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College Rules: the new rules for school

This book helped change the way I saw academics, and changed my grades for the better. 

As a second-year student who read this going into freshman year, this book has become a manual for me. It's the first and only college advice book I read as I started college. 

Knowing the book was written by two experienced professors and researchers who've spoken and taught hundreds of students made me feel confident that the advice in this book was legit, and "in the know" advice only professors would have. I enjoyed reading it, as it really felt like I was having a conversation with the authors. It in no way felt like I was being "talked at". So grateful that Jesus sent this book--out of all the college preparedness books out there--for me. 

In my two years of college, I have made Dean's List every semester, partly due to the advice on how to study found in this book. I keep it permanently on my bookshelf as a reference in case I need a little refresher on how to ha…
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Beastia | Zoe Cruz

What if Beauty became the beast?
Zoe Cruz's newest release, Beastia, comes at an opportune time with Emma Watson's modern adaptation of Beauty and the Beast capturing the hearts of Disney fans all around the world. In a refreshing contrast, Cruz provides a grittier, more realistic version of how the beast could live in the hearts of those closest to us. In fact, with this new release, Mean Girls meets Beauty and the Beast as Chicago scream queen Rebekah Austin rules her school with an iron fist. Although her facade of perfectly manicured hair, nails and outfit might say otherwise, beneath it Rebekah feels ugly, repulsive and even...beastly. 
This is so refreshing from the typical retelling of the story, because Cruz flips the script and challenges the notion that conventionally beautiful women must fall in love with not-so-cute guys (like maybe, quite literally, a beast), when the opposite can occur. Join writer Zoe Cruz in redefining important lessons about beauty, self-worth, …

Lazaraus Awakening: Changed My Spiritual Relationship

I have really grown after reading her book--and this is only the last of the series! I now keep this book on my shelf for safekeeping, and I've even bought the first book of the series to grow further.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking to grow in their relationship with God--or anyone trying to pump life into it and reconnect. It made me look at Jesus and his interactions with Lazarus and his sisters differently, which caused me to look at my life differently, and that has really made the difference!
5/5 for sure!

Thanks to Blogging for Books for the copy.

{Christian Book Review}: Rare Bird

Rare Bird is not a grief book; but more like a book describing the process of grief.

I picked this book because I wanted to learn about how to live after something rocks your world and how to live after it. I wanted to know how other people have handled it and walked through it with Jesus; I wanted to learn how to do it too.

I left the book unfinished- it just didn't interest me anymore. Although I emphasize with Anna's grief, the use of profanity was highly offensive to me. I don't think Christians should use such un-pure language because we've been commanded multiple times in the Bible not to. I don't think it's okay to use, at all.
I also discovered that although I picked this book because I wanted to learn how our Savior is there for us in trouble, it just didn't appeal to me anymore. The message of the book was no longer for me.

The book is told wonderfully; I agree with the reviews that the author is a master storyteller. The way she recounts her memo…

{Christian Book Review}: The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn

The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn is a book focused on lost and found, adventure, and romance.

Tamsen Littlejohn finds herself in a desperate position as her stepfather and suitor team up to find her...and her only resort is to head into the deep unknown with Jesse Bird, a white man raised Native American.
Tamsen, born into a life of privilege and honor, finds herself challenged in new ways: not only abandoning her charmed life, but also getting comfortable around this skillful, strong man who seems to have no problem taking care of her. This forced alliance slowly turns into a love Tamsen never could've imagined for herself. But can Tamsen and Jesse forge a new life together in hiding? Will God help them through?

Benton answers these questions perfectly.

I enjoyed this book immensely. Benton has a way of anticipating the reader, and making every scene interesting without it seeming tediously long. This novel is 378 pages, and surprisingly very thick, which kept me entertained duri…

{Christian Book Review}: Spoken For

Although not expecting to, I fell in love with this cute little book.

These authors bring back the tender affection that the Bible clearly portrays so transparently. However- these familiar verses have been so taught on that these precious words have hit dull ears- and that's where Spoken For comes in.

Spoken For reminds broken girls who they are, and who they are meant to be. It points to Jesus, the One that can love them they way they were created to be loved. It pushed me closer to Him and humbled me as I read Alyssa's story interwoven with Robin's, and they way that they were brought to God and how completely He loved them.

Ah. I just love when people write about Jesus. I love when people that know Him talk about Jesus. I love it.

All in all, I would recommend this book for any teenage girl. Girls' hearts are continually broken each day by high expectations and no one to fill them- and this book ultimately points to Jesus as the One who is able to love completely. …

Beginnings

I have tried to have so many new beginnings that I've confused myself.

Jesus, I'm confused.
Jesus, I am tired.
I can't get the strength up to do what I know I need to.

Jesus, I need You to make me new again, like you did a year ago.

It's our first year together. 
I'm declaring it fourteen minutes before it's official.

You knew how to make me clay in Your hands when my heart was stiff and uncompliant, and You know how to fix my heart when it doesn't know what it needs because You are God.

I am Yours, theoretically, but I want to know what it is to become wholly Yours.

Lord, I want to start this journey with You. I don't know what the ideal beginning is, but I want to be real. I want to be Yours.

I want this to be realer and clearer than any picture I could paint or any story I could write. I want to be completely Yours and feel the way Adam and Eve did with You- to be totally comfortable walking nude in the crisp spring morning. 

I want everything You want to give …