Tuesday, May 21, 2013

My Review of The Christian Parenting Handbook

Written by: Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN
Published by: Thomas Nelson

I was really looking forward to reading this book - despite the fact that I am not a parent.

I thought this book sounded like it would cover a wide range of topics, and I wanted to see if it was the kind of book that I could pass on to my siblings who are parents.

Who the book is for:

Parents, obviously. Covers parenting topics focused on all ages - with the exception of babies, but who needs a parenting book about them. Ha.

What I liked:

There are many good chapters that give solid advice - like taking breaks when you or your child are upset in the midst of an argument.

Easy to read and includes an index that will help you find the topic that you need when you need it.

What I didn’t like:

A lot of it becomes quite repetitive after awhile.

Now for a rant…
There is a chapter on spanking in this book. I noticed it before I started reading but made myself wait to read it until I had read most of the book so that I would not base my opinion of the entire book on that chapter. This chapter is an argument of “to spank or not to spank”. I really felt like this chapter did not fit in with the rest of the book - as this book is about teaching your children, disciplining them, not punishing them. The ideas in this book make so much sense, if you use them you wouldn’t need to spank and it just does not fit in with everything else covered in the book.
Despite what the authors of this book suggest, I do feel that spanking has negative effects on a child’s life, and I would never endorse it.
Therefore, this chapter ruined my perception of the book, regardless of the fact that I had read a lot of good before I came to it.

My conclusion:

I have very mixed feelings about this book. There are parts that I really like and a part or two that I really don’t like, and a whole lot of in between.

I really wanted to like this book and thought I was going to after the first couple of chapters…

I give The Christian Parenting Handbook 2 out of 5 stars.

*I don’t know what I will be doing with this book as I don’t feel comfortable passing it on because of the chapter on spanking, yet it has a lot of good info.

I received this book free to review from BookSneeze. 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, May 18, 2013

My Review of Her Restless Heart

I received a copy of Her Restless Heart free to review. I had never participated in a Bible Study before, and I decided to start with this book.

I read through the book on my own over the course of the past several weeks, and I found it enlightening in ways.

What I liked:

This book opens your eyes to God's unconditional love.

Combines fiction with Bible Study.

What I didn't like:

The focus is so strongly on the Amish and their ways.

Parts are a bit boring and hard to read.

Overall, considering the fact that I haven't done a Bible Study before, this was a decent one to start with. If you love fiction books, I would recommend getting the companion novel and reading it while you work on the study.

*I received a copy of this book free to review, but all thoughts are my true opinions of it.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

My Recommendation of The Boy From Baby House 10

So, today I am sharing with you something just a little different... this is a book that I bought for myself after a reader recommended it. I didn't receive this book free to review, and I am not writing a typical review...

The Boy From Baby House 10 is an eyeopening read that shares the sad truth of life for orphans in Russia. It especially makes me sad and frustrated when I think how Russia has again banned U.S. adoptions.

This book is actually co-written by a boy who survived orphanage and asylum life in Russia and was adopted and brought to the U.S., where he now lives.

An engaging read, I highly recommend this book.

Monday, May 6, 2013

*Magazines.com Giveaway

Thanks to Fly By Promotions, I have a great giveaway to share with you today! One of my readers will receive a $10 credit toward a magazine subscription, which is enough to get certain magazines for free!

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

*Giveaway and Review of Ring the Bell (movie on dvd)

So, I'm posting this review and giveaway in a different format than I usually would... aka less formal.

I received a copy of the movie Ring the Bell free to review from Fly By Promotions and I watched it with two of my siblings.

We were really excited to see that this movie featured Ben Zobrist - someone who actually played for our local college baseball team. I also thought it was cool that it included baseball greats John Kruk and Rick Sutcliffe, as well as Christian music artists such as Matthew West and Steven Curtis Chapman.

This movie did not have much of a story at all, which was disappointing to me. It was mostly made up of conversations... preachy conversations.

The acting, though, was decent for a Christian movie, as was the overall quality.

If you would like a chance to see this movie, Fly By Promotions has offered a copy of the dvd to one of my readers, just enter below.

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