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Book Review: The Advent of the Lamb of God by Russ Ramsey

I recently finished reading The Advent of the Lamb of God by Russ Ramsey as my devotional. It is one of three books in the Retelling the Story Series. This particular one is intended to be read during the Advent season (the twenty-five days leading up to Christmas). There are twenty-five chapters, which means you read a chapter a day, and since each chapter is only about four pages it works out perfectly as a devotional. I was able to read it each morning in no more than ten minutes. The series seeks to do exactly what it says, retell Read More

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Finishing Well

I recently shared a message on obedience at my church’s women’s conference. The conference was based on the Beth Moore Bible Study A Woman’s Heart, so some of the ideas from the message were taken from that study. While the message had three main points to it, there was one point that seemed to really stand out to the women in attendance. Multiple women came up to me afterwards and said that this one part really hit home for them, which made me think it’s probably something many people are struggling with, so I wanted to share it here in a modified Read More

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Christian Book Gift Guide

This post may contain affiliate links and ads, you can learn more about this by viewing my full disclaimer here. This year I listed eleven books on my Christmas list (yes, I am thirty-five and still make a Christmas list). For some of you that might seem like a lot, but I actually had to narrow it down quite a bit. Books are a great option when it comes to gift giving. I often use them as a companion gift to go along with something else. A candle and a book, earrings and a book, a blanket and a book, a Read More

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Book Review: Eat Cake. Be Brave. by Melissa Radke

This post may contain affiliate links and ads, you can learn more about this by viewing my full disclaimer here. Eat Cake. Be Brave. is a fairly new book and Melissa Radke‘s first book. If you know that name it is probably from one of her many viral videos, including “Upside Down French Braid” and “Red Ribbon Week“, both of which are hilarious. I first heard about her on the That Sounds Fun Podcast with Annie F. Downs. She was so fun and engaging during that interview that I decided to start following her myself, and I am so glad I Read More

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Book Review: 100 Days to Brave by Annie F. Downs

I just finished the 100 Days to Brave Summer challenge that Annie F. Downs started at the end of May. I’ve never been a part of a challenge like this because I know myself well enough to know that I typically don’t finish things like this, so I usually don’t bother starting them. However, I love Annie and follow her religiously on Instagram as well as on her That Sounds Fun podcast, so I thought if I was every going to finish one of these challenges it would more than likely be with one of her books.  Within the first Read More

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Book Review: Imperfect Courage by Jessica Honegger

This post may contain affiliate links and ads, you can learn more about this by viewing my full disclaimer here. I first heard about Jessica Honegger through Jen Hatmaker‘s For the Love podcast. Jen and Jessica are friends, and even though they don”t know it yet, I feel like all they are missing is their third amigo…me! I just know we would all be best friends, but that’s another story for another day. Anyway, I had heard about Jessica and her company Noonday Collection, but that was about it. I thought Noonday sounded like a great idea and Jessica sounded like Read More

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Book Review: Unexpected by Christine Caine

This post may contain affiliate links and ads, you can learn more about this by viewing my full disclaimer here. I have a confession: I have heard Christine Caine speak live three or four times now, and I really liked her the first time. Since then, though,  I’ve not enjoyed her other talks as much. Let me explain. I feel like all of her sermons have gone back to the same thing – freedom in Christ, which is great! However, often times it’s not even the theme of the event we are at, but it’s what she seems to always go Read More

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Book Review: I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown

I recently read I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown. Initially, I heard about this book when Jen Hatmaker had her on the For the Love podcast, which I listen to religiously. Her honesty and sincerity were so moving that I pretty much immediately ordered her book. The book focuses on the idea of true racial justice and why/how our ideas of diversity so often don’t live up to our words about it. I have to admit I’ve not read much on this topic, not for a lack of desire to learn, but from Read More

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Five Things to Do Before You Start a Small Group

This post may contain affiliate links and ads, you can learn more about this by viewing my full disclaimer here. I recently started a small group with two of the college girls at my church. They are girls that consistently volunteer within our youth ministry and are constantly pouring into our youth, so I wanted to make sure I was pouring into them too. However, this isn’t the first time I’ve done this. I mentored a girl from one of my husband’s previous youth groups for six years in a one on one setting. Before that, I had a friend in Read More

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Book Review: Uninvited

This post may contain affiliate links and ads, you can learn more about this by viewing my full disclaimer here. I recently finished reading Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely by Lysa TerKeurst. I disciple a small group of college girls, and it was the first book they chose to go through. To be honest, I was quite shocked when they chose this one out of all the options I gave them. It was probably the most intense book, and it definitely required the most vulnerability when it came to discussing it. I figured they would want Read More