Monday, September 28, 2015

NIrV Giant Print Holy Bible

If you're like me, and you have a 'little' trouble with reading small type, you might be looking for a Bible that's easier to see and read.

NIrV Giant Print Holy Bible is a large hardback Bible with a font size of almost one-half centimeter (14-point type). The clear font and single-column text combine to make this Bible much easier on the eyes for beginning readers, ESL readers, and readers with vision impairment.

The NIrV translation is based on the New International Version. It has been condensed to include shorter words, shorter sentences, and shorter chapter sections with titles. It also includes references when verses are quoted from another place in the Bible. If more than one name for a person or place is used in the Bible, the NIrV translation uses just one. For instance, the Sear of Galilee is called by different names in the New Testament, like the Sea of Tiberias and the Sea of Gennesaret, but in the NIrV Giant Print Holy Bible, it is called the Sea of Galilee every time. Specific names are also used for clarity, like the Euphrates River instead of just the River. These features not only help aid in understanding for any reader, but they also make this Bible perfect for new Bible readers to master.

The Bottom Line

  • Nice sturdy construction with durable hard cover
  • Pretty blue/green design appropriate for men or women
  • Large fonts easy to read
  • Table of Contents right up front and clearly laid out
  • Dictionary included 
  • Check list of 150 Famous Bible Stories

  • No illustrations or graphics of any kind
  • No maps or any other extras
  • Pages are thin and type shows through from other side, making the print not as clear as it could be. 
Overall, I have a good impression of this Bible, but for the $30 price, I would like to see a heavier weight paper for the pages and a few more extras--at least maps--inside.

(The publisher provided a review copy of NIrV Giant Print Holy Bible.)

Thursday, September 3, 2015

The Martian

The Martian by Andy Weir is a science fiction must read, that is currently taking the bestseller list by storm. 


Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. 
Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.
After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. 
Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first. 
But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

So, you're part of a mission to Mars, and you end up being injured, stranded, and without communications. And that's just Chapter One. I don't know about you, but I can't wait to find out what happens next!

The Martian is written mostly as a series of log entries, making it even more compelling, as I feel like Mark is speaking directly to me. I was mesmerized from the beginning by the suspense and by the remarkable ingenuity of this character. Using science and engineering to solve problems in a realistic way, Mark must continuously find ways to survive and overcome the stacking odds against him. The author does a marvelous job of explaining details so that non-sciency readers can understand what is happening, yet there's enough tech to make any sci fi fan happy.

Overall, this is one of the best books I've read over the past year. I haven't enjoyed a science fiction book as much as this since reading Ender's Game. The Martian is currently making it's rounds in my house as my family devours it--and we are looking forward to seeing it on the big screen.


ANDY WEIR was first hired as a programmer for a national laboratory at age fifteen and has been working as a software engineer ever since. He is also a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of subjects like relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. The Martian is his first novel.
The publisher provided a review copy of The Martian.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Time Mom Met Hitler, Frost Came to Dinner, and I Heard the Greatest Story Ever Told: A Memoir

Grandma's Guest Review

Dikkon Eberhart, the son of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Richard Eberhart, grew up surrounded by literary and artistic greatness. The Time Mom Met Hitler, Frost Came to Dinner, and I Heard the Greatest Story Ever Told is his memoir.

This is an account of being the son of a famous poet and the many stories and social events of the inner circle of a famous father. The length of the events is a good collection of short stories. 

I enjoyed reading the way these family events took place and the influence of the famous people on Dikkon Eberhart. His exposure to a wide range of intellectuals is delightful, and he seems to be a careful observer as he shapes his own future. The influence of these famous people certainly helped shape his future as he follows his father's footsteps.

The chapters are all believable and factual with personal touches. The writing style is easy to read, and the events are well described. 

I particularly enjoyed the fact that no matter how famous you become or who you know personally, the ultimate goal in life is finding God and repeating the four life changing sentences. 

The Time Mom Met Hitler, Frost Came to Dinner, and I Heard the Greatest Story Ever Told is beautifully told, and the life change and peace that comes with the most important decision one can make is a wonderful closing to this book.

My overall rating of this book would be a 5 out of 5. I enjoyed the content and the story of finding an identity, as that applies to each and every one of us.

The publisher provided a review copy.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Grandma's Guest Review: The Potter's Lady

The Potter's Lady (Refined by Love) 

The Potter's Lady by Judith Miller is Book 2 in the Refined by Love Series.

This is a wonderful story and easily stands on its own, as I had not read Book 1 in this series. The length of the book is perfect, but it left me eager for the next book!

This is a book I would recommend to friends, because of the beautiful family story involving a brother and sister and a family pulling together and trusting each other. The way the family works together in faith and love is inspiring, and the friendship they create with Ryland Campbell is so natural. 

It is such a good story of working together and having trust and faith. 

I would certainly love to read more by this Judith Miller. My favorite thing about this book is the easy flow between events.
The characters are likable, believable, and people I would like to develop friendships with.  

The writing style is descriptive and easy. The time, places and events are well described.
If I were telling a friend why she should read this book I would tell her it would be perfect for a rainy afternoon and hard to put down. 

I give this book a rating of 5 out of 5, because I loved it and hated for it to end.

The publisher provided a copy of The Potter's Lady.

Grandma's Guest Review: A Heart's Home

A Heart's Home (A Journey of the Heart)

This is Book Six in A Journey of the Heart series by Colleen Coble.

This is a continuing story of life at Fort Kearny, Wyoming Territory following the journey of Issac and Emmie.

I would recommend to friends that they read book 5 and 6 together as the story continues. Like Book 5, this, too, is a very short book and quickly read. For the price, these books are too short, and would be a better buy if all bound together. 

I would read more by this author and hope to complete the series as books become available. I would prefer having them in one book, though.

I enjoyed the suspense and descriptive way life on a fort in the 1800s is depicted. The Christian lives of the characters is refreshing. The characters are likable and believable, and I had a clear picture of what daily life was during that time period.

Events are beautifully described, and I could easily imagine myself there. 

It is clearly a Christian book with examples of faith and suspense throughout. I would recommend reading book 5 and 6 together.

My rating of this book would be average (3).

The publisher provided a review copy of A Heart's Home.