Saturday, August 20, 2011

It Couldn't Just Happen

It Couldn't Just Happen; Knowing the Truth About God's Awesome Creation is a book designed to answer childrens' questions about the world from a Creationist point of view. While I love the concept of this book, I also found it to be a bit dry and wonder how it would keep the attention of a child. The facts and style of writing would definitely be geared for an older child; perhaps 5-7th grade. I was hoping that it would answer questions from younger children in a simple manner, but younger children would be bored by all the scientific talk in the book. However, for older children, it tackles the subjects of our universe, how life began, evolution vs. Evolution, and more. The truths in this book are valid and to the point. It would be useful to doubting tweens, teens, and adults.

I received a complimentary copy of the eBook "It Couldn't Just Happen; Knowing the Truth About God's Awesome Creation" by Lawrence O. Richards through Thomas Nelson Publishing's Booksneeze blogging program in exchange for an honest review. I am not required to write a positive review, all opinions expressed are my own.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Cherished

I received a complimentary copy of the eBook, Cherished by Kim Cash Tate through the Thomas Nelson Publishing Booksneeze program. I am not required to provide a positive review, and all opinions are my own.

Brian and Kelli have a sorted past that ended with broken hearts and broken dreams. When Kelli's family convinces her to move home, she is forced to deal with the issues that she had been avoiding for seven years.

Personally, I loved Cherished. It is a book that is fully ground in Christianity but is not a typical Christian Fiction book. So many times, I feel a bit preached to when reading Christian Fiction. This story is about flawed, real characters dealing with issues that vary from abortion to adultery, to tarnished reputations and trying to find God's voice in all their situations. In addition to a great, easy to read plot, the book reminds readers about the importance of listening for God in all situations. Praying whole heartily, and trusting that there is always a bigger plan in motion. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to more from Kim Cash Tate.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Smack Dab in the Middle of God's Love

Smack Dab in the Middle of God's Love is a delightful children's book by Brennan Manning and John Blase. Based in Hupi, Mexico the book introduces us to a couple that is full of love for all the children of their neighborhood. Ana makes sopapillas with the children and they put honey "smack dab" in the middle to make them even better. Once full of their sweet delicacy, the children and Willie Juan begin to talk about God's love. The story is sweet, at the level of about a 6-7 year old and the illustrations are beautiful. I loved this book, and I am certain I will hear my daughter use the phrase "smack dab" often after reading this book with her.

I received this book for free through Thomas Nelson Publishing's Booksneeze blogger program. I am not required to provide a positive review, and the thoughts expressed are my own.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Treasuring Emma

I received a copy of Treasuring Emma by Kathleen Fuller from the BookSneeze blogger program. I was very excited to get a Christian Fiction book, and this was the second Amish book I've read. I really enjoyed this book. The characters are lovable, but also flawed and real. The author has an easy to read style that helped get me quickly engrossed in the book, and the plot was enjoyable. As a matter of fact, I finished the book in just a few days, despite the fact that I have three kids three and under~including a newborn! Fuller included enough twists in her plot that although I knew how it would most likely end, I never would have guessed how they got there. It was certainly a book that left me wanting more, which makes me glad that Fuller has a series based on the characters in this Amish community.