Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Play-Along Bible

This is the sweetest little book. The illustrations are so much fun. But what my wiggly preschoolers like the best is the fact that there are motions and things to say that go along with it! For instance in the chapter called "The Sneaky Snake," Adam and Eve are happy and then that pesky snake gets involved. They get to make snake motions and hiss, pantomine eating an apple, and then act out a little drama as they get thrown out of the garden. This is so much fun and they remember the story after taking an active part in it.

I highly recommend this be gifted to your small children and grandchildren and placed in your church preschool classes and library.

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale House in exchange for a fair and honest review.

With This Ring ?

This book contains four novellas by some best-selling authors. I chose it because I cannot stand to skip over anything that Mary Connealy writes. She's my favorite "old West" author. And she didn't disappoint with this one either. Her story, called Runaway Bride, brought me up to date on some characters from Mary's former series and also introduced some new ones. Can't wait to hear more about Big John and Carrie in a later book.

The Husband Maneuver, by Karen Witemeyer was fun too. I have heard of this author before but am not sure if I have read any of her other books. This story was about a ranch owner's daughter who loved the foreman and the foreman who was desperate to get his own place so he could finally propose.

Her Dearly Unintended, by Regina Jennings was interesting but a little strange. The circumstances and the characters seemed a little off.

Engaging the Competition by Melissa Jagears was a lot of fun. Harrison and Charlie seem to be exact opposites but their devotion to each other is fun to watch. I was delighted with this story. This author is in the same league with Mary Connealy and I can't wait to read more from her.

I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Monday, January 4, 2016

The Daniel Fast for Weight Loss by Susan Gregory

I started reading this book with great expectations. I tried a version of this years ago with good results.

Basically, this is 21-day (3 week) process in which only fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains are consumed and only water is drunk. There are no animal products (meat, eggs, dairy) or coffee. Along with this, the author provides devotional material and scripture to help you in the process. The expected outcome is a healthier body and a closer walk with our Savior.

I have no problem with the intent of this book but I do have some reservations about the recommended products. There has been a lot of information put out about the harmful effects of soy products (including tofu) and the use of soy in processed foods. The massive use of this in various forms in the U.S. is quite excessive in comparison to use in other countries and many detrimental health effects have been discovered with this excessive use. The other thing that I did not find consistent with a Daniel fast was the use of processed foods such as rice cakes. The one really good aspect of this regimen is weaning off of fats and sugars. That I heartily applaud.
With an adjustment of the food list, the rest of the program would be very beneficial and I intend to pursue it again very soon.

Tyndale gave me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.