A Love Letter Life {book review}

 

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Over 2 million people watched as Jeremy and Audrey married on TLC’s hit show Little People, Big World. I have to be honest I have never seen an episode of Little People, Big World, but I have followed Audrey Roloff’s Instagram account and personal blog for some time and I just adore her! She, Jeremy and their precious daughter the cutest! I absolutely love reading real life love stories, so I was so excited to read A Love Letter Life. Having been married for nearly 20 years I have was curious to read their advice for couples as a couple with a much younger marriage than my own.

Upon first glance I thought this book was geared toward married couples, but quickly realized that it in fact is a perfect book for dating couples full of great advice. Within the pages Jeremy and Audrey retell their dating story and give great advice such as encouraging you to stop settling for convenient relationships, they share both male and female differences in dating, cover tough topics like purity, give their nine rules for fighting well.

This book is a must have for your dating children or your own dating journey. It shares practical tips, relatable struggles, hard lessons, and a beautiful devout commitment to your beloved, all are extremely important lessons and tips for all dating couples. Even as a long time married woman I found this book, lovely and encouraging, it will absolutely be handed down to my teenage son once the time comes…such a weird thought!

 

 

From the Publisher: In A Love Letter Life, Audrey and Jeremy share vulnerable insights from their own journey, encourage readers to stop settling for convenient relationships, offer perspective on male and female differences in dating, tackle tough topics like purity, give their nine rules for fighting well, suggest fun ideas for connection in a world of technology, and provide fresh advice on how to intentionally pursue a love story that never ends.

As Jeremy and Audrey write, if you can fall into love, you can fall out. True love is something you choose to live out each day through your actions, decisions, and sacrifices. To find and still seek, that is love. From the moment you meet your potential spouse, you can be intentional about shaping a beautiful love story, uniquely written for who God created you both to be. A Love Letter Life will equip you to pursue an intentional, creative, and faithful love story from your first date to “I do” and beyond.

ISBN: 0310353629 ISBN-13: 9780310353621

 

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A Standard of Grace: a guided journal

See the source imageI first discovered Emily Ley when I received Grace Not Perfection before its release from her publisher! I was immediately hooked and LOVED her…we both have an older son and boy/girl twins!! How cool is that! Anyway, If her name sounds familiar but you haven’t read her books you probably know her from her HUGHLY popular Simplified Planner {Its AMAZING!} But today we are here to talk about her newest creation A Standard of Grace a guided journal!

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Not only is it STUNNINGLY gorgeous but it is awesome…more about my thoughts in a sec, but first lets hear from the publisher!

Are you standing in the middle of opportunity and being overwhelmed of crazy when you really need calm? Not sure where to start to simplify and bring grace and peace to your home?

A Standard of Grace is a gorgeous four-color, joy-inspiring guided journal designed to help you nurture your dreams, discover your hopes, and pay attention to those things you hold dearest to your heart.  With quotes, journaling prompts, and Scripture, bestselling author of Grace, Not Perfection and A Simplified Life Emily Ley, encourages you to reach for the life of you want—all while holding to a standard of grace.

Both gorgeous and useful, A Standard of Grace will make a lovely gift and keepsake as well as be a powerful tool for both embracing where you are while reaching for your goals and dreams. Through practical, easy-to-follow prompts for journaling and reflection, Scriptures, and inspiring imagery, you’ll find an accessible, inspirational journal that to enjoy personally and to share with friends.

There have been quite a few “Guided” journals out recently and honestly most have fallen flat, but A Standard of Grace is not like all the others. It’s perfect for this busy mom who has very little time to herself. A Standard of Grace is broken down in 52 weeks, each week focuses on one or two journaling prompts…I LOVE this aspect, some times I find daily prompt journals to be a bit overwhelming or underwhelming, the fact that this one focuses on less means that we are really able to mull over what you are writing in your journal!! Each week starts with a VERY meaningful Bible verse {LOVE} and a little paragraph where Emily shares her thought, feelings or just an observation {again LOVE} It truly feels like you are journaling with your friend who cares and deeply loves you!

Lets just talk a moment about the prompts, so are way easier than others, some you can probably write with your eye closed, other prompts however may truly take the week to do, invoking emotions that you maybe didn’t know were right there. This journal just came out so of course I haven’t finished it but I have thumbed ahead and I feel like Week 10  “Surrendering Control” and Week 32 “Grace for the Guilt” may be a bit difficult and emotional.

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I LOVE this Journal so so so much and I cannot wait for you to get it too! I want to get this for my sweet BFF Sara who is also a twin mom with not much time on her hands, but I know would LOVE it! 

I HIGHLY recommend A Standard of Grace and all other Emily Ley books, I will be ordering her newest planner soon so keep an eye out for that review!

Here is a bit about Emily:

Emily LeyAuthor of Grace, Not Perfection: Embracing Simplicity, Celebrating Joy, A Simplified Life: Tactical Tools for Intentional Living, and A Standard of Grace: Guided Journal
  • Founder & CEO of Simplified

Job Title: Design guru. Mama bear. Lover of stripes.

Favorite color: Kelly green – since I was a little girl!

What’s on your desk: Wireless headphones, pics of the littles we prayed long and hard for, my Simplified Planner with lots of scribbles and notes clipped in, and a half eaten bag of gummy bears.

Favorite quote: “Love is patient, love is kind.” 1 Corinthians 13:4

Secret talent: I can stay awake and in a remarkably good mood for an obscene amount of time. That’s what three kids under seven will teach you.

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The Secrets of Paper and Ink {Book Review}

 

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Today I’m excited to share a book that I absolutely loved in the month of February! It’s called “The Secrets of Paper and Ink” {e-book version}

The Secrets of Paper and Ink follow the follow the lives of three women Sophia, Ginny and Emily. Although they have completely different lives they end up being very linked.

After a horrible situation Sophia seeks refuge in Cornwall, England, for the summer. Finding the perfect place to stay and a wonderful summer job at a little bookshop, she ends up befriending the also suffering book store co-owner Ginny. When Sophia accidentally finds of a 150-year-old journal written by Emily, it sends her on an unforgettable journey of finding herself and helping Ginny along the way too!

Sophia, Ginny and Emily’s stories are shared with detail creating a connection with all three women. My guess would be that ANY reader will identify with one or all three women.

This book shows how heartbreak and loss can turn into hope and joy…and there is some very sweet romance too. I love all the characters in the book and really hope for a squeal!

Grab The Secrets of Paper and Ink asap! Guys this is a perfect book to read in front of a fire or on a beach! In my opinion it is a great book for any woman who needs a bit of encouragement through a difficult time.

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Onnit Battle Rope!

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OBRBA new year calls for new workouts! If you’ve been following me for any length of time then you know my love for workouts, and friends, I LOVE my Onnit Royal Battle Rope {50ft. -1.5 in. thick}

From the first time my husband and I used it we were in love with this rope! If you have ever done a High-intensity interval training {HIIT} workout then you know that 30 seconds isn’t a quick as it seems. Add a Battle Rope into the mix and whoa…30 seconds is taken to an entirely different level, talk about a hardcore, body transforming workout!

Never heard of “Battle Ropes”? That’s ok, I got you!

What’s a Battle Rope?

A battle rope is simply a length Onnit Battle Ropes are 40 -50 feet in length and between 1.5 – 2 inches in diameter and weighing up to about 30lbs.

How to use a Battle Rope:

Onnit Battle Ropes are 40 and 50 ft. There are a few ways to use Battle Ropes:OBRAN

  • Battle Rope {Common use}: Attached/wrap the center of the rope around a secure anchor point {like a basketball pole for example} Then stretch out the rope and hold on the handles and you are good to go!ONBR
  • With a Partner: You and your partner each hold on to one handle, stretch rope out {this will result in you and your partner being 50ft apart} and begin workout!
  • Pull Through: Leave the rope coiled up with one handle visible, pull until you reach the other end of the rope

Battle ropes exercises are then done by lifting the end of the rope and making whipping motions {this look like waves} or dragging the ropes back and forth {this looks like slithering snakes} around. The goal is to maintain these movements for as long as possible…it’s hard…but it IS a lot of fun! Check out the Onnit video below!

Benefits of a Battle Rope Workout:

Battle Ropes are great for all fitness levels and they are considered low impact, so really anyone can use them! Because Battle Rope training involves non-stop full body training, you engage everything – arms, legs and core for an amazing calorie torching, fat burning sweaty workout!ONBRA

What I LOVE about Onnit:

  • Fast Workouts {15-20 minute workouts will kick your butt!}
  • Workout with a Partner {My husband and I LOVE workout together! Onnit Battle Ropes take it to a whole new level!}
  • Great Cardio Workout
  • Mix Up your Workouts…NEVER get Board Again!
  • Torch TONS of Calories FAST {300-500 calories per HALF HOUR!!! WHOA!}
  • Build Muscle And Burn Fat Simultaneously
  • Take Battle Ropes ANYWHERE {the biggest ropes are only about 30 lbs.}
  • Awesome Strength Training
  • Build Amazing Endurance

ONBRBWhen my Onnit Royal Battle Rope arrived I was beyond excited! Not only is this rope just amazing…it’s really pretty…sadly it isn’t available in purple any more, however, there is black and gray, black and yellow and black and red!

Do you have a battle rope but you just aren’t sure what to do with it? Here’s an example of the kind of battle ropes workout you could put yourself through. This workout uses the principles of interval training for producing maximum fat loss. Each interval below is performed 15 seconds on and 15 seconds off. Adjust the intervals to suit your needs as appropriate.

Some of our favorite Battle Rope workouts:

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  • Double waves: keep a wave in the rope for as long as possible
  • Double rope slams: lift the rope high and slam it down to create as big a wave as possible
  • Moguls: jump side to side to create horizontal waves
  • Jump slams:  jump up and down to wave and slam
  • Crossovers: horizontal waves while crossing arms

They are also great for Gymnasts! We sometimes wrap it {SAFELY} around a garage truss and she uses it to climb…and swing…so do her brothers!!

I highly recommend the Onnit Battle Rope to anyone who wants to gain stamina, do a fun and intense workout, or just simply looking to switch things up in their daily workout!

Buy it HERE!

Special Thank You to Jennifer at Onnit for providing me with this amazing Battle Rope!!

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NIV Biblical Theology Study Bible

The Biblical Theology Study Bible is an absolutely wonderful study bible! This is exactly what I have been looking for  as I read through the bible, I especially love detailed verse by verse commentaries of this bible.

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Lets address the elephant in the room I’ve seen a lot of negativity surround the size of this bible. In a world where you can hold a entire bible in the palm of your hand I would have to agree that yes this big it huge, yes it is heavy, however I do not agree that the size makes it difficult to use or take to church or bible studies, in fact my husband and I take this bible to church every Sunday and would recommend taking it to anyone who has this bible!

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I personally love that there are over 20,000 commentary notes in this study bible! This is so important to me especially when I read a passage that is hard to understand or confusing. Along with the commentary there is wonderful concordance that is more detailed than than any other study bible I’ve ever had!

As with any study bible there are full color charts and the maps. These Charts really bring the bible alive. Some of the charts inlcude: The Lord’s Appointed Festivals, Stages in Israel’s Journey, Character Traits in Proverbs, Timeline of Prophets, New Testament Chronology, The Twelve Apostles and Parables of Jesus.
I recommend the Biblical Theology Study Bible to anyone who wants to study the bible more in-depth.

 

Marvel at the big story; savor each detail

Biblical Theology allows you to ponder the individual stories and themes of Scripture while observing how they all fit together in God’s grand biblical narrative.

With three articles introducing Biblical theology and 25 articles unpacking key themes of Scripture, the NIV Biblical Theology Study Bible equips you to follow the progressive unfolding of God’s story. Helpful introductions to books and sections of the Bible combined with 20,000 verse-by-verse study notes will guide you to a clearer understanding of every portion of Scripture. Previously published as NIV Zondervan Study Bible | The full text of the New International Version (NIV), the most widely read Bible translation in contemporary English, trusted for its combination of accuracy, readability, and beauty | 28 theologically rich articles by authors such as Tim Keller and Kevin DeYoung | 20,000 verse-by-verse study notes | Hundreds of full-color photos, more than 90 maps, and over 60 charts | Comprehensive book introductions | Over 60 trusted contributors | Cross-references and the NIV Comprehensive Concordance | Single-column, black letter edition | Two ribbon markers | Exclusive Zondervan NIV Comfort Print® typeface | 9.1-point print size

ISBN-10: 0310450403

ISBN-13: 978-0310450405

Please Note: The NIV Biblical Theology Study Bible was previously published as the NIV Zondervan Study Bible. Study notes and content are the same. Updates include: the new Zondervan NIV Comfort Print® typeface; a new three-column layout; hundreds of pages thinner and more visually appealing.

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Preach to Yourself by Hayley Morgan

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When Preach to Yourself: When Your Inner Critic Comes Calling, Talk Back with Truth by Hayley Morgan arrived I was so excited! I absolutely love her!

bpy1Preach to Yourself is written in a way that makes you feel like you are just sitting and chatting with your bestie! I cannot tell you how many times I laughed out loud and thought “oh my gosh me too!” I love Hayley’s writing style so much, she writes with so much encouragement along with truth, vulnerability and a refreshing amount of honesty!

Over the years I have heard so many say “oh _____ book totally impacted my life” honestly I rarely felt the same way until now. Literally from the first chapter I was changing the way I live. bpy2Within the pages of this book Hayley shares her real life experiences with humility, making it extremely easy for you to identify with her and feel comfortable! In addition there is bible scripture throughout the book adding a whole level of comfort, hope and love. Preach to Yourself is real, practical, honest and so authentic that you will want to get a copy for everyone you know…seriously!

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Break the cycle of doubting yourself, take God at His word, and talk back with truth – a new message of freedom from bestselling coauthor of Wild and Free Hayley Morgan.

We know Christ came to speak life, but then how come our inner critic keeps showing up and stealing the mic? If we’re honest, she’s a harsh one, saying things we’d never dream of saying to others: You’ll never measure up, you’ll fail again tomorrow, you just can’t get it right. 

It has been said that the eighteen inches from head to heart is the soul’s longest journey. Our head knows the good news is true, but our heart struggles to believe it, and it is in this gap that we battle to believe the promises of God.

Hayley Morgan, coauthor of bestselling book Wild and Free, has wrestled with this tension her whole life. In Preach to Yourself, she tackles it head-on to discover how we can renew our minds to renew our lives. For every woman who struggles with repetitive, negative self-talk, this book will show you how to identify the toxic loops where you get stuck and replace them with the truth of God we can believe with our whole selves.

This is not a “try harder” reprimand, it’s a “believe better” invitation: to take God at His word when He tells you who you are. Come along and learn a simple practice to break free from the lies holding you back, and step forward into the fullness of life God has planned.

  • ISBN-10: 9780310345770
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310345770

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NIV Journal The Word Bible For Women

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First of all let me just say before we jump in that this is one of my MOST favorite bibles I’ve ever had the privilege of featuring! Not only is it lovely but I love what’s on the inside…but we will cover that in a sec. Let me ask you a few questions: Are you a Christian woman? Do you love taking notes? Do you love to write in the margins of your bible? If so keep reading because you are going to love this!

I’m so excited to share this brand new and gorgeous NIV Journal The Word Bible For Women , this bible is filled with 500 journaling prompts! b7These aren’t your regular run of the mill prompts they are created in a way to help you dig deeper and reflect on the Word to help instill a deeper connection with the Lord! Awesome huh?!

Before we get more into the “journaling” part of this bible let’s talk a little about how pretty it is! It is a beautiful navy fabric with a stunning floral design but my favorite part about it is the cover reads “My Soul Finds Rest In God” intertwined in the lovely gold and red flowers! Please not the outer packaging looks as if the flowers are a coral/pink but on the actual bible they are a gorgeous deep red.

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A look inside reveals extra wide margins so you can easily write in them and the beautiful floral motif is carried throughout the pages of the Bible and the journaling prompts.

b5I have a couple other journaling bibles and this is the first one (I have) that has journal prompts and Omgosh I LOVE it! As mentioned about these prompts are designed to dig deeper and reflect more on the passage(s) you are reading!

Extra bonus: These journaling prompts would also be perfect in a small group or studying with a friend. I have let bible studies for years and these prompts would be prefect to start a small group discussion (kind of a ice breaker)

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In addition to the floral design, large margins and journal prompts the Bible also includes the a gold presentation page for personalizing prefect gift giving and a satin ribbon marker that we’ve all come to expect in our bibles. There is also an index of journaling prompts by subject.

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b9This NIV Journal The Word Bible For Women features the exclusive Zondervan NIV Comfort Print®! What does that mean? It’s basically the size of the print. (9.9-point print size)

Finally this Bible is that it’s part of the extensive Journal The Word Bible family. If you have a young lady in your life I would definitely recommend looking into the companion NIV Journal The Word Bible For Teen Girls. It looks fabulous but my little lady is still a bit too young for it.

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