Reviews by kratzy
On 3/1 kratzy wrote: Quite a few books deal with the decision to carry a child to term that has a genetic defect, such as trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome) or in which parents are told that their child has a genetic disease that will severely impact its ability to live what is considered a "full and productive life." The decision ... an open and honest book about the decision to life live with a child affected by Trisomy 18
On 3/1 kratzy wrote: The two main characters of the this story are Rand Sterling and Irene Reynolds, who both find themselves in a Japanese internment camp on the Philippines during WWII. The two protagonists come from very different backgrounds. Rand ran a successful nightclub in Manila before the war, living a life of ... Good book about a dark period in history that teaches some important life lessons
On 2/8 kratzy wrote: This is an interesting book. While it is titled as a Christian book on parenting, the references to religion and the bible are more cursory than I expected. The messages told in the book and the examples given can be applied to any parent trying to rear a child to become an independent person that sticks ... Great parenting book on how to teach your kids to grow up on the right path, even if you are not around
On 1/27 kratzy wrote: In this book, the author, who is also a professor for English at Liberty University, introduces the reader to the life and work of Hannah More. While I am familiar with the major players in abolitionist history, I have never heard of Hannah More before reading this book. Hannah More lived in England; ... A well-written introduction to one representative of the English Abolitionist movement
On 1/27 kratzy wrote: This is a thorough and comprehensive take on the Battle of Bastogne by an author that has carefully researched the history of the battle and its main actors. The author augments the history of the battle by including brief profiles of some of the major actors in the battle to provide additional background ... A comprehensive description of one of the major battles in the later stages of WWII in Europe
On 1/18 kratzy wrote: This is a debut novel by Carrie Stuart Park, who describes a mystery dealing with a combination of long ago ritual murder and present day kidnapping and threats to keep the old mystery surrounding the murder hidden. Forensic artist Gwen Marcey is working on a large project, in which she reconstructs ... a real page turner of a historical mystery that still threatens lives today!
On 1/18 kratzy wrote: This is a great book if you are trying to find healthy, yet flavorful recipes. I have not been exposed to Katie before receiving this book and some of the recipes in my opinion use too much garlic, but overall, the recipes are lighter than the usual recipes you find in most cookbooks. I like the many ... Great cookbook for lighter meals that include your traditional favorites
On 12/20 kratzy wrote: I was first introduced to Livingstone through the movie Moutains of the Moon, in which he was a minor character, but in which I felt the character of David Livingstone was shown very true to the historically correct figure of the explorer that was unconventional, yet successful. Together with Burton ... Great introduction to the famous African explorer David Livingstone
On 12/20 kratzy wrote: Growing up in a Lutheran household in Germany, I became familiar with the person of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. early on and have admired his strength of character for a long time. I was therefore happy to find this book that shows in abbreviated form just how unique this man was and how much of an example ... a brief introduction to a complex man living in a complex period of German history
On 12/1 kratzy wrote: Storm Siren by Mary Weber is a fantasy fiction book geared towards young adults, but the content and storyline is certainly something that can fin into the regular adult category as well. The central character is Nym, a 17 year old slave girl in the Kingdom of Faelen. She belongs to the Elemental kind, ... great new young adult fantasy series
On 7/21 kratzy wrote: And here is another book by an athlete and how he developed character traits that he is proud of and feels embody lessons that he wants to pass on to others. While this athlete too finds strong backing in his faith, the book is not overly religious and can be read by people who normally do not read books ... Great book with valuable life lessons for young men reaching adulthood and realizing that they need to make their own decisions
On 7/21 kratzy wrote: This is another example of a book written by a well known athlete, who feels that his faith is to some degree the basis of his success. As such the book is not novel or unique. What makes this book different and certainly a good read for fathers and sons alike is that this book is geared towards sons. ... A book by a well known football player geared towards boys that teaches valuable life lessons
On 7/6 kratzy wrote: Life will only test you as much as you can handle, so when finally landing your dream job and you feel that you have achieved everything that you wanted, a cancer diagnosis is not just throwing a wrench into your plans, but it is putting your whole life at risk and turning everything upside down. But ... A great book for fans of football, cancer survivors and leadership in general
On 7/6 kratzy wrote: I was provided a free copy of the book through booksneeze.com and given the many titles to choose from, this book was particularly intriguing to me because I wanted to find out how someone much more familiar with the teachings of Dr. King would condense his work into ten rules. This book does this in ... A condensed very of Dr. King;s teachings that is thought provoking and maybe even provocative at times
On 6/14 kratzy wrote: Book review: No Place to Hide: A Brain Surgeon's Long Journey Home from the Iraq War by W. Lee Warren This is a gripping story about the experiences of a neurosurgeon on duty in Iraq. Combat surgeon Dr. W. Lee Warren changes dramatically when he is shipped off to serve the Air Force in Iraq in 2004. ... gripping war time story about the personal struggles and growth of a field surgeon in the Iraq war
On 5/26 kratzy wrote: Not surprisingly, a lot of the solutions that Cal Thomas proposes as working in this book are traditional conservative ideas, such as less government, tough on crime. Nevertheless, it is nice to see that the author does not exclude conservative politicians from criticism. The book is logically organized ... an experienced conservative pundet takes on Washington establishment to find a way out of gridlock
On 4/13 kratzy wrote: his book by Billy Coffey is labeled a supernatural thriller and I selected it for review because it came from a Christian publisher, but the topic itself did not seem to fit a Christian motif. The book is a thriller that deals with the question of guilt and how not openly talking about the past can have ... an interesting and novel take on the genre of thriller - combining the outward mystery of a long ago death with inner turmoil
On 2/10 kratzy wrote: Always trying to find ways to maybe pinch another penny, I am very open to any book that promises a new approach to saving money. Most of these book have very traditional ways of getting financially independent, paying off high rate credit card debt first, paying off mortgage early by making extra payments ... Oh no, not another money saving book - this actually has good recommendations, but the author is her worst enemy to success
On 1/4 kratzy wrote: The author Robert Treskillard is a self-described a Celtic enthusiast and this becomes clear in this second installment of his Merlin series.After reading Merlin's Blade, I was excited to read the second book Merlin's Shadow because the story of King Arthur and the role of Merlin have been fascinating ... Entertaining story about Merlin and King Arthur, written age-appropriate for teenagers
On 11/28 kratzy wrote: This is a great young adult book dealing with Merlin, King Arthur and playing in early Britain. What Robert Treskillard manages is bring the history and times of King Arthur to life in a way that makes it interesting for young readers and create stories that provide important life lessons to the readers. In ... Entertaining introduction to the legend of King Arthur and Merlin for young adults
On 11/16 kratzy wrote: This book deals with the struggles of a young Amish woman, who struggles with combining her own personal desire of love and marriage with the demands and strict discipline enforced by her grandfather. I think we can all relate to this situation. Everyone went likely through a phase of teenage rebellion ... Interesting book on the struggles by a young woman in an Amish community
On 10/27 kratzy wrote: We all know this author. Gavin McLeod has been an almost constant presence in our living rooms for decades. First as newsroom worker on the Mary Tyler Moore Show and then as Captain Stubing on the Love Boat. Few people know that Mr. McLeod has transformed the Love Boat stint into a long-term association ... get to know Captain Stubing in private and learn that not just love was experienced by this actor on his way through life!
On 10/11 kratzy wrote: I got this book through booksneeze.com and while this publisher is usually handling books with a religious angle, I have gotten some really good books for review. This book was described as the first book in a "thrilling new series about a secret war between the forces of faith and those who would destroy ... Ken Follett light - a religious thriller that makes you rethink your faith
On 9/25 kratzy wrote: I have not been an avid follower of Dave Ramsey like a lot of other people, but when I got a chance through Booksneeze to review this book, I jumped at the opportunity because I wanted to find out what advice Dave was giving people. I have to say that after reading this book, I can agree with Dave's ... love this book, a lot of common sense straight talk, but no miracle worker
On 9/14 kratzy wrote: I had never heard of the author before and so I was curious what qualified him to write a book about communication. Turns out Ken Davies is the president of Dynamic Communications International and teaches speaking skills to ministry professionals and corporate executives. The ministry professionals ... quick, but fairly comprehensive guide book on improving your public speaking!,
On 8/20 kratzy wrote: So this book sets out to be a memoir - kind of. Which sounds strange and it does end up being certainly a unique book in terms of its approach to the concept of memoir. The story is that of the author starting with childhood, through adolescence and adulthood to present day. Along the way learn of his ... interesting take on a memoir - stylized, good to read, but also "interesting"
On 8/7 kratzy wrote: Ted Kluck has made a name for himself by covering various sport-related topics in his books, from boxing through college football. But he also incorporates Christian themes into his book, if a book, such as the "Why We're Not Emergent" is not solely focused on church and religious subjects. In this book, ... interesting approach to a book about a single football player
On 7/21 kratzy wrote: What attracted me first to the book was the opportunity to read four short stories by different authors in one book. The four female authors got together to collaborate on a book about mail order brides back in 1870, when single women from the East moved to the then Wild West seeking marriage. As if ... Entertaining collection of stories re mail order brides from the Old West
On 6/3 kratzy wrote: The book by Colleen Coble deals with the adventure of a young 13 year old girl, Emily O'Reilly, who wants to work with the search and rescue team that her mother is a member of. She is so determined that she is even working jobs to save up enough money to buy her own puppy and train it for missions. ... great book for boys and girls about teenage adventure
On 4/22 kratzy wrote: The book by Jane Hampton Cook details a very specific episode in the life, work and marriage of John Quincy and Louisa Adams. The book starts with the riveting account of how Louisa embarks on her journey from Russia in the deep winter to meet up with her husband in France. On her travel westward, she ... Louisa Adams finally getting her side of the history voiced
On 4/14 kratzy wrote: I was first drawn to this book because among the men listed on the summary were two people that I admire greatly, Eric Liddell and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. So it includes also George Washington and the late Pope John Paul II, but their greatness I believe is well known or not often associated with religion, ... A great sampling of men with Christian faith and how religion influenced their lives
On 4/7 kratzy wrote: I should preface that this is the third book in the trilogy and I would therefore recommend that any ready catch up on the prior storyline before reading this book. I clearly was at first uncertain about certain characters that I presume were introduced in the prior two books of the series. Nevertheless, ... Young adult book that mixes adventure, sci-fi with lessons about good and evil
On 3/24 kratzy wrote: I got this book through booksneeze, which features books with a Christian message. I selected this book for two reasons. It is a book by first time author Sarah Ladd and the summary suggested a book that would incorporate the Christian message in a plot that would be appealing to all readers that like ... great historical novel by a first time author!
On 3/10 kratzy wrote: I came across this book of all places on Booksneeze.com, which usually caters to books with a Christian theme. The summary for this book made it appear an odd choice for such a website. The author DiAnn Mills is one of the founding board members of the American Christian Fiction Writers and I think ... extremely well written page turner with Christian overtones - yes you can believe it!
On 2/5 kratzy wrote: What attracted me first to this book was the attached recipes that promised to add to my still rather limited collection of Amish recipes. I started being interested in Amish cooking when I first came across the term Shoofly pie and had no idea what to expect. But finding a recipe and baking the pie, ... three short stories about the Amish, followed by a wealth of recipes
On 2/2 kratzy wrote: This book takes an interesting approach to money counseling. Rather than provide advice about which stocks to buy or how to properly and effectively balance your checkbook, the book by the Palmers seeks to counsel couples how to prevent that their marriage is torn apart by financial issues. Appropriately ... love the approach towards finances as a partnership
On 12/27 kratzy wrote: Let me state first off, I rarely read young adult books, but this book had an interesting premise because it was classified as a young adult book with an action-filled story that still relayed some of the basic tenets of Christianity. So I figured that reading this book could be interesting. It ended ... nice YA adult book that provides insight into Christian beliefs without compromising the action
On 11/24 kratzy wrote: "The Reason" by William Sirls has as its central message why we believe in a higher power. We each may have our own reasons and our different backgrounds and needs, but we are coming together by the joined bond of believing in a higher power. The book, which is the debut novel by this author, describes ... Book about why we believe and what we as individuals can and should expect!
On 9/23 kratzy wrote: When I first started reading The River I was not quite sure what to expect, but after the first few pages I was hooked. This book reminded me very much of the movie A river runs through it; in part because a river plays a central role, but also because of the fascinating storytelling by the author. The ... A wonderful book about how life and overcoming your fears
On 8/24 kratzy wrote: Like most people, I was introduced to Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger through the movie "Rudy" with Sean Astin. So when I first encountered this book, I thought what can it tell me that the movie did not. I then remembered reading about Rudy and his financial troubles and this book does still have a story to ... May be even better than the movie - Rudy!
On 8/15 kratzy wrote: Mark Gregston in "Tough Guys and Drama Queens" has written a no-nonsense advice book for parents of teenagers. At first I was just curious to read a parenting book by a dad. Mostly I have encountered parenting books from moms or academics, but Mark's viewpoint is refreshing and his style is clearly straightforward. ... no nonsense advice for parents of teenagers
On 8/5 kratzy wrote: The book "Running for My Life: One Lost Boy's Journey from the Killing Fields of Sudan to the Olympic Games" by Lopez Lomong describes the author's journey from the civil war in Sudan through refugee camps in Africa to an adoption by a family in the USA and finally becoming a bona fide medal contender ... This book shows the resilience of the human spirit
On 6/5 kratzy wrote: I received the paperback version of "Mondays with My Old Pastor: Sometimes All We Need Is a Reminder from Someone Who Has Walked Before Us" by Jose Luis Navajo for review. "Mondays with my old pastor" is a comforting book for any reader that struggles at times with their faith. In a series of short anecdotes, ... A great book about old age and wisdom as a resource to resolve problems
On 5/30 kratzy wrote: I chose to review this book through the Booksneeze program because Mark Merrill and his organization Family First have been in the news a lot recently and I figured this book would provide me with some insight about the author and his views on family outside of his appearances in various TV news shows ... A very insightful and helpful book for dad and husbands
On 4/30 kratzy wrote: The book is aptly entitled Redemption because Bryan Clay has in his short time turned his life around from an endangered teenager that sought fights and was extremely aggressive to a focused athlete, a Christian and family man. It was not an easy story and the author does not try to hide or whitewash ... This young man has quite a story to tell!
On 4/9 kratzy wrote: I enjoyed this book more than I had anticipated. Because the book description listed it as an overtly christian, spiritual book I was worried it may be filled with stories about how much better Christianity is than Atheism, but the fear was unfounded. The book is a highly intellectual, thought-provoking ... A tour de force through Western philosophy that provides the Christian believers the arguments to defend their faith
On 4/1 kratzy wrote: "By Faith, Not By Sight" is an autobiography by Scott MacIntyre, who most people will know from his too short a stint on American Idol some years ago. I do recall Scott appearing on AI because to me he started with the handicap of being blind and competed with others in a show that to me is as much about ... Scott really has a story to tell, even at a young age!
On 3/12 kratzy wrote: Larry P. Arnn, president of Hillsdale College in Michigan wrote The Founders' Key wrote this book to explain the ongoing constitutional debates to lay people. His main point is that the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence are not opposing documents, but are expressions of the same principle ... Interesting take on the meaning of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence and what they mean for people TODAY
On 2/29 kratzy wrote: This review is for the Kindle edition of Beyond Molasses Creek by Nicole Seitz. The story in this book is a mix between a love story and a critique of society, both intermixed with strong Christian overtones. The three main characters in the book are Ally, a woman who returns to her hometown in South ... Heartache and societal critique in a Christian book shown through the life experiences of a woman
On 1/5 kratzy wrote: This book was my first exposure to the life and work of Tyndale. I chose this book initially because I like biographies and had not read anything about the person before this book. In addition, the subject matter interested me because I am Lutheran and wanted to learn how the original English translation ... a great book about a great person - how did the bible become an English work?
On 12/21 kratzy wrote: "Lonestar Angel" by C. Coble is certainly an unusual book. It is a thrilling, page turning mystery novel that still weaves strong Christian Elements in the storyline without loosing its authenticity. It tells the story of a couple Eden and Clay that drift apart over the loss of their child. They get ... Thrilling mystery novel with strong Christian elements
On 11/28 kratzy wrote: This is for the kindle edition! I got this e-book because I had heard comments about from my co-workers and as a lawyer I am always looking for a novel interpretation of the Constitution. With the Occupy Wall Street movement underway, there is certainly interest in the society right now on the subject ... An interesting book about what individual rights may have been intended by the Constitution
On 11/17 kratzy wrote: Book review: Sherman - a ruthless victor by A. von Hassell and E. Breslin Since I am history buff and have read books about the Civil War long before the Ken Burns series came to PBS, I selected this book about Sherman. I should start off with the disclaimer that I approach each book open minded and ... Nice little book about one of the more complex Civil War characters