Thursday, July 31, 2014

Good for Managers and Other Coworkers - My Review of The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace

Written by: Gary Chapman and Paul White 
Published by: Northfield Publishing

I’m a freelance writer, so I don’t work with other people. Still, I chose to read The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace because I thought it sounded like an interesting book – similar to “The 5 Love Languages” books by Gary Chapman.


Who the book is for:

Those who deal with coworkers on a regular basis, specifically managers and bosses.

What I liked:

This book makes it easier for coworkers to relate to one another.

This book gives real ideas for showing appreciation while at work.

What I didn’t like:

This book seemed a bit harder to read than most of Gary Chapman’s books.

My conclusion:

Overall, I think this is a good book for managers and bosses, as well as regular coworkers.



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, July 30, 2014

A Bit Hard to Get Into - My Review of Extraordinary Grace

Written by: Gary Chapman and Chris Fabry
Published by: Moody Publishers

I found all of the books that I had read by Gary Chapman to be interesting and easy to read, and the topic of grace is something that I love to read about. But, something about this book fell flat for me.

Extraordinary Grace shares about God’s grace through the stories of biblical characters that he worked through.


Who the book is for:

Those who feel they are unworthy of God’s love and grace.

What I liked:

I liked the fact that this book shares the way God worked through “undeserving” people.

I like how each chapter focuses on a different character.

What I didn’t like:

I found this book a bit boring and hard to pay attention to.

Just wasn’t what I expected it to be.

My conclusion:

Overall, this was an okay read. Coming from Gary Chapman, though, I was a bit disappointed.

I give Extraordinary Grace 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.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Hope and Healing for Abuse Victims - My Review of Is It My Fault?

Written by: Justin S. Holcomb and Lindsey A. Holcomb
Published by: Moody Publishers

Abuse is a subject that doesn’t get talked about enough, or written about enough. It is something that affects so many, something that brings shame, and something that gets overlooked.

Is It My Fault? was written for female sufferers of abuse. It shows how God does not support abuse, and how it is not the victim’s fault in any way.


Who the book is for:

Those who have been the victims of abuse, are currently the victims of abuse, or know someone who has been abused. Or, anyone, really, to educate them on the whole subject.

What I liked:

This book was really eye-opening for me on the whole issue of abuse and how it relates to the Bible.

Not condemning at all for the one being abused.

Love one thing that this book mentioned that I had never really thought about before – staying with an abuser doesn’t help anyone. By staying with the abuser, you are basically encouraging them to sin again and again. You are not doing them any good.

Brings hope.

What I didn’t like:

One thing that I just found a bit weird, not so much that I didn’t like it… I just think the book could be a little more secretive in what the cover says and shows… in that I can’t see someone who is being abused having this in their home.

My conclusion:

Overall, this was a very good book.

I give Is It My Fault? 5 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.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Good for Some, Not Really for Me - The Homesick Texan's Family Table

Written by: Lisa Fain
Published by: Ten Speed Press

I enjoy looking through cookbooks, but rarely find one that actually has recipes that I think I will put to good use. I was hoping that this book would be an exception, but ended up disappointed.

The Homesick Texan’s Family Table is a cookbook full of Texan type recipes, and a few others, too.


Who the book is for:

Those who enjoy Texan style food, those who like meat.

What I liked:

There are a lot of full color pictures that really give you a good feel of what the food is going to be like, something that I want out of every cookbook.

There are some recipes that sound like they would have really good flavors.

Easy to read/understand.

What I didn’t like:

There aren’t enough recipes that are applicable to me, but I’m a bit particular in what I want.

My conclusion:

Overall, I think that some will find this cookbook helpful.

I give The Homesick Texan’s Family Table 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.