Book Review: Hello Stars

I really loved this book. My 10-year-old daughter and I read it together and loved it. I loved how down to earth it felt, how easily she was able to relate to the characters, and how it helped open conversations for us about God and faith. It was just like the stories that she reads at school, but it integrated God into the same type of small chapter books.

I really loved this book and was so thankful to have gotten the chance to review it from Handlebar press.

Book Review “The Dog Who was There”

I was excited to read this book and thought it would be an interesting idea. The author jumped points of view often, and that made it kind of confusing to keep up with at points. I really appreciated the look that it gave us of Jerusalem during the time of Jesus’ life – especially the more poor lifestyles. I also appreciated the look that the author took in terms of the violent disregard the Romans had for life.

I also liked the way that the author presented the crucifixion scene through the eyes of the dog… which gave Barley a more human feel, which was nice. I did struggle thinking that although a lot happened in the first half of the book, the first few chapters felt slow.

Overall, I would say this is a very good read. My 10 year old daughter loved it.

I received a complimentary advanced readers’ copy of “The Dog who was There” via Litfuse. This is an independent and honest review of the book.

Book Review: A Spectacle of Glory

This is a great little devotional. Perfect for those with a busy life who still want to fit in a quick devotional every day. I enjoyed the content in this devotional so much that I purchased it for my boss for a Christmas gift. She loved it as much as I did.

The material is relatable and easy to read but provides the reader with challenging devotionals and verses. I found myself stopping throughout the day to think about what I had read that morning in my devotion.

Really great devotional.

 

I received this devotional from Handlebar Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

Book Review – It’s Not What You Think

It’s Not What You Think by Jefferson Bethke is a real look at what Jesus would have expected of Christians versus how Christians typically behave. My only critique of this book would be that it is a bit scattered and filled with A LOT of information. While this book left me thinking critically about the message I spread as a Christian, and made me question if I am really the person who Jesus would be proud to call a Christian, it was a lot of information.

Jefferson hit on a lot of very important topics and each chapter left me analyzing something that I thought I already knew. I am a quick reader, but this book took me a while to read because I needed time to process what I was taking in. He is a great writer, who makes typically difficult subjects easy to understand.

Jefferson peppers the book with sweet tales about his family and makes himself, and in turn the book, seem so relatable.

Great read! I would definitely recommend this to others.

 

*I received this book from Book Look Bloggers in exchange for my honest opinion.

Frost Bible – Review

We received the Frost Bible from Booklookbloggers in exchange for our honest review.

Our daughter opened this bible and immediately fell in love. She has been asking for a new bible for months, so this came along at the perfect time. The cover is so attractive to young girls – a beautiful blue with pretty sparkles.

The inside offers basic bible verses, just like any other bible. The suggested age range is 7-10, with my daughter being almost 9, it’s the perfect fit for her. She was so excited to take this Bible to church and use it.

We approve!

Heltons

Book Review: Monkeys and the Chair: Josiah’s Story

I was torn with this book. I think it is an inspiring story, but I cannot get past how unfinished this book seems. I felt like I was reading a rough draft, and not a finished, ready to publish, book. The book seemed unorganized, and didn’t seem to flow as well as it should have. It needs an editor to just really take it to where it needs to be.

The story itself was good, and I felt like at moments I got pulled so deeply into his story. I did appreciate how she went so quickly from making me laugh to almost making me seem heartbroken. Overall, it was a good story that just needs some tweaking to make it a GREAT story.

  • I was given this book by BookLookBloggers in exchange for my honest opinion.

Book Review: For the Love, by Jen Hatmaker

I was so excited to see that Jen Hatmaker had a new book coming out. I love her. I mean seriously love her. I want to wrap myself up and be a part of her family. But, I as kind of disappointed in this book. I didn’t think it really captured what the title said it was about. It didn’t really touch a lot on the idea of grace – which I thought it would.
Once I got past the idea of what I thought the book was going to be about, I enjoyed the book… but, more as a funny, “chicken soup for the soul” type book rather than a book study/self-help book. I found few references to scripture, which disappointed me, but the ones I found, I liked and found relevant… so there’s that.
Overall, this is a good book to read if you want something light-hearted and funny. Something like Jen Hatmaker. I really felt this book did a great job of capturing Jen’s true personality, which is just simply endearing.

*I was given this book to review, in exchange for my honest opinion, from BookLookBloggers

Book Review: Beyond Championships Teen Edition: A Playbook for Winning at Life

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I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

I love to find books that challenge my children, especially in a world where so little is challenged. I received this book, and asked my 12 year old son to read it and review it. He likes to read, but I figured he would lose interest in this quickly, however, he couldn’t put it down.

He raved about the lesson Coach Dru taught in this book, and how much he learned. This book inspired many conversations about hard work, determination, and even servitude. He loved reading the 9 principals that inspired some of the greats, like Lebron James, to be as successful as they are.

His big comment was how much this book helped to know how to tell you are making the right decisions, he shared that he thought teens face a lot of difficult decision and it was nice to feel like someone understood that.

I recommend this book for any teenager coming into their own!

Book review

I was recently given “A Hearts Disguise: Journey of the Heart” by Colleen Coble from BookLookBloggers. I was asked to read and give an honest review of the book in exchange for a free copy of the book. 

This is a really good read on terms of how the author writes, but overall I was disappointed in this book. I was disappointed that the teaser/description revealed the big plot twists.

This story is very interesting, but I felt like I kept waiting for something to happen, and it never did. I think if I hadn’t read the teaser/description I would have liked it much more than I did. 

I would read more of her stuff, just to see what she does, but this book left me wanting more. 

Book Review – How to Survive Middle School and Monster Bots

How to Survive Middle School and Monster Bots by Ron Bates is a quick read. My 11 year old read the book and wasn’t very impressed with it. He said the main character was kind of a jerk, and seemed to be self-centered. He said he got about halfway through the book and wouldn’t finish it because he hated the main character so much.

He did enjoy the writing style, just hated the character. He did acknowledge that this was a realistic character, and said he saw many kids at school like this boy. He said he saw this character as someone who complained about being bullied while bullying others.

As a mom, I am glad my son recognized the issues with this character, but I was disappointed in this type of representation. It seems to further perpetuate the type of behavior that kids have now that I hate.

*I was given this book from booklookbloggers.com in exchange for my honest review.