Friday, May 14, 2010

God's Promises for Girls

I just received the book God's Promises for Girls by Jack Countryman and Amy Parker. This book is divided up into small sections about God's promises and how to act.

I decided to review this book because I have a lot of friends with little girls and wanted to know if this was a good book for them. When I got the book, I was heading over to my friend Heidi's house to hang out with her and her children. Her oldest is three years old. I thought instead of just reviewing it myself I would share it with her and get her opinion as well.

Delaney was so excited to look through the book and read it with me. She was facinated by the pictures. As I read through the book, she could not get enough.

The layout of the book is really nice. There is one to two pages for each subject. There is a picture and a short paragraph. Following are a few verses about the subject. Some of the subjects are being kind to others, praying for peace, being a good daughter, and serving others.

I liked that the layout was so easy to read and the verses were perfect. Some of the verses were longer for a three year old, but would be perfect for an older child. I would definatly recommend this to anyone with a little girl. Whether used for devotions, or even to explain diferent ways to act; this would be a great teaching tool for parents.

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I express are my own.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Heart Mender by Andy Andrews

I just finished my first book for book sneeze! And it was amazing!

When I first got The Heart Mender in the mail, I immediately turned to the back to read more about it. The first thing I saw was the Self-Help/Motivational/Inspirational listing. My heart sank. Not that those kind of books are bad, I just do not prefer them. Well, I had to get through it. So glad I did! Now I know I need to look through the entire book store, I might just find another gem like this one in a section where I least expect it. (Just what I need, another excuse to spend another couple of hours in Barnes and Noble!)

The story is about three people: the author Andy Andrews, an American woman in Texas during WWII, and a German submarine sailor also in WWII. It starts with the author finding some German war artifacts in his back yard. He becomes curious and starts to research how they got there. The story then goes back and forth between Helen Mason and Lt. Josef Landermann. Helen is angry at everything after her husband was killed by German bombs in England. Lt. Josef Landermann had to leave his wife and child back in German and was forced to fight. He is not a Nazi, he is a German.

I have already told many people about this book. It is wonderful for book lovers, history lovers, romantic people, and so many others. I can not wait to hear what the people I have told to read it so I can discuss the book with them.

I would obviously highly recommend this book to everyone. It is an easy read, but not "dumbed-down". The flow of the book is natural and not forced in any way. I hate when authors do that to their readers!

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. 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.”