If You Only Read One Book This Year, Make it This One {Affiliate Links Included}

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I love reading. I’ve loved it since I was a little girl. If I could get my hands on a book, I would read it. I’d even sit with a flashlight under my covers, reading until late into the night.

As I got older, and life took over, it became much harder to find the time to read.

Since Sawyer was born in September, and he nurses all.the.time, I’m finding I have lots of time to read now. I’d almost forgotten how much I love it.

Because I’m usually nursing while I’m reading, I can’t sit and hold an actual book. Kindle books work great, though, because I can access them from my phone and read every chance I get.

A few months ago, I found out that the sister of one of my very dear friends from high school wrote a book. I had to read it, just because I knew Sally, and I had always admired her.

Little did I know, this book would blow away every other book I’ve ever read. Honestly. I couldn’t put it down.

The book is called “Kept.” And let me tell you, it “kept” my attention from the beginning to the very end. And I didn’t want it to end!

keptKept is not your typical Christian romance novel. There’s romance and relationships, yes. But this book is about so much more than that. It’s about one woman’s struggle with life, failed romances, awful men, and finding a Savior that can make her whole.

I don’t want to divulge too much, but if you’d like to read more about the story, check out Sally Bradley’s website.

Right now, the kindle edition of Kept is available on Amazon for just $4.99. That is a fantastic deal that you don’t want to miss!

There are few books that I consider “must reads,” but this is definitely one of them. I’ve told everyone I know to read this book, and I figured I’d better share it with my favorite blog readers as well. 🙂

If you read the book, I’d love to know what you think of it. Were you as mesmerized as I was? Did you find it hard to put it down?

Holiday Guide: Gracie’s Gift {Book Review}

Lucy and I have a new favorite book. It’s called Gracie’s Gift, written by Andrea Trosclair and illustrated by Sean Gautreaux.

We have probably read this book about a million times, and I am not exaggerating. I’ve memorized it word for word, and it is simply the sweetest story about the relationship between a mother and daughter that I have ever read.Gracie's Gift

The book starts off with Gracie preparing for her birthday celebration. She’s got a beautiful dress all ready to go, but there’s one more thing: a bow for her hair. Gracie doesn’t understand why she always has to wear a bow. In the book, Gracie’s mother explains that on every gift is a matching bow. She goes on to explain that the bows in Gracie’s hair symbolize the fact that Gracie is God’s gift to her. Every day when she puts the bow in Gracie’s hair, she thanks God for His wonderful gift.

The first time I read the story to Lucy, she asked me if that’s why I always put bows in her hair. I have since she was a baby. But, honestly? I had never thought of it that way until I read Gracie’s Gift. Now, I find myself whispering a prayer of thanks as a brush Lucy’s hair and – yep, you guessed it – put a bow in her hair.

Lucy loves this book so much that she even sleeps with it right beside her. {Which was great until she got the stomach flu last night. Now I’ll be buying her a new copy.} It’s the first thing we read together in the morning, and the last thing we read at night…. and about a hundred times throughout the day. But, no matter how many times I read it {or quote it!}, I never get tired of it. I have always thought of my children as gifts from the Lord, but this book just put it into an entirely new perspective.

Lucy & Gracie's GiftI have 4 boys and 2 girls – and only one of those girls will still wear a bow in her hair. So, since I can’t put bows atop each of their heads, I find a different way to stop what I’m doing and just thank the Lord daily for each one of them. I pray for them daily when I have my quiet time, but I also like taking a moment just to whisper “Thanks” during the day as well. After all, these gifts grow up way too quickly, and before I know it, I’ll be praying for them and their children.

I would highly recommend this book to any mom with a little girl {or girls}. It is a sweet book that I am certain you will enjoy. This would make the perfect Christmas gift or stocking stuffer for your little girl.

To learn more about the book Gracie’s Gift and the author Andrea Trosclair, visit Andrea’s website at www.Trosclair.com. You can also purchase the book on the website while you’re there, or I found it on Amazon for $16.95 and eligible for free super saver shipping.

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of “Gracie’s Gift” from Trosclair Tales in order to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed are 100% my own and have not been influenced in any way.