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Show Us Your Books – Dec ’17

December 12, 2017

Ever since I started working at a bookstore, my desire to read more books has spiked! I feel like I’m on a roll but I’m actually not reading any faster than I already do. I just don’t have enough time in the day to read all that I want to! I haven’t done this linkup since September so I’ll include books between then and now!


Couldn’t Stop Reading

Show Us Your Books by Built Upon the Rock

Understanding Temple Symbols Through Scripture, History, and Art by Jack M. Lyon — Okay, so I could not read this book fast enough!!! I really enjoyed this book. It’s amazing to learn more about the history of LDS temples and their symbols. Growing up in the LDS Church, you learn about temples when you’re young, and that you want to go there someday. When you’re a little bit older (like teen years), you learn about the family history and work for the dead that goes on inside the temples. When you’re older (adulthood), you learn more about the covenants you make inside, with God, and your understanding becomes bigger and the explanations, reasons, symbols because better and greater. With this book, Jack not only takes the symbols of the temples physically, but the symbols of the covenants, rituals, marriage ceremony, ordinances, and even the temple clothing. I just feel like an entire branch grew on my understanding of the temple and what we learn inside! I am so impressed by this book! ★★★★★

Seek This Jesus by Neill Marriott — I love Neill. Neill Marriot is a former LDS General Authority. A Leader of the Young Women of the Church in the General Presidency as Second Counselor. She has a sweet accent and I almost couldn’t even read this book without hearing her voice say the words in my head. It’s brilliant. She shares her story of conversion. She’s from the south and learning about her life/growing up before joining the LDS Church is really inspiring. I love learning about other faiths, and the lives that others live in their faiths. I know a lot of growing up in the Mormon Faith (LDS faith) because I am a member of the LDS Church, so I really enjoy books like these. Neill experiences many things that a lot of people experience today but explains it in a way that isn’t your average conversion story. Hers is her very own, and I loved all of it. Her faith in God is strong and incredible. Definitely contagious and I just hope that I can have faith like her in my life! ★★★★★


Fine Reads

 

Cheers to Eternity: Lessons We’ve Learned on Dating and Marriage by Al & Ben Carraway — I read Al’s first book, The Tattooed Mormon, and I really loved it! I wasn’t sure what this book was going to be about, but I wanted to read it! This was a really cute book. It’s fun to see how other people see the importance of marriage, God and learning together. I don’t know much about Ben, so it was cool to get to know him a little at the beginning of the book. They share the same love I have for the Temple so the last chapter of the book was my very favorite. Cute and fun read! ★★★★

A Season of Love: A Christmas Anthology by Carla Kelly — I really, really loved this book! The cutest short stories about love and happiness. This is literally my kind of book, short and sweet :) I love romance novels, especially when they are clean novels. Probably why I really like reading Young Adult books too! Mary and Jo’s story is probably my favorite so far. There’s just something about service, genuine love, and a happy ending that makes my heart melt. Okay, but I also REALLY love Mary Ann and Thomas’ love story. Something about it was just soooo perfect. Gosh. The service, genuine care, and amazing example really lifted my spirits! Loved Beth too, she’s such a cutie a pie. This story also really humbled me and made me realize that I can be grateful for anything!! I should express it often. The last story was hard to get into, so I stopped reading it halfway. So although I didn’t “finish” the book, I just wasn’t interested in finishing. ★★★


Did Not Finish/Still Reading

One by One by David A. Bednar — I’m still trying to get through this one. A LOT of scripture! This is a new book by Elder David A. Bednar. I really like him as a speaker, he’s great! hardcover, free copy in exchange for review

Embracing the Broken by Tiffany Webster — Tiffany is just amazing! I’m still reading this one and I just want to cry after every chapter. I feel so understood for the first time in my whole life. I set the bar pretty high for myself, no matter what I do in life. I’m always striving for perfection because I believe I should deliver nothing but that—perfection. It’s a really good book! paperback, free copy in exchange for review 


 

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We finished the Book of Mormon!

November 17, 2017

Brady and I finished reading the Book of Mormon! We kind of started reading when we first got married. Then we worked on it here and there throughout the last four years. I can’t believe we finally finished it! :) I’m so proud of us. It’s a long book. The only long book I’ve ever read (fat books intimidate me), and now we’re going to be reading in the Old Testament! I can’t wait. It’s going to be so much great!

I didn’t really care about school/seminary when I was in 10th grade and that is the year we studied the Old Testament, so it’s nice to actually care this time! ;) Haha Brady and I love spending this time together, and sometimes we’ll ask each other questions or what we liked most about the recent chapter we just read. It’s amazing how the Holy Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Temple all connect. It’s amazing and I love it so much!!

A Season of Love: A Christmas Anthology

November 1, 2017

I really, really loved this book! The cutest short stories about love and happiness. This is literally my kind of book, short and sweet :) I love romance novels, especially when they are clean novels. Probably why I really like reading Young Adult books too! Mary and Jo’s story is probably my favorite so far. There’s just something about service, genuine love, and a happy ending that makes my heart melt. Okay, but I also REALLY love Mary Ann and Thomas’ love story. Something about it was just soooo perfect. Gosh. The service, genuine care, and amazing example really lifted my spirits! Loved Beth too, she’s such a cutie a pie. This story also really humbled me and made me realize that I can be grateful for anything!! I should express it often.

Carla Kelley is a really good writer and I’m so glad I had a chance to read and review this book of hers! I’m not familiar with English terms so I’m definitely going to have to keep researching what certain phrases or words mean. Either way, it was a fantastic book! If you are looking for something short, small, simple, and sweet, this is your kind of book! Get it now by clicking the link below!

Happy reading!

#collaboreads: A Brand New Book

September 26, 2017

The brand new book I chose to read this month is called Seek This Jesus by Neill Marriott. The cover surely caught my attention and I knew I had to read it for myself.

It’s phenomenal. It’s absolutely amazing! Neill shares so much of her life in this book. She shares the life she had while attending a Methodist church in the south, to feeling forgotten by God, to joining The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). I just am in awe at her journey!

My favorite part of the book are pages 69 – 73. She shares the story of her daughter who passed away from getting hit by a car. But it’s the way she talks about staying connected to God, grieving and what each year felt like when it came to connecting with God and grieving her loss.

I think it left an impression on me, obviously because my dad passed away and I’m still grieving so bad. But I don’t think I’ve ever had someone describe grieving the way she does in those pages. The transitions and how each year passing is different but she grew closer to God each year.

I am just certain that everyone needs to own this book. I wouldn’t necessarily say anybody who isn’t LDS wouldn’t enjoy it, but it is centered around God, and Jesus Christ. Their love for us and a woman’s story. I give it 5 stars! 

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