Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Dandelion Field

Most romance novels are sappy and predictable.  This is book is not.  It is refreshing and surprising.  I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end.

Cody and Raine a teenagers in love who made a mistake.  Raine's mother, Ginevieve, was a teenage mom, too, who learned to survive by moving constantly and never getting close to anyone.  Just because this survival skill has worked for many years does not mean it is a good skill.  Meeting Dan Moretti reignites all the emotions in Ginevieve that makes her wants to run away.  She fears trusting again, but Dan is a man who is truly trustworthy.

The story line seems complicated at first, but makes sense as the book progresses.  It is an enjoyable read with many other delightful characters who could become future books.  I would love to read another book about the Moretti family.  I even wanted to read this same story but from Evie's perspective.  Who is Evie?  Read the book to find out!

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

The Paleo Chef

I have heard about the Paleo lifestyle but did not know what exactly that means.  So I was excited to review this book so I could get the in's and out's of being Paleo.

Chef Pete Evans provides numerous recipes for Paleo followers.  Each recipe is on its own page with a full page picture and a narrative of how or why Pete Evans created the recipe.  He also gives a brief introduction of the Paleo lifestyle and the basic ingredients used for these recipes.

Even though the food looks delicious, I would have a hard time cooking with these recipes.  Many of the ingredients are not found in my local grocery store.  I cannot get coconuts especially young green coconut, unhulled tahini paste, duck fat,  or even fresh horshradish.  If I lived in a big city, these ingredients might be more readily available.  But for those of us living in the country, many of these recipes would be impossible.  This makes me think that without these ingredients, I could not eat a Paleo diet.

The book itself is still well done with easy to follow recipes and great pictures of food that looks delicious and nutritious.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this honest review.  For more information click here.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Song

Jed King is a singer/songwriter.  When he writes "The Song", his career takes off.  He is happily married to Rose, but the time appart while on tour is detrimental to their relationship.  This storyline reflects Song of Solomon and is a good modernization of the love story.

When I say I want to curl up with a good book, this is that book.  It is the kind of book that when you start reading, you lose track of time.  The story invites you in, and you want to stay.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.

The only negative comment I have is that I did not want to see the pictures from the movie in the book.  It not only gave away the story line, but also the ending.

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

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Your Family In Pictures

Taking a good picture of your family may seem daunting; however, this book gives amateur photographers i.e. moms the confidence to take those great family photos.

The book breaks down the essence of a good photo and gives the recipe for how to take it.  With many graphic examples, the reader sees how simple it can be to take a good family photo.

We all love the posed family pictures.  Yet, there are also those candid photos that really tell what your family is like.  Me Ra Koh gives you permission to embrace these candid moments and capture your family's story.  

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.  You can find out more information at www.amphotobooks.com.  


Monday, January 5, 2015

Jesus Is __________ : Discovering Who He Is Changes Who You Are

I admit that I was challenged to fill in the blank.  Even though I have been a believer for 25+ years, I was not sure how to finish the sentence.  Because of this, I was intrigued with this book, and wanted to figure out how I would explain who Jesus is.

Even though this is the student edition, this is not a simplified easy reader.  I was impressed with the straightforward approach Judah Smith took as he wrote this book.  He did not dumb down the content; nor did he talk in juvenile language to meet the demographic of students.  Far too often, I read student editions where the language is too colloquial.  Since the latest trends in adolescent language change regularly, you cannot write a book with the vernacular of teens.  Once you do, it is outdated.  This book instead talks directly to teens without insulting their intelligence yet challenging their faith.

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