Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.”

(New Living Translation from BibleGateway)

Author Darlene Schacht is giving away a lot of cool goodies when you pre-order her newest book, Messy Beautiful Love!

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I’m halfway through another Darlene Schacht book and I’m so excited to read this new one!

For more info, see Darlene’s original blog post!

I love the Lord because He hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!

(New Living Translation from BibleGateway)

I cried out, “I am slipping!” but your unfailing love, O Lord, supported me. When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.

(New Living Translation from BibleGateway)

This ebook galley was sent to me by the publisher for review purposes, but all opinions are my own.

I can’t seem to get enough of the Christiansen family! I’ve reviewed each book of the series so far and waited impatiently between them. Now I’ve broken my no-Christmas-stories-before-November rule. ;)

This was a great story, no matter the season. John and Ingrid took on more depth for me and while I wanted them to be a perfect couple – as I suppose I had accidentally labelled them while reading the rest of the series – I also appreciated a look into the struggle to revive an “old” relationship.

The characters were great as always, the plot interesting, and the resolution definitely satisfying. I’m so glad Susan wrote a novella to keep me going till the next book’s release! :)

Good mystery/thriller for kids! I liked the main characters, though I could have done with a little less bouncing back and forth between viewpoints. The plot was set up well and satisfied, but watch out for the cliffhanger ending! As designed, I will be looking for the second book to determine what happens there…

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This book for kids and teens was really funny. I admit that at first I thought I was too grown-up for it, but before long, I got into the goofy humour in the writing. I enjoyed both the story and the way it was written. I’ll have to remember to find Book #2 when I need a fun quick read.

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This book reminded me of Jennie Allen’s Anything. Both were intense, uplifting and challenging. Kristen writes well and I had to follow her blog after reading some of her family’s adventures. I was also prompted to keep my eyes open for opportunities in my own life where I could set aside the societal desire for possessions and instead focus on helping others.

I would definitely recommend this book for all mothers, for all Christians and for anyone who wonders where their mission field might be!

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And we’re so busy I forgot to write to celebrate the day! Oops!

Lots of big changes with the little guy, which might explain why he seems to think he has less time to waste on napping or sleeping through the night. (I’ve actually resorted to caffeine intake once or twice, tsk tsk. For most mothers, it’s a lifeline, but it doesn’t usually do well in my system and so I avoid it.) He’s working on sitting on his own, just needs to be watched a bit to avoid face plants when he leans too far or suddenly wants on his stomach; he loves being on his stomach now rather than his back, so he tends to sleep on his side or stomach now; and he’s learning about solid food!

Happy half-year, Alex!

But to all who believed him and accepted him, He gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn — not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.

(New Living Translation from BibleGateway)

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