Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Book Review: Motivated your Child

Motivate your child by Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller is a parent’s guide for how to get kids to motivate themselves.  Their solution is to teach kids to not look at each situation and what they can get out of it (reward or lack of punishment) but to develop a world outlook on how their actions affect others and then even God’s kingdom. 

I really enjoyed this book.  It has a lot of applicable advice and suggestions on how to talk to your kids and how to get out of the routine of punishment and rewards.  I plan on having my husband reading this book and then us using these tactics to better help our children grow into well behaved, motivated adults.

I would recommend this book to any parent with kids.  Any age.  Any situation.  This book helps kids become aware of their part in the world.  It teaches them to think like an adult in their actions.  This book does have a faith based application in it which I also really enjoy. 

Note: I was given a copy of this book to read and review.  The opinions said above are my own and I was not compensated for positive review.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Book Review: Living Well, Spending Less

Living Well, Spending Less by Ruth Soukup is a wonderful book that lists 12 secrets of the good life.  In in she discusses 6 secrets that help you live better and 6 secrets about spending less.
I really enjoyed this book.  At first I picked it because one, I liked the title, and two; I liked the look of the cover.  After I opened it her personality and ability to weave personal stories with good common sense with scripture had me hooked.  Although I have done most things she suggests in the past, it makes me want to reevaluate my life and make better long term goals, work on a more available lifestyle for my family and friends, and spend less because things will not bring me happiness.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is overwhelmed with life, kids, cooking, cleaning, money, spending, time management, in other words life.
Ruth also runs a successful blog with the same name (livingwellspendingless.com). I was not familiar with this blog before but now I plan on being a daily follower.

 Note: I was given a copy of this book for free to read and review.  The opinions above are my own and I was not compensated for a positive review

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Book Review: Keep it Shut

Keep It Shut; what to say, when to say it, and when to say nothing at all by Kathy Ehman is a book that using biblical examples about how, when, and what we should say (or not say).  Through stories and people in the bible, along with some personal stories, she weaves together a picture about the importance of our words and how they can hurt or heal, mend or tear apart, encourage or destroy so many things.  She uses examples of David, Joseph,   ____ to show biblical examples of using words correctly, using words incorrectly, and how silence used correctly is stronger than anything you could have said.

I enjoyed this book.  I found it easy to read and her style of writing very conversational.  I have learned a lot about this book and how to guard my words more closely.  I hope her words and verses quoted help tame my tongue and my heart.

I would recommend this book to all of my friends and family.  Words are something everyone needs to work on.  Such a small piece of the body has so much power.  But more importantly it connects to the heart and show it to everyone who hears.

Note: I was given a copy of this book for free to read and review.  The opinions above are my own an I was not compensated for a positive review.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Book Review: It will be okay

It will be okay; Trusting God through fear and change by Lysa TerKeurst is the story of a seed that loves his safe home inside the dry barn and little fox who is scared of the forest and shadows.  When little fox finds a home in the barn with the seed they become friends.  But one day when the farmer takes the seed outside they don’t know what to do.  But the trust the farmer and are amazed by their futures.

I really loved this book.  I have read adult books by Lysa TerKeurst before and enjoyed them.   This children’s book is even better. It has a great message that is easily understood for children.  She has taken two complicated subjects to talk about with children and make them relatable.  After reading this book to my kids once it became a family staple. We read it all the time.

I am excited to have this book in my collection.  I can’t wait to see what Lysa will come up with next.

Side Note: The pictures are also beautiful. Very well drawn and whimsical.

Note: I did receive a copy of this book to read and review.  The opinions above are my own and I was not compensated for a positive review.

Book Review: Discipleship

Discipleship: Living for Christ in the Daily Grind by J. Heinrich Arnold is a compilation of thoughts from the author. Heinrich Arnold spent most of his life in a community in Germany that lived by the Acts 2 and 4 community. In 1963 he was asked to become their pastor and preached for over 20 years until his death. He was known for always showing love and grace, always pointing his congregation to Christ, and always speaking truthfully, even if it was painful to hear.

This book is set up by topics with messages from the author, lists of scripture, and letters from community followers who had written him. From the original description provided by the publisher I was surprised by the book and its layout. But I have really enjoyed it so far. His views on many topics would be considered very conservative but re based on well rooted biblical principles. I enjoyed picking a topic and reading the scripture and verses with how they apply. His views on topics are directed to individuals and whole congregations.

  All and all I enjoy this book. Although I may read though some sections from page to page (is that what you call the middle of a book’s cover to cover?) but mostly it will be used as a reference book on specific topics. His book is meant to challenge and it will if you focus your mind and heart on the topics discussed in the book. Note: I was given a copy of this book to read and review. The opinions written above are my own an I was not compensated for a positive review.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Book Review: Plush NIrV Bible

The Plush NIrV bible published by Zondervan bibles is a newly adapted bible. It is the NIV bible that has been adapted to use a language when necessary for easier reading. The publisher has a set reading level that of an average eight year old. If the language of the NIV was acceptable it was not unnecessarily corrected. At first I got this bible thinking it was going to fully revised from the original NIV. I was happily surprised when I compared it to a NIV bible in my house and found it word for word (in the passages I picked). I got this bible for my 8-year-old daughter. I think it will be a perfect fit for her. She loves reading her story bibles but has been asking for an “adult” bible. I think this is going to be the perfect step up to an adult bible. I would recommend this book to anyone who is starting to learn to read and wants to be able to read and understand the entire bible. This book, although originally marketed for eight to ten year old kids, can also be used for anyone who is starting to learn to read. Note: I did get a copy of this book from the publisher to read and review. The opinions above are my own and I was not compensated for a positive review.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Book Review: Nature Girl

Nature Girl; A guide to caring for God’s creation by Karen Whiting ad Rebecca White is a collection of recipes, tips, how-tos, and scripture to help a young girl become better about how to creatively and practically makes changes on her/our lives to help the earth. This book covers electricity saving tips to make your own spa day supplies.

I got this book hoping my 8 year old daughter would like it.  She is very sensitive and aware of the nature. She always wants to save the animals and pick up litter.  I thought this book would in line with that.   I found some of the suggestions very obvious – turn off the lights when you leave a room- and some more enlightening.  I like that they covered alternative energy (even if my daughter isn’t going be the one paying for a solar or wind power system). I also like that they outlined some of the jobs your can have in fields that help with alternative energy and conservation. 

I did have a few things about the book that bothered me.  One, and this may be my “thing” but, one some of the recipes it calls for ingredients such as Crisco.  Crisco??!!  You specifically list un-petroleum jelly but Crisco is okay?  Why not coconut oil with some bees wax?  My other main issue in this book is there has to be a fine line that I don’t feel was thoroughly discussed.  For instance one of the tips is to leave bits of trash and string out for birds to make colorful nests with but there is a fine line between leaving a piece of string out and littering.  Plus, colorful string and other things are not natural materials to birds’ nests and the environment.  I feel like they do more harm than help in most cases.

All and all I am giving this book to my daughter (Merry Christmas).  I hope she enjoys it and I look forward discussing a lot of these topics in detail with her.  Pros and cons. 


Note: I was given a copy of this book to read and review from the publisher.  The opinions above are my own and I was not compensated for a positive review.