Monday, July 25, 2016

When There Are No Easy Answers by John S. Feinberg

Grief is a difficult subject to read about and an even more subject to experience.  I have read many books that cover this topic, but none covers the experience as well as “When There are No Easy Answers” by John S. Feinberg.

People never know what to say to their friends or family members when a tragic illness or death occurs. In this book, the author covers the usual comments that are not helpful, and why they are not helpful. Often scripture is quoted, but misused. Next, he shared how he moved forward and learned to cope with the challenges ahead of him.  He even tackled the subject of the suffering Christian in the chapter “Grace, Justice, and the Suffering of the Righteous”. The book ends with ten ways the God uses suffering.

This is a deeply personal book in which the author shares his personal thoughts and experiences in an effort to help others.  In my opinion, that reaching out to his readers is what makes this book different from others I have read.  His experience was with the devastating diagnosis of his wife, but the lessons learned are applicable to all types of grief.

I wish that the lessons and  type of compassion in this book were taught in churches and Sunday schools. I highly recommend this book for those suffering tragedies of their own, but also for those who want to react to those around them in a positive, helpful way.

I received a copy of When There Are No Answers by John S. Feinberg from Kregel Publications in exchange for an honest review.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Being a Captain is Hard Work(A Captain No Beard Story) by Carole P Roman

This is another episode of A Captain No Beard Story with his crew on the Flying Dragon. 
Bright, colorful illustrations help tell this adventure of Captain, Mongo, Polly, Linus, Zach, Cayla, Matie, and, of course, Fribbit. Their trip to Dew Rite Volcano is a rough one and Captain No Beard learned an important lesson. Being a Captain is hard work, and sometimes you need to listen to your crew.  

There is an added bonus in this book at the end.  There is a Cloud Key, which is a list and explanation of different cloud types.  It has good information for little Captains and the crew for their imaginary adventures.

Can a Princess Be a Firefighter? by Carole P. Roman

“Wow, can she?” was my granddaughter’s response. This is a picture book that tells little girls that they can do just about anything when they grow up. In a rhyme, the story lists different occupations and the opportunities for the future that they can explore. I liked that it tells the child that she can do more than one thing and can change her mind. I liked the theme of the book, but it seemed that “mom” was thrown in at the last. Join the circus and model clothes seemed to be more important. I am not a fan of the watercolor illustrations, and the white lettering was difficult to read against the light green background.
Good encouragement for little girls!
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