Thursday, May 7, 2015

Read with Me

The cookies pictured on the cover of Cookie Love by Segal with Leahy made my mouth begin to water as I was removing the book from it's packaging. This hard-backed cookbook is filled with pictures and recipes of the most amazing looking cookies.

There are familiar cookies and then some bizarre combinations to try. The recipes seem easy to follow and each begins with a little history or tip. I love that she includes explanations for certain ingredients and how those ingredients help the cookie. The photography is beautiful and descriptive. The book contains several categories of cookie recipes: drop cookies, shortbread, sandwich, egg white, spritz and thumbprints, twice-baked, bars, etc. There's even a recipe for a cookie for your dog. 

I am setting out my ingredients now to make the "Any Which Way But You Will Never Lose" Snickerdoodles! It was the first cookie in the book and the first one I am going to make. 

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

I've heard the verse over and over again "Love you Neighbor..." And I usually just tell myself it means love those I come in contact with. And while that may be true, it also refers to those who live on my street. I live next door to my best friend, and she and her family are easy for me to love. It's the other people near my home that I find myself having a hard time loving. It's not that I am rude to them - I just don't seek out opportunities to show them Christ's love. I have become a pro at going to my mailbox each day and playing with only my kids in our yard. I go weeks without speaking to any of my neighbors.

When this book arrived in my mailbox, I knew that it was an area that I needed to work on. Amy Lively has written the book How to Love your Neighbor without Being Weird. The cover is adorable, the book is well written and the encouragement to reach out to those I live near is real.

She talks about the issues of comparing ourselves with our neighbors, being too busy, and figuring out your spiritual gift.

As I read this book, I am trying to decide on ways to reach out to my neighbors. I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. 

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