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Review | How to Set a Table

Well, this is a charming little book. It was quite different than I had expected, but I still love it all the same. From the front cover I had assumed that the inside would be very clean and minimal with vintage type drawings. But, it’s actually full color photographs and descriptions. Definitely more of a modern feel on the inside. It’s neatly arranged and covers pretty much any setting in which you’d entertain including The Dining Table, The Breakfast Bar, The Coffee Table, The Picnic Blanket, The Bistro Table, The Console, & The Serving Tray. The descriptions and suggestions are to-the-point and simple, so not a lot of wording in here. There is a resources page in the back and of course there are pages with descriptions for everything you would use in a place setting. Oh, and I should mention that the cover is covered in cloth … how quaint is that. I look forward to putting this book to good use someday when I have a home of my own to entertain from.

Disclaimer: I received this book from the Blogging For Books program in exchange for this review.

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Review | A Charm of Goldfinches

Well, this is a cute book. It covers a whole slew of animals and what they are called in groups. Most of the terms I had never heard of before, so it’s certainly informative in that way. You’ll find the pictures on the right side of the page and a little write-up about the animal on the left. I didn’t find the write-ups all that fascinating or interesting … some I didn’t find useful at all … but, the simple, cute style fits with the book well. The watercolor pictures are the cutest ever. I’m keeping the book just because of that. They’re simply enjoyable to look at and the charming style makes it all the more attractive. This book will make a nice new addition to my shelf.

Disclaimer: I received this book from the Blogging For Books program in exchange for this review.

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Review | Start Where You Are: Week-At-A-Glance Diary

This is a very nice little planner. It has everything I love; simplicity, beauty, minimalism, & gold (on the front cover). The design is fresh and clean with just a bit of color here and there. There are twelve pages of lovely watercolor quotes to brighten up the otherwise minimal design. I love that this planner can be started at any time. You simply fill in the day, month, year, and you’re good to go. There are pages to fill in monthly goals, important dates, & notes. And then there are pages where you write whatever you want to under the correct day of the week. There are several pages in the back to fill in contact’s info as well as birthdays.  Overall, a nice book to help you plan out your best year yet.

Disclaimer: I received this book from the Blogging For Books program in exchange for this review.

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Review: The Road to Paradise

Well, this book… I decided to review it based upon the cover, which I found very appealing in an old vintage way. And, it was considered Christian fiction, so I thought I probably wouldn’t have to deal with anything “trashy”. But, it goes down as one of those books that I wish I hadn’t wasted my time reading. I found the plot to be incredibly boring, ridiculous, under-developed, and childish. The characters were sooo annoying too. You’ve got a stubborn, but weak can’t-get-over-the-accidental-death-of-his-father park ranger, the stubborn, hard-headed, foolish, allows herself to be victimized visiting single rich girl, & the abusive, my-way-or-the-highway fiance of before mentioned single girl. That combination was about enough to make me pull hair out while reading. Nothing was really believable nor was it something I could imagine in real life. I mean, people don’t really act like that do they? And, this was supposedly Christian reading … what’s with all the “passionate kissing, hugging, & imagining scenes”? Very disappointed in that. This is definitely not a book I recommend and I thoroughly regret reading it.

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Review: The Ragamuffin Gospel

I had so many high expectations starting into reading this book. I knew it was a top Christian favorite and it had been on my reading list for a long time. I was so excited to see what all the hype was about. But, I just didn’t enjoy it like I thought I would. Manning is a good author, but he’s just not an author I enjoy reading. His writing style is what I would call very philosophical and rambling and often the rambling just doesn’t seem to have a purpose except to fill up pages. That drove me nuts. I’m very much a to-the-point person and getting through all the fluff was really hard. At times I just wished I could put the book away and not finish it. I also wasn’t entirely sure I agreed with everything he said doctrinally. It was difficult for me to narrow down what he was saying amid all the words. And that really bothered me. If I don’t know what someone believes or is teaching in a book, I can’t in good conscience recommend it to anyone. So, for me, this book was a flop.

Disclaimer: I received this book from the Blogging For Books program in exchange for this review.

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Review: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About God

I was super excited to get into this book. Eric Metaxas quickly became one of my favorite authors after just reading his biographies of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and William Wilberforce. So, I figured anything he authored had to be just as good.

This book though … it was, well, quite different in style from his biographies. In fact, it was so different that I couldn’t even tell that he had written it – not in a bad way though. This book was written as a ‘question & answer’ dialoque between two people, one ignorant of and full of questions about the Christian faith & the other a Christian with answers. I can’t say that I disliked this approach to writing, though at times I found it a bit cheesy and minorly ridiculous. But, Metaxas was trying to tackle the hard topics in a lighter, but solid way. I can’t criticize him for that. Overall, it was a good read, though not something I would have normally read outside of reviewing it.

Disclaimer: I received this book from the Blogging For Books program in exchange for this review.

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Review | Saffire

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Saffire by Sigmund Brouwer is the kind of historical novel that makes me sit up and take notice. Set in the first decade of the 1900s, on the banks of the Panama Canal, this cunning story has just the right amount of historical detail without losing the juiciness of interwoven personal interest stories and political intrigue. Anyone who likes Indiana Jones will absolutely love this book. The main character strongly resembles Jones in personality and occupation, but without a lot of his questionable morals. The action keeps moving rapidly throughout the book, and definitely makes the reader guess the ending until the very last chapter. Overall an excellent read. I look forward to more reading delight from this author.

Disclaimer: I received this book from the Blogging For Books program in exchange for this review.