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Kelly Klepfer

Kelly Klepfer came on board Novel Reviews several years ago as the Senior Editor through her connections with Gina Holmes, Ane Mulligan and Jessica Dotta of Novel Journey fame. Novel Reviews is the baby sister of the popular Novel Journey. At Novel Reviews we offer honest reviews of Christian and secular fiction titles and love to promote exceptional fiction. We began to do so after we met the authors via their interviews at Novel Journey. Disclaimer: Our reviewers are not paid for their reviews. Some may consider the receiving of a complimentary book or loosley bound manuscript (by publisher or author), as a form of compensation, so, be forewarned that our reviewers RECEIVE BOOKS. In our defense, it would be difficult to review without them. (Also, we are not affiliated or paid for any links to online bookstores.)

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Winning Him Without WordsWinning Him Without Words: 10 Keys to Thriving in Your Spiritually Mismatched Marriage
Dineen A. Miller (Author), Lynn Donovan (Author)
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Regal (February 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9780830756056


Week after week, they sit in church . . . alone. They are the spiritually mismatched, those who are committed to a spouse who does not share their faith. Feeling abandoned by their spouse and forgotten by their church, they live out their faith in survival mode, guarding the spiritual flame yet never feeling free to share it. But God wants them to thrive—not just survive.

Winning Him Without Words presents 10 Christ centered keys to thriving in a spiritual mismatch. Readers are encouraged to commit to Christian community, to release their spouse to God’s capable hands, to find peace in their relationships with Christ and with their spouse, to continue their pursuit of a growing faith and to love their spouse with fresh enthusiasm. God wants every marriage to exude peace and love, and Winning Him Without Words empowers readers to create that environment in their homes and thrive as God works.


gave a copy to my church for the pastor who counsels on marriage. What we both loved was that these women are talking from the trenches. They give practical ways to love their unbelieving husbands. Good solid Biblical teaching, encourages, inspires, and give hope those in mismatched marriages.

Reviewed by: Ane Mulligan at: Novel Journey

Bonus Review:

“Is it possible that God hasn’t answered you prayer for your husband because He is accomplishing something else in him or your situation that is critical to how this prayer is to be answered? Is it possible He’s doing this work not just in your husband, but in you as well?” (p. 160)

Winning Him Without Words is a book written to address the challenges of what the authors call “mismatched marriages” – where a believing spouse is married to an unbeliever. The authors actually have developed an entire ministry to women whose husbands don’t know the Lord as their Savior. This is a hope-filled, scripture-filled admonition to love your husband unconditionally, honor the covenant of marriage, and live every day as a testimony of Christ in the life of your husband. It is a powerful book!!

However, I want to state very plainly, that there are principles in this book – indeed, almost every one – is a principle that will serve as an enriching practice in ANY marriage! Don’t pass this book up just because both marriage partners belong to Christ. The questions and prayers at the end of each chapter are worth their weight in GOLD!!

I’ve never been so challenged, so blessed, so encouraged by such a small, spirit-filled book. I highly recommend Winning Him Without Words to ANYONE who wants to enrich and revitalize their marriage relationship! God is all over this book, folks!! He has faithfully delivered truth in a very powerful, practical way! Praise HIM!

Reviewed by: Kim Ford at: Window To My World

He Said, She SaidHe Said, She Said: A Devotional Guide to Cultivating a Life of Passion,
or How Newlyweds, Couples and Singles Can Draw
Closer to God and Their Mate Through Daily Devotions
Cindy Sproles (Author), Eddie Jones (Author)
Paperback: 232 pages
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing (February 14, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0982206550


Do you sense something vital missing from you relationship with your spouse, children and God? Are you easily distracted by the busyness of life and left feeling drained, bored, and discouraged? Do you sense you were meant to enjoy the richness of life, but spend your days feasting on crumbs? This heart-warming collection of stories (54 in all) will inspire you to reach for the true source of joy: a life lived for and through God. These deeply personal (and sometimes humorous) devotions offer biblical insights and spiritual truths from the unique perspective of one man and one woman. Learn to cultivate a life of passion. Perfect for your quiet time, these moments of meditative reflection illustrate the importance of allowing God to work within you and speak through you. No matter if you are newlyweds or newly retired, this book of devotions will help you put the spark back into your love life and explore the precious relationships God desires for you. He Said, She Said touches the heart, tickles the funny bone and brings you to your knees in worship.


I've know Eddie Jones and Cindy Sproles for a few years. Each has a way of tickling my funny bone, so I wondered what a devotional book by them would be. I can heartily recommend it. The humor is there, but it's coupled with deep truths that go straight to the heart of the problem. You'll find a path that winds closer to God through He Said, She Said.

Reviewed by: Ane Mulligan at: Novel Journey

Bonus Review:

This devotional contains brief but poignant thoughts about a variety of marital topics ranging from communication and child rearing to the frequency of physical intimacy. Each devotion contains room to journal the couple's thoughts on every subject. Each day also contains a prayer that is very specific to the subject.

If this devotional doesn't change your marriage, it will fling the door WIDE OPEN for frank discussion about what needs to be done to revive the passion and closeness in your marriage.

Reviewed by: Kim Ford at: Window To My World

School IS Where The Home IsSchool Is Where the Home Is: 180 Devotions for Parents
Anita Mellott (Author)
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Judson Pr (June 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0817016961


An estimated 2 million children are homeschooled in the United States. This is a devotional for those dedicated parents.

Mellott’s 180 anecdotal devotionals explore specific homeschooling issues and present biblical truths to guide parents through challenging times. Themes include:

•Homeschool Basics—fundamentals such as obedience to the call, prioritizing, decision-making
•Homeschool and You—how homeschooling affects the primary educator (and vice versa)
•Homeschool and Family—juggling parenting, marriage, education, and domestic life
•Gifts We Give Our Children—intangible gifts, from a godly heritage to freedom to pursue their dreams
•And A Child Will Lead them—discovering life and faith though our child’s eyes
•Spiritual Vitamins: inspiration for Christian life, addressing fear, faith, prayer, and more
•Faith of Their Own—intentional discipleship that nurtures children in their own faith

School Is Where the Home Is presents a unique blend of the practical and inspirational for today’s homeschooling parents.


Anita Mellott speaks from a unique homeschool perspective in this valuable resource for homeschoolers. Raised in India with a strong focus on education, Anita adds the spice of her cultural background to many of her daily entries.

The tone of the daily devotions (enough for the entire school year, 180, and broken into categories touching the homeschooler's life) is conversational. Anita feels more like a friend who shares triumphs and struggles, successes and failures rather than a woman who has conquered homeschooling, parenting or marriage. Mellott is transparent in this not always flattering walk through wisdom earned through years and seasons of homeschooling. This is no narrow pathway or system created by a woman who preaches about her success and promises you success, too, if you'll only follow her steps..

If you are struggling or concerned about homeschooling or even parenting you may find support and encouragement in this devotional series. I haven't homeschooled a day in my life, and my children are grown, but I still found pages to dog ear to revisit.

Reviewed by: Kelly Klepfer at: Scrambled Dregs