Book Review: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

The title says it all!

Introverted, quiet people need more respect for being who they are. There is an extrovert ideal in this nation that began in the early 1900s. Before that, people were respected for their character and craftsmanship instead of their vibrant personality.

This book has made me very happy. It’s about time someone came out and said that half the population of the U.S. is introverted and they have so much to offer – including leadership abilities. They often get overlooked for management or leadership positions because of their discerning, quiet demeanor. But this kind of person often makes the best leader.

I enjoyed every bit of this book, which took years for Susan Cain to research and write. It was a labor of love to give quiet people the confidence to be who they are and know when to act the part of the extrovert.

Thank you Susan! I will highly recommend this book to many friends and family!

This book was provided by the publisher. I give it 5 stars!

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Posted by on May 29, 2012 in Fiction Reviews


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Book Review: Heaven Is for Real for Kids by Todd, Sonja, and Colton Burpo

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I have a four-year-old daughter who loves to learn, so I thought this book that is written from a child’s point of view about heaven would be great for her. And I was right. She loved every bit of it.

The book is only about 20 pages long. The chapters are very short. I told her I was going to read one chapter each day to her. Well, that didn’t’ happen. When I was finished with the first chapter, she asked me to read the next one, and the next one after that. And before I knew it, I had read the whole book to her, including the questions and answers at the end, in one sitting. She loved it!

What I love about the book is that it tells of Colton’s experience of going to heaven and seeing Jesus seated at the right hand of God and the Holy Spirit seated on the left. He describes everything he saw in heaven and the people he met there, and it sounds absolutely wonderful. The best part about it is that it all aligns with Scripture as well.

I love his description of Jesus, and the painting of Jesus’ face in his book is amazing. All of the other pictures that illustrate what Colton saw in heaven really help kids to picture what he describes as well.

I give this high marks. It’s a great book! My daughter and I will probably read it many more times.

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Posted by on March 11, 2012 in Kids Books and Bibles


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Book Review: The Christian Writer’s Market Guide 2012

Christian writers market guide, jerry jenkins

This book is a must for all Christian writers who are looking to get published. Here’s all the information you need compiled into one book. This saves a tremendous amount of work for the writer. I think what will be the most helpful is the listing of Christian literary agents. Most of the big Christian publishers out there don’t accept unsolicited manuscripts (those sent in by writers not through an agent), or they publish very few unsolicited manuscripts, so it is better for a writer to focus on finding an agent.

Other areas of interest in the book are the listings of Christian writers conferences around the nation. It also lists Christian writers’ clubs. These are great ways to improve your writing and maybe meet editors and agents in person, who can offer invaluable advice about writing and getting published.

For me, all the vital information in this book starts on page 451 in the Helps for Writers section. The info on the publishers is great, but sending out unsolicited manuscripts to publishers in not the way to go. You will only face rejection after rejection. What you need to do is get yourself in front of agents and editors in person. So all the info about agents and conferences is what I would focus on.

Thank you Tyndale for giving me this book for review.

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Posted by on January 24, 2012 in Books for Writers


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Book Review: Mercy Come Morning by Lisa Tawn Bergren

Mercy come morning, lisa tawn bergren, lisa t. bergren, New mexico fiction, taos fiction, new mexico novel, taos novel, letting go, alzheimers story, christian romance

This book was previously published as Christmas Every Morning in 2002, so if you’ve read that book, you’ll want to pass on this one.

But if you haven’t, you must read this one. I am always in awe when an author can get deep down with the characters so the reader can truly relate on a heart level. The book was almost like a therapy session on letting go and focusing on the positive. What a great message!

The setting was also interesting to me – Taos, New Mexico. It was fun reading about the traditions and character of the small town. With all of the dancing and celebrating that was inherent to the area, the place felt like another character in the story.

One thing I noticed that was confusing – on page 14 it mentioned late spring snow, but it was December. But the rest of the book was great. There was an air of joy even in the midst of losing a loved one. The main character grew through difficult circumstances to make changes where she needed to in order to become more healthy and focus on healthy relationships.

Thank you Waterbrook Press for giving me this eBook for review.

Highly recommended!

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Posted by on January 6, 2012 in Fiction Reviews


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Book Review: Your 100 Day Prayer by John I. Snyder

Your 100 Day Prayer, John I. Snyder, John Snyder, book review, devotional for crisis, devotional for crises, devotionalThis book has been a great help for me. It is really speaking to the circumstances we are going through. The daily devotional and prayer has helped me keep my thoughts and emotions focused on what God is doing through everything that is going on in our life.

Your 100 Day Prayer is good for anyone who is going through a transition or a difficult time. It will help you to know how to pray and grow in faith and trust in God as you are journeying through tough life realities.

The book focuses on growing closer to God through difficulties instead of just getting through them. Seeing your current situation through eyes of faith instead of feeling abandoned. Knowing that God is in control of everything and has a purpose for what you are going through. Thriving spiritually in tough times instead of sinking into despair.

I’ve been reading it daily and keeping a prayer journal based on the prayer for each day, and I’ve really been gaining encouragement from it. The doctrine is solid and agrees with Scripture. It is well-written, and I would highly recommend it – and even go so far as to say that it is a must for people who are going through rough waters. I would put this in the same category as Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. It really turns your thinking around and can be highly influential on your spiritual life if you let it sink in to your heart. Great book!

Thank you Thomas Nelson for sending me this ebook for review.

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Posted by on December 17, 2011 in Devotional Book Reviews


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Book Review: Finding Our Way Home by Charlene Ann Baumbich

find our way home, charlene ann baumbich, ballet novel, ballet fictionI read the previous book in this series (Divine Appointments), so I was excited when I saw this one. It was nice to get a glimpse into a professional dancer’s life and what happens when they are hurt and have to leave the profession. I loved the characters and the differences in their personalities. Sasha (the dancer) is small and quiet; Evelyn is tall and loud, but they compliment each other nicely.

I have to say I liked the previous book better. I think the characters and story were more real somehow. But this was a nice read. It covered depression, bad relationships, stubbornness, and a lot of other things that we all go through. The author did a great job of showing how God can get us to change the way we see things. The book did tend to have a little superstition in it. I would have liked to see more Holy Spirit as opposed to a snow globe with powers. But there were aspects of God in the book. Evelyn brought God’s grace to light when Sasha really needed it.

For the most part, the book is well-written and enjoyable to read. Thank you Ms. Baumbich for another great book in this series.

Thank you to Water Brook Press for sending me this copy to review.


Posted by on December 9, 2011 in Fiction Reviews


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Book Review: Wrapped in Rain by Charles Martin

Wrapped in Rain, Charles Martin, Alabama, Jacksonville florida, clopton, resolving anger, forgiving, forgivenessI read this as an ebook on my phone. It’s very different reading a book this way, but it wasn’t bad. This was my first ebook, and it was a lot better than I was expecting. Of course, I did miss the feel of the book, turning pages, and knowing how far I’ve gotten in the book without having to tap a few buttons.

As for the book itself, it was a good look at how anger and hatred can build in someone over a lifetime and how God can help someone let go and live a healthy life. There were some odd scenes in the book that really weren’t needed – like the gas station attendant, the weird customer scene at Clark’s, and a few others I won’t mention. But, apart from those scenes, I really liked the rest of the book. I enjoyed how we are taken back in time to really understand why Tucker and Mutt are the way they are and why they do certain things.

I loved the character of Miss Ella. She did seem to be a little too perfect, but since she is deceased, it might be appropriate. Sometimes when we have lost someone, we make them into these perfect people that no one else will ever live up to. Miss Ella’s voice in Tucker’s head seemed to be his own conscience, and what lived in his conscience is everything that she taught him. Makes me want to be more like her.

This is a good book. It is full of inner turmoil and is driven by relationships. Just the kind I love! Thank you to the publisher for sending me this book to review.


Posted by on November 13, 2011 in Fiction Reviews


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