Archive for April, 2011

A COLLECTION OF WEDNESDAYS by Amy Gaither Hayes

April 27, 2011

Amy Hayes spent her Wednesday mornings writing this book.  She says, “This involves coffee, silence, and the space to think, process and create”.  This is not  a book you pick up and read cover to cover in one setting, even though it isn’t a real long book.  Perhaps this book should be read like I read the Bible. I read some and then mediate and think upon what I read. 

There are 14 chapters that include poetry and personal, intimate stories of her life. She talks about her family, friends and her God.  She admits that her faith isn’t always strong, that sometimes she has doubts. I like that she is honest and transparent .

But the page I loved the most was page 183 and I quote, “What I’m really after is the kind of wisdom that bears fruit, that grows the good stuff.  I want a rich harvest–not money and houses and more stuff, but kids who know who and whose they are; a long and rich marriage; a resume of faithfulness;  a reputation for joy and delight and humor and gentleness and hard work; a full orchard of abundant life, here on earth as it is in heaven.  I long to see my roots grow deeper and deeper into the rich loam of God’s grace.  This, I think, is wisdom: to cultivate a full harvest of love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, self-control, goodness, kindness, faithfulness.  Isn’t that what each of us long for?” 

Can you imagine how much better life would be on this earth if we each had that kind of wisdom.  If we each had a full harvest of the fruit of the Spirit, our world would be so different.

I would like to thank Zondervan for giving me a complimentary copy of this book to read and review. Thank you Amy Hayes for A Collection of Wednesdays.

THE PART-TIME VEGAN by Cherise Grifoni

April 27, 2011

This book has 14 chapters in it with the first being, “Veganism 101”  Ms Grifoni tells how to get started and lists what is in a vegan pantry. “Arrowroot, egg-replacers, nut milks, and soy yogurt are just to name a few”.  Chapter 2 contains recipes for dips & appetizers, chapter 6 super soups, chapter 9 pasta dishes. So you can see she covers a lot of different recipes, including “sinful desserts.”  Chapter 13 has 11 dinner plans.

This book was given to me free of charge by Book Sneeze, a division of Thomas Nelson Publishers. I wanted it because I am on Weight Watchers and wanted some new ways to fix fruits and vegetables.  I didn’t really understand what a “Vegan” is.  Some of the recipes sound good and I will try them,  but a lot of them have ingredients my local grocery store does not carry, such as nutritional yeast.  But she does include a resource page where you can order ingredients for vegan cooking.  Since, I am not interested in becoming a “Vegan”, I would not spend the extra money to get such things as the soy milk, almond milk, coconut milk, etc.  I will just substitute skim milk for them and see how they turn out.  The recipes sound healthy but I wish she would have listed the nutritional information for each recipe.

MAX ON LIFE by Max Lucado

April 19, 2011

Max Lucado answers 172 questions that people have asked him.  The questions cover a vast variety of questions.  The categories are:

HOPE- God, Grace and “Why am I here?”

HURT – Conflicts, Calamities, and “Why me?”

HELP – Prayer, Scripture, and “Why Church?”

HIM/HER – Sex, Romance, and “Any chance of a second chance?”

HOME – Diapers, Disagreements, and “Any hope for prodigals?”

HAVE / HAVE-NOTS – Work, Money and “Where’s the lifeline?”

HEREAFTER – Cemeteries, Heaven, Hell, and “Who goes where?”

He covers such practical questions as # 130, “This year has had nothing but turmoil for me. I work in manufacturing; We’ve taken a big hit in this economic downturn, and every day I fear losing my job. How can I be less fearful about the situation?”

Max Lucado is one of my favorite authors. I love his insights. He uses scripture to back his answers.  So if you have a question, and don’t know where to go for an answer and it is in one of the categories above, you might find this book useful.  I believe it would be especially good for a new christian or even a non-believer.

I would like to thank Book Sneeze, a division of Thomas Nelson Publishers, for giving me a complimentary copy of this book to review.

THE FINAL SUMMIT by Andy Andrews

April 11, 2011

 

The Archangel, Gabriel,  approaches David Ponder with an extremely  important mission. He must direct this Last Summit.  “A Quest To Find The One Principle That Will Save Humanity”.  Others that will be at the summit are “Travelers” that are no long living.  They include Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, King David, Golda Meir and many other well know people. 

The world had ” an unquenchable thirst for riches, a disdain for your fellow-man, and power for its own sake.”  ”For many years, you (the people) have progressively turned away from the real truth and in its stead have attempted to create their own version of the truth.”

Gabriel gave the ground rules and The Traveler’s were given five chances to get the correct answer.  The question was, “What does humanity need to do, individually and collectively, to restore itself to the pathway to success?  The answer would be in two words.  Got any ideas??? Would they be able to answer the question and save the world from being destroyed like it was with the flood?

I would like to thank the Book Sneeze division of Thomas Nelson for giving me a complimentary copy of this book.  I did not read Andy Andrew’s book, “The Traveler’s Gift”, that preceded this book. I would recommend reading it first.  I did not care for this book.

BESIDE STILL WATERS by Tricia Goyer

April 11, 2011

On the way home one evening, Abe Sommers fell asleep and his horse and buggy were hit by a truck.  His two daughers were killed and his wife went into early labor.  Born was Marianna.  She always tried to be the perfect daughter because she felt she was replacing her two sisters.  Yet, her mother always seemed sad.  They lived in an Indiana Amish community and she felt she would always live there and eventually marry, Aaron Zook.  Although, they had never dated.

Marianna’s, brother, Levi, had left the community and was living  with the Englisch people. This was such a worry to their mother, that Abe decided that Uncle Ike was right. They should move to Montana for a year near Uncle Ike.  No one in the family was happy about the move. Marianna promised her dad that she would stay six months and then return to Indiana to marry Aaron.

But amazing things happened in Montana. He mother began to laugh again and Marianna began to know the God of the Bible. The God that is full of grace and mercy. A personal God. A God that is  not a God of  “rules” like she had grown up thinking.  This book takes you through her discoveries before it was time to board the train and return back to Indiana.  You will the love to read what happened on the train!

I would like to thank B&H Publishers for giving me a complimentary copy of this book. I had never read an Amish novel before and learned so much about them.  It was very well written.

OVER THE EDGE by Brandilyn Collins

April 11, 2011

Wow, what a book!  The second book I had to stay up and read late this week because I just couldn’t put it down.

This book is a novel that deals with Lyme Disease. The author, herself, has experienced the terror of the disease.

  In the book,  Dr. Brock McNeil has spent years doing research on Lyme Disease. He is a researcher and professor at Stanford University.  In his research, he has determined that the disease should be healed in a short period of time with antibiotics. He believes it in not a chronic illness and he has even testified before insurance companies that long term antibiotics are not required and his research information has been published in medical journals.  This  caused insurance companies to quit paying for long care.  But there a lots of patients and their families that know that this is not true. 

One such person saw his wife die because of lack of treatment and is determined to get back at Dr. McNeil.  So he infects Dr. McNeil’s wife, Janessa, with Lyme, determined this will cause  Dr. McNeil to reverse his stand on the length of time for the disease.  But Dr. McNeil denies she even has the disease ,even though, his wife is unable to function without horrible pain and weakness. He thinks she is faking it.  What an idiot!!

I would love to thank H& B Publishing Company for giving me a complimentary copy of this book to read and review. Like I said earlier, I could not put it down until I was finished reading it.  A great read!  It is too be released May 2011.

LIVING WITH ALZHEIMER’S BY Dr. Gonzalo Garza, PH.D

April 9, 2011

Living with Alzheimer’s was a book written by Dr. Garza.  His beloved wife had Alzheimer and he wrote the book to warn others of the early symptoms. He gave advice about how to care for a patient to finding assisted living. He also kept a daily diary of his wife’s condition as he visited her  once or twice a day.  Alzheimer is a terrible disease that robs a person of their mind. He can change a sweet person into a violent person.  Dr. Garza never knew when he went to visit his beloved wife what kind of mood she would be in.

At first, he couldn’t accept that she was losing her memory. He would make excuses for her behavior.  I understand this because my Father was the same way. He was so devoted to my Mother, that he couldn’t betray her by telling others or even himself, she had Alzheimer’s.

I loved reading about the love and devotion Dr. Garza had for his dear wife and the care he gave her. But there was too much repetition in  the book.  It got old reading the same thing over and over.  I would like to thank Dorrance Publishing Company for giving me a complimentary copy of this book.

DANCING ON GLASS by Pamela Binnings Ewen

April 9, 2011

Dancing on Glass is a novel but, unfortunately, could be a non-fiction.  It is a story of  Amalise Catoir, a law student and Philip Sharp.  Philip led Amalise to believe he was a professor and artist, but that was just a few of the lies he had told her. 

She had met him at an art exhibit and she couldn’t get him out of her mind.  He wanted to paint her portrait which caused her to start missing her classes.  She did everything he asked because she didn’t want to lose him.  He soon moved into her apartment and controlled her even more.  This is when she found out he was not a professor and his art work was at an exhibit because he had conned the owner of the studio.  But he became so needy, she couldn’t hurt him by leaving him.  He stopped her from attending church, from spending time with her family. A year later, they were married and he became even more possessive of her.  She had to rush home after work or he would get really upset.  He got so lonesome spending the days at home alone because he didn’t have a job and didn’t care to get one since she was supporting the both of them.

He continued to become more and demanding.  “He demanded accounting for her day, for the evenings she worked.  Asked for phone numbers for the conference rooms, who she’d seen, whom she’d talked to that day, details of her assignments. She provided everything to him”. (pg.268). But with insecure, possessive people it just kept escalating. 

This book was one I could not put down. I had to stay up late until I had it finished. I would highly recommend it. I would like to thank B&H Publishing Group for giving me a complimentery copy.

NO SAFE HAVEN By Kimberley and Kayla R. Woodhouse

April 2, 2011

Andi, her mother, Jenna were returning home  from a medical  check-up for Andi along with the pilot of their small plane and Cole, a stranger, when their plane crashed.  Andi, age 12, had survived brain surgery and a rare and serious medical disorder.  But would they be able to survive a winter storm in Sutlana in Northern Alaska? 

This book is  full of suspense  and creative ways to survive the horrible cold and other dramatic problems.  It details their adventures for nine days after the crash.  It shows Andi and Jenna’s strong faith and Andi’s boldness to witness to Cole , an unbeliever.  They had such courage to persevere when everything seemed to be against them. There were even men trying to kill them.

This book is  the first book in a three book series. It is written by Kayla and her mother. Kayla is only 13 years old and I believe she is going to be a sought after author.  I would like to thank B&H Publisher for giving me a complimentary copy of this book to read and review.