Wednesday, May 7, 2014

April Reads

Is Forgiveness Really Free by Michael Jensen:  The happy hubby picked this book up at a conference and I must say that it has been a real gem.  I absolutely love the practical size of this book.  It is easy to throw in my purse or diaper bag when I head out running errands.  I can also easily hold it in one hand while feeding the baby.  :)  The words inside the book are poignant and just wonderful.  It is amazing that so much is packed into such a tiny book.  I highly recommend this book especially if you are someone with limited time or interest in reading.

My Child Won't Eat!: How to Enjoy Mealtimes Without Worry by Carlos Gonzalez: Eva just turned six months old which means that we are just now thinking about introducing solid foods.  This book really made me think differently about the eating habits of young children.  A great book to borrow but I doubt I would want to own it.

The ABC Herbal: A Simplified Guide to Natural Health Care for Children by Steven Horne: Although the back cover of this book mentions that the book will teach the reader simple methods to make and apply herbal preparations, there really isn't much step by step instruction.  I was really disappointed in this book.  I really thought that there would be examples of exactly which supplements to give your children at different stages of life or during the different seasons of the year.  The book is centered around the three principles of activation, building, and cleansing.  I am interested in the idea of tinctracts but this book really leaves the reader hanging.  There are no specific examples of how to make specific preparations.

Living Simple, Free & Happy by Cristin Frank: I picked up this book at my local library.  The subtitle is: How to Simplify, Declutter Your Home, and Reduce Stress, Debt and Waste.  This book really did motivate me in my pursuit of a simpler home.  There are many examples of diy projects throughout the book that I found very inspiring despite the fact that I am not one bit handy!

Lost and Found: Finding Hope in the Detours of Life by Sarah Jakes: This book was a HUGE disappointment.  I was interested in reading this book because I thought it would be interesting to read about the life of a pastor's daughter who was a teenage mother.  Most of the book chronicles why she made certain bad life choices and how her parents fixed things.  This book was filled with drama, drama, drama.  Frankly I can't believe someone actually published this book.  It has to be one of the worst Christian books I have ever read.  At the end of this book I was saddened.  Saddened because the author spends the majority of the time trying to promote her father T.D. Jakes' ministry instead of speaking about the great glory of God.  This book shouldn't really be considered a "Christian" book because she does NOT point the reader to Christ in any way shape or form.  Please note that I did receive a free copy from Bethany House in exchange for this honest review.

The Last Bride by Beverly Lewis: The other day a friend just happened to ask me if I had ever read any of Lewis' books.  Here's a small confession for you...I have read every single book she has ever written!  I have loved almost every single one of them.  The Last Bride was no exception.  It was a little different from a regular Amish fiction book.  This book included other insights into Amish culture including genetics and the danger that secrets can play.  Overall a lovely, light read that is perfect for reading stretched out on a nice big blanket under the sun.  Please note that I did receive a free copy from Bethany House in exchange for this review.

What books did you read last month?  Any suggestions for me?  I am looking forward to lots of time to read in the next few weeks while we are traveling.  

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