About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Make Your Heart a Manger by Karen Porter & Cherry McGregor


A story to forever change your heart

 If we could get a glimpse from the manger of the most glorious moment in history, how would it change us? What could we learn?

What could we learn from Mary? Elizabeth? Joseph? the Magi? The innkeeper?

The Christmas story might be the most oft-told story of all time. So familiar we might miss much of the miracle. Miss the life-transforming lessons each character in the story is ready to teach us. Miss the new heart available from a powerful Creator who became a child.

The Creator. In a manger.

Broken? Reluctant? Busy? Hopeless? Jealous? Skeptical? You need a manger.

The coming of the Christ child, the story that split history, can heal your heart. He
welcomes you to that place of healing. All you have to do is Make Your Heart a


This book is enlightening, inspiring, and the perfect way to prepare your heart for Christmas! Authors Karen Porter and Cherry McGregor share the Christmas story by exploring the thoughts and hearts of the people involved in this world-altering event and offering an intriguing perspective of those hearts. And then, they asked this thought-provoking question. Is my heart like the hearts of Zechariah, Elizabeth, Herod, and even the Innkeeper? Am I too unbelieving, heart weary, self-centered, and busy? Well, let me tell you, I want to be like Mary, Joseph, the Shepherds, and Wise Men. I want to be ready to believe, willing to accept, and eager to show my love!

I've always loved Christmas but I want my focus to be on its true purpose. I want my heart to be ready to rejoice in this special birth, and this book has put me on the right path! Make Your Heart a Manger is a perfect addition to your Christmas devotion time, but it's a book that can be used any time of the year!

I received a digital copy of this book from the authors but I've also purchased my own print copy. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars 


Karen is an international retreat and seminar speaker and a successful businesswoman. She is the author of ten books including I’ll Bring the Chocolate: Satisfying a Woman’s Cravings for Friendship and Faith and If You Give A Girl A Giant.

Karen spends most of her time coaching aspiring writers and speakers and training communicators across the globe.

Karen and her husband, George, own Bold Vision Books, a traditional Christian small press. She serves on the board of several non-profit organizations. 

Karen says her marriage to George is her greatest achievement, but she’d love to talk to you about her five grandchildren. In her spare time, Karen continues her life-long quest to find the perfect purse.  

Cherry is known for her creative genius and warm hospitality. Her life is full—raising kids and managing the books of the family business.

At her church, she is a key team member for event planning, leads the hospitality team, and is a teacher of a new member’s class.

Cherry has a bachelor's Degree in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University and holds a Doctorate Degree in Chiropractic Medicine. She is a lover of basketball, college football, family board games, and all things Texas A&M.

She is married to Craig, a local dentist and has three children, Garrett, Gracen, and Gabriella. And in her spare time she’s mamma to 11 chickens and a big black lab.

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