To Be Perfectly Honest – Phil Calloway

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Book Description

Publication Date: May 3, 2011

Would I Lie to You? Not This Year.

Veteran author and speaker Phil Callaway is no stranger to daunting challenges. He has been laughed at—repeatedly—by large crowds of people from Halifax to Hong Kong. He fathered three children in three years, spent much of last year on airplanes built by the lowest bidder, and flipped an out-of-control ATV, which doesn’t mean he sold it for a profit. So who better than Phil Callaway to boldly accept a challenge that would make the average person run and hide?

Phil promised to tell the truth for an entire year, and he wasn’t joking. Twelve months later, his journal was crammed with successes, near-successes, and outright failures. During his year-long experiment with veracity, he made a disastrous financial investment, fielded hundreds of intrusive questions from friends and strangers, attended a thirty-year class reunion, and waded into possibly the most revealing—and hilarious—situations he has ever documented.

Find out what happens when a follower of Jesus does his level best to always tell the truth. There is no doubt you’ll be entertained. But don’t be surprised if you are left with a question: how might your life be changed if you sold out to the truth—with no exceptions?


MY REVIEW

I will start off by saying that I am familiar with the works of Phil Calloway, having read a few of his previous books – Honey I Dunked the Kids, Who Put the Skunk in the Trunk and Who Put My Life on Fast Forward, as well as others. Phil Calloway brings his unique sense of humor to the subject of honesty as well as he did to the family subjects.

I do not think I have ever in my life critized the title of a book, but this one – To Be Perfectly Honest: One Man’s Year of Almost Living Truthfully Could Change Your Life. No Lie has to be Phil’s own humorous one – did he really only Almost live this year, or should it have been One Man’s Year of Living Almost Truthfully? Because, though he took up the challenge to be truthful, he failed. But he failed and having failed, tried again.

Hilarious, insghtful, fabulous. All of this and more is what you get when you read the journal entries for each of the 365 days.

I am eager to introduce my friends and acquantances to Phil’s latest book. In it he challenges us all to think about what we say before we say it, and teaches us to temper to the occasion.


I received this free book from Multnomah Publishers in exchange for my honest review, which I have done. The opinions expressed are my own.





The Sun Zebra – Rolando Garcia

The Sun Zebra

 

 

 

Book Description

Publication Date: November 18, 2011
This book is written with a tender humor and a genuine compassion for the importance of the feelings and emotions of a child.
The Kindle Book Review

This little book is like iced tea on a hot day. It changes things inside of you.
Joyce Faulkner, Author of “In the Shadow of Suribachi,” “Losing Patience,” “For Shrieking Out Loud,” and “USERNAME.”

There is so much love echoing through these stories — love of family and love of nature — they are a joy to read.
Barbara Alfaro author of “Mirror Talk”

This is a book you will want to read again and again, particularly aloud to those who are important in your life.
Inge Meldgaard author of “A death in the Making” and “The Cicada”

R. Garcia, the writer who is also known by his pen name “Phantomimic,” brings you “The Sun Zebra”, which is best described as a children’s book for grownups. Its aim is to encourage us to discover (or rediscover) the amazing things that children and their magical carefree world can teach us, even as we try to teach them about the harsh realities of our own. The book is a collection of five stories that follow the “adventures in living” of an unusual little girl named Nell, her mother Rhonda, and Nell’s father who is the narrator of the stories.

I loved these stories because they are a reminder of what’s important in life: the bonds we have with our family and friends and the incredible magic of children.
Ingrid Ricks author of “Hippie Boy”

The stories are pleasant, funny, and delightful to read, but you quickly discover that they go much deeper than you anticipated when you first began reading them.
Robert David McNeil author of “Iona Portal”

Buy this book and you too will feel the sun shine on you in a new and different way. I promise.
Laura Novak author of “Finding Clarity”

My Review

 

 

i found this book of short stories nothing less than fantastic. Rolando did a superb job of giving the reader a glimpse of the world through the eyes of a child. There are just two things wrong with this book…it is not available in print form, so i can’t pass it on, or put it in the library, and it wasn’t long enough. Thank you Rolando for giving me the opportunity to read it, and review it!

Momaholice – Dena Higley

 

 

MomaholicConfessions of a Helicopter Parent

By Dena Higley
Published by Thomas Nelson

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Book Description

Every mom has felt the need to be perfect.

Momaholic is one woman’s private, dramatic, and often comical invitation to peek inside a time in her life where everything fell apart and she had to take an honest look at what she was doing right and what she’d been doing terribly wrong. With this simple discovery, her whacky family’s season of becoming unraveled found a new glue (other than her blood, sweat and tears) that would re-bond her family and unite them in a deeper and more functional way than ever before.

The real life characters:

* A MOM who is literally the head writer of a network soap opera… at work and at home * A HUSBAND who expects perfection from his kids and his wife, but who has the wisdom to know he’s being unrealistic and yet, can’t help but scratch his head in frustration as his family’s troubles seem to spiral out of his control * An autistic SON * A popular DAUGHTER who is suddenly pregnant * An ADOPTED DAUGHTER pulled from the jungles of Vietnam with no leg below the right knee and fingers fused together * An ADOPTED SON from Ethiopia, rescued from the streets at the age of 9. 

This is a story showing the speed with which a “normal” family can fall apart. No one dies. No one gets kidnapped. They just have to deal with each of their own issues….and then one unwanted and unplanned pregnancy. This was a church-going family whose kids were taught abstinence until marriage. With the family running around as the tornado sirens roared warnings to take cover, mother, Miss Drama, becomes the biggest mess of all and ends up finding a whole new freedom for her soul.

 

MY REVIEWI just finished reading Momaholic – Crazy Confessions of a Helicopter Parent by Dena Higley. I am not even sure why I picked this book from the lineup of available books to read from the Booksneeze program at Thomas Nelson. Maybe it was the most interesting? It sure wasn’t about the cover, and it definitely wasn’t pegged as fiction. I am not a mom of any sort, don’t watch tv, never mind soaps so it wasn’t because I knew Dena’s name from there or knew I was a helicopter mom. But none the less, I am glad I did, and will be telling my mom friends about this one.

Dena writes with humor in about every line, for sure in every situation, though some of the situations are no laughing matter. She is very honest, and not afraid to tell it like it is, bad parts with the good. I would think that any parent, whether caught up in hovering over their children to the point of unhelathy hovering, or just starting will find relief and help in reading this book. No, I would not call this a self-help book, just sharing from one frazzled mother to the next.

The book is well written, and a joy to read.

 

I received this book free through Thomas Nelsons’s Booksneeze program in exchange for an honest review, which I have done. The opinions are my own.

 

Wildflowers from Winter – Katie Ganshert

Wildflowers from Winter

 

A young architect at a prestigious Chicago firm, Bethany Quinn has built a life far removed from her trailer park teen years. Until an interruption from her estranged mother reveals that tragedy has struck in her hometown and a reluctant Bethany is called back to rural Iowa. Determined to pay her respects while avoiding any emotional entanglements, she vows not to stay long. But the unexpected inheritance of farmland and a startling turn of events in Chicago forces Bethany to come up with a new plan.

Handsome farmhand Evan Price has taken care of the Quinn farm for years. So when Bethany is left the land, he must fight her decisions to realize his dreams. But even as he disagrees with Bethany’s vision, Evan feels drawn to her and the pain she keeps so carefully locked away. 

For Bethany, making peace with her past and the God of her childhood doesn’t seem like the path to freedom. Is letting go the only way to new life, love and a peace she’s not even sure exists? 

 
MY REVIEW
The prologue of the story starts off with memories of when Bethany was 12 years old. And so, the novel is set, and throughout it the reader strives to find out the why. In the end, Bethany does say why, but the reason may not be what you expect it to be. Except for the times when a memory is told, (which is told in first person, past tense, from Bethany’s point of view) the story is told in third person past tense. This is the way I prefer to read a novel, and in this case works well for the author and reader. Emotional angst is brought in, and I felt the pain, the confusion and impatience as things did not work out for either of the main characters.
Being a farmer myself, I related to some of the issues, but I believe that even without that, the reader will enjoy the story.
Through these remenisces we find out the background to the issues surrounding the story, from the distance between mother and daughter, as well as Bethany and God. Bethany’s growing maturity came through clear. Evan was a sensitive man, but not unbelievably so, and frustrated enough at the way his life was going to be realistic.
I would recommend this story to anyone loving a romance with some depth to it.
 
I received this book free from Waterbrook Press through their Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest opinion, which I have given. These thoughts are my own.

Need You Now – Beth Wiseman

 

Need You Now

Need You Now

BY BETH WISEMAN
PUBLISHED BY THOMAS NELSON

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

When big-city life threatens the safety of one of their children, Brad and Darlene Henderson move with their three teenagers from Houston to the tiny town of Round Top, Texas.

Adjusting to small-town life is difficult for the kids, especially fifteen-year-old Grace who is coping in a dangerous way.

Married life hasn’t always been bliss, but their strong faith has carried Brad and Darlene through the difficult times. When Darlene takes a job outside the home for the first time in their marriage, the domestic tension rises.

While working with special needs children at her new job, the widowed father of one of the students starts paying more attention to Darlene than is appropriate. Problem is, she feels like someone is listening to her for the first time in a long time.

If Darlene ever needed God . . . it’s now.

Experience a family’s triumph over lies, betrayal, and loss while still clinging to the One who matters most.

 

MY REVIEW

 

 

What makes a novel memorable?

Is it strong characters? check ; believable characters and situations? check, vulnerable and true to life? check engages your emotions and senses? check

 

Need You Now has all these and more.   

I have read most of Beth Wiseman’s Amish novels, and loved how she engages the reader, and brings out the things we all share with their culture, but i was not prepared for the depth she put into the characters in this comtemporary novel.

 

From the first she had my heart beating rapidly as I waited and read to see who or what the intruder was in Darlene’s bedroom. At this point, it could have been anything from a mouse to a murderer. The issues Darlene and Brad face as parents is something no parent wants to admit might be in realm of possibilites. The ones they face as couple would never face us, except it does. Who doesn’t keep secrets, however innocent we think they are from ones we love? Who doesn’t doubt our loved one (parent, child, spouse, sibling) in what they said or did or what we think they meant, or tell others what we think they want to hear?

This novel deals with each of these situations and more, and I was not expecting to feel with the characters as I did. All in all, this was one great novel, and can truly recommend this for all adults who love the Lord or want to know more about Him, as well as all romance readers.

 

I received this novel from Thomas Nelson Publishers through their Booksneeze program, in exchange for an honest review of the same. The opinions stated in this post are my own.