about me

Anastasia {name pronounced: Honest Asia} was born and raised in Texas but is open to moving anywhere in the world to serve the Lord with her husband in family ministry. Has a longing for reading, serving others and trying new things {and blogging about them.} Can be found wearing funky socks, rocking a messy bun and drinking hot tea.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Review: Praying the Psalms

{necessary information} I received this book as a try-me from Tyndale Publishers and the opinions expressed in this blog are mine alone and not those of the author or publisher

{transparency} It is hard to review a devotional book when you want to use the book as a devotional book (meaning actually doing one section per day) but you can not because it would be past the review due date. I go back and read it fully as a devo once I have posted the review. 


{review: Praying the Psalms} As noted above, this book is broken down so that it can be done one a day for 150 days ( the amount of Psalms- teehee). The layout of each day: the Psalm typed out, 2 pages of commentary/questions to help reflect on the aforementioned Psalm. I did not feel like the commentary was too teachy, but more thought provoking to help you work through you own thoughts to talk through with God. Some of the days break out specific verses in the commentary. What I really like about this is that since each chapter is followed by the commentary the Psalms are broken up and it doesn't seem like there is soooo much more to read even though after day 1 you still have 149 more days/sessions. 

{recommendation and information} I highly reccomend this book for all ages and genders. This would be an excellent family devotional along with being a personal devotional. I love that it is a longer section of time that a week or even a month. There is not any writing room, so if you are a doodler or journaler I would reccomend you have a notebook available. Today is the release of #prayingthepsalms so you can purchase it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and from Tyndale

Friday, February 24, 2017

Review: The Polygamist's Daughter

{necessary information} I received this book as a try-me from Tyndale Publishers and the opinions expressed in this blog are mine alone and not those of the author or publisher


{transparency} As I am writing this blog, it is #enditmovement (<---from the website): 
As seen in the picture above, people wear a red x on their hand to raise awareness in daily life, and in sharing with social media circles. It was apropos that I finished this book ( it only took me two days) on the day of this movement. Anna speaks about the slavery she had to endure - child labor and seeing family members (without saying it) trafficked for the gains of her father. This is still happening in our own country. This is still happening in our backyards. 

SLAVERY IS STILL ALIVE AND TAKES MANY FORMS. 
SLAVERY IS STILL ALIVE AND HAPPENING ALL AROUND YOU.


{review: The Polygamist Daughter} WOW! I have had a long relationship of loving to read but in transparency I have not read the fullness of a book in probably 6 years ( which might surprise you by the amount of reviews I have done and launch teams I have been a part of) but I COULD NOT WOULD NOT put this book down. Anna LeBaron(<--- check out her website) writes the raw and captivating story of her up bringing in her father Ervil LeBarons' polygamist cult. She shines light on the cracks she fell through as a child in the public education system, the neglect, slavery, and abuse she suffered at the hands of her family and family friends, and the path she took to find who she was and whose she was. Don't let the size of the book scare you, she has spread the book into 35 riveting chapters that allow for digesting and breaks( if you can handle putting it down)

{recommendation and information} This book releases March 21st, 2017 and can be pre-ordered by going to AMAZON, BARNES AND NOBLES  or TYNDALE links. I highly reccomend this for mature (18+ years old and older) females but also great for males too. For anyone younger, I would reccomend only under adult supervision/pre-reading. Would be great as a discussion/book club book and as deeper research into helping understand the life of those who have escaped polygamy. 


Friday, October 14, 2016

Review: Doing Good Is Simple by Chris Marlow

{necessary information} I received this book as a part of the Doing Good is Simple launch team and the opinions expressed in this blog are mine alone and not those of the author or publisher or launch team

{review: Doing Good is Simple} Chris is open and honest about his experience in calling and in traveling on mission. This book helps you evaluate where you are is where you should serve no matter how big or small it may look you feel to you ( he reminds you that is is all BIG in Gods moving picture). You will not leave reading this book the same, there will be some kind of evaluation of self. I read this book as a part of the launch team but the review is my own opinion. I got the opportunity to be at the launch event and Chris is deff a VERY authentic guy.

{photos of book launch}
Some people have cool items they take along on their adventures, I have been carrying this book as my "flat Stanly" per se. Pictured is the wonderful street taco truck that we ate at during the book launch party in Austin, Texas at the For the City Center. 

{Met the Author} WHOOOOO!! Thank you Chris for such an authentic book and wonderful night in Austin brushing shoulders with some cool authors. 

{FTL} So this #Team500 member did not get to attend the launch of Jen's book (Jen Hatmaker - For the Love! ) but she is on the board of directors for Help One Now  Chris Marlows awesome non profit, and wrote the forward for the book ( which I have not gotten the chance to read since I received an early copy of the book). We met, we hugged, she signed my book! 

Review: Play with Fire by Bianca Jaurez Olthoff

{necessary information} I received this book as a part of a launch team and the opinions expressed in this blog are mine alone and not those of the author or publisher or launch team

{before reading} Hearing God girls share their stories is such an inspiration. It is especially touching when you are going through a valley or in this case the fire yourself. In May of this year my husband and I walked away from our income in hopes to help the church we were currently serving in, moved away from where we were calling home, and headed to a place that we used to call home. As we sit in waiting, my instant instinct is to go into HurriedPatience mode, but just like Bianca Juarez Olthoff says in the book promo video, " transformation does not happen outside of the fire, transformation happens in the midst of the fire."

{book review} Bianca wrote in a style that is easy to digest and slaps you in the face with each turn of page. She references real life moments that remind you that no matter where you came from: government cheese or gouda- God uses your ups and downs. "When we go through lifes fires, we will rise transformed". She calls the reader to honestly evaluate your relationship with Christ and your life in general- puts you in check. Come into the book in what ever state you are in and be prepared for some fire to burn up. I was a part of the launch team and read a pdf version of the book but the review is my own opinion.

Review: For The Lifegiving Home

{necessary information} I received this book as a try-me from Tyndale Publishers and the opinions expressed in this blog are mine alone and not those of the author or publisher

{transparency} I fangirled during the release of the book by joining in on a live feed with the Clarkson girls and some of their friends. I have had a spark of inspiration to host in my home which includes but is not limited to small groups and allowing (future) foster kiddos to host friends at our home. 

{review} The Lifegiving Home breaks the western stigma that has built walls around the home and only welcomes to coffee shops and restaurants. The book shows what happens in the home of Sally Clarkson, which does not necessarily work in everyones homes- just serve as an image or thought that could work. Though it focuses on creativity, I think there is something in this book for families of all shapes and sizes. Serves as a reminder to slow down and spend time together as a FRAMILY ( friends and family). 

{anastasia}

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Review: Gratitude: A Prayer and Praise Coloring Journal

{necessary information} I received this book as a try-me from Tyndale Publishers and the opinions expressed in this blog are mine alone and not those of the author or publisher

{transparency of blogger} I have worked for preschools and coaching facilities and as a babysitter for most of my life. Sometimes you have an extra coloring sheet laying around while the kids are babysitting ( and sometimes it was on purpose) so you have to sit down with the kids and use the best crayons or color pencils available to color the extra page. Okay, okay, I love to color. There is something therapeutic to coloring. 

{ review Gratitude} I love all things girly, so the fact that this book came with a flowery firm cover- I was giddy. Then you open up to devotion surrounded with black and white images crying to be colored- I was over the moon. After I read the devotional there is room to journal through my thoughts, taking coloring breaks. I highly reccomend this book for all ages and would be amazing as a book to use with an accountability buddy. 

Review: 365 Pocket Morning Prayers

{necessary information} I received this book as a try-me from Tyndale Publishers and the opinions expressed in this blog are mine alone and not those of the author or publisher

{transparency of a blogger} Sometimes I struggle with the what to say to God because there are so many things swirling whirling around my mind that I can not put into words what I want, need or how I want to apologize to God. I have found great help in my prayers when I pray scripture and pray for what to pray for.

{insert 365 Pocket Morning Prayers} When you are given a good word to start your prayers with, it helps the flow of your time with God. The daily prayers are short and include a biblical reference. The prayers are daily numbered but also have subtitles when you have something specific you are looking to pray for ( forgiveness, remaining faithful, ect). I reccomend for anyone who is trying to get a schedule prayer time or is trying to figure out this prayer thing altogether.

{anastasia}