Author Archives: Dawn

About Dawn

We are a newlywed couple dedicated to living a debt-free life. We are sharing about our daily struggles with co-parenting, infertility, adoption, foster care and parenting issues as well as the financial aspects of each.

We’ve Moved!!!

Hello all,

We’d like to invite you over to our new home on blogspot! There are a couple of reasons for this move:

1) We like being able to draft posts in our email inbox, then just send them instead of having to log in and all that.

2) We can now offer YOU links to our favorite books via Amazon. Yes, we’ll make a few pennies off the transaction, but hey, we’ll take any *snowflakes* we can. :0)

See you there!

Oh yeah, I’ve already moved all our previous posts to the new site. They’re in a slightly different order, but they’re all there. PLUS there are new posts!

We also have a cool giveaway going to be taking place in May!


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Beautiful Things Happen When a Woman Trusts God by Sheila Walsh

Title: Beautiful Things Happen When a Woman Trusts God

Author: Sheila Walsh

Rating: Good

Reason for Reading: I received this as part of the Thomas Nelson Booksneeze program.

Summary: Beautiful Things is a book about Sheila Walsh’s personal journey from stardom, through her breakdown, and finding her faith again. Sheila profiles people in the Bible who have trusted God through various circumstances.

Review: Beautiful Things is not what I expected. I fully expected a book more like Sandi Patti’s Layers, where it chronicles a famous woman’s journey through a difficult period of her life. However, Beautiful Things…is more like a Bible study than an autobiography. Sheila profiles lives of Biblical characters who have learned how to trust God in very unique circumstances. She chronicles the (first) death of Lazarus and the following resurrection. Through it, I learned a host of new details…things I either forgot or didn’t pick up in Bible College. And while the book walks the reader through all these great little facts and details that aren’t always readily present within the context of the Bible passage, it doesn’t feel as if you’re reading a college text or sitting in a lecture hall. Sheila’s writing style is lively and engaging. Each chapter starts off with a personal anecdote, and then walks the reader through a historical account found in the Bible. Finally, each chapter ends with Sheila bringing her point home and explaining what the reader should learn from the passage, how the reader can apply the passage to his or her own life.

Be prepared to have your thinking and faith stretched. I was unable to sit and read the book cover to cover simply because it made me face my hidden faults and insecurities. If you’re looking for a book to help you grow your faith and at the same time make you feel as if you’re not alone in learning to trust God, then this book is for you.


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Upcoming Reviews

I’m so excited to be reading several excellent books at this moment. One is my latest from BookSneeze. It’s by Sheila Walsh and is titled Beautiful Things Happen when a Woman Trusts God.

I also just finished The Ultimate Guide for Stay-at-Home Parents by Robert Koger and will be posting a review of that book soon.

Last night one of my favorite book suppliers had a book I’ve been salivating over for $2.50! It’s a brand new hardback. Gotta love that! I’ll be posting a review of Never Say Diet by Chantel Hobbs soon.

Please make sure to vote at the right so that I can know what you want me to read next.

I know that Devon is busy reading (as always). He’s working on a couple of excellent books. I can’t wait to see his reviews.

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Tithing by Douglas Leblanc

Title: Tithing Test Me in This

Author: Douglas Leblanc

Rating: Good for you if…

Reason for Reading: I received this book as a part of the BookSneeze program by Thomas Nelson publishers. I chose it over other books, because I’m a person who tithes and I wanted to read others’ views of tithing.

Summary: The book Tithing is a religious journalist’s view of the ancient practice of tithing. Through the stories of many people across the country, Leblanc tells the benefits of tithing. He uses real-life examples of people associated (or formerly associated) with the Episcopal Church to bring a face to tithing.

Leblanc uses the stories of these people to encourage the reader to return to the “ancient practice of tithing.” The concepts of living simply and being generous are thoroughly discussed as well.

Review: As a practicing tither, I was excited by the possibilities presented in a book dedicated to the subject.

Though the book is interesting and fairly easy to read, it deals more with the politics of the Episcopal Church than tithing. Many of the biographies and anecdotes in the book don’t even mention tithe or giving.

Unfortunately, I was bogged down enough by the church politics and so distracted by the numerous off-topic anecdotes that after 3 hours of reading over half of the book, I couldn’t finish. The author gave a good effort, but the result fell far short of my hopes.

This book is good for you if…you are interested in Episcopal views of tithing, or just want to read various random people’s thoughts on tithing and giving.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their <> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Rating System

Welcome to our book reviewing blog. Devon and I are avid readers. As such, we find that books tend to fall into three distinct categories: good, bad, or right for you if…

Good: A book with the rating “good” is a great read for anyone. Everyone can learn from its principles and applying them to life. We definitely recommend checking out a copy of the book from your local library or picking it up at a used book store. This book will be a treasure.

Bad: Some books are just bad and not fit for anyone to read. They may be written poorly, not researched well enough, or even contradictory to its own advice. Sometimes the book’s “value” just isn’t worth the time invested.  We don’t suggest the book is worth reading from cover to cover; however, you may want to skim it or use it to make your wobbly table less wobbly.

Right for you if…: The books that fall into this category are books that are good for some people, but pointless for others.  If we give a book the “right for you if…” rating, you can look at the end of the review to see under which circumstances we feel the book is “right for you”.

Please understand that these are our personal views/ratings of the books. This blog is for informational purposes only and we do not wish to ruin the careers of authors.  We are  simply offering a you a way to guide your reading.

If you disagree with a rating we give a book, feel free to leave a comment. Please make sure that the comment is well written and not accusatory, inflaming, or combative. We reserve the right to refuse to publish a comment.

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