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I am so excited to share this book review!!  I've been following GirlDefined for a few years now and have enjoyed every book they have published and have grown and been encouraged so much by their ministry.  I signed up to be apart of their launch team for their new devotional and was so beyond excited to be chosen!  This journey has been so exciting and fun and I'm so glad I got a chance to be a part of it! I love Kristin and Bethany’s heart for the Lord.   They’re desire to put Him above all else in their lives and to share and encourage girls and young women to do the same.   The thing that first stood out to me as I began to read their Shine Bright Devotional was this line in their intro- “just keep in mind that this devotional isn’t intended to replace time in God’s word each day; it’s meant to supplement it.” I think this is so important to realize as we start each new devotional or christian book.   We are meant to read God’s word and be in daily fellowship with Him.   T

Dos Books

This book is a companion to the book Savvy, a book that I read a few years ago and really enjoyed.  These book's are centered more for Tweens, they are an easy read and interesting. 
The Kale family are not normal people, actually none of Ledger's mother's side of the family is normal.  At the age of 13 each person gets what is a called a Savvy, a power that could be anything from fun, horrible, safe or dangerous.  When Ledger turns 13 his hopes and dreams of being the fastest runner are crushed when what he get's is something horrible and uncontrollable, so he thinks.  He spends the summer with his uncle and cousins as he tries to find hope through his savvy, all the while finding adventures and making new friends.

The Help-
I really enjoyed this book, it was easy to read and very interesting.  I enjoyed the realness of the story, the true facts and events 
Three women in Mississippi, strike out to make a difference in their situations.  Each one very different and in a different stage of life.
Aibileen is a wise and kind black maid who is working for a senseless woman, helping her raise her child.
Minny is another black maid, with a rougher attitude and always standing up for herself, in the end getting herself in trouble.  She can't seem to keep work, until she goes to work for a strange and naïve woman with all kinds of secrets and mysteries.
Skeeter is a young white woman trying to find her place in life.  She has a degree, but is not married.
Together these women step out to make a difference in tough times.  They face trials and hardships from their friends and loved ones, but that doesn't stop them. 


  1. Hello Alyssa. So good to know you through your profile on the blogger. I am also glad to stop by your blog "Alyssa's Book Corner" and the post on it "Dos Book". Good book review. Well I just take this opportunity to share with you a program our church in Mumbai, India has for the young people as well as adults from the West. We reachout to the poorest of poor with the love of Christ to bring healing to the broken hearted. We also encourage young people as well as the adults from the West to come to Mumbai on a short term missions tirp to work with us during their vacation time. We would love to have you come to Mumbai with your friens to work with us in the slums of Mumbai during your vacation time. I am sure you will have a life changing experience. Looking forward to hear from you. My email id is: dhwankhede(ay)gmail(dot)com and my name is Diwakar Wankhede. Praying for you as you seek God's direction in your life.


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