March 2019 Book Review
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Welcome to my very first monthly book review! My goal here on TWML is to do a book review every month and give you my honest opinion on what I read for that month! I would love for these posts to be a conversation between us so leave a comment below on what you have read!! I am always looking for good books to read!!
I really love to read! This month I am finding myself either listening to an audiobook, reading on my Kindle or reading (gasp) an actual paperback book. I am always recommending books on my Instagram but I want to take it a bit further and have some space to write a bit more about each book I read. Now I am VERY picky on what books I read because quite frankly, I don’t want to waste my time on a not so great book — and I don’t want to waste your time either.
I normally read books by Christian authors or some type of personal development books. To start off this review, I want to review a different kind of book that I don’t normally read and is outside of the box. To my surprise, I am hooked!
If I Run - Terri Blackstock - I was casually browsing Half Price books a couple of weeks ago and I came across this book. It intrigued me because in high school I used to read all kinds of mysteries. What I love about this book is that it is a Christian mystery where the author ties in the character’s faith or their wrestling with their faith into the story. I have read several Christian fiction books that I liked but for the most part I find it really difficult to find a really great non-cheesy story. Again, I don’t like to waste my time so I kinda just gave up on reading Christian fiction books.
This story is about a girl named Casey and she is wanted for murder. From the very first couple of lines of this book — I was hooked. It says,”There’s blood on the bottom of my shoes. I rinse the soles, knowing the police will trace the impression of the rubber pattern and determine that they’re Sketchers.” If that doesn’t hook you, I don’t know what will. Anyhoo, this book has a way of leaving the reader hanging and hungry for more.
It has lots of twists, turns and surprises along the way. This book is so good, I finished it in a few days. Y’all this never happens! Thankfully, it is a series so I already went to the library and got the next book! It is refreshing to find a book that is easy to read so that my mind can rest and I can be a part of the story. I have found my new favorite author in the Christian fiction genre! Click here to check it out on Amazon!!
2. Girl, Stop Apologizing - Rachel Hollis - I can never say enough good things about Rachel Hollis! Her books and pretty much all her content has made me a better person. This new book that just came out a few weeks ago has also been a game changer for me. It has given me the permission to be myself and not to live small in fear of what other people may think. I love her practical tips on how to chase your dreams and the habits that will help get you there.
So if you have a dream in your heart and need some encouragement to get started this book is for you! It was the kick in the rear end I needed to get me going! She shared some of her personal stories that made me say out loud while pumping my fist up to the sky “Yes me too!!”
While I absolutely love this book for practical tips on how to chase after my dreams, I read it in the context of a self-help book and not a book by a Christian author. I have taken the things that spoke to me but I don’t agree 100% on some things and take those things with a grain of salt.
I love that she writes books to include all people - all walks of life and I feel there needs to be more of that in this world. We need to have conversations and love on others that are not like us.
I do feel though that we can chase after our dreams, love our families well and include Jesus in everything that we do. This book is in the genres of self help and Christian. In my opinion for me to consider this a Christian book, it would have needed to also include seeking God’s will for our lives and include Him in our plans. Our lives are not completely dependent on us and God has a plan for our lives. However, I did find some really great tips that I will put into practice and I will still continue to be a fan of Rachel Hollis.
I encourage you to read this book but if something is unsettling or doesn’t agree with you —just take the advice that you need and leave the rest. I recommend you check this book out!! Click here to check it out on Amazon!
So, that is it for the month of March. Alright friend, what did you read this month? I would love to know! Leave a comment below and share!
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