Saturday, November 13, 2010

Cut your Grocery bill in Half by Steve and Annette Economides

I have to tell you that I was very skeptical getting this book. I figured that it was just another author trying to get rich quick with a witty title. I consider myself the coupon/money saving queen and didn't think I could learn any more!

I was wrong! I was actually blown away by this couple. The hard work and dedication to their family is impressive and incredible. I was telling my husband how they only spend $350 a month on groceries and we just cracked up. There is no way. However as I read the book I can see how they do it! It is done with a lot of hard work though.

They give a lot of impressive tips, ideas and many other money savings techniques. I am excited to put some of them into play. There are also some scrumptious looking recipes that I can't wait to try.

I received this book from Booksneeze in exchange for a review. I was not required in any way to give it a good review.

Out Live your Life by Max Lucado

What can I say?

This may be one of the most inspiring books I have ever read. I have never been a huge Max Lucado fan but this book might have me on the Lucado side!

The book is based on the New Testament and the early church. How the early church was started by twelve "hillbillies" so to speak. The first twelve made mistakes, worked hard, had menial jobs, were not rich, did not live in splendor or were born to kings. Yet these twelve changed to world. If those twelve could change the world could'nt we?

I read the Pot Roast chapter to my ad council and they loved it. We will probably buy copies to pass out to church members to try to inspire our congregation. Our church is very mission minded and I think they will all be inspired by it.

I truly urge you take this book and read it, study it and ready it again. You will be changed!

I received this book from Booksneeze in exchange for a review and was in no way required to recommend it.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Falling Away by T.L. Hines

The Falling Away
by T.L.Hines

I love books about the Christian supernatural (i.e. Frank Perreti). However this was not one of them.

The book is about Dylan Runs Ahead, who is running from his past. The story line is confusing and I literally had to make myself finish reading this book. At one point about halfway through the book I though just maybe it was going to get better but that was a very breif moment. The characters made no sense and they ended up in a cult before preforming exorcisms. What? Yes, that is what I said.

I hate to give a book a bad review and I will definately try another one of Mr. Hines books just to see if maybe I was not in the mood to read this type of book. I never thought I would find a book I didn't like but this one is it!

I received this book for free from and was not required to give it a good review.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Angel Song by Sheila Walsh/Kathryn Cushman

When I saw that Sheila Walsh had a novel I jumped to get this book!

I have seen and heard Sheila many times at Woman of Faith Conferences and she has never failed to thrill and inspire me. This book is no different. I couldn't put it down. I have always been facinated with angels every since I read the popular book by Billy Grahmn.

This is the story of Anne Fletcher who came home to Charleston only to face the tragic death of her sister. A loner by choice, she is befriended by her sisters friends who patiently teach her about God's love and forgiveness. A special Down's Syndrome child penetrates her heart and breaks down the walls she has built of over the years.

What a book!

I received this book from Booksneeze in return for a review. I was in no way obligated to give a favorable review.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Sarah's Garden by Kelley Long

I am not sure the obsession with novels about the Amish. Yet I find myself continuing to read them!

Sarah's Garden is about a young Amish girl with a God given talent to garden. While working her family's roadside vegetable stand she meets and falls in love with the new town vet who has moved in next door. Predictiably she struggles with her values and her faith as their love blossoms and grows.

Yes, it is a typical love story and yes you know from page one how it will turn out. But it is a delightful summer read and you still can't put it down. I suggest you make a glass of fresh lemondae, sit under a big shade tree and spend a hot summer afternoon reading.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Plan B by Pete Wilson

What a book! I could not put this one down. Who in their life has not hit that plan B wall? Pastor Wilson weaves personal experiences and Biblical stories about people who have hit those Plan B walls but still worshipped and loved God unconditionally. It is stories of faith and character.

There are no guarantees that our problems get tied up with a fancy bow but God never leaves us no matter what the problem or concern your life may be facing.

I loved this so much that I am making it required reading for my ad council members at my church. It is a book that you need to read twice or even three times to fully comprehend its meaning.

Pastor Wilson is brutally honest and many times humerous. You will love this book!

I received this book from Booksneeze and was not required to give it a good review!

Love on a Dime by Cara Lynn James

Love on a Dime is a perfect summer romance novel. No it is not the great American Novel but who cares? I read this poolside during a much needed vacation and it was just what the Dr. ordered!

The novel takes place in 1899 at a summer resort in Newport Rhode Island. Lilly Westbrook, jilted by her lover, takes to writing dime store novels under a pen name. Her family would face much shame if she were to be found out! But her lover shows up just as she is getting engaged to a rich society man!

What fun! Yes, it is predictable but it is a great book! Have fun reading it!

I received this book free from Booksneeze and was not obligated to give it a good review!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Wonders Never Cease by Tim Downs

The best part about belonging to Booksneeze is that you get books that you would never normally pick out. This is the case with Wonders Never Cease. It looked interesting, I picked it out and wow was I glad I did. From how quickly it is passed from friend to friend tells the story. It is a book that you just can't put down! I read it cover it cover in hours!

Do you believe in angels? It is a question we all ponder and this is a great novel exploring that wonderful concept.

The story is believable, the characters are lovable (or in some cases unlovable) and Mr. Downs writes a riveting story. I have been fascinated with angels every since reading Angels by Billy Grahmn. Reading Wonders Never Cease makes me believe in them even more!

If you love a great novel this book is for you! I highly recommend it!

I received this book from from Booksneeze publishing. I was not required to give a favorable review.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Walk Like you Have Somewhere to Go

Walk like you have somewhere to go is the recent autobiography of Lucille O'Neal, mother of Shaquille O'neal, famous NBA star. Being a big Shaq fan drew me to this book and I was not disappointed.

Ms. O'Neal tells a story of her life in a easy, interesting and riveting style. She is very honest and very compelling. From her humble beginnings in the south, to a tramatic move to New Jersey to her adult life, she has led a very interesting life.

Sometimes you are not sure if an author is being authentic in her faith or just telling a story but Ms. Oneal is the real deal. She backs up her story with scriptures for you to lean on as well as a list of her favorite songs. I had some issues with the story of her divorce but I think her respect and need for integrity kept the real story at hand.

This is an easy read and you can't put it down once you stop.

I received this book from Thomas Nelson publishers in return for a review. I was not required to give a favorable review. This is in compliance with FCC regulations.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Hand of Fate

Hand of Fate by Lis Wiehl was a complete and pleasant surprise. From the first page to the last I was completely taken and read it almost in one sitting!

Lis Wiehl is a storyteller. The characters are compelling and believeable. I found myself on the local library website looking for more novels by her.

The book is about a popular radio host who is murdered by sarin gas in his studio. Murder mysteries are not my genre of reading but this was fabulous! The best part....I didn't figure it out ahead. It was not predictable or boring, just the opposite.

Disclosure of Material Selected: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255