Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Miracle Drug by Richard Mabry, MD



Miracle Drug (Abingdon, September 2015)
Overcoming these odds will take more than a miracle drug—it will take a miracle.
The infection wasn’t supposed to happen, but it did. The treatment was supposed to take care of it, but it didn’t. Then Dr. Josh Pearson discovers why—his patients, including the former President of the United States, have been dosed with a different strain of the original virus, one that is universally fatal. The only chance for survival is treatment with an experimental drug, but the manufacturer might already have discarded its supply.
As if treating the President of the United States isn’t stressful enough, the situation goes from bad to worse when Rachel Moore, a nurse Josh is falling in love with, falls ill. With the nation’s eyes on him, Josh must pull off a miracle to save a man who holds a good deal of power and the woman who holds his heart.
My opinion: As always, I enjoyed this book by Dr. Mabry, it was a delightful blend of medical drama, character development, religion and romance. This book really kicks up the suspense and drama a notch! I loved the fast pace action and could hardly put this book down. I enjoyed the characters in the book even if they are a bit too brilliant and too beautiful, but it still was an excellent read. An excellent book that keeps you guessing until the end. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

This Is Camino

What a delightful and fun cookbook. I had never heard of Russel or Allison before, but this book was excellent and had so many delightful recipes. I have done some cooking on an open fire before due to historical reenactment and I can attest to the fact that food prepared over an open fire really is uniquely flavored and is wonderful.
This book has brilliant photography and lush recipes, with varied skills needed, there is some difficult recipes to be sure and yet there are many that are deliciously simple that even I feel confident to attempt.
I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Monday, October 26, 2015

The Splendor of Ordinary Days by Jeff High

The Splendor of Ordinary Days

The pastoral charm of small-town Watervalley, Tennessee, can be deceptive, as young Dr. Luke Bradford discovers when he’s caught in the fallout of a decades-old conflict.
After a rocky start as Watervalley’s only doctor, Luke Bradford has decided to stay in town, honoring the three-year commitment he made to pay off his medical school debts. But even as his friendships with the quirky townsfolk deepen, and he pursues a romance with lovely schoolteacher Christine Chambers, several military veterans’ emotional wounds trigger anger and unrest in Watervalley.
At the center of the clash is the curmudgeonly publisher of the local newspaper, Luther Whitmore. Luther grew up in Watervalley, but he returned from combat in Vietnam a changed man. He fenced in beautiful Moon Lake, posting “Keep Out” notices at the beloved spot, and provokes the townspeople with his incendiary newspaper.
As Luke struggles to understand Luther’s past, and restore harmony in Watervalley, an unforeseen crisis shatters a relationship he values dearly. Suddenly Luke must answer life’s toughest questions about service, courage, love, and sacrifice.
My opinion: This book was a delightful read about small town living, at least that is all it seemed like at face value but it is so much more than that. This book is a quaint story that deals with Vietnam vets and other issues. The characters are utterly charming and the author does such a good job at making endearing characters that it makes you wish that you could meet many of them! A wonderful read with a warm center that one really enjoys. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Just show up by Kara Tippetts

Just Show Up - PK
Kara Tippetts’s story was not a story of disease, although she lost her battle with terminal cancer.
It was not a story of saying goodbye, although she was intentional in her time with her husband and four children. Kara’s story was one of seeing God in the hard and in the good. It was one of finding grace in the everyday. And it was one of knowing “God with us” through fierce and beautiful friendship.
In Just Show Up, Kara and her close friend, Jill Lynn Buteyn, write about what friendship looks like in the midst of changing life seasons, loads of laundry, and even cancer. Whether you are eager to be present to someone going through a difficult time or simply want inspiration for pursuing friends in a new way, this eloquent and practical book explores the gift of silence, the art of receiving, and what it means to just show up.

My opinion: What a very emotional read, knowing that Kara had lost her battle with cancer and left a young family behind, this book was hard to pick up and yet I am glad I did. While the book does deal with Kara's battle with cancer it is about so much more than that, it deals with being a good friend, during the good times and the rough times and how vital that is. I feel like Kara really opened up about her struggles and her faith in God and was able to praise Him till the end. This book was amazing and I am still so encouraged by it. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

What to eat when you're pregnant by Nicole Avena PhD

What a wonderful book that I very much wished I had when I was pregnant with my bundle of joy. I tried eating healthy but after reading book I realized that I really had no idea what the heck I was doing! This book is full of wonderful advice and had a lot of information that most people don't think about. I loved how it was broken down by trimester and what was best to eat when and why it was good to eat while pregnant.
I think it would make a great present for an expecting Mom, very different and yet essential.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Phoenix Claws and Jade Trees: Essential Techniques of Authentic Chinese Cooking

What a unique and interesting cookbook. I wasn't so sure about this cookbook at first, I love Chinese food, but find it to be so involved and certainly not something that you can easily do with a demanding 4 month old. This book really helps break Chinese food down and make it seem less daunting and more simplistic. With more than enough photos and a great step by step approach this book made Chinese food seem much more doable. I also love the wide range of recipes for chefs of various skill.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion

Monday, October 5, 2015

Pass it on by Jim Burns and Jeremy Lee

Pass it On PK


Pass It On (David C. Cook, September 2015)
Parents often experience a “freak out” moment when they realize their children’s view of God will primarily come from what they learn at home.
Most parents spend more time helping their kids succeed at academics or athletics than infusing shared spiritual experiences into the rhythm of everyday family life.
While the idea of strategically passing down our faith can seem intimidating, the annual Rites of Passage Experiences contained in Pass It On make it easy for your family to celebrate milestones from kindergarten through high school graduation. Forever change the direction of your family’s spiritual legacy . . . starting now!
My opinion: I feel this book is so vitally important to this day and age where many Christians are wondering how they are going to pass their faith on to their children. There are so many temptations and things that can pull children away from the faith so parents need to be super vigilant and make sure their children are exposed to the gospel daily. I really appreciated this book and the suggestions that were found in it, I feel this is an important book for any parents out there.

The Methuselah project by Rick Barry

Methuselah Project


The Methuselah Project(Kregel, September 2015)
Nazi scientists started many experiments. One never ended.
Roger Greene is a war hero. Raised in an orphanage, the only birthright he knows is the feeling that he was born to fly. Flying against the Axis Powers in World War II is everything he always dreamed—until the day he’s shot down and lands in the hands of the enemy.
When Allied bombs destroy both his prison and the mad genius experimenting on POWs, Roger survives. Within hours, his wounds miraculously heal, thanks to those experiments. The Methuselah Project is a success—but this ace is still not free. Seventy years later, Roger hasn’t aged a day, but he has nearly gone insane. This isn’t Captain America—just a lousy existence only made passable by a newfound faith. The Bible provides the only reliable anchor for Roger’s sanity and his soul. When he finally escapes, there’s no angelic promise or personal prophecy of deliverance, just confusion. It’s 2015—and the world has become an unrecognizable place.
Katherine Mueller—crack shot, genius, and real Southern Belle—offers to help him find his way home. Can he convince her of the truth of his crazy story? Can he continue to trust her when he finds out she works for the very organization he’s trying to flee?
Thrown right into pulse-pounding action from the first page, readers will find themselves transported back in time to a believable, full-colored past, and then catapulted into the present once more. The historical back-and-forth adds a constantly moving element of suspense to keep readers on the edge of their seats
My opinion: I was super excited to get a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest opinion as it had such an excited description and was very different from what I usually read, I have to say it did not disappoint. I loved the main character and the premise of the story, there was just the right amount of mystery, romance and suspense to keep one interested and on the edge of your seat. I thought the author did a fabulous job of really drawing one in and I loved it!

God Made all of me



God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies (New Growth Press, September 2015)
“God made every part of you!”
It’s easy to convey the message to children that their bodies—or particular parts of their bodies—are shameful. This misconception fuels confusion, embarrassment, and secrecy, and often prevents children from recognizing or reporting sexual abuse.
God Made All of Me is a simply-told, beautifully-illustrated story to help families talk about these sensitive issues with two- to eight-year-old children. Because the private parts of our bodies are private, the home is the ideal environment where a child should learn about his or her body and how it should be treated by others.
God Made All of Me starts from the fundamental truth that God created everything and applies that truth—the doctrine of creation—to kids and their bodies. It equips parents to talk with both boys and girls about their bodies and to help them understand the difference between the appropriate and inappropriate touch of others. God Made All of Me allows families to build a first line of defense against sexual abuse in the safety of their own homes.
God Made All of Me is the first children’s book written by Rid of My Disgrace authors Justin and Lindsey Holcomb. Parents of young children themselves, the Holcombs regularly counsel victims of sexual abuse and are profoundly aware of the dangers kids face. Their simple and relatable story, designed to help children protect their bodies, will be an important resource for every family with young children.
My opinion: With a 4 month old little girl I was beyond excited to receive this book in exchange for my honest opinion. Knowing that it is so important and yet difficult to talk to ones children about such issues I was excited there is a book, and a Christian one at that, to help parents talk to their kids about appropriate and inappropriate touches. This book really is a must for parents as it does a great job explaining appropriate touches and it is told in a simplistic manner easy for kids to understand. I wish it was not something that one has to talk about with their kids, but in this day and age it is vitally important and this book is a valuable resource.