Friday, January 29, 2016

ICB Princess Bible: Review

Hello again!

I received another Bible from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers, and oh my goodness, may I just start by mentioning how absolutely adorable this Bible is??? I honestly just picked this one because I saw the pretty purple and pink cover. I love it!

This Bible translation is written for about a third grade reading level to make it easier for young girls to understand the content of the Bible. In addition to this easy-to-understand translation, this Bible includes study tools and helpful information. These include maps, illustrated timelines, a dictionary, some important verses to know, places to write favorite verses, guidance on how to pray, and tips on how to study the Bible. Also, in the chapters themselves, some really important verses to know are highlighted. Also, another thing that I think is nice about this Bible is that even as a twenty year old English major reading a children's Bible, I didn't feel like I was reading something that was too "dumbed down", and it didn't get in the way of reading it. Everything is organized nicely, and this hardcover Bible is made to last a long time.

I totally recommend this Bible for those with little girls being introduced to the Word. I cannot wait to give this to my little girl someday!

Monday, January 25, 2016

NKJV Prophecy Study Bible: Review

Hello everyone! I am super excited about today's book review. I recently received the NKJV Prophecy Study Bible from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers to review, and I absolutely love it!

First of all, it is such a beautiful book. I fell in love with this Bible at first sight! It is a hardcover, and the jacket it so gorgeous. If you take the jacket off, the book itself is made of really nice, sturdy material, and it looks just like the dust jacket. It's really shiny, and I love it. The pages are your typical thin Bible pages, and they're so soft. Everything is laid out and displayed wonderfully.

 Now on to the most important part: the content. Did you know that 25% of the Bible is made up of prophecies?  Understanding the prophecies in the Bible is a really great way to understand God's plan and the events that have taken place and will take place. It is also reassurance of God's power and the future He has for us.

Before looking through this Bible, I had never really considered studying the prophecies outlined in the Bible or given them any thought. However, the tools and information given in this book is really helpful in learning and understanding both the Bible and the prophecies it contains.

Obviously, I did not sit down and read the entire Bible in its entirety in order to write this review. So, I went to my favorite book, which is Proverbs, and read that. I also flipped around and read some of the prophecy study tools. I loved all of the study content provided, and in just the little bits I read, I learned new things that I'd never heard before.

This study Bible is very nicely organized and easy to read.The whole thing is beautiful and I know that using this Bible to learn is going to be very beneficial. I 100% recommend this study Bible, and I cannot wait to read more of it!!


Friday, January 8, 2016

Dangerous Love by Ray Norman: Book Review

Hello again! I'm here today with another book review. I received a copy of Dangerous Love by Ray Norman from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers.

This book is the true story of a Christian family who lived and worked in a mostly-Muslim African country. After the events of 9/11, tensions in the country between Muslims and Christians grow. One day, the author and his ten-year-old daughter are shot by a Muslim man. The rest of the book is the story of their growth, recovery, and ability to forgive their attacker after the incident.

This book was so good. It was such an interesting and riveting story; I had a really hard time putting it down. The book talked a lot about forgiveness, and it showed me some really important things about how to truly forgive like God does. The author wrote very clearly and the story was easy to follow.

I totally recommend this book! I gave it 4/5 stars on Goodreads.
Have any of you read this?

Friday, January 1, 2016

"Monkeys and the Chair: Josiah's Story" by Renee Oppenheim Peacock: Book Review

I received this book through the publisher through BookLook Bloggers. This book is the story of the author's son Josiah, who suffered from cerebral palsy. Though he was often in pain, couldn't do many things by himself, and only lived to the age of fourteen, Josiah was a happy young man who brought joy into the world and positively impacted the people around him.

I did not particularly enjoy this book. The book is just under 300 pages. For the first 200-ish pages, the author hardly mentioned her son Josiah, who the book is supposed to be about. She talked about her childhood, her other children, and her career for more than half of the book, and Josiah is just a footnote in that story. The title and descriptions that I read about the book said that the book was an inspiring story about Josiah's strength and happiness, but we didn't see that until almost the end of the book, and not in very good detail. The book was also not well organized, and people showed up in the stories with no introduction, which was very confusing.

While I do admire Josiah and his positivity, I don't recommend this book. I think that this book had the potential to be inspiring, but the author included too much unrelated stuff that took away from the message of the book. I gave it 1/5 stars on Goodreads.

Have any of you read this book?
What did you think?

2015 Reading Wrap-Up

Well, we are on to a new year! Every year seems to go by faster than the must be a side-effect of growing up. Anyways, every year, I like to keep track of how many books I read. I like to go back throughout the year and look at my lists for each year, remembering the books I read and the events of my life that were happening while I was reading them. I also like to see how much I read one year compared to another year, to see how my reading changes while my life changes. So, here are all of the books that I read in 2015!
  1. Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella
  2. Girl Online by Zoe Sugg
  3. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  4. The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, and Maureen Johnson
  5. Wild Rover No More by L.A. Meyer
  6. Distant Shores by Kristin Hannah
  7. Songs of the Humpback Whale by Jodi Picoult
  8. But I Trusted You and Other True Cases by Ann Rule
  9. Perfect Match by Jodi Picoult
  10. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  11. The Body Project by Joan Jacobs Brumberg
  12. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  13. A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis
  14. Shopgirl by Steve Martin
  15. Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella
  16. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  17. Sherlock Holmes was Wrong by Pierre Bayard
  18. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
  19. Cress by Marissa Meyer
  20. Fairest by Marissa Meyer
  21. Blankets by Craig Thompson
  22. Saving Private Ryan by Max Allan Collins
  23. Apocalypse Dawn by Mel Odom
  24. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
  25. Pop Goes the Weasel by James Patterson
  26. Wicked by Gregory Maguire
  27. The Financial Matrix by Orrin Woodward
  28. Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
  29. Laughed 'Til He Died by Carolyn Hart
  30. I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
  31. One Man's Wilderness by Sam Keith
  32. Second Glance by Jodi Picoult
  33. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  34. Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris
  35. Alex Cross, Run by James Patterson
  36. Beneath the Surface by John Hargrove
  37. Burned by Ellen Hopkins
  38. All Through the Night by Mary Higgins Clark
  39. Citizen by Claudia Rankine
  40. The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson
  41. The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
  42. The Kneeling Christian by Anonymous
  43. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
  44. Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
  45. The Prodigal God by Timothy Keller
  46. Cracking India by Bapsi Sidhwa
  47. Through the Zombie Glass by Gena Showalter
  48. Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix
  49. The Amazing Book is Not on Fire by Dan Howell and Phil Lester
  50. Unconfessed by Yvette Christianse
  51. The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter
  52. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
  53. A Mad Zombie Party by Gena Showalter
  54. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  55. Binge by Tyler Oakley
  56. All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher
  57. Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
  58. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  59. A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
  60. Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon
  61. Smoke by Ellen Hopkins
  62. What Would Jesus Post? by Brian D. Wassom
  63. The Sea Of Monsters by Rick Riordan
  64. The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan
  65. Shopaholic To The Rescue by Sophie Kinsella
  66. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
  67. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
  68. Yarn Harlot by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
I think next year, I am going to keep track of pages as well as number of books. I was behind on my reading goal for the year, so I read a ton of shorter books in December to reach that goal. I think that keeping track of pages will be a more accurate count of how much I'm reading.

What were some of your favorite books that you read in 2015?
Happy New Year!