Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Winning Balance – Shawn Johnson

Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book. I am asked to give my honest opinion about the book.

I'm not normally one to read these kinds of books. But I love gymnastics so I figured this would be a good read and something different that I knew I would enjoy. I loved Shawn in the 2008 Olympics so I was familiar with her story ....or so I though.

Shawn does a great job in this book of her life story so far, for only being 20 years old she sure has had alot of life experiences for someone her age. I really enjoyed reading of how hard it is for the gymnast to get to Olympic level. Sometimes when watching the games you forget the person is just as human as you or I.

Although she is young Shawn does a great job sharing her lessons in life and how a little bit of Faith and trust in God can go a long ways. Although Shawn will not be at the 2012 Games, I wish her the best in life post gymnastics. I can only imagine how hard it will be for her walking away from something that has taken up so much of her life. It will be like a whole new born again Shawn.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

The Fiddler - Beverly Lewis

I received a copy of this book for review purposes from Bethany House Publishers.  I am under no obligation to write a positive review, just an honest one.

 As we all know , I love me an Amish novel. Being a big Beverly Lewis fan I knew I would love this story and she did not let me down. I finished it in record time and was ready for a sequel to see what happens next.

Amelia a concert violinist finds herself stuck in Amish country, what she first thought of an accident seems to be more of the Lords way. Amelia makes friends with Michael a young Amish man who is trying to figure out where in the world he belongs, does he stay with his faith or does he go English in the world he longs for?

Amelia and Michael make quick friends because just like Michael she is also searching to find where she belongs in the world. She loves being a concert violinist but longs for something more and different. She has stuck with her current career for so long to please her parents but is now time to step away and start doing things for herself and living life the way she wants ?

I really enjoyed this story, it was different than many other Amish stories cause this time the woman was the Englisher and the male was the Amish and normally its the other way around. Like I said I'm ready for book #2 in this series