Sunday, January 30, 2011

Dragon's of the Valley - Book Review

Book review by my Husband :) on "Dragon's of The Valley"
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"So this is my wife's blog, I just don't have the time to keep up with my own blog for now. But I am reviewing a book I read so feel free to read the review and give the book a chance if you'd like.

I'm really into fantasy novels so this book caught my attention. Usually the books I read have a lot more action, so this book was a small letdown in that area, but you can definitely see a ton of beauty in the world of the story. The character development seemed a little rushed, but for the pace the book was setting, that was unavoidable. I would have liked for the book to be maybe another 200 pages or so, that way we can see more of the training that Bealomondore went through in order to fight the Grawl. Carrying on that note, the last fight between the Grawl and Bealomondore was too one sided, considering their previous matchup. It was a little boring to see the Grawl be in that position after the book pumping him up to be the strongest person in the book after Fenworth and maybe Paladin. Actually I would have rather seen Paladin fight The Grawl instead of Bealomondore.

But, despite these shortcomings, I did have a few favorite characters. Wizard Fenworth, Lady Peg, and Verrin Schoppe, and The Grawl made the book for me. Fenworth was funny and his cooky spells and attitude were awesome. Verrin Schoppe was a good character also; he has a good handle on spells and great ideas, but only in his dealings and patience with Lady Peg did his real personality show. Peg's handle on language and situations was hilarious. Her art of thoroughly confusing people is something that I wish I could learn. The Grawl was the only real villain in the story in my opinion. He was strong and strategic and it was a shame that his ending was anti-climactic. Paladin is a good character, but they don't explain enough about him for me to really get to know him.

The central underlying focus of the story is the belief and spreading of the knowledge of Wulder. It was interesting to see the ties to the bible and reliance on faith to make the impossible happen in extreme odds. It is a good take away story.

All in all, it's an ok book. A good read for teenagers who are into fantasy. If you are wanting more action, this book probably isn't the best one for you." 


*This review is made possible by the Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group via Blogging for Books,  
by providing me a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions my own.

 

Monday, January 24, 2011

God Gave Us The World - Book Review

   God Gave Us The World is a children's book written by Lisa Tawn Bergen who, in my opinion, did a wonderful job. I don't find many books made for children, that write about God, and differences all in one. The story of the book explains how God gave us the world and everything in it, as a wonderful gift for us to take care of and treat with love and respect.There are several different areas in the world, with different people and different lifestyles, and God wants us to love each and every one. Different types of bears were used, in metaphor, to show the children that in God's world, there are several different skin colors, environments, food, ect. because God is a very creative person and wanted the world to be fun and exciting, not boring where everything is the same. He gave us differences to make the world a happier place!
   I think this book is very good to help children understand that just because someone may look different then them, doesn't mean they can't be nice to them and be friends. I would recommend it to any parent!! In fact, I think all children should be started young on books like these, so children can be taught at a young age to treat every one with respect and equality.

   I am glad my son enjoyed this book...he is anxious for more :) The God Gave Us Christmas one especially :) 

*This review is made possible by the Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group via Blogging for Books,  
by providing me a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions my own.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Dragon And The Turtle - Book Review

   The Dragon And The Turtle Go On Safari is a book written for children that is suppose to teach them courage and to not be afraid...to lift up each other as friends would do. Getting this book, I expected it to be exciting and a good read for kids to be entertained. I read it to my three year old son and even he, did not seem to enjoy it as well. My son can sit through book after book because he just loves to be read to, but this book started losing his attention half way through. I felt the story did not have very much excitement or really, any much of a plot... The point to get across to children is to be courageous...I wouldn't have gotten that if it wasn't for the end run through. I do however, like that they posted a Bible verse at the end of the book, and the illustrations are just adorable. I wished the authors would have made the book a little more "Cutesy" and easier for children to understand. The greatest part was that my son kept thinking that,
Roger, the turtle, was Franklin from PBS :)
 

*This review is made possible by the Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group via Blogging for Books,  
by providing me a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions my own.

You can also sign up in The Dragon And The Turtle Contest HERE, for a chance to win the grand prize "KIT" that includes:
  • A child-size tent 
  • Sleeping bags (2)
  • Campfire treats
  • Essential camping tools (a compass, a flashlight, and a spy glass)
  • Stuffed animals
  • Copies of The Dragon and the Turtle and The Dragon and the Turtle Go on Safari

And 2 runner up winners will receive
a copy of The Dragon and the Turtle and The Dragon and the Turtle Go on Safari and a stuffed animal.

This contest ends on FEBRUARY 11, 2011 

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Love And War - Book Review

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_ZpoiihW3aB0/TRO4vhvP7sI/AAAAAAAAADk/Pdv5VElSrhA/s1600/book.jpg   As I had previously wrote, that I received the book "Love And War" (a couples devotional) By John and Stasi Eldredge, from Waterbrook Multnomah blogging for books site. And I have just finished! The book is a focused 8 week devotional for couples, but I read mine in about half that lol. I felt like the chapters were too short, being that, as only about 2 pages for each, and I just wanted to keep reading. I picked up some very good tips along the way and I would like to share them with you.
   Have you ever felt like you weren't enough for your spouse? I have felt this many times but when I read: "Without you, your spouse will not become the man or the woman that God intends and the kingdom of God will not advance as it is meant to advance."  It brought marriage into a whole new perspective for me. I may have been neglecting the real reasoning for God's idea in marriage...I needed to be reminded of this so I can step back and really see, 'hey, my husband truly does need me in his life. I am here to help him better his life too!'
And as, I need him too (of course!!): "God gave you your spouse to smooth your rough edges."

   Some Bible verses to look up:
  • John 10:10 ~Satan tries all he can do to steal your joy.
  • James 4:7 ~But you have to resist him!
  • Luke 10:!9 ~God has given us the authority to overcome the enemy!

And a verse to end it on:

                 "Let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth."
                                                   1 John 3:18

*This review is made possible by the Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group via Blogging for Books,  
by providing me a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions my own.

OWN from SheSpeaks.com

   SheSpeaks.com invited me to preview the exclusive episode of "Your OWN Show" Which is where Oprah is searching for the next big TV Star.

   

   I didn't find it to be very interesting. Although I am curious who will be voted off, I just don't see myself continuing with the show. I think Oprah opening up the opportunity for some one else to experience their "talk show host" dream is amazing for her to do, but I hope they all choose wisely in who will take that place.    The way the group "Team Vision" worked together was awful. Elizabeth tried to pretty much overtake the whole group, trying to settle for her ideas and thoughts about it and I think that is why their team failed. "Team Focus" on the other hand, they were definitely better and more put together. Each person's were included and they most definitely seemed more professional. Ryan, however, did seem a little bit nervous when he was interviewing Dr. Phil, but I could imagine so, as Dr. Phil is pretty intimidating. I think it's wonderful that they are giving, Zach, the man with cerebral palsy, a chance to own his own show. Too many people are quick to judge when it comes to publicity. I feel like Alicia would be a great talk show host because she has good social skills and her energy reels you in. But only time will tell to see who makes it as the next big star so I wish them luck!