Thursday, November 26, 2015

Book Review: Adventuring Through The Bible

This is a great resource for studying the Bible. Each of the books are given an overview and an outline. There is also a timeline which follows some of the more important events in the Bible. There are questions to use for further thought or discussion and ways to use each of the books in a person's life. Included are a number of different reading plans to help fit a person's need.

I was given this book by NetGalley and Discovery House Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

Adventuring Through the Bible is an excellent comprehensive guide to the Bible. 

Signs of the times: the end and a new beginning--Revelation. 

I love every aspect of this book. It is a great resource for studying the Bible, and gaining deeper understanding of the Bible. You can choose to use this book alongside your Bible while studying or you read his description and snapshot of the book you want to study before reading your Bible each day. However you choose to use it, this book is great resource for all. For me, I read about the book I want to study before beginning. This helps me to understand the context of the Scripture better.
This guide is a great tool and like a snapshot of each book of the Bible. It gives you a brief overview and great analogies of each book
The author is very thorough in his explanation of the Bible, book by book. The expanded edition which I have in an ebook format is loaded with maps and charts, discussion questions, life application and sidebars, as well as some beautiful color photographs of the Holy Land. 
I love how the author describe how the old and new testament compliment each other. 
The book has different Bible reading plans, that many readers will find very helpful if they are interested in reading the Bible in one year. 
For a reader-friendly guide to the Bible, the average Bible reader will find Adventuring Through the Bible a useful addition to his or her library. 
I feel this is a good resource for anyone wanting to learn about the bible, or just wanting to discover a new way to study it. 
I would recommend this to libraries, churches, Pastors and individuals. 
Buying this book will be a great addition and resource to your library and will come handy whenever you need it. 
I received this book from the publisher through NETGALLERY for this review.
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Book Review: 40 fun Fables: Tales that Trick, Tickle and Teach

I was looking forward to reading this book. However, I did not feel like it lived up to its title, especially the part which states it tickles. There were lessons throughout the stories, but I don't see children keeping their attention on the stories with so few colorful illustrations. In addition, I did not see anything that would draw children into them.

I was given this book by NetGalley and August House in exchange for my honest review.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Book Review: Only with Blood

The time of "The Troubles" was devastating, for all. When I first read about this time, I could only think of how bad people were to be willing to kill others. I forgot that they were all PEOPLE and there are two sides to every story.

Only With Blood pulled me into to a time when a man needed to have a heir to pass their property on to. Jack Flynn, dying with tuberculosis has decided to purchase Caitlin Spillane, a 17 year old who wanted to go to university.

Along comes Donal Kelly, with ties to the IRA, who also has desires for Caitlin. 

This book talks about a difficult time and the effects on many different types of people.

I feel everyone should read a book like this so they can understand a bit of what this country felt.

I was given this book by NetGalley and Lion Hudson PLC in exchange for my honest review. 

Book Review: Capturing Jasmina

This is a riveting story. I could not put it down because it opened my eyes with every page. The topic, human trafficking, is not an easy one to approach, yet it surrounds us. Most of the victims are not in the business by choice. This books begs for prayers all of the way through it. I know all the victims have mine.

I was given this book by NetGalley and BJU Press in exchange for my review. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Book Review: 365 Pocket Prayers for Women

I love this little book and I feel every woman needs a copy. I received an ebook version of this, but in my life this makes more sense than a book for my purse as I have difficulties holding hard copies of books. I always have my Kindle Fire with me and to have this reference close at hand helps me find the perfect prayer for every need everyday.

Each entry is short enough to read through quickly, yet the message will stay with the reader throughout the day as they reflect. There are days when I want to go back to a reading from another day, the words stay with me so well.

This book can be started at any time of the year as the entries are not dated, which also makes it handy if you are looking for an entry to speak to you. It covers issues that women face every day, including family.

I was given this book by NetGalley and Tyndale House Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

Book Review: Thirteen Ways of Looking Colum McCann

This is a collection of four short stories by Colum McCann. Each is as good as the others. The characters are all well-developed, which does not always happen with short stories.

McCann has such a lyrical way of writing that help to keep the reader involved in these dark stories. It was so wonderful to see where each of the stories was heading, even if the characters did not.

I would recommend this collection to everyone. I was given this book by NetGalley and Random House Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

Book Review: The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss

I had mixed feelings about this book. I loved the story line but the language throughout and the one-liners did not connect with me.

Having made it through that, though, this book was funny. Dahlia Moss is a heroine who does not come across answers easily. She almost trips over the mystery in this book, as well as most of her life.

I don't want to give away a story line in this book but I will say that she is a millennial, unemployed and crashing at her friends place. She never does well on job interviews. She is to find a 3D printed spear from a video game.

All the characters are fun to laugh with, except for one or two.

I would recommend this to anyone that enjoys playing computer games and is not put off by occasional uses of  bad language.

I was given this book by NetGalley and Redhook Books in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Book Review: The Bronte Plot

Lucy Ailling sells antique books for Sid in Chicago. Generally she keeps inventory and welcomes people to the store but there is more. From as far back as she could remember she thought of books as friends, sometimes more than actual people.

As a lover of history, literature and England I felt like I was totally absorbed into the book. There are sensual descriptions in the book but I still would recommend this book to most of my friends.

I was given this book by NetGalley and Thomas Nelson - fiction in exchange for my honest review.

Book Review: Journeys with Celtic Christians Participant

When I first discovered the Celtic faith, I was a little wary. That is until I discovered about their journey in conversion to Christianity.

This book, Journeys with Celtic Christians, talks about the similarities between the original Celtic faith and how it changed through the introduction of Christianity. They discuss the spread of faith throughout the areas of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and parts of England up to the 11th century.

The author was able to compare the Celtic Christians with the faith that many of us know and the similarities are amazing.

My daughter and I traveled the UK ten years ago so she could do research on the Celts. Being a history buff myself, I was amazed at how little I knew about this group of people. After she whetted my curiosity I have done extensive research of my own on this people and their faith. The author's viewpoint is right on and I truly enjoyed reading this book and will be referring to it for years to come.

I was given this book by NetGalley and Abingdon Press in exchange for my honest review.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Book Review: A Place We Knew Well

I have never read a historical novel set in a time like this. Late October 1961. Not a great time to be living in Florida as the United States and Cuba were setting up for a deadly game of cat and mouse.

Susan Carol McCarthy used this time and place to create her novel. People were picking up signs of something happening, even before it was announced. People were leaving in droves, filling stations were not able to receive fuel, yet a semblance or normalcy was trying to take place. Wes, a veteran who was part of the bombing of the cities in Japan, now owned a Texaco station. His wife, Sarah, is having a nervous breakdown. There daughter Kitty is a teenager who is looking forward to homecoming.

The events that transpire are tragic as we feel how they could change the people, not only in Florida and Cuba, but around the world, for all time.

McCarthy built her characters slowly but yet I felt a true sense of  feeling what her characters were feeling all along the way. I could not put the book down, once I began.

Anyone that would like to see a different perspective of the Cuba Missile Crisis should read this book. As should anyone that enjoys historic novels or very good writing.

I was given this book by NetGalley and Random House Publishing in exchange for my honest review,

Friday, November 20, 2015

Book Review: Making It Home (Book One in the TIME TO TIME SERIES) Suzanne Roche

This is an enjoyable book to read. It is a great way to introduce children to the concept of living in different times. I found myself falling into the book early on.

In this book two brothers and their stepsister, with the aid of an old relic, travel back to the early 20th century. While here they discover the life of immigrants during this time.

As with other books that I have had on my ebook reader, the pictures were not clear but I think this would be resolved by buying a hard copy of the book. Overall, I think young readers will enjoy it.

I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

Snow Beach - Part one The Mauritius Migrants

Aimee de Roseville has decided to return to the country she grew up in. She wanted to receive her inheritance, which was stolen by her Uncle Paul. She is on her way to find out why he took it. However, answers are not always as straight forward as we expect.

This is a debut novel by Sophie Cayeux and I believe she did a remarkable job. She has a wonderful sense of description and humor in this book about a woman's journey to self-discovery.

I was given this book by NetGalley and Snow Beach Publication Limited in exchange for my honest review. 

Book Review: Airplane Rides: Observations from Above

I was a little disappointed in this book. In the introduction he mentions hearing many stories on his travels as a businessman. I also believed that he was going to learn lessons from the stories other passengers shared with him.  Instead, I felt like he was judgmental of the others, instead.

I was looking forward to reading this book and all the stories but it did not live up to my expectations.

I was given this book by NetGalley and AuthorBuzz in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Book Review: Love in the Details

This novella is a part of A Year of Weddings Novella. Generally, novellas that stand alone irritate me because they are so predictable and the emotions which  tie me to the character are missing. Becky Wade has overcome these shortcomings.

The feelings that are expressed are proper for the people in the book as is the dialogue. This funny, touchy, romantic book is exactly what I needed at this time.

I was given this book by NetGalley and Zondervan in exchange for my honest review.