Reviews by ChooseWisely
On 11/15 ChooseWisely wrote: I can’t think of a current author who challenges me with words on paper (or on screen) more than Ann Voscamp. Her newest release is Be The Gift and is filled with selections from her best seller, The Broken Way. With the Thanksgiving month upon us and Christmas right behind it, this book is a beautiful ... For A Less Exhausting Holiday Season
On 10/12 ChooseWisely wrote: I read somewhere between thirty and fifty books a year. Some I barely get through, others I like enough to give away to a friend, and I genuinely love only a few. Church of the Small Things falls in the LOVE category without a doubt. Melanie Shankle is hilarious, and I feel like we might be long-lost ... Do Not Miss This One!
On 9/19 ChooseWisely wrote: A repost from a friend on Instagram led me to discover Sara Hagerty and her gift with words. I love this book and its holy message. Unseen challenged me in a way that I haven’t been in a very long time. Hagerty challenges me to waste time on Jesus, and to enjoy all the hidden parts of lie. As the front ... Fantastic Must Read
On 8/17 ChooseWisely wrote: Just a few weeks ago one of my favorite authors/bloggers, Ann Voscamp, featured an excerpt from author Chrystal Evans Hurst new book She’s Still There. After reading it, I knew this was a book I had to have. She’s Still There is for any woman who can’t seem to find the girl she use to be. The ... Loved it!
On 5/28 ChooseWisely wrote: After reading Celeste Fletcher McHale's debut novel, The Secret to Hummingbird Cake, I have been anxiously awaiting her next novel. If you have not read The Secret to Hummingbird Cake, you must! I recommended it to more friends last year than I can remember. This new novel by McHale is also a page turner ... Lovely Summer Read!
On 4/13 ChooseWisely wrote: I absolutely love this book of daily readings from Rachel Macy Stafford, Only Love Today. Stafford is the author of Hands Free Mama and is perhaps the most in-touch voice I have heard lately in regards to life as a Mom and Wife. This book put simply is daily encouragement. Mother’s Day is coming, and ... My Pick for Mother's Day!
On 3/28 ChooseWisely wrote: Tired of my typical reading fare, I opted for a novel outside of my favored genre of historical fiction. Occasionally I find myself in a reading rut and books I would normally enjoy seem almost formula driven. I feel as though the plot, characters and setting are oddly familiar. Some Small Magic is ... An Unexpected Gem
On 3/10 ChooseWisely wrote: For awhile now I have been searching for a simple and user-friendly devotional to do with my kids in the morning before we start school each day. I love this new devotional for kids from Billy Graham! It is bright, sunny, and practical. It also gives a great entry point for children to begin a daily ... Billy Graham Devotional for Kids!
On 2/14 ChooseWisely wrote: New York Times Bestselling Author of Jesus is_________., asks a thought proving question in his new release, How’s Your Soul? I find it funny that he uses a contraction in the title, because he writes the entire book in the same casual speak. In fact, this book is very much like sitting in a room ... Good Book for Everyone
On 11/8 ChooseWisely wrote: I love this simple and lovely children's book published by Zonderkidz. It is the Lord's Prayer written in the King James Version, which is the version most of us would have memorized as children. Also included with each line of the prayer is a simple explanation of the verse written for children by Rick ... The Lord's Prayer & Rick Warren
On 10/31 ChooseWisely wrote: I love this devotional for girls! It is the perfect gift for any young girl in your life. Not only is the cover appealing, but the pages inside are helpful and on target for the day to day struggles. This devotional is written by Jennifer Gerelds and Tama Fortner. It is part of a series published by ... A Great Christmas Present
On 10/24 ChooseWisely wrote: I am a parenting book junkie. As my children grow and move from stage to stage, I am constantly looking for answers to help me navigate the new waters. It has been a long time since I have read such a helpful book. I have already recommended this book to many friends! In fact, there is currently a wait ... Fantastic NEW Parenting Book!
On 9/27 ChooseWisely wrote: I love this 5-minute bedtime devotional from Really Woolly by Bonnie Rickner Jensen. My kids have watched Really Woolly cartoons and read Really Woolly since they were little. The sweet sheep always have a good message. I love the soft colors and big type in this delightful book. I also love the idea ... A Sweet Gift to Give
On 8/3 ChooseWisely wrote: I so enjoyed The Loyal Heart by Shelley Shepard Gray! I was a little timid choosing it to read because I have never read anything by Gray and I have the tendency to be a Historical Fiction snob. Historical Fiction, for me, must feel accurate, tell a page turning story, and include a romance. It is a ... Five Stars!
On 6/18 ChooseWisely wrote: This book is a must read for everyone. It is written with a clear voice and purpose. If you have been hiding under a rock somewhere, Christine Caine is the founder of A21. The A21 campaign is an organization that rescues people from human trafficking. This book is her story, and the story of many others ... A Must Buy, Read, Highlight, and Share!
On 2/20 ChooseWisely wrote: I am not sure if it is the age of my boys or just their personality, but lately...jokes are the thing. And quite frankly...my boys are horrible joke tellers. They usually don't make any since at all and are terribly hard to tolerate. They try to out do each other and somehow it always ends in potty humor. ... Knock! Knock!
On 2/3 ChooseWisely wrote: Oh how I loved this book! It was a fantastic read and I encourage you to read it! If you love Steel Magnolias, The Secret to Hummingbird Cake delivers the same laughter and tears and just as well. It is full of charm, love, true friendship, and wonderful storytelling. I laughed out loud so many times. ... Expectations Exceeded
On 11/30 ChooseWisely wrote: I am a big fan of Rachel Hauck because she writes interesting love stories with unexpected twists. The Wedding Chapel is another great story you will definitely want to read! Despite it's 370 plus pages, I got through this book rather quickly. For me, that is always proof of a book worth reading. The ... A More Serious Hauck
On 9/22 ChooseWisely wrote: I can always judge a book by how many days it takes me to read it. A really wonderful piece of fiction I can devour in just a few short days. Denise Hunter's new book, Falling Like Snowflakes took only two days to finish because I simply could not put it down. Falling Like Snowflakes is the first book ... Perfect Cold Weather Fiction
On 9/17 ChooseWisely wrote: I found For the Love to be a delightful surprise, full of grace, laughter, and memorable moments. Jen Hatmaker has written something very different from other similarly themed books that seem to be flooding the book stores. I think the difference is in Hatmaker's ability to tone down the seriousness ... Love For the Love
On 6/19 ChooseWisely wrote: I absolutely loved this book!!! My husband and I are on a cross-country trip so I have much time in the car to pass. I easily read Married ‘till Monday in just a few hours. Denise Hunter is a gifted storyteller and I never miss a chance to read one of her books. They are always a guaranteed good read. ... Another Great Read from Denise Hunter!!
On 4/28 ChooseWisely wrote: Laurie Alice Eakes has written herself into my favorite historical fiction reads of 2015 with this love story and mystery by the sea. A Stranger's Secret is riveting and full of suspense. I stayed up late last night to finish it because I could not put it down. For me, that is a mark of a great read. ... Love and Mystery by the Sea
On 3/22 ChooseWisely wrote: Remember the Lilies is a WWII Historical Fiction novel written by Liz Tolsma. This is my very first time reading one of her titles and I was excited to delve into the drama of an interment camp in the Philippines. Remember the Lilies is definitely a love story, between the lovely Irene and Rand who has ... Dense, but Enjoyable
On 2/26 ChooseWisely wrote: How to Catch a Prince by Rachel Hauck is a lovely modern-day fairy tale for those of us who need something more than a Disney Princess to satisfy our need for a good love story. While this book is third in Hauck's The Royal Wedding Series, it easily stands alone. For me, this title was definitely a page-turner ... Enchanted meets Touched by an Angel!
On 2/8 ChooseWisely wrote: I was really excited to receive a review copy of Motivate Your Child by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller. I have recently struggled in parenting one of my sons who seems to struggle with staying on task and is often down right squirrelly. He is a great kid, and so very smart, but I feel his spirit ... Guidance for Parents
On 1/19 ChooseWisely wrote: Sometimes when I am looking for a book to read with my book club, I feel as though the shelves of my local bookstore are filled with commonly themed books. The only difference between one new release and another is the cleverly worded title. Keep It Shut by Karen Ehman is one of the few exceptions. This ... For Your Book Group
On 12/30 ChooseWisely wrote: At the start of a new year, my husband and I commit to getting back into the good habit of daily devotions with our two boys. We usually do a good job of it until the holidays hit and then we just want to get the kids in bed at a decent hour. This year, I am happy to have found this lovely new book by ... THIS with your kids in 2015!
On 12/10 ChooseWisely wrote: The Bracelet is a well-written historical romance by author Dorothy Love. This particular title is more mystery than romance, but there is just enough of a love story to keep me interested. This particular story is special in that it is based on actual historical events. It left me wanting to brush up ... A lovely historical fiction Mystery/Romance.
On 11/19 ChooseWisely wrote: Storm is yet another great read by Pastor and author Jim Cymbala. I found it insightful and full of wisdom for living in the world today. It will make my list of favorite non-fiction reads for 2014. I think the most surprising thing about the book is that Pastor Cymbala identifies several areas in which ... Powerful!
On 10/28 ChooseWisely wrote: After devouring Rhythms of Grace in one sitting, I can confidently give this title by first time author Kerri Weems a standing ovation. There seem to be books flooding shelves of late identifying areas we all struggle with in our daily lives. Rhythms of Grace goes one step farther by offering a solution ... Best of 2014
On 10/8 ChooseWisely wrote: While I realize Halloween is not quite here, I have been thinking of Christmas. There are already ornaments in some department stores and I just purchased wrapping paper from my son's school fundraiser. I do love the Christmas season, but I always dread revisiting the Santa Clause issue with my two boys. ... A Santa Story for your Family!
On 9/28 ChooseWisely wrote: Filled with some of my all time favorite Bible Stories, Love Letters from God quickly became my pick for bedtime reading with my children. I absolutely love how each story is told in such a way that children can easily understand and apply it to their lives. This book is comparable to Sarah Young's Jesus ... A Great Addition to your Home Library!
On 9/16 ChooseWisely wrote: As a devout “Foodie” married to a devout “Foodie” who has an affinity for pork, there was no question about whether or not this book would be loved. I adore it! The Southern Foodie’s Guide To The Pig is more than a listing of delicious places to eat in the South, it is a manual to creating, ... A GREAT BOOK!
On 8/27 ChooseWisely wrote: Denette Fretz once again has done a lovely job of telling a story full of laughter and at same time, teaching children...and their parents...an important lesson. Love your enemies. Be a friend to those you like, and those you don't like. Even when someone drives you crazy, love them anyway. Can you imagine ... A Funny Story that Teaches
On 8/18 ChooseWisely wrote: This sigh worthy novel, Prelude for a Lord, will no doubt put author Camille Elliot at the top of your favorites list. For those who love Jane Austen and a good romance , you will certainly enjoy this novel. I found it interesting, and in its own category as it contains suspense and a complicated mystery. What ... Jane Austen meets Castle
On 8/12 ChooseWisely wrote: I love this title by Stan and Jan Berenstain. It brings the beloved Berenstain Bears to my newly reading five-year-old in a I Can Read Level 1 book. This particular title is three books in one. It includes, Faith Gets Us Through, Do Not Fear God is Near, and Piggy Bank Blessings. Each selection tells ... Great Message for Young Readers
On 7/30 ChooseWisely wrote: As a Mom to two boys...two boys I wanted so badly and have prayed for since before I knew they would be born...it is my desire to build a strong faith foundation in their lives. So strong, they are never lead away from it. The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family by Dr. Kara E. Powell offers tools and ... A Tool for Families!
On 7/18 ChooseWisely wrote: Jonah and the Great Big Fish by Rhonda Gowler Greene is a sweet children's book retelling the story of Jonah from the Bible. Author Rhonda Greene uses rhyming to tell the Bible story in a fun and interesting way. The excitement and pace of the story are sure to keep young readers entertained while learning ... Love this retelling!
On 7/9 ChooseWisely wrote: This book is unbelievably INCREDIBLE. I will not be able to adequately express how much I enjoyed it. I urge you to buy it, read it, and be amazed by the storytelling ability of author Kristy Cambron. To be honest, when I request books to review, I ALWAYS choose books I know I will enjoy. Because of ... A MUST Read for 2014!
On 6/25 ChooseWisely wrote: Seagrass Pier is the third novel in Colleen Coble's Hope Beach Series. Although it is in a series, it definitely stands alone. I did not feel as though I was missing pieces to the plot because I had not read the prior two books. This story is full of suspense, subtle romance, and some creepy characters. ... Murder, Mystery, Romance all in one!
On 6/22 ChooseWisely wrote: The Adventure Bible for Early Readers is a fantastic Bible for young children who have moved past a story book style Bible. It is an excellent next step for those who have children ages 6 to 10. The Bible is written in the NIrV translation. NIrV is the New International Reader's Version published by ... Fantastic Bible for Young Readers! by Rubielee
On 6/10 ChooseWisely wrote: Four Weddings and a Kiss is a great way to sample four authors, three of which I had never read before. It is composed of four Novellas, written by Margaret Brownley, Debra Clopton, Mary Connealy, and Robin Lee Hatcher. Overall I enjoyed this book, but I would not count it as a favorite. It is a book ... A Fun Summer Read
On 5/25 ChooseWisely wrote: The Bridge Tender by Marybeth Whalen is an unexpected journey through grief and recovery. This is not the typical romance novel where you meet the widow a year after her husband’s death and she quickly meets and falls in love with a man she hardly knows. In fact, this book is more about a woman who ... Tissues Needed
On 5/12 ChooseWisely wrote: Buy this book. Read this book. Then, give this book to someone else and plead with them to read it. This book is for you and this book was absolutely written for me. If I could give it ten stars, I would in a heart beat. Shelene Bryan is the founder and executive director of Skip1.org. Love Skip Jump ... Please READ this book!!
On 4/30 ChooseWisely wrote: This book is fabulous. I think I was caught off guard by how much I enjoyed it. Author Patsy Clairmont has created an invaluable resource full of wisdom and advice every woman I know could utilize. I feel like have had tea with a dear friend and she has listened to all my worries and frustrations and ... A Resource for Everyday
On 4/8 ChooseWisely wrote: Simply put, this book is the conference of a lifetime in print form. Louie Giglio, Francis Chan, Beth Moore, John Piper, Judah Smith, and Christine Caine are some of the most beloved Christian leaders of my generation. Now, if you have ever attended a conference you know there will be sessions you hope ... Perfect Gift for any Graduate!
On 3/24 ChooseWisely wrote: Finally! A straightforward guide to how to do life as a Christian. Book stores are jam-packed with books about priorities, juggling life, and fitting God into your schedule. The God First Life by Stovall Weems is simple, direct, and clarifying. In his first few chapters, Pastor Stovall Weems introduces ... Refreshing!
On 3/10 ChooseWisely wrote: I was not expecting to love this book as much as I did. I first fell in love with Denise Hunter's novels when I read Sweetwater Gap. I never forget a book I truly enjoy, and I will not be forgetting this lovely read. In Dancing with Fireflies, Jade Mckinley finds herself in a heartbreaking situation. ... It's a Keeper!
On 2/21 ChooseWisely wrote: The test for most children's books for me is the reaction of my kids. Do they even want me to read it? The illustration on the front cover easily drew my soon to be five-year-old in instantly. He loves dogs and carries a stuffed one around the house all day. Beyond the illustrations, the book beautifully ... Fun story with Wonderful Content!
On 2/16 ChooseWisely wrote: In a world full of stuff to buy, things to collect, and upgrades to make, the topic of generosity is tough to tackle. Andy Stanley does it masterfully. He has a gift for laying a foundation in your heart of understanding before addressing a difficult truth. In the first few chapters, Andy Stanley discusses ... Be ready to Change!
On 2/4 ChooseWisely wrote: There is so much about this book that I was so excited about! The cover itself is lovely and begs to be read. The idea of the book is fantastic. Marriage advice from around the world is an intriguing thought. Who doesn't want to live happily ever after? The book begins in California with a brief introduction ... Delightful read, bookclub material
On 1/22 ChooseWisely wrote: I love a children's book that teaches a lesson. I love it even more when it is disguised with silliness! Denette Fretz does an excellent job inviting kids into a story they not only will think is funny, but causes them to think about the people around them. My only regret for this particular book is ... Love your neigbor....even when it's difficult.