Sunday, July 31, 2011

My Review of Courageous

Courageous

Written by Randy Alcorn, based on the screenplay Alex and Stephen Kendrick
Published by: Tyndale Fiction

I was not one of the many fans of the movie Fireproof, in fact I hated it… maybe I should write a review of why I didn’t like it. So why did I choose to read Courageous, since it is from the same people who came out with Fireproof? Because I saw a trailer of a movie about fathers and their relationships with their children and I thought it looked interesting, and when offered the chance to read the book I thought, why not.

Who the book is for:

You would think that this book would be for dads, but it can be enjoyed by any adult or teen, male or female.

What I liked:

Great story. Interesting read.

What I didn’t like:

The book has a little part in it about a girl in Heaven… which I found odd, fake, and a bit… I don’t know… wrong? Anyway, it struck me as weird and I didn’t like it.

All in all the book wasn’t as “touching” as I would have liked it to be.

My conclusion:

I don’t yet know if I will watch the Courageous movie when it comes out, afraid I might not think as highly of it as I did this book, but I do recommend this book.

I give Courageous 4 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from Tyndale Fiction. 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, July 28, 2011

My Review of To Be Perfectly Honest

To Be Perfectly Honest

Written by: Phil Callaway
Published by: Multnomah

I thought that the premise of this book sounded like something that would interest me, one man’s journey to tell nothing but the truth for one whole year… but to be honest, (haha) it wasn’t quite all I had hoped for.

Who the book is for:

Fans of comedians, those who want to “snoop” at someone else’s journal.

What I liked:

Basically this book is the journal of a comedian which means at times it is funny…

What I didn’t like:

…but it isn’t always focused on his goal of living honestly, and it also tends to be poorly written in some places.
My conclusion:

I didn’t love this book, nor would I want to read it again, but on the plus side I did get through the whole book no problem. I would have like to hear more details about Phil’s journey.

I give To Be Perfectly Honest 2 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from Mulnomah through Blogging for Books.The opinions expressed in my 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, July 25, 2011

My Review of Leaving

Leaving

Written by: Karen Kingsbury
Published by: Zondervan

I’ve read all (or at least almost all) of the Karen Kingsbury books about the Flanigan and Baxter families, and so I choose to read this start of a new series about them as well.

This book follows multiple people through various trials and situations in their lives, facing problems such as lung disease and lost love.

Who the book is for:

Those who have been following these families, as well as other adult and teen contemporary fiction readers. All Karen Kingsbury fans will especially enjoy this book.

What I liked:

The story is interesting and keeps you wanting to read it.

Follows multiple people.

Continues the story of the Baxter family, as well as the Flanigan family.

What I didn’t like:

Not much.

My conclusion:

This is another good book from Karen Kingsbury - who happens to be one of my long-time favorite contemporary fiction authors.

I give Leaving 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.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

My Review of An Expose onTeen Sex and Dating

An Expose on Teen Sex and Dating; What’s Really Going On and How To Talk About It

Written by: Andy Braner
Published by: NavPress

I don’t really know why I chose to read this book, as I am not a teen, nor am I a youth leader or a parent of a teen, but hopefully I will be able to use something I’ve gained from it to help someone at some point.

Who the book is for:

Youth leaders and parents.

What I liked:

This book doesn’t condemn dating the way so many books do.

Shares helpful advice of how parents can deal with the issue of dating and sex with their teens.

What I didn’t like:

Parts of the book are very repetitious.

My conclusion:

For a book that didn’t really apply to me at all, this one wasn’t too bad of a read.

While I don’t agree with Andy 100%, he does have some good points.

I give An Expose on Teen Sex and Dating 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.

Friday, July 8, 2011

My Review of The Blessing

The Blessing

Written by: John Trent, PH.D., Gary Smalley
Published by: Thomas Nelson

I am not a parent, but I chose to read this book, to see what it was all about and to, hopefully, learn some things that can be applied to my relationship with my nieces and nephew… little did I know that, not only can the message be applied to everyone I interact with, the message in this book is also for those of us who have not felt like we received “the blessing” as children.

Who the book is for:

Parents, especially, but anyone, truly.

What I liked:

Easy and enjoyable to read.

Shares realistically, how to give the blessing to people in your life.

I found it both interesting and eye opening how much physical touch actually can help a person, proven by numerous studies mentioned in this book.

At the end of various chapters throughout the book I was told to visit a page online that contained a video message related to that chapter and the upcoming chapters, I found these interesting and it made the whole book and message presented in it seem more real and personal.

Addresses our need to be blessed, as well as our need to bless others.

What I didn’t like:

I truly enjoyed this book and found it so full of helpful and encouraging information, and I can honestly say that there is nothing that I didn’t like about this book.

My conclusion:

The Blessing is a book that everyone should read and apply to their lives, to bless others and to be blessed themselves. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from Thomas Nelson through their BookSneeze program. All 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, July 1, 2011

Review of The Lady of Bolton Hill

The Lady of Bolton Hill

Written by: Elizabeth Camden
Published by: Bethany House

I don’t usually especially like historical fiction, but lately I’ve been open to any fiction book, and so I chose to read The Lady of Bolton Hill. The cover of this book makes you think that it will be a gentle book about easy life, rather than a book about drugs and danger. I found the story a pleasant surprise.

Clara and Daniel were great friends until they were separated as teens, now they meet again and discover that each has feelings for the other… but Daniel has demons that he must face before they can be together. In the midst of everything they are facing Clara is kidnapped by a drug smuggler and then leads that man to a new life.

Who the book is for:

Adults and mature teens.

What I liked:

The second half of this book.

What I didn’t like:

The first half of this book was kind of slow.

My conclusion:

For some reason I was constantly distracted when reading this book, either by holding a sleeping toddler in my arms, comforting a baby, or trying to read in 90 degree heat, but I still was able to end up finishing the book and finding that I enjoyed it.

I give The Lady of Bolton Hill 4 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from Bethany 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.