Book Review

Please pardon this interruption from my regular blogging for a book review:) Today’s post coming later!

I had another opportunity to read and review a book for free from Thomas Nelson Publishers!

The book I chose this time was “Redemption” by Olympian Gold Medalist Bryan Clay. I wasn’t sure if I would really get into this book as it is a big change from my normal reading preferences.

However, I was hooked easily beginning from the introduction. Bryan Clay journeys you through his very painful and heartbreaking childhood to his ultimate success as a medaling Olympic athlete. I was really impressed with his ability to reason through his behavior as a child and to really reflect on what happened to cause him to be such an angry troubled child. I think it was so perceptive and obviously life-changing for his chidhood counselor to suggest getting him involved in sports to save him.

Bryan Clay’s story is a beautiful reminder of how God can take the most broken and “damaged” of human beings and change them into someone who glorifies and honors Him.

Not only was I drawn in to his personal story of triumph but also intrigued by his accounts of training and preparation for Championships and the Olympics. I have never been a Decathlon fan or have really known what was involved in it but I can honestly say that I’ll be paying a lot more attention this summer during the 2012 Summer Olympics. Bryan Clay has a new fan rooting for him!

I would recommend this book as a good summer read.

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Book Review

“A Man of His Word” by Kathleen Fuller was the second book I chose to review. I am an avid reader, as most of my friends and family know, and am continually looking for new books to satisfy my reading thirst. This book appealed to me because I have read many other books set in the Amish lifestyle. Compared to the other books I’ve read by authors such Beverly Lewis, this book was a bit of a disappointment.

Simply but predictably written, this story is about a young newly married Amish woman who is abandoned by her husband. She finds out she is expecting their first baby and spends the next several months grieving the loss of her husband while her brother-in-law tries to hide his love from her. The story is about her healing and willingness to let love give her hope again.

The story line is decent, however, the character’s reactions are not always quite believable. After finishing this story, I was left with a blase reaction: Not bad, not great, just okay.

Book Review~ Toddler Bible

I recently joined a Publishers Book Review website where you get to recieve free books and review them on your blog and on consumer websites, such as Amazon.com. The publisher is Tommy Nelson and the first book I chose to review was:


I was very pleased, upon opening up the package, to discover that this brightly colored bible is the perfect size and weight for little hands to carry! The bible, which I’ll review in a minute, comes with a Bonus DVD which features all of the Bible stories in the Bible. The characters are simple and entertaining and each story flows smoothly into the next. Zakkai, age 2, was enthralled with the rabbits that hop through many of the scenes. He found great delight in hunting for the “bunny rabbits!”

The Bible itself is perfectly written for toddlers, ages 1-3 years old. Z cannot sit as long as S during our reading times and usually gets distracted looking around the room or poking at our faces and trying to make us smile. Not with this Toddler Bible! He giggles at the phrases, which are geared towards capturing a toddler’s attention, loves all the pictures of the animals and asks tons of questions. In fact, we have seen his understanding of the Bible and Jesus grow since we have started reading this book! It has amazed us that this bundle of energy known as our youngest son, has fallen so completely in love with this book. At the end of each short story there is a little box for parents with a simple interactive conversation or activity to do with your children to reinforce the message of the story. I would highly recommend it as a gift for your young children and/or any other young toddlers that you know.

“God made all the animals-puppies, kitties, bears, and many, many more. God made man. “Hello, Adam.” Then God made woman. “Hello, Eve.” God was happy!” ~Toddler Bible