Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Note: A Graceful Reflection by Cameron Dockery REVIEW

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The Year was 1972 and while America was knee deep in something called Watergate an eleven year old boy from a small community finds himself neck deep in a scandal of his own. The Note is a true story about a boy who gets himself into trouble and has a hard time confessing after having been traumatized the previous year. A line was crossed while discipline was administered and the father he loved became the man he feared. An emotional scar left his heart deeply wounded and severely handicapped.

Can a relationship be restored? Can a wounded heart experience healing? Is there hope for the hurting? The Note answers these questions with a loud and resounding, YES!

The Note was a quick and somewhat easy to read. Meaning, it was easy to understand, but there were parts in the book I didn't quite agree with, mainly the wording at times. Outside of what I would refer to unfortunate wording because of today's society and the popularity of political correctness, I enjoyed this quick little read. I agree with the theme and moral of the story. I also appreciated the moral compass it held. The story deals with what many kids deal with: feeling bad about what they did wrong, but not wanting to come clean. Yet the guilt of what they did pushing them to do what is right, knowing (or not knowing) the consequences that are about to take place. 
I don't quite agree with how the father dealt with the son after he stood up to and fought his bully or the lesson the boy took away from the incident ( I'll stop with that example since I don't want to give any spoilers).
What I did like is, after the boy was feeling tortured for what he did and the guilt from it and from lying, he still came forward, knowing fully what the consequences were. I also respected how the father dealt with the issue and his son after he came forward with the truth; he showed him grace and forgiveness.
All in all, if it were not for what I believe is the moral of the story, that being grace and forgiveness, I don't feel I would be able to recommend this book even though it is a true story from the authors life.




I received this book for review from the author.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

WWW Wednesday

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To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

  •  I am currently reading:
  1. Sarah's Choice by Rebecca St. James and Nancy Rue
  2. The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron
  3. A Life Apart  by L. Y. Marlow 
  • What I am going to read next:
  1. Ride to Redemption by DJ Wilson
  2. I am going to re-read Monday Monday by Elizabeth Crook
  • I recently finished reading:
  1.  Anger: How to Control It So It Won't control you by Dr. Tiffany Brown 
  2. The Respect Dare 40 Days to a Deeper Connection with God and Your Husband By Nina Roesner
  3. Dandelions on the Wind by Mona Hodgson  


     
     



Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Anger: How to Control It So It Won't control you REVIEW

 
Everyone has experienced at least once in their life. Some have experienced at least every day.

I have traveled all over the world and since it in every place. I struggled with it as well. It’s a family problem for generations. It can be your greatest motivator or worst enemy.

Anger. Anger is defined by the Webster Dictionary as a strong feeling of displeasure and belligerence aroused by a wrong; wrath; ire.

I will show not only to control your anger from a Christian principles but also have manage it until your motivate you; not hinder you. Get Ready. Anger is nothing more than manifestation of fear. Once you eliminate fear, the anger will be gone. Become Fearless

I read Dr. Brown's book The Reflections of Light for Daily Living: A Book of Affirmations for the Ambitious A few years back and I found that book very helpful and encouraging so, when I heard about this one I was glad to read it.
This is the same type of book as her others, the self help type but I do enjoy and appreciate particular aspects of her self help books that others seem to lack. For example, she creates a self help book that is not only relatable and easy to understand without sounding or coming off as condescending but, she gives people help and advise without making you feel as though you're sitting in a classroom or being given an anger intervention. She creates this feeling within her book as though you are sitting down with her over a cup of coffee or tea; simply chatting with a friend who is offering good advice to live by. 
Even if you yourself don't feel as though you have anger problems personally, it would make for a great gift, daily lesson on how to help those with anger problems, or if you know someone who could use it but may not receive it as well, you could read it yourself and get help on how to help them and communicate with them.
Lastly, another lovely facet to this self help book is, even though it is written in, and could be read in chronological order, it does not require chronological order reading. You can jump throughout the book to where you need help first. 


I do recommend this book

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                                                                               I received this book for review from Ambition Press

Thursday, July 3, 2014

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The Respect Dare 40 Days to a Deeper Connection with God and Your Husband By Nina Roesner REVIEW

The Respect Dare: 40 Days to a Deeper Connection with God and Your Husband
 
"A long and happy marriage." It sounds like the end of a fairy tale--an illusion that modern times have exposed.

And it is, if marriage depends on a constant stream of romantic emotion, or even on copious amounts of time or money. Thank the Lord, none of those are necessary. Two thousand years ago, Paul gave women the key to a successful marriage, and it can be summed up in two words: "unconditional respect." It's not popular. It doesn't sound fair. It can be hard to imagine.

But it works.

Nina Roesner has led countless women through this practical and life-changing journey, and in "The Respect Dare" she offers you the hope that so many others have found. Day by day, true stories and thought-provoking questions will help you apply biblical wisdom to the most important relationship in your life.

Give it forty days. Experience the intimacy God intended and discover what he can do in your heart and in your marriage when you choose to show respect his way.


Everyone who is married wants a great marriage that is deeply connected. If you have a relationship with God as well,  you want it to be a triangle marriage. Or if you're single and wanting a guide to a wonderful marriage, this is a wonderful guide.
This book reminded me of the book and movie, The Love Dare (move - Fireproof). 
The Respect Dare, each day you have a Bible Scripture to read, a story, and a dare to partake in. The book is about building a deeper, more wonderful connection between you and your husband with the help and guidance of God through the Bible. 
All in all I found this to be a good read and a nice challenge to keep up with. I think it would work even better if both spouses kept up with it than used their own imagination after the 40 challenge.
I do recommend this book.


                                                                         
 
 
 
                                                                        I received this book for review from BookLook Blogger

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Dandelions on the Wind by Mona Hodgson REVIEW


When Maren Jensen took a job on Elsa Brantenberg’s St. Charles, Missouri farm, she never expected to call the place her home. As she grows to love Mrs. Brantenberg and her granddaughter, Gabi, Maren is transformed from a lonely mail-order bride-without-a-groom to a beloved member of the Brantenberg household.

But when Gabi’s father, Rutherford “Woolly” Wainwright, returns to the farm unexpectedly, everything changes for Maren. Despite the failing eyesight that caused her suitor to reject her, she can see that Woolly desperately needs to reconnect with the family he abandoned when his grief sent him running toward the army—and into the Civil War. She also senses there could be something more between the widower and herself, if either can move beyond their past hurts.   

Comforted and counseled by the wisdom of the women in her beloved quilting circle, Maren begins to discover the cost such decisions demand of her heart. Are her choices in obedience to God, or is she running from His plan? Is it too late for love to be stitched into the fabric of her life?


I always find it intriguingly interesting when the synopsis of a book catches my interest yet the cover does not. Such as this book. I honestly wasn't a fan of the cover; simply because the cover is sweet and innocent looking and the story is not. The cover is good, I think. But not for this story.
I did like that each character stood out as their own, very distinct and specific. I didn't read a scene or a conversation and need to go back in the book to recall who I was reading about. 
And Maren...poor Maren...First, she is rejected by her groom to be...then she loses her eyesight...is there a shred of hope for her happiness? Through all of that, she becomes more independent and grows into her own person and becomes much stronger.
This was a great story of adventure and journey, the unexpected and unknown, self learning and growth, and realizing that your life is about the journey, the obstacles along the way and how you handle them and learn from them, and who you become because of the trials and triumphs. 

I would recommend this book.


                                                                    I received this book for review from Blogging for Books