December 22, 2016

Book Review: Whatever Is Lovely


Whatever Is Lovely: A 90-Day Devotional Journal, by Allia Zobel Nolan is a delightful devotional journal book. 

As the title indicates, this book consists of 90 devotional journal entries. These devotionals are divided into the following sections: You and Your Thoughts, Whatever's True, Whatever's Noble, Whatever's Right, Whatever's Pure, Whatever's Lovely, Whatever's Admirable, Whatever's Excellent, Whatever's Praiseworthy, and Perfect Peace.

Each of the 90 devotions feature a scripture verse, title and devotional text, as well as the following: Food for Thought, Second Thoughts, Divine Thoughts, and Your Thoughts with blank lines to journal.  

According the the back cover, these "devotions will show you how to fill your head and your heart with virtues taken straight from Philippians 4:8, helping you grow closer to God and the amazing life he intends for you."

Whatever Is Lovely is an enjoyable devotional journal book, and it's geared towards girls, particularly junior high and high school ages. 

"Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things." Philippians 4:8


Note: I received this book from Book Look Bloggers, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.  

December 18, 2016

Book Review: Where Does Love Hide



Where Does Love Hide? is A Lift-the-Flap Book that's written by Mary Manz Simon and illustrated by Hannah Wood. 

In the Note to Parents section, the author shares, "Through everyday activities, such as those shown in Where Does Love Hide?, a child learns the joy of giving and receiving love." In less than twenty pages, the question--where does love hide--is repeated throughout this book with a different answer on every page.
 
As an interactive story, there is text listed on one side of the page and the rest of the text is hidden under a flap on the connecting page. In addition, this book features adorable illustrations.

This easy-to-read board book is a charming children's book, which is geared toward toddlers and preschoolers.


Note: I received this book from Tyndale Blog Network, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

December 9, 2016

Book Review: Red-Blooded American Male


Red-Blooded American Male: Photographs, by Robert Trachtenberg is a delightfully interesting portrait photography book.

According to the inside cover: "From leading men to comedians, ballet dancers to quarterbacks, war veterans to Broadway veterans, Red-Blooded American Male features more than 100 imaginative, striking...portraits from award-winning photographer.... Trachtenberg also gives you a peek behind the curtain of a famed portrait photographer's creative process with captions that reveal how careful planning, dedication, and creative spontaneity result in iconic images."

In this book, the photographs are quite intriguing, and the quick commentaries, regarding insight into the photographs and subject matter, are amusing and interesting. The Introduction consists primarily of an interview by Jess Cagle, the editorial director of People and Entertainment Weekly magazines, interviewing Trachtenberg about his photographs and this book.

Despite the title, this book also features various nationalities other than American, as well as a few women in the photographs. On page 2, Trachtenberg shares that "the title is meant in a completely tongue-in-cheek, take-none-of-this-too-seriously, nationality-neutral way."

Red-Blooded American Male: Photographs is geared towards adults, from college age to older generations, especially recommended for those interested in unique portrait photography. 


Note: I received this book from Blogging for Books, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own. 

December 5, 2016

Book Review: Simple Pursuit



Simple Pursuit: A Heart After Jesus is a devotional book by the Passion Movement with introductions written by Louie Giglio, Chris Tomlin, David Crowder, and Matt Redman. 

While the introductions throughout this book have been written by Giglio, Tomlin, Crowder, and Redman, the devotionals have been written by over 75 contributing writers from across the world (particularly the United States) and from the age range of 18 to 25 years old. 

According to the back cover: "Each day of this yearlong journey will inspire you to perfect the pause, allowing God to break through the noise of this world with the truth of His Word.... Through each day's Scripture, reflection, and prayer, you will begin to see the big story Jesus is writing for your life and the great opportunity you have to be a part of something bigger than yourself--building His kingdom!" 

This book is divided into five main sections, and each section focuses on one of the five statements in the 268 Declaration, which is also included. Each devotional features the day number, title, scripture verse, devotional text, and prayer. Since each devotional is listed by day (such as Day 54), it's easy to start reading this book at any time.

The 268 Declaration is based on Isaiah 26:8, as well as the main theme of the Passion Movement. According to page IX, Giglio shared, "Flowing out of this verse we shaped the  268 Declaration, five statements that describe what it looks like to walk out this proclamation as we seek to spread the fame of Jesus far and wide."   

Simple Pursuit: A Heart After Jesus is written primarily by teenagers and young adults, as well as geared for their peers, yet it's an enjoyable book for most ages. With one devotional per page, this book is a wonderful way to start setting aside a few minutes each day to read and reflect on the Scriptures or it's easily supplemented into on-going personal devotional time.

"Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts."  Isaiah 26:8


Note: I received this book from Book Look Bloggers, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own. 

December 2, 2016

Audiobook Review: Junie B. Jones

 
Junie B. Jones is a delightful children's book series by Barbara Park. The audiobook, Junie B. Jones: First Grader (at last!), is written by Park and read by Lana Quintal. Also, it's the Junie B. Jones First Ever Musical Edition with lyrics by Marcy Heisler and music by Zina Goldrich.

This audiobook consists of two compact discs with 1 1/2 hours of listening time. The first CD features Junie B. Jones: First Grader (at last!), and the second CD includes all 15 songs from Junie B. Jones: The Musical, which is adapted from four Junie B. Jones books, including First Grader (at last!).

According to the back cover: "Being in first grade means having to get used to a whole new classroom. And a whole new teacher. And a whole new bunch of strange children. But here's the worst thing of all: when Junie B. tries to read words on the chalkboard...she can't! Is it possible that Junie B. needs glasses?"

Junie B. Jones: First Grader (at Last!), First Ever Musical Edition is recommended and geared towards young readers, particularly ages six to nine. However, this audiobook with the accompanying musical is fun for various ages.


Note: I received this book from Blogging for Books, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.