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100 Days of Thanks

100 Days of Thanks

On 8/6 Laura @ Life is Beautiful wrote: This lovely little journal caught my eye one day when I'd been noticing I was in a negative slump. You know, the one where you've slowly gotten out of the habit of being grateful for the everyday blessings and you start to see only the annoyances and irritations and monotony of everyday life. (Oh, I'm ... More Summer Book Reviews

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Big Trucks

Big Trucks

On 7/24 Laura @ Life is Beautiful wrote: Little G is currently into anything that moves. She loves trains, fire engines, and trucks. It's cute to see my little girly-girl princess also get so excited when she hears the trains go through our town or sees a big truck working on the new houses in our neighborhood. I thought this book would be ... I Like Big Trucks {A Book Review}

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God's Blessings Day By Day

God's Blessings Day By Day

On 6/16 Laura @ Life is Beautiful wrote: I've always really enjoyed daily devotionals. Maybe it's type-A of me, but I like a structured daily plan for spiritual nourishment and inspiration. I definitely like other forms of prayer, but daily devotionals help keep us accountable and consistent in our walk with God, and they encourage us to set ... God's Blessing Day by Day: A Book Review

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So Much To Celebrate

So Much To Celebrate

On 3/27 Laura @ Life is Beautiful wrote: If you're looking for a gorgeous, gorgeous book to look through, this is the one! What a delight for the eyes! I was initially attracted to this book by the title-- So Much to Celebrate: Entertaining the Ones You Love the Whole Year Through. I love holidays and seasons, and it's so much fun to celebrate ... Gorgeous but not totally realistic for me to do :)

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Night Night, Farm Touch and Feel

Night Night, Farm Touch and Feel

On 2/28 Laura @ Life is Beautiful wrote: I really wanted to save this one for an Easter gift for little G but I just couldn't. She was so excited when a package came in the mail and I was excited to check out this book with her! It is ADORABLE! It has all the elements of a delightful children's book: nice illustrations, rhyming storylines, ... Another Sweet Bedtime Story

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God Bless My Family

God Bless My Family

On 2/7 Laura @ Life is Beautiful wrote: So to offset my doom and gloom post of yesterday ;) I thought I'd review this precious little book. There's nothing like puppies to take away the blues. For the past week as we all recovered from The Plague, we watched a lot of TV and read a lot of books to little G. This new one is so sweet. As G gets ... Sweet Book!

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Be the Gift

Be the Gift

On 10/28 Laura @ Life is Beautiful wrote: Two of my favorite books are One Thousand Gifts and The Greatest Gift (an Advent devo!) by the popular Ann Voskamp. She is a beautiful, beautiful word-weaver and her messages are profound. But somehow this book just didn't do it for me. Be the Gift is a gift-type book and collection of passages from ... Cozy Fall Reading

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Slow Down

Slow Down

On 8/12 Laura @ Life is Beautiful wrote: This is a lovely, gift-type hardcover book with reflections on motherhood from not only Nichole Nordeman but also several other well-known women. There are beautiful real-life pictures on each page, great writing, reflection points in each chapter, and space for journaling. This would make a fabulous ... Beautiful Gift

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I Am Devotional

I Am Devotional

On 8/5 Laura @ Life is Beautiful wrote: Ever since I read Sara Hagerty's book Every Bitter Thing is Sweet and learned about her daily "adoration" prompts using the names of God, I've been so intrigued by the different names of God and I'm amazed at how beautiful they are and how they draw me closer to Him. So when I saw a children's devotional ... I Am Devotional: A Book Review

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Devotions for a Sacred Marriage

Devotions for a Sacred Marriage

On 7/16 Laura @ Life is Beautiful wrote: This is the first time that I've read a book by Beverly Lewis. I am a huge fan of Amish fiction, but I've always preferred the style of author Carrie Bender (an Amish woman herself), who writes lovely stories in journal/diary form about Amish women and their day to day lives. I had always viewed Beverly ... On the Bookshelf: Fiction and Nonfiction

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Devotions from the Kitchen Table

Devotions from the Kitchen Table

On 4/23 Laura @ Life is Beautiful wrote: Food has somewhat become a passion of mine. I think it's because we all have to eat, so we might as well make it fun! ;) And as the wife/mom/cook of the family, I spend a LOT of time in the kitchen...so again, might as well enjoy it! ;) But even beyond all that, there's something special about the kitchen ... Devotions from the Kitchen Table: A Book Review

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God Loves Mommy and Me

God Loves Mommy and Me

On 4/11 Laura @ Life is Beautiful wrote: My daughter loves it when her daddy reads to her. They usually lay on the bed or the floor and both look up at the book while daddy reads (usually because she can't reach it to chew on it at this age! ha!). I've gotten several 'daddy' books for them to read together but this one struck my fancy this ... God Loves Mommy and Me (A Book Review)

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Once Upon a Time Storybook Bible

Once Upon a Time Storybook Bible

On 3/20 Laura @ Life is Beautiful wrote: I mentioned a few posts ago I wasn't crazy about The Story Traveler's Bible. This children's bible, however, is wonderful!!! I LOVE this book. The size is a large 'storybook' size that just makes you want to open the cover and begin. The illustrations are beautiful-- similar to Disney type animation. ... Once Upon A Time Storybook Bible

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God Loves Daddy and Me

God Loves Daddy and Me

On 3/15 Laura @ Life is Beautiful wrote: I'm such a sucker for faith-based board books. This one does not disappoint. Beautiful illustrations and a touching story to introduce little ones to God's gentle and fatherly love for all of us. I like the specific message that God loves not only children but also adults (who are also His children). ... On the Bookshelf

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Same Kind of Different As Me for Kids

Same Kind of Different As Me for Kids

On 2/11 Laura @ Life is Beautiful wrote: Several years ago I read the original version of this book, "Same Kind of Different As Me," and was profoundly impacted by it. It was a beautiful (true!) story of a wealthy art dealer and his wife and their life-changing friendship with a homeless man named Denver. Reading about Denver's story, especially ... Same Kind of Different As Me: A Book Review

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3 Stars

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Good Good Father for Little Ones

Good Good Father for Little Ones

On 1/19 Laura @ Life is Beautiful wrote: I'm still reading like it's my job...but maybe more a part-time job now because little G is awake and loves attention much more than she used to. I'm taking this reading challenge for the year but will probably pick and choose with a few of the books on the list as well as add in some of my own, including ... Winter Reading: One for Me and One for Baby

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A Royal Christmas to Remember

A Royal Christmas to Remember

On 11/15 Laura @ Life is Beautiful wrote: I asked my hubby if we could put up the Christmas tree last weekend. He looked at me like I was going crazy. And since he's the one who would have to bring it up from the basement, I think I'll be waiting until after Thanksgiving. Then again...I'm not above dragging it up myself (#girlpower and all...). ... On the Bookshelf: Reviews!

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Really Woolly 5-Minute Bedtime Treasury

Really Woolly 5-Minute Bedtime Treasury

On 10/27 Laura @ Life is Beautiful wrote: I wasn't familiar with the Really Woolly books but I love bedtime treasuries, as they remind me of a specific one my mom read to me growing up. The Really Woolly 5-Minute Bedtime Treasury is a beautiful book of stories, rhymes, and devotions for a little one at bedtime. Actually, the whole book is more ... Really Woolly 5-Minute Bedtime Treasury: A Book Review

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Snuggle Time Psalms

Snuggle Time Psalms

On 8/15 Laura @ Life is Beautiful wrote: Ah yes. You know how much I loved Snuggle Time Prayers. I couldn't resist checking out Snuggle Time Psalms! The illustrations are just precious and I love the size and texture of this cute little board book. Each page contains a psalm paraphrased for little ones. Some of the words seem challenging or ... So sweet, Beautiful Illustrations

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Baby Wren And The Great Gift

Baby Wren And The Great Gift

On 6/21 Laura @ Life is Beautiful wrote: Baby Wren and the Great Gift, by Sally Lloyd-Jones is a sweet story about a baby wren who sees all the other animals with their special talents and wonders what her talent might be. In the end, she sees a gorgeous sunset and the beauty makes her sing with all her might. The other animals love her song ... Sweet Story, Beautiful Illustrations

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3 Stars

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Night Night, Daddy

Night Night, Daddy

On 4/11 Laura @ Life is Beautiful wrote: I'm a sucker for self-help books some days. There's something so positive about focusing on growth and change and learning ways to be the best version of yourself and become the woman God created you to be. I definitely believe God uses both spiritual practices and practical means to help mold us. Gretchen ... On the Bookshelf: Two Book Reviews

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God is Watching Over You

God is Watching Over You

On 3/14 Laura @ Life is Beautiful wrote: Yep. I couldn't resist this same type again. A godly children's board book just like Snuggle Time Prayers. And this one totally stole my heart as well. There are so many children's books out there with propaganda (relativism, gay marriage, etc.), I am so thankful and refreshed when I come upon one like ... On My Bookshelf this Month: Two Book Reviews

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Snuggle Time Prayers

Snuggle Time Prayers

On 2/27 Laura @ Life is Beautiful wrote: You can never have enough children's books! One of my dear friends has been collecting them for years and it will be so fun to see her share them with her children someday (I have a feeling she'll be getting engaged pretty soon...and you know, love, marriage, then the baby carriage. *wink*)We don't have ... Snuggle Time Prayers: A Book Review

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Rest Assured

Rest Assured

On 1/13 Laura @ Life is Beautiful wrote: When I chose this book to review, I was intrigued because of my love of simplicity but I had a feeling it might not apply to me. I'd cut back on many of my commitments and busy is just not a word I use to describe myself anymore when someone asks how I'm doing.But I was wrong! This book spoke to me time ... Rest Assured: A Book Review

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Money-Making Mom

Money-Making Mom

On 11/16 Laura @ Life is Beautiful wrote: We've all seen the social media shares on the recent undercover videos of Planned Parenthood employees discussing different abortion procedures, tissue procuring and sales. While it's atrocious and important for us not to turn a blind eye, I also realize different people are led to the truth in different ... Fall Bookshelf: Two Reviews

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Sacred Marriage

Sacred Marriage

On 10/20 Laura @ Life is Beautiful wrote: This book has been on my reading list for years. So many of the wives I look up to list it as one of their favorite books on marriage. I love reading books that help me become the best version of myself, and in this new role of wife there's plenty of room for improvement!The subtitle of this book is ... Sacred Marriage: A Book Review

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Dashing Dish

Dashing Dish

On 7/14 Laura @ Life is Beautiful wrote: This book is beautiful.It really is, though, in so many ways. What a holistic, well-rounded cookbook. The author is passionate about first finding your identity and value in God and then letting that realization guide you to healthful choices in food. So the goal is to be neither obsessed with food ... Dashing Dish: A Book Review

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The Legend of the Candy Cane

The Legend of the Candy Cane

On 12/17 Laura @ Life is Beautiful wrote: This was such a delightful children's Christmas book! The book itself is a sturdy board book-- safe for little hands! My favorite part hands-down was the illustration. I could look through this book over and over just for the beautiful pictures. I can only imagine how much a child would enjoy it-- especially ... The Legend of the Candy Cane: A Book Review

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4 Stars

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The Berenstain Bears God Shows the Way

The Berenstain Bears God Shows the Way

On 8/8 Laura @ Life is Beautiful wrote: You know how all those toys from when we were kids are coming back? (If I say Strawberry Shortcake or My Little Pony, am I dating myself??)It turns out so are the books...I saw this new Berenstain Bears three-in-one book and all sorts of warm fuzzies came over me as I reminisced about the many different ... The Berenstain Bears God Shows the Way: A Book Review

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I've Never Been to Vegas, but My Luggage Has

I've Never Been to Vegas, but My Luggage Has

On 6/14 Laura @ Life is Beautiful wrote: I know! What a catchy title! You'll have to read the book to find out the story behind it...I 'met' Mandy Hale as a blogger before I discovered she was also an author. I absolutely love her enthusiasm, joy, and adventurous spirit! I was excited to see her second book as an option for reviewing this month.I ... I've Never Been to Vegas, but My Luggage Has: A Book Review

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Barefoot Summer

Barefoot Summer

On 5/4 Laura @ Life is Beautiful wrote: Barefoot Summer is a novel unfolding the story of Madison, a young woman who decides to enter a sailboat regatta-- despite her intense fear of water-- because winning the regatta was the one wish of her late twin brother. The subplot digs deeper into Madison's fears, past, family life, and her deep-set ... Barefoot Summer: A Book Review

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2 Stars

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Stress Point

Stress Point

On 2/19 Laura @ Life is Beautiful wrote: I just entered the second half of my twenties on Sunday. Deep breath. I need a moment. Or maybe I need another cookie. Yeah. That usually helps. Okay, so I'm not actually having a quarterlife crisis. To be honest, I'm enjoying my mid-twenties even more than my early twenties. Somehow I've gotten ... Stress Point: A Book Review

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3 Stars

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Three Hearts DVD

Three Hearts DVD

On 4/17 Laura @ Life is Beautiful wrote: This DVD came at such a great time for me in the wake of returning from the mission trip. (But then again, God has a way of working things like that!)Three Hearts is a beautiful documentary on the work and ministry for The Children's Heart Project. A branch of Samaritan's Purse, the project brings children ... Three Hearts: A DVD Review

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The Lucado Inspirational Reader

The Lucado Inspirational Reader

On 2/15 Laura @ Life is Beautiful wrote: I had never read any of Max Lucado's books. I know! That's crazy, huh? I've seen him in many Christian book catalogues, so The Lucado Inspirational Reader seemed like a great fit for me-- a (400+ pages!) sampling of his best writings. It's a neat idea--compiling pieces from different writing and organizing ... The Lucado Inspirational Reader: A Review

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Be the People

Be the People

On 11/1 Laura @ Life is Beautiful wrote: I’m flipping the calendar to November today. In one week, I’ll be standing in line at the polls and ready to vote! Yay! Being an American is such an incredible blessing and an exciting, empowering privilege.But as Spiderman was told…(all together now:) “With great power comes great responsibility.”The ... Be the People: A Book Review

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The Little Red Book of Wisdom

The Little Red Book of Wisdom

On 9/2 Laura @ Life is Beautiful wrote: The Overall: The Little Red Book of Wisdom, written by businessman Mark DeMoss, discusses a host of wise thoughts to remember and to practice on life’s journey. Handbook-sized (so cute!) and just under 200 pages, the book is divided into wisdom for the professional world and wisdom for one’s personal ... The Little Red Book of Wisdom: A Book Review

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The Quotable Rogue

The Quotable Rogue

On 6/28 Laura @ Life is Beautiful wrote: Sarah Palin. What comes to mind when you see that name?Former governor. Vice prez candidate. Author. Mom. Alaskan. Tina Fey?Intriguing, this Sarah.But sadly, most of the words we hear or see about her come from a media that loves to create drama and to bend the truth (is that harsh?).Enter The Quotable ... Palin, Politics, and a Unique Summer Read

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