Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Godonomics


This was an awesome read! I couldn't put the book down. In Godonomics, author and church pastor Chad Hovind includes the subjects of economics, politics, and religion - all at the same time. It was amazing to learn why our country is the way it is. Each chapter in Godonomics outlines a different topic  it is divided into sections based on what God would say if he were to talk to various people. Karl Marx, Alan Greenspan, John Maynard Keynes, and FDR are some of the people to whom the writings are addressed. Hovind goes into detail to describe each economic leader and what the leader and theory stands for.

I thought it was great how he points out that socialism is not a good thing. I love Dave Ramsey and I felt this book is as wonderful! It is eye opening to see how our freedoms are being taken away. This is a must read for anyone! Time to wake up people and get your head out of the sand.

I was given this book in exchange for an honest review by Blogging for Books.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Jesus, My Father, The CIA and Me: A Memoir of Sorts


I was really drawn to the title Jesus, My Father, The CIA and me: A Memoir of Sorts by Ian Morgan Cron. I was thinking from the title that it would be more about the CIA and stories about that. I was wrong this was about his childhood growing up with an alcoholic father. I despise fiction so this book was very hard for me to read. I felt it was a very slow read and even painful at times. The title of the story should have been living with an alcoholic father. There are some interesting stories about his childhood, but not enough to keep me entertained. There was also a lot of background on what it was like growing up in the Catholic Faith. I would recommend this book to fiction lovers.

I was given this book by Booksneeze in exchange for an honest review.

My Princess Devotions


My Princess Devotions by Karen Whiting is a wonderful devotional for preschool girls. It is a one year devotional that has a very short story called royal words, a further explanation called princess thoughts, a prayer, and something to do called princess in action. The book does not have very many pictures, but it keeps the lesson to one page. I like how the author has an activity to do at the end of each lesson. It seems to be a highlight for my daughters. This devotional book is a great way to get young girls involved in a daily devotional. If you have a 3 or 4 year old then they will enjoy this book.

I was given this book by Tyndale House in exchange for an honest review.

You Can't Make Me


Do you have a strong willed child or a child that you struggle with? If you do then this is a must read. You Can't Make Me (But I Can Be Persuaded) by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias is a great parenting book. The author writes with passion and humor which will keep you entertained. The author shares her personal stories of raising a strong willed child. I could relate to the examples she gave. One of her tools when a strong willed child is misbehaving is to say, "I will pretend you didn't do that". Then that may redirect the child and make it a lighter atmosphere than just getting angry. The author has so many great ideas and solutions to make things run smoother that anyone would benefit from reading the book. I am going to keep this book with my other parenting books because it is applicable to children of all ages.

I was given this book by Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Popular


The teen years can be very difficult. So many people get mixed up in the wrong crowd. Popular by Tindell Baldwin is amazing book that discusses those hardships. The book takes you through the destructive path that so many teens take and the emotions that come with those choices. Baldwin tells her story of how she was raised in a Christian home, but choose to walk away from the Lord. The story however does have a happy ending after going through so much pain and sorrow she recommitted her life to Jesus.

The way the author is able to tell her story about sex, drugs, alcohol, and so much more is so intriguing. Reading the book just draws you into her story and you feel like you were the one going through everything. The great thing about the book is both teens and moms will love it because of the topic matters. The book is hard to put down. I highly recommend this book for moms with teen girls.

I was given this book by Tyndale House in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Firsthand


Do you need some motivation or a deeper walk with the Lord? Firsthand by Ryan and Josh Shook will be the book to push you to a new level. This is a life changing book for any age, although it seems more geared to young adults. The life stories from these brothers were interesting and motivating. They share their journey from growing up in a Christian home and making the choice to serve the Lord. The book included short quotes from individuals across the globe, discussion questions at the end of each chapter, and ideas for change. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to make their faith deeper and especially young adults. This book impacted my life and it is one that I will share with my friends.

I was given this book by Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

The Passionate Mom Dare to Parent in Today's World


Parenting can be very challenging, but reading parenting books can ease the pain. The Passionate Mom by Susan Merrill used biblical advice based on Nehemiah. She broke the book into 10 main themes that all began with the letter P. At first I thought that was a little corny, but the concepts were all useful. I learned practical parenting advice such as prayer, pondering, and patience. The book was an easy read and was filled with many helpful ideas. I loved how the book flowed and her own personal journey. The examples from her children were very entertaining. I would recommend this book to any mom that wants to take parenting to the next level. This will be a parenting book that I will keep as a resource.

I was given this book by Thomas Nelson in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Meal Time Devotions

Do you want a way to get the focus on Jesus at your dinner table? I know I do. Finding a devotion book that is short enough to keep the little ones attention, but also be deep enough for a tween. This is a hard task, but Whit's End Meal Time Devotions by John Whittaker does just that. The devotions are only a page long. They begin with mealtime prayer that is written out. Then it goes to the appetizer which has questions to answer. The next part is the main course which is where the verses are connected. Table talk are review questions that go over the story. Then the last part is the vitamins and minerals which is the summary. The whole devotional for the day can be done is 10 minutes are less. I think this is a good amount of time for people with small children. I enjoyed the book and would recommend it. I was given the book by Tyndale House in exchange for an honest review.

Sent

Have you ever dreamed about what it would be like moving to another country to pursue your calling? Well I had never really given it any thought until I picked up this book. Sent by Hillary Alan is so encouraging. She is leading the American dream and then her life changes drastically. I love how the author explains how hard the transition was and the costs associated with such a life style change, but that the author wouldn't change what happened either. Alan takes us on the journey from America to South East Asia and it makes you feel like you are right there with her.

I love how the author makes you think about what you really value in life and bring it back to what really matters Jesus. This is an inspirational book that makes you not want to waste another encounter with anyone. Just slow down and focus on relationships. It made me re-think some of the business in my life. Is this what God really wants me to be doing....

I was given this book by Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

Organic Outreach for Families

Do you want to grow deeper with your family? How about creating a home that invites the Holy Spirit in? Organic Outreach for Families by Kevin and Sherry Harney share practical ways to make the most of your family. Harney's explain how to become a lighthouse for the Lord. First step is to make the Lord a priority in your life before you can reach others.

The book is very practical it gives advice on what steps to take to make your house comfortable, the place to be, ideas for meals, and ways to make your guests feel special. This is a book that touches on so many topics that I will keep as a reference as my life changes. It will apply to people with children or without. If you are looking for ways to be more of a witness for the Lord then you will enjoy this book.

I was given this book by Booksneeze in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

One Month to Love


I am not an expert on love and sometimes feel like I am not sure what to do in different situations. One Month to Love by Kerry and Chris Shook address how to make your core relationships better. They explain that it doesn't matter what point you are in your relationship there is room for growth. Each day there is a lesson such as the art of being all there, intentionally giving encouragement, acting intentionally and a wide range of other topics. The book gives personal examples that invoke thought and have daily challenges to push the reader out of their comfort zone. Some of the challenges really made me think on how I could improve and exposed areas where I need a lot of work.

One Month to Love is an easy read that is broken into 30 chapters to take your close relationships to the next level. The book made it easy to find ways to improve. I don't think anyone of us can say we are perfect, so this book is for everyone high school and up. I have to admit some of the challenges were harder than others, so be prepared to be honest with yourself.

I was given this book by Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

Heaven's Lessons


Have you ever read a story about a near death experience? Books based on an authors perspective based on a near death experience is always moving for me. Heaven's Lessons by Steve Sjogren is no different. Steve was a pastor of a mega church when he had a surgery that didn't go as plan and that is when his life changed. He was able to view his body while on the operating table and when he awoke he had constant pain and a disability that has changed his life. I love how the author was able to see how the Lord used this journey to grow his faith.

The book covers how to overcome fear, how to be thankful in all circumstances, living life to be generous and loving odd people. I lied the practical advice on such a wide range of topics. This book has such a wide audience base because of the stories and topics that are told. I was given this book by Booksneeze in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Bible Stories that End with a Hug!



Do you have a 1-4 year old child that you would like to start devotions with? If so I have the perfect book for you Bible Stories that End with a Hug by Stephen Elkins. The author has tailored this Bible for little people. It includes bright illustrations that compliment the story. Elkins has chosen to keep the stories very short and sweet and to the point to keep his readers interested. What makes this children's Bible different is that it has questions at the end that the children can answer and make connections to their own lives.

My favorite part of each story is the hug. It is a great way to end the story. My 4 year old really enjoyed that part, but would have preferred a little more in depth for the actually stories. I would recommend this book to anyone with young children.

I was given this book in exchange for an honest review by Tyndale House.

Monday, January 14, 2013

The 5 Money Personalities

                                                                                                                         
The 5 Money Personalities by Scott and Bethany Palmer is an interesting read. The book covers the primary and secondary money personalities that people have. The Saver, Spender, Risk Taker, Security Seeker, and Flyer are the relationship dynamics that are at work in any relationship. There are personal examples of each money type. I had to laugh at the descriptions because we all know people that fall into these categories. Throughout the book there are different things to work on for your money relationship. my favorite was the money dump.

The authors are husband and wife and have been in the finacial industry for years. Over the course of their careers they have seen that understanding your money personality has a lot of impact on your relationships. I felt the book had some good advice. I would recommend this book to anyone that wants to understand their money personality better. I was given this book by Booksneeze in exchange for an honest review.