That Amazing, No, Addicting Thing Called BookBub

Have you heard of BookBub yet? It’s a really nice resource if you’re looking for new books to read. It’s a great way to access books you might not consider. I was introduced to BookBub by a coworker who loves to read.

This website is a great tool for any bookworm. BookBub allows you to create a free account. From there you select your favorite book genres. Based on your choices, you will receive an email every day from BookBub with books suggestions based on the categories you selected. All the book suggestions are titles that have many reviews, and the best part is that these books range from $0-$2.99 in price. How about that for a great deal! It’s an amazing tool, and I enjoy reading the book descriptions and choosing new books to read that I might not otherwise consider reading. Sometimes books I really want to read show up in my BookBub email update. The other great thing is that they only send one email a day, and I never receive any other email from them. They do not flood your inbox. BookBub gets to the point because they know your time is precious and they know you want to read the next book.

What are you waiting for? Go to bookbub.com and sign up to receive your free daily email update. You’ll be happy you stopped and dropped to read this email. I promise!

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Reading about the Twenty-eighth Day of the Eighth Month

I encountered a story online about two years ago via a blog that I regularly read and follow. That blogger shared a YouTube video about a couple that beat all odds to make the most loving marriage a young couple could have. Ian and his girlfriend, Larissa, met in college, and they did not click at first. She found his jokes cheesy, and that just wasn’t her thing. Through mutual friends they got to know each other and decided maybe they could like each other and be friends. They became inseparable; then one day the unexpected happened. Ian was in a tragic car accident that caused severe brain damage. There was a time when the family was not sure if Ian would make, but God had other plans. Their journey came with many hardships and even another family tragedy, but through it all, they grew closer to God.

Because Ian had a brain injury, the doctors were not sure of the extent of his injuries in the beginning. Miraculously, his long-term memory helped him greatly, although his short-term memory was more a struggle. Only time would tell if his injury would develop into a change in his personality. While Ian struggled in the beginning with many many therapy sessions just to figure out how to do every day tasks, Larissa supported him the best way she knew how. Be present. Through struggles and trials Ian slowly gained back movement and relearned many things to help him become more independent.

Many things can be learned from their story as it shows the dedication it takes from family members and close friends to see someone through a tragedy or trial whether be an accident or a severe illness. One key part that got them all through the tough days was their faith in Christ. Larissa admits her personal struggle with her faith during that time, but she grew because of the journey. Sometimes God allows these things to teach us something bigger than ourselves. He makes a way for us to realize we must put Him first above ourselves.

I recommend this book to young adults in college, an engaged couple, recently married couples, or anyone that wants to read a story of renewed faith and strength in God. You will be taken on a journey through someone’s personal life that shows just how precious life is. Treasure each moment, and be faithful to keep Christ first in all of your relationships. If you’re looking for an inspirational story, then stop and drop to read Eight Twenty Eight by Ian and Larissa Murphy.

Long Time, No Reading

It’s been quite a long time since I’ve blogged here. I wanted to blog regularly about different books that I’ve read. My goal for this blog was to share my personal opinions about books that I’ve read so others can decide if they would like to read some of those same books. My other goal was to help parents find books that might be good to share with their families. As a teacher and a new mother, that is my goal for this blog more than ever.

I want to share books that are fun, encouraging, uplifting, and helpful. Reading has been a passion of mine before I even started going to school. I have always loved books and reading.  I hope I can pass that on to my daughter. I’m already starting her own little collection of books, and I enjoy reading to her even at eight weeks old!

Since it has been about a year since I last wrote anything here, many things have happened. I began my second year of teaching, and it was a wonderful year. I learned so much right along with my students. I also got pregnant with our first child, and she was born (three weeks early) on July 6. She brings so much joy to our lives, and we couldn’t be happier. While I absolutely love teaching and watching my students learn and grow, we made the decision that I would stay home with our sweet baby this year. It was a decision that we thought about for quite a while, but I know it was the right thing for us. Now that I am home full-time, I am caring for my little one, and I would like to start blogging again. Although I have not been writing, I have not stopped reading. I am looking forward to sharing some of the great stories that I have read over the last year as well as some cool resources for finding new things to read. I’m thankful for the journey and the opportunity to share the things I love. I invite you to join me on this reading adventure!

Are you balanced?

Balancing it All by Candace Cameron Bure is probably one of the most applicable books written for the woman of our day. If your desire is to follow the Lord in the world we live in and balance family, home, and work with Christ at the center of it all, then get to reading this book asap. Candace explores everything a wife and mother might go through on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis. She reminds us that she too is a wife and a mom of three children. It’s a refreshing book to read because the author is down to earth and truly wants to get to know her Lord better. She states that as she learns more about Christ and how we should live as Christians, she works to follow that Christ-like pattern.

Balancing it All is Bure’s second book, and I must say it is as good, if not better than her first book– Reshaping it AllI’d also like to say that I am not a mommy, but I am a wife and a teacher (which is kind of like being a mom), and I think this book can and should be read by all wives, mothers, and those who hope to someday take on those roles. You will see the other side of all glitz and glam of hollywood and see what a true role model looks like. With literature like this coming from someone with the platform like Candace Cameron Bure holds, I think maybe, just maybe we can make a difference in the lives of girls God puts in our paths. So, are you balanced? How do you balance it all?