Thursday, May 13, 2010

Searching for God Knows What

The book Searching for God Knows What by Donald Miller was not at all what I expected when I chose to read this book in return for a review for Thomas Nelson publishing. Although I enjoy reading immensely, I found it very difficult to “get into” the book and found the overall tone of the book to be unfocused.

I felt as if the book took on a rambling tone where there are more personal observations than Biblical Based teachings. In addition to this, I found that I didn’t really enjoy his writing style. I understand he was attempting to connect with a younger reader, but I didn’t like the overly conversational tone. I also felt as if the author was negative toward the Conservative Christian Republican population in general and felt this book gave him the opportunity to distance himself from Conservatives and, in reality, bash Republicans and Fox News. He clearly wants to be read as an unashamedly Liberal Christian who likes to drink and smoke pipes, as he mentions during a few of the stories he tells about his past. He wants to seem worldly throughout the work. I don’t know if that is to appeal to a broader range of readers, but it was definitely off-putting for me.

I would not recommend this book to any of my friends and family. This will definitely not be a book I find myself reading again in the future as I do with so many of my other favorite books.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Saturday, May 1, 2010

The Heart Mender

The Heart Mender by Andy Andrews was the best book I have read in a long time. I read the book from start to finish in just one day, and I found it very difficult to put down. This book starts with a very common task, removing a dead tree from a home yard, and ended with a great historical story. The author of the book discovered a buried container in his yard containing elements from the German Navy, which set him on a journey to discover where the contents came from.

Throughout a flashback, the story of a German Naval Officer unfolds. He finds himself stranded on a beach in America, and through the kindness of a stranger, he is nursed back to health. Josef (German Officer) and Helen (the woman who finds him on the beach) both face obstacles in their past, and through their new relationship, they are able to overcome these past struggles.

I love any book that deals with history, specifically the time period of World War II, and I was not disappointed with this book. I would recommend it to anyone, even if you are not entirely interested in history. The book also looks deeply at the aspect of forgiveness and the important role it plays in everyone’s life. This book quickly moved to the top of my list of favorite books, and I cannot wait to read more books by the author Andy Andrews.

is book was supplied by Booksneeze without charge with no obligation for me to write a positive review.