Monday, May 8, 2017

Alive in Him by Gloria Furman


Alive in Him
How Being Embraced By The Love of Christ Changes Everything
by
Gloria Furman
Copyright © 2017 by Gloria C. Furman
Published by Wolgemuth & Associates, Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-4335-4977-9

Furman takes us on a spiritual journey that began before time itself. Its course is plotted out in Ephesians, and Furman guides us through this.

She brings us about face with the realization that Christ is coming soon, and how we must prepare for His return.

Furman writes a glorious journey that we, as Christians can take. She charts the course right from the Scriptures, so you'll want to read this with your Bible at hand.
A highly recommended read for all those who seek a closer walk with the One Who will soon appear.
I give this book Five Stars,


a BIG thumbs up,


and I highly recommend the read.


You can purchase the book on Amazon.com. It is available in paperback for $12.37 plus shipping and handling, and in Kindle version for $9.99.



****DISCLAIMER: This book was provided by Amazon Vine in exchange for a fair and impartial review. The opinions above are solely those of this reviewer and may not reflect those of other reviewers.





Life After by Katie Ganshert


Life After
by Katie Ganshert
Copyright © 2017 by Katie Ganshert
Published by WaterBrook
ISBN: 978-1-60142-902-5

When a bomb rips through an e-train in Chicago, Autumn Manning survives the attack. But she suffers from a severe case of survivor guilt. And she questions 'Why?' over and over again.

Autumn begins to search out the families of the twenty-two individuals who died in the fiery crash. She meets Paul Elliott, who is overly cautious of Autumn, for the sake of protecting his daughter and son, who lost their mother in the attack.

This is one of those books you don't want to put down. You are taken through the gamut of emotions, even if you want to put the book down, you simply can't. You are so embroiled in the tale that you must keep on reading. Through the good. Through the bad. Through the loss. Through the pain. And more.

Ganshert is another excellent storyteller. She puts you in the leading role. And all I can say is hold on tight. It's a wild ride. And worthy every moment spending reading this novel.

I give it five stars,


a big thumbs up,


and my recommendation.


You can purchase the book on Amazon.com here.  The hardback copy retails for $35.95 and qualifies for free shipping and handling; the paperback retails for $9.27, plus shipping and handling, and the Kindle version is $9.99.

This reviewer read the Uncorrected Proof, and as such the final printing may differ slightly than the version reviewed here.

****DISCLAIMER: This book was provided by Amazon Vine  in exchange for a fair and impartial review. The opinions above are solely those of this reviewer and may not reflect those of other reviewers.




Fundamentals of Nursing Content Review Plus Practice Questions


Fundamentals of Nursing
Content Review Plus Practice Questions
by
Patricia M. Nugent & Barbara A. Vitale
Copyright © 2014 by F.A. Davis Company
ISBN: 0-8036-3706-3

Okay, I'm sure I'm not the only one who purchases technical manuals, testing manuals, and review manuals simply to keep up on my skills, and test myself. Right?

Well, I hope my test-taking days are well behind me. However, for those of you who are preparing to take your NCLEX nursing exams, this is one review manual that you don't want to miss!

Well organized, you are given review materials, technique, and multiple answer questions. I highly recommend this for anyone who is preparing for the NCLEX. And I also highly recommend it for those nerdy women like me, who simply want to stay up to date, and practice self tests to make sure you stay sharp and your best game!

You can find Fundamentals of Nursing on Amazon.com here.  For right now, the paperback is on sale for $18.00 (plus shipping and handling). Wow! Now that's a real bargain! The Kindle version is also available, it retails for $49.56.

I rate this manual five stars,


and I give it a big thumbs up,



as well as my personal recommendation.





****DISCLAIMER: This book was provided by Amazon Vine in exchange for a fair and impartial review. The opinions above are solely those of this reviewer and may not reflect those of other reviewers.




Catching the Wind by Melanie Dobson

Catching the Wind
by
Melanie Dobson
Copyright © 2017 by Melanie Dobson
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
ISBN 9781496417282

Dobson is a master story teller! She breathes life into her characters like none other! They are old friends, best friends, and worst enemies.

Dobson tells a tale as old as time. She brings you to the brink of disaster, rescues you, drops you, and then lifts you higher than you ever dreamed! All between the front and back cover of this marvelous work! She tells a tale of hope for the future by revisiting the past.

The author has a masterpiece here. And I highly recommend it for your summer reading list! But be forewarned, you will need a lazy summer day, with nothing else to do but relax and read, because once you open the first page, you won't want to put it down until you have devoured the whole thing.

I give this book five stars,


a big thumbs up,


and my personal recommendation.

You can purchase the book from Tyndale Publishers, or here on Amazon. It retails for $15.31 for the hardcover, $8.56 for the paperback (both of these be sure to add shipping and handling) or $8.13 for the Kindle version.




****DISCLAIMER: The above book was provided by Tyndale Publishers in exchange for a fair and impartial review. The opinions above are solely those of this reviewer, and may not reflect those of other reviewers.





LostBoy The True Story of Captain Hook by Christina Henry


LostBoy
The True Story of Captain Hook
by
Christina Henry
Copyright © 2017 by Tina Raffaele
Published by Berkley
Penguin Random House, LLC
ISBN: 9780399584022
Available July 2017

I have always been enamored with those favorite children's stories of the past. Peter Pan was always a favorite of mine! I mean, who wouldn't want to stay a child forever, and never have any cares?

But, in this telling of the tale, Henry writes the "lost boy" tale of Captain Hook, and how he became Peter's nemesis.

Wonderfully written! Engaging. Spell-binding. I didn't want to put the book down!

And for once, you might find yourself rooting for Hook, rather than Pan!

Thoroughly enjoyable with surprise twists and turns on every page.

I give this book five stars,

a BIG thumbs up,



and my recommendation for a fun read!

You can pre-order the book on Amazon.com here, the paperback is $9.61 plus shipping and handling, or the Kindle version is $11.99. Be sure to add this to your summer reading fun!




****DISCLAIMER: This book was provided by Amazon Vine in exchange for a fair and impartial review. The book reviewed was a pre-print copy and may not reflect the final printing. All opinions above are solely those of this blogs author and may not reflect the opinion of other reviewers.




Who Lynched Willie Earle? Preaching to Confront Racism

Who Lynched Willie Earle?
Preaching to Confront Racism
by
Will Willimon
Copyright © 2017 Abingdon Press
ISBN: 978-1-5018-3251-2

As a licensed non-denominational minister, I really wanted to read this text. And I was not disappointed. I read it once straight through. Then I re-read it, making sure I fully understood the writer's intent and purpose.

Willie Earle was a black man, who in 1947 sat locked in a jail cell in Pickens, South Carolina. He had been accused of knifing a Greenville cab driver.

A mob of righteous, Christian, white men confronted the jailer, who literally turned the keys over to them. Willie Earle was dragged from his cell. He was beaten so badly that he was not recognizable. He was dragged behind a car. And he was hung. The mob choose to be the judge, jury and prosecutor all rolled into one.

Willie Earle was dead. His family so torn apart and mad with grief and rage, yet, feeling that they could not express themselves in the southern, white-ruled town, kept silent.

In steps a minister. So emotionally charged by the lynching, and the fact that so-called Christian men could do such a thing to any man, no matter the color, decided he had to do something. He tried a town meeting. Which got him nowhere.

Two weeks after the event, and many hours spent in prayer for the right words to use, and how to deliver them, Hawley Lynn delivered a sermon to his congregation that is as needed today as it was back in 1947. It has become such a sermon that ministers still study it today.  But as most will recognize, it is the kind of sermon that is rarely delivered.

Was it Christ-like (the word Christian literally means "Christ-like") to lynch Willie Earle? And although racism is deeply rooted in the south, is it not nearly as prevalent in the north as it is the south? If you answer no, you would be wrong. It is there. Lurking behind the eyes of the man who states "I have black friends!", and is insistent he is not racist. It is there behind the eyes of the woman who tells her daughter "It's okay to have black friends, but you're not going to date one". It is there in the individual who says "Black Americans are lazy", or "They get all the free government hand outs, why don't they just get a job!" Or, "They are all gangsters". I know you can come up with more.

So, are all white Americans guilty of racism? I can't answer that. But Hawley pointed out the need for Christians to be "Christ-like". He pointed out that God has no color preference. In His eyes, we are all simply people.

Bishop Willimon brings out the point that we have now graduated into calling black individuals "African-Americans" just to be politically correct. As an example, I come from English, French, Irish and Scot ancestry. So would I be called an "Anglo-American"? Or some variety of "English-French-Irish-Scot-American"? Of course not. We don't ever hear someone say something like that. Why do we not simply say an American? Or a person? Or a man? Or a woman? Instead of qualifying that they are in some way black?

I give this book five stars, (I would give it 10 if I could!)


I give a BIG thumbs up,


and I HIGHLY recommend it for reading and study.

You can find this book on Amazon.com here. It is available in paperback for $11.96 or in Kindle version for $9.99, plus shipping and handling for the paperback.



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Saturday, April 29, 2017

The Hamilton Collection: The Wisdom and Writings of the Founding Father by Dan Tucker


The Hamilton Collection
The Wisdom and Writings of the Founding Father
Edited by
Dan Tucker
Copyright © 2016 by Black Dog & Leventhal
Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers
ISBN: 2016949280

This is an extraordinary collection of the writings of Alexander Hamilton, a founding father who was often misunderstood. Who till this very day has a reputation which few truly understand.

Yet, within this wonderful collection of both political, and private, correspondence, a man emerges like none written of in the history books.

We see him as a young man, not yet 20. With so much aspiration for the future! We see him during the revolution, both as a man, and as someone dreading the next battle to come. We see him as a man who grieves over loss, and celebrates over life's little victories.

A truly remarkable gathering of Hamilton's private, intimate writings helps us to see beyond the politico, and into the heart of just a man like so many others.

If you love history, you will truly enjoy this book. Tucker did a fabulous job of gathering Hamilton's papers. A big salute to you, sir!

You can find the book here  it is $13.51 for the hardcover, plus shipping and handling, and $12.99 for the Kindle version.

I give it five stars,


a big thumbs up,



and my personal recommendation.











****DISCLAIMER: This book was provided by Amazon Vine in exchange for a fair and impartial review. All opinions above are solely those of this blogs author.




The Tincture of Time: A Memoir of (Medical) Uncertainty by Elizabeth L. Silver


The Tincture of Time
A Memoir of (Medical) Uncertainty
by Elizabeth L. Silver
Copyright © 2017 by Elizabeth L. Silver
Penguin Press
ISBN: 9781101981443
258 p

In this brave, fierce, shattered, devastated tale of uncertainty, Silver takes us on a roller coaster ride! One moment up, the next down. One moment determined. the next full of uncertainty. But always with hope that there will be a tomorrow.

Silver will touch you like no other author ever has. You will find moments of smiling. And others where you will need tissues for the tears.

Silver touches us, in this unforgettable story of medical uncertainty. Her baby girl has a brain bleed. And what comes from that knowledge is enough to drive any mother over the edge.

Silver finds a way to rise above all of the pain and uncertainty. And she shares with you this very personal, very real story. An intimacy is there, like a best friend.

You won't be the same after reading this.

Just try to read it over several days. You can't. you will sit down with it, and you won't stop turning the pages until you are done. Because, like a good friend, you will be there to the very end. Your heart breaking. Your eyes tearing. Your emotions taxed.

I give this five stars,



a big thumbs up,



and I highly recommend it.

You can find the book here the hardcover is $16.39 plus shipping and handling. Kindle version is available for $13.99.









****DISCLAIMER: This book was provided by Amazon Vine in exchange for a fair and impartial review. All opinions above are solely those of this blogs author.






The Other Side of Impossible by Susannah Meadows


The Other Side of Impossible
Ordinary People Who Faced Daunting Medical Challenges and Refused to Give Up
by
Susannah Meadows
Copyright © 2017 by Susannah Meadows
Random House, NY
ISBN: 9780812996470

This book covers a wide array of people with various and sundry illnesses. Some life threatening. Others daunting and grim. Still others, only mild conditions. But the author takes us through each individual's story, and lets see how grim that individual feels. How they have practically given up, when suddenly, that human spirit that we see so little of, you know the one, the one that says, I will not give up! I will not be a victim! I will be a victor! comes slowly to the surface.

Each case the individual is overwhelmed. And each case the person finds that fight within themselves to become a victor over illness. A willingness to take charge of the illness, and not be taken charge of!

They are often scoffed at by the very physicians and nurses they trusted to take care of them! Some even by their families and friends! But each one, determined to find the way back to a health. A normalcy of their former selves.

What wonderful  insight each has in believing they KNOW what is best for their bodies and take charge! I found the work completely refreshing and energizing!

I give the work five stars,



a big thumbs up,



and I recommend it.


You can purchase this book here the hardcover costing $17.38 plus shipping and handling, while the Kindle version is $13.99.









****DISCLAIMER: This book was provided by Amazon Vine in exchange for a fair and impartial review. All opinions above are solely those of this blogs author.




NCLEX-RN Notes, Content Review and Exam Prep by Barbara A. Vitale

NCLEX-RN Notes
Content Review and Exam Prep
by Barbara A. Vitale
Copyright© 2017 by F.A. Davis Company

Whether you are preparing for the NCLEX-RN test, or simply want study notes to brush up your old skills, this is an excellent note book to have with you! Spiral bound at the top, the pages are easily flipped over the rings, and the notebook is small enough to fit in your purse or a large scrub pocket!

I keep this in my nursing bag when I am visiting clients and have found it to be an invaluable tool for refreshing my memory or skills on the fly!

In addition to the notes you receive the Bonus of 850 NCLEX-Style Questions Online! This includes the SATA style questions as well as single answer questions. And rationales for correct and incorrect answers.

A great study tool to have!

I give this 5 stars,

a big thumbs up,



and I highly recommend it!



You can find the note book here,  the spiral bound is $30 plus shipping and handling. Or you can opt for the Kindle version for $29.10 and instant download.









****DISCLAIMER: This book was provided by Amazon Vine  in exchange for a fair and impartial review. All opinions above are solely those of this blogs author.




Ruthless River by Holly Fitzgerald


Ruthless River
Love and Survival by Raft on the Amazon's Relentless Madre de Dios
by
Holly Fitzgerald
Vintage Books
A Division of Penguin Random House
Copyright © 2017 by Margaret A. FitzGerald
ISBN: 978-0-525-432777
Paperback

Holly FitzGerald and her husband, Fitz, set out on a honeymoon anyone would envy. they were set to see the world! They were to spend a year long adventure together! So romantic. Right?

But five months into their honeymoon, they are in a plane crash in Peru.

Surviving, and wondering how, the two find they are engulfed by jungle. So they build a raft, of only 4 logs and head down the river, hoping for civilization.

But what they find is anything but civilization!

As their raft begins to come apart in piranha and caiman waters, they must choose whether to live or die.

They choose to live.

This is a book you simply cannot put down! I waited until I had a day where I could put all day into reading it. And I wasn't disappointed! This true story leaves you wondering what you would do if you were in these same straits?

Just what would you do?

It is amazing what the human body can put itself through when left with the decision to live or die!

I can't praise the author enough. Well written. Characters are brought to life. And you are literally there as they face each challenge (and there are many!).

I give this book five stars,



a big thumbs up,



and my recommendation for a great read!


You can purchase the paperback here. The cost is $10.95 plus shipping and handling. You will definitely want to add this one to your library! Sorry, no Kindle version available.









****DISCLAIMER: This book was provided by Amazon Vine in exchange for a fair and impartial review. All opinions above are solely those of this blogs author.



Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Salad Days by Amy Pennington

Salad Days
Boost your Health and Happiness with
75 SIMPLE,  SATISFYING RECIPES for
Greens, Grains, Proteins, and More
by Amy Pennington
Copyright © 2017 Amy Pennington
Sasquatch Books
ISBN 978-1-63217-085-9

75 gorgeous looking recipes for a variety of salads! And boy do I love salads!

Being vegan, I eat a lot of salads. Especially protein covered salads, and this recipe book has that covered!

It also has that unique 'Yum' factor going for it! Can't deny I'm going to try every single salad in here, minus any meat or dairy (I'll try to use vegan substitutes!)

I especially like the way the author has intermingled ingredients I would never have thought to mix together! Like pomegranate and onions! Wow! I can't wait to try that one! Or a fig and arugula salad? Sounds yummy, right? How about crisp iceberg, radish and creamy poppy seed dressing. Simple and yet, makes my mouth water thinking about it! And let's mix u melons with cukes! Cover it with an avocado cream! Or what do you think of Little Gem lettuce and cilantro with a watermelon vinaigrette? And my favorite? Roasted eggplant with cilantro vinaigrette!

75 recipes! Can't wait to get started!

I rate this book five stars,

a big thumbs up,

and I highly recommend it!

You can find the book HERE.  It retails for $15.27 hardcover, or $11.99 for Kindle.









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The Art Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained


The Art Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained
by DK London
with contributors
Caroline Bugler
Ann Kramer
Marcus Weeks
Maud Whatley
and
Iain Zaczek
Copyright© 2017 Dorling Kindersley Limited
ISBN 978-1-4654-53367-2
DK a Division of Penguin Random House LLC

What can I say about this book?

It's fantastic!

It's amazing!

It's interesting!

It's knowledgeable!

And it's fun! I couldn't put it down until I had devoured every single page!

It runs the gamut of the art world. From the pyramids to the modern age! The how's, the why's, and the gee whizzes!

This would make a great gift for anyone! A wonderful coffee table book! Perfect for any art lover.

My only flaw is that my copy arrived with the spine broken! I'm so in love with it, however, that I'm going to take it to a bookbinder and see if I can get it repaired. Yes, it's that great!

I give this book five stars,

a big thumbs up,



and I highly recommend it!

You can purchase the book HERE. It retails for $16.49 in hardcover only, plus shipping and handling.







****DISCLAIMER: This book was provided by Amazon Vine in exchange for a fair and impartial review. All opinions above are solely those of this blog's author.