Reviews by Chelsey
On 1/9 Chelsey wrote: For years I've tried to find the extraordinary in my ordinary and so Shannan Martin's book titled "The Ministry of Ordinary Places" really called out to me. I think I somewhat expected essays on gratitude and simple joys -- this book was not that. Well actually, it IS, but in a much different way. Shannan ... The extraordinary ordinary
On 11/1 Chelsey wrote: ￼ In "Preach to Yourself" Hayley Morgan shares the important message of taking your thoughts captive and renewing your minds... a message that it so needed! I couldn't stop making notes from this book, and I'm looking so forward to putting the message into action. "This book is about shining light ... Very important message!
On 10/17 Chelsey wrote: I received the Journal the Word Bible for Women to review and it is absolutely beautiful. My twelve-year-old daughter and I both gasped and oohed and ahhed when I opened the box it came in and pulled it out. It has a navy blue linen cover with a stunning embossed design on the cover from the Psalms, ... Gorgeous design
On 8/27 Chelsey wrote: Few people are able to explain pain and brokenness and suffering like Ann Voskamp. She does so with such beauty and been-there-ness. When I lost my dad and was thrust into the depths of despair against my will, I voiced a very strange thought to Peter, “I just wish I could lay my head in Ann Voskamp’s ... Salve for the broken heart
On 5/17 Chelsey wrote: I've been reading/following/loving Jen Hatmaker for quite a while now so obviously I jumped at the chance to read and review her new book "For the Love". And if any of you out there love Jen like I do, then this book is classic JH. It's humor, truth, wisdom and passion all wrapped up into one great ... Classic JH
On 6/29 Chelsey wrote: I was scared to read a Rachel Held Evans book because I follow her on Twitter. I don't really read her blog, she's really smart and likes to debate doctrine and I had to look up complementarian and egalitarian in the dictionary because of her, and I am just not really into being controversial so I kind ... Searching For Sunday
On 4/6 Chelsey wrote: I hadn't read a Donald Miller book in a long time and I wasn't sure what to expect since from what I've seen on social media, Don has changed a lot. I was pleasantly surprised by the maturity with which he wrote, as well as the topic about which he wrote. In "Scary Close" Donald writes about shame ... scary good
On 4/5 Chelsey wrote: It's hard not to be biased when it comes to Shauna because I just already love her so much. I basically already knew I would love her new daily devotional "Savor" before I even got it. I love the way that Shauna writes and her emphasis on savoring the details and simple pleasures of life. And the ... beautiful devotional.
On 4/1 Chelsey wrote: Annie writes in such a light and humorous way that it doesn't take long to feel like you know her and she's a great friend of yours. Though she writes light, her chapters are still inspiring and encouraging and explore all the areas in our lives where we have opportunity to live courageously. You should ... Good, easy read!
On 7/10 Chelsey wrote: I always kind of stayed away from the blog The Nester because, hello, have you seen my house? I don't really have a decorating bone in my body. And the last thing I needed was a book making me feel like a failure with all these ideas that I would never follow through on because I couldn't afford it. ... doesn't have to be perfect
On 5/4 Chelsey wrote: Ok this is a book that will make you start to think about the little things in life. The tagline is "the art of living intentionally in a chaotic world" -- now who doesn't want that? I think almost everyone I know in North America is wishing they could slow down and live more simply. I know I do, ... peaceful read
On 2/5 Chelsey wrote: This isn't a book, you guys, this is a journey. I'm serious. Have you ever felt like there's just one way to be a Christian? Have you ever wished you could really passionately serve God but you just don't seem to fit into "the way things are done"? Do you feel like you were made for something more in ... Get it. Now.
On 7/19 Chelsey wrote: I haven't really been one for devotional books until recently when I started to read and thoroughly enjoy "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young. I had been given Lysa TerKeurst's New York Times Bestselling book "Unglued" for Christmas (still haven't read it, but it's on the summer reading list) so when I saw ... Authentic and full of grace.
On 1/14 Chelsey wrote: I have admired Sally Clarkson for a long time, having read both The Mission of Motherhood and The Ministry of Motherhood, as well as Educating the WholeHearted Child. I've been reading her blog for some time and just find her to be such an encouraging, inspiring, and generally lovely woman, someone ... Communion for Moms
On 12/9 Chelsey wrote: I've been reading so many modern Christian books, or post-modern or whatever era we are in these days, and I recently have had a craving to read some classics like C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, Augustine, etc., so when I discovered "A Year with G.K. Chesterton" by Kevin Belmonte I was ready to dive right ... A bite-sized piece of philosophical meat.
On 12/9 Chelsey wrote: I've already reviewed the DVD-based study, "Stuck", and the book, "Anything", by Jennie Allen and since I was so encouraged and changed and inspired by those two, I definitely was looking forward to receiving her new DVD-based women's study "Chase". Friends, I was not disappointed. I just love Jennie. ... Chase DVD-Based Study Review
On 11/26 Chelsey wrote: Anyone ever heard of "The Purpose Driven Life" by Rick Warren? This was the first book I read as a brand new Christian, aside from the bible, and let me tell you, this book taught me so many basic truths about who God is and what His plan is for me. "The Purpose Driven Life" just celebrated its 10th ... Great, Foundation Building Book.
On 10/9 Chelsey wrote: Wow, I recently read "Everything" by Mary DeMuth and was not disappointed! I had already planned to buy this book, so when it came available for review, I requested it immediately. This book is all about "what you give and what you gain to become like Jesus" and is broken down into three main areas ... Everything
On 9/18 Chelsey wrote: I recently read the book Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine by Max Lucado. Grace is basically the central theme of Christianity, yet so many of us fail to understand or accept it. In the past year, God has given me many books that are on the theme of his grace and they have encouraged ... Grace
On 8/15 Chelsey wrote: I requested a copy of the Bride's bible, honestly, because I liked the lacy looking cover. I actually wasn't sure at the time if the bible was for an actual bride in a wedding or a bride as in the bride of Christ. I was hoping the latter, but when I received it, I quickly learned that, yes, it is a ... Why?
On 8/1 Chelsey wrote: Thomas Nelson Publishers and Ecclesia Bible Society have teamed up to retell the story of scripture through creating a "translation that was faithful and accurate to the original languages while at the same time beautiful and readable". The result of this collaboration is The Voice New Testament. There ... Refreshing!
On 8/1 Chelsey wrote: I just got all caught up in Bob Goff's book "Love Does". I first heard of Bob Goff in Donald Miller's "A Million Miles in a Thousand Years", so I was immediately interested in reading his book based solely on that, but then the title "Love Does" piqued my curiosity even further. If you've never heard ... Inspiring and whimsical.
On 4/3 Chelsey wrote: I was absolutely thrilled to receive a copy of Jennie Allen’s DVD-based Study, “Stuck“. I had heard of it a couple of times before and was really interested in it, so it was awesome to be offered a copy to review! The first thing that struck me about this study is its visual appeal. Beautiful ... Moving study.
On 10/9 Chelsey wrote: Being a coffee lover (well, latte lover) I was drawn to "Fresh Brewed Life" based on its title. Author, Nicole Johnson, offers women "a stirring invitation to wake up your soul". That sounded good to me too. I was really excited for this book and I'm not really sure what I was expecting, but I ... Fresh Brewed Life - Book Review
On 8/30 Chelsey wrote: I was really looking forward to receiving a copy of "100 Read & Sing Devotions" created by Stephen Elkins. I have been working hard to have a daily devotional time of my own, but also to have a daily devotional time with my young children. It is never too early to start setting an example of spending ... 100 Read and Sing Devotions - Stephen Elkins - Book Review
On 8/16 Chelsey wrote: So, today I've been thinking about Stumbling into Grace by Lisa Harper. This is a light-hearted book that reads like a conversation between two friends. Each chapter begins with "so today I've been thinking about [insert topic here]" and discusses a topic of our Christian walk. Harper begins with ... Stumbling into Grace - Book Review
On 8/4 Chelsey wrote: I finally read Fearless by Max Lucado, after it sat on my little e-book shelf for probably a year. I accidentally requested to review it for Booksneeze, and it took me so long to get around to it because I'm personally not a huge fan of Max Lucado's writing style. With "Fearless", Lucado invites us ... Fearless - Max Lucado - Book Review
On 3/18 Chelsey wrote: I am a long time Donald Miller fan, since I read “Blue Like Jazz” (which, by the way, you should read; in my opinion, it is prerequisite to A Million Miles) and I jumped at the chance to get a free copy of “A Million Miles in A Thousand Years” from Booksneeze. I am the kind of girl who doesn’t ... A Million Miles in A Thousand Years