Thursday, April 24, 2014

Quilt-opdedia



Quilt-opdedia
The only quilting reference you'll ever need
Laura Jane Taylor

17934602
Bright colors, clear photographs, easy to understand instructions, and beautiful spiral bound pages are just a few of the things to like about this how-to book on quilting. The book begins with a brief history lesson on quilting and then jumps right into the basics of quilting. Very thorough and detailed, but easy enough for the novice to understand. The last half of the book is filled with projects to practice your newly learned information. They range from simple to difficult, but the instructions are very clear with each project.

I loved the look of this book. And even though I'm not a quilter (yet), I didn't feel out of my element or confused when reading everything. The book inspired me to start a project instead of feeling overwhelmed like some of the more complicated books I've looked at.

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

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Bible Promise Book



The Bible Promise Book
Only God Edition
Barbour Publishing
When God makes a promise, you can trust that He'll follow through. This book is filled with those promises. At the beginning of each topic is an excerpt from the book Only God by Dwight Mason. The verses are taken from multiple versions of the Bible and are divided up into fourteen different topics.

The size of the book is perfect for slipping into a person or backpack. The bright color of the cover will attract people and make them want to pick up the book. The verses and text fit well together. This book would be great for a gift or for the new christian in your life. My only negative was that it might seem a bit repetitive to those who are more familiar with the Bible. Why get the book when you can just open the ultimate Book? But all-in-all, it's a cute and will be great for gifts.

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

Love Comes Calling



Love Comes Calling
Siri Mitchell
Ellis is failing her classes at Radcliffe. Her childhood best friend Griffin is in love with her and there are rumors that he wants to pin her. But Ellis knows that with his future career in politics he can go far. And she would only drag him down. She is a disappointment to everyone. Everything she sets out to do turns into a failure. But the chance to rescue a look-alike friend turns into a bigger adventure than she imagined.

The author wrote the story in Ellis' voice. Ellis has ADHD and her thoughts are disjointed and scattered. I'm not sure if it's my personality or what, but this book drove me crazy. It was all I could do to finish it. The author brought out some very thought provoking topics and handled them really well. I loved the Griffin character. The plot was great and the history was fascinating. But all of this was so overshadowed by the scattered thoughts and actions of the main character that I just couldn't concentrate on the book itself. I've read The Messenger by Mitchell and loved it. So I'm guessing this isn't her typical writing style. So while I won't be keeping or re-reading this book, I'll still check out her other books.

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

No Red Pen



No Red Pen
Writers, Writing Groups & Critique
Victoria A. Hudson
If you are a writer, critique and criticism are inevitable.  Hudson takes a few chapters to outline how to find a writer's group that will help you critique your work so the criticism is less. The simple, easy to follow steps will guide you through where to find the group, what you might encounter, and dealing with the fears of criticism. But most importantly she covers the steps for critiquing someone's work.

The book was small at only 57 pages. But I felt that the author got the points across. The writing was clear and easy to follow. She mentions that this isn't a how-to for a writer's group. But I think that every writer's group should read this book. It will definitely help make the process easier and less difficult if these simple instructions were followed more often.

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

God hearts me

God Hearts Me
Daily Prayers for a Girl's Heart
Barbour
 

God loves his children. A beautiful prayer book just for girls has 365 different prayers with scripture that young girls can use to draw closer to God. These little devotional style prayers are designed to show you that God loves you more than you can imagine. It can be paired with the God Hearts Me devotional to make a wonderful gift for your daughter or the young girl in your life.

The cover is pretty and will appeal to the ages (10-14) that the book is designed for. Each prayer is paired with a scripture and is a dealing with a topic relevant to what a girl this age might be dealing with. I'm an adult, but enjoyed reading through the prayers and can definitely see this appealing to my daughter when she's a bit older.

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

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Shred It!

Shred It!
Thomas Kingsley Troupe
 17658308
Every little boy will love reading a book about shredding and tearing things up. Bright colorful photographs show how the items begin as old used tires and bottles and end up as tiny pieces recycled into other useful things. The author has written in simple words so the early reader can read the book for himself. But the text is also informative as it explains how the workers shred the discarded items. There is a glossary at the back of the book to explain any words that the reader might not have known before starting the book. There is a list of books that will compliment this book. There is also a list of internet websites that children can check out, with the help of their parents, to learn more about recycling and the publishing company. Parents and teachers will love the book because it encourages young readers to enjoy books while providing something that they can have fun reading about.

I received this book free of charge from Children's Lit in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Knock It Down!

Knock It Down!
Thoams Kingsley Troupe
17658306
Every little boy will love reading a book about how a wrecking ball works. Bright colorful photographs show how the process works from beginning to end. The author has written in simple words so the early reader can read the book for himself. But the text is also informative as it explains how the workers use the wrecking ball to knock buildings down. There is a glossary at the back of the book to explain any words that the reader might not have known before starting the book. There is a list of books that will compliment this book. There is also a list of internet websites that children can check out, with the help of their parents, to learn more about wrecking balls and about the publishing company. Parents and teachers will love the book because it encourages young readers to enjoy books while providing something that they can have fun reading about.

I received this book free of charge from Children's Lit in exchange for my honest review.