Book Review: Francis Man of Prayer

Pope Francis

From the book description

“Francis is the biography of a meek man who has suddenly become one of the most powerful and influential men on the planet. Could it be a Catholic spring has finally arrived after a very long winter?”

My comments

I have read many good and wonderful books through the Booksneeze blogger reviewer program; unfortunately, Francis is not one of them. šŸ™

It’s a shame really. I was so excited to have the chance to read and review this book because in the short time Pope Francis has been in office I have grown to respect and love him very much. I couldn’t wait to read this book to learn more about the man and gain some insight into his prayer life, given the title of the book. Instead, Francis Man of Prayer was nothing more than a thinly veiled anti-Catholic propaganda full of inaccuracies and falsehoods.

Maybe I’m naĆÆve. It didn’t occur to me that although the book is published by a non-Catholic publisher it would be anything but a fair portrayal of our Holy Father and of the Church. Sadly, I was wrong.

To be fair myself, there are some good parts to the book. The author does a decent job giving an overview of Pope Francis’ growing up years, seminary life and life as a Jesuit; however, most of the details are vague with no real substance. Also, at the back of the book there is a chronology list of the major points of our Holy Father’s life to date and a list of 10 quotes that “reveal what Pope Francis Believes” which I liked.

However, it’s the middle to end of the book where it gets sour. He has nothing but negative things to say about the Church, Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. As a matter of fact, at the end of the book the author has the nerve to say that “In many ways Benedict XVI was a roadblock for the Catholic Church trying to find its way toward modernity” (indicating the momentous task Pope Francis has ahead of him). Not only is that statement grossly untrue, it is insulting. In talking about the challenges facing Pope Francis, he comes across as condescending which I found off-putting.

I am very disappointed and would not recommend this book.

I give this book one (1) star.

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Book Review: The Wonder of Your Love by Beth Wiseman

The Wonder of Your Love by Beth Wiseman

 

Book Summary:

This is a charming story is about Katie Ann Stolzfus, a single mother raising her son in a small Amish community in Canaan, Colorado and Eli Detweiler is an Amish man looking forward to enjoying the rest of his life after raising six children on his own. Thanks to a wedding, they meet and a friendship is formed. As their feeling become more, they both struggle against what they think they want and what is deep within their hearts.

My Comments:

I enjoy reading love-inspired fiction (such as Amish Novels) so I was excited to get an advance copy of The Wonder of Your Love forĀ  review. I have read several of Beth Wiseman’s books that I liked so I expected to like this one as well. I was not disappointed. šŸ™‚

The characters in this book are endearing and I was immediately drawn into their lives. I was surprised to see that Katie’s best friend, Martha, is not Amish at all. And can I just say that Martha is a hoot?! (I was surprised to see this because I thought that the Amish – although friendly toward “Englishers” – didn’t make friends with Englishers.)

The story was somewhat predictable but it was believable and sounded very realistic (although my knowledge of the Amish is limited). I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and was a little sad when the story was over. I hope to read more of the Land of Canaan book series soon.

And, guess what? Like a lot of Amish novels, this book has a few recipes at the end! Three recipes in fact. I particularly can’t wait to try the Peanut Blossoms recipe.

My rating:

I give this book 4 stars.

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Book Review: We Be Big by Rick Burgess & Bill “Bubba” Bussey (with Don Keith)

Book Summary:

To quote the subtitle, this book is “the mostly true story of how two kids from Calhoun County, Alabama, became Rick and Bubba” – the two “sexist fat men alive”. It chronicles the life story of Rick Burgess and Bill “Bubba” Bussey and how they became a popular radio morning show.

My Comments:

I’m a sucker for biographies (especially when they are testimonies of how God has touched someone’s life), so when I saw the title of this book, I knew I wanted to read it.Ā  Actually, the title alone, “We Be Big” caught my eye. I’ve never heard of the Rick & Bubba radio show before, and supposedly they have 3.5 million listeners to their show, so I was curious.

Overall, the book was very good, and an easy read; I was done with the book in only a few days. I would recommend this book to others and, in difference to what some others have said, I don’t think you need to have listed to the radio show to like the book. I think men would especially would enjoy this book.

What I liked:

Their perseverance and tenacity of going for their dream was inspiring. I like the conversational style of writing and felt pulled in by the stories. I laughed, cried, prayed and rejoiced with them throughout the book.

What I didn’t like:

It’s a small thing really: I didn’t like the way each chapter went back and forth from Rick telling the story and then Bill telling the story, each from their own perspective. I “get” why they wrote the book this way, but for me, it took away from the cohesiveness of the story.

My rating:

I give this book 4 stars.

Review Copy Disclosure:

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneezeĀ®.com (http://www.booksneeze.com) book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissionā€™s 16 CFR, Part 255 (http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html) : ā€œGuides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

P.S. I want to give a little shout-out of thanks to RAnn of This That and the Other Thing, from where I discovered Booksneeze.com and a few other book review websites. Thanks RAnn! šŸ™‚