Thursday, March 28, 2013

My Review of What I Wish I Knew at 18


Written by: Dennis Trittin
Published by: Life Smart Publishing

I was excited to read and review What I Wish I Knew at 18, cause I thought it sounded like a good book that would make a great graduation gift… I found myself liking it for the first several chapters, then found a message that I would not feel right passing on to anyone.



Who the book is for:

This book was written for graduates and teens.

What I liked:

Lots of good messages and tips on relationships, finances, studying, and more…

What I didn’t like:

I am certainly glad that my parents didn’t “know” some of this back when they were “planning” their family…

Let me explain.

The author's view on starting a family:

You must be “mature enough and financially capable” before you start a family.
Only married people should have children (not only married people should have sex, but they are the only ones who should have children).
“Just being married is not sufficient to give a child his or her best opportunities.” No, he suggests that you hold off having kids until you are financially set to avoid divorce.

My view on starting a family:

If you are having sex, you best be ready to raise a child (I may be stepping on toes, but I disagree with birth control and abortion - and have a hard time supporting adoption as an option for parents who simply think they aren‘t financially ready to have a child.)

I am the seventh child born to a stay-at-home mom and a self employed - for the first several years of my life, before he worked more traditional jobs off and on - dad (who oftentimes didn’t have work)… were my parents “financially capable” of raising me? Most people - specifically this author - would say “no”. Yet I never went hungry. I never went without a roof over my head. And, most important, I am here today - I wouldn’t be if they had followed the author’s advice.

My conclusion:

I cannot recommend this book, all because of the chapter on starting a family. I am thoroughly disappointed with the authors view on that subject, and I wish that he had just chosen not to address such a controversial and personal issue.

I give What I Wish I Knew at 18 1 out of 5 stars.

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, March 26, 2013

*Giveaway and Review - Home Run Novel


Written by: Travis Thrasher (based on the original movie)
Published by: David C. Cook

As a lover of contemporary fiction, I was happy to receive Home Run to read and review.

This is the story of Cory Brand, whose life on the baseball field has worked out good for him, while his private life hasn’t. After one mistake too many, Cory is sent back to his hometown, to recover and to reconnect with his brother.



Who the book is for:

Contemporary fiction lovers (like myself), baseball fans (like myself), those who are interested in seeing the movie (like myself).

What I liked:

The story was interesting and enjoyable to read.

Parts were emotional.

I liked the baseball connection.

What I didn’t like:

One small problem I had - I felt like there was more back story that wasn’t told about in the book.

My conclusion:

This was a good book and I am really interested in seeing the movie now.

I give Home Run 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.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

My Review of My First Easter Sticker Book


Written by: Lois Rock
Illustrated by: Alex Ayliffe
Published by: Lion Hudson

I received this book to review from the Kregel Blog Tour.

My Very First Easter Story Sticker Book is a colorful book that tells the story of Easter. The book includes stickers, and spots where those stickers belong on the pages.

The story:

Tells the tale of Easter, sharing part of Jesus’ life and his resurrection.

The illustrations:

Are colorful and super cute.

How strong is the book?

This is a glossy covered paperback book, with glossy smooth pages.

Who the book is for:

Toddlers and preschoolers through school aged kids.

What I liked:

I like that this book is true to the Bible.

I like the illustrations.

I like the quality.

What I didn’t like:

There is nothing that I didn’t like.

My conclusion:

My Very First Easter Story Sticker Book will make a fun gift for one of my nieces or nephews.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.


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.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

My Review of When Donkeys Talk


Written by: Tyler Blanski
Published by: Zondervan

When I first read about it, I thought When Donkeys Talk sounded like an interesting book on the mystery and “magic” of Christianity. After reading it, I find myself a bit disappointed.

This book talks about some of the history behind Christianity, but doesn’t dwell on the story of Balaam and his donkey - or other “magical” Bible stories - as much as I thought it would.



Who the book is for:

Thinkers. Christians.

What I liked:

A lot of the book is written in a humorous and fun way…

What I didn’t like:

…yet parts are really boring.

Wasn’t really what I expected.

Parts are hard to understand.

Overuses another word for donkey in an attempt to sound funny, which I found a bit immature.

My conclusion:

This book wasn’t what I was expecting, and I found myself a bit disappointed.

I give When Donkeys Talk 2 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.

*Giveaway and Review Prayers for Every Day


Written by: Roma Downey
Published by: Candy Cane Press

I am always excited to read and review children’s books, and the colorful fun cover of Prayers for Every Day made me all the more excited.



The story:

This is a book of short rhyming prayers. The prayers are sorted by categories, such as Prayers of Praise and Prayers for Guidance.

The illustrations:

Are so fun and colorful and adorable! I love them!

How strong is the book?

I love the type of book that this is. It has a padded cover and board book pages. Definitely seems to be quite sturdy.

Who the book is for:

I would recommend this book to toddlers and preschoolers.

What I liked:

The pictures are so colorful and fun.

Most of the prayers are simple and sweet.

What I didn’t like:

A few of the prayers are corny and/or poorly written.

My conclusion:

This is a cute and fun book.

I give Prayers for Every Day 4 out of 5 stars.

*Fly By Promotions is offering a copy of this book to one of my readers! Just enter via the rafflecopter below. (Fly By Promotions if responsible for the delivery of the prize...)



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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.