Friday, March 31, 2017



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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Review of Habit Changers by M. J. Ryan

As stated on the inside cover, Habit Changers was inspired by the Buddhist tradition of Lojong. This is the principle of reciting one-line phrases that are designed to reprogram the brain’s automatic responses to certain stimuli. The author includes 81 phrases (or Habit Changers) with corresponding text for further explanation. Drawing from personal experience, as well as writing a variety of scenarios, Ms. Ryan helps us to understand how we can use these phrases/Habit Changers in our own lives.

We are all creatures of habit and it can be quite difficult to break those habits – even when they’re clearly not working for us. This book gives readers some excellent examples of how we can change the way we see and do things in order to improve our everyday lives.

I especially liked the “Don’t go in your mind where your body is not” chapter. I tend to worry about the “what ifs” to the point where I forget to enjoy the here and now. This Habit Changer really hit home for me. Clearly, it won’t change my thinking overnight, but it’s a definite start.

In conclusion, I’d have to say this is a wonderfully positive book with a great deal of sound advice. We can all use a little more positivity in our lives (I know I could) and this book can certainly help with that. Thanks to Blogging for Books for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book!

5 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Review of the Under the Sea Children's Bible by Zondervan

This is a sweet children's Bible with an Under the Sea theme. Yes, the pages are thin, but all Bible's have thin pages. This is necessary since Bible's are books with a great many pages.

Children should enjoy the book cover, which is colorful and glittery. There are three, two-sided glossy pages within the book that showcase several important pieces of information for youngsters. Things like what prayer is (talking to God), The Lord's Prayer, The Ten Commandments, Famous Children of the Bible, among other things are discussed on these added pages. 

The book has a sturdy hardcover, which should help to make this Bible last a while. I think this Under the Sea Holy Bible would make a lovely gift for either a boy or a girl.

5 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton
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Monday, February 22, 2016

Review of Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup

Twelve Years a SlaveTwelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What can I possibly say about this book that hasn’t already been said? I have not yet seen the movie, preferring to read a book first whenever it’s available. I received an email alert about a freebie promo and decided to grab it. Although at the regular cost of just .49 it’s a steal. Either way, I’m happy I downloaded it.

As most people know, this is the story of Solomon Northup, a free man of color, living in the North during slavery. Solomon is tricked, drugged and sold into slavery. His pleas of being wrongfully enslaved are met with a beating so severe that he keeps his true identity a secret from that point on. For the next twelve years, he’s sold to several ruthless, vicious and despicable slave owners. He’s beaten and mistreated mercilessly, yet he never gives up hope of finally proving who he really is.

This story is absolutely heartbreaking and difficult to read, yet it’s a story that must be told and should be read by everyone. Few could deny that slavery is among the most shameful acts perpetrated by one culture of people upon another. Reading a first-hand account of the atrocities of slavery details a much more compelling depiction than could ever be found in any history book.

Sadly, Solomon’s story isn’t unique, as there were many free people of color who had been sold into slavery by opportunists looking to make money at that time. Yet, his account of his twelve long and torturous years as a slave is a gripping and dramatic journey, as engaging as any novel. I highly recommended reading this book.

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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Review of Molly Mouse and the Bear Cub by Melinda Kinsman

Molly Mouse And The Bear Cub: Children's Book: Fun Rhyming Bedtime Story - Picture Book / Beginner Reader (for ages 3-7) (Top of the Wardrobe Gang Picture Books 9)Molly Mouse And The Bear Cub: Children's Book: Fun Rhyming Bedtime Story - Picture Book / Beginner Reader (for ages 3-7) by Melinda Kinsman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Molly Mouse and the Bear Cub” is part of the “Top of the Wardrobe Gang” children’s book series by Melinda Kinsman. It’s the first that I’ve read in this series.

This book begins by introducing readers to the Top of the Wardrobe Gang and explaining that they’re a “team of cuddly toys who love writing for kids.” Right away, Ms. Kinsman is adding a wonderful kid-friendly element into her story. What child doesn’t love stuffed animals? She also lets children know this book includes a puzzle they’ll have to solve throughout – a special key has been hidden within the book’s pages and kids have to find it as they read along. This is a clever way to add a fun activity that will engage kids right from the start of the book.

As the title suggests, Molly is a mouse who meets a sad, scared bear cub who shows up at her door late one night. The little bear cub explains to Molly why he’s so sad and scared, and the reasons touch upon many of the same things that most children worry about.

Of course, Molly is nervous about helping the cub at first, but when she hears the cub’s sad story she knows she must do something. She rallies her friends and together they find several solutions to help the little cub solve his problems.

The author has added so many interesting and interactive components to this book. Ms. Kinsman has written a clever, engaging and educational book for children. Children should have no trouble relating to the story. Aside from solving the “find the key” puzzle on each page, there are several puzzles for kids to solve at the end of the book. On an educational level, Ms. Kinsman talks about bears and hibernation. I love the colorful illustrations! Each depicts a cute and cuddly animal that might resemble something in most any child’s stuffed animal collection.

I’m looking forward to reading Ms. Kinsman’s other books. I highly recommend “Molly Mouse and the Bear Cub” for parents, grandparents and caregivers to share with the children in their lives.

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Review of Angels in the Bible Storybook by Allia Zobel Nolan

Angels in the Bible StorybookAngels in the Bible Storybook by Allia Zobel Nolan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Many people are fascinated with the divine messengers, we more commonly know as angels. Angels are represented throughout the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. They functioned as mediators, delivering a variety of messages from God to humans. Angels in the Bible Storybook discusses the many reasons God sent his angels to Earth and the many forms and even voices they used to do it.

This book is absolutely beautiful. The illustrations are colorful and detailed. The stories are separated by Testament and are compelling, thorough and should appeal to children of varying ages. Angels in the Bible Storybook would make an excellent Vacation Bible School book or Sunday school lesson planner. I could see this book being used for entire course or Vacation Bible theme.

This is a sturdy and well-made book that should last for a long time, even with everyday use. Reading a story every night at bedtime would be a delightful way to end the day. Older children should have no problem reading the stories themselves. This book would also make an excellent gift. I highly recommend Angels in the Bible Storybook! received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Review of The Measure of Darkness by Liam Durcan

The Measure of DarknessThe Measure of Darkness by Liam Durcan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Martin Fallon wakes from a coma after an automobile accident only to find that he now suffers from a debilitating brain condition known as “spatial neglect syndrome”. Martin must accept that he can no longer continue life as the celebrated architect he was before his brain injury. He has no recollection of the accident and what led up to it. He grows increasingly agitated and paranoid as he attempts to piece his former life together.

Martin is twice divorced and has little to do with his grown daughters, Susan and Norah. There is no one to care for Martin, so his brother Brendan decides to do it. Reconnecting with Brendan, the brother Martin has been estranged from for decades, forces them both to revisit some long ago wounds. Brendan is fighting some demons of his own. A long ago tour in Vietnam and the loss of his wife have contributed to some very embarrassing and self-destructive behaviors.

The Measure of Darkness is a darkly depressing, sophisticated book. It’s a fairly short book, but it’s a complex and multi-layered one. I found it somewhat slow-moving at times. The author is careful to reveal bits and pieces of each character’s backstory as the book progresses, and he does it in no easy, breezy manner. You’ll have to work at staying with this book. While chapters written in Brendan’s POV are clear and straightforward, Martin’s meandering mind, particularly when comparing his life to that of famous Russian architect Konstantin Melnikov, was at times difficult for me to follow.

This is a multifaceted story to be sure. One that certainly doesn’t just focus on the estranged brothers and a neurological condition. The author weaves a clever tapestry of controversy and political commentary, mainly geared toward American society. The effects of war and the (deliberate) decay and neglect of inner-city communities are front and center and it’s quite clear where the author most likely stands on these issues.

This book is different from the books I usually choose, but I did enjoy it. If you’re looking for an upbeat and happy book you won’t find it here. If you’re looking for an intelligent book constructed of many layers that will make you think then I’d suggest getting a copy. received a complimentary ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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