|book review|

andrew has been working every saturday morning this past month and I have found myself enjoying a relaxing morning of sleeping in, sipping coffee and reading. i am not one who normally reads for “fun” but these books were so intriguing that i couldn’t help but pick them up. I’ve turned into a book worm y’all.

these books are pretty popular so i thought i would put together a little review of what i thought of these three books: the magnolia story, present over perfect and uninvited.

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the magnolia story {chip and joanna gaines}

I truly enjoyed this book. this book chronicles the life of Chip and Joanna Gaines from the HGTV hit Fixer Upper. I have loved this couple and their show for years and was so excited to read their book. I often feel like Andrew and my personalities are much like Chip and Joanna’s. I am more reserved and detail oriented while Andrew is super outgoing, hilarious and you never really know what he is going to do next. I so admire Joanna for rolling with the punches and adoring her husband in all his craziness.

this book tells their story from how they met, how they started fixing up homes, how they landed their tv show, and how they built magnolia market at the silos. they didn’t always have it easy and it took a lot of hard work to get them to where they are now. their story is super inspiring and is a must read!

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present over perfect {shauna niequist} 

I wanted to like this book so much. the title sounded like exactly what I needed to read but unfortunately it fell short {in my opinion}. the author is an extreme extravert and loves her work.  I am an introvert and although I have a full time job I work from 8-5 and leave my work there. if you’re personality is more like the authors, chances are you’ll really connect with this book. however mine was the complete opposite. don’t get me wrong, there were chapters of the book that were really good but the majority of it I struggled to relate with. she had some good things to say about rest that I really needed to hear. we so often get bogged down by other peoples expectations {and our own expectations} that we overwhelm ourselves and forget to, or don’t let ourselves, rest. there are definitely times when  I commit to way too many things and my well being and family suffer because of it.

one negative I do feel like I need to bring up is about the authors beliefs. this book is labeled a “Christian” book but I personally feel like some of her beliefs do not line up with the bible. if you read this book please take what she says with a grain of salt. {if you would like more of an explanation feel free to email me at thoseprettypieces@gmail.com} it is not that i don’t recommend it, it just wasn’t my personal favorite.

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uninvited {lysa terkeurst}

you guys! this book is so good! first of all, i love how the author writes. she cracks me up while also being able to be so raw and make me think about things in my life i would rather not deal with. the main topic of this book is rejection. i don’t know about you, but I’ve been rejected many times in my life. not getting invited to something, past relationships, not getting into nursing school, and even recently an opportunity that i thought was mine for the taking was denied. in these moments all i hear is you’re not valuable, you’re not loved, you’re not good enough.  lysa helps us to remember that our worth comes from Christ and gives us scripture to combat the lies the devil wants us to believe about ourselves. i told andrew that he needed to read this book too. not for the same reasons that i read it, but because she put so many of my emotions and thoughts into words. i totally recommend this book!

i hope this book review was helpful for you! let me know if you read any of these books. would love to hear your thoughts!

XO Lo

*btw I got all these books at my local public library. libraries are awesome and it is so nice to be able to read a book without the commitment of purchasing it*

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