Wednesday, December 29, 2010

An Amish Love


There is a page in front of the book the tells what some Amish words are that are found in the book, they are in alphabetical order. While reading the book those words are italicized. There are 3 different stories in the book. Healing Hearts, A Marriage of the Heart, and What the Heart Says.

First Story - A Marriage of the Heart
At the beginning a girl, Abigail Kauffman, is annoyed by a guy (by his casual dismissal of her beauty), Joseph Lambert, and to pay him back she says that "he . . . well . . . just made me feel a little uncomfortable with the way he was kissing me . . . and touching . . . and I . . ." Her father then says he will talk to him and they will be married, but that wasn't what she wanted, but her father said to dress in blue (which is the color for marrying). Now she will have to face his scorn.

This story, when read in full, warms the heart. It made me smile in a lot of different parts of the story. Great story that is well written.


Second Story - A Marriage of the Heart
A blind woman, Ellie Chup, who was in an accident 5 years ago, has learned how to cope with being blind. She has a buisness going called Ellie's Jellies. The jelly is in full demand, one person even wants 4 cases made up. She believes no one will ever want her, since her last fiance didn't want to be with her.

Chris is a guy who blames Isaiah (Ellie's Cousin) for the accident that took his fiance's life (the same one from where Ellie was blinded. He moves away 5 years and finally comes back thinking he may be able to forgive Isaiah, until he finds out his sister is marrying him in 2 weeks.

This was a neat story to read, it captures your interest right from the start with the nightmare mentioned.

Third Story - What the Heart Says.
This is about a middle-aged couple who has no children in their house no longer and sets out to rediscover the love that had brought them together before their children. They have been an upstanding members of the community

All in all good reads but i would say my favorite was the first story, then the second and last (but not least) third.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Way Home (DVD)


A family is leaving for vacation, the father doesn't put the 2 year old boy (there is 3 children in total, but the 2 oldest are in school) in the van as asked by his wife, he lets him play as he goes back in to look at his computer. The son then disappears and the parents start to look, they go and search the house and yard and he doesn't turn up so they go to all their neighbors to see if he has been seen by them and no one has.

After 30 minutes the police is called. Father takes off to look by himself for his 2 year old boy "Joe". Father starts to think about how he was ignoring his children, for his work.

All in all this was a pretty good movie, I got tears in my eyes a few time while watching it.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

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Monday, August 9, 2010

The Butterfly Effect - How Your Life Matters


This book is much like the children's book, except it has more details that are suited towards the adult readers.

This book is about how one choice can change the world we live in, there are many stories in here that link one person's choice to another person's choice who makes the one choice that lead to the story previous to the one that you just read.

Overall a good book, cause it helps you to understand what a butterfly effect is and what it means to the world.



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.

The Boy Who Changed the World


This book has awesome pictures, i got this book as a pdf file for my computer due to all the books being requested before me.

This book is about how one choice can change the world, there are many stories in here that are linked to the one person who made the one choice that lead to the story previous to the one you just read.

Overall a good book, cause it helps kids (and even adults) understand what a butterfly effect means to the world.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.

100 Prayers God Loves to Hear, 100 Praise Songs


This book has wonderful pictures to look at, my daughter loved them. It has many different prayers in it some are ones we knew and others are ones we never seen before. The book is a hard cover. It comes with 2 cds for you to listen to. The songs on those cds are pretty short. My daughter didn't mind them but she isn't into all the much music, but loves being read to and interacting with us while reading the book. (pointing out things).

We read this together. It is a good thing to share with children, so bring this book into your house and check it out.


This book even
has verses from the bible in it.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Venom and Song (The Berinfell Prophecies Series - Book Two)


To start with, I didn't read the first book in the series, this is the first I have heard of it, I read this book in two days.

It starts out with with a list and description of the Principal Cast and Principal Locations. It is a great way to help with understanding the book before reading it.

The characters were well described that you can almost picture them in your mind. They 7 lords must find a way to work the powers to each others to work together to defeat the Spider King. There were some nice twists to the book that will keep you reading once you have begun.

I find this book very well written. This book has certain aspects that kind of remind me of a series of books called Everworld. The ending was neat and the very end could mean there will be another book coming to this series. I am thinking of trying to find the first book to read to find out the rest of the information that this second book hinted at.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.

Friday, May 14, 2010

A Summer Secret


I began reading this today. It gives you the info on certain Amish terms that are in the book, that are different than we would be used to seeing. (example: boppli means baby). It starts out in the barn, she is not supposed to be in. She is expected to drop whatever she is doing to help out her family. Mary Beth goes to the barn to escape all this.

The Amish terms are italicized to help them stand out for the readers, so you can go back to the front and look it up if needed.

This is a pretty good story. It is made for youths, but as an adult I still liked it well enough. I won't give the book away, but it has a nice and easy story line to follow. It has a nice ending, which may make you smile.

I have to say I really enjoyed reading this story, and it took me less than a day to finish reading it.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Will The World End In 2012?


In this book the author researches 10 different possible end of the world scenarios. They are: The Mayan Factor, Solar Storms, CERN and the Large Hadron Collider, The Predictions of Nostradamus, The Coming Reversal of the North and South Magnetic Poles, Collision with "Planet X", Earth's Alignment with the Galactic Plane, Eruption of the Super Volcano, The Web Bot Project, and last but not least Religious Predictions of the end of the world.

Now it never really answers the question Will The World End In 2012? but I think that this book was very well thought out and researched. Glad to have read it. There was very good points to each scenario that would point one way or another. I never knew there was more than the Mayan calender ending, so that was surprising to learn about. I read this book all in one day, so was a pretty quick read.

I overall was disappointed in the book. I was expecting to see proof that each scenario was untrue, but some he actually supports more. So without it answering the question specifically it is kind of misleading in it's title.



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Violet Eyes

I have just started to read it. I think so far it is showing some good interesting parts.

The girl "Angel Eastland" has moved a lot and every where she moves she tried to do one great thing but finds that the guy "Michael Vallent" has already done it before her. This latest move was different though, she searched through the trophies and found nothing with his name on it so she figures she is safe to try and get the top of something. She find out that Michael has moved there now too, and is making friends with her friends.
(This is all in the first chapter)

Both Angel and Michael have violet eyes. Michael is one grade ahead of Angel. They are both very good in any kind of sports (like badminton) and great with school work, though Angel keeps her grades low on purpose. They are matched in every way. They both started out in an orphanage which caught on fire at some point, they were always being tested, like in math, never got to play as they were encouraged to make it into a competition. The Better you did on the tests, the more tests you had to take.

Micheal says in the book "I'd forgotten we all had the same color eyes." The world seems to change every two years, meaning people move all the time during the two years. They were able to choose their own parents.

Angel and Michael are training for the 1992 badminton Olympics, but find out that mixed doubles isn't supposed to be in the Olympics till 1996. They find out the year they thought it was and have been living in (1987) isn't the correct but instead over 110-120 years later. They found this out cause Angel found their couch's Olympic medal for badminton in 2089.

At a tournament (more training for the Olympics) they meet another mixed badminton match. They are brother and sister, and both have violet eyes; Leona and Vincent. Angel and Michael are now thinking that Leona and Vincent stand for "Leonardo da Vinci" and that Angel and Michael stand for "Michelangelo". Both these names are well-know Renaissance figures (Renaissance means "rebirth").

Michael is now gone, supposedly to an early acceptance to college. Angel finds out the towns she has been living in are "Historical Immersion class"es. You don't just study the past you have to live it as well. The year is really 2098.

Angel is part of a new race (new human sub-species and not new species) which is called "Homo sapiens renascentia" (renascentia was Latin for renaissance which means "rebirth" and "renewal"). The current race is "Homo sapiens sapiens"

This is all I will say as I do not want to give the whole book away.

All in all, great book, didn't want to put it down and didn't, finished in one day!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Stephan King's IT

I found when I read the book it was very good I couldn't put it down, when I first read it, but when I watched the movie I was very disappointed in it, there was a lot of vital things that should have been in the movie that wasn't. I know the movie was very long as it was but I was still upset that certain parts weren't shown in it.

The book is definitely for adults only. Which you will know why when you read it (won't say as it is too close to the ending to give away). There is also some words that may offend some people in it, (prejudice kind of words, so Beware)

There is; a boy who stutters (Bill Denbrough), a boy who is "fat" (Ben Hanscom), a boy who does many different voices (Richie "Rich" Tozier), there is a boy who is always neat and clean (Stanley "Stan" Uris), a girl (Beverly "Bev" Marsh), a colored boy (Mike Hanlon), a boy who has asthma (Eddie Kaspbrak) They all add up to what they call themselves "The Loser's Club"

"The Loser Club" is formed to eventually fight off Pennywise who is a Clown that is killing off the kids in Derry. One of the kids was Bill Denbrough's (Stuttering Bill, Big Bill) kid brother Georgie Denbrough.

I haven't read a lot of Stephan King books, just this one and Firestarter but i seen the movies of Firestarter first before finding out about the book.