Generous Love by Becky Kopitzke

I really enjoyed reading Becky Kopitzke’s new book Generous Love. Despite a busy schedule, I found myself truly enjoying Kopitzke’s conversational and personal way of describing what God’s love feels like and looks like in her life and how she sees other people sharing God’s love. By reminding us of how God blesses us so abundantly, Kopitzke suggests that we set up a blessing toolbox to better learn how to share the blessings we receive from God.

I appreciated the short chapters that allowed me to savor her thoughts and experiences in short bites. I loved her personal and forthcoming honesty as she shared hard and happy experiences about her experiences feeling generous love and sharing generous love with others. Her practical suggestions mixed with her humor and insight made the tone of her book feel encouraging and accessible.

I particularly appreciated Kopitzke’s focus on sharing our presence with others and being present as we do so as a powerful way of showing generous love to people we interact with in a world where people seem too busy and preoccupied. I loved reading Kopitzke’s well written, thought-provoking book. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of Generous Love by Becky Kopitzke for my candid review.

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936 Pennies by Eryn Lynum

I really enjoyed reading Eryn Lynum’s new book 936 Pennies: Discovering the Joy of Intentional Parenting. Despite a busy schedule, I found myself truly enjoying Lynum’s conversational and personal way of describing what intentional parenting feels like and looks like to her. Describing a gift she received of 936 pennies that were meant to track the time she spent with her son between birth and 18 years, Lynum describes the feelings of trepidation and anticipation that came with the gift and the charge to spend those pennies well.

I appreciated the short chapters that allowed me to savor her thoughts and experiences in short bites. I loved her personal and forthcoming honesty as she shared hard and happy experiences about her mothering. I appreciated her focus on learning to slow down and savor the unexpected yet sweet experiences that our families share as we focus on relationships and remembering what matters most to us. I especially liked her sharing the idea of a peace plan, a way to discerning how to best use our time and energy to live a peace filled life. I loved reading Lynum’s well written, thought-provoking book. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of 936 Pennies by Eryn Lynum for my candid review.

Quick Tips for Busy Families: Jay Payleitner

Great ideas! Quick Tips for Busy Families: Sneaky Strategies for Raising Great Kids is full of helpful suggestions to navigate busy family life. Payleitner offers a variety of fun, serious, and sanity saving tips to help your family succeed with both routine and daunting challenges. I enjoyed the honest and humorous tone of his book. I especially appreciated Payleitner’s focus on intentionally building strong relationships with your children regardless of age and family situation. He shares ideas that are easily adaptable for different ages of children. I found this book a helpful, well organized resource that is formatted nicely for quick reference. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of Quick Tips for Busy Families by Jay Payleitner for my candid review.

Live Fearless: Adult Coloring Book by Margaret Feinberg

This is the first adult coloring book that I have owned and I was skeptical I would enjoy trying to force myself to relax and spend time coloring. When I skimmed through the book, the beautiful layout and thoughtfully chosen verses of scripture touched me. As I colored and reflected on the scripture verse that correlated to the picture I worked on coloring, I found myself relaxing and feeling a quiet peace.

I love how the scriptures verses are taken from various Biblical translations. The different translations add variety and a depth of understanding to familiar scriptures and fresh perspectives to consider. Feinberg has chosen powerful scriptures verses to help us understand that God is always ready and anxious to calm our fears and to help us feel peace in our lives.

Live Fearless is a beautiful book to help us have a beautiful experience while we contemplate God’s words. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of Live Fearless by Margaret Feinberg for my candid review.

Letters to My Daughters by Barbara Rainey

I was touched by the insight author Barbara Rainey shared in Letters to My Daughters: The Art of Being a Wife. While frequently marriage books give lists of specific ways to make changes, Rainey focuses on the big picture and where we want to go in our marriages. Rainey thoughtfully shares her life experiences to explain to younger women the principles that lead couples into happier marriages. I appreciated the humble tone of her book as she shared what worked for her, but then encouraged us to turn to God to work through the details of our unique marriages.

Following through on her analogy that being a wife is an art, Rainey skillfully introduces us to all the different art forms that marriage encompasses. While not all of her experiences may be relevant to all readers, much of her thoughtful insights can augment our marriages when carefully considered and adapted to our unique needs. I love the sense of hope that Rainey deftly conveys in each chapter and her repeated witness that God does care about the success of each of our marriages.

I highly recommend Letters to My Daughters to women who want to make their marriages flourish. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of Letters to My Daughters by Barbara Rainey for my candid review.