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Kristin’s Book List | Summer 2013

Summer has been busy, and feeling extra sleepy from pregnancy has caused me to not read as many books this summer as I had hoped, but I still read some great books this summer. And…I just bought a few new books that I am excited to get reading this fall. Of course, I am always looking for your recommendations. I have found that some of my favorite books are books that blog readers have recommended to me over the past few months…so if you read something great let me know!


Radical | David Platt

It is so neat to me how God has used several books this year to really change my thinking. This was one of those books. I so enjoyed reading it, but it is definitely a step on your toes kind of book. I love how Platt challenges us to live as Christ did and to love people the way that He does. It is so easy to get caught up in the rat race that he talks about as the “American Dream”, and though that isn’t a bad thing on its own, he really challenges the reader to think bigger than just the here and now. I would definitely highly recommend this book, and it is probably one that will go on my read again list.

Interrupted | Jen Hatmaker

Oh Jen Hatmaker…I juts love her casual writing style that feels almost like a chat with a good friend. I read Seven a few months ago, and it made me think a lot…so I decided to pick up Interrupted which is kind of the prequel to Seven. It is really just the story of how Jen and her husband had their thinking changed toward ministry and what it really means to serve people and be like Jesus. So good. She is very relatable and never writes like she is better than you…just totally honest about her faith and also her doubts and fears. If you liked Seven….you will like this as well.

God in Slow Motion | Mike Nappa

I was really drawn to the concept of this book when I saw it listed as an option for me to receive as a free copy to review. The concept is that the author will take several passages from the Gospels and dig in really deep and take a “slow motion” approach to studying the life of Christ. I am always looking for something that digs in a bit so I was excited to get this book. The book was good and very encouraging, but I didn’t feel like it quite lived up to the “slow motion” digging in deep concept. The author covers several of the main events in Christ’s life from the calling of the disciples to his discourse with the woman of Samaria and the crucifixion. I enjoyed that he focused a lot on the relationships that Jesus had with the people around Him and how much he cared and loved for them. I really enjoyed the chapter on the Christmas story and the birth of Christ. The author did a great job of relating the biblical narratives to every day life, but I wish he would have dug in a bit more to the cultural context a bit more so that I would have had a better understanding of certain aspects of the narratives. Though I was excpecting the book to be a bit deeper, I think this book would be great to read along as you study these passages of Scripture and dig in a little more on your own, since it provides great application to our daily lives.


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I read Radical also this summer. Amazing book! I enjoyed it so much that I read Platt’s second book, Follow Me. If it is possible, I think it is even better than Radical. I would encourage you to give it a try as well.

Thanks so much for sharing this with us! This post is such a great idea… I may have to copy you. :) It’s also a great accountability to plan to push me to read more frequently.

I remember all my friends RAVED about “Radical,” and it’s affirming to hear you enjoyed it, too! I, honestly, was SCARED of it and kind of stayed away from it for awhile… Mostly because I did hear that it is very firm on the beliefs, but I might just have to check it out now. :)

I have a suggestion if you’re looking for a new book anytime soon: “Life of the Beloved” by Henri J.M. Nouwen. I think you’ll love it. :)


Finding “Quiet” Time

How do you find time? I get asked this question a lot from moms when it comes to spending time in Scripture because life can be a bit hectic and alone time is definitely at a  minimum when you have a two year old. I wish that I had a magic potion to guarantee that I get an hour to myself each day, but it isn’t realistic. So instead of a formula, I will tell you what I do and maybe give a few ideas.

For me the best time is in the morning, my little girl likes to sleep in most days which means that I have a bit of time to myself to read and journal. Sometimes she is awake and will sit quietly and read her books along with me or will eat breakfast while I finish. I want her to see me in Scripture, because my action of being in God’s Word shows her that it important to me, more than any words I could say to her. If your kids are early risers, but go to bed early as well, the evening might work better for you.  Sometimes naptime or a lunch break is a time to squeeze in a few minutes. On those crazy days when there just doesn’t seem to be any extra time, you may have to break it into a few small segments throughout the day.  This may mean having an open Bible in several places around the house or in the car, or a Bible app on your phone, I love the You Version app.

Remember your season in life, and be flexible, throughout the years your time may change. A mom with an infant may find time while she is nursing a newborn, a college student might find that a free class period works best and that may change each semester. If you are working outside the home, a lunch break might be the perfect time to get some alone time. Though I do think that it is very helpful to have a set time each day, it is also important to give ourselves grace when things slip through the cracks, and at 10 at night we realize that our morning devotional time never happened. We all have seasons in our lives where we struggle. For me, the first trimester of pregnancy is hard, I struggled to stay awake, much less accomplish anything. Find what works, in those times I simply had to wait for a time in the day that I had more energy. We make time for what is important to us, it may take some trial and error to see what works best, but keep at it until you find what works for you.

Ultimately, this isn’t about punching a clock, but becoming more like Christ, which means that we must learn grace for ourselves and others just as He has shown us grace. Through every season of life 2 Corinthians 12:9 has been such an encouragement to me and a reminder to seek His strength and not my own.

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9

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Thanks for sharing your heart Kristin…this was an encouragement!

Josh-Danielle Venable

Thanks for the encouragement! Much needed!

Lanie 'Reinhart' Coulter

This is so AMAZING Kristin! You are such an inspiration! Thank you for blessing my life through your thoughtful and profound words! God is truly working in and through you!

Rachel McCloud

Definitely needed this reminder today. “remember the season of life you’re in” Thank you so much.

We are having a baby!

In case you missed our announcement on social media this weekend…we are having a baby! We are so excited, and so blessed by all of those that have already expressed their love and congratulations for us.  I am a little over 14 weeks along and we are so excited about this new addition to our family! We are hoping to find out the gender of our little one at our next appointment! We are so thankful for the blessing of this baby to our family and can’t wait to meet him or her in just a few months.

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Amanda Watson

YAH! So excited for you!

Ashlee Crowden


Josh-Danielle Venable

Congratulations! So happy for your sweet family!

Bethany McDonnell


Arlington Bridal Session | Vicki

We love bridal sessions, and Vicki’s is no exception. We shot her session at 3825 S. Bowen which is just amazing. The location and the light were the perfect compliment to this gorgeous bride. It was a hot August day and we all got a few mosquito bites, but it was definitely worth it. Now that Vicki is married we are thrilled to be able to show off her gorgeous bridal portraits.

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Rachel McCloud

Beautiful. The second to the last image is my favorite :)

Amanda Jameson

Gorgeous! Favorite bridal session of yours! You guys rocked it!