Showing posts from October, 2015

Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook

A couple of weeks ago, I reviewed Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison's new book, Trim Healthy Mama Plan. Today, I'm reviewing their companion cookbook - Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook: Eat Up and Slim Down with More Than 350 Healthy Recipes. The Trim Healthy Mama cookbook is meant to be paired with their Plan book and to give you recipes with which to follow their THM plan. The book description reads:

"In their debut cookbook, the Trim Healthy Mama’s share hundreds of delicious, healthy recipes to help readers successfully slim down while eating well. This companion cookbook to the bestselling Trim Healthy Mama Plan is just what readers have been waiting for. It features simple, mouthwatering, recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner—including slow cooker and one-pot meals, hearty soups and salads, omelets and waffles, pizzas, breads and more. No Trim Healthy Mama should be deprived, so there are also favorite snacks, delectable desserts, and the smoothies, sippers and teas f…

Trim Healthy Mama

Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison, popular sisters and daughters of Nancy Campbell, founder of Above Rubies, have teamed up to write Trim Healthy Mama Plan: The Easy-Does-It Approach To Vibrant Health & A Slim Waistline. The THM plan, as it is called, promises to cut through all the fads and diets and deliver a new, healthy, sane approach to weight loss, maintenance, and health. The back cover reads:

"Forget the Fad Diets, Join the Food Freedom Movement

Counting calories is out. All the food groups are in. Becoming trim and healthy doesn't have to be difficult or painstaking anymore. After trying almost every fad diet out there, Serene Allison and Pearl Barrett, creators of the Trim Healthy Mama movement, took matters into their own hands. Through trial and error and much research, they created the TRIM HEALTHY MAMA PLAN, the breakthrough lifestyle program to help readers of all ages and stages get healthy, slim down and keep off the weight once and for all.

Based on…

Hands Free Life

I was instantly intrigued when I saw Hands Free Life: 9 Habits For Overcoming Distraction, Living Better, & Loving More by Rachel Macy Stafford. I've never read her previous book, Hands Free Mama: A Guide To Putting Down The Phone, Burning The To-Do List, And Letting Go Of Perfection To Grasp What Really Matters!, or read her blog, so I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. However, I feel like life today is just so much media and technology and not enough real life, hand on, relational interaction, so I knew this was a perfect book for me. Hands Free Life is a slim, easily accessible paperback that outlines nine essential principles, or habits to develop: Fill The Spaces, Surrender Control, Build A Foundation, Take The Pressure Off, See What Is Good, Give What Matters, Establish Boundaries, Leave A Legacy, and Change Someone's Story. Sprinkled throughout the chapters are "Hands Free Life Daily Declarations", and at the end of each chapter is a "Ha…

A Moment Of Weakness

A Moment Of Weakness is the second book in #1 New York Times best-selling author Karen Kingsbury's Forever Faithful series. I reviewed the previous book, Waiting For Morning, a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it, so I was excited to read and review book two. A Moment Of Weakness was originally published in 2000, but is being reprinted and given an updated cover by Multnomah. I usually enjoy Karen Kingsbury's books immensely - she is an extremely talented writer, and I usually finish reading her books with a spiritual takeaway to apply to my life. They're definitely not "fluff" books. Book two, A Moment Of Weakness, follows characters Jade Conner and Tanner Eastman. The back cover reads:

"Had they found each other again after all these years, only to lose everything that matters most?

As children, Jade Conner and Tanner Eastman were best friends—until scandal drove them apart. Then, one golden summer, they find each other again. Through endless days they s…


Deadlock by DiAnn Mills is the third installment in her FBI: Houston series. Having previously enjoyed the first two books, I was looking forward to reading this one. I love DiAnn Mill's perfect blend of suspense, mystery, action, faith, and romance. Some books advertise as suspense, but are really just a romance novel. I'm not a big romance novel fan, so I appreciate that she keeps the romance light and more in the background. Her writing style is taut, engaging, and keeps me turning the pages. This latest installment follows Special Agents Bethany Sanchez and Thatcher Graves. The book description reads:

"Two murders have rocked the city of Houston. Are they the work of a serial killer, or is a copycat trying to get away with murder?

That is the question facing Special Agent Bethany Sanchez, who is eager for her new assignment in violent crimes but anxious about meeting her new partner. Special Agent Thatcher Graves once arrested her brother, and he has a reputation for…


I'm not sure why, but when I ordered Randy Alcorn's latest book, Happiness, I was expecting an average length trade paperback. I was (happily) surprised to receive a huge, 481-page hardcover. This is truly the definitive work on happiness and the Christian life. It's absolutely jam-packed with theology, historical resources, quotes, practical advice, and lots of interesting stories to add a cherry on top. The book is divided into four large sections: Our Compelling Quest For Happiness, The Happiness Of God, The Bible's Actual Words For Happiness, and Understanding And Experiencing Happiness in God. There's also an Introduction and two Appendices, plus exhaustive end notes. The book description reads:

"Christians are supposed to be happy. In fact, we are supposed to radiate joy, peace, and contentment that is so unmistakable and so attractive that others are naturally drawn to us because they want what we have. And yet, in today’s culture, the vast majority of…