Thursday, June 29, 2017

Review: WOW! The Good News in Four Words by Dandi Daley Mackall



Review: WOW! The Good News in Four Words
Dandi Daley Mackall
Tyndale House Publishers
2017

This is one of several books that attempts to explain the gospel to children.  It’s not as easy as it sounds since us grownups have made it pretty complicated, in some respects.  I had heard someone say that they found it quite difficult to explain things especially around Easter time, so I decided to give this book a look.
Wow!: The Good News in Four WordsIt is meant to be read to children.  That’s a plus right there.  It isn’t something you place in front of them and walk away.  That meets the first criterium in my opinion.  Parental involvement.  The size of the book works for sharing it with someone.  Nice big pages, colorful illustrations done by Annabel Tempest, and print that fills the space left for it nicely. 
The story is told in rhyme and mostly simple terms.  There are some words like grace or Savior that might trip up a young child, but with mom or dad there to help her understand I think it’ll be OK.  The child is encouraged to participate whenever the word Wow!, Uh-oh, Yes!, or Ahh  appears.  There’s the four words from the title.  Good choices, I think.
This seems like an entry point book for helping your child understand the gospel. And fear not, if the dust cover gets torn, the cover itself also has the art work.  Nice touch, I think.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review.








Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Review: As Kingfishers Catch Fire: A Conversation on the Ways of God Formed by the Words of God Eugene H. Peterson



Review: As Kingfishers Catch Fire: A Conversation on the Ways of God Formed by the Words of God
Eugene H. Peterson
Waterbrook
2017

As Kingfishers Catch Fire: A Conversation on the Ways of God Formed by the Words of God  -     By: Eugene H. PetersonI am enjoying this book so much already that I decided to go ahead a write a few lines about it.  Eugene Peterson is hardly a new name to many people, but for me, we are just getting acquainted.  And I’ve found that this book is a treasure, maybe even a classic.  Time will decide that.  I hope the parishioners he served over the years will find it so.

This is a compilation of his sermons arranged in seven sets of seven centered around seven key figures of the Bible from Moses to John of Patmos.  The lives and times of those individuals will also take the reader through the timeline of the Bible and a lot if its text.  His sermons are not long or tedious.  Nor is this a book that you plow through and set aside.  Instead, he gives the reader food for thought that requires time to digest properly.  That time is not wasted either, in my opinion.

Eloquent, thoughtful, timeless.   
  
I received this book from the publisher in return for a review.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Review: The Little French Bistro by Nina George



Review: The Little French Bistro
Nina George
Crown
2017

The Little French Bistro by Nina George
I have to admit that I'm not a fan of romance novels, but I think this one goes beyond the boy meets girl idea.  By a bunch.  If adults had coming of age stories this one would fit there.  Marianne travels a road many people I know would love to, but fear taking the steps needed. And that is the basis of this book.  Taking the steps.  Joy, sorrow, whatever comes and keep on taking the steps.  

I agree with many of the comments already made about George's ability to build wonderful characters, paint scenes that vibrate with energy, and tell a story too.  Her writing touches the heart and not in some sappy, maudlin way.  A place of real emotions and desire.  Speaking of desire---her intimate scenes are just that, intimate.  In body and mind.  And not for just spicing things up a bit.  She captures the true nature of intimacy.  

Lucky breaks all along the way are my nit with this work, but I'm willing to go with that.  That's how into her writing I am.  Viva Nina!!  I enjoyed this book.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review.