Saturday, February 28, 2015

All of Me Wants All of You

All of Me Wants All of You
J.Z. Howard
Dean has reached his limit. His wife won't respond to him and he's actually thinking of sleeping with another woman. He's a Christian, so technically he knows better. But it's been years since his wife was intimate with him and he's not sure how much more of it he can take. Does God really expect him to continue like this? His wife, Kate, can't believe that her husband would even consider looking at someone else. She feels very close to Dean and cherishes the intimacy they share, even if it doesn't include sex.

The book really takes a hard look at how Christians view marriage and intimacy. It also showcases how men and woman view intimacy differently. The author over dramatized the characters and some situations to bring out some points that might have been lost had they seemed more typical. The dialogue between the characters was authentic and insightful. It might be a difficult read for those uncomfortable with talking about sex or those dealing with this situation. But these types of things really happen and the author did a great job of presenting everything in a tasteful and spiritual manner. I really think the book will be helpful to anyone who is facing the issues talked about in the story.

I received this book free of charge from Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, February 27, 2015

A Love That Multiplies

A Love That Multiplies
An Up-Close View of How They Make it Work
Michelle & Jim Bob Dugg
Michelle and Jim Bob from the TLC show have given us another peak into their life and parenting style. The book begins right before the birth of their last and nineteenth child. About half of the book deals with the trails and blessings that accompanied her birth. The other half of the book talks about their marriage, parenting style, and how they deal with issues that come their way. The book includes recipes and black and white photographs to accompany each chapter.

I'm not a huge fan of the show. I've enjoyed the couple of times that I watched, but it really isn't my thing. I read the book only because it was picked for my book club.

That being said, I did enjoy reading it. I certainly don't agree with everything that was mentioned. But I also learned some new and interesting things. The authors often refer to the show or previous book so I'm not sure if it contributed to my confusion or not; but the book felt a bit choppy and disjointed at times. In summery, it was a neat book that was a nice break from what I normally read. I think fans of the show will really enjoy this extra glimpse into a unique family.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Juice Lady's Anti-Inflammation Diet

The Juice Lady's Anti-Inflammation Diet
28 Days to restore Your Body and Feel Great
Cherie Calbom
Our diet here in the US is full of sugar and preservatives. Our bodies are complaining. These toxic ingredients are causing inflammation. The ailments leave us tired and sick. The author has taken the healthy foods that nourish our bodies and help with inflammation and put them together into a diet to get us back on the track to health. The book begins by explaining about inflammation and its effects on the body. Then the importance of different components are explained and a pantry list is given. The last half of the book is the recipes and menus for the 28 days. Each day begins with the recipe for the morning smoothy. It also explains the benefits to each ingredient. There is a shopping list for the menu and then the recipes for lunch and supper.

The presentation was easy to understand and implement. The grocery lists were very helpful. The photographs are colorful and brighten up the page. The recipes were not overly complicated as far as instructions, but quite a few of the ingredients were not common and might be difficult for someone in a smaller town or without access to a large grocery store. The meals are going to take some prep work so this is a cleanse that will take some extra forethought. And anyone with only a blender might be intimidated with all of the heavy juicing required to make the smoothies. But overall it was a nice book that will appeal to anyone wanting to be more healthy or who are in need of a cleanse.

I received this book free of charge from News & Experts in exchange for my honest review.

A Lady at Willowgrove Hall

A Lady at Willowgrove Hall
Whispers On The Moors Book 3
Sarah E. Ladd
Cecily has a very shameful past. She's given the opportunity of a lifetime when she gets the chance to become an elderly woman's companion at Willowgrove Hall. This job could change her future as long as she doesn't run into anyone who knows her past. When she arrives abruptly and too early at her destination she encounters Nathaniel, the steward at Willowgrove. Nathaniel has his own dark secrets, but can't help being attracted to Cecily. They must both learn to shed their past before they can learn to love and move toward their future.

The author did a great job of creating drama, tension, and friendships within the story. The story and characters felt authentic to not only the time period, but also to the plot. The romance was more subtle, but still sweet. The secondary characters, especially Nathaniel's family were integral to the story. I loved the visuals that the author created as well. This is book three, but works well as a stand-alone since I didn't once feel like I was missing something from the story by not having read the first two books. But the story was good enough that I now want to go back and read them.

I received this book free of charge from Goodreads in exchange for my honest review.

How to Motivate Your Child

How to Motivate Your Child
A Christian Parent's Guide to Raising Kids Who Do What They Need to Do 
Without Being Told
Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller
Every parent out there has found themselves frustrated with their child because they've been told to do something and are now needing to be told again or disciplined for disobedience. There are a lot of books out there that deal with different aspects of discipline or tell parents how to talk to children when getting them to obey. But these authors have taken the problem to the root and have written a book that shows the parent how to get the child to obey because it's second nature to them.

I've never been more impressed with a parenting book. Examples are given of situations that each parent might face. They then not only describe how the parent handled it or how they recommend handling it, but they also give the reasons behind the instructions. The authors have used Biblical concepts to show how to get a child to listen to their conscience and then make wise life decisions. I liked the way the information was presented, each concept was backed by the Bible, and the instructions were presented in such a way that made them seem doable for me. I would definitely recommend this book to parents.

I received this book free of charge from Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wolf Creek Father

Wolf Creek Father
Penny Richards
Allison, a school teacher, is furious. Colt, the local sheriff, has two of the wildest children. Today they made her fall at the merchant's office. Her glasses are broken and she's humiliated. She marches into Colt's office to thrown down an ultimatum. He needs to get his children under control or she will not teach next year. Colt doesn't react well to his children being cast in a negative light. When their boss hears about their behavior he gives them a task. They must both work together to come up with a solution or they both lose their jobs.

The story was sweet and fun. Both characters were very endearing and captivating. While not super gripping, the story had all of the elements of a great romance - attraction, conflict, and resolution. I liked how the author wove different aspects into the story without making it seem heavy or too concentrated. Some of the things that she dealt with were dyslexia, body image, parenting, death, and faith. Each of these items were a part of the story without overpowering it. The children were sweet and definitely made the story fun. I would definitely read more by this author.

Thank you to Soul Inspiration for a complimentary copy of this book. The review is my honest opinion.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

If You Were Me

If You Were Me and Lived In Hungary
Carole P. Roman
Two Hungarian children take the young reader on a tour of their beautiful country. Children will learn about games, food, and family. Bright, colorful illustrations help tell the story and bring life to the page. Each book in the series follows the same pattern and helps children learn more about the country while enjoying the information in story form.

The author has done a great job of presenting the facts in a fun and enjoyable format. My children love these books and look forward to reading each one as they come out. The book would make the perfect edition to a school library or as an addition to a home school curriculum. I would definitely recommend this book or any other in the series.

I received this book free of charge in exchange for my honest review.