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‘Gentleman Of Her Dreams’ Book Review February 28, 2013

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Title: Gentleman Of Her Dreams (A Ladies Of Distinction Novella)

Author: Jen Turano

Date I Finished Reading: February 27, 2013

My Rating: 5/5

If you enjoy a fun, quirky read, this is perfect for you! Charlotte is convinced that at the whopping old age of 21 that she has become an old spinster, and that she needs to do something to change her marital status. So after praying to God for husband, she becomes determined to catch the eye of the towns most suitable widower. There are only two problems: first, she has never met this bachelor. Secondly, she has enlisted the help of Henry, her lifelong best friend, and both of them are attempting to hide their true feelings for one another due to a misunderstanding. Is this is the recipe for adventure… or disaster?

This book was a cute, fun, and quick read. Jen’s writing style is both engaging and entertaining, with real, fun, and relatable characters. I would recommend this story to you as a lighthearted read, and am anticipating reading  A Change Of Fortune, the book that this novella is a companion to.

This kindle book is $0.99 and sometimes FREE on amazon.com .

 

 

‘Do Hard Things’ Book Review February 22, 2013

thTitle: Do Hard Things: A teenage rebellion against low expectations

Author: Alex and Brett Harris

Date I Finished Reading: February 21,2013

My Rating: 5/5

WARNING: If you do not want to be challenged or inspired to step out of your comfort zone and do something, then keep on walking, ’cause that is what this book is gonna do! Do Hard Things is the perfect book for our generation on rebelling against low expectations, and doing something hard, whether it is big or small.

I absolutely loved this book… and needed it too! Alex and Brett discuss very practical, very true points. They speak on things that keep us from striving towards and achieving big things, whether that is lies within the culture and media, or our own pride or fear. They explain to us where our mindsets are wrong, and how WE, teenagers can truly accomplish something amazing, whether it is ourselves individually, or us as a team. One point that I really needed was the reminder and encouragement to keep on doing the small hard things, cheerfully. They say that small things, such as chores, homework, and repetitive, even mundane duties help to strengthen us and to prepare us for the bigger hard things to come.

Alex and Brett did an amazing job on this book. They use humor, personal examples, and also the examples of others to encourage teenagers to stand up and step out. The book was actually fun to read.

I would say that I DEFINITELY recommend this book. Every teenager out there needs to read this and be motivated and encouraged to Do Hard Things.

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Note: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. However, my opinions are my own.

And you can find a copy of this book here: http://www.amazon.com/Do-Hard-Things-Rebellion-Expectations/dp/1601421125/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361544289&sr=8-1&keywords=do+hard+things

 

‘Little Black Books: Science and God’ Book Review February 15, 2013

lbbsagTitle: Little Black Books: Science and God

Author: Scott Petty

Date I Finished Reading: February 14,2013

My Rating: 2/5

Science. The origin of life. Evolution. Creation. Questions about these and similar topics bombard us day in and day out. We, as christians need to be firm and confident in our beliefs and knowledge about God and science. Especially young adults. That is why I was excited about reading this book. I knew that it was directed towards adolescents and was eager to see what this book would contain.

However, this book was not quite what I expected. I had mixed feelings regarding it. As I started out, within the first chapter and about halfway through the second I was impressed, and pleased. Scott Petty made points and discussed the topic of why science and God are not enemies or against one another, and why we do not need to choose between believing in God, or believing in science and scientific evidence, which I believe is an important fact for teens and young adults to realize.

But as I began the third chapter, that changed. I noticed more and more that Petty hinted to, and later flat-out-said that the big-bang theory is likely to be correct, even biblical! He also later explains that we should NOT read the book of Genesis as a scientific explanation to the beginning of the world. Also, he suggests that when Genesis refers to the world being created in six days, he was not referring to literal 24-hour days, but instead he was speaking of time spans, or was simply being poetic. Both of these beliefs seem to point away from the Bible and God instead of towards it.

Another complaint that I would have would be the fact that Petty uses little to no scriptures to support his thesis and points. He sticks them in on rare occasions, until about the last half of the final chapter, where they appear a bit more frequently.  That is always a negative for me. If you are gonna try to convince someone to trust in the Bible and biblical teaching, then you need to use more than one or two passages.

Even though I do not like these aspects of the book, there are positive attributes as well. I have already mentioned the fact that Petty speaks of the fact that we do not need to choose between science and God. Also, he directs it towards young adults, and does a good job at connecting with them in his writing style. Throughout his book he uses humor, as well as examples that are easy to relate to and connect to the main point.  His writing style is just very easy to read, which is great when it is being directed towards teens.

Overall, though, I am not sure that I would recommend this book. Although the first chapter makes some good points on an important issue, the rest of the book – although written well – could result in the reader being confused, considering the fact that Petty encourages you to believe in and have faith in God, yet at the same time teaches that the big-bang is true, and consistent with scripture.

Note: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. However, my opinions are my own.

 

‘I Still Believe’ Book Review February 7, 2013

978-1-4143-7559-5Title: I Still Believe: a memoir

Author: Jeremy Camp with David Thomas

Date I Finished Reading: February 7,2013

My Rating: 5/5

“Even when I don’t see, I still believe.”  The words of Jeremy Camp’s song I Still Believe,  have reached out to and connected with thousand of people around the world, as has many of his other songs. But what inspired Jeremy to write these words that he shared with so many people? In this memoir, he shares his testimony and the story (or stories) that inspired and encouraged him in his music.

Jeremy shares his story from his rebellious teenage years, to falling in love, to losing his wife to cancer, being called to the music ministry and to remarrying and starting a family. He tells how God worked in his heart and mind throughout all of this and how God has worked in and through him.

I absolutely loved this book. It has to be one of my favorite memoirs, if not my favorite! Jeremy writes with honesty, humor, and love in an interesting and easy-to-read manner.  He doesn’t try to glorify himself or toot his own horn, but is down-to-earth and humble.

I would definitely recommend this book, especially to someone who is experiencing a hardship or loss and is trying to stay faithful and say for themselves, “I still believe.”

Note: I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, however, my opinions are my own.

You can find a copy of this book here: http://www.amazon.com/I-Still-Believe-Jeremy-Camp/dp/141437559X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1360267198&sr=8-1&keywords=i+still+believe

 

‘Making the Most of the Cross’ Book Review February 1, 2013

thTitle: Making the Most of the Cross

Author: John Chapman

Date I Finished Reading: January 31,2013

My Rating: 4/5

Book Description from Matthias Media’s website:

Every now and then, humanity witnesses a history-changing event, like the invention of the wheel or the discovery of penicillin. But there has been no other event like the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
With characteristic candour and humour, John Chapman explains the meaning of this history-shaping event:
» How can we know that Jesus really died?
» How can we know that Jesus really rose from the dead?
» How can God love people and yet condemn them to hell?
» How can God forgive guilty sinners and yet be just?
» What does Jesus’ death and resurrection mean for me?
How does it affect my life?

The cross. So many questions surround it. Why did Jesus have to die on the cross? What did his death on the cross accomplish? What does it mean in our own personal lives? John Chapman answers these questions and more in this book.  Chapman covers many different topics in this book. He ranges from the purpose of the cross, to how a loving, just God can wipe away our sins. From how we can know that the Bible is true, to how the work on the cross can take away our guilt and condemnation.  He does so in a way that relates both to unreached unbelievers, and believing christians alike.

Some aspects of the book that I liked would include the fact that Chapman answers MANY questions that MANY people ask. Also, he does not over-explain or ramble. He is short, sweet, and to the point. The chapters are short, which makes for easy reading.   Something I did not like about the book would be the fact that although Chapman uses scripture to support his points, there were a couple of times that I was not sure if they really applied or tied into the topic being discussed very well. It just seemed that at times the writing did not flow very well or logically. This made for the reading to become a bit confusing at times.

Although I did not really find any of the book’s content extremely deep or eye-opening, the basic questions were answered well, making it a good resource to use in reaching out to and answering the questions of unbelievers. So I would recommend it to you as a tool to pass on to another, but I do not  believe that it would be overly beneficial for a believer who is more mature in the faith.

Note: I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. However, my opinions are my own.