Review of the Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay

The POV is unique in that each chapter has not one, not two, but three distinct first-person POVs. We get the story from Madeline's, Janet's, and Claire's perspectives. The author does a wonderful job of keeping these voices distinctive. I want to re-read this book later and see if I can just read each person's story from beginning to end (just from Madeline's perspective, then just from Janet's perspective, and then just from Claire's perspective). It was almost like having three stories in one, though they did intertwine quite a bit.

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Review of 2 Children's Books

WhiteSpark Publishing is thrilled to bring readers young and old two delightful stories all about color! Isaac’s Ice Cream Tree and When God Made Color are two cute stories based around teaching kids colors.

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A Day in the Life of an Indie Author

If you've ever thought about making a career out of writing, pull up a chair, pour your favorite beverage, and listen to these 5 practical tips I've learned to keep my time managed to at least a sane and manageable stress. ;)

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Review of Weddings, Willows, & Revised Expectations

I absolutely adored the humor and “meta” references! Apryl and Chance were both so witty that I don't know how many times I laughed out loud! I could go on and on, but I won't. You have to read it for yourselves. Do yourself a favor and buy this book!

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Review of Everything Old by Amanda Hamm

In spite of the few things I didn’t like, I still will probably read this again because I loved the main characters so much. I would recommend this book for those who enjoy sweet romances, especially those who enjoy a new adult feel, young twenty-something characters who live at home.

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Experiences from a Creative Mind: How do Artists Think?

I think it's a good idea for us to learn about people who react differently and think differently from us. We can always learn something new that we can use to improve ourselves, even if it doesn't come naturally. As Christians, we know that what we should do definitely does not come naturally, and we have to work at it. For those of you who don't understand how creative people think, here are a few snapshots that highlight common experiences for us artists and will help you understand and feel empathy for those who are different.

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Review of the Baggage Handler

Excellent! The quality of writing is excellent, drawing me in from the first page. The tone of this contemporary allegory somehow reminded me of the Shack, but, thankfully, without the violent images left stamped upon my very impressionable imagination. The Baggage Handler was handled much better (pun obviously intended).

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Review of A Very Austen Valentine

As an Austen junkie, I really enjoyed this collection of novellas overall. I took the average of all 6 novellas and rated it a 4-star. On the whole, I enjoyed them, though I did find it a little confusing to go back and forth between timelines in the same Austen world.

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Review of An Unpresentable Glory

An Unpresentable Glory, a contemporary Christian fiction, somewhat literary in flavor, is definitely not a book for those of us who just want a light romance to escape with. This book is for those who want to think hard, to be challenged in their beliefs, and to not escape from our current world but be confronted with several of its gritty issues.

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God is the Ultimate Example of Parenting

Now that we've seen we need to balance between the two extremes of permissive friends and restrictive authority figures with our children and how and when to say “yes” to our children, now we move on to the ultimate example of good parenting – God Himself. Both God the Father and Jesus the Son show us traits we need to be observing and replicating in our own Christian parenting.

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Christian Parenting with Generosity: Should we Say "Yes" or "No" More to our Kids?

In case you missed it, this is part two of my March Parenting series, a more practical continuation of my blog post last week, balancing permissive friendship with restrictive authority. Please read part one first if you haven't already. Do you want to know what a balanced Christian parenting style looks like? Taken from Jesus' parable in Matthew 7, here's a way to weigh our parenting, using the scale of giving, whether we answer with “yes” or “no” more.

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Christian Parenting: What Should our Relationship be with Our Children as Christian Parents?

The phrase “friend of God” has been so overused. I identify more with “beloved child.” But then I realized something. I am both. It's not an either/or question. It's a both/and. You are, too. You are God's child. You are God's friend. And, ding, ding, ding! The light bulb came on! I can be both to my children, too. I can be their parents while I'm their friend. You can, too. Here’s how:

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A Happy Marriage is Possible: You Just Need a Positive Sentiment

I'm not going to lie. Since I value honesty, I'm going to admit right here and now that a positive attitude is hard for me. It's not my natural reaction. Once reality hit after the honeymoon, and the rose-colored glasses fell off, my survival technique has been to expect the worst to avoid disappointment over and over again. If negativity is natural for you, too, I understand. I get how hard it can be to stop thinking about all your husband's faults and mistakes and what he needs to work on. I will give you a few positive attitude motivations to change your mindset so that you can enjoy a happier marriage.

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5 Encouraging Christmas Songs after Forgiveness from Sin

When you know God has forgiven you, but you don't feel forgiveness for yourself, these songs will encourage you. Here are 5 Christmas songs that helped encourage me to move forward, learning my lesson from my sin, but not wallowing in it:

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Review of Finding Amor by Allison K. Garcia

Allison is a Latin author I had the privilege to meet at FAB’s Fall FB Party! I was intrigued by the idea of her story and knew I needed—though not necessarily wanted—to apply it to my life. It’s not the romance I thought it was, though. Rather, it’s more about finding the love between estranged mother and son and ultimately between God and His children.

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Is it Worth Going Marie Kondo on our Christian Fiction Books?

We can learn from this debate about Marie Kondo’s Tidying Up tactics. We can take the principles of decluttering and use them in our spiritual walks. We need to be careful of practices stemming from unbiblical philosophies, but that doesn't mean we need to throw out every kernel of truth. We need to be discerning in this messy middle, knowing when to keep things and ideas and when to discard them. Our guide is the Word of God, the only Truth.

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Review of the Essence of Humility

This is an unusual book. I call it creative nonfiction, elements of fiction mixed with nonfiction. I see it mostly as a devotional especially for those who are into holistic health or sell essential oils. It would also be for those who like to read something different, off the beaten path of a strict genre, which I admit is not me.

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Review of the Lost Art of Relationship

I really pulled some great nuggets of wisdom and was motivated to work on several areas in my existing relationships. But I was disappointed in two big ways…

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4 Ways to Be a Best Friend to Your Husband

Proverbs 27 gives four actions we should take in all friendships, but especially in our marriages. Because our husbands should be our best friends, we should help them become the best they can be, sharpening each other by giving heartfelt counsel, persevering through the hard times, and lovingly rebuking our husbands.

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Lila's Top Christian Books of 2018 Awards

Out of the 125 books I read in 2018, these are the ones I rated 5 stars. Check out the honorable mentions and then walk the red carpet to see who won the awards for the best in each category: Favorite Old West Historical Fiction, Favorite Contemporary Novella, Favorite Christian Allegory, Favorite Christian Nonfiction, and more!

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