Book Review: Shine


Stepping into the Role You Were Made For
by Allison Allen



Pub Date 05 Sep 2017 

I am reviewing a copy of Shine through Revell and Netgalley:

Allison Allen was once a professional actress and now a popular Bible teacher, but she points out that we all are often playing roles and it can be exhausting.  She points out that as Women of Faith we have all been invited to play a key role in the Jesus Narrative.  She goes on to point out that we are not all meant to play the same role, and the stage is not one size fits all.

Shine reminds us too that there are times we need to drop the act.  This book also goes on to talk about our personal Goliath’s.

Allen warns us too to be careful of those negative names we give ourselves. We are warned too to watch out for what loosens our tongue.  We are reminded too that we need to leave the moment to him, and not to chase the spotlight but instead we need to chase Jesus!

I give Shine five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Unshakeable Trust

Unshakeable Trust

Find the Joy of Trusting God at All Times, in All Things
by Joyce Meyer

FaithWords / Center Street


Pub Date 12 Sep 2017

I am  reviewing a copy of Unshakable Trust through FaithWords/Center Street and Netgalley:

New York Times best selling author, and popular evangelical Christian speaker Joyce Meyers reminds us of the importance of trusting God in every aspects of our lives, she points out that Trusting God is one of the best ways to honor him.

Meyer points out that Trust enables us to live without weights, burdens or care because it gives us a confidence that another will deal with those things for us. She goes on to remind us that we can drop our burdens at this very moment.

In the book we are reminded that Trust is confidence in the one who is trusted.  Meyer’s goes on to highlight the importance of trusting God to help us do our best, and then trusting God to do the rest. We are reminded too that God always has our best interest in his thoughts and plans for us.  She goes on to remind us that If we cannot have what we want without peace of mind, then it is probably not worth having.

We are reminded too that there is a difference between my being dissapointed and God dissapointing me. We are reminded too that we should plan for something unplanned everyday. 

Another important reminder is for us not to assume that just because someone hurt us, that everyone will hurt us.  We are reminded too God not only heals us, but he restores the lost years of our lives as well, and that Trusting Hod is the beginning of all healing. We are reminded too that God does not give up on us.  It is also pointed out that God only leads those who truly want his guidance.  It is also pointed out that a Little obedience mixed in with a lot of disobedience will still equal an unpleasant life.

We are also warned not to make the mistake of thinking we have to many problems of our own to help others.  The author tells us that it is through doing good deeds we will recognize that we belong to God.  It is also pointed out that love finds a way to agree; it does not for things to disagree about and that love is nota feeling we have, but a choice we make about how we treat people, and that a joyous and meaningful life is not found in what we get, but instead it is found in what we give.

It is wise that we know our weaknesses and lean on God to give us the strength so we do not give in to them.  It is also important to trust God through all times.  Meyer’s reminds us that patience allows us to enjoy life while we wait.  We are reminded too that Trust requires unanswered questions.

I give Unshakable Trust five out of five stars!

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Book Review: In Step With the Spirit

In Step with the Spirit

Infusing Your Life with God’s Presence and Power
by Sarah Bowling


Chosen Books

Pub Date 19 Sep 2017 

I am reviewing a copy of In Step With the Spirit through Chosen Books and Netgalley:

In this book we are reminded that even as we are struggling, The Holy Spirit is right there waiting for us to let him help.  The book reminds us too that the Holy Spirit is a Foreteller, meaning he often tells us what is going to happen before it happens. 

The book points out that in order to be led by the Holy Spirit we need to be filled with the Holy Spirit.  The author points out that being led by the Spirit is not always glorious or blissful but sometimes we can be led into the wilderness, and that often our experiences don’t look like what we expect them too but that does not mean the experience can’t still be amazing because it can.

Sarah Bowling goes on to describe the three kinds of closed doors that being those of relationships, destination and time.

We are reminded too that members of a supernatural family choose faith over doubt, that those who live by the Holy Spirits leading spread faith.  We are reminded too that having a supernatural family is about moving with the Holy Spirit.

Bowling points out too that the lack of forgiveness hinders our walk.

I give In Step With the Spirit five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Too Shattered For Mending

Too Shattered for Mending

by Peter Brown Hoffmeister

Random House Children’s

Knopf Books for Young Readers
Teens & YA

Pub Date 12 Sep 2017 

I am reviewing a copy of Too Shattered for Mending Through Random House Children’s and Netgalley:

“Little McCardell is trying to keep it together after the dissapearance of his Grandfather.  Little is far from Little at 6’5 and still growing.  He also struggles in School due to having Dyslexia.  After his Grandfathers dissapearance and the arrest of his older brother J.T “Little” finds himself looking out for his younger cousin, hunting and fishing to provide food.

The cops show up asking questions about Big, questions Little does not want to answer because he doesn’t want to get involved in the investigation, but he half cooperates because his mind is half on the Girl he has been pinning after Rowan.

When Little’s brother J.T is released the brothers get drunk together.

The book goes on to talk about how in the fifth grade Little still could not read.  

I give Too Shattered For Mending four out of five stars!

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Book Review: We Can’t Be Friends

We Can’t Be Friends

A True Story
by Cyndy Etler


Sourcebooks Fire
Biographies & Memoirs , Teens & YA

Pub Date 03 Oct 2017 

I am voluntarily reviewing a copy of We Can’t Be Friends through Sourcebooks Fire and Netgalley:

We Can’t Be Friends is the follow up to Cyndy Etler’s Memoir The Dead Inside.

We Can’t Be Friends is the story of  Cyndy Etler’s adjustment from her time in Straight Inc, to home.

She talks about struggling with getting back into High-School life and the lack of support she gets from her family when she is first taken out of Straight Inc. She is surprised she doesn’t get in trouble constantly at school because Straight Inc had been a place of constant punishment.  In Straight the kids rarely got to see daylight. 

But Cyndy struggled with issues with her weight to the point that she becomes thin enough that her period stops. 

Cyndy Ehler talks about the temptations she faced and the struggles but also the triumphs.

I give this book four out of five stars.

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Book Review: The DollMaker of Krakow

The Dollmaker of Krakow

by R. M. Romero

Random House Children’s

Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Children’s Fiction

Pub Date 26 Sep 2017 | Archive Date 26 Sep 2017

I am reviewing a copy of Thd Dollmaker of Krakow through Random House Children’s and Netgalley:

In the Land of dolls there is a living doll named Karolina many of Karolina’s friend want to go back to the human world, and then a strange wind comes and carries Karolina away from the land of dolls to Krakow Poland.

The Dollmaker is a loaner, having learned to keep to himself, but Karolina was caring and courageous and helped The Doll-Maker come out of his shell even befriending a violin playing father.

But there New found happiness is taken away when the Nazi’s invade Poland.

The rats had invaded the land of dolls stealing and destroying everything in his path.

On the first of September Hitler invades Poland, by the second week in September the members of the Polish Goverment had fled to Paris.  Food becomes scarce.  From the end of 1940 to the beginning months of 1941 it was cold, and snowy with little fuel people were forced to burn tables, chairs.  And soon the Jews were sent to Ghetto, where they were given next to no food, and helping a Jew was a crime that could be punishable by death.

This is a story of great tragedy, but it is also one of great hope!

Five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Choosing A Life That Matters

Choosing a Life That Matters

7 Decisions You’ll Never Regret
by Dennis Rainey

Bethany House

Bethany House Publishers

Pub Date 19 Sep 2017 

I am reviewing a copy of Choosing a Life That Matters through Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley:

In this book we are reminded of the importance of seeking God, rather than seeking sin. The author points out that seeking God is referenced more than fifty times in the Bible.  The author points out too that wisdom is an everyday how to seek God.

The author reminds us that we need to fear God and not man.  We are reminded too of the importance of being aware of God’s presence.  

We are reminded too of the importance of Loving God, not loving the world.  We are reminded too of how we need to believe God, and not the deceiver.

The author goes on to point out that we need obey God, and not our feelings.  The author goes on to remind us that faith, love and forgiveness are not just feelings.  The author goes on too to remind us that we should not worship comfort, but worship God.  We are reminded too that we need to serve God and not ourselves.

I give Choosing A Life that Matters five out of five stars!

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Book Review: The Clue in the Trees

The Clue in the Trees

An Enchantment Lake Mystery
by Margi Preus

University of Minnesota Press

Univ Of Minnesota Press
Middle Grade

Pub Date 19 Sep 2017 

I am reviewing The Clue in the Trees throwing University of Minnesota Press and Netgalley:

Francine’s brother Theo is hiding secrets, secrets she thinks she wants to know, but what if they are secrets she really doesn’t want to know?  Instead of considering the possibility of her brother being a murderer so she jumps into her Senior Year at a small town high school near Enchantment Lake in Northern Minnesota a far different experience than the private school she attended in New York.

But it’s hard to deny the fact that wherever her brother shows up so do dead bodies.  When they find Doctor Digby dead only hours after last seeing him alive that morning.  But soon Francine finds herself a suspect.

She had hoped things would have settled down by now, but that was far from the case.

I give The Clue In The Trees five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Puritan Girl, Mohawk Girl

Puritan Girl, Mohawk Girl

A Novel
by John Demos


Amulet Books
Middle Grade

Pub Date 31 Oct 2017 

I am reviewing a copy of Puritan Girl, Mohawk Girl through Amulet Books and Netgalley:

In this book we are transported back to 1704 Deerfield Massachusetts.  Eunice is kidnapped by the Mohawk and taken to Canada.  Her Mother is killed and her brother Steven taken captive.  Eunice father tried to convince her to come back to the settle but she choose to remain with her Mohawk family.

This book is a great introduction to young readers to the conflict between the Settlers and the Indians, but also it tells a story of love, forgiveness and acceptance.

I give Puritan Girl, Mohawk Girl five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Miriam’s Secret

Miriam’s Secret

by Debby Waldman

Orca Book Publishers

Historical Fiction , Middle Grade

Pub Date 17 Oct 2017 

I am reviewing a copy of Miriam’s Secret through Orca Book Publisher and Netgalley:

In 1930 Upstate New York Miriam is living with her grandparents who provide for her well, but she really has no playmates except for the kittens who were born in the barn.  Before she had come to her grandparents farm she had lived in Brooklyn.  In Brooklyn Miriam was in the sixth grade but at the farm she had school in the kitchen.

Soon Miriam discovers there is more than animals in the barn, but also a girl named Cissy.  Cissy was orphaned after she lost her Mother and ran away so she didn’t have to go to an orphanage.

Cissy and Miriam become fast friends, Miriam teaches Cissy about the Seder, and Passover.  Soon Cissy realizes she has nothing to fear from Miriam’s Grandparents when they welcome her to Seder dinner.

Miriam’s Secret is a beautiful story of friendship and acceptance.

Five out of five stars.

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