Book Review: Invitation to Retreat

Invitation to Retreat

The Gift and Necessity of Time Away with God

by Ruth Haley Barton

InterVarsity Press

IVP Formatio

Christian , Religion & Spirituality

Pub Date 18 Sep 2018

I am reviewing a copy of Invitation to Retreat through Intervarsity Press and Netgalley:

We are invited to go on a retreat a retreat with the Lord.

Ruth Haley Barton reminds us that No Matter how far along we are in our walk with Christ, retreat will remain both essential and necessary. Retreat is necessary because we can become dangerously tired and unable to be our best selves.

We are reminded too that surrender is an important part of our Spiritual Walk.

In this book we are lead to the practice of retreating in Christ!

I give Invitation to Retreat five out of five stars!

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Book Review: The Bookshop Girl

The Bookshop Girl

by Sylvia Bishop Illus by Poly Bernatene

Myrick Marketing & Media, LLC

Peachtree Publishers

Middle Grade

Pub Date 01 Oct 2018

I am reviewing a copy of The BookShop Girl through Peach Tree Publishing and Netgalley:

This book is the perfect book for middle graders, full of a young hero who is trying to save her families Book Emporium from the grasp of a nasty villain.

Property Jones family owns the Book Emporium, they won it in a contest but Property has a secret, she can’t read.

The quirky characters in this fun story allow for a fun, humorous read.

I give The Bookshop Girl five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Dating Down

Dating Down

by Alex Dunn

Alex Dunn

General Fiction (Adult) , Teens & YA

Pub Date 03 Aug 2016

I am reviewing a copy of Dating Down through Alex Dunn and Netgalley:

Tammy has wealth, designer clothes, Credit Cards with unlimited credit even Ralph Forrester a very handsome law student she will be going to take to the end of term dance.

The only problem is Ralph Forrester isn’t real, he only exists in the page of Trudy Kensington novels, unable to face being humiliated in front of the girls she desires to be like she runs away and runs head first into trouble.

Gary’s life is spinning out of control after Grace dies, . He’s on a mission to be nothing like his abusive Father he agrees to be Tammy’s Ralph for one night.

The lie that brought them together also ends up putting Gary’s life at risk when she tries to keep up with the charade.

I give Dating Down five out of five stars!

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Book Review: God Speaks Your Love Language

God Speaks Your Love Language

How to Experience and Express God’s Love

by Gary Chapman

Moody Publishers

Northfield Publishing


Pub Date 04 Sep 2018

I am reviewing a copy of God Speaks Your Love Language through Moody Publishers and Netgalley:

This book will help the reader to feel God’s love more peesonally!

Gary Chapman reminds us that God speaks a language of love, and in time we learn to speak that language ourselves. In this book we are shown how we can give and receive God’s love through the five love languages which are words of affirmation, quality time, gifts, acts of service, and physical touch.

This book includes a new chapter to this Christian Classic called ”Getting Out of the Comfort Zone.” This chapter will teach the reader the joys of Speaking the love language you aren’t used to with God.

I give God Speaks Your Love Language five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Not a Proper Child

Not a Proper Child

by Nicky Nicholls and Elizabeth Sheppard

Mirror Books

Biographies & Memoirs , Nonfiction (Adult)

Pub Date 06 Sep 2018

I am reviewing a copy of Not A Proper Child through Mirror Books and Netgalley:

As a newborn Nicky was left in a box outside of Stokes City Football Ground, her Grandparents found her and took her into their home, but what she would find in that home was far from love! Her Mom takes her from time to time but even she beats her. Her Grandfather and her Uncle sexually assault her.

Nicky’s life was marred by tragedy and abuse, leaving her more and more afraid as the abuse escalated and her dreams of a happy home were shattered again and again.

Because of her, Nicky turned to alcohol becoming a homeless alcoholic, she ended up in prison in 1965 and witnessed the arrival of Moors Murderer Myra Hindley, she decided then to move beyond her past and built a better life for her.

I give Not A Proper Child five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Ernest Hemingway: Artifacts From A Life

Ernest Hemingway: Artifacts From a Life

by Michael Katakis


Biographies & Memoirs

Pub Date 23 Oct 2018

I am reviewing a copy of Ernest Hemingway Artifacts From A Life through Scribner and Netgalley:

Ernest Hemingway was born on July.21.1899 in Oak Park Illinois which was at the time a Conservative suburb of Chicago. His Father Clarence was a doctor and his Mother Grace Hall Hemingway was a musician and a music teacher.

In 1921 Hemmingway Marries Hadley Richardson, they had planned to go to Italy but after learning Paris is the literary center, and offers cheap living they head to Paris.

In 1923 Hemingway’s first book three stories and ten poems is privately published. Hemingway would go on to meet such big names in literature such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein.

Ernest Hemingway and Hadley would have two children together before they are divorced. And on May.10.1927 Ernest Hemingway married Pauline Marie Pfeiffer. He would later divorce Pauline and marry Martha Gelhorn, followed by a final marriage to Mary Welsh Hemingway.

Included in this book are rare photographs and artifacts of Hemingway’s life.

This book includes over four hundred images forewords from his Son Patrick and his grandson Sean as well as Letters to all four of his wives. We learn of his running with the bulls in Spain to the mental illness that would lead to his suicide in 1961.

I give Ernest Hemingway: Artifacts from Life five out of five stars!

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Book Review: The Battle For Bonhoeffer

The Battle for Bonhoeffer

by Stephen R. Haynes, Foreword by Charles Marsh

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company

Christian , Religion & Spirituality

Pub Date 13 Sep 2018

I am reviewing The Battle For Bonhoeffer through WM.B Eerdman’s Publishing Company and Netgalley:

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was born in 1906 and died in 1945. In this book biographer Stephen Haynes talks about how many in politics have come to use him as a clay puppet. Secular, radical, liberal and evangelical each try to shape this Martyr’s legacy to fit their agendas

As much as the author accuses those of fitting Bonhoeffer’s legacy to fit their own agenda’s I found the author of this book disappointingly did the same!

I give The Battle for Bonhoeffer three out of five stars!

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Book Review: West Meadow Detectives: The Case For Berry Burglars

West Meadows Detectives: The Case of the Berry Burglars

by Liam O’Donnell

Owlkids Books


Children’s Fiction , Mystery & Thrillers

Pub Date 15 Oct 2018

I am reviewing a copy of West Meadow Detectives: The Case Of the Berry Burglars and through Owlkids and Netgalley:

Myron is in third grade, he’s a detective who loves logic, facts and solving mysteries, when the schools strawberry plants are missing, he must find out if raccoons are to blame or was it the baseball team sabotage the plants to take back the outfield? Soon neighborhood gardens also have missing strawberries, and Myron is on the case.

Byron has a unique perspective being on the autism spectrum as well as his eye for detail make him a top detective. The other kids in his resource room also have unique habits that come in handy. Together this group of third grade detectives come together to track down the culprits!

I give The West Meadow Detectives: The Case Of the Berry Burglars five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Bad Babysitters: Best Babysitters Everything

Best Babysitters Ever

by Caroline Cala

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group

HMH Books for Young Readers

Children’s Fiction

Pub Date 05 Feb 2019

I am reviewing Bad Babysitters: Best Babysitters ever through HMH Books for Young Readers and Netgalley:

Three twelve year led best friends decide it is time to start a babysitting club in the small California town where they live. The idea comes from Kristy Thomas (from the Original Babysitters Club)

Malia Twiggs thought little kids were gross but a paycheck is a paycheck and after a little convincing they start the babysitting club in order to have the funds for an amazing birthday bash.

I give Best Babysitters Over five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Squint


by Chad Morris; Shelly Brown

Shadow Mountain Publishing

Shadow Mountain

Children’s Fiction

Pub Date 02 Oct 2018

I am reviewing a copy of Squint through Shadow Mountain Publishing and Netgalley:

Flint loves to draw and he’s trying to finish his comic book because he wants to be the youngest winner in the “Find a Comic Star” competition. He also needs to hurry because he has an eye disease that can make him go blind.

The new girl at school Mckell, immediately hangs out with the popular kids, but she does not like the way these kids treat Squint. Mckell finds him to be nice and quite talented. Mckell wants to get to know Squint but is unsure if it’s worth the risk.

Mckell loves to write poetry and songs but she shares that talent with no one but her brother Danny whose dying of Progeria, but She finally finds the courage to share her talent with Squint with her brothers encouragement after he passes.

I give Squint five out of five stars!

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