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Book Review: The Complete One Pot Cookbook

I received a review copy of this book; all opinions expressed are mine.

Cooking the one-pot or one-pan way is so easy and convenient, whether you’re using a Dutch oven, slow cooker, sheet pan, or Instant Pot®. And to help make meal-making even easier, there’s a new cookbook from America’s Test Kitchen that includes 400 one-pot recipes! It’s called The Complete One Pot: 400 Meals for Your Skillet, Sheet Pan, Instant Pot®, Dutch Oven, and More. It’s touted as the only one-pot cookbook you’ll ever need, and after looking through my review copy, I have to agree!

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Seven Words of Christmas

I received a review copy of this book; all opinions expressed are mine.

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s officially the Christmas season! Lots of people I know started decorating early this year—maybe because we are at home more? Or maybe because Christmas traditions make the cold weather days seem more cozy and joyful. If part of your traditions are celebrating the birth of Jesus, this is a book you will want to include in your holiday reading.

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Book Review: Quiet Times with God

I received a review copy of this book; all opinions expressed are mine.

In her new devotional book, Quiet Times with God, Joyce Meyer writes that “the very best time you can spend each day is time with God.” It’s easy to get distracted in the busyness of life—that’s why it’s so important to “unplug” and have a time of quiet with God each day so we can better hear His voice. This 365-day devotional can help us do that.

Each daily devotion starts off with a Bible verse, then teaching and encouragement from Meyer, and ends with a special thought for the day. And if you want to dig deeper into the topic of the day, there’s additional Scripture references listed that you can look up for more insights.

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When Women Pray

I received a review copy of this book; all opinions expressed are mine.

“This book is a call for women of all generations…in every community to dream like their daughters and pray like their grandmothers,” T. D. Jakes writes in the introduction of his new book, When Women Pray: 10 Women of the Bible Who Changed the World Through Prayer. He shares about 10 women who had faith that their prayers would change things—and through their stories we see the power of prayer and the importance of prayer…we find inspiration, encouragement, and strength from their example.

The book presents the stories of these 10 women of the Bible so compellingly, I was immediately drawn into the book. The 10 different chapters focus on 10 different women whose experiences and struggles are amazingly relatable to issues women face today. They all believed God would hear their prayers and that their prayers would bring about change—and their stories show how God was faithful to answer their prayers.

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Take Heart

This is a review of Take Heart: 100 Devotions to Seeing God when Life’s Not Okay; all opinions expressed are mine.

We all walk through difficult seasons in life, and If you aren’t going through a tough time yourself right now, you probably have friends or family who are. Could these words have been written or spoken by you or someone you know?

My tasks outnumbered my time, and worry outweighed my ability to focus and get things done…

My world came to a standstill the day my friend died…

In my twelfth year as a journalist, I hit a big bump in my career. When the dust settled, I didn’t have a job…

Nighttime was the hardest after my husband left…

In three months I’ll turn fifty…. Shouldn’t I have achieved more by now? Why haven’t I accomplished my goals? What is God’s purpose for my life?

In the new book by the (in)courage community of writers, Take Heart: 100 Devotions to Seeing God When Life’s Not Okay, you’ll find honest, hard, and very relatable stories about challenging times these women have gone through. They also share that despite the hardships, the pain, and the difficulties, they found comfort as they saw God working in their circumstances. And even when they couldn’t understand how God was working, they held on to hope, knowing that He was with them through it all.

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