Sunday, October 26, 2014

Say YES to bread!

Bread Revolution by Peter Reinhart is fantastic!

In these days of confusion over what foods are truly healthy for us comes this revolutionary book on the art of bread making.  Reinhart combines common sense, artistry and nutritional facts to create a truly delight cookbook devoted to bread.

Sections in this cookbook include:  sourdough primer, sprouted flour breads, whole grain breads, whole milling, seed breads, fruit and vegetable breads and gluten free breads.  Included in the bread sections are cracker, cookie and biscotti recipes.

Each recipe has extremely detailed instructions with step-by-step photographs to enhance the understanding of the process for each type of bread.  Each recipe also has variations at the end so you can put your individual stamp on the bread you make for yourself and others.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014



The Woman Who Would Be King
Hatsheput’s Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt

By Kara Cooney

Cooney’s book gives detailed facts about Egyptian culture and the life of one of its rulers:  Hatsheput.  It begins with explaining how Egyptian history is recorded.  She explains how their religious beliefs, traditions and ceremonies shared their political structure.  This leads into the child-rearing practices and the training of royal offspring.  Royal children were taught leadership skills and expected duties of rulers.  Amongst royal siblings incest was a common practice to produce future male rulers.  Cooney sites incest as a possible reason that Hatsheput was unable to produce a biological heir.

The rest of the book tells of her rise to power, how it was possible for her to succeed in a male dominated society and how she maintained her power.  Suggestions for her success lie in her ability to connect herself with powerful rulers of her time including her own tutor.  Hatsheput also portrayed herself as masculine and strong and later as the wife of their god to authenticate her power and authority.

The book ends with photographs of building projects of Egypt and descriptions of the mummifying process.

While this book contained a lot of interesting facts I found it disturbing in its graphic description of sexually explicit religious practices.  I also found it a bit dry as there was not any emotional data such as diaries from which to draw an understanding of Hatsheput’s feelings or thoughts during her reign.

I received this book free from the publishers and was not required to write a positive review.

The Christmas Story for Children

By Max Lucado, Randy Frazee, and Karen Davis Hill

The illustrations of this book are gorgeous!  They are beautiful with tender feelings conveyed.  The cover caught my eye immediately and I was not disappointed by the art work in the book.  It was a treat for the eyes.

This is the best book I’ve read for young children to explain the incarnation of Christ.  Of all the ways I’ve heard it explained to young children about the miracle of Mary having a baby when she wasn’t married yet – this book’s words are the most precious, gentle and wonderful way I’ve ever heard to help a young child understand.  The story details the time before Christ’s birth up to his baptism and beginning ministry in words that children can relate to.  I liked the description of the special people God had prepared for the birth and ministry of His Son:  Mary, Joseph, the shepherds and John the Baptist.   It is interesting, engaging and emotionally touching.  It makes Jesus real.

I received this book from the publishers and was not required to write a positive review.