Thursday, November 6, 2014

Brave Mom by Sherry Surratt

From the publisher:
In Brave Mom, Sherry Surratt, president and CEO of MOPS  International, shares honestly and openly about the fears every mom struggles with.  From worry about your child’s safety and health to wondering if you are a good parent, to fears about your marriage and loss of self-identity, Sherry comes alongside every mom with practical, real, and hopeful help for these common fears that we’re all afraid to talk about.


I am so glad I chose to read this book.  Sherry Surratt has written a gift of a book for moms.  As I read her words, and the stories of other moms in this book I felt a kinship with them.  I wanted to sit down with Sherry and become her friend and share what I was feeling and thinking as I read the chapters.  

I really liked that at the end of the chapters there were questions to journal about.  This makes the book more personal to the reader by allowing them the opportunity to really engage with each topic.

Every mom has fears and this book makes you feel like you have a community that understands and cares for you.  Whether you are part of MOPs or not, this book can be a blessing to any mom.  New moms to expert moms I think we relate to the things shared here.  

I am so glad I read this book.

I received this book free from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Moosewood Cookbook: 40th Anniversary Edition by Mollie Katzen

From the publisher:
In 1974, Mollie Katzen hand-wrote, illustrated, and locally published a spiral-bound notebook of recipes for vegetarian dishes inspired by those she and fellow cooks served at their small restaurant co-op in Ithaca, NY. Several iterations and millions of copies later, the Moosewood Cookbook has become one of the most influential and beloved cookbooks of all time—listed by the New York Times as one of the best-selling cookbooks in history, inducted into the James Beard Award Cookbook Hall of Fame, and coined a Cookbook Classic by the International Association of Culinary Professionals. Mollie’sMoosewood Cookbook has inspired generations to fall in love with plant-based home cooking, and, on the fortieth anniversary of that initial booklet, continues to be a seminal, timely, and wholly personal work. With a new introduction by Mollie, this commemorative edition will be a cornerstone for any cookbook collection that long-time fans and those just discovering Moosewood will treasure.

I wasn't sure about this cookbook, I had never heard of Mollie Katzen and the colorless cover didn't call to me, but I was interested in the vegetarian recipes that this book boasted of.  

While this book does not have pictures or color, I believe it stays true to the original handwritten cookbook. So this this 40th edition is a wonderful tribute to that.  The font is "handwritten" but easy to read and that is nice. I like cookbooks with pictures though, so I missed that.

I love the recipes.  They are simple and don't appear to be fussy and extravagant but instead make delicious meals.  There are so many recipes that you could cook from this one book for a good-long time before ever needing another book.  

I received this book free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

A Mom's Prayers for Her Son by Rob & Joanna Teigen

From the publisher:
When a mother looks into the eyes of her son for the first time, her heart is filled with love--and questions. How do I raise a boy? What struggles will he go through? What kind of a man will he grow up to be? She wants to pray for her son, but may not know just what to pray for.

This is a beautiful book that can be used again and again.  A mother will never cease to pray for her son, so whether you buy this for a new mother, or a mother of a teen this is a great book.  Prayer is something the is hard to understand at times but the power of it is undeniable.

Rob & Joanna Tiegen do an amazing job of laying out this book.  The reader doesn't have to read straight through it, instead they can look at the table of contents and see which area they are feeling the need to pray for and go to that section. Each section has Bible verse that you can claim and pray over on your own as well as a written out pray to pray.  Sometimes you might feel it is hard to know how to pray for your son in certain areas and these written out prayers make it simple.

Interspersed are stories of other mothers that will resonate with the reader.  This is a book to buy and keep.

I received this book from Revell Reads in exchange for my honest review.

365 Pocket Prayers for Mothers by Amie Carlson, Karen Hodge, and Erin Keeley Marshall

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From the publisher: 
Daily life brings worries—challenges with your children, tasks undone, health problems, financial difficulties, and other things that keep you from enjoying your children and your life. Sometimes it’s difficult to know what to pray for or even how to talk with God about these life issues. Following in the footsteps of the popular 365 Pocket Prayers series, which has touched so many lives, here is an edition especially for moms and their special life needs. Each reading in this convenient, easy-to-carry, quick-access guide begins with a daily prayer and ends with a promise from Scripture.


This is a lovely little book that I can imagine mothers turning to and picking up on a busy day.  Mothers need time with God but sometimes they feel so rushed that there doesn't seem to be enough time.  Each page has a short thought and Bible verse to encourage and strengthen mothers.  I imagine that the authors would like these little prayers to encourage mothers to spend even more time in prayer with God and really rejuvenate themselves.  

The book is small and perfect to fit in a purse or leave in your car to read when you are waiting to pick your child up from school or other such moments.

I received this book free from Tyndale Publishing in exchange for my honest review.