Monday, July 24, 2017

Military Life: The Perfect House

Welcome to another Military Monday!

Upon marrying a military man I learned that there is a LOT to know about life as a military spouse. Mondays are my day to talk about the things I am learning, the new language, military news and current events. Sometimes I post encouraging videos, stories, and cartoons as well.


I am LOVING our new house in San Diego. I miss Fort Brag and all of our wonderful friends but the west coast is growing on me! 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Title Tuesday: OverDrive

Welcome to  Title Tuesday, my favorite day of the week! This day is dedicated to book suggestions and reviews. I write this portion of my blog because I am a big believer in the motivational speaker Charlie Jones' quote which says, "You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” I try to meet as many new people as possible and to read everything I can. This is my way of sharing that information with you. If you are interested in understanding my rating system for books you can read my Book Review Explanation here and What I Believe here. If you want to check out what I am currently reading or what I want to read next, friend me on Goodreads!

Today, I want to talk about something that I mentioned in my post about How Busy Moms Make Time to ReadI posted that  I am a big believer in audio books and that there are a lot of different options on how to get them. 

I want to champion the use of your local library first. 

My library here in San Diego uses OverDrive and I really like it. It took me a little while to figure out how to use it, but once you get the hang of it, it is totally worth it. All you need is a library card!  This opens your device up to audiobooks, Ebooks, and more and it is 100% free. 

If you try it, comment below and let me know what you think. 

How do you get Ebooks or Audiobooks?


Monday, July 17, 2017

Military Monday: Just a Week?

Welcome to another Military Monday!

Upon marrying a military man I learned that there is a LOT to know about life as a military spouse. Mondays are my day to talk about the things I am learning, the new language, military news and current events. Sometimes I post encouraging videos, stories, and cartoons as well.


Who else waits to tell the kids that dad is coming home until he is in the driveway? 
Anybody else? 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Title Tuesday: Reformation Women

Welcome to  Title Tuesday, my favorite day of the week! This day is dedicated to book suggestions and reviews. I write this portion of my blog because I am a big believer in the motivational speaker Charlie Jones' quote which says, "You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” I try to meet as many new people as possible and to read everything I can. This is my way of sharing that information with you. If you are interested in understanding my rating system for books you can read my Book Review Explanation here and What I Believe here. If you want to check out what I am currently reading or what I want to read next, friend me on Goodreads!

I am so excited about today's book! I got this book in the mail on a Tuesday in June. I had finished it by Thursday morning and have re-read in twice since then. With that being said, let me introduce you to Reformation Women

Reformation Women book takes you through the life and times of twelve women who lived through the Protestant Reformation and the impact that they had upon it. Even being a history major with a focus in Tudor history (the time of the Reformation) I had never heard of many of these women.   does an excellent job of telling the facts and the dates, but also displaying the bravery and tenacity of these women who dared to defy the Catholic Church. Through this book we learn that these women had their lives turned upside down  in defense of our faith and yet they never wavered in their dedication to Christ. Reading about the determination and faithfulness of these women was inspiring. It was the work of women and men like these that made it possible for us to read the Bible for ourselves, not live underneath the shadow of mysticism, and break free from the corruption of Rome. Reformation Women brings their stories to life. 

All in all, I give this book an A+. I highly recommend it for anyone that enjoys biographies, church history, or women's studies. It would also make an excellent addition to any homeschooling studying the Reformation. 

I was given this book by the Cross Focused Reviews program in exchange for my honest review. 
All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are purely my own.
You can find more of my reviews on Goodreads and Amazon
If you are looking to have a book reviewed, please contact me here


Monday, July 10, 2017

Homemaking Resources Giveaway!

Hey y'all. I just heard about a fabulous homemaking giveaway and I had to share it with you. 
Check out the details below. Let me know if you win, I would love to hear all about it!




Motherhood Monday: How Does a Busy Mom Make Time to Read?

Welcome to another Motherhood MondayMotherhood is an incredible blessing. But it is also a huge challenge. Anyone that has experienced motherhood will tell you, there is an incredible shift in your very being when you become a mother. This is the day dedicated to all things "mommy" related. Check here each Monday for a new post. 

I know that it is Monday and not Title Tuesday, but today we are kind of going to combine both of these days. I want to tackle the number one question that I get here on the blog which is:


"How you read so much with two small children, a ministry, a husband in the military, and homemaking? How does a mom do so much reading?"

And that is an excellent question! 

On Goodreads you can see that I am trying to read one book per week for all of 2017. So far, I am on track for this year! If I can complete it, next year I will try to read 6 books per month... 

That is a big goal if you don't have kids, let alone if you have tiny humans running around. You have to get creative and the best way (in my opinion) is to have books everywhere that you can so that you can reach them easily.  

I am a big believer in audio books. There are a lot of different options on how to use them. If your library uses OverDrive or Hoopla, then I would go that route. Both of those are free and fairly easy to use. Check with your local library to see if they use it.  

If the library isn't an option, Audible is very good. You sign up for a subscription which is about $15.00 per month which gives you one book of your choice each month. However, tomorrow is PRIME DAY for Amazon which means that Audible subscriptions will be 40% off for six months! You can click here to find out more. I listen to these audio books while I cook, drive, clean, and work out. I really like being able to do this with lighter books, and then I save my heavy reading for actual in-your-hand text.

As far as in-your-hand texts, I am just now really breaking in to the word of digital reading. I know I am behind the times, but I LOVE paper books so much it took a lot to convince me to consider supplementing my library with Ebooks. I have an Amazon Fire (You can find one here) that my sister gave me for Christmas and I really like it for reading! I read that on PRIME DAY they will be offering $35.00 off of any upgrade to your Kindle. I haven't tried Kindle Unlimited yet, but people rave about it, and with the 40% off for PRIME DAY, I am considering it! 

I keep a book:
in my purse
in the car
in my diaper bag
at my desk
by my bed
by my chair in the livingroom (this is actually my Kindle...)

Yes, each of the books is different. I tackle each one as I am able to. For example. I currently have The Housewife Theologian by my bedside. It has been there about 3 months, but Reformation Women (which will be on the blog tomorrow!) was in my diaper bag for about two days before I finished it. Both books are good, but I finished them at different paces because of how often I reach for them during the day. 

As I say on my  Title Tuesday, posts, I am a big believer in the motivational speaker Charlie Jones' quote which says, "You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” I try to meet as many new people as possible and to read everything I can. I then like to share it with as many people as I can. If you are interested in understanding my rating system for books you can read my Book Review Explanation here and What I Believe here. If you want to check out what I am currently reading or what I want to read next, friend me on Goodreads!

What about you? How do you find time to read books?

Friday, July 7, 2017

A Social Update

Hey y'all!
I have updated all of my social media sites and information. 
Feel free to look around them. I would love to hear your thoughts. 
Just click on the button below to take you there! 






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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Title Tuesday: Let Me Be A Woman

Welcome to  Title Tuesday, my favorite day of the week! This day is dedicated to book suggestions and reviews. I write this portion of my blog because I am a big believer in the motivational speaker Charlie Jones' quote which says, "You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” I try to meet as many new people as possible and to read everything I can. This is my way of sharing that information with you. If you are interested in understanding my rating system for books you can read my Book Review Explanation here and What I Believe here. If you want to check out what I am currently reading or what I want to read next, friend me on Goodreads!

Today I want to share with you about the book that started my journey out of feminism. In my very first blog post I wrote about the confusion that comes with the modern definition of woman and how it has women waiting for their lives to begin. I started my journey out of feminism because of the book Let Me Be A Woman by Elisabeth Elliot. 

Elisabeth Elliot (who passed away in 2015) was the daughter of missionaries. She married a missionary who was murdered in the field, serving Christ. She continued to serve the Lord long after her first husband passed away. She wrote many books. But this one surpasses them all in my mind. 

I expected Let Me Be A Woman to be like all the other frilly Christian women's books. 

I was SO VERY WRONG.

Mrs. Elliot shocked me with theological insights and compassionate exhortation. 

Let Me Be A Woman is really geared towards the wife and mother calling, because it is a series of letters that Elliot wrote to her daughter prior to her marriage. This is especially encouraging to those of us that don't have the best relationship with our parents or whose parents have passed away.

She encourages the reader to be a strong woman of Christ and to stand firm in what God called her to do, even if other women don't support her in it. 

I read Let Me Be A Woman about once a year or more often if I am facing a tough time with the internet trolls that like to slam my page every so often. 

With just 49 short chapters (more like notes) Elliot encourages Christian women to be WOMEN, unapologetic in their differences with men, fulfilling the purpose that God created them for.  

The title of the book is fitting. We (Christina women) aren't called to be men, we are different. It is time that we let ourselves be women, no matter what feminists may say. 

Overall, I give Let Me Be A Woman an A+ and I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone that is a woman, knows a woman, or might one day come in contact with a woman. Basically, go read this book right now. 


I was given this book by a dear friend, 
All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are purely my own.
You can find more of my reviews on Goodreads and Amazon
If you are looking to have a book reviewed, please contact me here

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Title Tuesday: Goodreads

Welcome to  Title Tuesday, my favorite day of the week! This day is dedicated to book suggestions and reviews. I write this portion of my blog because I am a big believer in the motivational speaker Charlie Jones' quote which says, "You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” I try to meet as many new people as possible and to read everything I can. This is my way of sharing that information with you. If you are interested in understanding my rating system for books you can read my Book Review Explanation here and What I Believe here.

If you have been reading The Forgiven Former Feminist for any length of time or if you have checked out the FACEBOOK page (come over and say hello!) then you know that I LOVE to read.

Normally on a Tuesday like today I would be posting up a book review of what I read this last week. However, this week I want to do something a little different.

I would like to connect with y'all on Goodreads!

If you don't know what Goodreads is, it is basically a social media site for bookworms. Once you create an account you can mark what books you have read, books you are reading and books that you want to read. It is a great place to share reviews and get reviews from people just like you. I have found that having Goodreads has helped me to be more focused and intentional with my reading. I do a better job of keeping track of what I want to read next, rather than hopping on Amazon and trying to find something new.

Are you on Goodreads?
Link up with me here or by clicking on the picture below.
I would love to see what you are reading!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Military Monday: Being On Hold

Welcome to another Military Monday!

Upon marrying a military man I learned that there is a LOT to know about life as a military spouse. Mondays are my day to talk about the things I am learning, the new language, military news and current events. Sometimes I post encouraging videos, stories, and cartoons as well.


This is SO incredibly true! 
Does anyone else feel like they spend HOURS on hold for things when you're trying to PCS?