Wednesday, August 29, 2012

My Review of Showers in Season


Written by: Beverly LaHaye and Terri Blackstock
Published by: Zondervan

I read this series years ago, and really enjoyed it, so I am on my way through the series for the second time.

Showers in Season is the story of four women and the various struggles they face, from unexpected pregnancy to teen trouble, etc..

Showers in Season

Who the book is for:

Those who enjoy contemporary fiction, especially women.

What I liked:

I especially enjoy reading about Cathy and her teenage children and her relationship with her boyfriend.

The women in the books become your friends as you read.

Interesting and entertaining.

The characters face, and deal with, real struggles… and grow through them.

Humorous and touching.

What I didn’t like:

Parts of this book were a bit boring, and I kind of skimmed through them.

My conclusion:

This is a good book from a really good series.

I give Showers in Season 4 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.


Saturday, August 18, 2012

My review of Be the Mom


Written by: Tracey Lanter Eyster
Published by: Tyndale

I am always interested in reading books on parenting despite the fact that I am not a parent, weird, I know.

Be the Mom is about avoiding “mom traps” that keep you from being the best mom you can be.



Who the book is for:

Moms, obviously, but I enjoyed reading it as well.

What I liked:

Wow. I really liked this book.

1. I was inspired by it. Tracey covered so many issues that I have seen come up in the lives of moms that I know, and she shares how she overcame them.

2. The way the book was written was interesting and easy to read.

3. The end of each chapter has a quiz that helps to see if the issue addressed is a problem in your life.

4. The cover is really eye catching.

5. Tracey includes some humor and just writes in a conversational way that makes it feel like she is your friend.

What I didn’t like:

I really don’t have any complaints.

My conclusion:

I really enjoyed and appreciated this book.

I give Be the Mom 5 out of 5 stars, and I will definitely be saving it to read again if I ever become a mom.

I received this book free to review from the Tyndale Blog Network. 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, August 17, 2012

My Review of Relentless Pursuit



Written by: Ken Gire
Published by: Bethany House

Relentless Pursuit is a book about God’s pursuit of outsiders.

Relentless Pursuit, Ken Gire, 978-0-7642-0883-6


Who the book is for:

Everyone.

What I liked:

I loved the references to The Runaway Bunny and how the author compared that book to God’s pursuit of us. I really like that book, but had always only thought it was a good example of (human) parental love, and never thought of how it applied in that way.

This book was interesting and easy to read.

I enjoyed the stories of various people who were pursued by God.

The message of this book is powerful.

What I didn’t like:

I pretty much liked everything about this book.

My conclusion:

I really enjoyed this book and was also inspired by it.

I give Relentless Pursuit 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.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

My Review of Hope for Parents of Troubled Teens



Written by: Connie Rae
Published by: Bethany House

I chose to read this Hope for Parents of Troubled Teens for two reasons:
1. Something about the cover just appealed to me.
2. I am working on two different novels, and they both have teenagers in them, and I thought I might be able to gain something from this book to apply to my stories.

Who the book is for:

Parents, obviously.

What I liked:

I like the cover, it looks really nice.

What I didn’t like:

The book is quite boring, not very well written, and a little hard to follow.

I’ve heard Proverbs 23:13-14 explained many ways, but never the way it was explained in this book… and I think I believe the other explanations more.

My conclusion:

I did not care for this book at all. There are much better parenting books out there.

I give Hope for Parents of Troubled Teens 3 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.


My review of Seasons Under Heaven


Written by: Beverly LaHaye and Terri Blackstock
Published by: Zondervan

I read this book years ago, and enjoyed it, and so I choose to read it again now to review it.

Seasons Under Heaven is about a small neighborhood and the four women who live there with their families. Over the course of the book each woman faces her own struggles - empty nest syndrome, the illness of a child, etc. - and joins with the other women to help them face the struggles in their lives.

Who the book is for:

All women, especially those who enjoy contemporary fiction.

What I liked:

Each of the women featured in this book has an interesting story to go with them.

I love that this book features a variety of families.

It’s so fun to get to know and “become friends” with each of the families in this book.

What I didn’t like:

I really liked this book, and I must say there isn’t really anything that I don’t like in it.

My conclusion:

I now remember why I liked this book in the first place, and I look forward to reading the rest of the series again, as well.

I give Seasons Under Heaven 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.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

My review of Touching the Sky


Written by: Tracie Peterson
Published by: Bethany House

Touching the Sky is the story of Laura and Carissa Marquardt, young women in post Civil War times. Laura is hesitant as Carissa gets engaged to a man she hasn’t known for very long. When things become dangerous, Laura struggles with who she can share her fears with. Along the way Laura also meets someone and falls in love.

Who the book is for:

Those who enjoy historical, fiction, particularly women.

What I liked:

The last half of the book.

The story got quite exciting in some parts.

There is a good cast of characters who are enjoyable to read about.

What I didn’t like:

The first half or so of the book is quite boring, and I had to push myself to get through it.

My conclusion:

This is a pretty good book, and I ended up enjoying it.

I give Touching the Sky 4 out of 5 stars.

*This is book two in the Land of the Lone Star series.

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, August 3, 2012

My review of The 3-Minute Difference


Written by: Wayne E. Nance with William Hendricks and J. Keet Lewis
Published by: Mission Books

I am always looking for a book that will change my life, and that is why I picked up The 3-Minute Difference.

This book shares how to better understand your personality, and how to use that understanding to make changes in your life.

Who the book is for:

Anyone who feels the need to make changes in their life in any way.

What I liked:

This book is written in a way that is interesting and easy to read.

Helps you make changes in your life.


What I didn’t like:

I think I had a little too high of hopes for the book, and was disappointed that it didn’t magically change my life.

My conclusion:

As self help books go, this was a pretty good one.

I give The 3-Minute Difference 4 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from The B & B Media Group, Inc.. 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.