Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Becoming Mom Strong by Heidi St John

This book was written for moms in the trenches, raising kids. She encourages moms not to raise the white flag, but to stand firm on the promises of God. To be honest, I was curious about the title and wondered how much the author would rely on Scripture or merely provide another worldly mantra. Right off the bat, in chapter 1, she writes, "your best defense, your only defense is the Word." I also found these two quotes in the accompanying bible study, "today's moms need a special kind of strength-the kind that comes from God" and "the only way to grow in wisdom is the know God better...God offers wisdom for worn-out moms," who doesn't need this reminder! She encourages moms to submit to God's will and embrace the idea that God is in the restoration business. She also reminds us that our goal is to release these "arrows" with a strong and firm foundation of who they are in Christ and what their chief end is: to glorify God. Most importantly to me, this book points moms to the ONLY real instruction manual-God's word. I was privileged to have received a copy of this before it was released and the timing was great for the season of life I find myself in! I had not read anything else by the author, but she is followed by several of my friends on Facebook.
Heidi St. John is a popular conference speaker, author and blogger-you can read about her here.

Here is a video of the author speaking about the background of the book.

Friday, September 15, 2017


The title of this book was intriguing to say the least. I had not heard of the authors previously, but it
was endorsed by Focus on the Family, so I thought I would request a copy. It was written by a couple who have over 40 years of experience as sex therapists and educators, good information, not groundbreaking though.

The authors recently released two books targeting married couples, this one is primarily for women and it's counterpart is called The Married Guy's Guide to Great Sex. In the book, they lay the foundation for great sex- women need to figure out why we may not be enjoying ourselves in the bedroom. They encouraged me as a woman to listen to my body in certain ways: hormones, brain, body, sexual triggers and potential. They believe that intimacy takes time and intentionality, what they recommend is a formula for intimacy available at

Two things that were thought provoking for me were assessing my current beliefs and attitude toward and about sex as well as prior to marriage. Secondly, now I am training children, there were some helpful charts and pointers on helping our children have a healthy and biblical view of human sexuality.

As part of this review Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Your Magnificent Chooser

In order to understand the author's point of view and idea for the main character, Chooser, you will want to read the Note to Parents. The Chooser is our will, also known as our ability to choose right from wrong and commit to something. The book addresses the personal nature of each person's individual "Chooser." It is a creative personification of our will that utilizes child-friendly illustrations and tries to bring kid-friendly concepts to life, like avoiding conflict, letting others make the decision, etc. The Chooser as depicted on the cover is depicted by a colorful orb and apparently God owns one too-a perfect one; this in particular struck me as slightly bizarre.  I read it several times to myself and my four young children, but I'll be honest it is not a favorite. The physical book and illustrations are great, I'm still not convinced that his choice of personification works.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Flash the Donkey

A creative story with a great storyline about friendship. The author/illustrator had many spreads that made me laugh out loud. It turns out Flash, the main character, is based on a real life donkey and the author has written another book for adults, definitely piqued my interest.

This book was delightfully illustrated and had a Biblical moral about friendship and good deeds. Definitely a lesson my family is learning. My four school aged kids loved listening and it provided plenty of conversation starters. I would buy additional children's books by this author if available.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in return for this review.