Giveaway Winner Announced and Parents Rising ((Book Review))

Thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway last week. The winner was Sherlock Has Returned from Instagram. Congratulations, Sherlock! (Also, she has some pretty great bookish pictures so y’all should check them out!

And now, for the first book review of 2019. 🙂


Find the book on: Amazon and Goodreads
Pages: 176
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Release Date: April 3rd, 2018
Title: Parents Rising
Author: Arlene Pellicane


Back Cover Blurb

How to raise godly children in a godless world

Do you feel like you’re fighting a losing battle? Against the culture, against the busyness, sometimes even against your spouse and kids… Often it seems like everything is against you as a parent, and your everyday life can feel far from joy-filled. But it doesn’t need to be that way. Parents Rising will show you eight cultural trends that parents are up against today and what you can do to claim victory.

This book is about growth not guilt. It’s not a pep talk, or a “try harder” speech. This is real help for real problems that every parent faces. It’s a way to focus your efforts so that they’ll be more effective and you’ll be less exhausted.

Why I Choose This Book

I’ve read books by Arlene Pellicane before and really liked what she had to say, plus her writing style is easy to read. Miss Arlene talks a lot about children and technology and I find that subject fascinating. Plus, Gary Chapman wrote the forward and I really like his work. ((And, as always, here is my disclaimer: I’m not married and don’t have kids, therefore I’m reviewing this book from that perspective.))

What I Thought About This Book

This book was so good and so fast and easy to read. Most of the time it takes me longer to read nonfiction than fiction, but I blew through this book in two sittings and barely wanted to put it down. Miss Arlene uses a combination of examples from her own life, situations she’s seen, Bible verses, and statistics to write a compelling book that gives parents eight strategies for raising kids who love God.

As a non-parent, I always find it intriguing to see the thought process as to why parents do what they do. The psychological side of parenting is something that I’ve always found interesting and Miss Arlene does a really good job of explaining things in a very easy to understand way.

Her strategies are very practical and have solid reasoning behind them and statistics to back up what she has to say. The chapter titles include “Amusement Is Not the Highest Priority”, “Launching Adults, Not Babying Children”, and “Good Food Served on the Table.” Each chapter was encouraging, entertaining, thought-provoking, and included ideas about how to incorporate the strategy into everyday life.


This is one of my favorite parenting books I’ve read yet, and one that I hope to re-read after I have children. It’s short and therefore not overwhelming to pick up, plus it’s so full of good information.


I’m giving Parents Rising 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it as highly as a non-parent can get away with recommending a book without being annoying. 😉

((This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for me reviewing it, all thoughts and opinions are my own.))

Bookish Stats from 2018

So. Books for this year. My Goodreads shelves got a little messed up, so the stats aren’t incredibly accurate. 😉 I’m fairly certain that the “99 books read” is correct, and I just somehow didn’t add the books to the correct shelves to make them show up everywhere else the right way. Aka, don’t add all the rest of the stats together because they don’t match up correctly. 🙂

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Books Read: 99
Audiobooks Listened To: 26
Pages Read: 29,149 (which is approximately 80 a day)

Fiction: 79
Non-fiction: 16

Five Star Books: 5
Four Star Books: 30
Three Star Books: 45
Two Star Books: 16
One Star Books: 1

Favorite New Series: Shadows Over England by Roseanna M. White
Favorite Audiobook: Before We Were Yours By Lisa Wingate


This year I didn’t add my audiobooks in anywhere or review them, but I’m thinking I might start doing that in 2019.

I’m excited about how many 4 star books I read this year – I found a lot of new favorites. ❤ I also explored a lot of new genres which was fun and eye-opening for me.

Books I bought this year: 30
Books I received for Review this year: 21
Books I received as Gifts this year: 24

Vlogs I filmed about books/reading this year: 50

Nonfiction Books for 2019 Part Two {Giveaway}

And we’re back for part two! Here are the rest of the books you can choose from for the giveaway. 🙂

Giveaway Details:

Prize – Your choice of one of the books that I talk about in today’s or next week’s video. How To Enter – Comment on one of the posts where I talk about the books. (It can be on Youtube, my blog, or on my Instagram) Each comment equals one entry.
The Winner – One winner will be randomly selected the week of January first. If you live in the USA you can choose between a physical or ebook, if you’re outside of the USA you’ll win an ebook.

Books Talked About In This Video:

Life Creative
Think Again 
The Five Levels of Leadership 
Forensic Faith 

Books to Read in 2019 & Giveaway

Folks! There are some great books for you to read in 2019, and today I’m not only talking about them, but I’m also giving one of them away. 😉

Giveaway Details:

Prize – Your choice of one of the books that I talk about in today’s or next week’s video. How To Enter – Comment on one of the posts where I talk about the books. (It can be on Youtube, my blog, or on my Instagram) Each comment equals one entry.
The Winner – One winner will be randomly selected the week of January first. If you live in the USA you can choose between a physical or ebook, if you’re outside of the USA you’ll win an ebook.

Books Talked About In This Video:
The Lie
Whatever the Cost
Love Does 
Love Lives Here

The Five Love Languages

Which one of these books looks most interesting to you?

The Gift of a New World

Folding laundry. Matching socks. Cutting up strawberries. Bedtime. Rainy days. Nap time. Special Occasions. Early morning. School time. After the house is cleaned. While outside. While inside. In the car. While on trips. Over the holidays. At the grandparents. If we got hurt. Birthdays. Winter, Spring, Summer, and Autumn…

These are just a few of the times I had books read to me as a child.

As in, I was basically being read to constantly as a wee tot, and for that, I’m forever thankful. A deep fondness and respect for written words was fostered in me long before I could read them myself, and those feelings only grew once I could devour stories on my own.

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Looking back my childhood memories are punctuated time and time again with idyllic settings including books. I’m one of the younger ones out of ten children, so life was obviously busy for my parents and older siblings yet I don’t have any memories of a book being refused to be read. I’m sure there were occasions, but they were few and far between compared to the host of times books were read to me and my siblings. (Sometimes a task had to be completed before a book was read, but that wasn’t a “no” or “not now” that was “let’s hurry up and finish this then I will” type of deal.)

Nowadays I’m one of the “grown-ups” who can read to little children. Our house abounds with books, thousands of them in hallway-lined bookshelves, offices, and baskets for kids. Quite often my little niece asks me to read to her and that makes my writerly heart jump for joy.

I want to be one of those “yes” people – an adult who shows through example that books are important, special, and a treasure to be delighted over.

Next time you’re around little children, why not make it a point to read to them? And, if you’re looking for a Christmas gift, why not choose a book? It could be the gift of a whole new world that could change their life for forever. How neat is that?

My Most Anticipated Read of the Year!

Y’all. This book! This book! I’ve been wanting to read it for forever and a day and here it is, sitting next to me, waiting to be gobbled up.

Yes, folks, you heard it right: I have an ARC (advanced reader copy) of Miss Stephanie’s newest book. Excuse me while I go fangirl for the next several weeks. 😉 Thank you so, so, so much Stephanie for sending it to me! I can’t wait to dive in!

When Reading Has No Chill

As it turns out, my reading is up and down and all over the place almost to an extreme. I’ve given up on reading predictions, reading goals, TBR stacks, and bookish challenges.

When it comes to reading, I go with the ebb and flow of life, cravings, and (sometimes) deadlines. Mostly though, I just pick up a book and read it without a lot of pre-meditation or over-analyzing. Tracking the books I read and trying to at least note when it was that I read them has proved to be most amusing to me.

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For instance, between May 21st and November of this year, I read a grand total of one nonfiction book – and that one was a beta project for me. Considering the fact that I read a nonfiction book basically every week last year I was rather horrified with myself when I realized the track record I was producing for 2018.

I decided to read a couple of nonfiction books in November and was just pretty surprised when I looked at Goodreads and saw I read five of them last month. Yeah, that’s right. After over five months of no nonfiction reading (except for the Bible), I polished off five of them without really even trying.

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I sit at my computer today – over a third of the way through the month and have to shrug my shoulders at my reading for December. How many books have I finished, you may ask? Zero. In fact, I’ve only read probably a 150 pages altogether during the last two weeks.

Last month I read around 2,362 pages, which equals nearly 79 a day. That sounds way impressive when compared to the average of 15 pages a day I’ve read this month, but when I compare it to my record, which was 1,200 pages in one day….Well? Then it sounds minuscule.

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Do you know what my point with all these random stats is? Reading is a tool. A vacation. A joy. And yes, part of my job as a writer. But reading is something I control, not something that controls me. I’m not going to let it stress me out when I don’t get reading in, and I’m not going to feel like a super-human when I catch up with books. Books, reading, words… They’re all wonderful things, but they don’t define me.

This week I’m fine with being chill. And who knows? Maybe next week I’ll swallow books whole. With me you never really know. 😉

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