Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Learning About a New Culture - My Review of If You Were Me and Lived In India

Written by: Carole P. Roman

I read and reviewed If You Were Me and Lived In... Norway previously, so I was excited to read and review If You Were Me and Lived In... India.

The story:

This book shares about India - the foods eaten there, some of the words that they use, traditions, etc..

The illustrations:

Are simple and fine. Nothing too special, but okay.

How strong is the book?

This is a flimsy paperback.

Who the book is for:

I'm really excited to pass this book on to my nieces and nephew for their homeschooling. I think this would be appropriate for ages four through ten, or so.

What I liked:

This book is educational.

This book is entertaining for children.

Opens eyes to a different culture.

What I didn’t like:

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

My conclusion:

Overall, this is a decent read.

I give If You Were Me and Lived In... India 4 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, February 24, 2014

Fiction That I Couldn't Get Through - My Review of Wildwood Creek

Written by: Lisa Wingate
Published by: Bethany House

So... I usually enjoy any fiction that I can get my hands on. I didn't, however, enjoy Wildwood Creek. I couldn't even bring myself to finish it.

This book tells the story of a young woman who is working as a production assistant for a reality TV show.



What I liked:

The cover is cool.

What I didn’t like:

The story is just too boring, overall.

My conclusion:

I was not a fan of this book.

I give Wildwood Creek 2 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.

Friday, February 21, 2014

A Pirate's Tale - My Review of Captain No Beard

Written by: Carole P. Roman

I am always interested in checking out any children’s books that I can get my hands on, in hopes that I will find something that my nieces and nephews will enjoy. That is why I chose to read and review Captain No BeardAn Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life.


The story:

This book tells the tale of a little boy who is playing that he is a pirate, along with his crew.

The illustrations:

Are cute, colorful, and fun.

How strong is the book?

This is a flimsy paperback but seems like it will stand up okay.

Who the book is for:

I would recommend this book for ages 4-6. Boys, in particular.

What I liked:

The illustrations are cute.

I like the point where it showed that the water and everything was in the little captain’s imagination.

What I didn’t like:

I find this book hard to read aloud because of all the pirate talk, and I also think it would be difficult for young kids to understand it.

There’s nothing too special about the story.

My conclusion:

Overall, this is a decent children’s story.

I give Captain No Beard 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.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

A Nighttime Book - My Review of Goodnight Angels

Published by: ZonderKidz
Written by: Melody Carlson
Illustrated by: Sophie Allsopp

I am always interested in checking out more children's books, and I get pretty excited when I have the chance to review them for free. I was happy to receive a copy of Goodnight Angels and give it a read.



The story:

A little boy says "goodnight" to all the things throughout his home, from his rubber ducky to the kitchen to his parents.

The illustrations:

Are a bit grown up for a boardbook. I think they could have been simpler, cuter, and more colorful.

How strong is the book?

This is a reasonably sturdy boardbook.

Who the book is for:

The fact that this is a boardbook makes it seem that it is appropriate for babies and young toddlers, but I'm pretty certain that my almost four year old nephew will enjoy it, as well. This book is for boys, in particular.

What I liked:

The story is rhyming, which is always nice in a children's book.

The story is simple and sweet.

This is a boardbook.

What I didn’t like:

The illustrations could have been cuter.

My conclusion:

Overall, this is a decent children's book.

I give Goodnight Angels 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.

Novel of a Journey to a New Life in America - My Review of No Turning Back

Written by: Joanne Wilson Meusburger
Published by: Ambassador International

I am always interested in reading as much fiction as possible, and that is why I chose to read this book.

No Turning Back is the story of a young Austrian couple who head to America to start a new life, and the struggles that they encounter along the way.



Who the book is for:

Those who enjoy historical fiction. Catholics, in particular.

What I liked:

The story was certainly unique from other books that I have read.

I enjoyed reading about the actual journey to America and the time spent on a ship.

What I didn’t like:

The characters in this book are mainly catholic, which I found a bit hard to get past. There are some things in the catholic faith that just don't align with my faith...

Parts of the book are poorly written, the last several chapters, in particular - I feel that they wouldn't have been needed in the book at all.

My conclusion:

Overall, this was an okay read.

I give No Turning Back 3 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from Ambassador International. 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, February 18, 2014

Educational Whale Story - My Review of Whaley's Big Adventure

Written by: Carole P. Roman and Alexander Luke

I was interested in checking out this book because it supposedly has been written by a five year old… but, I’m a bit confused after reading it. I don’t think this book was written by a five year old, and I have a hard time believing that it was even illustrated by one.

Whaley’s Big Adventure tells of a whale who sets out in the ocean and runs across other whales and fish.


Who the book is for:

I would recommend this book for ages four to six.

What I liked:

I like the fact that this book shares real information to teach children more about whales.

The pictures are kind of cute and fun.

What I didn’t like:

Not perfect in any way, with a grammar mistake or two and not the best story.

My conclusion:

Overall, this was an okay read.

I give Whaley’s Big Adventure 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.

A Book About the Future - Whatever You Grow Up to Be

Published by: ZonderKidz
Written by: Karen Kingsbury
Illustrated by: Valeria Docampo

I enjoy Karen Kingsbury’s novels, so I was interested to check out her children’s story, too.

Whatever You Grow Up to Be is a book that I really think my three year old nephew will get into. He is always talking about growing up – having a mustache by the time he’s ten – and I think he will find this story fun for thinking about the future.


The story:

Tells the story of a little boy growing up and all that he could become.

The illustrations:

Are a little creepy to me, but colorful.

How strong is the book?

This is a relatively sturdy hardcover.

Who the book is for:

This book is written for mothers to read to their sons.

What I liked:

I like that every page ends with “If that’s what you grow up to be”, so it’s not actually pushing the child to become any one thing but just mentioning options that he has.

Unique storyline.

Fun to read.

What I didn’t like:

The illustrations could definitely be cuter.

My conclusion:

Overall, this was a fun read.

I give Whatever You Grow Up to Be 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.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Seeking God's Power - My Review of Sun Stand Still Devotional

Written by: Steven Furtick
Published by: Multnomah

I'm not a big fan of devotionals, they usually are so short and simple that I just don't get anything out of them. But... I decided to read this one, anyway.

The Sun Stand Still Devotional is about trusting God's power to do big things. It's about taking your faith to a new level. It seemed more in-depth than some devotionals that I have read.



Who the book is for:

Those who enjoy devotionals. Those who want to see God working in bigger ways.

What I liked:

The devotions are easy to read and get through, yet also hold some depth.

The devotions are biblically based.

I like the size and look of this book.

What I didn’t like:

I found the Twitter mentions a bit tacky - and I feel that they will grow outdated, while the book won't.

My conclusion:

Overall, this was a good devotional.

I give Sun Stand Still Devotions 4 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.

Adult Biblical Fiction - My Review of David and Bathsheba

Written by: Roberta Kells Dorr
Published by: River North

I've never really gotten into biblical fiction, but I chose to read this book, anyway, because I thought that it would be interesting to check out.

David and Bathsheba is the fictional story of King David and the romance between him and Bathsheba, and the story surrounding all that, too.



Who the book is for:

Those who are interested in biblical times. Adults.

What I liked:

This was a pretty interesting read.

Assuming that some of the details in this book are based on fact, it was fun to learn a bit more about the story and think about it in a whole new way.

What I didn’t like:

The print was pretty tiny, but I did grow used to it in the end.

Some of the content was a bit... much. But what you would expect from this story.

My conclusion:

Overall, this was a different kind of read for me, and I found it okay for a change of pace.

I give David and Bathsheba 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.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Cute, Padded Book - My Review of The Rhyme Bible Storybook for Toddlers

Published by: ZonderKidz
Written by: Linda Sattgast
Illustrated by: Laurence Cleyet-Merle

I always enjoy reading new children's Bibles and storybooks, so I was happy to pick up The Rhyme Bible Storybook for Toddlers and check it out.



The story:

This book includes ten of the more wellknown Bible stories, including Creation, Jonah, and Jesus' death and resurrection.

The illustrations:

The pictures in this book are pretty well detailed, and colorful.

How strong is the book?

This is a padded boardbook, and it seems to be relatively sturdy.

Who the book is for:

This books is called a "toddler" Bible, but the padded cover kind of gives it a baby-ish look and feel. The stories are written in a way that is appropriate for toddlers and preschoolers.

What I liked:

I like the look and feel of padded boardbooks.

The stories are true to God's word, yet simple.

The rhyming text is nice.

What I didn’t like:

I wish that the book included more stories.

I don't think this book should have the word "toddler" on the front, as that limits the audience.

My conclusion:

Overall, this is a good children's Bible.

I give The Rhyme Bible Storybook for Toddlers 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.

The Power of Jesus - My Review of A Cross-Shaped Gospel

Written by: Bryan Loritts
Published by: Moody Publishers

I am very much interested in the Gospel and it's message, so I was happy to pick up A Cross-Shaped Gospel and give it a read.



Who the book is for:

Christians. Both adults and teens will benefit from this book.

What I liked:

Kept me pretty interested.

I really loved chapter two and the message there. It's totally what I have been seeing, lately. People accept sin because they think that is the best way to love those around them. But... accepting sin makes the cross lose it's power. Why did Jesus need to die if sin doesn't matter?

What I didn’t like:

The chapters were a little long for me.

My conclusion:

Overall, I found this an interesting read.

I give A Cross-Shaped Gospel 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.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Interesting Real-life Read - My Review of Prepared for a Purpose

Written by: Antoinette Tuff with Alex Tresniowski
Published by: Bethany House

I don't remember hearing about the shooting that this book focuses on, but it was interesting to read about it in this book.

Prepared for a Purpose shares the story of a woman who dealt calmly with a potential school shooter and ended up saving lives in the process.



Who the book is for:

Those who enjoy memoirs and biographies and that type of thing.

What I liked:

This book is filled with scripture, I can tell that the author is wellread.

The author managed to drag the story out while still keeping me interested.

Shared how the woman's past affected her reactions on that one horrible day.

Real.

I could understand what the author was feeling and facing.

What I didn’t like:

Nothing.

My conclusion:

Overall, this was a good read.

I give Prepared for a Purpose 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.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Cute But With a Few Problems - My Review of Candle Bedtime Bible

Published by: Lion Hudson

I always enjoy reading children’s books and bibles, so I was excited to check out Candle Bedtime Bible.



The story:

This Bible storybook shares about forty stories of Bible characters such as Noah, Moses, Joshua and Jesus.

The illustrations:

Are simple and cute.

How strong is the book?

This is a relatively sturdy hardcover book.

Who the book is for:

This is where I am confused. The stories are long and don’t include a lot of pictures, so I wouldn’t really recommend this book for babies, toddlers or preschoolers, but… would school aged children find the illustrations appropriate?

What I liked:

The illustrations are cute.

The stories are true to God’s word.

Includes a variety of stories - more than some children’s Bibles.

What I didn’t like:

The stories are labeled as being three, five or ten minutes in length (that it takes to read them, I believe). I found these labels off, and also thought the book would be better if all stories were the same length.

The naked pictures of Adam and Eve are simple, yet still a bit inappropriate.

Some of the stories were so long that I found them hard to read in one sitting - even as an adult.

Don’t know what age it is for.

My conclusion:

Overall, I’m not a big fan of this Bible.

I give Candle Bedtime Bible 3 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.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Novella after Novella - My Review of A Match Made in Texas

Written by: Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings, Carol Cox
Published by: Bethany House

I enjoy reading all types of fiction, so I thought it would be interesting to read this collection of novellas.

Set in Texas in the late 1800’s, A Match Made in Texas weaves together four love stories.


Who the book is for:

Those who enjoy historical novellas. Those who want some light reading.

What I liked:

The first story (A Cowboy Unmatched by Karen Witemeyer) was my favorite. It was suspenseful and interesting and I would give it 4 out of 5 stars.

I thought that An Unforseen Match by Regina Jennings was unique in that it featured a visually impaired main character.

Easy to read.

What I didn’t like:

I wasn’t too big of a fan of the last few stories. They were boring, a bit farfetched, and moved too quickly.

The last book (Meeting her Match by Mary Connealy) has the couple planning the amount of kids they are going to have, which I found a bit unrealistic for that day and age, and also I thought it pushed an agenda that I disagree with.

My conclusion:

Overall, this book got kind of old. After the first two stories, I didn’t really feel like reading any more.

I give A Match Made in Texas 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.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Suspenseful Read - My Review of Shadows of the Past

Written by: Patricia Bradley
Published by: Revell

I enjoy reading suspenseful fiction, and that is why I decided to check out this book.

Shadows of the Past is the story of a psychology professor and criminal profiler who is being stalked. With the help of a mystery novelist, she must find the culprit and get past the trouble going on in her life.



Who the book is for:

Those who enjoy suspense books with a bit of a romantic twist.

What I liked:

I enjoyed the brother to brother interaction between two of the characters.

Got exciting toward the end of the book and really hooked me.

Interesting and enjoyable read.

What I didn’t like:

The first chapter was too long and I had a hard time pressing through it - but I'm glad I made myself do that.

I don't like the front cover or the looks of the people pictured there.

At first, it felt like I had started in the middle of a series and like I should have known the many characters better than I did.

I wish that it would have lasted a little longer to fully finish things up.

My conclusion:

Overall, this was a good read.

I give Shadows of the Past 4 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from Revell. 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, February 3, 2014

A Teen Couple's Struggles - My Review of Running Lean

Written by: Diana L. Sharples
Published by: Blink

I enjoy reading all types of fiction, including teen fiction, so I was excited to read this book. The cover is definitely what attracted me to it, too.

Running Lean is the story of a teenage couple and the struggles that each of the teens is facing, and how they overcome those struggles with the help of each other and those around them.



Who the book is for:

Teens in particular, but some adults like me will enjoy it, too.

What I liked:

This book has a unique story.

The adults in the book were interesting and fun to read about.

Interesting and enjoyable to read.

This book kept my attention.

What I didn’t like:

The message surprisingly wasn't very strong.

Doesn't mention God a whole lot.

Doesn't "finish" everything/find solutions for all of the teens' problems before the end of the book.

My conclusion:

Overall, I enjoyed this book more than any other that I have read recently - maybe I have to go back to reading teen fiction. ;)

I give Running Lean 4 out of 5 stars.

*Random, but the girl mentions being a size five, once, and then it describes her as bony and unhealthily thin... I found that a little weird...

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 Story of Past and Present England - My Review of The Vicar's Wife

Written by: Katharine Swartz
Published by: Lion Hudson

I chose to read and review The Vicar’s Wife because it combines both historical fiction and contemporary fiction, and I expected to enjoy the contemporary parts and skim the others - I was wrong, though…

This book tells the story of two women living in England; Jane, a modern day mom who moves their with her family after going through some trouble with her oldest daughter in the US, and Alice, a woman who lived in Jane’s same home back in the nineteen hundreds.



Who the book is for:

Women, specifically. Those who are interested in learning about another culture - specifically England.

What I liked:

I was surprised to find that I actually enjoyed the historical parts.

I identified with Jane’s feelings in regard to being in a foreign land.

What I didn’t like:

There’s not really anything Christian about this book, which kind of surprised me.

Took awhile for me to get interested in the stories.

My conclusion:

Overall, this was an okay read.

I give The Vicar’s Wife 3 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.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

A Story of Love and Struggles - My Review of It Had to Be You

Written by: Susan May Warren

Published by: Tyndale

I really enjoyed the first ‘a Christiansen Family novel’, so I was excited to pick up this second in the series.

It Had to Be You is the story of Eden Christiansen, a woman who longs to be a reporter but is stuck doing obituaries. She focuses all of her time and energy on her little brother - a professional hockey player - and doesn’t realize it until he is injured. Interwoven with this, is a love story and a story of a man’s struggle with his daughter’s health problems.

http://www.amazon.com/Had-Be-You-Christiansen-Family/dp/1414378424/ref=sr_1_1_title_1_pap?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1391279325&sr=1-1&keywords=it+had+to+be+you+susan+may+warren

Who the book is for:

Those who enjoy reading from a series or reading a love story in general, particularly females.

What I liked:

I thought this book was unique and interesting.

I really liked the family dynamics in this book.

What I didn’t like:

The chapters are a bit long for my tastes, but I am fussy in that regard.

My conclusion:

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book.

I give It Had to Be You 4 out of 5 stars.


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.