Monthly Archives: February 2015

Review of “Bella’s Gift”


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I can’t tell you when I first became aware of the Santorum family. But I have kept up with political goings-on enough to become familiar with the family and their political stance, so when I had the opportunity to read Bella’s Gift, a new book by Rick and Karen Santorum, along with their eldest daughter, Elizabeth, I eagerly accepted!

Bella’s Gift is an inside look at how the youngest Santorum child has changed their family, and in turn, touched many around the United States. For me, Bella’s Gift was often reminiscent of another powerful book written by the mother of a special needs child: Angel Unaware by Dale Evans Rogers.

A powerful story of love, faith, and hope, Bella’s Gift will not leave you unchanged. Bella’s Gift will break your heart, make you laugh and cry, and force you to evaluate your own view of those with special needs. I believe that every Christian would do well to read Bella’s Gift, particularly those within the medical field, or who are parents of a special needs child. I would give Bella’s Gift an “A+”.

You can find out more about Bella’s Gift here. To read the first chapter for free, click here.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.



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C E L E B R A T E (and a Giveaway!)

It is hard to believe that it has been two years since The Nerdy Bookworm first waved hello to the wide, wide world and began blogging about books and other random things!


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To celebrate The Nerdy Bookworm’s second birthday, I am giving away a copy of one of my favorite novels, With Every Breathby Elizabeth Camden. I recently reviewed With Every Breath, and I can’t recommend it enough! I absolutely fell in love with the writing style and strong, relatable characters in With Every Breath.

To enter the Giveaway, leave a comment, sharing your favorite novel!

For extra entries:

2 extra entries for following The Nerdy Bookworm (@nerdybookworm17) on Twitter

2 extra entries for following The Nerdy Bookworm (@nerdybookworm17) on Pinterest

1 extra entry for following The Nerdy Bookworm via email

1 extra entry for sharing a link to the giveaway on Facebook

1 extra entry for tweeting a link to the Giveaway, using the hashtag #NerdyBookwormGiveaway

Be sure to comment for each additional entry! When you share about the Giveaway on Facebook and Twitter, be sure to leave the link in your comment.

The Giveaway ends next Wednesday, March 4, at midnight CST. The winner will be randomly selected and announced March 5!


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On Pinterest

I don’t know about you, but I am having a very gray and misty day, and wanted to share a little bit of sunshine with all my fellow bookworms: The Nerdy Bookworm is now on Pinterest! I would love for you to join me there, so that we can share all types of bookish (and nerdy) things!

You can find me in the midst of many random, and quite bookworm-y, pins here.

Happy pinning and reading, bookworms!

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Recommended for Readers: BOOK IT! Program


I was blessed to grow up in a family that valued books and reading, and if it wasn’t for my Mamma, who read to me from before I was born, and encouraged me to read far above my reading level, I probably wouldn’t be blogging about books today.

My parents went out of their way to encourage me to read, from taking me on frequent trips to the library, making me give oral book reports (Mamma might regret that one now– I never shut up about books!), assigning me books to read (I didn’t think I would ever finish Little Women as a ten year old!), and finding programs that I could be involved in that would encourage me to read, learn, and think for myself.

One of my favorite reading programs as a child was the BOOK IT! program sponsored by Pizza Hut. Simple, yet rewarding, parents or teachers set a reading goal, and for every month the child reaches the goal during the school year, they receive a free personal pan pizza!

The BOOK IT! program is now easier than ever to use, by allowing books to be tracked on your smartphone in the BOOK IT! app. You can find out more about the BOOK IT! Program here.

Let’s encourage the next generation to be readers. Happy reading, friends!

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Review of “unPlanned”


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Several years back, while at a film festival, I had the opportunity to watch a documentary about an amazing woman, Abby Johnson, who was a former Planned Parenthood director. I was deeply moved by the film, and began following Johnson’s Facebook page, but I never got around to reading her book, unPlanned. 

But then I got an email from Tyndale offering me the opportunity to read and review the updated version of unPlanned, complete with a new chapter due to updates to the story. 

While I was familiar with parts of Johnson’s story, I never expected what I read in unPlanned. Sharing her story from naive Texas A & M student to Planned Parenthood volunteer, from her career at Planned Parenthood to her lawsuit with Planned Parenthood, Johnson gives a raw, tender, and devastatingly honest view of life inside a Planned Parenthood clinic.

While reading unPlanned, there were moments when I was moved to tears, something that rarely happens when I read nonfiction. unPlanned touched my heart, and changed how I view those on both sides of the abortion debate, causing me to recognize the common thread amongst us all: our humanity.

Expect to be changed by unPlanned, because regardless of your beliefs about abortion, your views will be challenged, your heart will be broken, and you will never see the issue the same way. I would give unPlanned an “A”.

You can read the first chapter of unPlanned for free here.

You can find out more about Abby Johnson here. Find out how to support her organization, And Then There Were None here.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Tyndale Blogger Network. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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