Friday, August 31, 2012

Relentless Pursuit by Ken Gire

I am a reviewer for Bethany House Publishers and post reviews to my website after I've read the books that are mailed to me. This is one of the reviews.

Relentless Pursuit seemed like a long scholarly or theological essay combining lots of quotes to poetry, other books, and various authors with a few unique idea from Ken Gire all into one book. It started really strong and the first couple of chapters were about the lives of Francis Thompson (poet who wrote The Hound of Heaven), Anne Lamott (author of Bird by Bird and her memoir, Traveling Mercies), and C.S. Lewis and the way God continually pursued them and pursues us. I liked the idea that God's pursuit is a long-term pursuit where God looks at the big picture and puts events and people in place throughout our lives to lead us to where we need to be to finally surrender to Him.

After the first three chapters, I had a much harder time staying interested in the book. Ken Gire talks about his own life, which is fine, but I couldn't really relate. There was one chapter that talked about God pursuing not only us as a whole person, but also pursuing the outsider in each of us. That 99% of us may be Christian and with God, but there may be 1% of us that is not--the part of us that struggles with shame, anger, unforgiveness, etc--and that is the part of us that God continually pursues. That was an interesting thought that I liked, but then the author said that we need to have a dialog with this part of us... I didn't really understand that part of the book.

Overall, I really enjoyed the beginning of the book. I liked the study questions at the end of each chapter. I liked examples of how God pursues us. However I only gave it three stars because I really struggled to finish the book and didn't gain much from the end of the book.

This book was provided to me for free from Bethany House to review. The content of the review is entirely my own.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Veggie Tales: The Penniless Princess

I haven't been as fond of some of the newer Veggie Tales movies, but I absolutely LOVED this one. It is very cute, sweet and touching and has a wonderful moral--that as long as we believe that God loves us, we can be a princess no matter the situation and that can help us be kind to others even when they're not kind to us. My 6-year-old son loved this movie also! :) I highly recommend it!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Short-Straw Bride

I periodically receive free books from Bethany House in exchange for writing a review on Amazon and on my blog.

Short-Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer
I rarely give 5 stars, but this was definitely a 5 star book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It caught my attention from the first page and held it until the end. I really liked the first chapter that showed the characters' first interaction as children, and it was believable how the one interaction would cause the heroine, Meredith, to take such a risk as an adult in going to warn Travis of impending danger. The characters were well defined and thought out, and I really liked all of them. It made sense how each character would act and respond in the various situations. I really warmed to Meredith's bravery and courage. Overall, it was a fairly quick and fun read.

This book was provided to me free by Bethany House to review. The content of the review is entirely my own.