January 14, 2017

Review: If Not for You

If Not for You If Not for You by Debbie Macomber
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was only my second book by Debbie Macomber but I've found that I really do enjoy her stories and characters. I loved how sweet Sam was even though just looking at him it might not have been expected. And while it was probably quite disrespectful I really did like how Beth stood up for herself numerous times in this book. My favorite part of this book was how good Sam was with kids! Another part of his character that was unexpected. I like reading books where characters don't feed into the status quo.

This book had great romance! I loved watching the love between Beth and Sam. But I also loved that the book was pretty clean. I like when a book can have a great story line, good romance, real-life characters but not be full of trash.

However, I wasn't thrilled with how fast everything concluded. A lot of it seemed to happen a little too easily but I guess that is fiction.

NetGalley and the publisher provided me with an advanced copy of this book. This is my completely honest review.

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January 11, 2017

Review: Can't Help Falling

Can't Help Falling Can't Help Falling by Kara Isaac
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I struggled with the first book by Isaac because I didn't have any LotR knowledge. But when I saw this one was based on CS Lewis for the literary background I felt much better about it. While I haven't read all of his Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe books I have read the main book and know more about the series.

I really liked this book. I enjoyed the two main characters a lot. I hate that so many lies were told in the story but understood why and liked that in the end the truth came out. I also really enjoyed the main male character being a rower. I didn't know anything about the sport and enjoyed learning a little bit more. I felt like the sport was described the perfect amount without going too far into it.

I especially liked the character development for Emelia. I found her character very intriguing. I also really liked the love story though I wish it would have expounded upon the spirituality a little bit more.

Overall I was very pleased with this book and am glad I gave it a chance. I do look forward to more books by Isaac in the future.

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January 7, 2017

Review: Newton and Polly: A Novel of Amazing Grace

Newton and Polly: A Novel of Amazing Grace Newton and Polly: A Novel of Amazing Grace by Jody Hedlund
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really wanted to love this book. I loved Hedlund's lighthouse books and I love history so I really thought this book would be perfect for me....

I have always loved John Newton's story but I think I would have loved this novel more if I hadn't know his story. Since I already knew how things would end up I think it severely ruined this depiction of his life for me. Though I did enjoy more of a glimpse into Polly's life.

I think what I learned through reading this book was that if I'm going to read a book about a famous person I'd prefer to read a memoir or biography and not a fictionalized account of their life.

This book does have a great basis in history and would probably even make a really good book for a high schooler studying historical Christian figures.

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Review: Beyond Suffering Bible-NLT: Where Struggles Seem Endless, God's Hope Is Infinite

Beyond Suffering Bible-NLT: http://beyondsufferingbible.com/

Some people that read this review will probably not know this but I do suffer from a chronic pain condition. It is invisible so most people that come into contact with me don't even know about it and never would unless I told them. Even a lot of my acquaintances and friends from different stages in life don't know. But my closest friends do and of course my husband does. He is my greatest ally. He is always there for me to help when things are hard and to be patient with me when I'm not 100%. Thankfully through some different treatments I'm better than I was when the condition first started but there are still some bad days.

I was excited to read this Bible since it is actually geared toward people who suffer from chronic pain or disabilities. The Bible includes targeted reading plans. Some didn't catch my eye but I did read the "Growing Spiritually through Suffering" and the "Praising God through Suffering" ones and found them well formatted and helpful.

This Bible also has great intros to the different books of the Bible, character profiles, connection points, devotionals, and other features throughout. It also includes some interesting articles at the end and I enjoyed reading the article titled "The Constant Distraction - Living with Chronic Pain" one since it was the most in line with my own circumstances.

I grew up with the NIV so it is still my go to Bible and the one I know scripture from the best. But I really do love the NLT. I actually now own three NLT Bibles and really enjoy having a translation that is a little bit easier to read.


My only small complaint about this Bible is that it is paperback with a very flimsy cover and the pages are SUPER thin. It is a beautiful Bible. I love the colors but I am afraid it isn't going to hold up very well over time. And I'm not the type to highlight in a Bible but people that do like to do that aren't going to be able to on these thin pages.

But aside from the physical fragility of the Bible I love it and am thankful to Tyndale for the opportunity to follow a reading plan that benefits my personal circumstances. I hope and pray this Bible can be helpful to many people who suffer and the people who love them.

Tyndale sent me a free copy of this Bible. I was NOT required to write a positive review. This is my honest opinion.

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