Bedside Book Review

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 It's time for so taking a look back at the books I have been reading in February. I am linking up with Tanya.

What I Read:

He’s a player. She has no intention of getting played. But the rules of this game change everything.

Tess Stanton is marking things off her bucket list. A trip to Alaska should be fun. Except her jerk of an ex left her in a cranky mood. Nathan Winters—a way too handsome and charming guide—is disarmingly distracting.

Nathan excels at flirting and usually doesn’t have to work to reel in a woman. Tess wants nothing to do with him, but her reserve is a challenge he wants to win.

What was supposed to be a fun fling becomes so much more once Nathan and Tess yield to the sparks flying between them. When Tess returns home, far away from Alaska, she is confronted with just how much Nathan means to her.

Nathan has no doubts about Tess, and he’s willing to follow her anywhere to prove it to her. 
- from amazon

A fun read with a cute story line. I give it a 4 out of 5.

Luna Rossi is a veritable crafting genius—she can bedazzle and bead so hard her Etsy site is one of the hottest in the world. So it’s only natural that Luna would convince her brother and his husband-to-be to compete on The Wedding Game, a “do-it-yourself” TV show, for the title of Top DIY Wedding Expert.

As a jaded divorce lawyer, Alec Baxter scoffs at weddings and romance. But when his recently engaged brother begs him to participate in The Wedding Game, Alec grudgingly picks up a glue gun and prepares for some family bonding.

Both fierce competitors, Luna and Alec clash on national TV as harsh words and glitter fly with abandon. But as they bicker over color swatches and mood boards, they find themselves fighting something else: their growing mutual attraction. While Luna is torn between family loyalty and her own feelings, Alec wonders if he might have been wrong about love and marriage all along…

- From Amazon

My favorite read of the month. The fun of a wedding game show and a relationship. I could so see it on a Hallmark movie, minus the sex. I give it a 5 out of 5.

When aspiring-writer Mallory Reynolds packed up for New York City, she ditched more than her quiet hometown of Magnolia Bay—she left her high-school sweetheart, Josh Loveless, behind. But when the big city didn’t deliver big contracts on her novels, she turned to writing erotica under the pen name Farrah Ivory to spare her family any embarrassment. Soon, her scandalously-sexy series, The Lost Diaries of Scarlet, is a break-out hit. Just as Mallory begins to enjoy her sweet success, her publisher leaks her true identity and a media firestorm ensues. Exposed, she decides there’s nowhere to hide—except for home.

For Josh Loveless, getting over Mallory Reynolds hasn’t been easy, but he’s done his best to move on. For starters, he’s turned his love of the outdoors and rock-climbing into his own business. And just as things are starting to settle for him, he learns Mallory’s coming home to ride out her scandal, and suddenly his world is turned upside down again…

Can Mallory convince her friends and family that she’s still the same good-hearted girl they knew? And more importantly, can Josh trust the woman she’s become, and give her a second chance to rewrite their love story with a happy ending?
- From Amazon

Another good read with a different story line. I give it a 4 out of 5.

 Kay Warren offers 30 insightful devotions to inspire women to choose joy no matter their circumstances.
 -from amazon

Yes I read this last month too. I reread it with my bible study group. Reading a devotion for the second time really made me look at it in a different light and connect it to my life more than the first time I read it. I give it a 5 out of 5. So far this is my favorite devotional. 

Since becoming a mom, do you ever feel like your marriage no longer receives the attention it needs to thrive? Do you ever wonder how you’re supposed to re-center your heart on your husband when you are so busy with everything else?

Those feelings we experienced in the first days of love and marriage often become buried beneath hurried life, active children, and mountains of bills and laundry. Maybe you’ve questioned and perhaps even worried if you’ll ever again experience romance as you did in the beginning—that newness of what it meant to be fully caught up in one another. But what if you could rekindle that fresh sort of love? What if there was a secret to love unending?

For the next twenty-one days, journey with Becky Thompson to remember what life was like when you first fell in love with your husband. Each daily challenge, reflection, and prayer will refocus your attention, re-center your heart, reignite the romance, and help you rediscover your marriage in the midst of motherhood.

Take the Love Unending 21-day challenge and discover the best way forward is to look back at the beginning.
- from Amazon

I have read this book 3 times now. Each time implementing the challenges into Brian and my relationship. It has helped me remember why I love Brian, appreciate us, and grow our relationship. I give this book 5 Stars.

In an era where we seem to be increasingly divided along racial lines, many are hesitant to step into the gap, fearful of saying or doing the wrong thing. At times the silence, particularly within the church, seems deafening.
But change begins with an honest conversation among a group of Christians willing to give a voice to unspoken hurts, hidden fears, and mounting tensions. These ongoing dialogues have formed the foundation of a global movement called Be the Bridge—a nonprofit organization whose goal is to equip the church to have a distinctive and transformative response to racism and racial division.
In this perspective-shifting book, founder Latasha Morrison shows how you can participate in this incredible work and replicate it in your own community. With conviction and grace, she examines the historical complexities of racism. She expertly applies biblical principles, such as lamentation, confession, and forgiveness, to lay the framework for restoration.
Along with prayers, discussion questions, and other resources to enhance group engagement, Be the Bridge presents a compelling vision of what it means for every follower of Jesus to become a bridge builder—committed to pursuing justice and racial unity in light of the gospel.
- From Amazon

I read as part of a book club. Wow I am speechless. There is so much I could say about things that need to change. It is a must read. I give it 5 stars.

What I Am Reading:

I started reading this last month. I set it aside and haven't picked it up in a few weeks. I want to get back into this book and connect with my enneagram.

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1 comment

  1. This book is fantastic! It is filled with truths about how to live life in a positive way. I have probably read it 5 times... And I try to apply it's principles in my life daily... Kay Warren shares very sweet and personal stories about her life and she makes you feel like choosing JOY is the best way to handle challenges that may come your way.

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