Saturday, September 22, 2018

So Much More - The Bad

Picture taken from
book's Goodreads page.
**Missed the first two posts? Part 1 and Part 2**

My Amazon review can be found here.

My Goodreads review can be found here.

As per usual, anything of note and/or not directly on topic will be written in this blue.

Welcome to the third and final part of my review of the book So Much More. This has been something I have been working on slowly for more than five years, so it's nice to finally be able to move on with my life.

I want to bring up something first. This is the part where I talk about what is bad in the book. I will not mince words, as some of these topics are awful and harmful to people.

I am not trying to say that the Botkin sisters are awful humans. I am not trying to say that the Botkin sisters are horrible people that want to destroy the world. I am not saying that the Botkin sisters are abusive Christians themselves.

Also, I am not trying to excuse their writings or beliefs in this book.

What I am saying is that the authors were young. What I am saying is that their writing is thinking that has been carried on in the church for hundreds of years, and that this thinking is wrong. What I am saying is that this thinking has led to many painful instances that could have been avoided and need to be stopped in the future as both bad theology and wrongly placed blame.

Or else we get to experience the "Debt-free Virgins Without Tattoos" that the Transformed Wife discusses. There's a lot of problems with that, but I'm not touching that with a ten-foot pole and better people have talked about how it's wrong.

With that being said, here are the bad things of So Much More.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Where Shadows Lie

Cover retrieved from the
Goodreads page.
Where Shadows Lie is a Christian New Adult book with thriller themes mixed in with themes of clean romance, family, and the redemption in Christ.

My Goodreads review can be found here.

My Amazon review can be found here.

*Disclaimer: I won this book in a giveaway hosted by the author. This in no way affects my thoughts and views on this book. All thoughts are my own.

Sentences in this shade of blue are random thoughts that I had while reading the book or any thoughts not exclusive to the review.


Thursday, April 5, 2018

GoScribbler March 2018 Box Unboxing - Emotional Touchpoints

Hi everyone! Today I'm going to be unboxing the first ever GoScribbler box.

GoScribbler is a monthly subscription box created by Lindsay Cummings and Victoria Scott that focuses on teaching writing from experienced authors. For the main focus of the box, you receive a writing passport that is written by a guest author that specializes on a specific part of writing. You also receive a book from the author of the passport of that month.This particular box's theme is "Emotional Touchpoints."

Pricing of the box itself is pretty good at a monthly rate of $29.99 (and a little less for 3 month and 6 month prices), but it's the shipping that gets you. The total for me, as someone who lives in Georgia USA, ended up being $36.98. However, I ended up getting a lot more things than I thought I would, so it was worth it for me.

Also, it's automatically renewed on the 28th of each month, so if you only want a few boxes a year, you have to go in and manually cancel and renew your order before then.

The company is located in Texas, so it originally was only going to be for residents of America, but it now can ship to Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia!

They announce when orders are ending for the month, so keep an eye on their twitter page for when they open and close.

So that's the boring stuff. Now for the fun unboxing!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

So Much More - The Worrying and the Confusing

Picture taken from
book's Goodreads
page
** Missed the first post? Find it here.**

Welcome to Part 2 of my So Much More review, where I talk about the things that are worrying/confusing. Though this was written with good intentions, there are things in this book that raise quite a few red flags.

As a side note, the authors were 19 and 17 when this book was published, and it does show. (They do admit to their youthful idealism on their personal website, so that's another point in their favor.) When reading, it comes off as idealist, rigid, and full of "tips" for situations that they have never obviously never experienced.

*Any words written in the blue like this are side notes*

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Crimson Ash Review + GIVEAWAY!

(Picture retrieved from
book's Goodreads page.)
Today I'm going to be reviewing Crimson Ash by Haley Sulich. This is a New Adult Sci-Fi/Dystopian set in the future. It features sisters Solanine and Ember and the fight to save their relationship.

Amazon review can be found here.

*Note #1: Due to the age and genre of this book, there is content not suitable for younger audiences. There is also trigger (listed on the copyright page of the book) and content warnings (on my Goodreads review). A quick list can be found here.

*Note #2: If you're not Christian/only here for the giveaway, it's clearly marked so feel free to scroll down. 

I was approached by Ms. Sulich to review her book before the release on May 10. After she sent a summary of the story (this was before there was a Goodreads page and my review requirements), I accepted.


I was not disappointed.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Saturday, January 20, 2018

So Much More - The Good

In one of my literature classes, I heard that you should always point out what you agree with so that when you disagree with something the disagreement has more weight. I found that to be a good idea, so that is what I'm doing today.

So Much More was published in 2005 by the Botkin sisters, Anna Sophia and Elizabeth, through Vision Forum. We saw how well that ended. I did enjoy a lot of their stuff, both from the girls section and the boys section. Even though she dislikes it now, I still like Joyfully at Home by Jasmine Holmes, which was also published by Vision Forum.

SMM has caused a lot of stir in the Christian community. Normally I would tell you to read it for yourself, but there are a lot of good books out there and I want you to read those first. So I'm taking this bullet for you.