Reading Roundup | June

Reading Roundup June 2016: Born to Treason, Sacred Gift of Child Birth, Sonnets of Faith book reviews.

All right, y’all! It’s time to get back into the grove of blogging! (and into the grove of life!) I didn’t even do a Reading Roundup in May, so I have two months of books to show you (and I’m super, super late with the sponsored book reviews! Holy cow!). And…I didn’t really even read that many books!

Reading Roundup June 2016: Born to Treason, Sacred Gift of Child Birth, Sonnets of Faith book reviews.

Born to Treason by E.B. Wheeler

Reading Roundup June 2016: Born to Treason, Sacred Gift of Child Birth, Sonnets of Faith book reviews.

**I received this book free from Cedar Forts Publishing in exchange for a review. But, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Joan Pryce is not only a Catholic during the English Reformation but also Welsh, and comes from a family of proud revolutionaries. But when a small act of defiance entangles her in a deadly conspiracy, a single misstep could lead her straight to the gallows! Joan must decide between fighting for freedom and finding love. (Summary from Cedar Forts Publishing.)

I mean, how much more interesting to me can a book get?!?! I loved reading about a Welsh heroine during Elizabeth I’s reign! There was even Welsh phrases, terminology, and culture correctly placed, but no duh. The author studied medieval history, especially Welsh…I mean, if I didn’t know better, I’d think that I wrote the book! It was well-written as well. I thought the characters were very good and deep, the plot was solid, and it wasn’t overtly romantic. I definitely recommend this book to all history and British lovers!

The Sacred Gift of Childbirth by Marie-Ange Bigelow

Reading Roundup June 2016: Born to Treason, Sacred Gift of Child Birth, Sonnets of Faith book reviews.

**I received this book free from Cedar Forts Publishing in exchange for a review. But, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Bigelow is a certified doula, who also happens to be Mormon. She views childbirth, especially natural birth, as a sacred gift from God. And honestly, I have to agree. The men get the priesthood, we have motherhood. We are able to share in God’s power of creation as our children develop in us for 9 months. I remember when Rhys was born, Justin said he had never felt closer to the veil and heaven than that moment. One of my favorite parts about this book was one of her reasons as to why natural childbirth is a perfect gift from God and is sacred. She said that it is a small glimpse and experience of what the Savior did for us: unspeakable pain for others so that they might live. Christ suffered more than we could ever know and gave His life so that we might live again, both physically and spiritually. Mothers go through almost unbearable pain so that our children might live. I never thought of it that way.

However, as much as she claims she is unbiased and just wanting us to make the best decision for ourselves, Bigelow is quite biased towards unmedicated natural birth. I wish it was more of finding the sacredness in all aspects of childbirth rather than focusing mainly on natural birth.

Sonnets of Faith by Dona Wilding Haws

Reading Roundup June 2016: Born to Treason, Sacred Gift of Child Birth, Sonnets of Faith book reviews.

**I received this book free from Ambassador International in exchange for a review. But, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I absolutely loved this beautiful book. Haws picks different scriptures from the Bible and writes Shakespearean sonnets based off them. The sonnets are wonderfully spiritual. But, more than just that, there are amazingly gorgeous paintings that accompany each theme of sonnets. I cannot stress how beautiful this book is. And, I truly felt Christ’s spirit near me while I read it. It’s perfect for a morning devotional! I’ll definitely be keeping this book on a coffee table.

What books have you read this month?

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.