Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Plain Choice

I was fascinated with a story about someone becoming Amish instead of someone leaving the Amish community.  It was role reversal.  Initially, I enjoyed reading about Sherry Gore conversion from living as an Englisher to becoming Amish.

As I was reading, I expected the author to share her spiritual awakening.  Sherry does get baptized and has a heartfelt conversion to her faith.  However, she believes in the maxim "God does for those who do for themselves".  This really bothered me because many people think this is a Biblical passage, but it is not.  It is also not based on the teachings of the Bible.  It is a man-made, man enforced phrase.  

I also did not understand why Sherry continued to move around and piecemeal her belief system based on her life experiences, instead of the Bible.  I struggled to even understand why she became Amish.

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

Monday, August 17, 2015

Center of Gravity

What seemed like the perfect life really wasn't.  Ava is a newlywed wife with 2 young children who she adores and would die for.  The problem is that she just might have to.  I can't say anymore without giving away the story.

In order for a work of fiction to be good, it has to be plausible.  A wife who finds out her husband has been keeping secrets is plausible.  A man who has mental issues is plausible.  An 8 year old son with such depth of thought, is not plausible.  I liked how the story was told through the eyes of each of these characters, but I did not find the age of the son to be realistic.  The story would work just fine if he was 13 or even 12 years old.  But 8 years old was just too outlandish for this story to seem plausible.

Other than that issue, the book was full of suspense.  There were a few hints dropped throughout the story to keep it interesting, but the reader did not know how it would end.  It really was a surprise.

I also want to let the reader know that although this book is from a Christian publisher, Christ is nowhere to be found in the story.  However, there is no sex or excessive violence.   If it was a movie, it would probably be given a PG-13 rating for adult themes.

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

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Diary of a Jackwagon

Tim Hawkins is hilarious!  He writes like he talks, and what he says is so funny.

Hawkins is not derogatory, negative, or mean-spirited.  He just notices the funny things in life like when you mom says, "Careful!" after you hit your head.  Or when you are finally old enough to eat whatever you want, but you can't because now your body can't handle the fat and carbs.

This book is bits from his stand-up act.  If you have not seen him perform, you should.  I laugh so hard I cried.  And we need more comedy like this.

The book is worth it just for the list of Christian cuss words.

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

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Glimpses of God's Grace

I was interested in reading this book as I spent time in the military and at the military academy.  Some of our experiences were the same and some were totally different.

LTC Jones tells his life story from a kid growing up as a military brat; to an officer himself; to retirement and employment after retiring from the military; and then to a debilitating stroke.  It is an interesting life filled with God's grace.  I like how in his reflections he see the hand of God upon his life.  It really was a blessing.

The author warns that the book was self-edited, and there were a few mistakes.  Then again, he wrote the book after his stroke and only being able to type with one finger.  So it makes sense.

WestBow press provided me a free book through the Booklook Blogger website in exchange for this review which I freely give.