Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Women of Christmas

This is a wonderful book to help us remember the reason for the season.

As she did with the Bad Girls of the Bible series, Liz Curtis Higgs invites us to take a closer look at the women of Jesus's birth.  Elizabeth is the aunt who experiences a miracle baby herself.  Mary is the mother of her savior.  Anna is the prophetess who serves daily at the temple awaiting the Messiah.  Higgs weaves the Biblical story with her reflections which causes the reader to ponder the Christmas story.

We all need to take the time to reflect during the holiday season.  This book helps us to reflect and to remember the true meaning of Christmas.

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.  Read the first chapter here.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Made to Last

Miranda may look put together on the outside, but like her half-built house, she needs work.

The first half of the book annoyed me.  The whole set-up felt fake and contrived.  I had little sympathy for a woman who had a successful career in TV; looks great in jeans and a flannel shirt; and does not need a man around to help her fix a leaky faucet.  She was just too perfect.

Then about halfway through the book, I realized that Miranda is not perfect and needs help.  She starts to realize it, too.  This is when the story went from dull and boring to interesting and entertaining.  I liked the second half of the book much more than the first half.

If I did not have to write this review, I might have just put the book down before finishing it.  I will admit that the writing is good and the story does flow easily.  However, it just took too long to set up the story.

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

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Raising Boys by Design

Just when I thought I was losing my mind, I realized that it was normal for my son to wrestle, run around, and take risks.  This book opened my eyes to the idea that boys want to become men and that their physical strength, risk-taking, and adventure seeking nature is more than a good thing...it's a God thing!

Jantz and Gurian use research and anecdotal evidence to teach us how boys are becoming men.  As parents, we can encourage their masculinity as we guide into adulthood.  The authors give both advice and good reason to help parents raise boys into men.

For far too long, I was squelching my son's masculinity because I did not understand that being aggressive and tough is part of his nature.  After reading this book, I realize that I can help him channel his masculinity toward good not harm.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.