Thursday, January 31, 2013

My Review of The Breath of Dawn


Written by: Kristen Heitzmann
Published by: Bethany House

Wow, let me say that I haven’t enjoyed a novel like The Breath of Dawn in a long time…

Morgan Spencer lost his wife two years ago, and has only held himself together for their little daughter. Quinn Reilly is hiding from a past, and must do all that she can to protect herself. Morgan is good at solving problems, and Quinn needs the help.



Who the book is for:

Contemporary fiction lovers - anyone who likes to read about relationships (between siblings, parents and children, and romantic.)

What I liked:

I loved the characters! Every one of them!

I loved reading about the relationships, between Morgan and his siblings, especially.

The story was interesting and fun to read.

What I didn’t like:

That the book wasn’t longer? (Even though it was 437 pages!)

My conclusion:

I loved this book!

I give The Breath of Dawn 5 out of 5 stars.

*I will be keeping this book.

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, January 25, 2013

My Review of Coming Home


Written by: Stacy Hawkins Adams
Published by: Zondervan

Coming Home is the story of Dayna, a woman whose exhusband cheated on her and then left her for another woman. Now Brent, the ex, reappears in Dayna’s life, seeking reconciliation. Will Dayna forgive Brent? Will Dayna be able to forgive one of her friends when she finds that they are playing the part of the “other woman” in a relationship?



Who the book is for:

Women, in particular. Those who have been cheated on may find it extra inspiring.

What I liked:

The messages of forgiveness in the book.

What I didn’t like:

Was a bit boring to read, as there wasn’t a whole lot happening.

Seemed to excuse Brent’s behavior…

My conclusion:

This definitely wasn’t my favorite piece of fiction.

I give Coming Home 3 out of 5 stars.

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

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.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Etched... Upon My Heart

I will soon be receiving a copy of the book Etched... Upon My Heart from Fly By Promotions. Because of a mess up, I will be sharing a little information about the book now (on it's release date), and possibly be doing a review later.



This book is the story of one mom's journey, and it will help and encourage parents. I am really looking forward to reading it - despite the fact that I am not a parent. :)

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Giveaway and Review of Abel's Field


I was super excited to receive a DVD copy of Abel’s Field to review, as it sounded like a story I would enjoy watching, and I am always interested in seeing a new movie.

From: Affirm Films, Provident Films, and Sony Pictures

Abel’s Field tells the story of Seth, a high school student who is responsible for his two little sisters. He works multiple jobs to provide for his sisters and himself but, when he get gets in a fight with a football player from his school’s team, he is forced to stay after school to help out the school custodian - on top of everything. Along the way, Seth learns to call out to God for help, and to accept human help, too.



Who it is for:

Appropriate for the entire family, in my opinion.

Quality of the movie:

The quality of this movie was excellent! The actors did a great job. I found myself forgetting that I was even watching a Christian movie, at times.

What I liked:

High quality.

Interesting story.

Not as preachy as some movies/the messages didn’t seem forced.

What I didn’t like:

I found parts of the story a bit odd…

My Conclusion:

I enjoyed Abel’s Field.

I give this movie 4 out of 5 stars.

I received this dvd from Fly By Promotions free to review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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Monday, January 14, 2013

My Review of Candle Bible for Kids Toddler Edition


Written by: Juliet David
Illustrated by: Jo Parry
Published by: Candle Books

I am always excited to check out any children’s books, especially children’s Bibles.

The Candle Bible for Kids Toddler Edition is a small sized, children’s Bible, containing many stories from the old and new testament.



The story:

Contains many of the stories you expect to find in a children’s Bible storybook, including the stories of Noah, Joseph, Elijah, Jesus, and many more.

The illustrations:

Are simple, cute, and colorful.

How strong is the book?

The cover of this book is padded, which I really like. The pages are typical paperback pages and appear quite sturdy.

Who the book is for:

Toddlers. :)

What I liked:

I like that this book stays true to the Bible.

I like the pictures.

I like that the stories include references of where you can find them in the Bible.

What I didn’t like:

I don’t like the font, as it makes the book tacky, in my opinion. (Comic Sans, I believe.)

My conclusion:

This is a good little Bible storybook.

I give Candle Bible for Kids Toddler Edition 4 out of 5 stars.


I received this book free to review from Kregel Blog Tour Service. 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 Praying Circles Around Your Children


Written by: Mark Batterson
Published by: Zondervan

Once again, I will say… I am not a parent. Yet, I read this book…

Praying Circles Around Your Children is about how you, as a parent, can influence your child’s life through prayer.



Who the book is for:

Parents, obviously, or people like me…

What I liked:

The book is short and easy to read. The small size makes it look un-intimidating.

Includes real life examples.

Good message.

What I didn’t like:

There isn’t anything that I disliked about this book.

My conclusion:

I found this book a good read and full of good thoughts.

I give Praying Circles Around Your Children 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, January 12, 2013

My Review of The Girl in the Glass


Written by: Susan Meissner
Published by: WaterBrook Press

I’ve loved every Susan Meissner book that I have read, so I was excited to read The Girl in the Glass.

This is the story of Meg, Sophia, and Nora. An American, Italian, and long-ago Medici princess. Meg has always dreamed of taking a trip to Florence, and her dad promised that he would take her one day. Finally the time comes and Meg heads out, without her father. In Italy, Meg stays with Sophia, a writer who shows Meg around the beautiful city. Sophia convinces Meg that she can hear the voice of Nora and claims to be one of the last members of the Medici family.



Who the book is for:

Those interested in the culture and art of Italy. Contemporary/historical fiction readers.

What I liked:

The characters in Susan Meissner’s books are always so interesting, fun, and life-like.

Parts of the story were touching, and parts were funny.

What I didn’t like:

The Nora parts were boring and I tended to skip over them.

Parts of the book didn’t interest me.

My conclusion:

This definitely wasn’t my favorite book from Susan Meissner.

I give The Girl in the Glass 3 out of 5 stars.

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

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.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

My Review of Grace


Written by: Max Lucado
Published by: Thomas Nelson

I’ve enjoyed reading Max Lucado’s writing for as long as I can remember. He writes in such an interesting, fun to read, way.

This book deals with the issue of… Grace. Obviously. God’s grace, specifically.



From the back of the book:

Grace. We talk as though we understand the term. The bank gives us a grace period. The seedy politician falls from grace. Musicians speak of a grace note. We describe an actress as gracious, a dancer as graceful. We use the word for hospitals, baby girls, kings, and premeal prayers. We talk as though we know what grace means…

Who the book is for:

Anyone who needs to know just how special they are, anyone interested in the subject of grace. Specifically adults and teens.

What I liked:

This didn’t fail in being interesting and easy and fun to read.

The message is great, and one that applies to everyone.

What I didn’t like:

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

My conclusion:

I really enjoyed reading this book.

I give Grace 5 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.