Friday, January 28, 2011

Review of God Loves Me More Than That

God Loves Me More Than That

Written by: Dandi Daley Mackall
Illustrated by: David Hohn
Published by: WaterBrook Press

The cover of this book caught my attention and drew me to read it. The picture of a dandelion blowing in the breeze, nothing better than a beautiful summer day like that.

How much does God love me? He loves me wider than this, and bigger than that.

Who the book is for:

Children from infants through like five or six.

What I liked:

I like the cover, as I’ve already mentioned.

The pictures are colorful and would attract a child’s attention.

I like that the book rhymes!

I love this line, “More than the bumbles in a bumble bee.”

The story is cute.

What I didn’t like:

The pictures could be cuter, but they are colorful, as I’ve mentioned above.

My conclusion:

This is a really cute book, one that I would like to add to my own collection of books, or to pass on to my niece or my nephew. I recommend this book!

I received this book free to review from 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.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

iShine Bible Review

iShine Bible Totally for Tweens

Published by: Tyndale House

I got this Bible to review from Tyndale House and I plan on giving to my younger brother for his Birthday. I was surprised by the size of it, and it was “cuter” than I thought it would be.

Who the book is for:

This book is made for tween boys and would definitely be good for them, but I am giving it to my teenage brother and I feel it is appropriate for him as well.

What I liked:

The devotional special sections of the Bible are very good, I am excited for my little brother to read them. Though this Bible includes special sections, it is not all messed up and disorganized as some Bibles are, it is very neat and tidy and easy to read.

The Bible looks nice and feels nice, as it is made with fake leather.

NLT is a pretty good translation in my version.

What I didn’t like:

The print is very small, which I think will make it hard for my brother to read.

My conclusion:

This is a nice little Bible and I look forward to gifting it to my brother.

I received this book free to review from Tyndale House. 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.

Read and Share Stories about Jesus

Read and Share Stories about Jesus

Written by: Gwen Ellis
Illustrated by: Steve Smallman
Published by: Tommy Nelson

I choose to review this book through the BookSneeze program because I thought that it would make a great gift. I was a little disappointed.

Who the book is for:

This is the first problem with this book. This is a board book, so I would think it would be for babies and that the stories would be simple and baby-ish, but they are not. They even include questions such as, “Have you been baptized?” It seems this book is more appropriate for four or five year olds.

What I liked:

The pictures are kind of cute.

I like the fact that the stories list the Bible reference for each one.

What I didn’t like:

The book is poorly made the edges were a bit ragged, the edge after I read it.

The stories were written too grown up for the intended audience.

My conclusion:

This is an okay book, but I don’t really recommend it, buy a better one!

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,

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Review of The Case of the Missing Mountain

The Case of the Missing Mountain

Written by: Kim Jones
Published by: Master Books

I received this book to review, hoping it would be something that my younger brother would enjoy and upon receiving it I think he will!

This game is filled with various puzzles and games.

Who the book is for:

Preteens and teens, or younger children with help.

What I liked:

I like puzzles! This books looks like it will be a lot of fun.

This book is educational!

What I didn’t like:

Nothing.

My conclusion:

This is a good book for puzzle lovers!

I received this book free to review from New Leaf Publishing. 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, January 17, 2011

My Review of God Gave Us the World

God Gave Us the World

Written by: Lisa Tawn Bergren
Illustrated by: Laura J. Bryant
Published by: WaterBrook Press

I love to read new children’s books, especially now that I am an auntie!

In this story a little bear questions his mommy about the world, about other bears and why they live they way that they do. The mommy shares similarities and differences between the bears and shares how God made them all and the world that they all live on.

Who the book is for:

The back of this book says it is for ages 3 - 8, and I would say that is pretty appropriate, though a baby may listen to it as well.

What I liked:

I think it is great to show that though everyone (bear or human) is different from everyone else we are all made and loved by God.

The illustrations are cute.

What I didn’t like:

The story is kind of choppily put together.

This story is not fun to read.

My conclusion:

This is an okay book and I will probably give it to either my niece or my nephew, just because I own it now, but I would not buy this specially for anyone - there are better books out there.

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from WaterBrook 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.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Review of Coming Back Stronger

Coming Back Stronger: A Memoir

Written by: Drew Brees with Chris Fabry
Published by: Tyndale House

I enjoy auto-biographies. I am not a big football fan, and if I were prior to reading this book, I wouldn’t have chosen the Saints as “my team”, but Drew Brees causes his readers to catch the excitement that surrounds the Saints.

Drew Brees, like the Saints, has come through a lot to get to the place he is at today, and he shares some of those struggles throughout this book.

Who the book is for:

Football lovers. Auto-biography lovers. Saints lovers.

What I liked:

This book is fairly easy to read and fairly interesting as well.

Drew is not afraid to speak of his faith.

I really like how Drew opened up to me (and all readers) and shared about his relationship with his mother and her death and the whole situation surrounding that part of his life.

What I didn’t like:

There was a bit too much “football talk” in this book, such as play by plays of games that Drew has played… but then again, I am not much of a football fan in the first place.

I disagree with Drew’s choice to control when and if he and his wife have children, rather than leaving that choice up to God. I hope that through his love for Baylen (his son) he will see that children truly are a blessing to embrace whenever they come into our lives. I found it awkward at best that he even shared this about his and Brittany’s choices leading up to starting a family.

My conclusion:

This is a decent book, and somewhat enjoyable to read. If you are a fan of Drew Brees than I am sure you will love it. Regardless, because I disagree with Drew on a big part of this book I will only be giving it a 3 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from Tyndale House Publishers. 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, January 4, 2011

Review of Double Shot

Double Shot

Written by: Erynn Mangum
Published by: NavPress

I haven’t been a big fiction reader lately, but I chose to read this book because it sounded the most interesting of those that were available to review from NavPress.

This is the story of Maya Davis who is engaged to be married in a few months. Maya faces various difficulties along the road to her wedding, and must face the ultimate question - does she truly want to marry her Fiancé Jack?

Who the book is for:

This book is good for contemporary romantic fiction lovers. Teens, as well as adults.

What I liked:

This book was pretty easy and fun to read. The story kept me interested.

I liked that I could actually feel a push to follow God better through reading a fiction book!

What I didn’t like:

I found parts of this book kind of odd, like how it would constantly mention the weather and whether or not Maya was taking a coat with her wherever she was going.

My conclusion:

This is a pretty good read for a fiction book and I give it 4 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.