Reviews by kratzy
On 9/5 kratzy wrote: Even though this is the third book in a series, it certainly can be read on its own and still be enjoyed by the reader. The series is detailing Amish life through the seasons and so it makes sense for a Fall-themed book to be the third in the series. Kelly Irvin has managed to write a wonderful story ... Romance hits an Amish woman at an unexpected stage in her life
On 8/27 kratzy wrote: Book Review: Surprised by Love: An Amish Family Novella by Kathleen Fuller Ever since living near the Amana Colonies in Iowa, I have been interested in the Amish and their way of thinking as well as their way of life. This book is a nice collection of four love stories showing that the Amish when it ... Nice collection of stories that show that the way to love is full of stumbling blocks
On 8/17 kratzy wrote: This book presents an interesting twist of the story regarding survival at Auschwitz. The author tells us about a pure German woman named Helene, who is married to a Roma and has five children with him. An unusual union given the time and the distrust between both Germans and Roma and that union is ... Even in the darkest hour there is humanity and hope
On 7/19 kratzy wrote: While this book at its center is trying to push the message that God can save you, the actual story is one that people outside of the Christian religion can also find solace in. It describes the life of a boy growing up in poverty and a single parent household marred by abuse, drug addiction and neglect. ... Great book about the connection between mental illness as the source of life problems
On 7/15 kratzy wrote: Book Review: Once Upon a Farm: Lessons on Growing Love, Life, and Hope on a New Frontier by Rory Feek Who does not know about the lovestory between Rory and Joey? The bitter sweet story of love found and lost and Rory now living with Indiana and the memory of Joey has moved so many people. This book ... Rory's story in his own words
On 7/7 kratzy wrote: Book Review: The Road to Freedom: Healing from Your Hurts, Hang-ups, and Habits by Johnny Baker The author used to be an alcoholic and in a very frank, no nonsense book tells about his road to recovery and how he managed to stay sober now for more than 20 years. His Road to Freedom is the freedom experienced ... Struggling with addiction? This book contains ten steps that can help with recovery
On 6/24 kratzy wrote: Book Review: The Faith of Dolly Parton: Lessons from Her Life to Lift Your Heart by Dudley Delffs Dolly Parton has been well known for a number of years, even decades. But I am still learning new things about this singer, such as the fact that she provides books to a large number of children through ... Dolly's lessons of life
On 6/18 kratzy wrote: I found it interesting that the book was written by a mother and daughter team because this writing approach fits very well the message that this book has. The main message of the book is the fact that what we as women teach our kids and the beliefs we instill in them will outlive us and form a strong ... Empowering book for women
On 6/9 kratzy wrote: Book Review: The Weaver's Daughter: A Regency Romance Novel by Sarah E. Ladd The author managed to write a traditional historical novel set in the Regency age that has all the components of a love story interwoven with enough drama to keep the reader engaged throughout the book. Two families at odds ... omer Review 4.0 out of 5 starsNicely writteen story that is relaxing and without too many surprises, but entertaining enough
On 5/25 kratzy wrote: Book Review: I Can't Believe You Just Said That!: Biblical Wisdom for Taming Your Child's Tongue by Ginger Hubbard Often what kids say is considered cute and entertaining. Some magazines have small sections dedicated to the innocent utterances of kids that can be very embarrassing some parents. This ... This books mistakes parenting for missionary work - failed opportunity to combine parenting with Christian ideals.
On 5/18 kratzy wrote: While branded as a contemporary Christian novel, this book does appeal to people of all faith. It is very safe to read for people of ages regarding the language used and the topics covered. The story describes the romance between single-dad Brady Collins and loner Hope Daniels. Brady must fight for ... Interesting romance that comes out of personal difficulties
On 5/6 kratzy wrote: Book Review: Becoming the Talbot Sisters: A Novel of Two Sisters and the Courage that Unites Them Two sisters having drifted apart over decades come together when a close relative dies and now try to restore their sisterly bond. This turns out to be more difficult than anticipated, but what well intentions ... Two estranged sisters thrown together by a crisis, find themselves forming a strong family bond.
On 4/20 kratzy wrote: I think most mothers envision staying home with the kids at least for some time. And then reality kicks in and the need for a second paycheck, the adult conversations and just being able to leave the house. This book attempts to address some of these concerns and wants to enable more mothers to stay ... Great book that provides a lot of tips, tricks and advice on how to save money
On 4/13 kratzy wrote: We all experience at some what seem like an existential crisis from which we need to recover. How to do that and find another purpose in life and being able to put one foot in front of the other may seem impossible, but somehow people manage. This book is intended to help find that new beginning after ... Useful guidebook to find your bearing in life after a significant crisis
On 4/6 kratzy wrote: Book Review: Supernatural Power for Everyday People: Experiencing God’s Extraordinary Spirit in Your Ordinary Life by Jared C. Wilson This book was rather disappointing to me because it was very focused on religion and Christianity. I cannot stress enough how focused this book is on religion. This ... Unfortunately written more like a devotional book than a general lifestyle guide
On 3/30 kratzy wrote: Book Review: So Much To Celebrate: Entertaining the Ones You Love the Whole Year Through by Katie Jacobs This is a cookbook with recipes and gorgeous food pictures. But what really sets this book apart from other cookbooks is the fact that it goes beyond the recipes and amazing pictures. The author does ... Great addition to every kitchen! From recipes to party ideas and instructions - everything is covered,
On 3/22 kratzy wrote: Book Review: Decluttering at the Speed of Life: Winning Your Never-Ending Battle with Stuff by Dana K. White I call myself a neat freak, but I also feel that I could do with a lot less stuff in my house. Working full-time and having family obligations does not leave much time to declutter and start decorating ... Declutter may still not be fun, but it is doable and there is really no excuse!
On 3/14 kratzy wrote: Jesus Calling Adult Coloring Book: Creative Coloring and Hand Lettering by Sarah Young This book is for the coloring enthusiast. While the theme is Christian and religion, the images are very nice and offer a variety of scenarios. Words, nature and animals - something for every taste. I found the book ... starsGreat variety of religious drawings for adult coloring fans
On 2/23 kratzy wrote: With the Winter Olympics going on, this book was an interesting read on several levels. Mr Hamilton ended up winning a gold medal at the Olympics many years ago (not really that long ago, but in a sport that is dominated by a new crop of teenagers every four years, it does seem a couple of generations ... Reach success by expecting and bringing your best all the time!
On 2/13 kratzy wrote: I am a morning person, but I have plenty of friends who could stay in bed until noon and still feel like they need some more rest. So I picked up this book to see whether this author really presented some useful tips on how to be a morning person and maybe I could learn something too in the process. The ... A good approach to make morning not something to fight, but something to enjoy!
On 1/30 kratzy wrote: Book Review: Developing the Leader Within You 2.0 by John C. Maxwell As someone that studied leadership in college, I am fascinated by the books that go into leadership theory and how to become an effective leader. This book is a revised edition of a book originally published more than two decades ago. ... back to basics of leadership version 2.0
On 1/24 kratzy wrote: Book review: Blessed Are the Misfits by Brant Hansen The full title of the book is "Blessed Are the Misfits: Great News for Believers who are Introverts, Spiritual Strugglers, or Just Feel Like They're Missing Something" by the author Brant Hansen. This is an interesting book and is intended for reader, ... Hansen finds a book to speak to the quiet souls in every religious group!
On 12/7 kratzy wrote: Book Review: Imperfect Justice (Hidden Justice) by Cara C. Putman It looks like a clear cut case, a mother killed her daughter and with gun in hand was shot by the policy in a justified act of self-defense. But lawyer Emily Wesley knows the mother and knows also, despite all the facts pointing to her ... Realistic mystery that weaves a legal drama into the sad reality of dyfunctional families.
On 11/27 kratzy wrote: Book Review: Worry Less, Live More: God’s Prescription for a Better Life by Robert Morgan In times of economic uncertainty, worrying tends to take over our lives. In addition to the personal issues we always deal with, now comes the worry about jobs, money, and often a good portion of political concerns ... Too much focused on the Bible itself rather than on showing the usefulness of Christian concepts to everyone
On 11/14 kratzy wrote: Book review: ReSYNC Your Life: 28 Days to a Stronger, Leaner, Smarter, Happier You by Samir Becic I have to admit that I had never heard of Mr. Becic before this book, but the title sounded interesting and with the New Years resolutions coming up, it was the perfect time to read up on fitness and lifestyle ... ReSYNC Your Life: 28 Days to a Stronger, Leaner, Smarter, Happier You
On 11/4 kratzy wrote: Book Review: Never Look at the Empty Seats: A Memoir by Charlie Daniels Anyone who has lived in the US and listens to the radio regularly will know Charlie Daniels and his song about the Devil that went down to Georgia. Charlie has been around the US music scene for decades and has outlived and outplayed ... Stories by a music legend that can teach all of us valuable lessons
On 10/29 kratzy wrote: Book review: Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff by Chip Gaines Most of us have heard of Fixer Upper, if not been addicted to the show that followed Chip and Joanna Gaines around Texas fixing up old homes and showing how old can become fantastically new. This book is to my knowledge ... Great book for people still finding their place in the employment world or thinking about starting their own business
On 10/20 kratzy wrote: We all have times when we feel that everyone seems to step on us and use us. Especially women as caretakers are often in a position of having to say, but struggle to do so. This book is all about setting up boundaries and taking of the me as a person. Avoid getting trampled on and create a safe, livable ... Setting boundaries as a way to work through and avoid conflicts
On 10/12 kratzy wrote: Book Review: Saving a Sick America: A Prescription for Moral and Cultural Transformation by Michael L. Brown Do we like the America we live in today? While most will agree that even as a deeply divided nation, the US is still preferable to many other countries, many also do not condone how the US currently ... s it time to bring America back to its cultural roots? This author says yes!
On 10/8 kratzy wrote: ook Review: Before You Hit Send: Preventing Headache and Heartache by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs How often in this quick-paced world of email and online collaboration have you hit send and regretted it about 2 minutes later? In my case, I still blush thinking about a couple of times that this happened and ... A must read for everyone that uses email at work
On 9/30 kratzy wrote: Book Review: Truth Doesn't Have a Side: My Alarming Discovery about the Danger of Contact Sports by Bennet Omalu Many football fans have hard of CTE and the still ongoing controversy about the lasting impacts of contact sports, such as football, on the brain and the general health of the players. While ... A must read for a every parent who is concerned about children playing contact sports.
On 9/22 kratzy wrote: My mother has been totally hit by the coloring craze and she loves to collect also books with proverbs, quotes and sayings that she can use to add to cards and personalize them. So when I came across this book, I figured this would be perfect for her. I was right, she absolutely loves it and her goal ... Book Review: Coloring Christmas Devotions by Lizzie Preston, Claire McElfatrick , and Suzanne Khushi
On 9/17 kratzy wrote: Do you ever feel that your job or your supervisor is holding you back? That, if given the right circumstances, you could be and do so much more than you are presently able to achieve? If this may apply to you, I highly recommend this book. In The Potential Principle Mark Sanborn touches on the subject ... A book on how bringing out the best in you is possible
On 8/27 kratzy wrote: Many of us will remember the Republican revolution that brought GOP majorities to the house for years. Newt Gingrich back then was considered the author of this revolution and a celebrated house speaker. Private affairs, but also a temperament that did offend likely one too many people in the GOP spelled ... Book Review: Citizen Newt: The Making of a Reagan Conservative by Craig Shirley
On 8/11 kratzy wrote: I fell in love with this book on the first few pages because it speaks to all women who are independent, do not question why life is some times no fair and persevere. Jen makes it finally okay to have doubts, but then to wake up another day and figure this day is another chance at making things right. ... Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life
On 7/29 kratzy wrote: Every person that starts thinking about marriage, family and kids always has the hope that every thing will turn out for the best. No one starts thinking about divorce at the beginning of this journey. Even signing a prenup is more done with the hope to never have to use it. Yet despite best intentions, ... Great book for how to ease the experience of a divorce on kids
On 7/11 kratzy wrote: This is the second book by Goins that I am reading and I like his approach to life and work in general; this book being no exception. We hear too much about artists not making any money and that being artist somehow excludes actually making a comfortable living. Nothing could be further from the truth. ... Life advice and business advice for people starting down a creative career path.
On 7/1 kratzy wrote: Having lived in the South for almost half my life and the majority of my time in the USA, this European transplant can certainly appreciate someone listing a few more reasons why I would not consider moving away from the South every again. Having lived in several states outside of the South and having ... As Southern As It Gets: 1,071 Reasons to Never Leave the South by H. Jackson Brown
On 6/23 kratzy wrote: A lot of of people know Hobby Lobby as a successful business and may have heard about the Supreme Court decision a couple of years ago involving the Affordable Care Act and its mandate to cover certain contraceptive methods. But this book will tell you the whole story about the company and its founder ... an interesting and novel approach to how to do good and enjoy life!
On 6/12 kratzy wrote: Book review: Launch Your Dream: A 30-Day Plan for Turning Your Passion into Your Profession by Dale Partridge If you ever dreamed about opening your own business and had no idea how to go about it, in particular getting funding, learning how to run a business - this book is for you. Written by Mr. Partridge, ... Great advice in an easy to read condensed form for anyone interested in starting a business
On 6/3 kratzy wrote: This is a great book that parents can give their pre-teen and teen kids, in particular their teenage daughters, who may think that the world is a less than perfect place (which it is). Reading this book can help your teenagers to understand that we all have problems, they are not alone with their problems ... a book perfect to build self reliance and self esteem in teenagers,
On 5/25 kratzy wrote: This is a great romantic love story, in the tradition of the love stories that our parents and grandparents read. So it may be old fashioned, but it also makes you feel all warm and fuzzy. The story begins during a flood that is threatening the lives of Jacey and Colin. The are stuck together on a roof ... Great book about a love story that takes time to develop and two people finding themselves
On 5/11 kratzy wrote: When we say that some people just can't handle money no matter how many courses about financial management they take we may be closer to the truth than we know. This books looks not as providing guidance for handling money and securing your retirement, but rather at how different people have differing ... Great book to help you shape your relationship with money
On 5/5 kratzy wrote: Book review: An Outlaw and a Lady: A Memoir of Music, Life with Waylon, and the Faith that Brought Me Home by Jessi Colter I have to admit, despite growing up outside of the USA, I am big fan of traditional country. None of the crossover stuff for me, give me some Waylon, Willie or Johnny and I am good. ... Great insight look into the life of one of country music legends.
On 9/23 kratzy wrote: We often question ourselves, why does God allow certain things to happen and this book attempts to answer some of these questions and delve into why despite a firm belief in a higher being bad things still happen to good people. The author Chad Veach does not dwell on the standard responses one so often ... A book that helps people suffering from pain and provide a hands-on guide to work through the pai
On 9/17 kratzy wrote: This book presents the way to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan from the point of view of someone who was right in the middle of the discussions. Not only did he have to make decisions about what constituted appropriate interrogation behavior, but he also was close to the President when the attacks on ... Interesting and important contribution to the discussion on the Bush Presidency
On 9/3 kratzy wrote: If you ever tired of listening to people telling when you were grieving that God will right the ship and he knows best. This book may be for you. The author explains in a series of stories that it is okay to now simply follow the lead of saying God is great and merciful and there will be no sorrow. It ... a new refreshing view of Christianity
On 7/2 kratzy wrote: let me start off by saying, if you like the Pater Brown stories by Chesterton, this is no Pater Brown and unfortunately not even close. This is sad because the premise of the book is fun, a nun that rides motorbikes and happens to solve crimes. Should be fairly easy to write an entertaining series of ... a weak attempt at a cozy mystery in the line of Pater Brown by Chesterton
On 6/26 kratzy wrote: From watching or reading about Duck Dynasty, you have gotten to know John Luke Robertson, the oldest son of Willie and Korie Robertson, both stars on the TV show. This book focused on John Luke, while the show had him appearing in a few episodes and mostly as a small side note. It is definitely worth ... a book for all ages, but an excellent guide to kids growing up that need to hear advice from a peer
On 6/18 kratzy wrote: Book Review: The Pug List: A Ridiculous Little Dog, a Family Who Lost Everything, and How They All Found Their Way Home by Alison Hodgson If you love dogs, and most people I know love them, then this book is definitely a must read for you. It details the story of a family that had their home destroyed ... a dog can be healing to a family even as a new addition
On 5/7 kratzy wrote: Book Review: The Seven Laws of Love: Essential Principles for Building Stronger Relationships by Dave Willis This book is split up into two parts, the first part dealing with the seven laws of love, which are according to the author: Love requires commitment Love speaks truth Love conquers fear Love ... Great book to help build strong relationships in difficult circumstances
On 5/1 kratzy wrote: This is a book that tells an amazing story. Maybe what is most amazing is the fact that it describes a story that can happen to anyone of us. A young family, full of hope and enjoying their newborn baby - then tragedy strikes and the mother suffers a traumatic brain injury. Despite an uncertain outcome, ... an amazing story about the journey by two poeple in an amazing marriage
On 4/24 kratzy wrote: I think we all have been there. Every time we move we wonder where all this stuff has come from and what do we do with it? Donate it? Keep it? Store it? There is never an easy solution, but still when the next move comes, we go through the same problem again. Rather than limiting what we bring into our ... Great book for the family that seeks to focus on what is important and get away from an overly materialistic lifestyle
On 4/15 kratzy wrote: Book Review: Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife by Ruth A. Tucker This is an unusual book for me to choose as a review subject. While I am not someone to pretend that abuse does not exist, it is to me a very sad subject that brings up too many emotions to be an easy or entertaining read or even ... very important book that raises awareness about the topic of domestic abuse.
On 4/9 kratzy wrote: This is a very different book from the ones I normally read. It describes maybe a parent's worst nightmare, finding out that someone they knew and trusted and invited into their home killed their daughter. In this case, the boyfriend, who grew up as part of the family, ended up shooting their daughter. What ... a tragic event leads parents to a life-affirming path of forgiveness
On 3/31 kratzy wrote: This book is more religious than the books I normally read, but the title and the make up of the book sounded interesting and so I decided that this would be a good book to go through. As the title states, the book is about taking a break from a hustle of every day life and contemplating life and your ... Great book for mothers who need to find moments of peace
On 3/21 kratzy wrote: I have never suffered from real anxiety attacks, but I know people that have issues with anxiety and can appreciate how debilitating this issue can be. So I was interested in reading this book because the author himself has suffered from anxiety issues and uses this book as a guide for others on how ... suffering from anxiety disorders written by an affected person
On 3/12 kratzy wrote: Book Review: VIP: How to Influence with Vision, Integrity, and Purpose by O. S. Hawkins I was curious about this book because the title hits on three terms that I expect to be embodied by a strong leader. I had never heard of the author, so I was curious who Mr. Hawkins was. It turns out that Mr. Hawkins ... a book for people that want a meaningful career and not just a job,
On 2/21 kratzy wrote: Normally I tend to review more serious books, but have gown up in the USA, the knock knock jokes were something I only learned about in college. And just I like I really never do well in the nursery rhyme categories on Jeopardy!, I am not really very good at telling these jokes. I simply have not heard ... Love the book for kids with at least second grade reading - hours of fun to follow!
On 2/6 kratzy wrote: This is a great book, although I believe at least one of the stories may have been published already in another book. It is compilation of 4 stories that all focus on romance and where it finds different people at different stages in life. in Rooted in Love, Rosemary is a very good at running a household, ... Love how the author makes love in different people come alive in very realistic stories
On 12/18 kratzy wrote: Clearly the author is a fan of the late president, arguing that his presidency had a significant impact on the political landscape and changed how both parties look today. You can probably find as many political pundits arguing that conservatives under Reagan were much less pronounced in their religious ... 5.0 out of 5 stars Getting to know the late president as a person!,
On 12/9 kratzy wrote: This book ties great leadership in with Christian belief. This is not surprising because the author is a church leader and so she feels that leadership theory can be found be interpreting in the commandment to love the lord with all heart and soul and mind and strength. It is these four legs listed in ... The ties between Christian belief and great leadership
On 11/8 kratzy wrote: s someone who has always been intrigued by Churchill, I was excited to find another book about this great and controversial statesman. While I think that Churchill was a great politician, who had a lot of foresight about developments involving the power balance between Russia and the USA and its effects ... CHurchill through the ages and how he affected and represented the idea of free government
On 10/22 kratzy wrote: This book is interesting in a number of ways. First of all, four female authors got together to write a book about the post Civil War life in the South. In addition, each short story is complemented by a recipe that is full of Southern tradition and makes your mouth water. Oh yeah, the recipe is also ... Southern belles no more - the South after the Civil War in four short stories
On 6/22 kratzy wrote: Raising a child is always a daunting task and raising a child the right way to be a productive citizen and a person that you can be proud can at times (see terribly twos and teenage years) seem impossible. The Slaytons have used their experience and training to write a book that aims at providing a practical ... Great book to assist mothers (or parents in general) with raising children they can be proud of
On 6/4 kratzy wrote: Depicted in the movie "American Sniper", this book is about the Navy SEAL Ryan Job and his life after the devastating injury he suffered in Iraq that left him blind. Carried by his Christian faith and an immense amount of determination, not only did Ryan Job survive being shot in the face and left blind, ... an authentic book about an extraordinary American soldier
On 5/3 kratzy wrote: This book by the well known preacher and evangelist Billy Graham is easy to read and can also be read in breaks. The book is structured so that you can sit down and easily read one chapter at a time because each chapter has a distinct topic.The chapters describe what Graham sees as foundations for his ... A great summary of his philosphy as well as a wonderful entry to those wanting to learn about Billy Graham,
On 4/29 kratzy wrote: The USA has been the place of new beginnings for a lot of people and it is now different for Cullen McGrath - at least that's what this young man from England is hoping for. After being involved in a horse racing scandal that nearly destroyed his life he set out for Nashville, Ky to seek a new start. ... two people forced together by fate, yet very unwillingly so
On 4/23 kratzy wrote: I am currently getting a Masters in Public Health with a focus on Leadership and so naturally this book was of interest to me. I had not heard of the author before because in my studies I focus mostly on authors that apply leadership theories to public health and healthcare. But clearly John Maxwell ... comprehensive approach to leadership for professional in all types of careers
On 4/18 kratzy wrote: This is the third installment of the Journey of the Heart series by Christian author Colleen Coble and this is one series that I really like. In part the series appeals to me because the books are short and perfect to take along in the purse when you have to wait for an appointment or simply want to ... Third installment in the Journey of the Heart series
On 4/8 kratzy wrote: This is the second book of a series by Colleen Coble about the life of a young woman in 19th century America. Sarah Montgomery lives in the Midwest, Wabash Indiana to be precise and like a truly modern woman, Sarah sometimes has to decide between her heart and family expectations. With her friend Rand ... A truly modern woman experiences the American Frontier
On 3/28 kratzy wrote: I have been a fan of Seth Godin for many years now and so when I encountered an author that Seth Godin was a fan of, I decided that I had to give this new author a try. That is how I came to read a book by Jeff Goins, who does not Seth Godin among his fans. At first I was concerned that anyone could ... life advice by a great story teller that may actually make you enjoy going to work in the mornin
On 3/1 kratzy wrote: Quite a few books deal with the decision to carry a child to term that has a genetic defect, such as trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome) or in which parents are told that their child has a genetic disease that will severely impact its ability to live what is considered a "full and productive life." The decision ... an open and honest book about the decision to life live with a child affected by Trisomy 18
On 3/1 kratzy wrote: The two main characters of the this story are Rand Sterling and Irene Reynolds, who both find themselves in a Japanese internment camp on the Philippines during WWII. The two protagonists come from very different backgrounds. Rand ran a successful nightclub in Manila before the war, living a life of ... Good book about a dark period in history that teaches some important life lessons
On 2/8 kratzy wrote: This is an interesting book. While it is titled as a Christian book on parenting, the references to religion and the bible are more cursory than I expected. The messages told in the book and the examples given can be applied to any parent trying to rear a child to become an independent person that sticks ... Great parenting book on how to teach your kids to grow up on the right path, even if you are not around
On 1/27 kratzy wrote: In this book, the author, who is also a professor for English at Liberty University, introduces the reader to the life and work of Hannah More. While I am familiar with the major players in abolitionist history, I have never heard of Hannah More before reading this book. Hannah More lived in England; ... A well-written introduction to one representative of the English Abolitionist movement
On 1/27 kratzy wrote: This is a thorough and comprehensive take on the Battle of Bastogne by an author that has carefully researched the history of the battle and its main actors. The author augments the history of the battle by including brief profiles of some of the major actors in the battle to provide additional background ... A comprehensive description of one of the major battles in the later stages of WWII in Europe
On 1/18 kratzy wrote: This is a debut novel by Carrie Stuart Park, who describes a mystery dealing with a combination of long ago ritual murder and present day kidnapping and threats to keep the old mystery surrounding the murder hidden. Forensic artist Gwen Marcey is working on a large project, in which she reconstructs ... a real page turner of a historical mystery that still threatens lives today!
On 1/18 kratzy wrote: This is a great book if you are trying to find healthy, yet flavorful recipes. I have not been exposed to Katie before receiving this book and some of the recipes in my opinion use too much garlic, but overall, the recipes are lighter than the usual recipes you find in most cookbooks. I like the many ... Great cookbook for lighter meals that include your traditional favorites
On 12/20 kratzy wrote: I was first introduced to Livingstone through the movie Moutains of the Moon, in which he was a minor character, but in which I felt the character of David Livingstone was shown very true to the historically correct figure of the explorer that was unconventional, yet successful. Together with Burton ... Great introduction to the famous African explorer David Livingstone
On 12/20 kratzy wrote: Growing up in a Lutheran household in Germany, I became familiar with the person of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. early on and have admired his strength of character for a long time. I was therefore happy to find this book that shows in abbreviated form just how unique this man was and how much of an example ... a brief introduction to a complex man living in a complex period of German history
On 12/1 kratzy wrote: Storm Siren by Mary Weber is a fantasy fiction book geared towards young adults, but the content and storyline is certainly something that can fin into the regular adult category as well. The central character is Nym, a 17 year old slave girl in the Kingdom of Faelen. She belongs to the Elemental kind, ... great new young adult fantasy series
On 7/21 kratzy wrote: And here is another book by an athlete and how he developed character traits that he is proud of and feels embody lessons that he wants to pass on to others. While this athlete too finds strong backing in his faith, the book is not overly religious and can be read by people who normally do not read books ... Great book with valuable life lessons for young men reaching adulthood and realizing that they need to make their own decisions
On 7/21 kratzy wrote: This is another example of a book written by a well known athlete, who feels that his faith is to some degree the basis of his success. As such the book is not novel or unique. What makes this book different and certainly a good read for fathers and sons alike is that this book is geared towards sons. ... A book by a well known football player geared towards boys that teaches valuable life lessons
On 7/6 kratzy wrote: Life will only test you as much as you can handle, so when finally landing your dream job and you feel that you have achieved everything that you wanted, a cancer diagnosis is not just throwing a wrench into your plans, but it is putting your whole life at risk and turning everything upside down. But ... A great book for fans of football, cancer survivors and leadership in general
On 7/6 kratzy wrote: I was provided a free copy of the book through booksneeze.com and given the many titles to choose from, this book was particularly intriguing to me because I wanted to find out how someone much more familiar with the teachings of Dr. King would condense his work into ten rules. This book does this in ... A condensed very of Dr. King;s teachings that is thought provoking and maybe even provocative at times
On 6/14 kratzy wrote: Book review: No Place to Hide: A Brain Surgeon's Long Journey Home from the Iraq War by W. Lee Warren This is a gripping story about the experiences of a neurosurgeon on duty in Iraq. Combat surgeon Dr. W. Lee Warren changes dramatically when he is shipped off to serve the Air Force in Iraq in 2004. ... gripping war time story about the personal struggles and growth of a field surgeon in the Iraq war
On 5/26 kratzy wrote: Not surprisingly, a lot of the solutions that Cal Thomas proposes as working in this book are traditional conservative ideas, such as less government, tough on crime. Nevertheless, it is nice to see that the author does not exclude conservative politicians from criticism. The book is logically organized ... an experienced conservative pundet takes on Washington establishment to find a way out of gridlock
On 4/13 kratzy wrote: his book by Billy Coffey is labeled a supernatural thriller and I selected it for review because it came from a Christian publisher, but the topic itself did not seem to fit a Christian motif. The book is a thriller that deals with the question of guilt and how not openly talking about the past can have ... an interesting and novel take on the genre of thriller - combining the outward mystery of a long ago death with inner turmoil
On 2/10 kratzy wrote: Always trying to find ways to maybe pinch another penny, I am very open to any book that promises a new approach to saving money. Most of these book have very traditional ways of getting financially independent, paying off high rate credit card debt first, paying off mortgage early by making extra payments ... Oh no, not another money saving book - this actually has good recommendations, but the author is her worst enemy to success
On 1/4 kratzy wrote: The author Robert Treskillard is a self-described a Celtic enthusiast and this becomes clear in this second installment of his Merlin series.After reading Merlin's Blade, I was excited to read the second book Merlin's Shadow because the story of King Arthur and the role of Merlin have been fascinating ... Entertaining story about Merlin and King Arthur, written age-appropriate for teenagers
On 11/28 kratzy wrote: This is a great young adult book dealing with Merlin, King Arthur and playing in early Britain. What Robert Treskillard manages is bring the history and times of King Arthur to life in a way that makes it interesting for young readers and create stories that provide important life lessons to the readers. In ... Entertaining introduction to the legend of King Arthur and Merlin for young adults
On 11/16 kratzy wrote: This book deals with the struggles of a young Amish woman, who struggles with combining her own personal desire of love and marriage with the demands and strict discipline enforced by her grandfather. I think we can all relate to this situation. Everyone went likely through a phase of teenage rebellion ... Interesting book on the struggles by a young woman in an Amish community
On 10/27 kratzy wrote: We all know this author. Gavin McLeod has been an almost constant presence in our living rooms for decades. First as newsroom worker on the Mary Tyler Moore Show and then as Captain Stubing on the Love Boat. Few people know that Mr. McLeod has transformed the Love Boat stint into a long-term association ... get to know Captain Stubing in private and learn that not just love was experienced by this actor on his way through life!
On 10/11 kratzy wrote: I got this book through booksneeze.com and while this publisher is usually handling books with a religious angle, I have gotten some really good books for review. This book was described as the first book in a "thrilling new series about a secret war between the forces of faith and those who would destroy ... Ken Follett light - a religious thriller that makes you rethink your faith
On 9/25 kratzy wrote: I have not been an avid follower of Dave Ramsey like a lot of other people, but when I got a chance through Booksneeze to review this book, I jumped at the opportunity because I wanted to find out what advice Dave was giving people. I have to say that after reading this book, I can agree with Dave's ... love this book, a lot of common sense straight talk, but no miracle worker
On 9/14 kratzy wrote: I had never heard of the author before and so I was curious what qualified him to write a book about communication. Turns out Ken Davies is the president of Dynamic Communications International and teaches speaking skills to ministry professionals and corporate executives. The ministry professionals ... quick, but fairly comprehensive guide book on improving your public speaking!,
On 8/20 kratzy wrote: So this book sets out to be a memoir - kind of. Which sounds strange and it does end up being certainly a unique book in terms of its approach to the concept of memoir. The story is that of the author starting with childhood, through adolescence and adulthood to present day. Along the way learn of his ... interesting take on a memoir - stylized, good to read, but also "interesting"
On 8/7 kratzy wrote: Ted Kluck has made a name for himself by covering various sport-related topics in his books, from boxing through college football. But he also incorporates Christian themes into his book, if a book, such as the "Why We're Not Emergent" is not solely focused on church and religious subjects. In this book, ... interesting approach to a book about a single football player
On 7/21 kratzy wrote: What attracted me first to the book was the opportunity to read four short stories by different authors in one book. The four female authors got together to collaborate on a book about mail order brides back in 1870, when single women from the East moved to the then Wild West seeking marriage. As if ... Entertaining collection of stories re mail order brides from the Old West
On 6/3 kratzy wrote: The book by Colleen Coble deals with the adventure of a young 13 year old girl, Emily O'Reilly, who wants to work with the search and rescue team that her mother is a member of. She is so determined that she is even working jobs to save up enough money to buy her own puppy and train it for missions. ... great book for boys and girls about teenage adventure
On 4/22 kratzy wrote: The book by Jane Hampton Cook details a very specific episode in the life, work and marriage of John Quincy and Louisa Adams. The book starts with the riveting account of how Louisa embarks on her journey from Russia in the deep winter to meet up with her husband in France. On her travel westward, she ... Louisa Adams finally getting her side of the history voiced
On 4/14 kratzy wrote: I was first drawn to this book because among the men listed on the summary were two people that I admire greatly, Eric Liddell and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. So it includes also George Washington and the late Pope John Paul II, but their greatness I believe is well known or not often associated with religion, ... A great sampling of men with Christian faith and how religion influenced their lives
On 4/7 kratzy wrote: I should preface that this is the third book in the trilogy and I would therefore recommend that any ready catch up on the prior storyline before reading this book. I clearly was at first uncertain about certain characters that I presume were introduced in the prior two books of the series. Nevertheless, ... Young adult book that mixes adventure, sci-fi with lessons about good and evil
On 3/24 kratzy wrote: I got this book through booksneeze, which features books with a Christian message. I selected this book for two reasons. It is a book by first time author Sarah Ladd and the summary suggested a book that would incorporate the Christian message in a plot that would be appealing to all readers that like ... great historical novel by a first time author!
On 3/10 kratzy wrote: I came across this book of all places on Booksneeze.com, which usually caters to books with a Christian theme. The summary for this book made it appear an odd choice for such a website. The author DiAnn Mills is one of the founding board members of the American Christian Fiction Writers and I think ... extremely well written page turner with Christian overtones - yes you can believe it!
On 2/5 kratzy wrote: What attracted me first to this book was the attached recipes that promised to add to my still rather limited collection of Amish recipes. I started being interested in Amish cooking when I first came across the term Shoofly pie and had no idea what to expect. But finding a recipe and baking the pie, ... three short stories about the Amish, followed by a wealth of recipes
On 2/2 kratzy wrote: This book takes an interesting approach to money counseling. Rather than provide advice about which stocks to buy or how to properly and effectively balance your checkbook, the book by the Palmers seeks to counsel couples how to prevent that their marriage is torn apart by financial issues. Appropriately ... love the approach towards finances as a partnership
On 12/27 kratzy wrote: Let me state first off, I rarely read young adult books, but this book had an interesting premise because it was classified as a young adult book with an action-filled story that still relayed some of the basic tenets of Christianity. So I figured that reading this book could be interesting. It ended ... nice YA adult book that provides insight into Christian beliefs without compromising the action
On 11/24 kratzy wrote: "The Reason" by William Sirls has as its central message why we believe in a higher power. We each may have our own reasons and our different backgrounds and needs, but we are coming together by the joined bond of believing in a higher power. The book, which is the debut novel by this author, describes ... Book about why we believe and what we as individuals can and should expect!
On 9/23 kratzy wrote: When I first started reading The River I was not quite sure what to expect, but after the first few pages I was hooked. This book reminded me very much of the movie A river runs through it; in part because a river plays a central role, but also because of the fascinating storytelling by the author. The ... A wonderful book about how life and overcoming your fears
On 8/24 kratzy wrote: Like most people, I was introduced to Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger through the movie "Rudy" with Sean Astin. So when I first encountered this book, I thought what can it tell me that the movie did not. I then remembered reading about Rudy and his financial troubles and this book does still have a story to ... May be even better than the movie - Rudy!
On 8/15 kratzy wrote: Mark Gregston in "Tough Guys and Drama Queens" has written a no-nonsense advice book for parents of teenagers. At first I was just curious to read a parenting book by a dad. Mostly I have encountered parenting books from moms or academics, but Mark's viewpoint is refreshing and his style is clearly straightforward. ... no nonsense advice for parents of teenagers
On 8/5 kratzy wrote: The book "Running for My Life: One Lost Boy's Journey from the Killing Fields of Sudan to the Olympic Games" by Lopez Lomong describes the author's journey from the civil war in Sudan through refugee camps in Africa to an adoption by a family in the USA and finally becoming a bona fide medal contender ... This book shows the resilience of the human spirit
On 6/5 kratzy wrote: I received the paperback version of "Mondays with My Old Pastor: Sometimes All We Need Is a Reminder from Someone Who Has Walked Before Us" by Jose Luis Navajo for review. "Mondays with my old pastor" is a comforting book for any reader that struggles at times with their faith. In a series of short anecdotes, ... A great book about old age and wisdom as a resource to resolve problems
On 5/30 kratzy wrote: I chose to review this book through the Booksneeze program because Mark Merrill and his organization Family First have been in the news a lot recently and I figured this book would provide me with some insight about the author and his views on family outside of his appearances in various TV news shows ... A very insightful and helpful book for dad and husbands
On 4/30 kratzy wrote: The book is aptly entitled Redemption because Bryan Clay has in his short time turned his life around from an endangered teenager that sought fights and was extremely aggressive to a focused athlete, a Christian and family man. It was not an easy story and the author does not try to hide or whitewash ... This young man has quite a story to tell!
On 4/9 kratzy wrote: I enjoyed this book more than I had anticipated. Because the book description listed it as an overtly christian, spiritual book I was worried it may be filled with stories about how much better Christianity is than Atheism, but the fear was unfounded. The book is a highly intellectual, thought-provoking ... A tour de force through Western philosophy that provides the Christian believers the arguments to defend their faith
On 4/1 kratzy wrote: "By Faith, Not By Sight" is an autobiography by Scott MacIntyre, who most people will know from his too short a stint on American Idol some years ago. I do recall Scott appearing on AI because to me he started with the handicap of being blind and competed with others in a show that to me is as much about ... Scott really has a story to tell, even at a young age!
On 3/12 kratzy wrote: Larry P. Arnn, president of Hillsdale College in Michigan wrote The Founders' Key wrote this book to explain the ongoing constitutional debates to lay people. His main point is that the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence are not opposing documents, but are expressions of the same principle ... Interesting take on the meaning of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence and what they mean for people TODAY
On 2/29 kratzy wrote: This review is for the Kindle edition of Beyond Molasses Creek by Nicole Seitz. The story in this book is a mix between a love story and a critique of society, both intermixed with strong Christian overtones. The three main characters in the book are Ally, a woman who returns to her hometown in South ... Heartache and societal critique in a Christian book shown through the life experiences of a woman
On 1/5 kratzy wrote: This book was my first exposure to the life and work of Tyndale. I chose this book initially because I like biographies and had not read anything about the person before this book. In addition, the subject matter interested me because I am Lutheran and wanted to learn how the original English translation ... a great book about a great person - how did the bible become an English work?
On 12/21 kratzy wrote: "Lonestar Angel" by C. Coble is certainly an unusual book. It is a thrilling, page turning mystery novel that still weaves strong Christian Elements in the storyline without loosing its authenticity. It tells the story of a couple Eden and Clay that drift apart over the loss of their child. They get ... Thrilling mystery novel with strong Christian elements
On 11/28 kratzy wrote: This is for the kindle edition! I got this e-book because I had heard comments about from my co-workers and as a lawyer I am always looking for a novel interpretation of the Constitution. With the Occupy Wall Street movement underway, there is certainly interest in the society right now on the subject ... An interesting book about what individual rights may have been intended by the Constitution
On 11/17 kratzy wrote: Book review: Sherman - a ruthless victor by A. von Hassell and E. Breslin Since I am history buff and have read books about the Civil War long before the Ken Burns series came to PBS, I selected this book about Sherman. I should start off with the disclaimer that I approach each book open minded and ... Nice little book about one of the more complex Civil War characters