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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Agents of the Apocolypse by Dr. David Jeremiah

Agents of the Apocalypse: A Riveting Look at the Key Players of the End Times
by Dr. David Jeremiah
Tyndale





Dr. Jeremiah has presented a book that focuses on the main players in the book of Revelation.   The key players or events are the apostle John in exile on Patmos, the martyrs, the 144,000 Jewish witnesses, the two witnesses, the dragon, the beast from the earth, the beast from the sea,  the Victor, and the Judge.  Each one is described through a scripturally based narrative and explained afterwards through scripture.
This book is not a comprehensive study of the book of Revelation, but a highlight.  The narratives each bring forth engaging characters and interesting storylines based on the scripture subject.  Each narrative is independent of the other, with the common thread of the books subjects. 
I wasn't sure how I felt about the book at first, because I hadn't thought about the narrative aspect of it when I started to read it.  I still am a little ambivalent towards them, but I do believe that many people will like this aspect of the book.  I was glad to see exposition of the stories with scripture.  We know that that any fiction is just that, but it is nice to see good explanations  of scripture alongside the narratives.  This dual look at Revelation is a new perspective as opposed to only one or the other.
Overall, I would recommend this book, especially to those who have more difficulty understanding the book of Revelation.   If someone wanted to do an in depth study of the whole book of Revelation, this book wouldn't be it, but it has a place in supplementing an in-depth study. 

I received this book from the publisher.  I was not required to give a positive review.  All ideas are my own.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Willie's Redneck Time Machine by John Luke Robertson

Willie's Redneck Time Machine
by John Luke Robertson
with Travis Thrasher
Tyndale Publishing


You are Willie Robertson, and you have to choose your adventure.  As someone who has never watched an episode of Duck Dynasty but was exposed through the various marketing efforts of the TV world, I was interested in reading this book.  As a kid, I liked the choose your own adventures to some degree, and now as a parent, would I want my children to read them?  First, I liked the cover... Yes I know, but... I live on a cattle ranch and we have a "time machine free one" by one of the old outbuildings.  I'm glad it is no longer put into use!    One the few occasions that I have had the opportunity to use one, made me appreciate modern convenience.  So, that piqued my interest in the book.  It sounded funny, and overall the book had some funny parts.  There was one particular storyline that I enjoyed because, I have to confess, I graduated high school in 1990, and I'll leave it at that.  There are a few different storylines to travel through, some better than others. 

So how was the book?  Overall there were some funny storylines that kids will like.  I would have liked fewer storylines and a little more development on the better lines.  I thought a few ended too abruptly for my taste.  As far as the writing, it was a little easy reading for  the higher end of the age range it is geared to (8-12?). 

Would I let my kids read it?  Yes, I think it's clean and would provide some entertainment for them.  On the other had, I would like to have seen a little more of the Robertson's faith embedded into it.  It is a great opportunity to introduce children to Biblical truth.

Overall, I think it is a good book for kids.  They will enjoy it.

I received this book from the publisher, and all opinions are my own.

 

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Southern Foodie's Guide to the Pig by Chris Chamberlain

The Southern Foodie's Guide to the Pig
by Chris Chamberlain
Thomas Nelson Publishers
Can you say bacon?  This book is your guide to the pig.  When I opened the book, I was delighted with  more than I imagined.  This book is more than a cookbook, it is a guide to the pig, to the best restaurants peppered throughout the southern regions of the United States.  It taught me about the parts of the pig, about roasting a whole hog, and provided everything from the basics of bar-b-q to a delightful range of recipes all centered around on thing, the pig. 
The book takes you on a southern tour of the basics of rubs, sauces and marinades, to side dishes, main dishes.  The author highlights several wonderful sounding restaurants, and provides a list of recipes that are included in the book from each particular restaurant.  The photography and graphics are appropriate and pleasing to the eye.  There is also plenty information so that we uneducated people will know what a brine is and what its purpose is for, and more.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book.  I have neighbors who raise hogs, so maybe I can talk my hubby into getting one and having a hog roast.  There is so much in this book that I want to try and look forward to putting it to a lot of use.


I received this book from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.  THis review is solely my opinion.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Goodnight Ark by Laura Sassi Illustrated by Jane Chapman

Goodnight Ark
Written by Laura Sassi
Illustrated by Jane Chapman
Zonderkids




Ahhh .....  the beloved ark and it's time for bed, or is it?    Noah is about ready to sleep but when a storm scares the animals, they come to Noah two by two to crowd into Noah's bed. The rhyming and fun familiarity of this story are endearing.  The illustration is well done and colorful.  I do wonder at there not being any Mrs. Noah, but I think the story works  well either way.  I do love the skunk portion, but I won't spoil the fun by sharing it all.
On the other hand, if you are looking for a children's book that is Biblically accurate, this is not it.  It takes a fun story idea and uses a Biblical story setting, but that is as far as it gets with truth.
The large size of the book makes it easy to see the pictures and read with one child or many.
As a fictional storybook, I would recommend it.  I would not recommend it as a book to introduce children to Biblical truth, because it is purely fictional.  Overall, I enjoyed the book and loved the illustrations.

Friday, June 6, 2014

The Loving Kitchen by Leann Rice



The Loving Kitchen by Leann Rice
Published by Thomas Nelson


Open up this cookbook to find a bevy of wonderful recipes just waiting to be created in your kitchen.  Leann Rice has created a cookbook that any woman  can use to create wonderful home cooked meals reminiscent of your grandmother's cooking and a comfortable home.  The concept behind the recipe book is a grouping of comfortable recipes straight from the author/blogger's kitchen.  Ms. Rice includes such recipes as:  Creamed corn, fried chicken, oven-baked BBQ ribs, various sandwiches and soups, and berries and cream layer cake, and oh so much more!  I'm so excited about this book, because the recipes have easily attainable ingredients and are realistic for my family. 

Ms.. Rice also includes a section on reaching out and gathering in.  It's about showing love to your family and friends through your cooking.... The book also includes well done food photography, and as a photographer that is one of the first things I look at.  I only wish every recipe had a photo or that there was a photographic index of every recipe.  I know this book will be a staple in my home for the coming years.... I think I'll wear it out.... maybe I should have it spiral bound so that I can use it more handily... who knows.... I just know I'll be using it quite often.


This book was received from the publisher, and I was not required to give a positive review.  All opinions are my own.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Regency, a beginning

Every girl has her romantic side...  Ever since I was little I loved Victorian bustle dresses, medieval attire, and as an adult I've also come to appreciate the Regency Era after enjoying the 1995  BBC Pride and Prejudice series.  Now, I have never been much of a sewer.  I have tried a few things growing up, such as a pillow and as an adult peasant blouse and maybe a few things that I don't quite remember.  But my daughter has shown some interest in fashion design, so I bought a regency pattern from Sense and Sensibility, and have made her a regency girls dress, hat and pantaloons.  I do plan to do a pinafore sometime this summer as well.  I thought the sewing process would be good for her to watch and to do some of.  I did this with the hopes of making my own Regency era dress and underpinnings.  So  here are a couple of photos of the dress and pantaloons I made with Zoe's help (she sewed the straight pieces of the dress),  They aren't perfect, but they are the best that I have every done, and I hope a step to doing more.  BTW, I have been hand sewing a regency chemise for myself, and I'll post a photo of that later.  I should photograph the whole process but my house is so small and cluttered, so I haven't.



 
Here is the hat, which was completely hand sewn.




 
The fabric was purchased at a local quilt shop called Quilter's Candy Shoppe.  We don't have any regular local fabric shops, so we have to travel 70+ miles or order online.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Mark of Distinction by Jessica Dotta


Mark of Distinction

Price of Privilege Trilogy

Jessica Dotta

Tyndale Publishers





Mark of Distinction is the second book of the Price of Privilege trilogy, and we pick up the story of Julia (Elliston) Pierson after she has been rescued from her husband, Macy, by the Lord Pierson, whom she had discovered was her father. Julia struggles with her father's plans to introduce her to society and the illusion that they have created to protect her. She also has to beware of her past....


I found the book easy to read and hard to put down. I wanted to find out what was going to happen, which is great when I find a book that can keep me reading. Her characters are interesting. The plot keeps you wondering, and the characters are intriguing. I did have a major problem on how she does and doesn't present the truth of God's word in this book. It's lacking seriously. As a book marketed to Christian audiences, which would also have appeal to secular audiences, the author has a great opportunity to share the gospel and how it is affecting the main character (and it doesn't have to be blantant), but she fails in this. I hope that the final installment will tie things together and present a character who is convicted by the word of God to change and not just some imagined experience that seemed vague.


Overall, I enjoyed the book, and I am looking forward to reading the final book in the trilogy. I do hope that a proper gospel presentation to the mail character and response are developed in it.
One comment that I have (that really does not lend to the quality of the book) is that the cover image does not portray proper historical fashion. I would have loved to see a cover with that....
 
This book was provided by the publisher, I was not required to give a positive review, and all opinions are my own.