Sunday, December 25, 2011

First Date



At the time I picked this book, there were no reviews and being sick kind of took away from me being at the computer to read it. I have no read it and this is a good book to read. If you like clean romance, with some religion thrown in, this is the book for you.

I picked this book, cause it seemed to be interesting. Like a tv show you would watch on tv, how you try and get the "perfect guy" to pick you out of all the other girls. This teenager girl Addy went onto the tv show The Book of Love but doesn't want to be on it, at least at first. But she does end up falling for the guy and trying to win.



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.


Book Description

Addy Davidson is the last girl in the country who wants to be on the new reality TV show to win a date to prom with the President’s son. She’s focused on her schoolwork so she can get a scholarship to an Ivy League college, uncomfortable in the spotlight, never been on a date, and didn’t even audition for it.

But she got selected anyway.

So she does her best to get eliminated on the very first show… right before she realizes that the President’s son is possibly the most attractive guy she has ever seen in person, surprisingly nice, and seemingly unimpressed by the 99 other girls who are throwing themselves at him.

Addy’s totally out of her comfort zone—but that may be right where God can show her the most about who she is . . . and who she was meant to be.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Bittersweet Surrender




Carly Westlake who owns her own chocolate spa, decides she wants to lose some weight, because Jake Mitchell who is someone she has had a crush on for years, is moving back into town with his teenage daughter. Her best guy friend (which was her late best friend, Ivy's, husband) Scott is asked by her to help her to out, and he takes it to a level she didn't want, he takes her hidden stashes of chocolate (that she keeps to eat for herself) and tells her to eat pistachios instead, within reason. Magnolia is now living with her and is going to make her some healthy meals.

Carly has a dog named Pinkie. She also has a brother named C.J, who seems to have issues, at least until the end.

A very great read. Very well written.



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.




Book Description

Carly Westlake is living the dream. She spends her days at a spa (okay, so she owns the place), she's dating a hunk, and she's surrounded by chocolate—milk chocolate, her favorite—that she uses for the chocolate facials that made her spa famous.

But when long buried secrets threaten Carley's business and her friendship with business-partner Tom, she fights like crazy to keep the dream—and the illusions—afloat.

It takes a miracle of grace to get Carley to finally make that bittersweet surrender to love and real life.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Heart of Ice




This is the third book in a series. I am not sure what really happened in those first books, but this book has enough info that you can get into the story.

Part of the book talks of Elizabeth who uses anyone she feels will suit her needs, and doesn't care what happens to them. She calls this "The Game". She meets up with Cassidy in a class she teaches and feels she will come in handy later, so she takes her for coffee and talks to her telling her fiction stories of herself that she knows will make Cassidy relate, cause she has the same kind of problems. Cassidy talks about her good friends; Federal prosecutor Allison Pierce and FBI agent Nicole Hedges and Elizabeth doesn't like the sound of them and swears they won't stop her from playing "The Game".

I hope this information gives you enough to make you wanna read it. This is a great fiction story, I would recommend anyone who likes reading about crimes and criminal stories to read this, and even if you don't, it is still a good read.



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.




Book Description

The Triple Threat Club novels follow three fiercely intelligent women—a TV reporter, a Federal prosecutor and an FBI agent—as they investigate crimes as current as today’s headlines.

The Triple Threat women have faced intense situations before…but never such a cunningly cold-blooded murderer.

Elizabeth Avery is a stunningly beautiful woman. But her perfectly managed exterior hides the ice cold heart of a killer. She ingeniously manipulates everyone who crosses her path to do exactly as she wishes--from crime reporter Cassidy Shaw, who thinks Elizabeth is her new best friend, to a shy young man Elizabeth persuades to kill for her.

As Elizabeth leaves a trail of bodies in her wake, Federal prosecutor Allison Pierce and FBI agent Nicole Hedges must piece together clues from seemingly unrelated crimes. Can they stop her before she reaches her unthinkable, ultimate end-game?

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Alienation (C.H.A.O.S., #2)




This is the second book in the series. The first book is called Invasion.

This is a great book. It starts off pretty much where the last book left off. It describes what Colt, Oz, Danielle are doing, how they are training for the academy. When they get to the academy it describes the adventures they have there.

This is a great read for anyone who loves aliens and science fiction type books. It also contains lots of action. I can't wait to read the third book where they are trapped on the Thule planet.





Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.


Book Description

The invasion was only the beginning . . .

After his parents were killed in a car accident, Colt McAllister was drawn into a world he thought only existed in comic books—one where mind control, jet packs, and flying motorcycles don't even scratch the surface.

Along with his best friends Oz and Danielle, Colt is now training at the secret Central Headquarters Against the Occult and Supernatural academy. But strange accidents seem to follow him. . . even with the security of the school grounds. What first seems random soon turns deadly. But who is targeting Colt?

As the alien invasions increase in frequency and force, C.H.A.O.S resources are taxed to the limit and they're forced to utilize the new recruits. In the midst of battle, Colt will discover some startling revelations . . . about himself, his friendship with Oz, and why he has been chosen to defeat this alien attack against earth.


Reviewer's Guide

Please note that "Alienation" is the second installment in the C.H.A.O.S. series, which is geared toward Young Adults.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Cliques, Hicks, and Ugly Sticks - Confessions of April Grace 2




This is the second book in the series, i never read the first one and didn't need to, to be able to follow this great plot.
This is a good book to read. It speaks of April Grace who is 11 and all the trials she is going through, with school and family. She has Isabel who took over her big sister's room (Myra Sue). Myra Sue is now rooming with April Grace and never keeps the room room clean. Her one friend turned snobby on her over the summer. Her mom is having a baby and it seems like it is a difficult pregnancy.

I would recommend teens to adults to read this, i think that the problems in this book are pretty well relate-able to a lot of people.



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.



Book Description

Just when April Grace thought the drama was over . . .

After an automobile accident, Isabel St. James—resident drama coach and drama queen—needs help putting together the church play. Mama insists April Grace and Myra Sue will help. April’s fall is now devoted to spending every afternoon with Isabel and Myra Sue—if anyone is as big of a drama queen as Isabel, it’s Myra Sue. Plus, she’s dumb. (Okay, not dumb, but "older sister dumb.") If that’s not enough, Isabel is wreaking havoc in the community trying to get Rough Creek Road paved, the new boy at school will not leave her alone, and then Mama drops the biggest bombshell of all . . . April Grace is no longer going to be the baby of the family . . .

Girls will completely relate to April and love her sense of humor as she deals with siblings, boys, and the many changes that come with growing up.

Friday, November 11, 2011

An Amish Wedding



This book has 3 different stories in it.
1st one is: A Perfect Secret
2nd one is: A Perfect Match
3rd one is: A Perfect Plan


First story:
Luke and Rose are to be married, now that Rose accepted his proposal. They were best friends since they were kids. Rose finds out Luke is hiding something and you could never guess what until it is literally spelled out. They had a good ending. I loved the descriptions.


Second story:
Naomi was hurt before, and now doesn't want to trust love. Zeke is trying to not scare her away, but he has feelings for her. Margaret thought he was cute and with the help of Noami, they schemed to get her a dinner date (at Noami's, with Noami getting jealous feelings)


Third story:
Tells how Pricilla and Chester first started going together. Then tells about all their disasters that happen before they even get married.


I personaly think the third story should have been the first, since it was mentioned in the other stories. I loved reading these books though, as they were all written great.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.



Book Description

Three Amish women yearn for the perfect wedding.

"A Perfect Plan" by Beth Wiseman

Priscilla King has been planning to marry Chester Lapp since she was sixteen years old, and when Chester proposes on Priscilla’s nineteenth birthday, wedding plans begin immediately. What wasn't planned was all the problems the couple encounters as their big day approaches. A house disaster, a ruined wedding dress, and a sick attendant all make the couple wonder if God's sending them signs to call things off.

"The Perfect Match" by Kathleen Fuller

Naomi Fisher has had great success at matchmaking her family members and friends. Now with her sister’s wedding right around the corner, Naomi wonders why she’s able to find husbands for her friends and family, but not one for herself.

"The Perfect Secret" by Kelly Long

Rose Bender has recently become engaged to handsome but somber Luke Raber. She agrees out of a sense of duty and a willingness to settle for solid friendship as a basis for the engagement. But as she watches her friend's excitement over her soon-to-be wedding, Rose wonders if there shouldn’t be more to her relationship with Luke. She begins to examine Luke and his life more closely and is amazed when she stumbles upon an exciting, secret side of him that engages her mind and heart.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Invasion (C.H.A.O.S., #1)




By Jon Lewis
Published by Thomas Nelson

This is the first book.

This book is about.....

It starts out with Colt visiting a Military academy that he can't join until he is 18, but that he was invited to tour it. Only he can get the tour (meaning his father nor any other family/friends can be with him). But his 7 brothers before him had the tour as well.


Here are the brothers that are introduced
(that i can remember):
Colt is the youngest of the 8 brothers.
Clive is the oldest brother.
Clayton lives in Berlin.
Clark has 5 kids of his own.


Murdoch McAlister is the Grandfather.

This book brings comic book type characters alive within the story. It has very good details and explanations. I love how it kind of leaves you wondering what is next at the end, I can't wait to read the second book!

I think this is a great story and that anyone who likes fiction books, will love this story.





Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.





Book Description

Colt McAlister is drawn into a war against things he thought only existed in comic books.

After a car wreck takes the lives of his parents, Colt moves to Arizona to stay with his grandfather. There, an informant tells him that his parents were actually murdered because his mom, a journalist, was getting ready to write a story exposing Trident Industries.

Along with Oz and Danielle, his new comrades at Chandler High, Colt vows to uncover the truth. But the more they learn, the more bizarre reality becomes. Mind control, jet packs, and flying motorcycles only scratch the surface of what they discover.

Colt is recruited by a secret organization called the Central Headquarters Against the Occult and Supernatural. But the battle isn't just against an out-of-control giant corporation. A gateway to another world is opening, and the invasion has already begun.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Heaven is for Real for Kids



A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back
By Todd & Sonja Burpo
Published by Thomas Nelson

This book talks about a little boy who was very sick and how he went to heaven for a visit.

This is a very well illustrated book. My daughter loved the story and loved seeing all the pictures. She thought the best one was of the horse. She loved how you could play/pet any animal and that there was no fighting.

I recommend any child read this book, and it is even illuminating for adults to read it as well.



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.


Book Description

Heaven is for real, and you are going to like it!

Colton Burpo came back from his trip to heaven with a very important message: Jesus really, really loves children. In effort to reach even more families with this eternally significant story, this runaway bestseller is now told from Colton—kid to kids! Children will receive the same comfort and assurance that so many adults have received from the trade book.

Beautifully illustrated, under Colton's direction, this book is uniquely written from a child for a child. Colton tells of his experiences in first person and comments on things that will be important to kids. A letter to parents is included to guide them in talking to their children about heaven. Scripture along with Q&A section with answers from the Bible are also included in the book.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Softly and Tenderly (tpc)



I think this book was great. This was well written, and doesn't overdo the descriptions. It explains some of the back stories as you go along and meet with each of the characters. I got really into the book in the first 3 pages.





Here are some extra tidbits to get you interested, hope you like them. :D

Jade wants to have a baby, but seems to be unable to, she always miscarries. Her husband Max and her mother-in-law June think they can adopt, and don't really need to actually choose "the right one".

She thinks that because she had an abortion once, that God is saying that she blew her chance, to have one of her own, and she doesn't want to use a surrogate cause that bring another woman into their marriage intimately, and it would feel like cheating. She says if God wants them to have children, then they will when He decides. Max wants a boy and says if they don't get one then they can just keep trying.


Jade's mom has leukemia, and she looks after her, as well as manages her 2 shops. She has a really old truck, and nothing really works in it.

She find out her father-in-law is cheating (after she and the mother-in-law catch him).




Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.




Book Description

Maybe out there in the country she could catch her breath, learn to breathe again.

Happily married and owner of two successful boutiques, Jade longs to begin a family with her husband, Max. But when she discovers that Max has an illegitimate son—who he wants her to help raise—Jade’s life is turned upside down.

She flees to her childhood home, a rambling Iowa farmhouse, with enough room to breathe. There—while her mother’s health grows fragile, and the tug of her first love grows stronger—Jade begins to question everything she thought she knew about family, love, and motherhood. In the wide-open landscape, Jade begins to see a future that doesn’t rest on the power of her past but in the goodness of God's tender mercies.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

His Steadfast Love




This is a good story. I liked it. I would recommend this book for people to read.

This book is about a young woman named Amanda, she is the pastor daughter, the fathers temporary position as pastor has lasted 2 years. Her father's name is Ezekiel. She has a brother named Daniel. She has 3 younger sisters who are introduced as the "three little Belle sisters". 10 year old Emmaline, 4 year old Mary and 6 year old Catherine. They have a family dog named Sam Houston (named after their governor) whose nick name is Sam. Amanda's best friend "Claire" is Daniels fiancee.

Captain Kent Littlefield come to Texas, and starts coming to every Sunday church service. He says thought he is a Presbyterian he enjoys Amanda's fathers (Methodist) sermons. He is even considering moving from Pennsylvania and setting down in Texas (after he retires from the army) since he has no sweetheart or anything to tie him down there. He asks her permission to ask her father permission to call on her. She has to ask him to wait for a while, cause she gave her mother a promise that she would always help look after her siblings.



Here are a few tidbits from the beginning, (cause i don't want to give the Whole story away, just enough to interest you).

Because Kent needs to go to war, the father finds out that he is fighting for the North (Union) and tells Kent that he wishes his daughter to marry a Southerner (Confederate) gentleman.
Daniel decides to put on a "Gray" coat and join the Confederate army to fight the "Blue" coats. Amanda is upset that he is doing this.




Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.


Book Description

The Civil War - a defining time of great sacrifice, change, and betrayal which determined the fate of the Nation.

It isn’t until it comes into her very home that Amanda Belle must face impossible choices of love, loss, and loyalty.

It's the spring of 1861 on the Gulf Coast of Texas. Although Amanda never thought she would marry because of her promise she made to her dying mother, her attraction to Captain Kent Littlefield is undeniable.

When Texas secedes from the Union, her brother Daniel marches off to war to fight for the Confederate States and Kent remains with the Union troops.

Her heart is torn between the two men she loves and the two sides of the conflict. When she turns to God for help, Amanda expects direction and support, but hears nothing. Is God listening to her anymore? Where is God in the atrocities of war—and whose side is He on?

Amanda senses her life is at a turning point. But she must trust God to bring her family through the chaos that threatens her home, her family, and the beloved state of Texas . . . with her heart, and her faith, intact.

Heroes and Villains of the Bible



I know this a childrens version of the bible events, but I think that anyone would enjoy reading this book. My daughter having a somewhat short attention span, did like the book but I have to say with only a few pictures, it didn't completely captivate her. But she said it has some nice pictures, like of Eve being tempted by the Serpent. It talks of the very beginning and lots more events that are in the bible, like how Cain took the life of his younger brother.

"Cain was the first son ever born. But instead of being a good example, he was the worst example. Cain let anger take over his heart. And then he chose to do something that could never be undone."


It tells the story of Noah's Ark, how it rained for 150 days and then dried up in over another 150 days. How he sent a dove out to see if the earth was dried up enough.

"I will never again destroy all living things by floodwaters. A flood will never again destroy the earth. . . .I am putting my rainbow in the clouds. It is the sign of the agreement between me and the earth."


A very great read.



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.


Book Description

50 true-life adventures of real people from the Bible—stories of good versus evil, right versus wrong, and heroes versus villains—and their life-shaping lessons that point children to God—the greatest hero of all!

The Bible is packed with stories of courageous people who loved and served God, and how He used them to do great things in the world. It is also filled with villainous people who disobeyed God and did horrible things. Heroes and Villains of the Bible encourages its readers to aspire to become great, courageous, and heroic servants of God, and reject all that is evil in the world.

With Heroes and Villains of the Bible, children will realize some of their favorite heroes aren’t from the movies, but are real people from the Bible.

Just in Case You Ever Wonder




Daughter loved this book. It tells of how He makes everyone in a unique and special way, just as He made the earth. And how God picks where you live. Max Lucado writes good children books, that i think that all children would enjoy.



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.




Book Description

A timeless children's classic by best-selling author, Max Lucado, that reinforces the love of a parent.

There are certain words that every child longs to hear . . . affirmation of unconditional love, promises of support, and words of encouragement. Just in Case You Ever Wonder wraps your children in its tender message of love, comfort, and protection, showing them that as they grow and change, you'll always be there for them—whether it's "monsters in the closet" or hard times when other kids are mean. Beloved author, Max Lucado, helps express unconditional love for a child—simply, powerfully, and forever.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Sunrise on the Battery‏



I started reading this, and have to say it started off sort of slow. It didn't really draw me into the book. I have to say out of 5 stars this one gets a 3. It does make tells of thing that does happen in real life. One parent has faith in god and the other doesn't.

Mary Lynn tries to help her husband love god. He does eventually but not till way close to the end.




Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.



Book Description

Now that she’s arrived at the ultimate address, can Mary Lynn’s view of the harbor – and success – satisfy the deeper longings of her heart?

After decades of carefully working their way up the social ladder, Mary Lynn and Jackson Scoville are living their dream: a life of luxury and ease in the heart of Charleston, South Carolina. Jackson made a small fortune selling low country real estate, so now the couple is determined to provide for their three daughters the life they both longed for as kids.

But lately the long-forgotten God of Mary Lynn’s childhood has been trying to get her attention in ways so unusual that she can no longer deny His presence. When she prays for Jackson to open his heart to God, something radical happens. Jackson has a dramatic conversion that leads to street witnessing, giving away money, and inviting less-than-reputable people into their home.

Starring out into the harbor, Mary Lynn ponders whether or not she is willing to give up her life of luxury to join Jackson in his new-found faith. What would it look like to go “all out” for God…to allow Him to lead their family regardless of the cost? Just when Mary Lynn felt she had all the desires of her heart – she finds herself being called into a much bigger story of true faith and love.

Night Night Blessings




Daughter thought this book was ok but kind of short. The book talks about the different blessings you can have. It is mostly like a small little prayer. Which when i told my daughter she then understood.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes reading to and with the child.







Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.


Book Description

Cuddle up with your little ones and count all the blessings God put in their day.

This book is a precious way to put your little ones to bed at night and fill their thoughts with the many good things that have filled their day. It’s a great way to teach them gratitude and help them sleep soundly at night.

Whether it’s Mommy’s goodnight kisses, Grandpa’s comfy lap, or pancakes stacked THIS high, there are so many blessings to count before bed! Written in rhyme and coupled with adorable illustrations, this follow up book to best-selling Night Night Prayer will be an instant bedtime hit.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Gabby, God's Little Angel



My daughter really enjoyed this book. She looked around to "call to her angel, and say thanks". This is a really great story and it quotes the bible in one spot.
"The Lord is your protection. . . . He has put his angels in charge of you. They will watch over you wherever you go.
—Psalm 91:9, 11"

I would recommend this book to any child old or young. I think all would enjoy this.
The pictures were great and really helps children to get into the story.



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.



Book Description

This first book in a delightful new series offers a comforting message for young readers—God loves you very much and is always watching over you!

What little girl wouldn’t love her very own guardian angel? Parents and children alike will be won over by this humorous tale of Gabby, a guardian angel in training who has much to learn about taking care of God’s little ones. Her new assignment is to protect a young girl named Sophie, but Gabby soon realizes that watching after Sophie is a bigger challenge than she had expected! After a close call while riding her pony, Sophie learns what the Bible says about guardian angels: “He will put his angels in charge of you. They will watch over you wherever you go” (Psalm 91:11 ICB).

Hermie, a Common Caterpillar



Read this to my daughter tonight as a bedtime story, and she really enjoyed it. One of the things she wanted to know was if Hermie's God was the same as ours. She liked seeing how Hermie turned out and was a little upset that she didn't get to see Wormie's transformation. This is a great children's book. I would recommend it to anyone to read to their child.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.



Book Description

This Max Lucado’s Hermie & Friends® best-selling story now available in easy-to-read format!

Hermie and his friend Wormie have always felt common. They don’t have stripes or dots, they aren’t very strong, and they can’t find anything special about themselves. But every time they pray, God tells them that He loves them all the time just as they are and that He isn’t finished with them yet. When Hermie becomes a beautiful butterfly, he realizes just how special God’s plan is for him!

This classic story has been revised for kids to read and enjoy on their own as a Lever 2 Reader. With fresh new art and a story kids can read themselves, plus a new, low price—this classic story will find a whole new generation of kids who love Hermie and his garden friends!

Wrapped in Rain



Great read. Good story line. Loved the descriptions in this book. This is not a fantasy type book, where a prayer will save you no matter what. This book writes of people who have issues, that need solving. After I started reading this, it took me only a day to finish (and less than that actually). I didn't want to stop reading once I began, cause this book really holds your attention with the problems and solutions thereof.



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.



Book Description

"Life is a battle, but you can't fight it with your fists. You got to fight it with your heart."

An internationally famous photographer, Tucker has traveled the world and seen both the serious and the strange. But when his brother escapes from a mental hospital and an old girlfriend appears with her son and a black eye, he is forced to return home and face the agony of his own tragic past. Back in rural Alabama, Tucker comes to terms with the ghosts he left behind. Miss Ella Rain once loved Tuck and his brother like they were her very own. Hiring her to take care of Waverly Hall and to keep them out of sight was the only good thing their father ever did. And though Miss Ella has been gone for many years, Tuck can still hear her voice. And she keeps telling him, encouraging him, that by reaching out to this young boy he can redeem his father's tarnished legacy and pass on the good she brought into his life.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Realms Thereunder (Ancient Earth Trilogy, #1)



I loved his fathers books (Stephen R. Lawhead), so thought I would try out a book of his and see if it is as good, and I loved it. He writes just as well as his father does, and I for one, am glad to read his work as well. I can't wait to read the next two books of the series.

This book has a very great prologue and it draws you into the tale. I gotta say the first few paragraphs in the prologue were quite funny it actually made me laugh out loud, and so my hubby gave me a weird look and asked me what I was laughing at.

After starting this book, i couldn't put it down. Great fiction book that I think most people would enjoy.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.


Book Description

Uncover a land that has been hidden for over a thousand years.

Beneath the land of Britain, a great army is sleeping. On a visit to an old church, Daniel Tully and Freya Reynolds awaken two ancient knights from a centuries-old slumber. They are kidnapped and taken to an underground city that stands in peril, besieged in all directions by a vicious warhost. Nidergeard is the only thing protecting the upper world's blissful ignorance of mythical forces that have been held at bay since the creation of the world. In order to return home, Daniel and Freya must strike at the heart of the opposer's power.

Fast forward eight years. Daniel, now homeless, still wages what he believes to be a righteous war against those he judges to be evil. Freya has tried to put the past behind her and concentrate on getting an education, a job, and a life. When they reconnect in Oxford, unseen forces begin to ally against them. Daniel is pulled through a portal and into another world. Freya is abducted by someone—some thing—posing as her professor and drugged to keep her in a delusional state. After they finally break free, neither can deny the truth . . . they must return to Nidergeard and resume the battle.

With a thrilling narrative that draws heavily upon British mythology, The Realms Thereunder will quickly establish Ross Lawhead as a major new voice in fantasy.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Bone House - Bright Empires #2



This book has a small summery in the beginning to remind you of what had recently happened in the last book (The Skin Map), but if you never read the last book, it is advised you do not read this, as it is a sequential series (means it must be read in order).

I have to say that the beginning of the book really does help draw you back into the story line, and that it continues to do so through the book.

I know there are those out there that do not like a book to go between characters for each chapter, and if that is the case, you wouldn't like this book series. As for me, I love this book and the first, so can't wait for the third book to come out (The Spirit Well).


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.





Book Description

One piece of the Skin Map has been found. Now the race to unravel the future of the future turns deadly.

An avenue of Egyptian sphinxes, an Etruscan tufa tomb, a Bohemian coffee shop, and a Stone Age landscape where universes collide …

Kit Livingstone met his great grandfather Cosimo in a rainy alley in London where he discovered the reality of alternate realities.

Now he’s on the run – and on a quest, trying to understand the impossible mission he inherited from Cosimo: to restore a map that charts the hidden dimensions of the multiverse while staying one step ahead of the savage Burley Men.

The key is the Skin Map – but where it leads and what it means, Kit has no idea. The pieces have been scattered throughout this universe and beyond.

Mina, from her outpost in seventeenth-century Prague, is quickly gaining both the experience and the means to succeed in the quest. Yet so are those with evil intent, who from the shadows are manipulating great minds of history for their own malign purposes.

Across time and space, through manifest and hidden worlds, those who know how to use ley lines to travel through astral planes have left their own world behind in this, the second quest: to unlock the mystery of The Bone House.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Sweet Sanctuary



I like this book and how it put the bible into the book, but not too much that you would get fed up with it. I would suggest anyone read this book.


It starts out with the grandmother/mother arriving at her daughter/grandsons home and telling them that she is going to stay there for a while and that when they get back there will be a surprise (which the daughter of her hates). She also tells them that the rest of her children will be coming to join them to throw herself a party.




Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.




Book Description

"Without the storm, how would we know the sweetness of shelter?" -Ruth

Out of the clear blue, Wren’s Grandma Ruth arrives on her doorstep, dreaming of a grand party to celebrate her 95th birthday. Wren and her young son Charlie love the idea, but it quickly gets complicated: Ruth wants Wren’s estranged siblings to attend and she wants Wren to sing her all-time favorite song: “His Eye Is On The Sparrow.” It’s the very song Wren sang one fateful day during her childhood . . . and Wren hasn’t sung a note since.

Though she’s glad to have Grandma back in her life, Wren’s sleeping on the couch in her own house now . . . and worried about the expenses piling up. After all, her job at the community library is in jeopardy after budget cuts, and the fancy music program she wants for her son is getting farther and farther out of reach. What’s more, Paul—the guy she's drawn to yet avoids—ends up being a major part of an important library project.

With family arriving and old wounds resurfacing, Wren’s about to fly when she discovers something special—a gift of grace beyond her wildest dreams.

It Couldn't Just Happen - Knowing the Truth About God's Awesome Creation



PART ONE:
1. EARTH IN OUR UNIVERSE
It is possible to count the amount of stars in the sky, and it tells you the amount you count with the naked eye, and if you had a telescope you could count a higher amount of stars in the sky.

This section explains a lot of areas about the universe and the stars. It says that there was a beginning of the universe since even now it is still expanding.

2. TWO DEAD PLANETS, LIVING WORLD
Pluto was once thought to be our 9th planet but is now considered an asteroid.
"Eight planets ring our Sun. The more we learn about the planets, the more unusual Earth seems. Each of the other planets is a dead—and deadly—place. Only our Earth is a living world."
The inner planets are Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars.
The outer planets are Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.

This section talks about how it would be if we landed on the other planets

3. THE “ODD PLANET”
"It’s not just that many features of Earth have to be just right to support life. What is most amazing is that many complex processes must continue to operate in delicate balance for our planet to continue to be a zone of life."
"Cutting down and burning forests to make farmland destroys plants that use carbon dioxide. Scientists worry that a buildup of extra carbon dioxide may turn Earth into a giant greenhouse and cause a global catastrophe"

This section talks about the earth itself, and different ways that this planet is just perfectly set, and how global warming could happen and may not. There are some good points in there on both sides. It also talks about the ozone.

4. WORLD IN THE MAKING
"A study of planet Earth raises many questions. Earth was not always the way it is now. Tremendous forces have been at work, shaping and reshaping the surface of our planet. We find evidence of these forces, but even so we know very little about Earth’s past."
"The top of Mount Everest and the tops of other mountain ranges contain rocks and fossils that were once underwater! When was the top of the Earth’s highest mountain under a sea? And how was that rock lifted over five miles above sea level?"
"Scientists now believe that at one time all of Earth’s continents were joined in one great super-continent that has been named Pangaea"

This section talks about past experiences on the earth, like the 'Atlantis', the dinosaurs,

5. MYSTERIES OF THE EARTH
"Earth’s crust contains many wonders. While the theory of continental drift seems to explain some things that once seemed mysterious, it does not explain many other mysteries. Science textbook writers who speak so confidently about the age and features of our Earth often ignore the mysteries, just because they cannot be explained."


This section talks about the crust, fossils, the age of the earth





PART TWO: HOW LIFEBEGAN
6. HOW SCIENCE WORKS
"Most people have a great respect for scientists and what they say. But are scientists always right? Before we can evaluate what scientists say about how life began, we need to understand what “science” is and how it works. Perhaps the best way to find out is to become a scientist yourself. Follow the suggestions in this chapter, and think like a scientist!"



7. “LIFE” IN A TEST TUBE?
"People who believe the Theory of Evolution think that life began billions of years ago as certain chemicals happened to mix together under just the right conditions. Scientists have conducted experiments that imitate those conditions. No one has come close to making life. What would have had to happen to make life? And what are the chances that life could come from any mix of nonliving matter?"



8. THE MYSTERY OF THE MOTHS
"According to the Theory of Evolution, over millions of years living things became more complex and many different varieties of plants and animals developed. But how could this have taken place? Charles Darwin suggested a mechanism he called natural selection. But does natural selection really work the way Darwin thought it did? Today, even scientists who believe the Theory of Evolution don’t think so."



9. THE RECORD IN THE ROCKS
"The Theory of Evolution holds that one-celled creatures grew and changed into the many complex plants and animals we know today. But rocks contain the remnants of plants and animals evolutionists believe are ancient. Do these remains, called fossils, really support the Theory of Evolution?"



PART THREE: EVIDENCE FROM LIVING THINGS


10. THE SAME, YET DIFFERENT
"Evolutionists have long pointed to similarities between different kinds of animals as evidence for the Theory of Evolution. But are similarities really good evidence? In this chapter we find out. And in the next three chapters we look at amazing facts about living animals that the Theory of Evolution simply cannot explain!"

11. THE WONDERS OF DESIGN
"The animal world is full of wonders. As we look at some of the animals that share our Earth, the things we discover make the Theory of Evolution less and less believable. So many features of living things give clear evidence of careful, matchless design that we simply must believe in a Designer."

12. MORE WONDERS OF DESIGN
"The wonders of God’s design are shown in more than physical structures. Design is also shown in patterns built into animal communities. These patterns are not learned, but deeply implanted, and are controlled by factors that even now hardly can be understood. As we look at them, we realize that there is no way these things could have just happened."

13. WHEN IT TAKES TWO
"One of the wonders that’s hard for people who believe the Theory of Evolution to explain is called mutualism, or symbiosis. Many times in the plant and animal world, we find two different living creatures which live in strange relationships with each other. In many cases one, or both, could not even exist without the other!"

PART FOUR HUMANITY IN GOD’S NATURE

14. THE FAMILY TREE?
"Evolution and Scripture are in direct conflict over one vital question: Who are human beings? Evolutionists say that people, like apes, evolved from some earlier animal form. The Bible says that God created human beings in his own image."

15. AMAZING AND WONDERFUL
"Today doctors have learned many things about our human bodies. The more we learn about them, the more we realize that King David was right when he praised God saying, “you made me in an amazing and wonderful way.
What you have done is wonderful” (Psalm 139:14 icb)"

16. IN GOD’S IMAGE
"The inner world of our bodies is an amazing one. Thousands of hidden systems work within us to keep our trillions of cells—and us—healthy and well. But even more amazing is the fact that you are you: an individual with your own memories, beliefs, and identity."

PART FIVE THE BOOK THAT DIDN’T JUST HAPPEN

17. A SURE WORD
"Many things in nature convince us that the Theory of Evolution is not a good explanation for origins. Creation is a far better explanation. And there is a book that tells us how God created everything: the Bible. When we study it, we realize that the Bible, like our universe, could not have just happened!"

18. HOW WE KNOW WE CAN TRUST WHAT JESUS SAID
"Bible prophecies about Jesus and the miracles that Jesus performed show that he truly was the Son of God. So what Jesus said about creation can be trusted. And Jesus taught that God, not Evolution, is the source of everything that exists."

19. WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT CREATION
"The Bible does not answer many of our questions about Earth and its history. But the Bible is clear on one vital point: Creation, not chance, explains the origin of the universe and the existence of life on Earth'

20. ALIVE NOW AND FOREVERMORE
"The Bible tells us where the universe and human beings came from: God, not Evolution, is the source of everything. And the Bible does more. It tells us the destiny of this universe and of each individual person! We know how evolutionists and creationists view origins. But what does each view imply about the future?"



booksneeze listed this as a children's book, but there were some parts that i found completely confusing that i wonder why it was listed at that, my daughter was bored after the sentence was read off she left and didn't want to hear any more. There was a lot of information in this book, that was very helpful.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.




Book Description

This four-color, Gold Medallion Book Award winner is a perfect tool that offers solid, biblical answers to some of the tough questions kids ask about evolution and our world.

“Did Earth begin with a ‘Big Bang’ cosmic explosion?”

“Does science contradict the Bible?”

“What happened to dinosaurs?”

“Is there life on other planets?”

“Did we evolve from apes?”

“What makes my body work on its own?”

Kids are daily exposed to the theory of evolution by the media and public schools. It’s not safe to assume that your kids will reject that theory. It’s up to us as parents and Christian leaders to make sure our children know the truth about the creation of the world. With thousands of evidences to prove He created and sustains the universe, It Couldn’t Just Happen will fascinate kids with fun activities and examples of God’s marvelous works.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Spring for Susannah



There is a city girl named, Susannah, who gets married to a man named, Jesse, whom she has never laid eyes on, but has been talking to each other through the mail. The priest who married them was the Jesse's brother. He is a farmer of his own making. He would never buy things on a loan, as that is how others have went under, because they were in debt to others. He does his own church service in a field with his neighbors, who have a female baby. Jesse is very patient with Susannah, who has had a problem in the past with a banker trying to collect on what her father owes him.

This book is a great read, and it took me less than a day to read it. Took me a while to put this up as i wanted to re-read it.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.


Book Description

When Susannah goes to Dakota territory as a mail-order bride she finds something she never dreamed she would—true love.

With no prospects for marriage and her parents recently deceased, Susannah Underhill agrees to go west to the Dakota territory to marry her minister's homesteading brother, Jesse. But Susannah is painfully shy, doesn't see herself as worthy of love from either a husband or from God, and lives in constant fear that Jesse is going to ship her back to Detroit.

In spite of her petite size and the fact that Susannah doesn't look like she could survive on the prairie, Jesse quickly discovers that his new wife is a greater blessing than he even hoped for. The years she spent as her father's veterinary assistant allow her to save Jesse's ox and twin calves and to help neighboring farmers with their animals.

But Susannah's feelings of unworthiness are deeply rooted, and she can't believe that Jesse's praise—or the tenderness and love he shows—could possibly last. The thawing of her heart seems almost as distant as Spring in the midst of the winter blanketing the Dakota prairie.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

No Place Like Holmes



I have to say that the first couple paragraphs in the prologue didn't draw me in like a lot of other books do, made me wonder for a bit if i was going to be bored reading this book in entirety, but the next few drew me in pretty well.

Griffin is a genius but is humble, not something you usually hear about in the same sentence. He has a photographic memory. In the beginning of book he is alone in a tiny train compartment as he is headed to London, to stay with his uncle for the summer. He is doing so because he wasn't invited to go to camp with his schoolmates. He doesn’t know who Sherlock Holmes is, so the ticket guy on train gives him a paper to read about Sherlock (whom he now thinks may be his uncle as he lives in the same place he is going to).

He finds out who his uncle is and he isn't Sherlock and is disappointed. His mother had sent him and the uncle didn't even know (he hadn't opened the first letter as he thought it was a bill collector). I personally would be very mad at that mother, since she didn't receive a reply from the uncle.

He finds a lady while in a cab on the way to church who wants to see Sherlock, so he asks the cabbie to take them back. Sherlock wasn't home so he got his uncle. The woman let his uncle Rupert take the case on the condition that Griffin was involved with the investigation.

I enjoyed reading this book as much as I enjoyed reading Nancy Drew books when i was younger. With the way it ended I sure hope to be able to find more of these books on the booksneeze site. If not i will be sure to keep my eyes out in stores.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.

Book Description
The new resident in 221A Baker Street is about to give Sherlock Holmes a run for his magnifying glass!

When Griffin is sent to stay with his detective uncle at 221A Baker Street for the summer, he is certain that his uncle must be the great Sherlock Holmes! But Griffin is disappointed to discover that Holmes lives at 221B Baker Street and his uncle lives unit 221A. His uncle is a detective, just not a very good one. But when Griffin meets a woman with a case that Holmes has turned away for being too ridiculous, he and his uncle team up to help her. Along the way, Griffin shows his uncle just what it means to have true faith in God, even when the case challenges that. The woman claims that her husband was eaten by the Loch Ness Monster, but monsters aren’t real—or are they?

Friday, May 13, 2011

The Promise of an Angel (Heaven On Earth #1)



Book starts out with Judith getting ready to tell a story, and the children are picking names to go in the story and pick hers and Andrew (which makes Judith blush, and who is Levi's cousin). Her sister Martha shows off in front of the guys a little (by sashaying) and laughs with Levi, which in turn makes Judith mad, saying (in her head) that since she is turning 19 tomorrow, it should be she exchanging pleasantries with him, not Martha.

He’d talked about courting Judith as soon as she turned nineteen, and here were her sister and him making playful gestures at the table while the preacher was praying, before the meal. Her younger brother get hurt, and that is when she first sees the angel.

Much more happens in the book, but i can't continue too much without giving away very key details about what is going on, I loved this book and finished it in under a day as I didn't want to stop reading. Will be glad to read the second book in series when it comes out.

When i got to the ending i had tears in my eyes, but still a smile as well.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.


Book Description

In Mescota County, Michigan, an angelic visitor's words inspire Judith to a future she never imagined. After a barn raising accident, Judith Fischer’s convinced she’s met an angel. However, her attempts to convince others end up frustrating her Old-Order Amish community. Only Andrew Lapp believes her, but the rest, including Levi Plank, the man’s she’s waited to marry, demand she forget the nonsense. Meanwhile, her younger sister Martha has taken a fancy to Levi and sees her sister's controversy as a perfect distraction for turning Levi's head.

In a dream, the angel tells Judith she must choose her path. As her faith continues to grow, so do her feelings for Andrew. Will she continue to place her hope in the angel’s message, even if it means losing all she knows and loves?

Some translations from book
abvoahra: serve
ach: oh
aemen: amen
aenti: aunt
bloh: blue
boppli: baby
daed: dad
denki: thank you
drauwa: trust
Englischer: a non-Amish person
es: is
fasavvahra samling: sour the gathering
fashprecha: promise
fraa: wife
gayl: yellow
geh: go
greeya fatt: get away
guder mariye: good morning
guder nacht: good night
gut: good
haus: house
himlish-engel: heavenly angel
Ich: I
Ich veiklich: I truly
jah: yes
kaffi: coffee
kapp: a prayer covering
kumm: come
kumm mitt mich: come with me
leddich: unmarried
mamm: mom
mammi: grandmother
maydel: girl
meidung: shunning
meiya: tomorrow
mich: me
muscht: must
nacht: night
nau: now
nay: no
nett: not
onkle: uncle
Ordnung: the written and unwritten rules of the Amish
Pennsylvania Deitsch: the language most commonly used by the Amish
redd-up: clean up
rumschpringe: running-around period that begins when the person turns sixteen years old and ends when the young person is baptized into the Amish faith.
saund: sound in doctrine
shiklich: appropriate, suitable, proper
shul: school
vass: what
veiklich: truly
vinsha: wish
wedder: weather
wundebaar: wonderful

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Skin Map - Bright Empires #1



Kit Livingstone happens to find a portal, that can and will take him to many different places, it is here that he meets up with his grandfather who tells him about it, and how others can do it as well. He is told of a map that is tattooed on someone who traveled all over the different portals. It is a map that is missing at the moment (as the person it is tattooed on is dead) and everyone is searching for it and the thing that he must try to find.

Personally i like this book, with all the twists and turns and will likely be getting the second book in the series.






Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.



Book Description

"I need your help with a project. It will be the adventure of a lifetime—of several lifetimes. But it will change you forever."

Kit Livingston's great-grandfather appears in a deserted alley during a tumultuous storm. He reveals an unbelievable story: ley lines throughout Britain are not merely the stuff of legend or the weekend hobby of deluded cranks—they're pathways to other worlds. To those who know how to use them, ley lines grant the ability to travel the multi-layered universe of which we ordinarily inhabit only a tiny part.

One explorer knew more than most. Braving every danger, he toured both time and space on voyages of heroic discovery. Ever on his guard, and fearful of becoming lost in the cosmos, he developed an intricate code—a roadmap of symbols—that he tattooed onto his own body. This Skin Map has since been lost in time. Now the race is on to recover all the pieces and discover its secrets.

The Bright Empires series is a unique blend of epic treasure hunt, ancient history, alternate realities, cutting-edge physics, philosophy, and mystery.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Nick of Time



This is the first time i have ever read a Bug Man novel. It starts off as Nick and Alena go into a shop called "WEDDINGS 'N' SUCH: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO MAKE YOU SPECIAL DAY UNFORGETTABLE", he is very uncomfortable in this ship. He also finds out the woman he is marrying has thought of this day since she was a child and even has some pictures of what she wants the cake to look like and the place she wants to go on their honeymoon. This book is definitely a page turner and I couldn't put it down, will definitely be looking into getting more books about the bug man.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.



Official Book Description
Tying the knot may be the toughest thing Nick Polchak has ever tried to do.

Nick Polchak is comfortable with bugs. Their world is orderly. He knows where he stands and exactly how to interpret the signs they give him. But a fiancée and an upcoming wedding? Not so much.

That's why—a mere four days before the nuptials—Nick finds himself driving to Philadelphia for the monthly meeting of the Vidocq society. Being among a group of forensic professionals consulting on cold cases will surely allow him to feel useful and normal.

But while there he discovers that a close friend has been murdered . . . and in classic Nick style, begins to follow the trail of evidence rather than returning to his fiancée. Fearing that his one-track mind won't lead him home by Saturday, Alena and three of her dogs go to track him down.

When she finally finds him, nothing is as Alena expected . . . because the twists in this case will surprise even the most dedicated Bug Man fans.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Promises She Keeps

The story has a little bit of religion and a little of supernatural. This is a great read for fiction lovers.

A girl named Promise wants to be remembered for having a fantastic voice, she has cystic fibrosis.
Chase is an autistic artist whom loves to draw trees and he becomes attracted to Promise.
Zack is talented in taking photographs. But he has a loon for a mother, Porta.
Porta dabbles in the supernatural and promotes her art gallery.
Chase, Zack, and Porta all desire Promise but for different reasons.
Porta thinks Promise has eternal life, cause she has survived a series of freak accidents.
Chase prophesies and predicts a few deaths.

To me the first chapter is kind of boring, i kept having to read sentences over again to remember what it was. But the second chapter was much better, and drew me into wanting to read the book further. The descriptions are great, and really let you imagine the places and people.
The ending was a little sad, but it was a great ending. All in all i loved this book.

It also has an excerpt from "Never Let You Go" and I thing it sounds neat

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.

Left at the Alter


Kimberly Kennedy takes her tragic experience of being left at the alter and offers hope to all who have experienced rejection in any area of life. She takes us through the 5 stages of rejection: Denial and Isolation, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance. She uses Bible verses as a way to show women how a relationship with Christ should be the central matter in their lives.

Her sister writes part of the story as there are details that Kimberley can’t recall because of her shock.

The book ends with steps for dealing with rejection and moving on.

All in all good book to read.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.

An Amish Love


There is a page in front of the book the tells what some Amish words are that are found in the book, they are in alphabetical order. While reading the book those words are italicized. There are 3 different stories in the book. Healing Hearts, A Marriage of the Heart, and What the Heart Says.

First Story - A Marriage of the Heart
At the beginning a girl, Abigail Kauffman, is annoyed by a guy (by his casual dismissal of her beauty), Joseph Lambert, and to pay him back she says that "he . . . well . . . just made me feel a little uncomfortable with the way he was kissing me . . . and touching . . . and I . . ." Her father then says he will talk to him and they will be married, but that wasn't what she wanted, but her father said to dress in blue (which is the color for marrying). Now she will have to face his scorn.

This story, when read in full, warms the heart. It made me smile in a lot of different parts of the story. Great story that is well written.


Second Story - A Marriage of the Heart
A blind woman, Ellie Chup, who was in an accident 5 years ago, has learned how to cope with being blind. She has a buisness going called Ellie's Jellies. The jelly is in full demand, one person even wants 4 cases made up. She believes no one will ever want her, since her last fiance didn't want to be with her.

Chris is a guy who blames Isaiah (Ellie's Cousin) for the accident that took his fiance's life (the same one from where Ellie was blinded. He moves away 5 years and finally comes back thinking he may be able to forgive Isaiah, until he finds out his sister is marrying him in 2 weeks.

This was a neat story to read, it captures your interest right from the start with the nightmare mentioned.

Third Story - What the Heart Says.
This is about a middle-aged couple who has no children in their house no longer and sets out to rediscover the love that had brought them together before their children. They have been an upstanding members of the community

All in all good reads but i would say my favorite was the first story, then the second and last (but not least) third.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.

The Way Home (DVD)


A family is leaving for vacation, the father doesn't put the 2 year old boy (there is 3 children in total, but the 2 oldest are in school) in the van as asked by his wife, he lets him play as he goes back in to look at his computer. The son then disappears and the parents start to look, they go and search the house and yard and he doesn't turn up so they go to all their neighbors to see if he has been seen by them and no one has.

After 30 minutes the police is called. Father takes off to look by himself for his 2 year old boy "Joe". Father starts to think about how he was ignoring his children, for his work.

All in all this was a pretty good movie, I got tears in my eyes a few time while watching it.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.

The Butterfly Effect - How Your Life Matters


This book is much like the children's book, except it has more details that are suited towards the adult readers.

This book is about how one choice can change the world we live in, there are many stories in here that link one person's choice to another person's choice who makes the one choice that lead to the story previous to the one that you just read.

Overall a good book, cause it helps you to understand what a butterfly effect is and what it means to the world.



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.

The Boy Who Changed the World


This book has awesome pictures, i got this book as a pdf file for my computer due to all the books being requested before me.

This book is about how one choice can change the world, there are many stories in here that are linked to the one person who made the one choice that lead to the story previous to the one you just read.

Overall a good book, cause it helps kids (and even adults) understand what a butterfly effect means to the world.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.

100 Prayers God Loves to Hear, 100 Praise Songs


This book has wonderful pictures to look at, my daughter loved them. It has many different prayers in it some are ones we knew and others are ones we never seen before. The book is a hard cover. It comes with 2 cds for you to listen to. The songs on those cds are pretty short. My daughter didn't mind them but she isn't into all the much music, but loves being read to and interacting with us while reading the book. (pointing out things).

We read this together. It is a good thing to share with children, so bring this book into your house and check it out.


This book even
has verses from the bible in it.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.

Venom and Song (The Berinfell Prophecies Series - Book Two)


To start with, I didn't read the first book in the series, this is the first I have heard of it, I read this book in two days.

It starts out with with a list and description of the Principal Cast and Principal Locations. It is a great way to help with understanding the book before reading it.

The characters were well described that you can almost picture them in your mind. They 7 lords must find a way to work the powers to each others to work together to defeat the Spider King. There were some nice twists to the book that will keep you reading once you have begun.

I find this book very well written. This book has certain aspects that kind of remind me of a series of books called Everworld. The ending was neat and the very end could mean there will be another book coming to this series. I am thinking of trying to find the first book to read to find out the rest of the information that this second book hinted at.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.

A Summer Secret


I began reading this today. It gives you the info on certain Amish terms that are in the book, that are different than we would be used to seeing. (example: boppli means baby). It starts out in the barn, she is not supposed to be in. She is expected to drop whatever she is doing to help out her family. Mary Beth goes to the barn to escape all this.

The Amish terms are italicized to help them stand out for the readers, so you can go back to the front and look it up if needed.

This is a pretty good story. It is made for youths, but as an adult I still liked it well enough. I won't give the book away, but it has a nice and easy story line to follow. It has a nice ending, which may make you smile.

I have to say I really enjoyed reading this story, and it took me less than a day to finish reading it.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.

Will The World End In 2012?


In this book the author researches 10 different possible end of the world scenarios. They are: The Mayan Factor, Solar Storms, CERN and the Large Hadron Collider, The Predictions of Nostradamus, The Coming Reversal of the North and South Magnetic Poles, Collision with "Planet X", Earth's Alignment with the Galactic Plane, Eruption of the Super Volcano, The Web Bot Project, and last but not least Religious Predictions of the end of the world.

Now it never really answers the question Will The World End In 2012? but I think that this book was very well thought out and researched. Glad to have read it. There was very good points to each scenario that would point one way or another. I never knew there was more than the Mayan calender ending, so that was surprising to learn about. I read this book all in one day, so was a pretty quick read.

I overall was disappointed in the book. I was expecting to see proof that each scenario was untrue, but some he actually supports more. So without it answering the question specifically it is kind of misleading in it's title.



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.