Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Book Reviews

I have a couple of book reviews for you today. 
 I’ll start with “The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck” by Kathleen Y’Barbo. CharIotte is a stubborn, very independent young lady who is used to getting her way.  Now, I want to stop here because anything else I would tell you would surely be a spoiler as this is a very predictable book.  I do want to let you know that I love historical fiction.  It’s truly one of my favorite types of fiction to read.  However, after a very short time into this book, I grew very weary of Charlotte’s demanding behavior and the way she seemed to always get her way.  That part of the main character seemed to be carried a little too far.  Because of that, the story itself turned into the typical romance novel rather than historical fiction and that left little room for surprise.  It was a pleasant enough story with humor sprinkled here and there, and if you are looking for something light this book would suit your needs.  This book was sent to me free of charge by Blogging for Books for a candid review.

The second book I am reviewing is “It’s Not About Me” by Max Lucado.  You know, I love Max Lucado and his messages.  His books are filled to the brim with scripture, teaching, and stories of God’s grace.  I so enjoyed this book because it was just a little bit different.  There was still so much teaching and lots of Scripture to reference.  What makes this book a little different is that the message doesn’t focus so much on the grace that is bestowed on us, but rather the fact that we need to remember at all times that we are not the center of the universe.  We were put here to wake up in the morning and ask how we can best show God’s glory in all that we do.  It’s not about us, but rather the beginning, the middle, and the end are all about the Almighty God.  I need to mention that I read Lucado’s books with a Bible next to me.  He uses so much Scripture reference that I want to look up it and discern the passages on my own.  Because of that, it always takes me a little longer to read his books, but the learning experience is incredible.  As fas as my thoughts on the book, well, it doesn’t hurt for me to hear this message now and again.  It puts things in perspective and helps me remember  my purpose.  I highly recommend this book!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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