Saturday, November 12, 2016

The Bad Habits of Jesus by Leonard Sweet Review

The Bad Habits of Jesus: Showing Us the Way to Live Right in a World Gone Wrong
by Leonard Sweet


Did Jesus have bad habits?
In our culture, we have a tendency to describe Jesus in ways that soften his revolutionary edge. Len Sweet uncovers and presents to us the offensive and scandalous Jesus described in the Bible.

Did he disappear when people needed him most? Yes. Did he refuse to answer questions directly? Yes. Did Jesus offend the people of his day? Absolutely, yes.

Popular author and speaker Len Sweet examines the words and actions of Jesus and places them in context. We need to understand who Jesus really is if we are to follow him wholeheartedly. That is why it is so crucial to see the "rebellious rabbi" for who he is and not for who we may imagine him to be.

The Bad Habits of Jesus will help you see the untamed Jesus, who isn't sanitized for our culture. That Jesus just might transform how you live out your life.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review Q@A-

- What did you like about the book and why? I like that the author created a book that he felt from his heart and really took time to add a bunch of great thoughts.

- What did you not like about the book and why? It is a little too crowded with presumptions and findings.  I would have liked a straighter read through

- What did you learn? It was actually kind of hard to pick up a lot from this book, but I do feel the author really believes his writings.

- To whom would you recommend this book and why?  Maybe to someone with a lot of time to pick through and decipher more meanings.  I do not think youth would really be excited.

The Missing Matisse: A Memoir by Pierre Henri Matisse Review


Nazi planes were bombing Paris the day a lifelong, more personal war began for Pierre. It was the day he lost his identity.

Born into a famous family, Pierre Matisse grew up immersed in the art world of Paris and the French Riviera, spending time with some of the most famous artists of the twentieth century. The man he knew as his grandfather, legendary artist Henri Matisse, encouraged Pierre from a young age, creating a strong desire in him to become a great artist in his own right.

Being a Matisse was an important part of young Pierre's identity. So he was crushed and bewildered when, at the outbreak of WWII, that identity was suddenly snatched from him with no explanation.

So began Pierre's lifelong search to solve the mystery of who he really was, a quest that forms the intriguing backdrop to this memoir of a fascinating and adventurous life on three continents. Spanning the insider art world of 1930s Paris, the battles of WWII, the occupation of France by the Nazis, Pierre's involvement with the French resistance, his post-war work restoring art and historical monuments, and his eventual decision to create a new life in North America, The Missing Matisse is a story of intrigue, faith, and drama as Pierre journeys to discover the truth before it's too late.

Pierre Henri Matisse was born in Paris in 1928. Brought up as the grandson of Henri Matisse, Pierre spent his childhood among some of the most famous artists of the twentieth century, including Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali.

During WWII, Pierre and his father, Jean Matisse, were heavily involved in French underground activities, wanted by the Nazis for their efforts in aiding the British spies and saboteurs. When the war ended, Pierre worked in the restoration of the art and historical monuments in France that were damaged by the war.

Now a citizen of the United States, Pierre is best known as "The American Matisse, the Artist of Freedom and Love." He is devoted to children's causes and has given or created pieces to help organizations such as Project Hope, The American Red Cross, numerous children's hospitals, missions organizations, and rescue programs around the world.

Pierre and his wife, Jeanne, live in Florida."

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review Q@A-

- What did you like about the book and why? I liked the story itself because it took me into a new era with a truth and style that was easy to read.  

- What did you not like about the book and why?  I found it to be a great book, there was nothing wrong.

- What did you learn? All about Mr. Matisse and that this is  a really good adventure book

- To whom would you recommend this book and why?  Older agen individuals who may even remember the war.  Also anyone who likes the topic and reading memoirs. 

Waking in Time by Angie Stanton Review .@CapstoneYR

Still mourning the loss of her beloved grandmother and shaken by her mysterious, dying request to “find the baby,” Abbi has just arrived at UW Madison for her freshman year. But on her second day, she wakes up to a different world: 1983.

That is just the first stop on Abbi’s journey backward through time. Will is a charming college freshman from 1927 who travels forward through time. When Abbi and Will meet in the middle, love adds another complication to their lives.

Communicating across time through a buried time capsule, they try to decode the mystery of their travel, find the lost baby, and plead with their champion, a kindly physics professor, to help them find each other again ... even though the professor gets younger each time Abbi meets him. This page-turning story full of romance, twists, and delightful details about campus life then and now will stay with readers long after the book’s satisfying end.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  The characters are created in a way that helps the book, but it still needs a bit more to really get the full story because even after reading it, I feel like it is missing things and it also crawls along while each chapter tries to get moving.

Liked By Kari Kampakis Review

Liked: Whose Approval Are You Living For?

For many girls it starts early. The desire to be perfect. The need for approval. The longing for acceptance and being liked by a lot of people. From bestselling author Kari Kampakis comes a powerful book for girls in the digital age.

 Designed to empower teens and tweens through the Christian faith, it's packed with godly wisdom and practical advice related to identity, friendships, social media, and a relationship with God. For anyone exhausted by the quest to impress - and ready to rest in God's unconditional love - Liked is the answer. Written succinctly with thought-provoking questions, it's a conversation-starter that will quickly unite mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends by speaking to the female heart.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- The book is great to help your child no matter what age group as long as they are old enough to be on Facebook etc.    Even though it is geared towards girls, boys will face a lot of the same things.  If you have a strong faith and house rules, this is going to be a great book.

Prayers and Answered Prayers Review


Prayers and Answered Prayers will engage young minds and hearts as kids learn more and more about how God answers prayer.

With its two-in-one format, kids will have the chance to write down their prayers and thanks and then record how God answers their prayers as well. With examples of the great prayers throughout the Bible, many Scripture verses, guided prompts for children to grow more comfortable in their prayer lives, and ways to help them discover how their prayers were answered, this two-books-in-one format will be a fun, attractive way to learn one of the most important pieces of faith—talking and listening to God.

Designed as a first prayer journal for young believers, the book features two smaller booklets in one bright, full coverage glitter cover.  Kids can write down prayer requests and then record how their prayers are answered inside.

Prayers and Answered Prayers engages children with prayer through an interactive, unique format that will draw the attention of parents and children alike!

Help your young children learn about God’s way of communicating and loving His children through the unique prayer journal Prayers and Answered Prayers

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- This book has everything from a cool cover to spaces for your kids to get involved.  I think this would be a great gift for any person who would like to connect with God, no matter what age.

3DLIGHTFX 3D Deco Lights Review

3DLIGHTFX 3D Deco Lights are the perfect gift this holiday season. They have a full range of comic book, super hero, Disney Princess, sports and car lights that look as though they are popping right out of the wall!

They are battery operated and cool to the touch so you can place them anywhere in the room! Your kids will loves having these in their rooms and they're also the perfect additions to a den, family room, man cave or office! 

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I recevied complimentary product.

They are cool to the touch, cordless, battery operated, includes a crack sticker.

Cassandra's Review-  This arrived and actually looks like a great toy, but it is really a light.  I think your kids will love it or really any age if you have an adult Marvel fan.  It has a great toy feel and the light  is not super bright.   It does create a good effect.