October 11, 2012

Book Review- To Love and Cherish by Tracie Petersen and Judith Miller

Melinda Colson would love to be married. At this point in her life, she has a beau, Evan, she has a job that pays well, and she is living on the beautiful Bridal Veil Island resort. Evan, however, does not feel ready to take on the responsibility of providing for a wife and any children they might have. When disaster strikes Bridal Veil, Evan has an even larger workload put on his shoulders, and Melinda is fed up with always being second-fiddle to Evan’s work. Will Evan and Melinda  be able to say their vows, or will a mysterious guest and an attempted crime tear them apart?
I liked:
The genre mix. While this book was mainly historical fiction, there was also suspense, humor, and mystery. It was very well written.
The cover. I know you aren’t supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I do anyways. Thie cover was super cute.
The character development. I know that some people get irritated when you aren’t sure whether or not you sympathize with the character’s problems. I actually enjoyed that I wasn’t sure if I agreed with the characters or not, by the end, I was glad that it wasn’t predictable.
I disliked:
That one of the characters (although a very very small one) died. It was sad, albeit somewhat necessary for the book.

Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Tracie Petersen’s books, as well as anyone who enjoys historical fiction.
Thank you Bethany House Publishers for giving me this book in exchange for this review.

October 01, 2012

Book Review ~ Fasting:Student Edition by Jentezen Franklin

Do you want to supercharge your relationship with God, and make your spiritual life come alive? Then Jentezen Franklin’s  Fasting: Student edition is the book for you. With helpful, and biblical insights, Jentezen makes this book a spiritual (and physical) renovator.  Fasting is often overlooked, or, more honestly, ignored.  No one likes to even think about fasting, and only a small remnant care to actually do this sacred practice. Looking through scriptures, however, we are able to see the importance of fasting. Not  as a way of dieting, not Pharisaical tradition, but as a way to draw closer to God while denying your flesh.
I liked:

  • The personal stories. Jentezen Franklin did a great job of including his own personal stories within the book, and he also included examples to help whoever reads in.
  • The easy-to-read feel. Now, this is not an “I Can Read It” book, but it is certainly easier to read than any other book on fasting I have seen. A perfect gift for a high school graduate, college graduate, etc.
  • The shape and size. Now, this has nothing to do with the content, but the way the book was shaped and sized made me want to read it.
  • The biblical value.  It really went back to scripture often, which is important to me.

I disliked:
Nothing. It was a great read.

This was a great book, perfect for any student, young or not-so-young. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to revolutionize your walk with God.

This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.