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Book Review: Crazy Joy

Life definitely has ups and downs and for many of us, our happiness tends to be dependent on if we’re in a good season or having a good day, or if we’re in a difficult season or having a bad day. Or we think we’ll be happier one day if we have this or that, or if certain things happen in our lives: getting that dream job, getting married, or moving to a city we love. In her new book Crazy Joy, (hardcover, Worthy Publishing) Mary Katherine Backstrom shares how you can find joy and contentment not only in the good times but right in the middle of your hardest, messiest times. If you’re not familiar with Backstrom (or MK, for short), she is known for her viral social media videos and her writings on family, faith, and mental illness. Her writing style is very candid and humorous, and you can’t help but laugh at many of the real-life situations she shares about herself and her family. So, just reading this book will bring you joy and lots of laughs!

MK’s writing style is also warm and personal, kind of like a friend talking to you over lunch or a cup of coffee. The hard (or embarrassing) but funny experiences she shares about her own life, along with the insights and wisdom she’s gained from going through them, are really easy to relate to. You can even picture yourself in some of these situations, which makes it such a fun read.

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Book Review: Where’s My Easter Basket?

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

If you’re wanting to add a fun gift to a little one’s Easter basket, the board book Where’s My Easter Basket? (Worthy Kids) by Bob Holt would be a great addition! It’s a fun, colorful, sturdy book that’s perfect for preschoolers and it’s filled with cute characters and colorful springtime scenes!

The story is about a little bluebird who is looking for an Easter basket…but he’s not sure what an Easter basket is, exactly. As he starts hunting for it, he meets and gets help from a little chick, some jelly beans, a chocolate bunny, and a colorful Easter Egg, They finally cross paths with a basket and when they jump into it, they realize that THEY are the Easter basket!

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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: 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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Book Review—Satisfied: Finding Hope, Joy, and Contentment Right Where You Are

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

When I first saw the cover of this book, I had a feeling I would love it! The pretty cover photo and the title just drew me in. I’ve never read a book by Alyssa Joy Bethke, but now that I’ve read her book Satisfied: Finding Hope, Joy, and Contentment Right Where You Are (Worthy Books), I definitely want to read more of her work!

This book is just as beautiful on the inside as it is on the cover. In fact, before I started reading it, I looked at all the wonderful color photos throughout the book that show glimpses of Alyssa’s everyday life with family and friends, and also her inviting home. Seeing those soft, reflective, beautiful images made me even more excited about reading the book—they compliment the gentle tone and the beautifully written chapters so well. This is a larger-size book, what you could call a coffee table book, and it’s one that I know I will sit down with many times, to re-read and be inspired by.

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