Sunday, October 16, 2016

The Candidate

I was excited to read the latest thriller from Lis Weihl, and this book did not disappoint.

Erica Sparks is on top of her game in broadcast journalism; however, she cannot just rest on her laurels.  She must continue to cover cutting edge stories and keep up with the latest and greatest.  She starts to notice that one of the candidates for president has some idiosyncrasies that might lead to some serious problems if he is elected to the presidency.  Erica digs deep to find the truth, too deep.

The book is fast pace, and the story line starts out believable.  But toward the end, the story line becomes too fantastic and unreal.  The book is definitely a work of fiction.  Nonetheless, the writing is good and the story is a good read.

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

Sunday, October 2, 2016

True Faith and Allegiance

Alberto R. Gonzales gives us the "behind the curtain" peek into the West Wing as a former U.S. Attorney General and Counsel to President George W. Bush.

The book is long, but it helps to understand the context of some of the decisions President Bush faced.  Gonzales gives a lot of the back story and the legal ramifications for the decisions the President had to make.  No decision was ever easy when you are leading a free country.

For those who lived through the Bush administration, it was more like current events not history; however it is fascinating to look at the events through the lens of history.  As we lived through 9/11 and into the 21st century, current events became historic events.  Gonzales takes us through the events, the decisions, the struggle, and the resulting consequences.  All was done with the best interest of the country at heart.

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

Thursday, September 15, 2016


Roy Benavidez is a real American hero.  He thinks he was just doing his job, as most military men do.  But he was also saving the lives of fellow service men while putting his own life on the line.

The book profiles Roy and the 12-man Special Forces team inserted behind enemy lines on the fateful day in May of 1968.  Because their mission was top secret, not many people even knew about it, let alone what transpired.  Eric Blehm attempts to educate and inspire us by bringing this story to light.

As much as I enjoy reading stories of real life heroes, I had a hard time following the story line of this book.  My understanding of the war in Vietnam is woefully inadequate; however, the author jumps between present tense and back story a lot.  It was just tough to follow.  The story is great, but the book could have been better.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.  See more here and here.

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.