Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Unmaking Nichole Nordeman CD Review and Giveaway!

About the new album The Unmaking:
"Before things in our lives can be resurrected and given new life, certain things must die.  Before beauty blooms in spring, roots must do the hard work under the hard frozen soil of winter.  Before you renovate and re-build, you tear down the parts of the structure that are weak or damaged or dangerous.  Before we make, we must unmake."  Nichole Nordeman 

About Nichole Nordeman:
Nichole Nordeman is a recording artist and songwriter for Sparrow/EMI CMG, with numerous number-one and top ten singles to her credit and cumulative CD sales of over one million.  A two-time Gospel Music Association winner for Female Vocalist of the Year, she has won a total of nine Dove Awards, including the best-selling album, Music Inspired by The Story.  Her best-known songs include "Holy", "Legacy", "Brave", "This Mystery", "Why", and "What If".  She lives with her family in Tulsa, OK.
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My Thoughts
I haven't been this excited about an album for a long time! I had no idea Nichole had a new CD coming out, it's been awhile. I met her once at a conference and I LOVE her music and lyrics. This CD only has six songs on it but they pack a punch and it has been on constant repeat since I got it in the mail. 
It's encouraging to hear new Christian music that still has good lyrics. 

Great album you will love it. 

The Carols of Christmas Review


About the Book

Everyone loves a Christmas carol - in the end, even Scrooge. They have the power to summon up a special kind of midwinter mood, like the aroma of mince pies and mulled wine and the twinkle of lights on a tree. It's a kind of magic.

But how did they get that magic? In Christmas Carols Andrew Gant tells the story of some twenty carols, each accompanied by lyrics and music, unravelling a captivating - and often surprising - tale of great musicians and thinkers, saints and pagans, shepherd boys, choirboys, monks and drunks. We delve into the history of such favourites as 'Good King Wenceslas', 'Away in a Manger' and 'The Twelve Days of Christmas', discovering along the way how 'Hark, the Herald angels sing' came to replace 'Hark, how all the welkin ring' and how Ralph Vaughan Williams bolted the tune of an English folk song about a dead ox to a poem by a nineteenth-century American pilgrim to make 'O little town of Bethlehem'.

Christmas Carols brims with anecdote, expert knowledge and Christmas spirit. It is a fittingly joyous account of one of our best-loved musical traditions. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts
Wow this book is way more in depth than I anticipated! I really like this book and how it really goes into the history of carols. We sing songs that were sung hundreds of years ago and it's really quite interesting. Some of my favorites are Good King Wenceslas, Hark, the Herald Angels Sing, and I Saw Three Ships. 
This would be a great book to read leading up to the holidays, which is how it is set up in the book.
Highly recommend!

" I received this book from BookLook Bloggers for free in exchange for an honest review."

Friday, August 28, 2015

Not By Sight Review-Five Stars


About the Book

Gripping Sophomore Novel from a Rising Historical Romance Talent

With Britain caught up in WWI, Jack Benningham, heir to the Earl of Stonebrooke, has declared himself a conscientious objector. Instead, he secretly works for the Crown by tracking down German spies on British soil, his wild reputation and society status serving as a foolproof cover.

Blinded by patriotism and concern for her brother on the front lines, wealthy suffragette Grace Mabry will do whatever it takes to assist her country's cause. When she sneaks into a posh London masquerade ball to hand out white feathers of cowardice, she never imagines the chain of events she'll set off when she hands a feather to Jack.

And neither of them could anticipate the extent of the danger and betrayal that follows them--or the faith they'll need to maintain hope. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

This story was so much better than expected! Kate is a new author to me and I absolutely loved her writing. The history is fascinating set in WWI in the midst of so many things going on with the war the reader I thrust into the life of Grace. Grace wants to be brave and do her part for the war while her brother is fighting. The first part of the book I had no idea where the storyline was going, but a few chapters in and I was totally hooked. There is a slight mystery going on that the characters don't realize but the reader does. Which is so irritating because you simply can't put the book down when that happens! I loved the setting and the characters Grace and Jack but also the many secondary people were well written. There is a bit of a romance but it's not over the top and I think this is just a great book all around.
I look forward to reading more by this author.

"I received this book from Bethany House for free in exchange for an honest review."


Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Plain Choice Review


About the Book

Raised in a broken family and emotionally overlooked, Sherry Gore grew up without a solid foundation, a prisoner of her own poor choices, and at times without hope. A series of terrible mistakes left her feeling wrecked and alone and a sudden tragedy threw Sherry into an emotional tailspin too powerful to escape.

Sherry hangs by a thread, unable to see how she can go on living, until it happens: on a morning of no particular significance, she walks into a church and BAM the truth of Jesus forgiving love shatters her world and cleaves her life in two: She goes to bed stunned; she wakes up a Christian.

Unwilling to return to the darkness of her former life, Sherry attacks her faith head on. Soon the life Sherry Gore remakes for herself and her children as she seeks to follow the teachings of the Bible features head coverings, simple dress, and a focus on Jesus Christ. Only then does she realize, in a fit of excitement, that there are others like her. They are called Amish and Mennonite, and she realizes she has found her people.

The plain choice that Sherry makes is not easy and life still brings unexpected pain and heartache - but it changes everything for her, as she becomes one of the few people on earth to have successfully joined the Amish from the outside.

She has found her place. And her story proves that one can return from the darkest depths to the purest light with the power of God." (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

I have mixed feelings after having read this book. Of course I can't rate a person's life since this is essentially a biography. I can rate, in my opinion, how it was written and the point behind the book. The book at times doesn't flow very well. The authors' thoughts seem to just be random and as the ending of the book came closer I became confused. This book is promoted to be about a woman becoming Amish or Plain and that really doesn't happen. There is no mention of her becoming a part of the church or being Amish/Plain at all just that she lives somewhat in their world. Why advertise a book like this if that's not even the truth? Or if that is the truth it's not written in this book.
Lots of people can live this way, take things out of their lives that are destructive, wear plain clothing, and even live in such a community-but that is not becoming Amish.
 I totally think Sherry's life was turned around and that is worth celebrating. I just don't think this is a good book about "someone becoming Plain".  The majority of the book is about her life before she finds Christ, she struggles and there are tragedies and life is hard. I think the hardest thing for me was that Sherry just pieces together different parts of religion, some Amish, some not, and still lives the way she wants. After becoming a Christian and deciding she wants to change her life, which she does indeed change, she decides to divorce her husband. It's a mutual decision but then they continue to be good friends and share life moments. This part of the book is very vague and rather confusing for me. Sherry's children are obviously important and I enjoyed reading her daughters' story.
I think there could have been more added to this book, as it really rather abruptly ends.
For a book about someone who discovers Christ, this is a great testimony.
 For a book about Amish/Plain living, this is not the book to read.

Three stars.

"I received this book from BookLook Bloggers for free in exchange for an honest review."

Monday, August 24, 2015

It's Good to Be Queen Review-Worth the Read!


About the Book

Sheba Journeyed Across the Desert with a Caravan of Riches, Only to Find the Greatest Treasure of Them All. So Can You.

When it comes to famous queens of the Bible, we know the good one, Queen Esther, and the bad one, Queen Jezebel. Now meet the wise one, the queen of Sheba, who traveled to Jerusalem to test the mind and heart of a king.

Her quest for wisdom will surprise you, challenge you, inspire you, change you. This wealthy royal from antiquity will show you how to live boldly, seek after truth, ask the right questions, encourage others, receive graciously, and honor the Lord above all.

Shedding new light on this ancient biblical role model, Liz Curtis Higgs unveils timeless wisdom for all who aspire to please the king of Kings. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

I love Liz Curtis Higgs' writing. She is so talented at creating a story line or in this case explaining a story line. I have read this passage in the Bible multiple times but I always read it and just take it for granted. As if  it was totally normal for a woman to travel so far with tons of people and camels and gold and jewels and spices. As if it's no big deal as to why this whole story is even in the Bible -it's obviously in there for a reason. I think Liz Curtis Higgs does a great job at not only reading the passage and explaining the history, but also how the Queen of Sheba is an example to women. I like that she sticks to what the Bible does say and not what others have assumed. I like that the entire passage in I Kings is broken down almost word by word so that it actually makes sense. 
I loved this book. 

Five stars. 

"I received this book from Blogging for Books for free in exchange for an honest review."

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