MommySecrets

Being a mom is the hardest thing I've ever done, but it has brought me so much joy! I want to encourage other moms on their journey, I'll share motherhood tricks, spotlight tips I've learned from friends, and I hope you will share your ideas. I will focus on secrets that help families stay balanced, healthy, frugal, creative, and closely knit. I will also share favorite fiction and nonfiction books that I have enjoyed. Many blessings to you on your mothering journey!

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Moving Historical Fiction



I thoroughly enjoyed reading Tara Johnson's new book, Engraved on the Heart. I don't think I've ever read anything by this author, but I'll be looking for more of her books.  Well-written, good pace, great characters, powerful storyline. I especially appreciate the themes of overcoming personal challenges and stigmas, as well as the service/missional element of choosing to fight for a cause on the underground railroad. Readers will be inspired and challenged to look for hurting and disadvantaged people around them, and discover ways they can make a difference. I hope they are challenged (and myself!) to avoid being a spectator of courageous community change, but instead, to step up and take action!

I recommend this book to male and female readers age 15+.  There is a love story woven throughout the book, but it's completely clean.

I received this book as a gift from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I can't wait to share it with other readers!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Legal Thriller by Rachel Dylan

Lone Witness (Atlanta Justice)


If you are a Dee Henderson fan, you should try reading 

Lone Witness 

by Rachel Dylan. It's a legal thriller with a great balance of mystery, suspense, and light-hearted clean romance. Dylan is a lawyer by trade, and the details in her book let her expertise shine through. The novel feels very authentic, yet easy for a non-lawyer to relate to and understand.

From the publisher: "Prosecutor Sophie Dawson's first job in the White Collar division of the Fulton County D.A.'s office is to build a case against a local bank employee who may be cheating clients. But when circumstances beyond her control leave her as the only witness to a double homicide involving a vengeful gang, her world is turned upside down. Former Atlanta police officer turned private security guard Cooper Knight is hired to ensure that Sophie is kept safe. But as threats escalate, they don't know who they can trust. Sophie is determined not to back down, but her bank case gets more complicated by the day, and the gang will stop at nothing to keep her from testifying. Sophie wants to take a stand for what's right--but can Cooper, who is determined not to be distracted by their growing attraction, keep her safe so that she can finish her pursuit for justice?"

It's a "hit the ground running" kind of book, and the action doesn't stop until the last page of the book. With so many twists and turns, I was constantly guessing who the villains were. Amidst the action, there is plenty of time for character development and relationships to build among the characters. I enjoyed the conversations around life purpose, family relationships, faith/hope, courage, forgiveness, and friendship.  

This is book two in her Atlanta Justice series. .You can start with book one, which I also enjoyed, or jump straight to book two. You won't have trouble following the storyline.  I look forward to reading more Dylan books!

I recommend this book to male and female readers age 15 plus.  

I received this book as a gift from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Blind Betrayal by Nancy Mehl


Blind Betrayal is the newest book from Nancy Mehl. It's the final book in her series titled Defenders of Justice, but I never felt lost despite the fact that I have not read the other titles.

This is the story of several US Marshals coming together to protect a witness from a dangerous crime lord. It's suspenseful and full of twists and turns. Quiet themes of faith. Just a touch of romance, but completely clean. It has some great natural conversations about love, loss, grief, guilt, and friendship. Mehl is a good writer, who keeps her readers on their toes, anxiously awaiting the next pages.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading the novel and I would recommend it to other readers age 16 plus. I don't think I've read any other books by this author, but I will be looking to pick more of them up in the future. I received this as a gift from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Raising World Changers in a changing World by Kristen Welch.



I believe Kristen Welch's new book, Raising World Changers, speaks straight from the heart of the gospel. She talks a lot about loving God and loving others. She talks about taking time to notice people around us, and to see beyond the surface to their hearts. She talks about the importance of using our time, talent, and treasures to meet the needs of people around us. She tells lots of stories of her family's journey to serve others sacrificially, and the trials that have come as a part of that journey. She also talks about how serving selflessly has changed her heart, her marriage, her children, and even her outlook on life. 

I especially enjoyed the full chapter she devotes to taking time to rest, as that's a critical step that servant-hearted Christians tend to miss. Myself included! Welch is vulnerable and real. It is not a quick easy "beach read", but read in small doses, this book will invite you to reflect upon your heart and perhaps even change your life as you also change the lives of others in your family and sphere of influence. I'm excited to see the ripple effects of how her book could change hearts all around the world.

I would recommend this book to any parent who wants their family to find true joy by focusing on God and others. This would be a great book for parents or friends to read together, taking time to discuss it as they read each chapter.

I received this book as a gift from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

How to Be a Perfect Christian



A group called The Babylon Bee just published a funny Christian satire called How to Be a Perfect Christian. It's touted as a comprehensive guide to flawless spiritual living. Which by the title you can tell is completely sarcastic; at least you hope it is completely sarcastic.

The book claims to teach people how to join the right Church without any hopeless losers, how to vet your pastor by his gestures and sermon acronyms, how to worship like a pro finding that emotional high every time, and how to do life together without anyone getting beneath the surface to see any messes in your life. One of the funniest chapters was reading about serving the church without lifting a finger.

It's full of modern humor and sure to make you laugh out loud!

I would recommend us to believers who like to laugh and take a humorous assessment of their own faith, their Christian practices, and even their church.

I received this book as a gift from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.


Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Great resource for Christian Parents!



Written by Phil Comer and Diane Comer

Raising Passionate Jesus Followers: The Power of Intentional Parenting

Great resource for Christian parents! Full of relatable stories, practical tips, and Bible-based wisdom for parents. There are great reminders for us to pray for our kids - and specific scriptures to pray. There are sections for various stages of child-rearing: 0-5, 6-12, 13-17, and 18-22.  There is a great summary at the end of each section that reminds parents of our goal for that stage and a list of the developmental tasks parents should be working on with their children.

This book will inspire, challenge, encourage, and equip parents on this marathon to raise our kids to raise passionate Jesus Followers. It's a book parents will surely refer to again and again.

I would recommend this book to any Christian parent, especially a Christian parent who seeks to raise children who love Jesus, love others, and want to make a difference in the world.

THANK YOU to the authors for this great resource!!

I received this book as a gift from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

National Parks Novel


Karen Burnett just released a national parks novel titled "Where the Fire Falls". I enjoyed it from start to finish, as I was quickly lost in the world of art, then into the world of the beautiful Yosemite National Park. The book is set in 1929. It's about Olivia, an artist who is trying to escape her past and find a way to financially, physically, and emotionally support her two younger sisters.  It's also about a park trail guide named Clark, who's trying to escape his past and discover his future. Readers will enjoy the plots set against the two main characters, the friends that rally around to support them, and the amazing beauty you can visualize as you read Burnett's descriptions of the park. Readers will be encouraged by the underlying theme of God's unfailing love, his mercy, his purpose for our lives, and his constant companionship.

I recommend this book for readers age 16 and older. 

I received this book as a gift from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.