Monday, December 22, 2014

God Loves Broken People



God Loves Broken People
And Those Who Pretend They're Not
Sheila Walsh
As human we are all broken in some way. And God loves each of us in and through our brokenness. The author, herself, has experienced the pain of being broken and has used her experiences to share how her brokenness brought her closer to God and allowed her to help others in their time of darkness.

My Bible study group picked this book out for one of our studies, since the book comes with discussion questions in the back. I was not impressed. We couldn't connect with the author and her presentation of the material felt stiff and unrelatable. She was so vague about her depression issues that even I, who suffers from depression, didn't feel a connection. She makes assumptions about hte reader in both the book and the questions that aren't always true. The questions in the back were often closed and didn't really leave room for open discussion or other differences of opinion. But the last few chapters really picked up and I enjoyed them. I thought the author was able to connect better and was able to pull some thought provoking issues into the material. I'm not sure how an author can write a book that is so bad for two-thirds of the book and then end on such a strong note. The discussion questions never got better, but we were able to talk about what we'd read and take it from there. Because of this, I can't really recommend the book to anyone. But since it ended on a good note, I would be open to trying another book by this author.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Masterpiece Marriage

 Masterpiece Marriage

Quilts of Love Series
Gina Welborn
Mary is desperately looking for someone to draw some illustrations of her beloved tomato plants. She needs the illustrations as soon as possible so she can get a job. Very few botanists are women and she wants to get a job in her field. But when she asks her neighbor to help she is roped into helping with a quilt. She's also taxed with working with the neighbor's nephew, an infuriating man.

The story begins with quite a few details and a complex story line. It doesn't appear to be a part of a series, but some of the details were vague. The characters were entertaining and the plot picked up pace towards the end. The ending was romantic and the book cover is gorgeous, both pluses to me.

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

Friday, December 19, 2014

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Homemade Decadence

Homemade Decadence
Irresistibly Sweet, Salty, Gooey, Sticky, Fluffy, Creamy, Crunchy Treats
Joy Wilson
 Food blogger Joy Wilson has taken some of her most irresistible treats and brought them to us in a beautifully designed and photographed cookbook. Each recipe comes with a gorgeous photograph and a little personal note from the author about the recipe.

I was pleasantly surprised to see such a wide variety of recipes when I opened the book. There is a recipe for every meal, including breakfast. Quite a few of the recipes were added to my list to try. But some of the recipes are a bit much for my non-adventuresome family, since they included ingredients  or combinations that aren't typically thought of. 
She included several pages of advice about baking and I also liked the recipes that could be used with several other recipes, such as the pie crusts. The photograph was beautiful and really added to the appeal of the book. This would make a wonderful present for the baker in your life.

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

Monday, December 15, 2014

To Everything a Season



To Everything a Season
Song of Blessing Book 1
Lauraine Snelling
The town of Blessing is growing faster than the houses can be built. As the towns people deal with the various issues that come with a rapidly growing town, a prominent family is also growing. Trygve is working on a well drilling crew. But when he feels God calling him to stay home in Blessing he returns to help his family and find his place in the town. He also meets a young woman that captures his heart.

This is the first book in this series. Since I haven't read anything by this author I wanted to make sure I started at the beginning. But somehow I still picked up in the middle of a long story. The book begins with a massive family tree for the Bjorklund family. I also read that this is the 3rd Blessing series. So while this is the first book in this series, it isn't the first story about the family or town.

While I was completely lost with all of the unfamiliar names and circumstances, I did enjoy the flow of the story. The author weaves a plot with lots of sub plots and extra details to keep the reader engaged. The book brought out several thought provoking issues surrounding Christianity that still pertain to today. The story didn't end, leaving it open for the next book in the series. Someone who enjoys family sagas will love this small town story. Just be sure to start at the very beginning so nothing is missed.

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

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Jonah and the Bear

 Jonah and the Bear
The Bible Amigos
Frank Fraser
 
Three friends named Wall, Donk, and Edge go where ever their flying bible takes them trying to rescue other animals while spreading the news about God's love. Each book in the series is based on a Biblical story and helps the young reader grasp the meaning behind the stories. The book begins with the young friends playing in the fall leaves.  But when the flying Bible appears they jump on to rescue someone. The Bible story helps them know how to help the little animal in trouble. The story ends with several Bible verses.

My children loved the illustrations which helped to tell the story. The Bible story is woven into the modern story very seamlessly. The lesson on sharing is something that every child should hear. The way the story is told will open up opportunities to discuss why the bear was having problems. The Bible verses at the end add dimension and help tie everything together. Because of the fun interpretation children will better remember the lessons they learned while reading. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone with young children.

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

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Five Loves,Two Fish, And One Big Hat

Five Loves,Two Fish, And One Big Hat
The Bible Amigos
Frank Fraser
Three friends named Wall, Donk, and Edge go where ever their flying bible takes them trying to rescue other animals while spreading the news about God's love. Each book in the series is based on a Biblical story and helps the young reader grasp the meaning behind the stories. The book begins with the young friends getting ready to eat some pizza. But when the flying Bible appears they jump on to rescue someone. The Bible story helps them know how to help the little animal in trouble. The story ends with several Bible verses.

My children loved the illustrations which helped to tell the story. The Bible story is woven into the modern story very seamlessly. The Bible verses at the end add dimension and help tie everything together. Because of the fun interpretation children will better remember the lessons they learned while reading.

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