Posted by: kbumgardaner | September 2, 2011

Review of Blood Covenant

This was the first book that I’ve read by Lisa Harris, and I really enjoyed it.
At first, I wasn’t sure if it was a style that I would enjoy, but as I got into it, I found it difficult to put down. It was full of action and suspense over what would happen to those being held hostage by the Ghost Soldiers.
I love the characters in this book. They were so believable. As the doctor, Paige is creative and caring, doing her best with what she has available to her.
As her relationship with Nick, the pilot, develops, it was woven seamlessly into the story line without making it just a romantic book.
I would definitely read books by Lisa Harris again and give it five out of five stars.
I was given a free copy of this book for purpose of review.

Posted by: kbumgardaner | September 2, 2011

Book Review for young girls

In Front of God and Everybody

This book was so cute. The characters are believable and very funny! I love the spunky personality of April Grace and the author has really given us a clear picture into her thoughts and actions.
She has a sister who thinks that she needs to be a sophisticated city girl because of some new neighbors that moved in from the city. April Grace thinks that they are quite horrendous and tries to avoid them at all cost.  Soon, her sister becomes anorexic because of the influence of this neighbor. While this is a serious topic, it is dealt with in a way that the tween-ager can understand and hopefully, learn from.
April Grace is also very upset about her Grandma’s new boyfriend. She feels that he is sneaking around, but no one will listen. Finally, she takes matters into her own hands, and finds out that he is a con-man out to steal their farm. April Grace finally got the adults attention and stopped her Grandma from marrying the con-man. It is a great example of how we don’t always listen to kids, but they have important things to say.
Throughout this book, many lessons are taught creatively-acceptance of others, not judging others, and generosity are just a few.
I loved this book once I got into it and would recommend it easily! 5 out of 5 stars!

I was given a copy of this book for purpose of review.

Posted by: kbumgardaner | September 2, 2011

Bible Review

Ishine Bible NLT
I was sent two copies of this Bible for review-one for girls and one for boys. They have very fun covers in bright and colorful designs that the tweens will love. My ten year old loved the cool cover. She also said the version was easier to understand than some of the others she has read. She liked the graphic pictures inside as well; however, when I peeked into junior church, that was what she was looking at instead of paying attention. That was not really a selling point for me- though I do remember enjoying the pictures in my Bible at a younger age, by the tween age, I want her to be paying attention.
As far as the pictures inside of the Bible and the content on the web links, I felt personally that they looked too worldly for my taste though what they were saying was good. I want my daughter to know that Christians should be different, not mimicking the world.
I thought that the questions and answers in the Bible were well written and easily understood. My daughter is in the stage where she knows she needs to be baptized, but she’s scared. I looked for baptism in the question and answer section and found it missing. This was disappointing to me. We should not avoid topics that may be controversial. The Bible is quite clear on baptism.
Overall, I found it to be an attractive alternative for the tween-ager, but do not like the fact that the appearance of the content is pushing a little close to the world. We are to be in the world but not of it.

I was given these Bibles for the purpose of review.

Posted by: kbumgardaner | July 8, 2011

Book Review The Alarmists

by Don Hoesel

This “end of the world” sci-fi thriller was a good read. It took me awhile to get into it, but about half way through it captured my interest. Of course, it’s very timely, with many thinking the world will end in December of 2012 which is the premise of this novel.

I got a bit lost in the science terminology as I’m not really a sci-fi reader, but it was a good story line with interesting characters and I enjoyed the change of pace overall. One thing that disappointed me though is that though it was clean and had Christian references, it didn’t clearly present the Gospel. There are definitely points in the story line where it could have been presented, but the author kept it rather vague. Overall, I would recommend this book to someone who enjoys science fiction without the secular mindset.

Posted by: kbumgardaner | June 2, 2011

LEAVING

By Karen Kingsbury

I have read Kinsbury’s work in the past and was excited to delve into this new series with some of the popular characters from the Baxter series mixed in. Though I haven’t read all of the Baxter books, I felt like Kingsbury shared enough information in this book to make it stand alone as well as making me want to go back and get the back story on some of these likeable characters.
Kingsbury creates believable characters in the Flannigan family. This book centers around Bailey Flannigan, a college student who is a gifted singer and dancer. She dreams of Broadway, but she has yet to see her dream come true.
Though she has just completed a starring role in a film opposite one of the country’s most famous movie stars, she comes across as very down to earth and open to the Lord’s leading.
Bailey’s love story is left unfinished as this first in the Bailey Flannigan series ends and I, for one, can’t wait for the next book in the series to be published to learn more of what God has for Bailey Flannigan and the other characters in Leaving.
Kingsbury is a gifted author and you can see her love for the Lord and for family woven throughout the plot of Leaving.

I received this book free for the purpose of review by Zondervan. My opinion, however, is my own and I have not been forced to give a positive review.

Posted by: kbumgardaner | May 7, 2011

My heart

So often as a Mom of two teenagers and one tween, I find myself feeling like a failure…wondering if I can possibly ever be a good Mom to my children. I never knew it would be so hard to do this job, but I also never knew that I could feel so much love, pride, tenderness, pain, fear and unworthiness within a few hours. Kids do that to you. They bring out your vulnurabilities and show you the very best and worst of yourself. When I depend on myself to be a good Mom, I fail. It is when I find myself crying out, “Father, I don’t know what I’m doing…” that I feel like I’ve finally been the parent that God wants me to be.
I only hope and pray that even through my failures as a Mom, my kids know that I love them more than I can ever put into words.
I hope they know that I think they are each amazing, incredible, talented people with their own God-given gifts.
I hope they realize that no matter what, I will always love them, will always want to hug them, will always pray for them.
I hope they know that they are my heart.

Posted by: kbumgardaner | April 18, 2011

I Heart Faces Weekly Photo Challenge-Wind

 

 

Lauren was a great sport as the spring wind blew her hair all over during her senior session. It was a lot of fun as we tried to grab a picture between wind gusts! : )

Posted by: kbumgardaner | April 13, 2011

Judgement Day

by Wanda L. Dyson

I brought Judgement Day with me on a couple of flights and couldn’t put it down. This book filled with unexpected twists and turns kept my attention the whole time.

The main character, Suzanne Kidwell, is a self-centered TV reporter who is willing to stretch the truth if it meant good ratings. When her employers begin to question her credibility and a dead body mysteriously appears in her living room, Suzanne must call on the best detectives in the business. Unfortunately, she doesn’t have a great reputation with Marcus, her ex-fiance, whom she betrayed in college.

In order to prove her innocence, Suzanne is forced to show her questionable ethics to Marcus and his partner Alexandria. Unfortunately, someone wants Suzanne dead and they have to try to keep her alive long enough to prove her innocence.

I was given a free copy of this book for purpose of review. I was, however, not asked or forced to give a positive review.

Posted by: kbumgardaner | April 13, 2011

Heart of Ice

Lis Wiehl with April Henry

Wiehl has done it again! Her gift of weaving believable characters with an intriguing plot has once again paid off in big dividends.
The story line pulled me in immediately with the characters I remembered from the first two books in the Triple Threat series. Again, she has shown us not only their jobs but also their hearts as they each face their own struggles in their personal lives while trying to solve a series of horrendous crimes of a sociopath who has had many years of practice at deception.
Elizabeth Avery uses everyone she meets for her own purpose to play her own sinister game until finally she meets her match in Allison, Cassidy and Nicole.
What a great read! I can’t wait for the next installment in the Triple Threat series.

I was given a free copy of this book for purpose of review. I was, however, not asked or forced to give a positive review.

Posted by: kbumgardaner | March 11, 2011

Book Review: Rush of Wings by Kristen Heitzmann

A Rush of Wings by Kristen Heitzmann is a contemporary romance mixed with mystery and intrigue.
Noelle St. Claire flees her affluent life with her father and fiancée and seeks refuge in the Rocky Mountains.
She is frequently haunted my memories and dreams of a hawk swooping down at her, but does not know why she is having these terrifying memories as well as other terrifying thoughts that she is unsure of their source.
She finds herself attracted to the two brothers at the ranch where she is staying. One is a charming yet troubled businessman, the other, a rugged rancher.
Yet as soon as anyone tries to get close, Noelle panics in terror and can not explain her reasons.
Through all this Noelle is in a constant battle against the faith that the rancher exhibits in his life and wishes for her to share. For some reason, the thought of God fills Noelle with fear. Was anything in her life really as it seemed?
This was a good book, though it began a bit slow for me. Eventually, the story line pulled me in and I enjoyed the mystery and growing romance between Noelle and one of the brothers. It did have some Catholic overtones which does not follow my beliefs, however, there is a strong emphasis on having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
If I were to give it stars-I would give it four out of five.
I received a free copy of this book for the purpose of review.

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