Reviews by Katy Zitzmann
On 10/20 Katy Zitzmann wrote: We've been enjoying the Beginner's Bible for quite some time so I jumped at the chance to receive and review the Bedtime Collection. This version cuts down the number of stories to 20, adds a glow in the dark cover, and a bedtime prayer at the end of each story. The illustrations and stories are mostly ... Great Addition
On 10/20 Katy Zitzmann wrote: Since I work with kids and have my own kids, I am constantly on the lookout for new resources. The Adventure Bible Book of Daring Deeds and Epic Creations fit my criteria! First of all, I enjoy having an Adventure Bible around especially for those kids who love exploring and want to read from a Bible ... Fun Activities
On 6/6 Katy Zitzmann wrote: When looking for a books, I usually steer away from daily devotions since I have a harder time doing one a day and sticking with it. I would rather read continuously. I made an exception for Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan's latest devotional titled Always Enough, Never Too Much. The title and description ... Short, Interesting Devotions
On 6/5 Katy Zitzmann wrote: While we were gone on our trip to Africa, I wanted to surprise my son by sending him a new book in the mail. I looked through the options of books to review with him and he kept coming back to Finding Gobi by Dion Leonard. The book is a board book and has thus far held up to some wear and tear. The ... Fun, Inspiring True Story
On 4/5 Katy Zitzmann wrote: I often read a few books at a time especially about different topics and genres. Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald has been in my rotation of books for a while. I recently finished it and already feel like I could need a reread. I read the book slowly and found it was not a book I personally ... Slower Read with Lots to Ponder
On 4/5 Katy Zitzmann wrote: I have loved watching Havilah Cunnington jump into the public scene as she’s done Bible Studies, podcasting, speaking, and grown her ministry Truth to Table. Her content has been authentic, practical, and easy to understand. She followed this trend into her latest book Stronger than the Struggle. Somehow ... Engaging, Quick Read
On 1/8 Katy Zitzmann wrote: I love watching Fixer Upper! Chip and Joanna are fun, quirky, down to earth, and have great stories to add. I enjoyed reading the Magnolia Story and thought Chip did a great job writing his parts so naturally I wanted to read his book. The book was full of stories and shenanigans. The reading style for ... Fun Read!
On 10/27 Katy Zitzmann wrote: I haven’t read Sara’s other book but I have heard of it and it is on my to read list! After reading this one I am curious to read her first book even more. Unseen included a variety of personal stories and biblical accounts. The personal stories were my favorite. I loved seeing a glimpse into her ... Back to Relationship
On 9/6 Katy Zitzmann wrote: I love when the storybooks include some of the lesser known stories and passages. They chose to include the beatitudes, the wise man built his house, throwing the first stone, parable of the pearl, Naaman, Samson, Balaam, and many more. I appreciate this approach so that I can pull from the whole Bible ... Lesser Known Stories
On 8/29 Katy Zitzmann wrote: I have loosely followed Lara Casey for quite a while now. I love making goals so I’ve seen a lot about her powersheets and Making Things Happen conference. I also read her first book Make it Happen. I enjoy a lot of her work and also know that she can stick to the same core principles/themes. This ... Stories, Encouragement, and Journaling Prompts
On 8/29 Katy Zitzmann wrote: Since I work in Children’s ministry, I have quite the collection of bibles and story bibles geared toward kids. I recently received the NIV Kids’ Visual Study Bible. I feel this is a great one to have on the shelf because of the extra additions. I love that this study bible incorporates so many ... Fun Small Additions
On 8/2 Katy Zitzmann wrote: I recently finished Peter Scazzero’s book Emotionallu Healthy Spirituality! This book has been on my list for a long time so I was glad to read it. With a background in counseling, I felt that the book did a great job at scratching the surface on some areas for people to examine. I appreciated that ... Great Starter
On 6/1 Katy Zitzmann wrote: I recently received the updated version of the Beginner’s Bible and was excited to see they also had a Beginner’s Bible for Little Ones to review. This one comes in board book style with a padded front. There are 8 Bible stories included and the book is 30 pages long. The pictures take up most ... Great For Little Ones
On 6/1 Katy Zitzmann wrote: I love seeing unique takes on storybook Bibles and this one caught my eye. The artist Omar Aranda really captures the stories in a unique way compared to some other storybook Bibles I have seen. The pictures were more along the lines of what I have seen in the Action Bible. I appreciate more lifelike ... Great Pictures
On 5/23 Katy Zitzmann wrote: I love reviewing Bibles and have quite the collection on my shelf now! I was excited to receive the Women’s Study Bible in NKJV. I personally enjoy reading NKJV some of the time. I prefer the Amplified Version most often but like to have variety as well. I was drawn to this one because of the look ... Another Bible
On 4/16 Katy Zitzmann wrote: I love listening to Kris Vallotton speak and have enjoyed reading some of his other books and articles. I set out with high expectations for his latest book Destined to Win especially since it has to do with my word for the year (purpose). I had a hard time getting started with the book since it is ... Leadership Insights
On 3/9 Katy Zitzmann wrote: We love music and we were excited that Chris Tomlin did a cover of one of our favorites by Housefires so that more people could hear their great music. So, of course, we were excited to see a book to go along with the song. The book is a fairly short board book that follows the story of a lion who is ... Cute Book but Missed the Point
On 1/11 Katy Zitzmann wrote: This is the second Say and Pray book we have gotten to review and I am happy to say that we like this one too! My son has started having fun pointing out all of the things labeled. The ideas are very simple and the prayers are short. Many of the pages focus on daily life and about the things God created. ... Short and Sweet with Scripture
On 1/9 Katy Zitzmann wrote: While I do not remember having one of these myself as a child, I do remember them being around! Since I work with kids, I wanted to see how this updated one compared to others out there. For starters, there are pictures on every page and the font size is larger as well. There are about 500 pages as ... Great for Young Kids
On 11/10 Katy Zitzmann wrote: For maybe the last month or so, I have been reading the NKJV Word Study Bible. I love digging into words and will often be found looking up further meanings while checking the originals. I also love to see where else the specific word is used in the Bible. So, reviewing this Bible felt like a great ... Study Bible
On 10/1 Katy Zitzmann wrote: When you read a lot, it’s easy to get authors a little confused. Needless to say, Melanie Dale and Melanie Shankle are different authors! Melanie Dale wrote about women being scary and Melanie Shankle wrote about some green sparkly earrings. Very different! So, I got this book anticipating some earring ... Humorous and Real
On 9/21 Katy Zitzmann wrote: I was so excited to dive into this book and see what Lysa had to offer! I intentionally read this book with a friend to help keep me accountable to dig into the material and apply it. I would say that this would be a great book for in person discussion. Lysa includes some personal stories as well as ... Information to Application!
On 8/15 Katy Zitzmann wrote: Working with kids has meant that I have heard a lot about Minecraft! Kids love to create things and Minecraft gives them this opportunity along with a whole host of ways to connect with others and to learn while they create. Personally, I have watched some kids play the game but I haven’t played myself. ... Minecraft Meets the Bible
On 8/4 Katy Zitzmann wrote: I wanted to like this book and the cover seemed fun for a little boy but inside was really busy. I like the concept of using pictures for words and then having the pictures on the opposite page but I would have preferred to have a few less pictures. This would have made reading a little easier. Some ... Fun Idea
On 5/18 Katy Zitzmann wrote: I love reading books with my son who is almost 2. He is a little rough still on books so board books are my favorite for now (this one even has the cushy padded cover!). Bedtime reading is something that I did often as a child so I’m hoping to do the same with him since I loved it so much. So a book ... Bedtime Routine
On 5/18 Katy Zitzmann wrote: I love reading books with my son and board books are still my go-to since he is still a bit rough on the pages (almost 2). We recently got the opportunity to read Night Night Daddy as well as the companion book Night Night Mommy. I was so glad we got both of the companion books since they are different ... Fun Camping Bedtime Routine
On 3/22 Katy Zitzmann wrote: Let’s start with the NKJV Apply the Word Study Bible. My version that I received is a hardback with a jacket cover (not my favorite–I prefer leather covers), but the cover is fairly appealing. I liked that the same pictures on the jacket cover are also printed on the actual hardback. This is a big ... Hardcover Application and Study
On 3/22 Katy Zitzmann wrote: The Under the Sea Bible is marketed by Zonderkidz and has a fun, glittered cover! The Bible likely would appeal to younger kids–perhaps 8 and under. Older kids would likely want a less “kid” looking Bible. The Bible uses the NIrV, which is a version similar to the NIV, but slightly different. I ... Might be a Good Fit for the Right Child
On 2/22 Katy Zitzmann wrote: I'm used to Christian non-fiction books being good, but a bit slower reads for me. Breaking Busy pleasantly surprised me by being a quick and engaging read! I was able to dive into this and get swept up in the stories. Though, the book also packs a lot to think about. I am planning to go back through ... Quick Read Full of Stories and Practical Tips
On 2/10 Katy Zitzmann wrote: I am constantly on the look out for ways to improve leadership and to learn more about leadership so I was excited to see Jenni Catron’s new book The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership! I knew about Jenni from some of her prominent roles in the church and from being known as a woman in leadership. ... Personal Leadership Style
On 2/1 Katy Zitzmann wrote: I had seen mixed reviews about this book, but mostly positive so I thought I would give it a try since at times I have felt stuck in my own grieving process! I was not drawn to the cover online, but in person the book actually looks really great and is a nice hardcover. The idea of having space to ... Journal and Devotional Combined
On 12/31 Katy Zitzmann wrote: I heard so much buzz about the Hands Free Mama book that when I saw that I could review the Hands Free Life one I jumped at the chance! Though, once I got the book, I did not get into it right away. I think I maybe had recently read too many similar books? I'm not entirely sure, but I did end up reading ... Full of Stories
On 12/31 Katy Zitzmann wrote: I really love reviewing kids books and reading with my little man! I was excited to receive this one since the cover looked cute and fun with a great message. The book is a great size too! Not too small, but not so large that a little one can't hold it easily. The front cover is a little thicker ... Cute and a Great Message!
On 10/29 Katy Zitzmann wrote: Since I use a Kid's Bible or a Storybook Bible almost weekly, I was intrigued by the new one with devotions from Billy Graham called God's Good News: Bible Storybook. Overall, the cover seems like it's a little cheesy, but not horribly like some kid's books and it seems like it will hold up to some ... Selected Scripture and Lots of Stories
On 10/29 Katy Zitzmann wrote: Charlotte Gambill is one of my favorites! I've loved reading her, listening to her, and seeing her preach. I was so excited when I saw that I could review Miracle in the Middle because I suspected that it would be fantastic. There are so many "middles" in our lives and we all need tools to help us keep ... Keep Going
On 10/19 Katy Zitzmann wrote: Since I'm usually on the lookout for fun books for kids about Jesus, I was excited to see that I could review the Adventure Bible for Little Ones! This book is a board book and seems to be really durable. I'm hoping it will continue to withstand wear and tear that comes from toddlers. The pages are thick ... Bible Stories
On 9/16 Katy Zitzmann wrote: I’ve watched a few Tim Hawkins things before and at times thought they were really funny. Sometimes, though, he was just not my type of humor. I do love that he keeps his humor clean and family friendly. That gets an A+ in my book and I am proud of him for setting that example. I got this book ... For Tim Hawkins Fans
On 9/16 Katy Zitzmann wrote: I have been able to hear Sheila Walsh speak before and so I love when I can “hear” the words coming off the page. Her new devotional lines right up with how she speaks. She is easy to listen to and her words are easy to read! She relates a lot of biblical principles to stories from her own life. ... Personal and Relatable
On 8/21 Katy Zitzmann wrote: I’ve been having fun receiving books to review for my son and this was another one that I was curious about! I occasionally use the Kids Jesus Calling one with kids at church so I thought I might as well give this one a shot too. When they say “little ones,” they mean it! This is made like a ... Devotional Style
On 8/17 Katy Zitzmann wrote: I love marriage. I love being married. I love seeing marriages thrive. There’s something so powerful about watching two people who love each other and love God. I even “let” God talk me into studying counseling with an emphasis on marriage and family while I was still single. Now, there are ... Interesting Stories
On 8/5 Katy Zitzmann wrote: was so excited to receive this book since I thought it looked like a fun combination concept! I love the size and the thick pages. The stories are very, very condensed. They give a focused sentence or two around a story in the Bible. Each story does include a verse reference and another verse over by ... Fun Concept
On 7/8 Katy Zitzmann wrote: I was pleasantly surprised when I received the Believe Storybook! I had ordered this one to review thinking that it could be fun to use with my son and to check out if it would be another good resource for church. The book is big and super nice! I was expecting it to be smaller and not as nice quality ... Fun Format
On 7/8 Katy Zitzmann wrote: I requested this book to review mainly because I thought it looked humorous (I mean really there are cake pops on the front cover with a bite out of one…that has to mean funny!) and because I thought it would be an interesting read on finding mom friends. A year into this mom gig and I’ll admit ... Awkward Adventure
On 6/15 Katy Zitzmann wrote: I love the title of Pete Wilson's new book! The tagline adds to it even: "How to find peace while chasing your dreams." I had high hopes for this book, but was a little nervous that it might be too similar to other non-fiction Christian books. I'd say that the book probably did both. There were some ... What Keeps You Up at Night?
On 4/28 Katy Zitzmann wrote: I've had Shauna Niequist's books on my to read lists for quite a while and haven't gotten to them yet so I jumped at the chance to review her new devotional. I also listened to her podcast on the Influence Network recently and I just love her heart behind this devotional. The tagline "Living Abundantly ... Savor
On 4/13 Katy Zitzmann wrote: I saw a lot of buzz on social media about Judah Smith's book so I was excited to jump into it when it arrived to review. I haven't read his previous book so that might have helped, but the book still made sense as a stand alone. He did a great job at adding humor, personal stories, and good points into ... Illogical Love
On 3/1 Katy Zitzmann wrote: was a little nervous about reading Lara Casey’s Make It Happen because I didn’t quite even know what I wanted to “make happen” or what “it” was for me. There was a good chunk of the book that touched on Lara’s story and her own insights that she has learned along the way. I love reading ... Wish I Had Read This A Few Years Earlier!
On 3/1 Katy Zitzmann wrote: I’ve been having a theme of reading books about vulnerability, intimacy, community, and relationships this year so Donald Miller’s new book fit right on my list! I’ve enjoyed the other things I’ve read by him and was excited to see this one come up as a choice to review. I found myself underlining ... Scary Close
On 1/26 Katy Zitzmann wrote: I recently read Lean on Me by Anne Marie Miller. This book had been on my radar for a while and I was intrigued since a long time ago I used to follow her when she was Anne Jackson. I have also read some of her other books, but I knew that a lot had changed in her life so I was curious about this book. I ... Community
On 1/7 Katy Zitzmann wrote: I decided I wanted to be a little more intentional about reading different types of genres this year so when I saw Same Kind of Different as Me pop up to review, I jumped on board and I am glad I did. The book chronicles the interwoven stories of Ron Hall and Denver Moore. They both take turns writing ... Quick, Interesting Read
On 12/15 Katy Zitzmann wrote: I saw Sheila Walsh speak a few years ago and was excited to read this book by her. Her main theme is about how God loves us when we know we're broken and even when we pretend we are not. Sheila engages the reader to look at brokenness and to see the hope that is right there as well. When we take a look ... God's Love
On 12/15 Katy Zitzmann wrote: I absolutely love Bibles and all of the different kinds there are. I was so excited to be able to finally request a bible for my little man and this one did not disappoint. We got the NKJV Adventure Bible. My husband had the same one when he was little but in the NIV version so we were excited to ... Adventure Bible, NKJV
On 3/27 Katy Zitzmann wrote: We all make choices in life. Circumstances come and things happen. I think of Job and how life threw a lot of things his way that he didn’t “deserve” but he still went through a traumatic time. Out of the ashes births new life, but he had to choose. We can go ahead and choose to sit in the ... Healing is a Choice
On 9/13 Katy Zitzmann wrote: I love Sheila Walsh. I love her testimony and her story. When I saw that she had a book out, I jumped on getting it. Sweet Sanctuary catches your attention with a unique storyline where you don't quite know how things are going to work out or what God is actually going to do in the story. I really loved ... Great Read!
On 7/14 Katy Zitzmann wrote: I had heard great things about this book running about throughout different blogs. I was intrigued especially by the title and not to mention that once in my life I thought I would love working for the CIA. The book is a memoir...of sorts. Right from the get-go the author explains that the stories he ... Loved this book!
On 5/18 Katy Zitzmann wrote: I absolutely love the new cover for this book! The book was previously released as The Barbarian Way. The new title and cover naturally appeals more toward a female crowd.I didn’t realize the book was just a re-release of the original, but was happy to read it again since I loved it the first time. ... Unleashed
On 3/14 Katy Zitzmann wrote: I love love love the texture, feel, and just general layout of this book. The size is great for throwing in a purse and it is not going to get torn apart. The content is laid out great for finding information about specific topics. The readings are set up with nice sections and break it down for you. ... Essentials For Life