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March 31 2012 7 31 /03 /March /2012 03:08

   

This is an amazing biography about the life of Scott MacIntyre. Scott was the first blind finalist to be on American Idol. He played the piano at his first wedding at seven years old. He swims. He skies. He also had stage four kidney failure. He graduated summa cum laude and was accepted into Cambridge University in England. And, as I said, before, he's blind.

This guy is amazing! This book is an autobiography of his life, and it is so inspirational. Scott MacIntyre has gone through so much in his young life, good and bad, scary and exhilarating, and he praises God through all of it. I have been reading this book as a read-aloud to my family and we all just eat it up. Scott is so amazing and inspiring to others. He continues to push through trials that left my family speechless. This book tells the story of how he had stage four kidney failure at age nineteen and all the doctors said he would need a transplant within the year-the very same year he was supposed to be going to England for school at Cambridge University. Also, this book tells about the little things that he went through and the fear and other emotions he felt when going through them, such as when he lost his first tooth, learned how to swim, competed on American Idol, jumped off a bridge, and traveled back and forth to different hospital through it all. This is a very great book that makes you want to live life to its fullest and celebrate the little challenges as well as the big ones and praise God through it all.

Thank you to Book Sneeze and Thomas Nelson publishers for letting me read and review this book. It was excellent.

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March 31 2012 7 31 /03 /March /2012 01:46

Hey everybody! I have more historical fiction for you to try out: Veil of Pearls by MaryLu Tyndall. This story is so well written, I'd give it five out of five stars. It is about a runaway slave from Barbados who runs to Charleston, South Carolina and accidently falls in love with a plantation owner's son. This is so amazing dramatic, romantic, exciting, and full of good lessons. The girl's name who ran away is Althea Claymore, but she changed it during the story to hide her identity to Adalia Winston, so that's what I'll be referring to her as during this review.

Anyway, after she runs away from Sir Walter Miles's Plantation in Barbados, she buys passage on a ship to Charleston and there becomes a doctor's assistant. As one of her first assignments, she goes to the Rutledge Plantation to take care of some sick slaves. Of course, seeing those slaves reminded her of her past, so she got out of there as fast as she could, naturally. Or, at least she tried. She ended up running into the two Rutledge brothers, Hadley and Morgan, who were sons of the plantation owner. They were dueling with swords, until she caught their eye. Seeing how both of them were unmarried, they both stopped what they were doing to talk to her. Since Adalia's one-fourth Negro heritage does not show through in her features, she was able to escape from slavery, with no one the wiser. Adalia tried to avoid the two brothers, of course, but they stopped her.

Anyway, moving on with the story, Adalia continues to work for and board with the Doctor, and she cannot get her mind off of the brothers that she saw at the plantation. Needless to say, they-or at least one of them- cannot seem to forget her either. Both of them, Adalia and the brothers, continue to run into each other at parties, around town, and the like.

There is one lady, Miss Emerald, who cannot stand Adalia because she continues to win the attentions of the brother that Emerald herself wanted to marry. She gets in touch with Sir Walter, and he comes to capture Adalia. She has kept her secret about being a runaway slave from everyone, including the brother of whom she has captured the attentions of, and when her secret is revealed, everyone seems to desert her and she is dragged back to Sir Walter's plantation. But the story is not over!

Thank you so much to Net Galley and MaryLu Tyndall publishers for letting me read and review this book! I loved it so much.

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March 21 2012 4 21 /03 /March /2012 00:20

What a Daughter Needs From her Dad-- this ranks very highly in my list of important books. Besides the Bible, what could be more important? Daddy-daughter relationships are very important. What is a daughter supposed to look for in a husband? How is she supposed to act, serve others, or follow Jesus? A dad is a prime example and leader in daughter's lives. This book discusses what you, as a dad, can and should be doing for your daughter. I like this book a lot because it is a quick read, yet jam-packed with information. It covers topics on everything from dating, friendships, money management, politics, and your daughter's relationship with you, others, and Christ. This book guides you along through parenting a girl from infancy to her wedding, and beyond. God, the author, and I all want you to have a lasting relationship with your daughter, and this book gives stories of the author's life, tips, ideas, and encouragement.

The author, Michael Farris, has certainly had his experience with daughters. A home school dad of ten children, six of which are girls, this man knows what he is talking about! He's also the President of Patrick Henry College- a man you certainly would not mind taking advice from!

Thank you so much to Bethany House and Baker publishing group for providing me with this book to read and review!

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March 20 2012 3 20 /03 /March /2012 23:59

Hey everybody! There's some new biblical fiction that just dropped in from Babylon. We will be zeroing in on a captive of Israel named Belteshazzer, also known as Daniel. King Nebuchadnezzar has been having some really odd dreams, and he wants someone to tell him what they mean! The catch is, he will not tell you what the dream was. Daniel goes before the king. God gives him insight as to what the dream was and what it meant, and Daniel tells these things to the king. God has surely shown favor to this Jewish man! Because of Israel's sin, God exiled them to Babylon for seventy years. After that, though, Cyrus the Great of Persia took over Babylon (which was God's punishment for their own sins) and set the people of Israel free. This book is about the downfall of Babylon.

This book, Babylon's Falling, is written by William G. Collins, and was one that I received from Thomas Nelson Publisher's Book Sneeze program in return for my honest review. I was able to download this book on an electronic device, and was pleased that it worked, except that there seemed to be a lot of typos. I got chose this book because I had recently finished reading the book of Daniel and am studying the fall of Babylon and how it was taken over by Persia, and how all that fits into God's amazing plan.

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March 11 2012 1 11 /03 /March /2012 00:09

This Bible is in the King James Version. It is filled with notes about the history of America, and how it all relates to the Bible. These notes are written by Richard G. Lee, who also wrote "The Coming Revolution", among other books. This Bible is published by Thomas Nelson publishers. This Bible would be a great gift for men, grandfathers, music pastors, etc. The notes in this Bible certainly tie in with what is going on in the world today. The font size in the hardcover version is relatively large, compared to other Bibles. The notes in this Bible are very interesting, the topics ranging from wars to Presidents to slavery, and are almost as worthy of reading as the Bible itself.  You can buy this book at Family Christian Bookstores, amazon.com, and pretty much just wherever books are sold! It is also found at christianbooks.com. You can buy this book in hardcover, leather (two choices of colors for leather) or as an e-book.  Please enjoy.

Thank you to Thomas Nelson publishers and their Book Sneeze program for letting me read and review this book! I enjoyed it and look forward to working with you all in the future.

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February 20 2012 2 20 /02 /February /2012 20:24

Putting Boys on the Ledge by Stephanie Rowe is published by TKA Distribution. I believe this teen novel was published before in 2004 and is now being republished. This is the first book in the "A Girlfriend's Guide to Boys" series.

The main person is Blueberry Waller. She is fourteen and hates her name. She goes by "Blue" which is still weird. Blue has three friends that have known each other since they all were three. All of them, Ally, Frances, and Natalie, stick together and can read each other’s minds. This is their first year in high school and they don't quite know how to react. Thankfully, Ally's older sister Louisa (who we never actually meet in the story) gives them advice on boys and promises to try to get them an invitation to a party. Her advice is to "put boys on the ledge" by having certain attitudes and clothes to attract and then ditch boys in order to save themselves heartbreak. I must say, I don't really agree with their attitudes and ideas. These girls go about the wrong way to try to get what they want and are rude to their parents. They are dishonest and confused. I would not recommend this book to teenage girls because it sets a bad example. While the book does end up the way I wanted it to, these girls did not get punished for what they did. I would not read this book or any others in this series.

Thank you to Net Galley for letting me review this book.

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February 18 2012 7 18 /02 /February /2012 20:43

Family Shepherds: Calling and Equipping Men to Lead Their Homes is a book written by Voddie Baucham Jr. I have personally heard him speak and he is excellent! Mr. Baucham has written two other books: What He Must be...If He Wants to Marry My Daughter and Family Driven Faith. I knew he was an excellent teacher, so I knew this book would be great.

Like the movie that came out recently, (Courageous) this book encourages men to step up and "be a man". They tell men how to lead their homes and how important it is to do so. The majority of the kids in jail are in there because they did not have a positive father figure in their life to lead them and be their example. Many daughters turn to buys their age to find the love that they are missing by not having a father. This can lead to teenage pregnancy and abortions. Without a father, girls do not have the love coming from a dad who protects and treasures them as his "sweet little girl". Without a father, guys growing up do not have as close of a positive example of how to treat ladies and how to grow towards God and lead households. Voddie Baucham Jr. encourages men to lead their families and teach them about God. He encourages them to be a better example of all men should be. This was a very good book by a very good teacher that would help keep families together if men stepped up and lead their families.

Thank you to Net Galley for letting me review this book.

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February 18 2012 7 18 /02 /February /2012 20:25

The Coming Revolution by Dr. Richard G. Lee is a book published by Thomas Nelson publishers that comes out on January 31, 2012. I received this book from Thomas Nelson's Book Sneeze program in exchange for my honest review.

This book makes you think about the reasons that we had the American Revolution before, in 1776: freedom, unfair taxes, and religious freedom to worship God. Dr. Lee lets you see that America is going through the same choices and problems now. While this revolution may not include bullets and cannons, Americans need to stand up for what is right and fight against false religions that are invading our country, work for ourselves instead of taking government handouts, and the crazy taxes issue. Americans and Christians alike can see the direction that the country is going in, and do all we can to stop it. America, it's our duty to band together and fight for freedom. Do not let our country fail!

This was a powerful book; I would give it five out of five stars. While it is sad, the American people can stop this craziness and build our country to a better place while America is still considered the greatest country in the world, we need to work to keep it that way

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February 18 2012 7 18 /02 /February /2012 19:32

 

The Truth about Guys, a book by Chad Eastham, was excellent. It was written to teenage girls to help them understand more about how they think and act. It was very interesting, to say the least! Mr. Eastham has a great personality and it was so fun to read his book. There were several parts that made me stop and think, and others that made me laugh out loud. I would totally recommend this book. It was published by Thomas Nelson and can be bought at amazon.com and Christian bookstores. I really enjoyed it; this book made for an easy and interesting read.

This book discusses several important issues, such as why guys may not remember conversations as well as girls, a girl's value to God, dating, what guys are thinking, and many other helpful things for a girl to know about guys. I learned that they like it more when we already know our value and worth in God and that it's their job to re-enforce it, not create it. Girls should go around with their heads held high, and show guys that they are to be seen as treasures, not targets.

This book helped me understand guys better and may even save some relationships!

I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review. Thank you!

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February 18 2012 7 18 /02 /February /2012 19:15

First Date by Krista McGee was published by Thomas Nelson publishers. It came out recently, was apparently, was on the BookSneeze program but I missed it. I ended up checking it out at the library and really enjoyed it! I finished it in less than 24 hours, even though it was over three hundred pages long. This book was so wonderful; I cannot stop talking about it and would give it a six out of five stars.

Addy Davidson is a normal girl living in Tampa, Florida. She loves to read and water ski and is trying her best to get into an Ivy League college. When her principle calls her into his office to tell her that she has been picked to be on a reality television show, she does not know what to think. High schools around America had been entered into a large drawing. One hundred schools were chosen, and from each of those hundred, one girl was picked. That one girl would, along with the other ninety-nine girls, compete on a reality TV show to win a date with the President's son, Jonathan Jackson. Jonathan is the hottest boy in all the country who recently broke up with a girl from the Disney Channel. Now he's starting this show to let one hundred girls try to win a date with him.

Addy hates it. The last thing she wants to do is go onto a TV show that she didn't even audition for to win a date. She's never been on a date and does not really want to. Addy does her best to get out on the first round. That is, until Jonathan and her seem to connect and he is seemingly unimpressed by the other ninety-nine girls throwing themselves at him. From the starting one hundred girls, seventy are sent home and thirty remain. Each week five girls are taken off the show. Addy remains, and finds herself America's favorite. She does not know what to think.

On top off all that, there's Addy's haters, a hospital visit, a group of people trying to kill Jonathan and the president, and a producer that tries everything he can to get Addy off the show. Plus, there are challenges for sports, manners, and other things that the girls go through on the show. This jam packed book loosely resembles the Esther story in the Bible and was very enjoyable. This is a teen book for girls that would make a great gift! You can buy it on amazon.com or at Christian bookstores. Please read it; it's the best book I've read in a while.

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