Review: Distinctly You

In Distinctly You, Cheryl Martin does a wonderful job of pointing readers to see themselves in light of God’s beautiful workmanship, rather than the usual tendency to compare ourselves to one another. The book’s tagline “Trading Comparison and Competition for Freedom and Fulfillment” so aptly describes the meat of the book.

The book is helpfully divided into two sections. The first section is titled “Distinctly You Blockers,” which discusses the problems and lies, that keep us from realizing ourselves distinctly. The second section is titled “Distinctly You Builders,” and it discusses the truths that help us realize and fulfill our distinct role in God’s creation.

Due to Martin’s conversational, casual tone, this book was easy to read and understand. Martin drew upon much of her personal experience and personal stories, and I know I was able to relate to much of the feelings she had had at one point or another. She discussed her own struggle with body image, singleness, failed marriage, career, and so much more.

Over and over again, Martin emphasized that too often we are caught up with our own feelings and what we think others think. Yet, what we need to focus on is God’s truth.

The only thing I didn’t like about this book was that sometimes the chapters/topics seemed so random. I would have liked a bit more structure that would have knitted the whole thing together a bit more. The good part about this means it is incredibly easy to read a chapter a week, or even just a chapter a month.

If you’re looking for a good read that tackles issues of viewing yourself distinctly beautiful the way God made you, then I would definitely recommend this book.

FTC Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.


Review: A Treasure Concealed


A Treasured Concealed by Tracie Peterson is a historical romance that grabs readers, takes them through an exciting story, gives them a taste of love—all while pointing to Christ, who never forsakes his beloved.

The heroine of the story, Emily, is living with her father in a mining town in Montana when Caeden, a young geologist, comes into the scene.

In this story, Peterson description of the 1890s mining town and people is interesting and compelling. I’m a huge fan of historical fiction, and Peterson did a phenomenal job in this story. In an interesting story with a fast-moving plot, I learned about mining and miners’ dreams.

Also, Peterson’s characters are strong and the plot is interesting. A Treasure Concealed is an easy read that moves quickly—I may have even finished it in a night or two.

My only complaint is perhaps a shortfall in the plot. I don’t want to spoil the book for you—because it is still worth reading—so I’ll only explain it briefly: Emily’s father is particularly protective of her in the Wild West, yet he quickly trusts Caeden, even inviting him into his home. This seemed inconsistent with his character, but I was able to get over this oddness as the rest of the book was quite compelling.

If historical Christian romance is your thing, check it out—this book is great!

FTC disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for this honest and unbiased review.