Thursday, May 19, 2011

Book Review: Keeping Secrets (Journals of the Big Mouth Bass)

Keeping Secrets is the first book in the Journals of the Big Mouth Bass series by Debbie Sue Bass Williamson. It’s a fiction book for 8-12 year olds. It is written in diary format. That is a tough style of writing to pull off but the author manages to make it interesting. 9-year-old Debbie Bass writes in her journal to God sharing her thoughts and feelings and adventures. She wants to learn to keep secrets and no longer be called by her nickname, “Big Mouth Bass”. The book moves along at a nice, fast pace.

I did not like the chapter on “magic” since real magic has always been bad and tied to satan. There’s no such thing as good “magic”. There was frequent misuse of God’s name as well in the forms of “j-e-e-z” and “b-e-j-e-s-u-s”. One final negative note: I found the ending to be devastatingly sad.  In my opinion, it was entirely unnecessary and I can’t imagine how tragic it might be for a younger kid. On the good side, the fact that I found the ending to be sad means that the author successfully made me care for the main characters.

In the end, it's great to have had the chance to read a book whose target audience is the same as the age range I want to write for.

~I received this book free from Cadence Marketing Group in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Book Review: The Amusings of a Missionary

Title: The Amusings of a Missionary
Author: Ken Board
ISBN: 9781935265313
Publisher: Citadel, A Division of Deep River Books
Publishing Date: 2010
Price: $14.99

Ken Board has served as a missionary in Japan for the past 42 years. Wow. That’s a long time.

The Amusings of a Missionary is a collection of some of the short messages he has written for his church bulletin over the years. He has certainly been in some strange, interesting, and funny situations. From his experiences as the father of four children to his tales of different animals to dropping his camera into a bowl of ramen noodles, the author shares about his life in Japan. There he ties it in to a Biblical principle and how it applies to our lives. Pastor Board seems down-to-earth; he has the ability to laugh at himself J.

I personally didn’t find the book as funny as I expected (considering that the title says "amusing") but I did learn things about Japan that I didn’t know. It’s interesting how with some creativity, practically any situation can be coupled with a Bible verse and illustrate something in the Christian life.  There are around 200 anecdotes in The Amusings of a Missionary.  While this book did not tickle my funny bone, there is nothing wrong with it so I feel safe recommending it.

~I received this book free from Bring It On Communications in exchange for my honest review.

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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day, Mom!

                                              *Mom and I at Grandma's house yesterday

Here are just five things that I'm thankful for that you have done/do, Mom:

Thank you...for home educating me.  (I'll be graduating this summer...your first graduate...can you believe it ;)?)

Thank you...for being there to talk over my concerns, frustrations, excitements, observations, etc., etc.  I love talking with you!

Thank you...for cooking for me (and all of us).  My stomach is eagerly anticipating the dumplings you are cooking right now...

Thank you...for your forgiveness when I mess up...your prayers for my well-being...and your love no matter what. (Okay, that was more than one thing :).  I might as well add that I like your sense of humor!)

Thank you...for raising me up to fear God.

I would not be who I am today without you!  I love you, Mom!