Reviews by Thrifty Christy
On 11/18 Thrifty Christy wrote: This book features the stunning photography and beautiful “poetic” prose that has been part of Ann Voskamp’s signature style for years. Be the Gift will specifically speak to anyone who is going through a time of brokenness, and feels they have nothing left to give. Voskamp offers practical suggestions ... Be the Gift: Let Your Broken Be Turned into Abundance, by Ann Voskamp
On 11/18 Thrifty Christy wrote: This devotional book is simple, pretty, and straightforward, and would make a fantastic gift. The cover is gorgeous, which is important if it's going to be sitting by your bedside for a full year. Each daily devotion is one page, beginning with a verse of scripture and followed by a short anecdote. It's ... “365 Devotions for Living Joyfully,” by Victoria York
On 11/8 Thrifty Christy wrote: I reviewed Reay’s first book, Dear Mr. Knightley, and it is still at the top of my list of all-time favorite books. I have also reviewed her book Lizzy & Jane, and it was good, but not my favorite. Of Reay's books that I've read, I would put The Austen Escape in my #2 spot, just behind Dear Mr. Knightley. ... “The Austen Escape,” by Katherine Reay
On 10/23 Thrifty Christy wrote: From the title, I thought this was a book that wouldn't apply to my current life situation. I am not in a place where I feel that I necessarily need "healing," as I'm not dealing with any major trauma. However, this book's scope is not that narrow. I particularly found inspiration in the section entitled ... Love Heals, by Becca Stevens
On 10/13 Thrifty Christy wrote: I read Alexander’s novels in the Belmont Mansion series, A Lasting Impression and A Beauty so Rare, and I liked them for many of the same reasons I liked this initial book in her new series: the historical setting, the real-life characters mixed in with the fictional story, and the real-life settings ... “Christmas at Carnton: A Novella,” by Tamera Alexander
On 9/13 Thrifty Christy wrote: This journal is so visually appealing, and would make a fantastic gift. I love how the sections are divided by topic, titled “Jesus I Need You When…” so that you can locate something that corresponds with your specific situation. Each of the nine chapters has ten prayers and a Bible verse. There ... “Jesus, I Need You: Honest Prayers from a Trusting Heart,” by Zondervan
On 9/13 Thrifty Christy wrote: I have always been a fan of Jen Hatmaker's big heart and hilarious writing style. Although we have differences in opinion on theology, I can read her books in the same vein as the "Sweet Potato Queens" books: sassy, fun ways of looking at life from a different perspective. This book in particular is ... Of Mess and Moxie
On 8/11 Thrifty Christy wrote: My husband is starting a church plant, and I was looking for a good Bible for our children’s ministry. This Bible fit the bill perfectly! It’s really pretty, with enough pictures and other visual elements to be appealing to kids, but not so many that it feels juvenile. It’s targeted to children ... NIV Kids’ Visual Study Bible
On 7/19 Thrifty Christy wrote: I have been thinking a lot about community lately, and this book really appealed to me. I love the idea of having a turquoise table in the front yard as a way to be more noticeable to one’s neighbors – and to notice their lives and needs as well! This book gives you practical ways to connect to the ... “The Turquoise Table: Finding Community and Connection in Your Own Front Yard,” by Kristin Schell
On 5/20 Thrifty Christy wrote: My daughters have recently been memorizing the poem that this book illustrates: “All Things Beautiful,” by Cecil Alexander. I knew they would be delighted with the opportunity to read this book to their little brother. They also absolutely adore the illustrations which are, in fact, bright and beautiful! ... “All Things Bright and Beautiful”, by Make Believe Ideas
On 5/20 Thrifty Christy wrote: I first heard about Joey Feek’s struggle with cancer through a friend in my Sunday School class who went to high school with her. I had a new baby about the age of Rory’s daughter, Indiana, and I started following Rory Feek’s blog posts about Joey’s battle. Sometimes I was too emotional to handle ... “This Life I Live: One Man’s Extraordinary, Ordinary Life and the Woman Who Changed It Forever”, by Rory Feek
On 5/12 Thrifty Christy wrote: This book of essays is the perfect thing for a new mom, and I am planning on giving my copy to a friend who just announced her first pregnancy. However, it is also a really inspiring read for someone who isn’t new to motherhood; my oldest is 10 and I was completely engaged by these beautiful essays. ... “The Magic of Motherhood: The Good Stuff, the Hard Stuff, and Everything In Between,” by Ashlee Gadd
On 5/12 Thrifty Christy wrote: I find Rachel Macy Stafford’s writing to be so soothing and encouraging. This book is full of fantastic daily affirmations that will help you focus on what really matters in your parenting and relationships. It’s not meant to be read straight through – if you did that you might find it repetitive. ... “Only Love Today” by Rachel Macy Stafford
On 2/28 Thrifty Christy wrote: This is an interesting and balanced book. I especially recommend it to folks on the “right”, of whom I am one. I found the book to be pleasant and encouraging on a number of fronts. For one, it has a marked moderation in tone that is completely missing from most of our political discourse. Wear’s ... “Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House About the Future of Faith in America”, by Michael R. Wear
On 1/7 Thrifty Christy wrote: I requested this book for my 9-year-old daughter, who is a new Christian. She has been asking about how to start a quiet time, and this devotional journal was perfect for her! She is drawn to anything beautiful, so the pretty cover and pages appealed to her. I read through some of the devotionals ahead ... Highly recommended for tween girls - get the hardcover version!
On 1/7 Thrifty Christy wrote: This book is beautiful. Emery describes an autobiographical account of how she unplugged for a year in order to straighten out a life that had become increasingly unfocused and chaotic, and on the way, she rediscovered the Christian faith she had abandoned when she was young. Although I am currently ... Beautiful and motivating read. Simply a great story!
On 11/7 Thrifty Christy wrote: Brandon Hatmaker has a very different style of writing from his wife, but is still engaging and easy to read. He makes you think about ways to avoid a shallow faith - one where you're just going through the motions - and instead live out Christ's commandments to love your neighbor. This is a great read ... A great read for anyone who would like to dig deeper into his or her faith
On 10/3 Thrifty Christy wrote: This hardcover devotional, published in September of 2016, combines Gire's first four "Moments" books with 20 new devotions, arranged in chronological order. Each devotional starts off with a scripture selection, and then presents a medication section, where Gire elaborates on the scripture, follower ... A great book for anyone looking for a devotional!
On 7/23 Thrifty Christy wrote: I have been a fan of Ruth Schwenk’s website The Better Mom for a long time, and I have enjoyed reading her parenting and mothering advice. This new book, written by Ruth and her husband Patrick, is just as enjoyable – and convicting. With chapters on topics like business, expectations in parenting, ... Enjoyable - and convicting
On 6/14 Thrifty Christy wrote: I love book lists. I have multiple copies of “Honey for a Child’s Heart” and “The Read-Aloud Handbook” at my house, and I love to give both as baby shower gifts. Give Your Child the World is joining those two as one of my very favorites! It’s a carefully cultivated book list from a global ... A carefully cultivated book list from a global perspective - and one of my new favorites!
On 1/4 Thrifty Christy wrote: My husband studied under Dr. Mohler in seminary, and I have always been impressed with him. Whether you agree with him or not, you have to appreciate that he has a brilliant mind and well-researched opinions! Dr. Mohler had a reputation in seminary as being a man who needed very little sleep, rather, ... Great arguments from the position of a man who believes in the inerrancy of the Bible
On 11/3 Thrifty Christy wrote: I have read Crystal Payne’s blog, Money Saving Mom, for years now, and have always enjoyed her clear, encouraging writing style. I was pleased to be able to review her last two books, The Money Saving Mom’s Budget, and Say Goodbye to Survival Mode, and when I heard Crystal was releasing a new book, ... Great blueprint for moms to increase their incomes!
On 10/29 Thrifty Christy wrote: My children adore Colonial history, and we read lots of books about the American Revolution. This book was well-written, and we all enjoyed it. I would recommend that readers start with the first book in this series, “Patriots, Redcoats and Spies,” but we liked this book as a stand-alone as well. ... Great as a read-aloud!
On 9/28 Thrifty Christy wrote: I love biographies, especially biographies of Christians who have experienced great things; I believe it's important to learn the stories of the saints, not to put them on a pedestal, but to honor God for the amazing, real things He can accomplish! I have not read Seven Men, but I'm a big fan of Metaxas ... Metaxas brings biographical stories to life yet again
On 9/26 Thrifty Christy wrote: This book has proved a fantastic supplement to our homeschool curriculum. It features 25 short biographies, but instead of simply telling the life story of each figure, it also shows how prayer impacted the path each person's life took. There are direct quotes from prayers each person prayed, and discussion ... Great book that tells the stories of famous Christians, and shows how prayer impacted the path each person's life took
On 9/5 Thrifty Christy wrote: My husband and I read this book together, as we’re both big history and theology fans. In fact, one of our children was named after George Whitefield, and we enjoy reading books that tell about Whitefield’s life. This particular book is an interesting read about two very famous men who were friendly ... Provides lots of historical context for the friendship between two amazing men
On 7/17 Thrifty Christy wrote: I am such a fan of Eric Metaxas’ Bonhoeffer book that I now own it in three editions: the regular book, this abridged copy, and now the student edition. If you’re an adult, and if you have the time and the inclination, Eric Metaxas’ book Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy – the original, ... Wonderful graphics, timelines, word definitions, and though-provoking questions make this a great book for students and adults!
On 6/9 Thrifty Christy wrote: At 5 and 7, my daughters are the perfect ages to enjoy the Princess Joy Sticker and Activity Book. We haven't read any of the Princess Parables books, but that didn't take away from their enjoyment of this activity book. The art is really pretty, and they enjoyed completing the activities. This book ... Sweet little book, perfect for girls around ages 4-7
On 6/1 Thrifty Christy wrote: At 5 and 7, my daughters are the perfect ages to enjoy the Princess Grace Sticker and Activity Book. We haven't read any of the Princess Parables books, but that didn't take away from their enjoyment of this activity book. The art is really pretty, and they enjoyed completing the activities. This book ... A a sweet little book for girls around 4-7
On 5/14 Thrifty Christy wrote: I am a big fan of Melanie Dickerson’s novels where she rewrites fairy tales, setting them in realistic medieval settings. I thought I would like The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest when I heard it would be a retelling of the Robin Hood story; I was right, I did love it, but I was surprised when it more ... Great, sweet fairy tale for fans of Robin Hood and Swan Lake
On 4/29 Thrifty Christy wrote: First, let me say that I adore these books but I am NOT a fan of the collection's title. I think they could have come up with something much better than "Fairytale Romance," which feels silly. Don't let that keep you from reading this really fun collection of Medieval fairy tale retellings. I'm a huge ... Fun Medieval fairytales!
On 4/22 Thrifty Christy wrote: I read Shauna Niequist's book "Bread and Wine" last year, and I found it to be so gorgeously written and moving. The recipes were fantastic, too, and an added bonus! I was excited to see what a daily devotional written by Niequist would look like, and I wasn't disappointed. While I haven't read every ... A fun, motivating daily read
On 3/19 Thrifty Christy wrote: This is a wonderful fairy tale written for a YA audience, and even though I'm older than the YA demographic, I definitely enjoyed it! The main character, Rosemarie, is very sympathetic, and although I didn't wonder too much about the "mystery" of which knight she would choose, I wasn't sure about who ... Wonderful fairy tale written for a young audience
On 2/5 Thrifty Christy wrote: I adored this book. It’s split into two sections (living well and spending less) and I assumed I would read quickly through the “living well” section to get to the “spending less” section, since that’s a subject I’m particularly passionate about. I was wrong. The “living well” section ... Actually motivated me to make changes in my life!
On 1/31 Thrifty Christy wrote: Jane Yolen is a masterful author, and my family has enjoyed her picture books for years now - titles such as "Owl Moon" and the "How Do Dinosaurs..." series. I was excited to get to read one of her chapter books, and this one definitely didn't disappoint. It's a beautiful story about the love between ... Even though it's a brand-new book, it has the feel of a timeless classic
On 12/17 Thrifty Christy wrote: This book is the third in Ladd's "Whispers on the Moors" series. I reviewed book 1 ("The Heiress of Winterwood") and found it to be good, but not memorable or worth keeping on my shelves permanently. "A Lady at Willowgrove Hall" is much more interesting, both in plot and writing style! I really liked ... My favorite of Ladd's Books so far!
On 12/16 Thrifty Christy wrote: I reviewed Reay's first book, "Dear Mr. Knightley", last fall, and it is still at the top of my list of favorite books. I was a little nervous to read Lizzy & Jane, as I worried that it wouldn't live up to the high standards set by Reay' first book. I shouldn't have worried: I loved this book, too. It's ... Book review and Kindle sale! – “Lizzy & Jane,” by Katherine Reay
On 11/25 Thrifty Christy wrote: This book first came to my attention when I read the fantastic review and author interview on The Gospel Coalition. Having just finished Eric Metaxas’ biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, I was also interested to see how highly he endorsed Fierce Convictions in the foreword he has written for this book. ... Review: “Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More—Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist” by Karen Prior
On 11/6 Thrifty Christy wrote: First, let me say that if you have the time and the inclination, Eric Metaxas' book Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy - the original, unabridged version - is a phenomenal book and you should probably read that one instead. That being said, while the original version of this book is one of my husband's ... A beautiful, moving story, abridged for those who are unable to read the original version in this season of life.
On 10/6 Thrifty Christy wrote: I was at a MOPS meeting one morning where we were talking about Christmas traditions we have. One of my family’s favorite things is reading our HUGE collection of Christmas books. A few years ago year we started working in the idea of St. Nicholas, the 4th Century saint who is the basis for our American ... Book review: The Legend of St. Nicholas, by Dandi Mackall
On 10/5 Thrifty Christy wrote: First, let me say that by reviewing this particular once-a-day Bible I am not claiming to be a leader myself. I just really like once-a-day Bibles and was in the market for a new one. If you’ve never used a once-a-day Bible, it’s basically the Bible broken into 365 pieces so that you can tackle the ... Book review and Kindle sale: the NIV Once-A-Day Bible for Leaders
On 9/25 Thrifty Christy wrote: I read a lot of nonfiction Christian books, and some of them seem a little light on content. That's not the case with this book. I requested it, thinking it might be a lighthearted book on marriage advice, but Schacht does not pull punches. She starts the book by telling her own tale of how she almost ... A great book both for married couples (whether currently struggling or not) as well as singles who intend to be married
On 9/17 Thrifty Christy wrote: I love historical fiction, and Tracy L. Higley’s Christian fiction novels have not disappointed me yet. (I previously reviewed City on Fire: A Novel of Pompeii , Isle of Shadows, and The Queen’s Handmaid and have read a number of her other books.) Her novels always feel accurate and well-researched, ... The setting is the real character, and Petra will stay with you!
On 7/4 Thrifty Christy wrote: My husband is a theology nerd, and I requested this book for him when I saw it had a foreword by John Piper, who we both love. As Piper says, regarding this author: “I doubt there is a person on the planet who knows both theological issues and time-management literature to the depth and extent Matt ... An interesting blend of theology and business management
On 6/5 Thrifty Christy wrote: I am obviously not a dad – I got this book for my husband – but this is still a great book for moms of daughters to read. Dr. Leman is qualified to write this book, not just because he’s a successful psychologist, but also because he has successfully raised four daughters to adulthood. That in ... Great book for both moms and dads of daughters
On 5/9 Thrifty Christy wrote: Scott C. Todd, Ph.D. is the Senior Vice President for Global Advocacy at Compassion International. My husband and I already sponsor a child through Compassion, and were very moved by our visit to the Compassion Experience when it came to town last year, and so I was very interested to read Todd's new ... Motivation to end poverty, not just make a dent in the problem
On 4/22 Thrifty Christy wrote: I currently live in a home that’s absolutely gorgeous, kind of small, and almost always messy, so Myquillyn Smith’s philosophy in home decor really speaks to me. Smith, who runs the popular blog The Nester and is featured on the Art of Simple blog (where I first heard about her), is of the mindset ... Great book, choose a color e-reader
On 4/8 Thrifty Christy wrote: This book is a sort of “Religion for English Majors.” The Romance of Religion is beautifully written, and I really enjoyed reading it in small pieces. The author is obviously a lover of literature, and I don’t think there’s a page in this book that doesn’t include a literary or pop culture ... Religion for English Majors
On 3/25 Thrifty Christy wrote: I have always enjoyed murder mystery novels, from classics like those of Agatha Christie to more modern versions like the Southern Sisters novels from Anne George. I know there’s a whole genre of Amish fiction out there, and I have to admit it’s never really interested me before, but this book seemed ... Interesting combination of Amish fiction and a murder mystery
On 3/10 Thrifty Christy wrote: I love historical fiction, and Tracy L. Higley’s Christian fiction novels have not disappointed me yet. (I previously reviewed City on Fire: A Novel of Pompeii and Isle of Shadows, and have read a number of her books.) Her novels always feel accurate and well-researched, which isn’t a surprise since ... Book review: The Queen’s Handmaid, by Tracy L. Higley
On 3/4 Thrifty Christy wrote: I requested this book for review because I was interested to see the author's location (Nashville, pretty near where I live in Tennessee) and because of her huge presence in social media, although I'd not yet heard of her. I should be clear that I am not the author's target audience, as she specializes ... Review and Kindle sale - I've Never Been to Vegas, but My Luggage Has: Mishaps and Miracles on the Road to Happily Ever After, by Mandy Hale
On 2/4 Thrifty Christy wrote: I have been SO impatient to receive this book in the mail, as I have been a fan of Tsh Oxenreider’s for a while (from her Art of Simple website) and I was sure it was going to be a good read. I was not disappointed. January always makes me feel very unmotivated, and this book helped me get energized ... Beautifully written and inspiring.
On 1/18 Thrifty Christy wrote: Strange Fire is a book I first heard about from Thom Schreiner's review on the Gospel Coalition, and if you're going to read one review, I suggest you look that one up, as I'm admittedly no theologian. However, here's my humble opinion: MacArthur is a very well-respected pastor, teacher, and writer, ... Well-written argument, but a little too rigid
On 12/24 Thrifty Christy wrote: I am truly having trouble sorting out my feelings about this book. This is a gorgeous story, with a beautiful dual setting of both modern-day Scotland and the kingdom of Doon, which appears once every hundred years. "Doon" may at first sound a bit sci-fi, but many people will recognize this is as a reference ... Potentially a gorgeous story, but can't figure out the target audience
On 12/10 Thrifty Christy wrote: This is obviously a book review targeted at a small, specific group of folks: preachers. The Nelson’s Annual Preacher’s Sourcebook is a reference book to assist preachers in sermon preparation by providing outlines on specific subjects and passages of Scripture in order to aid pastors in their research. ... Great resource for sermon research
On 11/30 Thrifty Christy wrote: I really enjoyed Eggerichs's first book, Love & Respect, which discusses the relationship between husbands and wives, specifically, how wives need love and husbands need respect. Love & Respect in the Family covers some of the same ground, but this time the author analyzes the dynamic between parents ... How to break "the Family Crazy Cycle"
On 11/6 Thrifty Christy wrote: I was pretty sure I'd like this book, as I love anything even vaguely related to Jane Austen. I was prepared for this book to be a fluffy light novel that I'd breeze through. I was not prepared for the depth of this story or the topics it covered (including the foster care system and adoption); nor was ... Loved this book! Had more depth than I expected.
On 10/1 Thrifty Christy wrote: I love historical fiction, and Tracy L. Higley's Christian fiction novels have not disappointed me yet. (I previously reviewed Isle of Shadows, and have read a number of her books.) I love how accurate and well, researched her novels feel, which isn't a surprise since her author's bio says that "Tracy ... Gripping and well-researched historical Christian fiction
On 7/22 Thrifty Christy wrote: Rosemary Cottage is a great summer beach book. It’s a love story and a mystery, and I was surprised that I didn’t guess the ending correctly, which is always fun! I enjoyed the characters of Ben and Gina, and although this is book two in a series, I didn’t realize that until I was done reading ... Don't worry if you haven't read book 1 in this series, this book (2) stands alone perfectly!
On 6/18 Thrifty Christy wrote: The topic of this book appealed to me, because while I am not an artist, I have loved the arts all my life and even attended a performing arts school for a few years. I would fall into Campbell's category of the Christian with an interest in the arts. Campbell, who is both a professional jazz musician ... A quick read with both practical advice and theological insight
On 5/20 Thrifty Christy wrote: I loved this book! Steve and Nancy Peifer's story reminded me of another book I loved, Kisses from Katie. Both stories involve individuals who went to Africa for short-term trips and ended up settling there for life, as well as adopting multiple children. The Peifer's story is unique in that they live ... A book everyone should read (and everyone will enjoy)
On 4/27 Thrifty Christy wrote: I signed up to review this book because it made me think of one of my friends, and I decided I'd like to give it to her as a gift once I was done reviewing it. Unfortunately for her, this book won't be leaving my house, because it's THAT good. I'll just have to buy her a copy of her own. :) I was unfamiliar ... Meant to give as a gift...but couldn't let it leave my house!
On 4/23 Thrifty Christy wrote: Generally, I am more of a fiction reader; my husband is the nonfiction reader in our family, and I selected this book because I thought it might be something good to read together. American Phoenix is written in a narrative style, and I found it to be easy and enjoyable to read! Cook does a great job ... Great story for both nonfiction and fiction fans
On 4/10 Thrifty Christy wrote: loved this book! I wasn't sure I would, because I have a terrible habit of judging a book by its cover, and this cover looks a little clip-arty. However, MacPherson is a delightful writer and I found this book to be very helpful for me as a mom whose daughter who just started elementary school this year. ... Excellent parenting guide! Don't judge this book by its cover.
On 3/26 Thrifty Christy wrote: Let's be honest: I am a sucker for the genre of books that can be easily identified by the prevalence of covers with women in beautiful ball gowns. Most of the Christian historical fiction books I like sport this kind of cover. I think, for me, it may have all started with She Walks in Beauty, by Siri ... Great Christian historical fiction for a beach read
On 3/12 Thrifty Christy wrote: I read Kyle Idleman's last book, not a fan, at the recommendation of a friend, and was impressed by it. Idleman is one of the pastors at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY, and while my husband and I lived in Louisville for grad school & seminary I was able to attend Southeast Christian for ... It's hard to describe what makes this book so interesting, but it is.
On 2/22 Thrifty Christy wrote: I first heard about the book Unglued, by Lysa TerKeurst (the president of Proverbs 31 Ministries) when a friend was raving about it on Facebook. She called it "life-changing." I have heard nothing but glowing reviews about Unglued, but, as of today I have not read it; I have a hold on it at our local ... Solid devotional, but a lot like other things I've already read
On 2/12 Thrifty Christy wrote: Mark Driscoll is the founding pastor at Mars Hill Church in Seattle. He is a somewhat controversial character, mainly because he kind of takes on a stereotypical "Manly-man" persona (with a capitol M) within the evangelical Christian community. I have no problem with him or his theological views, but ... If you like Mark Driscoll (or have no opinion) you'll like this book.
On 12/28 Thrifty Christy wrote: This book plays off the book The Love Dare, which is referenced in the movie Fireproof; The Love Dare and The Respect Dare both outline a series of steps individuals can take to strengthen their marriages. Yes, yes, if you're a frequently sarcastic person you might find it all a bit kitschy, but really, ... Fun, challenging tasks wives can do to show more respect to their husbands
On 11/2 Thrifty Christy wrote: I love historical fiction, and this book does not disappoint. The characters and plot are nice, and great for a light read, but the setting is fantastic! I loved learning about Rhodes in 227 B.C. and about the Colossus of Rhodes, the giant statue that overshadows the island. It's obvious the author has ... Historical fiction that does not disappoint. The setting is fantastic!
On 10/17 Thrifty Christy wrote: I was first introduced to G.K. Chesterton my my husband, the theology geek, and I’ve gotten his input for this review. Chesterton has been very important in the lives of many influential people, from C.S. Lewis to John Piper (who in this article says Chesterton’s Orthodoxy is the only book he’s ... Chesterton is a treasure trove of orthodox belief, wit, and insight
On 8/27 Thrifty Christy wrote: I've read the story of Rahab and the fall of the walls of Jericho many times in my life, but recently my interest in that particular story was piqued after reading Francine Rivers' AMAZING A Lineage of Grace. When you read fictional accounts of true-life Bible stories you have to be careful that you ... Well written and enjoyable....with one troubling inacuracy