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It’s been a long time…but summer is over and it’s time for another book review.

This time I decided to review a devotional.  Now…obviously it’s a 365 day devotional and I haven’t done all 365 days of it but I did do a week’s worth and let me tell you I’m impressed.  First…let me introduce the book: Live second by Doug Bender

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I am a hard one to impress devotional wise.  There are a few things I look for when I go to buy a new devotional book.

I like a scripture PASSAGE to read.  Not just a verse…a passage.  Something that will make me actually open my Bible…read it, think about it and then give me something to think about as well.  I have had a few devotionals that just give me one verse and then do the whole devotional for the day on that one verse.  Or I’ve had ones where they just give one scripture reference and I have to look up one verse.  Let me just tell you that I’m lazy.  For one verse..I will not look it up.  Or the worse one that I’ve read gave me a scripture verse but actually wrote it out on the top.  How is that bad  you may ask?  It’s not so much that…it’s when the author decided to put her own word in parenthesis.  I do not like that.  However, this devotional gives you a passage, makes you look it up, gives you a topic to read about (as in the actual devotional part of it) and then asks two questions afterwards.  I like that.  I like that alot.  It gets me actively involved in the word of God.

When I first started the devotional day one was to watch a Youtube video on the I am second series.  (Good series and short videos. If you haven’t watched them…you really should.)  And then asks questions about the video and how you can apply it to your life.  Not every day is like that but it’s a good change of pace when it does happen.  I also like that it gives you a QR code to scan into your phone or mobile device (as well as the actual address) so you can just scan it in.  Nice touch Mr. Bender!

Another thing that I liked about it is that it’s on my kindle.  Now…you can get it in any format of your choosing but I decided to review it on my kindle.  Let me tell you why I absolutely love it on my kindle device.  This comes back to the lazy part but I like that I can just hit my home button on my device and then go to my devotions…and when I’m done I can hit home again and go back to my book.  Super nice!!

Another thing I liked was that after the questions were asked they posted a hashtag so that you can connect with others on twitter with your answers.  So I can look up what others have say about the topic that I just read.

The only thing that I didn’t like that it seemed to ask the same two questions over and over again in the first week that I did it.  After the third day I just didn’t think about the questions any more.  They could have had more effective questions applying to the topic…even though the general overall topic was living second to Jesus.

This devotional is easy to understand….easy to apply to your daily life and just great.  I will continue doing it even after this review is published.  I highly recommend it.

I give it a five out of five suckers.

sucker5Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com® <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Time for a book review!

This time I picked up the book:  Dear Deb by Margaret Terry.

Deb goes to Margaret’s church and has announced to her group that she has cancer.  She wants and believes in a miracle.  Margaret befriends her and starts writing letters to her to encourage her daily and give her something to look forward to each day as she fights the fight that is taking her life.

This was a different book than what I originally thought it would be.  When I first read the review for it I thought it would be a book where Deb, the woman with cancer, is writing back and forth to Margaret.  However this is not the case.  This is a bunch of letters that Margaret wrote to Deb about Margaret’s own life and the many things she has overcome.

Throughout these letters Margaret is encouraging Deb and also encouraging the reader.  She tells of what it’s like to be a mother, to go through divorce and how she eventually came back to God.

This was an easy read, however I really enjoyed it. I felt like I was sitting down with Margaret, enjoying a cup of coffee while she told me about her life.   I also enjoyed how, without even knowing it, the words that God had given to Margaret encouraged me…even though the letters were not written for me.  They challenged me to examine my life, to think about things and to change some things around.

If you need a light read and want to be encouraged along the way….pick up this book.  Margaret Terry is an amazing author and I can’t wait for her next book!

I give this book 4 out of 5 lollipops!

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Gabriel Clarke’s life started out as any other.  A boy and his father…bonding….doing the things boys do.  Enjoying the outdoors.  His father was a white water rafting guide and enjoyed being on the river almost more than anything else.  One day Gabriel and his father were climbing the rocks by the river and some unexperienced kayakers were going down the river…headed right to the falls.  Gabriel’s father told Gabriel to stay put up by the rocks as he went down to help them.  That was the last time Gabriel saw his father.

The book fast forwards to Gabriel’s life now living with  his mom and helping out at a farm.  It deals with how Gabriel tries to get over his father’s death but really just can’t manage to do so.  He doesn’t fit in, he’s scared of water and he just wants the only person back he ever really relied on.

After high school a few of Gabriel’s friends invite him to go back to the river for a weekend get away.  Gabriel doesn’t want to but he does…and he experiences the same joy that his father had when he was on the river.  He loves it…wants more of it and eventually gets a summer job working at the camp.

Little did he know that summer would change his life.

This is a good book, although it’s a bit slow.  I don’t know if that was because I really wasn’t into reading it at the time or if it really went slow.  However, I thought that the author could have left a lot of the story out…(filler stuff) and it still would have been effective.  I also felt like this book was trying hard to be like “The Shack” as in the River was obviously a metaphor for Jesus, and the author makes you believe that this is a real story that happened, but in actuality it is fiction.

It was a good read….not really that deep for what I thought it would be.  Probably not something I would read again, but that’s just my opinion.

All in all, I give the book 3 out of 5 lollipops.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Seems that all I’m doing on here is book reviews lately but really I’m just kinda relaxing this summer and catching up on some reading.  Ok well I’m not really relaxing that much as I am still babysitting…but even facebook has taken a second door to my favourite books lately.

I decided to review Cruel Harvest by Fran Grubb for this review.

Let me just start off by saying I could not put this book down!  This real life story is about the life of Frances Grub who went through hell and back in her personal life.  Her dad was not a nice man at all and that’s putting it very mildly.  From the very first word to the very last word Frances has you hooked on everything her life entailed and you feel her sadness, frustration, anger and once in a while happiness.

Frances father is a mean alcoholic who takes his anger out on his family…kids and babies included.  Through this book it is very clear that there is no love in this man’s heart for his family and he will stop at nothing to release his anger on them.

Frances, her sisters and brothers are moved from farm to farm to work almost all day in the cotton fields and apple orchards only to give all their money to their dad who blows it on alcohol…meanwhile they have nothing to eat for days on end and are sleeping on an old moth eaten blanket on the floor.  All the years she lived with her father and mother she didn’t have a normal life of freedom and play…the very things that all kids should have.  Instead she spent most of her life in fear.

This is a horrible book as far as what one family must endure just to get through life and it is also a beautiful book because it teaches about the love of Jesus Christ and about the joy and freedom of forgiveness.  Through all the things that Frances and her family go through I don’t think in the book it is mentioned that she questioned God once.  Instead she sought him out.  She reached out for Him and found Him later on in life.

If you need an extra Christmas present this year or just want a really good book to read…read this book!  You won’t be sorry that you did.  And, if you are looking for somebody to come speak at your church for a woman’s ministry…this might be the woman you are looking for!

Laura

I give this book a 5 out of 5 suckers!


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <
http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Another book review!  🙂


This book is a true story about a mother who works full time as a writer for Day of Our lives and has four teenagers at home.  She has two biological children (one with autism) and two adopted children.  She has one adopted son from overseas and one adopted daughter from overseas as well who has a missing leg and deformed fingers.

She does a great job at balancing work and family life until her college age daughter announces that she is pregnant and plans on keeping the baby.  Also she plans on marrying the baby’s father whom, according to her mother, she barely knows.

That’s enough to throw Dena (the mother) over the edge.  She lands in the hospital…that’s how the story begins.

Through the rest of the book Dena shares with us how she planned her daughter’s wedding as well as running her kids everywhere they needed to be….while trying to maintain her job and afterwards be the grandmother that she needs to be.

Although this book had some great little lessons in it…it’s not a book I would recommend to anybody.  The writing was horrible and really….every mother goes through things that may throw her over the edge…but we all don’t write a book about it.  The only thing different about Dena and other mothers is that she was a writer for a soap opera.  I don’t know if she thinks that gives her a great opportunity to write a book but really she shouldn’t have bothered.

I learned one valuable lesson from this book and I’ll share it with you free of charge so you won’t have to go buy this book.

Here it is:

When you’re a grandmother forget about the cleaning of your house, the errands you have to do and just play with your grandchildren.  Remember (in most cases) you send them home afterwards….take the time to enjoy them and love them and play with them.  Spoil them…that’s what grandparents are for!

If you think you still want to read this book you can have my copy.  😉

I give this book 1 sucker out of 5…just for the valuable lesson I learned above.  That’s all.


Laura

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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It’s time for another book review!

This time I had the opportunity to review “The 13th Tribe” by Robert Liparulo.

This book is set in modern time but yet the characters have been around for over 3500 years.  How is this possible?  They are immortal.  They have been since Moses went up the mountain to get the 10 commandments.  While Moses was up on Mt. Sinai the twelve tribes got tired of waiting and began worshiping a golden calf.  Many died immediately but forty of them were sentenced to endless life on earth with no chance of ever seeing the face of God.  They are called the 13th tribe.

These group of people have been trying to earn their way into heaven ever since.  They believe that the only way they can do it is by killing sinners.  They feel like God will honor them if they do this for him….not quite grasping the concept of grace…or that you can’t get into Heaven by your “good works”.  They are brilliant people who have done many things in history to get rid of “sinners”…and have a master plan in motion to get rid of huge amount…thus hoping to earn God’s great favour on them.

Insert the main character…Jagger.  He is a security guard on an archaeological dig near Mount Sinai.  He is to protect the land and the people that are there digging.  Little does he know that him and his family will be thrown into the plans of the 13th tribe…by accident…or is it?

This the first book that I have read by Robert Liparulo and honestly I was not a big fan.  I felt like added more detail than necessary, thus making the book much longer than it really needed to be.  I believe there an author can over describe…and feel this is was Liparulo has done in this case.

I felt like it took forever to get to a plot and then when it happened I felt like it was over with a snap of the fingers.  The rest of the story carried on…not very entertaining…or keeping me hooked until the very end.  The plot thickened, things were discovered that I think were supposed to be shocking but were not really, and then the book was over without explaining how some things ended.

All in all I think this was a very weak book.    I’m a huge Ted Dekker fan and was excited to read this book because he wrote a review on the back cover saying he recommended this.  Because of this, I thought this was going to be an excellent book, but it turned out to be a very disappointing read for me.  However, if you like books by Frank Peretti then you will probably like this book. Definitely not a book I will read again.  That being said, if I had a chance to read some of Robert Liparulo’s other books for free I may do so if recommended by a friend.

I give this book  3 out of 5 lollipops.

 Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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This is my first time reading a book by Dorothy Love and I can definitely say if I found another one for a good price or found one at my library I would read it.  I love the old fashion feel of the book, the way you can imagine Carrie interacting and living out her life back in the days when the women had to do just as much as the men.  I love her attention to artistic detail and found it very easy to imagine everything that she was trying to describe.

This book is about a woman named Carrie who lost both of her parents when she was younger.  All that was left in her world was her brother, Henry and herself.  They lived together for quite sometime until Henry was married to a widow named Mary.  Mary and her two sons moved into the house with Henry and after a few incidents Carrie decided that five was a crowd and moved out to try to make it on her own.

A mysterious man named Griff arrives and instantly has the whole town talking.  They don’t like the looks of him but instantly Carrie and Griff are smitten with each other.  There are only two problems:  All the rumors that Carrie has heard about Griff and the fact that Carrie is promised to another man, although she hasn’t exactly said “yes” yet.

This is a great story about how faith and trusting in God can lead to great things in the end, however stormy the trail may seem in the beginning.

The only trouble I had was feeling like I didn’t know some of the background stories on some of the characters in the book.  I didn’t realize until after I had read the authors notes at the back that this was another book in a line of stories that the author had written.  Other than that it was a great book and like I said I will definitely pick up another one of Dorothy Love’s books.

I give this book 5 out of 5 lollipops.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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