Reviews by cro34263
On 4/2 cro34263 wrote: I actually received this book quite a while back, but just finished reading it & took the time to review it this week. I don't have any major complaints about the book, although I found it rather predictable, as cold-hearted as that sounds. The often-famous people had some sort of terrible ... I am Second
On 12/29 cro34263 wrote: Although I was quite skeptical, to say the least, after having skimmed a couple of other similiarly themed books over the years, I did pick up and read Heaven is for Real during a sleepless night at my mother-in-law's house when I was up with the baby anyway. I was quite pleasantly surprised, and ... Heaven is for Real Conversation Kit
On 11/9 cro34263 wrote: While I hesitate to give a book with the aforementioned title a negative review, it really wasn't my favorite. I didn't have a problem with any of the book, but it just seemed very ordinary to me. The format of the book is that the top half of the page is a portion of scripture, obviously, ... "A Year With Jesus"
On 10/19 cro34263 wrote: My latest book to review was another children's book. Being a homeschooler with 3 children, I'm always especially happy to review children's books. The concept behind the Three Cups is quite simple; the cups are even labeled on the cover, although I think they probably need no introduction: ... Three Cups: A Lesson in Life and Money for Childre
On 10/12 cro34263 wrote: As the mother of a "young" Young Lady, I was excited to be able to review this book by Kay West. The conversations we have had to have already, even though she is only six and doesn't even attend public school, are mind baffling to me at times; things I don't remember knowing about until junior ... 50 Things Every Young Lady Should Know
On 10/2 cro34263 wrote: I received Max Lucado's "Thank you, God, for Loving Me" from the booksneeze program to review. The description actually said that it was a board book with glitter accents on the cover, but there was no glitter on mine. As far as board books go, the cover is the padded hardcover type, but the inside ... Okay...
On 9/28 cro34263 wrote: The lastest book I received from Thomas Nelson's Booksneeze program to review was, ironically, one by a former pastor of mine. Although I personally thought he was a very good, Biblically based teacher when we lived in the area & attended the church he pastors, Ronnie Floyd's newest book about ... Our Last Great Hope
On 9/6 cro34263 wrote: Surprised by Oxford As I'm sure I've mentioned before, a good memoir is one of my favorite types of book lately. It's usually not as dry & boring as reading non-fiction can be, and reads more like a novel, while still having the element of being real people in real places. So, I was excited to review ... Surprised by Oxford
On 8/9 cro34263 wrote: I love memoirs, and love adoption, so I was eager to review this book. I must admit, however, that I was a bit cautious; reading a book about two subjects you love often just leads to disappointment. Very often. This was definitely not the case with "Love You More" by Jennifer Grant. ... Love You More: The Divine Surprise of Adopting my Daughter
On 7/30 cro34263 wrote: I received this book to review from Booksneeze. I love a good nonfiction book, so I was excited to read "Thunder Dog, the story of a blind man, his guide dog, and & the triumph of trust at ground zero". I actually had a hard time putting it down once I began reading it. I found ... Thunder Dog
On 6/21 cro34263 wrote: My last book to review from Booksneeze was "Daddy Dates: Four Daughters, One Clueless Dad, and His Quest to Win Their Hearts: The Road Map for Any Dad to Raise a Strong and Confident Daughter by Greg Wright. How's that for a long title & byline, ha!! I actually received ... Surprisingly Great!!
On 4/27 cro34263 wrote: I know that Max Lucado is one of the most respected and prolific authors of the day in Christian literature. However, I haven't been a huge fan of his works before, I often found them to 'wordy' for my taste, although I know most of them have been well received by others. I was actually pleasantly ... Max on Life by Max Lucado
On 4/24 cro34263 wrote: I didn't realize it when I chose to receive this book book from Thomas Nelson to review, but it is set in the Ozark Mountains of Ozark, where I was raised. Set in 1986, which is also the days of my youth. Overall, I did enjoy the book. I loved that I wasn't easily able to figure out what was going ... In Front of God and Everybody (The Confessions of April Grace)
On 4/21 cro34263 wrote: While I haven't read The Traveler's Gift, which is closely tied to this book, I have read several other books by Andy Andrews that I really enjoyed (The Heart Mender) or at least semi-enjoyed (The Noticer), so I expected his newest work, "The Final Summit" to be an interesting one-time read at least. ... The Final Summit by Andy Andrews
On 4/12 cro34263 wrote: I received a copy of this cookbook, by Cherise Grifoni, from booksneeze.com to review. I was actually quite excited to recieve this book, as we do fit the 'part-time vegan' description. A son with a dairy allergy first led me to seek out vegan recipes. While I do not ever plan on seeking that lifestyle ... "The part-Time Vegan"
On 4/6 cro34263 wrote: I received Curiousities of the Civil War from Thomas Nelson to review. I was, in fact, curious to read this book, as I do enjoy history, especially of the living fiction variety. You know, not the boring by the textbook stuff about dates and locations, but the real life stories of people's experiences, ... Curious for sure, but you must be VERY curious!!
On 2/3 cro34263 wrote: I received this book from Thomas Nelson's 'Booksneeze' program to review. While interesting, captivating, and suspenseful are definitely words I would use to describe this Christian Fiction Novel, deeply sad and regretful are also very accurate. I love a book that can be well written enough to carry ... 'The Inheritance of Beauty' by Nicole Seitz
On 1/13 cro34263 wrote: I was very excited to see this book up available for review; I've read all of the author's previous books, and really enjoyed her first series (the Katie Parker ones). I actually received the book in record time, and read it in a few sittings. Overall, I did really enjoy the plot. It was somewhat ... "Save the Date" by Jenny B. Jones
On 1/5 cro34263 wrote: I received this book, by Cara Lynn James, whose "Love on a Dime" novel I previously read & reviewed. Since that the previous work was her first published novel, and I found it 'okay' I had hopes of this one being even better. Unfortunately, while I found that it did share some of its strengths, the ... "Love on Assignment".....
On 12/14 cro34263 wrote: Having not grown up in a church that sang many hymns, it is only as an adult that I have learned many of these old songs. I have heard our worship pastor tell the 'backstory' on several hymns before we sang them in church & found the inspiration fascinating, though often heart-wrenching. So I was excited ... Then Sings My Soul Special Edition
On 11/8 cro34263 wrote: I was excited to see a Christian Fiction book, "Dining with Joy", on Thomas Nelson's book review program. The 'teaser' indicating that it was about a cooking show host whose career and then life go awry quickly when it is found out that she actually can't cook was quite intriguing also, as I do love ... "Dining with Joy"
On 10/11 cro34263 wrote: I was interested in this book since we have recently moved, and do live in an area with "small church buildings dotting the countryside...home to ministries that often struggle with limited attendance, no money, and little expectation that change can revitalize their future." Honestly, I kind of had ... Transforming Church in Rural America
On 10/6 cro34263 wrote: I have read & loved Sarah Young's other books, for adults, so I was excited to get this devotional for my children. They loved the bright colors of the cover, and the bird artwork, from the beginning. I found the printed pages inside a bit too bright & distracting for my taste, but the kids seemed ... Jesus Calling by Sarah Young (Children's Book)
On 9/18 cro34263 wrote: I was a bit surprised upon receiving this book that it was a "gift book" with thick, colored, glossy pages, I guess I didn't read the description well enough to realize that. The quality of the book-cover, page thickness, layout, etc. was very, very nice; definitely a high quality gift book. However, ... Love and Respect for a Lifetime
On 9/13 cro34263 wrote: I was excited to get a children's book to review next, especially one about a king & a little girl, since Kyla is reading everything in sight lately. This one, The King's Christmas List by Eldon Johnson, did not disappoint. The illustrations are nice; brightly colored, full page, and quite beautiful ... The King's Christmas List
On 9/10 cro34263 wrote: I am not normally a Max Lucado fan, at least the few things of his I have tried to read before. However, knowing that he is a very prolific & well known & respected Christian author, I decided to give this one a try. Receiving a copy to review from Thomas Nelson's "Booksneeze" program was a bonus also, ... Outlife Your Life: You Were Made to Make a Difference, by Max Lucado
On 9/8 cro34263 wrote: Although I have read other books by Andy Andrews, I am not familiar with "The Butterfly Effect" that this children's book is associated with. However, this did not hinder my appreciation of the book. First off, in a children's picture book, no matter how great the text is, the illustrations do definitely ... Andy Andrews' "The Boy Who Changed the World" Review
On 8/27 cro34263 wrote: I was excited to get a Christian Fiction book to review next, as that is one of my favorite genres of books. However, I had a really hard time "getting into" this book, largely because of it jumping back & forth between several groups of characters in the beginning. While this was a necessary part ... Love, Charleston Book Review
On 8/2 cro34263 wrote: I was a bit skeptical, but had high hopes for this book. I have read other biographies, though not of this particular series, and found them to be much like most non-fiction books. Well done, they are a delight to read; the right balance of interesting stories & anecdotes, blended with the necessary ... Review of "Anne Bradstreet" from the Christian Encounters Series
On 7/20 cro34263 wrote: I have read several other books by Lisa Samson, my favorite being A Quaker Summer, so I knew to expect the unexpected in this fiction book. However, I was still surprised at times at the level of intensity and depth of emotions it brought up. Not to mention controversial topics among any social circles ... Resurrection in May Book Review
On 7/1 cro34263 wrote: The latest book I read to review was "Sarah's Garden: A Patch of Heaven Novel." Although I have read many 'Amish novels' before, this was my first by this particular author, Kelly Long. Unfortunately, the book did seem a bit like something I've read before. Although there were a few 'twists' in the ... Book Review: Sarah's Garden
On 6/2 cro34263 wrote: I am reviewing this book for Thomas Nelson's Booksneeze program. I read a lot of Christian Fiction, especially Historical Fiction, so I was excited to receive "Love on a Dime." I thought the girl on the cover photo looked very modern for the era she was supposed to be placed in, but, as they say, you ... Book Review "Love on a Dime"
On 5/17 cro34263 wrote: Read & Share Bible DVD Life & Miracles of Jesus....Let me start by saying that this was viewed by my 4 1/2 & 2 year old, so their opinions are the main part of the review :) The 4 year old said that it was okay, she was disappointed that it ended at the Passover and didn't show Jesus' birth or death. ... Okay
On 5/11 cro34263 wrote: I pretty literally could not put down the latest book I reviewed for Thomas Nelson. I really enjoyed the previous one also, but this book, The Heart Mender, was my favorite of the many books I have now reviewed, without a doubt. The author, Andy Andrews, is a gifted storyteller; I have read other books ... Book Review & Giveaway!
On 5/1 cro34263 wrote: I am reviewing this book for Thomas Nelson's "BookSneeze" program. I must admit, that prior to reading this book I had never even heard the word Hutterite, but I do love a good memoir, the photo on the cover was compelling, and the subtitle of "The fascinating true story of a young woman's journey to ... Book Review
On 4/20 cro34263 wrote: I reviewed this book for Thomas Nelson's book review program. I think the title, Essentials for Life, is very appropriate. I found the book to be a very basic Christian devotional book, focused on the essentials of life, such as Why am I here on earth, What am I supposed to be doing, etc. I didn't ... Truly "Essential"
On 2/23 cro34263 wrote: This book is laid out into 33 short chapters (each 4-5 pages of text) each focusing on a verse from Proverbs and its' application to women today. The wording is lighthearted and fun, but still gets the point across. I thought it was fine, and fairly typical of women's literature of this type. It is ... Good; Perhaps a Daily Devotional or Women's Study Group.....
On 2/9 cro34263 wrote: My expectations of this book were based on the summary provided, stating that "surveying politics and pop culture, economics and technology, war and religion, Bennett pieces together the players, the personalities, the feats and the failures that transformed key moments in the American story." I have ... Interesting, heavy on politics.
On 1/30 cro34263 wrote: The "Mom" book, especially Christian book, market seems to be a large one lately. Which, unfortunately, means that among the gems there is a lot of junk. Or fluff at least. Therefore, my honest expectations for "Mom's Bible" weren't that great. Especially since, despite being an avid reader, I had never ... Better than expected; lots of nice features.
On 1/16 cro34263 wrote: Both my nearly 2 year old & 4 year old liked this DVD. The actual show is about 30 minutes, the 60 minute time on the back is including the bonus features, so the time length was good, it held their attention the whole time. I love the idea of loving everyone, even his 'different' neighbors that move ... Good!
On 12/14 cro34263 wrote: Let me preface my review by saying that I do read a lot of fiction, particularly Christian Fiction. I do like historical novels, and mysteries, so I was really excited about The Lightkeeper's Daughter, the first book in a new series (Mercy Falls) by Colleen Coble. However, I was a bit disappointed. The ... Okay
On 11/14 cro34263 wrote: I was a bit skeptical of this book, as we have a rather large collection of books of this type (the Biblical account of the first Christmas) but I was actually pleasantly surprised. The illustrations are nice, a bit 'cartoony' but the kids seem to like that, and they aren't overly childish. What I ... Good, Includes More than the Normal Christmas Storybooks for this age group
On 10/22 cro34263 wrote: The jewel-tone artwork in this book is what I liked at first glance. The bold colors & black lines appeal to both adults & children I think, something you don't always find in children's books. The addition of colorful, bold fonts for some words also added. The word flow is nice, rhyming, a rhyming, ... Nice Artwork, Story Very Predictable.
On 10/7 cro34263 wrote: I got this book under the understanding that it was a Christian book. However, it seems all about self entitlement, fulfillment, etc. It was motivating, somewhat, but very self-involved, without any mention of God, etc. I probably wouldn't recommend it a Christian person. It did offer some guidelines ... Okay, very "Me" oriented, oprahish...no mention of God...
On 10/3 cro34263 wrote: I didn't have high expectations for this book, given the sport themed title & graphics on the cover. However, I was very pleasantly surprised. I would recommend this book to anyone I know, young or old. While the chapters were fairly short, and it is a quick & easy read, the book is one of the more inspiring ... Definitely Give This Book a Shot!,
On 9/24 cro34263 wrote: Recently I just finished "Same Kind of Different as Me", the prequel to this book, which probably factored into my review. I LOVED the first book, and can't say enough good about it. I have passed my copy on to be read by others. Therefore I was excited to get this 2nd book by the same authors. I ... Okay
On 9/8 cro34263 wrote: At first glance, I loved the graphic on the cover, as well as the tagline of the book: Imagine your life without fear. However, I wasn't overly impressed with the book. "OK" as my title states, would be the most accurate description. While I have certainly read far worse literature, even on this very ... Okay
On 9/8 cro34263 wrote: This is an excellent quick daily devotional reading. It offers a relevant Bible verse, short story/devotional from current, real missionaries living across the world, and then a closing prayer. The book, as well as each individual devotion, is a nice mix of "what's out there" type stories of work and ... Excellent Devotional, as well as Informative
On 8/25 cro34263 wrote: On first appearance, I didn't love the cover. For some reason the author's facial expression, combined with the odd melon color, just didn't seem appealing to me. That was easily fixed by removing the book jacket. And, as they say, don't judge a book by its cover. However, I wasn't more impressed ... Okay, not great.
On 6/30 cro34263 wrote: This is an interesting book, there are many random animal facts, and large full-color pictures. However, I do think the picture quality isn't super fantastic. Some of them seem a bit blurry, or odd angles. Nothing the kids will probably notice, but we do have books that have much better photos. Also, ... Okay, not great.
On 6/1 cro34263 wrote: First, I do think this product is a great value, with the hardcover book & both CDs for under $20. And there is a nice variety of stories, each being a page long. However, I would say that there is more quantity than quality. I think the book is best for ages 1-2, maybe young 3, but not much older. There ... Okay.....Pretty Standard
On 5/13 cro34263 wrote: This is a large volume that could very easily be overwhelming, but I found it to be very well organized, with plenty of white space, a nice index, and very readable. I did think the illustrations could have been a bit bigger, but given all of the information & illustrations provided, the volume would ... Very comprehensive, nice format & illustrations.
On 5/4 cro34263 wrote: Honestly, I had high hopes for this book; I enjoy reading about World War II & the Holocaust specifically, but nonfiction titles can sometimes lack real "readability" and be full of too many facts and details to be interesting. I found this book, It Happened in Italy, to be a wonderful mixture of both. ... "It Happened in Italy" Book Review
On 4/27 cro34263 wrote: I wasn't sure what to think about a fictionalized self-help book, especially since I'm not a huge fan of self-help books in the first place, but I actually found this book interesting & enjoyed reading it. The 'plot' is centered around an older man (The Noticer) that is able to relate to all different ... Good Read!
On 4/23 cro34263 wrote: This is the first book by Robert Whitlow that I have read. The comparison of his writing style to John Grisham's is featured fairly prominently on the front cover, leaving rather high expectations for the book. However, I have been disappointed by the last few 'Christian Fiction' books I read, so I wasn't ... Great Christian Fiction Book!,
On 4/7 cro34263 wrote: I typically don't read suspense books, but this one sounded interesting, and since it was a Christian Fiction novel, which I do read quite a bit of, I thought I'd try it. I liked that the book is very well written and the descriptive terms throughout the book are very interesting and nearly poetic. ... Well Written, but Iffy on a Few Points
On 3/24 cro34263 wrote: This is actually a book that I will keep on my bookshelf & plan on reading again....it offered a nice balance of facts versus personal experiences versus other people's life stories. The author is very up front from the beginning about his own struggles not only in becoming the leader of World Vision, ... Challenging and Interesting
On 3/2 cro34263 wrote: With 1 year old & 3 1/2 year old, we have seen more than our fair share of Christian DVDs over the past few years. Truthfully, I didn't expect this one to be much different. However, I did actually think this had several improvements, and definitely prefer it. First, the sound quality is nice; not ... Factual, Nice Sounding, Good Mix
On 2/17 cro34263 wrote: As someone who was in high school at the time of the Columbine school shootings, the 10th anniversary edition of this book was my first reading of Rachel's Tears. I wasn't sure what to expect from the book, and, honestly, expected it to be sort of over-spiritualized, or all about making a martyr of the ... Inspiring, very "Real Life"
On 2/6 cro34263 wrote: As someone who grew up watching Scott Hamilton in his prime, I was interested in reading more about his life, and the words of inspiration he had to share after beating cancer twice. However, I found the book to be a bit hard to follow; the jumps from his life stories to his advice for others were too ... Wanted to Like More Than I Did.....
On 1/31 cro34263 wrote: The idea of many of our moods & temperments being largely based on physical issues, specifically our brain, and it being able to be viewed by SPECT imaging was interesting to me. However, since I won't be going to California to have my brain scanned any time soon I wasn't exactly sure how applicable ... Good Read for Everyone.....
On 1/14 cro34263 wrote: I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but actually really enjoyed it. The author is very honest about their disappointments & struggles from the beginning, and doesn't seem to attempt to gloss over the not-so-nice parts and say that she always knew everything was going to be okay, as many people ... Challenging, Emotional, & Interesting
On 1/5 cro34263 wrote: Overall good, especially for kids/preteens. I thought some of people selected as the voices were interesting choices to be reading the Bible, and several of the characters sound very young, but overall a good product. I wouldn't have rated it quite so highly if my preschool age daughter didn't love listening ... Interesting, good for kids.
On 12/2 cro34263 wrote: I wasn't sure what to expect after reading the first chapter of this book and, honestly, by the end of its' over 300 pages (though a quick read) I still wasn't quite sure what to expect! The pages are full of quirky characters & scenarios that are half-realistic and half-creative fantasy, that I think ... Quirky but good!
On 11/19 cro34263 wrote: I had heard the song of the same title by Tim McGraw, so I expected this to be an illustrated version of that, and the cover illustration looked adorable, but the book content was even better than I had expected. It isn't a reworking of the song, but instead, an really cute book about a daughter & her ... Great "Everyday" Book for Dads & Daughters!
On 11/15 cro34263 wrote: We loved it! I had this book on my wishlist mainly because my daughter loves "Good Night Moon" by the same author (even though it isn't one of my personal favorites. However, this one, "The Moon Shines Down" is quickly becoming a favorite of both of ours. The illustrations are beautifully done, and ... Loved it.....great bedtime or anytime book.
On 11/11 cro34263 wrote: I wasn't sure what to expect from this book; although I am a very avid reader, non-fiction about the Bible, or really any of the Middle East is not normally something I would choose. However, I could not put this book down. The combination of full-color photographs from modern-day Israel alongside ... Amazingly Relevant, Interesting, & Biblical
On 11/5 cro34263 wrote: I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, more information on the already media-saturated Spears family. However, I was pleasantly surprised. The book does a great job of describing the family as a very ordinary, "neighbor-next-door" type of family, to whom fame, fortune, and all that surrounds it, ... Better than Expected, A Good Example of "What Not To Do"