Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Good Historical Fiction - My Review of The Pursuit of Tamsen Little John

Written by: Lori Benton
Published by: WaterBrook Press

I read this author's previous book and enjoyed it, so I was excited to check this one out, as well.

The Pursuit of Tamsen Little John tells about a girl who travels with a complete stranger to avoid her cruel stepfather. For safety, she ends up proposing marriage to the man who she is traveling with, long before she grows to love him.



Who the book is for:

Those who enjoy historical fiction.

What I liked:

The characters are very likeable.

The story was interesting.

Kept me involved with the little bit of suspense that are spread throughout the book.

What I didn’t like:

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

My conclusion:

Overall, this was a good read.

I give The Pursuit of Tamsen Little John 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.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Real Look into Sarah Jakes' Life - My Review of Lost and Found

Written by: Sarah Jakes
Published by: Bethany House

I enjoy reading biographies and memoirs of people who either seem interesting or are people I have heard of before and respect.

Lost and Found tells the story of Sarah Jakes, daughter of the famous preacher T.D. Jakes. This woman – who actually happens to be about my age – has faced a lot in her young life, including a teenage pregnancy and a divorce.


Who the book is for:

Those who enjoy biographies and memoirs.

What I liked:

Sarah was very real and open and honest when sharing about her life. She didn’t hide the mistakes that she had made or the feelings and hurts that she faced.

What I didn’t like:

There is nothing much that I didn’t like about this book other than the fact that I wish it would have included pictures of Sarah, her son, and the rest of her family.

My conclusion:

This was a relatively good read.

I give Lost and Found 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.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

An Unrealistic Novel - My Review of A Memory Worth Dying For

Written by: Joanie Bruce
Published by: Ambassador International

I am always interested in reading contemporary fiction, especially when it contains a bit of suspense, so I was excited to check out this book.

A Memory Worth Dying For tells the story of Marti Rushing, a divorced woman who is being stalked by an unknown individual.


Who the book is for:

Those who enjoy contemporary fiction with just a hint of suspense and excitement.

What I liked:

The characters were likeable.

The story was interesting and unique.

What I didn’t like:

But… the story was also very unrealistic and unbelievable.

My conclusion:

Overall, this was an okay read.

I give A Memory Worth Dying For 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.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

A Baseball Story - My Review of Wish

Written by: Jake Smith
Published by: Tyndale Fiction

I enjoy contemporary fiction. I enjoy fiction with heart. I like baseball. I was really looking forward to reading and reviewing this book.

Wish tells the story of a father who loves baseball but gave it up for his family. A son who is facing cancer but more focused on his dad than himself.


Who the book is for:

Those who enjoy baseball, for sure, otherwise you will find yourself bored with the story.

What I liked:

The family was interesting and fun to read about.

The story had heart.

What I didn’t like:

This wasn’t really a “Christian” book – as you would expect based on the publisher. It actually included some kind of iffy messages in regard to Heaven…

The story didn’t go as deep as I would have liked it to.

Pushed becoming a bone marrow transplant donor so much that it became unnatural and messed with the flow.

My conclusion:

Overall, this was an okay read.

I give Wish 3 out of 5 stars.


I received this book free to review from Tyndale. 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, May 15, 2014

An Okay Read - My Review of One More Last Chance

Written by: Cathleen Armstrong
Published by: Revell

I enjoy reading contemporary fiction of all kinds - well, really any fiction of all kinds - so I was happy to received this book to read and review.

One More Last Chance tells the story of a man who has bought a restaurant and is trying to make a go of things in a small town, who suddenly has his seven year old niece left in his hands, and a woman who is just looking for her town to stay the same as it has always been.



Who the book is for:

Those who enjoy contemporary Christian fiction, women, in particular.

What I liked:

The addition of a child to a love story type plot kept things interesting.

Some of the characters are likeable...

What I didn’t like:

...yet others just aren't.

Parts of the story were pretty boring.

My conclusion:

Overall, this was an okay read.

I give One More Last Chance 3 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.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

An Old Fashioned Mystery - My Review of Death by the Book

Written by: Julianna Deering
Published by: Bethany House

I enjoy suspenseful fiction, but I’ve never really read a “mystery” since I was a kid, so I was very interested in checking this one out.

In Death by the Book, Drew Farthering is faced with multiple mysterious deaths in the town that is named for his family. With the help of his friends and the police, he must discover who is behind the killings… before it’s too late.


Who the book is for:

Those who enjoy mysteries and suspense.

What I liked:

The characters in this book are likeable.

This book is well written in an old fashioned kind of way.

Interesting and unique read.

What I didn’t like:

I really don’t have any complaints other than the fact that it was the tiniest bit boring.

My conclusion:

This was a fairly good read.

I give Death by the Book 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, May 12, 2014

Dig Deeper into the Bible - My Review of Candle Bible Handbook

Published by: Candle Books, Lion Hudson

I was excited to receive a copy of the Candle Bible Handbook to read and review, eager to see just what I could learn about God’s word. I thought that this book would be a good one to pass on to my little nephew – who is very curious about the Bible and all things Christian – but was a bit disappointed to find that it is too grown up for him.


The story:

This isn’t a story book, but rather, it digs deep into certain parts of the Bible. Includes background information on Babylon, the Philistines, and so much more.

The illustrations:

Are really old fashioned in a good way. They are detailed and fun to look at – actually kept my older brother entertained for a while.

How strong is the book?

This is a fairly sturdy book, almost a mix between a softcover and a hardcover.

Who the book is for:

I guess this book is probably for ages 10 to 15 or so? I really couldn’t figure out if it is for adults or for kids…

What I liked:

This book allows you to dig deeper.

The illustrations are cool.

Alphabetical.

Includes a lot of information.

What I didn’t like:

Don’t really know what age the book is for – not really for adults like me, not for young children.

My conclusion:

Overall, this is a good book.

I give Candle Bible Handbook 4 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, May 10, 2014

Realistic Amish Fiction - My Review of The Miting

Written by: Dee Yoder       
Published by: Kregel Publications

I am not always interested in reading Amish fiction, but I am open to it at times, so I chose to read and review this book.

The Miting tells the story of an Amish teen who longs for something more than her simple life gives her. When she truly finds God on her own, and grows to love his word, she finds that being Amish just isn’t enough for her – and runs into all kinds of trouble because of that discovery.


Who the book is for:

Those who enjoy Amish fiction, and even those who don’t. Teens and adults. Females, in particular.

What I liked:

I found it interesting that this is an adult’s book about a teen, but it really seemed to work.

Opened my eyes to some Amish practices that I didn’t know about.

I liked the fact that it didn’t paint the Amish lifestyle as something to dream about, as a lot of Amish books do, but…

What I didn’t like:

… *spoiler warning* I didn’t like the fact that some of the main characters decide to stay Amish, anyway.

Left a lot of loose ends.

My conclusion:

Overall, this was a pretty good read.

I give The Miting 4 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.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Good Suspense - My Review of Fatal Exchange

Written by: Lisa Harris
Published by: Revell

I love suspenseful fiction, so I was excited to receive this book to read and review.

Fatal Exchange is the story of Emily Hunt, a teacher from a family of cops, who is drawn into a case when things become very personal. She has never wanted to be involved with crimes or cops, but soon she finds herself not only helping with the case but also falling for a cop.


Who the book is for:

Those who enjoy suspenseful Christian fiction.

What I liked:

Interesting and unique story.

Enough suspense to keep me interested.

The characters were likeable.

What I didn’t like:

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

My conclusion:

I really enjoyed this book.

I give Fatal Exchange 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.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Colorful Animals - My Review of Curious Creatures

Published by: ZonderKidz

I love reading children’s books, and this one looked very colorful and fun, something that I thought my nieces and nephews would be sure to love.

Curious Creatures shares about various animals from creation and what makes them special.

Curious Creatures: 4 Books in 1  -     By: Zondervan

The illustrations:

The pictures are beautiful and fun, great photography.

How strong is the book?

This is a sturdy hardcover book.

Who the book is for:

The back of the book says that it is for ages four through eight, but I would think that younger children would enjoy it, too. I know that my two year old niece would.

What I liked:

The colorful and fun pictures are great.

The facts about the animals are interesting and fun.

The look of the book is really cool.

What I didn’t like:

There is some environmentalist brainwash in the book that bothered me and that stopped me from fully supporting this book.

My conclusion:

Overall, this is a good read for kids.

I give Curious Creatures 4 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from BookLook. 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.

Okay Read for Young Girls - My Review of A+ Attitude

Written by: Stephanie Perry Moore
Published by: LEVB

I am interested in reading any kind of fiction, including children’s fiction. That is why I was excited to read A+ Attitude and see just how it was.

This book tells the story of Morgan Love, a little girl who is missing her dad who is away in the Navy, and dealing with a new stepdad and baby brother.


Who the book is for:

Young girls, aged eight through ten.

What I liked:

Parts of the story were interesting to me.

I like the cover.

Includes lessons beyond the story – including the meanings of new words.

What I didn’t like:

The story tended to be pretty boring, and I’m not sure young girls will enjoy reading it.

My conclusion:

Overall, this was an okay read.

I give A+ Attitude 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.

Healing from a Family of Pain - My Review of Unlocking Your Family Patterns

Written by: Dr. Henry Cloud, Dr. John Townsend, Dave Carder, and Dr. Earl Henslin        
Published by: Moody Publishers

I read this book at the absolute perfect time in my life, just as things with my family were a little more messed-up than normal. It was just right for me, reaching me just where I needed it.

Unlocking Your Family Patterns explores some of the problems that can run in a family, and how those things are passed on from generation to generation – and how you can stop that and heal from your past.


Who the book is for:

Those from a troubled family who are looking to change.

What I liked:

This book is amazing. It was so applicable to me in everything that it had to say.

Interesting.

Uses real stories and twists on Bible stories to make it all enjoyable to read.

What I didn’t like:

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

My conclusion:

Overall, this book was perfect to me.

I give Unlocking Your Family Patterns 5 out of 5 stars, and I am eager to pass it on to my siblings.


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.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Real and Honest - My Review of No More Perfect Kids

Written by: Jill Savage and Kathy Koch, PhD
Published by: Moody

I love to read parenting books, despite the fact that I am not a parent. And, despite the fact that I usually find myself disagreeing with the authors.

No More Perfect Kids was one of the few parenting books that I actually couldn't find any problems with. The authors didn't endorse any kind of extreme parenting or punishment, and they were very real and honest.



Who the book is for:

Parents, any parents. Or, those like me who just enjoy reading parenting books.

What I liked:

This book was very real and honest, and I appreciated that. It goes a long way in a book where someone is trying to teach other people and encourage them to better living, when they tell about their own struggles and challenges that they have faced.

One thing that I particularly like about the parenting advice from these authors is the fact that they suggest giving your child a five minute warning whenever possible when you are asking the child to do something - such as come down to supper. Like the author said, us adults don't like to have our plans suddenly interrupted, and we shouldn't make our kids face that, either. Too many parenting books demand that your children do everything that you say the moment that you say it... this was a refreshing change.

Lots of good advice on parenting all ages and types of kids, as well as information on how no one is the perfect parent raising the perfect kids, so that you can relax and stop striving for that.

What I didn’t like:

The chapters are kind of random and they jump around from topic to topic, rather than focusing on one big issue.

My conclusion:

Overall, this was a good parenting book and I appreciated the authors' take on it all.

I give No More Perfect Kids 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.

An Enjoyable Read of Love - My Review of One Perfect Spring

Written by: Irene Hannon
Published by: Revell

I enjoy reading all kinds of fiction, and the storyline of this book certainly drew me in before I dug into the book.

One Perfect Spring tells about the budding romance of two couples who are drawn together thanks to an eleven year old girl. With the adoption issue mixed into the story, this book is an interesting read.



Who the book is for:

Those who enjoy contemporary fiction.

What I liked:

The characters were very likeble.

This is a really feel good book.

Interesting and unique story.

What I didn’t like:

I really wish that the story would have gone on longer, as I found myself left wanting more.

My conclusion:

Overall, this was a good read.

I give One Perfect Spring 5 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.