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So Much To Celebrate

So Much To Celebrate

On 4/6 olive+yew wrote: This is a beautiful book that encourages readers to celebrate the everyday moments in life with party planning ideas and recipes. I'll admit that most of the themed parties in the book seem way over my head, particularly since the hubs and I are both introverted and tend to not entertain much, to say ... A beautiful book

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4 Stars

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Fierce Faith

Fierce Faith

On 2/28 olive+yew wrote: This book is all about how to conquer fear and anxiety, which seemed like the perfect fit for yours truly, who generally stays at a low-key level of anxiety. But for some reason, this book just didn't do it for me. I did like that Worthington offered practical, tactical steps for how to combat fears ... Good, not great

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3 Stars

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A Simplified Life

A Simplified Life

On 12/29 olive+yew wrote: We've been working to simplify our home and life for a while now, and the success we've had has driven me to want to go further. So I was really eager to read and review this book. First of all, the book itself is simple - ten chapters on ten different areas to simplify, all written in Emily's straightforward ... A truly helpful guide to simplifying your life

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5 Stars

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Of Mess and Moxie

Of Mess and Moxie

On 8/31 olive+yew wrote: She's back, y'all, and better than ever. Jen tackles everything from love and faith to Netflix and grocery shopping for a family of five, with her signature wit and wisdom. If you are a woman who has ever felt like you're not enough, this book is for you. You are enough, and more. The "How-To" chapters ... Of Mess and Moxie, by Jen Hatmaker

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5 Stars

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Cultivate

Cultivate

On 6/29 olive+yew wrote: If you're tired of trying (and failing) to live up to impossible standards, then Cultivate: A Grace-Filled Guide to Growing an Intentional Life, is for you. It's an invitation to be a part of something more meaningful and intentional than chasing the seemingly perfect life. It's an invitation to believe ... book on tap: Cultivate

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5 Stars

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Only Love Today

Only Love Today

On 3/31 olive+yew wrote: This book is difficult to describe. It's like a daily devotional, except it isn't dated. Instead, it's broken down into seasons and needs, to be read a segment at a time, or in big gulps. It's deeply spiritual, but not overtly religious. Instead, Stafford's beautiful lyrical writing encourages readers ... Great reminders and encouragement

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4 Stars

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You Are Free

You Are Free

On 3/7 olive+yew wrote: I know a lot of faith-themed books seem to say some variation of the same thing: you can stop striving, God's got this. But I keep reading, because maybe it will finally penetrate my thick, stubborn skull. This book is beautifully written, with plenty of personal anecdotes and gentle encouragement. My ... Absolutely lovely!

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5 Stars

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Chasing Slow

Chasing Slow

On 1/31 olive+yew wrote: It was pure luck that I saw this book on BookLook Bloggers after reading Emily P. Freeman's blog post endorsing it. I'm glad I did. First of all, the book itself is beautiful - well-designed and laid out. I love her lists and math equations sprinkled throughout the pages. But her words are the best part. ... A beautiful, inspiring book

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5 Stars

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A Mile Wide

A Mile Wide

On 11/30 olive+yew wrote: If going to church and Bible study hasn't inspired you, but has instead left you dry, this is the book for you. Hatmaker discusses how missions, community/social groups and other "non-traditional" ways of worship can actually boost your faith and bring you closer to God. Although I dearly love our new ... Books on Tap: What just happened?

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4 Stars

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Greater Than Gold

Greater Than Gold

On 9/30 olive+yew wrote: I am ashamed to admit (but only a little) that I mostly requested this book because we had just seen him dive in the Olympics, and, um, he has very, very nice abs. I mean, I was just hoping for photos. The book is about his quest for glory, hoping it would fulfill him (spoiler alert: it doesn't). He ... books on tap: more, more, more

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4 Stars

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The Beautiful Pretender

The Beautiful Pretender

On 7/29 olive+yew wrote: This book is a G-rated retelling of Beauty and the Beast and the Princess and the Pea. A servant girl is sent to the Lord of Thornbeck in place of her mistress, as he is conducting a search for a bride. She is, alas, eventually found out, but there are even worse plots afoot...such as the extremely basic ... books on tap: doing what I do

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3 Stars

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One Paris Summer

One Paris Summer

On 6/29 olive+yew wrote: I chose this book based on its title because, well, Paris (what, are you new here?). It's a YA book about a girl who is sent to Paris for the summer to visit her father, who left the family a year prior. It's a decent read, and teens may really enjoy it, but the writing seemed very...basic. The family ... books on tap: june page-turners

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3 Stars

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