Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Amazing Spiderman 2 Discussion Guide and giveaway!

Spidey is back!
The Amazing Spiderman 2 is coming out and there's an accompanying discussion guide to go along with this one. Perfect for families, youth groups, Sunday school classes, small groups, etc. The guide has four different sections and offers questions pertaining to sacrifices, destiny, power, and more. What a great way to enjoy a family evening, a movie and then a discussion about it. 

You can view the trailer here:

FlyBy Promotions is also offering up a prize pack giveaway to one lucky reader of mine! You could win
 AMAZING SPIDERMAN 2 Prize Pack (t-shirt, paper mask and phone case) simply leave a comment and I'll choose a winner in a week or so.


"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising): Many thanks to Propeller, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification."

Thursday, April 10, 2014

What Follows After by Dan Walsh

 What Follows After is Dan Walsh's latest novel and the first that I've read of his solo works. It is apparent that he's got a burden for making marriages work. There were many parts of this book that I liked and about the same amount that I didn't like. 
The kidnapping and emotions surrounding it were both frightening and heartbreaking. This book gripped me so much that I read it in one short day. I had a hard time though following the characters in the beginning as they jumped back and forth several decades. Once I got down who was who I was fine. 
I didn't enjoy the parts about the Cuban Missile Crisis--just found that to be boring and distracting from the real story, "Where is Timmy?"
I also didn't enjoy the way the main couple were counseled by the secondary couple. It felt preachy and uncomfortable. I just don't think that part flowed well.
In all, I enjoyed it. Not sure I'll seek out another by this author anytime soon as I don't think I'm in need of the therapy.

Here's the back cover:

This book was provided for review by Revell.

Love Comes Calling by Siri Mitchell

 I've enjoyed all of Siri Mitchell's historical fiction, but none quite as much as her latest. Love Comes Calling has the most carefree, fun, and darling character than any book I've read in years.
Ellis Eton is a hoot. She's as scatterbrained as they come but has a heart of gold. The situations she finds herself in are hysterical but are always under the guise of helping someone else with a problem.
She winds up working as an operator at a local switchboard for her lookalike friend. She overhears a conversation about someone she's close to and takes it on herself to set things right and protect those she loves. Along the way she mutters, "Oysters and clambakes!" a few too many times (really, that was the only thing that bothered me about this book--it got annoying) and learns a lot about herself and her family that she never knew.

Here's the back cover:

I loved this so much that I started it this morning and finished just after dinner. 
Highly recommend this one!

This book was provided for review by Bethany House

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Dancing with Fireflies by Denise Hunter

 A new book by Denise Hunter! This was one of her best. I know I say that about all of them, but really, this one was probably my second favorite (right after A Convenient Groom) of her books. Denise has been writing for decades and she never fails to deliver the best romance--and they are always a clean read. 

Dancing with Fireflies is the story of a single young woman caught with an unexpected pregnancy. The way she deals with the heartbreaking circumstances is written with such grace that is to be admired. It also serves as a reminder that bad things do happen and we can't be too careful.

This would be a perfect book to take on a weekend getaway, took me a little over two hours to read it and I was completely entranced by the story.

Back cover copy:
Growing up in the midwestern river town of Chapel Springs, Indiana, Jade McKinley felt like a weed in a rose garden. When she left, she'd thought she'd never look back. Now, pregnant, alone, and broke, she has no other choice but to return.
The mayor of Chapel Springs, Daniel Dawson, has been an honorary member of the McKinley family for years. While his own home life was almost non-existent, Daniel fit right in with the boisterous McKinley family. He's loved Jade for years, but she always thought of him as a big brother. Now that she's back, his feelings are stronger than ever.
As Jade attempts to settle in, nothing feels right. God seems far away, she's hiding secrets from her family, and she's strangely attracted to the man who's always called her "squirt." Returning home may prove more difficult-and more wonderful-than she ever imagined.

This book was provided for review by LitFuse. 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Summer of Joy by Ann H. Habhart

Summer of Joy by Ann H. Gabhart was a book that I wanted to love and devour but that I had a really hard time getting into. I've read other books by this author and have loved them (especially Scent of Lilacs). This one though I started and it just never grabbed my interest.

From the back cover:

Unbeknownst to Jocie Brooke and her family, two people are making their way to the small town of Hollyhill, Kentucky. One everyone thought was gone for good and the other no one's ever heard of. Still, one thing is sure-they promise trouble. The past is coming to call, threatening to destroy strong relationships that everyone has simply taken for granted.
The summer of 1964 may be winding down, but the controversy in this little community where nothing ever seems to change is just heating up. 

Bestselling author Ann Gabhart invites you to Hollyhill for a story both exciting and enduring that will stick with you long after you turn the last page.

This book was provided for review by Revell.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Power of a Half Hour by Tommy Barnett

The Power of a Half Hour by Tommy Barnett is written with such ease that it feels like you're sitting with Barnett enjoying a leisurely chat instead of reading his book. The pages are sprinkled with anecdotes of his own experiences, on how he used and abused short moments of time in his own life. He shares that every bit of time matters and that there are ways to make the most of them.
The section that impressed me the most was the chapter on forgiveness and his true story of how he turned anger into something else entirely.
He also shares, pastor to pastor, about the demands of ministry and what the pastor can do to protect his life, his heart, his marriage, his family, and more.

I really appreciated this book from a true leader who has a humble spirit and a hunger for more of God.

This book was provided for review by the Blogging for Books program of Waterbrook/Multnomah. 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Princess Ever After by Rachel Hauck

Isn't this cover just gorgeous?

I've been a fan of Rachel Hauck's writing for years. Princess Ever After is her second in The Royal Wedding Series and I adored it. My time spent reading this was cherished, loved every minute. This is a modern-day fairytale princess story, woven with love and tied together with faith and trust in God. Beautiful!
If the cover alone doesn't convince you, Rachel writes with a gentle authority and in her fiction reminds us that God loves us and has a plan for each of us. 
Guaranteed a clean read and I highly recommend this one!

This book was provided for review by LitFuse.