Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Review of "What Once Was Lost by Kim Vogel Sawyer"

When a fire breaks out at Brambleville Asylum for the Poor, Christina Willems turns to the townspeople to give lodging to her flock of charges until their home can be rebuilt. With nowhere else to go, Christina must ask miller Levi Johnson to take in Tommy, an eleven-year-old blind boy. Levi is reluctant, but a bond soon forms between Levi and Tommy. Meanwhile, Christina is busy trying to get the poor home rebuilt despite numerous complications.

Honestly, I didn't think this book was that great. I felt like the main character, Christina, was pretty lame. I probably wouldn't have even finished the book if it weren't for me really liking a couple of the other characters- namely, Levi, Tommy and Cora. I really loved seeing the bond between Tommy and Levi grow and how they both changed for the better because of it. The redemption and love as Cora's story unfolded was really great and one of the best parts of the book.

All in all, this book ended up being okay, but definitely not great. I don't recommend it.

Thank you to WaterBrook Multnomah for sending me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Review: Critical Reaction by Todd M. Johnson

I enjoyed reading this book. It was really interesting and had some very intriguing elements to it. I liked how some parts were like a mystery but not all of the book was. There was enough suspense to keep it a page-turner and the plot/story was realistic. I liked how there was also a focus on rebuilding/restoring relationships between Emily and her dad and Emily and Kieran that gave an emotional side to the story. I enjoyed reading Critical Reaction, and I would recommend it. I think that people who like reading books that have good, solid plots with a bit of mystery would enjoy reading this book.

Thank you to Bethany House for sending me a free copy of Critical Reaction in exchange for my honest review. 

Review: The Jesus Story

Review for The Jesus Story by Dr. William H. Marty:

This book is an easy read, not really in depth, but it is really interesting to read the New Testament in chronological order. Because it is not an in-depth book, I don't think this would be a great read for a mature Christian unless they just wanted to read a simple overview of the New Testament, but I think that a new believer could benefit from reading it because of its simplicity. Because this book uses simple language it would be an easy overview of the New Testament for someone new to the Bible or maybe to read to a younger child.

Reading the Bible is an important part of being a believer and I don't want to imply that you should read this instead of the Bible. You should definitely read the Bible, and this book could be interesting for you to read on the side.

Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for sending me a free copy of The Jesus Story in exchange for my honest review.  

4 stars. 

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Review: The Governess of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky


I really enjoyed this book. Yes, the plot was predictable in that you knew somehow Julia and William were going to fall in love, but it was really well-written, not cheesy (one of my pet peeves is cheesy romance) and it was written in a realistic way. It was believable, unlike some books where the author's attempts at a romance ruin the book. The characters in this book were really well-done too and were really enjoyable to read about. I loved them. Julia was my favorite, of course, and I really liked reading about the growing friendship between her and Sarah. Julia is such a sweet, kind character. The plot of this book kind of reminded me of The Sound of Music but a little bit different- and if you loved that movie, you will love this book. I liked this book a lot and I recommend it. I think that anyone who likes historical fiction, especially from this particular era, would enjoy reading The Governess of Highland Hall.

Thank you to WaterBrook Multnomah for sending me a free copy of The Governess of Highland Hall in exchange for my honest review. 

Friday, November 15, 2013

Review: The Dawn of Christmas by Cindy Woodmall

After Sadie's heart was broken by her unfaithful fiancee, she went to Peru to do mission work and to heal. Four years later, her father wants her to move home but Sadie doesn't want to give her new life up.
Levi doesn't want to get married yet, but is family is pressuring him to do otherwise. When Sadie and Levi meet, they find unexpected allies in each other. But what will happen as time goes on and they begin to fall in love with each other?
I enjoyed the first 3/4 of the book, but the romance seemed forced and corny. I had expected better quality writing from Cindy Woodsmall.
This book would make a quick, light read for anyone who enjoys Amish romances. I give it 3 1/2 stars.
I received a copy of The Dawn of Christmas free from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Excellent Book!! Review: Martyr's Fire

Book 3 in the Merlin’s Immortals series continues the story of Thomas as begun in The Orphan King and Fortress of Mist.

Fifteen men who call themselves the Priests of the Holy Grail arrive in Magnus, bringing with them supposed “miracles” and taking control of the castle.

Barely escaping, Thomas begins a journey that will take him to the Holy Land, where he hopes to find answers to his questions. But on the way, Thomas runs into unexpected circumstances. Will the Holy Land hold the answers that Thomas seeks?

This book was just as good, if not better than the previous two. I was glued to the pages! These books are incredibly well-written, excellent reading. I would heartily recommend this book as well as the rest of the series. I can’t wait to read the next one.

I received a free copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Review: An Untamed Heart

Having previously read and LOVED Lauraine Snelling's Red River and Blessing books, I was SO excited to get this book.

The first half of the book seemed almost choppy and was hard to get into, but the second half was excellent and made up for the first half. Having read all the other books in the series, I really liked having the chance to read the prequel and discover the backstory to Ingeborg's decision to go to America.

I would recommend An Untamed Heart, especially to anyone who enjoys good historical fiction or to anyone who has read the Red River of the North series and the continuing books.

I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. Thank you!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Review: Burning Sky

Wow! This book was EXCELLENT!

Willa Obenchain was captured by Mohawk Indians when she was fourteen and adopted into one of their clans. Twelve years later, after the death of her family from a smallpox outbreak, Willa returns to her family's land, on her way discovering a wounded man who she feels responsible to bring back to health.

Upon arriving at her former home, Willa discovers the barn burned down, the house empty and the yard grown up- and her missing parents suspected of being Tories...

This was an awesome book. It was written with so much depth and character. I was really impressed with Lori Benton's writing. I loved this book. I highly recommend it!

Thank you so much to WaterBrook Multnomah for sending me a free copy of Burning Sky in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, September 22, 2013


Before opening this book I had never really given much thought to the period of history between the Old and New Testaments. As someone who really enjoys history, I found this book to be really interesting and I definitely learned some stuff about that historical time period. This book is written with an easy-to-read format that I liked. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy ancient history, and particularly to people who enjoy Bibilical history.

Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for sending me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


This is the story of one couple's miraculous survival from a horrendous car acident and also the miracles that they experienced during life after recovery. I thought that this book was very interesting. I enjoy reading autobiographies and this was a worthwhile read. Several family members saw me reading this book and asked to borrow it, so I'm looking forward to sharing this story with them, too. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy autobiographies and people who enjoy true stories about miracles.

Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for sending me a free copy of Angels in the Fire in exchange for an honest review.


I love Tracie Peterson's books and this one was no exception! I was so excited to read it and I really enjoyed it. It was really, really good. As someone who LOVES history and historical fiction, I especially appreciate all the historical research that must have taken place to write this book. The historical background of the story was very well done and added a wonderful depth to the story. The quality of this book in general was excellent as well. I could not put this book down. I would definitely recommend it. It was a great book and I loved it.

Thank you so much to Bethany House Publishers for sending me a free copy of The Miner's Lady in exchange for an honest review.


This was the best Amish book I've read in a long time! It was a really well-written story, not to mention an incredibly sweet romance between Jonathan and Addie! Many Amish romances are cliche, corny, cheesy, predictable... but not the case with this one! I loved this book - absolutely loved it! - and can't wait to get my hands on the rest of the series. It was an excellent book. Anyone who enjoys Amish romances will love it, but this book was more than just a romance so even if you aren't into Amish romances but do like sweet stories, you should read this one!

Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for sending me a free copy of Adoring Addie in exchange for my honest review.


Finding God in the Dark is about finding faith to work through disappointments and struggles to believe. Using stories from their own lives, Kluck and Martin (the authors) give examples of how faith can get you through difficult circumstances.

I was expecting this to be more of an instruction/devotional-type book and I felt like in some ways their stories distraced from the "how to find faith" part of the book. The message of the book was kind of like "This is my story and how faith played a part in it, and here's a few faith-finding tips for you" book. Not that this was a bad book, it was just not what I expected and I didn't really feel like I could relate a whole lot to what they were talking about.

Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for sending me a free copy of Finding God in the Dark in exchange for my honest review.

Review: FIRED UP

I enjoyed this book, but it wasn't as good as Book One. The romance part wasn't written that well and almost ruined the book. And the part about Jonas's sister and Vince was really corny. But I got this book because I wanted to find out what happened to Glynna, and the parts about her cooking attempts at the diner were hilarioius! I think that I would recommend this book if you have read Book One of the series and want to follow Glynna's story, but if you're looking for a good romance this may not be the book for you.

Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for sending me a free copy of Fired Up in exchange for an honest review.

Saturday, September 21, 2013


When Adam Cromwell is at an estate sale, he comes across an album filled with postcards- postcards that contain love poems on the back of each one. Love poems sent by a man to his wife like clockwork- every Friday for sixty years.

Still engulfed by the heartbreak of his own lost love, Adam is intrigued - what is the secret of this couple, who stayed in love for sixty years?

When he searches for their secret and discovers their story, what are the answers Adam will find? And what sort of impact will those answers have on Adam's life?

I enjoyed this book and I felt like it was really well-written. I think that this story makes a point - lifelong commitment is what true love really is. This is one of those books with a story that is going to stay with me for a long time.

Thank you to WaterBrook Multnomah for sending me a free copy of Forever Friday in exchange for my honest review!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Book Review (from 08/21): A CAST OF STONES

Wow, what a good book! A Cast of Stones is the best fiction book I've read in awhile, and is one that I can see myself reading over and over. I spent the greater part of yesterday afternoon and evening (and past bedtime) glued to its pages. This book was written with depth and intrigue. Patrick W. Carr, the author, definitely has a talent for writing really good books! This is the type of book where you feel as if you are living the story right alongside the characters, and the story sticks with you long after you have finished reading. I would highly recommend this book. Kudos to the author on a job well done! I can't wait to read the sequel.

Thank you so much to Bethany House Publishers for sending me a free copy of A Cast of Stones in exchange for my honest review. I enjoyed reading it so much and I hope others enjoy it as much as I did!

Book Review #2 for today! :-)

This time I'm writing a review for "Stealing the Preacher" by Karen Wittemeyer. This wasn't a better-than-average romance, and it had a very predictable storyline, but I enjoyed it nonetheless even though I was expecting less of a romance and more of just an inspirational Christian historical fiction (and I was disappointed to find that it was romance-y). It wasn't boring, and the twist of a traditional Western romance was unique and interesting. I liked the Scriptural themes woven throughout the plot. While it had  alot of cliche parts, this book also had some good life lessons that were shown through the characters' experiences- things like the truth setting you free, God's care in our lives, standing up for what is right, etc. I think that readers who like Western romances would enjoy this book.

Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for sending me a free copy of Stealing the Preacher in exchange for my honest review.


This is a story that will touch your heart. I really enjoyed it. I was hooked as soon as I started reading and couldn't put it down! The characters were very real-to-life and it was easy to identify with Lydia and Micah throughout the book and through their various circumstances and callings. The plot really captured my interest and I really liked how it turned out in the end. I would have to say that this was a very worthwhile read and one that I would certainly recommend. I would rate it 4 to 4.5 stars.

I'd like to thank Bethany House Publishers for sending me a copy of Sweet Sanctuary in exchange for my honest review.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Review: Swept Away

I really enjoyed this book. With a new twist on Out West adventures, the story was intereting and I found myself really liking the characters and really engaged in the story! I couldn't wait to findout what happened.

My complaint is that I didn't think the back cover description was very accurate of what actually happened in the story. From the back cover, I had the impression that Luke was ruthlessly set on getting even at all costs, but really he wants to just get his land back and go on peacefully.

I liked how the storyline ended up being more than just what it originally seemed.  I'm glad that I read this interesting, enjoyable book. I would recommend it to anyone who likes historical fiction.

Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for sending me a complimentary copy of Swept Away in exchange for my honest review.

Review: Tempted, Tested, True

This book was encouraging to me. Numerous times throughout reading it, I said to myself, "Wait! I'm not the only one?!"

I liked how the authors took a deep, close-up look at the most common tempations that men or women face. They shared some good ideas for standing against temptation. I would've liked for them to maybe dig a little deeper into their subject matter, but the material was still good.

I would particularly recommend this book for someone who is a new Christian.

Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for sending me a free copy of Tempted, Tested, True in exchange for this honest review.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Book Review of The Winnowing Season by Cindy Woodsmall

Rhoda Byler, and Amish woman with the unusual gift of being able to foretell things, is preparing to join several others moving to Maine to start an Amish community there. Rhoda hopes that moving to Maine will give her a fresh start, but once the group gets there she discovers more trouble waiting and more secrets waiting to be uncovered.

I thought that some parts of this book were a little creepy, like Rhoda's gift and the scenes with her sister Emma, but other than that it was an interesting book and pretty well-written. I felt like I missed out on part of the story by not reading the first book, but I still liked it.

Thank you to WaterBrook Multnomah for sending me a free copy of The Winnowing Season in exchange for my honest review.

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Book Review: I'm No Angel by Kylie Bisutti

In her book I'm No Angel, Kylie Bisutti sares her story of becoming  Victoria's Sectet model and why she gave it up to become a Proverbs 31 wife. Growing up in a small town, Kylie dreamed of becoming a model. Her opprotunity came when her family had moved ti Vegas. At age 14, Kylie got a contract with a modeling company. She began her modeling career, which took her to the other end of the country and also overseas. Kylie modeled throughout high school.

High school was a time where Kylie had struggles, but was also where she met a girl named Catalina, who invited Kylie to a youth group meeting. Kyle bgan attending youth group and eventually gave her life to Christ. After high school, Kylie continued her modeling carrer, and she met her future husband, Mike. The two quickly fell in love, and Kylie kept modeling after their marriage. When she had the opprotunity to audition for the title of Victoria's Secret Angel, she took it. Kylie ended up winning the competition. As she continued to model, Kylie eventually began to relize that her modeling lingerie was not honoring to God. Kylie made the decision to walk away fro her career and become a Proverbs 31 wife to her husband. Almost a year later, Kylie openly began sharing her story and began encouraging girls and young women to embrace the real beauty that lies within.

Kylie's story was interesting, and it was encouraging to read her journey to becoming a Proverbs 31 wife and see how God worked in her life. I did feel like the book ended rather abruptly, though. I would really have liked to read more about her ministry to girls and young women. On the whole, though, it was not a bad book.

Thank you to Tyndale House for sending me a free copy of I'm No Angel in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, April 12, 2013

I love April vacation! :-)

I decided I would take a few moments to write a quick update on what's been going on for me lately. It's been a busy past couple of weeks... well, actually saying a busy past couple of months would probably be more accurate..! :-)

As I sit here on Friday night and reflect back on my day, it has been different than my typical Friday because it's the first day of April vacation. Instead of going off to my classes at Voc at 7:30 this morning, I was able to sleep an extra hour, then get up and go about my day a little more leisurely than usual- meaning, I had time to eat breakfast s-l-o-w-l-y (unlike the usual rush to leave for school) and then spent most of my morning working on a project for class, making a very detailed poster about peaches, and had the ability to take my time on it. It was great! Making posters is one of my favorite assignments, and so I had fun just giving attention to all the little details of it. The only problem was that I had about three times as much information than I had room on the poster for, so I had to nix some of the info and be creative about how I arranged the rest on the poster. :-)

This evening as I babysat my 4 younger siblings, I wrote and posted 2 book reviews. I am part of a couple different blog networks, and I have several books on my list of need-to-review-soon's. So if you want to check them out, the two I reviewed this evening are Learning to Love by Heidi and Rolland Baker, and Humble Orthodoxy by Joshua Harris.

Currently I am busy with preparations for my exchange trip to Japan this summer. I just found out about 2-3 weeks ago that I'll be staying with my friend Manami for the second half of my 2-month-long trip. My family and I hosted her in 2009, and I am so excited to see her again after 4 years!

Also, I am really looking forward to my family's vacation next week. This will be a combined senior class trip for Max and I, and we're going out West for about a week. Counting down the days!!! :-)

Well, 'tis getting late. Hope you all have a great rest-of-the-evening and a wonderful weekend!


Review: Humbe Orthodoxy by Joshua Harris

I ordered this book to review because I have read other books by Joshua Harris and thought they were really good. Humbe Orthodoxy was not a disappointment either. I was surprised to see how tiny the book was, but there is a lot of food for thought in its pages.

Joshua Harris discusses orthodoxy- what it means, what it is, and what it looks like- and discusses how we can live out orthodoxy in a humble way. There were a lot of things that I had never really thought about before concerning orthodoxy, and this book was insightful and interesting.

The material in this book was stated in a clear and concise, easy-to-understand way. It was well-written. I look forward to reading more of this author's books.

Thank you to WaterBrook Multnomah- I received this book through their Blogging For Books program for free in exchange for writing this honest review. Please rate my review below using this scale: 1=awful, 5=awesome! Thank you!!!

Not a great book, but it was pretty good.


While I had a bit of trouble getting started reading it, I do like books such as this one that share stories of God’s love at work and in action. This book did almost seem like more of a devotional because of the end of every chapter where there was Scripture, spiritual insights and encouragement.  

Three things that made an impression on me from this book:

1. A quote-“Love is as simple as stopping for the one in front of you.”
2. Whatever I do for “the least of these”, I am doing for Jesus.
3. God is MORE than big enough to do great things through you.

One thing I didn’t like was that I wish there would have been more stories about their work with the people in Mozambique and maybe less of the “devotional” parts.

If you like true stories or missionary stories, you may enjoy this book.  

Thank you to Chosen Books and Baker Publishing Group for giving me a free copy of Learning to Love in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Review: FORTRESS OF MIST by Sigmund Brouwer

He conquered Magnus, but the real battle has only begun.

Thomas, new lord of Magnus, finds himself caught in a centuries-old battle between two invisible sides, both of whom desperately need him to join their forces. But with much more than just kingdoms at stake, Thomas does not know who he can trust and who is the real enemy; who is in disguise or who is what they really seem to be.

  Full of the same intriguing and unexpected plot twists as The Orphan King, the Merlin’s Immortals series book 2, Fortress of Mist, continues the story of Thomas. If you haven’t read The Orphan King you probably won’t like this one, as you won’t much of the background of the story and you will find it hard to follow. However, if you HAVE read The Orphan King (definite recommend; loved that book!) then you will definitely want to enjoy this one as well!

Kudos to the author on a book well-written. Of course, now I am really eager for the next book in the series which is coming out at the end of October, because Fortress of Mist ended at a sort of cliff-hanger! I DEFINITELY would recommend this series as I have thoroughly enjoyed them! This is a series you won't want to miss out on!!

Thank you to WaterBrook Multnomah for sending me a free copy of Fortress of Mist in exchange for my honest review.

  P.S. If you’ve read and loved Fortress of Mist and The Orphan King, you may enjoy Sigmund Brouwer’s book Wings of Dawn (also published under the title Magnus). It’s the story of Thomas, told a little differently, but the complete story all in one book. I would give it 10 stars; I loved it!

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Friday, March 15, 2013


Since she was a child, Meg Pomeroy has dreamed of visiting Florence. However, when Meg finally has the chance to take the long-anticipated trip, it turns out to be far different than she has expected.

Anticipating to meet her father there, Meg arrives in Florence and discovers that she is on her own. Hospitable Sofia Borelli welcomes Meg to Florence and to her home, but as Meg gets to know Sofia and the beautiful city, she discovers some surprising truths about both- and about herself.

This book wasn't totally my style, and I felt like the ending was a little strange, but I must say that this book was very well-written! I as the reader felt pulled into the story. The depth of the book was stunning due, I am sure, to the careful and precise research of the author. She did a great job of making her readers feel as if they were actually seeing the story with their own eyes. This book was, overall, a pretty good read.

I appreciated the opprotunity to read this book, thanks to the library! :-)

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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Skirts, anyone?!

So I was on the internet looking for a peasant skirt pattern and I came across this page, which has tons of awesome skirt ideas! I decided they were too good not to share!
Here's the link: http://craftstew.com/sewing/free-skirt-patterns 

I especially love the "Turn a Tablecloth into a Skirt"one! So cute! Now to get my hands on a circular tablecloth! :-) 
The link to just that one is http://wipster.blogspot.com/2009/08/circular-tablecloth-skirt-tutorial.html

Hope these patterns inspire your creativity!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Book Review: WAITING FOR MORNING by Karen Kingsbury

 There are good books, and then there are really good books. Karen Kingsbury’s Waiting For Morning is one of those really good books.

 Hannah Ryan’s husband and two daughters were on their way home from a camping trip when a drunk driver collided with their car, killing Hannah’s husband and oldest daughter.

 Consumed with grief and hate for the man who destroyed her family, Hannah spends every minute pursuing the prosecution of the drunk driver to the fullest extent of the law, hoping that by putting him behind bars she will find peace again. Meanwhile, devastated by the loss of her dad and sister, Hannah’s surviving daughter Jenny battles depression and grief alone.

 When a police officer remembers her husband’s dying message, will the letter he sends Hannah contain the truth that will set her free? And will Hannah realize that Jenny needs her love and support, before it’s too late?

 Have tissues handy! Waiting For Morning is a story of hope and forgiveness that will touch your heart and stay with you for a long time. This book was excellent, well-written, and I would not hesitate to recommend it.

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Hello Blog Readers! What's up?

Well, I've been posting quite a few book reviews lately; I think I posted 4 of them in February which is a record! During the winter, I signed up to be a blogger for Baker Publishing Group, which includes Bethany House Publishers and Chosen Books, and so I've been reviewing their books in addition to the books I got from WaterBrook Multnomah.

Anyway, if you haven't taken the time to rate my WaterBrook Multnomah reviews, I would really appreciate it if you would! The more people rate my reviews, the more selection of books I am able to choose from for review!

Thanks so much for rating my reviews, and if you're interested in getting free books to review yourself, please ask me questions about it!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Book Review: GET LOST by Dannah Gresh

Disappointingly, it has been over a month and I still haven't received this book. I've contacted WaterBrook Multnomah, and if I'm able to receive a replacement copy, I will read it, write a review, and edit this :-)

OK... Thanks to WaterBrook Multnomah for sending me a replacement copy.. Life has been hectic for the past 6 months, between school, my trip to Japan this summer and now school again so it has taken me a long time to sit down and write a review. Apologies!!! Here's the overdue review:

I really love Dannah Gresh's style of writing- the "big sister" tone that her books take and the relevant things she talks about in them. Get Lost is all about how to be more focused on God than guys (because all too often, the opposite tends to be what we do!). Dannah shares helpful information and tips on why and how whe should do this and encourages girls to go on a 10-day (or 10-week) "Love Feast" - a period of time when you "fast" from guys and focus completely on God.

This book was insightful and contained some good information and ideas. It's a good book for teen girls to read.

Thank you to WaterBrook Multnomah for sending me a free copy of Get Lost in exchange for an honest review. Sorry about the delay in getting it written!

And also thank you to the author, Dannah Gresh, who posted a comment on my blog offering to send me a replacement copy herself! I really appreciated your kind offer and would've taken you up on it! Thank you! :-)

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Review: YOUR BEAUTIFUL PURPOSE by Susie Larson

This was not a good book. I guess the point of the book was to encourage women to embrace what God has in store for them but honestly, I felt like there wasn't much real substance to the book. The author seemed to spend more time just rambling on than getting to the real point of what she wanted to say. Also, when she added examples from her own story, it didn't flow with the rest of the chapter, making the book seem discombobulated. And I felt like it almost seemed that she thought she'd figured out how to almost be perfect, so you should do what she said or did to be like her. I realize this wasn't how she meant to sound, but it came across to me that way. And there was too much of "this is what needs to happen" and not much of "here is what practical life application would look like".
Honestly, I don't think I would recommend this book. I found it hard to read, boring, and lacking substance.
I received this book free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Review: OUTRAGEOUS COURAGE by Kris Vallotton with Jason Vallotton

This book was written to share true and inspiring events from Tracy Evans' missionary life. Readers who enjoy the biographies and stories of missionaries or readers who like books with plenty of action will enjoy Outrageous Courage.
I enjoyed reading Tracy's story and seeing how God worked in her life, as well as how He protected her and orchestrated events in her life. Your heart will be touched by the stories of the people Tracy worked with and cared for.

Thank you to Baker Publishing Group and Chosen Books for providing me with a free copy of Outrageous Courage in exchnage for my honest review.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Excellent Book!

Book Title: Though Mountains Fall by Dale Cramer

This was a very well-written book. While many Amish books tend to be cliché and unrealistic, this one was very interesting. The plot was intriguing and captured my interest from the first page; I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, and I couldn’t put it down! I haven’t read the first two books in the series, but after reading this one, I definitely plan to. This was the best Amish book I have read in a very long time! I definitely recommend it.

Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for sending me a free copy of Though Mountains Fall in exchange for my honest review of it.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Fearless: My Review

Fearless is the story of a man named Adam Brown- and how he went from adventurous child to daredevil teen, from drug-addict adult to a man with a goal: becoming a Navy SEAL. Adam was described as fearless by everyone who knew him, and his courage and determination were fueled by his faith, his wife, and his family. This is his story. Fearless is the type of book that you will not soon forget. This is the kind of book everyone needs to read. Thank you to WaterBrook Multnomah for providing me with a free copy of Fearless in exchange for my honest review. Please rate my review below: (1=terrible, 5=excellent)