Friday, January 29, 2016

The Lifegiving Home by Sally & Sarah Clarkson

"The Life Giving Home, Creating A Place of Belonging & Becoming" by Sally & Sarah Clarkson is about creating a peaceful faith where you give rest and encourage faith in Christ in your home.  I will admit I went into with this book very skeptical thinking its the typical Christian women's book on how your home has to look exactly like the authors or you should question you faith type attitude.  But this book was not, in the first section the authors talk about why need we a home environment no matter where it is.  Then in the second section they go into different topics (for example February the culture of love) and how they had that topic in their home.  I liked how the authors kept reminding us that each of our homes will be different and that God did not make us with the same tastes and issues in our homes.  This book was very encouraging to me as my home environment can be different from a lot of Christian women's homes that I know.  It was nice to have an encouraging book that reminded us to obey and follow Christ's leading in our life and not compare or to live like other around us.  I highly recommend this book as I was very blessed by it.

I was given this book from Tyndale Publishers for my honest review and was not required to give positive review.

Friday, January 22, 2016

The Gentle Art Of Discipling Women by Dana Yeakley

"The Art of Discipling Women" by Dana Yeakley is a book on discipling women to an authentic faith with Christ.  I will admit I was thinking this was going to be the normal type of discipling book I see for women on how to keep house but nothing on how to mentor disciple someone with scripture.  I was so wrong, this book was a very good book on actually using the scripture.  The author goes into detail on how to mentor using scripture as the source and not other books.  I also really enjoyed how she brought up that we need to be very careful on not doing gossip.  I also enjoyed that she talks about discipling all women not just the ones you think need it.  That part really hit home for me as I have never had another Christian woman come up and disciple me which hurts but I have gotten used to it.  I pray one day I can be discipled and/or disciple someone else but if that is not God's plan for me then ok.  The only thing I did not really enjoy in this book was the quotes using the Message paraphrase as I do not like that one at all to me it twists scripture to much for my likes.  I still highly recommend this book as an excellent book discipling.

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

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Mermaid Moon by Colleen Coble

"Mermaid Moon" by Colleen Coble is mystery novel that starts with Mallory Davis getting a weird phone call from her dad and then a phone call that her dad has been found dead.  Colleen Coble is an excellent writer, this mystery novel really showed it.  A lot of the times when I thought the mystery was going one way it would twist and go another way.  I just could not put this book down as I was wanting to find out the mystery's answers.  Without giving away a lot of the story I will say we found out a lot about Mallory's story from her youth and her ex-fiancee from her past Kevin who is a game warden.  Their story was so interesting even though there was a bit of romance in the story it was not the normal syrupy not reality type.  The only part I would have liked to see more of was more of the story with Kevin's parents.  Even without more of that part I still think this a very good book and highly recommend it.

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

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Lights Out by Ted Koppel

"Lights Out" by Ted Koppel, yes the news reporter Ted Koppel, about how our nation is under prepared for a cyber-attack especially on our electric power grids.  Ok I understand our nation and the people are not prepared for a disaster from a cyber-attack but could the author make the book a lot less boring.  Yes it was very informative even though most of the information in the book I could find the Internet easily but it was so dry.  I did really enjoy how the author really pointed out we need to be prepared for any type of disaster. Also I did like how the author talks about how some companies or people prey are peoples fear on to make money on preparedness kits.  For example he pointed out one bug out kit for sale that sold glow sticks in the kit where a flashlight would be better than glow sticks.  So I appreciated how he did gloss over items or not admit that there are scammers out there taking advantage of our fears. He also talks about how we can survive after an attack.  This book was not just a sky is falling Chicken Little type book it is also written to help us.  Also there is a lot brought up about that we just can't just rely on the Government but we have to be prepared ourselves as it might be awhile before or if the government can help us. So overall it was a good book.  In other words I do recommend this book as it was informative but was very dry.

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

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Under Our Skin by Benjamin Watson

"Under Our Skin" by Benjamin Watson is a powerful book on getting real about race in our world.  I was very interested in reading this book and I am very glad I was blessed to read it. The author does not hold back on different types of racism and even racism in the church.  Our society thinks as a whole that racism is a thing of the past or wacky weirdo but so not true its alive today. A lot of what the author wrote about did not surprise me even reminded me of some things I had learned about before in my youth. As a white girl in a small community in the pacific northwest you would not think I would know much about racism however I learned a lot about it from my mentor for about 3 weeks when I was 15.  My mentor was a former black panther party member from the 60's thru the 70's and he made a huge impression on me.  Anyway back to the book I really liked how he named the people that are living room racist which is people that say they are not racist but when they react to things they see on the media the show racist side.  This is just one of the racism sides I have seen a lot of in the area I live in but have also seen the other blatant racism also.  This book was so powerful and a reminder to me on what other people face everyday.  Also that I should think of the how other people may perceive things because they may have had bad experience with someone.   Also I really liked how the author pointed out that our American society is still unofficially segregated in some ways and one of the biggest ways is in the church.  This was a very powerful book to read and I highly recommend it.

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

A Song Unheard by Roseanna M. White

"A Song Unheard" by Roseanna M. White is the second book in the Shadows Over England series which takes place just before World ...