Hello Everyone! Today, I have another book review for you.! I know my past reviews have been book recommendations, but today, I’m going to venture into uncharted territory for me and give you a book warning 😊 I hope you find this helpful and please know that all opinions expressed here are my own and I in no way am trying to force you to agree with me. So, with that said, let’s get started!
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
A young seaman joins on with Capt. Ahab, who is obsessed with killing the White Whale, Moby Dick, who ate the captain’s leg. The book chronicles their journey to find Moby Dick and the final battle.
Genre: Adventure; Literary Classic Fiction; Quest; Tragedy
Setting: The Seven Seas 😉 Starts out in America
First, I will say that the copy I read was a children’s version of the book, Abridged and Adapted by Treasury of Illustrated Classics, 2009. So, while I have not read the unabridged version, I can honestly say I’m glad I didn’t. After reading more information on the full version on the internet, I was shocked by some topics that were (thankfully) left out of the children’s version.
Now, I did love the nautical feel of the story and the variety of backgrounds the seamen came from was very interesting to me 😊 Also the names were pretty neat.
But…there was far more negative reactions from me than positive. There was a professed Christian taking part in pagan worship, taking God’s name in vain, unbiblical comment about everyone being a child of God whether they are Christians or not, drinking, mysticism/devil worship, a muslim predicting a man’s death, a man thinking he was a prophet…and it was rather gory in my opinion.
That wasn’t everything, but I think you get the point.
Historical Accuracy: I don’t know what the era is supposed to be, I’m assuming 1800’s, but it rang true for me.
As a Reader: I personally didn’t like all the superstition and above negative content, but I did really enjoy learning about whaling and the method of catching the whale and processing it for food/resources.
As a Writer: I wish I could evoke setting so effortlessly in my writing. I felt like I was on a whaling ship! Also, some parts of the story seemed a bit rushed and random, which nobody wants in their writing, but again, this was an adaptation.
What I learned as a Reader: Whaling is dangerous and revenge consumes.
What I learned as a Writer: Setting is amazing! And be very careful what you write. You never know who is picking up your book and you definitely want it to be non-scarring for the reader!
Favorite Scene: Probably when they are catching a whale.
In conclusion, I would not recommend this book to anyone to be honest, but if you are going to read it, I would strongly urge you to wait until you are an adult.
Thank you for stopping by today! Also, I recently updated by post on Journey to Love with a book graphic from the author, so check that out!
Have a blessed day!
So, I meant to get this up a couple weeks ago, but plans changed and I'm not gonna stress over it, haha! Hope you enjoy this book review! I discovered this book almost a year ago, so it's perfect timing!
Book Review: Journey to Love by Amanda Tero
(Purchased from the author in 2017)
I adore this story! Ms. Tero has figured out how to take a very deep topic and make it understood to children. This book was enjoyed by my whole family. This is a lovely example of non-romantic love in a story. The book follows Marie Dixon as she leaves all she knows in New York on the Orphan Train to start a new life in Illinois with complete strangers. But she's learned her lesson: Never love anyone and you won't get hurt. She refuses to love anyone...even God. But will God's love win out in the end? Will Marie ever find the happiness her neighbor Blind Mary has? You'll have to read the book to find out! Log on to www.amandatero.com to purchase!
Genre – Historical Fiction/1901
Historical Accuracy – Though I am no expert on 20th Century New York and Illinois, there wasn't anything in the story that didn't ring true. The feel of the story was very prairie like, which I adore! A good reminder that Chicago isn't the only city in Illinois, lol!
Content – High praise here! Ms. Tero's style is akin to Isabella Alden's, very clean, something you can certainly grow through reading and contains very clear presentations of the gospel. Mary (my younger sister) was 8 when we read it together so I'd give it an 8-early teen target range. But older “kids” will probably like this too. We sure did!
Favorite Scene – Probably any scene in which Marie and Mary are together. While their conversations are deep, they aren't too mature for their age. Also, Marie's first experience in a non-catholic church!
Overall – Buy this book! It's inexpensive (especially if you get the ebook, but I love my paperbacks :)) and it helps to support the Self-published/Indie-author community! This story gives a comprehensive answer to the question “Is God a loving God?” Easy enough for kids, but definitely not watered down!
Quote - By early afternoon, Marie was driving the cart, with Mr. Bowles watching from a distance. When Marie pulled Nelly to a stop in front of the barn, she noticed that Mrs. Bowles had joined her husband. They looked from her to each other, but not before Marie caught the expression of their faces. Satisfaction...or was it love?
So that's it for now! Have a lovely weekend!
Hello! Welcome back to my blog! I hope wherever you are today, you are enjoying some winter weather, because we sure are! Already we've gotten nearly 3 inches! This country gal is happy!
Today I have a new kind of post for you: A book review. I’m very new to this, so please bear with me. I hope you enjoy!
Beloved Bride by Bill Potter
(From the Back of the Book)
He called her "my beloved esposa" because Anna was his dearest love on this earth. Ironically, while the great military exploits of General Stonewall Jackson are studied in military schools the world over and his iron will and stern self-discipline have become legendary, little is said about his remarkable marriage. The real Thomas J. Jackson was a humble Christian and loving husband and father. The tender and instructive letters he wrote to his wife Anna are a model of godly leadership and covenantal faithfulness. From their courtship to their final days together, trace the true story of this remarkable couple through the letters of General Jackson to his bride. Even in the midst of the most arduous military campaigns, Stonewall took the time to send home extensive letters of love and devotion. Through all of this, General Jackson proves himself to be a model example for Christian husbands of the twenty-first century -- especially through his dedication to living for God's glory and trusting in His providential care.This special edition book features a foreword by Stephen Lang, the actor who portrays "Stonewall" Jackson in the film, Gods and Generals.
This is an Excellent Book! I would recommend it literally to everybody Civil War/ History Buffs will enjoy it for an up close and personal look into the lives of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. Ladies will enjoy it for the sweet care Jackson had for his wife and the child training advice Jackson had to offer. Guys should read it for some godly wisdom on everyday life and leading a family. It’s just amazing!
Historical Accuracy- This is totally accurate, since the majority of the book is made up of letters between Stonewall and his wife, Anna.
Content- You could hand this to a pre-teen (probably the youngest that would get anything out of it) with no reservation. There is nothing in this book I had to mark out, language or otherwise.
Favorite Scene- Probably the section where Stonewall has a training session with his five month old baby girl. This story is told by Anna and is certainly precious.
Overall- This book is good for anyone seeking a closer walk with God. There is so much to learn and this book will help you! In the back there is a list of maxims that Stonewall tried to govern his life by. Definitely worth reading!
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Hope you enjoyed this book review!
P.S. Sorry about the poor picture quality. I'm still learning about this stuff, haha! Plus, I couldn't get it to shrink for anything! *shakes head and proclaims that I am a failure at design* :)
Christian. American. Southern. Author.