Friday, July 25, 2014

Book Review - "90 Minutes in Heaven"

Don Piper shares his story of dying and his time in heaven and his recovery in the book he co-writes with Cecil Murphey.  "90 Minutes in Heaven" grabbed my attention on the very first page and held it; right away I was thinking about how even such a seemingly thoughtless and little decision can be so life-changing. What is so intriguing about this book is that Heaven is described as such a beautiful place, a place that we all look forward to arriving in, but yet one that is filled with mystery and also honestly a little fear as death is such a sad time for those left on earth.  Being that Don was able to experience Heaven and return to his life on earth and share that experience just helps add to the wonderment and answer some questions and curiosity surrounding it.  This edition that I read is the 10th anniversary edition and it shares some of the responses and follow up to this book when it was originally published; I enjoyed reading this section as well, and almost as much as the actual book.  I highly recommend this book; it is one that you will not want to put down once you start reading it!

*Thanks to the Revell Reads program for the complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a honest review.*

Monday, July 21, 2014

Book Review - "Death Takes a Ride"

Cate is back in the midst of a mystery and a murder as well as an attempted murder in "Death Takes a Ride," book 3 in Lorena McCourtney's Cate Kinkaid Files series.  Cate just happens to be at H&B trying to help out a friend of her aunt's when she hears gunshots and then sees one man lying on the floor dead and another man unconscious with $30,000 spilling out of his jacket and another man holding a gun.  As Cate becomes involved with this case, she tries to find the answers and also determine connections among people and whom to trust. 
I really enjoyed this addition to the series!  Finally, Cate is seeing progress take place in both her professional and personal life.  There were times throughout the book I felt like yelling at Mitch and Cate as I was hoping they would figure out what made logical sense for both of them and I have to say I was happy with the ending of the book and I am looking forward to reading more in this series!

*Thanks to Revell Reads for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Book Review - "Bridge To Haven"

"Bridge To Haven," a novel written by Francine Rivers, is one that draws the reader in and holds you there for a long time after you are done reading. 
Lena was born and deserted by her mother under a bridge where she was found by the town pastor.  All of her life she had spent sheltered in Haven and just wanted an escape.  Moving to Hollywood seemed the answer; however things are not always what we believe them to be. 
Francine has done a wonderful job with this book.  It is a very touching story of grace, love, temptation and moving on from mistakes.  I found this book to be one that really brought the characters to life and really allowed the reader to become a part of the characters' lives.  Lena's life has been a mystery, a disappointment and constantly wanting more, wanting something different. I felt as if I was on this journey with Lena every step of the way and I highly recommend this book.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Book Review - Gardeners' Bible

Book Description

God will meet you personally in your garden... and in his. Throughout the Scriptures God has revealed spiritual truth in the language of growing things. This Bible will take you into a deeper relationship with God through the contemplation of soil and soul. The NIV God’s Word for Gardeners Bible will inspire you to seek God in a personal way through informative essays, devotional readings and prayers that explore the nature of the gardener’s work, the rewards of gardening, the influence of seasons and weather, and the joy of the harvest. In this Bible you will also find botanical-themed pages containing horticultural information for the prominent plants noted in Scripture and landscape-themed pages highlighting the main gardens and regions in which the events in the Bible took place. Draw near to the One whose garden is planted with delight---in you!
Features: * 260 daily devotions and 52 weekend readings arranged in weekly themes and placed near relevant passages in the text to explore the biblical metaphors of gardens and gardening * Beautiful, durable hardcover * Topical Index (for 52 weeks) * Special sections on the Garden of Eden, the garden of Gethsemane and Jesus the Vine.

My Review:
First of all, I love the cover!  I do not like to judge a book by it's cover, but this one just really drew me to it!  This Bible really will give the reader a different perspective on passages and God as well as the focus is on gardening and cultivating plants.  I really enjoyed this Bible and love the set up of it as it is very user-friendly and this is a beautiful edition that will be treasured and thumbed through often. 

*Thanks to BookLook Bloggers Program for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Book Review - "Love Comes Home"

"Love Comes Home," book 3 in Ann H. Gabhart's Rosey Corner series, continues on in the lives of the Merritt sisters.  World War II is over and everyone is overjoyed that the boys are returning home and there is much celebrating.  Although the war is over, it does not mean that the pain and suffering is over all they all quickly learn.  This story takes the reader into the lives of soldiers dealing with PTSD and other effects of fighting in war, as well as those back home anxiously awaiting news.  This is a sweet love story between the various couples in the book as some are rediscovering their love after being separated, some are given a second chance and others are experiencing love for the first time.  I highly recommend this book to everyone whom has read others in this series, and this is one that you will not want to miss. 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

complete guide to eateries across the US!

"Roadfood: The Coast-to-coast guide to 900 of the best barbeque joints, lobster shacks, ice cream parlors, highway diners, and much, much more" makes me want to head out on a cross country road trip and visit many of these places!
Jane & Michael Stern have done an excellent job with this book and compiling all the information that is included in it.  First of all, the book is divided into region making it very user-friendly.  Each eatery place is described and I love the tidbits of information that are included in regards to the history of the place, the atmosphere and really just what makes the place unique.  Types of food are described including recommendations of what to try and also the price range of menu ideas.  Phone numbers and addresses are included as well making this is a guide that you will want to keep handy in the car while traveling! 
I have really enjoyed paging through this book and reading about all of the various places to eat throughout the United States and this is the perfect gift for anyone who loves to travel or whom is planning a road trip!

For more information on this book, go here!

***"I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review."

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Book Review - "Veil of Secrets"

"Veil of Secrets," a novel written by Shannon Etheridge and Kathryn Mackel, is an intriguing story that really pulls the reader into the midst of politics and also into the midst of relationships.  For all appearances sake, Melanie and Will are the perfect couple, but that is as far as it goes - appearances.  Melanie is struggling with her past and that is keeping her from the relationship that she desires and needs with her husband and is a barrier to him.  Will either wants to improve the marriage or end it with divorce.  Melanie sees her daughter going down the same path she took and wants to help her not to make the same mistakes.  This book is a read that will have you experiencing a whole array of emotions and really give you a different perspective into campaigns and yet also push you to do a soul searching yourself.  This is not necessarily a typical light summery read, but it is a good change of pace.

Book Description from the publisher:

Can a mother face the secrets of her past in order to protect her daughter from the same mistakes?

Melanie and Will Connors seem like the perfect couple, but their marriage only looks good on the outside, having withered inside from a lack of intimacy.

The barriers Melanie faces to intimacy are hidden in her past—a misguided tryst with a trusted friend of her father's, a pattern of promiscuity as a teen, empty relationships in early adulthood. The only way Melanie sees to save herself from herself is to turn off her desires—even in her marriage.

Will insists they either work on the marriage—or work on the divorce. Their attempt at restoration occurs in the midst of a New Hampshire presidential primary that is rocked by violent protests and razor-sharp character assassinations. For the first time, their marriage begins to feel like a safe place.

As Melanie tries to sort through her own past, she sees her 16-year-old daughter's head turned by a charismatic older man on Will's campaign team. Can Melanie sift through her own rubble and find the voice to help guide her daughter—and possibly find the joy that God intended for her marriage?

*Thanks to the Booklook Bloggers Program for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a  honest review.*