Craig suffered a major blow to his life when the economy collapsed in 2008. He lost everything; his job, his house, his ability to truly care for his daughter…gone. He lived in his car for 6 years trying to get some version of his life back. He didn’t move to another state because he wanted to be close to his daughter. He needed to be a phone call and a short drive away.
I thought Craig’s story was a sad one. I can’t imagine not having a place to sleep at night. What I didn’t like was the political rage that was exhibited in this book. I am not saying that I was a supporter of the Obama presidency but I was a bit surprised at the blatant resentment shown. I get that Craig was hurt by the policies and procedures of those terms but I didn’t really want to hear about it. I was also angered about the way he spoke of government assistance programs. They were designed to be used in situations like his. I do not believe that if he accept support that he would become lazy and not continue on his path to a better life. Yes, the system itself is a mess and it allows for people to take advantage of it. However, for those who honestly need it, it is a blessing.
What this book needed was a good editor. There were many parts of this book that were repeated and revisited using the same words. I was wondering if I had flipped back in the book accidentally. I found a lot of grammatical errors and that just made me feel as if this was rushed to publication.
All in all, I understand the therapeutic process of writing about these years. Craig did suffer and his daughter did as well. I just had a hard time relating some of the decisions that were made.
I gave this book 2 crowns.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
In between reading books for review, I am reading some quick Christmas books. This is book #76 for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks.
Melody Carlson is a Christian author and this is a book that touches the spirit. It is not overly religious and is a cute read.
When a complete stranger comes into town and purchases an old building, the town is divided on how to feel. Matilda Honeycutt is being very secretive about what the purpose of her store is and all she will say is that it will be a Christmas shop. Her eccentric dress and behaviors have some of the towns people on edge.
What will happen when the store finally opens to the public or will Matilda be forced out of town before that can happen?
I gave this book 3 crowns.
This audio book was a recommendation from my mom. She has listened to and read many of Joyce Meyers books and has always enjoyed them. She thought I would relate to this one and of course, she was right!
Joyce is a Christian writer and she does speak frequently about the God and the Bible. In this book, Joyce explains how it is our thoughts that affect our mood and the way we relate and react to those around us.
It is so easy for me to think negatively about something and they act out on those thoughts. That is not fair to those that are around me or to me. Why shouldn’t I want to live a happier, less frustrating life ?! I do agree with what the message of this book was and just wish it was a bit easier to do.
I gave this book 3 crowns.
Book #69 for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks
I have had this book on my shelf for a few years now. I am not sure why it took my so long to read it. It is a Christian Fiction, contemporary read. There are a few religious references but not overwhelmingly so. It was a sweet story about a woman who is a baker and an exciting opportunity falls in her lap.
There are great characters in this story and it is a quick, delightful read. This is book 1 in the Emma Rae Creations series and I would like to continue on with these books.
I gave this book 4 crowns.
Book #59 for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks.
This book was one of the books sent to me from Beverly from the Books n’ BLoggers swap. This is a middle grade book that is similar in feel to The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. It is a quick read and entertaining.
It is about a young boy who participates in a scavenger hunt that was set up for heirs of an estate. If the heir solved all seven clues, they would receive the fortune. Young Kameron does not speak in front of adults in public places, so he enlists the help of his friends so that he can save his school from closing. They travel through the churches of Chicago looking for the answers to these riddles.
There is some religious elements in this book but I wanted a bit more background story about Kam and why he doesn’t speak. I guess if I were a middle grader reading this book, I wouldn’t even notice that there is no back story for Kam.
For what this book is, I give it 4 crowns.
Book #52 for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks.
I have read two other books by this author. He has such a unique way of including religious messages in his books. My favorite is still The Shack but the other two aren’t bad.
In this book we meet Lily who showed up to this unknown facility broken and damaged. She was cared for by healers and experienced “dreams” that at first she didn’t understand. We are taken back in time to the Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden.
I find that listening to Wm. Paul Young’s books on Audio allow me to get absorbed into the story. The narrators used are very talented and capture my attention completely.
I gave this book 4 crowns.
I received this book for an honest review from First Look by Worthy Publishing Group.
This is a nicely constructed, small inspirational book that is divided into 52 mini chapters that are 2-3 pages each. This is almost like a devotional type of book that deals with taking care of YOU. It is not a dietary instructional nor an exercise tutorial. It is simply learning how to reformat your thoughts while including some religious aspects. Each chapter ends with a very short prayer and a thought.
Being that this is divided into 52 chapters so that it is easy to read throughout the year. I plan to read 1 chapter a week and try to focus on the “theme” for the week. There are a few recipes in this book and I will definitely be taking a better look at those. All in all, this seems to be a great book to leave on a nightstand to grab at the beginning of the week and reflect on.
It is set up in an easy to use way and is not too in-your-face with any one thing. It seems to provide some valuable food for thought that will help you take care of you.