Thank you Booksneeze, for providing this book for me to review.
The story line is original and interesting. I liked that about the book. But once I got into the story, I found the writing dragging in places. If you had to come to a correct conclusion about how to save the human race and you had time constraints, as the characters in this book did, I don’t think you would be wasting the time that they did. They not only wasted time discussing the problem at hand, but spent time “socializing” which left me feeling totally frustrated and wanting to shake the “travelers” and yell at them to knock it off and get to the solution!
The author takes liberties with the lives of the historic characters, which is necessary because the type of facts one would need to keep the book factual would be either impossible to find or boring. So I do understand the need of the author to “make up” character personalities and actions/reactions. I just don’t agree with the direction he took with some of their personalities.
Not a bad book…just not a terrific book either.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Why is it that so often we fail to turn to the one source who can solve any problem; who can allay any fears; who can soothe any hurt? We struggle on our own to fix life’s dilemmas until we reach the point where we are completely dismayed. Then, we remember God, and turn to him with our problem; our fears; our hurts.
Eat Your Peas is a small gift book that reminds us to be faithful in all things at all times. It is filled with affirmations and encouragements. It reminds us to “let go and let God.”
In simple yet delightful ways, the author brings hope through her wise words. Each two-page spread is focused on one concept pertaining to faith and faithfulness.
Although the book is short and can be read in a few minutes in one setting, it is jam packed with uplifting thoughts that can help you focus on God. It reminds you that with faith in God, all things are indeed possible.
This book is a book that you could give as a gift to anyone that you love. They will feel that love through the words of this book.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
The disaster of the sinking of the Titanic is a story that has often been told in books, documentaries, and in the movies. The story of the Titanic is a heart wrenching tale that exposes mankind as the over-confident fool that we can surely be. But this book takes a look not at the fool hearty, over confident builders and ship captain, but at eight brave men who died that fateful night.
One can only imagine the terror and confusion that ensued as the great Titanic sank. Many lives were lost. A handful survived. Those who did survive testify of the courage of the eight member band who continued to play on as the ship sunk.
But we must wonder, what of these courageous men? What type of men were these who so calmly played on as the ship met its doom? What brought these eight men together to play in a band on that ill-fated voyage? These questions and more are answered in the book, “The Band That Played On”. In reading this book, it is obvious that careful and in-depth research was done to bring us the story of these brave men. This book is very well written and brings to life the band of the Titanic.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
The other day I was babysitting my 6 year old grandson and 7 month old granddaughter. I was looking at the baby and said to my grandson, "You know, Max, I think Aubrey has Grampa Zacks nose."
Max seriously said to me, "Oh no Gramma. Believe me! His nose isn't that small!"
He cracks me up sometimes!
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
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Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Why It's Important to Read the Label
Why It's Important to Read the Label
Recently my husband and I order KFC with biscuits, butter and “honey”. While preparing my biscuit I noticed that the honey packet actually said “Honey Sauce”. “Sauce?” I thought. “Why does this say sauce?” Then I noticed in the lower right corner a disclaimer that states “7% real honey”. When reading the ingredients list, I was surprised to learn that KFC “honey” is really mostly corn syrup and sugar. Who knew? For many years we fed out children this honey for their KFC biscuits believing we were actually feeding them honey, which is a natural sweetener.
Henceforth, we plan to provide our own real, 100% honey when we eat from KFC.
Friday, January 28, 2011
Lucy is the founder of Saving Grace, a non-profit home for girls who are too old to stay in the foster care system, but too young to make it on their own. Suddenly, Lucy discovers that there isn’t going to be the generous funding needed to keep her operation open for much longer.
Enter Alex. Alex is a rich playboy football player who is now running for political office. But Alex doesn’t have the votes needed to win. His playboy past keeps the voting population from taking his bid for Congress seriously. What Alex needs is a “wife” so he looks more stable than his past play-boy image.
Put the two together and you get a recipe for disaster! Each has what the other needs…but they dislike each other; intensely! This is a NOT match made in heaven…or is it?
Unlike romance novels I have read in the past, this story has charm and high entertainment value. This Christian author has a marvelous sense of humor that comes through in her writing.
If you want to read a book purely for entertainment, I highly recommend Save the Date.
Monday, January 10, 2011
Secondly, let me say up front that I am a Christian, an as such, have never questioned the possibility of Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection. Indeed, after reading the short blurb about the contents of this book, my curiosity was along the lines of what arguments one could come up with against the resurrection. Therefore, I was not an opened-minded reader and having already decided on what I believe, there was no chance of “converting” my beliefs on this issue.
What I liked about this book was that the author offers arguments both for and against the resurrection…and I felt he did a good job trying to represent both points of view. That is not an easy task, especially if one already holds a belief, which this author seems to have held.
The premise that because the gospels don’t agree fact for fact about the occurrences leading up to Christ’s trial and the crucifixion and resurrection doesn’t surprise me nor instill any doubts. I understand that the authors of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were individuals and saw the occurrences with individual eyes, thoughts, ponderings, and viewpoints. So it naturally would occur that the gospels aren’t in complete and total agreement. The truth is that the basic information is the same among these books in the Bible, and I attribute any differences to the fact of the authors’ individuality.
It was an interesting read, although much of the time, the terminology was unfamiliar or “above my head.” I imagine a theologian wouldn’t have had the problems of slogging through a reading of this book as I did. I struggled to complete it.