Friday, June 24, 2011

Review of Not a Fan

Not a Fan
Written by: Kyle Idleman
Published by: Zondervan

I am interested in books that call you to live a radical, different, kind of faith life… those that call you to actually live your life in a way different from those who don’t share your faith, and that’s what I thought this book would be about, and it is.

Who the book is for:

This book feels like it was written for teens, though I believe it is an adult book. I would recommend it to teens and young adults.

What I liked:

At the end of every (or most every, anyway) chapter there is a story of someone who is “not a fan”, I enjoyed these stories of believers who are totally committed to their faith.

What I didn’t like:

There are little jokes inserted here and there that sort of “interrupt” the book and make it hard to read, and most of them aren’t that funny, anyway.

My conclusion:

I actually found that the last chapter or two of this book were the most interesting, easy to read, chapters of the whole book.

I give Not a Fan 3 out of 5 stars.

I received an advanced reader copy of this book free to review from Zondervan. 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, June 17, 2011

Review of Shattered

Shattered

Written by: Melody Carlson
Published by: NavPress

I’ve long been a fan of Melody Carlson, and so I decided to read this book despite the fact that it is a book written for and about teens.

This book is about Cleo Neilson, a seventeen year old girl who sneaks off to a concert with her friend… the night she sneaks away something horrible happens… Cleo then must live with the guilt (and the secret) of what she did that night.

Who the book is for:

Teenagers, particularly girls. (Please note, there is drug content in this book, so mature readers only.)

What I liked:

This book kept me interested, I was anxious to find out how everything would turn out.

What I didn’t like:

While the book has a sad story I didn’t really feel like it “touched” me, I wasn’t really involved enough to feel Cleo’s pain as much as I felt I should have been able to.

My conclusion:

This was an interesting and unique work of fiction, but it wasn’t the greatest, and I give it 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, June 13, 2011

My Review of When Sparrows Fall

When Sparrows Fall

Written by: Meg Moseley
Published by: Multnomah

I thought this book sounded like it would be interesting and I was not disappointed.

When Sparrows Fall is the story of Miranda Hanford, a widowed mom of six, who has been keeping a secret for many years… Miranda is a member of a radical “church”, and lives her life in a way similar to the Amish (perhaps more extreme?) When Miranda falls and gets hurt Jack, the half brother of her dead her dead husband (whom she had only met once, prior), must step in and help her and her children out.

Who the book is for:

Lovers of contemporary fiction such as myself. Teens and adults. Women and Men.

What I liked:

I loved reading of how Jack introduced the kids to things they had never known, such as Frosted Flakes and car washes.

The whole book was interesting and I never wanted to put it down.

What I didn’t like:

There was nothing in this book that I didn’t like.

My conclusion:

When Sparrows Fall has to be one of the best books that I have read recently, 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.

My Review of I Just Want You to Know

I Just Want You to Know

Written by: Kate Gosselin
Published by: Zondervan

I watched Jon & Kate Plus Eight here and there when I had the opportunity, and I sort of got to know the Gosselin family through it, and I admit I was never much of a fan of Kate… but I was interested enough to check this book out anyway.

Who the book is for:

Teens and adults, fans of Jon & Kate Plus Eight, parents - especially moms.

What I liked:

Kate shares her real life, she admits things that she did wrong and how she didn’t always handle each situation the best way possible. Despite the fact that I used to think Kate seemed like a grump and someone I would never like, I found myself seeing things through her eyes… I can’t imagine raising six children who are all the same age… imagine having six 2 year olds!

What I didn’t like:

I don’t know if this necessarily belongs by things I didn’t like about the book, but I find that books about large families always seem to exaggerate about how much they eat… in this book, for example, Kate mentions that their family would eat four boxes of cereal for breakfast! Really?! Cause my family is larger than her family, and we don’t even eat one box - perhaps the Gosselins are just big eaters?

My conclusion:

This is a good book that offered a look into the real life of Kate Gosselin, that I found myself enjoying. I give I Just Want You to Know 4 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from Zondervan. 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, June 2, 2011

My Review of Reggie

Reggie

Written by: Reggie Dabbs with John Driver
Published by: Thomas Nelson

I’ve seen Reggie Dabbs speak multiple times, and so I was interested in reading his story of his life, thinking this was an auto-biography, instead I found this book basically just the speech that I have heard over and over.

Reggie Dabbs tries to encourage youth with the fact that they have a Father who loves them, regardless of who their father here on earth may be. He shares love with those who have none.

Who the book is for:

Teens and adults.

What I liked:

This book, like Reggie’s speaking, is encouraging and shows us how God is out Daddy.

What I didn’t like:

The book is a bit boring, and as I stated above it wasn’t what I thought it would be.

My conclusion:

If you have never seen Reggie Dabbs speak, or if you saw him speak and loved what he had to say, this is a good book for you. I, personally, give Reggie 3 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from 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.