Singled Out: Book Review

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Living Single

In a world where pairing off is the norm and marriage makes a happily-ever-after, how can single women be happy?

Nikki Derouin answers this question in her new book, Singled Out. Derouin’s dream of becoming a wife and mother didn’t come to fruition. Now, she isn’t on a mission to help ladies find their soul mates or achieve fulfillment through a career, but through appreciating the importance of Christian service. Singled Out is brief – including an appendix, it’s 101 pages – with questions provided at the end of each chapter.

Who is Singled Out is written for?

Derouin discusses her experiences teaching girls that are probably in high school. Singled Out, and at times, seems to be geared toward those who have just crossed into adulthood. However, there are other spots that an older audience can better appreciate, such as the discussion that singleness might be permanent. Overall, Singled Out will best be appreciated by ladies at least 21 years old who hold traditional views of gender roles.

Disclosure of Material: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookCrash.com book review program, which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR Title 16, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Just 18 Summers

https://i2.wp.com/files.tyndale.com/thpdata/images--covers/175_w/978-1-4143-8659-1.jpgHow much time do you have to spend with your child? You have Just 18 Summers, which is the essential message of this book by Rene Gutteridge and Michelle Cox. The novel weaves the lives of four families together. Each family is very different in their personality and the challenges they’re facing.

What the members of each adult member of the group – and what Gutteridge and Cox clearly want you to realize – is that it’s important to make the most of the time you have to influence, teach, love and enjoy your child. The four families in Just 18 Summers are at different phases of this journey, with children at different ages. This influences their thoughts as do their different priorities in life.

For the most part, the book was realistic, although some of the dialogue with the youngest character, Ava, seemed a bit unrealistic. She’s a young child and is portrayed as a bit mature for her age. There were some moments in the book when the spiritual element of the book seemed forced – as if, just to make sure there was no mistake, it was squeezed in so it comes across as unnatural in places. However, on the whole Just 18 Summers is a very enjoyable read that could cause anyone to re-evaluate their perspective on what’s important in life.

FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. This is my honest opinion about this book.

Beautiful on the Mountain by Jeannie Light: Book Review

https://i2.wp.com/files.tyndale.com/thpdata/images--covers/500%20h/978-1-4143-8713-0.jpgA rural church has been closed for years. It sits abandoned, and a request has been made for it to be re-opened. Poverty is a concern in this area but a spiritual leader’s guidance could unite people. Is an inexperienced person, with no theological training or pastoral experience, really the ideal person to get this rural church open?

This is the conflict in Jeannie Light’s Beautiful on the Mountain. But she isn’t judging someone else – she’s judging herself. While some comparisons have been made between this story and Catherine Marshall’s Christy, Beautiful on the Mountain takes place more recently and lacks the romantic element that Christy has. In Beautiful on the Mountain, Light feels guided to carry on from the smallest, most random circumstances.

Beautiful on the Mountain will appeal to those who are looking for an inspiring read. There is no singular climax, so it will also appeal to those who enjoy a realistic story that resembles real life.

FTC Disclosure: Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes.

Declutter Now!

Declutter Now Study Guide

Have you ever felt surrounded by clutter, powerless to get it under control?

While it’s unclear if husband and wife team Lindon and Sherry Gareis have ever felt this way- they are professional de-clutterers so to speak – they do know that it’s worth looking for the root of the problem.

There seems to be a theme in their eight-week study, Declutter Now! Study Guide 8 Weeks to Uncovering the Hidden Joy and Freedom in Your Life. To address the problem of clutter, The Gareises don’t provide strategies of how to get organized or which items to throw away, but their method is to look within instead. This eight-week study includes one chapter for each week that mainly focuses on one way clutter influences or is connected to another facet of life. I found it fascinating how the Gareises were talking about issues that seemingly have nothing to do with having too much stuff. But, everything is connected, and letting go of clutter proves that. The Gareises show the connection of how clutter can influence or show up in our physical health, finances, spirituality and careers.

As a member of the Ambassador International Blogger Review team, I received a free copy of this study guide. It’s designed to be an eight-week journey and the study guide makes references to another work of the Gareises, Declutter Now! Without that book, I could not understand some of the questions and didn’t understand all the contents of the study guide. Another area that influenced my experience was how I read it and with whom.  I read this alone and did not use a full eight weeks to get through it. I did get insights from reflecting on the questions, but to get the most from the experience, I recommend going through the journey with at least one other person who wants to de-clutter.

FTC disclosure: I received a free copy of Declutter Now! Study Guide 8 Weeks to Uncovering the Hidden Joy and Freedom in Your Life from Ambassador International, the publisher. The thoughts contained in this review are my own.