Saturday, January 20, 2018

The Last Girl

Her story is heartbreaking.  Truly heart wrenching.  Yet there is hope.  Somehow through all that she endured, she hopes.  She hopes for a better place, a better world, a better mankind where no one has to suffer the way she has suffered.

Nadia Murad shares her story of growing up in Iraq, watching her village attacked while friends and family are killed, and then becoming a sex slave to ISIS.  It is more than anyone can bear.  Yet she survives, escapes, and shares her story to fight terrorism.

My understanding of the history of the middle east is woefully inadequate.  I struggled to understand the first half of the book as it retold the history and current condition of the Yazidi people.  It took me a long time to read through the history, but the second half of the book leading to Nadia's escape was most interesting.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Fire on the Track

I liked the idea of this book.  As a lifelong runner and an athlete in college, I love stories of women who endeavored in athletics before women were accepted as athletes.]

While I liked the idea of this book, the execution was lacking.  I thought the book was about Betty Robinson, and she was the focus of the 100 pages.  Then the author went into depth about other competitors in track and field such as Babe Didrikson, Stella Walsh, and Helen Stevens.  The rest of the book was a bounce between these athletes without tying the story line together. 

Another issue I had with the book was the discussion of the sex lives of these athletes.  That was so distracting to the focus of the book and so unnecessary.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Rogue Heroes

Soldiers are asked to do some courageous acts.  Soldiers in war are asked to do what no one wants to do.  The soldiers of the Special Air Service are courageous, strong, and heroic.  

This book profiles the SAS from their humble beginnings which was almost the ending.  It was not easy to sell this kind of unit to high ranking commanders when British units were trained to battle face to face with their enemies on a battlefield.  Infiltrating behind enemy lines was unheard of and not the gentlemanly way to fight.  David Stirling knew that this kind of fighting would do more damage to the enemy than previous methods.  He knew that SAS was needed and necessary in modern warfare. 

If you like military history, this book is for you.  I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Monday, September 18, 2017


I don't usually review books that are political in nature, but I was fascinated with the behind the scenes look at the 2016 campaign.  The authors had unencumbered access to Hillary's campaign and many of the backroom dealings that the media alluded to but did not have the whole story.  This book attempts to tell the whole story.

I had a hard time following all the key players in the campaign as there were so many people working on the campaign as well as many change in roles.  The book also jumped between Hillary's campaign and Bernie's campaign so there was a whole other group of people to introduce and follow.  It was just too much for me and I couldn't even finish reading the book.  Since I know how the election turned out, I didn't figure I was missing anything.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

All Saints

This is a charming story about a small church that made a big difference in their community.  The Reverend Michael Spurlock moved the Smyrna, Tennessee, out of obedience to God and found that God blesses obedience mightily.

As I was reading this book, I kept thinking that the story line is so perfect that it would make for a good movie.  Then I'd think to myself, it IS a movie, and I'm just reading the book that was made into a movie.  I am glad that this story is on the big screen; however, the book is always better.  Read the book and then go see the movie.

Bethany House provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for this review which I freely give.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Beyond Justice

I like a good suspense novel with a dash of romance.  This was a suspense novel with some romance but it was only okay.

Hayden McCarthy is a young lawyer with tenacity and focus.  She is a assigned a case that gets more complicated the deeper she digs.  The case involves murder, immigration, cover-up, and cartels.  This reaches further than she ever anticipated.

The story line is interesting but the connections between the characters is too convenient.  There were times when the story line stalled and became boring.  Towards the end the story accelerated too fast and there was not enough development of the plot.  Overall, the book was just okay.

Thomas Nelson provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for my review which I freely give.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Barbara and Susan's Guide to the Empty Nest

I'm a mother of 2 teenagers, one is on the way to college while the other is in high school.  The nest is not yet empty, but it will be in a few years.  This book is a great way to look ahead with hope toward the next chapter of my life.

This quote sums up the life of a mother, "The job of mother became not just what we did, but who we were.  Like leather gloves that get softer and conform to the shape of our hands through years of wear, we grew so accustomed to our role that we became....comfortable.  We fit the role and the role fit us." (page 132).  This is exactly how I feel about my role as mother, but I know those comfortable gloves will soon be coming off.  I need to prepare and be ready for the time when my children are gone and become parents themselves.

I was grateful to read this revised copy of this book as I look ahead to my future as an empty-nester.  Bethany House provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for this review which I freely give.