Reviews by Lynette Sutton
On 5/25 Lynette Sutton wrote: If you are like me, you love devotionals. This one, "Devotions from the Garden: Finding Peace and Rest from Your Hurried Life" with Miriam Drennan is filled with gardening references that creatively parallel Biblical truths. For the new gardener or an avid one, the readings are interesting. Starting ... Beautiful
On 5/5 Lynette Sutton wrote: Although my children are "too old" for books like this, I'm not! I must admit, children's books make fabulous gifts and I normally adore books that have a faith-based message, too."Only God Can Make a Kitten" by Rhonda Gowler Green and beautifully illustrated by Laura J. Bryant are no exception. ... Only God Can Make a Kitten by Rhonda Gowler Greene, illustrated by Laura J. Bryant
On 4/24 Lynette Sutton wrote: "All You Want to Know About the Bible in Pop Culture: Finding Our Creator in Superheroes, Prince Charming, and Other Modern Marvels" by Kevin Harvey is an interesting and entertaining book filled with parallels in movies, television shows, and music to the Bible. I must admit, I'm not much of ... All You Want to Know About the Bible in Pop Culture by Kevin Harvey
On 3/2 Lynette Sutton wrote: We loved reading the children's version of "Gifted Hands" and all got so much from the life lessons Dr. Carson learned while growing up that we were excited to read his newest book for teens, "You Have a Brain: A Teen's Guide to Think Big".This book, while similar to the above, is written for a more ... You Have a Brain, A Teen's Guide to Think BIG by Ben Carson, MD
On 1/25 Lynette Sutton wrote: As the mother of a young teenage daughter, I want to help her to be the best person she can be. There are a lot of good books out there on this topic, many which I've already read. So, I was curious if "10 Ultimate Truths Girls Should Know" by Kari Kampakis had anything of value to add.First ... 10 Ultimate Truths Girls Should Know by Kari Kampakis
On 12/19 Lynette Sutton wrote: When I first saw the title of this book, my first thought was, "No! I don't want to read another book that can't heal my relationship with my parents!" ...But regardless of my initial reaction, I felt compelled to read this book.As the title implies, this book is about forgiveness, but not ... Forgiving Our Fathers and Mothers Finding Freedom from Hurt and Hate By Leslie Leyland Fields and Dr. Jill Hubbard
On 11/30 Lynette Sutton wrote: “How to Survive Middle School and Monster Bots” by Ron Bates is a quirky little book well suited for tween-age boys. Many of the characters have silly names (such as Howard Boward, Winnie McKinney, Stick, and G-Force) and included a deaf classmate as well as a host of bullies. In the book, ... How to Survive Middle School and Monster Bots by Ron Bates
On 10/8 Lynette Sutton wrote: "Get to Know Jesus" by Nancy I. Sanders is another great book! Like “Get to Know King David”, this book is easy to read. Filled with pictures, maps, and outlined text boxes, it begs to be picked up and read. Short chapters help not to overwhelm struggling readers, and also make ... Get to Know Jesus by Nancy I. Sanders
On 8/11 Lynette Sutton wrote: "Get to Know King David" by Nancy I. Sanders is a winner! The book is easy to read and great for younger or struggling readers. Because it is filled with a lot of great pictures, photographs, and maps, it captures your attention and literally, makes you want to read it! The chapters are short, ... Wonderful Book for Children
On 6/23 Lynette Sutton wrote: Were you taught how to handle money either by your parents or in school? Me neither. So as a parent, the thought of helping my children learn about money and how to be good stewards of their finances really appealed to me."Smart Money Smart Kids", written by money guru Dave Ramsey and his ... Smart Money Smart Kids by Dave Ramsey & Rachel Cruze
On 4/28 Lynette Sutton wrote: I recently had the opportunity to receive the Young Women of Faith Bible for review. The first thing I have to say is that I wish this Bible were in the New Living Translation (NLT) instead of NIV. With that said, that is the only "negative" I could find about this Bible. First of all, I love the ... Wonderful Bible for Young Ladies
On 2/20 Lynette Sutton wrote: First of all, let me make a confession. I am a fan of Max Lucado's work. "One God, One Plan, One Life" did not disappoint me at all.These short, daily devotionals,geared toward teens, are easy to read and understand. Each day starts with a Bible verse (you won't find any thees, thous, ... One God, One Plan, One Life by Max Lucado
On 2/4 Lynette Sutton wrote: First of all, please let me say, "Thank you, thank you, thank you!" to Thomas Nelson Publishers for giving me the opportunity to review this wonderful Bible!Something you should know about me is that I have two Life Application Study Bibles, one in the New International Version (NIV) that I have had ... The Modern Life Study Bible New King James Version (NKJV)
On 12/28 Lynette Sutton wrote: How does one review a book that was so emotionally exhausting and yet give the experience of reading it the justice it deserves? How do you "recommend" a book that is so frighteningly riveting because of the horrors told that you know aren't truly a work of fiction?I chose to read this book because ... Samson by Shawn Hoffman
On 12/8 Lynette Sutton wrote: What is a manly man? Stephen Mansfield give you his thoughts in his book, "Mansfield's Book of Manly Men".After reading the thought-provoking forward by retired Lt. General William G. Boykin, I was faced with the author's words that this book is "Not for girls!" Being the compliant that I ... Mansfield's Book of Manly Men by Stephen Mansfield
On 8/3 Lynette Sutton wrote: Billy Graham's son, Franklin, has shared wonderful, insightful, encouraging, and in some cases, convicting quotes from a myriad of resources in his latest book "Billy Graham in Quotes".This extraordinary book includes quotes on 107 topics from, I believe, the most well-known evangelist of our era. ... Billy Graham in Quotes by Franklin Graham
On 5/17 Lynette Sutton wrote: "Victim of Grace", an autobiography by author Robin Jones Gunn, is a different avenue for her to share her faith. Throughout the book, Robin recounts her life's challenges and joys in a very honest way, relating each season in her life to a woman from the Bible. Although her desire to become a missionary ... Glad to be a Victim of Grace
On 5/3 Lynette Sutton wrote: I love history. It has to be my absolute favorite genre. And when I received "American Phoenix" by Jane Hampton Cook, I was just about drooling as I opened the package. This book is phenominal. 450 pages of history supported by letters and diaries. This is not what I would call an "easy" read, but one ... For the history-lover!
On 4/21 Lynette Sutton wrote: Being the mother of two tween-agers, I was excited to be able to review "The Passionate Mom: Dare to Parent in Today's World" by Susan Merrill. Mrs. Merrill's book discusses current topics that affect most if not all parents, using the Old Testament book of the Bible, Nehemiah, as her inspiration. I ... Good Advice
On 4/5 Lynette Sutton wrote: "Launch Your Life" by Kenny Silva is a self-proclaimed "Guide to Growing Up for the Almost Grown Up". This book, targeted at (in my opinion) young adults graduating from college and possibly even high school, is meant to help them in the transition from being a student living at home to a productive ... Advice from a "big brother"
On 3/13 Lynette Sutton wrote: Lately, I have felt like many of the Christian books I have read make me feel like I am not enough: not passionate enough; not doing enough; not faithful enough... Not with this book. At all. Mark Batterson's 40 day prayer challenge "Draw the Circle" instead helped me to remember that we are instruments ... GREAT Devotional
On 2/10 Lynette Sutton wrote: In most cultures throughout history and some still today, women have been treated as second class citizens. So how did Jesus feel about women? In Julie Zine Coleman's book "Unexpected Love", the author dives into just that topic. This book discusses Jesus' encounters with several women in the Bible. ... Wonderful Reminder
On 1/15 Lynette Sutton wrote: Real. Honest. Raw. Those three words come to mind as I think about reading through Lysa TerKeurst's new devotional based on her book "Unglued". Although I have not read the inspiration for this book, I was inspired by the devotional. Lysa's devotions deal with real life, real families, real people. ... Real. Honest. Raw.
On 1/3 Lynette Sutton wrote: Sometimes prayer life needs a little jump start. So I was really excited to get a copy of a prayer book titled "Your is the Day, Lord, Yours is the Night" by Jeanie & David Gushee. Each day includes two prayers, one for morning and one for evening. The source for these prayers is very diverse, including ... If you love Olde English, you'll love this prayer book.
On 12/26 Lynette Sutton wrote: I just received "Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe" by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson today and I couldn't put it down. As a mom, we are trying to do it all. Many times, we are doing it without help or encouragement, too. Feeling overwhelmed is certainly something I have felt and have ... An encouraging read for moms!
On 12/17 Lynette Sutton wrote: I've mentioned it many times before. I love devotionals. So to get an opportunity to review another devotional? I was excited. This one is titled "Live Second" by Doug Bender, and includes 365 ways to make Jesus first in your life. Let me start by saying that I'm not hugely technology-oriented. ... Living Second
On 11/25 Lynette Sutton wrote: "When Your Parent Becomes Your Child" by Ken Abraham is an enlightening book about challenges of having a parent who suffers from Alzheimer's. The author gives an honest, insightful and at times heart-wrenching account of his own experience dealing with his mother's dementia. All throughout his book, ... Insightful
On 10/27 Lynette Sutton wrote: I recently had the privilege to review an absolutely beautiful book titled "Share the Bounty" by Benita Long. This book is many things. First, it is a cookbook, filled with easy, yet beautifully presented recipes. Although I consider myself to be a "real foodie", most of the recipes are made with ... The Art of Being Gracious
On 9/21 Lynette Sutton wrote: Sometimes you just like to sit down and enjoy a good story. The River by Michael Neale is just that; it's a good story that is easy to read, yet it wasn't one of those books that I couldn't put down. Instead, I felt that the story was pretty predictable and was really trying to make you take a look ... Not that great
On 8/23 Lynette Sutton wrote: Being a parent, we get to teach our children about things we value. We hope and pray that we are giving them tools to be successful and productive members of society. We teach them about faith, how to be a good friend, to be a person of their word, to eat a healthful diet and to value people above ... Great Way to Teach Kids About Money
On 8/1 Lynette Sutton wrote: Grieving God's Way by Margaret Brownley is a 90-day devotional whose goal is to help you through the difficult process of losing a loved one. The short daily devotions are written from a Christian perspective and include a reminder or practical suggestion to help the reader toward a life not isolated ... A useful tool
On 7/2 Lynette Sutton wrote: I just finished reading Mondays with My Old Pastor by Jose Luis Navajo. Honestly, once I picked it up I couldn't put it down. Between the author's honesty in his relationship with God and work for the church, and his "old pastor's" insight and colorful stories that helped to teach, I finished the book ... LOVED all the stories...
On 5/20 Lynette Sutton wrote: In "The Truth About Forgiveness", author John MacArthur doesn't mince words. First of all, he concisely covers how many psychologists have purposely labelled sin as some type of disorder that cannot be "treated" without professional help. When we embrace secular psychology, we abandon any coherent ... A Wake Up Call
On 5/12 Lynette Sutton wrote: Being a thought-provoking author must run in the family at the Lucado house. From Blah to Awe, written by Max Lucado's daughter, Jenna Lucado Bishop, is an honest look at her relationship with God. The candidness was refreshing and her humanness was relatable. While she is baring her heart, she asks ... Honest
On 1/14 Lynette Sutton wrote: "Tyndale" by David Teems is an incredibly detailed biography on the man who translated the Bible into the English language. I had no idea how he was hunted and persecuted. The style which the book is written made me feel like I was reading a history book more than a biography. Although It is heavy ... VERY Detailed Biography
On 12/12 Lynette Sutton wrote: I have never read of any of Billy Graham’s previous books but was eager to receive a copy of Rev. Graham’s latest book, Nearing Home. I must say that prior to getting this book, I read one review that said the book was full of quotes from Billy Graham. I love great quotes, so I was really excited ... A Christian Legacy
On 11/30 Lynette Sutton wrote: I just finished reading "America: The Last Best Hope, Vol. 3" by William J. Bennett. Never having read any other books by the author and being fascinated by history, I was excited to receive this book. "America: The Last Best Hope, Vol. 3" covers American history from the "collapse of communism to the ... Still Hope in America
On 10/27 Lynette Sutton wrote: We live in a world that is addicted to credit cards, not living within our means, and retail “therapy”. The story of the “Three Cups”, by Tony Townsley and written by Mark St. Germain shares a wonderful way to teach our children the joys of saving, giving, and spending…in terms easily understood ... Great Children's Money "Primer"
On 10/13 Lynette Sutton wrote: Our culture loves its celebrities. We buy tennis shoes, soft drinks and the like because of their endorsements. We follow their movements whether we want to or not everytime we visit the grocery store or turn on the television or computer. We are fascinated by their success and enthralled by their ... The Power of Celebrity Influence
On 10/3 Lynette Sutton wrote: I love daily devotionals, so I was really excited to start reading “Right from the Heart” by Bryant Wright. Although I have been reading more than one devotion a day so I could write this review in a timely manner, I really felt value from the topics that Mr. Wright covered. Some topics might seem ... A Thought Provoking Devotional