Book Reviews

Review of "90 Days Thru the Bible"  

Love this book! If you're looking for a brief overview of the bible, this is it! It takes you from Genesis to Revelation in a concise, beautiful way. Maybe you don't have time to read through the bible or maybe you just want a short overview of different parts of the bible...whatever the case, this book is for you!

I love the overview of each section of scripture. I also love the nuggets of truth and commentary about the scripture sections covered. It is as if the writers took all the wisdom and commentaries ever written about the bible and picked out the best ones for this book!

I would recommend this book wholeheartedly to anyone, young or old...those well-versed in the bible and those who are not...and it is for both old and new Christians alike.
Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.

Review of "The Daughters Walk"

This is my review of "The Daughters Walk," by Jane Kirkpatrick. This book was about the relationships in the daughters life and everything that happened because of "the walk" she and her mother chose to take.
My review for this book only got 3 out of 5 stars. I was greatly disappointed that the author didn't go into more detail of the walk, itself. I thought the book would've been more interesting and captivating had the author gone more in-depth into the actual walk. Because of that, the book didn't hold my attention as I originally thought it would.
With that said, what I loved about the book was the emphasis on relationships. Relationships are important to God and they should be important to us. The book was redeeming from a relationship viewpoint. The book caused me to reflect on the different relationships in my life and how they should be prioritized.
The other aspect of the book I liked was it clearly showed how our actions affect different people and circumstances in our lives. This was handled very well.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.



Book Review of "The Big Book of American Trivia"

This is a great book! This will be my shortest review so far, because the title pretty much says it all.
This book would be a great addition to any family and/or homeschooling bookshelf. It's full of all kinds of American Trivia. For families, this would be great to use for playing learning games together. I can also think of many ways it can be used for fun learning in our homeschool. Don't homeschool? That's would be a great addition to any family to make learning about American History fun! It would also be a great resource for teachers for playing classroom games, etc. I think this is a great book for anyone just wanting to sit down and read and learn too!

As a Mom and a homeschooler, I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn more about American History in a fun, concise way!

Note: Tyndale House Publishers has provided with a complimentary copy of this book.


Book Review of "Love Food & Live Well," by Chantel Hobbs

My second book review is for the book Love Food & Live Well, by Chantel HobbsI really enjoyed this book! Since I am all about exercising and eating right, this book was right up my alley!
I love the way Chantel Hobbs writes. She doesn't write as an expert who's learned everything there is to know about diet and exercise and talks down to the reader. She writes as one who's "been there and done that." She is humble and candid about her own personal difficulties about food and weight loss. To my delight, she writes as one who is in the trenches with the reader, teaching from what she has learned and is in the trenches with the reader to teach and encourage. In other words, imagine sitting at an intimate table, having coffee or tea with a friend and having a wonderful conversation. That is what her writing style is all about and I really like that!
One of my favorite quotes from the book is "...Living well, while loving food..." She makes the important point all throughout the book that it is not food that is wrong, but our perception of food that is the problem. In addition, the point is made that we should set realistic goals for ourselves and see ourselves as uniquely made by God. We shouldn't try to fit into a mold that God never meant for us to fit into. Another quote I loved is when she said "(I had to) choose to live a life of moderation in a world where excess is encouraged." This is so true! Anyone living in the United States of America can relate to this in some form or fashion, no matter what situation they're in.
I really like the fact that she makes complicated concepts regarding calories, fat, protein and carbohydrates, simple and easy to understand. Some authors go into great detail about these things, thereby making them sound very complicated. For me, that translates into "too much work," and not very important. Chantel keeps these concepts simple and easy to manage on a day-to-day basis.
The chapter I didn't agree with entirely is the chapter on fats. She has many important points about fats, but in my opinion, she leaves out one of the primary points about fats. She doesn't mention at all, the difference between long chain fatty acids and medium chain fatty acids. Medium chain fatty acids are the ones we need to steer toward and long chains are the ones we need to steer away from, because of their cancer-causing effects, etc. I do wish she had made this point in her book; however, all the other information is very good, informative and important.
The truth is, so often, books about healthy eating leave out exercise entirely. I believe it is because many people think of exercise as a four letter word! But, not so in this book! Chantel talks much about the importance of regular exercise and how it should be incorporated into a healthy lifestyle. This is so important! She also includes many exercises she has created. I really love the chapters on exercise and I encourage you to read them too.
Lastly, just like we need to keep God in the center of everything we do, she reminds us to keep God in the center of our healthy lifestyle change, no matter what! In order to succeed at anything, as Christians, nothing else is more important than keeping God the center of everything we do. I encourage anyone interested in developing a healthier lifestyle to read this book. It is full of encouragement from someone who overcame a weight issue and has maintained a healthy lifestyle ever since. After reading, you will feel encouraged and blessed!
(I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review)

My first book review:
"Night of the Living Dead Christian: One Man's Ferociously Funny Quest to Discover What It Means to Be Truly Transformed."

I loved this book! It was entertaining, yet theologically profound from beginning to end! This is not the kind of book I would normally pick up to read. However, I was positively impressed. Matt's writing style is a mix of watching 50's monster movie, with the imagery of C.S. Lewis, and loads of humor throughout. I found myself being pulled into the story line. I also enjoyed sharing humorous excerpts with my husband.

This is a book for both Christians and non-Christians alike. For non-Christians, this is a very entertaining way to learn the simpleness of the Gospel message, and that Jesus is the only one who can help us break the sin-cycle. The various types of monsters represent different facets of our sin nature. Even as Christians, we have different "monsters" that we allow to appear in us from time to time. The redeeming message for everyone is that Jesus is the only one who can help us overcome the "monster" within us...we just have to accept His forgiveness.

All in all, this book is a great example of entertaining storytelling, while folding in the gospel, at it's very best. There is an amazing example of Jesus and the ultimate sacrifice He made for each and every one of us. I would recommend this book to any teenager or adult, whether Christian or non-Christian.