Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Review: Replica

Replica (Replica #1) by 

Replica by Lauren OliverGemma has been in and out of hospitals since she was born. 'A sickly child', her lonely life to date has revolved around her home, school and one best friend, Alice. But when she discovers her father's connection to the top secret Haven research facility, currently hitting the headlines and under siege by religious fanatics, Gemma decides to leave the sanctuary she's always known to find the institute and determine what is going on there and why her father's name seems inextricably linked to it.

Amidst the frenzy outside the institute's walls, Lyra - or number 24 as she is known as at Haven - and a fellow experimental subject known only as 72, manage to escape. Encountering a world they never knew existed outside the walls of their secluded upbringing , they meet Gemma and, as they try to understand Haven's purpose together, they uncover some earth-shattering secrets that will change the lives of both girls forever - Goodreads

Friday, October 7, 2016

Book Club: Hope Unfolding ~ Chapter 6

Hope Unfolding Book ClubWelcome to Book Club!

The minute we decide we're going to stop being defined by what we don't get done and instead take pride in what we are able to achieve, grace lets truth win and unnecessary shame gives way to hope - Becky Thompson

In chapter 6 Becky tells us that we are not our mess. She is referring to both literal and figurative mess in our lives: the physical states of our homes as well as messy or stressful situations we face. Sometimes our mess can be so overwhelming and all-consuming that we can't see past it. Sometimes we have a hard time accepting that the mess in front of us does not define us. We think that if we can't deal with the mess then we can't keep up with life. As a result, we sometimes feel inadequate.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Book Club: Hope Unfolding ~ Chapter 5

Hope Unfolding Book Club - Chapter 3Welcome to Book Club!

In chapter 5, Becky describes the juggling act of being a wife and a mum. At the end of the day, after serving others and being on call all day long, being ready to tune in and meet the needs of another person at the drop of a hat, we don't have anything left to give. Our husbands often get our leftovers. We crash into bed knowing that we are going to have to get up and do it all over again the following day. Sometimes it feels like we are running on empty.

...the reality of balancing life as both a mum and a wife is overwhelming most days - Becky Thompson.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Love Unending by Becky Thompson

I just received my advanced readers copy of Love Unending! Yay! I'm on Becky Thompson's launch team for this book and we got our copies ahead of time so we can tell others all about it! I absolutely loved Becky's first book Hope Unfolding, so much so that I've been rereading it and recapping a chapter a week. Check out this post for more info my chapter recaps. The first book focuses on motherhood, and this new one is a 21 day challenge for rediscovering your marriage in the midst of motherhood! The launch team will be doing the challenge together next month. It should be fun. Love Unending will be released on January 3rd, and its currently available for preorder. Check out Booko to check retailers and prices. Also there will be some cool incentives for preordering which will be announced on Scissortail Silk soon.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Book Club: Hope Unfolding ~ Chapter 4

Hope Unfolding Book Club - Chapter 5
Welcome to Book Club!

We are currently reading through Hope Unfolding: Grace-Filled Truth for the Momma's Heart by Becky Thompson. Pick up your copy today (I recommend you check out Booko to compare prices at various retailers)

Friend, it's not just you - Becky Thompson

In chapter 4 Becky discusses the loneliness of motherhood. As mums, we are often surrounded by people and yet many of us feel unseen. We feel overwhelmed, juggling responsibilities and striving to meet expectations (often unrealistic expectations that we place on ourselves), and we each wonder whether we are the only one who feels that way. Sometimes we try to project an image of ourselves that has it all together when really we are unraveling inside and wondering how everyone else does it.