Wednesday, December 28, 2011

My Review of Mercy Come Morning


Written by: Lisa Tawn Bergren
Published by: WaterBrook

This is a story about a woman who has never felt her mother was all she longed for. Neglected as a child by a mother who developed a case of Alzheimer’s when her daughter was just a teen, Krista must now face the fact that her mother is dying. Throw in an old boyfriend and you have a pretty good plot for a novel.

Who the book is for:

Those who have hard relationships with their parents, those dealing with someone who has Alzheimer’s.

What I liked:

Parts of this story were interesting and enjoyable to read…

What I didn’t like:

…While other parts were a bit boring.

I felt like I should have known more about the characters than I did.

My conclusion:

I feel like this book had a good plot that could have made for an interesting (and touching) read, but it wasn’t written the best.

I give Mercy Come Morning 3 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from Blogging for Books. 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.

Mercy Come Morning: A Novel

My Review of Love Lifted Me

Love Lifted Me

Written by: Sara Evans with Rachel Hauck
Published by: Thomas Nelson

I read the previous book in this series and enjoyed it, and that is why I choose to read this one as well.

This is the continuing story of Jade and Max. Max is a recovering addict who leaves his lawyer career to coach football. Jade is enjoying being “mom” to Max’s illegitimate son, and hoping to one day have children with Max as well. There are people in the town where Max gets his coaching job, who don’t want him to be coach. There are those in the town who are excited for their new coach.

Who the book is for:

Woman, those who enjoy contemporary fiction.

What I liked:

The story was interesting.

What I didn’t like:

Parts of the book were just a bit boring.

My conclusion:

This was a pretty good book, though not the best I have ever read.

I give Love Lifted Me four out of five 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.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

My Review of Lead For God's Sake

Lead for God’s Sake!

Written by: Todd G. Gongwer
Published by: Tyndale

I chose to read this book thinking it was a non-fiction book on leadership, I found that it is actually fiction book on basketball… and leadership.

Who the book is for:

This book seems like it was written especially for men, perhaps they would enjoy it more than I did. Fans of basketball would probably enjoy this book.

What I liked:

It was fiction, yet it had a message, I found that kind of nice.

What I didn’t like:

The book was too focused on basketball, so it started to bore me.

Okay, this may sound weird… but I don’t appreciate how the title of this book is - in a way - taking God’s name in vane. I just think that it was used to draw attention to this book, which seems really unprofessional and kind of stupid. In the book multiple times, curses are used.

My conclusion:

Lead for God’s Sake is a so so book. Nothing too horrible about it - other than the title - but also nothing great about it.

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from Tyndale. 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.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

My Review of A Good and Perfect Gift

A Good and Perfect Gift

Written by: Amy Julia Becker
Published by: Bethany House

This book is about a family blessed with the birth of a “special” child.

Who the book is for:

Anyone looking for an inspiring read.

What I liked:

Amy Julia Becker was very open and honest about all her feelings in relation to her daughter and her life. I felt that Amy truly shared her heart, and I liked knowing about the good and bad that she faced. I appreciated that Amy didn’t just share the pretty parts.

What I didn’t like:

I don’t know if this fits under “what I didn’t like”, but I would have enjoyed the book more if it had contained photos. I felt like I got to know the whole Becker family pretty good, yet I didn’t know what they looked like. The addition of photos in the book would have completed things for me.

My conclusion:

I enjoyed reading this book, and I recommend it.

I give A Good and Perfect Gift 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.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

My Review of Cliques, Hicks, and Ugly Sticks

Cliques, Hicks, and Ugly Sticks

Written by: K.D. McCrite
Published by: Thomas Nelson

I chose to read this book, despite the fact that it was written for children, just because it sounded like an interesting story to read.

This is the story of an eleven year old girl whose life is filled with little bits of craziness… such as a Grandma with multiple boyfriends, a good friend turned snobby, and a pregnant mother.

Who the book is for:

I don’t really know what age would enjoy this book the most… I don’t think kids who are in the same age group as the girl the book is about would have the attention span to read the book, but I don’t think those who are older than that (teens and adults) would enjoy it either.

What I liked:

The cover is cool

What I didn’t like:

Boring… I found it really hard to finish reading this book.

My conclusion:

This is a blah book.

I give Cliques, Hicks, and Ugly Sticks 2 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.