Thursday, April 17, 2014

Book Review - Stranded

Stranded is my first Dani Pettrey book.  It was very entertaining.  I really felt it just lacked depth of character and story plot throughout.  Perhaps if I had read the first two books in the series, I wouldn’t have felt like I needed to re-read certain parts to fully understand what was going on. 

I admire the author for the bold and faith giving statements she gives regarding redemption and salvation.  I did find myself praying right along with the characters throughout the book.  For that alone, I’d give it 5 stars.  She doesn’t fluff through the salvation message. 

I am wondering now that I’ve finished the book, what the title actually has to do with the book.  Who was stranded?  Was it someone or was it the emotions of the characters?  Hmm something to think about!

I have a desire to know more about Alaska now.  That’s always a bonus when an author can bring you into a world you don’t know anything about and make you want to experience life there. 

I’d love to read her next book if it’s going to revolve around another McKenna sibling, Kayden.  She seems like she will be a fascinating character!

I received this book as a free preview from Bethany House Publishing, for an honest review. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Book Review The Making of a Prophet

The Making of a Prophet is a nicely written book.  It is a practical and biblical guide about what it is to be used by God as a prophet.  
This book also is an encourager to those that need the additional reinforcement of faith. 
The author, Jennifer LeClaire, gives a realistic and true biblical advice for developing your prophetic voice. She appears to be valid in her knowledge and resources.
This could be a great resource book for an individual that has been called to the gift of prophecy.  The author reminds us that although gifting is never the same from person to person, they all hold value to God.  She reminds us that our motives to please and serve God overshadows the need to please ourselves and man. 
I received a free copy of this from Chose Books in exchange for an honest review. 

Monday, July 1, 2013

Book Review It is Finished

It Is Finished: Finding Lasting Victory Over SinIt Is Finished: Finding Lasting Victory Over Sin by David Wilkerson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It is Finished; Finding Lasting Victory Over Sin. What does that mean to find victory over sin? Is it a magical, mysterious act that you have to perform to finally find relief? What this book made abundantly clear is that it definitely is NOT about ME! Jesus died on the cross for my sins and said "It is finished." It really is. God has truly given each of us the resources we need to defeat life-controlling sin.
I enjoyed this book very much and really hope I can take the time to go back through it with a highlighter this time.

This book was given to me by Baker Publishing Group, for my honest review.

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Book Review Heaven Hears

Heaven Hears: The True Story of What Happened When Pat Boone Asked the World to Pray for His Grandson's SurvivalHeaven Hears: The True Story of What Happened When Pat Boone Asked the World to Pray for His Grandson's Survival by Lindy Boone Michaelis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Heaven Hears is a true story about an answered prayer. This wasn't just one prayer by one family. It ended up being thousands of prayers by thousands of families all across this nation. Ryan Boone has been saved for a reason and God must surely have bigger plans for him.

Back Cover:
"On June 19, 2001, Ryan Corbin, grandson of Pat Boone, accidently stepped through a skylight and fell three stories onto a cement floor. When he broke through that roof, Ryan fell into a very different life from the one he had before as the beloved son of Lindy Boone Michaelis and first grandson of entertainment icon Pat Boone. As Ryan lingered between life and death in intensive care at UCLA Medical Center, Pat and Lindy decided to take action, in a big way; they went on "Larry King Live," shared their faith, and asked millions of TV viewers to pray for Ryan. And so, they prayed. "Heaven Hears" is an unbelievable story of answered prayer--and it's not over yet. This book will inspire you to look for answers to prayer and to see God's miracles."

I was less enthused by the history of Lindy. I just felt some of her history was unnecessary and poorly written. Her faith was unshakeable and undeniable. I would like to have heard more about Ryan and his story, rather than Lindy's, that's all. I'm not bashing her by any means. God is great and God definitely answers prayers!

I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Tyndale Publishers for my honest review of this book.

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Book Review The Guardian Duke

The Guardian Duke (Forgotten Castles #1)The Guardian Duke by Jamie Carie
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was my first book by Jamie Carie and I wasn't too terribly disappointed but I wasn't too terribly impressed either. I liked the story and I even enjoyed the cliff hanger at the end. Something about it seemed to just seem ho-hum. If given the chance to preview more in this series, I probably would do it, mostly to find out the ending!
If you're looking for just lightly semi-mindless reading, go ahead and take a chance on this one.

I was given a free preview copy to review by NetGalley, for my honest opinion.

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Book Review Flirting with Disaster

Flirting with Disaster (Camelot, #3)Flirting with Disaster by Ruthie Knox
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

You know, I read another book by Ruthie Knox that I really enjoyed, but I have to say I think this one just fell short. There wasn't enough character building nor was there anything that grabbed my attention to make me care about the characters. I really lost interest in the story line as well as the plot.
Keep writing Ruthie, but give us depth of character!

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Book Review Unrivaled

UnrivaledUnrivaled by Siri Mitchell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I'm not a regular reader of Siri Mitchell, but I will be adding her to my list of authors! This is a cute, fast read book. The characters, Lucy and Charlie are both head-strong and a bit mean at times, but it seems to work for them. Their rivalry within the candy business is believable and highly energetic.
From the Back Cover
"Lucy Kendall returns from a tour of the Continent, her luggage filled with the latest fashions and a mind fired by inspiration. After tasting Europe's best confections, she's sure she'll come up with a recipe that will save her father's struggling candy business and reverse their fortunes. But she soon discovers that their biggest competitor, the cheat who swindled her father out of his prize recipe, has now hired a promotions manager--a cocky, handsome out-of-towner who gets under Lucy's skin.

Charlie Clarke's new role at Standard Manufacturing is the chance of a lifetime. He can put some rough times behind him and reconnect with the father he's never known. The one thing he never counted on, however, was tenacious Lucy Kendall. She's making his work life miserable...and making herself impossible for him to forget."

I received this book as a free preview from Bethany House Publishers, for their honest review.

I look forward to reading her next book!

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