Friday, December 31, 2010

Sun Stand Still Review

Sun Stand Still

Written by: Steven Furtick
Published by: Multnomah

I decided to read this book, because I’ve been in an inspirational non-fiction kick, so to speak. I read it over the course of a week or so.

This book is about asking (and believing) God for big things in your life and in the lives of those around you.

Who the book is for:

Christians who want to be encouraged in their prayer life, teens and adults.

What I liked:

This book was easy and enjoyable to read. The chapters were a decent length (if you read any of my other book reviews you would know that this is a big deal for me.)

I found some encouragement in this book.

What I didn’t like:

It seemed that the author said one thing and then said the opposite in another chapter on a few occasions.

I didn’t really have anything “stick out” to me in this book that is likely to change the way I pray.

My conclusion:

This is a decent book and an easy read. I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from Multnomah. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

My Review of Precious Moments Storybook Bible

Precious Moments Storybook Bible

Published by: Tommy Nelson

I chose to read this book because I love reading children’s books and I like giving them as gifts (and I got it free to review!) J

I tested this book out with the help of my sister and my little nephew.

Who the book is for:

This book is written in a way that is very similar to the real Bible, so it is sort of written for all ages. Babies and toddlers aren’t necessarily going to understand it (and probably won’t for much of it), but do they understand anything that they read? ;)

What I liked:

This book contains Bible stories that are less traditional - the golden calf, the beatitudes, Psalms and Proverbs, 1 Corinthians 13, etc..

Each story has the reference of where it is found in the Bible.

I liked the fact that this book was written very true to the Bible. This was also what my sister seemed to like the most.

The pictures are absolutely adorable! I loved looking through this book just to see them all.

What I didn’t like:

The stories are grouped into sections which seems okay, but it would be easier to find stories you are looking for if they were in the order that they are in the Bible.

Also:

This book has a dedication page, a family tree page, and some other pages to fill in information about the child’s life.

My conclusion:

This is an excellent Bible Story book for children! So cute! I love it!

I received this book free to review from BookSneeze. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255,

Monday, December 13, 2010

Review of the Discipline of Grace

The Discipline of Grace

Written by: Jerry Bridges
Published by: NavPress

I chose to read this book because I thought the title sounded interesting, and the cover looked interesting as well. I wanted to learn about grace and about how I could become more grace-filled. This book was not at all what I expected it to be.

Who the book is for:

Deep thinkers, scholars, religious leaders, anyone but the average Jo like me!

What I liked:

As I mentioned, I thought the book sounded like it would be interesting.

I liked the cover of the book.

What I didn’t like:

This book was much too deep for me. I am unable to learn anything through this book as I don’t understand it. I don’t like the way this book is written.

My conclusion:

My sister-in-law was reading this book at the same time that I was and she mentioned to me about it being too deep for her and I was like “good, I thought it was just me”! My sister-in-law is smart, so that proves that this book is really deep.

I don’t recommend this book unless you are into deep reading… since I am sure that this book makes sense to those who do understand it I will give it 2 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from Navpress. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

My Review of Radical

Radical

Written by: David Platt
Published by: Multnomah

I had read about this book on a blog that I keep up with all the time and that is written by someone I have come to respect. She liked this book and her descriptions of it made me want to read it myself.

Who the book is for:

Any Christian

What I liked:

I must say that I loved the cover of this book when I first saw it… and I found that the inside was great as well!

This book is easy to read and fairly quick to read, as well.

This book is full of inspiration! I am excited to see how following it will help me to change my life for the better - for the glory of God! Mixed into this book are stories of those who have given their lives (or parts of them) to changing the world for God.

What I didn’t like:

At times David seemed a little too confident in things that he was saying/ways that he was interpreting the Bible, whereas I disagreed with some of what he was saying.

My conclusion:

This is a great book and I recommend it to all Christians! Read it and join with me in trying to let it change our lives for the better! I give this 5 out of 5 stars!

I received this book free to review from Multnomah/Waterbrook. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Review of A Time to Dance

A Time to Dance

Written by: Karen Kingsbury
Published by: Thomas Nelson

I’ve been a fan of Karen Kingsbury for a long time. She is one of my favorite Christian fiction writers. Her books always cause me to feel multiple emotions and always have great stories. I had read this book once a few years ago, but read it again now in order to review it, and I didn’t remember hardly any of it!

This book is the story of a couple Abby and John. Their marriage has fallen apart, but just when they are about to give their children that news their daughter announces that she is engaged to be married herself. Throughout the book multiple people comment about what a great marriage Abby and John have without ever really knowing the truth.

Who the book is for:

Any lovers of Christian contemporary fiction. This book may also be a good read for those who are going through a hard time in their marriage.

What I liked:

The story is about a family - there are not that many books out there (that I have found) that aren’t just about a guy and girl who meet and fall in love.

There are lots of good truths and good information in this book.

What I didn’t like:

This book is just a bit boring and took me awhile to read it, not major, though… it’s still a good read.

My conclusion:

I recommend this book. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from Booksneeze, a review program of Thomas Nelson. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Review of Angry

Angry: A Novel

Written by: Laura L. Smith
Published by: NavPress

This is a fiction book about a girl named Emma. Emma’s world seems to be falling apart, her parents are divorcing and it feels she must comfort and care for her younger siblings. Emma is angry! Throughout the course of this book Emma finds that she must trust God and in the end finds that things will be alright after all.

Who the book is for:

This book was written for teens, but I am not a teen and I still find this story somewhat enjoyable.

What I liked:

This story had enough tension to keep it interesting.

The chapters are short and the book is easy to read.

What I didn’t like:

The story could have been better, not as touching as I hoped and the ending felt kind of rushed.

My conclusion:

This is an okay book for a teen or young twenty something. Nothing spectacular about it, but may be worth your time.

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from NavPress. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255,

Monday, November 22, 2010

Review of Under the Overpass

Under the Overpass

Written by: Mike Yankoski
Published by: Multnomah

I have a passion for those living in poverty. I have a deep interest in the lives of those who live radically for Jesus. I chose to read this book because of my combination of those two.

This book follows Mike Yankoski, a college student, as he spends five months with the homeless on the streets of Denver, Washington DC, Portland, San Francisco, Phoenix, and San Diego. Mike learned over the course of those five months what it is like to be homeless, to be hungry and have no food, to need a bathroom but have none nearby, to be humbled, to feel unloved, to be alone.

Who the book is for:

Anyone who wants to learn what it is really like to be homeless. Any Christian who wants to be encouraged to step out of their comfort zone.

What I liked:

I really liked Mike’s honesty, he didn’t complain a lot, but he did share some of his true feelings. I am so thankful that he was willing to share a lot of what he went through during his five months on the streets.

I liked that there were lots of points throughout the book where I could easily pause and know where to come back to the next time I wanted to read it.

This book is written in a very easy to read style and I got through it quickly.

What I didn’t like:

There is nothing about this book that I didn’t like - from the cover, to the story, etc..

My conclusion:

I really enjoyed this book and I leave it feeling encouraged and lead to do something - I just don’t know what that is yet. This is a great book and I give it 5 out of 5 stars!

I received this book free to review from Multnomah. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Review of Don't Waste the Pain

Don’t Waste the Pain

Written by: David Lyons and Linda Lyons Richardson
Published by: NavPress

Wow! That is all I can say after finishing this book, and I will explain that in a moment.

I choose this book to read and review because it sounded like a biography and I love any kind of biographies, and it indeed was sort of a biography, but not so much as I thought it would be. This book is an inspirational book, filled with journal clips and thoughts from two people, siblings, living through their own type of pain.

Who the book is for:

Anyone going through a hard time right now. Anyone affected by cancer in any way. Anyone who wants to learn to be grateful. Anyone who needs to see hope. Anyone.

What I liked:

I loved how this book encouraged me to look beyond myself. I love how this book showed me how my pain is nothing compared to the authors of this book, and yet they are much more grateful and hopeful and joyful than I have ever been. David and Linda inspired me so much! I pray that this book will change me!

I also appreciated the fact that this book was written “in the moment” as David and Linda were living through their pain they took the time to share all that they were going through. This kept the book feeling real.

What I didn’t like:

I found the chapters a bit long, which is something that always bugs me, but that was not a big problem.

My conclusion:

I loved this book! Need I say anything more?

I received this book free to review from NavPress. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Review of Angel in the Waters

Angel in the Waters

Written by: Regina Doman
Illustrated by: Ben Hatke
Published by: Sophia Institute Press

This book shares the story of a baby in his/her mother’s womb. The baby is accompanied by an angel who is there with the baby answering questions and offering comfort. This book is published by a Catholic publishing company, and I am not Catholic, but I found the book appropriate and beautiful to me just the same.

I chose to review this book simply because I love children’s books, but a couple of days before I received this book I found out that my sister is expecting my third niece or nephew, now this book suddenly has much more meaning for me!

Who the book is for:

This book is nice for babies and toddlers and young children, this would especially be nice for those who are about to become older siblings for the first time. This book would also make a great gift for parents who are expecting.

What I liked:

I think that the story is beautiful. The pictures are cute. This book is simple, and yet long enough to be a good read.

This book is written in first person and therefore does not ever share a certain gender that the baby is supposed to be, therefore this book can be shared with baby boys or girls.

What I didn’t like:

I don’t especially like the binding of this book, but that is a small problem. While I prefer board books for little ones, paperback books have their place as well.

I will admit I thought I was going to like the fact that an angel is so involved in the story, but I actually found that adds to the beauty of the story.

My conclusion:

This is a beautiful book that is very special to me. I will either cherish this book myself or pass it along to my sister to cherish in this special time in her life.

I received this book free to review from Sophia Institute Press. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255,

Monday, November 8, 2010

It Works!

I've been finding comfort in the thoughts and prayers of others! I never know what to do or say when someone I know is going through a hard time, and that means I usually don't do anything at all. I have found, though, in the last 6 days that I should speak up. I've been comforted over and over again by words left on my Facebook page, spoken to me in person, and sent in cards. Simple messages that someone is sorry for my loss or thinking of me and especially praying for me, have meant a lot to me.

I now know that it doesn't hurt to speak up and simply let someone know that you are thinking of them and hurting for them. It in fact hurts not to!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

I wouldn't...

...make a good Catholic.

And this I learned attending my Grandma's Catholic funeral service today. From the moment I entered the church I was bugged by the smell - only to start to feel completely nauseous from the incense later in the service.

All that sitting and standing... well I must admit one of the times I accidentally knocked down the thing that is on the back of the next pew that is there for kneeling on or something. Oops!

All those signs and signals and hand movements by the priests... they got me all distracted and thinking about a baseball game or something.

Okay, I admit, I am trying to make light of a serious situation, so I will leave you with my favorite part of the whole day... and this actually happened to be something that the Catholic priest said...

"Her life has changed, not ended." What a blessing it is to know that that is true!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Waiting until it's too late

I lost my grandma yesterday, unexpectedly she is gone forever. I feel satisfied in the fact that I was able to spend last Saturday, and so many other days, with her. She was a big baseball fan and so she was able to hold on long enough to find out the winner of the 2010 World Series. She met her youngest great grandchild on Sunday. She has had multiple chances to visit with and hold my niece and nephew. I am feeling peace because of all of the above and because of prayers that are going up on my behalf.

Grandma's death has got me thinking, why do we always wait until it is too late? On the day of Grandma's death there were so many of her children and grandchildren and other family members at the hospital, too late to visit with her. How my Grandma would have loved to have had just a few of those visit her sooner and more often. Grandma's funeral will, assuredly, be filled with dozens, perhaps hundreds, of people who loved her... how many of those have taken the time in the past months to visit with her? My uncle who lives across the country will, most likely, be flying up for the funeral - I am sure that he will be grateful for the visit that he made to her this past summer even as he wishes this trip were for that same reason.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

My Review of Really Wooly Bible Stories

Really Woolly Bible written by Bonnie Rickner Jensen and illustrated by Julie Sawyer Phillips.

This is a book of rhyming Bible stories - includes most "classics", such as Daniel in the lions den and Jonah.

What I liked:

I love the binding of this book, including the fact that it is a padded cover board book! My favorite kind of kids book!

The stories are cute and pretty accurate. I like that it lists where you can find each story in the Bible.

Who this book is for:

The cover of this book looks rather babyish, but I think that this book could be enjoyed by any child from birth through five years or so.

My conclusion:

I think this book is really cute! I give this book 5 out of 5 stars!

I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson through their BookSneeze program, the reviews written here are solely my own.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

My Review of the Least Among You

This movie (which is based on a true story) is the story of Richard Kelly a black student who must attend an all white seminary as a condition for his parole. Since the story took place in the 1960's you can understand that he caused quite a stir.

I thought that this movie was very gloomy - not something I usually like in movies. I also thought that the story was kind of scattered - and I still have some questions as to what was going on. I wouldn't recommend this movie to anyone, unless they are really interested in the civil rights movement or really hard up for a movie or something.

I received this movie free to review from BookSneeze, the opinions expressed in this review are solely my own.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Uncle Sam's Plantation

I received this book free to review from BookSneeze, the thoughts expressed in this review are solely my own.

I love politics! I enjoy reading books about government. I have many conservative "heroes" who I have read books by, listened to radio programs of, and seen live, but I must admit that I had never even heard of Star Parker before choosing to read this book. Star Parker, I have come to find, is a strong woman who used to be on welfare herself, but is now seeing how harmful it can be.

This book shares how welfare (among other things) hurts those it is intended to help. This book mainly focuses on the black community, but it is applicable to anyone.

I found this book fairly interesting and pretty easy to get through, based on the subject matter that it was covering.

I do not agree completely with Star Parker on everything that she has wrote about in this book, but it did help to open my eyes on many issues that I didn't know a lot about before.

I like the cover design of this book – that is really what got me to read this book in the first place.

I thought that the chapters were kind of long, I am a big fan of short chapters and feel that they can make a book a lot easier to read.

I give this book a five out of five star rating, and I recommend it to any adult.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Out Live Your Life

I received this book free to review from BookSneeze. The views expressed in this review are solely my own.

Out Live Your Life by Max Lucado
I’ve enjoyed Max Lucado’s writing for many years, but hadn’t read one of his books in awhile before receiving this one to review. I was excited because of what this book was about even more than who it was written by.

I loved this book! It is a call to do something! We all live are hum-hum life every day, doing only what we need to do to get through that day. Max Lucado encourages us to go beyond that, and to reach beyond ourselves. When we reach out to others we are reaching out to Jesus, when we serve others we are serving Him.

This book was easy and enjoyable to read. I read it over the course of three days. I really liked how short the chapters were.

This book includes a Discussion and Action Guide.

Bonus: I was surprised to learn something about Max Lucado in this book that I had never known before.

I give this great book 5 out of 5 stars! Another inspiring book from a great author.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Review of the Butterfly Effect

This is my true thoughts and feelings in regards to the book The Butterfly Effect that I received for free courtesy of BookSneeze.

The Butterfly Effect book is short and simple.

This book tells of how just one life can make a difference across the world for years to come. The book shares stories of how real people have made a difference in someone's life only to have that person go on and make a difference in another life and on and on.

I read this book in one sitting and it took me less than an hour. I would've liked more depth than that.

This book could be given as a gift to practically anyone, and that is one thing that I like about it.

I love the cover of this book!

I would give this book a 3 out of 5 stars.

Monday, August 30, 2010

One Hand Two Hands

This is my review of the book One Hand Two Hands by Max Lucado. I received this book for free to review from BookSneeze, this review is composed of my honest opinion of the book.

This book shares simply some of the things that hands can do, ending with the fact that they can be folded to pray.

Wasn't all I expected it would be coming from Max Lucado, but was a good book just the same.

The illustrations were cute, but not really my style.

This is a four star book for small children.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Let's Do Lunch

I received this book for free from BookSneeze.This review is composed of 100% of my true thoughts and feelings.

I chose to read Let's Do Lunch by Roger Troy Wilson because I am always interested in learning about different diets and what works and doesn't work when it comes to losing weight, but I am not the type of person to follow any single diet word for word. That being said I wish that I did have to opportunity (the money, time, place of my own) to try out the way of eating described in this book for myself.

The book was quick and easy to read - I read through it all in a few hours.

The book includes some recipes for meals and snacks that follow this way of eating.

The book includes multiple success stories from ordinary people.

I have not tried the diet itself, but I give this book a 5 out of 5 star rating.

Monday, August 2, 2010

100 Prayers 100 Praise Songs

I received this book and cd set free to review from the Booksneeze program. This review is my honest opinion of the product.

100 Prayers God Loves to Hear 100 Praise Songs

The book:


Shares short lessons about prayer that include a prayer for you and your child to pray along with a quotation about prayer.

The cd:
Uses your basic kids song voice and style to introduce your children to praise songs.

My opinions:
I have no idea what age this book was made for, but it's too "deep" for very young children and too childish for older children.

I really like the illustrations in the book.

I give this book a 3 out of 5 stars.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Review of The Right to Lead

*This is my true thoughts regarding this book, while I received the book for free from BookSneeze I was not told what to write in my review.

The Right to Lead by John C. Maxwell

I thought that this book would be like specifically for those who have jobs as leaders, but as you read this book you realize that anyone can benefit from it and that we are all leaders in some way.

This book includes short true story of great leaders, as well as quotations by and about leaders.

This is a nice little gift book and I will be giving mine to my brother for Christmas.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Update...

To update on my post before this one...

My dad is fine. The doctors said that it was just from high blood pressure, and he is supposed to watch his blood pressure from now on. The crazy thing is that his blood pressure used to always be low.

My brother and sister-in-law got their car fixed and made it to our house after 11 hours of driving (for a trip that usually takes 6.)

My friend is still in the hospital, but I have heard that he is doing a lot better.

I had a good weekend with my little nephew and niece. It was awesome seeing the two of them meet. Their parents laid them down on a blanket together and after laying peacefully together for a few minutes while we all snapped pictures they both started crying at the same exact moment. Twins? :)

Here it is practically the weekend again already! This weekend I might be heading out with all my brothers and sisters who still live with me to visit one of my brothers. We will be going Saturday evening and coming back sometime on Sunday.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Is your world falling apart or is it just mine?

I'm not one to be so dramatic, and I'm actually not feeling much stress at all right now, but I do have a lot going on today!

The crazies started with a very upset little nephew for reasons unknown - he was probably just too hot and is probably very happy at home with his mommy and daddy right now.

My brother and his wife and my three week old little niece are on their way up to my family's house today for the weekend. They have about a 6 hour drive to get here (normally), but they called this afternoon (a few hours after leaving home) and their car had quit... They ended up losing 4 or more hours time and are set to arrive here sometime after midnight if all goes well - and they are traveling with a "newborn" baby!

My Dad was working when he called home and said that his neck felt tight or something like that and that his blood pressure was high and his pulse fast when he took them at Kmart. He came home because he didn't really know what was up, my sister (who is a nurse) told him that he should go and get checked out... he is on his way in right now. (Prayers would be appreciated.)

I went onto Facebook in the midst of all this and saw that a family friend (9 years old) who has had unexplained medical trouble for the last 6 years is going in to the hospital with a high fever and low oxygen. He has lived through many near death situations and the doctors are always amazed by him, but it has got to be hard on his many siblings and on his parents to have him going in and out of the hospital so often. (Once again, prayers would definitely be appreciated.)

So, my friends and family could use prayer... specifically for my family, that we could have a good and peaceful weekend. We have so many plans - my sister and her husband have their Anniversary tomorrow and my little sister and I plan on babysitting their 1 month old son P, Sunday is P's baby dedication and a cookout at my sister and brother-in-law's (and of course Sunday is also Father's day), and my brother and his wife and their baby C are coming up for the first time since their C's birth.

I hope that you all have a peace filled weekend!

Monday, May 31, 2010

She Has Arrived!

I now have a niece to "go with" my little nephew. C was born this weekend, just 13 days after my nephew P was born. P was 9 days early, and C was 11 - and I've always heard that first babies are late?!

I can't wait for the day that the two babies get to meet each other - since neither family wants to travel anytime soon and the two live about 6 hours apart, it might be awhile. :)

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

A Review of Read and Share Bible DVD

I received the DVD Read and Share Bible Life and Miracles (The Jesus Series) from Thomas Nelson's BookSneeze program. I got the dvd free just because I was willing to review it, but the views expressed here are completely my own.

Read and Share Bible, Life and Miracles

What I liked:

The animation of this dvd was cute.

What I didn't like:

The way the stories are delivered is a little boring.

I thought that this was kind of corny and a little weird, for example, after Jesus heals one woman she gets up and tells Him that He looks thin, to which He responds “that's because Peter told me about your cheese something or other” or something to that affect and then she offers to make Him some and He offers to help her “I know how to make the dough”, He says. Maybe I am just too serious, but I really did not like this part.

My conclusion:

I don't recommend this dvd.

I give this a 2 out of 5 stars.

A Little Late in Posting...

But... My sister had a little boy over a week ago now. He is absolutely beautiful. :) I love him so much already.

Today my brother called and said that my niece has dropped and that my sister in law may be going in to labor really soon. I am so excited!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Let the Party Begin!

I am so excited! So excited!

My sister has gone in to the hospital - about 2 hours ago now. Supposedly in labor! :) I can hardly wait!

Say a prayer for her and Baby if you will. :)

Let the party begin!

Friday, May 14, 2010

God's Promises for Boys Review

God's Promises for Boys by Jack Countryman and Amy Parker

I received this book for free from the publisher. This review is my true and honest opinions of the book.

About this book:

This book is a somewhere over a hundred pages long.

This book includes many topics followed by a short “poem” (or something like that) and then followed by three or four Bible verses that go along with that topic.

What I liked about this book:

I loved the pictures in this book! They are really, really, really cute!

I liked the design of this book. As I just said, the pictures are great, combine great pictures with cool colors and patterns and this book just looks really fun!

Includes a content list, so that you can easily find the right section of the book for whatever you may be going through.

Includes a lot of Bible verses!

Who this book is for, or What I didn't like about this book:

This book is “supposed” to be for 4 to 8 year old boys. I would say that this book is about right for 7 to 10 year old boys, and even at that age they might still need a little help understanding parts of it – and parts of it might not really apply to them.

My conclusion:

This is a really cute and helpful book. I give it four stars. (I would have given this book 5 stars, but it really isn't perfect for the age that it is supposed to be written for.)

Friday, May 7, 2010

Snow... Really?!

We've gotten an early spring and summer-like weather this year... it seems that the snow and cold have been gone forever... but, guess what... it's snowing today! :( At least it's too warm for it to stay!

An update on my nieces or niece and nephew... my sister's (and her husband's) baby appears to be getting really close to wanting to come out and meet us soon! My brother and his wife's baby is due just about a month from now. I can't wait!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

I Am Hutterite... A Review...

I got this book to review from BookSneeze - I got the book for free, and these opinions are all my own. I finished it over the course of like three days.

I Am Hutterite by Mary-Ann Kirkby

The Author:

This book is written by Mary-Ann Kirkby. Mary-Ann was born about 50 years ago into a Hutterite colony in Canada.

The Story:

This book transcends the story of Mary-Ann Kirkby, it is about her ancestors and those who grew up around her. This book gives a history of the Hutterites, who are in my opinion, very similar to Amish.

Who This Book is For:

I Am Hutterite is for those who wish to learn more about the Hutterites, for those who like to learn about other cultures, and for those (like me) who just like reading auto-biographies.

What I Didn't Like:

I didn't like how this book just kind of jumped around, and didn't simply tell a story from start to finish.

I don't like how we never really get to know how Mary-Ann feels about her past, other than the fact that she tells her son to be proud of his heritage – the Hutterites, in a way, caused her brother to die (among other wrongs) and she doesn't ever share about any type of anger she may have towards them.

My Conclusion:

I give this book a 3 out of 5 stars, because it's just that, middlin'.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

My Review of Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go

Here it is, my second review for BookSneeze, hope you enjoy my review, as I don't think that you would enjoy the book itself. :) (I got this book for free from BookSneeze but, obviously, these views are all my own.)

Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go by Lucille O'Neal, with Allison Samuels

I got this book free from BookSneeze, to read and then to review... I chose this book because I enjoy reading auto-biographies about a variety of people, even those I didn't know of before.

Her story:

Lucille O'Neal is the mother of Shaquille O'Neal, the great basketball star... so, of course, she shares some of what Shaquille's early days playing ball were like, and what it is like to be the mother of a star.

Ms. O'Neal has been through teenage pregnancies (her own and her daughter's), addiction, divorce, and so much more, and she shares, openly, about all of those in this book.

What I didn't like about this book:

I don't think that Lucille and I would get along if we were to come into contact with each other. She seems proud, strict, a bit bitter... just not the type of person that I admire. Lucille spent the majority of this book complaining about the life that she has lived through.

I thought that it was very unprofessional (and completely unrelated) for Ms. O'Neal to, twice, share her anger at former president Ronald Reagan for welfare programs that he had gotten rid of while he was in office – as long as I am on that subject, I disagree with Ms. O'Neal, go Reagan! :)

The writing:

One thing that I did like about this book was the way that it was written. The chapters were short and easy to get through. It was written in a way that kept me reading, and I finished it in just a few days.

My conclusion:

I don't really recommend this book for any reason, there is nothing great about it. You can find a better auto-biography about someone else.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

My Review of Lies the Government Told You

Lies the Government Told You by Judge Andrew P. Napolitano

I received this book in the mail from Book Sneeze, a site that gives you free books in order for you to review them. I am very interested in politics, so this book sounded like something that I would enjoy reading.

This isn't the most interesting or easy to read book that I have ever read, but it is very informational, and I am happy to say that I have read it cover to cover. At first I found this book really hard to get through, and then I found it fascinating, and then towards the end I found it hard to finish.

About the Book:

This book is made up of seventeen chapters, each based on one of the lies that the government has given us and expected us to believe. Lies such as “All Men are Created Equal”, “Every Vote Counts”, and “We Don't Torture”. Judge Napolitano shares how the government has broken those promises that they have made and how our government's leaders (regardless of their parties) lie to us for their own gain.

Some May Disagree with....

Judge Napolitano's libertarian type views, such as the belief that marijuana should be legal.

What I Learned from this Book:

I did not realize until I read about it in this book just how bad the Patriot act really is, and just how many of our constitutional rights it helped to take away.

I didn't know that it is illegal for anyone to compete with the post office by offering lower prices for shipping items.

There is more that I learned through this book, but you are going to have to read it and learn the rest for yourself.

My Conclusion: While I did not agree with Judge Napolitano on everything he wrote about in this book, I do think that it is educational and informative, and I am happy that I have read it. I give it a 3 out of 5 stars.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Has lost my motivation....

...and is feeling too tired to blog tonight. Sorry. :P

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Anyone getting tired of this subject?

Today my pastor mentioned in church some passages in Romans 14 that basically say that you are not to judge anyone for doing what God has called them to do. He talked about how years ago he took his youth group to a Christian rock concert back when most Christians thought that any kind of rock music was evil and he realized that people got saved through that concert and therefore it must have been God's will. And he shared some other stories like that. I agree so much with what he said and read! I don't think any of us know what God has called others to do, and I don't think we should judge them when they are doing what they feel God has called them to do. I need to work on this, though.

My first niece or nephew is now only about 10 weeks away from birth! Haha, now as I read what I just wrote I feel like 10 weeks sounds like a very long time. :( Tomorrow my sisters and I are going to help my sister "set up" Baby's room - putting away gifts she got from her baby shower, etc.. It should be fun!

Have a great week (cause with the way I have been posting lately, I don't know if I will post again this week.)

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Long Time No Post!

Wow, I have not posted for like 2 weeks!

The baby shower for my sister and sister-in-law went fine - they got a lot of gifts! :)

Today my grandma (the older one of my two grandmas) is turning 87! It's hard for me to imagine what it would feel like to be that old and to realize that your better years are behind you. (I'm not trying to be depressing here, really, I am not.)

I am excited about this week, as two of my brothers, my little sister, and I will be going to see my older (by 382 days) brother! We get to spend three days with him and should have lots of fun (even though he is going to have to work and go to college while we are there). :)

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Life is AMAZING!

I just felt my little niece or nephew move (via my sister's belly) for the first time! It was just a couple very gentle "pushes" against her belly, but it shows me that there really is a baby in there - as if I couldn't tell from seeing her huge belly (on an otherwise fat free girl)! Thank You, Jesus, for new life!

I started a new blog which is dedicated completely to my journey to earn income online! If you want to check it out here. (I have not fiddled around with the design of the blog yet, but I do have a couple of posts up.)

Thursday, February 25, 2010

An Opportunity I am EXCITED About

I found information about BookSneeze on a different blog and thought I would apply and see what happens. I got an email from them today saying that I had been accepted, and that I get one of their books for free if I review here on my blog! This is the first opportunity of this type that I have ever had - with my blog being so small and all. :) I am going to be receiving and reviewing Lies the Government Told You by Judge Andrew Napolitano and I think that it will be a very interesting read. So, check back "soon" (I have to first receive it, and than read it, and then review it) for my review of the book!

I hope that you have an amazing weekend!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

A Verse To Share

So, I found an old notebook where I had written down the references to some Bible verses that must have some importance to me, but I haven't looked any of them up yet... so I thought why not look one up, write a post about it, and share with all. So I am off to get my notebook (which I am currently using to write a fiction story in) be right back... :)

... I am back and am now heading to Biblegateway.com to check out the first verse.

Isaiah 8:13
The LORD Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy,
He is the one you are to fear,
He is the one you are to dread.

I think that this verse is significant to me because I am a worrier, and I get scared easily. To me this verse is saying you don't have to fear anyone but God - maybe not what the verse really is "supposed" to mean, but that is what it means to me. :)

Friday, February 19, 2010

23 Things

Two posts in one day?! I guess so, 'cause I saw this idea on the Smiles and Trials blog and I wanted to try it for myself.

20 Things About Me:

1. I love watching tv shows
2. A lot more than watching movies, especially
3. Some of my current favorites are Full House, 7th Heaven, Reba and iCarly (I admit I watch that "kids show". :)
4. I have a niece or nephew coming late spring (my first!) and a niece coming just two weeks after that one - if you've ever read this blog before you already knew that. :)
5. I get sick quite often, and that is my "reputation" in my family, haha.
6. I was my oldest sister's personal attendant in her wedding
7. After (politely) refusing to be one of her bridesmaids.
8. I think that "traditional" weddings are pretty much ridiculous.
9. I love bargain shopping
10. But not when the cashiers give you a hard time for it.
11. I despise pretty much any form of authority (towards me, that is).
12. I have an unexplainable "fear" (and a bit of dislike for) of cops. (see above, haha)
13. I love to "use" quotation marks around words - for various reasons.
14. I took one Psychology class online, but have not pursued any further formal education. :)
15. I have a couple dozen aunts and uncles and dozens of cousins
16. I am not really "close" to any of them
17. Aside from one cousin and her family.
18. I make jewelry, but nothing too fancy.
19. I make cards.
20. I am a "parent pal" through Hugs and Hope.
21. In 13 days I will have been without shampoo for 1 year!
22. I don't really have any "friends", but my brothers and sisters and I are extremely close.
23. I despise winter.

Lost in the Old Testament and (OF COURSE) the Babies

Let me start by saying that I cannot believe that it is now under 100 days until my first niece or nephew is due - and baby C (my niece) is due just a couple of weeks after that one! I - along with their parents - am getting a little inpatient.

I have a song stuck in my head for the last few days, since I have been reading in the Old Testament since the beginning of the year... the song is really "Back in the New Testament" by Apologetix (the song is a parody of Back in the USSR by the Beatles), but I have made up a parody of the parody - "Lost in the Old Testament". :) I am so lost as to what one is supposed to learn in the Old Testament. I am so confused how the same God who says that "the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath" (spoken when the Pharisees were upset that Jesus' disciples were "working" on the Sabbath, Mark 2:27) in the New Testament, commanded that someone who had been working on the Sabbath in the Old Testament be stoned (Numbers 15:32-36). I am confused that our God who loves and who commands us not to judge, had such harsh rules and had the people judge and carry out punishments for those who disobeyed His commands. I'm surprised that a God who, I believe, values all life didn't give as strong of a punishment for those who - intentionally - caused a miscarriage, as He did for those who caused another murder (don't remember the reference right now). It's not as if I have never read the old testament before, I think it's just that I have grown older and now I feel the need to question things before just believing. ... I feel bad even writing all this, even questioning God and His Word, but this all just shows that I am confused and that I am lost!

But "I still believe"... I believe in Jesus, I know that there is a reason behind all that I am reading - I just have yet to find that reason or to "figure out" the Old Testament.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Swagbucks, Daytona500 and a Story (Coming Soon)

First, just wanted to let you know that the link I have on the right side of my blog - for Swagbucks - is legit. I joined them just under 3 weeks ago and have so far earned a $5 Amazon gift card just for doing searches that I would normally do anyways.

Second, I'm watching the Daytona500 with some of my siblings today (off and on) and I just have to remember Dale Earnhardt Sr. every year as I watch - did you realize that it has been nine years since his death during the 2001 Daytona500 race? I remember watching that race and the crash and all, and every year I wonder how Dale Sr.'s wife feels about seeing her son out racing.

Third, I heard from someone today who I love and miss and who I want to share with you sometime soon via a story about her and her brother and their involvement in my life.

Happy Sunday! Happy Daytona500 day!

Oh, alright, I'll say it, happy Valentine's day.

Monday, February 8, 2010

I won! I won! I won!

I won a diaper cake from the Aubut Life blog! I am so excited! I have already ordered this "cake" for a decoration/gift at my sister and sister-in-law's upcoming shower. I think it will make a great addition to the party. :)

This is the second blog giveaway that I have won in the past two months or so. How about you, do you win blog giveaways often? Any blogs that you would recommend to me for their giveaways?

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

My Baby Brother...

... is turning 13 this week! (Yes, my oldest brother is 30 and my youngest brother is 12, and yes we are all biological whole siblings.) I love him so much, and it's been so exciting to see him grow up - even if it is a bit sad, haha. I was going to just post about how fast time has gone, and how I can't believe that the youngest child in my family is now a teenager (making there 2 teens in the family, and a bunch of adults), but writing this has really turned my thoughts to my very youngest sibling... the one who we was miscarried just over 7 years ago. I cannot imagine how different life would be with a little one around today, and I can see how a little one would make some things harder, but I still feel a love for that little one and I miss him/her today.

Anyway, I love my baby brother (who is here on earth with me, not waiting for me in Heaven)... I love eating breakfast with him each morning. I love helping solve the riddles on Professor Layton and the Curious Village on DS. I love playing Wii with him. I love - although sometimes I don't act that way - reading Bible to him each night - even though I know that he could read it to himself and is just too lazy to try. :P I love how he logs me onto the computer each morning - cause he knows the speed (or lack thereof) of our computer drives me nuts. I love how he can keep a goldfish alive - for years, even. :)

I love my baby brother! Happy Birthday _______!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Love

"Love for others is our love relationship with God gone public. Love for others is a public display of affection for God." - Jarrod Jones in his book The Backward Life

I'm loving this book The Backward Life! I only bought it because it was on clearance on CBD.com for 99 cents, but it is turning out to be really good. I especially like what he had to say about love (above), I so strongly agree with him. He mentioned how Jesus said that the greatest commandment was to love God and then to love others, how that is the most important act of worship that we can do.

One of my new year's resolutions was to learn to love more, and now I am even more inspired to follow through on that. :)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Baby Shower Plans and the Speed of Time

My how fast time flies! I can't believe that we are coming to the end of January! This makes me so excited, mostly because January can be such a cold and gloomy month here, and usually goes by really slow... but not this year!

So my sisters and I have started to plan a shower for our oldest sister and for our sister-in-law... showers are not my favorite thing! :) But I am trying to let my sisters do most of the planning and I will try to enjoy it. Any baby shower advice?

Happy bright and sunny and cold day to all of you!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Judgement (of a different kind)

So, in church yesterday my pastor pretty much started off the service by saying that the hurricane in Haiti was God's judgment on the people who lived there because of their beliefs. I know my pastor wasn't alone in thinking that, because my Google search of the topic came up with very many results. But...

I, personally, do not believe that God judges in ways like that... what I mean is that I think that we will all be judged (individually) at the end of time (or the end of our lives), but I don't think that He judges us here on earth (hurting so many of the innocent) today. If God judges countries with natural disasters for bad things that they do, than where is America's earthquake? Where's China's? Or Cuba's? I believe that things like Haiti's earthquake happen because this world is not perfect, they are a natural part of life.

What do you think? Was the earthquake in Haiti God's judgment or was it just a natural disaster? (Or was it caused by global warming, haha.)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

And the Baby is...

... a GIRL!
My brother and sister in law will be giving me a niece late this coming spring! Baby C! This news leaves me sort of hoping for my sister and her husband to have a little boy (so that I will have a niece and a nephew) and sort of hoping for a girl (since I don't get a "mini" of my brother it would be kind of fun to have a "mini" of my sister)... thankfully I am not in control of all of that. :P

Next subject, I don't really understand how one could not want to find out the gender of their baby ahead of time. Isn't it nice to be able to plan ahead (for clothes, etc.)? I know that I am happy to know the gender of this baby and wish that I knew the gender of my sister's, too. What about you? If you are a parent, did you find out the gender of your baby(ies) before birth?

Monday, January 18, 2010

Yay for Thursday!

Sorry to anyone who might not be interested in all of my excited baby posts, but they are just (by far) the most important and exciting "thing" on my mind right now (and probably will be for a long time.)

Anyhow, on Thursday my sister in law is going to get an ultrasound that should be able to confirm whether her baby is a boy or a girl. I am so excited to find out, especially since my brother and her have already decided on names for boy or girl. It will be so fun to be able to buy gender-specific things for this baby and just to think about and pray for either little baby H (first letter of boy name) or baby C (first letter of girl name). Sadly, my older sister and her husband have decided not find out the gender of their baby until birth. :(

What are you looking forward to this week? Or what's driving you nuts this week? (cause I could also write a big long post about that, but I'll spare you - for now.)

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Peace

"If it is possible, as far as it depends upon you, live at peace with everyone."

This very important instruction now hangs in my bedroom, and is now ingrained in my head. Those words have saved me a few times, today alone, as I was "tempted" to start a fight/argument with a couple different people.

My room is currently being redecorated to a sort of 60's/70's hippie/retro style, and so thinking along the lines of peace, I made a collage of colorful paper and but those words on top - and that sign hangs next to a collage with a peace sign on it.

(By the way, that is found in the Bible, Romans 12:18)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

New Year's Resolutions (a bit late)

I've started working on my New Year's Resolutions, but I have not posted them all here yet. I am thinking that maybe I should work on them one at a time? Not sure yet. Anyway, here they are so far:

First, I am reading through the entire Bible this year - I signed up for an emailed update each day of which chapters I need to read (about three each day), and I've been reading them right on the computer each morning when I go on to do my usual stuff.

Secondly, I want to learn to "respect" everyone... no dissing for things that others do that (although they may not be things that I would do, and may annoy me) are not wrong, no judging for things that others do that are wrong (it's not my job to judge).

Third, don't hold bitterness inside, but find ways to forgive and let go of wrongs that are done to me.

And lastly (for now, anyway), is just to love everyone more - this should be made easier if I am following all of the above.

What are your resolutions? How are you doing on following them?

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Hello again all!

Wow-ee, I haven't written in a long time! I don't have much of an excuse, other than I've been tired, and I've been hanging with my bro's and sisters. My oldest brother and his wife and my other moved out older brother were home for New Years, and my sister and her husband came over too - that was nice.

I'm going to post soon, hopefully, with my new year's resolutions list, but right now my brother's are wanting me to watch Andy Griffith with them - and I am tired. :)

Have a great weekend!