Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Spiritual Warfare Answer Book by David Jeremiah REVIEW

Book review time! I read The Spiritual Warfare Answer Book by David Jeremiah, and here are my thoughts.



As Christians, we are in a war against Satan. Though we know that God will win the war, Satan does win battles. This happens every time that he tricks or deceives us into sin, or draws a person away from God. Fighting against Satan is not something that is often talked about, though it is extremely important. Every single person who calls themselves a Christian is a part of the fight.

This book includes a ton of questions about Satan, demons, and our role in the fight against it all, each one explained using Bible verses. Many of the questions that I've always had about Satan were answered. The answers are short but concise and informative. It also ends with a helpful reference guide for finding helpful passages on this subject.

I really did enjoy reading this. It's something I've never learned about so I found it to be really interesting and helpful. It's also pretty short and was a super quick read, which I also enjoyed. Overall, I gave this 3/5 stars.

xx
Heidi

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

Monday, July 18, 2016

Life is Better at the Beach REVIEW

Hello again, I'm back with yet another book review!


This book published by Thomas Nelson is a great little book about how to live everyday like you're at the beach. When we're at the beach, it is so easy to be relaxed and enjoy every moment. We long to go outside and see the beauty of God's creation. However, it's hard to keep up that attitude after our beach vacation is over. This book is all about how to keep up that beach mentality every day for your own health and positivity.

I did enjoy this book. It's a short, quick read, filled with very small bits of text, Bible verses, quotes, and lots and lots of lovely beach photos. I would picture this book on a coffee table in a house on the beach. It would make a great gift, something for you to flip through when you feel a little down, or un-beachy.

I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars. I recommend it, I thought it was so cute! I read this as an ebook but I'll bet the physical copy is really beautiful!

xx
Heidi

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

Friday, July 15, 2016

The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson REVIEW

Hello, everyone!

I've just finished reading The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson, book two in the Medieval Fairy Tales series.



This book is basically a medieval season of The Bachelor. It follows a servant named Avalina, who is a maidservant for the spoiled Lady Dorothea. One day, Dorothea runs away from home to be with the knight that she has fallen in love with. Avalina can do nothing to stop her. Then, Dorothea's father calls Avalina in to meet him. He tells her that Lord Thornbeck of a neighboring land is inviting ten Ladies to his castle. After two weeks, he will choose to marry one of them. He tells Avalina that she must go to the castle and pretend to be Lady Dorothea in order to save face and gain an alliance, but Lord Thornbeck must not choose her to marry.

This book was pretty good. It's kind of a mindless read, something good when you're in the mood for something light. The book immediately started in on the action from the first page, which was nice for getting into the story, but unfortunately that also meant that there was little character development, and therefore no real attachment for any of the characters, and the dialogue can get very expository. Though this book is the second in a series, I don't think it's necessary to read the first one before picking this up. This one seems to stand alone. Both the language and the story are very simple.

I gave this book 2 out of 5 stars. I thought it was just okay, and I wouldn't recommended, though fluffy, brainless romance isn't really my thing.

xx
Heidi

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

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

16 Hours in London

The best part of the summer program I'm in at the University of Stirling is the long weekends that allow for travel. However, scheduling in travel while having to juggle coursework and course excursions is more difficult than I had expected. It's even harder to schedule travel with others who have their own coursework to handle.

All of this led to me spending just 16 hours in London a couple of weeks ago. A group of friends and I took an overnight bus from Scotland on Friday night to arrive very early on Saturday morning, then to leave again late on Saturday night.








Even though I didn't get much time in London, I definitely made the most of that time. In only 16 hours, I saw all of the things that I really wanted to see. I'd still love to go back, but I am extremely satisfied with my short day in London.

xx
Heidi



Sunday, July 3, 2016

June 2016 Wrap Up!

Hello everyone! I'm back just a couple of days late to share all of the books that I read this June.

I'm actually super proud of how much I read, since I'm currently going to school in Scotland, and all of my coursework has been a lot harder than I had anticipated. I only read three full books this month, but one of them was pretty long, so I'm feeling good about my reading.

  1. The Seven Laws of Love by Dave Willis
  2. The Counselor by A. W. Tozer
  3. Eragon by Christopher Paolini
I'm currently reading Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon, which is the sequel to Outlander. I'm not very far, but I'm going to read as much as I can before I go to Inverness, Scotland, on Friday. I've been told that I should finish the book before I go because there are things in Inverness that I'll appreciate if I've finished the book, but that seems unlikely, since I have less than a week to read 1000 pages, along with my schoolwork. I'll just have to get as close and I can and have my friends make sure I get photos of the things in Inverness that will be important later in the book.