Wednesday, August 31, 2011

This book has helped me in many ways. First off, it has helped me greatly understand alzheimer's disease. I come from a family that hasn't been impacted by the hardships of this terrible disease and thus I didn't know of all of the struggles and pain that went along with it. This book was very good at showing that even in the midst of this pain and sorrow, God is still at the center of our lives, we just have to look. Secondly, it made me think about our relationships with those close to us and how we can show them our love. In the book you feel Krista's pain over not receiving the kind of love from her mother that she always wanted. Even though her mother didn't show her love for Krista, she definitely loved her. As I read this book I thought of how much a simple and honest "I love you" from a parent to a child could truly mean in that child's development and life. I think we all can learn to love genuinely from God and thus set good examples for the next generation. Miss Bergren makes this story truly come alive and I found myself falling in love with the characters, not only Krista but also Elena and even in a way, Charlotte. The characters are so complex and dynamic that I had a hard time putting the book down because I wanted to know more about Krista or how it was all going to work out in the end. Overall this was a very touching book and I am glad that I read it.
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I recieved this book from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group through their Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A Perfect Blend

I just have to say right off the bat that I absolutely loved this book. It was the perfect blend of romance, suspense, and psychology. It was so engaging that I couldn't put it down, I just had to know what happened next. This book kept me on the edge of my seat with anticipation. It starts out in the middle of action, but ends with a sentimental moment. This has been one of the best books I have read this summer. Trevor was the kind of hero that isn't born, but made. He had been through so much yet still felt an obligation to save people. That is the kind of hero to admire. Natalie has such a unique disability that most people didn't really know what to do with her. The way that the book was written, you could feel how she felt awkward and embarrassed. It was sort of an eye opening experience to see how Natalie overcame her disability with art. In many ways, art can truly heal people and it certainly helped Natalie. Probably the most curious part of the book is the parts concerning Trevor's admirer. When he was first mentioned I honestly had no idea what was going on, but as the book went on it was made all the more clear. This book was well written and had an amazing story line. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone I know.

I recieved this book from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers through their Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Camp Lutherhaven

So I just got back from camp on Friday and it was one of the most fun weeks of my life. I absolutely love my friends and I absolutely love camp Lutherhaven. I got to go tubing, rock wall climbing, ziplining, and I got to go on a high ropes course. While having such a blast, I got to worship God and read my Bible and pray. Lutherhaven is such a great camp and this was my fifth year going. My friends and I go each year and stay in the same cabin. The weather was perfect for swimming, which we did every day. One morning we even woke up at 4:30 in the morning to just watch the sunrise. It was beautiful, although my friends didn't appreciate getting up so early. Overall I had a great and life changing week. I feel closer to God and my friends.