Tuesday, August 16, 2011

A Love That Multiplies by Michelle & Jim Bob Duggar

This is another great book from the Duggars!  I really enjoyed all the details and insights they shared about a variety of topics.  Their stories are rich with so many ideas that can be applied in everybody's life, especially those with children (whether you have one or four or seven or more).  Many of the concepts they talk about I would love to try to implement in my young family (I have a 2 1/2-year-old, an almost 10-month-old, and one due in November).  They are honest and forthright about their thoughts and beliefs on many topics, and I congratulate them on that.  Not everybody is willing to put themselves so much out in the public eye as they do and be truly who they are all the time.  I imagine it can be quite difficult at times.  I, myself, cannot imagine having 19 children, but that doesn't mean that I disagree with their beliefs on the topic or their reasoning behind the choices they've made.  Even if I did, it wouldn't matter because it is not my place to say if what they are doing is the right thing or not.  I enjoyed the recipes that were shared throughout the book and the many pictures of the family.  They seem to be a very rich family in the way that counts most.  I highly recommend this wonderful book from the Duggars.  Reading their own words and stories really sheds so much light not only on their lives but also on your own life.  A true treasure of a book!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Talk of the Town by Lisa Wingate

Very enjoyable book!  Mandalay and Imagene are two wonderful characters who are easy to relate to.  Their stories are heartfelt and honest.  Daily, Texas, is a town I'd certainly like to visit so I could get to know some of the locals; they are very kind, helpful people.  This story is rich with great characters, emotions, humor, and so much more.  Mandalay is striving for something that she really doesn't want anymore if she ever truly did.  Imagene is still mourning the loss of her husband and living a secluded life.  Amber is trying to do the right thing despite all the bad press surrounding her.  Carter is starting on a new journey for good reasons.  These people are really, fun, happy, sad, etc.  And Daily is certainly a town full of wonderful people.  My one issue with the book is that the charcters' relationships with Christ are a little less than I'd like.  Overall, Talk of the Town was very hard to put down.  A great read and a wonderful choice for book clubs.  Get your cowboy hat on and head on down to Daily, Texas, for some great times with some genuine folks.

May have been provided free for review by Bethany House Publishers.