Monday, September 19, 2011

Forsaking All Others

I could hardly put this book down. It kept my attention and made me really think. Allison Pittman skillfully tells the story of Camilla Fox. Camilla made the defying decision to leave the Mormon church. This included leaving her husband and for a brief time, her daughters. It was a very dangerous situation in which she placed herself, but Camilla knew she had to free herself of the chains that had her bound so that she would be better able to serve the true God. I plan on checking to see if there is a sequel to this series as I enjoyed it SO much. I was given a complimentary copy of "Forsaking All Others" from Tyndale House Publishers and have been in no way paid for this review.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

It's Not About Me

It's Not About Me is another classic book written by Max Lucado. This amazing author reminds us that we are here on this earth to glorify God and for His pleasure. We live in a world where instant gratification is not only expected, but encouraged. Scripture tells us that our bodies are vessels for Christ and that all glory is due Him. Lucado masterfully encourages us in his down-to-earth style of writing to remember this. I would encourage others to read this book. I received It's Not About Me by Max Lucado from BookSneeze and was not paid for this review.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Horse Dreams

I received the book Horse Dreams complimentary from Tyndale House Publishers. My 10 year old daughter read this book and the following is her review.

My mom had me read the book Horse Dreams. This book is about a girl who has always wanted a black stallion show horse. However, this all changed the day that she helped capture a pinto. She got to know this horse and finally realized that what she had been praying for (a black stallion) was actually a black stallion, but a pinto.

I did not like this book because it was a bit young for me. I believe it would be good for 7-8 year olds. I think this book teaches a good lesson in that when you pray for something the answer is a bit different, but it's right in front of your face; you just have to realize it.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011


I absolutely unequivocally loved reading "Churched: One Kid's Journey Toward God Despite a Holy Mess." Matthew Paul Turner has such a comedic flair to his writing which he uses to get his point across. It talks about how it was for him growing up in a very strict fundamental church. He portrays the innocence of a child very well. You will travel through the years along with Matthew and will see just what it was like to be him. This book will leave you smiling, if not out right laughing. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Making the Best of a Bad Decision

The title of this book caught my attention. When you think about it, who hasn't made a bad decision in their lifetime? I am notorious for over thinking decisions I make. Some may argue that this is good, however, it can be quite exhausting and made more of an emotional experience than needed.

Erwin W. Lutzer writes in a very straightforward manner. He presents several areas in life that bad decisions can be made. It was quite interesting to see how he helps the reader to see that Christ can make the best of our bad decisions. It doesn't mean a life ruined forever. Some decisions can lead to a lifetime of heartache, but it doesn't mean that Jesus gives up on us.

I loved the statement he made "the most disastrous decision you can make is to neglect what Jesus offers us: eternal life both now and forever." How very true!

I highly recommend this book to anyone! Not just those who have made bad decisions, but each and every one of us.

I received this book complimentary from Tyndale House Publishers and have been in no way paid for this review.

Monday, May 16, 2011

I Am His

I Am His is advertised as "An 8-Week Bible Study for Today's Woman" and "Experiencing the Comfort of Abba's Love." I was hesitant as I began this study. However, after the first chapter, I was hooked. Rita J. Platt has such a tender way of pulling you close to her and helping you feel the love of our Redeemer. I appreciate her sincerity and humbleness that comes forth from the pages of her book. I believe that many women would choose to complete this study in less than 8 weeks. It is certainly very do-able. However, it is also perfect for very busy women who want to study the word, but struggle to find the time to do so. I am going to go through this study again to keep myself reminded of Abba's personal love for me.

I received this complimentary book from NavPress and have not been paid for this review.

Max On Life

As always, I was not disappointed in this book. Max Lucado has a way of writing that leaves me as the reader longing to read more. He has a knack of putting what could be considered complicated topics into very simple down to earth discussions. I felt that being able to read this book, I was able to try to grasp and glean from the wisdom that Max Lucado possesses. I would highly recommend this book to anyone! It is filled with wonderful, Bible-based advice and wisdom.

I received a complimentary copy of Max On Life by Max Lucado from BookSneeze. I have not been paid for this review.

Monday, April 11, 2011

When Sparrows Fall

I finished this book within a 24 hour period. I could not put it down. I was able to relate to the main character Miranda Hanford in many ways. This book follows her journey of finding what true freedom in Christ really is. She encountered so many different emotions, but grew through them all. Jack, her brother-in-law of her late husband enters the lives of Miranda and her children and helps them to spread their wings and soar.

Ultra-conservative Christians would probably not enjoy this read. They may find it offensive to their sensibilities. I personally know so many people that would enjoy this book.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

A Cowboy's Touch

I couldn't book this book down! "A Cowboy's Touch" by Denise Hunter is a must read. Abigail Jones has been ordered some down-time by her doctor. She goes to Montana to "visit" her great-Aunt Lucy. The visit was not just for some R&R, but for Abigail to also check on her Aunt Lucy.

Maddy, a 10 year old little girl, comes into Abigail's life very soon after Abigail's arrival in Montana. This little girl is so precious. She and Abigail form a special bond. Maddy's father has been through some very hard and painful times. Abigail breaks through his barriers and allows him to feel again.

"A Cowboy's Touch" is your typical Christian Romance book. It brought me enjoyment reading it. I read it within a 24 hour period.

I was sent this complimentary book by BookSneeze and have not been paid to provide this review.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Springtime of the Spirit

This turned out to be a book that I enjoyed very much. It started out slow for me and I was dreading that I had to read it, but once I got past a few chapters, I began to enjoy it more. I think women who are interested in History and Politics would greatly enjoy this story. Annaliese learns what it means to believe again. Just life in real life, she had to learn this the hard way. I enjoyed a book where it presented the man as a good solid God-believing figure. Often in sitcoms today, men are portrayed as stupid. I would definitely recommend this book to others. I was provided this book complimentary by Tyndale House Publisher's and have not been paid for this review.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Becoming A Woman of Influence

I did not find "Becoming A Woman of Influence" by Carol Kent to be among my favorite books that I have read. This book discusses and teaches women how to be able to impact the lives of other women. It encourages and helps pave the way for women to become mentors to other women, especially younger women. While I do agree with the author's words on this topic, I had a very hard time with her delivery. Unfortunately, I felt that Carol Kent came across as "uppity" and all-knowing in the way she delivered her message. I found it very difficult to read through this book and stay focused because of this fact. I do wonder if an older woman would appreciate this book more than myself. I will state again though, that I do agree with her message. I believe that we all are to strive to become mentors to one another. I think Carol Kent is Biblically sound in encouraging women to become mentors and essentially become Titus 2 women. I just would have liked it if I felt more of a humbleness from the author. I received this complimentary book from NavPress and have not received money to provide this review.