Friday, February 26, 2010


I just finished reading the Book Abigail by Jill Eileen Smith. Abigail is about Davids wife, who first married Nabal and her struggles with him and his anger. Then tells a story of her life with David and how she felt with him taking so many wives. Questioning throughout the book if she made the right choices? She follows him through many of his struggles and also rejoices in his victories. The book tells of their love for each other as well as their love and devotion to God.
  I loved this book, I started it early in the morning and was finished it by that evening. I could not put this book down! We get a glimps into what life could have been like for Abigail and the struggles she would have faced being married to a king. Not only that, but Jill Eileen Smith does an awsome job of following scripture well! She doesn't twist scripture to fit her story line, rather draws from what the scripture says to creat this story. It is extreamly well written and so very captivating! I can't even put into words how impressed I am with how she created this story. I wouldn't quite say its a romance novel, because it was so much more than that. I look forward to reading more books from this author in the future!! I highly highly recommend this book!!!

*Available now at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Songbird under a German Moon - my honest opinion

 This book is about a young woman who's gone to entertain the troops. Its her dream to support the troops in this way and she's given the chance to do it so goes. Her friend goes missing and Betty (the main character) and her romantic interest investigate. Trying to find out what happened.

 Now comes the hard part, I did not enjoy this book at all. Let me start by saying I am not a fan of romantic novels at all. But I am able to read them and see how others would enjoy them. Not with this book though. It seemed very immaturely written. As if the target was for teenagers, but the storyline is an adult story line.  I felt the author tried too hard to play up the time when this would happen, by including all the usual "stereotypes" (for lack of a better word) of that time frame. The main character although an adult seemed very juvenile in this story. I had a very hard time getting through this book for that reason. It was very predictable and I found it pretty boring. I feel bad writing a negative book review, but my goal in this blog is to give an honest review of a book. I honestly wouldn't recommend reading this novel.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Love your heart, by Tim McGraw and Tom Douglas

I just recieved this book from the People from Booksneeze! and Its great! I have two little girls (almost 4 and 6 years old) and they loved it! I loved the message of the book.  Katie is looking to find a talent to do for her school talent show and in the end makes the decision to help a friend out with her talent rather than trying to win for herself. It is a great lesson for little girls all over about how some one is beautiful from the inside out! This is a must have book for parents with girls! I can't wait to read more of the books in this series! It was a fantastic read and a fantastic lesson!!!

Monday, February 22, 2010

A Moms Ultimate Book of Lists

A moms ultimate book of lists, by Michelle LaRowe.  This book is chalk full of lists, all kinds of lists, from babysitter lists, school lists, baby lists, to money saving tips! Not only are lists provided, but she also has practical solutions to put those lists into actions and basis it on Christianity as well. She looks for ways to save you money, to help with toddler tantrums and so much more!
  I did really enjoy this book. In fact, I started doing my grocery lists based on her suggestion in the book. so now not only do I have a bunch of groceries, I also have the meals planned out for the next 2 weeks! The baby section really didn't help me any as my children are past that stage, but the suggestions she does give for moms of babies are really great. The only thing I had a problem with in this book was the getting baby to sleep section. She recommends a method getting a baby to sleep that was developed by Dr. Richard Ferber. Which is more commonly known as Ferberizing your baby. It is not a belief that I share with Dr. Ferber on getting children to sleep. I was quite surprised to see that suggestion in this book as it is quite a controversial method of getting babies to sleep. Other than that, I do think this book is a must have for moms. It really is a sanity saver!!

*Available now at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

The Silent Governess

The Silent Governess, by Julie Klassen, is about a young woman in the 19th century. Who's run away from her home because of a secret and fear of harm. She also over hears something she should not have of Lord Bradley, which could ruin him. So to protect himself he hires her on to care for some children and also to learn of her secret. He finds himself falling for her and a romance ensues.
  Now I would just like to say, I am not even remotely a romance fan. Not even a little bit, I really don't enjoy romance novels. So this was not one of my favorite books. But it was very well written and did have a great story line as well as captivated the readers attention. Its just because of my personal preference that I didn't enjoy it. But if you are an avid romance novel reader, than I would suggest this one as I"m sure you would enjoy it!!

Available now at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

50 ways to feel great today

50 Ways to Feel Great Today, by David B Biebel, DMin, James E. Dill, MD, and Bobbie Dill, RN. This book is full of great suggetions on changes you can make in your life if you're feeling down and stressed.  Suggestions such as decorate a room, it can be as simple as just adding some brightly coloured decorations to an already finished room or to redecorate the whole thing. The authors also base a lot of what they teach on scripture as well. backing up their points with quotes from the Bible. You are given Biblical truths as well as practical solutions!!
  I really really enjoyed this book! Not only did I like it, my husband also picked it up right after I was done and read through it really quick! He thought just as highly of this book as I did. I loved how they tied it all in with scripture and realized that its not just enough to change things in your life, but that you have to also have the right change in your life (Jesus).  I think this book is great for all people! anyone who's suffering depression (not that they should just rely on a book, but also see their doctor), people who are just having a rough time, or new moms who are feeling a little house stuck! I think this is a must have for any library!!

Available now at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Mom's Bible: God's Wisdom for Mothers

 I recieved this Bible last week and I really enjoy it! I don't usually stray away from NIV Bibles as thats what I"ve been reading for the last 15 years. But when I saw this one come up to review I decided to give it a try. I've been really enjoying this version!! (NCV version) The language is really easy to understand, but also keeps the power behind the words in translating it. I loved all the "extras" in this Bible!! The features include: Our God is, Questions Kids Ask, Walking In, Godly Character, Passing it On, Moms in the Bible, Wonderful Counselor, and Insights. I have been using this Bible for my devotional time lately and have been really enjoying these features! I love having a Bible thats been designed just for moms! I think this would make an awesome gift for any mom in your life. I do admit that in some parts of the NIV I have a hard time understanding what they wrote, so a Bible like this is very beneficial as I can go to this one and read it in a different version and it helps to easily understand what is trying to be said. I 100% loved this Bible and think every mom needs one!!!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Hidden flame

I just finished reading the book The Hidden Flame by Davis Bunn & Janette Oke. When I first started this book I was disappointed. I'm not normally a fan of books set in Bible times as I get frustrated if it doesn't follow the Bible's account of things well. I find it a very hard style of writing to get into. But I decided to give it a go anyway and start keep reading it. Once I got a few chapters into this book, I was captivated! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. The authors do an excellent job of writing as well as following what the Bible says happened. It really does well complimenting the actual events recorded in the Bible! The story was awesome and so encouraging. I loved how it just made your imagination think about how the disciples acted and talked. I also loved the way they described the miracles that happened. (well yes I know the book is fiction lol, but I just love how they described the events, makes you feel like you were there with them). The story is about a young woman named Abigail, who's beauty has won over a couple of men who wish to marry her. Can't really say any more than that lol, don't want to give away the book! I can say though, this is so much more than a romance novel! I dislike romance novels (they seem so shallow and silly) but this one while yes it does involve some romance goes so much deeper than that! I highly recommend this book. Its a very enjoyable experience!

*Available now at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group