A Sweet Way to Spend a Birthday

In case you didn’t know this already, I am writing this post while on vacation with my family. In fact, it is my birthday today and we are driving back to Miami from the Florida Keys. I needed a book that was short and sweet to allow me to be present with my family while still meeting my goal. Truffles From Heaven fit that slot perfectly. Plus, I love truffles. They’re like, one of my favorites.

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What Will You Do If The Lights Go Out?

I’m a sucker for a good post-apocalyptic novel and The Light did not disappoint. The characters faced realistic problems and solved them in (mostly) realistic ways. I enjoyed the relationships that developed, and the reliance on faith and prayer to help guide them. This is the first book in The Light series, and I can see the author is going to have a lot of fun developing the storyline and characters further. I look forward to reading the rest of the books, but maybe I’d better wait until after #30inNovember!

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Hey! Do You Wanna Go For A Drive?

I love a good road trip. I grew up taking some epic road trips with my family and now we are torturing, I mean treating our daughters to the same delights. In fact, in just a few days, we are taking a “bucket list” road trip as we drive the Overseas Highway from the Miami area down to the Florida Keys (does anyone else get the Beach Boys stuck in their head when they talk about the Keys? Just me? Okay.).

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Give Me Kindness and Jesus

Okay, confession time. I didn’t actually read the entire Daily Acts of Kindness today. But I have been reading it every morning to my family around the breakfast table. It is not an overstatement to say that we’re glad we have this book. I appreciate that the focus is on our kindness as an outgrowth of our faith walk and our love for Jesus. To me, kindness and Jesus should always be linked.

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Grab a Cup of Coffee and Enjoy this Novella

Heaven Shining Through felt like what you would get if you sat down over coffee and asked your grandmother to tell you her life story - in a good way! Joe Siccardi’s novella takes his readers on a trip through Samantha’s life, pausing now and then to get a closer look at some of the scenery. This was a sweet story, and I found myself wishing it was a longer novel-length book so we could really get to know Samantha.

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It's My Party and I'll Read What I Want To

Yes, I am reading another Pride and Prejudice adaptation. It’s my birthday this month and I can read what I want to! (No, seriously, my 40th birthday is THIS week. I know, crazy, right? This seems like a good time to remind you that if I get 30 new email subscribers in November I will be sending out a prize package to someone on my email list. Know a book reader who needs new suggestions? Send them the link to my sign-up.)

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Put This One on Your Christmas List

Jane Austen’s classic novel reimagined in comic book form. When Mrs. Bennet determines to marry off one of her eligible daughters to the newcomers renting a nearby estate, the social order of the neighborhood is turned on its ear. Will any of the four Bennet sisters find love or will they be doomed to a penniless existence because of their pride and others’ prejudice?

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For the Fan of Fractured Fairytales

At our house, fractured fairytales are the soup d’jour. We eat them like candy, and not the weird kinds left over from Halloween, the good candy, you know, like Twix or Dark Milky Way bars or Reese’s Peanut Butter cups. Yum… Candy… Wait, back on track. Fractured fairytales litter our bookshelves and fill our floor space, so it takes quite a bit to impress us.

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A Must-Read for Every Budding Scientist

This story about a 12 year-old, redheaded, genius girl hit all the right notes for me as a mom and as someone who is trying to teach science to her daughters. Max’s character makes science sound interesting and attainable. More than that, though, Max Einstein is also kind, friendly, and humble about her smarts (unlike other people I could mention - I’m looking at you, Klaus!).

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Fully Alive

But, I really was curious about the book, because I happen to agree with the premise as stated in the back cover blurb, “Research shows that our emotional, spiritual, and physical health are tightly intertwined. Spiritual difficulties can have physical consequences, and physical illnesses can have emotional and even spiritual ramifications.”

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A Fearless Leader

In the wake of #metoo and during the dawn of a new women’s empowerment movement, it is more important than ever to equip and arm our daughters with truth. I have two daughters and I want them to know and cling to the truths about who they are, what they are capable of, and most importantly where, or better, Who, their strength comes from.

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