This is one of the best books I have ever read. I feared that it would not meet the standard of "The Penderwicks", but I need not have worried- I enjo...moreThis is one of the best books I have ever read. I feared that it would not meet the standard of "The Penderwicks", but I need not have worried- I enjoyed this even more than the original book. This lacks the summer vacation charm that the first book had, but I actually prefer the stories about everyday life. It was fun to have a different look into the Penderwicks world, and I don't think I had ever before giggled so consistently in a book. Never again will I be able to think of flannel, ducks, antibiotics, or Aztecs in the same way, and I'm definitely okay with that. This is one of those books with characters that come to life and a story that sticks with you. There is a lot that I could say in praise of the book, but there's too much hilarity and perfection to cover in a review. Just go read it.(less)
I had heard a lot of good things about this biography, and when I saw it on the shelf at the library, I could not resist checking it out. I had a numb...moreI had heard a lot of good things about this biography, and when I saw it on the shelf at the library, I could not resist checking it out. I had a number of other books to read at that time, but I knew that I might never get around to reading this enormous biography if I did not seize this opportunity. Little did I know, as I stood deliberating by the library shelf, that I was about to make a life-changing decision.
Even when I had read only a few chapters, I saw that this book was going to greatly impact my life and thinking. Now that I have made it through all six hundred pages, I can safely say that I will always look back on this book as a milestone in my spiritual growth. I almost did not write a review for this book, simply because I did not think I could adequately sum up what it meant to me. It seems like an overstatement to say that it has changed my life, but it truly has enriched my views of God, history, and a faithful Christian life. This book has made me see the world in a deeper, more real way.
The book is truly incredible, and I highly recommend it. It tells the story of Bonhoeffer in a very compelling way, remaining detailed without getting bogged down in trifles. The book would be worth reading for the story alone, the prose alone, the history alone, the theological insights alone... But instead we get all of it together, making this one absolutely unforgettable book. There is nothing I can say to recommend this book enough. Go read this book, and immerse yourself in its life-changing story.(less)
This book is so good that I assumed it was published fifty years ago. Then someone mentioned a computer. This book is truly unique for something publi...moreThis book is so good that I assumed it was published fifty years ago. Then someone mentioned a computer. This book is truly unique for something published in the past decade, capturing the sweetness of family life and a fun summer in a way that most modern books simply cannot. It was a pleasure to read this book, and it inspired me in my own writing. The prose was laugh-out-loud witty, the story relied on character relations and "real life" instead of flashy hooks, and the characters came vividly alive in my mind. Even in the first chapter, there was no way to confuse the four Penderwick girls. I identified with them each on some level, and greatly enjoyed how well the author fleshed them out.
I highly recommend this book to everyone, whether they're in fourth grade or forty. I can't wait to read the other books in the series!(less)
This was a well-written, thought-provoking book, and I greatly enjoyed it. Introverts were not overly victimized, and the book was written from a bala...moreThis was a well-written, thought-provoking book, and I greatly enjoyed it. Introverts were not overly victimized, and the book was written from a balanced point of view, but what I really appreciated was the Christian worldview from which it was written.
It is called "Introverts in the Church", so that should hardly be surprising, but I found meaningful not only the chapters specific to church-life, but also the chapters explaining about introversion. None of it was new to me, but it was refreshing to read the same information from a worldview that was not secular, but openly Christian. Introversion is explained through the lens of a God who created people in His own image, intentionally selecting specific personality types for different people. I did not just happen to be born an introvert, but a sovereign God chose to make me that way. I knew that all along, and when I read other books about introversion, I could filter them through my worldview, but it was really encouraging to read a book like this.
Also, the book makes very clear that true healing is not found through an understanding of our temperament and gifts, but only found through God. This perspective on introversion was so refreshing! (less)
"Never judge a book by its cover," they tell you, but I've never wholeheartedly agreed with that saying. After all, a book's cover gives a good indica...more"Never judge a book by its cover," they tell you, but I've never wholeheartedly agreed with that saying. After all, a book's cover gives a good indication of what is inside, and my judgments have tended towards accuracy in the past. However, there are times when I am wrong and the saying is right...
I assumed that this book was one of those cutesy-but-trashy teen novels marketed to my peers, but I was mistaken. The book does fit into some of those stereotypes, but it was so very clever! The story was a blast, regardless of its lack of substance, and I was sucked in right away.
This book has to be one of the funniest novels I've read in a long time- I laughed so much that I was afraid I was going to irritate my family members, and I was alone in my room! It seemed as if I couldn't read five pages without needing to put down the book and just giggle, and I fear that I was quite noisy.
The narrative voice was clever and hilarious, making this story even more entertaining. I'm now looking forward to reading the other books in the series, and if they're half as good as this one is, I'll be satisfied.(less)
Of all the relationship-oriented books, blog posts, and Christian magazine articles that I have read, none have been as Biblically solid or as helpful...moreOf all the relationship-oriented books, blog posts, and Christian magazine articles that I have read, none have been as Biblically solid or as helpful as this book. Were I to go through this book with a highlighter, the entire thing would be neon yellow.
This is a book from which all Christian girls can benefit. Unlike some materials I have read, this does not focus only on specific behaviors that should be avoided or a few things that you should do to be pure. Instead, it effectively deals with the heart issues and sinful mindsets that cause these problems in the first place.
When I began this book, I wasn't convinced that it would be helpful to me. I knew that it was worth reading, yet I had no expectations that it would communicate to me on a deep level. Most relationship books geared towards teenage girls deal with issues that really aren't problems for me, but this book penetrated much, much deeper. It was convicting and instructing in ways that I did not expect, because its foundation is the Word of God, not just somebody's idea of appropriate behavior that I already adhere to anyway.
Every Christian girl should read this. Seriously. I'm not just making a generalization.
If you want to eventually get married but aren't currently interested in boys, read this. The content of this book will still convict you, challenge you, and educate you. (Though I may be just about the only person I know who fits into this category...)
If you're not going to date or have a boyfriend, but are constantly dreaming of "The One", read this.
If you have no idea how to act around the opposite sex, never talk to boys, and think that wearing a potato sack is the way to honor God, read this.
If you're boy-crazy, disgusted by your parent's standards, and can't wait until you're let out into "the real world", read this. PLEASE. For the love of humanity!!!!!!
But seriously. No matter what category you fall into, even if it's one I didn't list, you can still benefit from this book. Even adult women who remain single could benefit from it, despite the fact that it's primarily geared towards teenagers.
This book is not only grounded in a solid worldview, written through the lens of Scripture, and wise to the interactions of young people in our culture, it's also extremely helpful from a practical standpoint. As in any case, the advice given is easier said than done, but all of the practical tips are still realistic and overall pragmatic.
This book was tremendously helpful to me, and I strongly recommend it.(less)
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Having already read "Heartless" and "Veiled Rose", I had high expectations for this book, but it still blew me away. W...moreI thoroughly enjoyed this book! Having already read "Heartless" and "Veiled Rose", I had high expectations for this book, but it still blew me away. With each new release, the author only improves.
I got to meet Anne Elisabeth at a book signing, where I bought my copy of this book. Now, a week later, I've finished the story. Usually, I speed through books that I enjoy, but this time I found myself reading it slowly, savoring the story and beautiful prose.
Remarkably well-crafted, this fantasy series stands out among its competitors. This is world which is vivid and believable. Not just a backdrop for the events, this world is fascinating in and of itself, yet even in such a fantastic setting, the characters are still very human.
Flawed yet likable, each character is a startlingly accurate portrayal of human nature. In my opinion, Prince Lionheart's story of redemption was the most powerful.
I generally can't stand the characters who bumble things up, show poor judgment, and make major mistakes, but I could not bring myself to hate Lionheart. Despite his sin, he wasn't a bad, unfeeling, corrupt person. He was just like you or me. His mistakes were tangled up in a mess of partially good intentions- they did not come from the depths of a wretched heart. He wanted to do the right thing, but his perspective of right was skewed. He wanted to save his people, to save his kingdom. Though he went about it in the wrong way, and the mistakes only snowballed from there, his initial intentions were not as wrong as you might guess when seeing the results of his actions.
Yet despite Lionheart's failings, he was not without hope,and neither are we. In a beautiful portrayal of Christ, he is redeemed. The allegory, though tenuous at times, culminates here. It was beautiful to see aspects of the gospel portrayed in this fantasy story, and it moved me in a way that I did not expect. Because Lionheart was so human, so real, so was the story of his redemption.
This was a very satisfying series ending. The book tied together the overlapping story threads which carried through the first two novels, turning them into one whole, solid story. I appreciated how we had a chance to see certain events told more than once throughout the books, each time from different a perspective, while still remaining fresh and new. It was wonderful to see how all of the stories fit together in the end, and I cannot wait to read the prequel series!(less)