This is a great little book for the amateur genealogist. It's both practical and enjoyable as an introduction to American immigration records before aThis is a great little book for the amateur genealogist. It's both practical and enjoyable as an introduction to American immigration records before air travel. The first edition was printed pre-internet, but still not a waste of time....more
This book is worth owning for the illustrations alone. My kids and I loved all of the symbolism and rich colors.
We read through a couple of story BiblThis book is worth owning for the illustrations alone. My kids and I loved all of the symbolism and rich colors.
We read through a couple of story Bibles a year in our Morning Time, and I enjoy the ones that focus on a single thread (Jesus, or covenant, or redemption) throughout the whole narrative. Since we read Scripture as well as these condensed story versions, I don't worry about them missing important moments or lessons. However, there were many sections in this volume that I would have liked to see expanded. And other than mention of the Holy Spirit and Second Coming, there is no New Testament beyond the Gospels.
None of that makes this a bad book, though. It is intentionally brief. I would just say that maybe this shouldn't be the ONLY story Bible a family owns....more
The hubs read this book in a day and passed to me before it was due back at the library. We both read a lot, but it's not often we have the chance toThe hubs read this book in a day and passed to me before it was due back at the library. We both read a lot, but it's not often we have the chance to share - especially fiction - with confidence that the other will enjoy it as much as we did.
Fonda Lee's first published work is a great combination of what makes speculative fiction/sci-fi fun - enough similarities to present day culture to allow empathy and easy emersion, and plenty of well thought out differences to keep us pondering their plausibility.
Neither of us are particularly interested in martial arts, but my husband and I both thoroughly enjoyed the descriptions of zeroboxing matches and training. What kept us reading, though, was being able to consistently geek out over the implications of the genetic enhancements these future humans had (or didn't). Lee did a wonderful job exploring the ethical issues surrounding genetics without handing us a moral ultimatum. All of the characters were relatable and whole.
Fonda, we've signed up for your email list and can't wait to see what you come up with next. :)...more
Perfect for my 8 year old. A little overwhelming for the 6 year old. Completely impossible to read with four year old trying to listen. What a beast oPerfect for my 8 year old. A little overwhelming for the 6 year old. Completely impossible to read with four year old trying to listen. What a beast of a book to read aloud! The language was beautiful, and I'm sure we'll tackle it again in a few years, but next time it will be an audio book! I feel like a deserve a medal for this one. ;)...more
When Amanda sent word to her email subscribers that her new book was done, she warned that it was intense and we might not want to begin it before bedWhen Amanda sent word to her email subscribers that her new book was done, she warned that it was intense and we might not want to begin it before bed. So, as soon as the kids were asleep I naturally started reading. It was Friday, after all. :)
True to her word, Amanda created another fast-paced and action-packed book that was just long enough to feel very complete but allow me a binge-read that I can recover from. I finished at 1:30am. Nothing a little coffee can't handle.
This is an inspirational, suspenseful romance. It follows up with characters introduced in her Baggage Claim series. Knowing the genre, the back story, and having read six of her other novels made this a fairly predictable story, but that didn't keep me from enjoying it. Amanda's books are a guilty pleasure that I'm not too ashamed to indulge in.
Fans of the rest of the Baggage Claim series will love how this book wraps everything up. It could be read as a stand-alone story, but be aware that there's more violence than you may be used to reading in inspirational books (unless you primarily read suspense), and lots of references to previous books. I think she does a good job of explaining the references, though. It has been a year since I read the first three and I didn't feel any frustration over the plot elements I had forgotten....more
I love how simple and concise this book was! It was a huge help in organizing my thoughts (and of course my belongings) as I worked to make my small hI love how simple and concise this book was! It was a huge help in organizing my thoughts (and of course my belongings) as I worked to make my small home a nice place to live. I found useful advice in every chapter. I also found it a good challenge to make myself address every area Elsie covered even if I didn't think it was a problem area. I always found things to improve!...more
A very quick read with lots of tips for moving across the country (or any distance). The printables linked to in the Kindle version are not to be missA very quick read with lots of tips for moving across the country (or any distance). The printables linked to in the Kindle version are not to be missed - they tie the whole book together. If I were moving again tomorrow, I'd want to read through this book several times. And thankfully, it's short enough that I could! I hope she is able to come out with a .pdf version that includes the printables for easy access.
Full disclosure - Erica is a friend, and this book is currently free on Amazon....more
I try not to read reviews of books I know I'll read no matter what the reviews say. I'm especially glad I didn't read these ahead of time! So many peoI try not to read reviews of books I know I'll read no matter what the reviews say. I'm especially glad I didn't read these ahead of time! So many people seem disappointed in the stylistic changes in this installment of the series. My perspective is that this is book SEVEN! We've read thousands and thousands of pages of Diana's words. We know these characters inside and out. If she spent too much time on any one of them or group of them, we would get bored and complain that she was recycling content. instead, I felt that she gave us the benefit of assuming we've been paying attention, and moved the story forward in new ways that felt a bit chaotic at times but not far fetched for our favorite time-traveling family.
I loved getting to know William. And loved his interactions with Grey. I could have done without the sudden (and unresolved) drama that Percy (I accidently typed that as "Pervy" just now, which made me chuckle) brought, but the other characters were marvelous.
I really rated it 5 stars without hesitation because I felt often that this was my second or third favorite out of all of them (my least fave being The Fiery Cross). Of course, I have #8 on my bookshelf waiting to be read, and I might be more frustrated with the cliffhangers if I had to wait 3 years for it....more
It was a perfect choice because I am ABSOLUTELY the target audience for this book! I am a Christian mother of four who tends to bite off more than I can chew. Not only did I love living through Becky's story with her, I was constantly reminded to evaluate and re-evaluate my priorities as I read.
It took me three times as long as it usually does to read through a book this length, because I found it easy to put down. In this case, that wasn't at all a bad thing. I had a LOT going on in my life and needed something that I could grab in a few spare moments and then leave behind for a while. Becky has become a friend after reading her thoughts and struggles these last few months!
Thank you, Sharon Hinck, for writing a book that reminds us to be who God has us to be in this moment - and no more. So many of us are striving for the sake of striving in this Christian culture. I love that you took the time to write something just for us!
Also, I loved the references to White Christmas and Narnia in this one. You speak my language, Sharon!...more
I've been following Crystal for so long that I wondered if this book would have anything new to offer. Her blog, Money Saving Mom, was instrumental inI've been following Crystal for so long that I wondered if this book would have anything new to offer. Her blog, Money Saving Mom, was instrumental in my successfully managing a bare-bones budget as a young wife/mom, and I've watched dozens of videos of her speaking. I admire Crystal greatly, and think of her as a friend.
Crystal did share more of her own story than I'd previously heard, and (because she's a smart cookie) she spent a large portion of each section sharing inspiring stories from the lives of others. I'll confess that I was skimming initially. I hoped to glean a nugget here or there, but didn't expect to want to read the book word for word. The stories are what drew me in. Crystal shares experiences of other moms who want to be, or are, business owners. Some of the advice I'll be taking away from this book is from women who run in completely different circles, with different business models, that I'd never have the opportunity to learn from otherwise. Truly a worthwhile read.
I would give this book a 4.5. It wasn't as personally impactful as it would have been if I were just beginning my entrepreneurial journey, so I can't rate it at the highest rating. I would (and already have) recommend it to every person who wants/needs to make money in an unconventional or flexible setting. ...more