Monday, December 30, 2013

A Unique Novel Idea but Boring Read - My Review of Jewel of the Pacific

Written by: Linda Lee Chaiken
Published by: River North

I chose to read this book because I thought it sounded interesting. I didn’t realize at the time that it was the third in a series, but I figured it would be okay to just start with it, anyway, when I found out that it was.

Jewel of the Pacific tells the story of Eden, a girl whose life is put on hold when her fiancĂ© is injured. Hurt by the man’s choice to put off their wedding day, Eden sails to a leper colony where her mom is suffering.



Who the book is for:

Those who have read the earlier books in the series.

What I liked:

I really thought the whole story idea was unique.

What I didn’t like:

This book seemed to start in the middle of a story, which I found weird despite the fact that it is the third in a series.

The number of characters - and something about their names - made this book really confusing for me.

This book is a boring read and I could not get into it, at all.

My conclusion:

Overall, I didn’t enjoy this read at all.

I give Jewel of the Pacific 2 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from MPNewsroom. 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, December 26, 2013

Changing Children's Lives - My Review of Just a Minute

Written by: Wess Stafford
Published by: Moody Publishers

I was really excited to read this book, as Too Small to Ignore was a powerful book in my life.

Just a Minute shares about how one minute in a child’s life can forever change their future. Through stories of people, such as Alfred Hitchcock and Adolf Hitler and regular boys and girls, this book changes the way you think about children.



Who the book is for:

Any adults who have a love for children - or, maybe more importantly, those who don’t.

What I liked:

This book shows the importance of “small” moments, times that might not seem important to you, but are to the life of a child.

I really enjoyed all of the real life stories. That is about all the book was made up of, just stories of real kids - famous and not - whose lives were changed from one moment.

What I didn’t like:

There is nothing in particular that I didn’t like about this book.

My conclusion:

Overall, this was a good book and I can’t wait to pass it on.

I give Just a Minute 5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from MPNewsroom. 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, December 24, 2013

The Power of Grace - My Review of Is Sunday School Destroying Our Kids?

Written by: Samuel C. Williamson
Published by: Beliefs of the Heart Press

I was super excited to read this book because I am all about grace and growing in my love for it.

Is Sunday School Destroying Our Kids? shares how teaching morality instead of grace can lead to big trouble. I found myself comparing it to a parenting book that I’ve heard about that teaches the opposite message - and much preferring this book, of course.



Who the book is for:

Christians. Teens and adults. Despite the title, it’s not just for parents.

What I liked:

The message is powerful.

I like the look and feel and size of the book.

Interesting.

Easy to read.

What I didn’t like:

There is nothing in particular that I didn’t like.

My conclusion:

I can’t wait to pass this book on to other Christians, those who focus more on morality than grace.

I give Is Sunday School Destroying Our Kids? 5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from the author. 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, December 23, 2013

Boring Story of an Angry Man - My Review of Guilty by Association

Written by: Pat Simmons
Published by: Lift Every Voice Books

I really thought that the story of this book sounded interesting, and that is why I decided to read it, despite the fact that it is written for African Americans in particular.

Guilty by Association is the story of Kidd Jamieson, an angry man who has never moved past the fact that his dad abandoned him and his brother when they were kids. Now, after moving in with a distant cousin, Kidd must deal with his anger in order to gain the love of the girl who he has fallen for.



Who the book is for:

Men and women, African Americans in particular.

What I liked:

Parts of the book are interesting and enjoyable to read.

Unique characters who grow on you.

What I didn’t like:

Pretty boring, overall.

Took the easy way out in regard to dealing with the issue of Kidd’s dad.

Left some things unfinished in the end.

Somewhat of an antigun message that I found annoying.

My conclusion:

Overall, this certainly wasn’t my favorite read.

I give Guilty by Association 3 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from MPNewsroom. 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, December 19, 2013

Simple Christmas Devotions for Families - My Review of Seeking Christmas

Written by: Renee Robinson
Published by: Crosslink Publishing
Illustrated by: Veronica Hallum

Since it is Christmastime, I was excited to check out Seeking Christmas, wondering if maybe it would be something that I would want to pass on to my siblings for them to use with their families.

This book was a bit of a disappointment for me, despite the fact that there’s nothing really wrong with it… there just isn’t anything too special about it.



Who the book is for:

This book is for families, particularly those with school aged children.

What I liked:

I like the cover and the overall size of this book.

I like that the readings are divided into seven days worth.

I like the personal stories from the author’s past.

I like that the Bible stories are printed right into the book, so you don’t have to find them in your Bible in order to read along.

What I didn’t like:

I feel this book might get a little boring for children when it is read aloud.

This book is simpler than I thought it would be.

My conclusion:

Overall, there’s nothing really wrong with this book, I just wasn’t a big fan.

I give Seeking Christmas 3 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.

Monday, December 16, 2013

An Interesting Novel for Young Adults - My Review of Like Moonlight at Low Tide

Written by: Nicole Quigley
Published by: Zondervan

I enjoy reading teen fiction every now and then, so I was happy to read and review Like Moonlight at Low Tide.

This is the story of Missy Keiser, a high school girl who has returned to the schoolmates who bullied her back when she was in middle school. Through the move, Missy has to deal with her newfound popularity, the attention of two boys, and her mom’s messy love life - plus, her troubled older brother.



Who the book is for:

Teen girls.

What I liked:

The story is interesting.

The characters are so real and I felt like I got to know them, personally.

What I didn’t like:

Felt like it could have gone deeper - both the message and the story of each character.

I would have liked shorter chapters.

My conclusion:

Overall, this was a decent read and a good debut novel from the author.

I give Like Moonlight at Low Tide 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.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Inappropriate and the Weirdest Book I Have Ever Read - My Review of The Hanging Tree

Written by: Michael Phillip Cash
Published by: Red Feather Publishing

I chose to read and review The Hanging Tree because I thought it sounded like it could be interesting. It was interesting, all right… not in a good way, though.



Who the book is for:

While written for teens, I can’t recommend this book to anyone.

What I liked:

There is nothing about this book that I liked. Sorry.

What I didn’t like:

This story is inappropriate.

The grammar is messy at times.

There is cursing in the book.

I really wasn’t expecting to read about witches.

Very random and weird.

My conclusion:

Overall, I was not a fan of this book at all, but I did agree to post a review.

I give The Hanging Tree 1 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from the author. 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, December 6, 2013

Not My Typical Reading, a Mainstream Novel - My Review of Letting Go

Written by: Belinda Tors
Published by: Outskirts Press

I enjoy reading any works of fiction, so I was happy to pick up Letting Go and give it a read.

This is the story of Margery Arturo and her struggle to gain a new life for herself and her daughter after divorcing her abusive husband.



Who the book is for:

Those who enjoy contemporary fiction, particularly women.

What I liked:

There were points in the story where it was interesting and enjoyable to read, but…

What I didn’t like:

There seemed to be no point or message, which was different for me, as I typically read Christian fiction - which this wasn’t.

There is a bit of swearing which might be problem for some.

I have never read about such an imperfect character - she doesn’t want her boyfriend’s sons moving in, even though her boyfriend lives with her, etc..

Talks casually about abuse, not really making it the big deal that it really is.

My conclusion:

Overall, I found myself a disappointed with this book.

I give Letting Go 2 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from the author. 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, December 4, 2013

For Prodigals and Their Families, a Book with Problems - My Review of Come Home

Written by: James McDonald
Published by: Moody Publishers

I definitely had someone in mind when I first read about this Come Home. There is a “wanderer” who is very near and dear to me, and that is why I decided to give the book a read.

This book is about the “wanderer” or the prodigal, or whatever term you want to use. It is written for both that individual and the loved ones of him/her.



Who the book is for:

This book is for those who have a strong faith in God but are hurting for someone who they care about who has turned from that faith, or the one who has turned away. Readable for both teens and adults.

What I liked:

This book offers hope for those in my position.

I love the advice in the book not to argue the “wanderer” home.

This book encourages forgiveness and embracing the “wanderer” when they do come home.

There is just something about the overall size and feel of the book that I liked.

What I didn’t like:

In the book, James mentions that abuse creates shame… he then goes on to say that the way to get freedom from shame is through repentance. Maybe I was the only one confused by the way he worded things, but it definitely could be interpreted to come to the conclusion that he thinks that you need to repent for abuse that was done to you. I am sure that wasn’t James’ intention, yet it came off wrong.

I didn’t like the putdowns to those who are obese which are used in the book. “Did it ever occur to you that your obesity is injuring your spouse’s capacity to be attracted to you?”

I felt that the book should have been written either for the “wanderer” or his/her family, rather than a little bit for both, it would have been much more effective that way.

My conclusion:

Overall, there was good and back in the book. Because of the two main problems that I found with it, though, I can’t recommend it.

I give Come Home 2 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from MPNewsroom. 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, December 3, 2013

Random Dog Story - My Review of Kurt, Gert, Jazmine, and Bagel

Published by: Outskirts Press
Written by: Irene Dolnick

I enjoy reading children’s books, so I was more than happy to check out Kurt, Gert, Jazmine, and Bagel.



The story:

This tells the tale of a dog who is jealous when she sees two of her friends together. She then decides to “hook up” with one of a friend of her own and travel the country with him.

The illustrations:

Are fun and colorful, and pretty well done.

How strong is the book?

This is your average paperback book, relatively sturdy.

Who the book is for:

I believe this book was written for beginning readers, as parts of words are underlined and highlighted and the reading of them is explained… but I think the look of the book is more for younger children, and the words used are for older children.

What I liked:

The illustrations!

What I didn’t like:

The story is random and hard to understand.

Sort of a love story, in an imaginative way, which seems weird for young kids.

Uses big words that kids can’t understand.

The highlighting and underlining make it somewhat difficult to read.

Not a big deal, but the title of the book includes an extra comma.

My conclusion:

Overall, I wasn’t a fan of this book.

I give Kurt, Gert, Jazmine, and Bagel 2 out of 5 stars.


I received this book free to review from the author. 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.

Touching Christmas Story - My Review of One Imperfect Christmas

I love reading contemporary fiction, and it's especially fun to read Christmas themed books around this time of the year, so I was excited to read and review One Imperfect Christmas.



Who this book is for:

Those, like myself, who enjoy contemporary fiction - specifically women. Those who are struggling in a marriage.

What I liked:

Positive message.

Touching.

I really felt like I got to know the characters.

What I didn't like:

There is nothing in particular that I didn't like.

My Conclusion:

Overall, this was a really good read.

I give One Imperfect Christmas 5 out of 5 stars.

Here is the synopsis that I was given through the blog tour:

Graphic designer Natalie Pearce faces the most difficult Christmas of her life. For almost a year, her mother has lain in a nursing home, the victim of a massive stroke, and Natalie blames herself for not being there when it happened. Worse, she’s allowed the monstrous load of guilt to drive a wedge between her and everyone she loves—most of all her husband Daniel. Her marriage is on the verge of dissolving, her prayer life is suffering, and she’s one Christmas away from hitting rock bottom.

Junior-high basketball coach Daniel Pearce is at his wit’s end. Nothing he’s done has been able to break through the wall Natalie has erected between them. And their daughter Lissa’s adolescent rebellion isn’t helping matters. As Daniel’s hope reaches its lowest ebb, he wonders if this Christmas will spell the end of his marriage and the loss of everything he holds dear.


I received an electronic file of the book to read and review through a blog tour with Abingdon Fiction. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Monday, December 2, 2013

An Amish Soap Opera in a book - My Review of For Every Season

Written by: Cindy Woodsmall
Published by: WaterBrook Press

I am not a huge fan of Amish fiction, and there is so much out there, but I will pick up a book on occasion, and that is why I chose to read For Every Season.

This is the story of a young Amish woman, Rhoda Byler, who is torn between her love for two Amish brothers. She doesn’t want to hurt either brother by choosing the other, but must follow her heart.
Rhoda also has the special power of seeing things, knowing things about people that she shouldn’t… and that causes some friction between her and the Englisch neighbors who have taken her in.



Who the book is for:

Those who enjoy Amish fiction, who have read the first two books in the Amish Vines and Orchards series.

What I liked:

Doesn’t display the Amish completely positively, as an Englisch man who works for the orchard explains why he would never become Amish and how he doesn’t think the rules that they follow are necessary - he is a Christian and a good person, just not Amish.

Interesting and enjoyable story at times.

What I didn’t like:

I got so lost in the beginning with the many characters and the fact that I should have known who they were if I had read the first two books in the series. Can’t really start at this book if you haven’t read the rest of the series.

Sudden ending that happened too quickly and simply.

Random thing that wasn’t a big deal… I hate when authors write about children and portray them all wrong for their age. The three year old character in this book acts more like a one year old - or two, at oldest. I’m picky for that kind of thing.

My conclusion:

Overall, this was an okay read.

I give For Every Season 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.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A Story of Grace - My Review of The Prodigal

Written by: Brennan Manning and Greg Garrett
Published by: Zondervan

I enjoy reading contemporary fiction, and I am really into focusing on - reading about and further understanding - grace right now, so I was excited to dig into The Prodigal.

This is the story of Jack Chisholm, a pastor who loses everything when he has an affair with his assistant. He must find a way to put his life back together, and learn the power of grace and forgiveness.



Who the book is for:

Christians. Men and women. Those who need to better understand grace.

What I liked:

The fact that this book focuses on grace.

Good read.

Interesting and unique.

An emotional story at times.

What I didn’t like:

Casual mentions of drinking and driving after drinking.

Something just seemed to be lacking, like it could have been better.

My conclusion:

Overall, this was a pretty good read, and you should check it out.

I give The Prodigal 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.

A Novel of Breaking Free from Drugs and Pain - My Review of Against the Gates of Hell

Written by: Mylow Young
Published by: Lift Every Voice Books

I enjoy reading contemporary fiction, especially when it includes a bit of suspense, so I was happy to read Against the Gates of Hell.

This book tells the story of twin brothers who are each struggling in their own ways after some very painful losses. Kerby is facing his pain by turning to drugs for help, while Herby struggles to deal with the change that his brother has made in his life.



Who the book is for:

Those who enjoy contemporary fiction that is a bit dark.

What I liked:

The story was interesting.

I enjoyed reading about the various relationships between the characters in the book.

Realistic in not making either man’s struggle look easy.

What I didn’t like:

Randomly switches between past and present tense.

There is a small amount of focus on “obedient” and “submissive” wives, which I found hard to agree with and read.

Lots of preaching and prayers that make the book a little boring.

My conclusion:

Overall, this was an interesting and unique read.

I give Against the Gates of Hell 3 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from MPNewsroom. 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 25, 2013

Not Something I Would Read to Children - My Review of The Turtle's Shell

Published by: Lionpen Publishing
Written by: Vincent Eke
Illustrated by: Vincent Eke

I am always interested in reading children’s books, and that is why I chose to read and review The Turtle’s Shell.



The story:

This book tells the story of a group of animals who are hard up for food. When a turtle family discovers a new food source, they keep it a secret, despite the group’s agreement to share all the food that they find. Eventually, the turtles are found out, and this leads to a lot of trouble for them.

The illustrations:

Are interesting and kind of fun, but I don’t understand if this is supposed to be a coloring book? The pictures are simply black outlines, appearing ready to be filled in with markers or crayons.

How strong is the book?

This book seems extra flimsy compared to other paperback books, and I believe it might be because of it’s large size.

Who the book is for:

I wouldn’t recommend this to any children because of content issues mentioned below, but I believe it was written for ages four through eight, or so.

What I liked:

The story is written in an interesting way.

The story is divided into sections, sort of like chapters, so you can pause when reading it.

What I didn’t like:

Talk of “the gods” is, to me, inappropriate and confusing in a children’s book. I would never want my nephews or nieces reading this book just because of that.

The story is a bit violent and dark for young children, as well.

The story is really long for a children’s paperback book, with a lot of words on each page.

My conclusion:

Overall, I have to give this book a negative review.

I would recommend The Turtle’s Shell for children, and I give it 2 out of 5 stars.


I received this book free to review from the author. 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, November 20, 2013

Finding Freedom in Your Salvation - My Review of Letting Go of Your Limitations

Written by: Sandie Freed
Published by: Chosen

I was excited to read Letting Go of Your Limitations because I thought it would help me to find more freedom in God… I was a bit disappointed, though.



Who the book is for:

Christians. Those who need to learn to let go of their pride, their efforts to please God, etc..

What I liked:

This book includes a lot of scripture passages, rather than just references. I found this nice because I usually don’t look up the passages when a book simply tells you where to read in the Bible, but this way I read them as part of the book.

The last chapter was really good. I liked how the author shared about our freedom in God, our sure salvation. We don’t have to do good works or live a good enough life to be saved.

What I didn’t like:

This book seems to jump around, and there isn’t too solid of a message proclaimed in it.

The chapters are long and hard to get through.

I didn’t gain anything from the book until I reached that final chapter.

My conclusion:

Overall, this was a fairly boring read, and I’m not a big fan.

I give Letting Go of Your Limitations 3 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from Chosen. 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 19, 2013

A New Take on Scrooge - My Review of A Marriage Carol

Written by: Chris Fabry and Gary Chapman
Published by: River North

I am always interested in reading any kind of fiction, and A Marriage Carol was no exception, despite the fact that I am not married, myself.

This book tells the story of a couple who is on their way to get a divorce - on Christmas Eve of all days - when they get into a crash. With a twist on the story of Scrooge, the woman learns just how important their marriage really is.



Who the book is for:

Any married couple - or single people like me who just like reading any fiction they can get their hands on.

What I liked:

This is a quick read, and I finished it in one evening.

Inspiring.

Interesting read.

Cute size and look.

What I didn’t like:

I wanted this story to be more realistic and less of a fairytale sort of thing.

My conclusion:

Overall, this was a decent read that I felt could have been a little more powerful.

I give A Marriage Carol 4 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from MPNewsroom. 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 18, 2013

The New Testament Retold - My Review of The Jesus Story

Written by: Dr. William H. Marty
Published by: Bethany House

I was very curious to check The Jesus Story out, as it tells the story of the New Testament in a modern way… and I wasn’t disappointed.

I have to admit, I was a bit worried that this book would change things up really much, like really modernizing the Bible, but it really just simplifies things and shares stories in an, easy to read, way.



Who the book is for:

Christians who have already read the Bible and will continue to read it. It is a supplement, only… don’t read it instead of reading God’s Word.

What I liked:

It was nice to be able to quickly and easily read a version of the New Testament.

The size of this book was nice - as it was just like a novel, or anything… easy to hold and read.

What I didn’t like:

This isn’t so much something that I didn’t like, but be warned that this book doesn’t cover every single thing that the New Testament covers.

My conclusion:

Overall, this was a pretty good read and cool book for Christians.

I give The Jesus Story 4 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.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

A Unique Children's Read - In the Hall of the Mountain King

Published by: Samizdat Creative
Written by: Allison Flannery
Illustrated by: Vesper Stamper

So… I know nothing about In the Hall of the Mountain King, the play… I simply like to read children’s books, and that’s why I chose to read this book.



The story:

This book follows Peer, a little boy from Norway, as he travels to the Mountain King’s castle - then tries to escape it.

The illustrations:

Are colorful and fun and drew me into the story.

How strong is the book?

This is a sturdy, hardcover book.

Who the book is for:

I would recommend this book for ages three through six.

What I liked:

The pictures are so fun.

The story is unique.

What I didn’t like:

Might be a bit scary for some young children.

Not a whole lot of message or anything to it.

My conclusion:

This was an okay children’s book.

I give In the Hall of the Mountain King 3 out of 5 stars.


I received this book free to review from the author. 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 15, 2013

Nuclear Legal Thriller - My Review of Critical Reaction

Written by: Todd M. Johnson
Published by: Bethany House

I am always up for a suspense - or legal thriller - read, so I was happy to dig in to Critical Reaction.

This book tells the story of a dad and daughter lawyer team and their fight to represent a man who survived a blast at the nuclear facility where he was working. With deception and threats haunting them all, they must find out who they can trust and how to make justice come about.



Who the book is for:

Those who enjoy suspense books or legal thrillers. Men and women.

What I liked:

Had a pretty good story.

I enjoyed the dynamics between the father and daughter duo.

What I didn’t like:

Started out really boring, and I almost gave up on reading it, altogether.

There’s not really a Christian message to the book.

Parts were a bit hard for me to understand - I still don’t know what anyone was doing at the nuclear facility… were they working there, or trying to get rid of it, or…

My conclusion:

Overall, this ended up being an okay read.

I give Critical Reaction 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.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Family Bonding and Growing Activities - My Review of All-In 2Night

Written by: Lynne Burgess
Published by: Even Before Publishing

I was interested in reading All-In 2Night because I thought it might be something that I could pass on to one of my siblings to use with their family… but I was a bit disappointed.

This book includes ideas for family nights that include lessons on wisdom, drugs, criticism, and so much more.



Who the book is for:

Families who want to grow closer together while also growing in their faith and just overall getting stronger as individuals and together.

What I liked:

The idea behind this book is pretty cool.

Some of the lessons are good.

I like the real life examples used in the book.

What I didn’t like:

I really wish that the ‘lessons’ were written in a way that could simply be read aloud, instead of being written to the parents and then needing to be reworded to share with the kids.

Really simple… I felt this book could have included a lot more depth.

My conclusion:

Overall, I wasn’t really a big fan of this book, and I won’t be passing it on to my siblings. Yet… for some families, this might be helpful.

I give All-In 2Night 3 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.

Monday, November 11, 2013

A Children's Tale of Blended Families - My Review of The Four Seasons of Patrick

Written by: Susan Hughes
Published by: Red Deer Press

As I am working on writing and trying to get published, I am also trying to read as much as possible these days… which is why I decided to read and review The Four Seasons of Patrick.

This is a children’s book, so not really something that is age appropriate for me, yet I thought that the story of the blending of two families sounded interesting.

Nine year old Patrick has a hard time dealing with the fact that his dad is going to get married again, and he will be receiving a step mom and step sister very soon. He doesn’t feel like their house is large enough for everyone and seeks an escape through the building of a tree house.

Four Seasons of Patrick

Who the book is for:

This book has been written in a way that would appeal to children aged seven to ten, I would say.

What I liked:

The story is interesting and entertaining.

The story didn’t move along too fast.

The characters seemed very real to me.

I live the size and shape of the book.

What I didn’t like:

There is one big problem that I have with the book… it mentions that the dad is getting married, and then it goes on to say that his fiancĂ©e and her daughter will be moving in before the wedding. As a Christian, I have a problem with this… but I also feel that it is just overall inappropriate for a children’s book. There is no reason the couple needed to live together before marriage, so why even mention it. I thought this was a poor example for children, and it really messed up my opinion of the book.

My conclusion:

Overall, I found this book interesting, but also disappointing. Because of the content, I feel that I can’t really recommend it to any children.

I give The Four Seasons of Patrick 2 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from the author. 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, November 7, 2013

My Review of There Once Was a Man from the USA - 50 State Limericks

I received this book from the author, to read and review.

I thought that a book of limericks about each state would be entertaining, but... There Once Was a Man from the USA was disappointing, to say the least.

Most of the poems have nothing to do with the state that they are about.

Some of the poems are a bit inappropriate.

This book isn't really for children, and it's not for adults... I don't know who it's for.

I don't like the pictures in this book.

Overall, I am not a fan of this book.

I give There Once Was a Man from the USA 2 out of 5 stars.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

*Giveaway and Review The First Christmas Night

Published by: Ideals Children’s Books
Written by: Keith Christopher
Illustrated by: Christine Kornacki

I enjoy checking out new children’s books, including new Christmas-y children’s books.

The First Christmas Night tells the story of Jesus’ birth while parodying T’was the Night Before Christmas…



The story:

This book is a parody of T’was the Night Before Christmas, turning it into a Christian story of Jesus’ birth.

The illustrations:

Are detailed, realistic and beautiful.

How strong is the book?

This is a sturdy, hardcover book.

Who the book is for:

This book would be a great read aloud for families, and is also appropriate for babies through grade school children.

What I liked:

The illustrations are beautiful.

The story is simple and cute.

What I didn’t like:

There is nothing in particular that I didn’t like.

My conclusion:

Overall, this is a fun, Christmastime read.

I give The First Christmas Night 5 out of 5 stars.

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I received this book free to review from Fly By Promotions. 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 4, 2013

My Review of Bible and Prayers for Teddy and Me

Published by: Lion Hudson
Written by: Christina Goodings
Illustrated by: Janet Samuel

I am always interested in reading more children’s Bibles, so I was happy to check out Bible and Prayers for Teddy and Me.



The story:

This book includes many “classic” Bible stories that are told in more unique way than some…

The illustrations:

The pictures in this book are cute. Not really as simple as you would expect for a baby book, but still fun.

How strong is the book?

This is a padded hardcover book which seems relatively sturdy.

Who the book is for:

I would recommend this book for baby boys aged newborn to two. It’s interesting that they choose to make the cover so blue and also include a picture of a boy, ‘cause that makes me think that it wouldn’t be a good gift for a girl.

What I liked:

The stories are told in a unique way.

Some of the “prayers” are cute.

What I didn’t like:

Some of the punctuation and grammar is a bit off.

Some of the “prayers” don’t rhyme but some of them do…

My conclusion:

This is a cute, little Bible book for babies, but with a few flaws.

I give Bible and Prayers for Teddy and Me 3 out of 5 stars.

*I will be gifting this book to my youngest nephew.


I received this book free to review from Kregel Blog Tour. 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 1, 2013

My Review of The 5 Love Languages of Children

Written by: Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell
Published by: Northfield Publishing

Through my sister, I had always heard a lot about The 5 Love Languages book, but had never read it. Then, I heard about The 5 Love Languages of Children and knew that I needed to get it for my sister for her to use in raising her children. When I got the chance to read and review it for free, that sweetened the deal.



Who the book is for:

Parents - or others, like me, who love children of all shapes and sizes. This book isn’t really a “Christian” book, so it’s good for all types of people.

What I liked:

This book is eye-opening! I learned so much through it.

Just by reading this book, I feel like I have already changed in the way that I react to my nieces and nephews, and others around me.

Easy to read and includes a lot of examples.

Such a meaningful book.

There is absolutely no endorsing of corporal punishment, something that I look for in every parenting book that I read.

What I didn’t like:

There is nothing in particular that I didn’t like about this book.

My conclusion:

Overall, this was a very informative read.

I give The 5 Love Languages of Children 5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from MP Newsroom. 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, October 31, 2013

My Review of Still LoLo

Written by: Lauren Scruggs and the Scruggs family with Marcus Brotherton
Published by: Tyndale

I have to confess that I had never heard of Lauren Scruggs before I first saw this book, so I simply picked it up because it sounded interesting.

Still LoLo is the (true) story of a twenty-something girl who was hit by a propeller after flying in a small plane to look at Christmas lights. After losing an eye and hand, Lauren’s life is forever changed. This book shares the story of Lauren’s life - before, during, and after the accident.



Who the book is for:

Teens, young adults and adults. Specifically females.

What I liked:

This book was interesting to read.

This book is open and honest.

This book is encouraging to believers.

What I didn’t like:

There is nothing in particular that I didn’t like in this book.

My conclusion:

Overall, this was a good read and I finished it rather quickly.

I give Still LoLo 4 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.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

My Review of Gunpowder Tea

Written by: Margaret Brownley
Published by: Thomas Nelson

I am little by little coming to enjoy historical fiction more and more, so I was excited to begin reading Gunpowder Tea.

This book is the story of two detectives, who meet and fall in love without knowing just who the other is. Together, they solve the crime and push past everything that tries to keep them apart.



Who the book is for:

Those who enjoy historical fiction, including those like myself who are just coming to like it.

What I liked:

The story was interesting and held my attention.

There’s a bit of mystery woven throughout the book - and it kept me guessing.

Parts are funny and parts are emotional.

What I didn’t like:

There’s not a whole lot that I didn’t like.

My conclusion:

Overall, this was a good read.

I give Gunpowder Tea 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.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

My Review of Forever Friday

Written by: Timothy Lewis
Published by: WaterBrook Press

I received an advance reader copy of this book, and I was excited to give it a read.

Forever Friday weaves the stories of Adam Colby - a divorced man who recently discovered a book of postcards while hosting an estate sale - and Gabe and Pearl Alexander, the couple who originally shared the cards.



Who the book is for:

Those who enjoy historical fiction, as the focus is mostly on the couple and their relationship in the 1920’s.

What I liked:

For being historical fiction, this book is actually pretty interesting and enjoyable to read.

The author did a great job of making the reader feel like you are actually there with the couple.

What I didn’t like:

This is not your typical Christian book - with mentions of drinking and swimsuit modeling shows and rarely a mention of God, this book is definitely different in that respect.

I also found the continued mention of a guardian angel a bit weird for a Christian book.

My conclusion:

Overall, this was a… different book.

I give Forever Friday 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.

Friday, October 25, 2013

My Review of Cassie & Caleb Discover God's Wonderful Design

Published by: Moody Publishers
Written by: Susan Hunt and Richie Hunt

I am always excited to read new children’s books, and I usually end up liking them. I really wanted to like Cassie & Caleb Discover God’s Wonderful Design, too, but I just couldn’t do it…



The story:

This book tells about a brother and a sister, following them as they learn about how girls and boys are different.

The illustrations:

Aren’t anything extra special, but are still fun to look at.

How strong is the book?

This is a hardcover book and seems extra sturdy compared to some.

Who the book is for:

This book is for school aged children - ages five through eight.

What I liked:

Each section includes a Bible verse, and there are also other verses mixed in.

It’s fun to get to know the little family mentioned in the book and follow along with the characters.

What I didn’t like:

Includes a lot of stereotypes, such as girls are loud and boys are not… what about the boy reading the book who is louder than his sister - will this story make him struggle with his identity?

Talks about obedience, something that children have to learn about, yes… but it really has nothing to do with this book AND I don’t think most young children are going to enjoy reading about it in a fiction book like this - it made me feel uncomfortable as an adult.

Despite the fact that the book tries to imply that women and men are equal, there is still a bit of the submissive wife living under her husband’s rule mixed in… something that no child needs to read about.

My conclusion:

Overall, I found myself very disappointed with the book, and I cannot recommend it.

I give Cassie & Caleb Discover God’s Wonderful Design 2 out of 5 stars.


I received this book free to review from Moody. 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.

Don't Bully... Please!

Today, I am partnering with Green Giant (and Raise a Giant) through MyBlogSpark, to help spread the word against bullying.

Through this blog post, $25 will be donated to efforts against bullying, and a $25 gift card will also be given to a family member of mine.

I was asked to write a letter to my child, and I have written the below to a future child and also to my three nieces and two nephews:

Dear child who is not yet born, and may never be.... or to all of my nieces and nephews who I love like my own,
You are so very special. There is no one in this world like you. No one could ever take your place. No one!
I pray that you will never allow anyone to make you feel differently. I pray that you will always know the truth of just how special and unique you are.
Oh, little one, know that bullying is never okay. Don't allow yourself to ever resort to something like that, and don't allow yourself to be bullied, either.
If you see someone being picked on, please seek the help of an adult to end that negativity. Please don't just let it go, find help.
No matter what, know that you are loved. You are precious.

Please also check out this video to see how you can get involved:



Thank you, Green Giant and Raise a Giant for supporting this cause and allowing me to join you!



Thursday, October 24, 2013

My Review of Messages from the Pastor's Desk

Written by: Dr. Jerry L. Jones, Sr.
Published by: Outskirts Press

I was excited to receive Messages from the Pastor’s Desk - a little book of quotes and encouragement to read through - but found myself a little disappointed.



Who the book is for:

Any Christians.

What I liked:

Some of the “quotes” or whatever you want to call them are meaningful and give you something to really think about.

The book is short, so it’s not overwhelming to read.

What I didn’t like:

There are way too many commas used in each of the quotes - so many that they don’t even make sense, and are hard to read.

The grammar of the quotes is really off.

My conclusion:

This book really needed someone to proofread and correct it.

I give Messages from the Pastor’s Desk 3 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from the author. 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, October 23, 2013

*Giveaway and Review of Can't-Wait Willow

Published by: Ideals Children’s Books
Written by: Christy Ziglar
Illustrated by: Luanne Marten

I am always excited to read any new children’s book, and Can’t-Wait Willow was no exception.



The story:

This book is about a little girl named Willow, who is very excited for the circus to come to town. When she actually heads to the show, though, she is distracted by all kinds of things and ends up spending all her money and missing the entertainment - all because she can’t say ‘no’.

The illustrations:

Are really cute and playful, bright and cheery.

How strong is the book?

This is a hardcover book and seems quite sturdy.

Who the book is for:

I would recommend this book for toddlers through about age six. Because it is about a girl and has a glittery cover, I suppose this book is specifically for girls.

What I liked:

The message in this story is simple enough for young children to grasp.

This story is actually pretty unique compared to other children’s books out there.

The pictures are cute.

There are sparkles on the cover.

What I didn’t like:

There is nothing in particular that I didn’t like.

My conclusion:

Simple and cute, I think this book would make a fun gift.

I give Can’t-Wait Willow 4 out of 5 stars.

You can win a copy of this book for your child or another child you love:

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I received this book free to review from Fly By Promotions. 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, October 21, 2013

My Review of Broken Melody

Written by: Trudy Adams
Published by: Even Before Publishing

I was excited to read Broken Melody because I have a heart for foster children, and the main character is a foster child.

This (fiction) book follows the story of seventeen year old Danae Blackburn, who is living in an abusive foster home and seeks relief through piano playing. Her foster parents forbid her from pursuing her music, but she goes behind their back and does it anyway - with the help of various friends.



Who the book is for:

Teens in particular, but adults can read it, too.

What I liked:

Parts of the story were touching and enjoyable to read.

The short length was kind of nice.

What I didn’t like:

Boring read - I had to skim through so much of this story because it was just really hard to get into and enjoy - specifically the parts where there was no dialogue.

Uses apostrophes instead of quotation marks which just makes it a little weird to read.

My conclusion:

Overall, I am not a big fan of this book.

I give Broken Melody 3 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.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

My Review of A Perfect Pet for Peyton

Published by: Northfield Publishing
Written by: Rick Osborne and Gary Chapman
Illustrated by: Wilson Williams Jr.

Knowing that my sister is a fan of the 5 Love Languages book, I was excited to receive A Perfect Pet for Peyton to read and review and pass on to her children - my nieces and nephews.



The story:

This book shares the story of twins who go to a special zoo to celebrate their birthday. At the zoo, they - and each guest - receive a special pet who shares their “love language”.

The illustrations:

Aren’t my favorite, but they are okay.

How strong is the book?

This is a nice and sturdy hardcover book.

Who the book is for:

I would recommend this book for ages four through eight, but older children could also understand it - and younger ones, too, with an adult’s help.

What I liked:

This book helps children understand themselves and others better.

Through this book, parents will learn how to better love their children.

What I didn’t like:

This story is a bit long…

My conclusion:

Overall, this is an informational read.

I give A Perfect Pet for Peyton 5 out of 5 stars.


I received this book free to review from MP Newsroom. 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, October 15, 2013

* Giveaway and Review of One Way Love

Written by: Tullian Tchividjian
Published by: David C. Cook

I am so into grace, so I was really excited to read One Way Love and see what it had to say on the subject.

Written by a grandson of Billy Graham, this book shares about unconditional God’s love for us.



Who the book is for:

Christians or those seeking to learn more about God and Christianity.

What I liked:

There are a lot of real life stories included in this book to keep the reader interested.

The message of grace is a good one.

What I didn’t like:

I feel that some of the points could have hit harder and that this book really wasn’t all I expected it to be in regard to grace.

The chapters are too long for me.

My conclusion:

Overall, this was an okay read. I wanted more from it.

I give One Way Love 3 out of 5 stars.

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I received this book free to review from Fly By Promotions. 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, October 11, 2013

My Review of Heart of the Country

Written by: Rene Gutteridge and John Ward
Published by: Tyndale

I was excited to read Heart of the Country because I somehow got the impression that it was about a country singer and focused on the music industry. I don’t know where I got that idea from, but it wasn’t what the story really was.

Heart of the Country shares the story of Luke and Faith, a young couple who virtually abandoned their families when they fell in love. When the world they’ve created falls apart, they must turn back to those same families for support.



Who the book is for:

Those who enjoy contemporary Christian fiction, specifically women.

What I liked:

The story is decent.

The chapters are short enough to keep me interested.

What I didn’t like:

Could have been better, such as more emotional.

My conclusion:

Overall, this was an okay read. I also received a copy of the DVD, so I am looking forward to checking that out and seeing how it compares to the book.

I give Heart of the Country 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.








Thursday, October 10, 2013

*Giveaway and Review of Audrey Bunny

Published by: BH Kids
Written by: Angie Smith
Illustrated by: Breezy Brookshire

I am always looking for new children’s books, so I was really happy to receive a copy of Audrey Bunny to read and review.



The story:

Has been done a million times… but is still cute.

A bunny is waiting at a store, just wanting someone to love it. The problem… she has a mark on her chest. Finally, a little girl falls in love with her and eventually buys her. Happily ever after for Audrey Bunny.

The illustrations:

Are cute and gentle and soft…

How strong is the book?

This is a hardcover book and seems quite sturdy.

Who the book is for:

The back of the book says four to eight, but I would think that younger children could listen to it and enjoy it, too.

What I liked:

The illustrations are so cute.

Cute tale…

What I didn’t like:

…but it’s been done a million times.

My conclusion:

Overall, this was a cute book, but not the most unique story.

I give Audrey Bunny 4 out of 5 stars.

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I received this book free to review from Fly By Promotions. 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, October 8, 2013

My Review of Dangerous

Written by: Caleb Bislow with Ted Kluck
Published by: Bethany House

I enjoy reading about those who are doing great things for God, and that is definitely what Dangerous is all about.

Caleb Bislow witnesses in dangerous places, doing great things for God rather than living in fear, and he shares about that in this book. Reading this will - hopefully - inspire you to live more bold in the faith.



Who the book is for:

Any Christian who needs a challenge to live more boldly. Teens and adults.

What I liked:

This book was interesting to read and kept my attention.

This book is good at challenging us to live our lives more boldly.

Includes real-life stories.

The author seems so humble, and he isn’t attacking any of us for not living his more extreme lifestyle.

What I didn’t like:

There is nothing about this book that I particularly didn’t like.

My conclusion:

Overall, this is an inspiring read.

I give Dangerous 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, October 2, 2013

My Review of The Wacky World of Wendy White

I recently received the opportunity to review an interesting and unique book... The Wacky World of Wendy White.

This is a cute story involving lots of tasty treats... from candy to restaurants. It will leave you feeling up for a snack of some kind. :)

I've never read a book quite like this, but I was happy to get the chance to check it out.





I received this book free to review from the author. 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, September 30, 2013

My Review of If You Were Me and Lived in... Norway

Written by: Carole P. Roman

My sister-in-law’s family comes from Norway, and they have really tried to hold onto a lot of their heritage, so I was beyond excited to receive If You Were Me and Lived in… Norway to read and review - and pass on to my niece and nephew.



The story:

This book shares about various traditions and cultural happenings in the country of Norway.

The illustrations:

Are simple but sort of cute. I love how there is a little girl and littler boy on the front - just like my niece and nephew!

How strong is the book?

This is a flimsy paperback.

Who the book is for:

Those who are interested in the life and culture of Norway.

Descendants of Norwegians.

Children.

What I liked:

I love how this book is totally appropriate for my niece and nephew!

Opens the eyes of children to the world around them.

Easy to read.

What I didn’t like:

Nothing.

My conclusion:

Overall, this was a really good book and I’m so glad that I got the opportunity to read it.

I give If You Were Me and Lived in… Norway 5 out of 5 stars.


I received this book free to review from the author. 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 27, 2013

Renting Textbooks

So... this is a different kind of post for me, a bit of information for college students out there, rather than a review.

Everyone knows that college is expensive. Not only do you have to pay for tuition and room and board, but you also are faced with the cost of all of the "extras"...

...like textbooks.

A great option for saving a bit of money in college is to rent a textbook. Who ever goes back and reads their textbooks after they graduate? No one. Who would benefit from renting those books? Everyone.

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Another option available is the opportunity to rent out your textbooks through RentBack.com. You can earn money off of the books that you already bought and no longer have a use for.

Get out there and save money. And then... enjoy your life.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

My Review of Staying Alive: A Love Story

Written by: Laura B. Hayden
Published by: Signalman Publishing

I am always interested in real life stories - from memoirs to autobiographies to this… a real life love story.

In Staying Alive: A Love Story, Laura B. Hayden shares about her dream marriage, the children it produced, and how she lost her husband too soon. This story is based on real life, and is full of real joys and struggles.



Who the book is for:

Those who enjoy autobiographies and memoirs, those who have lost someone they loved…

What I liked:

The author is so open and honest about what she was feeling - and is feeling.

The author is a good writer, therefore making this an enjoyable book to read.

Shares real life stories.

What I didn’t like:

I don’t agree with the author on everyone in regard to religion, but that’s not necessarily a big deal.

My conclusion:

This was an overall good read.

I give Staying Alive: A Love Story 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.

Monday, September 23, 2013

*Giveaway and Review: Rufus and Ryan Go to Church

Published by: Candy Cane Press
Written by: Kathleen Long Bostrom
Illustrated by: Rebecca Thornburgh

I received a copy of Rufus and Ryan Go to Church to review through Fly By Promotions, and I also have a copy of it to give away to one of my readers.



The story:

This book tells the tale of a little boy and his stuffed monkey as they go to church.

The illustrations:

Could certainly be cuter, yet they have a bit of a fun look to them.

How strong is the book?

This is a nice, solid and sturdy board book.

Who the book is for:

Toddlers and preschoolers - specifically boys.

What I liked:

The idea of a little boy and his monkey going to church is cute.

Shares what happens in church, for those who have never been.

What I didn’t like:

There is nothing in particular that I really didn’t like.

My conclusion:

This is a cute book.

I give Rufus and Ryan Go to Church 4 out of 5 stars.

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I received this book free to review from Fly By Promotions. 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, September 18, 2013

My Review of The Beauty of Broken

Written by: Elisa Morgan
Published by: W Publishing Group an Imprint of Thomas Nelson

I enjoy reading auto-biographies, memoirs, etc., so I was anxious to start reading The Beauty of Broken.





Who the book is for:

Christians. Women. Mothers in particular.

What I liked:

This book was interesting to read and I finished it within a day of starting it, I believe.

There are good messages - including part on forgiveness that really spoke to me - in this book, but…

What I didn’t like:

Some of the messages are not so good.

Elisa mentions how her daughter was “unselfish” in giving up her baby, when she knows how much being given away has negatively affected her own children.

Her stance on the homosexual lifestyle.

My conclusion:

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book, but I can’t really recommend it.

I disagree with Elisa on multiple issues, and I have to give The Beauty of Broken  2 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.