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Out of the Spin Cycle by Jen Hatmaker

“My 6 year old son once said: ‘When I grow up, I want to be a missionary and tell people about God, even though my mom told me all missionaries get murdered….’

…..Insert the sound of me babbling like an idiot….while simultaneously throwing him under a bus for butchering”

Reading Jen Hatmaker’s intro, I already knew I’d enjoy her latest book; ‘Out of the spin cycle’. After reading her story about causing a scene in the front pew of her hometown church, I wanted to drive to Texas and make her my new BFF.

 I admit, I was pleasantly surprised to enjoy this devotional so much. Partially due to the term ‘devotional’- I guess there’s just something about that word that evokes memories of nodding off during Weds night study group. It’s not the kind of book I’d naturally pick up, but if I hadn’t I would’ve missed out.

Jen is the kind of funny, honest writer that makes you laugh and unclench at the same time. Somehow she manages to be real without becoming crude, telling stories about herself and her family that all moms can relate to. If that weren’t enough (and lets face it, sometimes it is), she also ties in a message about living out a life of Faith.

‘Out of the Spin Cycle’ was my first encounter with Hatmaker’s work, but it won’t be my last. I’d encourage mom’s of any age to grab a copy, and to whet your appetite, I’ll leave you with one last excerpt;

(My husband) Brandon: “What’s wrong?”

Me: I’m so depressed

Brandon: “Why? What happened?”

Me: “Gavin is going to college, and I’ll miss him so much, I can’t even stand it”

Brandon (long pause):“He’s eleven”

Me: “But he’s going some day!”

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, IncAvailable at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group“.

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Momology – A Mom’s Guide to Shaping Great Kids by Shelley Radic

“Mothering is a crash course in self discovery”

So true, as are many of Shelly Radic’s insights in ‘Momology; a mom’s guide to shaping great kids’. Which, if you check out her credentials, isn’t surprising. Shelly has an impressive bio, one that includes the title of chief of staff at MOPS International, and the mother to four children of her own. It’s clear that she is passionate about helping mothers become successful in both the raising of kids, and becoming the best people they can be. She even has her own online community of women, found at Mops.org.

Within ‘Momology’ are quotes from real women, and stories from Shelly’s own family life. She addresses the major problems we face within the role as wives and mommies, and offers straightforward advice and solutions. She describes mothering as ‘part art, part science, and always a work in progress’.

I believe that mom’s have real needs, and I appreciated Radic’s perspective, and creative solutions. For the busy young mother, the easy to read format would be perfect – the kind of book you can put down countless times, and never feel like you’ve lost the author’s train of thought. I would not recommend trying to curl up with it on a rainy afternoon; reading it straight through is a bit challenging, as not all of the concepts flow together in a logical order. That said, I feel Shelly has a lot to offer, and I enjoyed her latest contribution quite a bit.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, IncAvailable at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group“. 

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Flabbergasted by Ray Blacktson

This is one young’s man true story about dating written as  fiction. All of the characters were real people in Ray Blackston’s life. This book was written for young teens so I asked my one of my daughters to read and critique it.

“This story begins in Greenville, S.C. with a young man, Jay moving to town and joining a local church. He is on a mission to find a new girlfriend so wastes no time scoping out the good-looking girls at church. He meets the pastors daughter, Allie and falls in love. Their relationship develops but before long Allie’s plans to become a missionary becomes a reality and Jay must make a decision about his own future.

I like this book because of the description of each character. They were described in incredible detail and I felt that when I closed my eyes I could see them. It was a hard book to put down. Everytime I tried, I would come to another good part and just had to finish it.

I would recommend this book to any teen. Reading about teen boys was rather interesting!”

My daughter read this book without putting it down. A first for her.

mmm…. Who knew the life of a guy could be so riveting.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, IncAvailable at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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Christmas Blog Tour: The Christmas Dog by Melody Carlson

The Christmas Dog by Melody Carlson is an easy reading book about Betty, a widow whose world has become very upset by the words and actions of a new mysterious neighbour. In fact she is consumed. This new resident has ruined the once beautiful and well-loved home of her old friend.

In the midst of the inner turmoil, a dog comes to her door and Betty works make sure he is returned to his rightful home. This four-legged animal along with another surprise guest bring both sorrow and happiness into her life as Christmas  fast approaches.

It has a surprising and delightful ending. Even Betty has a new perspective.

The characters are realistic and well-developed. I enjoyed this book and recommend it for easy reading over the holidays.

Melody Carlson is the author of the Christmas Bus and All I have to Give.

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