What I’m Reading | June | Wild and Free

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Do you want to live “Wild and Free”? In the their new book Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan takes us back to God’s original plan for women, a beautiful life living wild for God and free from the expectations of this world. How many times have we or other women/mom we know buckle under the pressure of specifically social media pressure? It’s sad that so many women are living backed into a corner because of expectation…many times unattainable expectations. These lovely lady sharing their own stories of feeling not enough, being too much and everything in between, it speaks to your soul with inspiration to live life Wild and Free, like wild horses ❤ {when you read the book you’ll get it}

Whether you are a shy observer like Hayley or bold go getter like Jess, you will be spoken to and I know your heart will be touched, and more than likely you will find your self identifying with one or both of these ladies. I found my self stunned as they shared their  stories…my story! I absolutely love that throughout the book we’re reminded that we are not alone in our struggles, but we are blessed to have a community of women who long to live this wild and free life as well. Are you like me and have a hard time allowing the shackles of shame break and let people in? They help you embrace the community that God has uniquely put you. Thought this book it is reiterated that you are just as you are, because the you that you are is perfect. Don’t forget that you are completely loved and worthy.

This book is something that I think all women need in their lives! Looking for a gift for a woman in your life? Consider this book! This would also be a great book for a women bible study!

*Although I did receive this book for free to review I was not compensated for this post.  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own.

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The Adventures of Rooney Cruz: Hannah, The Belle of Prayer Review

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Bible Belles is a series based on five superhero women of the Bible: Hannah, Esther, Abigail, Ruth, and Deborah. HEARD. These women were extraordinary because they made a different kind of noise than the noise of today’s world. Today, the girls who are loud, rude, and obsessed with outer beauty are the ones a lot of girls look up to and try to act like. The Bible Belles series is a new way for girls to celebrate the qualities that make up a truly beautiful woman: prayer, patience, bravery, loyalty, and leadership. These five women represent the journey a young girl can take to understand God’s love and to be someone whose beauty isn’t measured by society’s standards. They symbolize the transformation of a girl who learns to see true beauty in herself and in others.

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Today, I want to share an awesome new book, The Adventures of Rooney Cruz: Hannah The Belle of Prayer {book one in the series!} Honestly, this is hands-down one of the best books that my daughter and I have EVER read! She loves it and is already anxiously awaiting Esther {coming 2016}

RooneyAbout the adorable ROONEY CRUZ:

In Book One of the Bible Belles series, Rooney Cruz isn’t exactly having a great day. The normal teasing on the playground and, oh, that mud puddle! But soon an angel appears, and Rooney begins a journey that will change her life forever.

She makes a shocking discovery: superheroes are real, and she’s one of them!

Join Rooney as she uncovers the first secret superpower that she possesses: the Power of Prayer. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that will transform her into the greatest superhero of all: a Bible Belle!

About the book: the story starts with the Rooney dealing with some not so friendly girls on the playground. The girls are mean and complement her sarcastically, she slips and falls in the mud making the girls laugh, point at her and even threw a rock at her. Rooney just wants to be left alone so she runs to her favorite spot underneath an oak tree at the far edge of the playground. While she sits under the oak tree she wonders “why are they so mean?” “I don’t get it

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BThen Rooney here’s Ring a ding DING! Where is that sound coming from? she wonders. It’s her angel, Mari. Mari is teeny tiny angel who takes her on a magical journey to past and into scriptures! They go visit a girl named Hannah, like Rooney Hannah know some not so nice girls.MariThey watch Hannah to see how she deals with similar situations when she was being bullied. Rooney learns that Hannah felt bullied by the other wife of her husband named Peninnah. She also learns when Hannah cried out to God and God heard her!

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When they arrive back in the Rooney’s real life she is able to reflect on Hannah’s experience and cries out to God through a real honest heartfelt prayer.

The story ends with a little bit of a cliffhanger, we don’t know how it all ends up with the girls on the playground, but what we do know is whatever happens Rooney has learned that she can talk to God when ever she wants or needs to and God with willing carry all her troubles with him, he will hear her and he will always support her no matter what!

I absolutely love the message of the story, we all need to be reminded that God is always with us and he wants us to bring our questions, concerns and fears to him daily. He is an amazing God and gives us wisdom and insight into situations and no matter how the situation turns out he is always there with us to take care of us. This is exactly what I want my daughter to know! She loves EVERYTHING about this book, the illustrations and Rooney {who she happens to look a lot like!} It was so perfect and spoke to her little heart!

The book is wonderfully written by Erin and gorgeously illustrated by Rob Corley, a former Disney animator. We can’t wait for the rest of the books in the series! Psst…Esther: The Belle of Patience, coming out in early 2016!!!!

About the Author:

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Erin is an enthusiastic and goofy mom to two children, one of them with paws. She is a wife, teacher, former college athlete, and a five time cancer survivor. Her heart is in Seville, Spain, though she calls Encinitas, CA home. In her spare time she enjoys going to the beach with her husband and daughter, coaching sports, and pretending she can bake. She loves eating, laughing, and volunteering at Sunday school. Alongside her husband, she is the co-founder of Bible Belles.

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I did receive this book from the author. However all thoughts and opinions are my own I was not compensated for a positive review, I honestly just love the book! 

Book Review – The Accidental Bride

By: Denise Hunter
I LOVED this book! In The Accidental Bride, Denise Hunter sets up an funny impossible to pull off situation – a young couple who planned elope as teens, now find themselves married through a fake ceremony.
I kept waiting to see how she would pull it off – she did a amazing job!! Shay can’t stand the thought that her neighbors are watching her to see her with another man that might leave her. Travis just wants a do-over of the past tired of living with his regrets, for all these years he has been madly in love with her and wants to show her how sorry he truly is. The valid marriage license seems to be the ticket to make Shay give him a chance. She needs money to save her ranch and he needs time to prove his love is real.
Fun from start to finish! Wonderful characters, I connected and loved them all – to be honest I hope Denise Hunter – write a sequal!
 The setting makes it a cowboy tale with a twist. A very enjoyable read — just what I’ve come to expect from Denise Hunter. A contemporary romance that leaves me with a smile.
Product Description:
Shay Brandenberger is a survivor. She’s lived through a crazy childhood, a failed marriage, and single parenthood-with her confidence intact.But not for long. Because when Shay participates in her town’s Founder’s Day wedding reenactment, she finds herself face-to-face with the one man who takes her breath away and leaves her weak in the knees: Travis McCoy.
Travis is back in town after years way on the rodeo circuit. His one regret in life is breaking Shay’s heart when they were high-school sweethearts. He’s determined to get it right this time. So when their Founder’s Day “marriage” is accidentally made official, Travis seizes the day. Can Shay put aside her pride to let Travis help her, or will their accidental marriage be dissolved before it can begin?
Product Information
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1595548025
“I was given this book for free in exchange for a honest review!”

The Lucado Inspirational Reader by: Max Lucado {Book Review}

I received this complimentary copy from the  BookSneeze review program. I love Max Lucado…always have! Over many years my mother has accumulated almost all of his books, many I have read! While visiting her home with my family I told her that I would love to take all the Max Lucado books and read them! I am a fairly quick reader, but there is no way that I would be able to read all these wonderful books…then came The Lucado Inspirational Reader!! It is a wonderful book!! This collection is fantastic for busy moms that may only have a few free minutes each day. As a mom of 3, I am constantly going. I rarely sit down!! But no matter where I am, I can pick up this reader and get a short & encouraging word within 5 minutes or less.
The other night I was unable to sleep. I was kept awake with thoughts of a dear friend who was having surgery the next morning. I knew my friend was afraid, although the surgery was going to be routine other health concerns posed a issue thus putting my friend at high risk. I wanted to send some kind of encouraging words, knowing that although last my friends was for sure still awake. I decided to read the section “Encouragement” I was in tears within 5 minutes. I picked up the book to find the right thing to say to my friend {which I did} but the Lord had more planned! I was given the encouragement that I needed. I had be struggling emotional that night and the Lord spoke to me through Max and showed me that HE is always there no matter where, no matter when! Including the section of encouragement there are 27 different sections. You can read this book from front to back or you can read the section that you are personally needing at that time. Either way you will be blessed and encouraged!
With Christmas coming so quickly, this would make an awesome gift!!
I highly recommend it to anyone especially to busy moms like me who do not think they have time to read. I love the size of this book, it easily fits in my purse!
*I was given a copy of this book to review from the publisher for free in return for a honest review! This review is my own opinion.
Product Description
The best of the best! Organized around Lucado’s signature themes of salvation, victory, comfort, God’s love, grace, and more, this treasured volume gathers together the most memorable sayings, stories, and teachings from his inspiring bestsellers. An ideal gift for longtime fans and those new to his writing. Includes an index. Hardcover.
Product Information
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Number of Pages: 420
  • Vendor: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Dimensions: 7.25 X 5.50 (inches)
  • ISBN: 0849948304
  • ISBN-13: 9780849948305

Book Review – Three Cups



Three Cups is a beautiful book, written for children, teaching them how to save, spend and give. The idea behind the book is that it instills in children good money habits from a young age.

The story  follows a young boy who was given three cups by his parents on his fifth birthday, one for saving, one for spending and one for giving. His parents tell him that the cups with take him on wonderful adventures! As he is given his allowance each week he equally splits the money between the three cups. After a period of time his mother takes him to open a bank savings account to put the money from the savings cup in -“Adventure!” The boy wants to buy a baseball mitt, but doesn’t have enough, so he saves and is able to buy what HE wants – “Adventure!”  He then goes on to donate his giving money, the boy is blessed as he see how happy the people are the recipients of the donation – “Adventure”  This continues as the boy grows and as he becomes 18 the reader can see what he puts his bank savings money towards.

This book was perfect for my 6 year old son, we already implement the 3 cups, but he loved being able to what another boy did! It was inspiring to his little heart!

At the back of the book there is also some guidance for parents who want to integrate the three cup method into their family.

Authors Tony Townsley and Mark St. Germain have written a fabulous book that will introduce kids to saving, spending and giving. We live in a part of the world where kids want all the time, and often get without having to save up their own money. I know my own kids seem to think that money grows on trees! By introducing the concept to them that they can save money, spend some and give some away, at a young age, will stand them in good stead for the future.

The publisher does not give an age range for this book, However, Amazon advertises it for children 4-8 years old. I honestly would consider this a all ages book, perfect for reading aloud to your children, for new readers to read on their own, children will enjoy the beautifully illustrated pages. First, my husband and I read this book, and absolutely loved it!  My 6 year old loved it and my 2 year old twins sat and listened, did understand quite a bit!  The book is 32 pages and I think it is pretty perfect.

ALSNS Grade – A+
My Kids Grade – AA++
ALSNS highly recommends this book!

From the Publisher:
Teaching children how to save, spend, and be charitable can be as simple as 1, 2, 3.


All parents want to teach their children good money habits from an early age. Many start by giving them an allowance. But it’s equally important to teach children a positive, generous attitude as they learn to use money responsibly.


Filled with warm, memorable illustrations by award-winning painter, April Willy, Three Cups is the story of one family’s unique and effective method of teaching personal financial management-and how one boy reaped first the small, then the immeasurably great rewards of the lessons he learned.

Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: AuthorHouse (March 1, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0979456304
ISBN-13: 978-0979456305

Book Review – A Vision of Lucy



I completely loved A Vision of Lucy by Margaret Brownley! Such a wonderful story in the Rocky Creek Romance series! Taking Place in 1882, in Rocky Creek, TX – A Vision of Lucy is about Lucy Fairbanks, a young lady who has a passion for photography. I loved Lucy from the very first paragraphy! She longs to do something important with her talent as a photographer! Then there is the hero David, I  adored/fell in love with him from the beginning. He is a quiet, rustic man who lives with  emotinaol pain and is struggling with what to do about the past that is haunting him. Lucy and David meet and the truths they discover will forever change their lives and the lives of others!

I couldn’t get enough of this wonderful book, I could barely put it down and when I did I found my mind wondering off wondering what was going to happen next! Margaret Brownley does such an amazing job with connecting the reader to the plot and to the characters. The plot was very different than what I thought it was going to be and I never wanted to put the book down. The characters were all fantastic! I loved the way that each chaper is started with a fun little quote – I found my self laughing outload many times!

Chaper Two-
“Never say “Shoot” when you mean “photograph” especially when talking to a trigger – happy gunslinger.”

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“A man imagines himself more handsome then his photograph; a women believes herself more homely.”

My favorite character was David. – the half breed (half white man – half indian) this is near and dear, at the same time the story takes place, and in the same state of Texas my Great Grandmother (a half breed) married my Great Grandfather. I felt a connection with David from the moment his story unfolded!

Then there is Lucy, sweet, loveable Lucy. There were times, many times, I literally laughed out loud with the hilarious predicaments that Lucy found herself in.

“Like her mother, Lucy felt compelled to capture the world around her and preserve moments in time that would never be repeated. The only difference was their choice of expression.” – Page 28

I enjoyed the history on photography – since I am a photography business owner:)  I also enjoyed all the other historical lessons throughout the book and the spiritual threads as well. It was fun how there were little mentions of companies that we still know and love. The romance between Lucy and David was sweet although very passionate at times. This story has everything- romance, mystery, suspense, and history!
I highly recommend A Vision of Lucy, along with the other Rocky Creek Romances.

ALSNS Grade – A++++++ (ok you get the point…I really like the book!)
ALSNS highly recommends this book!

Product Description
Trouble follows Lucy wherever she goes. So does a vision of second chances . . . and love.
Lucy Fairbanks dreams of working as a photographer at the Rocky Creek newspaper. Her deepest hope is that her father will see her as an artist, the way he thought of her deceased mother, whose paintings still hang on their walls.


But disaster follows Lucy on every photo assignment: a mess of petticoats and ribbons, an accidental shooting, even a fire.


When Lucy meets David Wolf-a rugged, reclusive man who lives on the outskirts of town-she thinks she can catch the attention of the town with his photograph. She doesn’t count on her feelings stirring whenever she’s near him.


Two things happen next that forever change the course of Lucy’s life. But will these events draw her closer to God or push her further away? And how will David accept this new vision of Lucy?

Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (June 28, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1595548114
ISBN-13: 978-1595548115

*I received ‘A Vision Of Lucy’ for free from the publisher through BookSneeze®.com. The opinions I have expressed are my own.*

Book Review – The Waiting Place: Learning to Appreciate Life’s Little Delays

The Waiting Place By: Elieen Button

Who is Eileen Button? She is part preacher’s wife, part English professor and part newspaper columnist, living in the suburbs of Michigan. The essays in her first book, “The Waiting Place,” gently ask us to redefine the way we think of waiting; waiting for the mail, for children to grow up, for a sign from God. Throughout, she reminds us that, as John Lennon sang, life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. 

I love when you read a book and you are just so stunned when you find out that you didn’t find the book, but the Lord put the book there for you!  This past week I have found my seld in a sort of Limbo of life. It suddenly seems as if EVERYTHING is hindging on a few different events/oppertunities. It has become very emotional and overwhelming. So, in a moment of deep discouragement I picked up The Waiting Place.

Button writes from a VERY personal place, almost as if writing a letter to me personally, like we are long time friends! She shares funny details, with every word she connects with the reader in such a way that anyone can relate. I loved the way she described moment in her life she has been left waiting, usually with no control over the situation, she observes, she learns, she laughs, she makes notes for later, and when necessary, she cries. I have been in this place so many times in my life, yet always knowing that the Lord is in ultimate control!
After reading this book, I realize that Eileen Button is someone who would be a wonderful friend to have!
Eileen Congrats on your very first book! Well done.


ALSNS grade: A+
ALSNS highly recommends this book

Publisher Description

A collection of essays describing the beauty and humor that can be found in what often feels like a most useless state-The Waiting Place.


We all spend precious time just waiting. We wait in traffic, grocery store lines, and carpool circles. We wait to grow up, for true love, and for our children to be born. We even wait to die. But amazing things can happen if we open our eyes in The Waiting Place and peer into its dusty corners. Sometimes relationships are built, faith is discovered, dreams are (slowly) realized, and our hearts are expanded.


With humor and heart-breaking candor, Eileen Button breathes life into stagnant and, at times, difficult spaces. Throughout this collection of essays she contends that The Waiting Place can be a most miraculous place-a place where beauty can be experienced, the sacred can be realized, and God can be found working in the midst of it all.


Includes stories on waiting for:


the day to end
a place called home
the fish to bite
a baby’s healing
church to be over
a husband’s return
children to grow
a mother’s acceptance
a loved one to die
As Eileen says, “To wait is human. To find life in The Waiting Place, divine.”

Product Details
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (June 7, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0849946255
ISBN-13: 978-0849946257

Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson, and was not required to present a positive review in return.