Saturday, April 28, 2012

My Review of God Gave Us You Board Book


Written by: Lisa Tawn Bergren
Illustrated by: Laura J. Bryant
Published by: WaterBrook Press

I love the chance to read any children’s books, and was very happy to receive this God Gave Us You board book to review.

The story:

This is a tale of how God gave two polar bears their precious little cub.


The illustrations:

Are okay. I don’t especially love them, they are not super cute, but I’ve seen worse.

How strong is the book?

This is your typical board book and seems quite sturdy.

Who the book is for:

The fact that this is a board book makes me think that it is made for babies, but the story is kind of long for little ones.

What I liked:

This book shares the love that parents have for their children.

I love that it is a board book.

What I didn’t like:

I don’t like the illustration of “angel” polar bears, it’s just weird, and kind of creepy.

My conclusion:

This is a decent book, but I know that there are better books out there.

I give the God Gave Us You board book 4 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.

Friday, April 27, 2012

One special boy...

Very soon he would have celebrated his 13th birthday...

He's been with me since I was just a kid...

He was afraid of thunder storms. He would come up by the house, sometimes standing on a lawn chair to peek in the window, afraid, whenever it stormed. There were even a couple times where he would sneak into the house when it was storming outside, but we finally figured it worked best to let him into the garage during those times. 

He was also afraid of babies/toddlers. He would run whenever they came around... until recently. During the last few weeks he had started to make friends with my little nephew, no longer afraid of him.

He loved our family, and he loved attention.

I don't know that any other dog will ever have the special place in my heart that he had. 

Goodbye Buster, you will be missed!


Thursday, April 26, 2012

My writing and learning to trust...

I am a writer. (Well duh, you say, you have a blog.)

I am an "aspiring author".

A couple months back I finished my first full length novella (totaling somewhere around 36,000 words.)

I sent the novel to the first applicable publishing house I found (one that accepts books from "nobodies" like myself.)

The book got refused within days.

I then sent the book to another publishing house (this one sounding better overall.)

I was refused within a month.

I don't know if there is a problem with my story overall, if the word count is bad (i.e. too short), if my writing just plain stinks, or if I just need to keep persisting...

I am trying to trust that God is in control. This book will (eventually) get published, if God wants it to.

While I feel this story has a lot to offer people... while I hope that I can change lives through my book... God knows whether it is meant to be, or not.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

To trust, or not to trust...

How does a parent make a decision to trust someone else with their child? How does someone take their child to a school to be (practically) raised by someone they hardly know?

I've been pondering these questions over the last several weeks... I admit, if I am ever given the chance to be a parent I may be a bit paranoid... I don't think I would trust anyone to watch my child other than my family.

Why I am thinking of this...

A local bus driver got in trouble for sending inappropriate pictures/texts to a child, a child as in an eleven year old.

Just today there were two national news articles... One, a teen dying of cardiac arrest after being restrained at a school. Second, a teacher firing a round of blanks at his whole class of students - the students ending up physically fine, but not so emotionally.

The man who is number one of the FBI's most wanted list right now used to be a private school teacher - and he's in trouble for child pornography.

And then there's just a whole lot of drama going on with the teachers in my state right now, in relation to unions and a fight against our governor.

Before I offend someone... I am not saying that all teachers are bad. I have two aunts, two uncles, a cousin, and probably others who I am forgetting... who are all teachers, and I bet they all do a good job - and I know that they wouldn't do anything to harm their students.

There may be some schools that are filled with teachers who care about the kids. (But isn't there a pretty good chance that each school has at least one bad teacher, or bus driver, or principal, or coach, etc.?)

As I said before, I will probably make a paranoid parent one day (if I am given that chance.) I just don't really trust schools, private, or public.

Now that I have come off as this crazy, paranoid freak.... I will finish.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

My Review of The Scent of Cherry Blossoms

Written by: Cindy Woodsmall
Published by: WaterBrook Press

I don’t usually read Amish fiction, but I was offered this book to review, and it sounded interesting enough… so I read it.

The Scent of Cherry Blossoms is the story of a Mennonite and an Amish who fall into lover, despite the fact that them being together could ruin their families.

I didn’t know before reading this book that Mennonites and Amish feel so strongly about each other - as in they don’t allow dating between the two, etc.. I didn’t realize that the two “religions” were so different from each other. I didn’t know that for some things the Mennonites are actually “stricter” than the Amish.

Who the book is for:

Those who enjoy Amish fiction. Those who enjoy a good romance.

What I liked:

The story was interesting, a unique look at a world quite different from my own.

The book was interesting.

I liked the length of this book, enjoying the fact that it was shorter than some.

I learned through this book.

What I didn’t like:

This was a pretty good book overall.

My conclusion:

This is a pretty good read.

I give The Scent of Cherry Blossoms 4 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.


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Not a review...

This blog used to be a place where I shared bits of my life, but it has become a place where I simply share reviews. I used to keep a journal, but I haven't for years. I feel life is passing me by, and I'm not "capturing" enough of it.

I am considering opening up my life, a bit, on this blog. Sharing things so that, if nothing else, I will be able to look back one day and read about my life.

I have nieces and nephews (born and unborn) who are growing up way to fast... and I would like to remember these days that I have with them...

I am working on so many projects, trying to "make it" in this world... and I would like to be able to look back one day and see where I have come from...

Maybe I will do all this, and maybe I will simply go back to just posting reviews... I really can't promise anything.

I close with a funny tale from my sister (so at least this will be captured). First let me tell you, my oldest nephew is just about 2 years old, and very smart... he amazes everyone with his conversation skills, and brains. :)

My sister sent a text yesterday, telling me that she had told her kids (my nephew and my almost 1 year old niece) that it was cold outside (implying that they couldn't go out.) My nephew responded: "But it's not cold on the playground." (Talking of the outdoor playground of a local school.) :D

Doing this for giveaway entries...

So, I am entering a giveaway for an iPad, and I get extra entries by including this link on my blog:


I will be back with a review, soon! :)

Sunday, April 15, 2012

My Review of Blue Moon Bay

Written by: Lisa Wingate
Published by: Bethany House

Always up for any contemporary fiction, I decided to read this Blue Moon Bay.

This the story of an architect named Heather, and a trip she takes back to a place that haunted her childhood. She arrives to find that her family who is staying there, including her mom and brother and great uncles, all have secrets, and no one wants to share any of them with Heather.

Who the book is for:

Contemporary fiction readers, especially women.

What I liked:

The last couple chapters were exciting and fast paced.

The many, diverse, characters made the book kind of fun.

What I didn’t like:

This book moved pretty s-l-o-w-l-y until the last few chapters, and was quite boring.

My conclusion:

Wow. I really wish that the whole book had been like the last few chapters, but unfortunately, it wasn’t.

I give Blue Moon Bay 3 out of 5stars.

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.

Monday, April 9, 2012

My Review of My Own Worst Enemy

Written by: Janet Davis
Published by: Bethany House

I chose to read this book because I know that sometimes I am My Own Worse Enemy.

This book helps to heal women from self-doubt and shame and to live their lives to the fullest.

Who the book is for:

Women. Those who struggle with self esteem issues, those who doubt themselves.

What I liked:

There are a lot of stories or real people included in this book, which makes it interesting to read.

There are a lot of stories from the Bible shared in this book.

There are a lot of good points made in this book about how we need to think better of ourselves and to be more confident.

What I didn’t like:

I found that the length of the chapters (quite long) made it harder for me to read this book.

Parts are a bit boring.

My conclusion:

This book is a pretty good book. While this did not change my outlook on life, drastically, I think I have gained a bit of a new perspective of myself from reading it.

I give My Own Worse Enemy 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.