Heirloom Audio For the Temple {Review}

You guys know that I am a huge fan of Heirloom Audio. I recently had the opportunity to listen to their newest production, For the Temple.
http://www.forthetemplehenty.com/I say this frequently, but I think this one is one of my top two favorites. It is a tie with another one that we listened to. It really caught our attention early on, and kept it!

The main story starts out with John, a gardener, and his love Mary. They are talking about being married and everything that entails.

And as so often is the case, life happens. While Mary and John are on a boat, a storm comes and sets them off course. Jewish fighters save them and John gets involved in their cause. This requires him to be off fighting many battles and Mary doesn’t know anything about what is going on.

John is gone for a long time and ends up getting quite the reputation from the battles! And not a bad one! Word has traveled back to Mary about a warrior named John that has succeeded in battles and she jokes about this man named John that is so famous and that there is no way it is ‘her’ John… And of course, what does she soon find out? Ahhh, I love that part…

This audio story had a great story line. Definitely more than what I included here, this part I mentioned was just a favorite. It was actually quite involved and really put into perspective the story of the Temple and trying to save it.

What I liked was that there wasn’t too much violence included. Some of them are a bit too much for me, but then again, I am not a fan of fighting anyway. I know it has to be included though since that is what life was like.

The acting was extremely well done, as usual. My husband kept coming in as we were watching thinking that we were watching a movie. He kept commenting how well done it was. He hasn’t had an opportunity to hear one before! I think he is a huge fan now!
For The Temple study guideEvery now and again we get a study guide included with our audio story and we love them! Each track has it’s own section on the study guide. It will typically have three different sections.

Listening Well is basically the questions to see how much you retained of what happened. Telling back the story from the questions. Sometimes you get so involved in the story that you miss something, so you can always just listen to that one section again. We would listen to only a couple tracks a day so that was easy to do. Most of the questions were easy enough to answer, but some of the questions were tricky!
For the TempleThe next section is Thinking Further. This is my favorite section. There are more questions, but they are more involved. Some of them are asking your opinion, others are asking you to find out something, and others are asking you to draw something. I love the variety and it really helps get that extra involvement in the story, to make it more real. This was a quick activity to find out how far it was from Yodfat to the Sea of Galilee. Instead of just writing it down, they just did a quick picture.

The last section are Defining Words, which is basically just definitions. I will say that the kids knew most of the words, but there were a couple that threw them for a loop! I know that the younger crowd will most definitely want a dictionary to work through them!

The very end has some wonderful things, especially for older kids like mine! Book suggestions and Bible studies. We have not gotten through the Bible studies yet, but in looking at them, they look wonderful so I would want to take my time with them.

I don’t want to say too much about the story, but it is just so well done, you really get invested in the characters. My favorite is John, of course. He changed so much throughout the story, but yet stayed true to who he was, and his word.

You really can’t go wrong with anything from Heirloom Audio. And they aren’t just for kids either, like I said, my husband is now a huge fan! If you want to read what others thought, feel free to click the banner below!
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What I read in January

January kind of seemed a little long but went pretty fast. I am not sure how that happened. The year is going slower than I thought for books, but thankfully we are reading a lot of school books this year that should help. Here is what I read in January!
What I read in January 1Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson –

Monday Charles is missing, and only Claudia seems to notice. Claudia and Monday have always been inseparable—more sisters than friends. So when Monday doesn’t turn up for the first day of school, Claudia’s worried. When she doesn’t show for the second day, or second week, Claudia knows that something is wrong. Monday wouldn’t just leave her to endure tests and bullies alone. Not after last year’s rumors and not with her grades on the line. Now Claudia needs her best—and only—friend more than ever. But Monday’s mother refuses to give Claudia a straight answer, and Monday’s sister April is even less help.

As Claudia digs deeper into her friend’s disappearance, she discovers that no one seems to remember the last time they saw Monday. How can a teenage girl just vanish without anyone noticing that she’s gone?

What I thought: There was so much that I loved about this book, but it just kind went eh at the end. The writing throughout was great!

What I read in January 2Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl –

Once upon a time, back at Darrow-Harker School, Beatrice Hartley and her five best friends were the cool kids, the beautiful ones. Then the shocking death of Jim – their creative genius and Beatrice’s boyfriend – changed everything.

One year after graduation, Beatrice is returning to Wincroft – the seaside estate where they spent so many nights sharing secrets, crushes, plans to change the world – hoping she’ll get to the bottom of the dark questions gnawing at her about Jim’s death.

But as the night plays out in a haze of stilted jokes and unfathomable silence, Beatrice senses she’s never going to know what really happened.

Then a mysterious man knocks on the door. Blithely, he announces the impossible: time for them has become stuck, snagged on a splinter that can only be removed if the former friends make the harshest of decisions.

Now Beatrice has one last shot at answers… and at life.

And so begins the Neverworld Wake.

What I thought: This was an interesting book in the way it was told. Bits of it were slow but I still enjoyed reading it. I could see it embellished in a movie or something…

What I read in January 3
Puddin’ by Julie Murphy –

It is a companion novel to Dumplin’, which follows supporting characters from the first book in the months after Willowdean’s star turn in the Clover City pageant.

Millie Michalchuk has gone to fat camp every year since she was a girl. Not this year. This year she has new plans to chase her secret dream—and to kiss her crush. Callie Reyes is the pretty girl who is next in line for dance team captain and has the popular boyfriend. But when it comes to other girls, she’s more frenemy than friend. When circumstances bring the girls together over the course of a semester, they will surprise everyone (especially themselves) by realizing they might have more in common than they ever imagined.

What I thought: This was a book that goes with Dumplin’, but I haven’t read that one. I might have to look for it at the library next time. I thought this was cute. It wasn’t crazy exciting or anything, but definitely cute…

What I read in January 4

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness –

Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee — whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not — stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden — a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.

But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?

What I thought: I had read this a couple years ago or so and it was great to read it again. The writing was great and you can totally get a feel of how they are, even with the misspelled words and all of the ‘noisy’ pages. I heard it is eventually going to be a movie, it keeps getting pushed back, so who knows when. I would go see it to see how they play it out…

So, that’s what I read in January! February is a short month, but we should be finishing a couple extra school books, so look for those! Let me know if you have any favorites!

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Records!

Have you jumped on the record bandwagon these last few years? I love records! I still had a few in storage that I never got rid of from when I was young!

record player

We bought an inexpensive record player a few years ago and have been getting so much use out of it! We have such an unusual collection of records at the moment though!

We have my old ones from storage that include Michael Jackson and George Michael.. There are some that we got at thrift stores and the record store in the next city over that include The Beatles and Johnny Cash. There are some new ones like Lauren Daigle and Guardians of the Galaxy soundtracks. Oh, and I got Jeffy some for Christmas that were Miles Davis and Louis Armstrong.

Jeffy and I love hanging out and listening to them with a drink. We both can’t wait until our remodel is finished so we don’t have to sit at the table though. It would be great to have a nice comfy chair our couch…

I just love the sound that a record has when it is playing. There is nothing like it. And for some reason we have been LOVING the old music, jazz and even stuff from the 40s lately. I guess we are getting old, lol.

Are you on the record bandwagon with us? 🙂 What is your favorite kind of music?

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11th grade school year!

I forgot to really talk much about our 11th grade school year!

Back to school

We had to start our new school year a week after ending our last school year, so I didn’t have a ton of time to get things as ready as I usually do! But I am pretty happy with how the year is going so far!

Of course we are sticking with Notgrass because I love it so much. This year we are doing Government and next year we will do economics. I know most people just do one semester of each in the same year.

We will be doing Notgrass the first semester and then we are going to use something from Critical Thinking Co. about the Bill of Rights that I thought looked great for the second semester. It basically lists a bunch of cases and you have to apply the Bill of Rights to them and judge how they should turn out. Figuring it kind of ties in to our first semester and making it more ‘real’!

For the rest of the subjects we are using curriculum from Build Your Library. Well, except math. I’ll talk about that in a minute. But the grade 11 curriculum includes credit for Art, English, Chemistry, History, Poetry, and History of the English Language.

This is a secular curriculum and it is definitely secular. Some of the book choices have things in it that we normally wouldn’t be talking about. I try and skip over these if I see them in time. Our differences definitely show up with this, ha!

But I do like the emphasis on all of the book reading and English language/Poetry and just everything. There is just the right amount of homework. Granted, with the Notgrass mixed in, there is a lot more than what they are used to, but I figure with that being just one semester it will be ok.

They are now doing college classes three times a week, so they really have to learn to keep track of their time and their homework. It is only two classes though.

For math, we started out continuing with what we did last year, but I think they got burned out. So, as I was asked to review a new program for us, I am going to let them do that for 20 minutes a day. I think it will be a great break for them, but still do math each day.

So, it’s only been a few weeks, but I am looking forward to how the school year will play out. If we can avoid taking huge breaks we might just end at a decent time this year rather than dragging it out until the end of December! Let’s hope!

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How is your January?

How is your January?

Are you looking forward to the rest of 2019?

I enjoy the new year because it is still winter and still exciting.. But then I think it is just a downhill trip to summer. I just don’t look forward to summer at all..

Other than that, I think that 2019 is going to be an interesting year!

January is half over and honestly, I am not sure what happened.

We started our new school year quite suddenly and are still trying to get into the groove of that. Something new this year is hoping to not do school on the weekends. Typically we did school on Sundays to finish any projects or tests, or whatever else needed to be done.

I wanted everyone to have their weekends back, so we all came up with a plan to just get everything done during the week. The first week went great… The second week…not so much.

I know they have one college course that started already and their other one will be starting in a bit, so I am hoping that everything will get it’s own groove by the time that one starts.

The architect is almost done with our plans for the remodel so that we can take them to the bank to talk about loans. Hooray! I can NOT wait to get this thing actually started! We had hoped that we could be starting the actual remodel this month or next, but now we aren’t sure when it will happen.

There are just a lot of things going on this year, and I am hoping that it doesn’t go too awful fast. (Even though I love the fall so much and can’t wait for it every year…)

What are you looking forward to the most in 2019? How is your January going? A lot of people think that January sets the tone for the whole year. I don’t know, I think every day is a new day!

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What I read in November and December

Happy New Year!! Our internet was all sorts of wonky the last month or so. I had a hard time checking emails, much less updating blogs and such! It is still pretty bad, but we keep hearing of a new internet company coming in the spring. We are already on their list, so I hope it is a great thing! Even though I am combining two months, I really didn’t read a ton. Do you read a lot during the holidays? Here is what I read in November and December

If Only by Jennifer Gilmore –
Before:

When Bridget imagined her life at sixteen, it didn’t look like this. She didn’t think that her boyfriend would dump her for another girl. And she certainly didn’t think that she would be pregnant. With just a few months until she gives birth, Bridget must envision an entirely new future—one for her baby. But as she sifts through the many paths and the many people who want to parent her child, she can’t help but feel that there is no right decision.

After:

Ivy doesn’t know much about her birth mother. She knows that she is now the same age Bridget was when she placed Ivy for adoption. She knows that Bridget was the one who named her. And she knows that fifteen years ago Bridget disappeared from Ivy’s and her adoptive moms’ lives. Ivy wants to discover more about herself, but as she goes to find Bridget, she can’t help but feel that the risks might far outweigh the benefits of knowing where she comes from and why her birth mother chose to walk away.

What I thought: This was told from two different viewpoints. I liked the story well enough, but something about it just didn’t mesh well. I am sure it is just something I didn’t like, but I am sure other people wouldn’t mind it. I don’t even know what it is!

Her Pretty Face by Robyn Harding –

Frances Metcalfe is struggling to stay afloat.

A stay-at-home mom whose troubled son is her full-time job, she thought that the day he got accepted into the elite Forrester Academy would be the day she started living her life. Overweight, insecure, and lonely, she is desperate to fit into Forrester’s world. But after a disturbing incident at the school leads the other children and their families to ostracize the Metcalfes, she feels more alone than ever before.

Until she meets Kate Randolph.

Kate is everything Frances is not: beautiful, wealthy, powerful, and confident. And for some reason, she’s not interested in being friends with any of the other Forrester moms—only Frances. As the two bond over their disdain of the Forrester snobs and the fierce love they have for their sons, a startling secret threatens to tear them apart…because one of these women is not who she seems. Her real name is Amber Kunick. And she’s a murderer.

In her masterful follow-up to The Party, Robyn Harding spins a web of lies, deceit, and betrayal, asking the question: Can people ever change? And even if they can, is it possible to forgive the past?

What I thought: I think this book had a good story, but it was kind of…predictable. I still enjoyed the book…

The Giver by Lois Lowry –
Twelve-year-old Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal world. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver does he begin to understand the dark secrets behind this fragile community.

What I thought: Ok, I don’t know what happened, but I had sworn that I had read this book already! I know we saw the movie, so that must have been where I was confused. I enjoyed this book! I ended up getting the set for Lauren for Christmas…and I might have to read the rest of the books as well. 😉

The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld –
A haunting, richly atmospheric, and deeply suspenseful novel from the acclaimed author of The Enchanted about an investigator who must use her unique insights to find a missing little girl.

“Where are you, Madison Culver? Flying with the angels, a silver speck on a wing? Are you dreaming, buried under snow? Or—is it possible—you are still alive?”

Three years ago, Madison Culver disappeared when her family was choosing a Christmas tree in Oregon’s Skookum National Forest. She would be eight-years-old now—if she has survived. Desperate to find their beloved daughter, certain someone took her, the Culvers turn to Naomi, a private investigator with an uncanny talent for locating the lost and missing. Known to the police and a select group of parents as “the Child Finder,” Naomi is their last hope.

Naomi’s methodical search takes her deep into the icy, mysterious forest in the Pacific Northwest, and into her own fragmented past. She understands children like Madison because once upon a time, she was a lost girl, too.

As Naomi relentlessly pursues and slowly uncovers the truth behind Madison’s disappearance, shards of a dark dream pierce the defenses that have protected her, reminding her of a terrible loss she feels but cannot remember. If she finds Madison, will Naomi ultimately unlock the secrets of her own life?

Told in the alternating voices of Naomi and a deeply imaginative child, The Child Finder is a breathtaking, exquisitely rendered literary page-turner about redemption, the line between reality and memories and dreams, and the human capacity to survive.

What I thought: I thought this book was well done and I enjoyed reading it. I am always fascinated that my book choices seem to follow a theme for a while, even if they aren’t totally noticeable to other people. I could feel myself in this storyline just with the descriptions of everything.

The Fall of Innocence by Jenny Torres Sanchez –
For the past eight years, sixteen-year-old Emilia DeJesus has done her best to move on from the traumatic attack she suffered in the woods behind her elementary school. She’s forced down the memories–the feeling of the twigs cracking beneath her, choking on her own blood, unable to scream. Most of all, she’s tried to forget about Jeremy Lance, the boy responsible, the boy who caused her such pain. Emilia believes that the crows who watched over her that day, who helped her survive, are still on her side, encouraging her to live fully. And with the love and support of her mother, brother, and her caring boyfriend, Emilia is doing just that.

But when a startling discovery about her attacker’s identity comes to light, and the memories of that day break through the mental box in which she’d shut them away, Emilia is forced to confront her new reality and make sense of shifting truths about her past, her family, and herself.

What I thought: I enjoyed this book, the imagery was done well. Some of it was more….poetic than story I guess? Just the way it was told…It was still a good book though!

All of these books I rated as three stars or higher. I have a hard time rating anything five stars because I think I might make a mistake and read something even better and then it will throw off my whole rating scale, lol.

But this was what I read in November and December. Did you read anything wonderful over the holidays? Let me know!

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Beloved: 365 Devotions for Young Women {Review}

Some of my favorite Biblical things that we use in our house are made especially for teen girls or young women. We recently received Beloved: 365 Devotions for Young Women from Zondervan.
BelovedI would definitely suggest this for teens and older. And really, I am thoroughly enjoying reading it myself!

I have skimmed through a lot of the book to see the content included and there is so much covered. Many different women are mentioned, which, if you are just reading the Bible from beginning to end, you may not realize how many women are mentioned in it. I like that this points out different women throughout the Bible. 60 of them in fact!

The book itself is small in size, but is pretty thick. It is hard cover, so very sturdy. There is a devotion on each page.

One of the things I appreciate about the way it is set up is that it starts with Day 1. So, you can jump right in and not worry about skipping a day and trying to catch up.

Since there are 365 days, you will still cover a year, but it isn’t necessary to feel stressed if you aren’t able to do each day in the year. You may want to wait and start on January 1st, but isn’t nice that you don’t have to.

Each page lists the day number at the top, then the Bible verse, and then a commentary about the Bible verse. There is also some lines at the bottom that you can use for journaling or making notes, which is super nice! Although for people like me that write with large letters, it’s not a ton of room, but I can see writing words that stuck out to me.
BelovedWhat we did was start drawing something from the days reading. Day 3 for example was Proverbs 31:10. “A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.” I think that will also help with understanding the verse, commentary, and the story that it is written along with.

Every day may not have something as easy to draw as a ruby, but it may be an emotion or just a word. We do a lot of art each day and it just ties in with our homeschool, so it just is something we look forward to doing.
The devotions start out pretty mild, but they get more involved the further along the book you go. I wanted to check it out first before Lauren started to read it.

It definitely covers some things that us moms have felt or different relationships and situations we have been in. Friendships, husbands, children… It also goes into trials that you may be going through. It’s not all rainbows and butterflies, which is what a good devotional should be, in my opinion!

Since it does cover so many things, I can see reading this book more than once. Keeping it for years and even if you don’t read one every day, there will be something that will be relevant for you every time you read.

The book itself is pink with flowers, but it isn’t too girly, if you know what I mean. It is beautiful, in my opinion. It’s a glossy cover and the flowers and the beloved word are metallic. It would be a wonderful gift if you were looking for something like this!

I am looking forward to reading this and I know Lauren is too. It has a ribbon page marker so that we can keep track of the page we are on, which is nice.

If you want to read what others thought about their Beloved: 365 Devotions for Young Women, feel free to click the banner below! I always like seeing what other people do with books like these!
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Ellie Claire Art Journals {Review}

A few years ago, I noticed a huge show of people doing the Bible art journaling. I thought it was so beautiful! While I admired it so much, I realized that it was all overwhelming and I didn’t know how to start something like that! In that time, I have noticed that it has kind of morphed into its own little thing and there isn’t just one correct way to do it! Ahhh, much less stressful! I was happy to get these Ellie Claire Art Journals to help me along the way!
Ellie Claire Art JournalsAll of these books are different, but really, they complement each other by teaching you different aspects of journaling! I will go through each one and point out different features of them.
Ellie Claire Art Journals
The Illustrated Word – An Illuminated Bible Coloring Journal.

Just as medieval monks brought Scripture to life through intricate handwritten and illustrated manuscripts hundreds of years ago, you can now create your own keepsake to be treasured for years to come. Forty illustrations have been recreated as line drawings to color. Full-color illustrations from the archives of the Museum of the Bible make this journal a true masterpiece.

Ellie Claire Art Journals

This journal is unique… There are a lot of pages included, with plenty of room to write on all of the pages.

Every other page spread looks like this one. A coloring page on the right and then a small cut out print of it on the left side. It gives you ideas on how you can color it from the original. It also mentions what illustration it is from. This particular one is from The Church of England Book of Common Prayer, 1662.

The variety throughout the book is such that you will definitely find something that will have you wanting to get out your markers. There are pages with animals, people, plants, designs..

On the spreads that don’t have this set up, there is just one small image on one corner and it is usually the full scale color image from the coloring page, or something to do with it. I love how it all ties in together!

This book is just a very easy casual coloring type book that you can journal in!

Ellie Claire Art Journals
Illuminate Your Story – Journal.

Illuminated letters once adorned the pages of books and Bibles giving them rich color and gliding that made the text come alive. Today, illuminated letters are enjoying a renaissance, encouraging beautiful illustration in planners, journals, and personal art.

Illuminate Your Story features easy-to-follow instructions, inspiring quotes, and practice space to help you create amazing letters, flourishes, and more. Whether you draw in your jornal, Bible, or elsewhere, this how-to guide will help you develop gorgeous images that add beauty to your story.

Ellie Claire Art Journals
This book fascinated me right from the first page. There was a nice introduction that explained about illuminated manuscript and over the next few pages it goes over the different styles of letters. Then there is a section called The Process about the lettering and another page on the supplies you need to create your own and how to use the journal.

The rest of the book is so full of details! I am hoping that I can give it justice by my explanations!

Each letter gets two full spreads of how to’s on how to make that letter. There is also a spread with journaling pages and at the top of one page is a quote that starts with that letter! In between are also some spreads on how to do certain designs. There are animals, but most of them are just different design features.

I will say that some of the letters that fall later in the alphabet only have one spread, etc,. That makes sense as they just aren’t used as often as the other letters.

But wait, there’s more! 🙂 The details on the back of the book are great too! There is a ribbon page marker to keep your spot, an elastic to keep the book closed, AND an elastic pen holder on the spine!

Like I said, this one is just full of all the small details…
Ellie Claire Art Journals
Faith & Lettering journal.

Reignite your devotional time, imprint Scripture on your heart, and dig deep into the Word of God through the art of lettering. Expert tips will help you pursue a deeper faith by expressing your God-given creativity.

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This book has a more modern feel to it than the last one. The colors and layout just make a happy book.

The first page has a presented to page that you can fill in. There are a couple pages of introduction that also include a how to use, which if there is one in anything I am doing, I always make sure to read it.

Also included are a lot of different pages in this book that help in your lettering. There are pages just like the one above with different Bible verses. They are all different, and with different colors, but all of them use these bright colors. They are so pretty!

Of course there are journaling pages too, as you can see in the picture.. Then, throughout the book are some practice pages. They have the lettered Bible verse and then another one that is fainter for you to trace. A few more sections for you to do it on your own are also on the page.

Another thing that is interspersed through the book are pro tips. It could be flourishes or banners, or whatever.. But there is a tip and then plenty of room for you to practice the mentioned item.

The colors in this book are so pretty and happy! This book also has an elastic on the spine to keep a pen.

All three of these books are so helpful and unique! But like I mentioned, they all kind of work together with different things taught! They all will lay flat when you set them down so that you don’t have to hold them open and the pages are thicker to help with bleeding from pens. The price is good as well, just being a few dollars range from each other.

Depending on what you are looking for when it comes to learning journaling, you could get any one of these, or get all three! Make sure to check out the website for Ellie Claire Art Journals too!

I was provided these journals to review and these are all my opinions. In fact, I don’t think I could pick a favorite!

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Dang airline status…

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So, I thought that we were done traveling for the year. But then I get an email from the airline. If I just spend a couple hundred more dollars and get a few more flight segments in before the end of the year, I can bump up to Gold. Dang airline status…

Now we have to go on a few more trips, because I would rather fly somewhere than buy miles. I mean, it’s more fun, right?

I am thinking they will mostly just be overnight trips since Jeffy has to go to New York once a month anyway.

There really isn’t anything I need to see there until they are decorated for Christmas, so I think that they will be somewhat relaxing trips, minus the holiday travel that is always busier than usual.

I am looking forward to when they are done remodeling the airport. We go to Laguardia and it has been ages already and I know that there is still a ton left to do.

Are you traveling for the holidays or before the end of the year?

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What I read in October

Welll, I haven’t read much at all lately. We had a lot of travel days and one of the books I had with me just wasn’t a good plane book, if you know what I mean.. Here is what I read in October. Hopefully you read more than I did, lol.
What I read in OctoberMessy Beautiful Friendship by Christine Hoover – Women long for deep and lasting friendships but often find them challenging to make. The private angst they feel regarding friendship often translates into their own insecurity and isolation. Christine Hoover offers women a fresh, biblical vision for friendship that allows for the messiness of our lives and the realities of our schedules. She shows women
– what’s holding them back from developing satisfying friendships
– how to make and deepen friendships
– how to overcome insecurity, self-imposed isolation, and past hurts
– how to embrace the people God has already placed in their lives as potential friends
– and how to revel in the beauty and joy of everyday friendship
With stories of real friendships and guidance drawn from Scripture, Hoover encourages women to intentionally and purposefully invest in one of the most rewarding relationships God has given us.

What I thought: Some of this book had me nodding right along, like, yes…this is me! And then I got lost in the shuffle.. But all in all I think it was a good book!
What I read in October
Room by Emma Donoghue – To five-year-old-Jack, Room is the world. . . . It’s where he was born, it’s where he and his Ma eat and sleep and play and learn. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma it’s the prison where she has been held for seven years. Through her fierce love for her son, she has created a life for him in this eleven-by-eleven-foot space. But with Jack’s curiosity building alongside her own desperation, she knows that Room cannot contain either much longer.

Room is a tale at once shocking, riveting, exhilarating–a story of unconquerable love in harrowing circumstances, and of the diamond-hard bond between a mother and her child.

What I thought – I loved this book! I kind of guessed about how certain things would go, but it was still nicely done! I am kind of wondering how the movie was, as I have not seen it. It was the book that I finished quicker than the other one this month as it was fiction and I tend to read those faster. I enjoyed it!

That’s it…that’s all I read for the whole month! Let me know if you read anything that you loved!



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