Reading this book was somewhat of a strange experience because I felt like I could have written the first half. It sounded very much like me, which actually might be the reason I didn’t feel more inspired… It felt so normal.
Y’all should check it out. ^
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Have you ever realized that our brains work differently from each other? Take for instance when I read, I’m focusing on certain elements such as character development, word pictures, and the way the author draws my emotions in. The plot needs to be realistic, but generally that isn’t my main focus.
Through reviews I’ve discovered there’s a wide range of what other people like and don’t like. Some reviewers discount books as being unrealistic if they don’t mention food, because, Hey! You have to eat. Others shake their heads sadly and declare the book a loss because the main character was unlikeable to them. Others squeal about a book being trite. Or cliché. Or boring. Or aggravating. Or having gigantic plot holes.
Even if I’ve never read the book, I can generally get a good grasp on what causes those reactions if I need enough reviews. Then I file it away in my memory bank and when one of those “issues” pop up in my book I’m able to whack it over the head and deal with it right away so my readers don’t have to.
Book reviews also help inspire me. When I see how many reviews are out there being read, I’m reminded that one day, I too, should have a passel of reviews for readers to dig into. Plus, the diversity in people’s imaginations makes me feel as if I have wings to fly on, because I have an imagination, too and that’s a glorious thought.
There are some elements about reviewing books that bother me: The main one being that the system we have only uses five stars. I’m fairly certain the world of reviews would feel like a more fair place if we had ten stars to choose from.
Most of the books I read are three-star reads. It takes a good amount of liking for me to push a book up to the four star range, and it’s almost impossible for a fiction book to reach five-stars. By the same token, though, it’s quite difficult for me to regulate a book to two-stars. It just feels wrong. I don’t think I’ve ever written a one-star review, most likely because I don’t finish books that would garner just one-star.
But this leaves me with all those three-star books, which in reality have hit many different places in my like-the-book-meter. On a scale of one to ten I might inwardly rate Book A at 4 and book Book B at a 7, yet in the star-charting reviewing world, they come out looking the same. It makes my reviewing, and writing, heart sad.
Still, five stars are better than three stars, so I’ll remain a happy little book reviewer.
Today I’m celebrating my book being released in Spanish by hosting a giveaway. You can win either a copy of the book or an Amazon gift card. Enjoy!
These last few months I’ve been interested in finding out more about the Holy Spirit. Until recently I hadn’t thought much about Him, and so it’s almost like a whole new dimension was added to my world when I became consciously aware of Him in my life and in the world around me.
I enjoyed reading this book, more so the second half than the first. It’s always enlightening to read books by great Christian authors and I’m so thankful I can learn from them instead of having to learn everything in life by trial and error.
The book was, as you can see from the title, about the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is such an important part of being a Christian, but far too often we don’t even recognize the fact that He is one of the Trinity. He is alive and active, not an it or a thing. This book helped me to have a clearer understanding of who the Holy Spirit is and what He does in the world.
Sadly though, all in all this book wasn’t really my favorite. Somehow the author’s style bugged me a bit. He was emphatic about things that I wasn’t comfortable with him being emphatic about, and one of my quirks is being really bothered by that type of thing. I’m pretty sure this is just a “me” thing though, and that other people will enjoy it and glean a lot of good information while reading it.
There were some things I didn’t agree with, but overall it was good. I found myself challenged to live a holy and acceptable life before God. I especially liked chapter seven where he talks about different great men and woman of the faith. I want to look up some of the people he mentioned and read books about them. (I was familiar with most of the people, although it’s been a while since I’ve read anything by or about any of them.)
I am very picky with the number of stars I give books, hence the three stars. This book had several four-star chapters in it, so over all I’d give the book 3 & 1/2 stars.
*I received this book for free from Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review*
I’m a writer. This is a book about being a creative Christian and so of course I wanted to read it.
I’m giving Created for More four stars and I recommend it to anyone 12 and up who want to become more creative (especially people who consider themselves to be artists of some nature).
Noveltea readers, good news for us! Zachary has kindly agreed to take part in the first Author Interview of 2016 (yay!), so keep an eye out for that.
Fifteen-year-old Jessie Rivera is living every teenager’s nightmare. Her widowed mom has married a man who wears his heavy Christian values like his sergeant’s stripes – on both sleeves.
Glenn Sparrow is persistent, immovable, and not afraid to be firm. Worse than that, he’s loving, kind – even fun – and he has Chris, Moe, and Katie completely won over.
But Jessie is determined that she won’t be won over, or give up her “freedom” without a fight. She knows what she wants, and it isn’t what they’ve got.
Or is it?
More than 120 million readers have been inspired by the words of Max Lucado. He lives with his wife, Denalyn, and their mischievous mutt, Andy, in San Antonio, Texas, where he serves the people of Oak Hills Church.
Glory Days was published September 15th, 2015 and it already has 83 reviews (soon to be 84!) with 86% of those reviews being 5-star and 13% being 4-star. As an author I find that pretty impressive and say Way to go, Mr. Lucado!
*I received this book from Book Look in exchange for an honest review.