My Life, Captured

The Lightkeeper’s Ball – Book Review April 13, 2011

Filed under: Book Review — Melissa @ 7:32 pm

Set in the early 1900’s, The Lightkeeper’s Ball tells the story of Olivia Stewart, a young woman from a prominent New York family whose fortune is nearly gone.  Pressured to better her family’s circumstances by accepting an advantageous proposal of marriage, Olivia travels incognito to California hoping to learn more about Harrison Bennet, her possible future husband, and to investigate the questionable circumstances surrounding her sister’s death.

To be perfectly honest, I found this book difficult to rate.  It was quick and light reading, which is typically the kind of book I enjoy.  But that in and of itself does not a good book make. 

The mystery was probably the best part of this story, as it kept me guessing to the very end.  The romance thread, however, was eye-rollingly predictable.  From the first few chapters, it was obvious what and how things would unfold between the protagonists.  As for spiritual content, I found this book wanting.  The characters begin to explore the idea of God having a plan for their lives, but this idea is never fully explored, and it left me feeling the story was incomplete.

While this book may not win any literary prizes, it’s a fine choice for a day at the beach.  If you’re looking for an easy, clean, and light read, this one fits the bill.

(Disclaimer: As a blogger I received a free review copy – no requirement to give it a positive review, just for the reviewer to call it like they see it.)


Review – The Beginning Reader’s Bible March 10, 2011

Filed under: Book Review — Melissa @ 9:32 pm

I ordered this book after a long search for a resource to help me lead my 5-year-old daughter in Bible study.  I wanted something that would allow her to read actual Scripture, as well as help her apply it to her life.  Most of the other books or devotionals I had looked at were merely a collection of Bible stories retold in kids’ language.  I quickly discovered The Beginning Reader’s Bible, published by Thomas Nelson, is so much more than that!  First of all, the text is not just a retelling of our favorite stories – it is actual Bible text from the International Children’s Bible.  It also contains some of the most striking and beautiful illustrations I’ve ever seen in a children’s book of any kind.

Another thing that makes The Beginning Reader’s Bible unique is the wealth of extra content it contains.  Each story includes Scriptures to pray, verses to memorize, and activities to help children grow and apply God’s Word.  In addition, this Bible also contains resources such as a list of the Ten Commandments, the 23rd Psalm, the Lord’s Prayer, the names of the 12 apostles and the 12 tribes of Israel.  It also contains reading and memory verse charts so the reader can track his progress. 

I am so pleased with the content and quality of this Bible, I’ve been telling my friends about it.  It has turned out to be exactly what we were looking for!  As the publisher wrote, “the Bible isn’t just about reading God’s Word; it’s about living God’s Word.”

(Disclaimer: As a blogger I received a free review copy – no requirement to give it a positive review, just for the reviewer to call it like they see it.)


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