Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Full: Food, Jesus, And the Battle for Satisfaction Review


 About the Book
Whether the struggle is with excess weight, unwanted cravings, total control, or extreme diets, we all have a relationship with food. In fact, many of us are so consumed with this aspect of our lives that we’ve developed a food fixation. Our obsessive thoughts about food, about what to eat and when, may be signaling a deeper spiritual issue.

Whatever your relationship with food, Full can open your mind and heart to surprising spiritual truths and free you to approach food rightly. Unpacking a theology of food and sharing stories of women who have overcome food fixation, Asheritah Ciuciu helps readers engage this issue in a practical and holistic way.

Revealing 12 biblical principles that can break the power of food and free us to taste and see that God is good, Full addresses questions like:

Why we need a spiritual solution for our food problem
How to reawaken a hunger for God
Practical ways to overcome food fixation

Includes a quiz addressing the symptoms and manifestations of food fixation, helping you determine if you or someone you know may need this book. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

First of all, do you see the cover to this book? It automatically makes me want to pick it up, it is so lovely.The words inside are just as good! I think this book could benefit many women. It starts with what many issues we all have with food. The guilt, the constant temptation, and how it is simply exhausting when you are constantly thinking about food. This has been a real struggle in my life and one that I have slowly gotten healed. I love all of the Biblical content she shares in this book and where true satisfaction comes from. The food we consume we forget about shortly afterward and it certainly does not last. I have read many books like this and this is one I wish I had earlier in my life. 
Highly recommend. 

"I received this book from MP Newsroom for free. All opinions are my own" 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Good Good Father for Little Ones Review


About the Book
“Oh, I’ve heard a thousand stories of what they think you’re like . . . but I’ve heard the tender whisper of love in the dead of night . . . and you tell me that you’re pleased . . . and that I’m never alone. You’re a good good Father.”

Experience the truth of God’s love for His children in refreshing, heartwarming ways through the children’s board book Good Good Father for Little Ones, illustrated with stunning art by Lorna Hussey and penned by Grammy Award-winning Christian music artist Chris Tomlin and Pat Barrett.

With sweet, rhyming text, Good Good Father for Little Ones explores many of the attributes that make God such a good, good Father: like a warrior, He protects you; like a teacher, He helps you learn and grow; like a doctor, He makes you feel better; like a farmer, He provides the food you need; like a musician, He brings you joy. Most of all, a good, good Father loves you!

Based on the children’s picture book Good Good Father, this precious rhyming adaptation will leave little ones with a greater assurance that God truly is a good, good Father and they are loved by Him. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

This is a cute little board book about our Good Father, the Lord. Now you will need to discuss Who the Father is as He is only represented by a Lion. I think it is a good example and would create a good discussion with your child on who the lion represents. 
Five stars. 

"I received this book from BookLook Bloggers for free. My opinion is my own. "

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Baa! Oink! Moo! Kids Review


 About the Book

Baa! Oink! Moo! God Made the Animals, written by award-winning author Rhonda Gowler Greene and illustrated by David Walker, is set on a farm and follows a conversation between a mother and child as the child repeatedly asks "Mama, who made . . . ?"

In the end, children learn that God is responsible for creating sheep, cows, pigs, horses, goats––all the animals on the farm… including puppies! Together, parents and children will discover the wonder of God’s creation when they open Baa! Oink! Moo! God Made the Animals. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

This book is so much better than I was expecting! It's a larger board book and had cute illustrations. I like how it answers the questions of the child, which are many. Like " Who made that milk that fills the pail?" talking about the cow. Kids ask a million questions and the answers in this book are simple, there is no other way but God! God made the cow and He was awesome enough to make it so they made milk. Why? Because God is amazing!
Great book!!
Five stars. 

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

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Walking on Water Thoughts


 About the Book
In this classic book, Madeleine L'Engle addresses the questions, What makes art Christian? What does it mean to be a Christian artist? What is the relationship between faith and art? Through L'Engle's beautiful and insightful essay, readers will find themselves called to what the author views as the prime tasks of an artist: to listen, to remain aware, and to respond to creation through one's own art. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

I'll be honest in saying I didn't love this book. I didn't agree with many of the viewpoints and thoughts on Christianity. I think there are some good things to take away but simply said this was not the book for me. I have read many other good reviews and they are good, I just didn't agree with the author and that is okay.
"Thanks to Blogging for Books for a free copy. My opinion is my own. "

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Because You're Mine Review


 About the Book

Alanna has been plagued by tragedy. So it should come as no surprise that in the beauty that surrounds Charleston, all is not as it seems.

When her husband is killed by a car bomb while their band is on tour in Charleston, Alanna doesn’t know where to turn. Her father-in-law is threatening to take custody of the baby she carries, but the one thing she knows for sure is that she can’t lose the last piece of Liam she has left.

Their manager offers her a marriage of convenience to gain her U.S. citizenship and allow her to escape her father-in-law’s control. It seems like the perfect solution . . . but her doubts begin almost as soon as she arrives at Barry’s family home, a decaying mansion surrounded by swamp.

To make matters worse, Liam’s best friend survived the car bomb. She’s never really liked Jesse and now she can’t seem to get away from him. When he takes Liam’s place in their band, it’s almost more than she can bear.

But then things start happening. Things that could easily cost Alanna her life—or the life of her unborn child. Are they merely coincidences? Or is there something much more sinister at work?(Goodreads)

 My Thoughts

I am not sure where to start. I was so looking forward to reading this book as I have read many of Colleen's books. This story came out of left field and it didn't seem like the same author had written it. The overall concept is interesting but this book fell flat for me. The characters are so wishy washy and I felt no character development or connection. The suspense part was not really suspenseful and was more confusing than not. I felt like too much was just thrown in this book and it didn't flow right. Once the ending was getting close I had it figured out but was disappointed. The relationship with Jesse and Liam and Alanna is pretty much weird and how it ended seemed very unrealistic. The mentioning of soul transferring and an exorcism were completely random and not necessary.  I don't want to give away too much but DNA is DNA. 
Anyway this isn't a Colleen Coble book I would recommend. She has so many other wonderful books that this one just wasn't up to par.
Three stars.

"I received this book from Booklook for free. All opinions are my own."

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

An Uncommon Courtship Review


About the Book

When her mother's ill-conceived marriage trap goes awry, Lady Adelaide Bell unwittingly finds herself bound to a stranger who ignores her. Lord Trent Hawthorne, who had grand plans to marry for love, is even less pleased with the match. Can they set aside their first impressions before any chance of love is lost? (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

I have so many mixed feelings after reading this book. I LOVED the first two books in the series and the novella. I also think if you do read these books you should read them in order somewhat for many things to all make sense. Now as for this book, I did enjoy the overall story line. I think Kristi Ann Hunter is a talented author. But, I could not connect with the characters at all. I tried to love this book but I just couldn't. While in any marriage of convenience there is sure to be awkward moments, but this book was so drawn out with the awkward moments and the blinking. Many things started to grate on my nerves just because I felt like nothing ever changed or moved forward or much character development. Yes, there are some funny parts and some really very good parts but overall this book was too choppy and slightly irritating for me to read. Also, as others have mentioned there are some private things discussed that while are not explicit made me go..hmmm, I'm not sure I really wanted to know that. I think for younger girls it might be confusing and honestly scary if they are unaware of what could go on after marriage.
All that being said I an very excited about her next novel about
Griffith! The previous books are also wonderful so start there!

Three stars and a half stars. 

"I received this book from Bethany House for free. All opinions are my own."

Thursday, January 5, 2017

A Moonbow Night Review


 About the Book

After fleeing Virginia, Temperance Tucker and her family established an inn along the Shawnee River. It's a welcome way station for settlers and frontiersmen traveling through the wild Cumberland region of Kentucke--men like Sion Morgan, a Virginia surveyor who arrives at the inn with his crew looking for an experienced guide. When his guide appears, Sion balks. He certainly didn't expect a woman. But it is not long before he must admit that Tempe's skill in the wilderness rivals his own. Still, the tenuous tie they are forming is put to the test as they encounter danger after danger and must rely on each other.
With her signature sweeping style and ability to bring the distant past to vivid life, Laura Frantz beckons readers to join her in a land of Indian ambushes, conflicting loyalties, and a tentative love that meanders like a cool mountain stream. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Laura Frantz last summer. She is so wonderful and I adore her books. I'll be honest in saying I don't love this book cover, but that aside this story is fantastic. I loved the setting and the characters jumped out on the page. One of the main aspects of this story line is dealing with grief, and Frantz did a splendid job with this. Don't let that scare you away from reading this (it is a a dreary sad tale) it is simply something that is portrayed in the book. I think this is a book I could read again and notice things I didn't the first time. It is a captivating book. 
Five stars. 

"I received this book from Revell for free. All opinions are my own. "

Monday, January 2, 2017

Where Does Love Hide? Kid's Review


 About the Book

In Where Does Love Hide? children are reminded that they not only receive love but have the opportunity to share love. Looking under the fun, lift-a-flap feature, children will see examples of everyday love opportunities. Each page includes a memory verse and an example of a way to share God's love. In life, children hear the words "I love you" repeatedly, often beginning before birth. However, because love is an abstract concept and young children are concrete thinkers, they must gradually learn to understand love by what they experience. In Where Does Love Hide? children are given the opportunity to see love in action and learn what love looks like. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

I must say this book is so fun! Each page has a lift-the-flap picture which is always a joy for children. This takes the kids down to the basics on how love is shown throughout the day. Love is shown through kindness and sharing and doing for others. I think this little book does a nice job portraying this and would make a great conversation starter with little ones! 
Five stars. 

"I received this book from Tyndale Publishing. All opinions are my own."