February 2019 Wrap Up!

Hey there! February has come and gone. Curious to see what I’ve read and reviewed? Good, because it is time to talk about just that. 😀

As always any personal opinions or thought can be found in bold italics.

Let’s get started!

Their Marriage Bargain by Stephanie Dees


Jules Sheehan will do anything to keep custody of the two orphaned girls in her care—including a marriage of convenience with their uncle. Cam Quinn crosses the globe as a travel writer, but he’s ready to settle down. Now tough, tender Jules is offering the home he’s secretly longed for. Can this marriage in name only become a family of the heart?

This is the fourth and final book in the Family Blessings series. This is Jules’ story and was probably one of my absolute favorites. You can learn more by visiting my review HERE. A huge thank you to Just Read Publicity Tours and Stephanie Dees for my review copy.

It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way by Lysa TerKeurst

New York Times  bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst unveils her heart amid shattering circumstances and shows readers how to live assured when life doesn’t turn out like they expected.

What do you do when God’s timing seems questionable, His lack of intervention hurtful, and His promises doubtful? 

Life often looks so very different than we hoped or expected. Some events may simply catch us off guard for a moment, but others shatter us completely. We feel disappointed and disillusioned, and we quietly start to wonder about the reality of God’s goodness.

Lysa TerKeurst understands this deeply. But she’s also discovered that our disappointments can be the divine appointments our souls need to radically encounter God. In It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way, Lysa invites us into her own journey of faith and, with grit, vulnerability, and honest humor, helps us to:

* Stop being pulled into the anxiety of disappointment by discovering how to better process unmet expectations and other painful situations.
* Train ourselves to recognize the three strategies of the enemy so we can stand strong and persevere through unsettling relationships and uncertain outcomes.
* Discover the secret of being steadfast and not panicking when God actually does give us more than we can handle.
* Shift our suspicion that God is cruel or unfair to the biblical assurance that God is protecting and preparing us.
* Know how to encourage a friend and help her navigate hard realities with real help from God’s truth.

If you’ve ever dealt with disappointments, you’re going to want to read this. This is different from any other book I’ve read because it is raw, honest, while also sharing the truth. You can learn more by visiting my review HERE.

In His Image by Jen Wilkin

After first teaching women to go deeper in their study of the Bible in Women of the Word, and then unpacking why our limits are a good thing in light of God’s limitlessness in None Like Him, best-selling author and Bible teacher Jen Wilkin helps readers see what human beings are to be like as they reflect the image of their Creator. In His Image explores 10 attributes of God that Christians are called to reflect—they are called to be holy, loving, just, good, merciful, gracious, faithful, patient, truthful, and wise. This book calls readers to discover the freedom and purpose in becoming all that God made them to be.

This is the book we’re currently doing with my life group at church. I love the way that Jen Wilkin explains 10 attributes of God that we can reflect in our own personal lives. Learn more by visiting my review HERE.

21 Days of Breakthrough Prayer by Jim Maxim, Cathy Maxim, and Daniel Henderson

“Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:19–20). 

Are there things in your personal life, your loved ones’ lives, or your church life that desperately need to change for the better?
Have you been yearning for real spiritual breakthrough in the challenging situations you face?
Have you ever considered that God is just waiting for His people to cry out to Him in prayer together?

The prayer of agreement is one of the most powerful gifts that God has provided for victory in our Christian lives. He has promised us that He will respond to this time of focused prayer as we seek His face together.

Join Jim and Cathy Maxim and Daniel Henderson for twenty-one days of agreeing prayer, and see how different things can be as believers go to God together to experience a time of intimacy and intercession that will forever change the way we pray, think, and act regarding the gift of prayer.

More than just a book printed on paper, this 21-day movement is interactive. At the end of each devotional reading, you can visit www.acts413.net and join Jim, Cathy, and Daniel for a powerful time of agreeing prayer. Enter God’s presence with them daily, praying for the power of the Holy Spirit to sweep through your circumstances with the breakthrough that you need in your life, and in the lives of those you love.

This is one of the best books that I’ve read on the topic of prayer. It’s deep, impactful, and interactive. Learn more by checking out my review HERE.

Brunch at Bittersweet Cafe by Carla Laureano

From the RITA Award-winning author of Five Days in Skye comes a sweet, romantic treat that will leave you hungry for more.

Baker and pastry chef Melody Johansson has always believed in finding the positive in every situation, but seven years after she moved to Denver, she can’t deny that she’s stuck in a rut. One relationship after another has ended in disaster, and her classical French training is being wasted on her night job in a mediocre chain bakery. Then the charming and handsome private pilot Justin Keller lands on the doorstep of her workplace in a snowstorm, and Melody feels like it’s a sign that her luck is finally turning around.

Justin is intrigued by the lively bohemian baker, but the last thing he’s looking for is a relationship. His own romantic failures have proven that the demands of his job are incompatible with meaningful connections, and he’s already pledged his life savings to a new business venture across the country–an island air charter in Florida with his sister and brother-in-law.

Against their better judgment, Melody and Justin find themselves drawn together by their unconventional career choices and shared love of adventure. But when an unexpected windfall provides Melody with the chance to open her dream bakery-cafe in Denver with her best friend, chef Rachel Bishop, she’s faced with an impossible choice: stay and put down roots with the people and place she’s come to call home . . . or give it all up for the man she loves.

This is probably one of my favorite books for this year so far. The author
doesn’t just simply write about them. She invites her readers into the kitchen, the ins and outs of the airport, and the process of opening a bakery cafe. The way the author describes the food will leave your mouth watering, longing for a bite of whatever Melody has been baking. You can learn more by visiting my review HERE. A huge thank you to Tyndale and Carla Laureano for my review copy.

Silencing Insecurity by Donna Gibbs

Insecurity is easily the most pervasive struggle of women in America today. We have more ways than ever to compare ourselves to others–who are all prettier, thinner, smarter, more successful, and more put together than we are–and our sense of self-worth takes a serious beating on an almost daily basis. We’re tired of simply commiserating with writers and bloggers who share their own struggles–we want real, workable solutions about how to find peace with ourselves.

This is what professional Christian counselor Donna Gibbs gives women with Silencing Insecurity. Drawing from her twenty years of experience counseling women, she exposes the many lies that produce insecurities in us starting from a young age, the result of letting those insecurities get the best of us, and, most importantly, the way out of insecurity–for good. Anyone who is tired of letting insecurity snatch away the joy from her life will welcome this practical and freeing book.

This wasn’t one that I cared for personally. None of the information in this book was new, so, unfortunately, it wasn’t for me. You can learn more by visiting my review HERE. A huge thank you to Revell for my review copy.

And that’s a wrap! Did you see a book that I’ve read that is on your TBR? Or perhaps you noticed a book that you’ve also read and enjoyed? Or perhaps you found some books to add to your TBR? Let me know in the comments below.


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