Wednesday, June 27, 2012

My Review of The Fiddler


Written by: Beverly Lewis
Published by: Bethany House

Beverly Lewis is a (the most?) popular author of Amish fiction, and so I chose to read this book to see what I thought of her writing.

The Fiddler is the story of young woman who is torn between her dreams and living out her father’s dreams for her. This woman finds direction and love through an Amish community.

Who the book is for:

Those who especially love violins, fiddles, and the Amish.

What I liked:

I find it hard to say this, considering this was written by a well known and popular author, but there wasn’t much that I liked about this book.

I guess I can say that it could have been worse. There were parts that I enjoyed.

What I didn’t like:

The book was quite boring and I had to push myself to read the whole thing.

I disagree with how Beverly Lewis makes the Amish out to be right in their beliefs.

The story was quite far-fetched.

My conclusion:

I was really disappointed with this book, considering it is from Beverly Lewis. I am afraid that I cannot recommend it.

I give The Fiddler 2 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.


Friday, June 22, 2012

My Review of The Creation


Written by: Janice D. Green
Published by: Honeycomb Adventures Press

Always a lover of children’s books, I was happy to receive The Creation for review.

The story:

This book shares the story of creation.


The illustrations:

Are pictures a quilt that someone (I’m assuming the author) made, at first I didn’t like them, but they kind of grew on me. They are colorful and simple.


How strong is the book?

This is a hardcover book, and appears to be quite sturdy.

Who the book is for:

This is hard for me to figure out, as it isn’t overly simplified, and there are a lot of words on each page, yet it’s a children’s book… I would say that this book would be appropriate for kindergartners.

What I liked:

This book stays very true to what the Bible actually says.

Includes a note to parents about teaching children about creation.

Has pictures to keep kids interested.


What I didn’t like:

Each page has questions on it, and some of them are kind of weird, unrelated.

My conclusion:

This is actually a pretty cool Bible book.

I give The Creation 4 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from Bookcrash.com. 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 My Hair and God's Mercies... New Every Morning


Written by: Yvette Maher with Amy Tracy
Published by: Tyndale House

I chose to read My Hair and God’s Mercies… New Every Morning because it sounded like it would be interesting, and I was not disappointed.

This is the, true, story of Yvette Maher, a woman who has learned a lot about the grace and mercy of God over the course of her lifetime.

Who the book is for:

Anyone who wants to learn more about grace, those who enjoy autobiographies and memoirs, women, especially.

What I liked:

Very open and honest and not afraid of telling of her past and the mistakes that were made by her and by her family.

Easy and enjoyable to read.

What I didn’t like:

This is, perhaps, a weird thing to comment on, but I found it annoying how the book had these little “quotes” like, that repeated what the book said. Like it would take one sentence from a page and insert it in bigger font than the rest… hard to explain, but just a little annoyance, and almost the only thing I didn’t like about this book.

I disagree with Yvette in her view on birth control, as I am 100% against the use of it at any time - I know, there may not be a single soul who agrees with me on that issue, but I am tired of everyone promoting it.

My conclusion:

This book is a great read, and I recommend it.

I give My Hair and God’s Mercies… New Every Morning 5 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, June 14, 2012

My Review of Wildflowers from Winter


Written by: Katie Ganshert
Published by: WaterBrook Press

I chose to read Wildflowers from Winter because of my love of contemporary fiction, and because I received an Advance Reader Copy of it through Blogging for Books.

This is the story of Bethany Quinn, an architect, who is forced to face the past that she has worked hard to put behind her. She hasn’t had contact with her best friend in years, considering she was a part of her past, but now must help that friend through the death of her husband, and her pregnancy of his child.

Who the book is for:

Lovers of contemporary fiction, particularly women.

What I liked:

Some of the story was emotional, and a bit was funny.

Kept me moderately interested.

What I didn’t like:

A tad bit boring.

My conclusion:

This was an somewhat interesting, but a bit boring, read.

I give Wildflowers from Winter 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.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

My Review of By Faith, Not By Sight


Written by: Scott Macintyre
Published by: Thomas Nelson

I enjoy reading autobiographies, as is evidenced by my many reviews of them. I chose to read By Faith, Not By Sight for that reason alone, not having any idea who Scott Macintyre was.

This is the story of Scott Macintyre, a man who was born blind and who has since overcome many trials in order live a “good life”.

Who the book is for:

Lovers of autobiographies, such as myself. Those who are blind or know someone who is - I am considering recommending this book to my teenage cousin who, like Scott, was born blind and enjoys music (if I can find the book in Braille or an audio disc or something.)

What I liked:

I appreciated some of the insight into what it’s like to live life as a blind person. I had always imagined it to be hard, but had never thought of the little things, like not being able to run or ride a bike, without having someone there to make sure you are safe.

All the little stories of Scott’s past kept me interested.

What I didn’t like:

I enjoyed the whole book.

My conclusion:

This was an enjoyable and inspiring read.

I give By Faith Not By Sight 5 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.