July 14, 2015

Summer Reads and Reviews

1 || Savor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, as You Are, by Shauna Niequist (Purchase, Author's Site)

Reading any of Shauna's books feels like I'm sitting across from a close friend having a conversation, and as many of you will know I'm a fan of her writing. True to her writing style, she paints beautiful word pictures in sharing her stories and recipes in this devotional--enough to get you through 365 days.

One thing that should be noted though is that for other Niequist fans, this book repeats much of her previous works: Cold Tangerines, Bread and Wine, and Bittersweet. Because I love Shauna's writing so much, that was slightly disappointing as I would have loved to read new material from her. However, I cannot think if a purchase for a friend whom I'd like to get hooked on her writing too. 

2|| 7 Men and The Secret of their Greatness, by Eric Metaxas (Purchase, Author's Site)

From the best-selling author of Bonhoeffer, comes the book 7 Men and The Secret of their Greatness. The book is divided up and covers the following seven men: George Washington, William Wilberforce, Eric Liddell, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jackie Robinson, Pope John Paul II, Charles W. Colson. These seven men are all fairly well-known--and for good reason, for all seven achieved greats feats in each of their vocations, which in turn affected history at large. More importantly though, they did it all in steps of faith. 

As a history buff, this has definitely been a favorite of mine for this year. However, if reading an entire biography on just one man seems daunting, this just might be the book for you as it's like reading seven mini autobiographies. Metaxs writes with his detailed, well-versed, yet humorous tone throughout it all to draw you in to each man's exemplary life.

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3 || Cookie Love: More Than 60 Recipes and Techniques for Turning the Ordinary into Extraordinary, by Mindy Segel (Purchase, Author's Site)

This book had me salivating with a glance at the cover: gooey cookies, chocolate cookies, melt-in-your-mouth cookies... and more. Cookie Love shares over 60 recipes from Mindy Segal's kitchen. What I love most about this cookbook is that there are no ingredients she uses in her recipes that I would have a hard time finding--the number one test for me when it comes to adding to my cookbook shelves. The photography is beautiful and the way Segal writes about her love for baking will make you want to dash to the flour and eggs and get straight to work. The perfect cookbook for your cookie monster friends and family.

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2 comments :

  1. I felt the same about Savor … it seemed to be a mash-up of her previous work. A good gift idea for someone who hasn't read her work before, but most pages felt like deja vu. I am awaiting my copy of Metaxas' "7 Women" to arrive in the mail. I want to get a copy of "7 Men" eventually as well! Have you read his biography on Boenheffer? I want to but I am a bit intimidated by the size of it!

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  2. Hi old friend! Please don't think bad of me for not visiting more often. My blogging has been off for a while and I am WAY behind on my blog visiting too. Still, tonight I came to yours to see what I have missed and right away I see something that may just be an answer to an unsaid prayer.
    Justin and I have been through some "craziness" with his mother in the last two years. (I mean the makes you think of moving kind.) The company he works for is leaving us with questions. Basically, we are wondering if we should be more motivated to look for change or if we should simply be patient and in the midst enjoy this life we are living as is right now. A friend of mine gave me a devotional for mothers, but it isn't really inspiring me to pick up my bible more often. I find myself going for favorite books when I do open it, so I feel like I am cheating the rest of it and mainly myself. This "Savor" book you mentioned...would you recommend it to me with what I have just told you. If not, do you have any suggestions? You are the most well-read person I know, so I know I can trust you. Plus, I can never thank you enough for starting my Erynn Mangum craze. :)
    Hope all is well with you and your family, Natalie!

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