Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Blood Covenant

As a doctor in a developing nation, Paige struggles to deal with the death and destruction around her. Nick is a pilot who has seen his fair share of tragedy but still wants to make a difference. Their struggles may be different, but their desire to help others is the same.

I like the character development. I like the suspense. I like that it was not a happily ever after ending but a more realistic but optimistic turn of events.

I also liked Blood Covenent more than the previous book by Lisa Harris, Blood Ransom. The books are both about mission workers in Africa, but the books are more stand alone than a series. You do not have to read one book before the other. Even though it is part of the Mission Hope Series, you do not have to read the books in order.

Zondervan has given me a free copy of this book in exchange for this review where I can freely express my opionion.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Eat Your Peas Daughter

I thoroughly enjoy the Eat Your Peas collection. My favorite quote is "Sometimes life doesn't go as planned and not getting what we want becomes a blessing in disguise. There is a plan for you. Have faith. Be patient, and most of all...Believe." Not only do I want to share this with my daughter, I need the reminder. So often life beats us down, but we need to learn to get back up and continue following the path God is leading us.

This is a great book to share with your daughter for any milestone in life or just because. The world tells us how we don't measure up and how we lack certain qualities to be considered beautiful. This book is the voice we need to hear. God loves us. He has a plan for us. We are loved.

This is really a 3-minute book which means you can read it over and over again to remember how much you are loved.

I received this book from Thomas Nelson in exchange for a review which I freely give.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

If God, Why Evil?

This book is deep, way deep. Even though it is only 150 pages, it is not a quick read. Don't let the brevity fool you like it did me. This book takes time to digest. I think I could reread it many times and still find new insights.

Much like other books on apologetics, this book offers well constructed arguments to statements such as "God is the author of everything that happens. Evil is something that happens. So God is the author of evil."

I cannot say that I totally grasped everything in this book, but it has given me things to think about. For those who still have questions, I am glad that I have a resource to share with them.

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

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Scars of a Chef

I was pleased to see that an autobiographical book about a chef contains a few of his favorite recipes. I am especially excited to try the Lemon Ricotta Breakfast Bruschetta. However, this was not a cookbook. I was a life book, and the life of a man who has been through a lot and found help in the One who can redeem all. Rick's story is inspiring.

I know very little about the restaurant industry, so this book was eye opening. I did not realize how demanding it is and how stressful a restaurant kitchen can be. Then again, I can become very demanding when I cook so maybe it is inherent to cooking.

The only problem I had while reading this book is that I got very hungry. The description of some of the dishes he prepared made my mouth water, and I wanted to be home in my Nonni's kitchen eating her Italian food. Oh, for a cannoli right now..mmmm.

Tyndale House provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for my opinion which I freely give.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Eat Your Peas Faithfully

Since I was able to download this book in ebook form, I was able to quickly read it and review it, and I'm so glad I did. I loved it! It is a great reminder to all of us that God loves us and cares so intimately for us.

This is a great book to have by your bed, your computer, or your desk to remind us that no matter how much life changes, God's love for us never changes. So simple yet so profound. The other editions are great gifts especially during this spring season of Easter, Mother's Day, graduations, and birthdays.

My favorite line is from page 30, "Although it seems hard to believe, sometimes not getting what you want can be a blessing in disguise." I know I will pitch a fit when things don't not go my way or the way I think they should go. Then when all is said and done, and I can reflect on what happened, I realize that God really did have a better way. Maybe if I remember this next time I don't get what I want, I will be excited, not mad, to see what God has planned.

I am so grateful to Thomas Nelson who has provided me a free copy of this book to review in which I freely state my own opinion.

A Cowboy's Touch

The pace of this book kept me from giving it 5 stars. I felt like the story slowed down too much in the middle which dragged out the plot for too long. Will she fall in love? Will he tell her the truth? I wanted to know what happened next, but for about 100 pages, it felt like nothing was really happening. It was not until page 250 that I got the information I had been wanting to know about a pivotal character. So for that reason, this was a page turner.

When I typed "A Cowboy's Touch" into the search on amazon, another book with the same title came up. It was definitely not this book. It was a romance but more, shall we saw, graphic. I hope people do not confuse these 2 books because Denise Hunter's "A Cowboy Touch" is nothing like what I saw on the cover of the other book.

Thomas Nelson provides me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my opinion which I freely give.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Blood Ransom

The book took about 100 pages to get interesting, but once it got my attention, I had a hard time putting it down. It included intrigue, suspense, drama, and a little romance.

I can understand why the book was a little slow at first. There was some necessary character development. The backdrop of a poor country in Africa needed summarizing.

The cover of the book states "Mission Hope Series" which sounds like there will be more books to come. I hope so because now that I have read about a few of the characters, I want to know about them and what happens next.

Overall, a general good book.

Zondervan has provided me a free copy of this book for a review that allows me to freely express my opinion.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

We Be Big

They are hilarious. They are entertaining. They are crazy. But they are real. That is the truth. They are who they are, and there is no hiding from it not even on the radio.

In all their realness, I did not know their backstory. It was amazing to read how they got to where they are now. They did not prepare to be "Rick and Bubba", but somehow their paths crossed and the stars were aligned. And they will be the first to admit that it was not luck or happenstance but the hand of God.

Their whole routine is being real, and they are not ashamed to be honest about who they are. It was refreshing to read a book that tells it like it is which includes the good and the bad. Yet, they serve a God who can bring hope and redemption in both the good and the bad.

Thanks for sharing your lives with us, Rick and Bubba!

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.