Monday, December 5, 2016

You're Saying It Wrong (Review)

This review is for the book "You're Saying It Wrong" by Ross Petras and Kathryn Petras. When I saw this book I just knew I had to get it. This book is a guide to pronouncing the top 150 most commonly mispronounced words. It even gives a background on the words. I am such a word geek, so this book is one that I am keeping for myself but also buying for my word geek friends for Christmas!

The book is alphabetical and contains words that I didn't even know I was mispronouncing, such as "bruschetta" and "spit and image" (I always say "spitting image")!! As you can see, it also includes phrases. The book even contains some names, such as "Thames" and "Beijing". Also, sprinkled throughout the pages are lists such as British names, names of authors, and names of wines.

I absolutely love this book. Any writers, readers, and word lovers out there NEED this book in their lives! I highly recommend it!

Thank you to the publisher for a copy of the book.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Pray A to Z (Review)

This review is for the book "Pray A to Z" by Amelia Rhodes. This book is such a great premise. It is a practical guide to praying for your community. Each letter of the alphabet has five topics associated with it - such as bullying, infertility, and trafficking which are things we either struggle with or our community or nation is struggling with, or topics such as graciousness, light, and redeemer, which are attributes of God that we need to be thankful for and reminded of.

Each topic is short and to the point. There is a scripture associated with each topic, a short paragraph on what specifically could be prayed for regarding that topic, and then a sample prayer for each topic. It's really incredible how specific this prayer guide is. I have never seen another one that included topics such as eating disorders or people who lack medical care.I absolutely loved it because it brought up so many things that I forget to pray for so many times.

I definitely recommend this book. It would make a great Christmas present for the prayer warrior in your life!

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book.

Pray A to Z Amelia Rhodes

Pursuing Gold (Review)

This review is for the book "Pursuing Gold" by Cynthia Simmons. This is a novel of the Civil War era, and if you enjoy historical fiction, you will definitely like this novel which is full of suspense, mystery and romance. Although it is suspenseful it isn't gruesome or anything that will make you cringe.

In this book, Peter Chandler has inherited the leadership of a bank. His partner's daughter, Mary Beth, who is an old family friend, is taking over some duties as well since her father is in poor health. Unfortunately, right now is not a good time for the banking business because the Civil War is raging around Chattanooga. There is a lot of political pressure, and then Mary Beth discovers counterfeit money which puts the bank in grave danger of closing. While the two journey together to stop the counterfeiter, save the bank, find investments in Gold, and come to terms with their parents' death and failing health, they also learn to lean on one another and are able to find love.

I found this book very enjoyable and I would definitely recommend it.

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book.

Friday, December 2, 2016

The Remnant (Review)

This review is for the book "The Remnant" by Monte Wolverton. This book is a post-Apocalypse novel. The Apolcalypse happened in 2069 but Jesus didn't show up. Instead, war, natural disasters, and pandemics destroyed most of the earth's population. There is a government controlling everything now from Tunisia. Workers in a camp decide to embark on a dangerous journey to escape and see if they can find "true" Christians. They don't know what is out there, outside of the camp, but they are willing to take their chances. They go on a dangerous adventure, coming across many different groups of Christians who seem to be self-serving, misinterpreting scripture, and sometimes just seem to be operating on plain lunacy. Throughout it all the group gains some spiritual fortitude and begins to figure out what exactly they believe.

I will say this wasn't the most riveting book I have ever read. I just couldn't get into it. I think the premise of the book is good, but I never connected with the characters and there were several parts I ended up just skimming.

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Photographs from the Edge (Review)

This review is for the book "Photographs from the Edge" by Art Wolfe. I am not a photographer (except of my children) but I definitely have an appreciation for photography. This book is a collection of Art Wolfe's photography, and Rob Sheppard has compiled it all, while getting the background story on these fascinating pictures. The book begins with pictures from the 1980's and continues into the modern photographs he has taken. The photographs are of things and situations unlike any that a typical person has ever seen in person. From the Milky Way in Madagascar to hyenas in Botswana, these pictures will astound you and make you realize how huge and magnificent our world is! Wolfe has amazing stories to tell over his decades of experience and any photographer or lover of nature, adventure and photography will enjoy this book.

Thank you to the publisher for a copy of the book.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Trust My Heart (Review)

This review is for the book "Trust My Heart" by Carol J. Post. In this book, we meet Jami Carlisle, a reporter who lives in small town Murphy, North Carolina. One day, Grant McAllister arrives in town. Grant is from a big city, he's a high-power lawyer, and he is only in town to sell some property he has inherited from grandparents he never even knew. He doesn't trust women and he doesn't trust reporters, so Jami has to do a lot of work to befriend him. She wants the background story of his family, but the more she gets to know him, she starts to really like him.

Grant and Jami go on a journey of distrust and learning more about themselves. Both of them have some baggage, and they have to come to terms with it before they can really trust each other and grow into a relationship.

I loved this book. It's an easy, feel-good read. I love books about small town romance and I really liked the characters in this novel!

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Most Wonderful Time (Review)

This review is for the book "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" by Ace Collins. I really enjoyed this book because it contained really short, interesting readings that will definitely get you in the Christmas spirit! The book is laid out in such a way that you can easily do one reading a day. Each chapter contains a scripture and then a short reading, a background of a Christmas song (such as "What Child is This?" or "Good Christian Men, Rejoice"), and then a recipe either for food or a homemade craft that you could use as a gift.

I absolutely loved this book because I was able to learn something from the devotionals and the sections on the Christmas songs, but then I was also able to find recipes and crafts that I will be able to use on friends and family for a long time in the future! I highly recommend this book as a Christmas gift!

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Christian's Hope (Review)

This review is for the book "Christian's Hope" by Ervin R. Stutzman. This is actually the third book is Stutzman's Return to Northkill series. In the first book of the series, we meet Jacob Hochstetler, an Amish settler whose peace-loving Amish family is attacked by Indians. Jacob is captured, along with two of his sons, while other members of his family are killed. In this book, readers follow the story of one of the sons, Christian. He spent seven years in captivity with the Indians, but came to love them and their way of life. Getting back into the ways of the Amish is not what Christian wants, and it's a particularly hard transition because of hard feelings between the Amish and Indians. In the end, he is able to find a few family members and members of the community who understand what he is dealing with, and they are able to help guide him in his journey to finding what "home" looks like to him.

This was even more interesting to me when I finished the book and realized it was based on a true story! This story is captivating and intriguing. It's like no other Amish novel I've read.

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a free copy of the book.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Fatal Frost (Review)

This review is for the book "Fatal Frost" by Nancy Mehl. This is the first book in the Defenders of Justice series. In this book, we meet U.S. Marshal Mercy Brennan who was just shot in the line of duty. She is still undergoing therapy and psychological evaluations from that when she is suddenly put on a special assignment. The assignment entails her being sent off with her friend and coworker Tally, and another U.S. Marshal who just happens to be her ex-boyfriend Mark.

Hardly before the assignment even gets started, Mercy realizes the assignment is actually set up to keep her in a safe place. Unfortunately, with a traitor in the office, the enemy knows exactly where she is... and is coming for her. She has a lot of questions about why they are coming after her and how they are going to stay safe. Throughout all of this she has to learn to trust Mark again, as well as come to terms with what she feels in regards to God.

This is a great book with lots of danger and suspense! Thank you to Bethany House for a copy of the book.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Cold Case Christianity (Review)

This review is for the book "Cold-Case Christianity for Kids" by J. Warner Wallace and Susie Wallace. This is the type of book that I absolutely love to have on hand for my kids to read. This book is written by someone who is actually a detective of cold cases, but he has tailored this book to fit the learning styles and knowledge of kids. The illustrations are awesome and will definitely capture the attention of the kids reading this book. The book moves along slowly enough to build momentum and keep the attention of kids who are reading it, but quickly enough so that they don't lose interest. This is a great book for young readers to read so they can grasp the foundations of the Christian faith from a "logical" perspective. It is important to have some facts under your belt along with your "blind faith" so you can be strong in the truths you learn. As the kids in the book learn how to investigate the mystery of the skateboard, they are also learning how to investigate God's truths for themselves. I love the parallel throughout the book. I think this book will make a lot of sense to kids who are reading it. I read it with my kids the first time but I would like them to read it on their own over and over again because I think it will only make more sense each time they read it through. I think this is a book that all households should have on their shelf!

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book.