What I’m Reading {January Book Reviews}

Disclosure: I received review copies of some of these books for the purpose of sharing them with you. This post contains affiliate links.

This is a great book to challenge your Christian faith. Well, not so much your faith, but definitely the way in which you live it out. If you are looking for something to take you deeper in the ways you are (or should be) living out your Christian faith, this is a great book. It is so easy to hear the words, read the words from scripture, and hear messages throughout a Christian life that we get almost numb to the commands found in His word and the calling for each of us. This book is a challenge to stop doing that. Well worth reading!

First of all, the positives–I really enjoyed Katie’s story and testimony. I also enjoy the way that she is so passionate about sharing and encouraging healthy eating habits. Each recipe includes a personal note from Katie and a photo, which I appreciated. The layout of this book is beautiful!

I have to say that I was disappointed with many aspects of the recipes. First of all, if you are a member of her site, you will find that the vast majority of the recipes are available there. Now, I understand that sometimes a cookbook in hand can be more convenient than the site, but still would have been nice to know this beforehand.

I was also disappointed at the use of Stevia as a sweetener, which is somewhat controversial as to how “natural” it is. Furthermore, I was disappointed to see a lot of packaged items listed in the ingredients (canned spaghetti sauce, etc.)

Overall, I think this is a nice cookbook, and very pretty, but there are others that I think would do the job of this one in a better way.

Note: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.



This book is a great resource for Christian parents! We all want our children to be obedient and to do what we ask them to do, but more than that we want to disciple our children’s hearts. And that is what this book focuses on more than results. The results will come when we teach them the reasons for obedience, and when we instill in them a desire to serve the Lord and do the right thing, simply because it’s the right thing. I love that this book goes beyond just obedience and gets at training the heart of our children. Because isn’t that what we really want? Children who are self-motivated to do the right thing?


I have always been fascinated by the Amish, Mennonite, and Quaker lifestyles. I am a born again believer and the only “catch” I have is that many of the people who currently follow those lifestyles follow more of a works-based type of religion, and not a saved by grace alone approach. For that reason, I really appreciated the discussion of the lifestyle apart from religion. Because I have heard a lot of people speak negatively about these lifestyles and say that they aren’t following Christ, but the truth is some are and some aren’t. One can learn about and embrace the lifestyle and still follow Christ and I appreciate that this book made that point. There are some true merits to a simpler way of life.

Overall this is a good book for getting a good basis of the lifestyle, although not much about the religious aspects as I would have liked to see.

I love to hear your feedback and value your thoughts! All I ask is that we remain respectful and civil, even when we disagree. Thanks so much for reading. I appreciate you!

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