Sunday, September 7, 2014

A Triple Knot: book review

A Triple Knot by Emma Campion

I am usually a sucker for historical fiction. The thing about this book is it is actually based on true events. I love that even more. That being said, I had a hard time getting into this book. The first few chapters were very confusing to me and a lot of the characters have the same name. So it seemed like it took me forever to just get through those first few chapters. After that, it was a bit easier to read, but still not one of my favorite books.

This book is about Joan of Kent, who is a child of 12 years old when we meet her in the beginning of the book. She is angry that her own grandmother had her father beheaded for treason when she was a very small child (and who wouldn't be?) and so she does what she can to make the dowager queen angry.

This book is all about Joan and the three different marriages that she has a part in for herself. The first arrangement she fights tooth and nail. It is all about political gain for the king. On her way to the Abbey, she meets a knight named Thomas and immediately has some sort of attraction to him. When she is 13, she pledges herself to him. She also finds herself tied to the Black Prince. It was quite scandalous back then. Some of it was very interesting and some of it was like torture for me to read through.

I was given this book for free through Blogging for Books in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Move On: book review

I absolutely love books like this. Books that really speak to you. Books that help you see that we are all flawed with a past and things we are afraid to tell people for fear of what they think. I love how she starts the book off very candidly with something that shook her to the core; and unplanned family pregnancy. I have been the pregnant out of wedlock person. Sometimes I feel like the more mercy you've been shown, the more you understand God's mercy and can show others.
I feel that this book did this in leaps and bounds. So often we do walk into church and people ask, "how are you?" without ever wanting to know the true answer. Meanwhile, the person is dying inside just waiting for someone to listen. 
I know many times I have listened to other people's stories and thought, "Wow! I'm not the only one!" That is a freeing feeling to know that you do not struggle alone and God loves to shower us with His Mercy.
 Absolutely wonderful book!
Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher through Book Look Bloggers 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 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Monday, August 25, 2014

Super Stitches Sewing: Book Review

I am a intermediate sewer and there are many different stitches I have not used on my machine so I was so glad to get this book. It is a very in depth look at all the stitches you could be using. It first lists all the names of the stitch as well as how it is commonly used. It lists the presser foot you would need to use and shows a picture of the actual stitch.

It then gives you a picture guide on how to properly perform the stitch. I think this book is a must have for any person who sews and is at any level. It is a good reference for every stitch and it also shows many different kind of hand stitches and what you can use them for.

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for review. All opinions are my own and I was not required to give a positive review.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family: Book Review

So, I think many of us have heard the statistic. Over 50% of kids raised in the church leave the faith when they graduate high school. I did for awhile. That's where this book comes in. The Sticky Faith Guide for your Family: Over 100 Practical and Tested Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Kids by Dr. Kara E. Powell.

I wasn't exactly sure what to expect in this book, but it was a super simple read full of ideas. Each idea has it's own little heading which makes it very easy to read little chunks at a time.

The ideas in this book have been based on research done by the Fuller Youth Institute's six years of research. Most of them are extremely easy to implement. I bet you are already doing some of them! But this book isn't about all the things you're doing wrong. It's about using the tools and info that's been given and starting to make changes right now. And it's all about grace. This book is full of God's delicious GRACE! You will never be able to implement all 100 of these ideas, but you can pick and choose what will work for your family with God's guidance.

Overall, I liked the book. Some of the ideas I've heard before, and some I haven't. I plan on trying some of them and with God's grace, my family will turn out great and my boys will grow to be godly men. :)

I was given this book for free through Book Look Bloggers. All opinions are my own and I was not required to give a positive review.

Friday, August 1, 2014

A Curious Man: book review

I have always loved Ripley's Believe it or not. I used to watch the show (the one with Dean Cain hosting) and I've visited the museum in Niagra Falls. So I was very interested to read A Curious Man: The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert "Believe It or Not" Ripley. The think I love about Ripley is that he had to go and search out places and people who were deemed "strange". There was no Google to simply search. He travelled 130,000 miles in two years at one point.

I also knew practically nothing about Ripley himself so it was an eye opener to read about his life. He loved booze and ladies, which I wasn't expecting for some reason. But I do love that he started out as a cartoonist and then wanted to seek out those who were normally forgotten or overlooked because of something others deemed weird. Ripley talked to them and got their story. Overall, I liked the book.

I was given this book for free to review through the blogging for books program. All opinions are my own.

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Psychopath Whisperer: The Science of Those without a Conscience; Book Review

I was intrigued immediately when I saw the title of this book. I love to watch true crime shows and so this appealed to me. Maybe because I really don't get how someone can not have a conscience. The book is The Psychopath Whisperer: The Science of Those Without Conscience by Kent A. Kiehl, PhD.

Let me preface this by saying I am not studying psychology or anything like that. I am your average person who is simply interested in learning more. That being said, I found this book hard to put down, for the most part. This book is all about Dr. Kiehl's more than 20 years of research and study of psychopath's in the prison population including doing brain scans and such.

In his research and studying the brain scans he finds that psychopaths brain scans are different from "normal" people. He is intrigued and baffled and so continues to figure out what this means. Being that I am not a psychologist nor am I studying psychology, I found the book to be very easy to read and didn't feel like is was missing much. It is part memoir/autobiography but this has been Dr. Kiehl's life for over 2 decades. It really gives you an insight into how one is labeled a psychopath. I love the comparison that he gives between John Wilkes Booth (who we know shot and killed president Lincoln) and Charles J. Guiteau (who killed President Garfield). Most people assume that a murderer is a psychopath, but technically that isn't true. They have to meet certain criteria (listed in the book). You'll have to read the book to see which one is the true psychopath! ;)

Overall, super fascinating and an easy, mostly understandable read for a book lover like me!

I was given this book for free through the blogging for books blogging program. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions are my own.

NIV God's Word for Gardeners Bible: book review

I love to garden. In fact, I would love someday to be a master gardener. I have no idea if that will ever happen, but my love of gardening is what drew me to God's Word for Gardeners Bible: Grow your faith while growing your garden.  First, the cover is beautiful, but inside is where the true treasure lays! You can never go wrong with a Bible and this one did not disappoint! Shelley Cramm is the general editor and she did a fantastic job.

This Bible has 260 daily and 52 weekend readings that explore the metaphors of gardens and gardening in the Bible. There are also special section on the Garden of Eden, Jesus' Last-Supper teaching on the vine, and the book of Revelation's urban gardens. It also has a topical index focused on garden-interested topics for 52 weeks. It is packed full! I love that there are so many different devotions to read that bring the gardening metaphors to life!

I received this book for free through the Book Look Bloggers program in return for a review. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions are my own.