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.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Book Review: From this day forward

From This Day Forward; five commitments to fail proof marriage by Craig and Amy Groeschel is a look at what a marriage really means and what matters.  IF each spouse is committed to their five pillars the marriage will be solid and happy.

This book is a great short (~150 pages) book about what the true focus of a Christian marriage should be.  I found the flow and writing very easy to read and the five topics easy in theory, hard in practice.  They are things we always strive for in a marriage.  I also really liked how this book is about growing ad building a marriage had application to couples already married, to people about the enter into marriage, and for people who are single but are hoping to prepare themselves (spiritually, not can bake a great pie prepare) for a the future spouse. 

I really enjoyed this book. I hope to pass this book on to friends, married and single, to read, enjoy, and be strive for the five pillars of marriage described in this book.

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.

Book Review: The Wisdom of Sadhu

The Wisdom of Sadhu: Teachings of Sundar Singh by Sundar Singh is the collection of stories and teachings by Sundar Singh.  Sundar left his home of wealth in the early 20th century to live the life of a wondering holy man. During these times he re retells his mystical like encounters with Jesus and the stories of thousands of people following him.  He was visited by people from all over the world to hear his teachings.  He was known in his lifetime as the most famous convert to Christianity.

I was a little hesitant about getting this book.  It’s not the normal kind of book I usually read.  In the end I really struggled getting through this book.  I found the book jumped around from different subjects and stories.  I also found the flow and language very hard to easily read.  In general I liked a few of the sayings and quotes in this book but ultimately found the book so tedious and distractible that I only made it through about half of the book.    I hope this book has a great impact on many people.


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.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Book Review: Southern Foodie's Guide to the Pig

Southern Foodie’s Guide to the Pig: Culinary tour of 50 of the South’s best restaurants and the recipes by Chris Chamberlain is exactly what the title says.  It’s a book with recipes and stories from 50 of the greatest BBQ chefs/pit masters in the south. This book combines recipes, with personal stories, history, and culinary lessons. 

When I opened this book I was expecting a cookbook with a few cute tips and stories.  This is so much more.  This book includes real history and knowhow from some of the most acclaimed BBQ/pig connoisseurs in the country.  The first couple chapters cover the anatomy of the pig and how to build your own pit to roast a whole pig.   They describe techniques, reasons why parts are cooked one way and not another, and lots of amazing basic recipes.  I am so excited about this book.  Plus it’s more than… “Here’s a BBQ sauce recipe. Here’s a pulled pork recipe…”  It’s got how to make your own bacon and hams too.

I am so excited about owning this book and adding it to my collection. I have already told my husband to be prepared to build me a BBQ pit.  The material list (approximately) is included in the book.  I cannot wait to try out all the new recipes; Rubs, injections, sauces, etc.  They all look so good.

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