Monday, December 24, 2012

A Marriage of the Heart by Kelly Long


This is a collection of three Amish stand alone books by the author.

In “A Perfect Secret” Luke and Rose set to marry but do they know each other? Luke has a secret; can he keep Rose from finding out the truth? Can Rose love him during this difficult time?

In “Christmas Cradles” midwife Anna has three potential babies to deliver on Christmas. Anna is helping her Aunt while she is away on vacation. Asa is to be her driver if someone goes into labor. Asa and Anna are single and past the typical marriage age for Amish young people. Asa and Anna seem to be drawn to each other. Will Anna’s self-reliance get in the way? Will Asa’s past keep him from wanting a future with Anna?

In “A Marriage of the Heart” Abigail hoodwinks Joseph into marriage. Her deceit gets her into a hasty marriage. Can Abigail and Joseph find love for each other? Abigail is looking for a way out of Amish life and thinks Joseph is too. At one time Joseph had a problem with addiction to pills. Will this ruin their marriage? Can they come to love one another?

I like that the author has included some Amish recipes in the back of the book. Each book has a reading group guide. I found the novellas easy to read and entertaining.

I am pleased to give this collection a four star rating.

 

I received this book free from the publisher through BookSneeze.com.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden




Wow. I couldn’t put this book down. I so enjoyed how Lydia and Bane bantered. This is so uncommon for the main characters to behave in such a way. It really worked for the novel.

A battle with Opium addiction is woven throughout the novel. The Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup was actually marketed for baby’s and teething children. This was a very real problem for people in Europe and America from 1849 until 1930’s.

The (ONI) Office of Naval Intelligence was established in 1882.

I appreciate the author’s attention to historical accuracy while writing this novel.

I am thrilled to give this book a five star rating.

 

I received this book free from the publisher through the Bethany House Publishers.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Imagination Station Books 8 &9




Battle for Cannibal Island by Marianne Hering * Wayne Thomas Baston




Join Patrick and Beth as they journey to the Cannibals. On the island they become separated…Patrick is with a sailor and they find the King of the Cannibals, while Beth is with missionary James Calvert.  Can Calvert find the king of the Cannibals and keep Beth safe? Will the king of the Cannibals kill them if they are found? Join Patrick and Beth on their island adventure.







Escape to the Hiding Place by Marianne Hering * Marshall Younger

Join Patrick and Beth as they travel by bike to the hiding place. During WWII travel in Holland is very dangerous, but can Patrick and Beth make a special delivery before they get caught by the Gestapo? Can Patrick and Beth get to safety? Yes, but once there are they able to deliver their special package – a baby to its mother in hiding. Join Patrick and Beth as they meet up with Corrie Ten Boom and help the Resistance Movement!



I love Adventures in Odyssey! I am so excited about being able to pass these two books on to my children. I know they will enjoy them just as much (if not more) than myself! In the back of each book they have included secret word puzzles.

I am pleased to give both books a five star rating.

Visit : www.TheImaginationStaion.com

Recommended for ages 7 and up.


I received this book free from the publisher through the Tyndale House Publishers.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255


 

Friday, November 30, 2012

Taming the Wind by Tracie Peterson

 
 Book #3 Land of the Lone Star
 
 

This is book three in the Land of the Lone Star Series. If you haven’t read the first two, I would recommend reading them. You can read this one without reading the other two books.

Carissa is struggling with trust and fear issues. Tyler has anger and hate issues. He longs to avenge his father’s death. I like how the author has Carissa and Tyler working through issues, while having thoughts of each other.

Can Carissa and Tyler work through them so they can be together? Is that the Lord’s will for them or does Carissa need to stay a single mom and Tyler destined to avenge his father’s death, that leads Tyler down a pit of despair?

I am pleased to give this book a five star rating.
I had the pleasure to read the first two books in this series. You can read my reviews below:

Book #1
Book #2
http://readitsfundamental.blogspot.com/2012/07/touching-sky-by-tracie-peterson.html

I received this book free from the publisher through the Bethany House Publishers.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255



Sunday, November 11, 2012

A Big Life by Peter Horne




I love the fact that God chose to use such an ordinary person like John Heerema.  John’s life was not easy, as a young boy he had major struggles. He chose to persevere through them especially when times were tough. John shares with us in detail about his young life and the process that God took him through. It is very evident that God chose to use John and his wife Kathy. Kathy shares with us her own journey to God and it wasn’t an easy one. John and Kathy are real everyday people…almost like friends. This makes for a very easy comfortable read.

I am thrilled to see another “style” of missions. Sometimes I get the feeling that we try to limit the things that God wants to do because we are not ready or are afraid of what people might say or think. I LOVE that John is sooooo willing to think outside “the box.” We need to get rid of the box because God’s plans are too huge for any size box we might want to make.

I think this book will help people understand that we can do missions work in many different ways. When God chooses to use someone, He will remove the “obstacles” or what we humans see as obstacles out of the way. God wants to use all of us but we need to be willing vessels for Him. John and Kathy are such vessels! Will you let God use you as a vessel for Him and His cause? People are yearning for Him. We need to get Him out of our box and let Him have free reign over our lives.

Thank you John and Kathy for your example of following God in His timing and His direction! Will you let God use you His way and not yours?

I am pleased to give this book a five star rating.

I received this book free from the publisher through Gloria S. Lee, A. Larry Ross Communications.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Monday, October 22, 2012

The River by Michael Neale







This is an easy read. This is a great “guy” book. It’s not romance it’s about fear, grief, and resentment. The river is used to show a variety of things in this story. If you’re into white water rapids then you will love this book.

 Gabriel has a difficult situation happen to him at a young age. It ultimately changes his life…but can/will he let the river change the way he sees things? Gabriel became captured by the “river” and was free for adventure and love.

I am pleased to give this book a four star rating.

 


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Friday, September 14, 2012

The Choice by Robert Whitlow





Wow! I was totally captivated by this story. It would be great if pregnant teens and their parents would read this book before making their “choice.” The author was so “right on” with how the process works, that when he states in the Acknowledgments that his wife is an “adoptee who found her birth mother,” his profound insight made complete sense.

Robert has divided this book into two parts, in the first Sandy is a pregnant teen and the second part we catch up with Sandy thirty three years later.

Sandy is dating Brad the high school football star and she is head cheerleader. They made a choice and now Sandy is pregnant and must now choose what to do.

1.     Keep the baby
2.     Have an abortion
3.      Give the baby up for adoption
 
Join Sandy and her family as they struggle through this process. Will she receive support from Brad, her parents, school friends, or will they make her decision more difficult. Will Sandy have to drop out of high school or is there another way for her to be able to finish.

Thirty three years after making the most difficult decision of her young life we catch up with Sandy. She has become a high school teacher. When one of the students comes to her about being pregnant it sends Sandy back down memory lane. Can Sandy help Maria decide what to do about this pregnancy without getting in trouble with the school? Will Sandy have to reopen her wounds of the choice she made so long ago? When things seem to get out of control and Sandy and Maria need legal advice things start to unravel. Can Sandy keep them together?

Join Sandy as she finds her way through “the Choice.”

I would love to see this book become a movie! Thank you for writing a compassionate book about such a controversial topic.

Hands down I am giving this is a five star rating.

 

I received this book free from the publisher through BookSneeze.com.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

 

Monday, September 10, 2012

A Path towards Love by Cara Lynn James


          



      
This book was so well written that at times I thought she was around while I was growing up. It was great to see how Katherine worked through her struggles and didn’t go around them. Katherine was diligent to keep her focus on what God wants for her life.

In this novel you will find several topics being covered:

Abuse –physical and alcohol

Adultery

Family relationships

Forgiveness

Marriage for status

 

I am thrilled with Katherine’s final decision; the pieces of this book come together in a very realistic way. At times I felt as if I was there.

I am pleased to give this book a 4 star rating.

I received this book free from the publisher through BookSneeze.com.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Understanding World Religions in 15 Minutes a Day by Garry R Morgan

 
 
This is a great resource for Pastor’s and lay people that want to understand about other people’s religion. When you are evangelizing with someone of another belief it’s very helpful if you have an understanding of what they believe. This book will help you to do that.
Garry has included over 30 different styles of “religion” in this book. He is straight forward and honest. The chapters are only two pages and each chapter has “An Extra Minute” section. Jamb packed with tons of information.
I am pleased to give this book a five star rating.
I received this book free from the publisher through the Bethany House Publishers.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255
 
 

Sunday, August 12, 2012

The Scent of Rain by Kristin Billerbeck




I like how she focused the story on the sense of smell…not typical, so refreshing.

Daphne is a trained professional “nose” a perfume creator, but she loses her sense of smell. Without her “nose” she must create using her chemistry skills. Can she keep her boss from finding out? Can you identify over 5,000 scents?

Basic love story but with a great twist, one that smells!

I am pleased to give this book a four star rating.



I received this book free from the publisher through BookSneeze.com.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

The End by Mark Hitchcock





This is a very comprehensive book on Bible Prophecy; it’s filled with charts, graphs, and indexes. He backs his information with scripture. I feel this will make a great resource for Pastor’s or anyone wanting to dig deeper into the end times. Absolutely no second guessing as to where his information can be found.

This is the best resource that I have found on the end times. I am pleased to give this book a five star rating.



I received this book free from the publisher through the Tyndale House Publishers.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Touching The Sky by Tracie Peterson

This is the second book in the Land of the Lone Star series.

Book One: Chasing The Sun
Book Three: Taming The Wind (available Sept 2012)

You can find more information about Tracie at her web page: www.traciepeterson.com



This book is able to stand alone…I don’t feel as if you lose any information by not reading book one first. You will need to read book two before reading book three. Some of the topics included are abuse, literacy, deceit, and tension after the civil war.

It’s 1865 in Corpus Christi, Texas the civil war just ended and people are struggling with change and acceptance. Will the people in Corpus Christi be able to come together or will they crumble? Can Laura help her sister Carissa? Will Brandon be able to gather enough evidence against Malcolm? Will Carissa lose the baby? Will Brandon and Laura marry?

I am pleased to give this book a five star rating.

I received this book free from the publisher through the Bethany House Publishers.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255




Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Tidewater Inn by Colleen Coble




What a great read. Whenever I am able to read one of Colleen’s books I have such a wonderful experience. I will do my best not to write a spoiler.

You will find the WWJD theme woven throughout the book along with greed versus generosity.

Libby’s father recently dies and she is left an inheritance. On her way to claim it, her business partner/friend is kidnapped. Did Libby play a part in the kidnapping or is it murder? Will Vanessa and Brent ever welcome Libby into the family? Does Alec really think Libby is involved or is he smitten? Can Libby find Nicole before it’s too late? Will Nicole convince Zach to help her off the island? Can a search dog really be of any help? Does Libby finally give in and sell to investors or is there another way?

Well done! I am so pleased to give this book a five star rating.

I received this book free from the publisher through BookSneeze.com.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Journeys Across Niagara by D. K. Levick




Having been raised in Western New York and visiting the Falls regularly while grown up drew me to choose this book. How very disappointed I was to find a “Christian book” to be written with such vulgarity and rudeness. I was shocked to read of the young boys in the story to actually refer to Jesus in a derogatory way. They spoke of African Americans in a way that I could never begin to describe, totally uncalled for. The boys continually use swear words and not just the standard ones you might expect to find in secular publishing. I had a very difficult time getting through the story because of the language.

Without a doubt I can’t recommend this book and since a zero star is unavailable I am only giving this book a one star rating.

I so wanted to like this book. I have spent a great deal of time at Niagara Falls and have enjoyed watching the water cascade over the edge. This is also the place where I became engaged to my husband many years ago. If you haven’t had the opportunity to see firsthand the splendor of Niagara Falls please don’t read this book, just go to Niagara Falls and see the real thing.

I received this book free from the publisher through BookSneeze.com.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Saturday, June 23, 2012

My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade



This story is so visible; I can see it unfolding before me. I can’t help but giggle while reading…so refreshing! I would love to see this as a movie.

Kate and Gran go back to Chapel Bluff to restore the family home. Gran hire’s Matt a local carpenter, to do the restoration. Matt is barely functioning with the large wall of protection he has built around himself.

As Kate tries to chip away the wall can Matt heal from his wife’s death? Will he recognize his need to return to the NHL and finish on his terms? Is there any chance for Matt & Kate? Will Gran and her friends help or hinder the situation?

I would highly recommend this for a book club selection from Women of Faith.

I am so looking forward to read more from Becky Wade. What a wonderful debut book! I am thrilled to give this book a five star rating.

I received this book free from the publisher through the Bethany House Publishers.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Through Rushing Water by Catherine Richmond




Sophia wants to be a woman of influence. When the man she has chosen announces his engagement to another, distraught Sophia leaves and becomes a missionary teacher to the Ponca Indians.

While there Sophia meets Will a carpenter. He is there to build homes for the Ponca Indians. The Ponca Indians have extremely little of anything. Sophia wonders if she can truly be of any help to them. Sophia takes to writing letters to attain help for the Ponca Indians. Over the next year she learns so much from them and they from her.

When the Ponca Indians are removed from their land and forced to relocate, the missionary’s must also leave. Will returns home to Omaha, NB and Sophia takes a job at a lady’s school, not realizing it’s also in Omaha. Can Sophia and Will remain in God’s will and be together? How will things work out for the Ponca Indians?

I am pleased to give this book a four star rating.

I received this book free from the publisher through BookSneeze.com.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Visions Of The Coming Days by R. Loren Sandford



I appreciate how he is gray about when things will be taking place. He chooses to use words like probably, it might, gives a time frame, we are entering a time, transitioning from; versus must, it will, give an exact day, and now. This makes me think he is truly looking to God for guidance on what He is saying, not declaring! I found this to be very refreshing.

It’s a good reference book for youth leaders/pastors and for small groups. He uses scripture throughout the book as he talks about various things.

I usually don’t like books that refer to the end times; I find them to be very black and white. Since Sandford is so gray about timing of things it leads me to consider listening to what he is sharing with us. I am happy to give this book a four star rating.

I received this book free from the publisher through Chosen Publishers.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Fiddler by Beverly Lewis




Home to Hickory Hollow

A wrong turn in a rainstorm leads Englisher Amelia Devries to Michael Hostetler--and the young Amishman's charming Old Order community of Hickory Hollow. Despite their very different backgrounds, Amelia and Michael both feel hemmed in by the expectations of others and struggle with how to find room for their own hopes. And what first seems to be a chance encounter might just change their lives forever.

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I would love to see this as a movie!

This story line is very realistic. Two people who are unsatisfied with the path they are on meet in a most interesting way. An Amish man and an English woman form an instant friendship, but can it be something more?  Is it possible for a fiddler to be drawn into the lifestyle of the Amish?

I am very pleased to give this book a five star rating.



I received this book free from the publisher through the Bethany House Publishers.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Friday, June 8, 2012

Winning Balance by Shawn Johnson



2008 Olympic Gold Medalist  &
Dancing With The Stars Mirror Ball Trophy Winner


Gymnast Shawn Johnson shares with us her journey to Olympic Gold. Her down to earth story will inspire young girls to dream for their hearts desire. Shawn is very open about what it takes to compete in gymnastics, the time, energy, and practice necessary to becoming an elite gymnast. This is one of the most fickle sports in the Olympics.
She shares with us her poetry and lessons learned.
Shawn Johnson is no longer preparing for the 2012 London Olympics, due to a knee injury.
I am thrilled to give this book a five star review.
Check out her video below:



http://www.winningbalancebook.com

I received this book free from the publisher through the Tyndale Momentum Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255



Monday, June 4, 2012

Brush of Angel’s Wings by Ruth Reid




In the contents of this book there is a glossary for Pennsylvania Dutch words used throughout the story. They are always in italics. Since I was reading this on my kindle it was not convenient for me to look back at the glossary for clarification of words in italics. If read in book format this would not have been a problem.

I would consider this to be a basic Amish love story. Rachel and Jordan are both searching for answers and looking for forgiveness. Rachel is grieving over the loss of her brother when Jordan comes along and steps on Rachel’s feelings. Jordan is not Amish, but his mother was. He is trying to find his way. They both have an angel and demon watching over them. Who will they listen to?

I am pleased to give this story a four star rating.



I received this book free from the publisher through BookSneeze.com.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Friday, May 25, 2012

25,000 Mornings by Fay Rowe




This is a nice inspirational devotional, nothing out the ordinary. The story’s are well written their just not my particular style for devotions.

Each devo is two pages and has a Bible verse to go along with the story for that day’s message.

There are about 140 devotionals. This can be useful for someone who is new to having devotions. You don’t get a lot of depth but it can spur on conversations when in a mentoring atmosphere.

I would give this book a three star rating.



I received this book free from the publisher through BookSneeze.com.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Monday, May 21, 2012

Redemption by Bryan Clay & Joel Kilpatrick


A Rebellious Spirit, a Praying Mother, and the Unlikely Path to Olympic Gold


  

This is a biography of Bryan Clay and how he came to be a decathlete. At a young age Bryan’s mom told him that he was going to win Olympic gold. He never believed her. I enjoyed how Bryan shares his story with us and guides us through the process of becoming a decathlete.

 According to Bryan; “What separates elite athletes from everyone else has more to do with the choices they make along the way rather than their DNA.” Location 215-216.  You will see this mentality being played throughout his career.

“The decathlon is composed of the following events, listed here in order in which they take place in competition:
Day One: 100 meter dash, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400 meters.  
Day Two: 110 meter hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw, 1500 meters.” Location 1125

Bryan is preparing for the 2012 Olympics in London.

The only thing I don’t like is how the sidebars are inserted with my kindle. It may just be a kindle thing, just a minor distraction. I quickly realized that I could skip over the sidebars since they were in bold and the information was already in the text.

I am pleased to give this book a five star rating.

I received this book free from the publisher through BookSneeze.com.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Monday, May 14, 2012

Covenant Child by Terri Blackstock




I must admit that I read this book from cover to cover in one day.

This is a modernized parallel to the prodigal son story found in scriptures.

We have a family torn apart through tragedy. The girls are torn away from a loving home and raised with cruel grandparents. Life for Kara and Lizzie becomes understatedly complicated. During this time the girls are lied to about the tragedy for the next fifteen years by their maternal grandparents. The girls are stuck with Eloise and Deke until their eighteenth birthday. Only then can Amanda come and offer the girls their birthright, with conditions.

Ultimately, can Kara make peace with her past and accept the loving relationship Amanda most desires to have with her and Lizzie?

Some of the issues covered in this story are, child neglect/abuse, gambling, alcohol, premarital intimacy, steeling, and spousal abuse.

I would like to give this book a five star rating.



I received this book free from the publisher through BookSneeze.com.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Chasing The Sun by Tracie Peterson







This is book one in the “Land Of The Lone Star” series.

This was a quick read for me and it’s very challenging not to write a spoiler! I will do my best.


Setting is Texas in 1863. We have a plethora of things going on historically during this time. Tracie has been diligent to check for historical accuracy.

I enjoyed how the main love interests have been woven into the story. Hannah and William face a variety of challenges throughout the book. Some of them they go through alone while others they face together. Of course we can’t have a love story without someone to interfere, and this one is cunning.

We have two young children, Hannah’s siblings. I love how accurate Tracie portrayed them. Kids can say the most honest things and sometimes they do.

You will enjoy this book so I am pleased to give it a five star rating.



I received this book free from the publisher through the Bethany House Publishers.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The Voice




“The heart of the project is retelling the story of the Bible in a form as fluid as modern literary works, yet remaining painstakingly true to the original Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic texts.” - Kindle Location 251

I think this will be able to help new believers to start/continue having devotions.

Great for senior saints that are having difficulty reading, now they have the ability to listen to the scriptures they have come to love.

Out driving in the car with the kids, just play The Voice New Testament.

Super Sunday School aide; just play the Bible story while you act it out for the kids; lots of options for you to use puppets, mime, silent drama, fabric boarding, etc.

I am pleased to give this book a four star rating.



I received this book free from the publisher through BookSneeze.com.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Angel Eyes by Shannon Dittemore




I think that this book is geared to teens as its main characters are high school seniors. Brielle has just come back from city life to her small hometown…not by choice. Enduring hardships would be an accurate statement without giving a spoiler. Jake is the new guy in town. Let’s just say he is one “hot” guy…not just figuratively.

This is a dark story one that can be considered very heavy reading. Some of the topics included throughout the story are, Angels and Demons, sword fighting, guns, death, and child trafficking.

I found this to be a very intriguing story and was hooked by the first chapter. This is also the first book that I have read on a kindle.

I am pleased to give this book a five star rating.



I received this book free from the publisher through BookSneeze.com.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Beauty Book by Nancy Rue



This is a great book for tween girls. Nancy uses humor to get her point across.
          Topics range from:
Birthmarks                     Hair
Braces                             Make -up
Clothes                            Pimples
Ear/body piercing          Shaving arms & legs
Feet                                  Skin
Glasses                            Tattoos



There are plenty of activities in the book to keep your tween engaged and feeling loved and special.

 I think this is a great way for moms to have open discussion with their tween daughters about becoming a woman and being comfortable with the many changes her body is going through. It’s always great to have a tool available to help to spur on conversation that may be uncomfortable to have, but this book helps to break the ice.

 I know that I am planning a weekend getaway for me and my tween so we can start our own dialogue about the changes she will be starting to go through.

 Nancy has also included an excerpt from her next nonfiction book in the Lily Series: The Body Book.
 
I am pleased to give this book a five star rating.


 

I received this book free from the publisher through BookSneeze.com.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

As One Devil To Another by Richard Platt


Devilishly Clever!

If you love the Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis then this will be a must read for you!  Accurately Portrayed as “destined to become a modern classic.”

This story is about Scardagger a new graduate from Hell. His mentor is to guide him as he gains a soul for Hell. Follow along as Scardagger receives guidance from his mentor Slashreap and goes about gaining a soul for “His Infernal Majesty.”

Excerpt:

My Dear Scardagger,

According to the report just handed me from Temptation University, you are quite the fiend—or rather, one day, under the lash and spur of my ceaseless vigilance, you will be. It is a great joy to be handed such an accomplished pupil to fashion and mould in my own flawlessly accomplished Image and Likeness. And high time, too! (page 1)



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I am thrilled to give this book a five star rating.



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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck




1912 a wedding gown was created…one like no other. As this story unfolds we learn how the gown was fashioned. There are four brides that wear this gown. The story is guided along by Emily who wears the gown first and Charlotte who finds the gown 100 years later and ultimately wears the gown last.

In the back of this book you will find a note from the author. Rachel Hauck shares with us how “the wedding dress is a symbol for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It never wears out. It fits everyone who tries it on. It doesn’t need to be altered. And it’s always in style.”I enjoyed seeing this come through in the midst of the story.

I am happy to give this book a four star rating.



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Hope For Parents Of Troubled Teens by Connie Rae



 Great resource book for Youth Pastors and leaders!

This is a “guide” not “the” answer! Although with prayer and guidance from your close inner circle you will be well on your way through the teen years that lie ahead for your family.

 As each teen is different so will the situation!

 Sorry, no blanketed answers or fixes available.

Yes, this book offers counsel to parents in the midst of crisis. It is profitable for parents to read this book before their teen’s behavior becomes troublesome. It would be helpful to lessen or limit the possible upheaval your family may be entering into.

At the end of each chapter there is a “Something to Do” section and a “Closing Prayer.”

I am happy to give this book a four star rating.



I received this book free from the publisher through the Bethany House Publishers.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255


Unashamed To Bear His Name by R.T. Kendall


His focus is on not being ashamed of being a Christian and the stigma involved so that we as Christians should take up our cross for Christ.

R.T. Kendall says that he was raised in the Church of the Nazarene. He is coming across as Fundamental in his beliefs. 

The stories that he shares are interesting and well written. The book is just not my style of writing.

I am giving this book a three star rating.

I received this book free from the publisher through Chosen Books.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Stand By Me by Neta Jackson


I would so love to write a spoiler!

I will do my best not too.

We are given an update on some of the previous characters from the Yada Yada and House of Hope series. Just little bits and pieces…oh so nice.

I think it’s great to be able to get a closer look into the life of Avis. I love her strong Christian faith. Seeing her even on bad days is so open and real. No matter how strong we are we all have our bad days.

Pairing Kat with Avis was great to see how interwoven their lives became throughout the book. They need each other… in the midst of everything. They make a great match for mentoring. Women thrive when given the opportunity to “do life” together.

What can I say Neta … It’s All Good!

I am pleased to give this book five stars.

Disclaimers:

I must admit that I know Neta Jackson and consider her to be a dear friend.

I received this book free from the publisher through BookSneeze.com.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255