Books I LOVE

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Upcoming reviews:

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller

Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey

The Blue Parakeet by Scot McKnight

I don’t know about you, but I don’t usually buy a book just because it looks interesting. I check out the reviews first. And if a friend recommends a book, I’m even more inclined to read it. So, when I come across a book I like, I’ll be posting my reviews here. Because if you and I were sitting down, having coffee…I’d most likely be telling you about the last book I read cover-to-cover. (And my attention span for non-fiction is…what was I saying? Oh, yeah…short. I’m a novel reader, so a non-fiction has to be really good to hold my attention. Which means if I make it all the way through a non-fiction book, I must love it.)

I’ve done some fiction reviews in the past for BookSneeze (which you can find below) but I’m redecorating this space on my blog. I’m making it more of a these-books-have-helped-me-I-hope-they-help-you-too kind of place. Because sometimes God uses even one little phrase in a book to completely transform my thinking. And I LOVE when that happens.

So, until I get some new reviews posted here, I’m going to link you up to some past post of mine where I mention some of my favorite books and some of those “ah-ha” moments.

Unglued by Lysa TerKeurst

resources-bookI’ve come unglued before (it may or may not have been yesterday…), have you? This book has been incredibly powerful for me over the past year. I see a definite change in how I handle conflict after absorbing some of the truth contained in this little book. Lysa would call it “imperfect progress” and I embrace that! Here’s a post inspired by Unglued (click here) —and if you look at the bottom of the post you’ll see other posts, also inspired by Unglued. If you are someone who has ever struggled with losing your temper or feeling like you’re coming unraveled, do yourself a favor and read this book! 
Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions

 

Love Does by Bob Goff

Goff_Love_Does__89653_zoom-196x300Sept. 24, 2012: I read Love Does by Bob Goff last week and I’m changed. It is an incredible book because it forces you to think about life differently. Love isn’t an emotion as much as it’s an action! Yes, Love feels, and love hopes but most of all Love Does. It does what needs doing even if no one is (Click here to continue reading this post.)
Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World

 

Cleaning House: A Mom’s 12-Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement by Kay Wills Wyma

 

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Well, this gem has inspired several posts on my blog and I’m planning on writing up a proper review (and my 12 month update) next month when my kiddos go back to school and mama has a little more free time! Let’s just say, if you have kids ages 0-18 (yes, that means if you’re a parent), read this book! It is NOT just a book about cleaning your house with kids. It is a book that will inspire you to instill confidence in your kids in the best possible ways. Read it. Really.

Click here to read the first post I wrote about this great book.

The Treasure Tree by John Trent & Gary Smalley

614s14VP0EL._SY346_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_Okay, I know this looks like a kids book…that’s because it is. But there is so much more than a cute story packed into these pages. The post I wrote about the personality types described in this book (Lion, Otter, Beaver & Golden Retriever) is, by far, the most read post on my blog (click here to read). I have google hits on this baby, Every. Single. Day. This is a hot button. People are fascinated by personality styles (me too…that’s why I wrote the post!) and it’s pretty cool to see an eight-year-old pick up on what kind of personalities his siblings, parents and friends have. Your kids will love this book and so will you!

 

More to come..stay tuned!

 

 

BookSneeze reviews:

June 16, 2012

Behemoth by Jonathan C. Leicht  * * * (Three stars)

Behemoth follows two main characters and their crews through separate adventures with the same goal; to determine if the mysterious creatures they are tracking are actually dinosaurs. Jim Thompson runs the Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya where something has been goring elephants to death. He is determined to find out what kind of animal could accomplish this feat. In a similar quest, Professor Stephen Gregory, recently relieved of his distinguished career due to his belief that dinosaurs could still exist, is offered the incredible opportunity to prove his theory correct in the jungles of Africa.

 

I wanted to love this book. The idea was quite intriguing and I truly wanted it to hold my interest. Unfortunately, it didn’t. The dialogue was cumbersome and often preachy (even though I agree with the author’s premise.) The character’s words seemed so forced and unnatural most of the time that I just couldn’t enjoy the read. It was disappointing.

I think the author has a great story idea here. His passion and understanding of the topic is commendable. However, the story which has great potential, is lost in the disappointing storytelling. I’m giving this three stars because I hate to give anything less for a work that is obviously well-researched and a topic that has merit.

(I received this book from BookSneeze in exchange for an honest review which I’m happy to give.)

 

 

May 20, 2012

Angel Eyes by Shannon Dittemore  * * * * * (Five Stars)

High School senior, Brielle Matthews is returning to her hometown after a tragedy at her Portland boarding school shakes her to the core. No one understands the pain and fear she is struggling with and she’s unable to act like nothing has changed. As she begins going through the motions of daily life, she notices a new face in town. This strange boy, Jake, has a strange effect on her and she finds herself drawn to him. Something about him just seems to soothe her fears and help her feel more normal. But Jake is anything but normal.

As danger begins to descend on Brielle, she discovers, through Jake, that there’s an entire spiritual world that she has been unaware of…that most people are unaware of. Yet the battles that go on in that world are intricately linked to what happens in Brielle’s world. The more she learns about Jake and his guardian, Canaan, the more she realizes she may have a destiny bigger than she can comprehend. In fact, the lives of many will be decided by Brielle’s choices before the story is done.

I am impressed with this romantic, suspenseful story. It reminds me of a modernized “This Present Darkness” (Frank Peretti) highlighting the spiritual realm alongside the earthly realm. It’s a difficult subject to write about because we don’t know much about what goes on in the spiritual realm. So much is conjecture. But since this is a fictional story, that’s okay. The author isn’t saying, “This is how it is.” She is saying, “This is how it might be.” I find it fascinating to think about what may be going on behind the veil and Shannon Dittemore creates a vivid and compelling “Celestial” world that sparks the imagination.

She has also created characters that are interesting and multi-layered and the chemistry between the two main characters is palpable. (I love that instead of avoiding the inevitable comparisons to Twilight, the author hits them head-on by including them within Brielle’s thoughts.) The dialogue is witty and realistic and the relationships between all the characters are well written. The only aspect I had trouble with was that much of the fighting and battling toward the end of the book became confusing. There were so many characters involved by that point (celestial and terrestrial) that it became difficult to keep it all straight. But by the end, it was all sorted out so it wasn’t too big of a deal. The sequel was very well set up with a good cliff-hanger at the end of this first book of an intended trilogy.

I think the best way to determine if you will enjoy this book is to think about how you feel about superhero movies. If you are able to suspend belief and enjoy the ride as you watch a movie about a man in a cape flying to the rescue for the girl he loves or scaling sky scrapers to apprehend the bad guys, you will like this book. If you find superhero movies to be too far-fetched, you will probably feel the same about this story. Personally, I love those kinds of movies and I loved this book.

If I find a book hard to put down and if I find myself thinking about the characters when I’m not even reading the book, I think that deserves five stars. Angel Eyes deserves those stars.

(I received this book from BookSneeze in exchange for an honest review which I’m happy to give.)

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2 thoughts on “Books I LOVE”

  1. Well, now that i have turned from my “heady” reading to these more dreamy, fun books i know what i will be reading next…..but only because you dont have any new books out to read yet. Waiting patiently.

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