Wednesday, January 3

A Force So Swift: A Book Review


A Force So Swift by Kevin Peraino

I love history. Subjects like the one discussed in this book by Peraino are vastly intriguing to me. Coupling that with the fact that I've traveled to China, I couldn't wait to pick up this book.

In this book, Peraino walks the reader back to 1949 where the political scenery in China was changing. Nationalist China fell to Mao's Communist forces that year. Truman was in office in the United States. I knew absolutely nothing about how modern China came to be - and what a diplomatic catastrophe that period was for the rest of the world as they struggled to understand how to respond to this new government.

Informational wise, I give this book two thumbs up. It's a more arduous read for those who primarily pick up fiction books, but is worth the effort if this time in China's political history fascinated you.


Disclaimer: This book was provided to me free of charge from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. All the opinions expressed are completely my own.

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Thursday, December 28

Classic Hymns: A Book Review

 

Classic Hymns by B&H Editorial Staff

This is part of a collection called "Read and Reflect" that takes a closer look at classic Christian writings. In this book about classic hymns, the reader is guided through questions and prayer prompts on a variety of hymns.

I've read other books in this series, but did not like this one. I was hoping it would contain more history or points of interest on each hymn. However, it didn't give that kind of detail. Maybe more of an error on my part than the book because I made the assumption. With each hymn, the study questions were thoughtful. It's more of a high-involvement book or study versus a typical book.

Also, that white part of the cover? It's like a paper dust jacket.


Disclaimer: This book was provided to me free of charge from B&H Bloggers/Lifeway in exchange for my honest review. All the opinions expressed are completely my own.

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Wednesday, December 27

A Simplifed Life: A Book Review


A Simplified Life by Emily Ley

Let's start off by describing how lovely this book is physically. It's large with a hard cover and thick, glossy pages. The photos inside are equal parts inspiring and encouraging. In this book, Emily lays out strategies and details systems/methods for helping clear the clutter from your drawers, creating an intentional style and addressing faith, life, finances and more. What I loved about this book was how she started off by telling the reader to steer clear of purchasing anything (organizational tools, clothing, etc) until after the book and instead take stock of what the reader already owns to address needs/wants/uses. I found it all realistic and hopeful in creating a life around what truly matters!


Disclaimer: This book was provided to me free of charge from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review. All the opinions expressed are completely my own.

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Wednesday, December 20

Hope for Each Day: A Book Review

 

Hope for Each Day Devotional by Billy Graham

This is a nice, faux leather bound devotional. It's hard in size, approximately 7"x8" and not purse size. There is a nice ribbon marker. The whole things screams quality and would make a great gift.

The daily readings are a complication of writings by Billy Graham meant to center your soul around the blessing of God's everlasting hope. I haven't read a lot of Graham's writings before, so it was all new to me.


Disclaimer: This book was provided to me free of charge from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review. All the opinions expressed are completely my own.

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Monday, December 18

The Last Girl: A Book Review

 

The Last Girl by Nadia Murad

Talk about a moving book. I mean, wow! This is the autobiography of Nadia Murad who was born and raised in a small Yazidi community of farmers and shepherds in northern Iraq. She and her family lived a quiet life until August 15, 2014 when the Islamic State entered her village. They massacred many and executed both men who refused to convert to Islam and women too old for sex slavery. Six of Nadia's brothers were killed, as well as her mother, while she was taken captive in the sex trade.

The book goes on to tell more of Nadia's story. It is heart wrenching. And while heavy, it is a timely and an important story to hear in a time when the Islamic State is so powerful in the Middle East.


Disclaimer: This book was provided to me free of charge from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. All the opinions expressed are completely my own.

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Thursday, November 30

In the Middle of the Mess: A Book Review

In the Middle of the Mess by Sheila Walsh

This was my first book by Sheila Walsh, and I picked it up on a whim. She has written a lot - and I mean, a lot - of books. In her newest book, she reveals how her hardened defenses kept her from allowing God into her deepest hurts and share how she fought against those defenses to open the door for God to reach her heart.

Words cannot fully describe how much I loved this book. It's by far the best book I've read all year, maybe even the best book I've EVER read in the Christian self-help/living category. I can talk about how raw and genuine Sheila writes about the walls we put up and the hard times, not sugar coating a single thing, but I would never be able to accurately describe the depth to which she does this. She takes the feelings of anger, hurt and pain we've all experienced from a close family/friend's death or job situation, or marital disppointment, or chronic illness, or bankruptcy, or whatever painful life circumstance, and pushes aside the classic Christian response "It was God's will" or "it has a purpose" to simply invite the reader to grieve it fully to God, pouring out the very real and very unfiltered emotions to a God who loves us enough to handle any emotion.

It was so good that I devoured it in one sitting, feeling equal parts crying over being welcomed into the inside world of her clinical depreciation and downright encouraged to look into what pain I'm holding back from God (and pulling some tips from her chapters about how to take this to God). So, so, so good.


Disclaimer: This book was provided to me free of charge in exchange for my honest review. All the opinions expressed are completely my own.

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Wednesday, November 29

Staying Stylish: A Book Review

Staying Stylish by Candace Cameron Bure

To start, I have to say this book is LOVELY. It's larger than a regular book, more like a coffee table book, measuring approximately 7"x9" with thick glossy pages and a nice hardcover (with a gold foil border). It feels great to hold as I flip through the chapters.

The author, Bure, is best known as DJ Tanner from Full House. This book is more like a guide book for staying stylish and has the tagline "cultivating a confident look, style and attitude." She shares tips about stocking your closet, packing a suitcase, airport outfit planning, doing your makeup, taking care of your skin and hair, workout tips, book suggestions and more. The topics covered span a lot of topics surrounding well-living.

I found the tips she shared interesting. Some of which were already things I had incorporated into my life, and others were great that I jotted down a note to make small adjustments in my daily beauty routine, or routine in general.

Overall, I would recommend this guide! The personal photos and styled photos sprinkled throughout the book were fun to look at with each tip or trick...plus, Candace looks fabulous!


Disclaimer: This book was provided to me free of charge in exchange for my honest review. All the opinions expressed are completely my own.

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