Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Kingdom Family Devotional Book Review

We have been enjoying Kingdom Family Devotional by Tony and Jonathan Evans so far.  The topics are interesting and have good application.  I would say that the activities they sometimes have you do are better for kids ages 5-12.  Also, we usually do family devotions before bed and because of some of the activities they suggest you do in this devotional, it doesn't work well for before bed devotions.  Some of them can take a bit to complete.  Overall I am happy with the devotional and it covers some topics that other kids/family devotionals seem to avoid, like spiritual warfare.  I was given a complimentary copy of this devotional by the published in exchange for an honest review.

Threads of Suspicion Book Review



Threads of Suspicion is the newest book by Dee Henderson in the Evie Blackwell Cold Case series. I wanted to love it, but it wasn't one of my favorites of hers.  I once again got bogged down with too many details (as I have in some of her more recent books).  I feel the book could have been shortened, as some of the details seemed unimportant and, frankly, made me bored at times.  It was an interesting book but it had a slow start...and middle.  The end was my favorite as it got more interesting and the plot moved along at a faster pace.  I like Evie and the characters in the book but I think I liked the first book in the series better than this one.  Overall, an ok book.  I would recommend reading it still if you liked the 1st book.  I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Letters to My Daughters: The Art of Being a Wife Book Review

Letters to My Daughters: The Art of Being a Wife by Barbara is a beautiful book so it may make a good gift for a new bride.  I only got through about a third of the book, so I can't speak to the entire content of the book.  I didn't find it engaging enough, so I can't necessarily recommend it.  The part I did read had decent advice, I just found the way the book being written as letters seemed choppy and didn't flow well so it didn't capture my attention enough to want to finish the book.  That being said, the style may appeal to others just not so much to me.

I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, September 9, 2016

The Wish Book Review

This was not one of my favorites by Beverly Lewis, but it was still good.  The premise of the book is interesting, 2 Amish girls become like sisters and then one of the girl's families moves away after her father is shunned.  The main character misses her sister friend terribly and continues to wonder what happened to her and hopes for her to return.  A few years later, she receives a letter from this friend and the story continues from there.  The way it was written made me fearful that the main character, Leona, would make some poor choices which kept me reading.  The book ended the way I had hoped, but I was wishing for some resolution with Gloria's family.  Overall a good story and worth the read if you enjoy Beverly Lewis or Amish fiction.

I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Traces of Guilt book review

I enjoyed this new book by Dee Henderson more than some of her other new books.  I found the characters to be likable and well-developed.  There were many stories to follow within the story so it makes me wonder what will happen in the books following this one.  While not necessarily suspenseful, it did keep me reading to find out what happened in the cold cases they were trying to solve.  Overall it was a good read and I will likely read the next book in the series when it comes out.

I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, April 11, 2016

The Atonement Book Review

While I enjoyed this book, it is not one of my favorites from Beverly Lewis.  I found myself kind of lost in the beginning, trying to figure out what was going on and who was who.  Therefore it was a slow start for me.  About 1/3 to halfway through the book, the plot picked up a bit and started making more sense to me.  I like the characters in the story and the message of God's grace and forgiveness and the importance of forgiving yourself.  I was concerned the story would go in a different direction, but was so pleased with the outcome.  Overall it was a good read, it just took me a while to get into it. 

I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

More than Just the Talk Book Review

This book is a great resource for parents, I wish my parents had had a similar resource to help guide me through what is appropriate and inappropriate behavior in the world of relationships and dating as a teen/single person.  I love how blunt he is about things and that he doesn't dance around the tough issues.  My one question/complaint is that I didn't even know what one of the terms he used in the book meant.  I am not sure how I am supposed to be my kids go-to person for questions about sex when I may not even know some of the terms they are being exposed to.  Do I google it (the thing he said we should try to keep ours kids away from having to do) and expose myself to the junk that may come up?  I don't know....  Food for thought.  Overall the book was really helpful and had a lot of Q&A examples, which I liked.  I am prayerful that I will be able to discern when I should start talking to my kids about these things, they are still fairly young (6 and 8) and don't attend public school so I know they are exposed to less than some kids, but I don't want to miss the boat on some of these issues.  It is a delicate balance...either way the book will be a helpful tool to use when the time comes.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.