Tuesday, August 30, 2011

My Review of The Muir House

The Muir House

Written by: Mary DeMuth
Published by: Zondervan

I thought the story of this book sounded like something that could be interesting, something that I could enjoy.

Willa Muir is searching for home, searching for memories from her childhood that she has always been missing.

Who the book is for:

Fiction lovers, especially women.

What I liked:

The chapters are short, which is something that I like.

What I didn’t like:

I had trouble getting into this book and staying into it when I was reading. It took me much longer to read this book than it takes me to read the typical fiction book. Something about this book was just off for me.

I found it odd that Willa could know that she didn’t have memories from one certain year of her life as a child… I have random memories of my childhood, from various years, I don’t have memories of every year of my life growing up.

My conclusion:

I admit, I am not a big fan of this book. The story was slow and hard to get into, there were parts that were unbelievable… I give The Muir House 2 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, August 25, 2011

My Review of Upside

Upside; Surprising Good News About the State of Our World

Written by: Bradley R.E. Wright, PhD
Published by: Bethany House Publishers

I am one of those people who gets really bugged when everyone starts talking about how the world is getting worse and worse… especially when they are basing their opinion on the state of one country, such as the US or A… therefore I was anxious to read this book, and perhaps find someone who agrees with me.

Who the book is for:

Those of us who need a positive view of our world.

Those interested in statistics.

Those who think that everything is going downhill and that our world (and our country) is getting worse and worse.

What I liked:

There was a lot of work put into this researching this book, and when reading it you can tell.

I like how the author doesn’t just share statistics with you, but also explains various reasons he thinks things may be the way they are.

What I didn’t like:

I, personally, didn’t like how the author focused so much on different races and how they compared to each other - we are all people and don’t need to be divided by the color of our skin.

I don’t agree with the author’s view (and focus) on global warming - I believe out earth’s temperature has been going up and down, possibly, since creation.

My conclusion:

Upside is a great book, one I enjoyed reading. A lot of the facts given in this book surprised me.

I give Upside 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.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

My Review of Sweet Sanctuary

Sweet Sanctuary

Written by: Sheila Walsh and Cindy Martinusen Coloma
Published by: Thomas Nelson

Sweet Sanctuary is the story of a single mom with a past that is haunting her, as well as current struggles that she must face - such as the possibility of getting laid off, a grandmother who wants her to throw her a birthday party, and more…

Who the book is for:

Fans of slow moving fiction, particularly women.

What I liked:

I enjoy reading books that deal with various relationships within a family, and this is one of those books.

What I didn’t like:

The story moves a bit slow, at times I had to force myself to keep reading… I was pretty much only interested in the last ¼ of the book or so.

My conclusion:

This book definitely won’t make my list of favorite books of all time, nor do I recommend it to anyone. I was very bored with it.

I give Sweet Sanctuary 2 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.