Spring Book Reviews

Portrait Revolution: Inspiration From Around the World For Creating Art In Multiple Mediums and Styles, Julia L. Kay (Pimpernel Press Limited, 2017)

Rating: 4/5 stars

Review: I greatly enjoy art books – they make great coffee table books & it’s of course always a bonus if my family learns something from it. I loved seeing the different mediums used for portraits & the art was wonderfully handpicked. My favorite part of these books is how I can pick my favorites & hopefully be able to find a large print of it to hang in my home.

Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions, Lysa TerKeurst (Thomas Nelson, 2012)

Rating: 3/5 stars

Review: I’ve heard a lot of wonderful things about the works of Lysa Terkeurst so I started with Unglued. I guess that was the wrong choice – perhaps I don’t struggle enough with controlling my emotions – but I don’t feel any different after reading it. It didn’t move me in anyway or gave advice for myself. Perhaps I’ll pick it up again in a few years & give it another go, but for now, it just wasn’t the right time. I won’t give up on Lysa though…I’ll pursue another one of her publications to give an accurate review.

The Power of a Praying Wife, Stormie Omartian (Harvest House Publishers, 1996)

Rating: 5/5 stars

Review: Prayer is and has always been the biggest struggle in my walk with the Lord. The only prayers I was taught as a child was the Lord’s Prayer & a few short memorizing prayers like “god is great. God is good. Let us thank him for our food…”. I picked up this book because I want my views on prayer to change. I wanted to learn how to pray better. I wanted to get into a habit of praying. And what better way to start than with my marriage?
I didn’t know what to expect going in…but the 5 star reviews on here and Amazon speak for themselves. This book is wonderful. Obviously I still need to work on my praying & when praying alone, my prayers sound nothing like the ones in this book…but it’s a great start. There were a few things that didn’t apply to me or my marriage – things we don’t struggle with or things that we’ve already discussed (like our roles at home) – but overall it was extremely helpful in showing me how to pray & how important it is to pray for your husband. If Stormie wrote additional books, I’m going to read those as well.

Homing Instincts: Early Motherhood on a Midwestern Farm, Sarah Menkedick (Pantheon Books, 2017)

Rating: 3/5 stars

Review: Menkedick is a fantastic writer – the vivid descriptions of her life feel as if I’m right there with her. However, I guess I’m not one for essay/prose type books. I felt it was harder to follow compared to a regular nonfiction. But this is just my personal preference.


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