Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Greater Than Gold

It was a joy to read this book during the 2016 Olympics in Rio.  While watching David Boudia compete in the diving competition, I was reading his life story and was impressed with his character and testimony.  He didn't win gold at the Rio Olympics as he did in London, but after reading his book, I think he knows what winning is all about.

Most of what David went through was because of bad choices he mades.  Unlike some Olympic athletes (think Ryan Loche), Boudia accepts responsibility for his actions and works to live an honest and upright life.

Reading biographies is often more interesting than fiction.  Knowing what people have endured and still overcome is fascinating and inspiring.  I would recommend this book to any athlete.

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

Thursday, August 11, 2016

The Things We Knew

The Carlisle family experienced a great tragedy when their mother died.  However, the bigger tragedy was the secrets surrounding the death of Mrs. Carlisle.

Lynette Carlisle, the youngest of the family, was the one who knew the most but was too young to truly comprehend what happened.  In order to survive, she repressed her feelings and tried to move past it.  Yet, at some point, these feelings need to be faced.  The story opens with Lynette having to face the truths locked away for so many years.  Nightmares and images haunt her, and she must face the facts in order to fully understand what happened so many years ago.

The novel was a page-turner.  The author gave away hints and details slowly and methodically throughout the book.  Sometimes, I was frustrated at how slow the details came out.  The ending made sense and was not too surprising once all the details came out.  The ending also left some doors open for future stories.  I am not sure if the author has plans for another book or just let some things left to the imagination of the reader.

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

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

One Big Turkey

Counting and rhyming go hand in hand in this board book.  Each page is a 4 line rhyme with a picture to match.

It is easy to read this book out loud to your child as the prose is simple yet sweet.

The illustrations are bright, and the turkey is found on every page.  It would be fun to ask the toddler to find the turkey while you read the page.

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