3 Great Books I’ve Read Lately #amreading

I don’t have much time to read these days, but I’m trying to carve out little snippets of time in my day to do it, because reading is one of my favorite pastimes (aside from writing). To tell you just how far behind I am on my TBR pile, the first book listed below had a requested review date of February. Yep!

Here are the three books that I’ve just finished up reading and what I thought about them:


A Sweet Misfortune (Virtues and Vices of the Old West Book #2) by Maggie Brendan

Book Blurb:

Rachel Matthews isn’t one to rely on others to take care of her. Homeless and alone, she still wants to make her own way and her own money to buy back the family ranch–even if she’s forced into the life of a dance hall girl. Horrified by her circumstances, Rachel’s brother, who is away mining for gold, sends a friend to rescue her.

Cattle baron John McIntyre is focused on acquiring as much land as possible in Montana and has little time to deal with a dance hall gal. Rachel isn’t sure she can take one more day in John’s home–especially once she discovers that he’s the one who holds ransom the key to her family’s future.

Sparks fly between this spunky, independent heroine and the ruggedly handsome hero as they navigate the snarled terrain of pride, greed, faith, and love in Maggie Brendan’s delightful series set in the Old West.

I’m a big fan of Maggie Brendan’s books. No Place for a Lady is still one of my favorites. In classic Brendan style, she grabs you at the beginning of A Sweet Misfortune and never lets go. Any modern independent woman would relate to Rachel in this book, who wants to make it on her own. She wants to buy back her family ranch and no matter what comes, she sticks to that goal. Her life takes more twists and turns than you’d imagine, but her character and the character of the hero grow tremendously during the process. The setting is lovely and the supporting characters are all so real. This is a must read!


I Want It All: Exchanging Your Average Life for Deeper Faith, Greater Power, and More Impact by Gwen Smith

Book Blurb:

God created you for exceptional impact. Exceptional power. And exceptional blessings.

Gwen Smith knows how easy it is to dismiss God’s plans with the thoughts, I can’t make a big difference for God because I’m just an ordinary woman with an ordinary life. Yet God created us to join Him in doing amazing work in the world. He created us to live with abundant joy, courage, and influence. But not the joy, courage, and influence of the world. He offers His grace for each failure, His love that shatters hate, His peace that soothes the turmoil, His comfort, guidance, wisdom, rest, power, and significance. Every blessing He has for us is ours for the taking.

I Want It All will ignite a fire in your heart to experience more faith, more power, and more impact. More of Jesus. All of Jesus. Everything that God has for you.

This book was an amazing read! Gwen is raw and open and cares about leading women to the feet of Jesus. She holds nothing back in this book. She encourages readers to go to the throne before going to the phone, to remember that no matter what, we always have access to the Father. Probably one of the biggest take-aways for me in this book is the reminder that in order to “have it all” we must first “want it all” and that means putting aside the things of this world. Instead of filling our lives with fifty shades of compromise, we are to be holy and pure vessels for God. This book challenged me to not only say I want all God has for me, but to actually live like I want it and to ask Him for it.  


21 Days of Joy: Stories that Celebrate Mom (A Fiction Lover’s Devotional) compiled by Kathy Ide

Book blurb:

Oh, the joys—and struggles—of motherhood!

21 Days of Joy honors mothers of all varieties. Biological moms. Adoptive moms. Stepmothers. Grandmothers. Godmothers. “Second moms.” Even men who “mother” children when circumstances put them in that position.

Whether you are a mother, have one, or know one, these heartwarming fictional stories will touch your soul and help you see that you are not alone. The work you’re doing will have an impact for eternity. And those rewards will make the trials all worthwhile.

God knows every sacrifice you make for the children He has brought into your life. So take a few moments out of your busy schedule to read this book, and get a glimpse of your daily routine from a divine perspective.

This book is full of sweet, touching stories about all the women who “mother” us, not just our birth mothers. It’s a celebration of what mothers do for us all. Having lost my mom in 1993, I know just how important it is to let them know how much we love them every day. These stories make you realize how valuable the job of mothering is.  

Theses three books would be a great addition to your end-of-summer TBR list!

I received these books free from the publishers in exchange for my honest review. I am not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.


Published by Sherri Wilson Johnson

I am a wife/mother/writer/speaker looking to be used by God!

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