Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Can't Help It...

Okay, I'm going to post all of the "Insanitized" video by Tim Hawkins. These videos are not mine; I found them on youtube.

Do you blame me? He's is just way too funny!












(The part when he starts talking in a fake Indian-ish accent totally cracks me up XD)





Blessings,

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Review of Goodbye, Hollywood Nobody!


Goodbye, Hollywood Nobody by Lisa Samson is the fourth and final book about Scotty Dawn. You can see my review for the first two books here and here. Scotty and her father are desperately searching for Scotty's mother, who got separated from them when Scotty was very young. Charley is off to Scotland to be with her amazing, charming boyfriend, and Seth Haas, well, he's turned a corner and is now more like the guy Scotty knows and loves... that is, like a sister... sort of... yikes! When Karissa arrives at at the home for children where Scotty is volunteering, things start going crazy. When Karissa makes a huge mistake, will Scotty be able to forgive her and be "Jesusy extraordinary?"

Okay, loved this ending, although I'll admit the first book was the best. I loved how everything tied together in the end. Sometimes things don't work the way we thought or would have hoped it would turn out, but we can know God will use our circumstances for His glory. Scotty is still a character, with her unique sayings and actions. The story was a little boring at times, but a good message overall. As the story ends with Scotty's 18th birthday bash, readers will be extremely happy to see the story end in such a beautiful way yet sad to see the stories about Scotty end.

Only things are that there's an unwed mother and a guy who pledges to stay away from girls in the inappropriate sense and be a better man.

All in all, I rate this book four out of five stars. Recommended to teen gals!

Specifics (from amazon.com) : 
Paperback: 192 pages 
Publisher: NavPress (August 21, 2008)

Thanks to NavPress for providing me with a free copy of this book for reviewing purposes. 

Blessings,

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Ungrateful Children

Tim Hawkins is hilarious... 'Nuff said. :)



Blessings,

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Review of Promises to Keep!

Promises to Keep by Ann Tatlock is a poignant historical story of eleven-year-old Roz Anthony. Roz's family moves to a small town in Illinois to escape Roz's abusive father, and they soon meet Tillie, an older woman who is determined that their house is her house. This eccentric woman soon captures the hearts of Roz's mother and little sister. Still skeptical is Roz's half-brother, Wally, who is bitter because of the treatment he received from Roz's father. Tillie's claim that she will die in her house causes a unique arrangement that leads to her living with the Anthonys. Roz soon befriends a girl named Mara, who she soon discovers hides secrets of her own. When danger finds its way to the Anthony family, Roz soon finds herself in the middle of it all. Decisions soon bring consequences and sacrifices lead to the healing of a family.

I absolutely loved this book. Good authors are able to weave a whole world through their character's perspective, and Ann Tatlock has done an amazing job with the point of view of Roz. Her voice is crystal clear and gently guides a reader through the plot of the story. Racial issues, abuse, and alcohol are all dealt without taking away from the flow of the story.The story is well-settled in the era of the Vietnam war, and it is easy for a reader to immerse themselves into Roz's world. Tillie is such a unique character- imagine finding a woman sitting on your front porch, reading the morning newspaper! And when you question her, she claims that your house is her house and that she will die in your house! Tillie's character is sweet and loving, and she brings Christ to the Anthony family without being overwhelmingly "preachy". Excellent, excellent book.

I recommend this book to readers in their teens and up. Five out of five stars!

Specifics: ( from amazon.com)
Paperback: 348 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (February 1, 2011)

Thanks to Bethany House Publishers for providing a free copy of this book for reviewing purposes.

Blessings,

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Can't Shut Up!



Ahhhhhhh! I love this song. New artist Anthem Lights' "Can't Shut Up"!!!! Follow them on facebook or sign up for their e-newsletter and you can get a download of this track for free!!!!

Not my image


Blessings,

Friday, April 1, 2011

Review of My Foolish Heart!

My Foolish Heart by Susan May Warren is a heartwarming story of faith, love, and healing. Isadora Presley has secretly been hosting a nation-wide radio show as Miss Foolish Heart from her home in little Deep Haven. She is a relationship expert and often has the answers to love troubles, although she has never experienced such a relationship before. She must hide out in her home because of a post-traumatic syndrome from a tragic accident that killed her mother and paralyzed her father.   

Caleb Knight has recently had to deal with a disability he got when on tour in Iraq. He's risen above his challenges, and he is ready to tackle a new one. Literally. Caleb wants to get a new coaching position in Deep Haven, but he soon learns he has to fight for the opportunity with former local football star, Seb Brewster. Seb has scars of his own that will take courage and true love to heal.

 When Caleb takes notice of his pretty neighbor (who happens to be Isadora) his interest is piqued. He notices a radio show that airs before his favorite sports show, and he calls in to Miss Foolish Heart when he doesn't know what to do. He soon finds himself falling for the woman on the radio, but wait! He loves the girl next door, that's it. Right?

First off, the premise of this book was absolutely interesting! I'm not the biggest fan of contemporary romance, but I loved this book. The characters are fresh and their journey through the pages of this book is beautiful. I also liked how the story is about Isadora and Caleb, but there's also some side stories with Isadora and her best friend Lucy, Lucy and Seb, and Isadora and her father. It all tied together beautifully. The ideas of two coaches competing for the job, a woman who can't leave her home, and a coach who hides his disability were just so unique! Love. This. Book. 

The only thing to be aware of is that Seb and Lucy have a past with some shaded areas. It's clear that they were involved as a guy and a girl that they shouldn't be until they're married when they were young. Nothing bad; the book uses it as a premise for their pain and need for healing.

All in all, I rate this book five out of five stars. Recommended for late teen girls and up.

Coming soon to your favorite bookstore! 

Specifics: (from amazon.com)
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (May 1, 2011)

Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for a free advanced reader copy of this book for reviewing purposes!

Blessings,
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