Hope for the Weary Mom Devotional


About the Devotional: “From the authors of Hope for the Weary Mom comes a new 40-day devotional.

Jesus promises rest to those who seek Him. But how can a weary mom find rest in Jesus when she doesn’t know Him? How can she build her life on the truth of His Word when she doesn’t know it? Hope for the Weary Mom Devotional offers 40 truths every mom needs to know in a devotional format–easy for a busy mom to fit in her life. Discover how to live dependently upon Jesus as His Word becomes more rooted in your heart. move from weariness to hope in your God-given role as mom. focus on who God is and how He moves and works in your life.

Each devotion includes a prayer, Scripture, and questions for reflection. You’ll be moved to deeper truth and be left with a hunger for more of God’s Word.”



Book Recommendations for Young Readers


Many of you know that I am an avid reader. I read, review, and recommend books all the time. What you may not know is that I have a special interest in quality books for young readers. I believe that it is so very important for young readers to find just the right kind of book that sparks their interest, that speaks to their experiences, and/or that stimulates their imagination and stretches their minds. With that in mind, I have compiled a short list of book recommendations for young readers. Each book earned a 5-star rating. Enjoy!

A Phone Tree Book Review|The Healthy Mind Cookbook

The Healthy Mind Cookbook: Big-Flavor Recipes to Enhance Brain Function, Mood, Memory, and Mental Clarity by Rebecca Katz


About the Book: “A collection of more than 120 recipes formulated to optimize brain health, boost memory, improve mood, sharpen the central nervous system, and more.

Feed your mind.

Depression, ADHD, memory loss, agitation: These may seem like inevitable byproducts of modern lives spent multitasking, not getting enough sleep, and operating on digital overload. But while much of the brain’s work still remains a mystery, a growing body of scientific evidence suggests that the food you eat directly affects how well your brain functions. Brain health also plays a significant role in staving off diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.

In The Healthy Mind Cookbook, Rebecca Katz has harnessed the latest research on the brain to identify the foods that can improve the brain’s ability to control cognition, emotion, and physical function—all of which dictate memory and mood. She then translates the very best of brain science into the kitchen, using delicious nutrient-dense foods as a tool for promoting a healthy mind from childhood through the golden years.

With a culinary pharmacy listing the benefits of key ingredients, complete nutritional details for each dish, and flavor-packed recipes for every meal of the day, including Avocado and Citrus Salad, Sweet Potato Hash, Turkish Lamb Sliders, and Chocolate Cherry Walnut Truffles, The Healthy Mind Cookbook will help lift the fog of everyday life so you can reach your full physical and mental potential.” (from the hardcover edition)

Phone Tree Book Review: The Healthy Mind Cookbook was a 246-page book that did much to feed the mind of this particular reader. The author’s main objective, per the title, was to call attention to big-flavor recipes that enhance brain function, mood, memory, and mental clarity. The book was divided into sections ranging from soups to “sweet bites,” but it was only the first three chapters of this book that spoke more so to the science, if you will, of food. The remaining content, including, but not limited to the recipes themselves as well as the cook’s notes, combined interesting commentary and facts to make this cookbook somewhat entertaining.

Going into reading this book, I had a certain mindset and idea of what I thought I would find. And while I did find what I was looking for, it wasn’t to the degree that I had anticipated. I did find the recipes to be colorful, flavored, and textured, which kept things exciting for this foodie. The emphasis with this book, in my opinion, would be more so on recipes and anecdotes versus food science.

Rating: 4/5
Recommend: Yes
Audience: All
Status: Cooking & Food, Healthy Living
Source: Blogging for Books (Ten Speed Press)

A complimentary ARC of this book was made available for review in exchange for an honest critique. The words I have expressed are my own. I was neither compensated for my review, nor expected to submit a positive report.

Glory Days: Living Your Promised Land Life Now

A Phone Tree Book Review


Title: Glory Days: Living Your Promised Land Life Now

Author: Max Lucado

About the Book: “Keep walking. This may be the day your Jericho walls come down.

We all face them. Strongholds with a strong hold on our lives. Roadblocks to our joy. Obstacles in our marriages. Fortresses of fear blocking us from peace. How can we bring down these walls that keep us from the future God promises?

Remember the story of Joshua and the battle of Jericho? Those were some formidable foes and big barriers.

Max Lucado says the book of Joshua is in the bible to remind us of one thing: God Fights For Us! We can overcome, because He has already overcome.

We were not made to stand in the shadow of our walls and quake. We were made to stand on top of Jericho’s rubble and conquer. We win, because God’s already won.

Need a new battle plan for life? Keep walking, keep believing. These may be your Glory Days.”

Phone Tree Review: 

What a powerful encouragement this book was to me. I absolutely loved it. It spoke well of God, and it soothed my heart in such a way that I was fortified. Glory Days provided Biblical content, as well as shared relevant messages for present-day living. I most appreciated the approach that the author took with this book. He combined Scriptural truths with stories about ordinary, extraordinary people. That spoke volumes.

As a reader, I was able to enter into the journey of God’s people and experience, in a sense, what they did or rather what they were called to do. In doing this, I was able to walk away from this book with countless nuggets of truth and inspiration. As a student of the Bible, I was able to read the book of Joshua with fresh eyes and with a fresh perspective.

This book contained two very special additions that I appreciated – a study guide and a preview to Lucado’s brand new daily devotional that is due out in December. The study guide was filled with questions and considerations related to the book’s content. It was very thorough and thought provoking. The devotional seemed to be a compilation of some of Lucado’s past works. The way the devotional was formatted was very appealing, and it made me want to read more.

Rating: 4.5/5
Recommend: Yes
Audience: All
Status: G
Category: Christian non-fiction
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Comments: This book would make a wonderful addition to any home or church library. It would be ideal for a book club or as a theme for a focused Bible class study.

Special Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest critique. I was neither compensated for my review, nor was I expected to submit a positive review. The words I have expressed are my own.

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A Faith & Family Book Recommendation|God Gave Us Sleep


Title: God Gave Us Sleep 

Author: Lisa Tawn  Bergren

About the Book: “‘Little Cub!” Mama called. “Time for bed.’

Little Cub is having so much fun building an igloo with her friends that she doesn’t want to stop for bedtime! Who needs sleep when there’s fun to be had? Mama patiently answers her child’s questions as she puts her to bed, explaining the importance of daily rhythms of work, play, and rest. As they talk through the fears that come with nighttime—and work through Little Cub’s endless stalling tactics—our favorite bear learns to realize that God gave us sleep as a vital gift.

This charming addition to the best-selling God Gave Us series, with its Arctic characters and relevant message, will help all little ones prepare for a peaceful night’s rest.”

Review: God Gave Us Sleep was an enchanting book. It presented a number of thoughts on the importance of rest and the God-connect associated with it. I loved how the story injected some of the humourous examples of how cubs might try to get out of or rather delay going to bed. I could totally relate. ☺️ I also liked how the story translated experiences that littles might face, such as having bad dreams, dealing with emotions when tired, and the importance of prayer when facing a problem.

This book would be an ideal family read aloud selection. There is so much rich discussion material. I recommend it wholeheartedly.

Rating: 4/5

Recommend: Yes

Status: Faith and Family

Audience: All

A complimentary copy of this title was made available for review via the Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest critique. The words I have expressed are my own. I was neither compensated for my review, nor was I expected to submit a positive review. 

What I’ve Been Reading and Other Such Considerations



Blender Girl 101

Title: The Blender Girl Smoothies

Author: Tess Masters

About the Book: “A beautiful collection of vegan smoothies from powerhouse blogger The Blender Girl, featuring photographs, flavor boosters, and nutritional add-ons for every recipe.

The Blender Girl takes smoothies to the next level in this comprehensive guide, helping you blast your way to good health and blended bliss. These 100 creative and delicious recipes are designed to fit your every need, whether you want to detox, lose a few pounds, get energized, or guard against seasonal colds. Each smoothie has three optional boosters (like chia seeds, ginger, coconut oil, or wheat grass) that allow you to ramp up flavor, nutrient value, or both. Featuring gorgeous photography throughout, a smoothie pantry that demystifies unusual ingredients, icons to identify smoothies that fit your particular dietary needs, and strategies for achieving smoothie success, this accessible handbook makes it fun and easy to find your perfect blend.”

Phone Tree Review: The Blender Girl Smoothies is a visually stunning book that offers such wonderful information for the health conscious individual. There are recipes galore! Both novices and experts will be able to appreciate the reading/learning/gustatory experience. Just a taste of one of these salubrious treats and anyone can be converted.

Rating: 5/5 *****

Recommend: Yes

Status: Health/Fitness/Wellness, Nutrition, Healthy Living, Foods/Cooking

Audience: All

Disclosure: I received this book free from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The words I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”