Monday, January 22, 2018

Book Review: A Force So Strong: Mao, Truman, and the Birth of Modern China, 1949



This book chronicles the political maneuvering that occurred in 1949 as the leadership in China changed. I have family members who live in China, so this book looked interesting to me. Author Kevin Peraino manages to make a dull topic interesting as he skillfully describes the people involved and describes their physical appearance and emotions. I did get lost a bit in the politics, which bore me, but I still learned a lot from this book and gained a deeper understanding of history, and that's a big reason to pick up a new book and read, isn't it?

You may learn more about the author HERE.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Book Review: Gospel Centered Mom



Being a mom can be tough. From preparing for the "perfect" birth to pacifier options, to picking out a dentist to helping our child choose a college, we always want to do the best for our children. And I believe all moms have a certain fear of failing our kids, of not being "enough."

The back of Gospel Centered Mom reads, "What if the solution is simply to embrace the truth that you are not enough--but God is?"

This book looks into the ways we can go back to the Gospel truths in our mothering. Each chapter concludes with a hard truth and a beautiful truth. This journey is hard, but it's worth it!

I find this encouraging book to be simple enough a read to pick up to read for a few moments in the midst of my busy days. It brings my focus back to where it needs to be. I hope others will find it an encouragement as well.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Book Review: The House on Foster Hill



Kaine has a stalker. Her husband died two years ago, and ever since then her stalker has been harassing her. Unfortunately, the police don't believe her. She relocates to a rural area in Wisconsin to renovate a historic home and escape from the stalker. Over a hundred years earlier, a young woman named Ivy is working to solve a murder mystery. No one knows who the young victim was, nor why her body was put into the hollow of a tree.  As Kaine and Ivy are working through their unique circumstances, we learn that their stories may be intertwined. 

I started reading this book around 4 yesterday afternoon. Even after breaking for dinner and family game night, I managed to finish it by 11. I couldn't put it down! Excellent read! I wish I could say more... but you'll have to read it for yourself!

You may learn more about the author HERE.   


I received this book from Bethany House for this review.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Book Review: Death at Thornburn Hall


The story is a group of people arriving for a golf tournament. Their host mysteriously dies after confiding in one of the guests, sharing some confusing information. The death is ruled an accident, but things are looking fishy. What if it's a murder? 

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It's finally happened... the book I couldn't finish. There are too many characters; I can't keep straight who is who. The characters do not have personalities that bring them to life. The conversation is boring, the plot moves too slowly. I finally had to set the book down. 

I DID find out that this book is only one in a series of mysteries. Perhaps I'd have had better luck if I had read the first book first? 

If slow moving mysteries about golfing tournaments is your thing, then perhaps this is a great read. But I was just bored. 

You may learn more about the author HERE


I received this book from Bethany House for this review.

Book Review: The Wonder of Advent




Interesting? Check.
Short entries? Check.
Deep questions? Check.
Helping the reader to focus on the true reason for the Advent season? Check.

This is an excellent little devotional! There are two sections: Preparation (November 24-30), and Advent (December 1-31). Each day's entry contains a Bible verse, about 5 paragraphs of the devotion, and a few questions for reflection. The Advent section adds a passage for further reflection and a few lines of a corresponding hymn. 

Here's an example: The first day in the devotional quotes Philippians 2:7 and then discusses the meaning of the Incarnation. The two questions for reflection are:

"How does God becoming flesh redeem the human race?"
"What do you think the Incarnation was like for Jesus?"

All in all, a great little book!


To learn more about the author, click HERE

I received this book from Tyndale House Publishers for this review.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Book Review: A Plain Leaving




I could start this book review nearly the same as I did my last book review: A young Amishwoman fled home after a tragic misunderstanding and went to live far away as an Englisher. After 3 years, she learns of her father's death. Jessica returns home to face her past, and ends up looking forward to her future. 

I enjoyed this book much more than the last one I reviewed. The modern day story is set up against another story from 1777, and I love it when two good stories are woven together! I kept wondering, "How is this going to end?? I hope so-and-so ends up with so-and-so!... Oh please, don't do THAT!"

Needless to say, I got involved in the story and thoroughly enjoyed the tale! Oh and there's good news: This is part 1 in a series!

You may learn more about the author HERE.   


I received this book from Bethany House for this review.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Book Review: The Proving




A young Amishwoman fled home after a tragic misunderstanding and went to live far away as an Englisher. After 5 years, she learns her mother has died, leaving her to run the family's bed and breakfast. Amanda Deinner must first run the inn successfully for 12 months if she is to inherit the property. Amanda returns home to face her past, and ends up looking forward to her future. 

This is a great Saturday read! Interesting, lots of little twists and turns, and a happy ending. One of those rainy day, poolside, or sick day books that are quick to pick up and spend some time on. A happy book, you might say. 

You may learn more about the author HERE.  


I received this book from Bethany House for this review.