Sunday, February 18, 2018

Book Review: Judah's wife by Angela Hunt

This book is excellent! Tastefully written story about a time period full of Old Testament gore and bloodshed.

Leah (fictional name given to Judah's wife) grows up with an abuaive father and marries the handsome Judah right before his family moves away from Jerusalem.

As idol worship follows them even as they travel seekIng freedom, they choose to take a stand and welcome any who join their forces. They train their army of farmers and family men and begin wining battle after battle. As they make a name for themselves Leah's bitterness at having a warrior for a husband grows and their relationship dwindles. Discovering how to reconcile violence with the peaceful life she feels she wants, and realizing that Adoni has a call for her life fill Leah's days as she waits for her husband to come back from the battle fields. I love that in the back of the book she has a Q&A section that explains what parts are fiction and what parts are true to history.

Hunt really packed a lot of history into this book! And as she did she summarized so much of the battles that you are able to wrap you head around the enormousness of what was happening! The book is fast paced but takes a detailed reading.

I received this book free courtesy of Bethany House Publisher’s Blogger Review Program in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Book Review: Holding the Fort by Regina Jennings

Holding the Fort by Regina Jennings
Holding the Fort was the first book I've read by Jennings. She is funny, witty, and creative in her writing. She used some historical facts to create her story and weaves in a creative tale of a preserved dance hall singer who tries to make it on talent alone. When singing alone isn't enough to hold her position she heads to a prairie fort where her brother is troublesome serving his country. She quickly gets mistaken for a requested governess and sees it as an opportunity for employment. When that employment turns into a marriage proposal she sees her deception as a bondage and seeks to find the right way out but dreads revealing the truth.
With humorous conversations and laughable encounters Lousia Bell steals your heart as you follow her on the prairie through powerful mishaps and revealing truths.
This book was provided for my review.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Book Review: Imperfect Justice by Cara Putman

Imperfect Justice was my first book to read by Cara Putman and I hope it will not be my last! She has you hanging on every word.  She takes a scenario that we all have heard on the news and puts heart behind it as you watch the lawyer walk through trying to solve the mystery of what appears to be an open and shut case.
Putman draws you in with her gifted ability to write and you will fly through this book as you are captivated page by page.
This book was received so I could write this review. My opinions are my own.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Book Review: Deadly Proof

My first read of Rachel Dylan. It is quite the entertaining book. Fast paced, sometimes you can get lost in the conversing. She doesn't waste time on overly describing details and I like that.
With a modest love story that doesn't become too much, you can tell this author submersed herself in the world of law to write this creative tale of a lawyer who fights for what is right even when her own life is at stake and she realizes those she thought were friends are actually against her.
This book is easy to pick up and not want to put down. It's a refreshing read for someone who needs something deeper than just an everyday, run of the mill book. Anyone with legal knowledge would be impressed at the depth of this book and anyone curious about legal info would learn from this book. It really takes you into the cutthroat world and I could totally see a movie made out of this. Curious about book 2!!!
This book was provided for my review.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Book Review: "I'd Like You More if You were More Like Me."

This book by John Ortberg has incredible wisdom. I wasn't sure what the title would hold but as I opened the first few pages I was impressed with his open honesty (even where it made him out to be the heel of the story!) and the lessons he learned from his mistakes.From talking about marriage to Jesus' relationship with his disciples he covers virtually every relationship one could be in and points out things that make the reader cringe because we've all kinda done it!
From the depth of opening yourself for marriage to having true friendships, Ortberg dives into it all. In the day of modern communication, this book of true relationships is much needed. And it isn't just another book telling us that texting isn't real communication. It is a book that describes the best and worse of relationships. It makes you long for something that, our day in age has forgotten about. He doesn't put down the way people do relationship, which makes it nice to read but creates a longing for true relationship.
He shares what shame is and how to get over it. He talks about ruptured relationships and how to lightheartedly repair them.
I think the main thing about this book that I can see is that the title seems almost cheaper than all the information inside!

This book was given to me for my review

Book Review: The Beginner's Gospel Story Bible

I actually asked my 10-year-old to review this book! His insight was better than a mom's perspective!
He was impressed that the book had a story he didn't know. (Jeremiah being thrown into a well for years) and he spent about 15 minutes just reading the stories. He said he liked it and would recommend it.
The pictures are not the blingy, or distracting. All the characters have their eyes closed like those on the front. There is about a paragraph on each page and occasionally the characters have speech bubbles in addition to the text.
Everything is simply put. And I like that it is a Bible not just for kids but for beginners...of any age. It gives a good foundation and understanding of the stories of the Bible. It doesn't quote the Word but summarizes it. It does include texts on some pages that show where the story is found in the Bible.
This book would be great for using it in Sunday school to having it on your coffee table to reading it with your kids. Very versatile. My one thought is it doesn't catch a child's eye. If there is a book about dinosaurs next to it they will probably be drawn it that. But the foundation truths in this book are sound.
This book was given to me for my review.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Book Review: A Forest, a Flood and an Unlikely Star by J.A. Myhre

A Forest, a Flood and an Unlikely Star by J.A. Myhre

This book is an easy read. Small and simple to understand it is illustrated by what looks like native charcoal paintings=). It's pretty intriguing to read about the African culture as well as the danger the young Kusiima faces as he tries to live up to his mother's standard of integrity after she has passed on.
The story is filled with adventure and twists. It ends slightly abruptly like it could be another few chapters to wrap up the end but still leaves you with a sense of accomplishment and closer.

This book was given to me for my review.