Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Love You More by Jennifer Grant

A stirring memoir on parenthood and the invisible threads that bind us to those we are meant to love.



Love You More is a wonderful book describing the journey of a family being completed by the adoption of  their little girl from Guatemala.
It is divided in 3 parts – in the first part we are being introduced to the Grant family and the red thread that connected them to their girl in Guatemala and the starting point of their adoption. Part 2 explains the process of adoption, all the procedures that needed to be completed and the long and excruciating wait for their little daughter to come into their home and complete it. Part 3 is all about the adjustment and the moments after baby Mia’s homecoming.
At the end of the book there is a section with Tips for prospective adoptive parents, some discussing questions and resources for those interested in finding more information regarding adoption.

It is a very well written book, it is informative – giving a lot of information about the process of adopting a child, as well as  pro and con arguments regarding adoption in different countries; it is personal – the writer shares a lot of insight and personal experience with the process of adoption and the feelings and struggles that they went through as a family on this journey.  It has every ingredient for a great book.
It’s an easy-to-read book, funny, tender and insightful. I love the fact that Jennifer Grant is very straight-forward about the whole issues that are involved with adoption, and expresses her views openly.

I really loved this book. I have to say that even though I am not a parent or married I found that I had a lot to learn about adoption and parenting and family per general from this book. So, I would recommend it to those interested in adoption and the whole process involved, as well as to those who want to learn some wise approaches and ideas on parenting, children and family.
It was a great book to read, I loved it!


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com; book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255


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Jennifer Grant is a journalist who most often writes about parenting, family life, and popular culture. She writes a column for the Chicago Tribune and is a regular contributor to Christianity Today’s women’s blog.
You can read her blog or the official page of Love You More to find out more about the book, her life, her family and more resources on adoption.
Also I found this video presentation on youtube the other days:




Friday, July 1, 2011

The Waiting Place by Eileen Button


The Waiting Place is a collection of essays inspired by different moments and events in Eileen Button’s life, from childhood times to present times.

The book is very well written and I have to say that I laughed out loud so many times reading this book … she is so funny you will instantly fall in love with the book and have a hard time letting it out of your hands until you finish it. It happened to me J

I loved the fact that she is so open and honest about the events she talks about in the book - her waiting places -  that you can’t help but feel very comfortable "listening" to her life, as if in a coffee shop with your best friend talking about life. And the fact that she is very funny contributes to this as well!

I loved the book so much that I was sad when I finished it, I wanted more of it! So I would definitely recommend this book to those of you who want to learn how to make the best out of your waiting places and to those of you who want to read a really good book and laugh out loud reading it but at the same time learning something valuable for your lives, because as the author concludes:
… to live is to wait. It’s how we wait that makes all the difference.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com; book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 



Sunday, June 5, 2011

A Reluctant Queen - The Love Story of Esther


Esther’s story as it is told by Joan Wolf is an amazing novel. It is captivating, it is well written, the characters are really well brought up and the plot catches you as you first start reading this book.

Even though the story of Esther here is different than the story in the Bible, for example the great king here is named Ahasuerus, a different character from king Xerxes in the Bible. Mordecai appears just a few times in the novel, I would have liked him more present. Also the reward of Mordecai is left out in the book, which I think it would have better explained Haman’s hate and actions.

I honestly didn’t mind very much that the story is not identically as the one in the Bible because I enjoyed this novel very much. It is really well written, and I loved the fact that it explains a lot of historic and cultural traditions, so that you can better understand the circumstances in which the characters live their lives.
I would recommend this book to everyone who wants to read an awesome, well written novel and a touching love story




Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com; book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Sunday, May 8, 2011

This is Your Brain in Love by Dr. Earl Henslin

Dr. Henslin is writing this book based on the theory that in order for two partners to be amongst the “few blessed ones” and to have a happy marriage they need to take the responsibility to bring their best brains into their marriage.


The book is easy to read, interesting and has a lot of very practical examples, ideas and solutions for how can you best improve your life or deal with your loved one. In the beginning of each chapter that describes a different type of lover (scattered lover, overfocused lover, the blue mood lover, agitated lover and anxious lover) he offers a little test so that you can easily identify the type of lover that you or your partner is.


I personally loved this book and I think that it is useful for everyone who wants to know more about how the brain can influence the way we act in our daily lives, it’s also very useful to help and relate with the loved ones in your life. Also I believe that this book may be a little difficult to follow for those who are not familiar with neuroscience or  psychology, because Dr. Heslin talks about the disorders that are triggered by the overactivated or underactivated parts of the brain, and he uses a scientific language.


I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand and have healthy relationship with his partner or loved one (this doesn’t apply to married couples only) or if you want to take the responsibility of bringing your best brain into your marriage, then this book is for you. I would also recommend this book to those who are interested to learn more about how the brain and the imbalances in the chemicals of different parts of the brain can influence our behavior.
It is a really interesting and helpful book to have.




Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com; book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Voices of the Faithful (book 2) - Kim Davis, Beth Moore


Inspiring stories of courage from Christians serving around the world

I must admit that I am not a big fan of devotional books, really, but when I have received this book from Thomas Nelson I just loved it. It’s a great book for your everyday devotional time … I must admit that when I first requested it my thought was to help me in my personal devotional time. 

Each month, the book has a new theme – prayer, Father’s love, divine appointments etc. Each day starts with a bible verse, continues with a story from the mission field and  then it ends with a prayer.

I truly consider this book as a valuable one. I think every Christian should have this book because it brings encouragement and it helps keep in mind that we have a duty to talk about our Christ everywhere we are and everywhere we go. Also, this book reminds us to pray for the salvation of the world and to keep the missionaries in prayer.

This is a beautiful and encouraging devotional. I loved it!



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com; book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Monday, January 3, 2011

The Nativity Colection by Robert J. Morgan



Truth be told, I was a little skeptical when I requested this book from Booksneeze. Two years or or so I received a Christmas book that I was so excited to read but after I did read it I was really disappointed because I was expecting something completely different.


The Nativity Collection is different. I loved this book because when I read it I really felt the Christmas spirit. It was a great book to read before Christmas because it prepared me for what Christmas really is about.

The stories are simple and beautiful. Each different from each other but the message was the same. I think it is the perfect book for a Christmas gift and  it's suitable for children as well as for grown-ups.




Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com; book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”