Saturday, January 23, 2016

It Was Me All Along

I could totally relate to Andie Mitchell in her struggle with food as an emotional outlet.  I did the same thing for too many years.  I did not gain as much weight as she did, but emotionally, I was just as scarred.

Andie was honest about her struggle including the years before she even realized it was an issue.  Her recall of her growing up years was vivid and descriptive.  As she wrote about the food she ate, I could just about taste it.  This was not a good thing if I was hungry.  However, I appreciate how she described her deep connection to food.

Once Andie lost the weight, she realized she had another issue.  Instead of overeating food, she was a control freak who feared eating even an ounce too much.  Therefore, Andie had to address the real issue she had with food, and (spoiler alert), it's not about the food.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Rising Darkness

Sophie Wittenbauer has left her old life behind.  She left her Mennonite town and beliefs and built a new life for herself.  While she investigates a murder, she learns that her past may be behind her but it also made her the person she is now.

The book was slow and it took too long to develop the plot.  I was getting bored trying to follow both the character development and the investigation into the murder.  I had to force myself to finish just so that I could write this review.  It wasn't a bad book, just slow.

It wasn't until halfway through this book that I realized I read the first book in the series. You do not have to read the series to follow the storyline as each book introduces new characters and old characters just make an appearance in the next story.

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

Saturday, January 2, 2016

The Five Times I Met Myself

Brock Matthews discovers a way to change the present by dreaming of visiting himself in the past.  The problem is that it changes the future.  When he tries to change the past again, it really messes up the future.  It seems he can't get it right, or by getting it wrong, it is right?

As far as fiction goes, this is an interesting book.  The story moves along smoothly and the end is satisfying.  It reminds me of The Shack and The Five People You Meet in Heaven.  All these books have a spiritual element, but with artistic license, expands spiritual concepts.  There may need to be a new genre term such as "spiritual fiction" to describe these books.

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