Okay normally I don't say much about politics but right now I feel I need to. So I am going to rant on some touchy subjects so if you don't want to read just enjoy the picture of my unique curtain rod we bought at a second hand store and move on to one of my book reviews.
Also my thoughts are all over the place so don't expect a proper paragraph.
I don't care who you vote for but vote. I am sickened by this election and by the hints I am seeing from some so called Christian bloggers that maybe us woman should not vote. Are you kidding me? Women were physical, financial, emotional hurt fighting for our right to vote not quite 100 years ago (the 19th amendment was ratified in 1920). Jesus brought woman up not tore them down. Why all of sudden the attitude of lets tear woman down and its not just secular society but Christians also. I know of very few successful men that did not have a woman behind them supporting them and helping advise them. I don't care what side of the political field you are on this has been one of the ugliest and nastiest elections I remember. You know what bothers me the most is if this is how bad this presidential election is this year what will be like in 2020. And its not just women's right to vote taking a turn backwards in attitude it is also race attitudes. Both sides are showing racism in horrible levels. People are starting to be more honest with their racism and its sad but truthful. Actually that might be a good thing as then we see how people really feel. How many people who were closeted racists feel now they can be open about it. Sometimes we forget it was only 50 some years ago that the civil rights movement happened some of those same adult racists that yelled or killed people during that time are still alive. Even the children that participated and was raised in that are still alive and raising their children or even grandchildren with the same type of attitudes but teaching them to do it in secret or on the side with just hints of their true beliefs. White supremacy which is not about celebrating whiteness its about suppressing other people and putting themselves on top is making a big come back. People wake up!!!! Especially Christians we need to remember Christ and how he brought woman up (first person to see Him after the resurrection was woman) and treated everyone as the equals we are. He did not put any race above another (Galations 3:28) . Also why is there so much fear right now in the Christian church? God did not give us a spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1) but of power love and self control. So what if America changes in ways you don't like persecution has brought the church to strength not easy life. Look at the areas where the Church is truly persecuted its then when you see it really blossom. Persecution separates the wheat from the tares. Seriously the persecution of the Romans is what spread the Gospel across the world. Ok I am done for now I just had to get this off my chest.
"Shaken" by Tim Tebow is about him finding keeping his identity in Christ no matter how his life was changed in ways he was not expecting. First off I want to say I am not a football fan or a fan of celebrity type attitude people have when it comes to "famous" Christians. With that in mind I will go on with my review. I was impressed by this book as truthfully I was expecting more about his life in Football than his actually faith but that is not what we get. What get with this book is how he has put his faith to work when things did not go they way he wanted them to. I think my favorite section in the whole book was when he asks the question "What Is Normal?". I really enjoyed how pointed out how normal is standard and when we strive to be like everyone else we are not being the special unique person God has made us. Also he pointed out that normal is being the status quo. Why did I really enjoy this section because Christians even have status quo or in thing's that they follow as the norm and we should strive to follow Christ not the latest fad. I also enjoyed how talks about focus on Christ even with negativity surrounds you. He does not portray himself as the perfect Christian he admits that he does fail at times but does not let those failures bring him down. I really did enjoy this book and I highly recommend it as very uplifting helpful book.
I was given this book this book from WaterBrook Multnomah for free and was not required to give a positive review.
"Doodletopia Fairies" by Christopher Hart is a mixture book of pages to color and pages that teach you how to create your own fairies. I am getting back into my art and this book really helps me with my basics on some areas. I really like how the author shows a finished drawing (without color you can add that). But, then has an area that has the base form of the fairy and you are to finish the drawing. It is very helpful for me. It has a lot of type and tricks on how to draw your own fairy. This is a very fun book for me 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.
"The Christmas Angel Project" by Melody Carlson is about a group of book club friends who lose one of their members. Book club leader Abby died unexpectedly right after Thanksgiving but left a gift for each member who as a group decides to start a project in honor of Abby. Louisa, Belinda, Cassidy, and Grace are all different women in different stages of their lives that we see come together thanks to Abby. Also we learn about each women's story and their current struggles in life. Their project ends up not only changing their lives but others around them. This was such a beautiful and uplifting book. I really enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it for an uplifting story.
I was given this book by Revell a division of Baker Publishing Group for free and was not required to give a review in an exchange for it.
"Counterfeit Comforts" by Robia Scott is about getting your focus off of things that soothe your soul and put your focus back onto Jesus. This was a very interesting book it was a blessing that a self help book wasn't trying to sell you on the latest technique. However it did start to hint at one area that really bugs me which is the area of being positive all the time. I will be positive but not always and that is a good thing. Sometimes being negative is a good thing for our spiritual health and its truthfully. If that bugs you then you need to review your scriptures as Jesus, Paul and many other were not always positive. So please don't tell me I have to speak positive as that is not biblical truth. With that exception it was not a bad book but not one I will keep or reference.
I was given this book from Chosen a division of Baker Publishing Group for my honest review and was not required to give a positive review.
"Tangled Webs" by Irene Hannon is the third book in the Men of Valor series. This books focus is on the youngest brother of the McGregor family Finn who decides after a disastrous mission in the Middle East goes to a peaceful lake to relax and heal. Well there he meets Dana Lewis is their trying to decompress herself while staying at her grandfathers old cabin. What they both don't realize is that Dana's grandpa left behind secrets that puts both of them in danger. I have read all the books in this series and none of the have disappointed me at all. This author is one of the few authors that can well mix a romance and a mystery books without ruining a good mystery. I can't really so anymore without giving away the story but I will say yet again this author nails it with a good novel. I highly recommend this book and the whole series but you don't need to read all of them in order as they can be individual books themselves.
I was given this book from Revel a division of Baker Publishing Group for my honest review and was not required to give a positive review.
"Big Bad Breakfast" by John Currence is a cookbook focused on breakfast foods and not just your typical pancakes or eggs. It has recipes for such things as homemade poptarts, bacon jam, and red eye gravy. What made me really excited was that it has two recipes that I have been looking for goods of which are a recipe for homemade chorizo and shakshouka. I also enjoyed how it was also a little bit of a food memoir of the authors along with some great recipes. Now there was one thing I was not a fan of which is the cussing it as I did not expect foul language in a cookbook. Even with that side note I will recommend this cookbook for its information on techniques and great recipes.
I was given this book from Blogging For Books for my honest review and was not required to give a positive review.
"A Lady Unrivaled" by Roseanna M. White is the third book in the Ladies of the Manor series. This is a book series that you don't need to read everyone to know whats going but it does help some. However I still haven't read book number 2 and I still could follow this one. The book series revolves around a pair of rare red diamonds that it seems like everyone wants and will kill to get them. While all of this takes place in the early 1900's think like Downton Abbey time frame and style. In this one we have Lady Ella Myserston who is not the stereotypical lady of that era and Lord James Cayton who decides he must protect Lady Ella while also protecting his daughter. This was a good book with a good mystery with some romance but not enough to turn off a non-romance reader. The story had just the right amount of detail without being too much. I really liked the mystery portion of it and I just don't want to give any of it away. I highly recommend this book and the series it is part of.
I was given this book from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review and was not required to give a positive review.
"Disappearing Church" by Mark Sayers is about bringing the church from Cultural Relevance to Gospel Resilience. Really the book is about how gnosticism has made a come back in the corporate churches in America. It was an interesting book for the average non pastor reader. However I think this book was more geared toward pastors or leaders in the church. That aside I did like how the author did not hold back when he shared things that went against Biblical teachings in the Bible. I think my favorite sections to read of this book was the chapter on stopping catering to public opinion. Oh how I so wish people and churches would so do that and follow the Bible instead of public opinion I do recommend this book but don't expect an easy read.
I was given this book from Moody Publishers for my honest review and was not required to give a positive review.
"America At The Crossroads" by George Barna is a book on survey about trends in America today and what the author says is getting away from Christianity. I knew going into this book that it was going to have a very conservative Christian outlook so it really did not surprise me. It was an interesting book but just like any survey I would have liked to know more of how he got his information. How many people did he survey and how. I have helped create surveys before and I know that sometimes when the people you survey know where you lean they will answer to your liking. This book to me leaned very much to say the people who lean toward Evangelical Christianity are the more bucolically sound people. Depending on how the survey were done this might be true. Just like surveys done by secular people I take them with a grain of salt if I have no information on how they were conducted and I feel the same way about this book. If you are a big fan of politics then this book might interesting to you.
I was given this book from Baker Books for my honest review and I was not required to give a positive review.