Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Nurturing Spirituality in Children: Simple Hands-On Activities

Nurturing Spirituality in Children: Simple Hands-On Activities Nurturing Spirituality in Children: Simple Hands-On Activities by Peggy Joy Jenkins

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is full on hands-on activities to do with your children to help them grow spriritually. There are a lot of easy and fun activities you can do with your children. In the beginning of the book, the author explains different types of positive affirmations to do with your children. I really liked this excerpt from the book:

"The most important affirmations for children are those that build their self-esteem. Self-esteem is the foundation of joyful, successful lives. Many parents and teachers teach their small children to use the magic words "I like myself.""

The Beach House

The Beach House The Beach House by Jane Green

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book was a fun and easy read for me, especially after the last book I had read. It is a book about marriage, family, broken hearts, love, forgiveness, and family roots. The book is centered around the life of Nan Powell, a widow for many years who lives in a large house in Nantucket. What a beautiful backdrop to a great story. Nan is an eccentric and mysterious woman who takes everyone she meets by surprise. She is struggling financially and decides to rent rooms in her house out for the summer. What she doesn't realize is that the people she finds to rent the rooms need her as much as she needs them. There are many twists in turns throughout the book, ones that I could really relate to.

I enjoyed the book, but thought the book was predictable at times. The author made me feel like I was sitting on the beach reading this great story of life and love. I only wished I had been reading it on the beach in Nantucket. I enjoyed the peacefulness the book gave me and kept me reading. I loved the ending and wished it would have kept going . . .

Thursday, July 16, 2009

In the Woods

In the Woods In the Woods by Tana French

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I read this book after a friend of mine rated it with 5 stars. Well, I was unsure what to think of the book. The beginning was slow moving, but then I was sucked into the storyline. The main character in the book is a detective who works on a case which seems eerily similar to a childhood murder in which he was a part of. I thought the book was suspensful and kept my interest. However, I thought the author spent too much time on information that wasn't really that important to the storyline. For much of the book, I felt like there were too many details and felt like it just went on and on. By the time you reach the end of the book, the author ties up one storyline, but not the other, which is the one you most want to know what happened. It left me feeling very disappointed and ticked off after all that! Disappointing book to say the least.