Reviews by kratzy
On 4/22 kratzy wrote: The book by Jane Hampton Cook details a very specific episode in the life, work and marriage of John Quincy and Louisa Adams. The book starts with the riveting account of how Louisa embarks on her journey from Russia in the deep winter to meet up with her husband in France. On her travel westward, she ... Louisa Adams finally getting her side of the history voiced
On 4/14 kratzy wrote: I was first drawn to this book because among the men listed on the summary were two people that I admire greatly, Eric Liddell and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. So it includes also George Washington and the late Pope John Paul II, but their greatness I believe is well known or not often associated with religion, ... A great sampling of men with Christian faith and how religion influenced their lives
On 4/7 kratzy wrote: I should preface that this is the third book in the trilogy and I would therefore recommend that any ready catch up on the prior storyline before reading this book. I clearly was at first uncertain about certain characters that I presume were introduced in the prior two books of the series. Nevertheless, ... Young adult book that mixes adventure, sci-fi with lessons about good and evil
On 3/24 kratzy wrote: I got this book through booksneeze, which features books with a Christian message. I selected this book for two reasons. It is a book by first time author Sarah Ladd and the summary suggested a book that would incorporate the Christian message in a plot that would be appealing to all readers that like ... great historical novel by a first time author!
On 3/10 kratzy wrote: I came across this book of all places on Booksneeze.com, which usually caters to books with a Christian theme. The summary for this book made it appear an odd choice for such a website. The author DiAnn Mills is one of the founding board members of the American Christian Fiction Writers and I think ... extremely well written page turner with Christian overtones - yes you can believe it!
On 2/5 kratzy wrote: What attracted me first to this book was the attached recipes that promised to add to my still rather limited collection of Amish recipes. I started being interested in Amish cooking when I first came across the term Shoofly pie and had no idea what to expect. But finding a recipe and baking the pie, ... three short stories about the Amish, followed by a wealth of recipes
On 2/2 kratzy wrote: This book takes an interesting approach to money counseling. Rather than provide advice about which stocks to buy or how to properly and effectively balance your checkbook, the book by the Palmers seeks to counsel couples how to prevent that their marriage is torn apart by financial issues. Appropriately ... love the approach towards finances as a partnership
On 12/27 kratzy wrote: Let me state first off, I rarely read young adult books, but this book had an interesting premise because it was classified as a young adult book with an action-filled story that still relayed some of the basic tenets of Christianity. So I figured that reading this book could be interesting. It ended ... nice YA adult book that provides insight into Christian beliefs without compromising the action
On 11/24 kratzy wrote: "The Reason" by William Sirls has as its central message why we believe in a higher power. We each may have our own reasons and our different backgrounds and needs, but we are coming together by the joined bond of believing in a higher power. The book, which is the debut novel by this author, describes ... Book about why we believe and what we as individuals can and should expect!
On 9/23 kratzy wrote: When I first started reading The River I was not quite sure what to expect, but after the first few pages I was hooked. This book reminded me very much of the movie A river runs through it; in part because a river plays a central role, but also because of the fascinating storytelling by the author. The ... A wonderful book about how life and overcoming your fears
On 8/24 kratzy wrote: Like most people, I was introduced to Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger through the movie "Rudy" with Sean Astin. So when I first encountered this book, I thought what can it tell me that the movie did not. I then remembered reading about Rudy and his financial troubles and this book does still have a story to ... May be even better than the movie - Rudy!
On 8/15 kratzy wrote: Mark Gregston in "Tough Guys and Drama Queens" has written a no-nonsense advice book for parents of teenagers. At first I was just curious to read a parenting book by a dad. Mostly I have encountered parenting books from moms or academics, but Mark's viewpoint is refreshing and his style is clearly straightforward. ... no nonsense advice for parents of teenagers
On 8/5 kratzy wrote: The book "Running for My Life: One Lost Boy's Journey from the Killing Fields of Sudan to the Olympic Games" by Lopez Lomong describes the author's journey from the civil war in Sudan through refugee camps in Africa to an adoption by a family in the USA and finally becoming a bona fide medal contender ... This book shows the resilience of the human spirit
On 6/5 kratzy wrote: I received the paperback version of "Mondays with My Old Pastor: Sometimes All We Need Is a Reminder from Someone Who Has Walked Before Us" by Jose Luis Navajo for review. "Mondays with my old pastor" is a comforting book for any reader that struggles at times with their faith. In a series of short anecdotes, ... A great book about old age and wisdom as a resource to resolve problems
On 5/30 kratzy wrote: I chose to review this book through the Booksneeze program because Mark Merrill and his organization Family First have been in the news a lot recently and I figured this book would provide me with some insight about the author and his views on family outside of his appearances in various TV news shows ... A very insightful and helpful book for dad and husbands
On 4/30 kratzy wrote: The book is aptly entitled Redemption because Bryan Clay has in his short time turned his life around from an endangered teenager that sought fights and was extremely aggressive to a focused athlete, a Christian and family man. It was not an easy story and the author does not try to hide or whitewash ... This young man has quite a story to tell!
On 4/9 kratzy wrote: I enjoyed this book more than I had anticipated. Because the book description listed it as an overtly christian, spiritual book I was worried it may be filled with stories about how much better Christianity is than Atheism, but the fear was unfounded. The book is a highly intellectual, thought-provoking ... A tour de force through Western philosophy that provides the Christian believers the arguments to defend their faith
On 4/1 kratzy wrote: "By Faith, Not By Sight" is an autobiography by Scott MacIntyre, who most people will know from his too short a stint on American Idol some years ago. I do recall Scott appearing on AI because to me he started with the handicap of being blind and competed with others in a show that to me is as much about ... Scott really has a story to tell, even at a young age!
On 3/12 kratzy wrote: Larry P. Arnn, president of Hillsdale College in Michigan wrote The Founders' Key wrote this book to explain the ongoing constitutional debates to lay people. His main point is that the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence are not opposing documents, but are expressions of the same principle ... Interesting take on the meaning of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence and what they mean for people TODAY
On 2/29 kratzy wrote: This review is for the Kindle edition of Beyond Molasses Creek by Nicole Seitz. The story in this book is a mix between a love story and a critique of society, both intermixed with strong Christian overtones. The three main characters in the book are Ally, a woman who returns to her hometown in South ... Heartache and societal critique in a Christian book shown through the life experiences of a woman
On 1/5 kratzy wrote: This book was my first exposure to the life and work of Tyndale. I chose this book initially because I like biographies and had not read anything about the person before this book. In addition, the subject matter interested me because I am Lutheran and wanted to learn how the original English translation ... a great book about a great person - how did the bible become an English work?
On 12/21 kratzy wrote: "Lonestar Angel" by C. Coble is certainly an unusual book. It is a thrilling, page turning mystery novel that still weaves strong Christian Elements in the storyline without loosing its authenticity. It tells the story of a couple Eden and Clay that drift apart over the loss of their child. They get ... Thrilling mystery novel with strong Christian elements
On 11/28 kratzy wrote: This is for the kindle edition! I got this e-book because I had heard comments about from my co-workers and as a lawyer I am always looking for a novel interpretation of the Constitution. With the Occupy Wall Street movement underway, there is certainly interest in the society right now on the subject ... An interesting book about what individual rights may have been intended by the Constitution
On 11/17 kratzy wrote: Book review: Sherman - a ruthless victor by A. von Hassell and E. Breslin Since I am history buff and have read books about the Civil War long before the Ken Burns series came to PBS, I selected this book about Sherman. I should start off with the disclaimer that I approach each book open minded and ... Nice little book about one of the more complex Civil War characters