Wednesday, November 30, 2016

as good as dead review

"As Good As Dead" by Stephen L Moore is a nonfiction work about the POW camps in the Philippines during World War II.  Close to 400 Americans were held prisoner on the Palawan Island, being starved and tortured.  The majority of the book stays with the POWs on the island telling of the horrors the men endured while there.  Climaxing when the last 150 men still there were massacred.  With only 11 left, the men escaped and were on a mission for survival. 
This is a brilliantly written book.  Very well researched.  It is not a book that one would read for hours strait at a time.  It can be quiet difficult to read, actually.  However, it is an important book that should be read by all.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review from

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Where there's a will

"The Will of a Man and the Way of a Woman" by Robert and Pamela Crosby is a self-help book for married couples and their communication.  The book describes  not only the social differences, but the biblical, physical and psychological differences between men and women.  Though I didn't think this book was all that necessary to begin with, I soon found myself quoting from it regularly. Keep reading, cuz it is good!   It is sooo informative and the a-ha moments are frequent.  I loved this book!  I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing in exchange for my honest review."


Friday, November 11, 2016


"Broken Crayons Still Color" by Shelley Hitz is a self help book of sorts.  It focuses on healing, forgiveness, and therapeutic activity.  Her book consists of 7 weekly chapters.  Each chapter has a message, color sheets, reflection questions, prayer, a weekly memory verse, a video, and a viewers guide.  The coloring sheets aren't too complicated; they are simple and focus on the therapeutic activity rather than the picture.  I couldn't see the videos on my laptop for some reason, but they are there.  I also didn't really  understand the format of the viewer's guide.  I mostly like the message.  Her messages focus on making oneself whole again.  I received the kindle version.  On this version, the reader goes to the websites to download the coloring pictures and videos.  They also come with scripture cards, which I really liked as well.  I received this book from

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Dutch Review

"Waves of Mercy" is a novel by Lynn Austin.  In "Waves of Mercy", Gessje is a teen living in Holland with her family in the 1840's.  In the Netherlands during this time, anyone outside of the government religion is prosecuted.  Gessje's family is one of those families.  The family decides to move to America and settle in the Michigan Lake area creating a new Holland.  They bring their protégé, Maarten with them; followed by Henrick, a soldier that Gessje has fallen in love with.  The story goes back and forth between the 1840's Gessje and the 1890's Gessje and Anna, an adopted daughter of two wealthy Chicagoans. 
The story though predictable is written in such a way that it is shocking when events happen.  I liked how the novel went back and forth in time to share the story.  Austin writes in several different mannerisms in her novels.  I like some ways better than others.  This book is one of my favorites of hers.  Her characters are well developed and she doesn't seem to loose track of her time sequence.  She tells of her faith without being preachy about it.  She teaches love of God in a loving manner.  I received this book for free from Baker Publishing.