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On Twenty-Five Years

Today is my twenty-fifth birthday. I have officially lived for a quarter of century. I know, right?? Twenty-five years feels like forever and nothing at all at the same time. Like I've lived forever and for no time at all. I am still at the point in my life where the majority of my time … Continue reading On Twenty-Five Years

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Book Review: Hillbilly Elegy

Over the summer, I picked up a good-sized stack of books from a free book fair. Many were books that had been on my TBR for quite some time. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance was one of those books.  I really did not know what to expect from Hillbilly Elegy. It is the story of a culture I … Continue reading Book Review: Hillbilly Elegy

Book Review: David and Goliath

If you grew up going to Sunday School, you probably know the story of David and Goliath. If you don't, here it is: the Israelites and Philistines were engaged in a battle. At one point, a giant by the name of Goliath comes forward as the Philistine champion. He challenges Israel, demanding they send out … Continue reading Book Review: David and Goliath

Book Review: Through the Gates of Splendor

If you want to be constantly convicted about what you are doing to further the Kingdom of God, read two books about people who are unashamedly declaring the gospel in hostile areas, even to the point of death. You will end up spending a lot of time contemplating how you can be serving God "to the hilt … Continue reading Book Review: Through the Gates of Splendor

Book Review: Dispatches From the Front

In 2015, I attended a conference put on by Frontline Missions. The intent of the conference was to both train and make attendees aware of the needs of missions in restricted access countries. At that conference I learned about Bible translation ministries (my focus back then), business as missions, and much more. I got to … Continue reading Book Review: Dispatches From the Front

Book Review: Confessions of a Shopaholic

Although I tend to prefer more serious stories and books, there's something about picking up a "silly" book sometimes. A friend joked to me recently, "You seem to prefer really heavy books or mindless books - there is no in-between!" And she would be right. I tend to swing between extremes with my reading. So … Continue reading Book Review: Confessions of a Shopaholic

Book Review: My Sister’s Keeper

I first heard of My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult when the both controversial and popular movie based on this book was released. Everyone was talking about it and I saw ads, trailers, and posts about the movie everywhere. As soon as I realized that it was based on a book, I knew I had to read … Continue reading Book Review: My Sister’s Keeper

Book Review: Sapphique

As soon as I finished Incarceron by Catherine Fisher, I knew I had to pick up its sequel, Sapphique. Sapphique picks up several months after Incarceron ends. Finn is struggling to adjust to the outside, Claudia is still trying to find Incarceron (where her father has disappeared to), and both Finn and Claudia's lives are in danger as they fight … Continue reading Book Review: Sapphique

Book Review: Incarceron

Throughout all of these book reviews, I occasionally mention whenever I read a book alongside my husband or one that he recommends. For example, I read the entire Mortal Instruments series because my husband enthusiastically shoved the first book into my hands during a Barnes and Noble trip. I often prioritize his recommendations because my … Continue reading Book Review: Incarceron

Book Review: Christians Get Depressed Too

Mental health is a difficult topic to discuss. It's complex, it's heart-wrenching, and it's just plain hard. Unfortunately, putting a mental health discussion in a Christian context makes it even more difficult. Despite the Bible's open and honest passages on depression and other mental health struggles (have you read the Psalms recently?), Christians seem to shy … Continue reading Book Review: Christians Get Depressed Too