The Big "R" Word

Is there any trickier and yet more rewarding relationship than that between mothers and daughters? Perhaps the relationships between sisters and sisters of the heart… Sorry, Men, I don’t know much about your relationships, if you want to check out of this book review feel free, but if you stick with us, maybe you will find a resource for your mom or wife or sister!

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Oh No! It's Here!

Well, friends, it finally happened. I blinked one too many times and now my oldest daughter is 13. Yep, we officially have a teenager in the house.

I believe the teenage years are a time to celebrate. Your children (and mine!) are growing into the people God called them to be. They are stretching their wings, finding their strengths, and beginning conversations about the future. An exciting time indeed.

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Can a Friendship Span Decades Without Consequence?

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I needed a kick in the pants to begin writing again, but the dark hole I was in didn’t mean I stopped reading altogether. That would be akin to deciding to never breathe again, or to never eat a piece of chocolate (yes, those are roughly the same thing). During my dry writing patch, and my long, dark slog through winter I had the privilege of reading some beautiful books.

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A Book Recommendation I'm Glad I Took

I glean book recommendations everywhere I go. On airplanes, I’m the creep who is craning her neck to see the title of the paperback you are reading. At the library I send surreptitious glances at the stacks on books in someone else’s hands. If you casually mention reading something interesting, I pounce on the tidbit like a cat after her favorite catnip toy. But, let’s be honest, I mostly get my book recommendations from Facebook. (Got a good book I should know about? Drop it in the comments!)

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My Kick in the Pants AKA: The Watch on the Fencepost Blog Tour and Giveaway

Friends, I have hit a slump. January and February are difficult months for me. I often slog through them barely able to interest myself in normal life. If it weren’t for the Vitamin D3 I take every day, I’m not sure I’d get off the couch. Surely, it can’t be that bad? Here is evidence: I haven’t written one single book review for almost three months. You know something is wrong with Andrea Christenson when she can’t compose a few paragraphs on her favorite subject!

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Reader, I Need Your Help

This week I received a much anticipated package: a brand new, hot off the presses, copy of the newest edition of the NKJV Study Bible, and, you guys, it is beautiful. I had hoped to have this Bible in my hot little hands before Christmas in order for it to bless someone under their Christmas tree, but I’m kinda liking the idea of starting the new year with a new Bible.

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Share A Classic This Christmas!

Whew! November was quite a ride! I loved reading something different every day and then sharing a few thoughts with you. For December, I have another set of exciting reviews planned. This December, in honor of the Advent and Christmas Season, I’m going to review three Bibles. Because, what better way to celebrate the incarnation of Christ than to read about it in Scripture?

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An End and a Beginning

Several years ago, when my children were quite small, I found myself dragging through the Advent and Christmas season. What should have been a magical time of year — young children seeing Christmas lights for the first time is the best, you guys, and I was not into it AT ALL — felt instead like a slog through a slush filled, knee high, snowdrift. I needed a change. I needed a new tradition for myself.

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Spoiler Alert: This isn't a Lottery You Want to Win

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson is a strange short story. Told in a somewhat matter of fact, mild mannered way, the tale highlights what can happen if we just accept the “normal way of doing things.” It’s the kind of book which makes you stop and think and then wonder about the rest of the story, the why’s behind the actions of the villagers. Which makes it a great short story.

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Adventurers, Grab a jacket. We're Heading to China and It's Wintertime.

Grace Lin has created a lovely world of Chinese characters, blending a little bit of history with a whole lot of Chinese folktales. The story weaves in and out of the folktales until you delightfully aren’t sure which is which. Characters in the tales take on new meaning as the plot thickens. I tried to guess how it would all turn out, but I was still surprised by the ending.

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Make Schoolwork Great Again

Currently, I am writing this in between washing a load of laundry and packing up our suitcases. That’s right, our vacation is over and we need to head home to reality tomorrow. Reality for our family means back to school — homeschool, that is. When I asked for suggestions for #30inNovember, a friend recommended The Way They Learn. Though I’m familiar with the concepts, I’ve never read it. Today, as I’m mentally preparing to head back home, seemed like an appropriate day to change that fact.

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This Book Isn't Quite What You'd Expect

With that being said, I still recommend Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and here’s why: Eleanor is not completely fine. I know, big surprise, but, during her journey to mental health we learn a lot about true friendship, respectful interactions with others, and treating people with kindness. Eleanor’s straightforward approach to life is refreshing and sometimes laugh out loud funny. I’d like to share a cup of tea with her sometime.

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You've GOT to Meet Cricket

Sometimes when I really delight in a book, when I’m basking in the afterglow of a well written novel, I have a harder time reviewing said tome. I seem to run out of descriptive things to say, instead I just gush, “Oh my gosh, you guys, I loved it!” Today I read Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe and, Oh my gosh, you guys, I loved it! I’ll try to tell you a few reasons why.

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