Friday, August 30, 2013

*Giveaway and review of Bash and the Pirate Pig

Published by: BH Kids
Story by: Burton W. Cole
Illustrated by: Tom Bancroft

I was pretty excited to receive Bash and the Pirate Pig to read and review… I ended up all the more excited by the time I finished the book.



The story:

This book tells the tale of a city kid who is sent to stay with his cousin as his aunt and uncle’s farm. There, he and his cousin get into a lot of country-ish trouble together.

The illustrations:

The front and back cover of this book are filled with colorful and fun pictures. At the beginning of each chapter, in the inside, there is a fun, black and white picture, as well.

How strong is the book?

This is a nice and sturdy hardcover.

Who the book is for:

I would recommend this book for ages eight through teen, but I even enjoyed it a bit as an adult.

What I liked:

There is so much that I liked…

I really loved the message! It was mixed in with a good story and subtle enough that kids will read the book, even if they aren’t otherwise open to Christianity.

The illustrations are so awesome!

The story is fun and funny.

Easy to read.

What I didn’t like:

Some might be offended by the name calling and gross humor - I wasn’t, but I know that some don’t like the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books for similar reasons.

My conclusion:

I absolutely love this book! I am so excited to use it as a witnessing tool with preteens. So fun and entertaining, that they won’t even know I am preaching at them.

I give Bash and the Pirate Pig 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.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

My Review of What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Qur'an

Written by: James R. White
Published by: Bethany House

There are a lot of Muslims in our country today… we hear about Muslims all the time… I thought it would be helpful to learn a little more about just what it is that they believe, and so I chose to read What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Qur’an.



Who the book is for:

Christians. Those interested in learning more about another religion. Those with Muslim friends, family members, or acquaintances.

What I liked:

This was my first time ever really learning anything about Islam, and I felt that I got a bit of basic knowledge through this book.

Fairly interesting to read.

Includes sections of the Qur’an.

What I didn’t like:

I felt the book could have been a little simpler and easier to read. Quite a bit of it went over my head - then again, I’m not the brightest person in the world.

My conclusion:

Overall, it was nice to learn just a bit about Islam.

I give What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Qur’an 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.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

My Review of The Sure Cure for Worry

Written by: Kent Crockett
Published by: Chosen a division of Baker Publishing Group

First off, let me say that I am a worrier. It runs in my family. My grandma is the strongest worrier around, and everyone teases her for it.

I was excited to read The Sure Cure for Worry, because I know that my God is bigger than my concerns.



Who the book is for:

Worriers. Christians who don’t naturally give all of their concerns to God.

What I liked:

This book is amazing…

Teaches how sometimes when we feel down about the way a situation turns out, God is really going to work it out for better.

Shares real life stories.

Kept me interested.

What I didn’t like:

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

My conclusion:

Overall, this was a really good book, one that will - hopefully - transform my life.

I give The Sure Cure for Worry 5 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, August 20, 2013

My Review of The Candle Classic Bible

Published by: Candle Books - Lion Hudson

I was excited to receive The Candle Classic Bible to review, eager to see if it would be something that I would pass on to my nieces and nephews. I was disappointed.



The story:

This book includes 365 Bible stories, so it includes more than just the classic ones used in typical children’s Bibles.

The illustrations:

Are dark and serious, a lot to look at, but not very fun.

How strong is the book?

This is a hardcover book with thick and sturdy pages.

Who the book is for:

I’m not really sure who this book is for, since the stories are written in a way that is too mature for the very young, but older children could just read from a real Bible.

What I liked:

Each story has a reference to where you can find that story in the Bible.

Includes stories that aren’t always included in children’s Bibles.

Sturdy and durable.

What I didn’t like:

Includes stories and details that are true to God’s Word, but might be too mature for young children - such as murder and stoning and the laws from the Old Testament…

Dark.

My conclusion:

I’m not really a fan of this Bible, as I don’t know who it was made for. I, personally, would rather read to children from a real Bible.

I give The Candle Classic Bible 2 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, August 13, 2013

*Giveaway and Review: Alone Yet Not Alone

Written by: Tracy Leininger Craven
Published by: ZonderKidz

This special movie addition of the book, Alone Yet Not Alone, is based on a true story.

When two young girls are captured by natives, they must rely on their faith to survive.



Who the book is for:

Preteens through teens, though it does have some dark, scary events taking place in it.

What I liked:

A great testament to faith.

Kept me interested - even as an adult.

Includes pictures in the middle with scenes from the movie.

What I didn’t like:

Nothing in particular.

My conclusion:

Overall, this is a good read.

I give Alone Yet Not Alone 4 out of 5 stars.

If you would like the chance to win a copy of this paperback book, enter via the rafflecoptor form below:

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There is a movie coming out September 27th, off which this book is written. Here is the trailer for that movie:



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, August 6, 2013

My review of Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me

Written by: Ian Morgan Cron
Published by: Thomas Nelson

I enjoy reading biographies and memoirs, so I was really excited to read Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me.

This tells the story of Ian Morgan Cron, a man who grew up with an distant, alcoholic father - who was also a member of the CIA, unbeknownst to his son - and went on to become a priest and a good dad himself.



Who the book is for:

Those, like me, who enjoy memoirs. Those who had a difficult childhood, or who struggle with their relationships with their parents.

What I liked:

This book was interesting to read and I finished it quickly.

Contains some good truths.

What I didn’t like:

I don’t agree with the author 100% on everything, but I didn’t find that a big deal…

My conclusion:

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book.

I give Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me 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.