Book Review: Rising Darkness by Nancy Mehl

Book Review: Rising Darkness by Nancy Mehl

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So I knew, when I selected this book that it was book three, therefore I was very pleased to discover that I was able to step into the story and not feel lost. It felt like a stand-alone book, yet in ways I knew it wasn’t. There was a back story, which I’m now curious to read, but in no way, shape or form did it feel detrimental not to have read it.

The star character of the book is Sophie, and she is defined as a former mennonite who is in the world on her own. Left, because of trauma and issues that are explained a little bit here in the book. She is on the hunt for a man who was part of an unsolved crime, and believing that solving the crime will help wonders with her journalism degree, she goes undercover. That is, undercover on her own. She takes two weeks vacation off from work, and goes in as a different identity.

The story I really did like, and found myself entrenched in the monologues happening between Sophie and the other characters. The only part that left me frustrated, was the end. There was no happy ending. There was no sad ending, there just wasn’t really an ending. There is obviously another story happening later, but even so I felt a little let-down.

I received this book from Bethany House publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: Paul Harvey’s America by Steven Mansfield

Book Review: Paul Harvey’s America by Steven Mansfield

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The book was a story telling of Paul Harvey, who was one of the greatest broadcasters in America. He was the man with the voice of gold, as he told us “The rest of the story”. Today, we no longer have such a great man in our midsts, and this story interwove the story of Paul, his beginnings and his life within the book. I found that while the book was entertaining and informative, it was a typical biography. It was more or less a mixture of a tale about Paul Harvey and his political belief system.

Overall I did enjoy reading the book, although I did find myself skipping many sections. I was actually hoping to have been drawn more into the story.

The one section of the book that I really did enjoy, was at the end of the book which contained Paul Harvey Maxims and quotes. These are quotes that I’ve found myself writing down to remember later.

I received this book from Tyndale Rewards, and opted to leave a review.

Book Review: Brave Enough by Nicole Unice

Book Review: Brave Enough by Nicole Unice

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This book has the author giving us an idea on how to be brave when more times than not, we aren’t. Often challenged by things in life that holds us back. She encourages the reader to embrace what God has for us and move forward.

For me, I was excited to read this book because there are too many times where I find that I’m unlikely to do things out of fear. What if someone thinks this or that? Where is my own bravery? I thought perhaps there would be some insight within these pages. For many, this book will provide them just what they need. But for me, I found myself skimming through a lot of the chapters trying to find substance that would send me diving further into the chapter. I didn’t find it, until the chapter containing the Sabbath.

Now this chapter intrigued me, for more reasons than you realize. For one, I do go to church on Saturday, therefore Sabbath for me has always been a different day than all the others. But to read the book, from a non-Adventist perspective talking about the Sabbath intrigued me. And everything she said about the Sabbath is spot on. That is the one day of the week, where you should be able to step aside and just chill. Don’t worry about the things that afflict you during the week, let that be your day, between you and God and family. This is the day that you rest, not necessarily literally, but you take a rest from stress. A day where you aren’t running around going shopping, soccer practices, all things that build into your previous days. That one day of the week is what I need to hit reset for the upcoming week. Because believe me, it helps. It recharges you. Whether it is Sunday or Saturday, may your Sabbath day recharge you and not let the world take charge of you.

I received this book from the Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for an honest review.

REVIEW: Oral-B Pro 5000 SmartSeries with Bluetooth® Connectivity

REVIEW: Oral-B Pro 5000 SmartSeries with Bluetooth® Connectivity

So it’s been awhile since I’ve had this product, but I’m finally coming over to share my experience with the Oral-B Pro 5000 SmartSeries with Bluetooth® Connectivity.

I’ve never owned an electric toothbrush and in turn I wasn’t certain what to expect. I’ve had my share of waterpiks, so having an electric toothbrush was a completely new experience for me.

Using the toothbrush, I have to admit, my teeth felt a lot more clean than when I was using the traditional toothbrush. I had no problems with it recharging and it was fairly self explanatory in how to do it. The toothbrush came with one head, but did include a case to carry the toothbrush, and a case for additional attachments.

The part I liked the least was the Bluetooth technology. I found myself not bothering to use it towards the end. The majority of the time, it meant that I needed to remember to log into the app to log in the time. I didn’t like that. Brushing my teeth isn’t always a timed event, that happens every day at a certain time. And me, who tends to misplace my phone with it on silent, it became a very frustrating time.

The good thing about the app is that it will record my time spent with the toothbrush, brushing. But really and truly, I don’t care. It’s not a time of the day I enjoy, and with so many other things to take the time to do, this isn’t one of them that is high on my list.

But really, for those who are totally into keeping track of everything, this would be a great product for them. I’m discovering, I am a lot less maintenance and prefer not to be tracked by my phone with the mundane parts of my life.

Take a selfie of myself with this toothbrush in use was a little difficult, and my husband refused to stand still. No wait, he shut the door on me and refused to open it until the phone and I were out of sight. Of course, with him using the phone, it added the experience of his using it to my bluetooth app experience. Spoilsport!

All in all, would I consider purchasing this in the future? Possibly. But it would be a toothbrush purchase only. The Bluetooth technology, while sounding great and awesome initially, is really something that overtime I would decrease in doing.

I received this item free from Oral-B® in exchange for an honest review.