Wednesday, December 30, 2015

A Story of Abuse and God's Presence - My Review of Silent Cry

Published by: Zondervan
By: Dorothy J. Newton

There are things that some of us go through that we never want to talk about or share with the world. For most people who have been abused, they don't want to talk about it and let anyone in. This book is written by someone who was willing to open up because she felt God telling her to do that.

Silent Cry tells the story of a woman who grew up in an abusive home and went on to marry someone who became abusive. This book shares an inside look at the life of a wife of an abusive athlete.



Who the book is for:

Anyone who has lived through abuse and anyone who is looking to know what it is like for those who must do that.

What I liked:

This book reads like a novel - or, at least, it did for me. I got through the whole thing in just a few sittings.

The author is very open and honest about what went on in her life.

The story is a powerful one.

I appreciate the fact that there is information and help in the back of the book for those who are being abused, those who know someone who is, and for the abuser.

What I didn’t like:

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

My conclusion:

Overall, I think this book is worth the read.

I give Silent Cry 5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from BookLook 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.

Friday, December 25, 2015

A Story of True Forgiveness - My Review of Forgiven

Published by: Bethany House
By: Terri Roberts with Jeanette Windle

There are times when I choose to read a book without really knowing why I am doing that. There are times when I pick out a book that I know will be tough to read, and I read it, anyway. Forgiven is the kind of book that you know is going to be difficult to read, and I choose to read and review it. This book tells the story of a woman whose son did something terrible, and the followup of that horrible deed. This is a story of loss, love and forgiveness.



Who the book is for:

This book is for those who don't mind something that is going to tear at their heart, and for those who are looking to learn more about forgiveness and how it can work out in real life.

What I liked:

This book is so real. The author is very open about her feelings.

This book is written in a way that helps you understand the full story of what happened.

What I didn’t like:

There are times when this book was a bit boring.

My conclusion:

Overall, I thought this book was something special though a bit hard to get through.

I give Forgiven 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, December 21, 2015

A Devotional a Day from Max Lucado - My Review of God is With You Every Day

Published by: Thomas Nelson
By: Max Lucado

I enjoy the writing of Max Lucado, so I was happy to have the chance to check out this devotional and see how it was. Max writes in a way that is interesting and easy to read, and in a way that makes a person feel good about all that they are learning. God is With You Every Day is a great devotional for anyone to read.



Who the book is for:

This book is for anyone who is looking to know God better.

What I liked:

I like the fact that this book has a bookmark built right into it - that is so handy, especially for a book that is meant to be read year-round, like this one.

I like the padded cover and the feel of the book.

Message-wise, I like that this book covers many topics. I like that the messages are short enough to tackle in just a few minutes of time. I like that the devotionals each have a scripture verse printed right with them.

What I didn’t like:

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

My conclusion:

Overall, I thought that this was a good devotional with much to offer.

I give God is With You Every Day 5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from BookLook 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.

Recipes for Living a Long Life - My Review of The Longevity Kitchen

Published by: Ten Speed Press
Written by: Rebecca Katz with Mat Edelson

I love browsing cookbooks, and I especially enjoy looking through and using those cookbooks that are supposed to help one be healthier. The Longevity Kitchen is such a cookbook. This book offers recipes that contain foods that are supposed to help an individual live longer. The recipes in this book are good for one's health and they look tasty, too.



Who the book is for:

This is perfect for anyone who wants to try to extend their life by eating in a different way.


What I liked:


This book is packed with information beyond the recipes, containing tips and advice for those who are looking to be healthier and explaining things for all reading the book.

There are big and bold pictures in the book.

The recipes are healthy.

The recipes look good.

What I didn’t like:


I wish that there were even more pictures in the book.

My conclusion:


Overall, this is a good book if you are looking to eat in a healthier way.


I give The Longevity Kitchen 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.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

So Adorable and Fun - My Review of Owls

Published by: Ten Speed Press
Written by: Matt Sewell

My 21 month old niece has an obsession with owls. We have a small owl figurine in our apartment and every time she comes over she likes to carry it around. I was so excited to have the chance to check out Owls and to review it because I knew that she would love it.



Who the book is for:

This book is great for fans of owls, and it is perfect for children, for adults, for the elderly, for anyone.


What I liked:


The illustrations in this book are so adorable - I didn't love owls before looking at this book, but now I do!

This book is filled with fun facts about owls that are shared in a way that is interesting, easy to read, and appealing to all ages.

I like the look and feel of this book and I like the size.

What I didn’t like:


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

My conclusion:


Overall, I love what this little book has to offer!

I give Owls 5 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.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

A Mix of Love Stories - My Review of A Season to Wed

Published by: Zondervan
By: Rachel Hauck, Cindy Kirk and Cheryl Wyatt

There are times when I want to read a "normal" book and then there are times when a book like this compilation of novellas can be more enjoyable.

A Season to Wed shares the stories of three pairs of individuals as they fall in love and move into a relationship. The stories in this book are unique from one another yet fit together well.




Who the book is for:

This book is great for those who enjoy reading quick to read stories of love.

What I liked:

I like the way that each of the stories moved at a quick pace that kept them interesting.

I particularly enjoyed Serving Up a Sweetheart as the characters were interesting and special and seemed like nice people.

I like the humor in this book. I like the heartwarming moments. I like the love stories.

What I didn’t like:

The stories are each a bit far-fetched, but that's the way novellas work.

My conclusion:

Overall I thought that the novellas that make up this book were entertaining to read.

I give A Season to Wed 4 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from BookLook 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.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Enjoyable Story and Characters - My Review of The Wedding Chapel

Published by: Zondervan
By: Rachel Hauck

I love reading all kinds of fiction, especially contemporary fiction, and I was happy to have the chance to read and review this one. The Wedding Chapel was an interesting and fun read, something that I was happy to have the chance to check out and enjoy.



Who the book is for:

This book is for anyone who likes a good love story or just a good read, overall.

What I liked:

I like the fact that this book shares bits from the characters' pasts as well as their present lives.

I like the mix of characters.

I like the interesting story.

I like the emotional parts of this book as well as the parts that are a little more humorous or heartwarming.

I like the fact that this book kept me interested.

What I didn’t like:

There is nothing in particular that I did not like about this book.

My conclusion:

Overall, I enjoyed my chance at reading this book.

I give The Wedding Chapel 5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from BookLook 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.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A Cookbook for Food Network Fans - My Review of Happy Cooking

Published by: Pam Krauss Books
Written by: Giada De Laurentiis


I love looking through cookbooks! More often than not I will just look through them and not end up cooking anything that I find inside. I was excited to check out and review Happy Cooking because I have watched Giada De Laurentiis on TV and thought it would be fun to look through her cookbook.



Who the book is for:

Those who are seeking a variety of recipes for a variety of meals and occasions.


What I liked:



This cookbook includes pictures of the foods that are created using the recipes that it contains.

The recipes in this book contain simple ingredients that you actually have on hand.

There are some good, healthy recipes inside this book.

This is a colorful and fun cookbook.

What I didn’t like:


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

My conclusion:


Overall, I thought that this was a good cookbook option for just about anyone.


I give Happy Cooking 5 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.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

A Really Good - Solid - Parenting Book - My Review of Safe House

Published by: WaterBrook Press
Written by: Joshua Straub, PhD
I enjoy checking out parenting books so I know what I can recommend to my siblings and so that I know how to be the best auntie possible. I chose to read and review Safe House for those two reasons, and I'm happy that I did.



Who the book is for:

This book was obviously written for parents, but I feel that it is worth reading for those of us who are involved in the life of a child at all.


What I liked:


Wow, I have a hard time finding parenting books that I actually agree with and like but most of the teaching in this one was solid. I love the face that the author is always looking out for his children in the way that he does things and the choices that he makes.


This book encourages children to love their children and to lead them in a good way.

This book  is non-judgmental.

This book does not encourage punishment but instead teaches children to teach - discipline - their children.

What I didn’t like:


While I don't agree with the author 100% on everything there is nothing that I felt was a serious issue.


My conclusion:


I found this to be a very interesting and helpful book, one of the best parenting books I have ever read.

I give Safe House 5 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.

A Little Depressing but Uplifting in the End - My Review of Keeping Christmas

Published by: Revell
By: Dan Walsh

I like reading a variety of fiction books, and I find Christmas books to be a great way to get into the holiday spirit, so I was happy to have the chance to read and review Keeping Christmas.


The story:

This book tells about a woman who is feeling down as Christmas approaches because her three grown children  are unable to make it home to join her and her husband for the holiday.

Who the book is for:

Those who are feeling down as Christmas comes around or anyone who's just looking for a good Christmas story.

What I liked:

The characters are fun to read about.

The story is uplifting and positive in the end.

I love the Christmas theme.

What I didn’t like:

The beginning portion of this book seemed to bring me down as I was reading it.

My conclusion:

Overall, I thought that this was an interesting and different book to be read at Christmastime.

I give Keeping Christmas 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, November 2, 2015

Heartwarming Read for Christmastime - My Review of The Christmas Joy Ride

Published by: Revell
By: Melody Carlson
I enjoy reading all kinds of fiction, and I was excited to have the chance to read and review The Christmas Joy Ride. It's not quite Christmastime yet, but I have been shopping for gifts for awhile and I was happy to read this book now.


The story:

This book tells the story of two women who set off on a journey to spread Christmas cheer.

Who the book is for:

Those who enjoy a simple and sweet Christmas story.

What I liked:

The characters are interesting.

It was easy to stay connected with the quick read.

Heartwarming.

What I didn’t like:

I felt like the story could have gone a little deeper and been more heartfelt.

There's not really a message of any kind in this book.

My conclusion:

Overall, I found this book to be a good read for Christmastime.

I give The Christmas Joy Ride 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.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Great Author - My Review of Win or Lose I Choose You!

Published by: Tommy Nelson
By: Lysa Terkeurst
Illustrated by: Jana Christy

My nieces and oldest nephew loved a book that I had that was written by Lysa Terkeurst, so I was happy to have the chance to check out another and to - eventually - share it with them. I haven't read Win or Lose I Love You! to the kiddos yet, but I have a feeling they are going to enjoy it.



The story:

This book tells about a little girl and boy who help a group of animals through a variety of games in order to pick a leader of the forest.

The illustrations:

The pictures in this book could be cuter, but I like the detail that they hold.

How strong is the book?

This is a relatively sturdy hardcover book.

Who the book is for:

This book is good for toddlers through young school aged children.

What I liked:

The message is one that children are loved no matter what.

The story is written in an interesting way.

What I didn’t like:

Young children might become a little bored with parts of the book.

My conclusion:

Overall, I thought that this was a pretty good book.

I give Win or Lose I Love You! 4 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from BookLook 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.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

An Interesting Read About an Interesting Life - My Review of Street God

Published by: Tyndale Momentum
By: Dimas Salaberrios with Dr. Angela Hunt

I am interested in reading interesting stories of individuals who have lived lives that are much different from my own, and I was excited to have the chance to read and review Street God.


The story:

This book tells the story of a man who lived life as a drug dealer only to turn things around and start living a bold life for God.

Who the book is for:

This book is good for any adults who are interested in reading about someone who was dramatically changed by Jesus.

What I liked:

This book shares an interesting and exciting story in a way that really drew me in and kept my attention.

This is a powerful story.

What I didn’t like:

I don't necessarily agree with Dimas 100% on every one of his beliefs, but I can still appreciate this book.

My conclusion:

Overall, I thought this was a pretty good read.

I give Street God 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.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

There are Better Christmas Books for Kids - My Review of Goodnight, Manger

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

I enjoy checking out children's books of all types, and I was happy to have a chance to read and review this Christmas one.

Goodnight, Manger tells the story of all of the ruckus that comes about in the stable as Baby Jesus is trying to sleep.



The story:

This book shares - in rhyming text - how Baby Jesus can't sleep because there is too much going on around him.

The illustrations:

The pictures in this book are full of color and cute.

How strong is the book?

This is a hardcover book and seems relatively sturdy.

Who the book is for:

This book is written in a way that would appeal to babies, toddlers, and young children.

What I liked:

I like the rhyming text.

I like the colorful pictures.

What I didn’t like:

I felt like this book was a bit off in regard to its focus. This book says about "the baby" again and again, but I don't feel like it gave Baby Jesus proper respect or attention.

There isn't really a point to this book.

My conclusion:

I wasn't a fan of this book.

I give Goodnight, Manger 2 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from BookLook 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.

Okay Racing Movie - My Review of Adrenaline

From: Word Entertainment

I recently was given the chance to watch and review Adrenaline, and I chose to watch this movie with my siblings.

This movie tells the story of a man who gets in a crash while street racing and nearly loses his life. This man struggles to find his way in the midst of his injuries.



Who the movie is for:

There is a bit of intense stuff, such as an accident scene, so I wouldn't recommend this to young children. Preteens, teens, and adults should be okay with it, and race fans will enjoy it especially much.

What I liked:

The characters and story are interesting.

There is a bit of a positive message about pushing forward and keeping on.

What I didn’t like:

This movie felt like it could have a lot more of a story than it did, and more of a message, too.

My conclusion:

Overall, this was an okay movie.

I give Adrenaline 3 out of 5 stars.

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.

A Cookbook for Non-Meat Eaters - My Review of Food52 Vegan

Published by: Ten Speed Press
Written by: Gena Hamshaw with Foreword by Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs

I enjoy looking through cookbooks, and as a vegetarian I was excited to look through Food52 Vegan. I eat some dairy and eggs, but not a whole lot, and I was excited to check out a book that contained a lot of recipes that I could eat.




Who the book is for:

Those of us who are living a life that is close to vegan, and those who are truly vegan.


What I liked:

I like the face that the recipes in this book use real ingredients that we have around - at least somewhat.


I like the fact that there are pictures in this book.

I think a lot of the recipes sound really tasty.

What I didn’t like:

One thing that I didn't like is the fact that a lot of the recipes in the book don't really contain protein. You need protein, even as a vegan.

My conclusion:


Overall, I thought this book was pretty good.


I give Food52 Vegan 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.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Not My Kind of Story, Too Corny - My Review of Counting on a Cowboy

Published by: Thomas Nelson
Written by: Debra Clopton

I enjoy reading a variety of fiction, so I was happy to have the chance to read and review Counting on a Cowboy.

This book tells the story of a woman who is haunted by her past. This woman moves to a new area to start a new life, and then runs into a single man and the baby that he just found out was his own. This is a small-town kind of story, with a cowboy and ranch kind of setting that so many love.



Who the book is for:

Those who don't mind a book that is a bit corny and overly done will like this book.

What I liked:

The characters are people that are easy to like.

The story is a interesting.

What I didn’t like:

I thought that the story was very corny - from the town twins with very similar names to the classic picnic basket auction.

I thought this book was a little boring and hard to get through.

My conclusion:

Overall, this book wasn't something I really enjoyed.

I give Counting on a Cowboy 3 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.