How to Listen so People Will Talk by Becky Harling

What is the secret to an especially good relationship with anyone? According to Becky Harling in her recently released book, How to Listen so People Will Talk, it is to listen well. She says it really is just that simple.

How to Listen so People Will Talk is a short book with a lot of good information in it. Harling shares stories from her life and from the Bible to help Christians better understand how to listen and communicate with friends and family--and anyone else they come in contact with. Each chapter shares good solid information on building your listening skills. Then at the end of each chapter is a set of exercises to help you apply that information to your own life called Exercises to Strengthen Your Listening Ear. The exercises are broken down into smaller bite-sized chunks called Listening to God, Listening to Your Heart and Listening to Others.

I found How to Listen so People Will Talk to be quite helpful in building relationship communication skills. I would encourage e…

100 Days With Jesus by Diann Cotton

100 Days with Jesus: A Daily Glimpse into the person of Christ by Diann Cotton is a lovely old-fashioned looking book full of fantastic nature photographs and insights into who Jesus Christ is.

100 Days with Jesus contains 100 short but informative readings with each one centered on one of the names of Jesus from the Bible. Cotton said in the introduction that she originally found a page in her Bible with over 250 names for Jesus listed. She was so in awe that there were so many names that she and her daughter wrote the names on bells and then put them on their Christmas tree. While putting away the bells after Christmas, she decided she wanted to know Jesus better and to study each of the names. Cotton said that journey changed her life. She hopes that this book will bring the reality of who Jesus is to each reader and change even more lives.

I especially liked these short readings and the nature photographs. I enjoy taking nature pictures myself and spending time in nature so those p…

Jesus Always by Sarah Young

Jesus Always by Sarah Young in the Deluxe edition is absolutely gorgeous, with a rich burgandy cover etched with gold printing for the title. It is a lovely book to look at with it's beautifully sewn binding, complete with a ribbon marker.

Jesus Always, which covers a full year's worth of readings, is Sarah Young's writing as if Jesus himself were speaking to you, the reader. Young's story is included in the front of the book and is inspirational in itself. She has faced many challenges and continues to face challenges and yet keeps her eyes on Jesus daily. She said she hopes through the devotional to encourage her readers to do the same. She adds that she prays for her readers daily. Jesus Always is especially written to help readers embrace a life of joy through living the Christian life with eyes continually on Jesus. Each reading is meant to turn the reader's thoughts towards God daily. Young includes Scripture references for each  daily reading for further refe…

Pray for Me by Rick Hamlin

Pray for Me: Finding Faith in a Crisis by Rick Hamlin is Hamlin's autobiographical story of a health crisis that he went through. During this particular crisis he was too ill to pray for himself, as often happens during a tough health crisis. He said, "I've always believed that when you can't pray for yourself, it's other people's prayers that sustain you. They do what you can't do."

In Pray for Me, Hamlin shares many details of his health crisis, mostly chapter by chapter, during the nearly two weeks he was in the hospital. Mixed in to each chapter, Hamlin also shares other parts of his life and the key people in his life as he reflects on them through the crisis. Throughout the book, Hamlin's faith and reflections on God come through. Perhaps most importantly, Pray For Me stresses how much God loves us and cares for us as Hamlin shares his faith and the importance of praying for each other.

Hamlin is the executive editor of Guideposts magazine…

13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don't do by Amy Morin

Amy Morin's latest book, 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don't Do is a mixture of parental coaching, parental strategy reference book, parenting exercises and ideas to improve your parenting skills. In other words, it is a great book to read and to keep for further reference.

Each chapter of 13 Things takes one tenant of Morin's advice to help readers become better parents. Chapters include: They don't parent out of guilt, They don't expect perfection, They don't confuse discipline with punishment and they don't take shortcuts to avoid discomfort. Every time I would read a chapter, I thought, "Wow, this is the best chapter." Then I would go on and think that about the next chapter. Each chapter is truly loaded with solid stories from other parents or Morin's experiences working with children, along with advice and ideas on how to help the chapter work for your parenting, whether you have a pre-schooler or a teenager. Morin's book also c…

Jesus Loves You by Christine Topjian

Jesus Loves You is a vibrantly illustrated book sharing how a young one's life with Christ could be if they receive His Love. On each page, author Christine Ropjian writes about how Jesus loves us from the time before we were born, to the first day of school, to attending college, to getting married, and more for a lifetime of living and serving Jesus in His Love every day.

Jesus Loves You is a nicely illustrated children's book. It is easy to understand although I found the vocabulary to be a little large for young children. Jesus Loves You could also be a way to share Christ with someone much older. Always, it would be a good reminder for any age, that Jesus loves us through all our lives.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher at no charge. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for the book.

Love Heals by Becca Stevens

Love Heals is a beautiful book full of encouragement and inspiration. Love Heals is the tagline at Thistle Farms, a sanctuary community for women who survived trafficking, addiction and prostitution. Each woman had a story and each of us has a story. While all our stories are different, Becca Stevens shares what she has learned and stories from other women journeying with God have learned to heal us.

The beautiful photographs, poetry, prayers, uplifting stories of overcoming and hope, and practical advice make this book a wonderful addition to anyone's library. This book would also be a great gift for someone needing encouragement while going through hardship or recovering from difficulties. There are 14 chapters sharing different ways love can heal us in our different stories. As someone who has been going through some big personal challenges, I personally found it to be uplifting, encouraging, and full of hopeful stories. I highly recommend it.

I received Love Heals from Thomas…