Guide to the Empty Nest, by Rainey & Yates

This. Wow, tears fell as I drank in the support and validation provided by this book. It was like they were reading my mind and speaking it back…understanding why it’s hard — even when you’ve launched your children well. Ambivalence…Things are good and not so good at the same time. That about sums up the […]

Hope for the Same-sex Attracted, by Ron Citlau

The author of this book has walked in the shoes he writes about. I believe he re-frames the debate in some ways, and sheds new light on a path forward for people who want wholeness. No easy solutions, but much food for thought, and excellent adherence to Biblical truths, without dampening hope. A few personal […]

I Wish He Had Come With Instructions, by Mike Bechtle

I went into reading this expecting some same-old stuff…ha ha, aren’t men and women different and it’s so funny. But this was far above that. It’s not written from a woman’s perspective, it’s not about male-female relationships, not full of advice, not opinion-based. Rather, the author’s stated goal is to provide a glimpse into the […]

Every Bride Has Her Day, by Janice Thompson

Janice Thompson has quite a following. She writes these hilarious, fun, and satisfying novels, some of which are about the crazy times leading up to a wedding. This one has a fairy-tale aspect in that the groom is a pro basketball star! So, lets’ just start off with the whole fantasy element of that! This […]

Book Review: “The Chase”, by Kyle and Kelsey Kupecky

An advice book cloaked with lots of pertinent anecdotes. We learn of the letters each of the author wrote to their future spouses when they were young teens. Journey with the Kupecky couple as they navigate singleness, staying physically pure until marriage. This book takes a gentle approach, inspires abstinence, and does not shove anything […]

Susan Karsten’s Latest Book Review: “Every Bride Needs a Groom” by Janice Thompson

From the yummy cover art, to the satisfying surprise ending, this novel fills the bill of any wedding loving, romance loving, fashion loving reader. The author has a great touch with humor, and you’ll probably be chuckling from very early on. The details about the wedding industry are spot on, and the romance is charming. […]

Susan Karsten’s Latest Book Review: Sand in my Sandwich, By Sarah Parshall Perry

The quote on the back cover says a lot about this book: “There is no perfect family, no life free of mess. But in the midst of all of it, God is there, reminding us, “My child, I got this.” So, “if” you every lose it, feel like you are going crazy, or scream your […]