Monday, May 9, 2011

2 book reviews

I have seen Siri Mitchell praised around the blogsphere but had never read one of her books. When Bethany House offered a copy of her newest book for review, I jumped on it. A Heart Most Worthy is not great literature, nor does it claim to be. However, what a great weekend read! The characters were engaging, the plot was interesting, and I read the entire book in one evening.

The biggest draw of this book is the characters. They just come off as so real. They grapple with normal issues, just like the rest of us. They have good days and bad days. They go to church but aren't sure if they have a real understanding of God. It was just so believable. The plot wasn't as believable, but the characters really made the story come to life. If this book is a reflection of Mitchell's other works, I will be reading more!

Thank you to Bethany House for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.



Another recent review copy received is The Walk by Shaun Alexander. I wanted to like this book; I really did. I think the main issue is just that I wasn't the target audience.

Football references mostly worked for me because I watched football for years with my dad. However, the steps a Christian moves through in his life are completely action based. As a woman, I am more emotion based. For me, spiritual maturity is more about beliefs and emotions and the actions that come from that, rather than a desciption of behaviors that a Christian would exhibit during certain stages.

Also, if you were to look at what God prefers - actions or heart - the Bible comes out on the side of the heart.

As a woman, the book just doesn't resonate. Hopefully it appeals more to a male audience, as I feel the book does have merit. Just not for me.

Thank you to Waterbrook Multnomah for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

1 comment:

Lady Rose said...

Cassandra,

Sounds like you had some interesting reading this past weekend.

The first book sounds somewhat promising. I suppose if the characters are believable enough, it can make-up for a weak plot. From the description of the second book, it doesn't sound like you were very excited about it at all. Sounded a bit dry. Oh well, you can't win them all I suppose.

Blessings,

-L. Rose