Wednesday, February 15, 2012

My Review of Beyond Molasses Creek

Written by: Nicole Seitz
Published by: Thomas Nelson

Beyond Molasses Creek sounded very interesting to me when I first read about it, but somehow I didn’t know that it was about a woman in her sixties. The beginning was hard to get into, but I stuck with it and ended up thinking it was actually pretty good.

This is the story of Ally Green, who returns to her childhood home when her father dies. She must now face a friend from her past, and her urge to keep running from the past. In the end Ally must let go of certain people from her past, and cling to the people who will now be a part of her future.

Who the book is for:

Women (especially older women), outcasts, etc..

What I liked:

The story was really unique, quite different from other books that I have read.

There was a pretty strong anti-racism, anti-prejudice message in this book.

The second half of the book was interesting, especially the last few chapters.

What I didn’t like:

The first one hundred or so pages I had a hard time getting into the book. I was tempted, even, to put it down without finishing it. I’m glad I decided to finish reading, but wish I would have enjoyed the beginning more.

My conclusion:

This ended up being a pretty good book.

I give Beyond Molasses Creek 4 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.


Saturday, February 11, 2012

My Review of 101 Bible Adventures

Written by: Carolyn Larsen
Published by: Tyndale Kids

The Bible is an important book, a very important book. That’s why I think it is important that children read it. But sometimes the “real” Bible can be a bit hard for young people to grasp. 101 Bible Adventures is a child friendly version of the Bible.

Who the book is for:

My recommendation would be for ages 7 to 10. (Perhaps some younger children would be able to understand it as well, and perhaps some older than ten would be able to grow from it, too.)

What I liked:

This is a simplified Bible that still holds true to the “real” Bible.

I love that this contains over a hundred stories, so it covers more than your average children’s Bible story book.

Includes a key verse with each reading, as well as a little devotional-ish part, too.

What I didn’t like:

I would have liked this book to have colorful pictures in it, rather than the simple black and white comic like drawings.

The cover of this book, and the name, make it feel like it is just for boys, not girls.

My conclusion:

This is a good Bible book for children.

I give 101 Bible Adventures 4 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.


Thursday, February 9, 2012

My Review of The Crossing

Written by: Serita Jakes (who happens to be the wife of Bishop T.D. Jakes)
Published by: Waterbrook Press

The Crossing sounded like it would have a good, interesting, story, and it did.

This is a book about adults who are haunted - in one way or another - by a tragic event that happened in their past. Now these adults are uncovering secrets, and facing facts. (That is my short summary of the book, if you want a better summary, read about the book somewhere else.)

Who the book is for:

I would recommend this book for adults only. My teenage sister has been reading my books after I am done with them lately, but I don’t think I will pass this book onto her. Some of the content covered includes abuse, miscarriages, affairs, murder, and suicides.

What I liked:

The story kept me interested. The book was pretty intense, and kept me guessing to the very end.

What I didn’t like:

Nothing.

My conclusion:

The Crossing is a pretty good read.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

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.


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

My Review of The Exceptional Life

Written by: Stephen Arterburn
Published by: Bethany House

I chose to read and review this The Exceptional Life, not because it sounded like something that I would especially enjoy, but simply because it’s another book to read and review and hopefully learn from.

This book shares eight “roadblocks” to living an exceptional life and helps you get past those blocks.

Who the book is for:

Anyone who needs help and encouragement to move on to a better life.

What I liked:

This book is filled with stories of various people, and I always find that kind of content interesting.

This book hit home for me on a couple points, and made me see ways that I need to change.

What I didn’t like:

Nothing.

My conclusion:

This was a pretty good read.

I give The Exceptional Life 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.