Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Heavens Proclaim His Glory

What a fantastic book! The pictures are amazing. We are bless with amazing technology as the Hubble telescope captures images of planets, galaxies, nebulae, and stars that are both forming and dieing.

I appreciate a book on astronomy with a Godly perspective. My son is interested in the stars, but I have a hard time finding material that approaches astronomy from God's perspective and not man's perspective. Thank you Thomas Nelson for putting together a fantastic book for us. This would make a great coffee table book!


To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, I must post that Thomas Nelson has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book to review. I also must say that the opinions are all mine.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Good Girls Don't Have to Dress Bad

Thank you Shari Braendel for showing us ladies how to dress trendy without being trashy. I have been convicted of dressing more modestly ever since I had a daughter, but find it challenging to find clothes that fit properly, look nice, and are reasonably priced. Shari gave me both encouragement and inspiration to not give up.

I really liked the specific helps she provides with body type, color schemes, and face shape. Armed with tools that I learned in the book, I already dress better. Some things I already knew but needed to be reminded. Other things I learned for the first time.

I am excited to share this book with my friends, but they might have to buy their own copy so I can keep my copy not in my bookcase but in my clothes closet.


To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, I must post that Zondervan has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book to review. I also must say that the opinions are all mine.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Immanuel's Veins

I just started to read Ted Dekker this summer. A friend loaned me Black, and I am glad that I got my feet wet with the Circle series (Green, Black, Red, and White) before reading Immanuel's Veins.

To be honest, in order to read and enjoy his books, I have to open my mind and let go of preconceived notions. When I am reading, it feels like riding a roller coaster...at first, I am not so sure I am going to like it but then the excitement starts tp pick up, and I don't want it to end.

I really do not know how what category this book falls into. It could be suspense, drama, murder, romance, fantasy, or even historical fiction. I guess by not being able to put the book into one category makes this book even more interesting to read.


To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, I must post that Thomas Nelson has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book to review. I also must say that the opinions are all mine.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Patton: The Pursuit of Destiny

I am not a big reader of history but I do enjoy a good biography. So I enjoyed this biography and was surprised that I even liked the historical perspective of this book.

Yes, there are many biographies of Patton, so why read this one? The authors, Agostino Von Hassell and Ed Breslin, researched Patton thoroughly and provided readers a balanced understanding of Patton's life. Highlighting the slapping incidents in context helped to understand the extenuating circumstances while not excusing the behavior.

The movie "Patton" created this myth of Patton that was based in truth but not entirely accurate. This book helps us to know Patton, the man and not the myth. I appreciate the honest and real view of Patton's life which included the good, the bad, and the ugly.


To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, I must post that Thomas Nelson has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book to review. I also must say that the opinions are all mine.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Butterfly Effect

I enjoyed the stories of Norman Borlaug and Joshua Chamberlain who both made a huge difference by the good decisions they made. I had never heard of Norman Borlaug before, but Colonel Chamberlain was the focus of a paper I did for military history in college. He turned the tide of not only the Battle of Gettysburg, but also the entire Civil War. He is a hero of mine.

The theory of the butterfly effect is that a flap of a butterfly's wing would set off a chain reaction that results in a hurricane on the other side of the world. An interesting hypothesis, yet one I have a hard time believing.

My challenge to the hypothesis is that both of these men made an important decision during an necessary moment in their lives. It's not the little decisions but the big ones that made a difference. I do agree that every decision matters and that everything I do matters, but I do not see the world altering results in the little decisions I make every day. I see the training of making good decisions in the small things which helps me make good decisions in the big things. So as long as you see this book as an encouragement to keep doing what matters and making good decisions, then I like this book. As long as you look at this book for gospel truth, look first at the Bible which will help you make good decisions.


To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, I must post that Thomas Nelson has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book to review. I also must say that the opinions are all mine.

The Boy Who Changed the World

A chance to make a difference...it's what we all long for, and this book gives us hope that what we do actually does matter.

Although a book for children, this story will give everyone young and old hope that they can make a difference. I never knew the story of Norman Borlaug but am not amazed at the ripple effect. Sometimes you never know the impact you have on those around you and those who have yet to come.

Both my children read this book and liked it. I hope and pray that they make good decisions and have a positive impact on the world around them like Norman Borlaug did.


To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, I must post that Thomas Nelson has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book to review. I also must say that the opinions are all mine.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Malacca Conspiracy by Don Brown

I enjoy reading books that highlight the postive aspects of the military after spending my time serving my country in the U.S. Army. I also take personal offense in any book that portrays the military inaccurately. This book makes the military look good and the few inaccuracies that I found seem to be used for poetic justice. Yet, it is highly likely that a JAG officer would get to join a SEAL team on a mission no matter how hoo-ah he is.

I also enjoy a good suspense, and this book was full of suspense. In my opinion, it was almost too suspenseful as the writing was choppy and the scenes came at me hard and fast. At first, I thought this would make a good movie, but there were too many characters to follow. I was relieved that the ending did bring some closure to some of the characters, but there were so many more characters that were introduced in a scene and never heard from again.

I agree with some of the reviewers that this book seemed to be a pro-American and anti-Islamic. The book is a work of fiction and is allowed to use themes and ideas as part of the story. Whether I agree with the view is a different story. If someone is not a Christian than reading Christian fiction may be offensive. I found that very little of the story directly pointed to God. There were hints here and there as much as there were parts of the story that showed characters worshipping Allah. Authors are allowed to write from their point of view, and if you don't agree with it, you are free to not read it.



To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, I must post that Zondervan has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book to review. I also must say that the opinions are all mine.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Love is a Flame compiled by James Stuart Bell

What a great testament to marriages that endured struggle yet remained committed. So often we read about people choosing divorce that it was refreshing to read stories of people choosing to stick it out even when divorce would be acceptable and even encouraged.

No marriage is without struggle. I wish someone had told me that before I got married. Although, to be honest, I think my mom tried to tell me but I was blinded by love. Well the blinders were pulled off soon enough, and the truth of marriage sank in. The book gives us hope that no matter what your marriage looks like right now, God has not forgotten. He alone can heal the deep wounds. He alone can minister to the brokenhearted, and yes, married people can have their hearts broken by their mates.

The only thing about this book that I did not like is the front cover. At first glance, it looks like a book by Gary Chapman, and author I have read and enjoyed before. Instead, he writes a forward and James Stuart Bell is the one responsible for putting the book together. A small issue that I will forgive as Gary Chapman is more well known.



To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, I must post that Bethany House has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book to review. I also must say that the opinions are all mine.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Let's Do Lunch by Roger Troy Wilson

I have not read chapters 2-6 three times like the author suggested, but I am amazed at his weight loss story. He learned how to eat and to enjoy eating until he was satisfied. It is a great way to eat to live instead of living to eat.

I had an ah-ha moment on page 68, "Sugar may have no fat grams, but in your body sugar turns to pure fat, and food with sugar in it causes extreme cravings for all the wrong foods." Now I know why even with a low fat diet, I couldn't lose weight. It really is about eating the right foods, yet not about total deprivation.

The book is not very long and is easy to read. It reminds me of the Weigh Down Diet from the 90's. We would all be better if we only ate when we are hungry and if we satisfied our cravings with healthy food.


To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, I must post that Thomas Nelson has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book to review. I also must say that the opinions are all mine.