All posts filed under: Book review.

The Dumpling Galaxy, Book Review

The Dumpling Galaxy Cookbook, by Helen You About the Book: “Flushing jiaozi master Helen You’s guide to what many consider the best shuijiao (or boiled Chinese dumplings) in town.” [New York magazine]   From the restaurant where adventurous foodies get the freshest dumplings in New York City, comes the ultimate Chinese cookbook with 60 recipes for classic and unexpected dumplings and dim sum-like side dishes. New York Times critic Pete Wells calls Helen You “a kind of genius for creating miniature worlds of flavor” and, indeed her recipes redefine the dumpling: Lamb and Green Squash with Sichuan pepper; Spicy Shrimp and Celery; Wood Ear Mushroom and Cabbage; and desserts such as Sweet Pumpkin and Black Sesame Tang Yuan. With information on the elements of a great dumpling, stunning photography, and detailed instructions for folding and cooking dumplings, this cookbook is a jumping-off point for creating your own galaxy of flavors. My Thoughts: I love cooking, especially foods that are a little out of my comfort zone, so of course I love cookbooks. That meant as soon as I saw The Dumpling Galaxy Cookbook being offered …

We Stood Upon Stars, Book Review

We Stood Upon Stars, by Roger W. Thompson About the Book: We are made for freedom and adventure, friendship and romance. Yet too much of life is spent unfulfilled at work, restless at home, and bored at church.  All the while knowing there is something more. You’ll find some of life’s best moments waiting for you over a campfire, on a river—even in that coffee shop or brewery you didn’t know you’d discover along the way. It’s time to begin the search. In the literary spirit of well-worn tales about America’s open road, this poetic, honest, often hilarious collection of essays shows how to embark on adventures that kindle spiritual reflection, personal growth, and deeper family connections. From surfing California’s coastlines, stargazing southwestern deserts, and fly-fishing in remote mountains of Montana, you’ll be inspired to follow the author’s footsteps and use the hand-drawn maps from each chapter to plan your own trips.  There you will hear God’s voice – and it may help you find what you’re searching for. My Thoughts: As you might be …

ICB Princess Bible, Book Review

Princess Sparkle Bible with Free Coloring Book + Stickers What little girl doesn’t dream of being a princess? Everywhere you look in toys, media, fashion, and home decor the princess theme is a timeless classic. And what better than as a child to learn that our Father, the King of kings, loves each of us! We have combined that love for the royal look with our International Children’s Bible®, the Bible kids can read and understand. And just for fun, added a bonus coloring and sticker book. Little girls everywhere love all things princess. The ICB Princess Bible is the perfect Bible to get your little princess reading and engaging with God’s Word! It combines a princess-themed cover, the bestselling International Children’s Bible® text, and a fun coloring sticker book with more than 50 stickers. The International Children’s Bible® is the translation of the Bible that kids can read and understand. Translated at a third-grade reading level, it is the perfect first Bible for young readers to learn and grow with. Now even more readable with large type, bold …

The Elusive Miss Ellison , Book Review

The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller Regency Brides, A Legacy of Grace About the Book: Handsome appearance counts for naught unless matched by good character and actions. That’s the firm opinion of not-so-meek minister’s daughter Lavinia Ellison. So even though all the other villagers of St. Hampton Heath are swooning over the newly returned seventh Earl of Hawkesbury, she is not impressed. If a man won’t take his responsibilities seriously and help those who are supposed to be able to depend on him, he deserves no respect from her. In Lavinia’s pretty, gray eyes, Nicholas Stamford is just as arrogant and reckless as his brother–who stole the most important person in Livvie’s world. Nicholas is weighed down by his own guilt and responsibility, by the pain his careless brother caused, and by the legacy of war he’s just left. This quick visit home to St. Hampton Heath will be just long enough to ease a small part of that burden. Asking him to bother with the lives of the villagers when there’s already a …

Treasured Grace, Book Review

Treasured Grace by Tracie Peterson About the Book: Grace Martindale has known more than her share of hardship. After her parents died, raising her two younger sisters became her responsibility. A hasty marriage to a minister who is heading to the untamed West seemed like an opportunity for a fresh start, but a cholera outbreak along the wagon trail has left Grace a widow in a very precarious position. Having learned natural remedies and midwifery from her mother, Grace seeks an opportunity to use her skills for the benefit of others. So when she and her sisters arrive at the Whitman mission in “Oregon Country,” she decides to stay rather than push on. With the help of Alex Armistead, a French-American fur trapper, Grace begins to provide care for her neighbors, including some of the native populace. But not everyone welcomes her skills–or her presence–and soon Grace finds herself and those she loves in more danger than she imagined possible. My Thoughts: I’ve read a few different Tracie Peterson books and really liked all of …

The Acid Watcher Diet, Book Review

  The Acid Watcher Diet,  A 28-Day Reflux Prevention Program, By Jonathan E. Aviv About the Book: Do you suffer from abdominal bloating; a chronic, nagging cough or sore throat; postnasal drip; a feeling of a lump in the back of your throat; allergies; or shortness of breath? If so, odds are that you are experiencing acid reflux without recognizing its silent symptoms, which can lead to serious long-term health problems, including esophageal cancer. In The Acid Watcher Diet, Dr. Jonathan Aviv, a leading authority on the diagnosis and treatment of acid reflux disease, helps readers identify those often misunderstood symptoms while providing a proven solution for reducing whole-body acid damage quickly and easily. His 28-day program is part of a two-phase eating plan, with a healthy balance of both macronutrients (proteins, carbs, and fats) and micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, antioxidants), that works to immediately neutralize acid and relieve the inflammation at the root of acid reflux. Dr. Aviv guides readers through healthy dietary choices with targeted recipes, helping them balance their bodies and minds for optimal health and break …

The Way of Letting Go, Book Review

The Way of Letting Go, By Wilma Derksen About the Book: Maybe it was the sting of remarks from a relative or friend. Maybe a miscarriage ended your hopes for a family. For all of your heartbreaks, maybe you wished there was someone to help you through. For Wilma Derksen, letting go of the 15 misconceptions about grief led her back to hope. In this book she tells how you can do the same. Wilma’s world collapsed when her teenage daughter, Candace, was taken hostage and murdered. Wilma now shares her choices to “let go” of heartbreak, which gave her the courage to navigate through the dark waters of sorrow. Like Wilma, maybe your heartbreak forced you to retreat from happy expectations, of believing that life is fair, of finding closure for every circumstance. She encourages patiently: let go of the happy ending, let go of perfect justice, let go of fear, and let go of closure. Wilma’s wisdom will help you overcome your broken heart, and her advice will enable you to break free …

With Love Wherever You Are,Book Review

With Love Wherever You Are, By Dandi Daley Mackall About the Book: After a whirlwind romance and wedding, Helen Eberhart Daley, an army nurse, and Lieutenant Frank Daley, M.D. are sent to the front lines of Europe with only letters to connect them for months at a time. Surrounded by danger and desperately wounded patients, they soon find that only the war seems real―and their marriage more and more like a distant dream. If they make it through the war, will their marriage survive? Based on the incredible true love story, With Love, Wherever You Are is an adult novel from beloved children’s author Dandi Daley Mackall. *Book given to me by the publisher but all thoughts are my own. My Thoughts: As someone who loves romance novels, I absolutely enjoyed this book. It hits all the check points of being one that you will like, a handsome man in the military and a gorgeous women working to help people with a love at first sight and then separation and the drama that goes with this. While …

Harvest, Book Review

Harvest by Stefani Bittner and Alethea Harampolis Unexpected projects using 47 Extraordinary garden plants. About the book: A beautifully photographed, gift-worthy guide to growing, harvesting, and utilizing 47 unexpected garden plants to make organic pantry staples, fragrances, floral arrangements, beverages, cocktails, beauty products, bridal gifts, and more. Every garden–not just vegetable plots–can produce a bountiful harvest! This practical, inspirational, and seasonal guide will help make any garden more productive and enjoyable with a variety of projects using unexpected and often common garden plants, some of which may already be growing in your backyard. Discover the surprising usefulness of petals and leaves, roots, seeds, and fruit: turn tumeric root into a natural dye and calamintha into lip balm. Make anise hyssop into a refreshing iced tea and turn apricots into a facial mask. Crabapple branches can be used to create stunning floral arrangements, oregano flowers to infuse vinegar, and edible chrysanthemum to liven up a salad. With the remarkable, multi-purpose plants in Harvest, there is always something for gardeners to harvest from one growing season to the next. My Thoughts: If you’ve been following me on my Facebook page you’d see that …

Under an Open Heaven, Book Review

Under an Open Heaven by John E. Johnson A New Way of Life Revealed in John’s Gospel About the Book: “You will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man” (John 1:51 HCSB). When Jesus spoke these mysterious words to Nathanael, He was announcing a new order: life will no longer be the same. And just as the early believers needed a theology to strengthen their souls and steady their nerves in their turbulent times, we too need to know that the abundant life under the opened heaven John describes is not just conceivable–it’s a promise. In subsequent conversations in John’s gospel, Jesus unpacks the implications for those willing to step into the life of Christ. Drawing from these conversations, John E. Johnson points out clear applications still useful for our modern lives–handling conflicts with family, overcoming cultural barriers, resisting consumer pressures, and facing life’s disappointments. If you’re tired of living a confined life, frustrated by failure, or starving in the midst of plenty, these conversations in …