31 Proverbs to Light Your Path by Liz Curtis Higgs

I purchased this book from Amazon to read with my friend Kayla. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 31 Proverbs To Light Your Path by Liz Curtis Higgs. This is a great book for a Bible study with friends. Kayla and I broke it into one verse a day reading and studying each verse then doing the small One Minute, One Step at the end each day. An amazing way to look forward to some light in your day and include the way one verse from Proverbs can be associated even in modern times. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie, Goodreads/StacieBoren and my blog at readsbystacie.com

May 2019 Wrap Up

14 books. I also go to meet author Judith B. Pinkard and she was wonderful! We got our new puppy, Sasquatch and I hope in June he will sit still long enough that maybe we can include him in some photos. We also had a preschooler that graduated and registered for kindergarten next school year. What a busy month! I read The Mister by E L James, The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz, My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent, Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, Guarded Dreams by L J Evans, Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane, Bible Promises For Moms by Heidi St John, The Invited by Jennifer McMahon, Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan, Broken Pieces by Judith B Pinkard, Falling For Fallon by S J Sylvis, and With The Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo. I normally strive for 20 books a month, didn’t quite get there this month but great thing is there is always next month! Do you strive for a number goal every month or do you just read without setting goals?

Broken Pieces by Judith B Pinkard

I purchased this book from Amazon to read. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Broken Pieces by Judith B. Pinkard. Sometimes an author sits down to write a book and it seems like it was written just to touch your soul. This was that book for me. Mental Illness is not something a lot of people understand. People think they could be better if they just tried. Unfortunately, that does not work for everyone. Little Judy struggled from the day she was born with her mother’s illness, whether it was hiding it or ignoring it Judy struggled. Judy’s story reaches into the soul and pulls empathy and love from deep inside you. Sometimes the broken pieces of the world are how you build a stronger you! Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie, Goodreads/StacieBoren and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Bible Promises For Moms by Heidi St John

I purchased this book from Amazon to read with my sister Rhonda Wolf. All opinions are my own. Bible Promises For Moms by Heidi St John. Last summer we did the Bible Study Mom Strong and I recommend every mom read it no matter what stage of motherhood you are in I promise it will apply to you. This little pocket book is filled with prayers for those moments when as a Mom you just need to hear what God is trying to say to you. It is alphabetized by subject and an easy reference to place a prayer exactly when and where you need to hear or say it. Sometimes life is overwhelming and patience isn’t a virtue you reach alone. Take ten minutes and ask for help it makes all the difference in the world. This book is a wonderful reminder that God is in the corner of Moms every step of the way through motherhood, even when it seems to hard to handle. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie, Goodreads/StacieBoren, and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Always Enough, Never Too Much by Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan

I purchased this book from Amazon to read with @kaylasonlyheart. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Always Enough, Never Too Much by Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan. This is 2 books in one, 100 devotions for women. While it took us a while to get through this bible study, we did one day at a time, one devotion at a time. We read daily and reflected daily and whether you are feeling you are too much or never enough the ultimate point is you are you. You have your strengths, you have your faults, but you who you are because God made you who he needs you to be, everyday. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way by Lysa Terkeurst

I purchased this book from Amazon to read with my sister and proverbs 31 online bible study. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way by Lysa Terkeurst. Sometimes life hands us lemons, sometimes life throws us curve balls we never saw coming, and sometimes life knocks us on the ground and keeps punching and kicking until there is no fight left in us. That is where this book fits in. Whether you’ve just been handed a lemon or taken more punches than you ever knew existed this book helps you reach a place where you say it’s ok to not be ok. When you finally throw up your hands and say ok dust…..I get it. Even when you aren’t getting the answers you need, you aren’t hearing the words you want said, or you just aren’t sure that prayer will ever be answered this book helps you through the messy middle of life. Lysa uses her own tragedies but ties them in a way that no matter what your trials are you can relate. She doesn’t minimize any of the pain you feel from disappointment only makes suggestions on how to muddle through the best you can. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Yes No and Maybe

I purchased this book from Amazon to read with my friend Kayla. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Yes No Maybe by Wendy Pope. The best thing about this book is after each chapter there is a section where you get to reflect and write your own summary! That isn’t all your summary is the end of the book! You get to choose your own ending! Your reflection all wrapped up in a happy ending! A bible study that lets you be the author what an awesome idea! This bible study unwraps what the bible says about all the wonderful plans God has for us but also how to fight to reach those goals by saying Yes, No, and Maybe according to our own needs. Perfect for all those women who live the hectic life and are trying to find a balance. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Prayers For The Battlefield by Heidi St John

I purchased this book from Amazon to read with my sister. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Prayers for the Battlefield by Heidi St. John. This book is written to speak directly to mothers. Every struggle a mom has with her faith and life in general is in this book with a prayer to move forward to the next chapter in life. It also makes a great quick reference for prayer when you can find what you are struggling with there are prayers worded beautifully to guide you. Life happens too fast and the struggles are real this book give you quick ways to hunt a verse related to that struggle. Review also posted on Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

There Is Hope by Chris Amos

I purchased this book from Amazon to read. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 There is Hope by Chris Amos. After reading about a tragic moment on Facebook and doing some further research I learned that this friend of my husband’s had written this book. I did not do a lot of research into the kind of person Chris is other than to know he was employed by the Norfolk Police Department where my husband also worked previously. I have read a lot of books some bad, some good, and some really great so why not? After it arrived I read the blurb and thought ok soon. I picked this up this morning and finished it in one day. A compilation of stories of life on the streets as a cop for Norfolk Police Department that will make you think sometimes the only person who can put you in a situation or help you out of a situation is God. Amos did a great job of providing a different outlook on the way one can see the situation. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Shaken by Tim Tebow

I purchased this book from Amazon to #buddyread with my friend Kayla. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Shaken by Tim Tebow. I have always been a Tim Tebow fan from the moment he was a Florida Gator to the day he was cut from the NFL and even when he played college ball I made a remark to my children and said, “The world is not ready for what Tebow represents.” My kids told me I was crazy, they said Mom he will make it he’s a great ball player. Turns out he went to the NFL kept as low a profile as possible, but it wasn’t in the cards. While the rest of the world criticized him or poked fun Tim really struggled with what he wanted to do. Turns out God’s plans were different for Tim and it took a lot of emotional struggle, family support, and a little bit of faith for Tim to see there was a bigger picture. In this book he walks through memories that will make you smile, bring tears to your eyes, and make your heart swell all at the same time. While Tim’s dreams were twisted around his Faith was never a question he knew there was a plan even if it wasn’t what he dreamed, and he helps the reader remember to look for that too. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com