Book Review : The Turquoise Table by Kristin Schell

TurquoiseFirst things first, ARE YOU A FRONT YARD PERSON? That is the question you will need to answer as you read Kristin Schell’s book The Turquoise Table.  In the Turquoise Table Kristin takes us on her journey to build community in her Texas town.  She chronicles he ups and downs  of being front yard people  as they began doing every day tasks at the turquoise table.  She gives practical advice on how to stock a simple basket to grab and go as you go to sit at the turquoise table , like crayons, coloring books, a can of mixed nuts, plastic cups and a water pitcher.  BUT Kristin ALSO includes family tested recipes at the end of each chapter !!  The chapters are short and sweet.  They get right to the point and there are many testimonials of others as they have embarked on their turquoise table journeys.  It was an easy and encouraging read that really makes the reader feel as though you can accomplish what is a seemingly scary risk, but with ease Kirstin melts away fears and doubts!

I  had heard about the turquoise table movement through blogging friends over the last few years but I had not been to Kristin’s Blog   or read anything official concerning the concept.  And even though I had never read anything by her I had decided that my carpenter hubby was going to make some picnic tables for our outdoor space, I new one of them would bee painted TURQUOISE!!!!

When I saw I had the option to review Kristin’s Book I knew I just had to and it did NOT disappoint.  I couldn’t stop reading!!!  Each chapter addressed different ares the Turquoise table touched in her life…even the table wearing out…WHILE SHE SAT ON IT!!!   Did I mention she was on camera as it happened?  SOOOO FUNNY!  The turquoise table has changed her, her family, her community, TEXAS and many around the world…no I am NOT kidding!!!   Being a front yard person may not be my personality type, BUT Im certainly going to give it a whirl!!!

This is definitely 5 star rating plus some!

Thanks BookLook Bloogers for giving me a free copy of this book to review and not expecting anything in return!

Book Review: Zip It by Karen Ehman

Zip It

Zip It By Karen Ehman is the 40 day challenge supplement to Karen  Ehman’s book Keep It Shut.  This 40 day challenge focuses directly on taming your tongue and focuses not only on the negative impacts of our speech but also encourages us to use our speech to lift up others.    Karen weaves her real life stories and struggles within her writing and challenges often not to make the same mistakes as she has but rather take the mistakes she has made and learn from them and apply  the truths from God’s Word in how we react to other people, including ourselves.  each day is complete with take aways, and challenges to implement into our everyday lives and even journaling prompts and a Prayer to change our hearts in the direction that God’s Word directs that day.  Some of the challenges are as simple as  printing out a verse and posting  it where you will see it often OR as challenging as hard heart work in changing or apologizing for hurt that you have spoken into someones life!

I must confess that going into this book review I had not yet read Keep It shut, but it was on the reading list for this year.  SOOOOO I read it at the same time as Zip it and it was encouraging.  I finished Keep it Shut after I read Zip and I can honestly say that if you have not read Keep It shut yet, you most certainly could read Zip It without reading Keep It Shut.  It can stand on it’s own.  Though I would recommend also reading Keep It Shut!

As I read Zip itI loved the short daily readings that were rich in Scripture and  saturated with truth and raw transparency of how Karen struggled with her mouth.  I am looking forward to working through the challenges at the end of every day! There is pretty much nothing I view as a Con.  I do have a personal preference but it’s not a downfall of the book. Im just not a fan of the canned written out prayer BUT I can totally see the benefit as a direction in which to go.  Again that is just a personal preference and DOES NOT affect my review of this book!

I really enjoyed reading this book and I gleaned so much from it even though I have yet to work through the challenges!  I highly recommend this book if you struggle with taming your tongue…and even if you don’t

I give it 5 stars!

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Book Review: I Am By Michele Cushatt

I Am by Michele Cushatt is a 60 day journey to learning who you are in Christ!  Basically the book is broken  into 6 parts with 10 chapters (days) in each Part,  Michele’s transparency throughout the book is both touching and humorous as she gets down to the nitty gritty and the not so pretty in our daily walks with christ.  BUT she does it laced with mercy grace and humor. Michele takes passages that speak to who we are in Christ and carefully weaves in her life experiences which are many, some humorous and some very hard hitting.  You will travel from laugh out loud moments to tears of conviction and sympathy and back to laughter again. I  greatly appreciated how Michele hand scripture with care as well.

When I think about I AM , the word that immediately come to mind is WOW.  And it is not a cop out type of wow either.  Earlier this year Through a series of prayers I realized that I had kind of lost myself.  I began seeking out books that could help me through this process of rediscovering who I am  when I stumbled upon the launch video for Michele’s book I Am.  It was an answer to prayer!  I sought out who the publisher was and when I realized it would be released for review through BookLook Bloggers I was over the moon excited.  Little did I know the journey It would take me on.  This book is not a fast read nor an easy read.  This book is meant to be digested.  It sometimes took me days to read through one short  2 page devotion.  I have yet to work through the questions at the end of each day.  They are set aside in a gray blog…they are thought provoking questions that I plan to use as journaling prompts as I work through the chapters again.  As I looked back over the last 60 days I want to find some quotes to share with you but quite honestly most of the book is highlighted.    This book is well loved and I can promise you that I will be passing on other copies of this book!  I found it to be a great encouragement to me….And I know that no matter what you are going through, no matter you are or circumstances, you too can glean truth about who you are in Christ!

Now there was one slight problem when I received this book ad it was not that of the Author.  When I received this book from Harper Collins half of the packing sicker was stuck to the back of the book which in turn damaged the book’s back cover.  I was disappointed but  it didn’t  effect the reading of the book.


All in all I give the book 5 stars

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BOOK REVIEW: Reflections Of God’s Grace By Michelle Hanna



Reflections Of God’s Grace is a compilations of daily devotions meant to focus you on the grace of God. Michelle masterfully communicates the “God-sightings” from her own personal life on a day to day basis.Reflection is in ebook format and is published by Westbow Press. Each daily reading is short and concise it gets right to the point.

Reflections is a snapshot into Michelle’s life, where she shares how God reveals himself to her in her day to day life. She is real. She uses the simple day to day life experiences to communicate Gods truthes and encourage her readers.

In all honesty is felt like I was chatting with one of the ladies in my Bible study, Michele Takes the little things in life like a song currently playing on my radio and shares with her readers how God has used that song to minister to her. She passes it along to her readers as though a group of friends share those same tidbits to their friends.

Michelle is a relatively new author and I hope to see more by her in the future I thoroughly enjoyed getting a look into her life.I loved that it is just like the conversations my friends and I have. this shows that Michelle is real whereas other authors come off sounding “too perfect” I think Michelle does have some polishing to do but for the most part I totally identified with her insights and perspectives an d I felt as though we could have been friends for years. and that makes for a great read.

I definitely give this book a 5 stars out of 5.

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BOOK REVIEW: Jesus Always By Sarah Young



Jesus Always is a devotional book with 365 days worth of thoughts focusing you on Jesus. Sarah is author of other books such as Jesus Calling, Jesus Today and Jesus Lives.

(Personal disclaimer: I have not read other books by Sarah Young, this was my first so this is completely unbiased and not based on the other works with like titles.) These devotionals are written as though they were personal notes written by Jesus encouraging you on your daily journey with Him. Most of the devotions are one page long. Now the book itself is lovely. It is small, a lovely shade of pearlescent purple and has a chalice and a loaf of bread on the front. The front cover is padded and the paper and print is high quality. I loved the feel of this book in my hands.

I must confess that it worries me when an author takes on the role of Jesus….talking to me as He would, however this book did not arise such concerns as I read the pages.

I honestly think the book is beautiful aesthetically and well thought out passages from the Bible included at the end of each days reading. However there is next to no scripture mentioned in the body of the devotion each day, so it is easily skipped and if the reader is not diligent the reader could loose sight of what is really important and inadvertently putting the authors words of the book over that of Scripture.

I loved the fact that these devotions were not entirely written in a script or italicized print and was easier to read in comparison to other devotional books. (this is huge since I am visually impaired)

I greatly appreciated Sarah’s writing ability and her ability to communicate God’s truths in such a way that made you feel as though you and Jesus were having coffee together talking about life. I sincerely look forward to re-reading this book in the future. and I give this book 4.5 stars out of 5.

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