Book Review: {Why} Motherhood Matters

As a mom of young children, and especially as a stay at home parent, being a mama is all consuming.  I am with my little ones basically 24/7 at this point and I basically only think about them.  Did they eat enough, are they sleeping enough, what do they need!!  Since they’re so little, their needs can feel overwhelming, but a lot of mamas of young children also start to feel alone.

Enter Steptember McCarthy and her wonderful book {Why} Motherhood Matters!  This book shares some very personal stories, as well as realistic and practical advice for any mom in all stages of motherhood.  So many times while reading this book, I found myself nodding because I could relate so much.

The book is laid out in four parts, which go deeper into some of the issues of motherhood.  From faith and wellness, to education and relationships, September covers so many aspects of motherhood, and each section ends with some questions and principles to think about and carry into your own life.

Whether you’re in the middle of trying to have a baby, or the sleepless nights, or you have teenagers and beyond, this book is for you.  I am so glad that I had the chance to read it.

For more information, check out September’s website here!

xoxo,
Alysa

 

Disclosure: I received this book at no charge in exchange for this review. All the opinions stated here are my own.

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Dating in Marriage: Book Review

I was recently given the chance to review a book on date nights in marriage, and I’m so excited to share that review with you here!  This post contains affiliate links.  If you click on my links and then buy something, it will be a big blessing on our little family. <3

Dating in Marriage by Brittany Putman has 12 date ideas you can do with your spouse throughout the year.  Each date has a cute theme, and there are a number of questions you can ask each other during or after the date.  It’s a nice way to connect with your spouse every month!

Especially after having babies, it can be difficult to really go on a date with your spouse.  In this book, there are a number of dates where you don’t even have to leave the house, which is kind of my favourite kind of date.  My husband and I love our date nights-in, and this book has a few of those.  And, the other date ideas found in here are relatively cheap/easy to do.  You don’t have to spend a fortune on any of the dates in the book, which I really appreciated.  I also liked the fact that the dates are simple enough that Brittany doesn’t need to go on and on for pages.  It’s written in a way that is directly to the point, so you don’t need to go searching for what the actual date idea is.  It makes it easier to plan dates, because you can read a paragraph or two and then just go!  I like that it’s not overly complicated, because dating your husband shouldn’t be complicated.

Another thing I really liked is the part at the end.  Once you’re done your year of dates, there is a guide for a marriage retreat!  There are three mini-sessions you can do with your spouse at the location of your choosing.  All that is asked of you is that you go for 1 to 2 nights, and that you go by yourselves.  What a neat idea!  I love that you can have a little marriage retreat with your spouse and it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg, and it’s totally guided by this book.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book, and I can’t wait to try out some of these dates with my husband. 🙂 You can read more information about this book from the author’s blog here!

xoxo,
Alysa

 

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When We Last Spoke – Review and Giveaway

“Humor, heartbreak, and triumph are served with whipped cream and lots of local nuts in this heartwarming tale of family, friendship, and forgiveness in Fireside, Texas.”

This post contains affiliate links. If a purchase is made through the use of one of my recommendations, I may receive a small commission, which would be a lovely little blessing for my family. I received this book in exchange for this review, the opinions stated are my own.

When We Last Spoke by Marci Henna is a sweet look back at 1960’s smalltown Texas, through the eyes of a young girl who, along with her sister, have just been dropped off at their grandparents house to live, while their mother goes off to pursue her acting career and their father goes to war.  This book is a lovely story, with really interesting characters and setting.  As a Canadian, I especially loved the Southern-isms, some I even had to look up what the meaning behind them were.  I found that the story flowed really well, the writing was beautiful, and the characters were quite lovable.  It was a book that I had a hard time putting down, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a sweet Southern story.

And you can win your own copy! This giveaway is open to the US and Canada

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You can also win a copy for your kindle on Amazon courtesy of the author from February 20-24!

xoxo,
Alysa

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Parenting with Grace and Truth: Book Review & Giveaway

I read a lot of parenting books. I really enjoy reading about different styles of parenting, and in each one I definitely take things away that I can use in my own parenting journey.  So when I was contacted to review Parenting with Grace and Truth by Dan Seaborn, I jumped at the chance of reading it!  I want to be able to parent in a way that is modelled after Jesus, and that is what this book is about.

As I say, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for this review.  Everything said here is my own opinion.  This post also contains affiliate links.

When I start reading any parenting book, I usually start by looking at the author’s bio on/in the back of the book.  I look to see what their qualifications are.  Dan Seaborn mentions on the back of this book that he has four kids with his wife.  That makes me think, ok, so he kind of knows what he’s talking about!  I read a longer bio that also said that he has worked as a youth pastor, so he really knows what he’s talking about with regards to teenagers.  I think it’s important to mention this, because there have been books I’ve read in the past that the author didn’t mention anything about whether or not they were a parent.  I know there are lots of non-parents that are very smart and everything, but as a parent, I take the advice of fellow parents more seriously.  So, I really like the fact that he mentions on his bio that he has children.

The way Parenting with Grace and Truth is set up is each chapter is about a truth about parenting.  Some examples are, The Truth About Developing Good Character in Your Children or The Truth about Effective Parenting.  I found it really interesting that Seaborn talks about these parenting issues as basic truths, and not just any truth, but truth with a foundation in Jesus.  I really liked that.  Another thing he does in each chapter is, he finishes each chapter with a number of questions to consider.  I think that makes this a good book to read with a small group.  There are questions that would make wonderful discussion questions with other parents.  And finally, he has a little blurb at the very end called “Dan’s Reality Check” where he is real about the truths he just talked about in the chapter.

Reading through this book, I found myself nodding my head in agreement about quite a few things.  I found myself hi-lighting sections of the book because I wanted to remember exactly what it said, so I could tell other people about it later.  I think that this is such a great resource for parents!  Though I am currently in the baby/toddler stage of parenting, and he talks a lot about parenting teenagers, I still got a LOT out of this book, and there was a lot I could take away and use in my life right now.

One of my favourite chapters is when Seaborn starts talking about specific parenting styles.  So he describes authoritarian style parenting, helicopter style parenting, and the very best parenting style: Jesus style parenting.  The way he describes Jesus style parenting made it seem actually attainable.  Jesus style parenting is perfect, but the way we do it doesn’t have to be perfect.  If we’re striving for Jesus style parenting, that is enough.

Another thing that I really appreciate about this book is the fact that there is scripture throughout each chapter.  Seaborn writes about parenting in a way that is based in biblical truth.  I think that is the one of it’s huge assets.  You can read exactly which verse he means when he gives his advice.

Parenting with Grace and Truth by Dan Seaborn was a really great read, and I think it will be one that I go back to again and again as my children get older.  And good news, friends!  You have a chance to win a copy of your very own as well!

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xoxo,
Alysa

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Piglet and Robin are Thankful book review

Piglet and Robin are Thankful

I was recently given the chance to review the book, “Piglet and Robin Are Thankful” by Jason Quinn & Andrew Gallagher.  I was given the book for free in exchange for my honest review, the opinions stated here are my own.

“Piglet and Robin are Thankful” is a really sweet book about all the things to be thankful for.  It’s got a cute back and forth between the two characters, and lovely pictures to go with it.  It was fun to read with my daughter.  She loved pointing out the things she recognized in the pictures, and she would say the things she was thankful for, too.  This book is a really cute way to teach your small children all the things that they can be thankful for.

If you’re interested in reading this book, check out the website and Facebook page, and find it on Amazon.

xoxo,
Alysa

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The Blessings of Unity: Book Review & Giveaway

The Blessings of Unity book review

I was recently given the opportunity to review a marriage book, “The Blessings of Unity” by Richard T. Case by Flyby Promotions.  The book was given to me in exchange for my review, and the opinions expressed here are my own.

As per the back cover, “The Blessings of Unity offers insight and ideas for creating godly unity in our marriages centered around two key concepts: 1. Abiding in the vine and walking in the spirit, and 2. Learning and applying the concept of unity.”

This was a short book, but it covers a lot of material.  Each chapter offers many, many examples in scripture, as well as many itemized lists.  There are many tips for ways we can live together in unity in our marriages, and based on scripture.

However, I found this book to be a little dry for my liking.  I much prefer books like this to include personal stories where the advice given either works, or examples of when the advice was needed.  I enjoy books that are a little more conversational.

When I read books such as this one, I often check the author’s bio in the back, to see about their life and their marriage.  I found it really interesting, and a little weird that there was no mention of a marriage in this author’s bio.  Is he even married?  His bio talks about his business experience, and I felt that was a little out of place for a book on marriage.  Additionally, I have to say that I was a little turned off by the introduction when he talks about how children are bombarded with peer pressure, and includes “the gay agenda” as a type of peer pressure.  What is the gay agenda?  This did not seem to come up in the rest of the book, either, so it felt very out of place.

I agree that unity is a huge thing in a marriage, and, especially when kids are involved, being on the same page as your spouse is very very important.  “The Blessings of Unity” covers a lot of really great material on that.  And I really liked that it is primarily based on scripture, and gives actual usable tips on what we can do to have more unity in our marriages.

How would you like to find out for yourself?
You can win your own copy of this book! Open to the US and Canada!
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Or, you can purchase the book here!

xoxo,
Alysa

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