Tuesday, June 29, 2010

New name and look!

How do you like the new look and name of my blog? Since I started last year in august, I haven't been able to stick with one template or background because I didn't feel like it was "me", and the name has been changed about three times. I feel bad for this blog. It hasn't had a real identity for almost a year, but that stops now. I'm so excited about this change and I'm definitely keeping everything the way it is. Oh and the URL is remaining the same.

 So, what do you think?

Monday, June 28, 2010

What Did Jesus Say?

What Did Jesus Say?: Bible Verses On Issues You Deal With. Diane Bay. 
Tyndale House Publishers. March 2010. Paperback. 192 pages.

What Did Jesus Say? is geared toward tweens and teens. This Bible reference book is full of 62 different topics that are relevant to issues teens face these days. They can quickly look up a subject and see what Jesus had to say about it, along with helpful commentary relating to the subject. With scripture taken from the New Living Translation, everything is easy to read and understand. This is such a good reference to go to when teens just want to know what scripture says about topics such as abandonment, sacrifice, hatred, leaders, sin, etc. This is a great resource to provide your teen with, it will encourage them to get into God's word and get a better understanding on what He says about different issues, challenges, and life itself.

My Rating: 4/5 stars

To buy this from the publisher click HERE

(This book was not provided for review purposes. It is one that I won from a blog giveaway.)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Chunkerella


Chunkerella. Cheryl Ware Warner. Dorrance Publishing. September 2006. 
Paperback. 38 pages.

As part of their Book Review Team, Dorrance Publishing sent me a copy of Chunkerella to review. Author, Cheryl Warner, wrote this cute story about how Heidi the dachshund became known as Chunkerella. The only thing this dog cares about is food, food, and more food. She's a talented little dog who knows exactly what she wants and how to get it. This book is a short, quick read and I think kids would enjoy this story about this chunky pup, Chunkerella. 

My Rating: 3/5 stars

To buy this from the publisher click HERE

(This book was provided for review by Dorrance Publishing Co.)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Hand of Fate

Hand of Fate. Lis Wiehl and April Henry. Thomas Nelson. April 2010. Hardcover. 320 pages.


Hand of Fate is the second installment in the Triple Threat series by authors, Lis Wiehl and April Henry. When radio talk show host, Jim Fate, dies after accidentally inhaling poisonous gas that was released into his studio, FBI special agent Nicole Hedges, Federal Prosecutor Allison Pierce, and crime reporter Cassidy Shaw come together to try and solve this murder. With Jim having been so outspoken, many people hated him. The list of possible suspects was very lengthy and these three friends, who call themselves the Triple Threat Club, have the tough job of trying to put the pieces together and find out who did this.

 Even though I haven't read the first book in this series, Face of Betrayal, I didn't feel lost while reading this one. I don't usually read crime novels, but I'm very happy I got to read this one. It's fast-paced with unexpected twists that keep you guessing. It took a lot out of me not to skip through the pages to find out who the murderer was. I definitely recommend this book, it'll keep you wondering literally till the very end.

My Rating: 5/5 stars

To buy this from the publisher click HERE
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(This book was provided for review by Thomas Nelson Publishers.)

Friday, June 18, 2010

It's Here!!



It's officially Friday June 18, 2010. I've been waiting for this day to come for a long time and it's finally here!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE both Toy Story and Toy Story 2 and I know this one will be just as good, maybe even better. I'm hoping to go see it later today with my sister and niece. If I don't go today then I'll definitely be there at the theater doors before they open tomorrow. I can't even put my excitement into words!! Woody, Buzz, Hamm, Slinky, Rex, Mr. Potato Head, Jessie... I'll see you soon!! Toy Story 3 here I come! Are any of you going to see it?

Ahhh...sweet sweet memories.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Hot: She Was Tempted To Give In

Hot. Laura L. Smith. Navpress. May 2010. Softcover. 176 pages

Lindsey Kraus is a sophomore in high school and a dancer in her schools dance team. Ever since her full makeover by her sister Kristine, she went from being the gawky kid in eighth grade to the pretty girl she always dreamed of being. Her new look drew in the boys and they started asking her out. The only problem was that they all seemed to be interested in one thing. Lindsey wanted someone that would listen to her and actually want to know her. Then, while rushing to class one day she ran into Noah Hornung, a Junior in the high schools hockey team. She really didn't know him much, but after that run-in she couldn't stop thinking about him. They began dating and Noah made her feel beautiful and loved. He listened to her and the problems she had at home with her family just seemed to go away when she was with him. One night at their youth group meeting, their pastor talked about the physical relationship God intended for a married couple to have. Lindsey always believed that she would save herself for marriage, but with Noah having already gone too far with another girl, she worries he'll try to pressure her into doing something she'll regret. Will she give in to temptation?

I started reading this book today and finished within an hour. I liked this story a lot, but there were a few things said by the teens that I could have done without. It's kind of sad because when you think about it, a lot of teens these days say and do much worse things, and purity and abstinence are the last thing on their minds. Anyway, the author did a great job and I love that the characters deal with real issues that teens and young adults deal with as well.

My Rating: 4/5 stars

To buy this from the publishers click HERE

(This book was provided for review by Navpress Publishers.)

Monday, June 14, 2010

Repost: Beyond the Pain

Beyond the pain is where I want to take you,
Beyond the pain is where the world won't break you.
Begin to see & envision yourself beyond the pain
That wants to entrap you & keep you bound.

Every day you try your best to live for &
represent the one by whom you were found.

It all begins with a thought, but instead,
give thanks to the one that found you when
you were lost.

He isn't done with you yet,
So when the thoughts, feelings, & emotions
come over you like a wave, remember He said
"don't fret," cuz He's not done with you yet.

Draw near to Him & He will draw near
to you. And with each glory to glory,
He WILL bring you through.

The author of this post is destined4victory.blogspot.com

Friday, June 11, 2010

Pretty Please?


Yesterday I changed my template to one of the new ones Blogger just added. Some of the pictures in a few of the posts got messed up somehow and I keep coming across text in colors that were supposed to be changed. If you come across one of these posts can you leave a comment so I can fix it? Thank you!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Heart Mender: A Story of Second Chances

The Heart Mender. Andy Andrews. Thomas Nelson. May 2010. Hardcover. 256 Pages

About a month ago I entered a book giveaway and won a copy of The Heart Mender. I got it in the mail on Saturday, but I barely got the chance to start reading it today and before I knew it I finished the whole book within a few hours. This has got to be the best book I've read this year. The book starts out with the author sharing how he found buttons, medals and pictures in a tin can while digging up an old tree in his yard. He became curious as to who these belonged to and began researching to find out how they ended up in his yard on the Gulf coast of Alabama. These items led him to two people and their amazing story. 

This story is set in 1942, during World War II. Helen, a young woman who recently lost her husband in the war was recovering emotionally. She was depressed, lonely, and angry at everyone, including God. Josef was a German officer on a U-Boat patrolling the Gulf of Mexico. These two met after Josef was shot by a Nazi observer on the submarine he was on. Helen found him on the ground while on a walk on the beach one night. Despite her hatred toward Germans, she nursed him back to health. As time goes on, these two form an unlikely friendship. The value of forgiveness, and second chances is soon realized by Helen as she begins to have a closer relationship with Josef.

This book is amazing. I couldn't put it down and I had to keep going so I could find out what happened next. Andy Andrews is a wonderful author and I look forward to reading his other books. I believe this story could be turned into a great movie. I would definitely go see it. I highly recommend this book, you will not be disappointed.

My Rating: 5/5 stars

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(This book was not provided for review purposes. It is one that I won from a blog giveaway.)

Poems from the Edge


Poems From The Edge. Ginny C. Worley. Dorrance Publishers. August 2009. Softcover. 40 pages.

This is the second book I've received from Dorrance Publishers to review. Ginny Worely has done a great job expressing her thoughts and feeling about her painful and dark past through this poetry. In the introduction of the book the author explains how she began to write these poems and what it did for her while enduring abuse and neglect. With her writings she's able to reach out to others and show them that they too can make it through the abuse they are facing. This book is short, but it takes you through her journey that was filled with pain, hopelessness and darkness in the beginning and ends with hope and healing. 

My Rating: 3/5

To buy this book from the publishers click HERE

(This book was provided for review by Dorrance Publishing Co.)

The Fruitful Life: The Overflow of God's Love Through You


The Fruitful Life. Jerry Bridges. NavPress. September 2006. Paperback. 192 pages.

It's taken me a while to finish reading this book, but I really liked it a lot. The Fruitful Life is a study focused on the fruit of the Spirit. The author started out by using the first two chapters to "examine how these traits are cultivated through devotion to God." Bridges uses a triangle to represent devotion to God with the three elements as its three points. The fear of God and the love of God form the base of the triangle and the desire for God is at the apex. These three elements are essential in developing a God-centered devotion. The third chapter addresses humility, although it isn't listed as one of the fruit of the Spirit, we wouldn't be able to cultivate the rest of the fruit in our lives without it. 

Chapter's four through eleven are each devoted to examine one of the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness and goodness, faithfulness gentleness, and self-control. I especially like the last chapter, it's about seeking a deeper devotion. How can we grow in our devotion to God? Prayer, meditation on the Scriptures, worship, and quiet time. "Wholehearted God-centeredness bears fruit in our lives - The fruit of the Spirit."  I really like that the author uses plenty of verses to back up everything he says, so you know you're reading a book that is biblically correct. This book would be a great resource to use in a bible study group or in your personal study of Galatians 5:22-23.

My Rating: 4/5 stars

To buy this book from the publisher click HERE

(This book was provided for review by Navpress Publishers.)

Monday, June 7, 2010

A quick note

Hey everyone! I know I haven't posted any reviews lately, but I will soon. I have about 2 books that I'm going to be reviewing within the next few days and a few more within the next week. If anyone's out there reading this... I hope you'll come back soon to read my next reviews and hopefully I'll be able to have a book giveaway too. Can't wait!

Happy Reading!
 
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