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.