Sunday, September 4, 2011

Let's Get Social Sunday (Blog Hop)

What is Let’s Get Social?

Let’s Get Social is a weekly link-up hosted by a fabulous group of four bloggers which includes Jennifer of Sweep Tight, Bridget of Guide to Smart Shopping, Tree of Mother of Pearl It Is, and Brandi of Life with Five Monkies. They created Let’s Get Social as a means to socialize with other bloggers as well as help you gain more followers!

You can follow via any social method you like. You can also follow with more than one method and are encouraged to do so! Please be sure to leave a comment letting the person know how you followed so they can follow you back.

To Participate:

-Follow all hosts in the first four spots. Please leave a comment on our Let’s Get Social post letting us know how you follow and we will follow you back. Please be patient with us as it might take us a couple days to get through everybody.

-Add your link to the linky and visit as many sites as you want. Please be curious and follow back those that follow you. The more connections you make the more followers and back links you will have!

-Spread the Word! Help get the word out about the hop by posting the button on your site, posting about the hop, adding the hop to directories, and posting on forums. The more people that know about the hop the more connections we can make.

-The hop opens at 9 PM ET on Saturday night and runs through Sunday. Direct links to your site only please; links to your blog hop or giveaways will be deleted.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Please Stop Laughing at Me....

Please Stop Laughing at Me: One Woman's Inspirational True Story by Jodee Blanco is a very moving book that took me back to feelings and memories that I had of when I was in high school. Although I was never bullied, I remember seeing kids being bullied and it is such a tragic thing for young ones to have to endure.

Please Stop Laughing at Me: One Woman's Inspirational True StoryJodee tells of her experiences of trying to fit in, yet never quite being good enough for the popular crowd because she was one of those people that liked to stand up for what is right. I felt her pain and confusion as she told stories of the abuse, both emotionally and physically. She described in great detail of the traumatic childhood she experienced. Changing schools changed nothing for her. Its almost as if these kids that bully can single out the ones that have already been bullied and just continue the cycle.

I did question whether she brought some of this on her own doing. She continuously talks of wanting to be part of the popular crowd. There are plenty of children that she could have chosen to be friends with but she kept going back to the ones that treated her badly. It was a good book but I did feel as if she was trying to make you feel sorry for her in some way.

I do have to say that I was not very happy with the end of the story....even as an adult she has let these people have control of her happiness. I strongly believe in choosing your own path to happiness, as a nurse I have witnessed horrible things and many of deaths. But I don't dwell on this, it's part of life. You have to choose to pick up the pieces and move on with your life, something that Jodee Blanco has not done.

This book did bring fear to my mind as I think of my children growing up now and I pray that nothing like this happens to them or any other child for that matter. Kids can be so cruel and as parents we want to protect our children but Jodee's parents did go about everything the wrong way. The schools failed to recognize it. There needs to be serious consequences for bullies. I am very thankful that she has shared her story and is educating schools and others on how to handle bullying and how to get help, but I also feel that she needs to help herself get over her past. She needs to let go and quit playing the victim, and this book may be her way of doing so, but she will never be able to be completely satisfied in her life until moves on to the next chapter in her life.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the 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.”

Monday, June 27, 2011

Judgement Day Review

Judgment Day: A NovelJudgement Day by Wanda L. Dyson....this book will keep you on edge, excited to see what is going to happen next. I could not put this one down. The suspense is wonderful. Wanda L. Dyson knows how to keep a reader intrigued!

Judgement Day is about Suzanne Kidwell, a woman that hosts a show named Judgement Day with Suzanne Kidwell. This show is about exposing others that are prominent in society. Suzanne does not use the best tactics to get her information on stories. She has reported things about others without fully investigating the facts, which has got many people upset at her.

One night when she returns home, there is a man dead in her living room. She had been out drinking and can't remember all of the details...only that she has blood on her hands and she knows that she did not do it. Because her reputation is questionable, she becomes a suspect. Her boyfriend drives her car and ends up in a crash that kills him, an act that was meant for Suzanne. She is suspected in this also.

She has to hire an investigator and turns to the best, a man that she once dated and treated horribly. She has to inform him of all of the people she was investigating for stories and of all of the people that may be mad at her. He and his partner are very reluctant in helping Suzanne but they soon find out many things going on that would have been reason for Suzanne to be in danger.

This was a great book! I highly recommend it as a good read. Suzanne Kidwell gets her Judgement Day with twists and turns in the story that you are not expecting. I really enjoyed reading this one and hope to read more from this author!

I was provided this book free of charge through Blogging for Books blogger program. The opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

~iShine Bible Review~

I love this precious iShine Bible! My daughter does too! Not only is it in the New Living Translation which makes it easy for her to read, it is cute and fashionable-which means alot to a 10 year old girl. The iShine Bible has all of the stories of any other bible, but there are sections in this bible that go in to detail and explain more about what the Bible is and means. Readers can learn how to trust in Jesus right from the start. Then there is a chapter named "The Bible Talks About....." I really like this because it has different feelings or scenarios that young people experience and it gives a verse to refer to and explains why this verse is relevant.

There are three sections that are found inside the books of the bible. These are to explain that you have value, you have a unique identity in Christ, and you have a purpose to fulfill. These are easily found because the pages are colored. These are wonderful references to help learn you you are and what your purpose is. I really enjoyed exploring this bible. It is very encouraging to a person reading it. To know that you have value with God is a wonderful feeling.

After Revelations, there are references to Great stories in the bible and great verses to memorize. These verses are verses that have a message such as joy, thankfulness, giving, temptation, comfort, anger, and many, many more. I love that you can look right there in the back and have a reference to what you may be going through at any time. There are also links that you can go to that show videos and other messages to the reader.This is a great bible. Much thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for sending me these.

I was provided with this book free of charge from Tyndale House Publishers. The opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Another Dawn by Kathryn Cushman

Another Dawn
Another Dawn tells a wonderful, heartbreaking story of a woman, Grace, that has always ran when things get tough. She is afraid to love for fear of getting hurt. She left her home and moved away to California to raise her son, Dylan. After her mother died, she blamed her father and never looked back on returning home. An unexpected call from her sister gives her the ultimatum of coming home to help take care of her father or never come back. Grace has a chance to make things right and decides to go.
This book explores the controversial topics of Autism and whether vaccinations are the route of the cause. Grace works for a woman that has a son with Autism and swears that once he had his vaccines that he went from being a normal child to a completely different child. Grace witnesses the child's behaviors first hand and decided not to vaccinate her son.
Upon returning home, Grace starts making amends until something very serious happens. Her son becomes deathly sick and puts the lives of other children in the town at risk. She has to decide to run away again or stay home and face the consequences of her actions. This book brought me to tears at times, thinking about how the decisions that you make at one point in time can affect your life and many others for years to come.
I was very intrigued by the topics discussed in Another Dawn. These are controversial topics that people need to know more about. The link between Autism and Vaccines can affect a parents decision against vaccination. I have opted to vaccinate my children but I can understand where others that don't have great concern. This book does a good job of exploring the topic and showing a possible outcome if you choose not to vaccinate. But the main focus of Another Dawn is about the decisions that Grace has made in her life and if she can face those decisions or choose to ignore them and go about her life as if nothing happened.
I did enjoy reading this book. It got me thinking about what I would have done had I witnessed a child with Autism first-hand. I do know many people with Autistic children and pray for a cure or a better understanding as to why this occurs. There were facts stated in the book that gave me more insight on Autism. I would recommend this book as a good read.  

Another Dawn was provided to me free of charge by Bethany House Publishers for review purposes. All opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Lady in Waiting by Susan Meissner

Lady in Waiting: A Novel
When I saw the chance to review a book for free by Susan Meissner, I was quick to sign up! Not long ago, I had read Why the Sky Is Blue by this wonderful author and can honestly say that it is one of my favorite books. I highly anticipated getting Lady in Waiting because I had already experienced Meissner's beautiful writing.

Lady in Waiting blends the lives of two Jane's, one from the present day and one from the sixteenth century. The story is wonderfully written and the two time periods are woven together in a fluidity that captures your attention from the start. Both women learn about their choices in life despite the hardships that they are faced with.

Present day Jane Lindsay had been with her husband of 22 years only to have him walk out of their marriage unexpectedly, leaving her many questions about the decisions she has made in her life. He moves to another town and asks her for time. Jane manages an antique shop and comes across an old ring in a box of relics from a British jumble sale. The ring has a Latin inscription inside the band and one recognizable word ~ Jane. Jane instantly feels a connection to the ring and goes on a journey to learn more about the ring and in return learns more about herself.

Sixteenth-century Lady Jane Grey is a young woman that is going to be betrothed hopefully to the man that she truly loves. In a twist of fate, everything changes in her life. She has always had decisions made for her but realizes that she does have a choice. Political and religious scandal comes into her new life as a married woman and the life that she knows comes to an end. Her trusted friend and dressmaker of many years, Lucy Day, is the only person that she can confide in and trust with her beloved ring.

I would highly recommend this book and any other book by Susan Meissner. I look forward to reading her other work because I have been greatly impressed with the two books that I have read. She knows how to tell a heartbreakingly, beautiful story!

This book was provided to me free of charge from Waterbrook Press for review purposes through their Blogging for Books program. The opinions in this review are my own and were not influenced.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Thank You God for Mommy Review!

Thank You God for Mommy was a precious book suitable for young children. My 2 year old loved looking and pointing at the beautiful artwork featuring Little Panda. My 6 year old loved the way that the pages were written in a poem style, with the words rhyming, making it easy for her to remember them. I loved the way that that this book is so simple, yet shows how special a mommy is...from kissing boo-boo's, to reading lullabies, and to trusting that God will see you through. This would make a wonderful gift to any mommy or child. I will be reading this to my children often. Thank you Booksneeze!
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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