ESV Women's Devotional Bible: I was so surprised when Crossway Publishers sent me this new Bible in the mail. The ESV (English Standard Version) is the translation that I use most often. It is the one that I use for personal devotions and the translation that I usually teach out of. This was my first experience with a "devotional" Bible and I must say that I really like it. Every few pages the Bible contains a short devotion about a particular passage of Scripture. Usually I'm not a big devotional fan but so far these devotions have been top notch. I even quoted from one of them last week during my Sunday School lesson. The Bible itself is beautiful and the perfect balance of femininity. I really like the leaves design which I find classy yet not too girly. The only thing I didn't really like is the fact that the Bible is hardcover. I hope Crossway will end up offering this Bible in a softcover in the future. Please note that I did receive a complimentary Bible from Crossway Publishers. I did not have to review the Bible and my review did not have to be favorable.
For the Children's Sake: by Susan Schaeffer Macauley: I found this thoughtful book on education to be wonderful. Macauley is the daughter of Edith and Francis Schaeffer who founded L'Abri in Switzerland. What I found so interesting about this book is the fact that the author writes to parents who educate their children at home and parents whose children attend a traditional school. She also writes to teachers and those who are in education. This book shares many of the methods of Charlotte Mason in a clear and concise way and how they relate to education. I enjoyed reading this book so much that I will probably add it to our library. I could see myself reading it at least once a year.
Your Family in Pictures: The Parents' Guide to Photographing Holidays, Family Portraits, and Everyday Life: by Me Ra Koh: My sister-in-law suggested this book and I am so glad that she did! One of my goals over the past few years has been to improve my photography skills so that I can take better pictures of my family. (I am a long way from where I would like to be.) I do own a nice camera but I really don't know how to shoot on any setting other than auto or no flash. This book has helped me step outside of my comfort zone and try something new. I really like how the author almost provides recipes to capture similar photographs. Please note that I did receive a free copy of this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for this review.
Home Quilt Home: This quilting book was a let down. I had thought that I might attempt to make one of the quilt blocks into a pillow as a gift but this book just wasn't my style. I couldn't find a single project that I wanted to attempt.
What books did you read last month?