April Reads

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April has been a long, rainy month so I have finally gotten back into reading on a more regular basis. Is there really anything better than a cozy blanket and a good book when it’s gloomy outside? Today I am sharing my reviews of my April reads.

The Edge of Over There by Shawn Smucker

I have written about Shawn Smucker’s books before, and The Edge of Over There did not disappoint. This book is the sequel to The Day The Angels Fell, but it could be read as a standalone. While this book is a sequel, it backs up and tells even more behind the story of the first book. Smucker is a masterful and imaginative writer, who manages to keep readers engrossed in a very intricate storyline.

This isn’t the typical style of book I gravitate towards, but after loving both in this series I am definitely a fan! While it is marketed as YA, I think most adults would enjoy it as well.


A Shift A Day For Your Best Year Yet by Dean Del Sesto 

Changing your life can seem like a monumental task, but what if it was as easy as one small shift per day? This little paperback book is full of wisdom that is broken into quote-sized chunks that you can read and meditate on every day.

If you want people to listen, capture not their ears but their imaginations.

This book has tidbits of advice on a wide array of topics, and I think I will refer to it frequently as a reference to flip through for some inspiration. So much of our lives is dictated by our perspective, it’s exciting to think of the changes that could take place in a year with one small shift each day.

A Love Letter Life by Jeremy and Audrey Roloff

If you have ever seen the television show Little People, Big World you already know who Jeremy and Audrey Roloff are. I have to be honest, I was a little skeptical picking this book up because these two are young and have led what seemed to be pretty privileged lives. How much advice could they really have about typical marriage? I was really pleasantly surprised at how much wisdom I gleaned from this book!

A Love Letter Life reads as part memoir and part self-help book. They tell the story of how they met and fell in love, framed by stories from their lives in general. They share what they have learned about love and marriage, and what their habits and practices are to keep their relationship strong. I was really impressed with how intentional they are in so many areas, and how fiercely they guard they boundaries to keep their marriage and family strong. I think this book would be a good inspiration to teenagers and young people who want to someday be married, young couples, and even old married ladies like myself. A sweet and inspirational book.

Delivered by Beth Moore

I love Beth Moore and have read many of her studies and books, but the ones that really resonate with me the most are like this pocket-sized book – they talk about getting out of the pit. We’ve all been in one pit or another at some point in our lives, whether it was of our own making or we were thrown there by someone else. Whether it’s death, sickness or a lost job, it IS possible to get out of the pit and use that pain for God’s glory!

This would be a great gift to someone you know going through a rough patch, but I think everyone would glean some wisdom from going through this book. This is adapted from her earlier book Get Out Of That Pit and is broken down into an easy to get through size.

And there you have my April reads! Do any sound interesting to you?


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Hi! I'm Melissa!

Melissa is a former hairstylist of 20 years who has a passion for living a simply creative life. She loves inspiring others to pick up a planner and get their lives organized, to clean out a closet and minimize their clutter, and to clean up their physical and mental space to lead their most fulfilled life. She is newly single, a mom, soon to be grandma and crazy dog lady who constantly rewatches The Office.



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