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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Jonathan Edwards by Simonetta Carr (Book Review)

Jonathan Edwards

part of Christian Biographies for Young Readers

By Simonetta Carr

(I received this book for review purposes.)

Jonathan Edwards-001Genre- Biography & Autobiography / Religious / Children

Published by- Reformation Heritage Books

Copyrighted- 2014

Number of pages- 64

Age Group- Children (ages 7-12)

Description of Book- hardback, ISBN 978-1-60178-354-7, $18.00

Simonetta Carr discusses all of Jonathan Edwards’s life in her book, Jonathan Edwards.  Edwards lived during the early 1700’s in colonial America.  He was a pastor, missionary, writer, college president, and he was even interested in science.

This book contains:

  • six chapter discussing Edwards’s life.
  • a timeline of his life.
  • “Did You Know?” (section which discusses relevant information about his life and the time period).
  • a letter from him to his daughter, Mary.

Book Sample.

About the Author- Simonetta Carr was born in Italy and currently lives with her family in San Diego.  She is a former elementary school teacher and has homeschooled her eight children.  She has written for various newspapers and magazines.

About the Illustrator- Matt Abraxas currently lives in Colorado with his wife and children.  He has studied many different approaches to art and exhibits his work at the SmithKlein Gallery.

My thoughts- I thought Jonathan Edwards, by Simonetta Carr, was very well written.  I really enjoyed the layout and learning more information about Edwards.  I had studied a little bit about him with my children last year (we homeschool), but this book was perfect to learn more.  I realize that the target age range is seven to twelve, but I believe this book would work well for adults too.  This book had just the right amount information to satisfy young readers, but encourage older readers to want to learn more.

I learned a lot about Edwards when I read the chapters about him, but my favorite part of the book was the section, “Did you know?”  I enjoyed learning different trivia about the family and America at that time.  I also enjoyed the illustrations and photos.  They helped the book come alive.

I would recommend this book to all young readers, homeschooling families, and anyone else who would be interested in learning about Jonathan Edwards. 

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Anselm of Canterbury (part of Christian Biographies for Young Readers)

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Jonathan Edwards, by Simonetta Carr, for free through Cross Focused Reviews.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.  All links were current when posted.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Live Handbook and DVD by Rebecca Manley Pippert (Bible Study Review)

Live: Your Life With Christ

By Rebecca Manley Pippert

(I received this book for review purposes.)

IMG_20141005_144231Genre- Religion /Christian / Nonfiction / Bible Study

Published by- The Good Book Company

Copyrighted- 2014

Number of pages- 64

Age Group- Adult

Description of Book- paperback, ISBN 978-1-90991-976-1, $7.99

Description of DVD- Physical Copy, ISBN 978-1-90991-977-8

Live, by Rebecca Manley Pippert, contains five sessions to help Christians learn why and how to be good disciples of Christ.

In each of the sessions you will have different areas to complete-

  • “Introduction”
  • “Historical Context”
  • “Bible Study”
  • “Live What You Learn”
  • “Life Stories”
  • “Following Jesus”
  • “Praying Together”
  • “Going Deeper”

Sample from the Live Handbook.

Introduction the Live DVD and series.

About the Author- Rebecca Manley Pippert is married and has four children and one grandchild.  As well as being an author she is a speaker and the founder of Salt Shaker Ministries.

My thoughts- I thought the Live Bible study written by Rebecca Manley Pippert was an excellent study for those who are new to God or who or are struggling.

I thought all aspects of the Bible study were very interesting, but I really enjoyed the “Life Stories” on the DVD.  I liked them so much, because it put to words what I had thought or been thinking over the past years.  My favorite stories came from the last session when they discussed their new lives in Christ. 

The handbook was written to work perfectly with the DVD.  I liked the session titles and the different parts of the that each session had.  My favorite part of each session was “Going Deeper.”  I liked this part, because I was able to dig deeper into the word and learn even more about each session’s subject.  My other favorite part was about living what I learned about.  It is always helpful to me when I have guidance on how to put what I have learned into my daily life.

Both the handbook and the DVD were very helpful to me.  I am really looking forward to taking a look at Grow and Know when they are available.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Live, by Rebecca Manley Pippert, for free through Cross Focused Reviews.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.  All links were current when posted.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Rebels by Jill Williamson (Book Review)

Rebels (The Safe Lands, Book 3)

by Jill Williamson

(I received this book for review purposes.)

IMG_20140930_202657Genre- Teen Fiction / General

Publisher- Blink (Zondervan)

Copyrighted- 2014

Number of Pages- 393

Age Group- Young Adult and Adult 

Description of Book- paperback, $9.99, ISBN: 978-0-310-73577-9

Rebels, by Jill Williamson, is the final book is The Safe Lands series.  Omar and Mason have been publically sentence to Liberation.  Levi is the newest leader of the group from Glenrock and he is still trying to save them from the Safe Lands.  His new wife, Jemma, is the Safe Lands Queen.  He needs to rescue her, keep his people safe, and find out what happened to Omar and Mason. 

Are Omar and Mason still alive?  Will Levi be able to be the leader he needs to be to save the people of Glenrock and Jack’s Peak?

About the Author- Jill Williamson currently lives in Oregon with her husband and children.  She enjoys working with teenagers and gives writing workshops.

My Thoughts: It is always sad when a series comes to an end.  Rebels, by Jill Williamson, is the third book in The Safe Lands series.  It was just as exciting and mysterious as the other two book, Captives and Outcasts

My favorite character was Omar.  I especially liked him because he grew into a man in the three books.  He especially grew in character depth during the third book after he was sentenced to Liberation.  While he was Liberated he overdosed and was detoxed while he was in the hospital.  After he was detoxed he did everything he could do to save the people of Glenrock and Jack’s Peak.

I always thought Levi, since he currently leads the people from Glenrock, would be the strongest person mentally and morally.  He was not.  It was the people who were the weakest like Omar and Shaylinn who grew in their walk with God.  I guess Levi was too set in his ways to really grow.  He would probably have a better live when he was able to live what is a normal life for them.  He did try new things though, like becoming the Owl after Omar was liberated and taking his wife, Jemma, with him on a rescue mission.

I really thought this was an excellent conclusion to the series.  There are many more things that happen to everyone, but I am not going to give out any spoilers.  You will need to find a copy and read the book yourself.

Informational and Purchasing Links-

Rebelshttp://www.amazon.com/Rebels-Safe-Lands-Jill-Williamson/dp/0310735777/

Author Website - http://www.jillwilliamson.com/

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Disclosure of Material Connection- I received a free copy of Rebels, by Jill Williamson, to review from Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Blog Tour and Blink (Zondervan).  I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.  I am part of CSFF Blog TourAll links were current when posted.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Merlin’s Nightmare by Robert Treskillard (Book Review)

Merlin’s Nightmare (Merlin Spiral Series, Book 3)

by Robert Treskillard

(I received this book for review purposes.)

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Genre- Juvenile Fiction / General

Publisher- Blink (Zondervan)

Copyrighted- 2014

Number of Pages- 432

Age Group- Young Adult and Adult 

Description of Book- paperback, $9.99, ISBN: 978-0-310-73509-0

In Merlin’s Nightmare, by Robert Treskillard, Merlin has been running and hiding from his enemies for some time now and he would like to stay home and grow old with his family.  Arthur is now eighteen and he is eager to be on the battlefield.  He does not know that he is the High King, because everybody close to him has kept him safe throughout the years. 

Now it is the time that Merlin is going to have to stop hiding himself and Arthur.  They are going to have fight to keep their country safe.  The Saxenow are coming from the south, Picti from the north, and something else from the west. 

Morgana, Merlin’s sister, is about to let herself known to all and unleash werewolves to destroy everyone.  What will happen?  Will Merlin be brave enough to face his fears?  Will Arthur be crowned king?

About the Author- Robert Treskillard currently lives in Missouri with his wife and youngest child.  He has a BA in Biblical; Theological Studies.  He is a software developer, graphic artist, and bladesmith.

My thoughts-

Merlin’s Nightmare, by Robert Treskillard, was an exciting conclusion to the Merlin Spiral Series.  There were a lot of exciting extras in this book  The subject matter was exciting too, Merlin and Arthur, two of my favorite subjects.

I liked the pronunciation guide, and the glossary.  It is always important to know as much as you can about the setting and those two items helped me understand and visualize everything that was happening.  There were also maps in the front of the book that I used to follow where the people were living and fighting.  I thought the beginning of the book was interesting, because he used people and subject matter to highlight what had happened in the other books.  I liked that, because I like to read a synopsis of what happened in the other books in a series. 

I was glad to read that Merlin was finally able to accept that God had sent him to do an important task.  God often tells us what we need to do in our lives.  We need to make sure that we are listening to him and following him.  It took Merlin many years to do what God was asking of him.  I hope that it does not take me that long to listen to God.

I really liked this book and it was a good conclusion to the series.  I am looking forward to reading the next series, Pendragon Spiral.  It will continue Merlin’s story.  I know that many grownups and teens would like to read this book.

Informational and Purchasing Links-

Merlin’s Nightmarehttp://www.amazon.com/Merlins-Nightmare-Merlin-Spiral-Treskillard/dp/0310735092/

Author Website - http://www.KingArthur.org.uk

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Disclosure of Material Connection- I received a free copy of Merlin’s Nightmare, by Robert Treskillard, to review from Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Blog Tour and Blink (Zondervan).  I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.  I am part of CSFF Blog TourAll links were current when posted.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Starting at the Finish Line by John B. Wallace (Book Review)

Starting at the Finish Line

By John B. Wallace

(I received this book for review purposes.)

Genre- Religion /Christian / Nonfiction / General

Published by- Pomona House Publishing, LLC

Copyrighted- 2014

Number of pages- 202

Age Group- Adult

Description of Book- paperback, ISBN 978-0-9914622-0-9, $14.99

Starting at the Finish Line, by John B. Wallace, is about describing what it is like for the Mormons and how they need to look more closely at the Bible learn about how salvation given by Christ.  Wallace defends the Bible, give solutions, and discusses how a person is born again.

About the Author- Dr. John B. Wallace is a practicing dentist in California and is active in his church.  He was active in the Mormon church for twenty years.

My thoughts- I thought Starting at the Finish Line, by John B. Wallace was an interesting book, because I learned both about the Mormons and more about how some view Christianity. 

I think this would a wonderful resource for someone who is thinking of leaving the Mormon faith.  Wallace did a wonderful job of showing what the Mormons believe, how some of their concepts are wrong, and what the Bible truly says and how Christianity works.  I learn that I sometimes think as the Mormons do, that I have to have good works and not just the gift of salvation that Jesus provided to me by his death on the cross. 

I liked how Wallace quoted the Book of Mormon.  I really enjoyed being able to read my version on the Kindle, to know what was discussed around those particular verses.  It would have been nice to have a bibliography in the back of the book, so that I could try to find the books that were quoted.

I really recommend this book to those who are thinking of leaving the Mormon faith or those who desire to learn more about the Mormons and how talk to them about the Christian faith.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Starting at the Finish Line, by John B. Wallace, for free through Cross Focused Reviews.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.  All links were current when posted.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Warden and the Wolf King (Book Four of The Wingfeather Saga) by Andrew Peterson

The Warden and the Wolf King

(Book Four of The Wingfeather Saga)

by Andrew Peterson

(I received this book for review purposes.)

 The Warden and the Wolf King

Genre- Fiction / Fantasy / Young Adult

Publisher- Rabbit Room Press

Copyrighted- 2014

Number of pages- 524

Age Group- Young Adult

Description of book- hardback, $22.99, ISBN: 978-0-9889632-5-2

In the final book, The Warden and the King, of The Wingfeather Saga, by Andrew Peterson, the Jewels of Anniera are hard at work trying to save the people of Ban Rona.  The Jewels are Janner, Kalmar, and Leeli, children who are the heirs to the crown.  Janner is the Throne Warden, Kalmar the King, and Leeli is the Song Maiden. 

Life is very difficult for them and the people they are with.  Gnag the Nameless and the Fangs of Dang are about to attack and they now have Bat Fangs. 

Unexpected help will come for Janner, Kalmar, and Leeli in the form of other children and the sea dragons and more.  Will their help be enough to save the people from being Fangs.

About the Author:  Andrew Peterson currently lives in Nashville with his wife and children.  He has written On the Edge of the the Dark Sea of Darkness, North! Or Be Eaten, and The Monster in the Hollows.  He is also a singer and songwriter.

My thoughts: The Warden and the Wolf King, by Andrew Peterson was an excellent ending to the exciting Wingfeather Saga.  I had not heard of or read any of the other books, before I signed up to review this book.  As soon as I knew I was going to be reviewing this book I checked out the other books in the series from my local library.  While it is not necessary to read the other books before you read this one, I would recommend it.  There are references to things that happened in the other books, so it would be good to know what could be missed.

I do wish that Peterson had put a synopsis of the other books at the beginning of this one.  I needed a reminder of what all the important characters had been doing up to the beginning of this book.

I enjoyed reading more about Janner, Kalmar, and Leeli.  I was impressed with all that they accomplished even though they were young children.  If I was Leeli’s age I don’t think I could stay up all night playing music to keep everybody’s spirits up while they were fighting the Fangs and Bat Fangs.  Kalmar had a lot of courage, because he was still determined to be the king even though he had been turned into a Fang.  I was proudest though of Janner, because he really became determined to become the Throne Warden and take care of Janner.  You will have to read the book to see what I mean, I do not want to spoil anything.

I highly recommend that you pick up a copy of this book.

Informational and Purchasing Links:

Participants’ links:

Keanan Brand Beckie Burnham Pauline Creeden Vicky DealSharingAunt Carol Gehringer Victor Gentile Ryan Heart Bruce Hennigan Jason Joyner Carol Keen Krystine Kercher Shannon McDermott Meagan @ Blooming with Books Rebecca LuElla Miller Nissa Nathan Reimer Chawna Schroeder Jojo Sutis Rachel Starr Thomson Shane Werlinger Phyllis Wheeler

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received a free copy of The Warden and the Wolf King, by Andrew Peterson, to review.  I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.  I am part of CSFF Blog TourAll links were current when posted.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

God’s Story by Brian Cosby (Review)

God’s Story: A Student’s Guide to Church History

By Brian Cosby

(I received this book for review purposes.)

God's Story: A Student's Guide to Church History Book CoverGenre- Religion /Christian / Nonfiction / Church

Published by- Christian Focus Publications

Copyrighted- 2014

Number of pages- 144

Age Group- Young Adult (14-16)

Description of Book- paperback, ISBN 978-1-78191-320-8, $9.99

Have you been looking for a book about church history or has someone you know? 

God’s Story, by Brian Cosby, is an easy to read, yet complete book about Christian Church history.  This book includes questions at the end of the chapters and an overview of church history.  The church history is from the beginning of the Old Testament to today. 

Some of the subjects included are:

  • church in the dark ages.
  • the reformations.
  • how the Bible has been abandoned today
  • fundamentalism and evangelicalism.

Book Trailer!

About the Author- Brian Cosby is from Tennessee and is Pastor of Wayside Presbyterian Church.  He has written a number of books.

My thoughts- I know a little something about about church history, but God’s Story, by Brian Cosby, filled in any information I was missing.  I learned more about creeds, Apostolic Fathers, the Reformations, and who has abandoned the Bible and what happened because of that.

I liked this book, because Cosby made this book factual.  He did not include his opinions.  I never works when an author decides to add his own opinions into a book that was not made for them.  I also liked how he included questions at the end of each chapter, so the reader could review and study what was read.  End-of-chapter questions are something that I find especially important when I read a nonfiction book.  

I really liked this book and I think it would be perfect for young adults or adults who want a basic history of the church.  I highly recommend it.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received God’s Story, by Brian Cosby, for free through Cross Focused Reviews.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.  All links were current when posted.
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