Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Choosing Gratitude by Nancy Leigh DeMoss

I have finished Choosing Gratitude Your Journey to Joy by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. What a wonderful book to read at the beginning of a new year!

In this book Nancy Leigh DeMoss writes of the transforming power of gratitude in our lives. Because of the grace we've been given, gratitude should be evident in us. The purpose of this book is to show how we can have a lifestyle of gratitude and how this will change our lives as we become grateful people. She writes about reasons we need to be grateful and how we can show our gratitude. At the end she also includes a 30 day devotional guide to put into practice the things she talks about in the book.

This book was a pleasure to read and I highly recommend it to you. I really gained a lot by reading it and want to share it with others. I also look forward to reading other books by this author.

Thank you to Moody Publishers for providing this book for review.

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Winner of GREEN

Briana won the copy of Green by Ted Dekker. I randomly generated a number between 1 and 5. Congrats to Briana!

Monday, January 04, 2010

In Grandma's Attic

by Arleta Richardson

ISBN: 978 0 781432689

When I wrote my post on quality chapter books I got some more recommendations for books. Among them was the series "Grandma's Attic." I got a couple for Christmas and was wonderfully surprised!

Each chapter in this book is a short story that the author's grandma told her about living in the late 1880s through early 1900s. They each end with a Christian moral and Biblical truths are liberally sprinkled throughout the text. The stories do not come out as very preachy in my opinion but you can definitely sense that the author is Christian and believes in God. I especially like the last chapter where the grandma teaches about appropriate uses of prayer (for God's will to be done, not our own).

There are lots more books in this series and I will be buying all of them. Highly recommended.

The Milly-Molly-Mandy Storybook

By Joyce Lankester Brisley
ISBN 978 0 7534 53322

Back when I wrote my post on quality chapter books I got some more recommendations for books. Among them was "Milly-Molly-Mandy". I was able to buy it recently and read it tonight.

I highly recommend this book. The child, Milly-Molly-Mandy, gets to do lots of fun, calm things that a little girl would have done in the 1920s. The AR Bookfind site said it was a 5.2 grade level but I thought the content was quite tame and sweet. I would let my 7 year old read it for sure.

Highly recommended!

Green

by Ted Dekker

ISBN 978 1595542885

GIVEAWAY:
Leave a comment here to win this book. I will choose by random selection on Wednesday January 12.

I was interested to see what this science fiction / Christian book was about. I have not read any Ted Dekker books and thought it looked interesting. Green is the fourth in a "circular" series of books. Supposedly it can be read first or last- the whole series refers to itself due to time travel.

I could not finish the book. It alternately bored, confused, and shocked me. Firstly I don't usually like books that refer too much to things in other books. A passing reference here and there doesn't bother me, but when constantly being put into situations where we smugly know what happened before didn't work for me.

I also didn't like the graphic descriptions of violence and rituals. This society was either parallel to ours or an alternative to ours, and there was a lot of violence. I don't appreciate violence in any case but to see it in a book that was trying to show the Christian story was not happy for me. I know the Bible is full of war and sadness but this had a different feel to it for me.

At any rate I am sorry to say that I cannot recommend this book.

I received this book free to review for Thomas Nelson Book Reviews. I was not compensated for the review except for the free book.