Book Reviews by Kady Garrett

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The Grad's Guide to Choosing WellThe Grad’s Guide to Choosing Well by TH1NK

The Grad’s Guide to Choosing Well is about what the title is implying – a guide for high school grad’s on making good decisions in life.  Every lesson in the book centers around Proverbs 3:5-6, which I feel is a great choice.  In addition, the Guide offers its wisdom in a compact, easy-to-read format.  One thing I did not like about the book was the way it talked to its audience (high school grads) as if they were junior high students.  Otherwise, I thoroughly enjoyed it and felt that it had smart little tidbits for making your way through life, not only in college, but in general.  Also, I enjoyed the layout of each chapter, with each verse of Proverbs 3:5-6 as a breakdown into a ‘mini lesson’; and the “Wise Bites” at the end of the chapters were artfully chosen.  However, I personally did not like the name of “The Choice Matrix”, although I’m not sure what I would have called it.  The conclusion of the book kind of left me hanging – it bothered me for some reason.  I did feel that TH1NK really knew what they were talking about and had all their supporting details down, and I loved that about them.  All in all, The Grad’s Guide to Choosing Well was an informative book, but could have used a more age-appropriate tone toward the audience.

Thanks to NavPress for providing me with this book!

I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review 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 Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising

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What Do You Say to the DJ? Expanded Edition by Andrew Marx and Dara Shifrer

What Do You Say to the DJ? is an autobiography in the format of emails between two friends, Andrew Marx and Dara Shifrer.  The book tells the two year story of Andy and Dara’s coming into adulthood.  As the back of the book says, “college is over and real life is a work-in-progress”.  The emails between Dara and Andy had me literally laughing out loud; they were hilarious!  Also, I felt the book really allowed you to get to know the characters, as if they were close friends; which makes the’ Afterword by Andrew Marx’ and the Dara and Andy Interview at the end of the book all the more intriguing.  Andy and Dara were easy to relate to, and the email format portrayed them as very down-to-earth people.  Although the email format had its advantages, I didn’t really like it – it was kind of confusing at times.  In general, I felt the book was hard to follow and would’ve been better if backgrounds were provided for the characters.  It took me quite a while to understand what Becca’s relationship was to Andy and Dara, and I never quite figured out Juilianna’s relativeness.  Although, one thing I can’t stop blabbing about is how consistently funny What Do You Say to the DJ? is.  Also, I felt the ‘extended’ part of the book was a nice addition.  As previously stated, my main problems with the book were the email format (yet, I’m not really sure the book would even be the book it is without it), the hard to follow-ness of it, and the lack of knowing who some of the characters were.  My favorite parts were…all the funny parts! All in all, I liked the book, but it’s nothing to rave about.

Thanks to AYRX Publications and Nothing Binding for providing me with this book!

Review by Kady GarrWhat Do You Say to the DJ?ett

Kaleidoscope by Patsy Clairmont

Patsy’s book, Kaleidoscope, helps the reader see “God’s wit and wisdom in a whole new light”.  She takes the unorganized book of Proverbs and discusses certain aspects of it in each chapter.  Clairmont knows exactly what to say and offers a fresh new take on the “in-your-face”, as Patsy would say, book of Proverbs.  In addition to her Proverbs talk, she also adds her own personal humor to her discussions, which makes the book extra fun to read.  On a personal note, I loved Kaleidoscope and found it to be a highly entertaining book.  I couldn’t put down this exciting mix of wit and humor, and it was about Scripture to boot!  I felt so much more in touch with what God wants us to know regarding Proverbs and its contents.  I loved how every chapter was fresh, intriguing, and easy to read.  Patsy Clairmont is a straight-to-the-point kind of woman, which is perfect for the straight-to-the-point book of Proverbs.   Additionally, her choice of verses for the theme of the chapters was creative and had an even flow. In conclusion, Kaleidoscope is a fun read and Patsy is a funny gal, which makes it a great book!

Thanks to Book Sneeze for providing me with the book!

-Review by Kady GarrettKaleidoscope

Christlike

Posted on: March 9, 2010

Christlike by Bill Hull

The purpose and mission of Hull’s Christlike is to help people in their “pursuit of uncomplicated obedience”.  Uncomplicated is correct.  Christlike breaks down discipleship into easy-to-read categories.  The book is bluntly honest and straightforward when discussing the problems that Christians encounter in their journey to be more like Christ.  Additionally, I loved the “Notes” section in the back of the book.  As I read, I often referred to the notes for a greater understanding of the book – they were extremely helpful.  Christlike really opened my eyes to a better understanding of some of the troubles I have encountered in my quest to be closer to Christ.  I also enjoyed the many Bible quotes, alongside the quotes from famous pastors, authors, etc.   On the flipside, I did find one problem with the book.  For someone who was unfamiliar with many of the names of famous preachers, etc., I was constantly having to Google who they were.  I feel the book could’ve prevented this dilemma by having references to the names in the “Notes” section.  I do understand that not everything can be done to further perfect every book written. Yet still, the extra references would have been helpful.  All in all, I loved Christlike and definitely felt inspired after reading it.

Thanks to NavPress for providing me with this book.

-Blog by Kady Garrett

I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review 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 Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Wuthering Heights is told through the narrative of Mr. Lockwood, a polite gentleman.  He is renting Thrushcross Grange from Heathcliff, which is a short distance from Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff’s home.  Lockwood is shocked by the spiteful manner in which the residents of Wuthering Heights treat each other.  The people who bitterly reside within the Heights are Catherine Heathcliff (Mr. Heathcliff’s daughter-in-law), Hareton Earnshaw, and Mr. Heathcliff himself. Lockwood soon encounters Nelly Dean, who has been with Heathcliff since his childhood. She tells the passionate story of love and hate that destroys Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw.  Catherine and Heathcliff grew up together after Mr. Earnshaw adopted Heathcliff.  They grow to share a troubled love for each other. To the anger of Heathcliff, Catherine ends up marrying Edgar Linton of Thrushcross Grange; and they later have a daughter whose birth marks the end of Catherine Earnshaw Linton.  Following Mr. Linton and Catherine’s marriage, the furious Heathcliff marries Edgar’s sister, Isabella Earnshaw, whom he despises.  After Catherine dies, Edgar and Heathcliff are in a rage of hate toward the Lintons’ new daughter, Catherine Linton.  The name Catherine pains Edgar to hear, so Catherine is shortened to Cathy.  Miss Wuthering HeightsCathy soon falls in love with her cousin (the son of Heathcliff and Isabella), who is living under Heathcliff’s care after the death of his separated wife.  Miss Cathy’s ends up marrying this cousin, Linton Heathcliff, under the imprisonment of the evil Mr. Heathcliff.  The dark story begins its end when Linton Heathcliff dies, which is soon followed by the death of the devilish Heathcliff himself.  Miss Cathy then falls in love with the son of her mother’s brother, Hareton Earnshaw.  The two end up planning their courtship after the death of Heathcliff.  In conclusion, I loved the dark tale following the two generation’s in which Heathcliff and Catherine’s love endures through. The death of the manipulative Heathcliff and the love of Hareton and Miss Cathy gave the book a surprisingly happy ending. The book will definately be even better the second time around!

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Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen

As a sixth grader, I desperately strived to understand this book.  Now, after reading the whole thing through at an older age, I was able to grasp the whole concept of it.  Pride and Prejudice follows the story of the headstrong Elizabeth Bennet.  After meeting the arrogant Mr. Darcy at a ball, she immediately judges him to be vain and full of pride.  Sure, Darcy is quite well off and fortunate, but Miss Bennet thinks she has his character down and decides she despises him.  Meanwhile, Lizzy’s sister, Jane, falls in love with Darcy’s kind-natured best friend, Mr. Bingley.  Jane falls ill while visiting Bingley and stays over for weeks with the company of her dearest sister, Elizabeth.  Soon afterward, Darcy, Bingley, and Bingley’s sisters leave with London as their destination.  Mr. Darcy makes a point to convince Bingley of Jane’s indifference toward him, and ever the humble gentlemen, Bingley believes him.  Darcy wishes him not to marry Jane for the Bennet’s are not rich by any means.  Later on in the story, Darcy proposes to Elizabeth, whom he had grown to become infatuated with, and in turn Elizabeth refuses.  As the story then progresses we watch as Elizabeth Bennet falls madly in love with Darcy, whom she first perceived, with some prejudice against him, to be arrogant and incapable of humbleness.  Darcy changes for the better and soon Miss Bennet becomes Mrs. Darcy and lives on in great happiness, for Darcy and Lizzy complete and complement each other significantly.

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