Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Many Sparrows by Lori Benton

Just when you think one of your favorite historical authors cannot get any better she goes and surprises you by really outdoing herself!
As always this book is filled with rich, vivid research, outstanding, deep characters with so many different layers and a exquisite writing. all of this coming together into one glorious book that is hard to put down!
At times heart breaking this book really brings to life the rough times in the frontier and the hear breaking circumstances many people found themselves in. The characters of Clare and Jeremiah are amazing and make your heart bleed for them when bad things happen and rejoice when something good happens.
If you are into historical fiction make sure to check Lori Benton out, you won't be disappointed.

Monday, August 14, 2017

So close to amazing by Karianne Wood

What a great, encouraging book. It is so easy to look at other peoples lives and think that they have everything together, especially when that person is a successful DIY blogger who has won many awards and is hugely popular. I love how KariAnne is so down to earth and honest that her life is far from perfect and that she has had many DIY attempts go wrong. Filled with warm insight and laugh out loud humor this book was such an engaging this book feels more like a good conversation with a good friend.  Not only is it an engaging read but there are also some pretty amazing DIY tips and projects at the end of each chapter that look amazing and totally doable (and I am by no means the Queen of DIY).
I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Is Justice Possible? by J. Paul Nyquist

In a very thought provoking book this is  very engaging read really gets one to think . Written in an engaging manner that gets one thinking and heavily drawing on the scriptures to support his points. Broken into 4 parts this book is long enough to give you enough to really think about but not too much to be too overwhelming. At times the book is a bit depressing because Justice is something we don't see as often as we would like in our society but this book does give hope at the end of the book that we will see true justice when Christ returns.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Dream Centered life by Luke Barnett

For anyone who has wanted to find what drives them and what makes them feel the most alive, this book is for you. I was eager to read this book and it certainly did not disappoint. Filled with inspiring stories, real world scripture application and keen insight this book really helps one think outside of the box and begin to dream of ways to enhance ones own life.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Hiding from the kids in my prayer closet by Jessica Kastner


Hiding from the Kids in My Prayer Closet (David C Cook, July 2017)
Finding grace and laughter when motherhood gets real
Soon after Jessica Kastner became a mother, she wondered if she was the only mom who found pretend play more boring than watching playdough harden and who dreaded yet another friend’s Instagram post of homemade deliciousness.
In Hiding from My Kids in the Prayer Closet, Kastner shares her experience as an “unmom”—a mom who loves her kids more than she loves the daily experience of mothering. She helps readers laugh at the ridiculous, delight in the unpredictable, and enjoy being the mothers God made them to be.

My opinion: For any Mom who feels overwhelmed by all of the responsibilities that come with being Mom this book is encouraging and laugh out loud funny at times. I love how candid and open the author is, it makes me feel like I am not alone in my crazy moments.  Being a Mom is definitely the hardest job one can ever have and yet this book helps makes you feel like you are not alone and that one can find grace and laughter in the disasters that can happen.
Written in a warm, witty manner this book is a great read.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Secrets by Jonathan Daugherty


Secrets: A True Story of Addiction, Infidelity, and Second Chances (New Growth Press, June 2017)
Everyone has a secret or two, a part of their life they would rather not share with the rest of the world.
But for Jonathan Daugherty, his secret was so life-altering and relationship-ending that he fought to keep it hidden at all costs. And it did cost him. His secret kept him from contentment, peace, and the possibility of being known and loved for who he truly is. That’s what any secret addiction can do—but in particular a sex addiction.
After his wife finally discovered his secret, their marriage appeared to be over. In Secrets, Jonathan honestly and courageously shares his story of addiction to pornography and how he lost everything to it.
But that’s not how the story ends. While Jonathan struggled, someone else was at work—his heavenly Father. At the lowest possible moment of his life, God stepped in and brought him hope and healing. This is a story of both loss and redemption that gives hope to anyone who has ever experienced the power and struggle of addiction and its life-destroying effects.
Addiction doesn’t have the final say over Jonathan’s life or in his marriage. The God who finds the lost, heals the sick, and brings life from death has the last, victorious word.
—A courageous, honest and open account of life as a sex addict and how sex addiction destroys marriages.
—A life-affirming and personal story of recovery and redemption that will inspire readers.
—Offers hope to all who struggle with pornography and sex addiction.
—Each chapter includes a “Living in the Light” section designed to equip and help readers find freedom from addiction.
—Suitable as a study for support groups of addicts and those who care about them.

My opinion: This is a great book about the struggles of keeping a secret and the terrible cost it comes to ones personal and spiritual life. I enjoyed this candid read as the author is very open about his struggles and how they almost destroyed his marriage and his ministry. This is about about making mistakes and finding redemption.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

On Love's Gentle Shore by Liz Johnson

I have really enjoyed this engaging series that is so down to earth and lovely characters. I loved this book that is about lost and found love. Natalie is an engaging heroine who has to come to terms with her past and face her future even though it is filled with uncertainty especially when she runs into a childhood friend who stirs up more feelings than she knew was possible. This book is a gentle love story with a lot of person growth and lots of feeling.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

My daughter's legacy by Mindy Clark and Leslie Gould


My Daughter’s Legacy(Harvest House, July 2017)
A thrilling tale of two women longing to follow God’s leading, make the most of second chances, and find true love at last
Virginia, 1864
Therese Jennings cannot abide the thought of owning slaves. When her widowed mother inherits a plantation, Therese flees to Civil War Richmond, where she works as a governess by day and tends to wounded soldiers at night. But when trouble befalls her family, can she reconcile her obligations with her beliefs? And will love—whether with an old beau or a handsome new suitor—ever fit in her broken world?
Virginia, present day
Nicole Talbot’s life is back on track after years of substance abuse. Home from college for the summer, she’s finally ready to share a shocking secret, one that raises new questions about a traumatic childhood experience. But when facts she uncovers cast doubt on her family’s legacy, she must risk all that she’s gained—her fresh start, her family’s trust, and her growing relationship with a new man—to unlock the secrets of the past.

My opinion: I have enjoyed this series thoroughly and this book was no exceptions. I love how this book goes back and forth between past and present and I liked how Nicole Talbot finally gets her own time to shine as we have gotten to know her in the previous books. Therese was an enjoyable character and I liked watching her love story grow and develop. Well written and researched meticulously. I loved how this series has a bit of mystery and intrigue as well.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. 

Monday, July 31, 2017

A Matter of Trust by Susan May Warren

What a great addition to another outstanding series. This book in turns develops the story of each member on the team and their exciting rescues. Filled with heart pounding action and great character development this book is just as good as the previous ones in the series.
I loved the character of Gage and found the betrayed love aspect to be interesting. This book was well written and exciting, it certainly made me feel like I was doing the daring rescue missions along with the team!
The character of Ella took a little bit to grow on me and it was hard getting past what she did to Gage, but by the end of the book you are definitely cheering for them and hoping things will work out.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Over Maya Dead Body by Sandra Orchard

At last some closure in this great series! After not being sure who Serena would end up with in this book you finally get your answer and I couldn't be more pleased! This book takes readers to the shores of Martha's Vineyard where Serena and her eclectic family are supposed to be taking a vacation for a old friend's wedding but when the friend ends up dead and there is evidence of an antique smuggling ring Serena gets pulled in and gets in over her head. When both Nate and Tanner show  up she gets more confused than ever before.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Grounded heartsby Jeanne Dickson


Grounded Hearts (Waterfall Press, July 2017)
A brave midwife. A wounded pilot. A risky secret.
In the midst of World War II, Ireland has declared herself neutral. Troops found on Irish soil must be reported and interned, no matter which side they are fighting for. When midwife Nan O’Neil finds a wounded young Canadian pilot at her door, she knows she’s taking a huge risk by letting him in. Not only is she a widow living alone, but if caught harboring a combatant, she’ll face imprisonment.

Still, something compels Nan to take in “flyboy” Dutch Whitney, an RAF pilot whose bomber has just crashed over County Clare. While she tends to his wounds and gives him a secret place of refuge, the two begin to form a mutual affection—and an unbreakable bond.
But Nan has another secret, one that has racked her with guilt since her husband’s death and made her question ever loving again. As Nan and Dutch plan his escape, can he help restore her faith?
My opinion: I was so eager to read this book, the premise sounded amazing and it is set in Ireland so how could you go wrong? Well unfortunately it didn't quite live up to what I was hoping. While the story line had a lot of promise it just fell pretty flat to me. I felt like there wasn't as much going on with the story and that there was just too much romance and not a whole lot else going on.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Evicted by Matthew Desmond

As a sociology major in college I was beyond thrilled to get this book to review as it looked right up my alley and it has been far too long since I have read a good book in my field of interest.
This book was utterly fascinating, heartbreaking and very well written. This book follows 8 families in Milwaukee who try to keep their homes during the housing crisis. This book puts a face to the names of the countless people who suffer and make them seem like so much more than a mere statistic.
I can see why this book has been garnished a bunch of awards, it is no wonder seeing how well written and poignant it is. It definitely sticks with you long after the last page is read.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

A Letter from Lancaster County


A Letter from Lancaster County (Harvest House, July 2017)
Two sisters get a second chance at life and love
Angela—Her mother’s untimely death, a struggling marriage, a strained relationship with her sister, Rose, and regrets over what might have been haunt her. Despite being a wife and mother, she feels she has little to show for her life.
Rose—Still single, she longs for a husband and children. But Angela has all that and still isn’t happy. Rose wants to be closer to her older sister, but she and Angela couldn’t be more different. Both strong women, will their sibling rivalry ever end?
* * *
When a letter arrives from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Angela and Rose decide to visit Aunt Silvia, their mother’s Mennonite sister, in the heart of Amish country. This vacation could provide the opportunity both sisters need to sort out their issues. And yet instead of finding a new way of connecting with each other, Angela and Rose discover surprising family secrets that add to their strife and threaten Rose’s romance with a new beau.
Through it all, the two sisters must find the faith necessary to face their personal problems and allow God to restore hope and healing to their hearts and relationship as only He can.

My opinion: What a delightful book with a lot going on. I loved the engaging characters and how each one grew and developed throughout the book. The sisters relationship was very real and it was good to see how they started to build a better relationship as the book progressed.
I have not read a book by this author previously but this was certainly not your run of the mill Amish fiction and I am certainly going to try out more books by Kate Lloyd in the future!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion,

Monday, July 24, 2017

A journey to victorious praying by Bill Thrasher

I was intrigued about this book from the very title, like many Christians I struggle with my prayer life and I loved how this book not only talks about finding discipline but also finding delight in ones prayer life as that is what I long for.
Although this book isn't very long it is a very insightful and packed with Biblical principles and really tackles many of the misconceptions that there are about praying and really strives to point out just how very important prayer really is. I know too often when there is a situation I think that prayer is about the only thing I can do but this book stresses how prayer is so vitally important and how much we truly underestimate it.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Freedom's Ring by Heidi Chiavaroli

I love books that can seamlessly weave together the past and present tying it all together in one beautiful story and this book certainly achieved that. Weaving together the Revolutionary war and present day this book is a quick pace, hard to put down book.
In present day we meet Annie David who survived the Boston Marathon bombing only to struggle with guilt and being able to move. When she finally tries to repair relations with her sister and her niece who lost a leg during the bombing she also is able to uncover who her mystery hero from that day is. Tied together by a ring he gave to her after the bombing they dig to uncover the past together and find more than they bargain for.
In Boston in 1770 we meet the beautiful Liberty Caldwell who struggles with her feelings for a redcoat while her brother fights for freedom from England. When her brother ends up dead and Liberty is brutally assaulted by a British officer it seems like a happily every after is far off for Liberty, but what will her future bring?
Written with intense historical detail and vivid descriptions this book is a wonderful read.
I received a copy of this from Tyndale in exchange for my honest opinion.

The promise of Breeze Hill by Pam Hillman

This gorgeous cover was enough to make me want to read this book and I am glad I did! I have to say that Tyndale books have some of the best covers I have seen, maybe that is why they are one of my favorite publishers.
Set in the lawless Mississippi set in the late 1700's this book is a literary delight with a rich story line that includes a feisty heroine and a handsome Irish man that start out odds with each other but grow to trust and love each other through the hardships they face. I loved getting to know the characters and really enjoyed reading about Isabella and Conner. The villain in this book was definitely villainous and I thoroughly did not like him.
I loved the careful detail but into this book, the research and attention to detail was amazing!
This book certainly did not disappoint and I highly recommend it.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

His guilt by Shelley Shepard Gray


His Guilt: The Amish of Hart County (Avon Inspire, July 2017)
A suspenseful tale of an Amish man who will risk all to protect the woman he loves
Mark Fisher has returned home to Hart County, determined to put the past behind him. Two years ago, after being wrongly accused of assault, he left the Amish community, though never forgot his home. When the one person who had helped him through his rough times asks for help, Mark returns. But it is pretty Waneta Cain who makes him want to stay…
Neeta is one of the few people in Hart County who doesn’t believe Mark is guilty of hurting anyone. However, his worldliness and tough exterior do make her uneasy. As she begins to see the real man behind all the gossip and prejudice, she wonders if he is the man for her.
Just when Mark starts to believe a new life is possible, a close friend of Neeta’s is attacked. Once again, everyone in the community seems to believe he is guilty. But what hurts most is Neeta’s sudden wariness around him. When another woman is hurt, a woman who is close to both Neeta and himself, Mark fears he knows the real culprit. And time is running out. Will Mark be able to find him before Neeta becomes his next victim?

My opinion: Filled with riveting suspense and engaging characters this book is a real page turner and it kept me on the edge of my seat until the very edge.  This book has interesting characters and a sweet romance that I thoroughly enjoyed. Well written and utterly engaging this book is a great read!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

The treasure principle by Randy Alcorn

What a fascinating and engaging book! I am a big fan of Randy Alcorn's works but have never read this book before so I was excited to get this in the mail and I am delighted I got a chance to read it!
This book is a great little book on stewardship and what our responsibilities are as Christians to help those around us.
Rich and insightful this book packs a lot into a very few pages.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The only negotiating guide you'll every need by Peter Stark and Janet Flaherty

This book is such a great read with such valuable insight and information that can help one succeed in life in general.  Written in an engaging and informative way this book is an easy enough read packed with great resources written by people who really know their stuff! This book would not only come in handy in the business world but in negotiating in ones day to day activities, one can implement these tips in so many areas of your life!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Friday, July 7, 2017

The Captain's Daughter by Jennifer Delamere


The Captain’s Daughter(Bethany House, June 2017)
Warm-hearted Victorian romance brings 1880s London to life.
When a series of circumstances beyond her control leave Rosalyn Bernay alone and penniless in London, she chances upon a job backstage at a theater that is presenting the most popular show in London. A talented musician and singer, she feels immediately at home and soon becomes enthralled with the idea of pursuing a career on the stage.
A hand injury during a skirmish in India has forced Nate Moran out of the army until he recovers. Filling his time at a stable of horses for hire in London, he has also spent the past two months working nights as a stagehand, filling in for his injured brother. Although he’s glad he can help his family through a tough time, he is counting the days until he can rejoin his regiment. London holds bitter memories for him that he is anxious to escape. But then he meets the beautiful woman who has found a new lease on life in the very place Nate can’t wait to leave behind.

My opinion: This book was a great read, well written and with engaging characters this book was a thoughtfully written and well researched book that I thoroughly enjoyed. I love a good  novel about the Victorian era and this book was certainly what I was looking for. This gives a vivid glimpse into the world of theater and the military which I loved.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

How we love by Milan and Kay Yerkovich

I was very excited to read this book as I always love books that help you discover more about yourself and why you react and act the way you do in your life. This book certainly was insightful in helping identify ones love style and how it affects how you interact with your spouse, however I don't feel like the book just helps with ones marriage but in other relationships as well.
I love how this book helps you learn more about yourself and improves in your relationships as well, this is certainly a must read!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Stepping on Cherrios by Betsy Snyder


Stepping on Cheerios: Finding God in the Chaos and Clutter of Life(Abingdon Press, April 2017)
Family life is beautiful and motherhood is a privilege, but it ain’t no picnic!
Being a mother isn’t easy. Sometimes it’s hard to experience a personal connection with God and community when you are caught up in the chaos of just “doing family”.
Independent and self-sufficient, author Betsy Singleton Snyder lived a full and busy life as a pastor, missionary, and wife to a husband who served in the U.S. House of Representatives. She had her first child at age 44, then at 47, she found out she was carrying triplets. Suddenly finding herself overwhelmed is an understatement.
Stepping on Cheerios is a collection of funny, warm, and charming tales from the frontlines of parenthood, written for women who are juggling to accomplish everyday feats of work, motherhood, marriage, church, and more. It’s a comical story of one woman’s realization that her crazy life is a gift and how she found the grace in it.

My opinion: This book was certainly different than your run of the mill Mother book as the author comes from a completely different background being an older Mom who married an even older man who has pretty much done everything, on top of that the author had triplets which made her path to Motherhood all the more unique.
This book was an easy and refreshing read, sometimes the writing and humor fell a bit flat but overall it was a very down to earth approach to the chaos that comes with being a Mother summed up pretty darn well!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Foundation of Drawing by Al Gury

This book is an amazing book that really helps one get the fundamentals down for drawing that is an amazing all in one resource book that really tries to be as comprehensive and informative as possible. Filled with such amazing techniques and detailed instruction this book is a must have for an art enthusiast who would like a book that covers so much and helps a budding artist reach their full potential.
I received a copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

Wow! The Good News in Four Words by Dandi Daley Mackall

This little book is a little gem that I thoroughly enjoyed reading to my little girl who absolutely loved the vivid pictures and did great a great job about breaking down some of the most fundamental elements of the gospel. I loved  how this book had just enough information to be meaty and very informative but not too wordy to lose kids interest and attention, even my 2 year old daughter was able to keep focused through the whole book.
Winsome and gorgeously illustrated this book is a great addition to anyone's library,
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Lord. change my attitude before it is too late by James MacDonald

This was an amazing book! Filled with so much wisdom and insight this book was an outstanding read and was such an excellent reminder  that our attitude makes such a huge difference in our life.
Drawing heavily from the story of the Israelite and their lousy attitude while wandering in the wilderness. This book draws some strong parallels between  the Israelite and our own attitude this is very though provoking and sticks with you long after then final pages.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Colored pencil painting portraits by Alyona Nickelsen

The cover alone of this book is enough to make you want to buy this book and try your hand at Colored pencil painting portraits! The cover drawing is so amazing it looks like a photograph! So many of the other paintings in the books are equally amazing.
I love how the author takes something like colored pencils which you really associate with amateur drawings and takes it to a whole different level.
Packed full with great techniques and ways to improve ones skills this book had so many great tips and suggestions that can at least improve ones colored pencil skills although I have serious doubts I could ever get so skilled to do excellent portraits.
Great book for the serious art person who is looking to improve.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race by Mike Mizrahi


The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race (Redemption Press, April 2017)
Chattanooga society is turned upside down as a young woman has the audacity to ride a bicycle–in bloomers!
It’s 1895. Anna Gaines, 19, struggles to conquer her insecurities after a horrible fall years ago from her beloved horse, Longstreet. On a visit with her aunt in Brooklyn, she’s drawn to the new pastime of bicycling. But back at home, cycling is a scandalous sport for a proper lady. Southern women did not engage in activities meant for men.
Anna has her eye on Peter Sawyer, president of the Cycling Club. As community outrage grows, an unexpected turn of events pits Anna against Peter in a race between the sexes.
Will Anna prove that women deserve the same right as men to ride “the wheel?” Will she choose to live a quiet, traditional life of a housewife and mother? Or will she pursue college and become one of the “new women” emerging into the twentieth century on the seat of a bicycle? What will become of the spark between Anna and Peter?
Faith, patience, and courage help Anna to become the person she was meant to be.
My opinion: What a fun read! This book was well researched and very engaging. It was a reminder of what those woman had to do to pave the way for the freedoms we are enjoying today. I love the story line and how history was really brought to life in such a manner that was so enjoyable and interesting. You can tell a lot of thought and research was put into this book and it really shows! This book is a must read if you like historical fiction.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Every job a parable by John Van Sloten

I was absolutely thrilled to get a chance to read this book as I loved the concept of finding ways to serve God no matter what your vocation is. Too often we only think as certain vocations as ones that you can serve God in, like the medical field, teaching, being a missionary,etc  but this book shows that any job can be used to glorify God and provides an opportunity to serve Him!
This book tells stories of those who have served in such capacities like Judges who are able to serve God and those who work as Wal-Mart greeters who are able to glorify God with their position.
I love how this book helps show that it is not so much the job that holds us back from sharing with others but it is really our attitude because if we are ready and willing servants God will provide to opportunities!
Filled with biblical wisdom and practical insight this book is an excellent read!
I received a copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Design your day by Claire Diaz-Ortiz

This book isn't revolutionary by an means, the idea behind being more productive and living more  purposefully  is obviously a very popular theme (check any self help section), but what I felt this book does and does well is really break down the absolute basics and zero in on the best ways to not only  improve ones life but go from survival mode to thriving.
I absolutely loved how to the point and succinct the whole book was, you can easily sit down and read it in an evening, although I don't necessarily advocate that as it would be best to slowly savor it and actually think about what is being said so change will have more of a chance of occurring.
Filled with witty acronyms this book is a great read,
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Positive Discipline tools for teachers by Jane Nelsen and Kelly Gfroerer

I will start this out by saying I am not a teacher, but I felt that the principles in here could easily work in dealing with ones child and with dealing with issues that might arise as a youth leader. Really this book doesn't just apply to teachers by any stretch of the imagination,. but if you are a teacher than this book would be invaluable!
\This book was insightful and had some good ideas that are easily implemented and would make a classroom run so much smoother! Such a great resource to have for any teacher or parent even!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Driver confessional by David Winters


Driver Confessional (May 2017)
Ride share driver Antonio cruises the streets of Washington, D.C. looking for his next fare.
He has an unusual gift for relaxing his customers and stimulating their desire to reveal more than they planned. By the completion of their ride, many feel so comfortable that they confess their sins great and small. Antonio’s faith guides his discussions and points him in new directions. Suddenly, his peaceful world is turned upside down by a mysterious business woman. As she heads to a midnight rendezvous, she confesses more than Antonio can handle. Her story sends him into a world of espionage, international terrorism and danger.
My opinion: What a thrilling read! I didn't know what to expect with this book but it exceeded my expectations! This book is well written with a fascinating plot and great characters. Loved how it kept me on the edge of my seat until the end! I would definitely look for more books by this author in the future, it is always so exciting finding new authors with spell binding reads.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Good book by Deron Spoo


The Good Book: 40 Chapters That Reveal the Bible’s Biggest Ideas (David C. Cook, April 2017)
The Good Book offers a user-friendly guide to the Bible’s biggest ideas.
A chapter from the Bible accompanies each chapter of the book, which helps readers understand the context and content of the Scripture passages in a way that can open the whole Bible.
Designed as a forty-day journey through forty key chapters of the Bible, The Good Book will appeal to those who already love and read the Bible regularly as well as to those who are just beginning their Christian journey.
The Good Book:
—is a great evangelism tool for explaining the major themes of Scripture to those who want to know more about God, Jesus, and the core beliefs of Christianity;
—gives new believers an overview of the Bible and lays a framework to help them understand Scripture passages;
—helps longtime Christians rediscover the basic themes of Scripture and experience these truths in a new way; and
—encourages Scriptural literacy as it pushes readers to read both one chapter of the book and one chapter of the Bible each day for forty days.
The Good Book is great for individuals, and it can also be used by small groups in an eight-week church-wide program or a forty-week journey that focuses on one Bible chapter each week. The Good Book will help people understand and live by the transformative truths of the Bible.
My opinion: This was an intriguing and interesting book as it goes through 40 of the major ideas and concepts in the Bible. Well researched and thought provoking this book is a great read. Whether you are a new Christian or have been in the faith for a long time I feel that this book holds an appeal for everyone as there truly is so much insight and wisdom to be found!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

The Physics of everyday things by James Kakalios

Usually I am the first to shy away from anything with the word physics in the title, that just really isn't  my thing AT ALL, but this book looked very intriguing and I was willing to give it a go.
On one hand it was very interesting because it did break down and show how physics works in our day to day activities, but on the other hand it didn't seem to break it down nearly enough for someone like myself who is the casual reader with a very weak background in physics.  This book is still a book for geeks and especially those with a little more background in physics, but hey at least it was a fairly interesting read!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Monday, May 22, 2017

The IBS Elimination Diet and cookbook by Patsy Catson

This was a very intriguing book that had some very delicious looking recipes that could benefit anyone although the target audience are those who struggle with IBS but I felt many of the recipes were great ways to improve anyone's diet whether they struggle with IBS or not. Filled with amazing recipes, everywhere from smoothies to great desserts this book is both very informative and is filled with great recipes.
I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Forensic Faith by j. Warner Wallace


Forensic Faith: A Homicide Detective Makes the Case for a More Reasonable, Evidential Christian Faith (David C. Cook, May 2017)
A cold-case detective helps you rethink and share your Christian beliefs.
J. Warner Wallace has asked this question in churches across America over the past several years, and the answer he gets is often disappointing; it’s almost always rooted in some sort of personal, subjective experience. As a community, we Christians aren’t typically prepared to make the case for why we believe Christianity is true from the objective evidence of history, philosophy or science. Worse yet, many of us don’t think we have any obligation to do so.
In J. Warner’s first two books, he made the case for God’s existence (God’s Crime Scene) and the case for Christianity (Cold-Case Christianity). In Forensic Faith, J. Warner completes the trilogy by making the case for… making the case! In Forensic Faith, J. Warner helps readers understand why it’s important to defend what they believe, and provides them with a unique template to help them become effective “Christian Case Makers.” Forensic Faith will help readers:
—understand why they, as Christians, have a duty to defend the truth
—develop a training strategy to master the evidence for Christianity
—learn how to employ the techniques of a detective to discover new insights from God’s Word
—become a better communicators by learning the skills of professional case makers
With real-life detective stories, fascinating strategies, and biblical insights, J. Warner hopes to teach readers the daily cold-case investigative disciplines they can apply in their lives as believers. Forensic Faith is an engaging, fresh look at what it means to be a Christian.

My opinion: This book was a fascinating and well written, well researched read. Written by a former atheist and homicide detective this book is built up with cold hard facts and gives an absolutely outstanding basis for a fact based faith that can stand up when others ask about the hope that is within you. I loved all of the tips and pointers that he imparted, this book is a must read!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.