Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Sexual Revolution ★★★★★

Sexual Revolution

By: Kris Vallotton

Pub: Aug. 1, 2009

Format: Paperback

Note: I did not purchase this book it was a gift from my old youth pastor. 

(Formerly titled Purity) The world is ready for another sexual revolution! People worldwide are crying out for a sexual revolution! Counter to the sexual revolution of the 1960s, this revolution values virginity and honors marriage. This revolution sees perversion as sin not an acceptable post-modern mindset. Young adults, teens, fathers, mothers, and grandparents want to shake off the slime of depravity and the bondage of religion, and enter into the joy of passionate purity. This book takes a non-religious, gut-honest, fresh look at a subject as old as Adam and Eve.The wisdom within helps you and those you love emerge from the mire with your trophy of purity intact so you can present it to your lover on your honeymoon. While some nations seem to live in a perpetual orgy, and religion relegates the masses to sexual prison, people need to know they can overcome the power of peer pressure and push back the cesspool of distorted cultural values.You can take a vow of Purity today you will never regret the decision!

My thoughts:
I loved this book!! During high school and the beginning of college I went through a phase where I wanted to help or talk to Young Mothers. This book is mainly about premarital sex and the goal to remain pure until marriage. The description of the book says it takes a non-religious look at purity and for the most part that is true, now that doesn't mean the God is not mentioned in the book its just not shoving the Bible in your face. I will say that when I read this book for the first time the first two chapters made me cry, now I do cry easily but it was such a touching story that I couldn't help it.  I really enjoyed this book and I have read it multiple times. I honestly think it's a great book for Christian parents to own to start the talk with their kids. I recall being told about abstinence when I was younger and when I was in Missionettes in the Girls Only group (high school group) we went into it a little deeper. In the world where celebrities are idolized it's hard for a young person to hold to the beliefs being taught to them. I have a close friend who was never really religious and I remember we've had this conversation in particular as to why wait until marriage to have sex, I explained my viewpoint and what she said next took me by surprise. She said that she wished someone had told her to wait and that God wanted you to wait but because she was raised without biblical teaching and I say biblical teaching because she was raised knowing that their is a God and to pray to him when things aren't going well. 

My Rating:★★★★★ Must Have

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory

A few days ago I was on Facebook and read that Linkin Park teamed up with Google Play and were offering their first album Hybrid Theory for free!! I got it for free. Everyone should check it out because it is an amazing album. Go and get it before it is too late!!! 

Crochet One-Skein Wonders® for Babies - ★★★★

Crochet One-Skein Wonders® for Babies

By: Judith Durant, Edie Eckman

Pub: May 03, 2016

Format: Digital

Note: I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Irresistible! This collection of 101 projects makes it easy and fun to crochet adorable clothes, toys, and accessories for the babies and toddlers you love. Each project uses just one skein of yarn, many take just a few hours to complete, and plenty are suitable for beginners. Hats and caps, bootees and socks, mitts, dresses, tops and bottoms -- plus blankets, bibs, soft toys, bottle cozies, diaper bags, and more -- there's something here for every baby! These original patterns were contributed by 54 designers around the world, and each one comes with complete instructions, charts, schematics, and beautiful photographs.

My Thoughts:
I took the time to read every pattern in this book and as a crochet beginner most of the patterns seem very easy to understand and complete. Each pattern gives the materials need to complete the project. Currently I am going to start a baby toy for my nephew with an adorable pattern I found in the book. This book is specifically for babies and infants, though one or two patterns do have some sizing for older children. Also, the book includes explanation on certain stitches and techniques needed throughout the book. I really enjoyed looking through this book and learning about different projects to crochet. I would definitely recommend this book for someone who wants to crochet different projects for babies.

My Rating: ★★★★ Great

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Surviving Haley - ★★★★★

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Surviving Haley

By: Brenda Baker

Pub: Nov. 6, 2015

Format: Digital

Note: I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Lauren Werthman struggles with guilt and depression. Even moving to another state and into a new home doesn't help her overcome the life-altering aftermath of losing her sister. Memories of the tragic accident reverberate through her life as her family tries to cope, but Lauren's life spirals out of control. Her mother criticizes her choices every day, her father continues to work later and later, and people at her new school seem to know the family secret. Lauren binge-eats, has nightmares, and doubts the existence of a God Who didn't intervene to prevent the senseless tragedy. As Lauren's family and friends work through the pain and guilt, will they find that even though the void will always remain, the power of forgiveness brings peace and hope and a bright future, or will Lauren forever be lost to the pain and guilt?

My Thoughts:
Surviving Haley was an awesome book. I was hooked as soon as I read the first page. I do wish it had been longer and that perhaps there was some closer at the end but overall this was a great book. I would recommend this book for teens and young adults, especially Christian teens. I fell in love with Jonah and wished I had a friend like him in high school. Jonah is the perfect example that Christians are not perfect and that every day they try and live the way God wants them to. I would love to buy this book and give it out to the youth at my church.

My Rating:  ★★★★★ Must have

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The Snow Queen - ★★★★★

The Snow Queen

By: Hans Christian Anderson (translated to English by Misha Hoekstra)

Pub: June 7, 2016 (originally published in 1844)

Format: Digital

Note: I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

When Kay is cursed by a magic mirror, he can no longer perceive goodness in anything - not his best friend Gerda, nor the roses in the garden. One wintery evening, he is kidnapped by the wicked Snow Queen and swept away to live for ever in her kingdom of ice.

Friendless and shoe-less, Gerda must travel through inhospitable lands, with only crows to guide her and bandits for company, in order to find her beloved friend. And when she gets there, how will she melt the ice in his heart? 

Nearly two centuries after its first publication, The Snow Queen endures as a tale of love and loss, good and evil, and loyalty in the face of great hardships.

My thoughts:
I had heard about The Snow Queen and had not read it until now. I was surprised that the main character of the book is not the Snow Queen but a girl named Gerda and her quest to find her friend Kai. I had no idea that this was a children’s book, I absolutely loved it. The main thing that made me love this book is that it is Christian based. It begins with the Devil and his mirror and as the story unfolds at the end Gerda is seeking God to protect her. One of my favorite lines would have to be. “I can’t give the girl more power than she already has! Can’t you see how powerful she is?” Gerda is a powerful girl, she manages to go off on her own to look for Kai and along the way she makes new friends that help her out. I would definitely recommend this book to people of all ages. I know I will be reading this story to my nephew.

My Rating: ★★★★★ Must have

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Reviewer - NetGalley

So recently (yesterday) I came across NetGalley and I decided to make an account and become a reviewer!! This is pretty exciting because I love to read and now I hopefully will be reading and submitting my complete and honest opinion on books for publishers. I have already been approved for one book, stay tuned for that review!!!


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