Monday, November 23, 2015

Book Review: Andi Unstoppable

Andi Unstoppable; an Andi Boggs Series by Amanda Flower is the third book in the Andi Boggs series.  Andi is at it again with her best friend Colin.  Andi and Colin were teamed with Andi’s classroom rival, Ava, to get a picture of rare bird that was recently seen in the town.  As the class races to be the first group to find the bird, they all worry about the legend of the ghost that haunts the woods.

I really enjoyed this book.  I chose to read with my 9 year old daughter. I first read it to make sure it was appropriate.  What I got was a great age appropriate mystery novel we will all enjoy.  I had not heard of this series before but now we plan to start from the beginning and read all of them.

I plan on putting this book on my gift list for nieces and nephews for Christmas this year. 

Note: I was given a copy of this book to read and review.  The opinions above are my own and I was not compensated for a positive review.  For more information about the review program please visit

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Life is _____: 40 day devotional

I pre released received a copy of this book to review.  I love it.  The devotionals are insightful, funny, easy to read, and full of great messages.  This is meant for a quick devotional.  You will not spend hours translating from the original Greek or Hebrew.  You will read a story and how it relates to Jesus and our lives.  You will read scripture and see how it weaves into our lives and how we act.
I was looking for something like this.  Something I could read quickly in the morning or evening to help get my mind on the right path.  This is perfect.  I have enjoyed all the devotions and had the anecdotes or little phrases from them pop up in my mind all week.  This is a good sign of how the Spirit can use these words to impact your life.
I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for the same.  Again this is not digging into the bible something that will take hours.  Each devotional is about 3 pages to read and then followed by 3-5 questions that you can think about, journal, or spend time in if you choose.

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

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Book Review: NIrV Faith Builders Bible

The Faith Builders Bible by Zondervan is a children's complete New International Reader's Version bible.  This book includes 24 full color photos of bible stories made out of Legos.  It also includes "brick building" verses it encourages the readers to read.

I have reviewed NIrV bibles in the past.  I enjoy the translation that makes it easier for moderate readers to understand.  This bible is no different.  What separates this bible from the others is the fun cover and included pictures.  In the front of the bible it also includes a Lego diagram of the books of the bible and how they are grouped.  This bible is great for any Lego loving kid out there.  The size is also nice so it can fit in a bag or easier carried with growing hands.

I do have to say I was a bit disappointed in this bible.  Maybe I didn't read the description closely enough but I was expecting a lot more Lego pictures then are included.  This is not a Bricks picture story book.  This is a bible with a few pictures.  That's not bad,  just not what I was expecting.

All in all I have many nephews and a son who will love this book.

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

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Book Review: Spent Matches

For my next book review I chose Spent Matches by Roy Moran.  I really really wanted to like this book and be fired up by its message. The publisher, Thomas Nelson, explains the book as

Spent Matches explores the possibility that a few small paradigm shifts within the church might make the difference between extinction and effectiveness. In fact, taking a clue from the automobile industry, the church might be able to not only halt the rapid decay in attendance but also become an effective tool in achieving Jesus' final command. For instance, the Hybrid car has become the answer to Detroit's environmental and oil crisis issues. Finding the synergy between two technologies, gas and electric has created a new day for the auto industry. Likewise, Spent Matches explores how the church can find synergy between two seemingly competing thoughts: an invitation to come and a command to go. The Hybrid metaphor brings energy to the church's mission and an explanation to the age-old argument of Missional versus Attractional methods.
After waiting excitedly I decided to take this book on a trip to read.  Two 2 hour flights would be the perfect time to spend on it.  But I couldn’t.  I could not get into this book.  From the start I wasn’t engaged.  I tried skipping to what I thought was the good stuff but still I found myself forcing my eyes to stay on the page.

I think part of the problem is I may not have been the key audience for this book but I thought my enthusiasm for the topic would make up for some of that.  Sadly it did not.  I will be passing this book onto my friends who may appreciate the message a bit more than I did. 

I’m sorry Roy Moran.  I really really wanted to Love you book.  

Friday, September 18, 2015

The Prince who was just himself

This book reminds me of the stories my mother would make up and tell me while trying to teach a great lesson.  And that exactly what the author did.  Silke Schnee used her experience of her children, one with down syndrome, to highlight the good attributes in all.  And even though the youngest prince is a little different, he can do amazing things too.  Everyone has their own perspective on life. Just because he has down syndrome doesn't make his just as important and unique.

I enjoyed this book.  It was filled with love towards the little prince. I think it is a great way to start discussions with my kids about how to interact, treat, and think of children who are different then themselves. The book itself never says the little boy had down syndrom

Friday, August 28, 2015

Book Review: The Bones will Speak

The Bones Will Speak by Carrie Stuart Parks is the second book in the crime solving series of Gwen Marcey. This time, while Gwen after Gwen’s dog finds human remains in the woods behind her house she stumbles upon a girl clinging to life in the woods.  Gwen is most startled by the find because of the uncanny similarities of the injured girl and her daughter.  As the search for the torturer continues Gwen and her daughter get sucked into the mystery.

This book had me in the first chapter.  I had not read the first book but instantly knew what was going on and who the characters were.  This book was hard to put down once I started reading.  I also enjoyed such a well written mystery/forensic anthropology book without the language or vulgarity that can sometimes be found in them.

I am a fan of Carrie Stuart Parks and Gwen Marcey Mystery novels. I can’t wait till the next installation.  I will definitely be reading the first book soon.

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

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Book Review: Blueprint for life

The Blueprint for Life;  How to align your passions, gifts, and calling with eternity in mind by Michael Kendrick is a book to help the reader exam their lives and find the passions and talents in the lives and them apply them to their daily lives and ministry.

So many people assume the use of their talents in ministry is limited to pastors, choir directors, and other people who work for the church.  How could a businessman, a scientist, a garbage man use their job as a ministry?  The author does an amazing job walking the reader through the book, searching their lives to find out what they are passionate for and then applying that passion for Christ. 

Michael Kendrick is a successful businessman who loves stock markets, number crunching, and making a deal.  After retiring at an early age and getting bored really fast he realized that God had made him unique with these passions and talents and they he could apply them to his Christian walk.  He went back to business and started applying these gifts to helping people and showing Jesus in everything that they do.

I think before reading this book I was on the cusp of this idea.  I am a scientist and I love showing people how amazing God is for creating science.  I see my husband use is passion and gift of carpentry to help out so many people in our community and abroad.  But these are special occasional things.  How do we apply it to our every day?  And that is where this book comes in.

I really enjoyed this book.  I found it hard to put down and every easy to read.  I am excited to reread this book and pass it on to my friends and family.  I hope that they all apply his applications to their lives as I am starting to do the same in mine.

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