Monday, September 18, 2017

Shattered

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.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Invitation

When you read enough, fiction tends to become boring and predictable.  This book breaks the mold and was as unpredictable as it was fascinating.

Four very different people come together, each with their own special gift.  Together they are challenged to solve inexplainable occurrences.  Using their gifts and overcoming their differences, they discover that there is evil beyond this world yet hope in something bigger.

What makes this book interesting was how it was written by 4 authors with one storyline.  The character development and the flow of the book was not affected by the change in author.  It was fascinating to read 1 story in 4 parts with 4 writers.

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

Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Women of Easter

She has done it again!  Liz Curtis Higgs has a gift of telling a Biblical story in a way that brings it to life without dishonoring the truth.

This time it's the Easter story through the eyes of the women who were there.  More than just what happened, but the story that includes how they may have felt, what they may have seen, and what it was like for them to experience it.  It is a great way to study the death and resurrection of Jesus from eyewitness accounts.

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

Sunday, April 9, 2017

You Know You're a Mom

Sometimes it's not easy to be a mom.  You feel so much love for your children that it's overwhelming.  Other times you feel so much frustration that it is equally overwhelming.  So once in a while, you need to sit back, read a good book, and know that it's going to be okay.

This book covers the life of a mom from birth until the children are out of your house but never out of your heart.  The author reminds us that being a mom is special, unique, rewarding, and heartbreaking, sometimes all at the same time.

I highly recommend this book to all moms out there.  Buy it for yourself and for a friend.  It is the kind of book your can read while your nurse your baby, while you wait for the kids at practice, or while you wait up for your teenager to come home.  It will make all those moments a little more enjoyable.

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