Friday, October 31, 2014

Blog Tour - Bad Guys of the Bible




About the book: These bad guys are smart. You can be smarter. This entertaining book shows how knowing the enemy can help you be a righteous warrior in your own life. Any discussion of bad guys has to begin with “in the beginning.” From Genesis to Revelation, you’ll get the dirt on the dastardly deeds perpetrated by Bible characters ranging from the truly villainous to the temporarily wayward. Weaving together gospel truth and humor, Dennis Gaunt shows that you can’t have a great story without a great bad guy—and that by studying and knowing the mistakes that biblical bad guys made, we can avoid falling into similar perilous traps. This entertaining and inspiring book also wraps up each chapter with thoughtful questions that invite readers to ponder and apply in their own lives the spiritual lessons from these fascinating stories.

My review: I really enjoyed reading this book. I loved that I learned things I had never known or in some cases even thought about from the Bible. I loved the way this book is written, it's non-fiction, but there is a lot of humor involved. I like that what each of the bad guys had done wrong is likened to our day so that we can see how best to avoid making that mistake in our own lives. I really loved how this book made the Bible come more alive for me. Sometimes it seems as though I read the stories and they don't pop off of the page how a novel seems to, but this book helped the characters to pop off the page so I am able to know and understand them better than ever before. This really is a great book, can't wait to read more by this author!

I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

About the author: DENNIS GAUNT has been an avid student of the scriptures for as long as he can remember. He studied history and English at the University of Utah. He taught seminary and institute in CES for a number of years, and currently serves as the Gospel Doctrine teacher in his ward. He and his wife, Natalie, live in Sandy, Utah.

Tour Schedule:

Schedule:
28th: http://www.iamareader.com/, http://www.minreadsandreviews.blogspot.com/ & http://www.ldswomensbookreview.com
29th: http://ilovetoreadandreviewbooks.blogspot.com/
30th: http://rockinbookreviews.com/
31st: http://mybookaday.blogspot.com/

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Movie review - The Last Straw

About the DVD: It's Christmas break at the McDonald house, but silent nights—and days—are nowhere to be found. With the children's constant bickering, pretty packages and a sweet-smelling tree don't come close to filling the McDonald home with the true spirit of the first Christmas. Then Mom remembers an old tradition of building a soft bed for Baby Jesus one straw at a time. Each time someone secretly does something nice for another family member, he or she gets to add a single straw to the manger. Soon the children's quarreling and negative feelings subside and the homemade crib is overflowing. But for one family member, a required act of kindness becomes more than he can take. Inspired by a true story and filled with both heart and humor, The Last Straw may forever change the way your family celebrates Christmas.

My Review: I don't know about you, but Christmas is my favorite holiday and I LOVE watching Christmas movies. Our family has so many that last year we didn't even get around to watching all of them. We have a plan this year though, we're going to start watching them right away. This is one of those movies that you will want to add to your list of Christmas movies you watch every year. This movie is so cute! I loved how the family seems like a normal family, the kids even fight just like ours do. I loved how the mom was pretty much at the end of her rope and then she saw a Nativity set and she knew exactly what to do to help her kids get more of the Christmas spirit and not fight as much. This movie is filled with humor, love, laughter and Christmas spirit. The end brought tears to my eyes. My whole family loved it and our middle daughter asked to watch it again right away, not something she normally would do. I love that it is a movie that you can watch with your whole family. Make sure to make time to watch this great movie!

I was sent a pre-copy of this DVD in exchange for an honest review.

This movie will be available on November 14th, you can pre-order it at Deseret Book now.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Insider

About the book: After an arduous assignment in the desert of Afghanistan, investigative journalist Ben Cooper is completely unprepared for what awaits him upon his return to Kabul. Two weeks ago, his twin brother, Jed, was killed in a car accident — and Ben was given guardianship of Jed’s daughter, Zoe. Setting aside his grief, Ben rushes to Salt Lake only to find escalating chaos — and a rising mystery. Jed’s heartless ex-wife and her powerful husband have taken Zoe, and forensic evidence indicates that Jed’s demise was no accident. Now Ben must draw on his arsenal of investigative expertise to uncover the truth about his brother’s death and to save his niece from a terrifying conspiracy more deadly than he could have imagined.

My review: I LOVED this book! It grabbed me from the very beginning and I didn't want to put it down. I loved the way it was written, you see the murderer and the car accident without having any idea who the murderer was and why it happened. I loved the characters, Ben and Rachel are well-written characters. I loved their sweet love story, such a fun part of the book. The plot was amazing, you won't want to stop reading until you've read the very last word. I love that Sian Bessey is able to write a gripping mystery complete with a great love story and leave all of the yucky things out of it, I never had to worry if one of our kids was reading over my shoulder and I never felt uncomfortable myself. This is one book you'll want to pick up and read yourself!

I was able to borrow this book from my local library. 

About the author: Sian Ann Bessey was born in Cambridge, England, and grew up on the island of Anglesey off the north coast of Wales. She left Wales to attend Brigham Young University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications.

Traveling has given Sian a deep appreciation for a world full of diverse cultures. Through her writing, she introduces her readers to some of the places she has come to love— especially her Welsh homeland.

Sian is the author of several LDS novels and children’s books. She has also written articles for the New Era, Ensign, and Liahona magazines. She and her husband, Kent, currently reside in Rexburg, Idaho. They are the parents of five children and the grandparents of two beautiful little girls and one handsome little boy.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Cover Reveal - Endless

I'm really excited to show you the cover of Jaclyn Weist's book that's coming up next week. I loved her book, The Princess and the Prom Queen, and I'm way excited to be able to read more books by her!

Author Name: Jaclyn Weist
Book Title:  Endless
Book Genre:  YA fantasy
Release Date: November 28th, 2014
Publisher: Trifecta Books
Tour Host: Silverbow Promotions


 


Sydney lives her nightmares every night. While other teenagers are dreaming of boys or traveling to exotic places, she must run a staircase with no beginning or no end, or a terrible debt will never be paid.

Just before her seventeenth birthday, the dreams change. She is no longer alone.
But her nightmares don’t end when she wakes up. Her stepmother and stepsisters threaten to ruin everything she holds dear. She must protect the secret that both she and her father have magic or they will use it to their advantage.

As Sydney learns to control her magic, what seemed impossible before—escaping her stepmother and those ever-present stairs—is now at her fingertips. When she learns the ultimate plan of her evil captor, Sydney must stop her at all costs, or she will forever lose her soul.

~ About the Author ~ 


Jaclyn is an Idaho farm girl who grew up loving to read. She developed a love for writing as a senior in high school, when her dad jokingly said she was the next Dr. Seuss (not even close but very sweet). She met her husband, Steve at BYU and they have six happy, crazy children that encourage her writing. After owning a bookstore and running away to have adventures in Australia, they settled back down in their home in Utah. Jaclyn now spends her days herding her kids to various activities and trying to remember what she was supposed to do next.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Blog Tour - Sweet and Clean Romance Collection

Sweet and Clean Romance Collection

Ok clean romance lovers these books are for you!! Trifecta Books is excited to announce their new line of short contemporary romance novels for e-book. The Sweet and Clean Romance Collection will melt your heart and sweep you off your feet. There are currently four books out with many more titles coming soon.   

Hearts in Harmony and Something Blue

I'm really excited today to tell you about some amazing new books from Trifecta Books. Each of these sweet books are clean and full of a really cute romance. I enjoyed reading each and every one of them.

And Something BlueAnd Something Blue by Paige Timothy (Main Street Merchants #1) Bridal consultant Laurie Fletcher spends her days helping others prepare for the most special day of their lives. Will true love ever come her way, or is she doomed to watch others get their happily ever after?

My Review: This was a fun book, the start of a new series. I loved all of the girls you meet in this book. The girls are mostly roommates of Laurie, and I can't wait to get to know each of them in their own stories. I loved the flow of this book. The plot just seemed to work and be really sweet, just what you want in a quick, easy read. I thought that the characters were really well done, and I love how the little town and Main Street itself almost become characters as well. If you're a fan of clean romance you won't want to miss this fun new series!


For Love or MoneyFor Love And Money by Paige Timothy (Main Street Merchants #2) Cynical Morgan has just about decided that no one could possibly fall in love with her - all the good guys want perfect girls, and she's anything but perfect. But then along comes the guy who falls head-over-heels in love with her just as she is and helps her find the bright side of life again.

My Review: This was a really fun one too. I loved Morgan and the bank. I really loved just how clueless she really was about love and being in it. She thought all she had to do was see the right person and bang! What she didn't realize was that sometimes you need to open your eyes and look around. I thought that it was really fun how you saw some of the same things that happened in Laurie's story here, just through Morgan's eyes this time. I really enjoyed her viewpoint. I thought the plot of this one was fun and cute too! Can't wait for more of this sweet series!


Hearts in Harmony  Hearts in Harmony by Raine Gillespie (Love Notes #1) Elahna Nezario gave up her musical dreams to help run the Queen of Hearts, her mother’s chocolate shop, after her sister’s sudden death. After an unfortunate run-in with Elahna’s childhood crush, owner of the Dolce Theater, not only do her dreams surge back to life, but so does her heart.

My review: In all honesty, this book was the one of the four that took me the longest amount of time to get into. It's not that I didn't like it, it's just that the beginning was maybe just a bit slow. I really did like Elahna, it seemed as though she had some of the very worst luck possible at the beginning. As the story goes along and I understood more of exactly what was going on, I liked the story more and more. I also really liked Timothy, at the beginning he kind of seems cruel, but by the end he had really grown on me. The characters in this book are well written and the plot was good. I am excited to read more about some of the other characters in this book as the series goes along.


Waltzing on Wheels  Waltzing on Wheels by Raine Gillespie (Love Notes #2) Meredith Aaron lost all hope for love after a car accident put her in a wheelchair. Who would want her, broken as she is? After her brother tells her to save a dance for him at his wedding, she decides to somehow learn how to dance on the only legs she has left—her wheels.

My review: This book was super cute. I loved the spunky Meredith. I loved how there was no way she was going to let her brother, Timothy,  tell her that she couldn't dance at his wedding. I love the way that she learns to dance in her wheelchair, she really is an amazing character! I also liked Kyler. What I really thought was fun was that Meredith knew Kyler, she just didn't know that she did. I love the way that he's able to see past her need for a wheelchair to the girl underneath. Such a great book, I can't wait to read more in this series!

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Blog Tour - A Refuge From the Storm

About the bookIn our tempestuous day, where can we turn for refuge

It is no surprise to anyone familiar with prophecy that the latter days are stormy ones. "We live in a very dangerous world that threatens those things that are most spiritual," writes President Boyd K. Packer. "The adversary is about. His objective is to cause injury."

But there is a place of strength and peace, a true refuge from the storm. In this powerful book, President Packer discusses the priesthood, the family, and the Church, three important forces that, working together, create a haven from the world. "The gospel of Jesus Christ enables individuals to become exalted by being part of eternal families," he writes. "The gospel contains the purpose, the doctrine, and the plan. The priesthood is the power and the authority. The Church has the means and organization. The exalted, eternal family is the end of the gospel plan."

This apostolic counsel will help you build an unshakable foundation for eternity by strengthening your understanding of core doctrine regarding the priesthood, the family, and the Church.

My review: I LOVE President Packer, I love how he is not afraid to tell things as they are. He is really an amazing man. This book is really awesome! It talks about what all of us need to know about the Priesthood, it's written for men, women, youth and children to help us all learn about this marvelous power that Heavenly Father has given us to help protect us from the storms of life. I think it's really a timely book, there are so many voices around us telling us exactly what the Priesthood should mean to men and women. Unfortunately, those voices are mostly sent from the Devil and we need to look to our leaders to know what Heavenly Father would have us know about the subject. Thanks to President Packer for giving us this great book to help us learn more about our Father's power.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Purchase at Deseret Book, online and in stores.

About the author: BOYD K. PACKER, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has been a member of that quorum since 1970 and a General Authority since 1961. Immediately prior to that, he was the supervisor of seminaries and institutes for the Church. He is a former president of the New England States Mission.

President Packer was born in Brigham City, Utah. He served as a pilot in the United States Air Force during World War II and later obtained his doctorate in education from Brigham Young University. He is the author of several best-selling books, including The Holy Temple, That All May Be Edified, and Teach Ye Diligently.

He and his wife, Donna Edith Smith Packer, are the parents of ten children.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Blog Tour - Visions of Hope

About the book: The most fundamental questions in our lives—questions about where we came from, why we are here, and where we are gonig—are answered when we have a true understanding of the plan of salvation. Now, our understanding is deepened and enlivened by this beautifully illustrated depiction of God's eternal plan for His children. In her unique, richly textured style, fine artist Annie Henrie offers a visual interpretations of the plan of salvation, including pre-earth life, the Creation, the Fall of Adam and Eve, life on earth, the spirit world, the Atonement and the Resurrection, and the kingdoms of glory. Accompanied by text from the scriptures, each exquisite image testifies of God's love for us and of His plan of happiness.

My review: This book is just beautiful! We used this book as part of a Family Home Evening lesson that our oldest daughter taught a couple of weeks ago and everyone agreed that the pictures in it are fabulous. I loved the way that there is a picture and scripture for every stage of the plan of happiness. I loved how God's plan for his children is portrayed through beautiful picture and perfect scriptures so even young children can learn of God's love for them. 

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Purchase at Deseret Book, online and in stores.

About the author: ANNIE HENRIE graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree from Brigham Young University in April 2012, and since the age of sixteen she has shown her work in galleries, including Bronze Coast Gallery in Cannon Beach, Oregon; Authentique Gallery in St. George, Utah; and Deseret Book stores. Annie grew up in Bountiful, Utah, and is the daughter of Cary and Sauni Henrie. Her father, also a professional artist, has taught his daughter how to paint and draw since she was in kindergarten. Annie’s work is inspired by her experiences serving as a missionary in southern England and studying Renaissance art in Italy. She currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah.