Monday, May 28, 2012

My Review of Chasing the Sun


Written by: Tracie Peterson
Published by: Bethany House

I am a bigger fan of contemporary fiction than I am of historical fiction, but I was excited to read Chasing the Sun since Tracie Peterson is one of my favorite historical fiction authors. Yet, I hadn’t read her books in years, before picking up this one.

Chasing the Sun is the story of Hannah Dandridge, a woman who is raising her two half siblings, alone, during the civil war.

Who the book is for:

Those who enjoy good fiction, whether you be more of a historical fiction fan or not.

What I liked:

I thought it was interesting to read a book set in Civil War times, I hadn’t read many like that before.

I liked how the book seems to imply that both the south and the north had bad in them, and they both had some good men fighting for them, as well.

The story was interesting, and had many twists and turns that kept me interested.

What I didn’t like:

Not really anything I didn’t like in this book!

My conclusion:

This is a good, historical fiction, book, and I recommend it.

I give Chasing the Sun 5 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.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

I've been on a very slow diet for many months now...

and today...

I reached my goal!


I have lost 30 pounds over the course of somewhere around 8 months.

I think it's time for me to buy myself some new clothes! :)

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Sleep...

There's just something so rewarding about putting a child down for a nap, or to bed for the night.

Whether you rock a baby to sleep, lay next to a toddler, or read stories until a preschooler falls asleep... it makes you feel good.

I love the feeling. I love watching their little eyes fall shut.

There's just something special about sleep. :)

Thursday, May 10, 2012

My Review of I Couldn't Love You More


Written by: Jason Ingram and Matt Hammitt
Illustrated by: Polona Lovsin
Published by: Tyndale House Publishers

I Couldn’t Love You More is written by the lead singer of a Christian band called Sanctus Real, and I was interested to see how good it would be.

This book is based on the lyrics of a song, and you can tell. It reads basically the same as plain old song lyrics would read.

The story:

This book shares the love a parent has for their child, and how God loves that child even more than they do.

The illustrations:

Are cute and colorful, featuring various animals.

How strong is the book?

This is a jacketed hard cover book and appears to be reasonably strong. My jacket already has some wear and tear, and I haven’t even shared it with a child yet, so I think I will be removing it - but the cover features the same photo, so that should be fine..

Who the book is for:

Prenatal through maybe seven?

What I liked:

The pictures are colorful and fun.

I like that this shares about the love a parent has for a child.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book go to the Whole Hearts Foundation.

What I didn’t like:

I don’t like the way this book is written, it’s just not fun to read or enjoyable to listen to.

My conclusion:

There are so many great children’s’ books on love out there. I can think of at least three off the top of my head that I enjoyed much more than this one.

I give I Couldn’t Love You More 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.

My Review of God I Need to Talk to You About...


Written by: Dan Carr, Susan K. Leigh
Published by: Concordia Publishing House

This is the most different little set of books that I have ever read.

I received three little books in the mail to review:
God I Need to Talk to You about My Bad Temper
God I Need to Talk to You about Video Games
God I Need to Talk to You about Homework

The story:

Each book is a simple prayer from a child to God about their problem, and the solution that they’ve found.

The illustrations:

Are simple sketches, kind of cute, kind of messy

How strong is the book?

These are small paperback books, not super sturdy, but strong enough to last.

Who the book is for:

I have no idea what age range these are supposed to be for, and having a hard time making one up.

What I liked:

These books deal with some of the issues kids face, such as struggling with homework, tempers, and too much video games.

What I didn’t like:

These books don’t really say a whole lot, they are simply a child’s prayer to God about a subject.

My conclusion:

These books are nothing special, and I don’t really recommend them.

I give the God, I Need to Talk to You books 2 out of 5 stars.



I received this book free to review from Concordia Publishing 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.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

My Review of Interrupted


Written by: Rachel Coker
Published by: Zondervan

I was curious to read this book because it was written by a teenager and I wanted to see how good it was. I was impressed!

Interrupted is the story of a teenage girl who loses her mom and then begins to shut people out of her life and hide herself away. The hope filled ending of this book shares how this girl then finds God and accepts love from those around her.

Who the book is for:

Teens and adults, like me, who enjoy reading about teens.

What I liked:

This book contains a very unique story and setting.

Emotional.

Interesting read that kept me wanting to read.

What I didn’t like:

None.

My conclusion:

Rachel Coker is a great author, age aside. I am impressed that a teen can write such a quality book.

This was a good read, and I recommend it.

I give Interrupted 5 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.