Friday, November 26, 2010

Review of Angry

Angry: A Novel

Written by: Laura L. Smith
Published by: NavPress

This is a fiction book about a girl named Emma. Emma’s world seems to be falling apart, her parents are divorcing and it feels she must comfort and care for her younger siblings. Emma is angry! Throughout the course of this book Emma finds that she must trust God and in the end finds that things will be alright after all.

Who the book is for:

This book was written for teens, but I am not a teen and I still find this story somewhat enjoyable.

What I liked:

This story had enough tension to keep it interesting.

The chapters are short and the book is easy to read.

What I didn’t like:

The story could have been better, not as touching as I hoped and the ending felt kind of rushed.

My conclusion:

This is an okay book for a teen or young twenty something. Nothing spectacular about it, but may be worth your time.

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from NavPress. 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 22, 2010

Review of Under the Overpass

Under the Overpass

Written by: Mike Yankoski
Published by: Multnomah

I have a passion for those living in poverty. I have a deep interest in the lives of those who live radically for Jesus. I chose to read this book because of my combination of those two.

This book follows Mike Yankoski, a college student, as he spends five months with the homeless on the streets of Denver, Washington DC, Portland, San Francisco, Phoenix, and San Diego. Mike learned over the course of those five months what it is like to be homeless, to be hungry and have no food, to need a bathroom but have none nearby, to be humbled, to feel unloved, to be alone.

Who the book is for:

Anyone who wants to learn what it is really like to be homeless. Any Christian who wants to be encouraged to step out of their comfort zone.

What I liked:

I really liked Mike’s honesty, he didn’t complain a lot, but he did share some of his true feelings. I am so thankful that he was willing to share a lot of what he went through during his five months on the streets.

I liked that there were lots of points throughout the book where I could easily pause and know where to come back to the next time I wanted to read it.

This book is written in a very easy to read style and I got through it quickly.

What I didn’t like:

There is nothing about this book that I didn’t like - from the cover, to the story, etc..

My conclusion:

I really enjoyed this book and I leave it feeling encouraged and lead to do something - I just don’t know what that is yet. This is a great book and I give it 5 out of 5 stars!

I received this book free to review from Multnomah. 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, November 17, 2010

Review of Don't Waste the Pain

Don’t Waste the Pain

Written by: David Lyons and Linda Lyons Richardson
Published by: NavPress

Wow! That is all I can say after finishing this book, and I will explain that in a moment.

I choose this book to read and review because it sounded like a biography and I love any kind of biographies, and it indeed was sort of a biography, but not so much as I thought it would be. This book is an inspirational book, filled with journal clips and thoughts from two people, siblings, living through their own type of pain.

Who the book is for:

Anyone going through a hard time right now. Anyone affected by cancer in any way. Anyone who wants to learn to be grateful. Anyone who needs to see hope. Anyone.

What I liked:

I loved how this book encouraged me to look beyond myself. I love how this book showed me how my pain is nothing compared to the authors of this book, and yet they are much more grateful and hopeful and joyful than I have ever been. David and Linda inspired me so much! I pray that this book will change me!

I also appreciated the fact that this book was written “in the moment” as David and Linda were living through their pain they took the time to share all that they were going through. This kept the book feeling real.

What I didn’t like:

I found the chapters a bit long, which is something that always bugs me, but that was not a big problem.

My conclusion:

I loved this book! Need I say anything more?

I received this book free to review from NavPress. 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 15, 2010

Review of Angel in the Waters

Angel in the Waters

Written by: Regina Doman
Illustrated by: Ben Hatke
Published by: Sophia Institute Press

This book shares the story of a baby in his/her mother’s womb. The baby is accompanied by an angel who is there with the baby answering questions and offering comfort. This book is published by a Catholic publishing company, and I am not Catholic, but I found the book appropriate and beautiful to me just the same.

I chose to review this book simply because I love children’s books, but a couple of days before I received this book I found out that my sister is expecting my third niece or nephew, now this book suddenly has much more meaning for me!

Who the book is for:

This book is nice for babies and toddlers and young children, this would especially be nice for those who are about to become older siblings for the first time. This book would also make a great gift for parents who are expecting.

What I liked:

I think that the story is beautiful. The pictures are cute. This book is simple, and yet long enough to be a good read.

This book is written in first person and therefore does not ever share a certain gender that the baby is supposed to be, therefore this book can be shared with baby boys or girls.

What I didn’t like:

I don’t especially like the binding of this book, but that is a small problem. While I prefer board books for little ones, paperback books have their place as well.

I will admit I thought I was going to like the fact that an angel is so involved in the story, but I actually found that adds to the beauty of the story.

My conclusion:

This is a beautiful book that is very special to me. I will either cherish this book myself or pass it along to my sister to cherish in this special time in her life.

I received this book free to review from Sophia Institute Press. 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 8, 2010

It Works!

I've been finding comfort in the thoughts and prayers of others! I never know what to do or say when someone I know is going through a hard time, and that means I usually don't do anything at all. I have found, though, in the last 6 days that I should speak up. I've been comforted over and over again by words left on my Facebook page, spoken to me in person, and sent in cards. Simple messages that someone is sorry for my loss or thinking of me and especially praying for me, have meant a lot to me.

I now know that it doesn't hurt to speak up and simply let someone know that you are thinking of them and hurting for them. It in fact hurts not to!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

I wouldn't...

...make a good Catholic.

And this I learned attending my Grandma's Catholic funeral service today. From the moment I entered the church I was bugged by the smell - only to start to feel completely nauseous from the incense later in the service.

All that sitting and standing... well I must admit one of the times I accidentally knocked down the thing that is on the back of the next pew that is there for kneeling on or something. Oops!

All those signs and signals and hand movements by the priests... they got me all distracted and thinking about a baseball game or something.

Okay, I admit, I am trying to make light of a serious situation, so I will leave you with my favorite part of the whole day... and this actually happened to be something that the Catholic priest said...

"Her life has changed, not ended." What a blessing it is to know that that is true!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Waiting until it's too late

I lost my grandma yesterday, unexpectedly she is gone forever. I feel satisfied in the fact that I was able to spend last Saturday, and so many other days, with her. She was a big baseball fan and so she was able to hold on long enough to find out the winner of the 2010 World Series. She met her youngest great grandchild on Sunday. She has had multiple chances to visit with and hold my niece and nephew. I am feeling peace because of all of the above and because of prayers that are going up on my behalf.

Grandma's death has got me thinking, why do we always wait until it is too late? On the day of Grandma's death there were so many of her children and grandchildren and other family members at the hospital, too late to visit with her. How my Grandma would have loved to have had just a few of those visit her sooner and more often. Grandma's funeral will, assuredly, be filled with dozens, perhaps hundreds, of people who loved her... how many of those have taken the time in the past months to visit with her? My uncle who lives across the country will, most likely, be flying up for the funeral - I am sure that he will be grateful for the visit that he made to her this past summer even as he wishes this trip were for that same reason.