Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Amazed By Grace Book Review...

What is grace? What difference can grace make in our lives? How does the Savior make His power available to us? And what must we do to gain access to that power?

In Amazed by Grace, Sheri Dew discusses each of those important questions, exploring a topic that she describes as being central to the Atonement of Jesus Christ. "The most compelling, most life-changing message of all time," she writes, "is that Jesus Christ has already triumphed over sin, death, hell, temptation, and every kind of misery."

As we come to more fully understand the majestic doctrine of grace, our faith will increase. We will see how the Savior keeps His promise to make weak things strong. And we will believe the truth that "His Atonement makes available all of the power, peace, light, and strength that we need to deal with life's challenges.

My Review:
This hardcover book by Sheri Dew is amazing! I really learned a lot about grace and thoroughly enjoyed it. One of my favorite quotes is: "When we turn our lives over to the Lord, the power behind us is always greater than the obstacles before us." I also love the great examples shared in this book about the power of prayer! Sheri Dew rocks and is so inspirational! I plan on buying some of these for gifts. Amazed By Grace gets a huge thumbs up from me and is for sure a must read! 
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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Yesterday, Today and Forever Book Review...

The scriptures proclaim that "God is the same yesterday, today, and forever" (Mormon 9:9). In his latest book, Elder M. Russell Ballard attests to the truth of that statement by combining his words with teachings from his grandfathers, Hyrum Mack Smith and Melvin J. Ballard. What makes this combination unique is that all three of these men have served as members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
"In preparing this work," writes Elder Ballard, "I have seen anew that the course of the Lord truly i 'one eternal round' (Alma 37:12) and that the doctrine of the gospel is timely and timeless. It is forever relevant to disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ."

These never-before-published talks from Elder Ballard, paired with doctrinal statements from his grandfathers, will be a valuable resource for readers and a powerful testimony of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer.

My review:

First, I love the cover of this book! I have always enjoyed listening to M. Russell Ballard. You can tell his talks are inspired and I feel the spirit every time I hear him. I was really excited to get this book full of gospel messages from him and his grandfathers. All three of these great men served as members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. This is a great uplifting book!

Happy today is one of my favorite chapters. In that chapter he talks about how to be happy no matter what challenges we face. He says to be truly happy we must "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding". There are so many interesting topics in this book, I didn't want to put it down. The scriptures are powerful throughout this book. It would also make a wonderful gift!
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Real Moms Book Review...

I didn’t have gold shoes, and I didn’t have time to go shopping, but I thought I could just spray-paint some heels I owned that I never really wore. I spray-painted them and tried them out for three hours at church where they held up perfectly. I felt pretty good about myself. “Suckers who buy gold shoes when they could just spray-paint them,” I thought, congratulating myself for my frugality and my foresight for testing them out.
As moms, we improvise. We get along. We make things word. And we make a lot of things up as we go along because, let’s face it, no manual is ever going to cover all the bases a real mom needs to touch. But if laughter and perspective and a renewed energy to face the day are what you’re after—if you too are a “real mom”—this is the book for you!

My review:

I really love this book! It is full of humor, helpful tips, encouragement and much more. I love the part that talks about giving yourself a day off. What an excellent idea! I know as a mom when I feel renewed and make time for myself, then everyone is happier.

My heart was touched when she shares her thoughts on the Atonement of our loving Savior Jesus Christ. What a great book written by a mom that has experience. It makes you laugh, smile and feel uplifted! I highly recommend reading this and know you will love it! 

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Practicing for Heaven Book Review...

 David hates practicing piano. He's frustrated by how hard it is and all the mistakes he makes. With his mom's help, he comes to understand how that's all part of the learning process. She also uses the moment to help David comprehend more about the Atonement: Christ has paid the price so that we can learn and improve. We aren't earning our way to heaven—we're practicing for it, and Christ is willing to help us every step of the way.

Practicing for Heaven also includes teachings tips for parents who wish to teach children of all ages about the Savior's Atonement and grace.

My review:

I am so in love with this book! I liked the part when David said it's hard being like Jesus. His mom said, what if I thought being a mom was too hard? I've made too many mistakes so I should just give up? Do you think I should quit? David said, No. You can't quit!

What a beautifully written story. It is perfect for children to understand and also powerful for adults as well. The pictures are tender and filled with sweet emotion. What a blessing to know we have a loving Savior that helps us as we are all practicing for Heaven. My family loves this book and highly recommends it!
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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Words of the Savior Book Review...

Jesus Christ is the Master Teacher. What better way to learn eternal truths than by studying His words? This beautiful book pairs the timeless and poignant teachings and parables of the Lord Jesus Christ with stunning images that bring the Savior's words to life. Distilled from the writing of the New Testament, Words of the Savior highlights selections from the Messiah's mortal ministry as He walked, taught, and healed among the people.

Some of His teachings were delivered as softly spoken invitations to "arise, and be not afraid" (Matthew 17:7), while others were presented in parables and discourses to devoted disciples and travel-weary followers as they walked the roads of Jerusalem and Galilee. Through seemingly simple appeals, thoughtful parables, and words of warning, the Savior taught essential lessons that are as applicable in our lives today s they were in the meridian of time. Each page of this inspirational book presents an opportunity for pondering and reflection on how better to pattern our lives after the words of the Savior.

My review:

I absolutely love this book! The beautiful pictures, scriptures and messages are beyond perfect. You can not help but feel joy, peace and uplifted immensely after reading this! With full-color, artfully-designed pages, this exquisite, inspirational book is the perfect gift for every occasion. It also makes an excellent addition to every gospel library. I plan on buying several of these books for gifts. I know the recipients will love the book as much as my family does! I highly recommend the Words of the Savior and give it a huge thumbs up.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Practice Book Review...

I'm really excited to tell you about an awesome new book called: THE PRACTICE: Simple Tools for Managing Stress, Finding Inner Peace and Uncovering Happiness 
The mind has a way of interfering with personal happiness, often causing stress and doubt. Getting in touch with one’s inner source of peace and following its guidance over the mind’s often-unfounded concerns requires training and discipline. Knowing this truth intimately, Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life Founder Barb Schmidt developed a three-part spiritual discipline called The Practice. The Practice is a toolkit to be used throughout the day to guide people who are looking for confidence, less stress, and deeper meaning along life’s path. These tools are a compilation of the great Truths taught by authentic teachers and masters throughout the centuries from various religious and spiritual traditions.
In the first three chapters of The Practice, readers are guided through the daily routine: Waking Up, Living Present, and Letting Go. Beginning with a morning meditation, a thread of peace is followed over the course of the day through the repetition of a sacred mantra, practicing focused attention, reading for inspiration, and reflecting on the day. In the concluding chapter, readers are provided with an opportunity to deepen their experience of The Practice with engaging exercises. 
“In The Practice, you will learn that a wellspring of inner peace and happiness exists inside each one of us, and is easily accessible with simple techniques that require only minutes a day." - Barb Schmidt

Click on the picture below for some amazing tips...

My Review:
This book is fantastic! I feel like it was written just for me! By the name of my other site "Trying To Stay Calm", can you tell this was a must read for me? Wow, I felt so refreshed and uplifted after reading it! I have set some goals that this book helped me with. I am excited to use the simple techniques to help me throughout my life. The Letting Go chapter was one of my personal favorites. I highly recommend this book and give it a thumbs up! It would also make a wonderful gift for a special loved one. 
You can get more details about the book here:

Thank you so very much, Barb Schmidt, for the amazing book!!

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Deceived Book Review...

A storm rages outside the unassuming Los Angeles house, while within, something sinister lurks. A murderer stalks his victim, unaware of a witness to the horrific crime: awakened from a deep, drug-induced slumber, Tara Kelly hears voices in the next room. Struggling to focus through her sleep medication, the young woman helplessly observes her aunt's murder. Now she's a look end the killer cannot ignore ...
A family friend helps Tara ash she does the only thing she can: disappear. Fleeing to the security of a remote Idaho ranch, Tara finds herself under the guard of handsome rancher Joseph White Eagle. Her unwitting protector takes his role seriously, going as far as claiming that Tara is his fiancee. But even as their relationship deepens, Joseph struggles to see past Tara's similarities to his late wife. When a series of accidents threatens Tara's life, it becomes clear that her attempt to outrun danger has been in vain. The killer will stop at nothing to find her, and Joseph will do anything to protect her—even if it means unraveling secrets that will have devastating consequences for them both.

My Review:

I had a hard time putting this book down! I loved that it was suspenseful and kept my interest. Kathi did an excellent job with the characters. I really liked the love between Tara and Joseph. I thought it was so sweet how they protected each other. I have family that lives in Idaho, so fun they went to a ranch there.

I don't want to write anything that will spoil it for a first time reader. Trust me, this book is well worth the read! I felt a warm fuzzy feeling of love after reading Deceived. I give it a huge thumbs up! What a perfect gift this would make as well. Order this awesome book here!

About the Author:

Kathi Oram Peterson loves to write edge-of-your-seat romantic suspense and young adult time travel. The constant thread she sews in both genres is faith in a higher power. She works hard to entertain her readers with clean, uplifting stories. Her path to publication took a detour as she raised three children. During those years, Kathi read all the how-to books on writing that she could find. When her last child graduated high school, she went back to college and earned her BA in English. She was fortunate to do an internship for the University of Utah’s Continuum magazine, where she learned to edit and write articles in the “real” world.

Shortly after graduation, she was hired by a curriculum publisher to write and edit concept and biography books for children. She worked shoulder to shoulder with artists and computer programmers as she watched her children’s stories come to life. But the desire to write full-length novels called to her. Leaving the workforce, she devoted herself to writing fiction. You can contact Kathi through her website,, and her blog,

Thank you so very much Kathi Oram Peterson for the amazing book!!

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