Friday, January 20, 2017

Batgirl at Super Hero High by Lisa Yee Audio Book

It's not too often I get to review an audio book, so my girls and I were very excited to receive this one!

Barbara Gordon has always been a smart introverted teenager, staying in the shadows working in the tech department. When Supergirl sees her talent and recruits her to Super Hero High, Barbara will get a chance to really let Batgirl shine!

I loved the story line of this book! I think it's amazing that the main character, Batgirl, is essentially just a normal girl. She's intelligent, hard-working, and perhaps most importantly, she doesn't even have any super powers. Everything she does is based on her talents.

Another thing that is interesting to me is that even though she's a superhero, she deals with many of the same issues as average girls, such as peer pressure and fitting in. I can confidently let my girls listen to this story and not have to worry about any negative influence. I know we'll definitely enjoy listening to these stories together!

My only complaint is the narration by Mae Whitman. I felt that in some ways, it fell a little flat and could have used a little more emotion. However, I don't feel as if this has affected the story in a negative way. I rate this audio book as 5 stars.

I received this book for free from Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Uninvited by Lysa Terkeurst

I was pretty excited when I saw this book was available for review! I love Lysa Terkeurst's books, and I was definitely eager to read this one! With a name like "Uninvited," it tends to draw you in.

Lysa begins with sharing about her childhood. A father who abandoned her, and countless times of rejection. She just wanted to feel safe. Instead of feeling down and rejected, what if we could look past other people's actions and moving forward in God's truth about us? What if we could stop falling apart and blaming our offenders, and instead process our hurt in a positive God honoring way?

I can honestly say this book was not what I expected. While I felt that there was a great message in her words, I didn't feel as if I could totally relate to many of the examples used. Many of them had to do with hurts from years past, such as a broken heart or a dysfunctional upbringing. But the message was still fantastic and I feel that it could minister to a great many people. It just depends on what your past issues have been. I rate this book as 4 stars.

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Pray A to Z by Amelia Rhodes

"Pray A to Z: A Practical Guide to Pray for Your Community" by Amelia Rhodes is just what it's name implies. What would happen if we told people we'd pray for them and then actually did it? Purposefully, intentionally, thoughtfully, lovingly prayed for them?

A lot of times we want to pray but just don't know what to say. Amelia Rhodes has changed the way I think about prayer. What if we prayed for people by topic, going through the entire alphabet?

What I think is fantastic about this idea is that you can customize each list. Your list might not necessarily be the same as mine based on what is going on in your life and in your friends lives. You can definitely read through this book and use it in your own daily prayers. I would highly recommend reading through it even if you end up making your own list.

I thoroughly enjoyed the way the author broke up each letter of the alphabet. Each letter includes 5 topics. The first three topics of each letter are prayers of petition and the last two are for prayers of praise and acknowledgement of God.

I'm a big fan of books on prayer. Prayer is a vital part of our walk with Jesus and sometimes when we're struggling, we just don't know what to pray. I love the concept that Amelia Rhodes has created here. This would be a fun book to go through as a Bible study or Sunday School Class that is focusing on prayer. It's the perfect size to take with you everywhere you go!

I rate this book as 5 stars. I received this book for free from Litfuse in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Classic German Baking by Luisa Weiss

"Classic German Baking" by Luisa Weiss is a beautifully illustrated baking cookbook which features over 250 pages of traditional and tasty dessert recipes!

It includes recipes of Cookies, Cakes, Yeasted Cakes, Tortes & Strudels, Savories, Breads & Rolls, Christmas Favorites and Basics. Each recipe includes the English name and the German name, which I thought was fascinating considering I'm of German lineage! It was fun to learn a little about German culture and baking.

For example, in most of Europe, Vanilla extract is unheard of. Instead they use an ingredient called Vanilla Sugar or Vanillezucker. Most German baking recipes will call for Vanilla Sugar instead of the extract, so this book does include an easy recipe to create your own!

This recipe book has a little something for everyone. If you're feeling especially ambitious, you can make your own dough and bake Swabian Potato-Cheese Flat Bread or Kartoffel-kase Dinnede as it's called in Germany. Or you can try something more simple such as Blitzkuchen or Almond-Sugar Cookies.

I loved the pictures of Europe and the recipes although I was slightly disappointed that the book didn't include more pictures of the recipes. The back index also includes pronunciation of all German words as well as a directory of websites to purchase different foods from. I rate this cookbook as 4 stars only because I wish it had more pictures of the scrumptious delights.

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion.