Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Radical Prayer by Manny Mill: Review



Hey guys, I'm back with yet another book review! I recently finished Radical Prayer by Manny Mill, which I received from Moody Publishers. This book is all about the power of prayer, how we should pray, and how the author has seen God answer his radical, bold prayers. We pray radically so we can love radically!

This book was so great in helping me to understand the need for radical prayer, and it gave tons of examples of these bold prayers being answered in truly amazing ways. Each chapter starts with a prayer and then outlines a concept of radical prayer. Though short (I read this is a day), it is still super impactful.

The book itself is of high quality. I have a paperback edition, and it is smaller than the standard paperback size. The cover feels really nice (I'm a sucker for books that feel nice in my hands) and I really love the image on the cover.

I really enjoyed this book! Normally when I love a book, I keep it, but in this case I think I'm going to pass it on to a friend. I just want as many people as possible to read and learn from this book. I gave Radical Prayer 5/5 stars.  

There wasn't anything that I disliked about this book. It was really well written and informative, as well as being a really interesting and enjoyable read.

xx
Heidi

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, April 25, 2016

The Inheritance by Michael Phillips: Book Review



Hello everyone, I'm here today with another book review! Today I'm reviewing The Inheritance by Michael Phillips. This book is about a small Scottish island where the clan leader has just died. His death has created conflict both in the small town and overseas, as there are complications with the inheritance.

I was sent an email by Bethany House Publishers saying that I could pick out a book from a list. I chose The Inheritance for no reason other than it takes place in Scotland. To be honest, I really didn't like this book, but to be fair I'm not really into contemporary. 

The dialogue is often written phonetically to sound like the Scottish dialect, but it was way over the top and often hard to understand. Also, the way the characters speak wasn't consistent. The dialogue was also really expository and unnatural sounding. Finally, the book just randomly ended. This is the first in the series, so it will eventually continue, but I think that the author was careless with the ending. It didn't even end on a cliffhanger or anything, it just ended.

The storyline itself was okay. Like I said, it isn't really my genre, so this could be something that you would like. Also, the chapters are really short and switch point of view, which helped keep the novel from being super dense and boring. That was the book's saving grace that kept me reading.

Overall, I gave it 2 out of 5 stars. The storyline was okay, but it was carelessly written. But like I said, if this is your kind of genre, you'll probably like this a lot more than I did!

xx
Heidi

*I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, April 18, 2016

25 Bookish Facts About Me!

Hello everyone, today I am doing the 25 Bookish Facts About Me tag! I wasn't tagged by anyone to do this but I've seen a ton of these videos by BookTubers and I thought it would be a lot of fun to do, and it's a great way for you all to get to know a little more about me. Here we go!

  1. I am going to university to become a publisher so I can read books for a living. It's my dream to discover a book or series that becomes hugely popular.
  2. Sometimes I can read really well with background noise, and sometimes I can't. There's really no rhyme or reason to it.
  3. I generally read a page per minute and I get really frustrated if I'm not reading that fast. I don't like reading books that have a lot of tiny text on a small page since I feel like I'm not reading fast enough and I can get discouraged.
  4. My Goodreads goal for 2016 is 100 books, which I'm a little nervous about but I think it might actually work out. So far, I've read 36 books.
  5. I've always been a really strong reading and could read kid's chapter books when I was in kindergarten.
  6. Matilda has always been one of my favorite stories. I loved it when I was a kid because I thought that I was a lot like Matilda since we both loved to read.
  7. I can't listen to music with lyrics when I read because I get too distracted by the words of the song and stop paying attention to the words on the page.
  8. I don't keep books that I didn't like or just thought were okay.
  9. My bookshelves are all sorted alphabetically by author's last name.
  10. I cannot stand romance novels. A little bit or romance as a sub-plot is okay but I hate romance as the main plot.
  11. My mom is a huge part of why I read. My mom, sister, and I used to sit together and read a book together out loud all the time when I was younger, and I have such great memories of those times together. Even now, my mom and I read the same books pretty often since we have similar tastes and we like to talk about them together after we read them.
  12. I bring a book with me everywhere I go, even if I know I won't be able to read. If I leave home without a book, I get really crabby and anxious, and all I can think about is when I'll get home and be able to have my book.
  13. While I do love Will in The Infernal Devices, I ship Jessa.
  14. I've shipped Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley since I saw the little scene in the train station in the first movie when it first came out.
  15. Some of my favorite authors are Sophie Kinsella, Jodi Picoult, and Ellen Hopkins.
  16. I get really excited when a book I'm reading takes place somewhere that I've been.
  17. Harry Potter is my favorite series of all time.
  18. I'm currently trying to read through the Bible in a year, but I'm really behind and it's not going to happen, so hopefully I'll be done by the end of 2016 instead.
  19. Whenever I get a new book, I spend quite a lot of time petting the cover and hugging it to my chest.
  20. I usually don't buy books brand new from a bookstore if I haven't read it yet, since I hate paying full price for a book I end up not loving.
  21. I've recently discovered the joys of online book shopping, especially from Book Outlet and Book Depository. It's a bit of a problem.
  22. If I borrow a book from someone, I try to read it as quickly as I can and then give it back right away.
  23. I decided to reread A Series of Unfortunate Events when I heard that Neil Patrick Harris had been cast as Count Olaf.
  24. When I first met my kindergarten teacher, I told her that I was only coming to school to learn to read better and I wasn't going to do anything else.
  25. I have the same birthday as Neville Longbottom from Harry Potter (July 30).

So there are 25 bookish facts! Do we have anything in common?

I'm not tagging anybody in particular, but if you do this comment with the link and I'll check it out!
xx
Heidi

Monday, April 11, 2016

Man, Myth, Messiah by Rice Broocks REVIEW

Hey guys!

So I literally just finished reading Man, Myth, Messiah by Rick Broocks, and oh my goodness is this book good!!!



In this book, the author goes into detail about all of the historical evidence proving the existence, miracles, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus, as well as the validity of the Gospels. Obviously, as Christianity places all of its weight on the single event of Christ's resurrection, Jesus being the real deal is pretty darn important.

This book really shocked me, as I had no idea that there was so much evidence outside of Scriptures that even non-believers admit proves that Jesus was a real man and the Messiah. There is just so much information given in this book- if I tried detailing it all here, this post would be ridiculously long. I am a little overwhelmed by all the proof given, and I feel so compelled to share it with everyone. I don't understand how anyone could deny Jesus after reading this book. Broocks obviously did so much research into this topic, and he provides all of the sources that he used for this book, so the readers know that his statements are valid.

The purpose of this book, according to the author, was to equip Christians to be able to defend their faith, and explain exactly why they believe in Jesus, and also why that belief is valid. The book does a remarkable job of doing just that. 

The book is organized really well and is extremely easy to follow and understand. I think that everyone should read this book, regardless of belief. Even if this doesn't convince you to become a Christian, I think that it gives a lot of important information about the Christian faith. Each chapter ends with a summary that leaves the reader with the main ideas of each chapter, and the book ends with instructions of how to share this knowledge with others.

I gave this book 5/5 stars! I just want to give this to every person that I know and make them read it. I also recommend watching the new film "God's Not Dead 2", as this book is the evidence and the inspiration behind the film, and a lot of the information from the book is told in the movie. 

I just can't talk about this book enough!
Let me know your thoughts on the book and God's Not Dead 2!

xx
Heidi

*I received this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

April 2016 TBR

Hello everyone!

Just the other day I posted my March wrap-up, which means that it's also time for my April TBR! I'm not very good at sticking to my TBR, but I am getting better. Who knows, maybe this will be the month that I actually read all of the books from my TBR post.

  1. Empire Girls by Suzanne Hayes and Loretta Nyhan (currently reading)\
  2. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  3. The Selection by Kiera Cass
  4. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  5. Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella
  6. Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger
In addition to these books, I would like to read one or two books from The Series of Unfortunate Events as well. Even if I don't read all of these this month, I would like to try sticking to my TBR and at least making a dent in it.

Let me know what books are on your TBR for April, and also tell me if you're read any of the books I plan on reading!
xx
Heidi

Monday, April 4, 2016

March Wrap-Up 2016

Hello everyone, today I wanted to share with you all of the books that I read in March.

I actually read quite a bit in March. I had spring break in March which gave me a whole week to read and pretty much do nothing else, so that was pretty great. So, without further ado, here are all the books I read in March.

  1. The Cherokee Removal by Theda Perdue (I read this for school)- 2/5 stars
  2. Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel (another school read)- 3/5 stars
  3. Gabriel and the Swallows by Esther Dalseno- 4/5 stars (book review here)
  4. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon- 3/5 stars
  5. 40 Days of Decrease by Alicia Britt Chloe- 3/5 stars (book review here)
  6. The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan- 4/5 stars
  7. The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan- 4/5 stars
  8. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins- 3/5 stars
  9. Hearts of Fire by Voice of the Martyrs- 5/5 stars
  10. Forgiving My Daughter's Killer by Kate Grosmaire- 4/5 stars (review for this book here)
Ten books in March...not bad! I read all but two of the books that were on my March TBR, so I'm pretty proud of myself for sticking to it so well. I'm nine books ahead on my 2016 reading goal, which is awesome!

What did you read in March?
Did you read any of the same books as me?
Let me know your thoughts!
xx
Heidi