Sunday, February 16, 2014

Dog and Butterfly by John Philip Riffice Book Review

Overview:

From John Philip Riffice, critically acclaimed author of Waiting For Pops, comes a poignant story of fate and the beguiling art of moving on. After his brother’s untimely passing, Cam Freeland takes in his sister-in-law and four year-old nephew, Charlotte and Jimmy, just until they get on their feet and find a place of their own. But that day never comes. Cam enjoys having them in his life, and they enjoy being there. Cam raises Jimmy almost as though the boy were his son, forming a bond of love, respect, and friendship that will last beyond a lifetime. In doing so, young Jimmy slowly discovers that his uncle Cam is far nobler than he could have ever imagined, a stand-up guy in every respect.

Except one. Cam has a skeleton in his closet, one which shames him terribly, and fate calls on Jimmy to investigate further. He does, and the secret he uncovers surprises him. And so does the next. And the next after that. But the biggest revelation of all lies in Jimmy’s discovery that fate controls every aspect of his life and that there are no accidents and there are no coincidences, just as Uncle Cam had always told him.

My Review:

This was a terrific and easy read.

The author takes you to Oklahoma and introduces you to the Freeland Family.  Jimmy and his Mother Charlotte are faced with unplanned circumstances when her husband and Jimmy's father, Billy passes away. They move in with his brother, Cam as a temporary respite.  Unbeknownst at the time, Uncle Cam is exact what Charlotte and Jimmy need.

The author does a terrific job with his writing.  You are able to stay focused in the story.  This story could easily have been someone's life.  It's nice to read a book that you could actually imagine the story line happening.

This is a great book and I highly recommend it!

Thank you to the author for providing me a complimentary copy for my review.  All opinions are my own and are not influenced in anyway.



Friday, February 14, 2014

The Treasure of Snake Island: A Captain No Beard Story by Carole P. Roman

Overview:

After a fierce battle with a storm, the crew goes in search of treasure. Alexander, that is, Captain No Beard uses a map to locate it on the ominous sounding Snake Island. Bravely they dig until they find the best treasure ever!

My Review:

This is an absolutely adorable book!  This was our first Captain No Beard book and the book is terrific!  The illustrations are colorful and detailed.

On this voyage, you will get to meet First Mate Hallie, Mongo the Monkey, Captain No Beard, Polly the parrot, Fribbet the Frog, Cabin Girl Cayla, and Linus the Lion.

I love the treasure that they find on Snake Island!

This was a delightful book and it would be great for your child's library!

My oldest read it to my youngest and it kept their attention.  This would be a great book for all ages.

Thank you to the author for providing me a complimentary copy of the book for our review.  All opinions are our own and not influenced in any way.

Ziggersnout by Dale Rensing Book Review

Overview:

A picture book for early readers, Ziggersnout is a story about a little boy learning to skate who finds that things are not as easy as he thinks, but learns to persevere. With the help of the rink manager and the dragon who lives under the ice, Eric discovers that hope, faith and desire can work magic

My Review:

This is a great book for beginning readers.  My Mother-in-law read this book to my youngest today.  J was pointing at pictures and sat through the whole 20 something odd pages.

This would be great in a children's library, your own child's library, and classrooms.  I think all ages can relate to this story.

The illustrations are very detailed and colorful and in the short book, Eric learns a very important life lesson.

Thank you to the author for providing me a complimentary copy of the book for our review.  All opinions are our own and not influenced in anyway.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Is Sunday School Destroying Our Kids by Samuel C. Williamson Book Review

Overview:

People in the world often reject Christianity simply because they can't distinguish it from mere morality. The world needs morality--oppression thrives when consciences are abandoned--but we need more than that alone. We need the gospel of grace. A gospel that has largely been lost amid the dos and don'ts and preoccupations of religious culture.

12 Essays on the Distinction Between Grace and Morality
Includes perspectives on topics such as:
  • Why Do Our Children Leave the Church?
  • Graceless Goodness: The Problem with Moralism
  • The False Gospel of "Just Do It"
  • The Temptations of Christian Publishing
  • The Ugliness of Religious Righteousness
  • The Insidious Danger of "I'd Never Do That"
  • We Read the Bible the Wrong Way
My Review:

This was honestly one of the most thought provoking books I have read in awhile.  I really appreciate the fresh perspective the author provides.

Here is one of the questions that are asked in this book.  "If Grace Is True, Why Be Moral"?

I will leave you with that thought provoking question.

This book is a must read for anyone who walks and struggles daily in the Christian faith. This won't be a quick read.  This is a very thought provoking book. 

Thank you to the author for providing me a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.  All opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.



Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Bounce Back by Julie Clinton Book Review and Giveaway!!

Overview:

Each of us wants to feel God's presence more in our lives. We want to be able to let go of the past. To find more joy in each day. And to be free to be who we really are without criticism or limitation.
Julie Clinton knows from her own life and from the stories of thousands of women she has talked with across the country that what many of us want most is hope. We want to know: Is there really a way forward when I can't see past the pain right now?

In Bounce Back, Julie offers three steps to a more hope-filled life: breath, believe, and bounce back.
You can rediscover your strength, your joy, and your true identity. You can bounce back.

My Review:

This author did a great job with this book.  The stories that are shared in the book are reminders that we are not alone in our journey and so many of our fellow women have been through ups and downs and tragedies and loss.

Some great reminders are:

 - God does not desire that any person be lonely
 - God desires that we turn to him when we feel lonely.
 - God desires that we love others.
 - Foregiveness is a command God expects each of us to obey.

This book would be great in a bible study or small group.  This book would also be great just as a personal read for someone who needs to rediscover themselves and find the strength they need to overcome.

The publisher and author as been gracious enough to offer a copy of the book for one of our lucky readers!

Thank you to Worthy Publishing First Look Blog Tour for the complimentary copy for our review and the giveaway copy for a lucky winner!

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Candle Bedtime Bible - Three, Five and Ten-Minute Stories

Overview:

There’s always time for a story with the Candle Bedtime Bible! Coded for easy reference, forty favorite Bible stories are each timed to be told in three, five, or ten minutes. With plain language and gentle illustrations, this Bible is perfect for a peaceful story time.

My Review:

We recently had the opportunity to review the "Candle Bedtime Bible - Three, Five and Ten-Minute Stories".

My youngest loves stories and books so we have spent hours with this book.  I think the illustrations are perfect for little ones and based on how long your little one will last through a story, having them in various versions is great.

In the table of contents, it lists each story, the page it starts on and what length the story is.

Even my oldest has read the book and also reads it to our youngest.  The binding has held up really well considering it's been all over the house.

I highly recommend this book.  It would make a great gift, addition to child's library, Sunday School classroom, or church library.

Thank you to Kregel Publications for providing us with a complimentary copy for our review.  However, all opinions are strictly my own and not influenced in anyway.

Prime of Life by P.D. Bekendam

Overview:

Ben used to be a cardiothoracic surgeon before he suddenly abandoned his career and became a janitor at a retirement facility. Now, other than dealing with minor problems such as an unhealthy obsession with prime numbers, an inept boss, and a feud between two cantankerous retirees, he lives a relatively stress-free life. There is even hope for romance when an attractive podiatrist shows an interest in him.

But it is not long before his past catches up with him and his carefully protected world begins to unravel. He is forced to face deep issues about life, love, and God head-on, rather than hide behind his cleaning cart.

My Review:
I was able to knock out this book within three hours!  I found the book to be a very quick read.
The author introduces you to Ben, who is a former Cardiothoracic surgeon, now turned janitor at a retirement community. Ben was on a journey to find a simpler plan for his life.   He was able to keep his former life under wraps until a resident was able to uncover his past career.
As you read through the book, you are introduced to several other characters in the book.  The author does a terrific job describing each character and you can easily picture each one of them, including the cantankerous Frank.   
More of Ben's past comes out when a new resident has a picture of her niece on her refrigerator....
The ending is truly endearing as his life comes full circle and he realizes that God really does care for all of us.
Thankfully he was able to realize it before it was too late.
Thank you to Worthy Publishing First Look Book Tour for allowing me to review this book.