Reviews by Marla Stanley
On 5/22 Marla Stanley wrote: Happiness is an emotion, right? Or is it a choice? Or is it both? Or, to get spiritual on us Christians, is it not even about happiness-we should just choose joy and never worry about being happy. Right? Kristi Watts, former cohost on The 700 Club, is known for her interviews with authors, celebrities, ... Cautiously recommend this title
On 12/29 Marla Stanley wrote: Relationships can be messy. Let’s be real, they are always messy, and difficult if they go beyond surface level. Understanding one another is key to success in any relationship, but particularly in marriage. We all have to keep working on and investing in our marriages in order to develop strong, lasting ... From a Counselor-One of the Best Marriage Books I Could Recommend
On 11/1 Marla Stanley wrote: I'm totally a stalker. ;-) I heard of Bianca Olthoff's work with A21 Campaign through her sister Jasmine Star. Jasmine is an incredibly gifted photographer whose work I have been stalking for close to a decade now. When I heard that Bianca was writing this book I did a little research to see if it looked ... Helped light a fresh fire in my heart
On 9/27 Marla Stanley wrote: Keeping all things real and transparent, I had a friend recommend this book to me before I selected it for review. She was still reading it, but spoke positively about what she had read, so that was all I needed to come grab Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst. Rejected. Lonely. Worthless. Less than. Empty. ... Excellent spiritual insight and biblical application for rejection, self-worth and loneliness
On 8/4 Marla Stanley wrote: Shame can be paralyzing. We each have our triggers, and actions that happen in life or relationships, even the slightest of cues in a conversation that spark something inside of us that makes us want to run and hide. It drives us to hide, to run away, to retreat into our corners and closets and miss ... A must read!
On 4/20 Marla Stanley wrote: After a great experience reviewing "The Princess Twins and the Birthday Party" (see our review here), I opted to get "The Princess Twins and the Tea Party" as well. In this story, Princess Emma is trying to make sure that every detail is ready and perfect for the tea party. She works so hard, striving ... Great read for little princesses!
On 4/1 Marla Stanley wrote: Maddy loves anything "princess", so I was hopeful that this would be a great addition to our library and would meet her requirements for a good "princess" read. "The Princess Twins and the Birthday Party" is all about Princess Abby and Princess Emma who are getting ready for their birthday party. Both ... Great "Princess" Read for Young Readers
On 3/19 Marla Stanley wrote: Before I began reading This Is Awkward, I had no idea who Sammy Rhodes was, so when the intro of the book suggests looking him up online, my curiosity got the best of me. I thought I might ruin my unbiased perspective of the author, but turns out it was only the beginning of getting to know what to some ... A Refreshing Read-Warning: A Lighthearted and Casual Approach to Serious Issues
On 2/20 Marla Stanley wrote: The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership is a leadership manual based on the principles of the Greatest Commandment given by Jesus in Mark 12: 30 and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ 31 The second ... Biblical Framework and Checkpoints for Developing Your Leadership
On 12/15 Marla Stanley wrote: I still have mine-an original Adventure Bible from the 90’s. I can’t bring myself to part with it, because it’s the Bible I was using when I came to know the Lord. It’s the first place my Dad wrote down the date of my salvation and baptism, and for that reason I’m a little sentimental and attached. ... Booklook Review: Adventure Bible for Little Ones
On 12/2 Marla Stanley wrote: I had a slight chip on my shoulder toward this book when I first chose it, because I thought it was basically going to tell me that I needed to cut all screens from my life. I’m pretty dependent on screens, and I know that. However, it’s also just how I function-my grocery list, meal plan, recipes, ... Want to truly impact and change others lives? Hands Free Life is for you!
On 10/10 Marla Stanley wrote: I had no idea when I chose this title just how much I would love reading it. The only reason I was able to poor it down was because I'm dog-tired taking care of our baby girl. Even my husband was amazed that I didn't just keep reading it straight through! From witty commentary on leggings and man-pris ... laugh, cry, be moved to love deeply!
On 8/26 Marla Stanley wrote: I knew when I saw the title that I had to choose this book. The last year of my life has been such a journey in "Anything". The winding road involved submitting and surrendering to drastic changes in life that were not on my agenda, but God obviously had greater plans. I had the privilege of hearing ... Excellent writing and challenges to application!
On 5/30 Marla Stanley wrote: Growing up, I read the stories from the Bible quite a bit. Or, had them read to me. Such is the life of a ministry child. :) I also had my own “Adventure Bible“, and I always loved hearing about the women in the Scriptures, because each seemed to have a really unique struggle and story of how she ... Wonderful reader, age appropriate, aligned with Scripture and beautiful pictures!
On 4/25 Marla Stanley wrote: This title of course stood out to me as my husband has such a passion for leadership, and has quite the library on leadership and organizational development. I immediately asked him if he owned this book! Since he didn’t, I had to grab it to read, but I am also a natural leader and desire to learn ... Excellent Lessons for Every Leader to Learn!
On 2/9 Marla Stanley wrote: Psalm 23 by Richard Jesse Watson, brings to life the famous Psalm by King David. By taking the original Scriptures, he illustrates the imagery of the Psalm in a Narnia-like manner. The illustrations are full of color and texture, truly capturing the depth of the words of truth. Watson directly quotes ... Psalm 23 by Richard Jesse Watson
On 1/18 Marla Stanley wrote: It was just last month that Mason told me he was doing a particular devotional called "From This Day Forward". Hmmm...I think that's a book! Sure enough it was, so I snagged "From This Day Forward" by Craig & Amy Groeschel for my next review read, and I'm so glad that I did! Craig & Amy co-wrote "From ... A great balanced approach to a successful marriage!
On 12/18 Marla Stanley wrote: Little Seed and Little Fox are unlikely friends, but both encounter change and have to face fear. Together, they learn that they can trust the Farmer; he is good and kind. While neither Little Seed or Little Fox like their new circumstances, they recognize that they are okay, and the Farmer cares for ... Beautiful Story of Trust Through Fear
On 12/3 Marla Stanley wrote: Every mother struggles with fear, and Sherry Surratt not only "gets" that, but has some great insight and tools for how to work through your real mom-fears to be brave! Sherry is not only the CEO at MOPS International, but is also a wife and a mother who has experienced what each and every mom faces. ... Hope for All Moms
On 10/8 Marla Stanley wrote: I have been eyeing this book for months, and had really built up some high expectations when it arrived. First of all, let me tell you what Lean On Me is NOT: -a how-to book -a step by step guide to relationships -a Biblical exposition on God’s approach to community Instead, Anne Marie Miller shares ... A Call to Finding Depth and Health in Community
On 9/14 Marla Stanley wrote: In this follow up to Denette Fretz & Gene Barretta's first duo children's book, Pirates on the Farm, they have collaborated once more on Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door! As part of The Next Door Series, this book is ideal for children 4-8 years of age. Conrad is spending some time at his Uncle Clint's ... A Silly and Clever Tale about Loving Enemies!
On 9/4 Marla Stanley wrote: We have been so blessed to experience a few new children's books this summer via Booklook Bloggers Review program. Little Girl is always so excited to open packages, and finding a colorful new book inside just lights her up! Our growing library has several Bible Story books already, but this title looked ... Excellent illustrations, Good Bible Story Telling, Mediocre on Clarity of Theology
On 8/24 Marla Stanley wrote: Laura Sassi and Jane Chapman have crafted a brilliant bedtime book based on the narrative of Noah and the Ark in The Bible. Laura, the author, captured the chaos that may have ensued as a storm engulfs the ark floating on the open waters. The unique animals that they chose: boars, skunks, and quail to ... A Fun Look Into Life on the Ark!
On 7/31 Marla Stanley wrote: Maddy has begun inspecting each new package that comes to the house with the excited announcement of, "New book!" She was pretty happy to see that this week it was true! We chose My Happy Pumpkin: God's Love Shining through Me, a shaped board book designed for small children. Its unique shape and bright ... A new favorite that my Little Girl is asking to read over and over!
On 7/19 Marla Stanley wrote: Maddy was so excited when I told her the package on our porch was for her this time. I helped her open the tape and as she dug through the packaging she eagerly exclaimed, “New book!” I knew we had a winner with Rhonda Gowler Greene’s new title, “Jonah and the Great Big Fish” when the Little ... Accurate and engaging retelling of the Jonah narrative
On 7/4 Marla Stanley wrote: Ever since Mason and I were blessed to receive copies of Total Money Makeover, I began following Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze on social media, surrounding myself with as many positive influences as I could when it comes to financial decision making and pursuing debt-freedom. It was a no-brainer to snag ... xcellent Financial Tips for Raising Money-Smart Kids
On 4/29 Marla Stanley wrote: As a recovering perfectionist, I could identify with his statement, but also found its timing perfect considering I just finished reading The Nesting Place: It Doesn't Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful by Myquillyn Smith aka, The Nester. Recently I began following her blog, just before I had selected ... Even if you are not interested in design or decorating, I guarantee you will walk away encouraged.
On 4/21 Marla Stanley wrote: As I opened the package I was reminded of how understated the design appeared on my most recent book review selection. In fact, the cover almost deterred me from choosing Clout, but I have followed Jenni Catron‘s blog for years now, and felt it would be a good read. I may have even reminded myself ... Excellent resource to help identify weak tendencies in leadership as well as ways to cultivate strengths!
On 2/25 Marla Stanley wrote: Our most recent pick from Booksneeze, now Booklook Bloggers, brought us the board book, Goodnight Angels. Excited to share it with Maddy, I waited until she woke up from her nap to open it with her. (She anticipates fun packages just like I do!) Her attention was captured as we read this sweet story. ... Good Children's Bedtime Book
On 1/20 Marla Stanley wrote: You may know Gari Meacham as a writer or speaker. She regularly speaks and teaches at her church home in Houston, TX, Second Baptist Church of Houston. Or, perhaps, you are a New York Yankees fan and heard of her husband, Bobby, a former Yankees shortstop. I did not recognize Gari from either end of ... Overall, a great easy read for those who like to look back and understand key points in life.
On 11/4 Marla Stanley wrote: Love’s Complete: A Russian Adoption Journey stood out to me amid the other Booksneeze selections because I sense an incredible calling for believers to respond to adoption. I am always excited to see literature about the adoptive experience! “This lovely illustrated children’s book written in rhyme ... Good Rhyme on Adoption
On 10/14 Marla Stanley wrote: Elisa Morgan's book, The Beauty of Broken: My Story and Likely Yours Too is a telling of her personal and family experiences. I could barely put this book down once I opened to the Dedication page. Yes, you read that right. Not even the Introduction or Preface, but the Dedication. Previously I have been ... A Must-Read for Every Mother
On 9/9 Marla Stanley wrote: *AKA-the book that took me FOREVER to process* When I chose this book to review, I had no idea how difficult or rewarding it would be. It has taken me over a year to work through it (granted a lot has happened in that year). I can honestly say though, that I truly benefited from this personally by taking ... Incredible Book-full of Scripture and Truth!
On 1/3 Marla Stanley wrote: Patsy Clairmont's incredible charm and wit brighten the dark places of the heart as she equates each of us to stained glass artwork-once shattered and seemingly useless; our Redeemer has lovingly remade us to let His light shine through. Patsy does this by sharing the varying areas of life through which ... Joyful Read
On 11/14 Marla Stanley wrote: Max Lucado packs delightful reflections on thanks for children to grasp as "Little Hermie" says his prayers in "Thank You, God, For Blessing Me". This board-book is written in rhyme with easy-to-read wording and simple examples that any child will be able to relate to. From provision and friends to family ... Sweet Children's Reader
On 11/9 Marla Stanley wrote: Earl Hensin presents a wonderful perspective on relationships in his book "This is Your Brain in Love: New Scientific Breakthroughs for a More Passionate and Emotionally Healthy Marriage." Henslin takes the stance that if each individual is healthy, then the two together will have a "more passionate ... "This is Your Brain in Love" by Earl Henslin