God’s Call to a Deeper Life by Nancy Taylor Review



God is calling to your heart from every page of His Word. Can you hear His voice? Or does it sometimes feel like you’ve read it all before, and the words enter your mind but fail to permeate your soul?

Get ready to experience Scripture in an entirely new way through these 366 devotions. Open your heart to God’s truth in a way that is clear, personal, and relevant to your life. Let these devotions bridge the gap between the eternal, unchanging words written in the Bible and your heart’s desire to connect with the One who cares most deeply for you.

My Thoughts:

First of all, this book is just my style…The cover has 2 beautiful shades of pink, with rose gold metallic lettering and a pretty floral design. The edges of the pages have 2 shades of pink in a striped design. There is a very nice dedication page if you want to gift this book to someone special. The end papers also have a pretty pink floral design. So…if you’re not a fan of pink, this may not be the book for you (but it’s my favorite color, so I love it!)

The book contains 366 dated devotions that are paraphrased by the author, written in second person, as if Jesus is speaking to the reader. I think it’s very  important for the reader to read the scripture first, then to go to the devotion as the word of God should always be our primary source. The author also states this in a “How to use this book” section in the beginning.

I found that the author did a great job at paraphrasing the verses to make them feel more personal to the reader. This would be a great devotional for when you are short on time. It only takes about 5 minutes to read both the chapter from the Bible and the devotion.

I like that the entries are dated but the reader can start at any time of the year. There is a pink ribbon bookmark to mark your place.

Overall, this is a great devotional that would make a nice gift.

My Rating:

4 stars

I received this book from Tyndale House Publishers to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


NIV The Woman’s Study Bible



The Woman’s Study Bible poignantly reveals the Word of God to women, inviting them to receive God’s truth for balance, hope, and transformation. Special features designed to speak to a woman’s heart appear throughout the Bible text, revealing Scripture-based insights about how godly womanhood grows from a woman’s identity as a Christ-follower and a child of the Kingdom. Now with a beautiful full-color redesign, The Woman’s Study Bible reflects the contributions of over 80 women from a wide variety of ethnic, denominational, educational, and occupational backgrounds. Since the publication of the first edition of The Woman’s Study Bible under the editorial guidance of Dorothy Kelley Patterson and Rhonda Harrington Kelley, this landmark study Bible has sold over 1.5 million copies.

My Thoughts: 

This Bible is just amazing! I am amazed at the vast amount of information that is included in this book. I have never owned a study Bible geared towards women and I am very happy to own one now. It highlights many of the women of the Bible, describing them further. It also includes articles on many topics that many people struggle with and face…tears, distress, childbirth, employment, giving, death, weight control.

There are many maps, tables, and diagrams sprinkled throughout the Bible that will be very helpful. I was excited to find a diagram of the various Millenial Views in the book of Revelation. There are a lot of great visual aids like this that help the reader learn more about the text.

There is commentary at the bottom of each page but not for every verse. I would like a bit more of the commentary but there are so many other features that it seems that there wasn’t enough room. The text size is not too small and Jesus’ words are highlighted in red.

The Bible is full color, which is definitely a plus. There are some very pretty floral designs on the opening pages of the books.  I’m not a huge fan of the design on the  cover of the book. It’s just not my personal style but I think many women would find it appealing.

Although I own another study Bible, I think this will be my go-to study Bible. I highly recommend this to all women.

My Rating: 5 stars

I received this book from Booklook Bloggers to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

This I Know by Laura Dingman


Description: Do you worry often about what the future holds? Do you long for peace but don’t know how to have it? Do you know factually that God is trustworthy, but not practically how to live that out?

This I Know is a Bible study for those who want to walk upon the water. It guides women into biblical truths about the character of God so they can step faithfully into the unknown, confident in the God they do know. Corrie Ten Boom said it best, “Never be afraid to trust your unknown future to a known God.”

Join Laura Dingman as she journeys through Acts 17, James 1, Habakkuk 3, Psalm 46, 2 Chronicles 20,  and Joshua 3, diving into subjects like abundance in Jesus, the goodness of God in trial, and the value of remembering God’s past faithfulness. Each week offers opportunity for prayer, interaction with the biblical text, journaling, and group discussion. Using Scripture, insights from her own life, and prompts for reflection, Laura points readers continuously to the unchanging character of God, helping them surrender their lives to Him and give Him all their trust.

My Thoughts: It never ceases to amaze me how God puts what we need in front of us at the perfect time. I knew this study was for me when reading the introduction. It was as if the author knew me personally and wrote it specifically for me. (In a way, she did as she was inspired by the one who made me :).

This study focuses on trusting God with the unknown, on learning how to let go and let God. It’s 6 weeks that are broken into 5 days, as well as an extra page for reflection and application on the week.

I loved the author’s style…she always began the week with a fun but very relevant story and then delves deep into scripture.

There is a section that focuses on the SOAP study method of engaging with scripture. I was slightly familiar with this method but had never actually applied it. The author breaks it down in a very simple way…it is a method I plan on using a lot in the future.

Each day took me about 30-40 minutes to complete. There are questions to answer and it helps the reader to really reflect on the scriptures.

Overall, this was a great study and I highly recommend it.

My Rating: 5 stars

I received this study from Moody Publishers to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Love Thy Body by Nancy R. Pearcy Review


Description: Are transgender people discovering their authentic self? Is the hookup culture really liberating? Does abortion lead to equality for women? Does homosexuality contradict our biological sex?

In Love Thy Body, bestselling and award-winning author Nancy Pearcey takes on the hard questions about life and sexuality. A two-time winner of the ECPA Gold Medallion Award, Pearcey has been hailed by The Economist as “America’s preeminent evangelical Protestant female intellectual.”
In Love Thy Body she offers a respectful but riveting exposE of the secular worldview that lies behind trendy slogans and political talking points. A former agnostic, Pearcey is a sensitive guide to the secular ideas that shape current debates. She empowers readers to intelligently and compassionately engage today’s most controversial moral and social challenges.

In a surprise shattering of stereotypes, Pearcey demonstrates that while secularism promises much, in reality it delivers little. She turns the tables on stereotypes that portray Christianity as harsh and bigoted, and invites a fresh look at its holistic, life-affirming principles: it is a worldview that matches the real world and fits with human experience.

All along, Pearcey keeps readers entranced with gripping stories of real people wrestling with hard questions in their own lives–sharing their pain, their struggles, and their triumphs.

My Thoughts: This book was not an easy read. It discusses many hot topics that are prevalent in the world today…transgenderism, assisted suicide, abortion, casual sex, and many other things. I have felt that we’ve been living in an upside down world for many years now and this book discusses some of the ways we’ve gotten to this point (and where we may be headed, which was terrifying.)

It’s clear when reading the book that the author is very well read and intelligent.  At times I felt like the writing was a bit over my head but for the most part I found it very interesting and extremely well researched and explained.

This is a book that is very relevant to today and answered many questions that I’ve had lately. I highly recommend it to Christians who struggle with our “upside down world”.

My Rating: 4 stars

I received this book from Baker Publishing Group to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

In All Things by Melissa B. Kruger Review


Description: This accessible and practical Bible study of the book of Philippians invites you to discover a joy and contentment that will carry you through every circumstance of life.

With warm teaching and perspective-shifting insights, Bible teacher Melissa Kruger walks you through the power-packed words of the apostle Paul to believers in the early church to discover what he knew about the secret to unshakeable peace–and how his insights can help any woman discover a secure and satisfying contentment no matter what life may bring. With the Scripture passages printed right in the book for handy reference, this is an ideal resource for busy women of any life stage who want to deepen their spiritual life and increase their daily joy.

My Thoughts: This Bible study came to me at the perfect time. Centered on the book of Philippians, it focuses on finding contentment and peace in any circumstance.

The study is 9 weeks, broken down into 4 days of “homework” (scriptures with questions to answer) and a 5th day that is a devotional that ties up the week nicely.

The “homework” days took me an average of 30 minutes to complete. The scriptures that are discussed are always printed in the book so a Bible is not needed to complete the study (but I prefer to read them from my Bible).

The questions are fairly simple to answer but help the reader to think further on the scripture and break it down instead of breezing through it (as I tend to do). There are also a lot of questions that cause the reader to examine their spiritual life and go deeper with Christ.

I really enjoy Melissa Kruger’s style and how she breaks everything down. The subject of this study is one that everyone could benefit from in any season of their life.

I highly recommend this study for anyone searching for peace and contentment. It is set to release on June 5, 2018.

My Rating: 5 stars

I received this book from Blogging for Books to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

NIV Journal the Word Bible for Teen Girls Review


Description: Reflect, respond, and grow closer to your heavenly Father. With hundreds of journaling prompts and plenty of space for notes, art, and doodles, the NIV Journal the Word™ Bible for Teen Girls provides a place to capture your thoughts while reading Scripture. Journal your feelings, dreams, and hopes. Create art, color, and doodle. However you wish to creatively express yourself, engage with God’s heart and get to know the One who knows and loves you.


Hundreds of thought-provoking questions for teen girls to reflect on and respond to
8-point type size
Lined, wide margins for notes and reflections
Thicker white paper for enduring note-taking
Full text of the accurate, readable, and clear New International Version (NIV) translation
Words of Jesus in red
Lays flat in your hand or on your desk
Ribbon marker

My Thoughts: I started journaling when I was about 13 or 14…it was a time in my life when I had so many thoughts and a roller coaster of emotions. I wish this Bible would have been around back then. What is unique to this Bible are the journaling prompts that are directed specifically to teenage girls. The prompts reflect on the verses in the corresponding passages and are very thought provoking. I own a journaling Bible that only has wide margins and a “do it yourself” format…this Bible has many blank pages that allow for creativity but the prompts add almost a devotional aspect to the journaling.

The Bible is beautiful…the gold cover has the perfect hint of a shimmer and the floral design is very pretty. It has a red ribbon bookmark and my favorite feature, which is that the edges of the pages are colored pink. It’s a nice size and lays flat, which is very important. I also like that the design is a bit more mature than some Bibles that are directed towards teens…an adult would like this Bible’s design as well so the recipient could use it for a long time.

The NIV translation still remains my favorite, so I’m pleased to find it in this Bible.

I highly recommend this Bible. It would make a beautiful and meaningful gift.

My Rating: 5 stars

I received this Bible from Booklook bloggers to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Secret Keeper Girl: Mom Daughter Devos by Dannah Gresh Review


Description: Want help talking to your tween about modesty? 

Tweens aren’t meant to grapple with modesty and body image issues alone. But many moms don’t know quite how to talk about these issues.

Secret Keeper Girl Mom-Daughter Devos fills that gap. A companion to Secret Keeper Girl, it cements the truths of that book and provides an opportunity for moms to talk through these important issues with their daughters. It’s not just a book, but a connecting experience for mothers and daughters. Together they’ll go on a journey to meet with their Creator and learn to see themselves through His eyes.

Secret Keeper Girl Mom-Daughter Devos has a simple format of 30 daily devotions. It features:

Weekly interactive conversation starters
A leader’s guide appendix at the end
Downloadable resources at the author’s website.
This Secret Keeper Girls series exists to bring moms and daughters together for age-appropriate, biblical conversations about true beauty, modesty, and purity.

My Thoughts:  Where was this book when I was 12? This is such a great devotional for tweens and young teen girls. First of all, the book is very inviting in its appearance…the artwork is adorable and there are many places for the reader to color. With coloring being so popular now, this was a great addition. The author invites both the daughter who is reading the book and her mother to come together at the end of each week and color while discussing what the daughter had read throughout the week.

The devotionals focus on modesty and other issues young girls face today. There’s a great application area on each devotional page where the reader can write about what she’d learned (with prompts that relate to the day’s devo).

Modesty is such an important topic that rarely gets discussed anymore so I really appreciate the author’s mission to teach young girls about it. She does it in a fun, non-confrontational way that helps the reader to see why modesty is so important.

I highly recommend this devo to any young girl (and her mom).

My Rating: 5 stars

I received this book from Moody Publishers to review. All opinions are my own.