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

Really Bad Girls Of The Bible by Liz Curtis Higgs

I ourchased this book from Amazon to read with @kaylasonlyheart. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Really Bad Girls of The Bible More Lessons from Less Than Perfect Women. When we do these bible study reads we get together read about a chapter a day and use our own time to reflect. These two books by Liz Curtis Higgs (Bad Girls of The Bible and What We Can Learn From Them and Really Bad Girls of The Bible More Lessons from Less Than Perfect Women) show you the power and strength of and woman and the power and strength of a woman after faith intervened in her life. Oh how powerful women are. The author takes a biblical story ties it into a modern day story and a section to walk through all the steps of learning just how much of a valuable lesson we can take away from each woman separately. I loved the style in which this book was written. Sometimes while reading the bible you can almost displace yourself because it was so long ago, but with this book and putting a modern spin on a story makes you think wow! Even the problems of biblical times only disguise themselves in today’s world. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Bad Girls of The Bible and What We Can Learn From Them by Liz Curtis Higgs

I purchased this book from Amazon to #buddyread with @kaylasonlyheart. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Bad Girls of The Bible and What We Can Learn From Them by Liz Curtis Higgs. Oh how powerful women are. The author takes a biblical story ties it into a modern day story and a section to walk through all the steps of learning just how much of a valuable lesson we can take away from each woman separately. I loved the style in which this book was written. Sometimes while reading the bible you can almost displace yourself because it was so long ago, but with this book and putting a modern spin on a story makes you think wow! Even the problems of biblical times only disguise themselves in today’s world. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Let It Go by Karen Ehman

I purchased this book from Amazon to #buddyread with @kaylasonlyheart. Let It Go by Karen Ehman. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Karen walks us through her humorous life and guides us to let go of the control women seem to possess. It isn’t always a bad thing for a woman to control but how you wield that sword determines a certain aspect of your walk in faith, the way your family perceives your behavior, and may cause friction with friends. Not to mention the tool is plays on the stress factor in your daily life. Sometimes its ok to not have it done your way. Learning when and where to just let it go and let it be is rewarding in so many more ways in our journey for Faith. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Women Living Well by Courtney Joseph

I purchased this book from Amazon to read with my sister. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Women Living Well by Courtney Joseph. This book sorts your walk with God along with your feelings, emotions, and families. What kind of example to set as a Mother but most importantly as a Christian and still find quiet time for God. I enjoyed discussing each chapter with my sister and gathering a perception from another’s point of view as well. Review also posted on Library Thing, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Go Read, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

June Wrap Up

I am wrapping up June with 24 books read! I am glad to say Thank you summer for giving me my groove back! I struggled for a few months thinking I could get over 20…..maybe it’s the hot weather or more time or the kids are home, I can’t tell you but whatever it is, I will take it! Yay! My list includes Everless by Sara Holland, Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall, The Way of Beauty by Camille Di Maio, Mom Set Free by Jeannie Cunnion, Keep It Shut by Karen Ehman, The Fates Divided by Veronica Roth, No Ordinary Sue by Hoang Chi Truong, Its Always The Husband by Michele Campbell, The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo, The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins, Still Alice by Lisa Genova, Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Liani Taylor, Illuminae, Gemina, and Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, The 3 Everyday Rules of Magic by Amanda Rawson Hill, Boying Up by Mayim Bialik, Lights Camera Cook and The Heat Is On by Charise Mericle Harper, Trapped in Room 217 by Thomas Kingsley Troupe, A Million Junes by Emily Henry, That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger, An American Marriage by Tayari Jones and Legendary by Stephanie Garber. Thank you to all the book clubs I read with: @halflostbutterflyreadalong @saltwaterreads @blackheartreads @purewowbookclub @bookofthemonth @uppercasebookbox @25infive Modern Mrs. Darcy (@annebogel)and all the #buddyreads I pair up with @mycornerforbooksand and @kaylasteirwalt and to @kidlitexchange to make this one awesome month of reading! You can find all of my reviews on Instagram @borensbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com