Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Greater Than Gold

It was a joy to read this book during the 2016 Olympics in Rio.  While watching David Boudia compete in the diving competition, I was reading his life story and was impressed with his character and testimony.  He didn't win gold at the Rio Olympics as he did in London, but after reading his book, I think he knows what winning is all about.

Most of what David went through was because of bad choices he mades.  Unlike some Olympic athletes (think Ryan Loche), Boudia accepts responsibility for his actions and works to live an honest and upright life.

Reading biographies is often more interesting than fiction.  Knowing what people have endured and still overcome is fascinating and inspiring.  I would recommend this book to any athlete.

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

Thursday, August 11, 2016

The Things We Knew

The Carlisle family experienced a great tragedy when their mother died.  However, the bigger tragedy was the secrets surrounding the death of Mrs. Carlisle.

Lynette Carlisle, the youngest of the family, was the one who knew the most but was too young to truly comprehend what happened.  In order to survive, she repressed her feelings and tried to move past it.  Yet, at some point, these feelings need to be faced.  The story opens with Lynette having to face the truths locked away for so many years.  Nightmares and images haunt her, and she must face the facts in order to fully understand what happened so many years ago.

The novel was a page-turner.  The author gave away hints and details slowly and methodically throughout the book.  Sometimes, I was frustrated at how slow the details came out.  The ending made sense and was not too surprising once all the details came out.  The ending also left some doors open for future stories.  I am not sure if the author has plans for another book or just let some things left to the imagination of the reader.

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

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

One Big Turkey

Counting and rhyming go hand in hand in this board book.  Each page is a 4 line rhyme with a picture to match.

It is easy to read this book out loud to your child as the prose is simple yet sweet.

The illustrations are bright, and the turkey is found on every page.  It would be fun to ask the toddler to find the turkey while you read the page.

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

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Pumpkin Patch Blessing

Board books are great for little hands, and this one has a lovely rhyme and rhythm to read out loud.

With fall activities, this is a great little book to celebrate a trip to the pumpkin patch.

The 4 lines rhymes are sweet and the illustrations are adorable.

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

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Bat Dad

Bat Dad is hilarious!  With 4 kids under the age of eleven, this dad has to do something to prevent going crazy.  Or maybe, this is the dad going crazy.  Either way, he makes light of parenting and some of the funny things our kids do.

Just a disclaimer, the a-word appears multiple times in this book.  It's funny, but it's there.  Just a heads-up if you were thinking about sharing this book with your 5 year old who just started reading.  That would make for a hilarious Bat Dad vine, but that would also make for a young potty mouth.


I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.  Check out Bat Dad here.


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Night Night Farm

I so enjoyed reading this book out loud.  It has a nice soothing rhythm throughout the verses.

It is definitely the kind of book you read to your child before going to bed.  The child can say good night to each of the farm animals after each page.

My teenage daughter, who enjoys babysitting, even liked this book and is looking forward to sharing it with the kids she watches.

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

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The Field Guide to Sports Metaphors

Where did the expressions "in you face" and "my bad" start?  What does "unforced error" really mean?  How did these sayings become part of every day language?  This book answers all these questions and more.

The book can be read cover to cover.  However, I liked picking a sport and reading the etymology of the words and expressions from that sport.  It was interesting to read how some of the expressions came into being and became prolific in other sports.

Overall the book was interesting to read.  I was fascinated with the history of language and how sports metaphors became a part of culture.

I received this book for Blogging for Books for review.  For more information go to the author's website.