The Beginner’s Bible Come Celebrate Easter Sticker and Activity Book by Kelly Pulley
Even though it is not remotely Easter yet, we’ve already gone through this book—cold weather but no snow left me with some bored kids! Both girls enjoyed the stickers, and June colored in it (though the pages were sort of glossy-ish, which is not Best for coloring). Some of the activities were too old for Zuzu (who is 3), like the word search, for example. Zu has been asking me a lot of questions about death lately and about Jesus dying on the cross, so going through this with her gave me some good opportunities to answer questions and for her to ask questions. Overall, I’d recommend this activity book for kids maybe ages 4 – 8 years old (if you want them to be able to do all the activities—June is only 1 and still had fun with it).
(I received this book from Booklook Bloggers for review)
Helper By Design: God’s Perfect Plan for Women in Marriage by Elyse Fitzpatrick
I think that this book would have been best for me if I’d read it anytime between high school and my first year or so of marriage; but, going on 8 years married, many of the lessons in it I’ve learned from other sources (or from experience!). I’d recommend this book for any newlyweds, or women who have questions about submission/feminism/etc. Fitzpatrick spends much of the book talking about God’s created design for the role of women and how we are to relate to our husbands. I wish there had been a little bit more practical implementation steps involved—but maybe going through this book with a group would add that.
The Soup Club Cookbook by Courtney Allison, Tina Carr, Caroline Laskow, Julie Peacock
I don’t think I’ve ever reviewed a cookbook before, but this one caught my eye, since I’ve been all about Soups this winter. Plus, soups are great for entertaining—they feed a lot of people and its easy to ask people to bring sides—salads, breads, etc. So far I’ve tried one of their non-soup recipes—the honey ricotta crostinis, which were a hit with the entire family!—and a soup, the baked potato soup, which was again delicious (it is hard to mess up a potato soup though). I though the book had good instructions on starting a soup club (which I don’t plan on doing, no time for that), and some fancy things that I’ll never really have time/desire to make (like if you want to go from-scratch with your sour cream or roast and peel by hand about 100 chestnuts), and nice pictures/easy instructions. It also had a good amount of soups that my family would actually eat and some ones I could slip in there when the family is really hungry and not too picky, to get them to be a bit more adventurous. I’m really looking forward to trying the black bean mole chili and the Italian Wedding soup.
(I received this book from Blogging for Books for review)
The Wind Blows Through the Doors of my Heart by Deborah Digges
I’ve been bumping into a lot of Deborah Digges poems the past year—online, in anthologies, etc—and so I finally buckled down and interlibrary loaned a book. What really struck me about her writing is the density of description and language—makes my poems feel like paper-mache next to the statue of David. So yes, read this one!
Less Obvious Gods by Lisa Coffman
I think that I picked this one up after reading one of Coffman’s poems in an anthology. My favorite poems were those about her painter friend—the ekphrastic poems are personable and compelling. I can’t remember the over-arching idea of the book though—probably pregnancy-brain!