Thursday, December 18, 2014

Love Without End (Review)

This review is for the book "Love Without End" by Robin Lee Hatcher. I have read several books by Hatcher, and actually read the first in this series earlier this year. One thing I noticed in the first few chapters of this book were a couple of inconsistencies, which surprised me. They are little things but still bothered me. One has to do with the suspicion Chet has with Kimberly's late husband. Even after she tells him at their first meeting that he passed away, later in the book Chet voices suspicions that Kimberly may have run away from her husband or may be hiding something, and then acts surprised to find out about her husband passing away. Also, they call each other by their first names and then later in the book when Chet calls Kimberly by her first name she acts happy that he did that for "the first time", when the truth is he'd already done it earlier in the book.

Of course those things don't make or break the story. I enjoyed the story, although I did feel that it wasn't absolutely necessary to add in the thread of Nana Anna's background. I kept thinking a twist was going to happen, but it never did.

It's a good read, but not the best I've read by her. I look forward to reading more from her in the future though.

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Brothers' Keepers (Review)

This review is for the book "The Brothers' Keepers" by NLB Horton. This is one of the most detailed, intricate books I have read. This is the second book in a series and I will admit I felt a little lost. It was hard for me to keep up with the relationships of all the characters. The story revolves around Grace Madison, an archaeologist, and the disappearance of her daughter and the attack of her daughter-in-law. The crimes are centered around old relics and mysteries which I could hardly wrap my mind around.

If you enjoy historical mysteries this book will be right up your alley.

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Kindergarten - Day 64 and Day 65

Day 64 - Monday

Hunter's reward for filling up his reward chart - a french cruller! Yum!

Brianna loves these books. I buy them whenever I see them at thrift stores. This was the latest we read.

Day 65 - Tuesday

Sunday, December 14, 2014

I Have Seen God (Review)

This review is for the book "I Have Seen God" by Klaus-Dieter John. This book is the story (the journey) of how Klaus-Dieter John and his wife Martina came to be missionaries in Peru, and not only that, but eventually build the most expensive, high-tech mission hospital in the country.

The book begins with a brief summary of how the Johns knew their calling to be missionaries and how they ended up together. The rest of the book is miracle after miracle of getting this hospital built.

Before reading this book I had never heard of the Johns. After reading this book, there is no way a reader could suggest that this hospital came together by coincidence. The miracles that came along through the years of this hospital coming to fruition have to be from the hand of God.

This was an amazing story and certainly kept my attention the whole way through. I encourage you to read it if you love to hear stories of God moving in people's lives.

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Sacred Year (Review)

This review is for the book "The Sacred Year" by Michael Yankoski. Yankoski is a Christian motivational speaker who felt the pull to stop talking about living a life of faith and becoming very intentional with his spiritual walk. He found mentors to help him along this path and learned from their wisdom. The book is split into three sections: finding depth with God, finding depth within yourself and finding depth with others. Each of these sections is incredibly important and yet very easily overlooked today in our modern society. Society as a whole is often in such a hurry we forget to take the time to meditate on God's word, or sit and listen to someone else talk about their problems, or simply take a walk to enjoy the outdoors.

I enjoyed reading about Yankoski's journey. A lot of the practices made me shake my head and try to think of ways to implement them into my own life.

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity and W Publishing Group for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

21 Things the Devil Cannot Do (Review)

This review is for the book "21 Things the Devil Cannot Do" by Duane Vander Klok. I really enjoyed this book. The author stated from the very beginning that so often we give the devil too much credit. We give him too much power. Really, though, his power is quite limited. I think it is so necessary to point out all the things the devil cannot do so we can claim back some of that authority. For example, the devil cannot operate in an atmosphere of praise, so if we keep that atmosphere around us, he cannot break through or have power. The devil cannot trespass where you don't allow him. The devil cannot hold power to things you don't yield to him. The author made so many good points throughout this book that I really agreed with. He also pointed out how Jesus can deliver us from so many things, and had the plan of salvation at the end of the book.

I think this is a great read. If you struggle with the idea of the devil being on your back, or saying "the devil made me do it" or giving him too much power, you should read this book.

Thank you to Chosen Publishers for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Home Team (Review)

This review is for the book "The Home Team" by Clint Archer. At first I was a bit skeptical about this book because there are just so many books out there about parenting and the family. This book was one of the best I've read, though. Archer uses sports metaphors to talk about the family, such as team rivals, the huddle, and going through each role of the team players.

The only thing I found in this book that I would change is I wish Archer would have been a little more specific with some of his suggestions. He talks about giving active instruction to children, for example, but was not specific enough that I could set the book down and implement this with my own children. On that note, though, I do understand it is impossible to get too detailed on every topic in the book.

I also liked the section at the end of each chapter called "Ask Yourself" which is great for self-reflection or a small group study.

Thank you to Cross Focused Reviews and Shepherd Press for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Too Loved to be Lost (Review)

This review is for the book "Too Loved to be Lost" by Debora Coty. This book was a great little read. The devotions are short, so the reader can read one if in a hurry, or several if she has a while to sit down and read. The stories in the devotions are funny, emotional, and interesting. Topics in the book include depression, confidence, feeling cherished, and waiting on God, among other things. Each chapter includes discussion questions which make the reader think about what was just discussed.

I highly recommend this book. I really enjoyed it, and would like to read more from this author in the future.

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Healed At Last (Review)

This review is for the book "Healed At Last" by Scott Blackwell. The thing I enjoyed most about this book is that Blackwell has a lot to add personally to this theory of healing. He is very honest about his physical impairments and how others have often focused intently on how he can be healed physically. Yet - he was never healed throughout his life, so he digs deeper to find out more about God's healing power.

Without a doubt, God still uses people to work miracles. I believe that, even in our modern times. But I also believe that God is not going to miraculously take care of every mountain that comes our way. I appreciate Blackwell being so honest about this. He takes readers through the journey of when you may have realized you might not ever receive that healing, and how to deal with it. In the end, God is still good and He is still a miracle worker, He still answers prayers and He still cares about you, even if you don't get what you want.

I think this is a well-written, honest, scriptural book. I highly recommend it to those who are struggling with questions about God's power or their own experiences.

Thank you to Cross Focused Reviews and Matthias Media for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Kindergarten - Day 63

Day 63 - Friday

Two field trips today so we took our Veteran's Day holiday on this day!

First up - our 4H meeting at Peaceful Meadows farm in local Carthage.

Home for lunch, then right back out to our second field trip - The Shaw House, a historical property in local town Southern Pines.