Wednesday, November 28, 2012

My Review of Season of Blessing


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

I loved the first three books in this series, and was excited to reread this one, as well…

Season of Blessing focuses on Sylvia, a fifty (or sixty) something woman who has breast cancer. The book also includes Sylvia’s three neighbors and their families, but mainly focuses on Sylvia.



Who the book is for:

Contemporary fiction lovers.

What I liked:

Parts of the story were good, but…

What I didn’t like:

…this book focused so much on the cancer that Sylvia had, that it wasn’t that enjoyable to read. I wish that it would have focused on the other characters more.

My conclusion:

This isn’t my favorite book, as I said… I actually didn’t really enjoy it, surprisingly.

I give Season of Blessing 3 out of 5 stars.

*Despite the fact that I own the other three books in the series, I will not be keeping this one.

I received this book free to review from Zondervan. All 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, November 27, 2012

My Review of The Sanctuary


Written by: Ted Dekker
Published by: Faith Words

I received an advance reader copy of this book to review.

The Sanctuary is the story of a couple who loves each other so much, but is separate as the man is in prison paying for crimes that the girl committed. The prison where the man is staying is a really twisted, sick, place, and the girl must rescue him from there.



Who the book is for:

Suspense/thriller lovers - those who can tolerate a bit of more gruesome content.

What I liked:

The story kept me interested, and the ending surprised me.

My eyes were opened to our flawed prison systems. It really made me think of how we could better deal with criminals.

Exciting.

What I didn’t like:

As for being a Christian book… maybe I am dense, but I didn’t really get what kind of message was supposed to be learned from this.

My conclusion:

Hmm… I find it hard to summarize how I feel about this book.

I give The Sanctuary 3 out of 5 stars.

*I will be passing this on to my mom and possibly my bil, cause it’s their kind of read more than mine.

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.

Monday, November 26, 2012

My Review of Red Letter Revolution


Written by: Shane Claiborne and Tony Campolo
Published by: Thomas Nelson

I was so excited when I first heard of this book… living out the life that Jesus demonstrated and preached has been something that I have always felt was the highest calling of Christians. Despite the fact that this book was written by two people who I knew tended to be a bit more “liberal” than I am, I still expected it to be a great read.



Who the book is for:

I can’t recommend this book.

What I liked:

The idea behind this book is great - living out Jesus’ messages found in the red letters of the Bible.

I really liked the chapter on giving, and the messages about how we should be helping people learn to care for themselves, instead of just doing everything for the poor and needy.

I appreciated the chapter on being pro-life.

The chapter on women was good, as it spoke of how men and women are equals…

What I didn’t like:

…but the same chapter says how Barbie dolls and toy guns are evil… really? What does that have to do with women, and just… really?

There is so much that I disagree on in this book including their view of homosexuality, war, welfare, etc..

There is one way to God, one way for faith, and it’s through Jesus… something that these authors don’t really affirm, as they share about how people of other faiths could as Christian as us…

I wish that they would have included more Bible verses to support their claims of what they feel Jesus would want us to do on each issue.

My conclusion:

I was very disappointed with this book.

I give Red Letter Revolution 1 out of 5 stars.

*I will not be keeping my copy of this book.

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.

Friday, November 23, 2012

My Review of The Matchmakers of Butternut Creek


Written by: Jane Myers Perrine
Published by: Faith Words

I received an advanced reader copy of this book to read and review.

This is the story of a single minister and his congregations efforts to get him married.

The Matchmakers of Butternut Creek, Butternut Creek Series #2   -     
        By: Jane Myers Perrine

Who the book is for:

Romance lovers, contemporary fiction fans.

What I liked:

It was a fun part of the story, how the minister had two homeless children living with him.

What I didn’t like:

I didn’t feel any emotional connection to the story.

The chapters were way to long for my tastes.

A bit liberal for me… like the preacher thinks about getting the girl in his bed - a preacher thinking about that before even asking her to marry him.

My conclusion:

I don’t know… something about this book just didn’t click for me.

I give The Matchmakers of Butternut Creek 3 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, November 13, 2012

My Review of Would You... Read Me to Sleep


Written by: George E. Edenfield
Illustrated by: Alyson A. Harris
Published by: Golden Garden Publishing Inc.

I received a copy of Would You… Read Me to Sleep to review, and I was anxious to check it out.



The story:

This book poetically tells the story of a man and his little girl, while sharing the message of salvation.

The illustrations:

Are well done paintings, and I especially love the cover art.

How strong is the book?

This is a hardcover book with a jacket cover. The quality of this book is very good.

Who the book is for:

I’m not sure if this supposed to be a gift book for adults, or a story book for kids… I would say that it is applicable to all ages, but young kids may grow bored with the length of it.

What I liked:

The pictures.

The message.

What I didn’t like:

The wording of the message is a bit abstract.

Talks about death and Heaven more specifically than we know…

My conclusion:

Overall, this is a pretty good book.

I give Would You… Read Me to Sleep 4 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from BookCrash. 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, November 6, 2012

My Review of You Can't Make Me


Written by: Cynthia Ulrich Tobias
Published by: Waterbrook Press

As I’ve said before, I am not a parent, yet I read parenting books. Weird, I know.

You Can’t Make Me (But I Can Be Persuaded) shares how to best deal with strong willed children.



Who the book is for:

Parents, specifically, especially of strong willed children.

What I liked:

I really appreciate the fact that the author talks about the good in strong willed children, as well as the bad.

The author identifies herself as a strong willed person, so she understands what she is talking about.

Good, sound advice.

No endorsement of spanking or other physical discipline, which would turn me off from any parenting book.

What I didn’t like:

This is a good book, overall.

My conclusion:

If I ever am lucky enough to be a parent, and more specifically a parent of a strong willed child, I feel that this book will be helpful.

I give You Can’t Make Me 5 out of 5 stars.

*I will be holding onto this book, to use it when dealing with all the strong willed people in my life.

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.

Monday, November 5, 2012

My Review of Until We All Come Home


Written by: Kim De Blecourt with Ginger Kolbaba
Published by: Faith Words

I received an advance reader copy of this book to review.

Until We All Come Home is the story of Kim De Blecourt and her family’s struggle to adopt a child from Ukraine. Thanks to government interference, it took her months of struggles and scary situations, before she was able to take her son home to America.



Who the book is for:

Anyone who has adopted a child should find this book extra interesting, but it is a good read for all.

What I liked:

Kim shares her heart. She shares the good and the bad.

Exciting story that keeps you interested.

What I didn’t like:

There isn’t really anything that I didn’t like.

My conclusion:

I appreciated Until We All Come Home.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

*I will be keeping my copy of this book.

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.

Different post for me...

So, I pretty much only post reviews... and I don't believe I have ever gotten into politics on here... but my younger sibs and I threw together this video for the election, so I thought I would share: