One Dress. One Year.

Winz, Bethany. With Aughtmon, Susanna Foth. One Dress. One Year. One Girl’s Stand against Human Trafficking. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books. 2016.

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SUMMARY:
One Girl. One Dress. One Year. For Freedom. So begins the idea behind author Bethany Winz’s project to raise awareness in fighting human trafficking. Deciding she needed to do “something” to help stop modern day slavery, known as human trafficking, sixteen- year old Bethany sets out to wear the same black dress every day for an entire year. Though she can accessorize it, change it and wash it, every morning she puts it on as she focuses attention on the world of trafficking. Raising money for the cause along the way, meeting many people on her journey, but most importantly, learning and growing herself, Bethany understands and shares that God loves you dearly and deeply, no matter the circumstances…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
An amazing undertaking by a sixteen-year high-school student, I was inspired and encouraged by the author’s commitment to persevere through her endeavor, even when it became hard to do so. Watching her grow in her relationships, her beliefs and her abilities was exceptional especially during the difficult times. Written from Bethany’s personal perspective, it was easy to read while cheering on her efforts. Definitely a book to share with young adults, youth groups and ministries, the entire theme of the black dress makes a mark. Well done, Bethany!

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of One Dress. One Year. from Baker Books for my honest review*

Expectant Blessings

Aughtmon, Susanna Foth. Expectant Blessings: Prayers, Poems and Devotions for You and Your Baby. Franklin, TN: Worthy Publishing. 2016.

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SUMMARY:
Packaged in just an adorable little book, Expectant Blessings carries scriptures, prayers, thoughts, plans and ideas for during pregnancy. With varying personal stories combined with uniquely sweet prayers, charming poems, and associated scripture verses, the speaker and author, Susanna Foth Aughtmon, shares her writing knowledge, humor and faith within a perfect book for expectant parents.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Eye-catching from cover to cover, Expectant Blessings is just the right length and size for an afternoon rest. Relating to the stories and ideas found within, this cute book would make a splendid baby shower gift along with the other many necessities. I thoroughly enjoyed the devotions, remembered many of the feelings, and once again captured the essence of pregnancy while paging through this delightful little book. With several years experience of leading worship, working with children’s ministry, raising her own children and earning a degree in Social Science, Susanna Aughtmon does an excellent job of encouraging and reminding of God’s love for both mom and baby. What a wonderful way to introduce the littlest one to faith!

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Expectant Blessings from Worthy Publishing for my honest review*