Friday, December 1, 2017

Fire on the Track

I liked the idea of this book.  As a lifelong runner and an athlete in college, I love stories of women who endeavored in athletics before women were accepted as athletes.]

While I liked the idea of this book, the execution was lacking.  I thought the book was about Betty Robinson, and she was the focus of the 100 pages.  Then the author went into depth about other competitors in track and field such as Babe Didrikson, Stella Walsh, and Helen Stevens.  The rest of the book was a bounce between these athletes without tying the story line together. 

Another issue I had with the book was the discussion of the sex lives of these athletes.  That was so distracting to the focus of the book and so unnecessary.

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

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Rogue Heroes

Soldiers are asked to do some courageous acts.  Soldiers in war are asked to do what no one wants to do.  The soldiers of the Special Air Service are courageous, strong, and heroic.  

This book profiles the SAS from their humble beginnings which was almost the ending.  It was not easy to sell this kind of unit to high ranking commanders when British units were trained to battle face to face with their enemies on a battlefield.  Infiltrating behind enemy lines was unheard of and not the gentlemanly way to fight.  David Stirling knew that this kind of fighting would do more damage to the enemy than previous methods.  He knew that SAS was needed and necessary in modern warfare. 

If you like military history, this book is for you.  I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Monday, September 18, 2017


I don't usually review books that are political in nature, but I was fascinated with the behind the scenes look at the 2016 campaign.  The authors had unencumbered access to Hillary's campaign and many of the backroom dealings that the media alluded to but did not have the whole story.  This book attempts to tell the whole story.

I had a hard time following all the key players in the campaign as there were so many people working on the campaign as well as many change in roles.  The book also jumped between Hillary's campaign and Bernie's campaign so there was a whole other group of people to introduce and follow.  It was just too much for me and I couldn't even finish reading the book.  Since I know how the election turned out, I didn't figure I was missing anything.

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

All Saints

This is a charming story about a small church that made a big difference in their community.  The Reverend Michael Spurlock moved the Smyrna, Tennessee, out of obedience to God and found that God blesses obedience mightily.

As I was reading this book, I kept thinking that the story line is so perfect that it would make for a good movie.  Then I'd think to myself, it IS a movie, and I'm just reading the book that was made into a movie.  I am glad that this story is on the big screen; however, the book is always better.  Read the book and then go see the movie.

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

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Beyond Justice

I like a good suspense novel with a dash of romance.  This was a suspense novel with some romance but it was only okay.

Hayden McCarthy is a young lawyer with tenacity and focus.  She is a assigned a case that gets more complicated the deeper she digs.  The case involves murder, immigration, cover-up, and cartels.  This reaches further than she ever anticipated.

The story line is interesting but the connections between the characters is too convenient.  There were times when the story line stalled and became boring.  Towards the end the story accelerated too fast and there was not enough development of the plot.  Overall, the book was just okay.

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

Friday, June 30, 2017

Barbara and Susan's Guide to the Empty Nest

I'm a mother of 2 teenagers, one is on the way to college while the other is in high school.  The nest is not yet empty, but it will be in a few years.  This book is a great way to look ahead with hope toward the next chapter of my life.

This quote sums up the life of a mother, "The job of mother became not just what we did, but who we were.  Like leather gloves that get softer and conform to the shape of our hands through years of wear, we grew so accustomed to our role that we became....comfortable.  We fit the role and the role fit us." (page 132).  This is exactly how I feel about my role as mother, but I know those comfortable gloves will soon be coming off.  I need to prepare and be ready for the time when my children are gone and become parents themselves.

I was grateful to read this revised copy of this book as I look ahead to my future as an empty-nester.  Bethany House provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for this review which I freely give.

Monday, June 12, 2017


When you read enough, fiction tends to become boring and predictable.  This book breaks the mold and was as unpredictable as it was fascinating.

Four very different people come together, each with their own special gift.  Together they are challenged to solve inexplainable occurrences.  Using their gifts and overcoming their differences, they discover that there is evil beyond this world yet hope in something bigger.

What makes this book interesting was how it was written by 4 authors with one storyline.  The character development and the flow of the book was not affected by the change in author.  It was fascinating to read 1 story in 4 parts with 4 writers.

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

Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Women of Easter

She has done it again!  Liz Curtis Higgs has a gift of telling a Biblical story in a way that brings it to life without dishonoring the truth.

This time it's the Easter story through the eyes of the women who were there.  More than just what happened, but the story that includes how they may have felt, what they may have seen, and what it was like for them to experience it.  It is a great way to study the death and resurrection of Jesus from eyewitness accounts.

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

Sunday, April 9, 2017

You Know You're a Mom

Sometimes it's not easy to be a mom.  You feel so much love for your children that it's overwhelming.  Other times you feel so much frustration that it is equally overwhelming.  So once in a while, you need to sit back, read a good book, and know that it's going to be okay.

This book covers the life of a mom from birth until the children are out of your house but never out of your heart.  The author reminds us that being a mom is special, unique, rewarding, and heartbreaking, sometimes all at the same time.

I highly recommend this book to all moms out there.  Buy it for yourself and for a friend.  It is the kind of book your can read while your nurse your baby, while you wait for the kids at practice, or while you wait up for your teenager to come home.  It will make all those moments a little more enjoyable.

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

Monday, March 13, 2017

After the Cheering Stops

Brenda's story is heart wrenching.  As tough as it was for her to tell it, we must be tough and read it.  Concussions are a serious injury.  Not just the football industry, but all sports need to understand the ramifications of blows to the head and the negative consequence of leaving the injury untreated.

Brenda loved her husband and exerted more grace and compassion than I can imagine.  She was in a tragic situation watching her husband spiral out of control while not knowing the reason why.  Now she knows that he had CTE which has afflicted many NFL players.  However, she didn't know he had it when he was self-medicating with alcohol and pain killers.  She didn't know that CTE leads to memory loss and violent behavior.  She didn't know that the man she married would never be the same after playing 15 years of NFL football.

I applaud Brenda for telling her story.  I am sure it was tough to relive some of those memories and even admit to her own mistakes.  She is a strong women, and I hope she can find hope and healing after writing her story.

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

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Bible Trivia, Jokes, and Fun Facts for Kids

The Bible is wealth of information.  This book gives kids bits and pieces of truth in puzzles, jokes, and trivia.  It is a neat way to teach Bible facts to children.  Some kids, and even adults, are not going to learn by reading pages and pages of information.  This book dishes it out in small bites so it is easier to absorb and understand.

This book is also light-hearted and fun.  It is a neat way to talk about the Bible and to enjoy learning some of the facts of our faith.

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

Monday, January 9, 2017

Falling Free

Let's take what we know about obedience and turn it upside down.  Shannon Martin opens our eyes to what true obedience really is, how it is fleshed out in real life.  It's not comfortable, easy, or happy-go-lucky.  It's difficult.  It's scary.  It's messy.

Shannon shares her journey of obedience and shows us what God can do with someone who truly follows Him.  I am both inspired and unnerved as I read her story.  I want to be a woman after God's own heart; however, I like living in my comfort zone.  Shannon demonstrates that real joy comes from surrender and obedience.  I want that in my life.  Yet I know it won't be easy, and I may have to sacrifice something good because God has something even better that I have yet to imagine.  It's like jumping off the high dive....scary and exciting all at the same time.

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

Sunday, January 1, 2017


Mike Massimino is not your typical astronaut, but then again, there is no such thing as a typical astronaut.  They are all amazingly smart, daring, and strong individuals who attempt to understand the space beyond the world around us.

Mike always wanted to be an astronaut and outlines how he got there.  Some steps were intentional while others were pure luck, but Mike was always prepared for the next step.  He also worked hard to overcome after failure.  His is a great story of dreaming big and achieving big.

I enjoyed this firsthand account of astronaut life.  It is both everyday stuff and beyond this world stuff.  Mike tells his story in a conversational tone, and you feel as if he is sitting next you telling his life story.

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