Saturday, March 21, 2015

Grace of God Movie Review and DVD Giveaway

About the movie:
Releases on DVD March 24, 2015
99 Minutes // Genre: Family, Inspirational // Rating:  NR
Stars:   John Ratzenberger 
                (“Cheers,” WALL-E, Toy Story) 
    Erin Bethea 
                (Fireproof, Letters to God) 
   Lorenzo Lamas
                ("The Bold and the Beautiful," "Falcon Crest")
Having lost his faith many years ago, Detective Bill Broadly is called to investigate the disappearance of the local church’s collection plate. As he questions its various church members, rumors swirl as more congregants learn about the theft. When one unexpected church-goer confesses to stealing the funds, the confession resurrects Broadly’s views on God, and helps him see that through faith and belief there really is rebirth and redemption.


 My Thoughts

This movie was not at all like I expected but I still enjoyed it! The overall theme is the Ten Commandments but I think the film goes into a lot of issues with the church and Christians. They are accused of being hypocrites and the use of the money in the church is also in the film. Thirty thousand dollars goes missing out of the safe at the church and they end up hiring a private investigator to figure out what happened. Bill is against religion of any sort and doesn't trust anyone. It's really a journey for all the characters and what they see as being honest having stole the money or not. The thief is rather surprising and the overall storyline is well written and acting done well. One thing I liked is when the pastor is talking and explaining faith to Bill he says, "We show our love to God by following His commands," For some reason that really sunk in and I like how it's worded. It's not we do it because we feel like we have to but because we want to. I agree with the values of the film and there is a lot of Biblical references that added to the movie in a positive way.
The only thing that drove me insane was the music in the movie. It was just really rather awful and over dramatic. I'm also unsettled about the ending because I felt like Julie, who is abused by her husband (it doesn't show the violence) feels at fault for being beaten. I almost felt like since she was a Christian it meant she needed to just live with him and get over it because "she made a bad choice." In the end they try to make it better but I do wish they would have written the ending a little different in that aspect. 

I enjoyed this movie and I think it had a good message and I was pretty impressed with the acting. 

Four stars. 


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Digital Nature Photography Review


 About the Book

Photography legend John Shaw returns with his much-anticipated guide to digital nature photography, complete with more than 250 extraordinarily beautiful photographs.
     John Shaw is the author of seven previous photography books published by Amphoto: his authentic voice and trusted advice has helped photographers achieve impressive shots in the great outdoors for decades. In his first-ever book on digital photography, Shaw provides in-depth advice on everything from equipment and lenses, composition, and close-ups, to up-to-date information on software filtration and the histogram. In addition, he offers inspirational and frank insight that goes far beyond the nuts and bolts of photography, explaining that successful photos come from having a vision, practicing, and then acquiring the equipment needed to accomplish the intention. Easily digestible and useful for every type of photographer, John Shaw's Guide to Digital Nature Photographyis sure to be the new classic in the category. (Goodreads)

My Review

 I got this book at the most perfect time! A friend of mine thought it would be fun to take a photography class so we have been doing it together at home. It's a DVD class so it's just fun but we have learned a lot. Anyway I thought this book would be a nice addition to the class and I really enjoyed looking at the pictures in this book. The main thing I got from this book was how the author explained the details of how he created the picture. The shutter speed and ISO etc. Many of the details explained in this book were more than I understood. I'm still a beginner so a few of the things I didn't totally understand even after reading the details. I don't think some things are explained very well to those who are new to photography but probably for more advanced. The main thing that really bothered me was the really tiny print. I know this sounds silly but for a book like this I thought there was way too much jammed onto a page in very small print. 

In any case I did learn a couple of things and can take away many ideas for shutter speed.
Four stars.

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

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

An Uncertain Choice Review


About the Book

Due to her parents' promise at her birth, Lady Rosemarie has been prepared to become a nun on the day she turns eighteen. Then, a month before her birthday, a friend of her father's enters the kingdom and proclaims her parents' will left a second choice. If Rosemarie can marry before the eve of her eighteenth year, she will be exempt from the ancient vow.

Before long, Rosemarie is presented with the three most handsome and brave knights in the land. But when the competition for her heart seemingly results in a knight playing foul, she begins to wonder if the cloister is the best place after all. If only one of the knights the one who appears the most guilty had not already captured her heart. (Goodreads)

My Review

I have mixed feelings while writing this, I so wanted to love this book. The start of the book went really good but after the first few chapters I started to lose interest. I like the setting and time period, I wish there had been more detail on that aspect. The main thing is that there really wasn't much depth in the characters so it was hard to get into the romance and plot. This book is marketed as being for teens or young adults, personally it didn't come across to me that way. I thought it was much more a romance novel than a teen fiction book.
I really love Jody's books and have read all of her previous novels. I was disappointed with this book because I know how Jody writes and this book didn't have the depth.

I give this book 3 and half stars.

I do still recommend Jody Hedlund's books and I'm sure there are many who will enjoy this book more than I did.

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

Monday, March 16, 2015

Dauntless Book Review



My Review

 Dina is a new author to me so I was excited to read something new. I'll be honest, after reading the title and seeing the cover I was dreading that this was going to be like a mix of the Hunger Games and Divergent. I love both of those series but I don't want to read a remake. So that being said this book ended up being much better than I anticipated. I thought the first chapter was a scene right out of Once Upon a Time and things got much more exciting as the story line continued. This is a young adult book, but it certainly read more like a romance novel mixed with Robin Hood era. I liked how the Ghosts of Farthingale Forest survive and the history of Lady Merry who is wanted by the king.
 I LOVE the setting and Timothy Grey was a good character over the course of the entire book. I knew many people who would love this book because it's a survival Robin Hood, they steal and try to survive. There is a lot more romance than I was expecting and while that's just fine, I do think some of the parts were a bit drawn out dramatic. But this was a good book and I do recommend, especially to those who love this time period. 

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

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Bethany House Publishers (March 3, 2015)
Dina L. Sleiman


A word from the author:

Since selling my first book, I have also become an acquisitions editor for the company. I am a member of the Inkwell Inspirations blog, HEWN Marketing, ACFW, and a contributor to Christian Review of Books. I hold publishing credits in poetry and songwriting, and I was the writer and featured teacher in a nationally distributed instructional dance video for children. I have written several songs about the plight of the Islamic people, which have been produced in association with the Christian Broadcast Network. In addition, I have taught college and high school classes in writing and literature, as well as homeschool classes in the fine arts, and now enjoy teaching at writers conferences throughout the nation.

Friday, March 13, 2015

After a Fashion Book Review


About the Book

Miss Harriet Peabody dreams of the day she can open up a shop selling refashioned gowns to independent working women like herself. Unfortunately, when an errand for her millinery shop job goes sadly awry due to a difficult customer, she finds herself out of an income.

Mr. Oliver Addleshaw is on the verge of his biggest business deal yet when he learns his potential partner prefers to deal with men who are settled down and wed. When Oliver witnesses his ex not-quite-fiance cause the hapless Harriet to lose her job, he tries to make it up to her by enlisting her help in making a good impression on his business partner.

Harriet quickly finds her love of fashion can't make her fashionable. She'll never truly fit into Oliver's world, but just as she's ready to call off the fake relationship, fancy dinners, and elegant balls, a threat from her past forces both Oliver and Harriet to discover that love can come in the most surprising packages. (Goodreads)

My Review

I have read all of Jen Turano's books and I will say her first two remain my favorite. This book is slightly similar to the previous books as the setting seems very similar. I really enjoyed Harriet's character as she is very strong willed but as you read you understand why. The first few chapters set the tone for the book and are very silly and comical. This is a very light funny read with lots of dialogue and unusual circumstances. There were some times when I thought the author was trying a little too hard to be funny and I wanted a little more depth but the ending surprised me and wrapped the story up nicely.

For a light romantic comedy set in 1882 this is a good read!

Four stars.

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

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