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.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Tokyo Street Style A Coloring Book by Zoe de las Cases

"Tokyo Street Style - A Coloring Book" by Zoe de las Cases is a coloring book about the fashion Tokyo.   Just like the New York one it's focus is on the fashion than the people themselves.  This one was very interesting as it had not only modern Tokyo fashion but pictures of traditional clothing.  It is on nice thicker paper that holds up well to coloring.  The one thing that does bug me about this coloring book is that the pictures are double sided which I am not a fan of other than that its great.  I highly recommend this fun book if you are interested in coloring Tokyo fashion style.

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

These Healing Hills by Ann H. Gabhart

"The Healing Hills" by Ann H. Gabhart is about Francine Howard who when she finds out her boyfriend is coming home from the war (World War 2) with a English girlfriend decides to become a mountain nurse in the Appalachians.  As typical with Christian fiction novels it is also a romance book.  However the romance was a good part of the story but not sickening that I could not stand it.  It was an interesting story that also dealt with how people see and treat people from the backwoods of the Appalachians. I really enjoyed Francine's character as she not only did not believe the stereotypes of the locals but she broke the stereotype of the type of person the locals thought she was.  It was a good book on not judging others on where they come from.  It was an interesting story that I did enjoy so I do recommend it.

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

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Becoming Mom Strong by Heidi St. John


"Becoming Mom Strong" by Heidi St. John is not your typical Christian how to be a mom book.  What do I mean?  Well the author does not say if you do this formula as a parent your kids will be the perfect Christian kids and it will be an easy life.  Nope she keeps us real and keeps reminding us that our children need grace just like we do and that none of us is perfect.  This book was such a nice refreshing book in a sea of the perfect Christian mom and instagram mom advice/expectations that is out there.  Normally these type of books really bring me down as I don't fit stereotypes seriously most people if they seen me on the street would probable run or think that lady is crazy (ok maybe I am) but this book really reminded me my identity is in Christ not what cliques want me to be.  So many chapters I just can't pick a favorite what a refreshing book that did not hold a standard that we are never going to be able to reach.  I highly recommend this book as I know I will be re-reading it when I need an uplifting mom book.

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

Friday, September 22, 2017

Of God and Men by A.W. Tozer

"Of God and Men" by A.W. Tozer is a book with quick little chapters that breakdown false religion ideas and brings up the true New Testament Christian church.  This is one easiest books of Tozer's I have ever read.  The chapters are quick reads on false things we shouldn't be or should be focused on for example there is a chapter on how no Christian should feel resentment.  This book would be good as a devotional and going deeper in the scriptures yourself for each chapter.  Very good book and I highly recommend it.

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

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

New York Street Style "A Coloring Book" by Zoe de las Cases

"New York Street Style: A Coloring Book" by Zoe de las Cases is a coloring book about New York street style fashion.  This is a fun coloring book that is not about the people but the fashion of the normal person in New York.  Now I may not seem like the person to like fashion which high fashion I am not a fan but the everyday person's style interests me.  New York has such a unique street style that this coloring book shows which is really cool because you get to choose the colors and add your own flare if you want to.  The paper is not a thin paper it is a thicker paper so that makes it nice to color.  I highly recommend this book as a fun coloring book.

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

More Than Just Making It by Erin Odom

"More Than Just Making It" by Erin Odom is a very good memoir and about your finances when you are at the end of your rope.  This book was so powerful and good especially being honest and up front on how the church treats the poor.  The author does a really good job on explaining on how if we really need the help from the government we shouldn't be embarrassed or treat others bad for it.  I really also enjoyed how the author explains that churches in America today are not very good at helping or treating the poor with respect.  One of her examples was a great one which was instead of having a bible study to help our poor members at a coffee shop (most never go because they can't afford it) have one at a Laundromat.   I really understood what the author was trying to explain on how can treat the poor better in our churches.  I also completely understood her feelings of inadequacy at church as my family has been at the extreme poverty levels before and we noticed people did not know how treat us when they found out our income levels.  This was a very powerful book and I highly recommend it.

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

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Convicted by Jameel McGee & Andrew Collins

"Convicted" by Jameel McGee & Andrew Collins is a true story about a crooked cop and the innocent man he put away and forgiveness with unexpected friendship between the two.    This was a very powerful book Mr. McGee's side of the story being locked up for something he was framed for and the aftermath it caused it heartbreaking.  While I give Mr. Collins so much credit for not holding back on the lies and nastiness he did as a police officer.  I think the part of their story I really was happy to read was that while Mr. Collins expecting the thin blue line of officers to protect him they did not and did what a good officer should do which is be honest and uphold the law even if the perpetrator is a fellow officer.  The power of forgiveness in their story is so strong that they not only ended up going to the same church and becoming good friends that can count on each other.  I highly recommend this story of forgiveness and God's work in our lives.

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

Friday, September 8, 2017

Cherished Mercy by Tracie Peterson

"Cherished Mercy" by Tracie Peterson is the third book in the Heart of the Frontier series and this one is about the youngest of the sisters Mercy.  In this one Mercy has decided a few years after turning down her childhood sweetheart in marriage that she will leave the Willamette valley to go Rogue River Valley to help friends of the family during a tough time.  She is in the Rogue River Valley when a battle between whites and the native Americans is at a dangerous breaking point.  While I have really enjoyed this book series as it showed both sides of the Indian wars that happened at the time.  The main character Mercy shows love to others that most at the time would have hated and even to people who want to harm her.  This was a beautiful story of mercy and of loving others no matter what who they are.  I highly recommend this book.

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

100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask by Ilyce R. Glink

" 100 Question Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask " by Ilyce R. Glink is what exactly it says a book for home buyers.  This ...