October 16, 2017

Book Review: Open the Suitcase



Open the Suitcase, by Ruth Wielockx is an entertaining children's book.

Each animal character has a different job, which correlates to the belongings in their suitcases. As an interactive lift-the-flap book, it spans thirty-two pages and features easy-to-read text and adorable illustrations.

Open the Suitcase is geared towards young readers, particularly ages three and older.


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

October 14, 2017

Book Review: The Yes Effect


The Yes Effect: Accepting God's Invitation to Transform the World Around You, by Luis Bush with Darcy Wiley is focused saying yes to God.

After spending decades in global missions work, the author shares his own story, as well as the stories of various individuals and organizations saying yes to God. It's an inspirational and inspiring book, which encourages readers to share the gospel message.

In the Foreword, Wess Stafford shared, "You will take a joyful journey into the lives of amazing people across the globe who have realized their potential and God's will by saying yest to the right things at the right time for the right reasons.... Knowing Luis [the author] as the mastermind of the 10/40 Window missions strategy, I have been fascinated to discover his own story as, yes by yes, he has introduced the oppressed and hopeless to a life-giving relationship with Jesus."

It's divided into eight main chapters, including Invitation 1: Follow Your Leaders, Invitation 2: Open Your Heart, Invitation 3: Fix Your Eyes, Invitation 4: Move Your Feet, Invitation 5: Find Your People, Invitation: 6: Stand Your Ground, Invitation 7: Celebrate Your Chain Reaction, and Invitation 8: Lead Your Followers. Also, there are additional sections, which include the Foreword, Conclusion: Choose Your Adventure, Notes, and Acknowledgments.

The Yes Effect is geared towards church leaders, short-term and long-term missionaries, and individuals and small groups interested in global missions.


Note: I received this book from Moody Newsroom, 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.

October 11, 2017

Book Review: A Record of My Vinyl


A Record of My Vinyl: A Collector's Catalog is a practical and unique journal that features a modern focus on vintage vinyl records.
 
According to the back cover sticker text: "This autobiographical companion to your analog collection includes: space for cataloging your vinyl, tips for maintaining a collection, information on rating discs, and wish lists to tear out and take with you."

The majority of this book is a journal with pages of entries that include the following categories: artist, album, catalog no., label, country, year, grade, and liner notes. In the back of the book, there are sections titled as Care for Your Collection, How to Value Your Vinyl, and Understanding Record Speeds, as well as My Most-Wanted Vinyl with tear out pages featuring entries for artist, album, year, and catalogue no.

A Record of My Vinyl is geared towards serious vinyl collectors and causal collectors.


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.

October 9, 2017

Book Review: The Beautiful Word for Christmas


The Beautiful Word for Christmas to Bring the Joy of Advent to Your Heart, by Mary DeMuth is an insightful illustrated devotional book that focuses on the biblical story of Christ's birth and strives to refocus our mindset during the modern Christmas holiday season.

According to this book: "This collection of devotions was written to help you navigate the wonder-filled--but often stress-filled--season of Advent. In these devotions, one for each day of December, you will meet women much like yourself, each of whom finds joy and peace or receives answers from God just in time for the holidays."

The introduction consists of biblical scriptures that are illustrated in full-color. Also, there are thirty-one devotions, and each of these devotionals include a scripture verse, devotional text, and an activity suggestions regarding the holiday season.

The Beautiful Word for Christmas is geared towards women of all ages, from young adults to older generations. It's easily incorporated into personal devotional time or utilized to start spending quiet time with God each day. I look forward to re-reading this Advent devotional during the upcoming holiday season.


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.

October 6, 2017

Book Review: Holiday Spice


Holiday Spice, by Samantha Chase is an entertaining contemporary holiday romance that seems to wrap up The Shaughnessy Brothers series.

Darcy Shaughnessy is the youngest in her family, as well as the only daughter. When she arrives in a snowy mountainous area to help organize an artist's debut book, Darcy is surprised to be attracted to Benjamin Tanner.

Benjamin and Darcy have different personalities and perspectives about life, especially Christmas, and both have dealt with family tragedies in their pasts. Their new professional situation is founded upon miscommunication and misconceptions, which continues to shade their personal relationship and romance.

Also, this story begins with a intriguing flashback to Darcy as a precious six-year-old with her family celebrating Christmas, as told from her father's point-of-view. 

This book provides an entertaining story that wraps up The Shaughnessy Brothers series. Even though it's the sixth book in series, it's still reads as a stand-alone story. However, it's recommend to read the whole series, starting with the first book: Made for Us. Previously, I reviewed another book called A Sky Full of Stars, which is the fifth book in the series.

Holiday Spice is geared towards those who enjoy reading modern holiday romances.


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, 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.

October 4, 2017

Book Review: Slap Shot


Slap Shot, by Kelly Jamieson is a captivating contemporary romance, and the fifth book in the Aces Hockey series.

Due to a family tragedy, Max Hall stepped away from his career as a pro-hockey player. Now, he's preparing, training, and ready to play hockey professionally...as long as the Chicago Aces team officials approve him.

Even though Max doesn't want another relationship, he's interested in a fling with Kendra Armstrong, while she is temporarily visiting from New York. However, their weekend fling is extended and they develop a friendship with benefits. Kendra wants a real relationship, yet Max is dealing with his past and hesitant to accept a new relationship. With both characters dealing with past tragedies and current issues, it's an emotional and intriguing story. 

Also, this story is told from only the man's perspective and readers only know Max's point-of-view. It's a unique method, especially for the romance genre. After several chapters of waiting for Kendra's perspective, I settled into the story.

Even though it's the fifth book in the Aces Hockey series, it's easily read as a standalone. I've not read the other books in the series, yet I've already added the previous four books to my reading list.

Slap Shot is geared towards those who enjoy reading contemporary romances, particularly with only one point-of-view (as mentioned previously). Even though there's a focus on hockey, romance is the main theme, so both hockey fans and non-athletic individuals will enjoy this book.


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, 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.

October 2, 2017

Book Review: Hot Pursuit



Hot Pursuit, by Julie Ann Walker is an intriguing contemporary action-suspense romance book.

Due to a tragedy, Christian Watson left England without plans to return. However, he is temporarily back in London working on a serious case along with Emily Scott and the Black Knights Inc.

Even though they are secretly attracted to each other, Christian and Emily hide their feeling and constantly bicker with each other. Until a harrowing incident causes them to share their mutual attraction. As the story unfolds, Christian deals with his past, while struggling to keep his team alive. Of course, there's still time for romance, despite their lives being at risk!

Also, the secondary characters are quite entertaining and further develop the story. 

Since it's the eleventh book in the Black Knights Inc series, it's recommended to start with the first book to properly understand various references and to previously meet some of the secondary characters, yet it's not necessary to read the books in order. The tenth book in the series is Fuel for Fire, which I recently reviewed.

Hot Pursuit features odd phrases and quirky cliches as a backdrop to this contemporary action-suspense romance. And I'm looking forward to continue reading future books in this series!
 

Note: I received this book from NetGalley, 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.

September 25, 2017

Book Review: How to Set a Table


How to Set a Table: Inspiration, Ideas, and Etiquette for Hosting Friends and Family is a modern, stylish, and practical step-by-step guide to entertaining.
 
According to the Introduction, "This handbook will help you navigate the nuances of table settings, fill your cupboards with pieces you love, and find new ways to use them in any space. As you tastes evolve, so will your collection--have fun with it!"

This gift book is divided into eleven chapters, which are titled as Introduction, Picking Your Pieces, Putting It All Together, The Dining Table, The Breakfast Table, The Coffee Table, The Picnic Table, The Bistro Table, The Console, The Serving Tray, and Resources. Throughout this book, there are Table Talk notes, which are fun facts intermixed with practical advice. It mainly portrays table setting ideas for daily meals, special events, and various types of parties, along with full-color photographs.

How to Set a Table is geared towards those who enjoy hosting parties and various events.



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.

September 14, 2017

Giveaway: Banned Book Week Giveaway Hop

My blog, Reading with Beth, is participating in the Banned Book Week Giveaway Hop.


Banned Books Week is an annual event that focuses on the freedom to read, and it's September 24 to 30, 2017. As an avid reader, I encourage everyone to read. To learn more about the Banned Books Week, please click HERE and HERE.

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September 13, 2017

Book Review: Bible Promise to Live By for Women


Bible Promises to Live By for Women, by Katherine J. Butler is an encouraging book that focuses on God's promises from the Bible.

This pocket-size book contains over 500 promises in about ninety mini-chapters of various topics, such as Abandonment, Abilities, Affirmation, Character, Comfort, Comparison, Discouragement, Endurance, Failure, Healing, Heaven, Helplessness, Joy, Justice, Kindness, Peace, Perfectionism, Planning, Presence of God, Spiritual Growth, Starting Over, Stress, Work, Worry, Worship, etc.

These topics are arranged in alphabetical order for easy access, and each mini-chapter includes the featured topic text and scripture verses to meditate upon.

According to the Introduction, "God knows the immense power a promise holds and has filled his Word with promise for his people.... And because God has declared that his Word will last forever, we can trust him to keep each and every promise.... The topics chosen are most relevant to the issues, concerns, and desires women face today. As you read, remember that God's promises are not for his people in general; they are for you personally.... Read each on slowly, and allow it to sink deep into your mind and heart."

Bible Promises to Live By for Women is geared for women of various ages, from young adults to older generations. This book is easily incorporated into current personal devotional time or utilized to start spending quiet time with God each day, as well as quick reference for specific topics.
 

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.

Book Review: The Wonder of Advent Devotional




The Wonder of Advent Devotional: Experiencing the Love and Glory of the Christmas Season, by Chris Tiegreen is an insightful devotional book that focuses on the biblical story of Christ's birth and strives to refocus our mindset during the modern Christmas holiday season.

According to the Introduction, the author shared, "That's the purpose of this devotional--to go deeper into the account of Christ's birth and to focus our thoughts on the riches of its meaning. We want not only to appreciate we want to experience it in our lives right now.... We will take a few minutes each day to let the significance of the Nativity sink in and explore what it means for our lives and our world." 

In addition to the Introduction, this book is divided into two main sections: Preparation and Advent. Preparation contains devotionals for November 24 to 30, and each of these devotionals include a scripture passage reference, highlighted scripture verse, devotional text, and reflection questions. Advent contains devotionals for December 1 to 31, and each of these devotionals also include a scripture passage reference, highlighted scripture verse, devotional text, and reflection questions, as well as a prayer, further scripture reading recommendations, and Christmas music quotes.

The Wonder of Advent Devotional is geared towards all ages. It's easily incorporated into personal devotional time or utilized to start spending quiet time with God each day. Also, this book is ideal for daily family devotional times or weekly small group bible studies. I look forward to re-reading this Advent devotional with my family this upcoming holiday season.

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.

Book Review: I'm Not a Scaredy-Cat


I'm Not a Scaredy-Cat: A Prayer for When You Wish You Were Brave is a children's book written by Max Lucado and illustrated by Shirley Ng-Benitez.

In about thirty-two pages, this hardcover picture book portrays the whimsical story an adorable cat character dealing with fearful scenarios, such as the sprinkles on donuts, rainy days, marching bands, etc. While dealing with fears, this cat continues to recite a prayer about God to feel better in the situation, as well as feel closer to God.

With every page turn, there are captivating illustrations accompanying this sweet and humorous story. 

According to the back cover copy, "Follow a silly series of misadventures as scaredy-cat faces his worst fears.... For each of the fears, Max [Lucado] provides this reassuring child's version of Philippians 4:6-9: 'God, you are good. God, you are near. God, you are here! And, God, you love me.' A fun read for children and parents, I'm Not a Scaredy-Cat will open doors for important conversation about fear in a nonthreatening way and help you instill godly bravery in your kids."

I'm Not a Scaredy-Cat is a highly recommend children's book, and it's geared towards young readers, particularly ages six to ten.


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.

September 12, 2017

Book Review: What Color Is Your Parachute


What Color Is Your Parachute, 2018 Edition: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers, by Richard N. Bolles is an informative job-search guidebook.
 
According to the back cover copy, this book is considered "the world's most popular job-hunting guide, revised and updated annually with more than ten million copies sold. This 2018 edition features the latest studies and perspectives on today's job-market, including proven strategies for finding jobs." 

This book is divided into twelve chapters, which are titled as It's a Whole New World for Job-Hunters, Google Is Your New Resume, There Are Over Ten Million Vacancies Available Each Month, Sixteen Tips About Interviewing for a Job, The Six Secrets of Salary Negotiation, What to Do When Your Job-Hunt Just Isn't Working, Self-Inventory Part 1, Self-Inventory Part 2, You Get to Choose Where You Work, How to Deal with Any Handicaps You Have, The Five Ways to Choose/Change Careers, and How to Start Your Own Business.

Plus, there a section titled as The Blue Pages, which is actually blue pages with helpful appendices. This book is a helpful manual to prepare for employment with practical and essential tips for job searchers, as well as ways to focus on your ideal job for your life.

What Color Is Your Parachute is geared towards all ages, from high school students to older retirement age generations. It's a recommended and worthwhile manual for those interested in job searching and/or career changing.

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.

September 11, 2017

Book Review: Worship


Worship: The Reason We Were Created--Collected Insights from A. W. Tozer was complied by Moody Publishers, and it includes previously unpublished material. According to the back cover, "This compilation features various reflections on worship--what it is, why we do it, and why God is supremely worthy of it."

Each chapter focuses on aspects of worship. It's divided into eleven chapters, which includes the following titles: What Happened to Our Worship, Failing God, The Reason We Exist, True Worship Requires the New Birth, Worship as He Wills, Worship He Who Is Majestic and Meek, Awed by God's Presence, Genuine Worship Involves Feeling, Worship Like the Seraphim, Worship Every Day of the Week, and Worship Our Beloved. There are additional sections called Publisher's Note and References. 

In the Publisher's Note, it's stated that "A. W. Tozer was a man who encountered the living God and made it his highest goal in life to worship Him in spirit and truth.... While these are the words of one man who died decades ago, they testify to the timeless truth that everything in this life and all our ambitions pale in comparison to knowing and magnifying the one true God who is the Lord of all."

Worship is geared towards various ages, from young adults to older generations.


Note: I received this book from Moody Newsroom, 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.

September 10, 2017

Book Review: 365 Devotions for Living Joyfully



365 Devotions for Living Joyfully, by Victoria York is an encouraging daily devotional book.

It's ideal to start this devotional on January 1, yet readers may start reading at any time throughout the year. Each daily devotion features a title, scripture verse, devotional text, and quick prayer. Also, there's a Scripture Index at the end of the book.  

According the back cover: "These pages will guide you through a yearlong journey toward a transformed, joyful heart that overflows into the lives of those around you. The more you learn about God's promises and desires for you, the more you'll say with the psalmist."

365 Devotions for Living Joyfully is geared towards various age groups, from young adults to older generations, particularly women. With one devotional per page, this book may easily be added to your current personal devotional time or it's a a great way to start setting aside time each day to spend with God.

"The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him." Psalm 28:7


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.

September 9, 2017

Book Review: Peace in the Valley


Peace in the Valley, by Ruth Logan Herne is an inspirational contemporary romance focused on ranch life, country music, and family dynamics.

Trey Walker Stafford is a famous country musician with a history of tragedy and hardships. As a young child, Trey was rescued and raised by his uncle. While growing up on the ranch, Trey considered his two cousins as brothers and his uncle as a father, who needs him now.

After years of pursuing his dream of country music, Trey is back home on the ranch for a temporary visit and he meets Lucy Carlton in an unusual manner. While managing her own business, Lucy is a single mother to her three kids and her deceased husband's teenage sister. Even though they are in frequent contact as temporary neighbors, Trey and Lucy are both hesitant to pursue a relationship, despite their attraction.

Trey and Lucy navigate their current situations, while dealing with their individual issues and family drama. It's a slow romance focused on friendship.

Since it's the third book in the Double S Ranch series, it's ideal to start with the first book, due to the overarching storyline and various secondary characters mentioned, yet it still reads as a standalone. Previously, I posted a review about Home on the Range, which is the second book in the series.

Peace in the Valley is recommended and geared towards those who enjoy reading contemporary faith-based novels with a clean romantic storyline intermixed with family drama and ranch life.


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.