Announcing: The Book Club! (Invitation, Schedule, and First Book)

As you know, I am hosting a study of The Life Giving Home by Sally and Sarah Clarkson both here on the blog and in a Facebook group. Starting in February I am also officially kicking off my book club. We will study one book every two months focusing on the themes of motherhood, marriage, and homemaking. It will take place in the same Facebook group as The Life Giving Home discussion. You can choose to participate in as many or few of the studies as suits you.

Motherhood, Homemaking, and marriage book club February and March book A Woman's High Calling by Elizabeth George

The goal of this book club is to study good books by Christian women whose writings are scripturally based in order to gain new insights and ideas to improve in our various roles as women of God. We are discussing them together in order to challenge, inspire, encourage, and hold each other accountable.

I agonized for a while on which books to include and how to pace the studies. I finally settled on two months per book as the right amount of time to study a good number of book and not get overwhelmed. I have a long and ever-growing list of books that would fit the goals for this group and it was quite difficult to narrow it to five for 2018. I don’t have anything scheduled for December because that is a very busy month for most people but we can always decide to add something in as the year progresses.

Here are my selections and schedule for 2018:

February and March: A Woman’s High Calling by Elizabeth George

April and May: Lies Moms Believe and how the Gospel Refutes Them by Rebekah Hargraves (physical book and study guide will be released March 30 so we will begin the second week of Aprilcheck out my review of this one.) 

June and July: Blessing Your Husband by Debra Evans

August and September: The Life Giving Table by Sally Clarkson (and The Life Giving Table Experience study guide) 

October and November: Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World by Kristen Welch

I will also occasionally reference A Gracious Space by Julie Bogart (of Brave Writer). This series of books, which are tailored to each season of the year, have wonderful, short, uplifting entries to provide encouragement and inspiration for a mom’s soul. I don’t read mine every day but pick it up when I need a quick bit of refreshment. When I do and find something I think will uplift others I will share that in the book club. Feel free to get your own copy and share what stands out to you.



A bit about our first book: A Woman’s High Calling by Elizabeth George

I have not yet read this book; I will be reading it along with everyone else but want to give you a brief synopsis of what it is about. In this book, Elizabeth George suggests that there are ten essential areas that every woman should be focused on. She believes focusing on these will help to simplify life, bring you closer to God, and lead to a more fulfilling life. The ten areas she believes are most important are; wisdom, Godly speech, love of husband, love of children, ministry to others, purity, personal discipline, goodness, Godly behavior, and love of home. The book contains two chapters for each of these essentials. The first explains what it means and why it is important and the second gives practical tips on how to put it into practice in your own life.

I have the older version of this book. I am getting the study guide so that we can use that as well. The newer version (linked above) has the study guide included within the book.

Schedule for A Woman’s High Calling:

  • Feb 4-10  Introductions and Chapters 1-2
  • Feb 11-17 Chapters 3-5
  • Feb 18-24 Chapters 6-8
  • Feb 25- March 3 Chapters 9-11
  • March 4-10 Chapters 12-14
  • March 11-17 Chapters 15-17
  • March 18-24 Chapters 18-20
  • March 25-31 Wrap up and further discussion

This schedule is when I will post discussion questions and thoughts about each chapter. You are welcome to participate in each discussion as you are able. The threads won’t close or disappear so if you join later or get behind just jump in when you can.

Motherhood, Homemaking, and marriage book club February and March book A Woman's High Calling by Elizabeth George

Lies Moms Believe will begin in April. Since the physical book and study guide don’t release until March 30th, we will not begin discussing the chapters until April 8th but may do some introductions the first week in April. Plan to order your copy asap or get the digital copy!

*Note: It is likely we will not all agree with everything in all of these book selections. These are books written by flawed humans just like us. We are reading and discussing with the intent of learning and growing but should always measure everything against scripture ourselves and discern through our own reading and prayer if what the author says is in line with God’s word. Kind, healthy, peaceful debate is welcome in the book club. Feel free to question something and bring it up in the discussion, just keep that discussion respectful and considerate. 

Join us in the Facebook Book Club Group!

Book club study announcements and schedules will be posted here on the blog. I will also post a review of the books we study when the study is completed but most of the actual discussion will happen in the book club Facebook group. 

Must Have Book for Moms: Lies Moms Believe (and How the Gospel Refutes Them) {Review}

A couple weeks ago I stumbled upon a fellow mom blogger looking for people to review her new soon-to-be-released book. I love books and I enjoy writing reviews so I offered. Little did I know that this book was exactly what I needed at exactly this time. But, of course, God knew. I have no doubt His hand was all over me seeing the post on Facebook asking for reviewers.

The ebook version of the brand new book Lies Moms Believe (and How the Gospel Refutes Them) released today! I feel very strongly that every mom, and anyone who is thinking of becoming a mom, needs to read this book. I can pretty much guarantee you will find at least a few lies you have been believing about yourself and motherhood in this book. The freedom and peace that comes from seeing these lies crumble in the face of scripture are simply amazing.

Lies Moms Believe and how the Gospel refutes them book review Biblical encouragement for moms

The book contains 32 chapters each addressing a single lie. The lies are grouped into five categories. Each lie stands alone so you wouldn’t necessarily need to read them all in order. If there is a specific area of your life where you are struggling you can find a lie pertaining to that area and just read that chapter. The chapters are pretty short, around two to five pages. I read the book pretty quickly both because I wanted to get this review up on release day, and because I just couldn’t get enough! I would suggest reading a lie a day, look up the verses, pray for God to reveal how the lie has been impacting your life, and let yourself mull it over for a bit.

Rebekah combats each lie with scripture. She doesn’t make wide assertions that can’t be backed up or do mental gymnastics with scripture to make it say what she wants. She goes right to the Word of God and weighs what the world tells moms against what God says about us, our kids, and parenting. Then she challenges you to go to scripture yourself and test her words. Breaking down some of these lies hurts a bit, I described it to one friend as sandpaper. It can be a bit rough as it knocks off some hard edges we have developed. But it is also encouraging and refreshing to know we don’t have to live under some of the burdens we have been carrying.

Now, I have a confession to make. I didn’t read Rebekah’s bio (which I’ll put below) before I read the book. I’m glad I didn’t because honestly, it may have created a mental block for me. I’m not proud of this fact but I’m going to be honest about it because someone out there may have the same thoughts I would have had, and I do NOT want that to prevent you from reading this book. I have five kids and my oldest is 12, Rebekah has two young children. It isn’t that I would have considered myself more of or a better mom, but I would probably have questioned what a younger mom with younger children could tell me that I don’t already know. Oh, the pride. Yep, that is a weakness of mine. I’m so thankful that didn’t happen because she definitely had some things to tell me that I am so thankful I read with an open mind! Sometimes a fresher set of eyes and a less cluttered perspective is exactly what we need.

Lies Moms Believe and how the Gospel refutes them book review Biblical encouragement for moms

I hope I have convinced you to buy this book. If you read it with an open mind and prayerful spirit I have no doubt that it will change your life, your marriage, and your parenting for the better. With 32 common struggles, you are bound to find some areas you need to work on. I’m convinced there is not a mom out there who wouldn’t benefit from this. 

The ebook is available as of today! A companion study guide and the physical book will be released March 30, 2018. I am very excited about the study guide! So excited that I have decided to host an online Bible study in April; if that is something you are interested in make sure to subscribe to my mailing list with the form in the sidebar to stay up-to-date on the details!

About Rebekah: 

Lies Moms Believe and how the Gospel refutes them book review Biblical encouragement for momsRebekah Hargraves is a wife, mama of two littles, home business owner, podcaster, and blogger residing in TN. Her passion is to bless fellow Christian women through her writings on her website, Hargraves Home and Hearth, which exists to “edify, equip, and encourage women in their journey of Biblical womanhood”. Rebekah’s first book, “Lies Moms Believe (And How the Gospel Refutes Them)”, releases in November.

You can learn more about Rebekah and follow her writing on:

Her Website – Hargraves Home and Hearth

Instagram – @rebekahhargraves

Facebook – Hargraves Home and Hearth

Twitter – @hhomeandhearth





*I received a free copy of the ebook Lies Moms Believe in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are genuinely and solely my own.*

With Love, Wherever You Are {Review}

With Love, Wherever, You Are is a new book published by Tyndale that would make a great read for those rare moments when you can sit and relax or the next time you need a book to help pass the time.

Review of With Love, Wherever You Are World War II love story

Can you imagine meeting someone and marrying them within just a few month……when you had no intention of marrying, possibly ever… the middle of a war….when you are both in the army? That is exactly what Frank and Helen did in this fun yet emotional tale. Based on the life of the author’s parents, this story gives you a glimpse of battlefield romance and the struggles of a couple serving their country while trying to nurture a new marriage.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It makes for a nice, relaxing read and sweet love story. It is full of twists and turns that keep you engaged and rooting for the couple while never really sure what is going to happen next. But is not so intense that you can’t relax. It gives you a realistic glimpse into World War II through the eyes of medical personnel and from the perspective of a couple where both members are serving – not necessarily a common perspective.

Review of With Love, Wherever You Are World War II love story

As an army wife myself, I found it interesting to read about a military relationship during another time and another war. While many things have changed in the army, quite a few are very similar. The struggles and challenges a military couple face really aren’t that different today. I’m glad this book had a wonderful heartwarming end. I’m pretty biased in favor of happy endings and this book did not disappoint!

You can read the first chapter of the book free here! 

Review of With Love, Wherever You Are World War II love story

Author of With Love, Wherever You are Dandi Daley MackallThe author, Dandi Daley Mackall, has written over 450 books for children and adults, speaks to a wide variety of audiences across the U.S. and has won several awards. She lives in Ohio with her husband, kids, and a variety of animals. You can learn more about Dandi and her writings on her website and Goodreads page and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

Let me know in the comments if you have read or plan to read With Love, Wherever You Are!

I received a complimentary copy of With Love, Wherever You Are from Tyndale in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

The Secret Bridge from Lamplighter Publishing {Review}

I was so excited to receive my copy of The Secret Bridge from Lamplighter Publishing and begin reading this one myself.

The Secret Bridge from Lamplighter Publishing Christlike Character one story at a time

Lamplighter books are beautiful. They look amazing on your shelf and just feel lovely in your hands. I know I am not supposed to judge a book by its cover, and I generally don’t. I have nothing against a mass market paperback. The words in the book are what I’m after. Good literature can be contained in any sort of package. BUT there is something to be said about beauty and I love how these lovely books make me feel!

I also love that Lamplighter books are old stories from a time when virtue, modesty, and etiquette were important. Something we seem to have lost in modern society. This particular novel was written in 1899. I love historical fiction but even more so when the book was actually written in the time it depicts. It adds another dimension when it is historical and contemporary to when it was written as opposed to being written in modern day by an author attempting to understand and recreate a time 100 years or more ago.

The Secret Bridge {Lamplighter Publishing Reviews}

The Secret Bridge is the story of a speedy, unexpected marriage between a young girl and a sailor. He departs almost immediately and she is left to struggle to keep their marriage a secret from his family while he is away. He left her with the charge to befriend his family but not share who she is. Add in a long-standing family feud and the girl finding unexpected knowledge about her past, and this story is full of plenty of twists to keep anyone interested.

I really enjoyed this book. It was a lovely way to spend some relaxing mom-time. The story was beautifully written and engaging. I could picture every scene and felt the myriad of feelings with the main character throughout the story. For me, being able to picture the scenes and empathize with the characters is the measure of how well the story is written. This one certainly passed those tests!

The Secret Bridge {Lamplighter Publishing Reviews}

Lamplighter Publishing strives to build Christian character one story at a time. They have searched out stories from the past, many that would otherwise be forgotten, that contain lessons of the importance of character qualities. The stories are all edited to adhere to the company’s Christian values. Throughout each story are woven character traits and Biblical truths to build up the next generation. The books are all published with and excellence in quality that reflects the excellence in character they are teaching.

In addition to books, Lamplighter also produces dramatic audios with the same values and Biblical truths. They are also home to Lamplighter Theater and The Guild. The Guild is an annual conference for students to explore and cultivate creative disciplines.

The Secret Bridge from Lamplighter Publishing Christlike Character one story at a time

When you explore the Lamplighter website, you are likely to find many books you would like to own. If you are anything like me, you may quickly feel overwhelmed and not know where to start (The Secret Bridge would be a great place but there are plenty of others). A great option for building a library of these beautiful and uplifting books at a discount is to join their Book and Audio Club. You will be able to choose a plan based on how many books or audios you would like to receive in a month. You will then create a list of the titles you want in order of preference and you will receive them in that order. You can pause or cancel this subscription at any time.

I have had the pleasure of hearing Mark Hamby speak at a homeschool conference. His seminar audios and transcripts are available on the Lamplighter Publishing website as well, I encourage you to check those out!

Be sure to also follow Lamplighter Publishing on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to stay up to date on news, events, and new products!

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The Secret Bridge {Lamplighter Publishing Reviews}


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