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Keep It Shut, by Karen Ehman
Jana's Review:
​Karen Ehman's new book "Keep It Shut" fits perfectly into a space in my heart and provides answers for my life situation at the precise moment it is needed... like manna from heaven it nourishes my soul. Every word the exact word that I needed to hear at this exact time. My highlighter has run out of ink but my heart is full of conviction and encouragement.

Karen's book is great encouragement, she is real in that this book is written from experience. And with each retelling of an incident where her words have left her longing to make better choices, I could also see me, see all the moments my words were the wrong words.

If this speaks to your heart, then you will want to read "Keep It Shut" and learn what to say, how to say it, and when to say nothing at all.

Disclosure: an advance print copy of Keep It Shut was received
The Best Yes, by Lysa TerKeurst
Are you living with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule and aching with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul? 

Lysa TerKeurst is learning that there is a big difference between saying yes to everyone and saying yes to God. In The Best Yes she will help you:
Cure the disease to please with a biblical understanding of the command to love.Escape the guilt of disappointing others by learning the secret of the small no. Overcome the agony of hard choices by embracing a wisdom based decision-making process. Rise above the rush of endless demands and discover your best yes today.
​​Messy Beautiful Love, by Darlene Schacht
Jana's Review:
​From the moment I picked up “Messy Beautiful Love” and began reading, I could not put it down! Chapter after chapter provided new insights and learnings about what it means to have Christ at the center of marriage and truly love one-another unconditionally. In Darlene’s new book, she pulls back the curtains of false perfection, leaves the mess out and invites us into the reality of being a Christian wife in a society which is striving every day to redefine the very meaning of marriage. Darlene is open and honest and transparent as she shares with her readers the messy beautiful love of her own marriage. Truly the most real marriage resource I have read, and will read again and again.

Disclosure: an advance electronic copy of Messy Beautiful Love was received
The Mended Heart by Suzanne Eller
​Jana's Review:
Hearts become broken. Real life is real hard and in the course of loving and opening our hearts to others, somewhere sometimes, our hearts can become broken. 

With the compassion and care that only someone who lives with a once broken but now mended heart can extend, in her book "The Mended Heart" author Suzanne Eller reveals through practical Biblical application how God can heal our broken places.

The stories retold chapter after chapter are of everyday real life, real broken and mended hearts. No matter how you arrived at your brokenness, this book is for you. I can say that with confidence because this book was for me also. 

.If you are living with the hurt of a broken heart, there is hope, your heart can be restored -- and made stronger. 

 
​Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, by JoAnna Weaver
An invitation for every woman who feels she isn't godly enough...isn’t loving enough … isn’t doing enough…

The life of a woman today isn't really all that different from that of Mary and Martha in the New Testament. Like Mary, you long to sit at the Lord's feet...but the daily demands of a busy world just won't leave you alone. Like Martha, you love Jesus and really want to serve him...yet you struggle with weariness, resentment, and feelings of inadequacy.

Then comes Jesus, right into the midst of your busy Mary/Martha life-and he extends the same invitation he issued long ago to the two sisters of Bethany. Tenderly he invites you to choose "the better part"-a joyful life of "living-room" intimacy with him that flows naturally into "kitchen service" for him.