I Heart Books

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Never Say Never By Lisa Wingate

Kai Miller, is a young woman who has never really experienced a place called "home". She grew up nowhere but rather everywhere, with a dreamer for a father, who felt fame was more important than anchoring down and raising a family, what Kai calls the "normal" way. However, when fate has Kai cross paths with Donetta Bradford, a native Texan, during a hurricane evacuation Kai's world starts to change drastically and she starts to wonder if life will ever be the same again. Now the real question, after she runs into sexy Kemp Eldridge and things get a bit steamy, does she want her world back to the way it was?

I was really excited about reading Never Say Never when I found out the setting was in Texas, being that I was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. When I started reading, however, I found the first two chapters rather dull and hard to get through. After I passed them I found the novel picking up speed and I caught myself unable to pull my eyes from the pages. One thing I wasn't excited about was the hurricane scenario as I kept thinking to myself, "I've seen it all on TV already, what more could anyone add to such a mess?" This book brought the realization to my eyes the bonds formed with people during such hard times, not shown in such detail on TV. I can definitely see Never Say Never as a cute rom-com film and I recommend it, with high marks, to all the people who enjoy a good ole hometown story that makes ya feel good.
I received a free copy of Never Say Never by Lisa Wingate from Bethany House Publishers. If you would like to write reviews sign up hear: www.bethanyhouse.com/bookreviewers

Jessie D

Monday, March 1, 2010

66 Love Letters: Dr. Larry Crabb

The 39 books that make up the Old Testament and the 27 that make up the New Testament of the bible are condensed and put together in this piece by Dr. Crabb entitled 66 Love Letters: A Conversation With God that Invites You Into His Story. With most of the chapters no longer than three or four pages Dr. Crabb's book is a smooth and easy read for such a long and large book.
It came as a great surprise that I enjoyed reading it. As a person who strictly reads fiction, I have to admit my first experience with a spiritual growth book was indeed enjoyable. Although, as I progressed into the book, it explains each of the 66 books in the bible as if they were love letters written directly from God, but I couldn't keep myself from visualizing this book written in a journal or some sort of diary kept by Dr.Crabb. However, as I said earlier I am a fiction reader always in search of a good story and I found one that was also encouraging. It also made the bible seem a lot more understandable.
On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is the least enjoyable and ten being the most enjoyable, I give 66 Love Letters a nice solid 7, so listen up you die hard fiction readers, just like myself, if you are brave enough to step out of your comfort zone of fiction works this book will definitely blow your mind and make it all worthwhile.
I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Jessie D