Review: Softly & Tenderly by Rachel Hauck & Sara Evans

My thoughts: This is a story which very aptly demonstrates the damage that secrets and unconfessed sins end up doing to relationships. Not only Jade, but also her in-laws, have relationships built upon a web of secrets and sings. In the end, it does nothing but tear them apart and destroy what was built upon them.  Only in facing the truth, confessing their sins and exposing the secrets can healing and hope even start to emerge.

Apart from the road trip (which was only a portion of the book) where the story totally lost my interest for a while, this was a book that really drew me in. I felt that it ended abruptly, however I was reading an e-book on my computer and had no idea when the end was coming. It may not have felt so abrupt if I was prepared for it simply by being able to see that I was nearly out of pages! I would have liked to have a little more resolution to the situations between Jade and Max, and June and Rebel–for all I know, there maybe a sequel coming.

I have read two of Rachel’s other books before but none of Sara’s so I was interested to see what this collaboration would be like. It’s probably the main reason I requested the book actually. 🙂 So, thankfully, I can say that I would read others by this team.

Review copy was provided by Thomas Nelson. Click here or here to find out more.


Review: This is Your Brain in Love by Dr Earl Henslin

My thoughts: This was a fascinating book! I have long wondered why people are so easily diagnosed with brain imbalances (depression or anxiety or mental illness, etc) and prescribed medicine, yet there was no way to actually measure any of these things scientifically or physically. Well, this book introduced me to the ground-breaking research of brain scans and included pictures that show what healthy brains look like in comparison to brains that actually do have problem (and correctable!) issues.

I would particularly be interested in seeing what the results were if Dr Henslin teamed up with somebody like Dr Neil Anderson! Although this book definitely points back to God and His Word, I did feel that it was a little light-on in addressing the spiritual part of our beings (emotional, physical, spiritual).

What I really liked about the solutions in this book is that it’s not about guess-work. The brain scans let the practitioners know what medication best targets the particular brain area and problem the client is experiencing. Medication is also not their main solution nor is it a long-term one. The treatment plans demonstrated quite a holistic approach, including everything from medication to natural supplements to sufficient sleep to dietary requirements–usually a combination of multiple things from each of those groups. Personal responsibility is also stressed which is definitely a positive thing in this day and age.

All in all, this was a very fascinating read and, in spite of the seeming very-scientific nature of the book, was quite easy to read.