Tuesday, July 30, 2013

My Review of Fiery Secrets

Written by: Stephanie McCall
Published by: Hope Springs Books
ISBN: 9781938708169

Honestly, the cover of this book didn't have me excited to read it at all. But, as the saying goes, you should never judge a book by it's cover.

Fiery Secrets is the story of two struggling human beings, who are trying to move on from their pasts. Dr. Grace Taylor is trying to create a new life for herself and her young son, after suffering through an abusive marriage. Chris Anderson is trying to move on from a tragedy that caused him leave his job as a classroom teacher and move to simply tutoring children. Together - and with the help of God - these two must learn to move on with their lives, and to forgive themselves.



Who the book is for:

Contemporary fiction readers, especially those who enjoy Christian books, and those who enjoy romances.

What I liked:

This book is well written.

The story is interesting and fun to read - emotional at some points and humorous at others.

What I didn’t like:

The only thing that I specifically didn't like was the cover design and overall look of the book.

My conclusion:

I am really happy that I chose to read this book, regardless of what it looks like. I enjoyed it.

I give Fiery Secrets 5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from BookCrash.com. 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, July 29, 2013

My Review of Capturing Every Day Life

Written and Photographed by: Jane Goodrich

My younger sister is very into photography - especially photographing our nieces and nephews - and I was excited to receive Capturing Every Day Life to share with her.



Who the book is for:

This book was written for parents - of infants through teens. It is a simple guide to photographing children, for the beginner to those who just need a few extra tips.

What I liked:

The book includes a guide on buying a camera.

The book is easy to read.

Includes sections on various ages.

Includes pictures!

What I didn’t like:

There was nothing specific that I didn't like.

More information:

To find out more about the author/photographer, Jane Goodrich, go to: janegoodrich.com

My conclusion:

Overall, this is a good photography book.

I give Capturing Every Day Life 5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from Jane Goodrich. 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, July 16, 2013

My Review of Redeeming Love

Written by: Francine Rivers
Published by: Multnomah

I remember seeing Redeeming Love sitting around when I was growing up, my mom must have owned a copy. This is a 20th Anniversary edition that I am reviewing.

The story of a prostitute who is rescued by a farmer, this book is a powerful - and long - read.



Who the book is for:

Adult woman - I wouldn‘t recommend it for teens because of some of the content.

What I liked:

The story is powerful.

Kept my attention, despite it‘s length.

Emotional.

What I didn’t like:

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

My conclusion:

I can see why this book has been so popular for so long.

I give Redeeming Love 5 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.

My Review of Intentional Walk

Written by: Rob Rains
Published by: Thomas Nelson

Despite the fact that I am not a Cardinals fan in the least - always rooting for the Brewers and against the Cards - I was excited to read Intentional Walk because I am a Christian baseball fan.

This book includes testimonies from various people involved in the Cardinals, such as: Manager Mike Matheny, first baseman Lance Berkman and outfielders Matt Holliday and Carlos Beltran.



Who the book is for:

Baseball fans - specifically Cardinals fans.

What I liked:

The testimonies of various players were interesting to read.

I didn’t even know that some of these players were Christians, so it was fun to read and find a whole new respect for them as individuals.

What I didn’t like:

Well, I honestly would have preferred that this was a book about the Brewers, haha.

My conclusion:

Overall, this was a good read.

I give Intentional Walk 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 Misery Loves Company

Written by: Rene Gutteridge
Published by: Tyndale Fiction

I was hesitant to read Misery Loves Company because the plot didn’t exactly sound like something that I would enjoy - I actually thought it sounded like it bordered a bit on fantasy, but that was just me…

The story, in fact, was enjoyable to me. Juliet (Jules) Belleno is dealing with grief from her husband’s death - that happened years earlier - when she is kidnapped by her favorite author. Held captive, Jules has no idea what the man wants from her, or how she is going to get away.



Who the book is for:

Those who enjoy suspense books - and even those who don’t.

What I liked:

The messages.

The story was interesting and described in such a way that I felt like I was actually there.

What I didn’t like:

The action, and any real suspense, starts in the last few chapters.

My conclusion:

I really enjoyed this book.

I give Misery Loves Company 4 out of 5 stars.

*I already have two family members waiting to borrow this from me.

I received this book free to review from Tyndale Blog Network. 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, July 15, 2013

My Review of Bible Stories Painting Book 2

Written by: Juliet David
Published by: Candle Books, an imprint of Lion Hudson

The colorful and fun cover of Bible Stories Painting Book 2 was what first caught my attention. I really like the illustrations.



The story:

This books includes small “stories” or facts about various Bible characters and stories.

The illustrations:

Are cute and fun. So childish and simple.

How strong is the book?

This is a paperback book with reasonably strong pages that stand up to the watercolor paints quite well.

Who the book is for:

I used this book with my just turned two year old niece and she had a hard time understanding how to use the paints to color the pages, but she enjoyed it nonetheless.

I would recommend this book more for ages four to six or so.

What I liked:

The inside of the front and back covers feature a paint palette that children can use, by simply applying water, to paint each page.

Features a variety of stories.

Cute and fun illustrations.

What I didn’t like:

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

My conclusion:

This is a fun book and I’m glad that I got the chance to try it out. It was fun to introduce watercolor painting to my little niece.

I give Bible Stories Painting Book 2 a rating of 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.