Thursday, October 12, 2017

Book Review - The Wonder of Advent Devotional by Chris Tiegreen


Christmas is all about Christ's birth, but how easy it is to forget during this busy time of the year. This book is a great way to get back to the true meaning of Christmas. I do suggest reading it with your entire family so you can all celebrate Christ's birth together.

The devotionals are meant to be started on November 24th and go until Christmas. I like how they span the entire holiday season, because a devotional is just what's needed as the days get busier. The devotionals vary in type but they mostly include a Bible Verse, a bit of the story of Christmas, and Quotes from a Christmas Carol. They give you references for further study which gives you the opportunity to dive deeper by yourself and the discussion questions give you an opportunity to discuss and grow with your family.

Chris Tiegreen does a wonderful job of reminding us daily of the reason for the season. I truly believe this book is a great addition to any home. It will help us think of Christ as we give, get, and share time with our families. I suggest this book to any family wishing to dive deeper this holiday season.

I received this book for free from Tyndale in exchange for this honest review.

I give this book 5 out 5 stars.

Happy Holidays!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Habits of the Heart (A Book Review)

Product Details
Habits of the Heart
365 Daily Exercises For Living Like Jesus
by: Katherine Butler
(A Book Review)

They say don't judge a book by the cover. However, this book is beautiful inside and out. The outside is made to look realistically like stained wood with rose gold lettering and a cute heart. It's simple, yet elegant. It makes you want to set it out on your shelf, but yet it's small enough to carry in your purse.

The devotionals within the book are absolute soul food for every level of believer. I truly feel like each devotional applies to me within my daily life. Each devotion has a title, verse, short (very short) devotional and an exercise to live it out the verse.

I recently wrote a review where I was displeased with a devotional due to the short daily reading. Yet, this devotional has the "do" that really makes up for it completely. The devotional itself may be short, but you also have a task that helps you live it out and really helps you grow in Christ.

The only thing I don't like about this book is the fact it's not available in paperback. I know the hardcover is the most beautiful book binding I've ever seen, but I like the option. It also should be noted it goes by the date and some find that annoying. However, I find it a motivator to know that I'll be reading the days devotion on the day it's dated. If it wasn't for it, I would be tempted to put off reading.

I received this book for free from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for this honest review.

Seeing the Unseen - Randy Alcorn (A Review)

Seeing The Unseen
Randy Alcorn

This is a wonderful devotional for a multitude of reasons. It's a 90 day devotional that starts with an introduction and index. In each chapter you'll find a title, a small statement about what the chapters about, the body of the devotional, two scripture verses, and two quotes. Each chapter also has a "For more:" so you can dig deeper into the topic of the day if you wish.

This devotional really does have a little of everything. I really enjoyed the quotes in addition to the usual scripture verses. It was also nice to have the "For more" section for if the days devotion just wasn't long enough for you. 

The devotions do tend to be a little short at just a few paragraphs each, but I think the two scripture verses, two quotes, and the opportunity to learn more through the "For more:" really make up for it. All in all I would rate this devotional 4 out of  5.

The only downfall? The devotions were very general. The quotes helped, but I felt like this was a very basic almost new believer level. While it's great for someone else, it wasn't my favorite. I received this book for free in exchange for this honest review.

Friday, August 4, 2017

The Maggie Bright: A Novel of Dunkirk

The Maggie Bright
by Tracy Groot

I wouldn't typically choose to read a Historical Fiction book. While most people find them interesting, I sometimes find them somewhat like reading a textbook. In most cases if I'm going to learn about an event in history I prefer the textbook approach rather than the pleasure read of a historical fiction book. However, this book was an exception to that rule.

The book follows Clare Childs as she inherits The Maggie Bright, a large yacht. Upon it's inheritance she discovers it holds quite the secrets. These secrets lead her on a rescue mission full of action, history, and a little bit of humor.

The book gives good insight on the terrible things Nazi's did as well as a new perspective on World War II as a rescue mission from the beaches of Dunkirk take place.

The book is very well developed. There's no holes in the plot-line and the characters are believable. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book for free from Tyndale Publishing in exchange for this honest review.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Radical Spirit: Book Review

Radical Spirit: 12 Ways to Live a Free and Authentic Life
by: Joan Chittister

This book has some really good information and is a great guide for spiritual life. Chittister is both inspiring and challenging. She has unique views that really get you thinking.

However, this was a really hard read for me. I had to really push through it. That doesn't mean it wasn't a good read, it was just really informative and that's not my typical read. While I enjoy my devotionals, this is not like that. It's a book to study to help you get further in your spiritual journey, almost like I imagine my textbook is to help me study Biology. Essential, but not fun.

I would recommend this book to someone wishing to really dive deeper with their faith, someone that is willing to put in the effort. 

4 out of 5 stars

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for this honest review. 

Tranquility - A Book Review

Tranquility: A Prayer and Reflection Coloring Journal
by Tyndale (Producer)

Journaling is something I recommend to all of my friends. It can be extremely beneficial to people with stress, it boosts creativity, and it's generally a calming experience. I've learned that coloring has a lot of those same benefits.

Adult coloring is a really popular trend right now. There's groups on facebook about it, books designed specifically for it, and magazines dedicated to it. Pairing it with journaling is pure genius because I feel like its furthering the benefits of both journaling and coloring.

This book features a coloring page of some sort (difficulty varies) and then the accompanying page gives you a place to journal. Most pages include a Bible verse or a writing prompt of some sort.

There are few things that didn't fit my style in this book. For one, I don't always have time to sit down and color an intricate coloring page. I usually ended up skipping the coloring part. I also found that a lot of the journaling pages didn't give me the room to get out all my thoughts. This was upsetting as a new page gave me new inspiration and I didn't want to take up that space. It also asks you to draw occasionally, but I just used that space to write.

All in all this is a really great book. I would recommend it to anyone who loves writing or coloring. Each journal page gave me really inspirational content that helped my writing flow. I really enjoyed this book even if I've come to realized I don't enjoy the coloring part.This would make a great and beautiful gift. I give it 4 out of 5 stars due to the occasional lack of writing space.

I received this book free from Tyndale publishers in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, April 3, 2017

This Too Shall Pass

A Review of:

This Too Shall Pass
Milena Busquets

By: Renea Reviews

This book is about a forty-year old woman named Blanca and the grief she goes through after losing her mother. The storyline has a very honest and blunt approach to how people really deal with grief. However, this doesn’t mean I enjoyed the book.

I truly wanted to enjoy my break from non-fiction reading, but unfortunately for me it wasn’t meant to be. For starters, the book itself is a difficult read: the paragraphs are long and speech follows a dash instead of the less-confusing quotation marks I’m used to. It’s very difficult to tell who is speaking and when they’re speaking. A few lines from the book for example (quotations due to the fact I’m quoting, the book doesn’t actually contain them):

“- My mother loved to play poker, I say
- Why don’t you ask her to join us?”

It’s not extremely hard to get used to, but I do prefer the quotation marks to tell me when someone’s speaking as opposed to the dashes.

I didn’t particularly like the plotline either. The entire book seems to focus on sex and using sex to escape your current situation. I have a love-hate relationship with that idea. While it’s true that sex is used to escape stress, hurt, and the daily life, I don’t like that this book has normalized sex as an “escape”. At the base of my dislike is the simple fact that I was expecting to read something about overcoming grief, while the main topic of this story seemed to be sex.

This book isn’t all bad and maybe if you read it your view may be a more positive than mine. The author is obviously skilled in writing. I particularly enjoyed her descriptions of Blanca’s innermost feelings. The scenery descriptions were well-written as well.

I’m giving this book 2 stars, but keep in mind that you’re opinions are different than mine. Read the whole review to decide if you may enjoy this book even if I didn’t. Lastly, I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for this honest review.