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Grace is Amazing

March 30, 2015

Have you ever been unsure about a book, and then read it and fallen in LOVE with it?  I feel like that doesn’t happen very often for me, but as I read Sheri Dew’s new book Amazed by Grace I couldn’t put it down.Amazed by Grace-March 2015

Amazed by Grace isn’t a long book, but it’s a powerful one.  Sister Dew gave me profound insight that I’d never heard before.  I have alway felt so unsure about the word GRACE.  What is grace exactly?  How is it applicable to me?  How do I need to be using grace in my own day to day life?  How is grace manifested in my life? arthritis  I felt like this book, 100% cleared up all those questions in a simple, straight forward way.  

I don’t often read books a second time, but I am positive that this book will become a treasure in my life that will become worn and used.  It is a perfect reminder of the love that our Savior Jesus Christ has for each of us.  It is a perfect reminder of HOW our Savior shows us His love all the time.  I hope you’ll take the chance to read this sweet, sweet book.  I’m so grateful that I did.  It really has given me awesome perspective.  

Yesterday, Today and Forever

March 23, 2015

I’ve been really thoughtful lately about how to better my blog, and how to really help other people through my blog.  I think posting fun ideas is great, but I want this to be a space that can help lift and inspire other people.  

I’ve had the opportunity to read a new book called,Yesterday, Today, and Forever by Elder M. Russell Ballard.  I have loved this book more than I even expected to.  I’ve really needed some of the words that he talks about and I have felt genuinely inspired to go in certain directions with certain aspects of my life. 

Yesterday, Today, and Forever-March 2015

I have also just been uplifted and felt the love the Lord has for me as I’ve read.  I think sometimes we all need that reminder.  We need to know we’re loved and remembered and that someone is there that understand and knows us.  It’s nice to be reminded.  Sometimes as a mom I feel like everything I do around the house and for the kids is just automatically expected of me, and no one really notices or cares if it gets done (although, they would if it DIDN’T get done, lol).  Sometimes picking up the scriptures or an inspiring book and reading words that touch our hearts and our spirits is just what we need to keep moving, to keep going and to keep doing the dishes, the laundry, and making dinner that no one likes (again!).  

Elder Ballard says: “Now, finally, I turn again to you dear sisters, you who have such a profound, innate spiritual ability to hear the voice of the Good Shepard.  I pray that you will sleeping aids never wonder again if you have worth in the sight of the Lord and to those He has called to preside in the Church for a season.  We love.  We cherish you.  We respect you.  We need you.  We want you to anticipate fully in the work of salvation.”  He goes on to say, “More than ever before we need women of faith, virtue, vision, and charity, as the Relief Society declaration proclaims.  We need women who can hear and will respond to the voice of the Lord, women who at all costs will defend and protect the family and the Church.  We need women who rejoice in their womanhood and have a spiritual confirmation of their identity, their value, and their eternal destiny.  Above all, we need women who will stand up for truth and righteousness, decry evil at every turn, and simply say, ‘Lord, here am I, send me.'”

I found those words so powerful!  Am I doing that?  If I am, how?!?  What more can I do to be a woman in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints who can help life and inspire others?  How can I better share my testimony and the gospel?  What am I doing daily to reach those goals and strengthen various aspects of my life that need strengthening?  

The entire book is filled with various topics and discussion and words of wonderful wisdom.  I hope you’ll take time to read this book.  It really is wonderful and so helpful in bringing us closer to the Lord in the various ways that we all need.

Christ Centered Easter

March 9, 2015

I’m so excited to be part of this awesome blog tour.  I love finding books that I can read through and strengthen my individual faith, but also love it when that same book can involve my family.

Emily Belle Freeman, author of Celebrating a Christ-Centered Easter, and Celebrating a Christ-Centered Christmas is so wonderful to share these awesome ideas she’s come up with to focus Easter on Christ.  She gives another perspective that I hadn’t thought of before.  Easter is centered on the Resurrection, but she incorporates celebrating his whole life, and how important the people surrounding the Savior were.  The activities that go along with each of the chapters are ones that will help families become closer to Christ and find their testimonies strengthened.  

I hope you’ll take the time to read this book with your family and find your lives more centered around Christ and all His glory this Easter season.

Author: Emily Belle Freeman
Release Date: February 3, 2015
Page Count: 96
Religion / Holidays / Easter & Lent


Book Description:
One of the few titles for adults on the Easter holiday, this beautiful gift book tells the story of Jesus from Crucifixion to Resurrection in short chapters, illustrated with line art, told in the first-person narrative of seven disciples. Each section offers the author’s commentary on the lessons learned from each disciple and suggests simple traditions to follow to remember how implementing the teachings of the Easter holiday can vastly enrich your life today.

About the Author:
Emily Belle Freeman is a coach’s wife, a mother of four, an author, and a sought-after inspirational speaker. She coauthors a popular blog putting religious teaching into practice: www.multiplygoodness.com

Fortify Your Family

January 21, 2015


I am so excited to be a part of this awesome Blog Tour.  I also love getting books that are uplifting and can benefit and help my entire family to draw closer to our Savior.  

Each morning before my husband leaves for work, we make an effort to study the scriptures.  As you can imagine this doesn’t always happen nice and quietly while everyone sits and listens, lol.  The effort is made, and the younger kids seem to maybe be learning that someday they’ll have to stop poking and once they can read, it’ll help a lot.  My husband and I really want to make our family scripture time into a morning devotional.  We haven’t done it as detailed as we’d like because of the focus time of our kids.  That is why I’m SO excited about this new book by Nicole Carpenter.  

When I first got the book I wasn’t too sure what to expected, but was so excited to find that the book is divided up into weeks (obviously), but then each week is broken up into days.  There are thoughts and scriptures that can be shared and discussed with each day.  I think this is a great idea for any age family.  You can always gear your discussion towards your kids needs and what they can understand.  It’s a great opportunity to take time and teach kids, and learn from kids, and from your spouse.  

I know that taking the time to strengthen our families and grow closer to our Savior will only add to our day and to our lives.  We will all be better, and even if we have a hard day, starting the day out by trying to bring Christ into our lives will always help our lives be better, our perspective be happier, and our faith to be unwavering.  

Purchase this book:  Amazon or Fortify Your Family Website.

Book Review of It’s Better to Look Up

October 8, 2014

Book Review of Divergent by Simplistically Sassy


My second book review for the week is It’s Better to Look Up: Life Experiences Shared From the Pulpit.  I love when I find a book that is inspiring in some way, and interesting at the same time.  It’s Better to Look Up has stories from the lives of various prophets, apostles, and church leaders from General Conference.  They’re simple stories, with a memorable lesson that can be applied to anyones life.

Look up It’s Better to Look Up is at Desert Book.  They were kind enough to share this book with me so I could tell you all about it.

I have loved reading through this book, and finding stories I’ve cherished when I first heard them, and new stories that I haven’t heard before, or have forgotten.  One story that Elder Carl B. Cook told at the October 2011 General Conference.  He talked about baring a heavy load at the time, and when he was on the elevator he was looking down trying to decide how he was going to do all he’d been asked.  Then someone got on the elevator, and it was the Prophet.  He asked what was wrong, and Elder Cook responded by saying, “Nothing.”  President Monson gave him great wisdom, that Elder Cook shared with us that day.  President Monson said, “It’s better to look up.”   Simple, yet grand advice.  Sometimes the loads we bare bring us down, they are heavy on us physically, mentally, and emotionally.  However, instead of feeling discouraged, we need to direct our thoughts up to heaven where we can receive the help that will lessen our load.  

There are pages, and pages of wonderful examples of lessons learned that in turn, we can learn, or be reminded of.  As a mom of 6 kids, I often find myself forgetting what is most important, what is most needed, or where I need to actually go for help each day.  I love finding a book I can grab, turn to any page, and just read a quick pick me up that can help me throughout the entire day.  

Book Review: Surviving Hitler

July 7, 2014

Surviving Hitler Book Review by Simplistically Sassy


I don’t often find a book that I LOVE reading, and can’t put down.  Honestly, Surviving Hitler has been one of those books.  I love reading a story of real people in historical situations and being able to really capture what was happening, how it happened, and being able to sense what it felt like.  

This book, written by O Hakan Palm, tells his parents story.  His father, Gustav, joined the Nazi Army at a young age, and then was forced to guard a Nazi prison camp, and took the opportunity that came to escape by volunteering for the Waffen-SS to fight on the front lines.  His mother, Anges, grew up as a privileged Roman Catholic, but both her parents were ethnic Jews.  Her and her parents were sent off to a Nazi death camp.  This book tells about how his parents were able to somehow escape the horrible situations they were put in, and how they later met, and married. 

I love how this book is written more in a journal form.  There are sections through out in both Gustav and Anges’ voice and perspective.  You really get a feel for what was happening around them, their feelings, and their emotions.  You see as small acts become miracles that lead to their ability to survive, and how things in all of our lives work together so that we can fulfill a greater purpose when we need to.  

Reading this book has also made me more grateful for those that suffered in many various ways, and those that sought to do good, even if the situation they were in wasn’t always good.  It’s a story of hope, and love, and of finding your way when things are hard.  It’s a great read, and one that will capture you and bring you into it’s pages with ease.

I was given this book by Desert Book Co. to review.  As always, all the opinions of this book are mine.