Thursday, May 29, 2014

Undetected

Mark Bishop is a Navy submarine commander, and Gina Gray is a brilliant scientist and researcher who discovers ways to help submarines stay quiet underwater.  It seems like a match made in heaven, but it took a long time before these two people fall in love.

The book included a lot of background of submarine warfare and the software programs that Gina was trying to design.  The technical information was necessary to build up to the action at the end of the story; however, I felt that the book was longer than it needed to be.  I had to skim the last 100 pages to get to the real action and to see if Gina and Mark would finally fall in love.  The end is satifying yet seemed to come quickly after the 400+ page build up.

I like books written by Dee Henderson and am impressed with the amount of research she put into this story.  Yet I did not enjoy this book as much as her previous books.  It just felt too long and too wordy.

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

Saturday, May 17, 2014

The Making of a Man

While I am not familiar with the work of Tim Brown, the men in my family know him and admire his athletic accomplishments.  What I read in this book is more than just feats of strength in his football career but the truths that he lives by.

Unlike most kids, Tim Brown did not dream of becoming an NFL legend.  He played a sport that got him a scholarship, and he worked hard at it.  That hard work paid off as he became an Oakland Raiders.  Yet football was not his life.  His life included faith, family, and football.

I admire a man who admits his struggles and mistakes because he learned from them.  He shares 20 things he learned that he wants to pass onto other men.  Even as a woman, I learned from him and hope many others can take his message and apply it to their lives.

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

Friday, May 16, 2014

Blind Descent

Climbing the highest peak in the world is not easy, and getting back down can be just as challenging.  What happened to Brian Dickinson is even more challenging as he sumitted alone and then went blind due to photokeratitis, otherwise known as snow blindness.  Climbing back down became almost insurmountable, but Brian used his skills as a mountain climber and training in the U.S. Navy to help him return home.

This was an interesting story and amazing in content; however, I was surprised that I almost at the end of the book before Brian reached the summit and became blind.  On my ebook, I was 75% into the book when this happened.  I thought the book would be more about descending blind, as per the title.  Instead it was more of a story about man who loved his family and love the adventure of climbing mountains.

Aside from the book, I am surprised that Brian decided to summit alone knowing all the risks he would be taking.  He also broke his UV goggles prior to summitting and still continued to climb knowing that snow blindness would occur when eyes are exposed to the sunlight at such high altitudes.  He spoke often of avoiding risks and being willing to not summit if the risks were too great.  Yet, that is exactly what he did.  I am not sure I understand why even after reading this book.

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

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Get Your Teenager Talking

Talking to teenagers is like running on a treadmill.  It's a lot of work, and yet you are not getting anywhere.  I have done this too many times, and am glad to have some helpful advice to encourage meaningful conversations.

As I read through these ideas, some were funny while some were thought-provoking.  There really is something for everyone.  However, I wanted to make sure that these ideas worked so I gave them a try.  I had a 2 hour drive to a sporting event with my 15 year old son and his 2 friends.  When there was a lull in the conversation, I asked a question from the book.  The boys responded and were excited to talk about their favorite food, celebrity crush, etc.  What was even more amazing was that one of the boys started asking his own questions similar to the ones from the book.

After we got home, my son saw this book on my nightstand and teased me that I am often reading books on parenting teenagers.  I told him that this one worked because I had used it on the car ride.  He was shocked as he had no idea that I was using questions directly from this book.

Bethany House provided me a free copy of the book in exchange for this honest review.