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.