Friday, February 24, 2017

Control Girl by Shannon Popkin (Book Review!)

Control Girl:

Lessons on Surrenduring Your Burden of Control

by Shannon Popkin

(received in exchange for an honest review)

Control Girl by Shannon Popkin

Genre- Religion / Christian Life / Women’s Issues

Published by- Kregel Publications

Copyrighted- 2016

Number of pages- 216

Age Group- Adult (women)

Description of book- paperback, listed price- $14.99, ISBN 978-0-8254-4429-6

Do you feel the need to control everyone and everything?  Shannon Popkin has written a book a book about seven different women from the Bible who felt the need to control everything around them.

  • Eve
  • Sarah
  • Hagar
  • Rebekah
  • Leah
  • Rachel
  • Miriam

Popkin uses her story, the stories of others, and specific verses from the Bible.  She also includes discussion questions and prayers.

About the Author-

Shannon Popkin has blogged on her website ShannonPopkin.com and also on TrueWomen.com.  She is currently married, has children, and is a speaker and teacher.

My thoughts-

There were a lot of wonderful parts to this book.  I liked the short lessons about each of the women and the discussion questions.  It gave me a lot to think about.  I could see myself in several of the women.  I know that I need to change and no longer be a control girl. 

One of the best parts of Control Girl was all of the Bible verses that needed to be looked up and read.  There were several times that I was so caught up in the women’s stories that I read much further than I needed to.  I was really getting into the word of God.

This was a great book.  I highly recommend it to all women.  After reading it you will begin to become the woman God wants you to be.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Control Girl, by Shannon Popkin, for free from Kregel Publications’ Blog Tour.  All links were current when posted.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Deep Water by Christine Poulson (Book Review!)

Deep Water: One Mistake and You’re Drowning

By Christine Poulson

(received in exchange for an honest review)

Deep Water Christine Poulson

Genre- Fiction / Christian / Thriller

Published by- Lion Fiction

Copyrighted- 2016

Number of pages- 252

Age Group- Adult

Description of book- paperback, listed price- $14.99, ISBN 978-1-78264-214-5

An important lab book is missing.  The lawyer who was working on a case for Calliope Biotech is dead. 

Daniel Marchmont, patent lawyer, agrees to take the case.  Katie Flanagan works for the company and thinks that something unethical is happening.  Daniel and his wife are hoping that the results from the study will help cure their daughter from a genetic disord.

What will happen?  Will more people die?  Who is guilty?

About the Author-

Christine Poulson currently lives in in Derbyshire with her family.  She has a PhD after studying English Literature and Art History at the University of Leicester.  She has been a curator and a lecturer.  She has written fiction and non-fiction.

My thoughts-

The cover of the book can often sell or not sell the book.  Personally I didn’t like the cover of the book.  I thought the illustration of a needle and blood didn’t match with the title, Deep Water.  It made me not want to read the book.  I just ignored the cover of the book and just started reading.

I thought Deeper Water was very good about showing the way people truly are and can be.  Honor was all about having the results she wanted, not those that were right.  The person that I thought was guilty, Will, wasn’t.  He was a hero.

I liked how the Rachel and Katie were persistent  in pursuing the mystery.  They needed to learn about what happened to the lab book and who was harming the lab.  We need to always remember that even if people do wrong we need to forgive them.

Deep Water was an interesting book.  I would recommend it.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Deep Water, by Christine Poulson, for free from the Kregel Publications’ Blog Tour.  All links were current when posted.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Oswiu: King of Kings by Edoardo Albert (Book Review!)

Oswiu: King of Kings (Book 3 of The Northumbrian Thrones)

By Edoardo Albert

(received in exchange for an honest review)

Oswiu King of Kings

Genre- Fiction / Christian / Historical

Published by- Lion Fiction

Copyrighted- 2015

Number of pages- 560

Age Group- Adult (Men especially)

Description of book- paperback, listed price- $16.99, ISBN 978-1-78264-118-6

Penda King of Mercia has killed Oswald King of Bernicia.  He wants to kill Oswiu, Oswald’s brother.  He isn’t able to.  He strings parts of Oswald’s body up, and that spot becomes sacred.  Oswiu sets off on a mission to bring Oswald’s body back.  He succeeds, but Penda and Oswiu are even more bitter enemies than before.

Who will live?  What will happen with their children?

This book also contains a synopsis for books one and two, a list of characters, glossary, and a historical note.

About the Author-

Edoardo Albert has written for Time Out, History Today, and Minerva.  He is also a historian.

My thoughts-

One of my favorite time periods to read and learn about is the 1800 American West.  My other favorite time period to read and learn about is the time around when King Arthur could have lived. 

Oswiu: King of Kings, was interesting.  I enjoyed learning more about one of my favorite time periods.  I did think that this book was a bit long.  I personally found the first 200 pages to take a long time to read.  It was after Oswiu married Eanflaed that it became more interesting. 

I enjoyed the historical note at the end of the book.  It was fun learning about the history that this novel was based on.  I found the character list a great help.  I needed it to help keep everyone straight, because a lot of the names seemed the same.  The map and pronunciation guide were helpful as well.  I was grateful for the synopses of Edwin: High King of Britain and Oswald: Return of the King.  I appreciate it when authors put them in their book series. 

My favorite character in this book was Oswine.  He had the opportunity to change history by killing Eanflaed.  He didn’t he listen to his conscience and to Aidan.  Albert did a wonderful job of writing this book from a historical point-of-view.  I highly recommend it.

Here is my review of Edwin: High King of Britain.

Here is my review of Oswald: Return of the King.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Oswiu: King of Kings, by Edoardo Albert, for free from the Kregel Publications’ Blog Tour.  All links were current when posted.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Friday, January 27, 2017

The Seven Stories that Shape Your Life: Discover Your God Given Purpose by Gerard Kelly (Book Review!)

The Seven Stories that Shape Your Life: Discover Your God Given Purpose

By Gerard Kelly

(received in exchange for an honest review)

 

Genre- Nonfiction / Christian Living

Published by- Monarch Books and Lion Hudson

Copyrighted- 2016

Number of pages- 336

Age Group- Adult

Description of book- paperback, listed price- $14.99, ISBN: 978-0-85721-634-2

The Seven Stories that Shape Your Life

Do you ever wonder what your purpose is on this earth?  This book will help you begin to discover it.  Gerard Kelly has chapters about creation, vocation, limitation, formation, incarnation, and restoration.  It shows how to begin to connect with God and utilize the stories in the Bible.

About the Author-

Gerard Kelly and his wife live in France, where they are co-founders of the Bless Network.  He has written eighteen books.

My Thoughts-

This was a book that was filled with good and helpful information about learning my purpose in a life with God.  As I was reading I folded over many page corners, so I could go back and explore the given information.  I want to make sure that the information I was reading was biblically sound.  What I found was great.

I thought the chapters were really long.  I wish they were divided up into smaller chapters.  I did like the divisions in each chapter.  I think that since the chapters are more involved, that a longer summary at the end would be nice.  I did appreciate the summary that was there.  I would have also enjoyed having discussion questions.  Being able to think about and question what I read would be helpful. 

This was a good book.  I highly recommend it to everyone.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received The Seven Stories that Shape Your Life, by Gerard Kelly, for free from the Kregel Publications’ Blog Tour.  All links were current when posted.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Friday, January 20, 2017

The Kill Fee by Fiona Veitch Smith (Book Review!)

The Kill Fee

Book Two of Poppy Denby Investigates

By Fiona Veitch Smith

(received in exchange for an honest review)

The Kill Fee by Fiona Veitch Smith

Genre- Historical Fiction / Christian / Mystery

Published by- Lion Fiction

Copyrighted- 2016

Number of pages- 320

Age Group- Adult 

Description of book- paperback, listed price- $14.99, ISBN 978-1-78264-218-3

Poppy’s job as the new Arts and Entertainment Editor at The Daily Globe is going well.  There is an exhibition of Russian art at the Crystal Palace.  While she is there a guard is injured and a Faberge Egg is missing.  Soon after the exhibition several people are murdered.  People Poppy knows are some of the suspects. 

Will her job help her solve the murders, or will it put her in danger?

About the Author-

Fiona Veitch Smith currently teaches at Newcastle University.  She was formerly a journalist in South Africa and the United Kingdom.

My thoughts-

This book was filled with just as much excitement as the first one.  Poppy, Daniel, and Rollo were busy trying to get the news stories and solve the murders.  It certainly helped that they were in the newspaper business, so they knew how to ask the right questions and were inquisitive.  Poppy really enjoys getting all the details and solving the mystery.  I like the way she thinks.

There were extras that I appreciate.  I like the 1920s map of London, the list of characters, a historical note, and the list of books and links to more information about this time period.  I was glad that Smith told what she changed, so I wouldn’t assume what wasn’t true. 

There was the continuing romance with Daniel, the photographer from The Daily Globe, so I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.  I want to know if their relationship will grow or not. 

I recommend The Kill Fee to you.  I hope you enjoy it.  You don’t really need to read first book in the series first, but I do suggest you do read it at some point. 

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received The Kill Fee, by Fiona Veitch Smith, for free from the Kregel Publications’ Blog Tour.  All links were current when posted.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Taking My God for a Walk by Tony Collins (Book Review!)

Taking My God for a Walk: A Publisher on a Pilgrimage

By Tony Collins

(received in exchange for an honest review)

 

Genre- Nonfiction / Christian Living / Pilgrimage

Published by- Monarch Books and Lion Hudson

Copyrighted- 2016

Number of pages- 249

Age Group- Adult (Men)

Description of book- paperback, listed price- $16.99, ISBN: 978-0-85721-773-8

Taking My God for a Walk

The Camino is 490 miles long and goes from the French border to Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain.  Tony Collins decide to take a pilgrimage on that route.  It was an hard physical and spiritual journey, but it proved to be a journey filled with new friendships and spiritual examination. 

About the Author-

Tony Collins started Monarch Books and other imprints.  He has been in publishing for over forty years.

My Thoughts-

I enjoy reading travel books.  When they are based on a spiritual journey, they are even better.  I have read other books like this that weren’t spiritual journeys, think Bill Bryson, but this one was better.  There were no swear word.  I also learned about the religious culture of the area. 

The only thing I would change about this book would be the map.  I would like to see a map at the beginning of each chapter that showed the little towns that were discussed in the chapter.

This was a good book.  I highly recommend it to everyone.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Taking My God for a Walk, by Tony Collins, for free from the Kregel Publications’ Blog Tour.  All links were current when posted.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Death in the Shadows by Paul McCusker (Book Review!)

Death in the Shadows

(A Father Gilbert Mystery, Book 2)

By Paul McCusker

(received in exchange for an honest review)

 

Genre- Fiction / Mystery

Published by- Lion Fiction

Copyrighted- 2016

Number of pages- 302

Age Group- Adult (Men)

Description of book- paperback, listed price- $14.99, ISBN 978-1-78264-122-3

Death in the Shadows

Father Gilbert used to be a Scotland Yard detective.  He is now a priest at St. Mark’s in a small Sussex town.  As a detective, he has experienced death.  He didn’t expect it to follow him to Englesea and a church conference.

Englesea has a strong illegal sex trade, and the people in charge are fighting to dominate.  The victims are being traded across borders and in London.  Now someone has died.  

Will Father Gilbert get involved with the case?  Is there a sinister force involved?   

About the Author-

Paul McCusker currently lives in Colorado.  He has written many novels and audio dramas.  He has written books for Adventures in Odyssey and The Imagination Station Series.  The Father Gilbert Mysteries originally began as an audio drama series.

My thoughts-

I like reading mysteries.  I’m not sure about this series though, because Father Gilbert sees ghosts and something called the Shadow Man.  I know there are evil spirits in the world, but I’m not sure how much I enjoy reading about it.  It’s something to think about before you read the book. 

Death in the Shadows was well written.  There was a lot of detail, and the characters were well developed.  I wasn’t sure who was the murderer.  I didn’t even have any ideas, so I wasn’t sure until the end.  I like it when it is hard to figure out who did it.  I really didn’t see this one coming. 

On the whole I thought this was a good book.  I think it would be a good book for men.  I know that some women would enjoy it as well.

Happy reading!

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Death in the Shadows, by Paul McCusker, for free from the Kregel Publications’ Blog Tour.  All links were current when posted.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.