, but the opinions expressed are my own. If you’re ready to purchase it, head on over to the Tyndale website.



Bound by Guilt (book review)

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  C. J. Darlington’s second novel, Bound by Guilt, follows in the same vein with the same characters as her debut novel, Thicker Than Blood. Roxi, a throwaway teenager on the run from the law and aching to please her cousin, and Abby, a burned out police officer who’s lost what matters most to her, seem to have nothing in common. Nothing, that is, except for a murder and an expensive first edition of The Great Gatsby that seems to show up in all the wrong places. Will guilt consume them both, or can forgiveness set them both free?

Bound by Guilt kept me flipping pages long past my usual bedtime. It’s a story about family, unconditional love, and forgiveness. My only beef with C. J. is that she killed off one of my favorite characters! Overall, I give Bound by Guilt two enthusiastic thumbs up!

The author graciously sent me a copy of Bound by Guilt to review, but the opinions expressed are my own. If you’re ready to purchase it, head on over to Tyndale House Publishing’s website.



Inspirational Zingers Jumble (review)

I found the cure for road-trip boredom! It’s Tyndale’s new Inspirational Zingers Jumble book. With six kinds of puzzles, including Jumbles, Double Jumbles, Mystery Person Jumbles, Word Search Jumbles, Super Jumbles, and Criss-Cross Jumbles, there’s something for everyone. It has inspirational quotes from well-known people, Bible verses, interesting trivia, and more. This 200-puzzle book will keep the whole family entertained over the hill and through the woods to grandmother’s house this summer.

Disclosure: Tyndale provided me with a free copy of this book to review. I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


For Girls Only! Devotions

From the title, For Girls Only! Devotions, to the cool purple writing, to the cutesy illustrations, to the real-life issues addressed with attention-grabbing titles, to the biblically sound yet accessible snippets, to the interactive quizzes, author Carolyn Larsen has hit a home run. Each devotion starts off with a Scripture verse, moves through a realistic example from another girl’s life, and cuts to the chase with a practical application.

Moms will love the assistance that these discussion starters provide. Girls will love feeling that they’re not alone in their tweeny struggles. For Girls Only! gets two thumbs up from this mom of a tween (and a teen).

Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for providing me with a complimentary review copy. I just know Kitty will love unwrapping it in a few weeks!