About Me

I’m a follower of Christ, military spouse, mother, and farm-maker. Originally from Indianapolis, I joined the Air Force at 17 and added nearly 10 years of military service to my name. After spending 4 years on active duty at the Air Force Academy I moved to Alaska and joined the Air National Guard. Alaska is also where I met and married my husband Jay (Leap Year Day 2004). We’ve been stationed in Alaska, Arkansas, Illinois, and back to Arkansas again (when Jay joined the Arkansas Air National Guard, January 2013). Lately, we’ve been enjoying life on the farm with our two children, a pound puppy, and 24 spoiled #LitChicks.


In addition to being a farm-maker, I’m also a book clubber and avid reader. Originally, Christian Shelf-Esteem was established as a way of sharing my favorite books with the Women’s Ministry at church. Since then the blog has taken on a life of its own. I enjoy posting reviews and hearing what other readers have to say about titles we have in common.

Thank you for being here, for reading and commenting on my reviews, and connecting on social media.


Amanda Geaney

23458_376201581823_3785639_n10 Random Things

  1. I am every bit of the ISTJ Meyers-Briggs says I am.
  2. Vacuum lines in the carpet make me happy.
  3. National Parks occupy most of my bucket list.
  4. I’m a reluctant s⚽️ccer mom. (It’s so… social.)
  5. There’s always a song stuck on repeat in my head. 🎶
  6. I judge books by their covers.
  7. The Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers won me to Christian fiction.
  8. I was raised Catholic but I broke away from the church as soon as I left home for the military. After many years, a co-worker shared the gospel with me. At that time (2003), something in my soul awakened and I fell upon the mercy and grace of my Savior, Jesus Christ.
    I attend The Bible Church of Beebe.
  9. Lately, I’ve been geeking out over church history, heavily theological podcasts, and classic Christian literature.
  10. I’m currently reading the Bible cover to cover for the 3rd time. (Our 9-year-old daughter is reading with me.)


Me in 3: Temperance “Bones” Brennan {literal}
Hermione Granger {bookish}
Lucy Pevensie {Friend of Aslan}


Ratings System

I’ve moved away from a star-based review system on the blog. By doing so I hope to shift the focus away from the rating and back to the author’s originality, character development, and writing style.

⭐️ Value System (I used in older posts)

5: I bestow this rating on books that are EXTRAORDINARY — they move me deeply, strike me as being unique for their genre, or stick with me long after I put them down.

#didntseethatcoming   #tearjerker   #SUSPENSE!    #pageturner     #riveting    #MustRead    #bookclub    #TopPick    #Bestof2016

Bottom Line: These are books I expect to read again and again.

4: I really enjoyed the book and/or thought it was VERY GOOD — the likelihood of me re-reading the book is favorable.

3: It was GOOD — I liked it/found it to be entertaining.

(This rating is not meant to be a slight against the author or the book.)

2: FAIR — What we have here is a failure to connect. In most cases, I will only post these reviews on Goodreads and Amazon.

Updated 6/23/2017

Requests for Review

My 2017 review schedule is full. However, I do have dates available for guest bloggers (authors).

I’ve recently begun working as an author’s assistant which will limit the number of reviews I do going forward. To have your book considered for review in 2018, please read on to determine our reader/author compatibility.

Types of Christian books I enjoy most:

  • Books with strong Christian themes – forgiveness, repentance, restoration, mercy, sacrificial love
  • Biblical Fiction – #biblicalfictionfriday
  • Historical Fiction
  • Suspense!
  • Cozy mysteries
  • Children’s & YA fiction and non-fiction
  • Non-fiction: Church history, apologetics, prayer, discipleship
  • Bible Studies

I ❤️ print copies and audiobooks!


  • Charismatic / LDS / New Age
  • Graphic Violence
  • Paranormal
  • Profanity
  • Romance w/explicit sexual content or excessive pining 😛
  • Sci-fi*  (it’s just really not my thing).

Are we a good fit? If so, please send me a message through the blog’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/christianshelfesteem/.

Quattro’s Corner


Quattro began reading before his 2nd birthday and reading remains his favorite pastime. Currently (2017-18) a 7th grader, he serves as a  staff reporter for his school’s newspaper. He’s has given some thought to working in the publishing industry when he grows up.

Types of Christian books he enjoys most:

  • Sci-fi/fantasy
  • Action
  • Epic Adventures
  • Historical



Books that I review come from a number of sources to include: my local library, bookstores, blogger programs, and authors. I am not paid to do this. However, in exchange for a copy of the book, I agree to post my review here and elsewhere on the web.

I am not a member of any affiliate program.


9 thoughts on “About

  1. Amanda, Your review stack is incredibly impressive! Thank you so much for this time you have chosen to spending sharing the magic of reading with the world.

    I represent a start-up publishing house owned and operated by Miralee Ferrell. We currently specialize in Christian fiction. Please contact me if you would be interested in reviewing any of our titles.


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  2. You have a beautiful blog. Happy to connect with you, Amanda. My first writing job was for an Air Force newspaper. My husband was in the Army for sixteen years and our son is in the National Guard. And we farm. Sounds like we have a lot in common. Looking forward to getting to know you.

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  3. Amanda,
    I am so impressed with your blog would love to here from you. I am sending some pictures to you hope you enjoy


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