Friday, January 20, 2012

Newest Book by Elizabeth George!

This book is being released on February 1, 2012.

Elizabeth George had done it again! Another great book for women, especially Moms. A Mom After God’s Own Heart Devotional is filled with short devotionals to encourage you on your journey to be a better Mom.

From ways to encourage your children to learning to pray for them everyday, each page contains helpful ways to grow as a Mom. She also explains how important your marriage relationship is to having a happy home life. Keeping your marriage healthy will lead to less stress and therefore more time to concentrate on your children’s well being. My favorite part is her comment that even Grandmothers can learn from this book. She stresses that it is never too late to start improving your relationship with your children and their children!

Each devotional is a page long and contains the scripture she is expounding on. The devotionals are short enough you can read them quickly. Of course if you have more time you can read more then one or spend some time reading extra scriptures relating to the topic discussed. Each devotional is also filled with examples from her life and Biblical families. These examples fit well with each topic and really highlight the principle she is teaching.

I would highly recommend this book. I think it would be a great book to give as a gift to any Mom or Grandmother.

I gave this book 5/5 stars.

I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based solely on my opinion of what I read.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Review for the new book Growing Together as a Couple

Growing Together as a Couple by Brian and Cheryl Brodersen is a book about ways to make your marriage a lasting one. The tips they give you are easy to follow and remember. The chapters are divided into E Principles. Two of them are Eliminate Unhealthy Expectations and Endure By Standing Together in Faith.

In Eliminate Unhealthy Expectations you will learn that no one is alike and that is a good thing. Imagine how boring it would be if your marriage was only filled with your ideas. I liked how the authors used their marriage experiences as well as others in sharing ways to change your expectations. The healthy expectations listed and talked about were very helpful.

In the Endure By Standing Together in Faith chapter they give great advice on treasuring your relationship as a gift not an obligation. They show how, apart from Jesus, your marriage is the most intimate and deepest relationship you should have. I also liked how they said to be sure to self examine and not just think about your spouse while reading this book!

This book was not preachy and was very informative and helpful. Each chapter is written in a loving and open way and definitely not condemning or legalistic in nature. Overall a great book on growing together in your marriage.

I gave this book 5/5 stars!
I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based solely on my opinion of what I read.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

It Had To Be You Review

The funny meeting of the two major characters in "It Had To Be You" will have you cheering for them to get together right from the start. Sunny and Dan start their love journey on a Thanksgiving cruise with their families.

The relationship of Sunny and Dan is the main story of this book written by Linda Windsor. They are both on the cruise for a different reason. Sunny is on the journey to help take care of her niece and nephew. Their characters are well written and help make the book believable. Sunny’s sister has been struggling with the death of their parents so her husband decides they should all go on this cruise for a change of scenery. Sunny has not taken the time to mourn their parents death and keeps pushing those emotions away. How they both heal is the minor story in this book.

Dan’s reason for the cruise is family as well. His mother has recently married, too soon after his father’s death, in Dan’s opinion though. This leads Dan to a background check on the new husband. Dan’s problems affect how he responds to Sunny and his feelings for her. Their relationship grows as they work together through the issues they are dealing with.

The book moves quickly and some of it even makes you laugh out loud. The ending works for the story and makes the whole book enjoyable and worth the read.

I gave this book 4/5 stars.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Review for Best Friends with God

Best Friends with God uses stories from the Bible to help illustrate principles that will help you in your relationship with the Savior.

Each of the chapters in this book highlight a story found in Bible. The first uses the text of Luke 24. This is the story of Jesus walking with two men and answering questions for them. They don’t realize He is the risen Lord until the end. The author, Christy Bower, does an excellent job of making this read like a story. The extra information given is very enlightening. Each chapter ends with questions to further your study on the topic discussed.

I enjoyed each chapter and felt they were all informative and had lessons Christians could learn from. My favorite chapter was the one about the prodigal son. This chapter discusses different bad attitudes that can affect our relationship with the Lord. You will learn ways to help keep those attitudes in check. I actually read this chapter twice as there was so many great principles taught there.

The book as a whole was informative and easy to read. The only negative I had was the author’s use of a lot of personal experiences throughout the book. I would have enjoyed hearing about others who have experienced the difficulties discussed not just the authors every time. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to understand how to have a better personal relationship with the Savior.

I gave this book 4/5 stars.

I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based solely on my opinion of what I read.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Review for Oh! What God Can Do!

I read this book earlier this year and wanted to share it with you.  It was very uplifting!

Touching Stories of Faith and Encouragement, the sub title to the book, explains exactly what the book contains. The 10 stories told are filled with positive examples of the Lord's guidance and faithfulness. You will be encouraged after reading each story that the Lord listens to your prayers and is really leading in your life.

Each story is short and written in an easy to read format. They are personal experiences of the author, Gertie Max. She tells them with an openness that make you feel like she wrote them just for you.

The stories are mostly about when she was a teacher and her experience with answered prayer. Her interaction with her students and their families is very moving and encouraging.

The longest story, and most personal, is about a family vacation to Florida that includes a family crisis. In the retelling of the trip you will see how the Lord takes care of his own! The Lord uses strangers and prayer to make her family's crisis into a witnessing opportunity. You will praise the Lord with her as she retells how the Lord worked everything out for His glory!

Each story is worth the read. The only negative I have, I thought the book was too short! I am hoping she writes another one so I can hear more of her wonderfully told stories.

I gave this book 5/5 stars.

I received a complimentary copy of OH! What God Can Do! as a member of the
Dorrance Publishing Book Review Team. Visit
to learn how you can become a member of the Book Review Team.