Review: Girl Defined

5.5 x 8.5
Pub. Date
Apr 2016

        `Girl Defined` is a Christian Living book for women written by Kristen Clark and Bethany Baird. The tagline reads, `God's radical design for beauty, femininity, and identity.  Authors Kristen and Bethany are sisters who are lifelong friends and the founders of Girl Defined Ministries. This book is geared toward young women. The reason they wrote this book is to give the reader a radically better vision for what true womanhood is all about.

        The authors goals: (pg # 21)
*Why God created the female gender
*What your purpose as a woman is
*How to obtain lasting worth
*What true beauty looks like
*How to apply femininity to your romantic relationships
*What God's idea of a working woman looks like
*How to leave behind a lasting legacy that doesn't fade with time

        This book is like a lot of biblical books for women in that they mention the biblical role for women, their femininity, unlike the role of a man.

        This book is different than most because it has a study guide built into the book, so no need to buy a study guide. This would be perfect for group or individual study. This book focuses on young women, but is great for all women.

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    Disclaimer:  I received `Girl Defined` complimentary for review. 

Review: Miriam and Daniel (flip-over book)

        `Miriam and Daniel` flip-over book is written by author Victoria Kovacs and illustrated by Mike Krome. Both stories are a short 14 pages, and the text is organized into simple sentences and short paragraphs. Both stories can be read by a boy or girl.

        There are colorful illustrations on the covers, and throughout the book. The cover of Miriam shows her holding the papyrus basket her baby brother is in, for safe keeping. The story will tell more about the illustration. The cover of Daniel shows him praying to the one true God. Once again, the story will tell more about this. The primary medium for both covers is colorful drawings.

        At the end of each story is a `Parent Connection` section. Parent's connect with the child by first reading the story to them, asking the child 2 questions pertaining to that story, and lastly, ponder over the story with a special Bible verse.

Disclaimer: I received this children's book for my honest opinion through B&H Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review.

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Review: From This Moment

        `From This Moment` is a historical fiction novel, taking place in the Boston high society of 1897, written by author Elizabeth Camden. The topic is the death of Gwendolyn. Gwendolyn is the female protagonist's, Stella West, sister. How did a proficient swimmer drown in 5' of water? It's up to the reader to figure out how Gwen died. Gwendolyn had discovered some corruption and now her sister, Stella, is sitting at the same desk, and seeing the same people Gwendolyn saw.

        The author did a great job of weaving more than one plot in this novel. The leading plot is that of Gwendolyn's death. Two secondary plots are as follows: The managing of a magazine (Scientific World) between two cousins; Romulus M. White and Evelyn Brixton. Also, Evelyn's husband has come back to Boston. Evelyn and her husband, Clyde, have been separated for six years. Clyde was not to return to Boston. Will he move on, or will Clyde and Evelyn reunite?

Disclaimer:  I received `From This Moment` complimentary for review.


Review: Regina Shen: Endurance

       `Endurance`, written by Lance Erlick, is the 4th book in the Regina Shen series. Will Regina find her sister in time to save her? Will she learn the secrets of her mom? These books are best for YA sci-fi readers. However, I would read them again. The cover of the 4th book intrigued me. There is clean language all through the series.

        The year is 298 ACM (After Community Movement), and Regina is in the Alaska wilderness. Regina is part Hispanic and part Chinese. She has a donor father but doesn't know who he is. The World Federation still wishes to control her. Regina, and her friend Ester, find shelter in caves and get water to drink from rainwater they collect. Regina realizes she can make it on just food and water, and maybe a blanket for the cold air.

        I recommend this series of books to YA readers.
 Disclaimer:  I received this book free from iRead Book Tours, for my honest review.

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Dispelling the common myths of marriage

Rhonda Stoppe reveals the truth about marriage and helps wives live with no regrets. 

Seattle: Do you know a couple who has been married for a long time and are still deeply in love? You might find yourself wondering what their secret is or how that woman was lucky enough to find such a perfectly wonderful man. However, in If My Husband Would Change, I’d Be Happy & Other Myths Wives Believe (Harvest House, August 1, 2015, ISBN 978-0-7369-6286-5), Rhonda Stoppe shows readers the secret to a happy marriage isn’t related to how “ideal” a spouse is, but rather having a relationship grounded in a love deeper than their own. 

“Dating, courtship and planning the wedding are all glorious experiences for most women,” Stoppe writes. “But after the honeymoon, when the wedding gifts are in their proper place and life begins to happen, often the glorious experiences fade into the endless routines of to-do lists, juggling finances and learning to serve one another.” 

It’s not long before doubts creep in, and a wife might think, “I’m falling out of love with him,” “Our marriage would be better if bad things would stop happening,” “All he wants is sex,” or “More money equals less stress.” Stoppe dispels these and other common myths about marriage in her easy-to-read exploration of what it takes to experience a truly happy marriage. In fact, the truth is quite simple: The secret to happiness in marriage lies not in how well her husband measures up to her expectations, but in how well she loves God. 

Stoppe wants wives to have the marriage they had dreamed, and a happy, healthy, God-honoring marriage is possible. “A marriage flourishes,” Stoppe says, “when both husband and wife learn to love Christ more than any other person in life — including their spouse.” Written to inspire and uplift, If My Husband Would Change, I’d Be Happy is filled with love stories to encourage readers toward building a marriage that others will want to emulate. 

Compiled from Stoppe’s more than 20 years of experience as a marriage mentor, pastor’s wife, and speaker, If My Husband Would Change, I’d Be Happy helps women discover: 

• How to build a no-regrets marriage • The secret to keeping his attention • What romance really means to your husband • 8 steps to making peace • How to stay in love • 10 keys to a happy marriage 

If My Husband Would Change, I’d Be Happy is a practical and invaluable resource that helps wives recognize the myths about marriage that are holding them back and equip them to take a proactive approach in their relationships with their husbands. Each chapter concludes with Bible verses for study, discussion questions and a section “From a Husband’s Perspective” written by Stoppe’s husband, Steve, for additional application. 

Learn more about more about If My Husband Would Change, I’d Be Happy and Rhonda Stoppe at, on Facebook (RhondaStoppeLiveDeliberately) and on Twitter (@RhondaStoppe).

Rhonda Stoppe is the No Regrets Woman. With more than 20 years of experience as a marriage mentor, pastor’s wife, author and speaker, Stoppe leads women of all ages to live lives of no regrets. Using sound biblical teaching through humor and honest communication, Stoppe teaches women how to apply God’s word to live boldly through the power of the Holy Spirit. Stoppe has appeared on radio programs and has spoken at women’s events, MOPs groups and homeschool conventions around the nation. Stoppe is the author of Moms Raising Sons to be Men, which mentors thousands of moms to guide sons toward a no-regrets life. Her latest book, If My Husband Would Change, I’d Be Happy & Other Myths Wives Believe, is helping countless women build no-regrets marriages. Stoppe lives in California with her husband, Steve. They have four adult children and five grandchildren. 

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