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Bad Day, Great Life

About the CD: From illness, fear, and depression to betrayal, sin, and simple mistakes, we all have bad days. However, a bad day doesn't need to turn into a bad life! In this upbeat and hope-filled fireside message, popular speaker Eric D. Richards uses humor, stories, doctrine, and a lesson from Polynesia to remind listeners that nothing is so bitter that it can't be sweetened through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. "Great opportunities are often disguised as impossible situations," teaches Brother Richards. "The Lord never promised to fix all our problems, but He did promise we'd never go through them alone." Based on his own life experiences being raised by a single mom, he teaches about the four sources of our trials and gives a solid and practical principle about what to do when bad days strike to keep us clinging to our faith despite the winds of opposition. This is an encouragingly hopeful message given in a very positive spirit about how the Savior can turn broken pieces into masterpieces and how He can turn a hopeless end into endless hope.

My review: I really loved this whole CD recording! I loved the way Eric D Richards speaks, he's easy to listen to and he uses amazing stories to get his points across. It's very easy to see why he's a popular EFY speaker. I know that our youth loved him a few years ago when he was the speaker at her session.

I loved his honesty, telling the kids that he himself has had some of the same struggles that they have and how he's risen above those struggles to become the person he is today. I was especially touched by the story of how he and his mom came to join the Church. 

This is a great CD for the youth of the Church to listen too...I know that I'm way older than a youth, but I loved it as well and I can't wait for more from Eric D Richards!

I was sent a copy of this CD recording in exchange for an honest review.

Purchase link: Deseret Book

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Deseret Bookshelf Plus Review

I'm super excited to be able to tell you about Deseret Bookshelf's newest feature, Plus. I actually first heard about plus coming six months ago at Deseret Book's ladies night. I thought it sounded pretty great and now that I've tried it, I think it's even better than it sounded. It's basically a subscription that you add on top of the Deseret Bookshelf App. If you have Deseret Book's Platinum membership, you pay only $6.99 a month or $69 a year. If you don't it's $9.99 a month or $99 a year. Either way that's a really good deal for what you are going to be getting.

Here's the deal. With plus, you get to listen to all of their audiobooks...for FREE! Something I noticed on this is that you get to listen to even the newest books that are just barely in the store for FREE. I love this! Who has the time to run to the store to grab the book the very day it comes out? Not me, I'm too busy chasing kids around to do that!

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Kayaks and Kisses

About the book: Brynn Caley is about to start her dream career running an outdoor sporting goods store when an out-of-town business guru makes his own offer on the property. Coerced into forming a temporary partnership, Brynn, with her ski experience, finds she has to work with fishing expert Gage to run the year-round shop. 

Through a series of innocent misconceptions and a few blatant lies, Brynn doesn’t realize that the handsome single guy on the construction crew is her new partner, and he doesn’t want to set her straight until he can gain her favor. She, on the other hand, would do anything not to work with the stuffy businessman she’s only met through email. 

Inspired by the movies You’ve Got Mail and The Shop around the Corner, Kayaks & Kisses is a heart-warming tale of finding love in autumn leaves, outdoor activities, and new friendships.

My review: This book was so fun! I loved that it's loosely based on one of my very favorite movies, You've Got Mail. There was at …