Going to do it in 2012!!

Lately I’ve just been posting book reviews on this blog. Initially when I started the blog I wanted to actually have a theme but then the opportunity to review books for a few different publishing companies came along and I signed up. I mean, I’m not going to turn down free books when all I have to do is write a short review about them and post it to my blog!! Sure, there are some duds in there but then again, once in a while, I get a book that I am excited about!

 

ANYWAY, this blog is NOT about books. I have decided that in 2012 I want to blog at least one day a week about my journey to lose 100 pounds!! I want to include great finds such as books, DVDs, tech gadgets, etc and helpful websites that I encounter along the way.

Each week I will share my workouts, what I’m struggling with and what I did right. I also want to take pictures and post them for every 10 pounds lost. I got this idea from a very inspiring video on www.sparkpeople.com (great FREE weight loss website). Do you need some motivation? Check out this video: http://www.runsforcookies.com/p/progress-photos.html!!

Watch for my first “official” post coming this weekend!

Sunrise on the Battery by Beth Webb Hart

As much grief as it gets, I usually enjoy Christian fiction but Sunrise on the Battery written by Beth Webb Hart was a little disappointing for me. The concept of the story could have been done a little better. The book was inspired by the book Radical by David Platt.

The Scovilles have made it in the Charleston social scene. After years of keeping themselves and their children on the path to social success, Jackson and Mary Lynn Scoville are on the cusp of making it into the Charleston in-crowd but Mary Lynn feels like there is something missing.

There are three different points of view throughout the book. You hear from Mary Lynn, Jackson and their eldest daughter, Catherine. There doesn’t seem to be any sort of structure with whose thoughts you are following at any given time. Two or three chapters will focus on Mary Lynn, then one chapter will be from Catherine’s point of view and then we’ll move to a couple more with Mary Lynn and then one with Jackson.

I am not sure if I was not engaged in this story because I have no desire to make it to the upper levels of society or if it was just because it took so long to get to the point of this story. I was over halfway through before my interest was piqued a little bit.

 

***Thomas Nelson publishing provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Werewolves and Zombies and Vampires, Oh My!

Matt Mikalatos is at it again. In Night of the Living Dead Christian: One Man’s Ferociously Funny Quest to Discover what it means to be truly Transformed,” Mikalatos looks at members of the church through monster-movie glasses. There are the zombies, those people who would rather blindly follow someone’s teachings and theological beliefs than do the research themselves, the vampires are those people who selfishly continue to take from others but refuse to look at themselves and the werewolves are those who have a beast living inside of them that they can’t quite tame.

The story is narrated by Mikalatos but tells the story of Luther Ann Martin (Luther had a Lutheran upbringing, can you tell?) a werewolf who is trying, without success, to get rid of the beast inside of him. He teams up with Mikalatos, a mad scientist, and an android to find the solution. There are portions of this story that will leaving you laughing and, even more importantly, there are parts that will have you taking a good look at yourself and thinking about whether or not you are in that category of Christianity.

Would you like to win a free copy of this book? Just leave a comment and say tell us what your favorite monster movie or book is to be entered into the drawing.

To learn more about Night of the Living Dead Christian, check out this video of Mikalatos discussing the book: http://www.tyndale.com/video/296. To learn more about the author, his first book, Imaginary Jesus or even  more about this book, visit the author’s website at http://mattmikalatos.com. Both books can be found at www.tyndale.com.

 

****Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a copy of this book free in exchange for an honest review.

I Love this Kid

April Grace Reilly is a spitfire. She is funny, speaks her mind, has strong opinions and loves her family fiercely. If the great name of this book, Cliques, Hicks and Ugly Sticks: Confessions of April Grace, isn’t enough to grab your attention, then this red-headed girl from Arkansas is sure to draw you in.

In the second book of the Confessions of April Grace series, April Grace finds herself starting Jr. High school and seeing changes in her friends that she does not like. On top of this, she is also dealing with her mom not feeling well due to the new baby on its way and having to help the snooty Isabel St James put on the church Christmas play.

If you are looking for good, clean, funny, engaging books for girls from the fourth grade to the eight grade, I highly recommend the April Grace series written by K. D. McCrite. When I first looked at the book I thought to myself that it seemed pretty long for that age group but McCrite does a wonderful job of weaving an engaging story that has you rooting for April Grace.

 

***Tommy Nelson publishing provided me with a copy of this book free of charge in exchange for an honest and fair review.

Real Faith, Real Families, Real Problems, Real Teenagers

I am so excited that Multnomah publishing has re-released The Sierra Jensen Collection. During a time when teenagers are inundated with werewolves, vampires and witches, Robin Jones Gunn’s classic series is a breath of fresh air.

I remember reading both the Christy Miller and the Sierra Jensen series fifteen or twenty years ago. Re-reading The Sierra Jensen Collection Volume 1 was refreshing. There are three books in this collection, OnlyYou Sierra, In Your Dreams and Don’t You Wish.

The books follow the main character, Sierra Jensen, as she comes back home to a new home,  a new city and a new school. She has to deal with making friends, changes in her family dynamic, boys and strengthening her faith.

If you have teenage girls, The Sierra Jensen Collection is an honest, faith-based story that they will love. Even though the books were initially written several years ago, the issues that Gunn deals with in her writing are still real to most teenage girls.

 

****Multnomah Publishing provided me a copy of this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for either a positive or negative review.