July Monthly Review + Annoucement

Happy end of July!!! 
"Wait a second...it's only the 23rd...why are you doing a monthly review post?" Well...we are going on a trip...and I'll be gone...and so I'm doing it early. Make sense? ;D Anyway...here we go ;) 


// Singing at a nursing home and getting to talk and meet so many kind older people 

// Learning many, many good/hard lessons ;)

// Watching huge fireworks shoot up into the sky with friends

// Having a bunch of international students over and getting to build friendships as well as have lots of fun! 

// Reading many great books! 

// Lots of fun with family... like laughing til I fell on the floor ;)


I read a total of 9 books so far this month. I enjoyed most of them and look forward to reading more books in August! 

Books Read:9

Most of these books were really good! My favorite was probably Get Lost though. It was such a good book! My least favorite was definitely Heaven is For Real as I'm pretty uncertain if it's a true story or not. So..anyway...that's what I've been reading this month! I'm currently reading:


So far they have been great! =) 


 Lots of great posts this month! On another note I found a new blog which I am absolutely loving. You should totally go check it out and subscribe. ;) Here is the link. She posts many writing posts, challenges, bookish type posts...yeah. It's a fun blog! Here are some other great posts...

-"When We Feel Unworthy of Being Loved" by Amanda Beguerie

-"Time: A Poem" by Emily

-"Miracles Still Happen Today" by Hosanna Emily

And Girl Defined has had some really good posts and videos recently so check out their blog. =)

If you happened to miss any of my other blog posts this month here are some links:


This is where the announcement part comes in. I've made the decision not to post in August. We'll be on our trip for half of it and then starting school and having some overseas friends. That will be extremely crazy and I think it will be best if I don't post until September. I'll miss you all so much though and look forward to getting back to blogging in September! I hope you all have a fantastic August and end of July!!! =)

How has your July been so far? What has been your top favorite highlight of the month? I would love to hear it!


"Come with Me" Book Review

Happy Friday! 
So here is my last and final book review for the summer. I'm now caught up in reading all the books that I got from the publishers although I have 2 that I'm waiting to get shipped...I'm not going to tell you what they are though. ;) It's a surprise!

Proverbs 31 Author Calls Women to a Revolutionary Faith
What if there was a real-life invitation to a lifetime of unexpected destinations and adventure? What if your faith was the key?
In her warm, conversational way, Proverbs 31 author Suzie Eller shows how your faith is just that. How when you take a step away from the uncertainty, the to-do list, the busy life, the worries and excuses, you take a step toward the One who promises to delight and surprise. Who brings you deeper than you ever thought possible.
Two thousand years ago, 12 men answered the call to follow a man they hardly knew--and they were changed in ways they never imagined. Today that same invitation echoes across history, beckoning you to an adventure that will spill into every aspect of your faith and life. "Come with Me." Will you say yes?


At first I was bit disappointed with this book as it started out pretty slow. After the first few chapters I was pleasantly surprised though as it was really, really good! Come with Me calls woman to answer Jesus' call of "follow me". Mrs. Eller goes through all 12 disciples and talks about big topics such as sacrifice, surrender, serving, and sharing. :) I would definitely recommend this book to any woman! 

*I received this book from Bethany house for the purpose of this review*


"Becoming a Woman of Excellence" Book Review

Happy Wednesday!
Today is not my normal book review day, but today is not a normal week with getting ready for our trip so that's okay right? ;) I'm hoping to have another book review Friday if I can finish the book in time. And then I'll be doing my normal Saturday post. =) So anyway, here it is:

 "Becoming A Woman of Excellence" is a really good book! It's actually a bible study which I didn't realize, but it still was very good. The chapters were pretty short which I appreciated and although I didn't really do the Bible study I loved how she had lots of really good quotes and bible verses to look up on the different topics that help you in becoming "a woman of excellence". Each chapter was on a different topic such as...surrendering, forgiving, caring, loving, obeying, etc. If you are interested in doing a bible study this is definitely a good one!

So...short review, but I'm trying to finish the books that I got from the publishers so I have that done before we're gone. See you Friday for another review!

*I received this book from Tyndale Blogging Network for the purpose of this review*


The Future Before You

Hello and happy Saturday to all my readers!
I have a quick announcement before I start into my real post. I recently started another blog, "Radiant". This blog is going to be for Christian girls where I'll share shorter posts with quotes, poems, thoughts, etc. I won't be posting too much at this point of my life, but as I get busier and head off to college I'll pretty much just post on this one. Just wanted to let you know! Here is the link if you'd like to look at it. ;)

The future. Doesn't that word "future"send shivers up your spine? ;) The future is a scary place to think about. So many unknowns...where will I got to college? What career will I choose? Will I find a job? Who will I marry? Where will I live? These questions can constantly plague us and turn into fears of...what if I can't get accepted into college? What if I fail? What if I can't find a job? What if I remain single? What if I'm persecuted for my faith? What if...these type of questions go on and on and can cause us to live in fear and dive into depression. I've experience these fears too many times to count. It has made me want to just stop living. Fear the future. And recently I've been challenge to step back and think differently...

Right now I'm reading an amazing book called "Loving God with All Your Mind". At first when one of my friends recommend it I assumed it was probably another "good" book telling me to read my Bible, be nice to others, and love my enemies(all excellent things to do but...you know what I mean...I've heard that a million times...;D) But she raved about it so much (haha...love you Hosanna!) that I decided to get it. As I began reading it I was deeply challenged. The first section was on training your thoughts...my thought life isn't always the most honoring to God and I've wanted to work on it for a while and so this chapter was very good and really challenged me in that area. Mrs. George took the verse Philippians 4:8 (whatever is true, whatever is noble...) and then showed how this is a command in the Bible to think on only what is true. She talked about how we must think on what is true about the past, present, and future. Fears about the future cripple us from becoming the men and woman God want us to become. We fear disasters, finances, singleness, parenting, aging, illnesses, suffering, and dying. But God says "no" to fear. He calls us to think on what is real about our future. You aren't in a car accident so you don't need to think on the possibility, you aren't tragically dying so you don't need to dwell on the prospect...I'm not saying we should deny all possibility's of these things happening to us or not try and drive safely or be careful, but I'm saying we must have true, noble, and right thoughts about our future. We must think about now. How we can live today dwelling on what is real...what is true.

I'll end this post with these promises from God's word taken from the book "Loving God with All your Mind" :

  • Nothing will ever happen to you that God does not already know about
  • Nothing will ever happen to you that is a mistake
  • Nothing will ever happen to you that you can not handle by God's power and grace
  • Nothing will ever happen to you that will not eventually be used by God for some good purpose in your life
  • Nothing will ever happen to you without God's presence
"Friends, remember that the future is not real. The future exists only in the imagination. Then when the future arrives...whether in the the minute, hour, or tomorrow...you will-and by God's grace, you can!- deal with it then, when it is truly present and real"*

Have an amazing weekend everyone and remember that God holds your futures! 

*Loving God with All Your Mind" by Elizabeth George


"The Old River Road" Book Release

---Exciting post today!!---

How can it already be here??? The long awaited day is here...I get to be apart of "The Old River Road" book release!! =) Yesterday was the release day and today I will be posting a review for this book plus getting to host the author on my blog. I loved reading this book and I hope you will get a chance to read it as well ---

 Meet Ivy Rose and her debut novel, The Old River Road. This book is the first in a series of a yet-to-be-determined number of books based on the lives of the author’s ancestors. Written in a style similar to that of Janette Oke and Laura Ingalls Wilder, this is a story you won’t want to miss.



When seventeen-year-old Clara Boutwell married her dashing coworker, William McDonald, she was convinced her life was near perfect. The journey before them as newlyweds in the great city of Chicago was promising and exciting. But a frightening disease soon takes William in its grip, forcing them to the clean air of the western frontier in a desperate attempt to save his life. But pioneering doesn’t prove to be easy, with miles between neighbors instead of fences. On the eastern Washington prairies, the McDonalds face hardships and trials in a new world where everything is tested, from physical endurance to emotional strength—down to their relationship and faith in the Lord.

This novel tells the incredible true story of Clara and William, the great-great grandparents of the author, in a sweet narrative full of laughter, tears, and the struggles of an early pioneering family. Prepare yourself to share in their experience as you read this account of a pioneer family in Washington state, and see their lasting legacy that has endured into the fifth generation.
                  Available now in paperback and ebook on Amazon. Add on Goodreads

 Wow. This book was such a fun cozy read! It was sweet to see William and Clara's romance in the beginning and then even after they got married and had children. It reminded me a lot of Janette Oke's style of writing and the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. It was a heartwarming book and I loved reading it! I was impressed by all the research that must have went in to it. =) I never felt like it was boring or un-interesting...I always was ready to sit down in my cozy chair and pick it up. ;) Overall all I enjoyed this book so much and would recommend it to anyone!! I also appreciated that there was romance that was sweet, yet clean. =) Ivy Rose did an absolutely fantastic job with this book and I thoroughly enjoyed reading "The Old River Road"!!!! 



Ivy Rose is an 18 year old history lover and literary enthusiast. Aside from writing, she enjoys being outdoors, chocolate, travelling, reading, and ATVing (preferably if there is mud involved). She resides with her family of 9 on the banks of the Long Lake in eastern Washington.

You can connect with Ivy via her blog, Goodreads, and Pinterest.


Now we will be welcoming the author of this amazing book for an interview...welcome Ivy!

1. When did you decide to write your novel?
I’ve needed to write this book for about eight years now, so when my mom asked if I’d like this to be my senior project, I jumped at the opportunity. :) I wrote most of it during NaNo of 2015.

2. How was this story inspired?

It was inspired by the lives of my Great-great grandparents. My GG-Grandma, Clara McDonald, wrote an 8 page memoir when she was in her seventies. It told of she and her family’s early pioneer life. I just happened to stumble across the document and saw great potential for a story.

3. What has been your greatest resource throughout the process of writing your book?

My greatest resource has been Clara’s memoirs. She was very detailed in them, giving me more information than I could ever hope to pack into one book.

4. How long have you been writing "The Old River Road" and who/what has been your greatest encouragement?
I started writing it 9 months ago for NaNo of 2015. My mom has definitely been my greatest encouragement throughout the process.

5.  What is your best writing advice for a writer?
Remember that it is Him you are writing for. Even if you never share your work with the world, write stories that would make Him proud. No one else’s opinion matters. :)
Thank you Ivy for your answers!! It was wonderful having you. =)


Now for the giveaway...*drum roll*...

The Old River Road Prize Pack
International Prize

Have a wonderful Saturday everyone!! =) I'd love for you to comment and let me know if you've read this book or if you're planning on reading it! :)


Writerly Advice

Welcome to the month of July! 

I can't believe that it's already here. (have i said that before?;) This month, like I said, is going to be an amazing, wonderful, fun, awesome month and here's a writers post to kick it off! I have collected some authors or soon-to-be authors writing advice for this post and I hope you enjoy it and our encouraged. The last 2 are authors that I just liked their advice so I don't in any way know if they write good stuff. ;) The first 4 are amazing authors though and you should totally go read their books!!! 

" If God has gifted you with words, don't ignore that gift. Whether you are working toward publication or not, write for Him. Don't ever forget that it is Him, and only Him, you write for. If you try to write for readers, you will disappoint every time. 1 Peter 4:10 says "Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms." So write for Christ, give him the glory, and don't worry about what others think!"

-Ivy Rose, author of The Old River Road

"Decide who your audience is!  Basically, you should know who you are aiming your writings at.  How old will your readers be?  Are they mainly girls/boys?  What books do they like best?  What might they be struggling with currently that you could address as you write?  If you have some ideas, then you can direct your words to fit into what your readers need!  There will be more chances of them LOVING what you wrote and of it impacting their life forever!
Pray before writing!  Every time I sit down to write a chapter of my novel, I try to remember to pray.  Ask God for direction for whatever it is that you are creating.  I've noticed that the times I DO pray, my writing is a lot better than the times when I DON'T pray.  So take the extra minute to ask God what He wants in your novel/short story/blog post before you write it!  You'll be very glad that you did. =)"

-Hosanna Emily, author of The Mystery of the Midnight Trespasser   
 "Have your work critiqued, and critique other writer's work. Honestly, besides reading and writing consistently, critiquing has been the greatest asset in my writing. 
Critiquing other's manuscripts have allowed me to look at writing with a critical eye. See how stories form and know what works and what doesn't.
Having my manuscript critiqued has helped me improve my writing. Know what my strengths and weaknesses are. Understand what's helpful in critiques so I can apply that to my own beta journeys.
It's a scary process, but definitely beneficial, and something that has made me the writer I am."
-Katie Grace, A Writer's Faith 

 "The best piece of advice I could ever share from what I've learned is to first and foremost seek God. Seek God for the ideas He would have you to share. Seek Him about what to include in the story. Seek Him about how and when to publish. When I was getting ready to jump into the self-publishing world, I heard a sermon which really helped. The preacher mentioned the different battles fought in the Old Testament, and how God had different battle plans for different battles. Likewise, God has different plans for our lives. There are a lot of things we can learn from fellow authors about how to do things but ultimately, we need to seek God for what HE would have us to do."
-Amanda Tero, author of Journey to Love 

 “10 Steps to Becoming a Better Writer

Write more.
Write even more.
Write even more than that.
Write when you don’t want to.
Write when you do.
Write when you have something to say.
Write when you don’t.
Write every day.
Keep writing.”
- Brian Clark

 “If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth writing.”

- Benjamin Franklin

And there you go! There's some writing advice that I hope helps you today to write better. My advice(which is from a very beginning writer;) would be to not get yourself stressed over writing, don't compare your writing with others, and e.n.j.o.y. Writing can be so stressful when you have big goals, but enjoy the journey, don't be too critical of yourself, and do it for Jesus!