Saturday, May 20, 2017

"The Girl's Still Got It" by Liz Curtis Higgs

Ruth, a beloved Bible character is the subject of this book by Liz Curtis Higgs. Ruth was a Moabitis who not only lost her father-in-law, but her husband as well.  Death caused a great chasm in the family, but when Naomi determines to return home, Ruth goes with her. What changes await!

In this story of faith, family, and determination; Mrs. Higgs encourages her readers to step into Ruth's shoes. We walk along side, seeing her emotion, feeling her pain. But we also see how much she not only feels love for Naomi, but how she grows to love the God of Israel. We see her work hard and fall in love. What's she still got? The book is well worth reading to find the answer!

I love this book and highly recommend it. Ruth is still a great example of the virtuous woman and I enjoy reading books that put me in the time and place she lived. I really love is part of the title, "Take a Walk with Ruth and the God Who Rocked Her World." Pick it up, you won't regret it!

"Hello Stars" by Alena Pitts with Wynter Pitts

Starring in a movie, or even getting a small part, would be awesome, right? That's what Lena thought when her friends told her about the upcoming audition. It was her dream! Did it stay that way or did it become a nightmare?

Lena Daniels wanted to be a star both as a model and in film. When her chance came, she jumped, only to find that her dream was becoming a reality. What a wonderful and scary thing it was to be chosen to star with Mallory Winston. But, she never bargained on it affecting her summer, nor did she think she would be afraid. Come, meet Lena and follow along as she experiences some difficult emotions and choices. Watch how her faith helps her along the way. See how her family helps keep her grounded all the while helping her reach for the stars.

What a great book for preteens! The focus is on determination, faith, family, discipline, and balance. I recommend it to anyone with preteens/young teens. I received my free copy from Handlebar Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

"A Spectacle of Glory" by Joni Eareckson Tada

This new devotional by Joni Eareckson Tada, with Larry Libby, is meant to inspire the reader to daily walk in the light of God. (Spectacle - an impressive public sight; Glory - absolutely magnificent beauty) Each day has a reading, a Bible passage, and a prayer to get you going. The thoughts are meant to inspire, uplift, and challenge the reader. Joni's real life challenges shine through the pages as she offers encouragement to make it through those tough times.

I love the full title of this devotional: "A Spectacle of Glory - God's Light Shining Through Me Every Day." What an inspirational thought to see before reading the daily thoughts. I love devotionals that are quick reads, packed with the power of God's Word and practical words of encouragement. If you are looking for a new devotional, or love to have an assortment around, this is for you.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Nineteen year old Kelsea Raleigh's life is turned totally upside down and a new life of challenges is beginning. Taken from the only home she has really known, Kelsea is confronted with her new reality.  In this first book of Erika Johansen's Tearling trilogy, readers learn about things and places like: the "Crossing," the land of the Tearling, Mortmesne, the Red Queen, and the "shipments." Readers will also meet unforgettable characters who work for and against the new queen. Battles will rage, words will be exchanged, friendships will be made, and plots will be uncovered. Will the new queen be able to show her people, and her Queen's guard members, that she is strong enough for the task ahead? And, what is the importance of the sapphires? Open the book and read on for the fabulous beginning of the trilogy. Just be ready with books 2 and 3!

I loved this book and couldn't put it down! The characters were so real that they elicited emotional responses in me - anger and tears to name two. Now, on to book 2!!

NIV Holy Bible for Girls, Journal Edition

A place for reflection, a place of expression, a place to study - three things this new NIV Holy Bible for Girls Journal Edition provides. The cover is colorful and inviting to girls of all ages, and the thicker than normal pages have spaces that provide room to write or draw or color as you express what God is showing you. The ribbon marker ensures that you don't lose your place, and the elastic closure keeps the Bible closed for travel. This is a wonderful Bible for journaling, one other reason being that there are no "extras" except for a page on "How to Use this Bible."

I really like this Bible, even though I don't normally like hard cover Bibles. This is well-made with a cover that is inviting and colorful. It pulls you in which is where God's Word and space for reactions can be found. If you are looking for a Bible for a "girl" of any age, check this one out!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

"A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman

"Love is a strange thing. It takes you by surprise."

Ove is the man that we all either know presently or have known in the past. You know, the older gentleman who everyone thinks is angry or crotchety, seeming to want to be left alone, and no one knows why. People don't seem to care either until, one day a family is moving in and there is an incident with a trailer. This is how Ove meets Parvaneh, Patrick, and their two daughters, ages 3 and 7. Parvaneh is one of my favorite characters, and you will figure out why as you read the book!

There was so much to "unpeel" in this book. Questions needed to be answered like, "Why is Ove so unhappy?" "Where did the mangy, loveable, caring cat come from?" There were also tough topics to deal with like, the idea of suicide, "coming out" to someone who doesn't understand, and forcing people to move from their homes into a "facility."

Come on and meet Ove, Sonja, Anita, Rune, Parvaneh, Patrick, Nasanin, the cat, Jimmy, Mirsad, Anders, Adrian, and all the others.  This is so worth reading!  =)

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

"The Waiting Room" by Leah Kaminsky

Ghosts of the past, memories of the Holocaust, and the present day come together in this new book by Leah Kaminsky. The novel takes place in a single day - one 24 hour period, yet the reader feels like they are moving through a much longer time frame. "The Waiting Room," haunting, full of emotion - a story told with the carefulness of a good friend. 

Dina is a doctor and she is also the daughter of holocaust survivors. She tries to manage her days as she cares for patients and for her own family, yet the ghosts of the past continually haunt her. What new coping skills are available? What else can she try? Then, a terror alert is issued for her area and it causes the ghosts to bubble up uncontrollably. Will Leah come through this unscathed? Will she be able to finally deal with those horrible memories and ghosts? Pick up the book and find out!

What a good book! Leah Kaminsky had me glued to the pages. I wanted to know what was going to happen, yet there was also a lot of emotion that I felt. If you enjoy books that make you think about the past and how it affects those who lived it; if you enjoy books that make you think, this book is for you. I can't wait for more from Ms. Kaminsky!