Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Woman Code by Sophia A Nelson

 The Woman Code by Sophia A Nelson is mostly Biblically based advice without Biblical references. Much of what I read in this book lines up with the same advice you'll find in scripture. I do wish she'd cited the Bible as the foundation for good advice and for the guidebook to living life. I was underwhelmed with this book. While the "codes" are good, they just didn't sound like something I'd never heard before.
This would be a good book for women who are searching for answers and for women who aren't secure in themselves and their relationships. 
This book was provided for review by Revell.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The SkinnyTaste Cookbook by Gina Homolka

A friend recently introduced me to the SkinnyTaste blog and when I saw this book I knew I needed to get it.
This isn't just re-made recipes. This is real food. What has impressed me the most is that the ingredients are high quality natural foods that I'd feel good about feeding my family.
Just look at that cinnamon butternut squash soup. Now the tricky thing to remember is serving size. As with any "weight loss plan" serving size is important. One cup of this soup is under 200 calories. The average bowl of soup that we eat in America is significantly more than one cup.  If serving size is a problem for you then you might want to approach these dishes (or any meal) with a smaller plate or bowl.

 This slow-cooker chicken enchilada soup has 368 calories for a one-and-a-half cup serving. Doesn't it look amazing?
Don't think that this is a soup-only book, it isn't. It has recipes for all meals and even desserts, it's just been cold outside and I'm instantly drawn to the soup section.
Here's the author making one of her skinny meals. 
And here's dessert! Berry cobbler. 
There are tons of recipes in this book and they all look amazing and fairly simple, you don't need to be a pro in the kitchen to pull these off.
Check out the SkinnyTaste blog here. You'll find a lot of recipes there and will get to know Gina better.

Not only are the dishes easy to make but the book is full of beautiful pictures and has the nutritional information for each recipe. 

This book was provided for review by Blogging For Books.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

An Insider's Guide to Spiritual Warfare by Kristine McGuire

 Kristine McGuire hits a home run with this book. An Insider's Guide to Spiritual Warfare approaches the topic from the point of view of a former witch. This lady knows what she's talking about.
From explaining spiritual warfare, to how to dress for battle, everything is written so the reader grasps a full understanding of the topics. She leaves no stone unturned.
The book is divided into five sections, including one on common battlegrounds. Worry, fear, anger, lust, gossip, and more are clearly addressed here. She isn't afraid of offending anyone with these topics. This book was written to help others and it is an invaluable tool for the church.
I recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about spiritual warfare and why it is important.
This book was provided for review by Glass Road Media

Friday, October 17, 2014

Keepers of the Covenant by Lynn Austin

 Keepers of the Covenant is the second in Lynn Austin's Restoration Chronicles series. Biblical based fiction has never been more exciting. Reading these novels is like stepping back in time and meeting the characters that we've read about and learned about all of our lives.
In this ample novel (475 pages!) we follow Ezra as he leads the Jewish people. I really enjoyed watching the story of Esther unfold from the perspective of a Jew in the land and in the sights of persecution and facing death.
If you aren't familiar with Lynn Austin (one of my favorite authors in Christian fiction), this series might be a good place for you to start. Reading the Bible in the form of a story really helps you understand it and watching how God orchestrates through time is fascinating.
This book was provided for review by LitFuse.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Girl Talk - Unsolicited Advice for Modern Ladies by Christie Young

 At first glance Girl Talk looks like a fun book. It's got all these illustrated pages and funny glimpes of life. Advice on how to keep in touch with people (and how to send a real postcard!), how to eat on the cheap, diet and exercise, and a lot of other things.
Some other things that I really was not prepared for. In all honesty I could never recommend this book to anyone. There are some pictures (drawings) that made me blush and I've been married for 22+ years. 
References to masterbating and lots of references to sex.
What I thought was a fun little book is now something that I'm getting rid of as fast as I can.

This book was provided for review by Blogging for Books

Monday, October 13, 2014

Manic Drive VIP

I'd not heard of the band Manic Drive before being offered their new CD, VIP, to review.
At first listen I thought I might be a little too old for this music, that was only the first song though. If the entire CD was like the first song I would have stopped listening. I found Electric to be annoying and not at all what I wanted to listen to.
The CD changed course immediately after that one. VIP reminded me of a 70s disco tune. Not my favorite.
King of Mercy about brought me to tears. 
My favorite song on the CD though has to be Song to Sing. I wanted to open the windows and crank up the volume. The lyrics are beautiful and they spoke to my  heart. 
Manic Drive sounds a little boy band/worship band. As though they aren't sure what they want to be. Good music though, and definitely what the young people are into these days.

This CD was provided for review by FlyBy Promotions

About the band:
 Manic Drive has been widely known as a Canadian band who always delivers a great show, but over the past few years and project releases, they have added to their extensive touring of Canadian and US markets multiple Billboard Top 10 & 20 singles on CHR & Christian Rock Radio. Manic Drive is clearly very intentional about reaching their generation and inspiring them to pursue a deeper walk with Christ and to get involved in changing the world they are inheriting. And they are uniquely equipped to do so. The band members, all in their early-mid twenties, have made sacrifices to pursue God’s call on their lives. Their life experience, spiritual maturity and ministry have opened doors to speak into the lives of their own generation and that is perhaps the most defining characteristic of this group of guys.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Geoffrey Zakarian's My Perfect Pantry

There are cookbooks and then there are cookbooks. I am fairly certain that I've never been as excited about a cookbook as I am this one. I've long enjoyed watching Geoffrey Zakarian on The Food Network, he's always seemed like a great person and he can cook. This book is unique in that it takes one ingredient at a time, one that you probably already have in your pantry, and then introduces several recipes based on that one ingredient. Very clever idea. 15o easy recipes from 50 essential ingredients. Check out some of these pictures:
Salad Nicoise

Tuna Aioli dip with Balsamic Drizzle and Tuna Salad Sandwich

Maple Candied Apples

Grilled Maple-Mustard Chicken Skewers

There's even a section for popcorn! Evaporated milk, mustard, bread crumbs, pecans, rice. Really a very nice book full of all kinds of foods. I will be turning to this one for years to come!

This book was provided for review by Blogging For Books.