Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Lonestar Angel

When I read the description of Lonestar Angel on Thomas Nelson's Booksneeze Blogger program I knew I had to request a complimentary copy! I received a free download of the book in exchange for a review, and all opinions expressed are my own.

I was drawn into this book immediately, starting with the very first scene I wanted to know how these characters were going to fare. Eden is at a restaurant, anticipating being proposed to when her husband shows up to let her know that not only are they still married (she signed the divorce papers five years earlier), but he thinks he found their daughter, who was kidnapped five years ago and presumed dead. And that's just the first chapter. I enjoyed every word of this book, and would highly recommend it to everyone. I think I just found a new favorite author!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Softly & Tenderly

I love Sara Evans' music. I often get lost in her sentimental songs and soulful voice. When I found out that she is now an author too, I was extremely excited to download a complimentary copy of Softly & Tenderly through the Booksneeze blogger program in exchange for a review. I was not required to provide a positive review and all opinions are my own. While it took a little while for me to get entirely engrossed in the book, by the end it had me crying along with the characters as they went through their journey. Although it is a second in a series (the first is Sweet By and By), I didn't fee like I was missing something by not having read Sweet By and By first. Even better, there's a third book coming out in the winter of 2012. If you enjoy the sentimentality of Sara Evans' music, you will certainly enjoy this book series.

Friday, October 21, 2011

It's today! It's today!

The Women of Faith conference is today and I am so excited! I have been a little apprehensive about it leading up to this morning because I really don't know what to expect. I have visited the website several times, so I know where I'm going and what I'm doing, but I have never participated in something like this, so I am very excited.

I am most excited to hear Luci Swindoll speak. If she is anything like her brother, I know I am in for something special. I also really like Natalie Grant and look forward to hearing her.

It's very late at night and I just went back to the website to look around a bit and now I'm too excited to sleep!

p.s. What's the deal with most of these speakers coming from the South? I want to go to there.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Heaven is for Real

I received a complimentary copy of Heaven if for Real for Kids by Colton Burpo through the Thomas Nelson Publishing Booksneeze blogger program in exchange for a review. I was not required to provide a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Heaven is for Real for Kids is a sweet book about one boy's journey to Heaven while sick in the hospital. It is interwoven with passages of scripture and beautifully illustrated. The images are imaginative and vibrant with color. I think that this book would entice children to desire to learn more about God and Heaven.

Three Cups

A five-year-old boy is given three cups from the family cupboard for his birthday. Little does he know that this is the beginning of a wonderful journey. Walk with Tony Townsley as he learns how to divide his allowance between three cups; saving, spending, and giving. 

This book would be a wonderful introduction to money management for a young child. It works very well with Dave Ramsey's system of financial management, which also guides people to dividing their assets in the same three ways. 

I thoroughly enjoyed his book and look forward to introducing it to my children when they are a little older. I am certain that they will also enjoy it and learn a lot about money management.

I received a complementary copy of Three Cups through the Thomas Nelson Publishing Booksneeze program in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

His Steadfast Love

I recently downloaded a complementary copy of the eBook His Steadfast Love by Golden Keyes Parsons through the Booksneeze blogger program at Thomas Nelson Publishing in exchange for a review. I was not required to provide a positive review, and all opinions are my own. 

If you enjoy Historical Christian Fiction, you will probably like this book. It is set in the civil war era and is centered around Amanda Belle, a southern woman who is torn between her love of a Union soldier, her brother, who is a Confederate soldier, and the life she has always known on a farm full of slaves. 

The beginning of the book felt a bit rushed to me, with long periods of time elapsing between paragraphs within a chapter. A whole year went by in the first 45 pages! Despite that, I found myself enjoying the characters and empathizing with their situation. Overall, I think it was a well written book, and I would probably read more by Golden Keyes Parsons if given the chance. 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

In Case You Ever Wonder

In Case You Ever Wonder is a delightful Christian children's book by Max Lucado. With beautifully drawn illustrations and sweet words, Lucado reminds children that they are created by God and loved by God and their parents. The book tells children about how carefully crafted they are by the same hands that created all the earth, and how special they are to God. Children are also reminded that whenever anything happens that they do not like, they can turn to God and their parents. My three-and-a-half-year-old loved this book, and asked me to read it twice the day we downloaded it. She told me that she really likes this book, and everything we get to the part about God deciding to make her she happily exclaims "ME?!" 

I received a complimentary copy of this eBook through Booksneeze's blogger program in exchange for a review. I was not required to provide a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.