Restoration Year: Book Review

John Eldredge Restoration Year

John Eldredge is the bestselling author of Wild at Heart, a counselor, and a teacher. He is also president of Ransomed Heart, a ministry devoted to helping people discover the heart of God.

Book Description

We all need to believe that our lives can be better, our relationships can be smoother, and our futures, both in this life and the next, are bright. This 365-day devotional by bestselling author John Eldredge will guide you on a year of restoration and transformation. Through following God with your whole heart, you can experience a rich, profound relationship with God and others.
Find your hope ignited and excitement for the future growth as you learn how to refuel relationships, renew your joy in living, and re-create a passion for your Creator.
This 365-day devotional is comprised of short readings that guide you on a year-long journey of restoration. Each devotion features a Bible verse, a devotion, and a closing prayer or inspiring challenge that will equip you to pursue lasting transformation in your life and relationships.
Packaged to appeal to both men and women, the devotional will cover a variety of topics, including relating to God, understanding who God really is, sustaining friendships, deepening relationships with family members, understanding the future God has planned for us, and more.
Let this year be your restoration year.
New York Times bestselling author John Eldredge offers readers a journey into lasting transformation in their relationships, their interaction with God, and their joy in life.
Restoration Year

Book Review

What gorgeous artwork on the outer covering of this beautiful hardcover devotional book! Plus, the inside layout appearance is easy to navigate through with daily readings upon each page for the entire year. The endnotes include a prayer, bibliography, books by the author, and sources by date. A ribbon bookmark is quite useful, too. What I especially like are a simple topic title at the top of each page, below that is scripture, then John's inspiring writings, and toward the bottom of the page, you'll find a prayer or a question. I find John's writings simple, yet complex at times, and I am eager to read more. The details in his word craftmanship are brilliant. He shows us our limited understanding as we ponder through our own point of view. But always John points us to God's perspective in His word. It's God's word that brings us an unquenchable hope. I think this is why this particular devotional is so special! Highly recommend Restoration Year!

5/5 stars!

I am grateful to BookLook Bloggers for the opportunity to review this beautiful book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Happy Reading!

Lady D

 “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis

It's Okay Not To be Okay: Book Review

It's Okay Not To Be Okay

About The Book

We've all experienced that moment where we wish we could start all over again. Failed marriages, lost friends, addictions, lost jobs. This is not the life we imagined. Yesterday can sometimes leave us stuck, sad, ashamed, scared, and searching. Sheila Walsh encourages readers to face the pain head on and then start again, from right where they are. She shares that when she discovered "I'm not good enough and I'm good with that," everything started to change.

In It's Okay Not to Be Okay, Walsh helps women overcome the same old rut of struggles and pain by changing the way they think about God, themselves, and their everyday lives. She shares practical, doable, daily strategies that will help women move forward one step at a time knowing God will never let them down.

It's Okay Not To Be Okay

Book Contents

  1. Take the First Step
  2. Admit That You are Struck and Struggling
  3. Change The Way You Think
  4. Face the What-Ifs Even If You Are Afraid
  5. Let Go of What You Can't Control
  6. Rise Above Disappointment
  7. Celebrate Your Scars as Tattoos of Triumph
  8. Decide to Start Again... and Again.


Changing the way you think, moving forward and trusting God won't let you down is a great revelation, a  break-through insight of God's love and strength. No, it's not a self-help book but taking the first step and honestly being real before God sparks this sanctification process. No, there's no quick fix here. You're just moving forward one day at a time. What an encouraging and practical guide! When the author is truthful and transparent with us, Jesus uses this beautiful daughter of God to further bring His purpose to so many. Sheila's words bring comfort and hope to wounded hearts. Celebrate victories in knowing that Christ is the hero in your story and in mine. His love for us is so amazing. Let the healing and transformation of a new life begin. Indeed, it's a process but reconciliation and restoration are real through God's grace. Start again! You were made for more!

5 stars! Highly recommend!
It's Okay Not To Be Okay


Sheila Walsh is an author, speaker, and Bible teacher who has sold over 4 million books. Her heart is to show what happens when your real life meets the Word of God. She is the author of the #1 best-selling line of Christian books for little girls, "Gigi, God's Little Princess." Sheila is the creator of Children of Faith and the Gnoo Zoo, a ministry to children that communicates God's love for them. She is the author of several books for women including "Honestly," "Gifts for Your Soul," "Living Fearlessly," and "The Best Devotions of Sheila Walsh", "The Shelter of God's Promises" and her latest book, "God Loves Broken People and those who pretend they're not." As an accomplished musician, Sheila has recently released the CD "Beauty From Ashes." Sheila, her husband, Barry and their son, Christian live in Dallas, Texas.

I really like Sheila's presentation. This is a great book and I'm doing the study online.

It's Okay Not To Be Okay: Moving Forward One Day at a Time

Happy Reading!

Lady D

 “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis

DesignCap Review

Christmas Poster

Over Christmas break, taking a few weeks off from piano teaching, I decided to experiment with a  program, DesignCap. It's super easy to use and the graphics are incredible! My first poster is so professional looking! I love it!!

About DesignCap

DesignCap is a free poster maker to help users create custom posters in minutes, no advanced graphics skills needed. Try it out:

Some of its key features:
* Hundreds of professionally designed templates.
* Thousands of stock photos, clipart images, shapes, fonts, and backgrounds.
* Fully customizable features.
* Completely free to use.
* Localized into 7 languages: English, German, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese, French, Chinese.

Love poster

I decided to experiment with a personal message and I designed this poster for my social media account on FaceBook. Many of my friends know me as 'A very nice Greek lady.' In addition, my family and friends know how much I love my 5 grandkids. So, designing this vibrant poster was so easy to make. You can do it, too.

Birthday party poster

Lastly, I wanted to design an invitation for the family to come to a rockin' birthday party celebration for a special gal who is loved by all. I found a huge selection of professionally designed templates and a plethora of photos to choose from. Easy to assemble and the process goes quickly from beginning to end. Did I mention DesignCap is free to use and is available in other languages? Yes!

So, what do you think? I'm very pleased and look forward to creating more!

5/5 stars! Highly recommend!

Thanks, PearlMountain Technology for another great resource!

Lady D

 “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis