Reviews by Susan Braun

Read Susan Braun's Blog

Night Night, Sleepytown

Night Night, Sleepytown

On 9/14 Susan Braun wrote: I’ve decided what I need to live in pure happiness: an eternal kindergarten-age child, and a sweet older rescue dog, the kind of you see pitifully posted on Facebook. Each evening (and each morning and afternoon too), I cuddle up with both of them on the couch and read books like this one. It’s the ... Night Night, Sleepytown: Review

Susan's Rating:

5 Stars

View all reviews for this book

Night Night, Jungle

Night Night, Jungle

On 6/8 Susan Braun wrote: I have read a few reviews recently praising children’s books by Amy Parker. I’d never heard of her, so when I saw her board book “Night Night, Jungle” up for review (thanks, BookLook!), I decided to request it. Night Night, Jungle This is a sweet story in which we say goodnight to various jungle ... Night Night, Jungle: Review

Susan's Rating:

4 Stars

View all reviews for this book

Ten Little Night Stars

Ten Little Night Stars

On 3/13 Susan Braun wrote: As a child, one of my favorite things was Raggedy Ann. Here you see my original Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy, along with two of my books about them. The Raggedys were created by Hoosier author and artist Johnny Gruelle. When I learned that his great-great-grand-niece, Deb Gruelle, had written a children’s ... Ten Little Night Stars: Review

Susan's Rating:

5 Stars

View all reviews for this book

Blessed Are the Misfits

Blessed Are the Misfits

On 1/16 Susan Braun wrote: Have you ever felt like a misfit at church? I know -- church is the last place we should feel like we don't belong. And just speaking for myself, I grew up at church. I was there pretty much every Sunday morning, Sunday night, and Wednesday night. Even at that, there are times though that I feel like ... Blessed Are the Misfits

Susan's Rating:

4 Stars

View all reviews for this book

Finding Gobi: Young Reader's Edition

Finding Gobi: Young Reader's Edition

On 10/10 Susan Braun wrote: Dion Leonard is an ultramarathon runner (what are ultramarathons, you ask? They are long races — longer than the typical 26-mile marathon). He runs a race in China, and along the way, he notices that a little dog has begun running with him. Dion and the dog develop a friendship, and he decides he’d ... Finding Gobi Young Readers Edition: Review

Susan's Rating:

4 Stars

View all reviews for this book

Do Your Children Believe?

Do Your Children Believe?

On 6/20 Susan Braun wrote: Quick, what's your life goal? I know, I don't like being assaulted by deep questions like that either. But Terence Chatmon has a ready answer: "To make Christ known to my kids." I'll go with that one! Because really, if our kids don't follow Christ, what was our time on earth really all about? Note ... Do Your Children Believe: Review

Susan's Rating:

5 Stars

View all reviews for this book

A Spectacle of Glory

A Spectacle of Glory

On 2/22 Susan Braun wrote: Remember Joni Eareckson? I first heard about her during my youth. She was a teen who had a diving accident, breaking her neck and becoming a quadriplegic. I read her original book, Joni, and was impressed by her strong Christian faith, and also by the way she taught herself to do amazing pieces of artwork ... A Spectacle of Glory: Review

Susan's Rating:

5 Stars

View all reviews for this book

Really Woolly 5-Minute Bedtime Treasury

Really Woolly 5-Minute Bedtime Treasury

On 11/2 Susan Braun wrote: The Really Woolly 5 Minute Bedtime Treasury features “Really Woolly” creatures, which apparently are a “thing” I hadn’t even been aware of. A bit of searching, though, led me to discover these sweet animals on cards, books, and more. They’re a product of Dayspring, as is this book. First ... Wonderful Bedtime Story Treasury

Susan's Rating:

5 Stars

View all reviews for this book

Forever Doon

Forever Doon

On 10/26 Susan Braun wrote: As the fourth and final book in the Doon series, Forever Doon ties up all of the story’s plot lines. The first few lines, as always, immediately captured my attention. The plot was riveting and followed a turbulent story line with plenty of ups and downs. After my initial read of the book, I concluded ... End of a Series Young Teens Will Enjoy

Susan's Rating:

4 Stars

View all reviews for this book

Night of Great Joy

Night of Great Joy

On 10/14 Susan Braun wrote: I’ve loved Mary Engelbreit’s work for years. She is an artist, and you may have received one of her note cards from me if I’ve ever written you a letter. Mary’s art pops up in many places — calendars, mugs, watches, and more. Michael’s used to carry lots of inexpensive items with her artwork. ... Great to see Mary Engelbreit back!

Susan's Rating:

5 Stars

View all reviews for this book

One Small Donkey

One Small Donkey

On 10/6 Susan Braun wrote: Donkeys. There's just something so cute about them. One of my favorite Christmas TV specials is Nestor the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey, probably because it features -- a donkey. So it was no surprise that I was drawn to the new children's picture book (thanks, BookLook, for a review copy) called One Small Donkey ... Adorable illustrations, Awkward text --

Susan's Rating:

3 Stars

View all reviews for this book

Feisty & Feminine

Feisty & Feminine

On 7/5 Susan Braun wrote: If you’re a conservative woman, or a Christian woman, or (heaven forbid!) both, you’ve been there: you’re participating in a group conversation at a party, or even perhaps on Facebook. A statement is made that goes against your values. Probably, several such statements. You listen politely, nod ... Feisty & Feminine: Review

Susan's Rating:

3 Stars

View all reviews for this book

Baby Wren And The Great Gift

Baby Wren And The Great Gift

On 5/10 Susan Braun wrote: Looking for a sweet gift for a new baby, or for any child really, up to the early elementary years? Give Baby Wren and the Great Gift a look. Its illustrations are lovely. The story is about baby wren, and how she feels insignificant compared to the big, beautiful world around her — as well as compared ... Baby Wren and the Great Gift: Review

Susan's Rating:

5 Stars

View all reviews for this book

My Name Is Mahtob

My Name Is Mahtob

On 1/26 Susan Braun wrote: Have you read "Not Without My Daughter"? I confess I haven't, but apparently it's a very popular book, and then movie too. It's Betty Mahmoody's story of how she and her 5-year-old daughter escaped their brutal husband and father in Iran, sneaking out and traveling precariously over mountains. Even on ... Book Chat January 2016

Susan's Rating:

3 Stars

View all reviews for this book

Shades of Doon

Shades of Doon

On 9/22 Susan Braun wrote: Shades of Doon is the 3rd novel of a series set in Doon, a mythical Scottish kingdom. Veronica and Kenna must work together to solve the mystery of the Witch of Doon (whom they thought was destroyed)'s whereabouts. Using the Rings of Aontacht and maybe a few schemes of their own, they work together to ... My Teen Loves this Series!

Susan's Rating:

4 Stars

View all reviews for this book

Fairy Tale Romance Collection

Fairy Tale Romance Collection

On 7/29 Susan Braun wrote: The Healer’s Apprentice is the first of a series of 5 books in the Fairy Tale Romance Collection by Melanie Dickerson. My 14-year-old has read and enjoyed each of these books, so I decided to try one out. She recommended reading them in order, as some characters carry over from one to the next. The ... Book Chat July 2015

Susan's Rating:

4 Stars

View all reviews for this book

The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest

The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest

On 6/23 Susan Braun wrote: My teen related to me that The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest, written by Melanie Dickerson, is a historical romance fiction novel. The main character, Odette, hunts in the margrave’s forests to help local families survive. Several aspects of this story bring to mind Swan Lake (main character’s name, ... My Teen Loved It

Susan's Rating:

5 Stars

View all reviews for this book

Princess Grace Sticker and Activity Book

Princess Grace Sticker and Activity Book

On 5/26 Susan Braun wrote: Little girls (generally) love princess, and I’ll bet they all love stickers. This activity book includes both, and at an under-$4-price, is a great treat for your favorite girl 4-8. It includes 50 stickers, and 6 of these have specific spots designated for them in the book. The rest can be used in ... Book Chat June 2015

Susan's Rating:

5 Stars

View all reviews for this book

In the Heart of the Dark Wood

In the Heart of the Dark Wood

On 2/24 Susan Braun wrote: I love the cover of In the Heart of the Dark Wood, don’t you? It looks suspenseful and scary — like a good story. Inside, we meet Allie and Zach, 11-year-old friends who live in the mountains of West Virginia. Allie is going through a tough time since her mom disappeared in a tornado about a year ... Book Chat

Susan's Rating:

2 Stars

View all reviews for this book

Nature Girl

Nature Girl

On 12/30 Susan Braun wrote: Do you have a daughter aged 8-12 who loves nature? Animals? Healthy eating? I do, and “Nature Girl” was a great reading choice for her. This book offers fun information on God’s creation and ways we can enjoy it responsibly. It’s full of information on topics like water, air, energy, and recycling. ... Book Chat

Susan's Rating:

4 Stars

View all reviews for this book

Destined for Doon

Destined for Doon

On 9/2 Susan Braun wrote: As related by my 13-year-old daughter, who read (and loved) this book: Destined for Doon is the sequel to Doon, a book I reviewed back in early 2014. A continuation of the first book, Destined for Doon is the story of Mackenna and Veronica, separated at the end of the last book. Once again, the town ... Book Chat

Susan's Rating:

5 Stars

View all reviews for this book

Smart Money Smart Kids

Smart Money Smart Kids

On 6/19 Susan Braun wrote: I’m not a regular Dave Ramsey listener, but I know about him and from what I’ve heard, the financial advice he offers is on target. I also have three teenage daughters. So, I was happy for the opportunity to review his latest book, Smart Money Smart Kids: Raising the Next Generation to Win with Money, ... Smart Money Smart Kids: Review

Susan's Rating:

4 Stars

View all reviews for this book

Doon

Doon

On 1/28 Susan Braun wrote: My 12-year-old, who has gone with me to a production of "Brigadoon" in recent years, saw many parallels in this book. It's set in Scotland, Alloway, near the ‘Brig-o-Doon’, a bridge legendarily opening every one hundred years to a magical kingdom called Doon. Veronica Welling and her best friend, ... My 12-year-old enjoyed it

Susan's Rating:

4 Stars

View all reviews for this book

One Light Still Shines

One Light Still Shines

On 10/22 Susan Braun wrote: Remember the Amish schoolhouse shooting? I do, and figured it was probably a couple of years ago. I was pretty shocked to realize that it happened in 2006 — 7 years ago now. One Light Still Shines: My Life Beyond the Shadow of the Amish Schoolhouse Shooting tells the tale, not of what happened during ... Book Chat

Susan's Rating:

3 Stars

View all reviews for this book

NIV College Devotional Bible

NIV College Devotional Bible

On 9/3 Susan Braun wrote: The college years are an exciting time in life. New things to learn, new people to meet, new challenges as you learn to live independently for the first time -- and also, the college years are a time of learning to lean more on the Lord and grow closer to Him. I enjoyed reviewing Zondervan's NIV College ... Basically a Bible with several devotions and lots of good extras in the back

Susan's Rating:

4 Stars

View all reviews for this book

Unveiling Grace

Unveiling Grace

On 7/23 Susan Braun wrote: "Unveiling Grace: The Story of How We Found Our Way out of the Mormon Church" was a fascinating look at a family’s journey out of Mormonism. I’ve always been fascinated by different religions, and the LDS church is particularly interesting to me, since it’s “American-made.” Lynn Wilder tells ... Fascinating look at a family’s journey out of Mormonism

Susan's Rating:

4 Stars

View all reviews for this book

Is College Worth It?

Is College Worth It?

On 5/7 Susan Braun wrote: I was excited to read "Is College Worth It?: A Former United States Secretary of Education and a Liberal Arts Graduate Expose the Broken Promise of Higher Education," thanks to the BookSneeze program. In the circles I run in, thinking about college for one’s child can become pretty stressful pretty ... Book Review: Is College Worth It?

Susan's Rating:

5 Stars

View all reviews for this book

Love No Matter What

Love No Matter What

On 3/26 Susan Braun wrote: Love No Matter What: When Your Kids Make Decisions You Don’t Agree With was the perfect book for me to read as the mom of tweens/teens. Because one thing you learn when your kids get older is that … newsflash! They’re not you! As my oldest said when she was a toddler to my dad when he offered to ... Book Chat

Susan's Rating:

3 Stars

View all reviews for this book

Just Like Jesus Devotional

Just Like Jesus Devotional

On 2/26 Susan Braun wrote: I was pleased to review the Just Like Jesus Devotional for Booksneeze book review program. I enjoy reading a variety of devotionals -- often a brief daily reading is just what's needed to think about off and on. And, Lucado is a great author. This book did not disappoint. Each day, Lucado focuses on ... Good devotional for those who'd like to be more like Jesus

Susan's Rating:

4 Stars

View all reviews for this book

Tough Guys and Drama Queens

Tough Guys and Drama Queens

On 8/28 Susan Braun wrote: As the mom of 2, soon to be 3 teens, I'm reading several how-to-deal-with-teens books lately. As with many stereotypes, the "common wisdom" on teens does seem to have more than a hint of the truth. I found "Tough Guys and Drama Queens: How Not to Get Blindsided by your Child's Teen Years" by Mark Gregston ... Excellent advice from a nice guy

Susan's Rating:

5 Stars

View all reviews for this book

Surprised by Laughter

Surprised by Laughter

On 1/24 Susan Braun wrote: "Surprised by Laughter: the comic World of C.S. Lewis"I almost quit “Surprised by Laughter: The Comic World of C.S. Lewis” after the first chapter. It’s written by Terry Lindvall, PhD, and you know, books by PhD’s are often off-putting to me. Sure enough, chapter 1 read like a dissertation. But ... Great, if you can make it past the first chapter

Susan's Rating:

4 Stars

View all reviews for this book

Heaven is for Real Deluxe Edition

Heaven is for Real Deluxe Edition

On 11/22 Susan Braun wrote: "Heaven is For Real" is the tale of a 3-year-old boy who has an emergency appendectomy and tells his parents of how he visited heaven during the experience. What did little Colton learn? Well, in heaven no one wears glasses. No one is old, and everyone has wings. There are many animals there, as well ... Book Chat

Susan's Rating:

3 Stars

View all reviews for this book

Where Has Oprah Taken Us?

Where Has Oprah Taken Us?

On 10/4 Susan Braun wrote: I feel like I’ve pretty much grown up with Oprah. She’s ten years older than I am, and from my college years on her show always seemed to be around. I wasn’t a rabid fan, but I watched it enough to feel comfortable with Oprah. I’ve cringed at some of her tawdry topics, laughed at some of her ... A look into the "church of Oprah"

Susan's Rating:

4 Stars

View all reviews for this book

Thunder Dog

Thunder Dog

On 8/23 Susan Braun wrote: "Thunder Dog" is the tale of a blind man, Michael Hingson, and his guide dog, Roselle, who make it out of one of the World Trade Center towers after the plane struck their building on 9/11. It sounded like a compelling book, and with a dog to boot? What's not to like? This was a good book overall, ... Primarily a tale about blindness, with a bit of dog and 9/11 as well

Susan's Rating:

4 Stars

View all reviews for this book

The Faith of Ronald Reagan

The Faith of Ronald Reagan

On 1/25 Susan Braun wrote: Ronald Reagan: he was my favorite president of my lifetime. He was president during my late high school and college years, a time when the world is fresh and new and everything seems possible. And really, that’s the feel I think Reagan gave to our nation. Before I read books I like to look up reviews ... Book Chat

Susan's Rating:

5 Stars

View all reviews for this book

A Year with God

A Year with God

On 11/23 Susan Braun wrote: Lots of reading this month, so let’s jump in: Are you related to someone on the autism spectrum? It’s becoming more and more common these days, although it’s still largely misunderstood. Living with someone on the spectrum is often an unappreciated existence, filled with hard work. ... Book Chat

Susan's Rating:

4 Stars

View all reviews for this book

You Were Made to Make a Difference

You Were Made to Make a Difference

On 9/29 Susan Braun wrote: This month, I’ve been off-and-on reading Teaching the Gifted Child. Commenter Leona, who I taught with for several years, was nice enough to give me several books she was getting rid of. She had a teaching endorsement for gifted education, which interests me since my kids are now in a gifted school program, and high-ability ... Book Chat

Susan's Rating:

5 Stars

View all reviews for this book

Beyond Opinion

Beyond Opinion

On 7/27 Susan Braun wrote: Although we’ve lost touch in recent years, for decades I had a pen pal who lived in Prato, Italy, just outside of Florence. We became pen pals in high school, and met in 1983 when I traveled to Europe with the Sound of America Band and Chorus. Later, she and her friend Olga traveled to ... Book Chat

Susan's Rating:

4 Stars

View all reviews for this book

Plan B

Plan B

On 5/3 Susan Braun wrote: I was skeptical about reviewing this book for Thomas Nelson Publishers. Its author is Pete Wilson, of megachurch fame. If you’ve read here long, you know that I’m not a fan of the emergent, “seeker sensitive,” touchy-feely, Willow Creek, Rob Bell/Velvet Elvis, call-it-what-you-will ... Plan B

Susan's Rating:

2 Stars

View all reviews for this book

John Bunyan

John Bunyan

On 4/27 Susan Braun wrote: Long-time readers may recall that I had a daughter tested for ADHD awhile back. Turns out, she doesn’t officially “have it,” but the topic is fascinating to me in many regards. What causes such a “diagnosis?” How is the diagnosis made? How is it that so many kids apparently have ADHD, ODD, autism, etc., when ... Book Chat

Susan's Rating:

5 Stars

View all reviews for this book

Rediscovering God in America

Rediscovering God in America

On 12/22 Susan Braun wrote: The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate was a very sweet story about an 11-year-old girl growing up in Texas amidst a brood of six brothers in 1899. Calpurnia’s mom attempts to mold her into the proper young lady of the time – piano lessons, learning to cook and sew, talks about “coming out,” – but all of ... Book Chat

Susan's Rating:

4 Stars

View all reviews for this book

The Well-Behaved Child

The Well-Behaved Child

On 10/27 Susan Braun wrote: Another month, another set of books to review.  Fun, fun! The Well-Behaved Child. Ah, John Rosemond – where do I begin? When my kids were very young, I enjoyed Rosemond’s columns in the local paper. He was practical and old-fashioned. I loved his thoughts on potty-training by 2: none of this “wait till the child shows signs ... Book Chat

Susan's Rating:

3 Stars

View all reviews for this book

A Man of His Word

A Man of His Word

On 9/22 Susan Braun wrote: Remember Chris Farley?  As much as it brands me a big ole dork, I have to say that his Saturday Night Live characters were some of the rare things that could make me laugh out loud. I especially loved his Matt Foley character, brought in to motivate a couple of wayward teens: Matt says something to the ... Book Chat

Susan's Rating:

3 Stars

View all reviews for this book

Jungle Jack's The Wackiest, Wildest, and Weirdest Animals in the World

Jungle Jack's The Wackiest, Wildest, and Weirdest Animals in the World

On 7/28 Susan Braun wrote: As a mom with three kids in the “gifted” program at school (quotes because I use the term loosely; I’m under no illusion that I’m raising the world’s next Einsteins), I’m always on the lookout for books exploring various traits exhibited by such kids. Living with Intensity ... Book Chat

Susan's Rating:

4 Stars

View all reviews for this book

In the Footsteps of Paul

In the Footsteps of Paul

On 4/27 Susan Braun wrote: Time again to discuss one of my favorite topics:  books! I have just finished The Noticer.  When I began this book, it reminded me of The Five People You Meet in Heaven in that it’s a series of chapters, each about meeting a different person. An old guy (”Jones”) shows up around town, meeting people at pivotal ... Book Chat

Susan's Rating:

5 Stars

View all reviews for this book

The Noticer

The Noticer

On 4/27 Susan Braun wrote: Time again to discuss one of my favorite topics:  books! I have just finished The Noticer.  When I began this book, it reminded me of The Five People You Meet in Heaven in that it’s a series of chapters, each about meeting a different person. An old guy (”Jones”) shows up around town, meeting people at pivotal ... Book Chat

Susan's Rating:

3 Stars

View all reviews for this book

The Great Eight

The Great Eight

On 3/24 Susan Braun wrote: I love to read. Here are some books I’ve finished recently. I read The Shack because it was supposed to be life-changing, and it has been sweeping churches nation-wide. It didn’t do much for me. The story, in case you haven’t read it, involves a man whose young daughter was murdered.  ... Book Chat

Susan's Rating:

3 Stars

View all reviews for this book

Think and Make It Happen

Think and Make It Happen

On 1/26 Susan Braun wrote: I have been reading Think and Make it Happen by Augusto Cury, thanks to the nice folks at Thomas Nelson Publishing.  On its cover, it claims to be “The breakthrough program for conquering anxiety, overcoming negative thoughts, and discovering your true potential”. Well, that sounds promising.  ... Think and Make it Happen: A Review

Susan's Rating:

4 Stars

View all reviews for this book