Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Noah's Ark Told in a New Way - My Review of Goodnight, Ark

Published by: ZonderKidz
Written by: Laura Sassi
Illustrated by: Jane Chapman

I am always interested in reading children’s books, so I was happy to choose Goodnight, Ark from BookLook’s choice of stories.


The story:

This book tells about Noah putting the animals to bed and how the storm scares the animals so that they climb into bed with him.

The illustrations:

Are cute – colorful and fun!

How strong is the book?

This is a sturdy hardcover book.

Who the book is for:

Toddlers and preschoolers – my three year old niece enjoyed it.

What I liked:

My niece enjoyed this book – that’s always enough to make me like a book.

The pictures are colorful and fun.

The story is an interesting and unique way of telling the story of Noah’s ark.

What I didn’t like:

The book, like, half rhymes and half doesn’t – that makes it really hard when you are reading it aloud.

My conclusion:

Overall, this was a decent children’s book.

I give Goodnight, Ark 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.

Friday, August 22, 2014

A Movie that Needed More Story - My Review of A Long Way Off

I was recently given the chance to receive a screener copy of A Long Way Off, and I watched this movie with two of my siblings.

This movie was fairly professional, as far as Christian movies go, but we didn't like the fact that it really lacked a story.

Yes, the movie shared the story of the prodigal son, but we felt that it could have made things a little more extreme. And I, personally, felt that the ending could have focused more on how much the father still loved his son - just as God loves us and welcomes us back into his family when we turn back to him.




I received this dvd free to review from Edify Media. 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 21, 2014

A Bunch of Stories Mixed Together in One Novel - My Review of The Healing Quilt

Written by: Wanda E. Brunstetter   
Published by: Shiloh Run Press

I enjoy reading contemporary fiction of all kinds, and that is why I chose to review this book when it was offered to me.

The Healing Quilt tells the stories of a variety of people – male and female, young and old, Amish and not Amish. It is written from a bunch of perspectives, and it is really different from other books out there.


Who the book is for:

Those who enjoy contemporary fiction.

What I liked:

Parts of this book were really interesting.

Some of the characters were likeable.

I felt that the book was a good length, in order to cover the stories of so many characters.

What I didn’t like:

This book definitely could have had more heart.

My conclusion:

Overall, this was a decent read.

I give The Healing Quilt 4 out of 5 stars.


I received this book free to review from Handlebar Marketing. 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, August 20, 2014

Statements Made Aren't Backed Up by the Bible - My Review of Answering Your Kids' Toughest Questions

Written by: Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson
Published by: Bethany House

As adults, there are often questions that children will bring up that we might not feel confident answering. I chose to read this book when offered it to review, to see if it might shed some light on those kinds of questions.

Answering Your Kids’ Toughest Questions is supposed to be a book of biblically based answers to some of the questions that children will wonder about.


Who the book is for:

This book was written for parents.

What I liked:

I really liked the portion of the book that shared about how Satan is not equal in power with God – that gave me some food for thought.

I liked that the portion on sexual abuse made sure to emphasize the fact that you should tell children that the abuse is not their fault.

What I didn’t like:

The book states that all things that aren’t outrightly loving God or your neighbor are sins – and it used snapping your fingers as an example! What?! I really got caught at that part of the book and had a hard time moving on, but I had to keep reading to see what other lies might be in the book.

This book makes a lot of strong statements without offering any biblical references to back them up – merely, the authors’ point of view, then.

My conclusion:

Overall, I wished that I could like this book, but I don’t. Think for yourself. Do some research of your own when children ask tough questions. Talk to a trusted Christian if you need help. Don’t read this book.



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.

Weird - My Review of Miracle in a Dry Season

Written by: Sarah Loudin Thomas 
Published by: Bethany House

I enjoy reading fiction of all kinds, so I chose to review this book when I was given the chance.

Miracle in a Dry Season is set in 1954. This book tells the story of a single man who is dealing with his father’s illness, and a young woman who is faced with judgment for the fact that she has a child and no man in the picture.


Who the book is for:

Those who want a book that is really different.

What I liked:

The characters are interesting and likeable.

The story is different from a lot that are out there.

What I didn’t like:

The supernatural stuff was really weird for me. Not to share any spoilers, but there were things happening in this book that would just not happen in real life, and that kind of ruined my whole view of the book.

The story got boring in places.

My conclusion:

Overall, I wasn’t really a fan of this book.

I give Miracle in a Dry Season 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.

Something Teens Should Read - My Review of The Case for a Creator

Written by: Lee Strobel with Jane Vogel        
Published by: Zondervan

I chose to read this book because I have read some of Lee Strobel’s books and find him interesting but a little deep. I thought that maybe the student edition would be easier for me to understand.

The Case for a Creator Student Edition makes an excellent argument for the fact that our world did not just appear, it was created.


Who the book is for:

I personally think that every Christian parent who sends their teen to a public school where a case is made against a creator should encourage those teens to read this book. I also think that this book would be a great choice for homeschooling parents and their teens.

What I liked:

The author is so open and honest, sharing doubts that he had that teens may identify with.

Explains every argument thoroughly.

The book is a good length, not so long that it would become overwhelming.

What I didn’t like:

This book was still a little hard for me to understand – even with being the student edition – maybe it’s just been too long since I studied science.

My conclusion:

Overall, this is a good book full of real information.

I give The Case for a Creator Student Edition 5 out of 5 stars.


I received this book free to review from Book Look Bloggers. 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.