Friday, January 27, 2012

A great book for all who have a daughter, my review for Five Conversations You Must Have With Your Daughter

Five Conversations You Must Have With Your Daughter is a very informative book. The author, Vicki Courtney, is honest about subjects we need to broach with our young girls. She also highlights areas we need to watch in our relationship with our daughters to keep them wanting to talk with us about what is happening in their lives. Her major sources of advice come from verses in the Bible. She stresses that we need to keep these Biblical principles as the guidelines for steering our daughters’ in the right direction.

Some of the major topics in this book are weight, how dressing changes the way you are viewed, and sexual experiences now compared to fifty years ago. She shows how the media and even our conversations can change how a young girl views her body and chooses to act. With the media being the major culprit we need to scrutinize what our daughters are watching, reading and even listening to. The author stresses that even if we think our daughters might be old enough for online socializing we should limit it until they are age 18. This is just another form of influence you need to keep yourself abreast of.

The author is very open about her personal life and personal convictions. You may not and probably won’t agree with all she has written. I thought she did a great job of presenting her viewpoint by using examples as well as researched statistics. If anything this book will open your eyes to what really goes on in a young girls life and the influences that affect her view of herself. Worth reading if you have a young girl or teenager and want to know how to approach certain subjects with her. Not all of the book will help you but it does give you a guideline to follow to at least start talking!

I gave this book a 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 on my opinion of what I read.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Do These Jeans Make Me Look Fat? My book review for today....

Do These Jeans Make Me Look Fat? An interesting title for an interesting book. Author, Jocelyn Hamsher, is trying to get you away from depending on others opinions to find peace about your bodies and instead look to your Creator.

Using examples from her life and stories from friends she walks us through the steps to stop comparing ourselves to what the world says is a worthy woman to what the Bible says is a worthy woman. Knowing who you are in Christ and what He expects of us while we live in these earthly bodies will lead you in the right direction. Waking up and looking up instead of in the mirror can really change your outlook for the day.

Not only does this book teach you about not comparing yourself to others but it also goes to great lengths to teach you how your body changes over the years. Citing numerous statistics and surveys you will learn much about how the woman’s body will change. You will better understand that getting older is not something you will do alone but is something you will have to accept! I liked the funny stories shared but also got a little discouraged by all the negative things that happen to your body. Of all the things shared there were really no solutions given except to just know the changes were coming and get mentally prepared for them.

Overall I thought the book was very educational as well as thoughtfully written. Even with taking my spirits down a bit with all the body aging information I still gave this book a 5/5 stars. I did this because the information shared is very informative and worth at least one read!

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

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Cherry Blossom Capers, My Book Review For Today!

This book has four stories. Each one is worth reading. Not very deep character studies but you do get a glimpse of a certain time during the characters life. They all take place in the Washington D.C. area and all have a little romance between the main characters.

State Secrets by Lynette Sowell is about a White House chef and a plot to sabotage a State Dinner. This story is easy to follow and the characters are well developed.

Dying For Love By Cara Putman is about two lawyers who stumble on the body of a murdered judge. I liked the suspense and thought the story was well written.

Buried Deception by Gina Conroy is a story about archaeology. Don’t let that scare you away! It is a great story. The romance is fun and there are even rambunctious kids to keep you entertained.

Coffee, Tea and Danger By Frances Devine is the last story in the book. This one took me a little to get into but once I got past the first chapter it was a quick read.

I enjoyed all the stories and would read it again!

I gave this book a 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 on my opinion of what I read

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A great book with short stories!

I really enjoyed this book and wanted to share it with you.  Here is my review for Mama Dai Fell Through the Floor by Diana Baird.

Remember as a child sitting in church listening to the Missionaries tell all those fun stories about ants and snakes and having to eat weird food? Well this book is full of stories just like those. It will have you on the edge of your seat wanting to read more.

This was a fun and entertaining book. This book shows, through true stories the author encountered while serving as a missionary, that the Lord is always with you. A quick read that reminds you of the Lords presence, a real treat in this scheduled filled life of ours! I read this book in one sitting and will be giving it as a gift to many friends this year.

I was given this book by to review

Monday, January 23, 2012

Review for the historical romance Belonging written by Robin Lee Hatcher

I really enjoyed this romance. Belonging, by Robin Lee Hatcher, is set in Idaho in the late 1800’s. It is about a new teacher coming to town. As Felicia Brennan Kristoffersen steps off the stage she meets the families that change her life. The families that greet her are welcoming and that helps her want to start teaching the children right away. She is excited to have this job as the teacher. She is especially excited to be on her own. What is most surprising is her attraction to one of her students’ father. What makes it even harder is she is staying in the cottage in his back yard!

Colin Murphy is not that excited about this new teacher. He has found that the single teachers tend to only stay until they find a husband! He is worried his daughter, Charity, will become too attached to her as she will be living in the cottage behind their home. As time progresses and he spends time with Felicia he finds he is becoming attached to her just as much as Charity is. Since his wife passed away he has not wanted to fall in love but is finding himself thinking of the new teacher a lot!

Following their love story is an adventure. The characters feel like real people. Their emotions and words are believable. I liked how it flowed well and moved quickly. Overall it was a fun read and I would recommend it to anyone who likes Christian historical romances.

I gave this book a 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 on my opinion of what I read.