Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Confession

Confession is not only good for the soul but is also a good read.

Holt Douglas is a good man with a very secret sin.  As the assistant district attorney, he argues before a judge to fight for truth.  Trish Carmichael is a deputy sheriff who makes sure the bad guys are caught so they can face the judge.  Both want the truth, and eventually have to face the truth in their lives.

This book was enjoyable to read and interesting enough to keep my attention throughout.  I thought I had the story line figured out, but I was wrong.  I was satisfied with how the story ended because it was better than I expected.

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

Friday, August 15, 2014

Miracle in Dry Season

With drama and romance, this book engages the reader with thought provoking storytelling.

Perla moves to Wise, West Virginia, to escape the scrutiny of her hometown.  She brings with her a child out of wedlock, but she is trying to move on with her life.  Casewell is a bachelor who is trying to make a life for himself but finds that his single ways are very lonely.

The story is simple enough and the characters are real.  What I most liked about this book was that it made me think about the characters even when I was not reading the book.  I could feel what they were feeling.  Along with the characters, I pondered love and forgiveness.  The book really open my heart to what it means to forgive the way God forgives.

I enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.

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

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Middle School: The Inside Story

With a teen and a tween in my house, I can use a little help and encouragement.  This book gave me hope about my adolescents and gave me guidance about how I can help and encourage them.

The authors examine the mind of an middle schooler and share their experiences.  Both are mothers, and Sue Acuna is a middle school teacher.  They know what they are talking about and are well qualified to help other parents.

My one take-away is that there will be mistakes to be made and struggles to endure.  We really can't avoid all problems, but we can better deal with the problems that will inevitably occur.  I now know that it is okay to stumble and fall because then we can pick ourselves up and try again.  It really is not the end of the world as the teenage mindset seems to think.

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

Monday, August 4, 2014

Game Changer

This autobiography of NFL quarterback Kirk Cousins is great for tween to young teenage boys.  It is written directly to this young male audience.

Kirk shares his experiences with football as a springboard to share his faith.  He uses real life examples to encourage young men to grow in their faith.

The book is not in chronological order.  Each chapter focuses on an aspect of faith using football as this vehicle to exercise faith.

I would recommend this book to anyone playing youth football.

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