Tuesday, January 26, 2016

All About Discipline - My Review of Strong and Kind

Published by: W Publishing Group, An Imprint of Thomas Nelson
By: Korie Robertson, with Chrys Howard and Willie Robertson

I am not someone who has ever watched Duck Dynasty, but I have siblings who enjoy the show and find it humorous. I decided to read and review Strong and Kind because I thought that it sounded interesting and because I had heard a lot about the Robertsons and wanted to find out just who they were when it came to parenting.



Who the book is for:

This book is written for parents, and it seems that it's most applicable to those whose children are still relatively young. Personally, though, I think that there are better parenting books out there.

What I liked:

I like the way that Korie Robertson is real with the reader, she tells real stories about her family and their lives and the parenting that she does.

I like the short chapters.

There are some good lessons in the book. I like the fact that the author mentions a few times that the parents need to lead by example.

What I didn’t like:

I don't think that the Jesus who said "Let the little children come to me" would be in favor of a father holding those little children firmly in place, no matter how upset that made them, so that they would learn to be perfect little angels during a church service. But, that is mentioned and recommended in this book.

I do not like the idea of other parents disciplining your kids, but that is mentioned in this book.

Knocks child psychology and parents being "in love" with their children.

I don't believe that letting a ten month old baby cry while staying with a babysitter so that the mom can have some time to herself is good for them, though in this book Korie Robertson mentions that she did that to teach her baby that he wasn't in control.

I really wasn't expecting this book to be so focused on discipline. Even the chapter on love focused on the need to discipline because you love the child, rather than focusing on teaching a child how to be loving or showing your child that you love them.

My conclusion:

Overall, I wasn't a fan of this book.

I give Strong and Kind 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.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

A Story of Silence, a Little Boy, Murder and More - My Review of Beyond the Silence

Published by: Bethany House
By: Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse

Back when I used to read a lot of historical fiction, I was a fan of Tracie Peterson. I thought that I would try out this book when given the chance to read and review it because of that.

Beyond the Silence tells the story of a silent little boy, his grieving father, their housekeeper and their new nanny. This book is a story of murder and of love.



Who the book is for:

Those who enjoy historical fiction and all that it offers.

What I liked:

The characters in this book are interesting and I enjoyed reading about them and getting to know each one of them.

There are parts of this book that are a bit humorous.

There are parts of the book that are touching.

The story is interesting and different.

What I didn’t like:

There are parts of this book that seem too modern to me and unrealistic for the time period.

My conclusion:

Overall, I found this book to be enjoyable.

I give Beyond the Silence 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.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Not the Old Berenstain Bears, but Still Decent - My Review of The Berenstain Bears' Easter Sunday

Published by: Zonderkidz
By: Mike Berenstain

I love reading children's books and sharing them with my nieces and nephews, and I was a fan of The Berenstain Bears when I was younger. This book is a bit different from the ones that I read when I was a kid, but I still wanted to read and review it when I was given that chance.

The Berenstain Bears' Easter Sunday is a story of the Bear family and their Easter.



The story:

This book shares the message of Easter, talks about the religious aspects of the holiday and the other aspects such as bunnies and eggs, and is written in a way that tells the story of the Bear family's Easter Sunday.

The illustrations:

The pictures in this book are classic for The Berenstain Bears, they have not changed. Cute and fun.

How strong is the book?

This is a paperback book which seems to be sturdy enough.

Who the book is for:

The back of this book says that it is for ages 4 through 8, but I would say that it's more appropriate for 3 through 5. I could not see an 8 year old reading it.

What I liked:

The message is shared in a way that is interesting and different.

The pictures are great.

The Bear family is always fun to read about.

What I didn’t like:

This book is written in a more boring way than the books that I read when I was young, with the message more straight-forward instead of woven into the story.

My conclusion:

Overall, I thought that this was a decent read.

I give The Berenstain Bears' Easter Sunday 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, January 9, 2016

A Family Drama and Interesting Story - My Review of You're the One that I Want

Published by: Tyndale
By: Susan May Warren

I have loved each one of the Christiansen Family novels, and I am so sad to see them conclude. I was excited to read this book, yet I was also sad to see the story of this family ending.

You're the One that I Want tells the story of a young man who has lost all that his life once was, and who must find a way to deal with all that the future is going to bring.



Who the book is for:

This book is perfect for anyone who loves a heartwarming book that is a love story and so much more.

What I liked:

I love the characters in this series, and this book did not disappoint in that regard. The characters become like family.

I like the family dynamics.

The story is interesting.

This book contains humor and emotion.

What I didn’t like:

I can't say too much without spoiling the read, but there is one decision made by Owen that really bugs me, and that I just do not understand.

My conclusion:

Overall, I enjoyed this book.

I give You're the One that I Want 5 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.