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Book Review: Baker Bettie’s Better Baking Book

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

If baking from scratch intimidates you, the new cookbook, Baker Bettie’s Better Baking Book (Mango Publishing, hardcover) may help you become a more confident baker! This book is authored by Kristin Hoffman, aka Baker Bettie, a trained chef and baking educator (you can visit her website at BakerBettie.com).

A good way to describe this book is that it is a “fundamentals of baking from scratch” type of cookbook. As the subtitle says, this book includes “classic baking techniques and recipes for building baking confidence.” More specifically, the book goes over:

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Book Review: Feels Like Home

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

This book had me at the title: Feels Like Home: Transforming Your Space from Uninspiring to Uniquely Yours (Worthy Publishing). A place “uniquely yours” sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?! Why would we want to live amid the blah walls of a home (or townhome or apartment) when we can transform it into a place we love to be—a place that is truly a reflection of our style and personality? Author Marian Parsons (aka Miss Mustard Seed) and DIY/Home blogger at missmustardseed.com, shares a volume of helpful and budget-friendly tips, DIY project ideas, and decorating inspiration to help you turn your home into that special place you’ve always dreamed of.

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Book Review: Chasing Wonder

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

“Life is meant to be a grand adventure,” writes Ginger Stache in her new book, Chasing Wonder: Small Steps Toward a Life of Big Adventures (Worthy Books). “There is plenty of wonder to be found; the problem is our days are so full of routine, monotony, and fear, that it is easier to stay on the treadmill of boredom than it is to step off into the unknown and discover something wonderful.” Can you relate to that? I know I can!

Stache herself has an adventurous spirit—she believes in adventure, big or small. She says our adventures become the memories we cherish and the stories we share, and they inspire us, teach us, and motivate us. Our adventures lead us into living a fuller life—the abundant life that Jesus promises us in John 10:10. “When we make room in our life for adventure, we open the door to greater wonder, bigger joy, and space for God to move in ways we may have never experienced otherwise.”

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Book Review: Powerful Thinking

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

“Are you completely satisfied with every aspect of your life? Or are there areas you would like to change?…The key to changing your life is changing your thinking,” writes Joyce Meyer in the introduction of her new book, Powerful Thinking (FaithWords, hardcover). She adds, “As you develop thought patterns (mindsets) that agree with God’s Word, everything about your existence will begin to improve.” She goes on to explain that your thinking can work for you or against you as you journey through life. It can make the difference between fully experiencing God’s plan for your life and living the dream He has planted in you, or living a life filled with frustration and defeat.

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Book Review: I Will Thrive

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

We were made to thrive, not just survive, says Nicole Crank in her new book I Will Thrive: Find Your Fight to Claim True Freedom (Hardcover, FaithWords). Crank, a pastor and international conference speaker, shares painful experiences from her past and how God restored her life to encourage others. “It’s time to…live the incredible life that God planned for you since the beginning of time,” she writes. Past struggles shouldn’t determine your future—instead, she shares how to find freedom from the past and move forward into the abundant, purposeful, thriving future God has for you.

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