Reviews by Alison
On 2/3 Alison wrote: I honestly had never heard of Erin Loechner and her show on HGTV, but the title was enough to draw me in. I expected more of the same (but good) message of what it looks like to rest and be slow. And while Erin does share that, her blog-like way of writing and her vulnerable story telling was incredibly ... The choice to see the beauty in the mess
On 1/8 Alison wrote: This devotional by Max Lucado came at the perfect time for me. The cover is beautiful to look at and touch with its brown leather, which makes me want to read it. (Who doesn’t want to pick up a beautiful book?) The entries are short and simple, but enough to slow my heart and help me invite Jesus into ... simple but kind words.
On 12/3 Alison wrote: Having read some of Jen Hatmaker’s books, I was eager to read her husband’s side of their story. Brandon calls the reader beyond church attendance and activities to a wider, deeper, redemptive way of living. I appreciated that he didn’t crouch in mystery what he was talking about. He’s upfront ... A Mile Wide
On 10/21 Alison wrote: I’ve read Shannan Martin’s blog for a while now, but felt like I got to see behind the scenes of what God has been doing over the past years as I read her vulnerable, brave book, Falling Free. She lets you see how much like us she is. This isn’t the story of how great and noble her family is to ... A beautiful, convicting, hilarious and honest book
On 9/5 Alison wrote: I could picture Melanie Dale sitting next to me on the couch for this whole book. She feels like the friend who hugs you tight, quotes too many movies, says mildly inappropriate (but funny) things, who lets you cry when life is hard, is honest and kind and points you to the Lord. If you’re looking ... It's Not Fair
On 8/16 Alison wrote: This book is for anyone who is tired and empty, anyone who has “fake-rested” while others were really resting, anyone who hates disappointing people, anyone who has ignored their body and/or spirit, anyone who feels like they have to earn or prove they deserve to rest. This book was for me (and I’m ... an invitation to being whole and healthy and human.
On 6/14 Alison wrote: In the previous Hard, there were a precious few things I held tightly to in order to make it out. There were certain people who spoke truth to me in a way I could hear it. There were things that made me feel alive and have hope that this wouldn’t last. There were sweet verses or quotes that felt cut-to-fit ... On holding fast when your life feels shipwrecked.
On 6/1 Alison wrote: Christine’s stories of shame drew me in from the first pages. She is brave and vulnerable, sharing some of her first memories of shame and beyond, and how Jesus has worked in and through her to take that shame away. She offers Scripture and her own personal practices of intentionality to invite the ... the voice of a friend
On 5/10 Alison wrote: This book captured my heart in the first pages. I couldn’t put it down. This couple takes turns telling the story of Katherine’s stroke that changed their lives. It was so vulnerable, honest and insightful to hear from each of them, as they experienced different sides of the same suffering. The Lord ... Beautiful, vulnerable and a story for us all.
On 3/1 Alison wrote: I loved Alli’s writing about living well, beyond the frantic pace for productivity. She shares much of her own story, wading through seasons of self-employment, mothering, blogging, helping run a company. She asked herself and the reader good, hard questions. She is She is honest and funny. Her practical ... the nuggets of February.
On 2/2 Alison wrote: I like the idea of my 19 month old daughter helping me in the kitchen. I like the idea of little hands gripping the spoon with me and learning how to bake. I like the idea of a baby standing on a chair to see what is being mixed in the bowl. But the reality is so different than that image of a clean ... Flour on my forehead
On 1/5 Alison wrote: What is your greatest risk right now? As I try to answer this question for myself, my mind initially floats to dreams of writing a book or other task related goals, like the practical aspects of living more simply. But I can’t help but wonder if these are truly my biggest risks. Vicki Courtney shares ... a risk worth taking.
On 12/11 Alison wrote: A few years ago, I desperately wanted a new job and I was doing everything in my power to make it happen. After feeling permission from the Lord to pursue another direction, I applied for jobs like a crazy person on my days off, hoping and praying for a change. During those days, I also wrote my two-weeks-notice ... The holiday of waiting & longing.