Friday, December 30, 2011

Fodor's Germany - 26th Edition

Fodor's Germany
Copyright 2012 by Fodor's Travel, a division of Random House, Inc.
ISBN 978-0-679-00959-7

Having travelled extensively about Germany in the late '70's and early '80's, I wanted to get a look at what a travel guide regarding this country looked like today. I was pleasantly surprised to see how much more eclectic it has become in 30 years!

Covering everything from beer houses to wine country, and romance to fairy-tale, this guide is unique and thorough! It covers the best markets, restaurants, places to stay, and of course, the best and must places to see! From the small child to the elderly, Fodor's Germany offers a plethora of travel excitement that will lend you a lifetime of memories to cherish!

I give Fodor's Germany...

...Five Stars and... Thumbs Up!

***DISCLOSURE: This book was provided by Amazon Vine in exchange of an independent and unbiased review.

Monday, December 26, 2011

A Giveaway! - The One Year Uncommon Life Daily Challenge by Tony Dungy

The One Year Uncommon Life Daily Challenge
Tony Dungy and Nathan Whitaker
copyright 2011 Tony Dungy
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
ISBN 978-1-4143-4828-5

I have to admit, before I received this book I had no idea who Tony Dungy was! Come to find out, he is a Super Bowl - winning coach! [Even I know what the Super Bowl is!]

Not being sports minded, however, I was a bit trepidatious at reviewing this book. I mean, what was this coach going to tell me about life's daily challenges! I even said so to Texican, my dh, who usually reads everything I do, but after I have reviewed it.

"Honey, give it a chance!" he coaxed me.

"Why don't you read it then?" I asked. I thought perhaps he could read it, give me his thoughts on it, and then I could simply re-write those thoughts as my own review. After all, that would be just as good, right?

"Babe, that wouldn't be very honest," he warned.

So, I sat down one evening, wrapped in my favorite afghan, with a cup of warm cocoa, and opened the book. 'I'll just give it a good skimming, and then write the review from that,' I promised myself.

Five and a half hours later, I finished the last page and sat there stunned that I had read a daily devotional completely through without even taking a break.

Yes.... Tony Dungy is that good!

Super Bowl-winning coach? Well, I can't say anything about that, except that if this man coaches football anywhere near as excellent as he can coach Christians into an 'Uncommon' walk in this life, there's no wonder his team has won such an honor!

I've used daily devotional's before, mostly as a guide when I was feeling lazy about coordinating my personal Bible study time. But this book is something that will lead you along paths of walking a different life than the world about you. An Uncommon Life!. This is one devotional that will be used again, and again, and again!

Take a listen to what Coach Dungy has to say about this:

You can read more about Coach Dungy here, and view the book on Tyndale's website here.

I highly recommend The One Year Uncommon Life Daily Challenge to readers of all ages! There are daily scriptures, followed by Coach Dungy's words of encouragement, and closing each day with an Uncommon Key, to help you walk each day in an Uncommon way!

I give this book...

...Five Stars and... Thumbs Up award!

And thanks to Tyndale Publishers you can win your very own copy of this fantastic new book!

A random drawing will be held on Saturday, December 31st, 2011 to determine who the winner is! To enter, make sure you are following this blog [click Follow on the right] and then simply leave a comment below, stating why you would like to win this book, as well as your email for notification. I will announce the lucky winner before Midnight, so be sure to check back often!
You may enter as many times as you like.

Good luck!

****DISCLOSURE: This book was provided by Tyndale Publshing in exchange for an independent and non-biased review.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Sherman - The Ruthless Victor by Agostino Von Hassell and Ed Breslin

Sherman - The Ruthless Victor
Agostino Von Hassell and Ed Breslin
copyright 2011 Agostibo Von Hassell & Ed Breslin
Thomas Nelson, Inc.
ISBN 978-1-59555-133-7

This book was a difficult read for me. At my age, I prefer books that are uplifting and inspiring.

I found nothing uplifting or inspiring in the story of William Tecumseh Sherman.

Instead I found a military man who regarded his in-laws as domineering, and wished to make himself aloof to them. At times to the point of alienation.  His gruff demeanor would have been a burden on any wife, and yet how his wife perceived him isn't addressed by the writers.

I found him harsh and uncaring. And when reading between the lines, perhaps even endangering to those put under his charge.

I do not care for this book at all, and cannot begin to imagine how this biography made it into The Generals series of books.

I allow this book ... star alone and that is entirely for the photographs included.

I do not recommend this book to anyone under the age of 18, and it  should be read solely as a lesson in how a young man should not lead his life.

****Disclosure: This book was provided by Book Sneeze in exchange for an independent and non-bised review.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

The Innkeeper - John Piper

The Innkeeper
by John Piper
Paintings by Glenn Harrington
Copyright 1998, 2011 by Desiring God Foundation
Published by Crossway, Wheaton, IL
ISBN 978-1-4335-3025-8

Piper brings a visit from the Savior to the Innkeeper of the Inn where He was born.

A touching poem of loss and grief, and how the Lord will bring a sweet reunion to those who believe with their loved ones.

Harrington's paintings are lovely! And they bring life to the story, making it even more endearing.

Not just for the Christmas season, this book would make a wonderful gift of hope for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, and especially a child.

This book is highly recommended for individual homes and study groups. I would think the reference to Herod's violence may be a bit much for children under ten, but should be fine for those old enough to understand the story of Herod's baby-boy killing.

I give this book...

...Five Stars  and... Thumbs Up Award!

****DISCLOSURE: This book was provided by Amazon Vine in exchange for an independent and non-biased review.