Friday, January 28, 2011

Save the Date

Another foray into the chick-lit genre. This book was enjoyable to read and interesting enough to keep my attention throughout the story. The character development was a bit slow at times but realistic enough. It has been the first book in a while that I did not rush to finish. I took my time even though I could have rushed to finish just to see what happens. I like to take my time if the book is good.

I am not sure why the title was "Save the Date." By the end of the book, I still did not understand what the title meant. I may have missed something, but "Saving Grace" seems like a more fitting title.

I was a bit confused with the character of Julian and his relationship with Clare. They reminded me of Karen and Jack in the old sitcom Will and Grace. I am not sure how his character added to the storyline, and for me, he was more a distraction.


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.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Real Skinny on Losing It

Thank Michelle to putting into words what I have felt for so long but could not seem to say out loud. Sometimes, I felt like she was talking right to me. There were times that even though the truth hurt, it was more convicting than condemning.

Michelle shares her many ups and downs of weight loss, and what finally worked for her. It really is not a quick fix and will take a lot of hard work. I appreciate this honesty and feel like I can relate better to someone who has tried and failed and got back on her feet to try again.

One truth hit me like a 2x4 which said "Comparison is false shame....Comparing ourselves always leads to dissatisfaction" (p. 15). I am still trying to process how much I compare myself and how quickly that leads to false shame and dissatisfaction.

This is a great book for anyone and everyone who struggles with their weight.


To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, I must mention that Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this ARC.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A Billion Reasons Why

Kristin Billerbeck set the standard for Chick Lit, and this book is the very definition of Chick Lit. It is an easy read with light-hearted romance and a dash of drama thrown in for good measure.

Katie is a young woman who has overcome hurt but has now left the past behind to live a decent life. However, her past comes back to mess up what she has established. Sometimes you need to learn from the past to make a better future, and Katie does just that.

Much like other books by Kristin Billerbeck (What a Girl Wants and A Girl's Best Friend), this book has a young woman trying to find her true self while staying true to her faith in a materialistic world. I think we can all relate to that so some degree.

On a side note, I felt that the relationship between Katie and Dexter was much like the relationship between Meg Ryan and her fiance in Sleepless in Seattle. It was safe and comfortable but a passionless relationship that was doomed from the start.

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.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Faith of Ronald Reagan

As a child during the 80's, I remember President Reagan, but I was too young to fully appreciate his work as the leader of the free world. I wanted to read this book to better understand this man and what he did to help end the Cold War. I did gain a deeper appreciation for our 40th president.

One thing that bothered me was the direct connection of events in Reagan's life to the concern that if not this than that would not have happened. If this book is about a man of deep faith who followed the will of God, then God would have made sure that the events were not left up to happenstance. For example on page 92, "And had it not been for that minister who asked Reagan to consider its [communism's] threat, all of Reagan's immense work might not have been accomplished. That is the awe-inspiring power of Providence." I disagree. If it was Providence, God would have intervened in another way to lead Reagan to the immense work he was to accomplish. It is unwise to limit God and think that man's mistake could mess up His plan.

I do appreciate that the events which did have a lasting effect on Reagan's life such as visiting Mount Vernon as a young man and learning how to ride a horse while in the Army. Yet, I have a hard time with direct cause and effect relationships with specific events in life.

Another thing that bothered me was the author seemed to force the issue of faith. She did a good job highlighting the moments in Reagan's life where he depended on his faith; however, she would add her 2 cents by attaching a Bible verse to the event. It felt contrived.

I thought I was reviewing a new book, but this is a reprint of the 2004 book entitled Hand of Providence: The Strong and Quiet Faith of Ronald Reagan. Thomas Nelson has given me a free copy of this book to review and has given me freedom to state my own opinions about it.