Monday, May 16, 2016

A Daring Sacrifice by Jody Hedlund

Book review of A Daring Sacrifice by Jody Hedlund (Zondervan) by papertapepins

In A Daring Sacrifice by Jody Hedlund, Julianna is the daughter of a lord, who following her father's death, she has started disguising herself as a young man, living in the woods and helping the poor and starving people. Her harsh uncle rules the land that should be hers and orders that she be captured. Collin has been summoned to Wessex by the lord to protect the nobles from a group of vigilantes who have been attacking traveling parties with bows and arrows, stealing their valuable possessions. But when he comes across the leader of this group, he feels a familiarity to a girl that he knew as a youth. Soon he and Juliana are fighting for what each believes is right, while also fighting the feelings that have begun to develop between them both.

First of all, isn't that a lovely cover? That caught my interest right off. Then there was the fact that is is a remake of the classic Robin Hood story. Very cool. It lives up to both the greatness of the original tale and the cover, I'm pleased to say!

Julianna is a wonderful heroine. She's not perfect but you are definitely rooting for her right from the get-go. She is daring and fearless as a huntress and bandit providing for her band of people hiding in the forest but she's not without her longings and insecurities. As a book geared to a YA audience I wasn't sure if I would find this up to the author's writing level from previous books (I haven't read the first in the series yet, but I will!) but I didn't find it was simplified or more written differently as sometimes can be the case. In fact, I would recommend this book to an older teen and up audience as there is somewhat gory torture details, true to the time, but maybe not appropriate for tweens/young teens, and also because of the amount of romance. That could have been cut back just a little. It manages not to get in the way of the action, which starts on page one and continues all the way through. The banter between Julianna and Collin is fun and lightens up the storyline. Great story, I highly recommend it!

I received this book from Zondervan and BookLook for the purpose of an honest review. My opinion is my own.

About the Author

Jody Hedlund is the bestselling author of over a dozen novels, including A Noble Groom, winner of the 2014 Carol Award and INSPYs Award. She received a bachelor’s from Taylor University and a master’s from University of Wisconsin, both in social work. Currently she makes her home in Midland, Michigan, with her husband and five busy children.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

I Can Read: Great Stories of the Bible 6 in 1

Book review of Great Stories of the Bible from Adventure Bible!

Great Stories of the Bible is a six book treasury of level 2 Adventure Bible I Can Read titles designed for newly independent readers and based on the Adventure Bible—the #1 Bible for kids!
Read all about people in Bible times and their adventures in these well-known Bible stories.
The I Can Read stories by Adventure Bible are both accurate and beautiful ... and funny! You should see some of the pictures. The bit of humor adds to the story, but does not detract from the main point. They are, of course, short on details because they need to be told in few words, but they get the main details right. The hard cover and thick, glossy, colourful stories just beg to be opened and read. This is perfect for reading aloud to a 2 year old and up, and also for an early reader to practice with. Six Bible stories are included in this book.
I received this book from Zondervan and BookLook for the purpose of an honest review. My opinion is my own. 

Monday, May 9, 2016

Review of Fireproof, the movie

Review of the Fireproof DVD movie from


As Capt. Caleb Holt watches his marriage burn to the ground, he finds a love worth fighting for.

Fireproof: At work, inside burning buildings, Capt. Caleb Holt lives by the old firefighter's adage: Never leave your partner behind. At home, in the cooling embers of his marriage, he lives by his own rules.
Growing up, Catherine Holt always dreamed of marrying a loving, brave firefighter...just like her daddy. Now, after seven years of marriage, Catherine wonders when she stopped being "good enough" for her husband.
Regular arguments over jobs, finances, housework, and outside interests have readied them both to move on to something with more sparks.
As the couple prepares to enter divorce proceedings, Caleb's father challenges his son to commit to a 40-day experiment: "The Love Dare." Wondering if it's even worth the effort, Caleb agrees-for his father's sake more than for his marriage. When Caleb discovers the book's daily challenges are tied into his parents' newfound faith, his already limited interest is further dampened.
While trying to stay true to his promise, Caleb becomes frustrated time and again. He finally asks his father, "How am I supposed to show love to somebody who constantly rejects me?"
When his father explains that this is the love Christ shows to us, Caleb makes a life-changing commitment to love God. And with God's help he begins to understand what it means to truly love his wife.
But is it too late to fireproof his marriage? His job is to rescue others. Now Caleb Holt is ready to face his toughest job ever...rescuing his wife's heart.

Captain Caleb Holt is a fighter. His job is to fight fire and he puts everything into it, and his life on the line all the time on the job. At home, though, his marriage is wilting and unless he begins to fight for it, and quickly, it will be over. He has a tough decision to make, because fighting always has a cost. He decides to go for it, but his wife has a tough time believing that he's had a change of heart and that he cares at all anymore. She wonders what his ulterior motive is. 

Caleb's Dad challenges him to a 40 day "Love Dare" to win back his wife and throughout the challenge he deals with the deeper issues that have brought them to this place and begins to see that the only way to make this work is with the help of God. It is an unapologetically Christian movie, but everyone in a relationship will benefit from watching this.

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