Friday, September 28, 2012

My Review of Reunion


Written by: Lauraine Snelling
Published by: Faith Words

I really liked Lauraine Snelling’s books as a kid, and so I was excited to read a grown up one now.

Reunion is the story of two families. One of them finds out that their perfect daughter is expecting a baby, just days before her high school graduation. The other family finds out that the family history they had known isn’t true.



Who the book is for:

Contemporary fiction readers, especially women.

What I liked:

I thought the idea of the story was good…

What I didn’t like:

…but I found it written in a way that was boring.

(Spoiler) I thought it was a bit unrealistic that the girl in the book chose to give her baby to her brother and sister-in-law to raise.

My conclusion:

This book was not what I was expecting, and was a big disappointment to me.

I give Reunion 2 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from Faith Words. 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, September 25, 2012

My Review of Rock Solid Faith Study Bible for Teens


Published by: Zondervan

I enjoy checking out new Bibles, and so I was happy to look at, and review, this one.



Who the book is for:

Teens - says so right on the cover.

What I liked:

Font size is large enough to read without straining your eyes.

New International Version, which is fairly easy for teens to understand, yet true to God’s word.

Includes a concordance.

Includes little extra thoughts that will help the reader think deeper about what they are reading.

What I didn’t like:

I, personally, don’t like the look of this Bible.

My conclusion:

This is a good Bible for teens.

I give Rock Solid Faith Study Bible for Teens 4 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from The B & B Media Group. 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 Roma Downey's Little Angels Bible Storybook


Written by: Roma Downey with Carolyn Larsen
Published by: Tyndale

I was so happy to receive this book to review, as I love any children’s books, and especially love children’s Bibles.



The story:

This is a Bible storybook, and includes somewhere around 100 stories, from Genesis to Revelation.

The illustrations:

Are cute and bright and colorful!

How strong is the book?

This is a very sturdy book. The pages are quality made.

Who the book is for:

Toddlers through preschoolers, though both may need an adults help understanding parts.

What I liked:

The pictures are so colorful and cute!

I love the padded cover, and the glossy pages.

The story are written in a way that is simple, yet true to God’s word.

I really like that each story has the Bible reference to where it is found.

I love that this book is kind of like a devotional, in that it has a Bible verse, prayers, activity, etc., with each story.

Has a table of contents, so you can easily find the story you want to read.

What I didn’t like:

One small thing, I think the picture of the author on the cover is a bit weird.

My conclusion:

This is a great Bible storybook, and I am anxious to share it with my nephews and nieces!

I give Roma Downey’s Little Angels Bible Storybook 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.

Friday, September 21, 2012

My Review of My First Handy Bible


I was excited to receive My First Handy Bible to review. I am always interested in children’s Bible books, especially now that my oldest nephew has come to love reading Bible stories.



The story:

This is a Bible story book, sharing “classic” Bible stories, from creation to the birth of Jesus, etc..

The illustrations:

The pictures in this book are very different for a children’s book. Not the highest quality, and not the cutest.

How strong is the book?

This is a pretty sturdy little book, and seems like it will hold up quite well.

Who the book is for:

Babies and toddlers, through preschoolers, even.

What I liked:

The padded cover, plastic handle, and overall way that the book is made.

Includes quite a few Bible stories.

I like that each story includes the reference to where it is found in the Bible.

What I didn’t like:

There are a few mistakes, such as David taking “well” care of sheep, instead of “good”.

One story tells of how people wanted Jesus to be their king, but he only wanted to be their friend - I don’t see how this is biblically based.

Overall, this book is pretty poorly written.

My conclusion:

I really wanted to like this book, but I found that I didn’t.

I give My First Handy Bible 2 out of 5 stars.


I received this book free to review from The B & B Media Group. 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, September 20, 2012

My Review of Nothing to Hide


Written by: J. Mark Bertrand
Published by: Bethany House

I like a good mystery book every now and then, especially when they have characters that interest me.

Nothing to Hide is a book about a detective and a homicide case he is trying to solve, not going to share much more than that, as I don’t want to share any spoilers.



Who the book is for:

Unlike a lot of fiction books I read, I think this book would interest men as much as women.

What I liked:

I liked all the characters featured in this book.

Parts were a bit touching.

Parts were exciting.

Kept me guessing until the very end.

What I didn’t like:

At times I had a hard time following what was going on, and remembering who each of the “bad guys” was.

There is nothing really “Christian” about this book.

My conclusion:

This was a decent read, but not the best book that I have ever read.

I give Nothing to Hide 3 out of 5 stars.

I won’t be keeping this book.***

*** From now on, if I remember, when I write reviews, I will share if they are a book that I will be adding to my select collection, or giving away, selling, etc..

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.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

My Review of Cruel Harvest


Written by: Fran Elizabeth Grubb with Bryan Reardon
Published by: Thomas Nelson

I really like to read autobiographies, memoirs, etc, of pretty much anyone, and that is why I choose to read this book.

Cruel Harvest is a memoir by a woman who suffered a harsh childhood, but came to forgive and find peace in her adult life.



Who the book is for:

Those who feel they are the only ones who have suffered in life, those who enjoy memoirs.

What I liked:

This book definitely captured (and kept) my attention. I read it all in the course of two sittings.

Shares that there can be hope, freedom, and joy, in the future of those who have suffered or are suffering.

The author shares all, which can be good…

What I didn’t like:

The author shares all, which can be bad - it does make the book a dark, and sometimes a bit gruesome, read.

I wish that the author would have shared more about how she came to forgive and move on from her past, as well as more about her adult life.

My conclusion:

This was unlike any book that I have read, and I feel that I am still processing it.

I give Cruel Harvest 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.


My Review of Almost Amish


Written by: Kathryn Cushman
Published by: Bethany House

Almost Amish is a fiction story of a family who decides to live a simple summer in order to be featured on a reality tv show. The book shares the ups and downs of the simple life, as well as the ups and downs of being television stars. The family grows closer to each other along the way.

Who the book is for:

Those who are fans of reality television will like this little behind the scenes look at it, even if it is just fiction.

What I liked:

I like that this book was about family. So many books are simply romance books about couples, but this book was about mothers and their children, etc..

What I didn’t like:

This book was rather boring, overall, and I really had to push myself to even finish it.

I felt like I should have known more of the characters back stories.

My conclusion:

I wasn’t a big fan of this book, and I don’t really recommend it.

I give Almost Amish 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.