Monday, March 9, 2015

"Why Dogs Are" by Tana Thompson

I thought this book sounded like such a cute book and one that I would treasure reading with my daughter. But, when I finally read the book I was extremely disappointed. I will not be reading this to my child as it states that dogs were just hanging around heaven until this little boy needed a companion. The very concept of the book is anti-Biblical. I'm sure there would have been better ways of showing God's unconditional love to the little boy than to flat out give erroneous information about why dogs are on earth and where they came from. If you read in Genesis 1, you know that dogs were created on the sixth day of creation. They were not just playing around in heaven. No where in the Bible is this idea supported.

Why would I read a book to my child (or any child) for that matter that goes against what the Bible teaches. Children are so impressionable, which is why I will not be reading this book to my child and cannot recommend that others read this book to theirs. While I'm sure the intention was good, the way it was done was not. I cannot in good conscience recommend this book at all.

I received this book for free from the BookCrash program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

To Honor and Trust by Tracie Peterson
Plot: Callie Deboyer is the governess to a wealthy family that vacations on Bridal Veil Island. She is torn between staying with the family (who is like a family to her) or going to the mission field to help her parents. While praying about this decision and weighing the cost of going or staying, she meets a handful of interesting people on the island - Maude Murphy, who is the new nanny for the kids and Wesley Townsend, who isn't exactly who she thinks he is. 

When things go missing from several households, Callie finds herself needing to defend her name. Who will believe her? Who can she turn to? 

Review: While this book kept me reading, the characters weren't always enjoyable to read about. Callie seems almost too good at times. Wesley Townsend is more interesting than some of the other characters that have been in this series - he at least has some mystery surrounding him. 

This book was written at a slower pace than I'm used to reading, so if I put it down I didn't always care if I picked it back up. It got more interesting at the end though, so push through it! 

I appreciated the fact that there was a dependence on God - trusting God to guide even when trials come and we don't know what is going on. It is important to keep our focus on the one who has the answers. With so much written that is not wholesome and doesn't have a positive view of God - it is wonderful that Bethany House provides so many books that allow a Christian to stay focused on God even in the reading of fiction. 

Disclaimer: I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. I was under no obligation to give it a positive review. All thoughts expressed are my own.