What is Your Favorite Genre?

I dedicate this post to all my fellow bookworms who believe the book was better.

What if you could only read your favorite genre for the rest of your life, what would it be? For my movie watching nonreaders, what would be your favorite movie genre?

Recently this was a conversation starter on a local morning radio station. I wanted to ask my online friends the same question to help stir up ideas for my next summer read.

My Favorite Genre

If I could only read one genre for the rest of my life, it would be historical fiction.

I’m hooked on the Maggie Hope Mystery series by Susan Elia MacNeal.

Maggie Hope is a secretary turned secret agent working for Winston Churchill in the 1940s.

2019 Reading Thus Far

My reading list for 2019 contains a mixture of historical fiction, political thrillers, and nonfiction self-help.  

I hope something on my list will spark an interest with you.

Fiction:

  • Sweet Tomorrows by Debbie Macomber
  • A Dog’s Journey by W. Bruce Cameron
  • Snobs by Julien Fellows
  • Missing Isaac by Valerie Fraser Luesse
  • The Chosen People by Robert Whitlow
  • All the Stars in the Heavens by Andriana Trigiani

Historical Fiction:

  • Belgravia by Julien Fellows
  • Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal
  • His Majesty’s Hope by Susan Elia MacNeal
  • The Prime Minister’s Secret Agent by Susan Elia MacNeal

Political Thriller Fiction:

  • The Kremlin Conspiracy by Joel C. Rosenberg
  • The Persian Gamble by Joel C. Rosenberg

Non-Fiction-Self-Help:

  • The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin
  • Spark Joy by Marie Kondo
  • Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes
  • Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
  • Girl Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis
  • Have a New Teenager by Friday by Kevin Leman

Non-Fiction-Religion/

Inspirational:

  • Leaving Legalism by Kendra Fletcher
  • Grace Outpouring by Roy Godwin
  • A Wife’s 40 Day Fasting and Praying Journal by Kaylene Yoder
  • The God I Never Knew by Robert Morris
  • Face to Face with God by Bill Johnson
  • Anchored by Kayla Aimee
  • More for Mom by Kristen Funston
  • Prayers for Prodigals by James Banks
  • On Bended Knee: Praying Like Prophets, Warriors, and Kings by Crickett Keeth

Happy Reading!

~April Dawn White © 2019

Images Courtesy of by César Viteri on UnsplashJason Leung on Unsplash

More for Mom Living Your Whole and Holy Life by Kristin Funston |Book Review

Real-life talk. Witt. Biblical truth

More for Mom Living Your Whole and Holy Life

Kristin Funston delivers refreshing grace for the daily grind of motherhood. Written in a conversational style, More for Mom Living Your Whole and Holy Life feels like a back porch conversation with a longtime friend.

She shares a common struggle with modern Christian moms—how to live a whole and holy life in a world filled with lies, distractions, and comparison from our culture.

Funston debunks the lie demanding more from moms, but God has a plan of more for moms. 

Funston wrote More for Mom with moms in mind. However, women with or without children, millennials and older, can apply the principles and strategies for a deeper relationship with God. 

More for Mom Living Your Whole and Holy Life

Funston wrote More for Mom with moms in mind. However, women with or without children, millennials and older, can apply the principles and strategies for a deeper relationship with God. 

I recommend More for Mom Living Your Whole and Holy Life for the Christian woman eager to receive more from God.

More for Mom Living Your Whole and Holy Life by Kristin Funston is available wherever online and wherever fine books are sold. To connect with Kristin you can visit her website.

~April Dawn White © 2019 All Rights Reserved.

Photographs courtesy of Kristin Funston and the Blythe Daniel Agency

Brick Builders Illustrated Bible: Book Review

What do you get when you combine brick building imaginative play plus thirty-five most beloved Bible stories? Answer: the Brick Builders Illustrated Bible. This exciting Bible combines the 3D animation by illustrator Antony Evans with the writing skills of Emily Dammer.

The Brick Builders Illustrated Bible consists of fifteen Old Testament and twenty-one New Testament stories. Contained within the colorful pages are classic stories. For instance, David and Goliath, Sampson, Noah’s Ark, Moses, and the Birth of Christ. These stories come to life with a strong biblical message and bold brick design.

Each story begins with a title and scripture reference and concludes with a “Building Block” takeaway. These takeaways allow for the reader and child to apply the Biblical principles to their own life.  Examples of these takeaways include, “Obey God,” “Trust God,” “Believe in Jesus,” and “Spread the Good News.”

The thirty-five stories average six pages in length with large font for easy reading. This full-color hardback book consists of 224 pages and retails at $17.99.

The Brick Builders Illustrated Bible is a brilliant idea to keep little hands and minds busy with bricks while learning practical application from God’s Word.

Mom, Dad, and Grandparent, I highly recommend adding The Brick Builders Illustrated Bible to your Christmas shopping list.

~April Dawn White|  ©2018 All Rights Reserved

Courageous Women of the Bible: Book Review

In her newest book, Courageous Women of the Bible: Leaving Behind Fear & Insecurity for a Life of Confidence and Freedom, author LaTan Roland Murphy unfolds a fresh insight of courage.

I met LaTan Roland Murphy at the Asheville Christian Writers Conference in February 2016. As a native Virginian G.R.I.T. S. girl (Girl Raised in the South), I felt an instant connection to this Georgian peach. LaTan inspired me to take bold and courageous steps forward in my personal life and in writing.

Through the stories of eleven heroic women of the Bible, LaTan Roland Murphy illustrates their diverse forms of courage in the soft-spoken and the bold. Woven into each chapter, LaTan Roland Murphy shares her personal struggles and insecurities. Murphy’s ability to balance the weightiness of the loss of her brother with the humor of her fear of snakes exemplifies her transparent overlay of warmth and wit throughout the book.

Courageous Women of the Bible is a book is for real women facing current culturally relevant topics. If you can answer ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then this book is for you.

  • Do I struggle with finding the courage to lead my family or surrender my loved ones to God?
  • Am I fearful of rejection?
  • Do I desire to live generously, but struggle with limited resources?
  • Have I ever struggled with doing the right thing even when my spouse or others do not?
  • Do I question if I have the courage required to have a baby amidst great odds, pressure, and uncertain times?

Courageous Women of the Bible: Leaving Behind Fear & Insecurity for a Life of Confidence and Freedom, is a treasured book to draw closer to Jesus and step out in faith with bold courage LaTan taught me several years ago.

LaTan Roland Murphy is an award-winning author and speaker and has been featured in WHOA women’s magazine and numerous other publications. She is the author of Becoming a Woman of Interior Elegance and co-author of God’s Provision in Tough Times. She is also the founder of The Colors of His Love Women’s Conference. She and her husband, Joe, have three adult children and two delightful grandchildren. They live in Raleigh, North Carolina. She would love for you to stop by and visit her on her website at LatanMurphy.com

Courageously writing, 

~Apri Dawn White

Lies Moms Believe by Rebekah Hargraves: Book Review & Giveaway

I am excited I get to give away one free copy of the book and study guide Lies Moms Believe and How the Gospel Refutes Them by Rebekah Hargraves. (Read to the end for detailed instructions.)

Lies Moms Believe is the inaugural book by Rebekah Hargraves, birthed from personal experience of raising two littles and sharing these thoughts on her blog, podcast, and website.

Rebekah Hargraves wrote, Lies Moms Believe to help moms battle the lies and find the freedom intended for motherhood.  Hargraves writes, “It all started way back in the Garden of Eden, this age-old ploy of Satan. It was the very tactic he first implemented in order that he might drive a wedge between God and Eve, and it is what Satan still uses today in his attempts to produce the very same outcome of division in our own relationships with God. What is that tactic, you ask? It is getting God’s people to believe a lie.”

Lies Moms Believe debunks thirty-two lies moms commonly believe. Lies Moms Believe, uncovers the distorted view of motherhood and womanhood forged by culture and warped legalistic thinking. Lies Moms Believe, refutes the myths and misconceptions women accept as true with the absolute truth of the gospel of God’s Word.

Hargraves gathered information from personal experience and via social media polls to detail thirty-two lies most commonly battled in motherhood.  These lies are broken down into five areas in which Satan seeks to lie to mothers.  These five main areas are:

Part I: Lies About Motherhood

Part II: Lies About How God View Us as Moms

Part III: Lies About How We View Ourselves as Moms

Part IV: Lies About Our Children

Part V: Lies About Our Parenting Choices

As a mom of two-teens, (a son and a daughter), I understand the internal struggle of motherhood in a Pinterest perfect world. Even among Christian influences, the battles of lies, debunking myths, and finding freedom in our unique calling continues past the diaper stage. I never felt cut out for motherhood. When our children were younger, I often shared obtaining a doctorate degree in pharmacy was much easier than raising our children. Lies Moms Believe unearth nuggets of wisdom and truth and offer encouragement to moms regardless of the stage of motherhood. Lies Moms Believe is an excellent Mother’s Day gift. 

Rebekah Hargraves invites the reader to continue the conversation with the supplementary Bible study and joining the private Facebook group Moms Living Free. Lies Moms Believe is available as a print and e-book. 

You may find Rebekah Hargraves online at https://www.hargraveshomeandhearth.com/, on Instagram @RebekahHargraves on Facebook @HargravesHomeandHearth, on Twitter @HHomeandHearth  Follow Rebekah Hargraves and Lies Moms Believe using these hashtags: #liesmomsbelieve #lmbcompanionstudy #authorrebekahhargraves #gospelformoms #livingintruth. 

Lies Moms Believe Book & Study Guide GIVEAWAY!

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I will announce the winner via blog post next Friday, May 4th. Thank you!

DISCLOSURE (IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FTC’S 16 CFR, PART 255: “GUIDES CONCERNING THE USE OF ENDORSEMENTS AND TESTIMONIALS IN ADVERTISING”): MANY THANKS TO THE BLOGABOUT NETWORK FOR GIVING ME A COPY OF Lies Moms Believe IN EXCHANGE FOR MY HONEST OPINION.”

~April Dawn White

*Images courtesy of Rebekah Hargraves and The BlogAbout Network.

© 2018 April Dawn White, All rights reserved

Alongside by Sarah Beckman Book Review and Giveaway

AlongsideRead to the end to find out how you can win a free copy of this book!

“The friend who loves their neighbor well in trial will continue to come alongside after the initial hardship is over”—Sara Beckham, Alongside

Most of us have experienced the desire to help someone during a time of medical diagnosis, loss, or grief.  What are we to do? Sending over a meal is important, but how can we love others beyond taking them a meal? Alongside, is a practical guide of helpful suggestions complied by personal testimonies of the author and others in their time of crisis.

Author, Sarah Beckman, has been on both the giving and receiving end of help. Within a span of six years, Beckman lived through eleven weeks of bedrest prior the birth of her third child and four back surgeries.  In her book, Alongside, Beckman incorporates her experiences with the advice of others to provide the byline of the book, “A Practical Guide for Loving Your Neighbor in the Time of Trial.” Alongside, features three parts, “First Things First, Taking Action, and Special Circumstances.”

Part 1

In the first part Beckman, explains that at the heart of this book is the command to “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:36-40, NLT).  “Reaching out to help others is more than ‘just doing the right thing.’ It is our God-given responsibility” (page 5).

“It’s Not About You” is the title of chapter two and a reoccurring theme throughout the book. In this chapter Beckman, reminds the giver not to focus on their personal feelings, but the feelings of the one they desire to help.  This concept sounds simple, put as Beckman references throughout the book; often people unintentionally make hurtful statements to those they are trying to help.

In chapter three, “In the Know,” Beckman illustrates a tier system of relationship:Sarah Beckman Alongside

Tier 1: caregiver/close friend

Tier 2: friend/neighbor/co-worker/church member/sports team/shared organizations

Tier 3: acquaintance/friend or friend-of-the-family

Tier 4: infrequent interaction

I found this tier system to be golden. “Knowing your place in the life of the person in crisis will help you know how to respond” (page 15).

Part 2

The second part of Alongside, features a variety of ways to love thy neighbor by taking action. I suffer from a chronic illness and I found this section exceptionally valuable. The first year of my diagnosis was the most difficult. Those who reached out, who made themselves present, those who took the time to visit, those who invited me to normal activities and didn’t always talk about my condition, and those who continued to remember my struggle are the ones I appreciate the most.

Part 3

In the third part of Alongside, author Sarah Beckman shares five chapters of special circumstances such as in the case of a terminal illness, a messy situation, or when faith isn’t shared.  Regardless of the difficult situation, being present is the truest gift of friendship. My favorite quote in the entire book is found in Chapter 7 “Be Present.” It reads, “The friend who loves their neighbor well in trial will continue to come alongside after the initial hardship is over” (page 60).

Sarah Beckman AlongsideMost of us have experienced the desire to help someone during a time of medical diagnosis, loss, or grief.  What are we to do? We are to be a present friend who walks alongside them in their journey.

Meet Sarah Beckman

Sarah Beckman shares on her website, “I love coffee and green chile and golf and my Wisconsin Badgers. I love the water, but also the mountains. And I love traveling to Haiti…maybe because they have both.” To learn more about first time author, Sarah Beckman visit SaraBeckman.org.

Book Giveaway

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Giveaways are open to residents of the continental U.S. and Canada only.

I will announce the winner February 28, 2017.

DISCLOSURE (IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FTC’S 16 CFR, PART 255: “GUIDES CONCERNING THE USE OF ENDORSEMENTS AND TESTIMONIALS IN ADVERTISING”): MANY THANKS TO Morgan James Publisher FOR GIVING ME TWO COPIES of Alongside IN EXCHANGE FOR MY HONEST OPINION.

P.S. If you are interested in reading more of my thoughts on chronic illness and friendship, read Four Lessons Chronic Illness Taught Me about Friendship.

©2017 April Dawn White

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