Wednesday, April 22, 2015

After Abel by Michal Lemerger - my review

After Abel and other stories  by Michal Lemerger was a book that I thought I would like based on advance praise I read.  I'm sorry to say that after several attempts to read this I was unable to finish it.

When I read a book based on biblical stories I don't expect to see some of the language that was used in at least one story. As I could not bring myself to read the entire book, I can't say if it is only one story or more.

The story of Lot's Wife doesn't mention God, and was totally different from what the Bible teaches.

I only rate this book one star, because I have to rate it. It is not one that I would recommend to anyone.

I received a free copy from Library Thing in exchange for my honest review, rather it be good or bad. Thank you.

Everyday Grace by Jessica Thompson - my review

Everyday Grace: Infusing All Your Relationships with the Love of Jesus by Jessica Thompson is a great read that reminds you that the Holy Spirit is in control!  She starts by telling us that Everyday Grace is anything but another Christian self-help book. This book doesn't tell us what we should and shouldn't do, but instead reminds us of what Christ has done for us. Everyday Grace is a book of hope that keeps us focused on Jesus.

Karma - you do for me and I will do for you. Living with this type of attitude, as most of us do is exhausting.
"The truth is we don’t want ka me, ka thee or karma, even though we think we do. The gospel refutes this idea completely. It is anti-karma and pro-grace. The gospel says that even though you aren’t good enough now and actually never will be good enough in your own good works, I am going to give to you anyway. The gospel tells us that all we have earned has been given to the Son and all the Son has earned has been given undeservingly to us. If we try to rely on karma to see us through, it will be an endless life of working never to obtain. If we rest our souls in the gospel, our lives will be full of receiving, even though we could never work hard enough to receive the gift we have been given." page 4

Each chapter is awesome, the chapter on our children, reminds us of the love of God for ALL of his children. The chapter on friendships reminds us that Jesus is our friend that we can always turn too, a friend that will never let us down. The chapter about our husbands/marriages reminds us of Christ's love for his Church. The chapter on loving difficult people shares how the Holy Spirit is always with us to help and guide us. I enjoyed the entire book but this particular chapter is my favorite, it is a great reminder in letting the Holy Spirit do what he is sent to do.  

Everyday Grace has been added to my favorites books to be reread. I think it will be a number one Christianity book for 2015. One I highly recommend to everyone, as we all have relationships of some type.

I received an ARC (advanced reader's copy) from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review, rather it be good or bad. Thank you.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Passion Pursuit by Linda Dillow and Juli Slattery - my review

Passion Pursuit: What Kind of Love Are You Making? by Linda Dillow and Juli Slattery  is a Bible study. Not your everyday Bible study but one to help you put the passion back in your marriage. There is a DVD to go along with the workbook, I only had the workbook so can only give my thoughts on it. The book is designed to be used as a group study, (but can be used alone) lasting ten weeks. Using Bible scriptures and even giving homework. No matter where you are in your marriage, you will find help in improving the intimacy based on Biblical scriptures. The authors help you to see what is forbidden and what is acceptable by God.  Showing how to use the Songs of Solomon to help you become a Smoking Hot Mama!  Linda and Juli take us through the Bible to show us God's view on passion and intimacy in marriage.  An easy an fun read. 

I received a FREE copy from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest review be it good or bad. Thank you.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Finding Me by Kathryn Cushman - my review

Finding Me by Kathryn Cushman was a book I was anxious to read from the time I first read the description, I was NOT disappointed! The name of the book is great as Kelli, who was born Darcy , searches for answers to troubling questions. A real page-turner I didn't want to lay it down for any reason.  As it keeps you wanting to find out along with Kelli/Darcy what happened. Why would her Dad fake their deaths and leave her Mom, brother, and sister behind? Why did he lie to her all of her life? A great Christian fiction book with suspense, and a little romance thrown in as well. As I read I wondered how I would react to being in a situation such as any of these characters were. It is a wonderful story with a great lesson about forgiveness.

I received an ARC (advanced readers copy) from Bethany House and NetGallery in exchange for my honest review rather it be good or bad. Thank you.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The Love Letters by Beverly Lewis - my review

I enjoyed reading The Love Letters by Beverly Lewis. Marlena Wenger is staying with her grandmother to help her out after the passing of her grandfather, when her sister is hospitalized and her niece Angel Rose also comes to stay. Marlena quickly becomes connected to the baby, which her beau Nat is not happy about.
 The neighbor boy Jacob finds a homeless man, who is having problems with his memory, living in the old mill.

I found myself quickly involved in their stories, disliking Nat and his parents for there judgemental ways, and absolutely loving 'Small Jay'. I love reading books about the Amish and Beverly Lewis has created another wonderful story with characters to love and dislike.

I received an ARC (advanced readers copy) from Bethany House and NetGallery in exchange for my honest review rather it be good or bad. Thank you.


Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Authentic Amish Cookbook by Norman and Marlena Miller - my review

I can't wait to try some of these YUMMY recipes in the The Authentic Amish Cookbook by Norman and Marlena Miller. It is full of family favorites of the Amish in Evart, Michigan.

With recipes for Caramel Pie, Pear Pie, Pineapple Pie, Shoo-Fly Pie, and Apple Cake, along with so many more wonderful sounding desserts to fill your sweet tooth.  A Cheese Soup that sounds so goo-ood for these cold days! Recipes to make your own bologna even (my husband's favorite). There are recipes for canning and freezing, a section for cooking for crowds, one for weight watchers. Collections of lots of helpful tips which will come in handy.

With popular hymns, scripture, and inspirational thoughts throughout this book it has everything you need to bless you and your family as you fix your meals or plan a get-together. The recipes for friendship and life, along with the garden for a mother were actually some of my favorites.

I have so many of these recipes highlighted to go back and try out, just don't know which I want to try first, they all sound so good!

I received an ARC (advanced readers copy) from Harvest House Publishers and NetGallery in exchange for my honest review rather it be good or bad. Thank you.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Chet Atkins: The Greatest Songs of Mister Guitar by Mark S. Reinhart - my review

Chet Atkins: The Greatest Songs of Mister Guitar by Mark S. Reinhart is an interesting read by a fan of Chet Atkins. There are many (137) of his greatest hits listed in this book. The author goes into great detail of each song , such as composer, producer, the musicians, location and date of recording, and the original release information. Plus telling more detailed information about each and every song. Mark Reinhart and his parents were really huge fans of Chet Atkins as you can tell by the reading of this book.

I highly recommend this book to other Chet Atkins fans it is a must have for your collection or if you want to learn more about the music of Chet Atkins.
I received an ARC (advanced readers copy) from LibraryThing in exchange for my honest review rather it be good or bad. Thank you.