Monday, February 28, 2011

My Review of Regret Free Parenting

Regret Free Parenting

Written by: Catherine Hickem, LCSW
Published by: Thomas Nelson

I am not a parent, but I am obsessed with the parent/child relationship, and I also love to learn all I can about how to interact with children. I am an auntie and I plan to one day be an amazing mom. I was excited to read this book because it was not focused on just one aspect of parenting, such as discipline, but was about parenting as a whole.

Who the book is for:

Moms, specifically, though dads could read it too. Random people like me who enjoy reading parenting books.

What I liked:

This is a very positive book about raising children in a positive way.

I love how Catherine says that a parent needs to first show their child respect before expecting respect from their child, seems most parenting experts think it is the opposite.

This book is easy and enjoyable to read, as it is filled with multiple interesting real life stories.

This book encourages being the best mom you can be, and including God in your parenting.

What I didn’t like:

There is really nothing I didn’t like, other than one of the books listed in the recommended books section in the back of the book being a book that I don’t like and disagree with.

My conclusion:

This is a very good book, though I originally planned on passing it on to my sister who is a mother, I want to hold onto it until I am a mother and I think I will just let her borrow it.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

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.

Friday, February 18, 2011

My Review of God Made the Sun to Shine

God Made the Sun to Shine

Written by: Doris J. Madkins
Published by: Dorrance Publishing Company

I love to read kid's books, and I was excited to find a new publishing company to review books for that publishes books for children.

I chose to read this book in particular because the story sounded interesting. This book is about a little girl who is left alone a lot and who is mother-less. That's pretty much the story.

Who the book is for:

Umm... I honestly don't know... it's sort of written for older children, but it is about a three year old girl... it also might be too grown up for beginning readers to read on their own... maybe it could be read to children from like four to six?

What I liked:

The cover is kind of cute.

What I didn't like:

The story is strange and not much of a story at all.

The pictures in the inside of the book are just outlined in black, no color.

The book itself is really thin and flimsy.

My conclusion:

I am happy to have gotten this book for free, and I look forward to getting more from this company, but I can't really recommend this book.

I give God Made the Sun to Shine two out of five stars.

I received a complimentary copy of God Made the Sun to Shine as a member of the Dorrance Publishing Book Review Team. Visit dorrancebookstore.com to learn how you can become a member of the Book Review Team. 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, February 8, 2011

My Review of The Chase

The Chase
Pursuing Holiness in Your Everyday Life

Written by: Jerry Bridges, with Jay and Jen Howver
Published by: Th1nk Books, an imprint of NavPress

As Christians we all long to be holy, or at least we should, but what is holiness? And how can we achieve it? Or can we even truly achieve? This book answers those questions and more.

Who the book is for:

The Chase is supposed to be for teens, but it is appropriate for adults as well.

What I liked:

There is much truth in this book that will help to lead us to a holier life.

The chapters are very short, which is always a plus with me.

The book is small and light, yet packed with a bunch of information.

What I didn’t like:

The book should have been proofread (or is the font supposed to look that way?) There are many times where one word or letter would run into the next, and spots where there are spaces where there shouldn’t be spaces.

I didn’t like the version of the Bible that they chose to use when quoting it, I think that they could have used a “deeper”, less simplified version, rather than the Message, since they were explaining the verses themselves, anyway.

My conclusion:

This is a good book calling us to a holier life. I give The Chase four out of five 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, February 7, 2011

The Dragon and the Turtle Go On Safari




The Dragon and the Turtle Go On Safari

Written by: Donita K. Paul and Evangeline Denmark
Illustrated by: Vincent Nguyen
Published by: WaterBrook Press

I chose to review this book because I love kids’ books, I admit, I wasn’t planning on liking it.

This is the story of a dragon and a turtle who are camping out in a jungle. When they head in to bed they start to feel scared. They learn to be brave and end up staying out all night as planned.

Who the book is for:

My guess would be 4 and 5 year old children.

What I liked:

The pictures are nice.

The message, not to be scared, is perfect for the age group that I found this book appropriate for.

The book includes a discussion page for parents.

What I didn’t like:

The story is kind of scattered and is hard to follow.

The “accent” or “language” of the animals would probably confuse children and I don’t know what the point was behind writing it the way it was written.

My conclusion:

This is a book unlike any that I have ever read, but I don’t know if that is a good thing. I don’t know that children would enjoy this book. I will give this book 3 stars because of the positive message, and because of the pictures.

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.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Review of Becoming a Woman of Influence

Becoming a Woman of Influence

Written by: Carol Kent
Published by: NavPress

This book is about being a mentor to those around you and about leading others in faith. This book is not only for those who want to formally mentor, I found a lot of it applied to me as well.

Who the book is for:

Women, obviously, who want to lead others by example, by being there for them, etc..

What I liked:

This book read easily and was interesting.

Carol Kent included a lot of real life stories that went along with what she was teaching.

What I didn’t like:

It seemed unprofessional, and a bit weird, that Carol Kent used a very contemporary version of the Bible whenever she referenced verses… since she was giving an explanation of what the verse means, I felt it would have made more sense for her to include a “deeper” and less self explanatory version, if that makes any sense.

My conclusion:

This is a good book, great for women who want to influence others. 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.