Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Confessions of a Raging Perfectionist

Confessions of a Raging PerfectionistConfessions of a Raging Perfectionist by Amanda Jenkins

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 Amanda Jenkins wants her life to be perfect, she wants herself to be perfect, she wants her family to be perfect, she wants everything to be perfect. But then she realizes that she is worshiping perfectionism more than she is worshiping God. And she learns to accept herself and her life just the way they are, because she realizes that her Heavenly Father cares for her just the way she is.
  This is a thought-provoking and candid look at the inner mind of a perfectionist. (Trust me, I know.) And it sends a challenge to serve and honor God in our imperfect lives, and to accept His plans for us even when they are not what we want. 

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Burning Sky

Burning Sky: A Novel of the American FrontierBurning Sky: A Novel of the American Frontier by Lori Benton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 "Burning Sky" was captured by Mohawk Indians when she was a child. when she finally leaves the tribe many years later, she dreams of returning home to her family and farm. But when she arrives at home, she finds a wounded Scotsman lying on the property and no trace of her family can be seen. She decides to help the injured man while trying to clean up the land so that she can farm it. But someone desperately wants the land, and they will stop at absolutely nothing to possess it.
  This was a very well written book. It was very suspenseful and kept me reading to the last page. It was a very good story, if a bit more romance than I care for, but still it was very enjoyable. I must warn you that this book is intended for a more mature audience ( I would recommend 16 and up), there is nothing just extremely graphic in this book, but the author does not sugar-coat frontier life. The main concern that I address here is an attempted rape. It was not a vivid, overly developed scene but you clearly get the picture of what is going on.
Overall, this is a good book. If you are interested in life on the frontier, or even just historical romance, you may enjoy this book.
  I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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Monday, August 5, 2013

Oh Ho Ho Noooo!

Ho-Ho-Nooo! (T.J. and the Time Stumblers, #4)Ho-Ho-Nooo! by Bill Myers

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 T.J. is determined to get her Dad the best Christmas present ever, but she needs a job so she can get the money. First she gets a job as Santa's assistant to a Santa Claus who doesn't like kids. Then she gets a job as a babysitter for 3 filthy rich kids who are spoiled rotten. Then she gets a job delivering food for a charity that is all about media attention. It's a very stressful Holiday for T.J., but along the way she learns about the true meaning of Christmas.
   This book was hilarious. I know it's written for kids and it is a bit simple, but it's just pure riotous fun. Very cute book, I would definitely have to recommend it to you if you have a good sense of humor!

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All For a song

All for a SongAll for a Song by Allison Pittman

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 Dorothy Lynn Dunbar is a backwoods girl from a small town about to be married to a handsome young preacher. But she has a secret discontent, and desire to see more of the world. So shortly before her wedding, Dorothy ventures out to the big city where she meets a charismatic woman preacher and nearly finds herself swept off her feet by a dashing, but worldly man. Can Dorothy hold on to her innocence in a world with no standards?
   This book confused me a little bit. In some ways, it was very interesting. But I never really understood where the author stood on the issues addressed in the book. For example, I could not figure out if the author was against the flappers, or if she just thought that Dorothy should stay with her fiance.

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