Wednesday, April 30, 2014

My Heart Makes Its Home In a Faraway Land Book Review


Elkhart, IN – Author Lisa Hare Wimberly releases her new Christian poetry book, My Heart Makes Its Home in a Faraway Land: A Book of Poetry and Reflections.
This book is comprised of poems and reflections that the Lord has given the author over the past few years.
“Finding that so many need to wake up to the fact that the Lord is coming back soon,” Wimberly writes, “I have felt an urgency for others to read and hear what, I feel, comes from the heart of God. We don’t know when He will return for His own, but He has called me to do my part in sharing His love and His Word with those who will hear.”
Some of these poems will make readers laugh, some may make them cry, but they will all make readers think.
About the book:
My Heart Makes Its Home in a Faraway Land by Lisa Hare Wimberly
ISBN: 9781478728306
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Date of publish: March 2014
Pages: 146
S.R.P.: $11.95
About the author:
Lisa enjoys expressing herself through poetry as an outlet of her faith. She has three children and four grandchildren and owns a small business in Elkhart, Indiana, where she resides with her husband, Mark.
My Review
This book took me awhile to read because I read it slowly. I tried to read a few poems a day, I simply can't sit down and read a bunch of poems all at once. They must be enjoyed and this book really surprised me. I loved it! The author really has written some beautiful poems and then adds a personal back story, which I really loved. If you happen to pick this book up I love the poems on pages 9 and 59, they were my favorite! 
I'll admit poems are not what I usually read but Lisa has quite a way with words, you won't be disappointed!! 
"I received this book from the author for free in exchange for an honest review."

The Man Who Risked It All Book Review


 About the Book
Looking down from the Eiffel Tower, Alan Greenmor stands on the edge, determined to end it all. As he prepares to jump, his thoughts are interrupted by a cough. To his right is a mysterious stranger in a dark suit, smoking a cigar. This is Yves Dubreuil. The person who will change Alan’s life.
Dubreuil convinces Alan to reconsider his plans, with one caveat: instead of ending his life, he will give his life over to Dubreuil. In return, Dubreuil promises to teach Alan the secrets to happiness and success.
And so, Alan embarks on a wild ride of self-discovery. From a humiliating fiasco at a Parisian bakery, to finding the strength to assert himself in his company’s boardroom, Alan learns to overcome his deepest fears and self-doubts, face life’s unexpected twists and turns, take crazy risks, and fully accept himself in the process. (Goodreads)

 My Review

What an intriguing book, at least at the start. A man is about to end his life and gets interrupted by a man who says he can change his life. This book takes the reader on a quest to find that there is more to life and we have the ability to change. This book really delves into the psychology of the mind, which I liked but by the end of the book I needed a break. This book is very detailed and it really goes into Alan's work (the main character). He is an accountant and works with numbers and this got a bit annoying that I wanted to skip these parts but some are relevant to the story line. The overall story is set in Paris which I really loved and the author knows how to describe things that I felt like I was there. This is not a short read or a light one, but if you need a more in depth thinking type story this book is for you! 

*Note: there is some language and s*xual references.

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

Monday, April 28, 2014

Paige Turned Book Review


I have really enjoyed this Paige Alder series. I would say that you need to read all of these books in order so that the story makes sense. I do like how all the books have been split up, though they are fairly short. The humor and characters are wonderful and I caught myself laughing a few times. This is about a realistic girl and her life with a spin on romance. This is one author I think I would love to meet, she gets the awkward funny moments and creates a great storyline. 
I highly recommend if you enjoy a simple humorous story line.

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Paige Turned
TH1NK (April 1, 2014)
Erynn Mangum


A few things about her:

So, if we were having this conversation in person, we would probably be hanging out at Starbucks or one of the cute coffeehouses in town. I’m nuts about all things coffee, I’m crazy about all things pink and girly, and I love, love, love the Food Network! I’m married to my best friend and the most amazing guy ever, Jon. He is amiable toward coffee, does not like anything pink or girly and tolerates the Food Network. So, we make a good match! In July 2010, we became parents to one of the funniest, cutest, sweetest little guys in the whole world (and nope, we aren’t biased at all!), our Nater-Tot, who is legally known as Nathan. Most days, I’m cleaning up messes, making goofy faces, trying to fit some writing in, and just LOVING the life that God has given me!


Despite her valiant efforts, Paige Alder seems stuck in chaos. Her new job as youth intern keeps her hopping from coffee shop to coffee shop all summer long, but at least she’s loving the one-on-one time she gets to spend with the girls. The unfortunate side-effect is that now, four weeks of laundry fills her apartment. Plus, she barely has time to help her sister and best friend with their weddings! And even worse? Something is definitely wrong between her and Tyler. She apologized for what he thought he saw happen with Luke. Can’t they move past it? Or could there be something he’s not telling her—something that could change everything?

If you'd like to read the first chapter of Paige Turned, go HERE.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Pelican Bride Book Review


 About the Book

It is 1704 when Genevieve Gaillain and her sister board a French ship headed for the Louisiana colony as mail-order brides. Both have promised to marry one of the rough-and-tumble Canadian men in this New World in order to escape religious persecution in the Old World. Genevieve knows life won’t be easy, but at least here she can establish a home and family without fear of beheading. But when she falls in love with Tristan Lanier, an expatriate cartographer whose courageous stand for fair treatment of native peoples has made him decidedly unpopular in the young colony, Genevieve realizes that even in this land of liberty one is not guaranteed peace. And a secret she harbors could mean the undoing of the colony itself. (Goodreads)

 My Review

This has such a beautiful cover to go along with the story line. I really enjoyed this book because of the history within the story line. I had never heard of the Pelican Brides, a group of women who sailed on the Pelican to be married in the new territory in the southern states. The area has a lot of French influence, how did that happen? This book goes into that part of history and has a ton of French in it, more than I was anticipating. The names get hard to read but it enhances the story line. Overall I enjoyed the story of the brides and how their lives were forever changed. The romance between characters was not my favorite part I just didn't enjoy how it was written but I loved the history. If you enjoy historical detail you will enjoy this book, those who don't, this book might be a bit long for you. 
"I received this book from Revell for free in exchange for an honest review." 

Seasons of Tomorrow Book Review

 About the Book

As love restores Rhoda, a sudden tragedy is the test of faith she never saw coming...
More settled in her heart than ever before, Rhoda Byler feels a newfound confidence living in the Old Order Amish settlement she helped establish in Orchard Bend, Maine. Though it has been almost a year since one brother left, Rhoda is happy to be working alongside the other brother as they tend and nurture the settlement's orchard. Time has helped to heal Rhoda's wounds, and she finds that even her unusual gift of profound intuition is less of a burden as she continues to seek God's wisdom and purpose for her life.
But when an Englischer friend's grandchild is taken deeper into hiding from her grandmother, can Rhoda's gift make a difference or will it simply be a catalyst to another season of doubt and misunderstanding? As she resolves to stay on course, suddenly a shocking tragedy challenges the young settlement like never before, threatening to uproot Rhoda's peace and the future of everything she holds dear. (Goodreads)

My Review

Cindy Woodsmall is a great story teller. I have enjoyed her books from the start and I am not a huge fan of Amish fiction. This entire series has been so unique and different I have no choice but to continue reading! The first book in the Amish Vines and Orchards series is the best but they are a continuing story and go together as one main story line. The last book adds a great closure to the story lines and I really enjoyed the last few chapters. One of things I love is how Cindy includes a section at the beginning of the book to say what has happened in the past books. This helps the reader remember the details then continue on with the story.  I wish more book series had this because a little refresher is so helpful! 
This books addresses the complicated love triangle that started in book one but also includes varying characters which I thought added more to the last book. 
If you are new to Amish fiction or looking for a different Amish story line, these books are a must read. 

Learn more about the author and the books:

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

Read my reviews for the previous books: 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A Sensible Arrangement Book Review

About the Book
Marty Dandridge Olson is a widow looking for a way out of Texas. Widower Jake Wythe has secured a job as a bank manager in Denver, only to discover that the bank board wants him to be a married man. With Texas in his roots, he advertises for a Lone Star bride, and Marty answers the call. They both agree they are done with romance and love and will make this nothing more than a marriage of convenience.
Marty works to carve out a new life in high-society Denver as Jake works to guide the bank through a collapsing economy. But when money goes missing at the bank and accounting discrepancies point to Jake, he must find a way to prove his innocence. Yet all he wants to do is go back to Texas and own his own ranch. Marty, on the other hand, owns a ranch–one she’s never told her husband about. She hates Texas because it represents the losses in her life. But as the couple grows closer and love begins to bloom, Marty realizes she needs to tell Jake the truth. Can she come to terms with the past and her anger toward God in order to make room for love? (Goodreads)

 My Review
Tracie Peterson is a great story teller. She is understands characters and history and intertwines them in a captivating way. This is her hundredth novel! I enjoyed the setting as Colorado is my favorite place. I also found the bank perspective of the leading male to be interesting. I haven't read to many mail order type books that involve the husband being well to do in a city setting. This brought a unique aspet to the story line. Also, the first part of the book is entertaining as Marty takes on bandits while on the stage. This scene really makes the book what it is. The romance is witty and more like a friendship which was acutally refreshing. While predictable and a bit slow this book was still enjoyable! I rate four stars. 

"I received this book from Litfuse for free in exchange for an honest review."
Welcome to the campaign launch for Tracie Peterson's 100th book! A Sensible Arrangement launches Tracie's new Texas-based series, Lone Star Brides, that’s sure to please. As a special treat, devoted fans will be able to catch a glimpse of several popular characters from previous series.

Tracie is celebrating by giving away an iPad Mini and hosting a LIVE webcast event on 4/29.
  One winner will receive:
  • An iPad Mini
  • A Sensible Arrangement by Tracie Peterson
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 29th. Winner will be announced at the A Sensible Arrangement Live Webcast Event on April 29th. Connect with Tracie for an evening of book chat, trivia, laughter, and more! Tracie will also be taking questions from the audience and giving away books, fun prizes, and gift certificates throughout the evening.

So grab your copy of A Sensible Arrangement and join Tracie and friends on the evening of April 29th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Good-bye, Bumps! Book Review


About the Book

In Good-bye, Bumps!, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer and his daughter Saje tell a remarkable story from her childhood in which she was able to overcome a physical condition in a very unique way. In the telling of this story Saje and Wayne teach children the important lesson that when something is bothering them, they can change their attitude toward it and not allow it to have power over them.
      This book will help kids understand that some things about themselves can be changed and others will always be with them, but what matters is how they choose to think about these things. In addition to its valuable lesson, this charming story will remind all readers, both young and old, of what can be done with the childlike belief in what is possible. (Goodreads)

My Review

I'll be honest, the title on this book had me wondering. I thought it was an odd title, I still kind of do, but this book surprised me. For ages 4-10 I think this book speaks to all ages. The main storyline is about a girl who has bumps on her face when she is five. After waiting for them to go away for so long they really get to bothering her and she doesn't know what to do. So her dad told to look at things differently and tell her own bumps to go away- as in specifically talk to them. 
While this sounds strange the point behind it is that we all have things that we let bother us and drive us crazy about ourselves. A common one is physical appearance, weight, etc. It's a constant nagging and the book is saying "Hey when something is bugging you, do something about it, whether changing what you are able or thinking about it differently."
I think every child should know that they control their own minds and how they think on things. I think the main story is great for younger kids but they might get confused, but the older they get the more things will make sense. This book is a true story that actually happened to the author and I completely believe that your mind is powerful enough to change things.

For a children's book I think this is unique and I really enjoyed it and recommend it. 

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

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Lady's Honor Book Review


About the Book

Society is concerned about her honor, but Elizabeth must realize her worth doesn't lie in her inheritance.

In order to avoid a forced marriage to a dangerous man, Elizabeth Trelawney flees London. An unexpected stranger arrives to help her, and as they elude her pursuers across Cornwall in the night, Elizabeth realizes her rescuer, Rouan Curnow, is familiar.

Their differences in social status kept Rouan from pursuing a courtship with the lady his heart wouldn't let him forget. Now because of dangerous smugglers and local murders, the two are plunged into a reckless alliance that rattles Rouan's fledgling faith in God.

The closer they get to Bastian Point-Elizabeth's true home-the more she realizes it is the only place she longs to be. Even the sight of its solid structure perched on the cliffs makes her feel safe. Elizabeth is the most likely to inherit Bastian Point if Grandfather never learns she spent the night, however innocently, with a near stranger.

As spring warms into summer, Elizabeth finds herself torn between wanting to be the perfect grandchild and her growing love for a man of whom no one will approve as a match for her, a man she knows she shouldn't entirely trust. Unsure whether she is being foolish or following the right path, she sets out with Rouan on a quest to find the true culprit behind the local violence.

Their quest leads them to danger, and she must choose whether to follow the man she loves or cling to the safety of her family home. (Goodreads)

My Review

To be honest this was a very disappointing read. The first few chapters were intriguing but as the story continued on it was difficult for me to really get into the story. Elizabeth (the main character) was not my favorite, her attitude and how the characters interacted I did not enjoy. I wish I could say otherwise but this is my honest opinion. I had high hopes and the first part of the book is great with mystery but the story line was not as well developed as I would have liked.
I rate three stars. 

Look for this book in stores April 22, 2014.
"I received this book from BookLook for free in exchange for an honest review."

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Lip Reading Book Review


She Could Save Millions, or Save Herself

She just needs a little longer. She’s really close. Dr. Rebecca Jackson, a medical researcher, stands on the verge of a breakthrough that will transform medicine. But she soon discovers the reason behind the miraculous progress in her research, and it leaves her with a nearly impossible choice . . . and little time to decide. More than her research is at stake. And more threatens it than this latest revelation. Something she’s tried hard to cover up. There is a high cost to some things in medicine and it’s not always the patient who pays. Can Rebecca find the faith and wisdom she needs to make the right call? The clock is ticking and the pressure is on.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Lip Reading, go HERE.

My Review

This is the first book I have read by Harry Kraus. I really enjoyed the overall story line and the characters. There were many twists that I was not expecting which kept the story moving. Rebecca's character had so much depth and it takes a talented writer to create such a character. Around the middle of the book things got a bit slow and wordy but I still enjoyed the rest of the book. There are a ton of science/medical terms that went right over my head but it added to the story. I rate four stars. 

 "I received this book from CFBA for free in exchange for an honest review."
This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Lip Reading
David C. Cook (March 1, 2014)
Harry Kraus


A Word from Harry:

I started writing my first novel during my last year of surgery training at UK. I was a chief resident, and started writing Stainless Steal Hearts in a call room at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Lexington. It was a crazy time to write! I had a very demanding schedule, often spending days and nights in the hospital. I had two sons at that time, and I recognized the wisdom in my wife's urging: "Now doesn't seem the right time for this dream."

My experience as a writer is far from typical. Having received my formal training in biology and chemistry and medicine, my only preparation for a writing career was a love for reading. The longest thing I'd written before my first novel was a term paper in undergraduate school. My first novel was accepted by Crossway Books and published in 1994, and it wasn't until after I had FOUR published novels that I even opened a book of instruction about the craft of writing fiction. This is not what I recommend to others! Yes, I was successful, but I was bending the "rules" without knowing it. I had a natural talent for plotting, but I realize my initial success may have stunted my growth as a writer. I'd have made faster progress if I'd have gone to the fiction teachers sooner.

I have three sons: Joel, Evan, and Samuel. Look closely in all of my books and you'll see them there. My lovely wife, Kris, provides the basic composition for all those beautiful, athletic, dedicated women in my novels.

Mark of Distinction Book Review

About the Book
 London is said to be the glittering jewel of society, a world unto itself—but to Julia Elliston it is a city of shadows. Her life is swiftly dissolving into scandal. And in Victorian society, even a whisper of scandal—substantiated or not—can be the death of a young woman’s reputation.

When Julia discovers that Lord Roy Pierson, her guardian and one of most influential men in England, is the father she has never met, she begrudgingly accepts his protection. But Chance Macy’s power is far-reaching as well.

Thrust into society as the Emerald Heiress, Julia is the toast of London, a celebrated curiosity. But in reality she’s trapped between the clutches of two powerful men. Aided only by a gentleman whose intentions she prays she can trust, Julia must finally take control of her own fate—but outwitting one’s foe rarely goes according to plan. (Goodreads)

 My Review
I loved the first book in this series. It was in my top ten last year and I have been anxiously awaiting this second book. The first book is most definitely better but this book was good to tie the stories together. In the middle I thought it got a bit wordy and drawn out but I enjoyed the characters and the setting just like the first. Julia grows and comes so far from the first book, I wanted to jump into the book at times. Like in the first, this book has a ton of detail which I do like with Jessica's writing. While this book had a finality in the end I am still excited about the next book!
 You must read the first book before starting this, nothing will make any sense if you do not start with book one. 

I rate this book four stars but I still highly recommend this series. 

This book releases May 1, 2014.
 "I received this book for free from Tyndale Publishing House in exchange for an honest review."

Monday, April 14, 2014

Worship Book Revew

About the Book
Worship is so much more than what is sung or played in church on Sunday morning. John MacArthur takes you step by step in a discovery of who and how to worship. From the existence of God and His attributes, to instruction on the right and wrong ways to worship God, MacArthur never strays from teaching and explaining what the Bible says. This book makes it Biblically clear that worship is all about how we prioritize and live our daily lives to honor and glorify God. Make worship your ultimate priority!

 My Review

The concept of worship is intriguing to me as I once had a friend ask me what I thought the word meant. Is it just singing? Is it your life? Is it just in church on Sundays? What is worship? This book goes into a lot of depth on what worship really means and how others have portrayed it over the years. Every aspect of worship is discussed fully with verses backing up thoughts. I enjoyed this book but at times I thought it got a bit wordy. I knew what he was saying, it didn't need to be repeated. I agree for the most part of what worship should be and how I have looked at the majority of my life. Honestly, I haven't thought much about it the meaning itself or how others view it. If you are looking for an in depth look into worship this book is really very interesting.

 "I received this book from MP Newsroom for free in exchange for an honest review."

A Spring Trip

Sunday, April 13, 2014

A Table by the Window Book Review

About the Book

The youngest heir to a French-Italian restaurant dynasty, food writer Juliette D’Alisa has spent her life negotiating her skill with words and her restaurant aspirations. When her brother Nico offers her a chance to open a restaurant together, she feels torn—does she really have what it takes? Should she risk leaving her journalism career?

After the death of her grandmother, Juliette discovers an antique photograph of a man who looks strikingly like her brother. As the truth behind the picture reveals romance and dark secrets, Juliette struggles to keep the mystery away from her nosy family until she can uncover the whole story.

Inspired by her grandmother’s evolving story, Juliette resolves to explore the world of online dating. To her surprise, she finds a kindred spirit in Neil McLaren, a handsome immunologist based in Memphis, Tennessee. With a long-distance relationship simmering, Juliette faces life-shifting decisions. How can she possibly choose between a promising culinary life and Neil, a man a world away in more ways than one? And is it possible her Grandmother’s story can help show the way? (Goodreads)

My Review

What a beautifully written story. Any book about food is bound to be good but this book really is in the top ten for the year. I love the characters and how the author writes. It's unique and fun with a mix of recipes at the end of each chapter. The start of each chapter starts with a food type quote which I loved every time I turned that page! 
Here is my favorite: "No one who cooks, cooks alone. Even at her most solitary, a cook in the kitchen is surrounded by generations of cooks past, the advice and menus of cooks present, the wisdom of cookbook writers. -Laurie Colwin" (A Table by the Window)

There is a pinch of romance but what really fills the pages is a close knit family who come together no matter what is happening. Food is their lives and I loved reading about how they ran the restaurant and made food. The mystery keeps the book flowing with Juliette's grandmother's trunk and it's hidden treasures. The ending is rather abrupt and I found there is to be a sequel!
 This book has a great feel to it and I ate every page up. (Pun intended) 

I highly recommend this book!

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

Friday, April 11, 2014

Maybelle In Stiches Book Review


 About the Book
Maybelle Kazinzki can't sew. She was after all, the only girl in the seventh grade Home Economics class to sew the zipper in the neck hole of the A-Line dress they were supposed to make. But when she finds an unfinished quilt in the attic of her mother s house she gets the crazy idea to finish it somehow, come heck or high water. She thinks it will help fill the lonely nights while her husband, Holden, is serving overseas during World War II. Her recently departed mother s quilt is made from scraps of material Maybelle traces back to her mother s childhood, her grandmother s childhood and her own childhood. She tries to add one of Holden s stripes to it but the sewing is not going well and neither is her life.After receiving some harsh news, Maybelle's faith falters and she puts the quilt away and stops trusting God. But God is faithful- no matter what. And it'll take a group of neighborhood women armed with quilting needles to help Maybelle believe that. (Goodreads)

 My Review

I love the cover for this book, I love old trunks! This book, while fairly predictable, took an interesting look into life on the home front during World War II. The thing I enjoyed the most is how the women went to work, welding no less, and they were serious about ending the war. Even though they were far away they wanted to do their part and help. I enjoyed the details of their work day. The story line is about "Dear John" letters and remaining hopeful that Maybelle's one love will return home. The sewing process is interesting but was not that part I enjoyed the most. If you have read the other Quilts of Love books or if you enjoy World War II stories you will enjoy this read.

 "I received this book from Litfuse for free in exchange for an honest review."
Don’t miss the newest Quilts of Love book, Maybelle in Stitches, by Joyce Magnin. Maybelle can’t sew. But when she finds an unfinished quilt in the attic of her mother’s house, she gets the crazy idea to complete it.
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  • Scraps of Evidence by Barbara Cameron
  • A Sky Without Stars by Linda S. Clare
  • Maybelle in Stitches by Joyce Magnin
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Thursday, April 10, 2014

How to Stay Sane in a Crazy World Book Review


 About the Book
 Has it just been one of those days? Or months? Or years? I was once in a yoga class (a rare yoga class, I’ll admit), where the teacher had us all exhale again and again and again, until—as she put it—we’d let go of today, the last month and, by the end, “the whole of last year.” We all collapsed in very non-yogic giggling. But we knew what she meant. Exhale. Let it all go.     To exhale, I stop “doing Life” and start to wind down and engage in soothing rituals like lighting a candle.     And then I take to my bed.     Perhaps you need to do the same? . . .     Gather up your pillows and a box of Kleenex, a novel and some tea . . . sink back against those soft pillows and dream. It’s time to rest, rejuvenate, and appreciate just how glorious life really is.

My Review

This is a perfect book for fresh ideas. Short and simple the most any one page has is a paragraph with a unique picture. The book is split up between morning, afternoon, and evening. I enjoyed the pictures and I thought many of the ideas where creative if you need a "pick me up" or fresh perspective. I really loved the back of the book where the author puts some of her favorite books, movies, songs, etc. Also, I think the start of the book where the author talks about a diagnoses with cancer changes the viewpoint on the book and makes it more personable. I recommend if you want a small go to uplifting book. 

"I received this book from the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review."

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A Perfect Pet for Peyton Book Review

About the Book
 This wonderfully imaginative children's hardcover book by bestselling authors Gary Chapman and Rick Osborne, featuring four-color illustrations (with hidden details!) by Wilson Williams, Jr., will help children learn the importance of love. Based on Gary's highly successful The 5 Love Languages®, A Perfect Pet for Peyton tells an entertaining and playful story of five children who each, with the help of Mr. Chapman and the unique pets at his special emporium, discover their own personal love language. Children and parents alike will experience firsthand the power of the love languages as they cuddle up and spend precious time together reading this book over and over again.

The cast of child characters in this whimsical story include: 

Peyton, one of the birthday celebrants, loves to help others, and appreciates it when others do little things for him.
Penny, Peyton's twin sister, who receives love best when others spend quality time with her.

Jayla, one of Penny's close friends, is always saying nice things about people. Her love language is words of affirmation.

Kevin, one of Peyton's close friends, enjoys giving things to pe

Sofia loves to pet the animals, and to show her love for others with special hugs. (Goodreads)

 My Review

  I love children's books and I enjoy watching my nephews learning how to read. This book was much better than I had anticipated. The pictures are great as is the main story line. My seven year old nephew would love this book mainly because on each page it has the reader try to find something in the picture. Think I Spy only interwoven with the story line. Also at the end of the book is when all the children in the book figure out what Love Language they have. I am married and have read Gary's 5 Love Languages. I had no idea how he would fit this into a children's book but it was actually well done. Each person is unique and in the book each child got a pet that fit with their love language. Also, at the very back of the book is a section to find your own love language. 
This is one of the best kids books that I have read in a while, I highly recommend!! 

"I received this book from Moody Publishers for free in exchange for an honest review."

Friday, April 4, 2014

Through the Deep Waters Book Review

About the Book

Born to an unloving prostitute in a popular Chicago brothel, timid seventeen-year-old Dinah Hubley was raised amidst the secrets held in every dark, grimy room of her home. Anxious to escape, Dinah pursues her dream of becoming a Harvey Girl, waiting tables along the railroad in an upscale hotel. But when she finds out she isn't old enough, her only option is to accept a job as a chambermaid at the Clifton Hotel in Florence, Kansas. Eager to put everything behind her, Dinah feels more worthless than ever, based on a single horrible decision she made to survive. (Goodreads)

My Review

I picked this book because I like to read about characters who struggle and find hope because it is reality. Books take me out of my own reality but I do enjoy books that speak truth and this book is set in the truth of prostitution and the hard life for a young woman in 1883. I enjoyed Dinah's character and her growth throughout the book. The pages skip between three different people but I liked reading from Dinah's perspective the most. The middle of the book got a bit slow for me but I loved the history about the Harvey Girls and working at the Clifton Hotel. The end of the book is really very good and Amos' character shines through. 
For those who like redeeming story lines with God's love throughout you will like this book. 

Find out more about Kim. 

Look for this book May 6, 2014!

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

Reading the Bible Without Getting Lost Book Review

About the Book

"Scripture did not spring from the imaginations of ancient men, but holy men spoke and wrote as they were carried along by the Spirit of God" (2 Pet. 1:21). This simple handbook serves as a guide to help beginning readers of the Bible arrive where the Spirit intended.

 My Review

I really enjoyed the first part of the this book because it gave an overview of the Bible. I have been reading my Bible a lot more because I realized that I really haven't read much. I honestly thought this book would be a bit more in depth. Granted this is a small book to cover the main topics in the Bible. For what it is, this book did a great job on the main topics in each chapter of the Bible. The first part talks a lot about who wrote the books and the history of the Bible and how it came about. I would highly recommend to those who are trying to read their Bible and want a quick overview. For the in depth people who are studying details this wouldn't be my first pick. 

 "I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review."