Monday, November 13, 2017

The Build by Paul Teutul Jr.

"The Build" by Paul Teutul Jr. this is his book about his whole life not just about his life with Orange County Choppers.  I will admit I have no idea why I chose this book to read but I am glad I did.  I was never a big fan of Orange County Choppers as I used to think the drama on the show was faked as no-one would be that verbal abusive on camera.  Well thanks to reading this book I found out I was wrong.  Paul Jr is really honest about everything that happened in his life including the verbal and emotional abuse his dad put him thru all his life.  However he writes about it while still keeping a level of respect for his dad that most would never give their abuser. He also talks about his faith in Christ and how that has changed his life and his attitude toward life.  I recommend this book not just for Orange County Chopper fans but anyone as it is not so much about that but about a Christian man coming from an abusive home and following the Lord.

I was given this book from Blogging for Books for my honest review and not required to give a positive review.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Controversial thoughts on abuse

Now this subject is going to be controversial so if you don't want toes crunched or sacred cow beliefs killed then skip this post.  Buffer Photo is from my trip back in April from Arizona.








In last few weeks I had read a book about women and aggression it really was a very good book.  It would be an eye opener for some.  Our society in whole Christian and non-Christian seems not to believe that women can be sex offenders or even abusers.  Or if they are it is a new phenomenon.  Well it is not I know and have known of women in history (one as the early 1900's) that were abusive to men and were/are sex offenders.  Why do I bring this up?  For one reason I am sick and tired of people saying well I can't trust a man or young boy to watch my kids as they might abuse my child.  Well I personally remember an ex of mine telling me his first sexual experience was as a child by his female babysitter. His story is one reason I automatically don't trust female babysitters.   Also I had a sex offender list from one of my previous communities and on that list was a 16 year old girl her victim was a toddler.  As long as there has been sin in the world women are just as capable of the same horrific things we hear/believe men do.  And why is it we automatically believe a man has been a physical abuser of his spouse but we don't believe that a women can be an abuser.  I also knew of a women who severely beat her boyfriend at the time and was known as man beater.  Society normally laughs at the male victim or doesn't even believe him but will almost always believe and comfort the female victim.   As a mother of 4 boys I am sick of the attitude that because they are male they are automatically going to be abusers or sex offenders.  If we are going to have this attitude with men then we need to have it with women also.  Abuse is abuse no matter what the sex is of the abuser and we should treat all victims with help and grace.  There is women shelters but you don't here much about men shelters mainly because it is still an embarrassment for men to come forward after being abused.  Some don't get a chance to come forward until there girlfriend or wife kills them.   Women have a tendency to get away with it more as we still hold the adage of how gentle and sweet they are well I think that is baloney. Some of the most back-biting and nasty people I have met are women and some of the most caring and thoughtful people I have met are men.  We need to just remember that these types of sins is in all people not just men.

Getting The Gospel Right by R.C. Sproul

"Getting The Gospel Right" by R.C. Sproul is about making sure we have the right gospel and not just going by what others have said or have done.  This book is a really good one if you are interested in learning where Catholics and Protestants differ on their belief.  R.C. Sproul does not hold back or sugar coat the differences.  This book is a great read for this year on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation started by Marten Luther it is very in depth so don't expect an easy read.  I highly recommend it.  But be warned if you are of the belief that Catholics believe the exact same way as Protestants then this book is not for you.

I was given this book from Baker Books for my honest review and was not required to give a positive review.

The Christmas Blessing by Melody Carlson

"The Christmas Blessing" by Melody Carlson is about Amelia and her baby coming to meet her in-laws that don't even know she or the baby exist after the death of her husband.  Without giving away too much in the story this book was your typical bad situation unexpected people, anger and happy ending story at Christmas time.  This book does take place during World War II so a lot of what happens in it did happen a lot to women back then.  It was an interesting book but just not for me as I am not a fan of your Hallmark channel Christmas books.  However, if that is your style I still recommend it as it a sweet story.

I was given this book from Revell publishing for free and was not required to give a positive review.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Crown, The Official Companion by Robert Lacey

"The Crown - The Official Companion Volume 1" by Robert Lacey is the companion book to the series The Crown.  This book not only gives us pictures and insight about the first season of Netflix's series the Crown about the years of modern Queen Elizabeth's reign.  This book was an excellent book of  information and pictures of the series combined with true history and photos from the actual time of the series. I really enjoyed the tv series and like reading about the royal family and this book did not disappoint at all.  What a book to show a great comparison of the tv version and the real life history.  It was a wonderful book and I highly recommend it.

I was given this book from Blogging for Books for free and was not required to give a positive review.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Fliers by Nathaniel Russell

"Fliers" by Nathaniel Russell is a book of posters with funny thoughts and pictures on them.  This is not just a book but fun posters that you can hang up in your house.  What is really neat is the cover is a picture of a telephone pole that you can put on your wall and then add the posters to it.  These are not thin paper poster these are really think and nice.   My favorite poster is the feeling tired, let the world be your futon with a picture of a guy sleeping next to a wall.  I highly recommend this fun book of posters for a fun read or for decoration for your home.

I was given this book from Blogging from books for free and was not required to give a positive review.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

All She Left Behind by Jane Kirkpatrick

"All She Left Behind" by Jane Kirkpatrick is a fictional novel based on the real woman Jennie Pickett from Oregon in the 1870's.  Just like previous Jane Kirkpatrick's novels this one takes a real person and what information we know about the person and adds a logical but still fictional story about the person's life.  This story is so interesting and sad to read.  The novel has spousal abuse, unlikely love, dreams coming true, heartbreak of a child and women doing things that were not the normal in that day and age.  The main part of the story I really enjoyed was that God's path for our lives is not always the path we would choose but it can be such a blessing even though it is hard.  I just don't want to give away too much of the story especially if you don't know who Jennie Pickett is.  I highly recommend this books.

I was given the book from Revell a division of Baker Publishing Group for free and not required to give a positive review.

The Build by Paul Teutul Jr.

" The Build " by Paul Teutul Jr. this is his book about his whole life not just about his life with Orange County Choppers.  I w...