Saturday, January 23, 2016

I Was Blind (Dating), But Now I See

This book. So good. I highly recommend this book to my friends who are single. If you are married, it might also help you understand your single friends better and give you an insight into what goes on in the dating world these days.

I don't know if you've ever read a book and instantly connected with the author, but I'm pretty sure Stephanie and I are soul sisters. She's an introvert who grew up with one brother. She talks about moles, awkward moments, and having to explain that as a single person, she has one person in her family. She struggles with hospitality and had a married man express interest in her. The similarities in our lives were crazy. With each sentence, I was pulled into her dating stories and seeing how God wove all of them together to help her become who she is now.

This entire book is about how over the span of a few years, she gets set up with eight different men. I had to laugh at her take on online dating: "Two of my least favorite pastimes were getting rejected by someone and rejecting someone else. Why would I pay monthly fees to experience exponentially more of both" (176)?

This book gave me hope. It gave me a lot to think about in becoming who I need to be. It also begs the question, Who knows any good men they'd like to set me up with now?

I received this book for free from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for an honest review.  

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Whatever is Lovely Coloring Book

Whatever is Lovely is a great coloring book that is for reflection and worship. It is not just Scriptures but inspiring quotes. The great thing about this one is that it is not so overwhelming with tiny areas to color, so it does not take forever to complete a page. Here's an example of what I did for one of the pages. 

I liked using nontraditional colors to make it different. Coloring is relaxing and while it is becoming more of a trend to use adult coloring books, it is also just good to calm down and do something that does not involve technology. 

This book includes different artists who drew the black and white outlines for each page. On the back of each page, there is a verse or description of what inspired the work of art. In the back of the book, there's also a Spotify playlist people can find to listen to while coloring. I am a fan of music-inspired art. 

Pick this book up if you are looking for a way to relax after a long day or reflect on the weekends.

I received this book for WaterBrook Multnomah's Blogging for Books. I received this book for free in exchange for a review of the book.