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{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. …


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 …

{Christian Book Review}: My Hope is Found

The third book in the Cadence of Grace series broke my heart, confused me, and made me a little sad to leave Lonnie and Gideon's world.

The story begins off Bischof's last cliffhanger in Though My Heart is Torn, right after Gideon is given permission to find and win the heart of his rightful wife. His rightful wife, but not lawful. Meanwhile back in the home of Jebediah, Lonnie begins courting a young Scottish minister in the hope that God will repair the broken pieces of her heart. The story follows the couple as God takes the chaos of their lives and brings it back into order.

The best part of this book was that Gideon finally learned to trust in God.
After two books-two storms- he's finally learned to lean on the Rock that never fails.

I could relate to Lonnie in a lot of ways while reading this book. Her heart, which is God's, is reeling from yet another wound (and from Gideon, of all people!) and she's not sure if she can stop the bleeding. Toby, the Scotsman, doe…

Getting to Know You Better

"But for a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back" (Isaiah 54:7).

Compassion-" a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering" (

God feels deep sympathy for ME. Me?! He feels deep sympathy for me like He did for Matthew. 
"As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector's booth. "Follow Me," He told him, and Matthew got up  and followed Him" (Matthew 9:9). Matthew must've had a lot of faith to leave right then. Jesus must've had a smile on His face as He called His son in. 

I am grateful to see a tidbit of what He is like.